Psalm 45:10-11, 13-15

Listen to me, O royal daughter; take heart to what I say. Forget your people and your homeland far away. For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. [...] The bride, a princess, waits within her chambers, dressed in a gown woven with gold. In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king, accompanied by her bridesmaids. What a joyful, enthusiastic procession as they enter the king's palace!



Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Piper Videos

Joe sent me a link to a video of Abraham & Molly Piper's son Orison reciting (most of) Luke 2:1-21. It is absolutely adorable and quite funny as well. He's has such expression--and the hand movements! We totally have to do this with Joey...



And then, there's Orison's service...so cute!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pictures for Daddy















Defining {Describing} the fear of the Lord

The fear of the Lord is one of those things that is hard to explain. We know that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Prov. 1:7), but sometimes it's hard to describe what it means, or more specifically how, to fear the Lord.

By "the fear of the Lord" is not meant a servile fear, a fear of punishment, of hell, wrath, and damnation, which is the effect of the first work of the law upon the conscience; but a filial fear, and supposes knowledge of God as a father, of his love and grace in Christ, particularly of his forgiving love, from whence it arises, (Psalms 130:4) (Hosea 3:5) ; it is a holy, humble, fiducial fear of God; a reverential affection for him, and devotion to him; it includes the whole of religious worship, both internal and external. (from the John Gill Exposition of the Bible)

Nicole from GirlTalk gave an excellent of example of what it means to fear the Lord. She breaks it into two categories: one who knows God and one whose awe of God results in obedience to Him, then she follows it with how a person who fears the Lord will be recognized. See the full post here.

I love the way she describes the woman (or man) who fears the Lord as one who "experiences a profound sense of awe at the thought of God, the creator of the universe who is “sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up” (Isa. 6:1)." Isn't that the way we should look upon and ponder God? With a sense of awe...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Practical Theology for Women


I am so looking forward to reading this book. Along with my the rest of my booklist for the year, but this one in particular.

It just sounds good. The idea that theology, the study of God, is practical in our everyday lives makes sense. Why wouldn't it? To know God, or to know anyone for that matter, is to study Him. But sometimes the word theology is toted as this lofty subject kept for theologians, pastors, and other academicians. It comes off feeling stuffy and impractical for our everyday lives, when in actuality it should be our everyday life.

Here's the back cover:

Have you ever wanted to understand the deep things of the Word but been put off by the intimidating vocabulary of theologians? Have you assumed that studying the attributes of God is for seminary students only? Or maybe “just for men”? Have heavy doctrinal themes felt beyond you and your everyday world? If so—if you’ve ever thought theology was too deep, too impractical, or too irrelevant for your life as a woman—this book is for you.

As author Wendy Alsup explores fundamental theological issues you’ve always wondered about—minus the daunting vocabulary and complex sentence structure of academic tomes—she brings them into real life… into your world… and reveals the heart of true theology. It’s really about “simple yet incredibly profound stuff that affects our daily lives,” she says. Stuff like faith and gaining a right knowledge of God as the foundation for wise daily living.

Alsup writes: “Truly, there is nothing like a good grasp of accurate knowledge about God to enable you to meet the practical demands of your life—the practical demands of being a daughter, mother, wife, sister, or friend.” Let Practical Theology for Women show you the everyday difference that knowing God makes.

I can't wait to read it and share, so far the reviews say it's great.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Jimmy O: MawMaw & PawPaw

They come as a package, MawMaw and PawPaw. It's hard to imagine one without the other.

Their wedding day



One of my favorites

MawMaw would have my head if she knew
I put this picture up, but I love it!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Jimmy O: An Eulogy

To see the suffering in the past couple of weeks have been a difficult period for us. Losing a loved one is difficult but we also lost a friend, an inspiration, a civil servant, a leader, a boss, and a visionary. No words can express what we are feeling right now and I’m sure only time can help us accept the fact.

Our father was one of those hard working fathers that always sought to provide for his family and for others. His words were the law in our house and at Red-Line. When I was young, I used to fear him but later I recognized he was already teaching me some of the most valuable lessons in life.


To stand up for what you believe in. To have principles. To have Faith.

But most importantly to Act on those Principles and Faith.

If someone said it could not be done, he would ask why not and conquer it anyhow. The mountain was never too high! If there was a mountain he could not climb, he was comfortable in asking God for the ability to climb higher. It’s only from the top, did you have the best view. As we grew older, we understood that he was teaching us along the way to be self-sufficient and handle your own affairs and give back to the community. He had a solution to every problem and had his ways of making things simple.

Many of you have discovered that he was a very compassionate and kind person. He would give his time, resources and monies increasingly to missions, churches, individuals, foundations, universities, benefits, sports teams and a host of other activities. He had a GREAT BIG HEART for the hurting. To his friends and community he was always ready to help. He never asked anybody for help and he never wanted to be acknowledged for anything he did. When he helped, he simply helped.

I remember when we were little he was very strict as a father but that’s only because he cared for us and that the most important thing that he cherished was us, his family. He would often say how really proud he was of what we have become. We are who we are now because we had a father like him.

He showed strength until the end and like Jesus some of his last words were, “take care of your mama.” We promise we will continue what our father has started. We k
now we’ll be filling huge shoes but with your help we can do it.

Let’s remember how our Jimmy O shared everything that he had with us. And let’s celebrate that he has finally gone home to our Creator.

written by David Oxendine, my father


Friday, January 23, 2009

Jimmy O: Obituary


James (Jim) LeVerne Oxendine, 72 of Rock Hill, SC departed this life on January 19, 2009 at Carolina's Medical Hospital of Charlotte after a brief illness. Jim was born on February 3, 1936 in Rowland, North Carolina to the Reverend James E. and Esther Oxendine of Rowland, NC.

He and Magdalene Jacobs were married on May 26, 1955 in Dillon, SC. He was a member of Catawba Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC where he served a number of roles during his 37 year attendance. He was the founder and President of Red-Line, Inc. of Rock Hill, SC and so honored by a host of achievements and awards during his 23 years of ownership.

Survived by his wife of 53 years, Magdalene Oxendine, Rock Hill, SC; son & daughter-in-law Gregory & Sheila Oxendine, Rock Hill, SC; son James Michael Oxendine, Rock Hill, SC; daughter & son-in-law Denise & Rodney Moore, Rock Hill, SC; son & daughter-in-law David Wayne & Kimberly Oxendine, Rock Hill, SC; 14 grandchildren; 1 step granddaughter; 4 great-grandchildren; his sister Ruby Tireman and Bobby Oxendine, Rock Hill, SC; Vergie O. Goolsby, Fairmont, NC; Barbara A. Strickland, Linda Oxendine-Emanuel, Brenda Lynn Hunt, and Larry Morgan, Lumberton, NC; Brenda F. Strickland, Pembroke, NC; Johnny B. Oxendine, Tampa, FL; and Sonya Allen-Toman, Yuma, AZ.

He was predeceased by his son Donny LeVerne Oxendine of Stanfield, NC, his parents James E. and Esther Oxendine of Lumberton, his sisters Myrtle Allen and Lucille Oxendine of Lumberton, NC and his brothers Tony, Furmage and Harold Oxendine of Lumberton, NC.

In 1986, Jim Oxendine founded Red-Line, Incorporated – a chemical manufacturing operation. Jim Oxendine, who was President of Red-Line Incorporated a chemical manufacturing operation was the eldest son of 14 siblings raised on a farm near Lumberton, N.C. He worked the fields of the farm two hours before school each day and would leave class at noon. He dropped out of school in the 10th grade to mind the farm for his dad, a sharecropper and minister. He also completed construction work on the side.

He married and sought permanent work at age 19. He traveled to Philadelphia and began work with Neats Foot Oil Refinery. Soon he was promoted to pumping engineer and then operated semi-trucks for the company all over the East Coast. In the mid-1960’s, he returned to the South and was employed with Southern U.S. Chemical and was assigned plant manager within a year. In 1972, he orchestrated a move of Southern U.S. Chemical to Rock Hill, SC and remained as plant manager until 1978 when he joined Annandale Corporation as their Plant Manager in Charlotte, NC. Annandale was sold in 1986. At age 50 and with much determination and a plan, he decided start his own chemical business. The success of Red Line is credited to his long hours and determination to provide quality manufacturing and customer service as the premier focus.



Mr. Oxendine was an avid philanthropist with support to a host of organizations and causes to include his church, mission organizations, The National Kidney Transplant Assistance Fund, the National Kidney Foundation, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Cancer Institute, the Special Olympics, the Rock Hill Area Arts Council, The Red Cross and area sports youth programs. He was very involved at UNC Pembroke and was a loyal supporter of the First and Ten Football Campaign and a member of the Chancellor’s Club and Braves Club.


Visitation will be held Thursday January 21, 2009 from 6:30 - 8:30pm with a celebration of his life service will on Friday, January 22, 2009 from 3pm - 5pm. Both events will be at the Catawba Baptist Church of Rock Hill, SC. Green Funeral Home of Rock Hill is arranging with officiating by Dr. Tommy Huddleston and his pastor Ron Richardson. Internment will follow at the Catawba Baptist Church Cemetery, Rock Hill, SC.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jimmy O: My Thoughts

After I found out that PawPaw had passed on from this life to the next I felt disoriented, sober, and busy. I remember putting my son in his crib and looking at him, telling him we were going on a trip soon. That PawPaw had died and was in heaven with Jesus. He just smiled.

But my heart choked and I could feel tears in my eyes. I felt a little lost, a little empty. I told him that PawPaw was in a better place, that he didn't hurt anymore.

And as I told Joey where PawPaw was, my eyes filled with tears, I knew PawPaw was in a much better place, even though his going hurts our hearts. I just imagine him standing in heaven--standing, no cane, no weak legs--looking across this vast expanse of light smiling. For "the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb" (Rev. 21:23).

And then, it got me. He's free. I am sad at his going, but he is free. It was as if suddenly I remembered that well-quoted verse, "and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away" (Rev. 21:4).

He is standing in the presence of Jesus! What better place is there to be? He is in the place where thousands upon thousands sing, continually, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing" (Rev. 5:12). He is there in the kingdom of the One who so graciously saved his soul.

Oh, Hope beyond us all! What hope would there be in death, what consolation, without the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior? Even more than this our hope, PawPaw's hope, is in the One who has overcome!

"O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" (1 Cor. 15:55)

The grave has been conquered and victory is won. The power of sin and death are no more.

"Jesus has overcome, and the grave is overwhelmed.
Victory is won, He is risen from the dead!"
- I Will Rise, by Chris Tomlin

Standing free, our father, our grandfather, our dear friend is standing in the place where there is no need for light--for God is the Light--and sings, "Worthy is the Lamb!"

What a glorious place to be!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Jimmy O: My Processing


As some of you know, my grandfather (my dad’s father, who we call PawPaw) had been hospitalized for a few weeks and Saturday I got a call from my mom saying that the doctor’s said the family needed to make a decision of when to take him off life support. So, Joe and I decided that I should go back (with Joey) to be with my family for a few weeks.


PawPaw passed away on Monday afternoon. To put it simply, his immune system was weak, his kidney couldn't function, and his lungs were filled with fluid. Machines had been keeping him alive since Thursday. He was transferred to another hospital on Thursday and remained in ICU until his death. In his living will he stated that he didn't want to be kept alive by machines. So, after a biopsy came back showing no change, MawMaw called the family to come and say good-bye.


They all came, children and grandchildren, they stood around him as he was taken off the machines, while the nurse increased his morphine drip anytime it seemed he was struggling. He was gone within 15 minutes. He was gone.


I wanted to be there. I wanted to see him just one last time. That was my PawPaw. He wasn't just grandfather. He was the pillar of our family. Strong. Determined. Stubborn. He was my Indian Granddaddy that I was (am!) so proud of. How many people don't graduate high school, yet go on to start their own business? And, a chemical business at that!

He faced opposition, because of the color of his skin and overcame. He raised a family. Five children. Fourteen grandchildren. Four great-grandchildren. He had a heart as large as the ocean and gave generously. He loved people, telling stories, and teasing you. You can't think of PawPaw without also thinking of his Indian drums, love for western movies, and that tractor...

I can't help but be proud of him. To think much of him, even with all his idiosyncrasies. To me, he was an overcomer. An example to keep pressing on. Nothing's impossible with hard work and prayer. Excuses aren't necessary, just give it a try, even in the face of opposition. He was a man i could look up to.

He was my PawPaw, and for that, I loved him.


Still, I can't believe he's gone. It's unreal to me. Sitting in MawMaw's house this afternoon, even looking at his pictures on the coffee table, I fully expected him to come walking through the door or to see him riding across the lawn on the tractor.

It'd be so natural.




Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Practicing Hospitality Giveaway!

Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking is getting ready to launch a new book study. The book is Practicing Hospitality by Lisa Tatlock and Pat Ennis.

You can enter the giveaway for a copy of the book here. One of the authors actually contributed 9 more books, so there will be ten copies given away--how exciting (and generous)!

Give­away ends Friday, Jan­u­ary 16, at 5:00 pm PST.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Works-for-Me Wednesday: Home Fries

I'm a potato girl through and through. I love them in any form...at least, any form that's tasty. My weakness? French fries.

I've found a quick way to make some yummy home fries using an apple wedger. Just cut the potato in half, then placing the potato with the flat side on the cutting board use the apple wedger the same way you cut an apple.

It makes for quick home fries. I usually put the cut potatoes in a bowl with 2TBSP of olive oil, salt/pepper, and a bit of garlic powder, then put them in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes (depending on how crispy you like them).

Our Last Visit


Last Tuesday was our final visit at Best Start Birth Center. After coming for so long, seeing all the familiar, friendly faces, and having such a momentous event happen there leaving, knowing we're not coming back, was just weird.

We went back for my sixth week postpartum visit and Joey got his hearing test done as well (he can hear, which we figured). It was good to go back and see Jude. She wasn't there for the birth, but she was the midwife I saw the most throughout my pregnancy (all but 4 or 5 times). And it was fun to have her meet Joey. I mean she poked and prodded him plenty of times. I definitely enjoyed my experience at Best Start.

We find out some interesting stats about Best Start while we were visiting. There was a nursing class having a tour and we found out that Best Start is the only free-standing birth center in San Diego and the first (or one of the first) in California, as well as the center is 25 years old.

It's 3am and I'm writing this post...

Joey's been sleeping well lately. He goes down for the night between 6:30pm and 7:30pm, then sleeps anywhere from 10pm to 1am before he wakes up fir his first feeding. He wakes up again anywhere from 3am to 5am for the next and then (most days) is back to sleep until 8:30am or 9am.

But a few times a week he wakes up, eats, and stays awake. Hence the reason I am writing this post. I guess he's gotten enough sleep and needs an intermission to play. I can't complain. He's not crying or screaming and rarely fussy, he just needs to get tired again. While he's having his play/get tired again time, I read, blog, or browse the internet. So, yes, I'm awake...kind of.

I've been meaning to update my blog lists for a few months now. I have two new blogs I've been reading and enjoying...and they happen to be sisters!

Introducing...

Empowered Traditionalist by Christa Taylor (who happens to own her own clothing website, cute & modest clothes at Christa Taylor)

Passi0nate Homemaking by Lindsey Edmonds

I'll say a little more about them & why I like them when it's not 3am and I have more than one hand free (yes, I'm chicken pecking).

Another introduction...


Also, I've yet to announce here that I launched a new blog in September/October. The topic?

Scrapbooking.


Here's a blurb from the About page:

Such a Time Scrapbooking is not your usual scrapbook blog, it is so much more. Our desire at Such a Time is to provide scrapbookers and papercrafters, of all skill levels, the tools and inspiration to enjoy scrapbooking and improve their skills.

We believe that scrapbooking is easy, simple, and accessible to everyone. We’ve heard too many women say, “Oh, that’s so cute! But I could never do that. I’m not creative.” Our hope is to demystify and simplify the scrapbooking process, while encouraging scrapbookers and papercrafters to explore and enjoy the process of creating.

Our goal is to offer step-by-step tutorials (with pictures), how-to articles, organizing tips, design layouts, and a weekly introduction to scrapbooking. As we grow, the list will expand to include weekly challenges, contests, giveaways, and a community gallery and forum.


Go and visit! I'm off to bed...finally.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Last week was my first week back in the kitchen after having Joey, and it went pretty well. This means it's back to the menu planning in hopes of quicker, smoother afternoons in the kitchen and a grocery list made before I get in the car.

I've been trying to find recipes that are quick, simple, and healthy with as much whole foods (sans processed, boxed, or canned). I find this cheaper, healthier, and all around better. This week I got most of my recipes from Lindsey at Passionate Homemaking.

M - Spiced Avocado Sandwiches on Rye with home fries
Tu - Lentil & Rice Casserole with veggies
Wed - Garden Chowder with dinner rolls
Th - Sloppy Lentils with home fries & veggies
Fri - Red beans & rice
Sat -Spaghetti or Leftovers

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Booklist for 2009

Books for the new year...

Simple Mom Book Club
Biographies
  • Becoming Jane, by Jon Spencer
  • Jane Austen, by Claire Tomalin
  • The Journals of Jim Elliot, edited by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Through the Shadowlands: The Love Story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman, by Brian Sibley

Non-Fiction
  • Story, by Robert McGee
  • Birth, by Tina Cassidy
  • More-with-Less Cookbook, Doris Longacre
  • What's Wrong with the World?, G.K. Chesterton
Fiction
  • Daisy Miller, by Henry James

  • Lady Windermere's Fan, by Oscar Wilde
  • Arms and the Man, by George Bernard Shaw
  • The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • Sandition, by Jane Austen
Christian Non-Fiction
  • Sacred Chaos, by Tricia Rhodes (My pastor's wife!)
  • God is the Gospel, by John Piper
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, edited by John Piper & Wayne Grudem
  • Practical Theology for Women, by Wendy Horger Alsup
  • The Hidden Art of Homemaking, by Edith Schaeffer
  • Stepping Heavenward, Elizabeth Prentiss
  • The True Woman, by Susan Hunt
  • Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World, by Carolyn McCulley

Friday, January 09, 2009

We're back!

We had a great Christmas and vacation with my family back in SC. All the grandparents and great-grandparents, aunts/uncles got to hold and hang out with Joey.

We've been back for two weeks now and have gotten back into our routine (still new with the baby) and are enjoying life. Not much to say now except our little boy is growing and growing, and getting all the more adorable.

He's "talking" and even laughs on occasion. He plays with his animal friends. And he's getting some good fat on his little body...some nice baby rolls.

And, yes, I've taken pictures since we've gotten back (and even a few videos). Here they are:


One-month old

Look! It's Captain Adorable!

Dancing with Grandpa (and singing) to Dean Martin

I love this picture...so serious...so cute...

I think he picked up some moves from Kung Fu Panda, what do you think?

On a walk with mom

Up close and personal