Wednesday, November 19, 2014


I am in the process of moving this blog from blogspot to self-hosted wordpress.  I know I don't post often, but new posts from here on out will be found at the following address:

Old posts and comments have been migrated to the new site.  The formatting and design still need some tweaking--bear with me, I'll get to it eventually. :)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Still a Zoo

I really like living near a big city, with all the amenities it has to offer, like the parks, and the museums, and the zoo, and the thrift stores.  (Yes, the thrift stores rank very highly in my estimation!)  Our three favorite places are the children's museum, the science museum, and the zoo, all of which are conveniently located within walking distance of each other, and bordering Hermann Park, another favorite spot.  All three offer free admission once per week or month, but as of just recently, we have memberships at all three, so we can enjoy them whenever we want.  When I was growing up, the children's museum and the zoo were very rare treats, so unlimited access feels like a real luxury, you know?

Anyway, last Tuesday was this month's free admission day at the zoo, so Mercy suggested that we all (the moms and kids anyway) go.

The boys and I, being zoo members, got to skip the line (the lap of luxury, I tell ya) so while we were waiting for the others, the boys of course had to climb on the rhinoceros.

Mercy and her beautiful daughters:

Luke is a popular little guy.

 Thomas and his mama

Admiring some Ankole cattle.  They have impressive horns!

 Snack time!

The petting zoo was a big hit.

As you may have heard, I now have a new niece.  Caleb and Leah were blessed with their fourth child a couple of weeks ago.  She's beautiful (of course) and hopefully at some point I'll post some photos.  But life is busier than ever, so no promises. :)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Rare Saturday At Home

Most Saturdays I spend at least part of the day up in Houston and/or running errands, but today has been an unusual Saturday in that I have been able to spend the whole day at home.  It's been a beautiful warm day, and we've had the windows wide open, the curtains swaying gently in the breeze.  This morning we hosted a psalm sing.  It was well attended, including lots of children, and a couple of visitors from Canada.

We sang three of my favorite tunes.

First up was Felix, which fits nicely with Psalm 14.

Psalm 14 to Felix

Then we practiced St. Botolph.  You may recall that I posted a very nice recording of this tune several months ago.

Psalm 27:7-11 to St. Botolph

Last of all we sang a tune that's very familiar to us here in Texas: Ericstane.

Psalm 142 to Ericstane

After the psalm sing, several of us stood and watched as herds (Or is it flocks? Gaggles? Swarms?) of children ran around in the front yard.  Visitors to our Texas congregation often comment on how many small children we have here.  And we have indeed been very blessed. :)  As the children get older, they are participating more in the singing, so our recordings may sound less "polished," but I like them better this way.  I hope you do too. :)

P. S. Remember that you can download these recordings, and others, to your own computer here.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Another Psalm Sing

Shortly after John and Naomi moved into their new place, they invited us all over for a psalm sing.  We had a great time visiting and singing, and recorded several psalms.  The acoustics were great!

 Psalm 71:14-17 to Stracathro

Psalm 107:23-30 to Torwood--note that we don't sing the tune as it's written in the latest version of the Free Church split-leaf psalters.  I believe this is an older version.

Psalm 127 to Artaxerxes--again, we sing a different version from that found in the Free Church split-leaf psalters.

Psalm 139:17-24 to Contemplation

Psalm 143:1-5, 2nd version, to Leuchars

And last but not least, Psalm 150 to Denfield

Hopefully we'll have another psalm sing soon.  Maybe next time I'll get the recordings posted in a more timely fashion. :)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Newest Babies Two, Three, and Four

Just realized that the last time I posted a baby photo was July of last year.  At the time, Adele was the newest baby in our midst.  This is what she looked like then:

And now she's a great big girl...

This year, we've added three more babies.  This one is my youngest niece.  At the time of this photo, she was in my kitchen begging me for a bite of pancake fresh off the griddle.  And how could I say no to this eager little face?

Then over the summer, John and Naomi were blessed with this little guy.  He is actually smiling in this photo, but you can't tell because his mouth is full.  (Might be teething...)  He is a very good natured and smiley little boy.  I think he looks a lot like his mother.

And finally, just a few weeks ago, Carl and Stephanie had this little boy.  Or maybe little is not the right word.  He was and is a very big baby!  Hard to believe he's not much more than one month old.  Look at his little mouth.  It reminds me of somebody.  Hmmm.

Some siblings and cousins of the above, along with Joseph (left) and Rev. K. D. MacLeod (right):
This was taken today at our Thanksgiving dinner.  Mr. MacLeod is visiting from Scotland for two weeks.
Life is very busy of late, but hopefully I'll find the time to post again soon.

Thursday, July 4, 2013


The boys and I discovered this the other day via Facebook, and have been enjoying it ever since.  GeoGuessr is a simple but fascinating online geography game.  Click to start, and you are plopped down at some random location in the world via Google Streetview; look around you for clues--landmarks, vegetation, road signs, even the angle of the sun--to figure out where in the world you are.


This game is a fascinating way to explore the world.  You might be surprised at what you see and learn.  Have fun!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I'm Workin' On It

A few people have kindly pointed out to me (errr...have been pointing out, for some time now) that my catalog of psalm recordings is in need of some updating.  If you've checked it out recently, you may have noticed a few broken links; and you may also have wondered why I haven't yet included many excellent recordings that have popped up online in recent years.

So, I've finally begun the process of updating the list.  I'm removing broken links, and adding new recordings as I see fit.  I'm no longer including every recording that I find; I'm just listing one recording for each psalm or section of the psalms, plus extras when I can't decide on a favorite (which is often).  Hopefully you'll enjoy my selections.  If not, remember that you can always visit the sites listed on this page to find more recordings that I haven't included.

The list-updating-process will be a gradual one.  Psalms 1 through 49 have been updated, and hopefully over the next few weeks, I'll get through the rest of the list.  Thanks for your patience. :)

Friday, June 28, 2013

Project Psalms Nearly Complete

I've mentioned Project Psalms before.  Project Psalms is an effort by some folks in Australia to record all 150 Psalms from the Scottish Metrical Psalter.  They've hired a professional tenor to do the singing; you can hear sample recordings here and here.

The recording has been finished, but additional donations are needed to pay for the editing/mixing and various other expenses.  Once the remaining $5250 has been collected and the project is complete, the recordings will be made available to the public to download for free.

If you donate $500 to the project (that's Australian dollars), you'll receive a full 15 CD set of the recordings, plus various other bonuses including the sheet music for the tunes used, and a hard copy of the Scottish Metrical Psalms with John Brown of Haddington's notes.  Of course, smaller donations are also welcome.

I look forward to the completion of the project; I think the recordings will be a valuable resource indeed, and I'm happy that the plan is to make those recordings freely available to the public.  I think this is a worthy cause, don't you?  Please consider donating today.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Psalm 103 to Kilmarnock

We're in the middle of a communion season here, so I don't have much time, but I thought I'd stop in to post an old recording of a psalm we usually sing during communion services: Psalm 103, the first six stanzas. I like London New best for this psalm, but I know a lot of people prefer Kilmarnock, so perhaps y'all will appreciate this recording.

This is an old recording of congregational singing, with my dad precenting.

Psalm 103:1-7 to Kilmarnock

For Psalm 103 to London New, see this old post.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Still Here

I'm still here, and I don't intend to let this blog die just yet. :)  I'm as busy as can be, but I thought I would stop in quickly to say "hello" and to offer an excuse for my absence: namely, that I've got a new job, working for Carl's roofing business.  It's just a part time temp job, but what with work, homeschooling, keeping house, and various other commitments, my days are very, very full. 

I take lots of photos that I intend to post, but I don't get to it quickly enough, and as the months tick by, I decide that they are no longer relevant.  So when I took this photo just a few minutes ago, I decided to post it right away, before it's too outdated. :) Here's Elijah with a happy smile as he listens to his favorite radio program, StarDate.  

He is growing up so fast!  And his hair is growing fast too--looks like it's about time his Aunt Mercy cuts it again!