February 2008 - further up and further in

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day Facts

Thursday, February 14, 2008 0
Valentine's Day Facts
Originally posted on my HSB blog, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day is often linked with cards, chocolate, and generally showing love to one another. But what is the true meaning?

Valentine's Day comes from a feast celebrated by the Romans. The feast took place on February 14th and honored two men named St. Valentine. It's not certain which one was associated with romance, or how the holiday got that meaning, but they were both Christian martyrs.

There's not much known about either of the two men, but one legend says that Valentine (we don't know which one), a priest, disobeyed the emperor Claudius II's decree that young men were not to be married. Valentine didn't agree with the law, and so performed marriages in secret. Unfortunately, Claudius II found out, and had Valentine thrown in jail. On the night before he was executed, he wrote a note addressed to his "Beloved" and signed it "Your Valentine". We don't know exactly who his "Beloved" was, but it may have been the jailer's daughter, whom he befriended and prayed for.

Another legend says that people wrote notes to Valentine while he was in prison, and hid them between rocks and cracks in the cell walls. He would then read the notes and pray for the people who wrote them.

St. Valentine's note is very likely where the concept for sending Valentine's Day cards to one another came from. Take time this month to pray for those you love or surprise them with some hidden notes or special words of encouragement.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sewing Snapshots of my Skirt

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 0
Sewing Snapshots of my Skirt
Originally posted on my HSB blog, February 12, 2008
Here are the promised pictures of my skirt:

The full picture:

A not so good close up of the fabric:

I hope you enjoyed them!

Friday, February 8, 2008

An Answered Prayer

Friday, February 08, 2008 0
An Answered Prayer
Originally posted on my HSB blog, February 8, 2008

For a long time I have wanted a guitar. I think it originated with a dream I had, and ever since I wanted one. Unfortunately, we aren't able to afford one, or even rent one. For a long time it was just a dream. Until this week...

I was getting ready for bed when Mom asked me how much money I had in my "guitar fund", which was my meager bit of money I was saving. I knew something was up, and I asked why. She said that someone was selling a guitar for $50. I immediately came upstairs, and Dad read the description of it to me (someone had posted it online). It was an accoustic Fender, that came with a soft case, a stand, and an instructional DVD.

I was only $10 short, so Mom & Dad said that I could pay them back. It was too late to call the seller of the guitar, so we sent her an e-mail and then decided to call her in the morning.

Thankfully, we were the first ones who responded, and so we arranged for us to pick it up Thursday, which is yesterday. I am so thrilled to have a guitar now, and have already learned a couple of chords. It did need tuning, but Dad and I figured out how to do that this morning. The only problem is we think the neck might be bent and is causing one of the strings to touch one of the frets and sound weird. We've been keeping it in a room with a humidifier to see if that will help, and if it doesn't we might have it looked at.

I am very thankful for this blessing. God has truly answered my prayers! He is so good.

I was trying to get a picture up but it wasn't working, so I'll try to get one up soon.


Edit: Here are a couple pictures:

My apologies to dial-up users!