The Parchment

The Parchment

October 20, 2011

It's here!

Fall has finally arrived!
The weather is crisp and cool.
The apples are abundant and the sweet potatoes ready to be enjoyed. 
So what else should we do but make Sweet Potato, Chipotle & Apple Soup?


October 12, 2011

I Call His Name...

This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth,
the LORD who formed it and established it
—the LORD is his name:
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you
great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

~Jeremiah 33:2-3~

October 11, 2011

Savior King

"We love you Lord, we worship you
You are our God, you alone are good"
~Savior King~

October 10, 2011

Emma by Jane Austen

"It is only poverty that makes celibacy contemptible."
~ Emma to Harriet on why she has yet to marry.

October 6, 2011

Day Fourteen: a Picture of your Best Friend(s)

I am fully persuaded that friends are seasonal.
I don't mean that they change with the wind or the climate.
I mean that God places a particular group of people together for a specific season.
I am so blessed to be surrounded by this season's friends.

 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens...
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance...
~Ecclesiastes 3:1&4~

June 19, 2011

I'll never forget it.

You may be tired of hearing me write about it, but my trip to the San Blas Islands of Panama last year was truly one that I'll never forget.  The beauty of the place and the joy of the children are only two of the many reasons this trip was memorable.*

Today, another medical missions team returns to the area. I'll be honest, my heart hurts a little to know that I am not going to be with them this year.

My task instead is to stay and pray for them.  Pray that God will open doors and that His work will be accomplished during the next 10 days.

*To read about the trip, click the 'about Panama' tab at the top of the page.

May 8, 2011

Here's what I enjoy...

Coffee with friends. Doughnuts optional. 

April 22, 2011

Some things just don't change.

Songwriters: Jared Anderson, Meredith Andrews

Publisher: WORD MUSIC, LLC

April 8, 2011

Standing, part II

First, let me say thank you for the many kind comments passed along via the blog, facebook and given to me personally. I truly wasn't fishing for complements when I asked the question in my previous post. Still, you have reminded me how blessed I am to be surrounded by such an encouraging group of friends and family.

Now, what do I stand for?

The truth is, there are many things I stand for.

~I stand for children.
~I stand for family.
~I stand for education.
~I stand for the unborn.
~I stand for the oppressed.
~I stand for missions.
~I stand for justice.
~I stand for mercy.
~I stand for compassion.
~I stand for love.

But above all, I stand for truth. Absolute Truth. Yes, though it is an unpopular stance, I believe that there are absolute truths. And I stand on the conviction that they can be found in the unerring Word of God.

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes,
you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."
Ephesians 6:13

March 30, 2011

"If you don't stand for something..."

"'ll fall for anything." I don't know who to attribute this saying to, but I am convinced it's true. 

Now, today I am supposed to offer you a photo of something I stand for. It would be interesting, I think, to know what you, dear reader, would choose for me on this one. So instead of presenting a photo, I choose to pose a question.

What is it you think I stand for?  What is the first thing that comes to mind about me?

March 23, 2011


Heard this for the first time today. It caught my attention and resonated with me. 

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering

All the while You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You're near?

full lyrics can be found here

March 18, 2011

A photo of someone I love.

My grandmother is one of the most wise, beautiful, loving people I know.
Words really can't describe how special she is to me. 
She is a grandma, a mom, a woman of faith, a mentor and a friend.
Yesterday, she sat with me, picked my brain, offered comfort and help.
We have a name for unconditional love in our family.

March 9, 2011

It makes me laugh...

So, an American, a Jamaican and a Nigerian all walk onto a porch and have a seat...

...and proceed to watch a World Cup game through the window of a stranger's house. 

Did I mention that the stranger's porch, house and tv happened to be located in Puerto Obaldia?

Yep. This is a photo that makes me laugh.
Somebody check day 5 off the list.  :-)

March 8, 2011


I am continuously amazed at how God speaks in that perfect moment.  I never really listened to this song until this weekend. When I heard the chorus, I was immediately convicted in regard to my attitude.  I am waiting. Still, while I'm waiting, I will serve, I will worship. 

"Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint."
~Isaiah 40:30-31~

March 4, 2011

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

That's a question that I like to ask friends and family on occasion. I've even been known to pose the query to someone I've just met.  It says a lot about the person, I think, when they tell where they would like to go and why.  I know there are many places that I would like to visit. That being the case, choosing the photo for today was a challenge. It's day four: the day to post a photo of a place I'd like to visit.

I would like to go to Alaska...

...because it's somewhere that my grandmother has always wanted to go. She had the opportunity one summer and passed it up. I think it's one of the few trips she regrets missing. I would like for the two of us to take a cruise to Alaska one day.

I would like to go to Hawaii again...

...because my mother would like to go.  My parents lived in California when they were first married. So close, yet so far away because of their newlywed financial status.  I would take her if I could.

I would like to go to the Grand Canyon...

...because I've never seen it and my dad wants to go cross country again. Everyone in the US should see the Grand Canyon at least once, I think.

I would like to go to Australia...

...because that is my brother's dream vacation. Wouldn't it be grand to experience the Great Coral Reefs and the wonders of that land down under?  Of course, he'd probably rather take his family than me. :-)

I would like to go to Disney World soon...

...before my nieces grow up and loose the wonder of fairy tales.  How exciting it is to see places like that through the eyes of children!

I would like to go to Europe...

...anywhere in Europe, because that's always been a dream of mine.  In all of my travels, and I am blessed to have travelled often, I've never gone trans-atlantic.  I would enjoy that someday.

Truly, where would I like to visit? Just about anywhere. 

Throw a dart at a map of the world.  Wherever it lands, that's where I would like to go.

while the sun goes down...

  • two young men pretend like they know how to play tennis.
  • a couple lets their toddler run around the court while they practice volleying.
  • a woman walks laps on the trail.
  • a pre-teen joins her, dribbling his basketball.
  • dogs take their owners for a walk.
  • an amatuer golfer practices his swing on the abandoned basball diamond.
  • the red breasted robins make their debut.
  • I watch it all, eating my french fries and enjoying a milkshake.

February 28, 2011

The tale of Judica, the starfish.

Day three: a photo that makes you happy.

Today's task, post a photo that makes me happy.  Does it seem strange that the picture is a starfish hanging out in an octopus sand mold? Allow me to share with you the tale of Judica, the starfish.

During the warm, lazy days of summer, one of my favorite things to do is to scoop up my nieces and cart them off to the beach. We're blessed not to live so far away from the beach. I'm doubly blessed that they love to go with me.

The day this particular photo was taken, Boo and I were at the beach by ourselves.  Moo was sick and the other adults had to work or were otherwise occupied (strange how that's usually the case with those adults...).  So we loaded up our backpack and hit the sand.

On arriving at the beach, we claimed our spot and headed toward the gully to splash awhile.  Wonder of wonders, what did we see? What seemed to be a thousand starfish hiding in the gully and sprinkling the sand.  In her excitement, 6 year old Boo really wanted to keep them all to show everyone at home.
After much discussion, she was convinced that they would be much better off if we returned them to the big water.

We spent half our time at the beach that day throwing the starfish back.  One lone starfish did she convince me to set aside for photo ops.  Immediately, our captive was named Judica and declared to be a much loved pet.

Why does that picture of Judica make me happy? 
Boo is 8 now. As she grows older, she may not remember that day at the beach, when it was just the two of us. But when I see that picture, I remember.
And it makes me happy.

February 26, 2011

Long, long ago in a land not so far away...

Day two: a photo of yourself at least a year ago.

Hmmm... I've noticed that I don't actually have a lot of pictures of myself available online.  So, I went and borrowed a previously uploaded photo for this one (thanks Lee!).  It's at photo of myself at least a year ago, alright. Try more than 12 years ago.  That's right folks. The precious toddler in the picture is now a 14 year old menace to society model of a teenager. :-) His mother, the beautiful lady pictured with us, is still counted among my close friends. I am so blessed with long lasting friendships.

February 18, 2011

Here we go again!

Wow, again, it's been 6 weeks or more since I've posted.  There are times when I think that I should write a blogpost only to find myself facing writer's block.  It's one thing when you decide to write because you have something to say, and another thing entirely to try coming up with something to say because you've decided to write.  I'm sure there has been no great loss of discussion simply because I kept my thoughts to myself.  The five of you who read this probably found some other way to fill your time. :-)  Still, I'm not quite ready to relinquish the blogosphere to every one else. So, in the infamous words of Bro. Jerry, "Here we go again!"*

I have a friend. Suffice it to say that she is my blogging hero. Recently, she posted a Photo a Day plan for her blog.**  And, because she is my blogging hero, I've decided - with her permission of course - to jump on board.  No promises as to how long this will stretch.  We've already established that my "a Day" plans don't always follow the standard 24 hour interval. 

Day #1 - A Photo of You

This is a photo of me taken about 1.5 years ago by my niece MooMaLa. 
She was 4 yrs old at the time. Not too bad, huh?

*See the About Panama tab for more info on the original phrase...

Day one: a photo of you.

Day two: a photo of yourself at least a year ago.
Day three: a photo that makes you happy.
Day four: a photo of a place you'd like to visit.
Day five: a photo that makes you laugh.
Day six: a photo of someone you love.
Day seven: a photo of something you stand for.
Day eight: a photo of something you enjoy doing.
Day nine: a photo of yourself when you were a baby.
Day ten: any photo you like for any reason.
Day eleven: a photo of a night you loved.
Day twelve: a photo of when you were happy.
Day thirteen: a photo of one of your favorite movies.
Day fourteen: a photo of your best friend (s).
Day fifteen: a photo of you and a family member.
Day sixteen: a photo from your childhood.
Day seventeen: a photo from a trip you'll never forget.
Day eighteen: a photo of your town.
Day nineteen: a photo of your favorite thing from school.
Day twenty: a photo of something you ate today.
Day twenty-one: a photo of somebody you find attractive.
Day twenty-two: a photo that you associate a good memory with.
Day twenty-three: a photo of something you want to do someday.
Day twenty-four: a photo of what you want to be when you grow up.
Day twenty-five: a photo that inspires you.
Day twenty-six: a photo of your favorite subject in school.
Day twenty-seven: a photo of something you are looking forward to.
Day twenty-eight: a photo of something/somebody that made your day.
Day twenty-nine: a photo of your favorite person from history.
Day thirty: a photo you find beautiful