Saturday, May 9, 2015

Faith - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
    Come drifting home with broken masts and sails;
I shall believe the Hand which never fails
    From seeming evil worketh good for me;
And though I weep because those sails are battered,
    Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered,
                                 I trust in thee.

I will not doubt, though all my prayers return
    Unanswered from the still, white Realm above;
I shall believe it is an all-wise Love
    Which has refused those things for which I yearn;
And though at times I cannot keep from grieving,
    Yet the pure ardour of my fixed believing
                                  Undimmed shall burn.

I will not doubt, though sorrows fall like rain,
    And troubles swarm like bees about a hive;
I shall believe the heights for which I strive
    Are only reached by anguish and by pain;
And though I groan and tremble with my crosses,
    I yet shall see, through my severest losses,
                                 The greater gain.

I will not doubt; well anchored in the faith,
    Like some staunch ship, my soul braves every gale,
So strong its courage that it will not fail
    To breast the mighty unknown sea of Death.
Oh, may I cry when body parts with spirit,
    I do not doubt, so listening worlds may hear it,
                                 With my last breath.             

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Five Books You (probably) Couldn't Pay Me to Read

You all know I'm a reader. My original intent of this blog was to write and post reviews of books I've read. I've done that, what, thrice now? :P As much as I love reading, and libraries, and dusty antique book stores, and shelves and shelves of books spilling everywhere, there are some books that will just never find their way into my library or my heart, regardless of how treasured or classic they are. 

Foxe's Book of Martyrs - John Foxe
It matters not how inspirational and exemplary the stories are. If torture is involved, I can't hack it. 

Moby-Dick - Herman Melville
Why yes, I'd love to spend 800 pages reading about a madman that's obsessed with killing a whale. It's metaphoric, you say? Even worse. 

Lord of the Rings/Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
Don't get your knickers in a knot. I know this is the baby of the modern-day, ESV-loving Christian, but really I don't want to be associated with Tolkien, thanks. From what I've heard, he played with mysticism and helped confuse Bible translations, so yeah. And for that reason as well...

The Screwtape Letters - C. S. Lewis
I have issues with Lewis anyway, but then to read letters from the devil or his assistant or whatever it is seems downright weird. It might help to be reminded of the not-so-subtle demonic activity that surrounds us all the time, but I skimmed through the book and found numerous references that I don't need brought up in my current thoughts anyway. 

The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
I watched an ancient movie once, and it was enough. I suppose I should've read it for school, but I chose other things instead. Just can't get myself to want to read it. 

 I'm sure there are more, but here are five. Wbu? Do you have any books you'll just never read? 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

what I want for my birthday {edited}

Because it's coming up in a few weeks and I will be teaching and running a garage sale so yeah.

Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman. It just came out and I'm excited to read it!

The Sarah, Plain and Tall DVD collection. These movies are so poetic and lovely. I want them in my home. :)

 Tsuro of the Seas. A game that looks cool and I'd love to try with my in-laws.

The Hundred-Foot Journey. Quite possibly the loveliest movie I saw all year. I want to own it so I can watch it whenever I want.

Paula Deen cookware set in aqua. It's time to upgrade my poor little pots and pans and get something a bit more durable that won't break the bank. These I LOVE. ***edit: my sweet dad ordered these for me and had them shipped in super early! I'm SOOOO excited to start cooking up a storm in my new, gorgeous pots and pans! Thanks, Dad!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Les Misérables

Les Mis. Why all the fuss? Well, for me, I fell in love with it slowly. In pieces. And very skeptically. 

My first exposure to it was in a church library. I was semi-responsible for processing books, checking them back in and shelving them, and sometimes making the very difficult decision of whether or not a book was clean enough to remain on the shelves. (Big mistake. Give only one person that authority or let all the books stay. But moving on.) I glanced at the back cover, saw the word prostitution or something similar, and immediately proceeded in having a small heart attack. I made a few appeals and then threw the book away. 

Fast forward a few years and a woman named Susan Boyle makes internet history by singing a beautiful rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream." I loved the song, but knew it was from Les Mis which I still hadn't really looked into so I was like whatever. 

A few years after that, I learned a friend of mine loved the book and highly recommended it. Well, you know how much I HATE books and reading. I had it in my hands the next day. 

The book is 1,500 pages long or something. The unabridged version has many French passages that I could mostly translate but still had to look up on occasion. There are long chapters that get dry, then drier than dry. I was reading a LONG time, but it was shortly into my married life and it was nice to keep my brain occupied during long, lonely days. 

When I finished it, I bawled every single tear out of my eyes. The story of redemption is made only more beautiful by the complex and interwoven characters - their passions, their sorrows, their joys. I immediately emailed my friend and told her how much I loved it. 

But I knew there was a musical some guys came up with based on the book. I knew I already loved "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Bring Him Home." I wasn't surprised to discover MANY new favorites after listening to the musical on CD. I enjoyed two different DVDs of live performances and dreamed of watching a live production whenever it came through Chicago.

Well, last night a friend treated me to an absolutely amazing performance of Les Misérables at the beautiful Paramount Theater.

We both refrained from singing along even though we have almost all of it memorized, and thoroughly enjoyed fangirling during the intermission. And of course we got matching mugs after the show! 

Thank you, Mrs. H., for the wonderful night out, and for recommending Les Mis to me in the first place. ;) 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


I'm back on Instagram, y'all. It's where I unashamedly stalk several folks, as well as post a million pictures of my favorite people ever (my family) and other random things. If you have an account and feel like following along, send me a friend request here!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Peter // 5 Months

So I kind of failed to get a nice pic of Peter today. :( He really lost it this afternoon and I was in no mood to try to make him smile after all that. But he turned 5 months today. 

He weighs about 17.5 pounds. He's in Size 3 diapers. He completely outgrew his bassinet, so tonight we set up his pack-n-play and he'll sleep in that till we figure out how to magically create more space. He can almost sit up unassisted, and has learned to talk in a super high, ventriloquist voice that makes us laugh. He has gone back to waking up 1-2 times a night, so I'm dying. :P He's gotten a lot more fussy with his gums being more sensitive. We laugh because the ONLY thing that works to calm him down every single time he's super mad is to play a certain song. The second I play it on my phone he goes completely silent and listens until it's finished. :) Yay for music and technology! 

So thankful for my little boy. Can't wait to get outside more and enjoy the warmer weather!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Easter // 2015

I hope you had a wonderful Easter last Sunday! Our little family had just gotten back from the FL Keys, so we were thankful to have a short and sweet lunch with my family and then get long naps! I was distraught over forgetting to get Peter his first Easter basket, but I guess there's always next year. ;)