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!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

St. Botolph

Thank you Connor Q. for posting this beautiful recording.

Psalm 27 v 7-10

7 O Lord, give ear unto my voice,
when I do cry to thee;
Upon me also mercy have,
and do thou answer me.

8 When thou didst say, Seek ye my face,
then unto thee reply
Thus did my heart, Above all things
thy face, Lord, seek will I.

9 Far from me hide not thou thy face;
put not away from thee
Thy servant in thy wrath: thou hast
an helper been to me.

O God of my salvation,
leave me not, nor forsake:
10 Though me my parents both should leave,
the Lord will me up take.