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How I Ended up with a Blue and Orange Bedroom

We've always had bedrooms that are either very neutral or based on either blues or purples.  So when we were in the US for two years, we saw this quilt set on sale at B*d, B*th, & B*yond.  It was a different color scheme than we'd ever had, John really liked the colors and thought it was less girlie than some we've had in the past, and it had just enough blue and even a touch of purple in it to make it acceptable to me.  So we bought it and used it on our bed the year we lived in Maryland.

Then we boxed it up, along with the two pillow shams, and blue curtains to send it to Niger on a container.  Well, somewhere along the line, one of our boxes went missing.  
To this day we don't know if UPS lost it, or if it's languishing in a forgotten corner of a store room where they packed or unpacked the container.  Everybody says they haven't seen it.  

While we were waiting for the container with our stuff in it to arrive, we went ahead and got the bedroom painted....…

Catching My Attention

Here are some things from the internet that have caught my attention in the past two weeks.

What do we really mean by the word "blessed" and do we throw it around a little too easily?  Does being "blessed" mean we have wealth, a strong military, and a "perfect" family?  What about believers living in poverty?  What about the Beatitudes?  Read more at The Problem with Blessing.



If you're just graduating from university, what are your chances of landing a job?  Here you can read about the 10 Worst Majors for Finding a Good Job.

Ann Voskamp, who blogs at A Holy Experience, has traveled to Africa with her daughter to visit the child they sponsor with Compassion International.  I loved this blog so much....how many times have I sat in church in Africa and wished I could say it like she did:  A Letter to American Christians.(I also love that my daughter linked to the very same blog this week!)

I've heard my daughter and daughter-in-law and most recently my …

Five Minute Friday: Rhythm

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2.Link back hereand invite others to join in. 3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on the word:::
Rhythm… I have very little sense of rhythm.  I enjoy music, but I sure can't keep beat.  At our church in Africa I sometimes get up with the women when they sing but I'm obviously the white lady who has no sense of rhythm!  I stick out like a sore thumb.
My husband, though, is a great musician, and this is a shout-out to him.  Not only can he play the guitar and piano, he is doing his doctorate on the music of the people group we have worked with.  And he is passionate about the subject of worship.
I haven't written much about his doctoral work or what it's…

A Genealogical Wheel

My dad and my uncle have done quite a bit of research on the Hall family history.  We know that they came to the US from the UK on board the ship Griffin back in the 1600's.  Eventually they settled in Wallingford, Connecticut.

This past weekend we were staying with friends from the Wallingford area.  They knew we had done this research and that my ancestors were from the area, so on Sunday afternoon they offered to take us to the Wallingford Historical Society, which is open only on Sundays.

When we walked in our host, Al, asked those at the Historical Society if they had any information on the Hall family who were founding settlers.  The man  rubbed his hands together in delight and said, "Just wait until you see what we have upstairs!"

Upstairs was this genealogical chart, laid out in a circular shape.  It reminded me of a tree trunk cut away to reveal the growth rings of the tree.  Starting in the center was our ancestor who had come from England.  It said, "John H…

Catching My Attention

Here are a few posts that have caught my interest this week.

Apparently this picture has gone viral, though today is the first time I've seen it.
 This blog was posted four months ago, but the story behind the picture is worth reading. You can read it here. 

Lisa Jo Baker (of Five Minute Friday fame) guest-blogged at A Holy Experienceon the subject of hospitality.  Hospitality is something I do a lot of, but honestly, some days I just don't feel like it.  For me it has more to do with tiredness and energy than with worrying about how my house will look.  But if you struggle with the whole hospitality thing, you'll find this blog encouraging.

Another thing I struggle with, but at which I'm getting better....saying "no".  Even if it makes you unpopular.  Even if people give you the guilt trip treatment.  Remember, saying "no" to one thing is saying "yes" to another thing.
Not So Random Stuff talks about this on her blog.

We hear a lot about youn…

Suzanne's Graduation

I just want to say how proud we are of Suzanne on her graduation from Cedarville University!  She worked hard all four years and graduated with a 3.7-something GPA.  That means she graduated with high honors, and just a few points from graduating with highest honors.

She did her last year as a married student and her last semester student teaching, taking a course, and having all sorts of Ohio State requirements thrown in for a lot of extra work.  Theo helped her a lot and we're so thankful for a husband who encourages her, loves her, and helps her out in so many practical ways.

We have been to three Cedarville graduations in a row and I have never once seen a real live graduate actually walk in.  Unless you're sitting a few seats from the aisle, it's just impossible to see the graduates.  Thankfully I saw Suzanne on the jumbotron!

Afterwards we went to a party at Mark and Meredith's house.  They have been such good mentors for Suzanne and we are thankful for the way they…

Catching My Attention

Now that I have a little more free time and a lot better internet, I've been able to explore the internet a bit more.  Here are some links to other websites I've found interesting.

John and I were listening to the CBS Saturday morning show while I was ironing.  They featured a group called Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers.  
While I don't necessarily endorse all their content, I love their sound.  They don't do any stage theatrics, but you don't need them.  Indeed, theatrics would only detract from their vocal harmonies and amazing instrumentalists.  While they're on the road, they have jam sessions in the van which they've recorded.  Click here to check out some of their van sessions. 

I thinkthis commercial is adorable and I laughed right out loud when I saw it.  It's difficult for me to believe that General Mills had to disable the comments section because of the rude remarks they got on it.  America claims to be unbiased and tolerant, but apparently not. …