Sunday, January 30, 2011

Highlights from January

The last day in January.  Oh my.
'Tis a fact, however, and I must face it.  Fact, too, that I have fifteen days more in which to complete my eighteenth year.  I will be very sorry to bid goodbye to Eighteen!  I truly enjoyed getting to know her.  
Anyway, several notable occurrences occasioned themselves this month, among which. . . 
~I found several wonderful deals at various antique and thrift shops, among them a brand-new set of L.M. Montgomery's Emily books,
 Emily of New Moon/ Emily Climbs/ Emily's Quest (3 Book Set)  
 a pair of vintage leather ice skates (in my size - a miracle, by the way!), a pair of highly fashionable white vintage sunglasses which shock my dear brother every time I wear them, and a very nice floral blouse.  Very nice floral blouses make me very happy.
~I discovered that I love to watch movies in foreign languages with English subtitles.  Especially when I can recognize some of the foreign words! =)
This one, set in the Hinterland of China, was wonderful - My family enjoyed it very much.  The scenery and cinematography were gorgeous, and the story was very sweet. 
Now, to find something in German. . . 
~I went on my first mountain hike for the year.  January - that's a good start, no? =) The sunset was indescribable from the top of the mountain behind my home.
~I enjoyed having a delightful sewing day at Tasha's, watching Swing Time and Shall We Dance, and laughing hysterically, as a matter of course. We agreed that this dress needs some help.  Though Ginger still manages to look adorable in it=)
Shall We Dance (1937)
~I started a new set of aprons for The Shop, featuring some of the cutest retro circus fabric ever;)
Shelburne Circus Words
~My family acquired a dry bag.  If you don't have one too, save up and buy yourself one.  They're quite simply amazing.  You'll thank me for this advice later on.
It's just like this one, only different.  Ours is green. =)
~I commenced reading War and Peace by Tolstoy.  Translated, of course;)  It's a glorious, thick, turquoise-and-red, gilt-edged, thousand-or-so page Russian-y sort of tome that I think I might fall in love with.  Quite possibly. . . 
~I've laughed much.  Last night, as I was preparing the crust for some pot pies, Clara appeared at my side and tugged on my apron.  "Kellie, I like pot pies."  "I'm very glad you do," I answered. "Meat and vegetables are just the thing to make you grow up strong and healthy, and it tastes ever better in a buttery crust - don't you agree?"  I waited to see what she would say, as she has a past record of disliking any but garden-fresh vegetables.  (Such a spoiled thing!:)
"Yup.  I like them, Kellie.  Everything but the filling."
~I've learned so much just in the last month about forgiveness, patience, and trust.  Who am I to give up?  To lose vision?  If Christ, who lived a perfect, sinless life, could bear all things to the end, then I, who have his perfect example before me, can do no less.  
"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."
--1 peter 13-16
Real gold fears no fire.  May we be as pure gold, the likeness of the Saviour.  Invincible. Trusting. Faithful.

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