Wednesday, January 24, 2007

His Witness

Above photos were taken recently at our property by both Leah and I.

This past Saturday, Dad, Ryan, Leah and I were able to attend the Missouri Trappers Association Fur Auction at the Boone County Fairgrounds―which we all enjoyed. As Dad and Leah are licensed fur dealers (in addition to being taxidermists) we were able to park inside the building (a large horse show arena) and out of the cold. The area was set up with an auction area that had a conveyor belt where pelts or frozen whole animals were laid. There were also many tables set up that were full of the seller's furs so we were able to look at the furs before they were actually auctioned. Dad and Leah were both able to purchase some for their taxidermy. The Lord has greatly blessed them in many ways as they are working on taxidermy; and because of their work, we have been able to meet and visit with many people.

As we interact with others, it brings to mind that every time that we (meaning all followers of Christ) are around people, it is an opportunity to be a witness for our Lord and Savior. This witness, though, can only occur when we are allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us and not our own human nature and desires. It is through God's infinite grace that we are enabled to have the strength to surrender ourselves fully to His labor as a bondservant of Christ, ready and willing to be His light.

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Quilting

For quite some time I've been desiring to learn how to quilt, so in my spare time the past few months, I have been teaching myself. My first bed quilt was finished towards the beginning of December. It is a simple one patch made from blue fabric scraps and tied instead of quilted.

The finished quilt on top of my cedar chest

I greatly enjoy quilting and have begun working on another quilt. This one is more complex. My piecing certainly isn't perfect, but I am learning a lot through the process!

One meadow lily block that is done with some of the other pieces in the background.

Since taking the above picture, I've put together all the meadow lily blocks (18 of them) and now am ready to begin the alternate nine patch blocks. I am excited to finish piecing the quilt top together!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Recent Happenings

This past Thursday through Monday my parents made a trip up to Norfolk, Nebraska as my Dad's mom was having triple bypass surgery. The surgery went well and she is on the road to recovery!

Though Ryan, Leah and I would have liked to have been there also, we decided that at this time it was best for us stay home. It is a good thing we did as we had quite a winter storm here in Missouri and no one would have been able to drive out to care for our animals for us. After the system moved through, it left in its wake around 2 or more inches of sleet with about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice on top of that. Chores have been interesting and slick!

My parents had the opportunity on the trip home to stop in and visit my great-grandma on my Mom's side for a brief time also. They had five to seven inches of snow up there and my grandma's driveway had drifts on it that were three feet deep. My dear Dad (without proper outdoor clothing) shoveled her driveway for her in weather with a temperature of -6 and a wind chill near 25 below. Brr!

While our parents were gone, Ryan, Leah and I stayed busy: Leah worked on preparing a skin and form for mounting, Ryan, while he wasn't at work, cleaned and organized our shop area (and that is a job!), and I deep cleaned our house. Between all this, we cared for our animals which is always much more involved in winter weather. Thankfully our parents had safe travels back to central Missouri and we were so glad to see them!