Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Need I say more?
Tomorrow tune in for the humorous story of Ian and the 50 Apples.
It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there’s more life to come—an eternity of life! You can count on this.
Ian may look excellent in a kilt — hands down my favorite look for him, by far — but our library’s starting to look pretty awesome with bookshelves on.
To refresh your memory, here’s how the previous owners had set it up. This is what it looked like when we toured the house. (That’s a piano you can just see off in the bottom left-hand corner — it was a self-playing thing and they had it playing some smooth jazz or something equally inviting.)
Ian and I painted one wall red, but left the big one blank. We had the bookshelf brainstorm and picked a design. Then just a couple weeks ago, Deborah and I added this:
Now, after a day of one of Kenis Loven‘s craftsmen working on it, we’ve got this:
I love the color we picked for stain; as our pastor at church would say, “Love it, love it, love it!” There’s a lot left to do, but I’m extremely excited with how it’s looking so far. Stay tuned. I’ll keep updating with pictures as it progresses.
Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22
Remember how a month and a bit ago, I posted a picture of bookshelves we were getting? Kenis Loven said it would take about 6 weeks, and I’ll say that those were the fastest weeks I’ve ever heard of: our new shelves (artist’s rendering shown below) are scheduled to be installed starting on October 25, which is nearly upon us! It will take them 2 or 3 days to finish the job.
So to be ready for this exciting occurrence, I cleaned out the library yesterday in the morning. Then I painted the wall above where the shelves will be installed. Deborah came and did a beautiful job cutting in way up in tippy top corners and high-up, hard-to-reach edges:
You may be asking yourself, “Where have all the boxes of books gone?” This is a very valid question, since the books were slowly taking over the entire room as we unearthed ones we wanted to read. Conservation of matter says the books must have gone somewhere, and you’re quite right. More space in the library means…
…less space in the living room. This pile o’ books will remain there for another 10 days or so, which is nothing. I vacuumed under there before we put the boxes down and that’ll be the cleanest patch of floor in the entire house.
In the background you can kind of see a brown pillow on our couch. Jane stopped by and generously brought us two pillows as an early Christmas present. Thank you, Jane! They’re much comfier than the old ones.
Yesterday I also obtained a desk annex from Craigslist, and that freed up a nice little end table for us to use in the library. Our lamp no longer has to list on a falling-apart cardboard box. And last but by no means least, I’m working on a project on the computer that’s taking a lot of time but should be pretty awesome when I’m done.
I haven’t mentioned Ian’s job at all for a very long time. He has a nasty deadline today, and lately the stress level of the job has dramatically increased as a result. He’s doing a great job, and StrataGen is lucky to have a developer as diligent and awesome as Ian. I hope they recognize that and reward him appropriately. Fortunately, Ian has a mini-vacation coming up: He’s going to New Orleans for his cousin’s wedding. That should help release some of the pressure that’s built up over the last few months.
As for me, I have no idea what my future holds. It may have the Bicycle Alliance in it for another year or two, if the contract they offer me looks appealing; otherwise, things certainly look murky. I’m just hoping there’s a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy somewhere in that murk.