Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

I asked Mary to choose a hymn to feature today, and this is the one she chose (after we had to eliminate some that I have posted quite recently). There are, apparently, many versions of the words to this hymn. People just took the original stanzas, chopped them up, changed them, and then put them into hymnals. So this is the version I grew up singing.

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Robert Robinson

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

A Day Which I Hope to Forget

Today was not a day upon which I will look back fondly. In fact, I am only posting because I didn’t post last night, and I know there are a few people who worry if I don’t post two nights in a row.

I had a really, really bad night and woke up this morning feeling very sick and weak. However, I don’t have someone who can substitute shop for me, so Jasper and I headed off to Walmart, where I alternated between wondering if I was going to pass out and wondering if I was going to toss my cookies.

I don’t think it is a “bug” of some sort. I think it is a result of some other health issues. By the time I wobbled out of Walmart, I was too weak to even load the groceries in the car. Thank goodness I had Jasper with me! I was so thankful to make it home safely and went straight to bed.

So, no sewing, cooking, or cleaning really got done. I was running a fever for most of the day. I would get up, stay up as long as I could (usually less than an hour) and then go back to bed. I hate having my plan ruined by illness.

I wasn’t the only one having a bad day, however.

Mercy has a very painful sprained ankle from running on Thursday night and can barely hobble from one room to the next.

Jasper asked permission to play with a friend until lunchtime, at which time he would return to clean in his room. 5:00 rolled around and I still hadn’t seen him. I had to haul my sick feverish body down the street in an effort to locate him. He “lost track of the time.” He also lost computer privileges and playtime with friends for the next week. I was so worried!

Lucy can no longer put off cleaning in her room and it has been very stressful. She had hoped to go to an event at the library tonight, but by the time she remembered, it was too late.

Mercy limped into the bathroom to help with cleaning and the faucet broke. This caused water to pour down inside the wall and into Walter’s workshop.

Walter had to go out in the pouring rain and turn off the water supply to the house–BEFORE anyone but Jasper had taken a shower. Then he and the kids worked hard to put buckets beneath the roof runoff so at least we’d have water for flushing toilets. I was no help at all because today, sitting up is kind of an achievement.
Poor Mercy was so horrified at the idea of going to church unwashed that she went to shower and spend the night at a friend’s place.

Walter continued to assess the water situation and ended up fixing things to the point where he could turn the water back on. My hero!

So what did I accomplish today? Lots of napping. Knitting five rows on a scarf. Crocheting the last little bit on a muff cord. Tuning my autoharp. That’s it. My bed is calling me.

One Week to Turkey Day

And I haven’t even started doing anything yet. I’d better get going!

Today was a difficult day, health-wise, and the only reason I mention that is so you’ll know that even though I didn’t do all that much, it took everything I had to get it done.

Today was the monthly homeschool lunch at the church where Lucy goes to youth group, so one of the first things I did this morning was to get going on cooking our contribution.

I also had to do school with Jasper and grade papers and prepare for my class. The food was done in time and we drove up to the church. I was able to get a few rows of knitting in before the lunch started. I got asked to knit a “bonus” project and I’m starting to get a little nervous about all the sewing and knitting I’m mentally committed to doing before Christmas.

I got to visit with some other moms at the lunch and then Lucy’s friend Martha came home with us, after a brief stop at the park so that I could drop off a copy of my book to one of the moms at park day. We don’t get to go to park day anymore because of my class.

We arrived home half an hour before my class started, which barely gave me time to make tea, print out my materials, and find the DVD for us to watch. I was just so grateful to make it through the class, and grateful for caffeine too!

Now I don’t have to teach again until December 1st, which is the day Lina returns!

Meanwhile, I need to keep track of Lucy’s efforts to clean her room. It needs to be in tip-top shape before Mary and Jordan arrive this weekend, because Lina will be coming the day after they leave!

I spent at least an hour today trying to get a “free” knitting pattern from the internet. I found the pattern on Ravelry and followed the link, only to find that I couldn’t access the pattern unless I joined the Yahoo “group” associated with it. So I joined the group, was flooded with a bunch of emails about it, and still can’t get at the pattern! So vexing.

Happy Day

What made today happy? Well, certainly not the lack of pain. My teeth continue to really give me grief, and I only have one more day of antibiotics to take.

One happy thing about today was that I helped Lucy clean in her room in order to begin preparing for her sisters, and I found her red cloak that has been lost for a full year! I’m surprised you didn’t hear my shout of exultation from wherever it is you live. It is such a lovely cloak and I knew it had to be up there somewhere!

I also made my first batch of hot chocolate mix for this winter. When I make hot chocolate mix, I don’t fool around:

11-19-14 cocoa mix

Cookie Delivery and Critique

After a really bad night last night (I have some health issues that sometimes surface at night) I struggled to get going this morning, and I was nervous about going to meet our new neighbors. Jasper and I went over there with our plate of cookies. Both parents were home, and they were very friendly and gracious. Their son was off at school, so we left the cookies and our good wishes before returning home. I’m so glad the boy was not as seriously hurt as we feared, but I still feel bad that he had such a traumatic introduction to our neighborhood!

After lunch Lucy and went out to run some errands. The time has come to make my world famous hot chocolate mix and we needed to stock up on the ingredients. Well, maybe it’s not world famous, but it’s pretty well-liked among my friends and family! I think that’s a pretty good accomplishment seeing that I don’t drink hot chocolate myself.

After returning home I just had to get my stuff together and head out for my critique group meeting. I am so thankful for those ladies who are skilled at finding my mistakes and pointing them out to me! Really. It is so helpful. Then we had our regular writers’ meeting, so I didn’t get home until almost 9:00. My one evening out per month!

It’s All Fun Until Someone Gets Hurt

How many times did your parents tell you that? How many times have you and I told our kids that? And still, today in our yard, some kids were having fun–until someone got hurt.

Today was my two-class day. After my classes ended, there wasn’t much daylight left, but Jasper and his two new neighborhood friends were playing in our backyard with Captain Jack. They were having a good time, and therefore Jasper forgot our rule is that outdoor playtime ends at sunset.

I was indoors, of course, working out chords for the hymns I’ll be playing this Sunday. Lucy heard some kind of commotion outside and (unknown to me) went out to investigate. What she found was a kid with a gash across his face, bleeding heavily, and asking for help. They got him to his house, and his parents apparently took him immediately to the emergency room to get stitches.

Lucy tried to figure out how he had hurt himself. The boys were playing a game that involved running away from the dog. The boy in question (I have not even met him and am not going to try to write his name) was obviously not familiar with our yard and apparently ran into some metal roofing sheets that we have over our wood pile. Ouch. That had to hurt.

I feel so bad for that poor kid. They just moved into the neighborhood, and he’s trying to get to know the kids in the neighborhood, and he gets hurt. Not just a little hurt, but pretty badly hurt. Lucy and Jasper are both kind of traumatized. We don’t know this family at all, and we don’t know how to help, so we’re baking cookies. We’ll head over in the morning and see how he’s doing.

Note: I wrote this post last night but wasn’t able to post it because I couldn’t get on the internet. We visited the boy’s family this morning and took them some cookies. He had five stitches, is doing fine, and went to school today.

No, Not One!

This is one of the hymns we sang (and I played) in church this morning. Believe it or not, I’ve never posted it here before. This was one I really enjoyed playing with our violinist. It was fun!

No, Not One!

Johnson Oatman, Jr.

There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!
None else could heal all our soul’s diseases,
No, not one! No, not one!

Jesus knows all about our struggles,
He will guide till the day is done;
There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!

No friend like Him is so high and holy,
No, not one! No, not one!
And yet no friend is so meek and lowly,
No, not one! No, not one!


There’s not an hour that He is not near us,
No, not one! No, not one!
No night so dark but His love can cheer us,
No, not one! No, not one!


Did ever saint find this Friend forsake him?
No, not one! No, not one!
Or sinner find that He would not take him?
No, not one! No, not one!


Was ever a gift like the Savior given?
No, not one! No, not one!
Will He refuse us a home in Heaven?
No, not one! No, not one!


No Car Drama!

Yes! It’s true! The car started this morning both going to and coming home from Walmart. That made it a good day.

What made it a better day was that I ended up being alone in the house for several hours. Lucy was at a friend’s house. Mercy slept in and then went to the library to do homework. Walter and Spencer and Jasper went to work on the grass and shrubs at the church.

So what did I do with my unexpected alone time? I wish I could say that I sat down and wrote several thousand words. Instead I did stuff that needed to be done. I washed dishes. I practiced my autoharp. I worked my way through multiple stacks of paper that have threatened to overtake the house, and was able to throw a lot of stuff away. I evaluated a craft project that I’m working on so I could figure out everything I still need to do before the deadline. I even knitted a few rows on my current project.

Eventually everyone came back, of course, but I still felt like I made a pretty good dent in my to-do list. I just need a couple more days between now and Monday and I should be almost caught up!

This evening Mercy was in charge of coordinating an international worship service on campus, and she got Walter to go and read some Scripture in German. The service went really well, and Mercy really enjoyed the mix of cultures and languages.

Just Kidding!

Today got off to a slow start because my alarm either didn’t go off or I turned it off in my sleep. Jasper got up, ate breakfast, and went back to sleep! Eventually, though, we got going on school.

Then someone found out that today was the day for the teen get-together at a local church, and I asked Spencer if he could take Lucy and Jasper, since his car is working at the moment, and he agreed but said I’d have to come pick them up since he and Kat had something to do afterwards.

When it was time to get the kids, I decided to go ahead and try starting the Suburban just for kicks and giggles, and because I really don’t like driving the van very much. I got into the driver’s seat, turned the key, and it started right up! I wasn’t complaining, mind you, but it hardly seemed fair after we had to skip the meeting last night.

As I’m sure you can imagine, I didn’t turn the engine off at all even though we did had some stops to make on the way home. The big question now is, will it start in the morning–seeing that it will be Saturday, and Saturday is the day that it traditionally balks at starting. My life is so full of uncertainty!

Same Song, Umpteenth Verse

Today I was busy preparing to teach a class, but I had made sure to save a little time to run an errand during lunchtime. Walter and Spencer came home, and Spencer wanted to try to get his car going, so he moved the Suburban to the other side of the driveway so he could get out. A few minutes later when I went out to run my errand, I got in the car, turned the key, and nothing happened.

I tried several times and got lots of nothing every time. So, no errand running. And then after class Jasper and I were supposed to go to the beekeepers’ meeting, but we couldn’t do that either! So, I stayed home and made spaghetti and practiced my autoharp. We had our first freeze last night and it is COLD for this time of year here!

It’s a bummer not having wheels. Hopefully Walter can get things figured out!