The title of this blog post is a quotation, said to be Navaho, that I came across I can't remember where or when - only that I loved it; and I have always remembered it.
This day, my daughter Alice gave me a beautiful thing she made for me - calligraphy by Alice on paper made by Alice. How fab is that?
The calligraphy is a quotation from a song called It Couldn't Be Better by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, whose music we love. My children grew up with an album of theirs that we had - on vinyl disc in those days of course. When they were little, they used to write and draw on the wall sometimes, and that was not surprising because so did I.
I took a big marker pen and wrote on the chimney breast in the kitchen, over the woodstove there, a quotation from that Ozark Mountain Daredevils album:
There's a fire in the stove
Keeping out the cold
Warming wine and winters and babies and home.
Seems the habit runs in the family :0D
God bless you, Alice. It's so beautiful.
And here on the south coast of England, it's a beautiful day.
Yesterday had something beautiful in it too. The Badger's grandson, his daughter's child, has just arrived, a little further north in Kent, and we were able to visit him yesterday, just two days old. May he walk in blessing all his days on this earth, may Christ walk with him, the Lord watch over him, and angels guard his way. May he be happy in life, and may he be free. May his home be full of love and full of laughter. May peace reign in his heart, strength and wisdom in his soul, integrity in his spirit and shalom in his body. Go, little baby! The earth hath need of thee.
You, whose day it is - make it beautiful.