Monday, December 20, 2010

My Kindle Keeper!

For our 6th wedding anniversary, just a week ago, my dear husband gave me the gift I’ve long wanted . . .  a new KINDLE!
It is a dream for me . . . I love to read, especially in my native English!  It can be difficult and expensive to find good books in Smolensk, or even Moscow, in English.  When I travel to the States I always buy stacks of books to bring back . . . using precious space and weight in our trunks.
With the Kindle, I can browse Amazon on-line, check out old favorites and new hits, choose what I need/like and, in seconds, download and begin reading!  All my books, thousands of them, will be kept here, on my new “virtual” bookshelf - the Kindle!  LOVE it!  I still get a tingling feeling all over my body when I think of it!  WHOO HOO!
Well, I just had to make a cozy home for my new best techno friend!  I looked at several tutorials for Kindle Keepers on-line and finally settled on this one from the Moda Bakeshop.

Here is my version:
I added velcro to secure the closing and left off the application.
I love how it turned out and the feel of it in my hand!  
So, what was my first whole book download?
It is a true story about a city girl who falls in love with a farmer and their first year building a farm in Northern New York state.  Their farm is a “membership” farm and provides meat, dairy, and veggies for hundreds of “members.”  
Thinking maybe we could start something like this in Selefonova . . . (am I crazy?!?!)
I have lots of new collectives:
    and, for Anton - Fear of God
but, so far, I only have samples in the collectives.
I downloaded a sample of, “The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy” by Cathy Porter and seriously considering this one for my next purchase.
Do you have a Kindle?  What are you reading?

Friday, December 3, 2010

“The List” or Mama?

In Sophia’s room there is a list hanging on her wardrobe.  Every morning, after breakfast, I say some thing like, “Ok, now it’s time to go do everything on your list.”  Sophi runs and checks the list so she can do it in order: 
Sophia’s Morning “To Do” List:
  •  Brush your teeth
  • Wash your face and hands
  • Brush your hair
  • Take off your pj’s and hang them up
  • Put on your clothes
  • Make your bed

After the list is done, she comes and tells me and we start our day.
One day last week we were in a hurry to get somewhere. 
I told Sophia, “Brush your teeth and hair and let’s go!”
Sophia, “But, MOM, that’s not how the list goes.  I have to do everything by the list, MOM!”  
I stopped, thought, and said, “Sophi, who wrote the list?”
Sophi, “You did Mom.”
Me, “So, I’m the maker and keeper of the list.  Listen and obey ME.  Today we just need to do things a little differently.  Don’t worry about the list, we’ll get everything done.”
As soon as the words came out of my mouth, I knew that what I had just said, God was saying to me.
I know that God is calling me, wooing me, into a deeper relationship with Him.  
God:  “D’Anna, let go of your religion and follow Me.”
Me:  “But God, You said in Your Word that I need to . . . “
God:  “D’Anna, Who wrote that?”
Me:  “You did . . . so, how could You ask me to do something different? 
           WHO is this, anyway?  Is it really You, God?”
Me, to myself:  “What voice is that - God? or maybe it’s Satan? - or just myself trying to 
                            get out of something?”
God:  “Listen to Me, learn from Me, do as I say  . . . and all those things will get done and 
Me:  “Father, it’s hard for me to let go.  But, I do want YOU more, so much more.”
God:  “You’re doing great.  Keep going, don’t give up.  I’m right here with you.  Do you 
            hear me?”
Me:  “Yes, I know I do.”
God:  “That’s My girl!  Let’s go!  I can’t wait to show you all we’ll live together!”    
I’m learning to turn to the Maker of the List more and more.  He is scarier and more wonderful than His List.  He can give me/teach me/show me more that the List ever could.  He takes me deeper into my own heart - far deeper than the List.  He searches me, He knows me and His Fire that is cleansing me is full of Love. 
I wish I could say that I’m jumping into this relationship.   But, it’s more like a slow wading in . . . feeling the waves gently lap at my feet . . . I’m still “safe” here, but I know I’m going deeper.  
One day I’ll be over my head . . . and it will never be “The List” that gives me all I need for that LIfe, but the Maker of the List . . . He Is!

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