Monday, April 26, 2010

You Do the Math!

Here is a video that I want to share.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Be Thou My Vision Duet Piece

Here is the main song I am working on right now. It is a duet with my sister on the violin. It still needs work in the middle section and much practice. We plan to play this at our homeschool group's end-of-the-year event as well as for special music at our church.
It is Be Thou My Vision and the arrangement is done by a friend of mine.

"This hymn was first written in the eighth century by an unknown Irish poet as a prayer asking God to be his Vision, his Wisdom, and his Best Thought by day or night.
In 1905 Mary Elizabeth Byrne, a scholar in Dublin, Ireland, translated this ancient Irish poem into English. Another scholar, Eleanor Hull of Manchester, England, took Byrne's translation and crafted it into verses with rhyme and meter. Shortly thereafter it was set to a traditional Irish folk song, "Slane", named for an area in Ireland where Patrick reportedly challenged local Druids with the gospel. It is one of our oldest hymns."
Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

holy experience
This is a random, on-going list of things that I am thankful for...

187. Sitting down and playing the piano or harpsichord after a long day! (or anytime, really)
188. Alan Parks..his music, message and testimony (He recently visited my church) Check out his music Here!
189. finishing up schoolwork (for the year).
190. planning things for next schoolyear
191. That I learned my Shakespeare lines!
192. The memory verse program at my church
193. Bouquets of beautiful flowers!
194 The fun "girl times" with my mom and sisters!
191. The dress I am sewing for my sister (should be finished really soon!) ...hopefully for her birthday
192. The vest that I am sewing for Shakespeare play! (that will transform me into a boy)
193. Teaching Textbooks...makes math much easier for me!
me...8 months old :)
194. photography (so anxious to get me OWN camera!)
195. planning parties
196. ..that I can talk to my mom about anything.
197. when my younger siblings behave! :)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Divine Dance: What are the next steps?

This struck me as we read again from The Divine Dance" by Shannon Kubiak Primicerio

"When your heart is tuned to God's song, He will put you in the right place at the right time to use you For HIS Glory!"

God has gifted each of us for our time and our place here on our dance...for Him!

"When tomorrow comes and the scenery changes, you will find you are ready to learn the next number on the next stage of your life. Give God time to let his plans unfold. Don't worry about the next step. God will make sure that you make it to wherever you need to be. And when you hear a pause in the music or can't make out the tune, sit at your Teacher's feet and listen for what's next."

Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harms you, plans for hope and a future." This is a great promise as none of us know what our future holds. (except ultimately Heaven if we are saved...and I hope if you are reading this you DO know for certain where your eternal future will be. If not, please leave me a comment.)
Jeremiah 29:11 is a life verse for my parents. They had many years of my dad's schooling when they first were married so this verse became very important to them then. It has been a great encouragement to them and I've heard it often and it is now a great promise for me. Many of my recent Bible studies are dealing with "future", etc. I do look forward to that time but am also enjoying the present!
Our jr. church teacher told us this Sunday that we are all pre-husbands and pre-wives or at least He challenged us to look at ourselves this way this week. I've had some good talks with my mom but we also did a Bible study on Sarah. Most Christians reading this probably know the stories from the Bible of Abraham and Sarah. We studied how she was a loving, loyal, and capable partner in every way to her husband. They both wanted to live lives pleasing to the Lord. Besides being devoted to the Lord, they were devoted to each other.
Some of the choices Sarah made might not have been the best ones, but she was human and imperfect like we all are. She tried to help God's plan along instead of waiting. God does not want -or need- our help, He wants our obedience.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Latest

I hope everyone had a great Easter!
It has been very busy here from the usual weekly lessons to other school work and a lot of work around our home... but it has all been great! I've had a lot of fun lately though too! I have a great family and friends so when I am with them, I am usually having a pretty good time.

Here are the Easter eggs that I painted:
I am also working on memorizing lines for a play my homeschool co-op is doing (next month) of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. We just had a practice/dress rehearsal. My mom also helped me do a Renaissance hairstyle. I have to say...I kind of like the fashion and hairstyles that ladies had then.

Here is a picture from one part. If you happen to know this play, my role is that of Nerissa.

This was our first dress rehearsal so that is why the boy does not have the correct pants.

Well, that's all for now. Hopefully our week won't be too busy and I can get caught up with schoolwork and maybe post more. I also have a painting I hope to finish soon!

I am looking forward to the summer!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy Easter

Have a very happy Easter... celebrating the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ!