Jun 26, 2009

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Jun 24, 2009

Thoughts that Nourish

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

-Jim Elliot
Brief Biography

"I may no longer depend on pleasant impulses to bring me before the Lord. I must rather respond to principles I know to be right, whether I feel them to be enjoyable or not."
-Jim Elliot
Brief Biography

"God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him."
-Jim Elliot
Brief Biography

"When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die."
-Jim Elliot
Brief Biography

"Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God."
-Jim Elliot
Brief Biography

Jun 22, 2009

Resourceful Pin Cushions

Betz White whips up these whimsy-wonderful pin cushions using recycled sweaters. Take a peek at

Jun 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

My dad, Craig Matheny, showed great potential, even as a toddler.

Growing up with Daddy, I always had to sort through Father's Day cards because most did not represent my dad's interests. He doesn't golf, hunt, fish, smoke a pipe, or sail. However, he does hike, ride a bike, and do carpentry: all at close to 77 years of age!

Alright, this is not the type of bike he rides, although it would be fun to see my daddy in tights!

This photo could represent Dad, except that my dad packs meatier thighs and calves! YES, he is a stud!

This vintage illustration represents my sexy and classy parents looking adoringly at me. This was their Neo-Parent era when they truly did not appreciate the perfection of having an only child. My life was bliss! I had no competition or sibling squabbles. You can tell that I was not anticipating a future of babysitting 2 younger brothers and having my bliss altered by generous doses of testosterone. No, I would never trade in my brothers, but there was something to be enjoyed here.

I seem to remember treating my daddy to breakfast in bed, uh...once. (Hopefully, this is not an illusion of my leaky brain.) It didn't look this Rockwell-ish and we were not dressed to the nines while entering a picturesque bedroom.

Now, this card at least represents something my daddy loves. He has always enjoyed working with his hands.

Click HERE to view last year's Vintage Tribute.

Note: Pictures other than that of my dad are from