Monday, October 24, 2011

Singing and Sweets

Last Saturday, we had another psalm sing.  I baked a pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting, and invited others to bring more desserts if they felt so inclined.  Several people brought things to eat, including Hayley, who just happened to have a freezer full of Starbucks pastries that she was quite happy to share!  Thanks, Hayley!

I very much enjoyed the singing (and the sweets) and look forward to singing with you all again some time soon.

We started by working on the tune Howard again.  Once we'd beat that tune to death, as one person put it, we turned to the facing page in our split-leaf psalters, and worked on the tune Huddersfield.  Lastly, we did the long meter tune Duke Street.  Here are the recordings:

Psalm 92:12-15 to Howard


Psalm 98:1-4 to Huddersfield


Psalm 102:13-22, 2nd version, to Duke Street


(As always, you can download these recordings to your own computer from this site.)

We now have just over two hours' worth of psalm recordings, enough to make a set of 2 CDs.  Once I get a few CDs made, hopefully within the next week or two, I'll post more information for any blog readers who might be interested in a set.

My sister and her husband are finally back home after some time on the east coast and in Canada.  They stayed for dinner after the psalm sing was over, and we had some interesting conversations about their trip.  Maybe Mercy will post something about their travels soon, and I can share the link (hint, hint). :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sarah's Shower

On Saturday we went to a bridal shower for Sarah, who will be married early next month.  It was nice to spend time with friends and family, and to see Sarah's happy smile as she prepares to start a new home in a new country with the man she loves.

My brother is married to Sarah's sister, and my sister is married to her cousin, so I guess that means Sarah and I are sort of related too, or connected anyhow. :)

Isn't this a beautiful cake?

A nice photo.  From left to right, Sarah's aunt Terry, Sarah's sister Anna, Sarah, and Sarah's stepmum Anna.

The girls Elijah's age were playing house, which was too much girliness for Elijah, so he retreated to a book.

We're looking forward to Sarah's wedding.  It will be nice to see old friends from Canada, and to meet a few people from the UK and the Netherlands.  And our interim moderator, Rev. John MacLeod from London, will be here for a few weeks as well.  If only Sarah's sisters in Scotland could be here too!

I'm planning to take lots of photos in coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Photo For My Mother

Elijah's two front teeth, the teeth that have been loose for months? They have finally come out.

I think he looks cute with his two front teeth missing.


It's very difficult to get a good picture of Elijah. As soon as he sees the camera, he starts making the strangest faces! This one is blurry, but otherwise normal, so it will do.

Elijah is almost seven and still a ball of energy. He is in second grade this year, or at least that's what we're calling it. He says he wants to be an inventor when he grows up. He spends a lot of time designing and building complicated gadgets with wires and bits of cardboard and old computer components and modeling clay. He also enjoys playing with his brother, writing stories, and of course, reading lots of books.