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joy to the world

“Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King; 
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing, 
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.  
Joy to the World, the Savior reigns! 
Let men their songs employ; 
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains 
Repeat the sounding joy, 
Repeat the sounding joy, 
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy. 
No more let sins and sorrows grow, 
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow 
Far as the curse is found, 
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found. 
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove 
The glories of His righteousness, 
And wonders of His love, 
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.”
(words by Isaac Watts, accompanying music by George Frederick Handel)
Merry Christmas!
Be back soon,
Everly Pleasant
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blest be the tie that binds


Before partaking in our annual Thanksgiving Day feast, my family always joins hands in a big circle and sings the first verse of this song before praying. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

“Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one
Our comforts and our cares.

We share each other’s woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way;
While each in expectation lives,
And longs to see the day.

From sorrow, toil and pain,
And sin, we shall be free,
And perfect love and friendship reign
Through all eternity.”

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For the Beauty of the Earth

       “For the Beauty of the Earth”
For the beauty of the earth
For the Glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies:
‘Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our grateful hymn of praise.
Christ, our God, to Thee we raise
This, our sacrifice of praise.
For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale and tree and flow’r
Sun and Moon and stars of light
For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child.
Friends on earth and friends above
For all gentle thoughts and mild.
For each perfect gift of Thine
To our race so freely given.
Graces human and divine
Flow’rs of earth and buds of heav’n.
Alternative last verse:
For thy church that evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love.
by Folliott S. Pierpoint
141. beautiful harmony at church on Sunday

142. A chance to meet a hummingbird

143. a friend joining us for Bible study, finding fellowship

144. my cousin’s baby girl born safely into this world, on her own time!

145. “fun” writing projects

146. little red flowers popping up after the rain, and then popping up on the dining room table

147. such kind encouragement

148. time spent laughing (and laughing, and laughing) with my sisters

149. a sweet present for no particular reason

150. a long letter from faraway

holy experience

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the sound of music, baby talk and rain


Well folks, we’re getting rain.
If you’ve followed my blog for very long, you’ll realize what a big deal this is. We hardly ever get rain, and I can’t remember the last time we got so much. It was wet and sprinkling when we went to work this morning and while we were gone, our yard flooded! At work we had to bring all of the children into central, windowless rooms because of a tornado touch-down, but the children never knew the difference! We just closed the doors, listened for updates on the intercom system and sang and played as usual. The poor mothers though…they weren’t quite so calm.

Yesterday was very pleasant for a Monday. I cleaned quickly in the morning and then some friends came over and we watched an old, childhood favorite that we had all been meaning to see again; The Sound of Music. It was really fun to revisit those songs and that story. 
Today though, as I said, I got back to work after only working one day in August. I was so excited to find out that I was moving up with my class! The little dears I had last semester are now all turning two and, lo and behold, I was moved to the two year old room! I was thrilled to see their faces again and hear their little voices saying the funny things they say. All in all, I’ve been doing well. How’s the weather over there?


Everly

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upon request

                                                          {picture, left to right: Everly, Beth, Sabrina}

So, for a (rightly) jealous commenter, I tell you a bit about the concert:

A suburban-load of people went a few hours out of the way and to a wonderfully large pavilion to see Jack Johnson perform. My entire family is made up of Jack Johnson fans and we have been waiting a  long time to see him in concert. As in, since I was ten. 
We ate at a lovely Chinese food restaurant and then went and got settled in our seats. Which we had. And a lot of people didn’t. And a lot of people got very, very rained upon. And as the warm-up bands performed and the little umpa-lumpas ran around with cords and speakers and instruments, there was some amazing lightning and thunder! I was so, so thankful to be under that covering, in a nice, nearly dry seat. 
We waited patiently, and then he appeared and we all got a little more excited than we expected to get, and he started playing “You and Your Heart” from his new album. This was the beginning of a great concert.

The above video is one that Birdie took of Jack Johnson singing and Zach Gill on the accordion.

I think I can say that he played all of our favorites, from new and old albums and that his accompanying band was very good. Zach Gill from the band A.L.O. did the keyboard, back-up vocals and accordion (which was amazing) and some other stuff. One nifty thing was that in the middle of “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” Jack Johnson started singing part of “Just What I Needed” by The Cars. He also sang “The Joker” by Steve Miller Band. For his encore, he sang “Do You Remember” and “Better Together.” All in all, it was a really fun concert, despite the guy in the row ahead of us who decided to drink a touch too much and do his own motions to ever noun or verb that can be found in a Jack Johnson song. The video is from our concert, but I found it on Youtube. We were not quite so close!

Everly

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