Thoughts on the Providence of God

As I began to compile my belongings for the upcoming trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, I was reminded of the kind Providence of God. I was packing only what was necessary for the trip; leaving behind those things which are unneeded during our journey. The cherished books and dishes I carefully wrapped in blankets and shawls – packing them gently between clothing to keep them safe on the long journey. The dishes, clothes, guitar, quilts, candle-holders, books, etc. are all intended to be period correct to the 1860’s. The packing made me ponder what it might have been like for the families that traveled to settle the American west. Having a wild unknown land before them – a command to take Dominion leading them onward. Carefully packing  all the necessary belongings in trunks and boxes: trusting in the Providence of God to lead them: praying that His Sovereign hand would guide them.

While my journey east to Gettysburg is not nearly of the magnitude as American settlers (and hardly worthy of comparison) it did give me an opportunity to  remember the Providence of God. He has been faithful to every generation – He will continue to be faithful in this generation: this He has promised in His Word. He has given us an amazing task of Dominion and Kingdom-building – let us not be weary. Christ has been given all power and authority. Let us remember the faithfulness of God and rejoice.  Let us take dominion and be inspired by the men and women who traveled west, spreading the Gospel and discipling the nations.

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Pictures from Wasioja Civil War Days

I had the opportunity this weekend to reenact in Wasioja, MN at their Civil War days. Here are a few pictures from the event.

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Harp CD Announcement

This Is My Father's World CD

I am happy to announce the release of my first CD! It is titled This is My Father’s World. It is a collection of hymns played on the harp and the running time is approximately a half an hour.  Mp3 Downloads and Hard copies of the Cd are available on CD Baby. Mp3 Downloads are also available on

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Spring, Photography, and a Husky

The snow has been melting at our house which has created a small brook running through our yard. I saw my husky playing in the water and ran outside to get a few shots. Here they are:




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Ann Hasseltine Judson quote on Missions

“Still, were it not for the support we derived from the gospel of Jesus, we should be ready to sink down in despondency in view of the dark and gloomy scenes around us. But when we recollect that Jesus has commanded his disciples to carry the gospel to the heathen, and promised to be with them to the end of the world; that God has promised to give the heathen to his Son as an inheritance, we are encouraged to make a beginning, though in the midst of discouragement, and leave it to Him to grant success in his own time and way.” – Ann Hasseltine Judson, wife of Adoniram Judson, Missionary to Burma

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1930’s Quilt and the Heritage of Quilting

Finished 1930's quilt.

This past weekend my cousin and I had the opportunity to finished a quilt that was begun in the 1930s. We purchased the quilt blocks at an antique shop  and determined it would be an interesting challenge to finished the project. The quilt blocks were accompanied by a newspaper clipping that contained a pattern. The quilter who had begun the quilt had finished the pieced blocks but had not gotten around to the embroidery portion of the quilt. After we embroidery the quilts blocks I pieced the remainder of the quilt on my treadle showing machine. The final step was to tie the quilt and that was finished this last weekend. The project got me thinking a little bit about the history and legacy of quilt making…

Quilts have a long and fascinating part of American history. Families have snuggled beneath quilts as they read inspiring stories of adventure, risk, and kingdom building. Quilts traveled in covered wagons as the pioneer families settled the frontiers. Every little scrap of fabric to be found was sewn into quilts and blankets by the resourceful southern women during the War Between the States. Quilts also were sewn from scraps left over from the famed “Flower Sack” dresses of the Depression era of the 1930’s. Quilts express the wonderful ideas of multigenerational thinking and  resourcefulness – they remind us of our tasks of dominion under Jesus Christ and our heritage as Christians. They also brighten our home and serve the practical purposes of warmth and comfort.

I have quilts that were made for me by my great-grandmother and my grandmother. They remind me of my own heritage, and remind me of the Providence of God, and His kindness towards me. I’d like leave a similar legacy for my own children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: I’d like to pass down to them a legacy of resourcefulness and dominion-minded womanhood.


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Hazardous Journey: Burma

I’m am happy to announce the launch of the Burma expedition website! Please take a moment to explore my brothers’ most resent project!

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Event in the Life of Fanny Gordon

The following is recorded by Confederate General Gordon:

To my horror, as I rode among my disorganized troops through Winchester I found Mrs. Gordon on the street, where shells from [Union General William T.] Sheridan’s batteries were falling and minie balls flying around her. She was apparently unconscious of the danger. I had supposed that, in accordance with instructions, she had gone to the rear at the opening of the battle, and was many miles away. But she was stopping at the house of her friend Mrs. Hugh Lee, and as the first Confederates began to pass to the rear, she stood upon the veranda, appealing to them to return to the front. Many yielded to her entreaties and turned back – one waggish fellow shouting aloud to his comrades: “Come, boys, let’s go back. We might not obey the general, but we can’t resist Mrs. Gordon.” The fact is, it was the first time in all her army experience that she had ever seen the Confederate lines broken. As the different squads passed, she inquired to what command they belonged. When, finally, to her question the answer came, “We are Gordon’s men,” she lost her self-control, and rushed into the street, urging the them to go back and meet the enemy. She was thus engaged when I found her. I insisted that she go immediately into the house, where she would be at least partially protected. She obeyed; but she did not for a moment except my statement that there was nothing left for her except capture by Sheridan’s army. I learned afterward that her negro driver had been frightened by the shells bursting about the stable, and had not brought her carriage and horses. When acquainted some of my men with these facts. With the assurance, “We’ll get it for you Mrs. Gordon,” the broke down the fence and brought the carriage to her a few moments after I had passed on. She sprang into it, and taking six-year-old Frank and one or two wounded officers with her, she was driven rapidly away amidst the flying missiles from Sheridan’s advancing troops and with the prayers of my brave men for her safety.

(Quoted from Women at Gettysburg by E.F. Conklin, pg. 29)

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Tutorial: Making a Skirt Out of Jeans

I have had a number of friends inquire about how I make my skirts. I thought I’d share this online in the hopes that other people might find it helpful. This will explain (hopefully…) how to make a nice denim skirt out of two pairs of jeans.

To begin you’ll need two pairs of jeans (if you want a fuller skirt boot cut jeans work well) the size that you want your skirt.

To begin rip out the inside seem of both pair of pants:

Now take  the  first pair of jeans and cut the legs off right below the pockets:

With the second pair of jeans rip-out the front and back seam part way up:

Take one of the leg pieces from the first pair of jeans and tuck it inside the second pair of jeans like this:

Turn the raw edge of the second pair of jeans to the inside of the skirt:

Line up the hem line of  the second pair of jeans and leg piece from the first pair and pin it in place:

Pin the middle back seam of the second pair of jeans to the middle seam of the legs piece from the first pair of jeans:

Make sure that the edge lies smoothly then pin the rest of it in place like so:

When pinned the the inside of the skirt should look like this:

Next sew very closely to the folded edge on the outside of the second jeans:

It should look like this when it is sewn:

Next turn the skirt inside out and trim off the excess fabric near the seam:

Follow the same steps for the front of the skirt:

Once both sides of the skirt are finished trim off the hem edge of the skirt:

Finally hem the skirt to the desired length:

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Lac qui Parle Music Video

Over 150 years ago, an act of obedience took a man and his family into the western wilderness of Minnesota to preach the gospel of Christ’s Kingdom among the Dakota Indians. Out of the work of God through the ministry of Stephen Riggs, a song of worship to the Creator based on Jeremiah 10:12-13 sprang from the regenerate hearts of once-savage men. Lac qui Parle, written in 1846 by Joseph R. Renville as a Dakota hymn, takes its name from the lake near the mission called Lac qui Parle (Lake that Talks) for the myriads of birds and wildlife that lived there.

The Lenz Quintet, along with Koleesa Amundson revive the hymn of another generation in an arrangement of the native Dakota air. Filmed on location at the historic Lac qui Parle mission site in western Minnesota, this short film seeks to honor the memory and work of the Christian missionaries who devoted their lives to laboring among the Dakota people in order to instruct them in the Law of God.

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