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A Heart For Home: July 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

One Pure and Holy Passion

I'd like to share a song with you that I recently restumbled upon. When I first heard this song many years ago it had a big impact on me. However, through the years I forgot about it. Recently, this song popped into my mind as I was up in the middle of the night trying to get Jonathan back to sleep and, to tell the truth, feeling pretty sorry for myself.

I believe God brought this song to mind to help me remember that everything I do in my life should be done in order to please him. My actions should be pleasing sights and the attitute of my heart should be a sweet aroma to him. Needless to say, my attitude at the time was definitly not a beautiful sight or pleasing aroma. In fact it pretty much stunk!

Give me one pure and holy passion
And give me one magnificent obsession
Give me one glorious ambition for my life
To know and follow hard after You
This has become my new theme song. It helps me remember where my passion should lie and having that in the forefront of my mind is helping to convict me when I fall short. I still have a lot to learn about following hard after God and thankfully God isn't finished with me yet. I pray that this song will also be a blessing and encouragement to you today.

If you have trouble viewing the video, you can read the lyrics below the video box.





One Pure and Holy Passion

Give me one pure and holy passion
Give me one magnificent obsession
Give me one glorious ambition for my life
To know and follow hard after You

Give me one pure and holy passion
Give me on magnificent obsession
Give me one glorious ambition for my life
To know and follow hard after You

To know and follow hard after you
To grow as your dicsiple in your truth
This world is empty, pale, and poor
Compared to knowing you, my Lord
Lead me on and I will run after you
Lead me on and I will run after you

Give me one pure and holy passion
Give me one magnificent obsession
Give me one glorious ambition for my life
To know and follow hard after you
To know and follow hard after you
To grow as your disciple in the truth
This world is empty, pale, and poor
Compared to knowing you my Lord
Lead me on and I will run after you

Lord to know and follow hard after you
And to grow as your disciple in your truth
This world is empty, pale, and poor
Compared to knowing you my Lord
Lead me on and I will run after you
Lead me on and I will run after you
Lead me on and I will run after you

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Where, Oh Where Has the Summer Gone?...

...Where, Oh Where Can It Be?

I feel like this summer is going by at neck-breaking speed.

I confess that I've hardly had time to think about blogging recently. While I miss communicating with family and friends and reading your comments, I have to admit that our blog has been pretty low on our list of priorities lately.

While that might sound mean, it's place in our lives has probably fallen to where it should have been all along.

God has a way of realigning our priorities when life gets busier and requires more time and attention. Not that we won't continue to write and share tidbits of our lives with you, but please understand that if from time to time we seem absent, it is only because life has once again presented us with an opportunity to grow through new situations and trials.

Thank you so much for being understanding and for caring enough to read our little blog. We hope that somewhere in our rambling you will see our desire to live lives worthy of the calling of Christ and that something you read here will encourage you to seek a closer relationship with our gracious God.

Running the Race,
Tim, Allyson, Emahry, & Jonathan

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Etsy Shop Showcase & Giveaway ~ Pinkhouse Handworks

Pinkhouse Handworks is a Etsy shop operated by Janice, a stay-at-home mom with 10 years of experience as a Montessori guide. This experience has led her to make Montessori baby toys. Her Etsy shop offers toys from the Montessori Assistants to Infancy (0-3) course. These beautiful and simple toys are made to complement the growing infant’s natural physical development. These toys are appropriate for all babies and can be appreciated by Montessori and non-Montessori families alike.

In our quest to find safe, quality toys for our children, we decided to try Janice's wooden String of Beads. This toy is 4 1/2 inches long and is great for babies 3 months old and up. The String of Beads is the perfect size for safe holding and mouthing. The center beads slide easily along the string while the end beads are safely held onto the string by singed and counter sunk knots. This safe, heirloom quality wooden baby toy is reasonable priced at $8 (plus s & h) and is also included in the five piece Montessori Baby Toy Set.

This wooden String of Beads is another beautiful and safe alternative to mass-produced plastic toys. These wooden toys do not contain any of the harmful chemicals that are found in plastics and are not finished with chemical paints. Instead, the toys from Pinkhouse Handworks are safely left in their natural wood state without paint, finish, or glue.

Jonathan's String of Beads arrived safely wrapped in tissue paper and accompanied by a information card. Jonathan enjoys chomping and slobbering all over this toy. The size is perfect for him to fit the beads in his mouth, but secure enough that I don't worry about him choking. The small size also makes this a great toy to take on the go.

Here are a few more of our favorite things from Pinkhouse Handworks (http://www.pinkhouse.etsy.com/).

Click on the photos to view the listing or just browse through the entire shop. There are many beautiful toys to choose from.



If you make a purchase, please let Pinkhouse Handworks know that you found out about the shop at A Heart For Home.

Now for the Giveaway!

Pinkhouse Handworks has generously offered one of our readers one toy from their Montessori Baby Toys Set. This would make a great addition to any baby toy collection and would be a wonderful baby shower gift!


To Enter This Giveaway ~ Leave a SEPARATE Comment for Each

1. Head over to Pinkhouse Handworks and browse through the shop. Then come back here and leave a comment telling us which toy you'd choose if you won this giveaway.

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5. Post about and link to this giveaway on your blog or tweet about this giveaway (leave us the link in your comment).

Please leave a separate comment for each entry! That's one with the toy you'd like to win, one telling us our button is on your blog (with the link), one telling us you've subscribed, one telling us you've signed up to follow our blog, & one with the link to your blog's advertisement or tweet of this giveaway.

The giveaway will end Monday, August 3rd, at 12 Midnight EST. We will pick the winner through random generator. Make sure you leave a way for us to contact you.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Little Sapling's Teether Winner

Congratulations, Monica from A Penny for You Thoughts! You've won a beautiful wooden teether from Little Sapling Toys.

(You should be receiving an email from us shortly.)

If you didn't win, you can still order a heirloom quality wooden teether and many other beautiful toys here.