"LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." Psalm 16:5-6

Ours is a story of what God can do with two silly teens, starting off with no clue;

And baby thrown in, just for good measure. We didn’t know that God would increase our treasure

With four added on in rapid succession, filling our lives with joy and hard lessons.

We’ve had our share of valleys and hills, of times of abundance, and unpaid bills.

We once thought success would bring us bliss; we’ve learned that loss does a better job of this,

As we lean on our Savior, Who always delivers, regardless of the size of our quiver.

Although we’re grateful for the times of ease, the hard times are useful for learning to please

Our Heavenly Father, learning to walk in His Truth, of which we often talk.

May the Lord help us humbly and faithfully serve, staying mindful that the next generation observes.

Prop up your feet and grab a cup of coffee or tea while I open up

The book of my life, without further ado, and narrate the musings of my heart to you.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Camera Strap

I finally got my camera back from the repair shop on Wednesday. It had been there since December 7th, and it had been broken since early fall. Now that it's back, I'm setting aside my white board list, in favor of a couple of camera-friendly projects.

This camera strap is the first of those.

I've been compiling a mental list of all of the residents of my dream kibbutz
I'm thinking that Paula Deen, despite my fear of her excessive use of butter, would make a good go-to neighbor when I need advice on home accents. I like her style. (Besides, my kibbutz - which would likely be in Israel or Africa, where my husband prefers to live - wouldn't be complete unless someone spoke in an authentic southern accent.)

Some of my favorite bloggers would have to live there, too, like Amy & Penny.
There are others that I'd want there, as well, like my friend, Terri, who makes me laugh until I cry. 
Of course, my parents would have their own wing in our home, with the kitchen strategically centrally located, to allow Mom & Daddy plenty of opportunity to make us some ultra-yummy food. Maybe I'll do a separate "Dream Kibbutz" post in the future.

Still, there is one woman who simply MUST live near me. Right now, she's about a four-hour drive from where I live. I may try to work this to my advantage one day. In the meantime, I'll have to settle for gleaning from her amazing patterns. I do hope to meet her one day, though.

Anyway, I awoke before my alarm this morning, ready to "Bring It"; but instead, I decided to rid my toenails of three-week-old chipped blue nail polish, and head up to meet with Clara in the sewing room.
(For those of you who don't know, Clara is my sewing machine.)

How nice to have a finished product just in time to walk downstairs to breakfast.

Morgan is as excited as I am that the camera is back in our lives.

Watching her attach the strap was almost as torturous as awaiting the first pan of chocolate chip cookies, fresh from the oven... OK. No comparison. But I was anxious.

Bye-bye, phone photos! 
(Well, except, of course, for the photos of the camera, which made it necessary to use the phone.)


  1. That's a great camera strap! Mine has huge clunky rings that drive me insane. I see myself making one of these in the very near future!

  2. Functional AND beautiful! Can't beat that! I'm sure you'll be taking pictures by the hundreds now that you have your camera back. Have fun!

  3. Very cute! This has been on my to-do list for a while now.

  4. Very nice camera strap. I cannot image being without a camera through the holidays. :) Now, I should probably make a pretty strap for mine.

    Thank you for the nice blog comment. Hope you had a blessed weekend!

    ~Michelle (LemonadeGal)

  5. You are too sweet! I have a sewing/blogging preplanned community all drawn up. The community center would be stocked with machines, a long arm and free fabric. :)

    I love the strap!