Symphony

The Symphony cruise ship from Crystal Cruises is beautiful.  I like the fact that it’s smaller than most cruise ships, elegant, has several different restaurants, has a great crew and provides lots of activities.  On the days we were cruising we had plenty to keep us busy.

This is one of the evening shows.  We had the option of going to movies, too, or dancing to live jazz music.

Once again, here are some pics from mealtimes.

We were cruising in November of 2015 (three months after our 40th anniversary), so it wasn’t surprising that some Christmas characters started showing up, mysteriously, from day to day.  It was fun to watch the transformation of the entire ship.

 

Leaving Miami

It wasn’t long until we were boarding our ship–Crystal Cruises’ “Symphony”– and heading off into the Caribbean.  How exciting!

It didn’t take Paul long to get into his running shoes.

The “Symphony” really is a beautiful ship.

We had chocolate-dipped strawberries in our room waiting for us!

We watched the sunset over Miami and were happy to be on our way.

Then we got dressed up for the first meal onboard; we wouldn’t always have to dress this fancy, but it was nice for the first evening, and the food never disappoints!

 

 

First Stop

Miami–the first stop on a cruise my husband and I took a couple of years ago in honor of our 40th anniversary.  I recently discovered that I had never posted about the cruise, so I’ll share the event now in hopes of encouraging some of you to do the same.  It was a wonderful cruise!

Sarah joined us in Miami for a few days before Paul and I departed on the ship.

How we loved the beach and all the crazy sights!

We enjoyed cuban sandwiches with plantain chips & mojito aioli.  Delicious!

The lobby and pool of our hotel was very inviting.

But what caught my eye was all the hilarious painted fish around town.

Sarah’s Quilt

My last blog featured a quilt I made for Jeremy and this post from the past featured Chris’ quilt.  I also made one for Sarah in 2010 that she absolutely loves.  She chose the fabric and it turned out real pretty.

As you can see below, I also figured out a way to make it into a duvet so she can put a comforter inside it.  The back side is a soft flannel that makes it extra comfortable.

I love the spirals Virginia Ohr quilted into the top for us.

 

Three More Quilts

Here are two more quilts I made several years ago, but failed to post until now.  The first one is called “Dutch Breeze.”  I really loved making this quilt; it’s very simple.  You just sew three strips together (2-1/2″, 1-1/2″ and 1-1/2″ widths), then cut four each at 4 1/2″ and sew them together into small 8 1/2″ blocks.  Easy!

The next two are called “Take Five” because they’re made with five fabrics.  I have two here, in different colors:

These are also really quick and easy to make, but with stunning results if the fabrics are right.

 

Firmly Nailed

In honor of our Easter celebration this weekend, today I share another wonderful devotion from Beth Moore.  How beautifully the Old Testament prophesies the coming of Christ!  There are numerous pictures and stories that prefigure the coming of our Savior.  Here’s one:

I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him.  He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.  I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.  I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will be a seat of honor for the house of his father.  –Isaiah 22:21-23

Now here is what Beth says about this passage:

If you study the Old Testament prophecies of Jesus, you will find that they come in a dazzling variety of forms.  In some places the predictions were clear.  They obviously pointed to the coming Messiah.  In other instances they were veiled.  Join me now as we look at an absolutely fascinating passage–these words that apply so beautifully to Christ at this moment.  In their immediate sense, they were written about Eliakim, the palace superintendent during the Assyrian invasion of Israel, but you can see their ultimate significance in terms of the cross of our Christ.

Note how God said He would give His servant the key to the house of David, opening a door no one can shut.  He said He would “drive him like a peg into a firm place.”  As unfathomable as the process is to you and me, the cross was the means by which God chose to position Christ in the seat of honor for the house of His Father.  The cross is the open door no man can shut.

Isaiah 22:23 says, “I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place” (KJV).  The original word for “firm” in the NIV and “sure” in the KJV is aman: “in a transitive sense to make firm, to confirm…to stand firm; to be enduring; to trust.”

Nothing was accidental about the cross of Christ.  The Son of God was not suddenly overcome by the wickedness of man and nailed to a cross.  Quite the contrary, the cross was the means by which the Son of God overcame the wickedness of man.  To secure the keys to the house of David and open the door of salvation to all who would enter, God drove His Son like a nail in a sure place.  A firm place.  An enduring place.

When God drove His Son like a nail in a firm place, He took the written code, finally fulfilled in His Son, and canceled our debt to it.  With every pound of the hammer, God was nailing down redemption.  — Beth Moore, Portraits of Devotion, pg. 270