Friday, September 28, 2007

Thought for the day:

There is a whole world of difference between those who look only for their own happiness in this world and those who know that their true happiness lies in the will of God.

Elisabeth Elliot

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Today our family is in a flurry of packing to head out on the road again tomorrow, but I thought I'd share a few pictures from a photo session I had last night...

Thank you, Laura, for giving me the opportunity to take your senior pictures! You were a joy to photograph!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Classically Charissa

When someone has a birthday around our house, that usually means a photo shoot as well. I can't believe that Charissa is one already -- how she has grown! She isn't the cutest baby in Nebraska anymore, but definitely the cutest toddler! [grin]

Wouldn't you agree?!

So many dear expressions -- which one to choose?
I sure couldn't decide!

Doesn't that picture make you just want to squeeze her?!

Full of giggles!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Called to praise

"Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people;
that ye should show forth the praises of Him
who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light."
- 1 Peter 2:10

is a soil in which pride does not easily grow. An ungrateful person is a proud person, and if I'm ungrateful, I'm arrogant. And God apposes that arrogance.
-C. J. Mahaney

For your information:

Recently I've had several questions asked via the comment box, so here's the post in which I'll try to answer them. If I missed one -- feel free to ask again! I'm not always the best at prompt answers; life is full!

The most common question dealt with our bedroom makeover:
"How does one get into the top bunk?"
As the design for the bunk bed was considered, a ladder was definitely brought up. But Hannah and Susanna (who would be occupying that a 'fore mentioned place) asked for a rope ladder. Thus: a rope ladder it is!

It has more of a tree house effect...they can even pull the ladder up and make their bed a small get-a-way. So cozy!

The second question:
"Did you make up the pattern for your Bible cover or could you post where you got it from?"
The pattern is actually one of my sister Rachel's design. (I know, I'm a terrible copy-cat!) The cover is very easy to make, but complicated to explain. If you want specific instructions, drop me an e-mail and I'll try to explain it in such a way that will make sense. [grin] I had it easy -- getting to watch the making of the original!

And lastly:
"What kind of camera do you use?"
I use a Nikon D70, and have thoroughly enjoyed the 2+ years that I have owned and used it...and used it...and used it! It has taken thousands of pictures for me. [smile] I also have a Nikon SB-800 attachable flash -- an accessory that I use almost as much as the camera.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Psalms 119:23

"I will never forget Your precepts,
For by them You have given me life."

This week I pulled out some fabric scraps to sew myself a new Bible cover. The old one was wearing thin and ragged; a new one was long past due! But as I was busy sewing a new cover for the outside, I couldn't help but ponder the wealth in the inside. What a treasure we have in God's Word, yet how easily it is neglected or taken for granted.

God's Word can only bear fruit in our lives if we sow it there, taking the time to read and meditate upon it. The more I am in God's Word, the more I need it. No, wait -- the more I realize my need for its life changing work in me! The need never changes.

"Make me understand the way of Your precepts; So shall I meditate on Your wondrous works."
Psalms 119:27

The vigour of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.
George Mueller

"I will delight myself in thy statutes."
Psalms 119:16

The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible, 'In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.
George Washington Carver

"Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law."
Psalms 119:18

The Scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.
D.L Moody
"I cling to Your testimonies." Psalms 119:31

The Holy Scriptures tell us what we could never learn any other way: they tell us what we are, who we are, how we got here, why we are here, and what we are required to do while we remain here.
A.W. Tozer

"Incline my heart to Your testimonies...Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things. Revive me in Your way. Establish Your word to Your servant."
Psalms 119:36-38

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


...will never be destroyed from the outside.

If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

--Abraham Lincoln

Monday, September 17, 2007

On life's journey:

You can't live the same way
and expect new results.
Stephen R. Clark

Black and white

This past weekend as our family was singing in Iowa, I decided to take all the pictures of our services in black and white. Over the lifetime of our family blog, you've seen many, many pictures of us singing. And...they all look pretty much the same except for the church's interior (or possibly new singing outfits).

"Variety is a spice of life" I once heard someone say, so go check out the Wissmann family singing in black and white!


Friday, September 14, 2007

Why... I always find myself giving excuses for having been away from my blog for so long?! [sheepish grin]

I can't use the excuse of a crazy summer, (summer is over!) I can't use the excuse of being on the road and not having access to the internet (we are home and getting on-line is a cinch). And I can't even use the excuse of it being 'random' month, because August is over! But I'll try to give you a quick summery of part of my weeks' activities, and maybe you'll find them sufficient excuses, anyway?!

In preparation for the new bed my brother Stephen has been building for the room I share with three of my sisters, our thoughts turned towards re-decorating. Considering that we haven't done anything with it for 7-8 years and the maturity level of its room-mates has dramatically gone up in that time, we all decided it was time for some fresh air and color and began brainstorming for ideas.

Before the week began....

.::why I didn't blog on Tuesday::.
Shopping with Mommy in Lincoln, I was thrilled to come home with quilts that were exactly the colors we were all wanting...and the fact that they were on a huge clearance rack made them even better!

The bed being completed frame-work wise, it was now dismantled for the process of being stained to match the woodwork in our bedroom. Many thanks go to Elizabeth, who put in some lo-o-ong hours and days, persevering to get it done.

.::why I didn't blog on Wednesday::.

Now for the paint! Taping, brushing, rolling, cleaning back up; maybe you know how that goes?
The bed continued to make progress as well; it was carefully timed so that both coats of varnish were applied in one day.

.::why I didn't blog on Thursday::.
The day that it all came together.
The bed was done.
The main accents were chosen.

After Matthias and Stephen carefully brought the bed frame pieces upstairs, the process began of putting it all together -- thanks, guys! What a blessing strong brothers are!

My sister Rachel is a curtain genius. Clearance curtains (a shout here for sales!), a little ribbon and a few berry bunches...aren't they adorable?! Thank you, Rachel!!

I still need to sew a few pillow shams and hang some pictures on the wall, but the majority of the work is done. We re-arranged the room a bit (which is quite a feat with the possessions of four girls having to be stored somewhere).

And last but not least -- the bedroom as of now!

(And am I excused from not blogging this week?!)

Monday, September 10, 2007

His melody

Tune Thou my harp;
There is not, Lord, could never be
The skill in me.

Tune Thou my harp,
That it may play
Thy melody,
Thy harmony.

Tune Thou my harp;
O Spirit, breathe Thy thought through me,
As pleaseth Thee.

-Amy Carmichael

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Poured out

Isn't it amazing what pictures can be conveyed using words?

"Pour out your heart
like water
before the face of the Lord."
Lamentations 2:19

What comes to your mind after reading this verse?

For me -- if I pour water out, I can't gather it up again, nor claim it as my own. I have given it up; surrendered it over. It's simple: it is not expected back. Grasping at the little drops to reclaim them doesn't accomplish us anything; it only gives one frustration.

If I pour out my heart like water before the Lord, I can't take it back nor call it my own. It is His to use and transform as He sees fit.

"..You are not your own."
1 Corinthians 6:19

Quilt update

The quilt continues to come along slowly but surely. 21 of the little pieced blocks are completed, only 10 more to go! I've found that with little home time, I can grab all the pieces and pin like mad while we travel, then get home and just 'sew, sew, sew!'

I've had a little helper sometimes; she plays so happily with her scrap of material, in fascination watching the needle go up and down (and knowing that the machine is a "no-no!") I'm trying to start her young...

And this has nothing to do with my quilt...but while we were at Old Threshers I was able to see their little quilt shop. Not only did they have treadle machine, but they also had an old hand crank sewing machine!

I didn't even know they made hand crank sewing machines. What fun it was to step back in time and give it a whirl -- though I am very, very thankful I am not sewing my whole quilt on it! [grin]

And just for laughs...they had this sign posted on one of the walls. I don't think I've caught this paticular disease yet, but there is always hope, right?!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


"Being confident of this very thing,
that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it..."
Philippians 1:6

There are no shortcuts to God's best.

Snapshot snippets

While my family and I were out on our most recent trip, I armed myself with plenty of reading. This time it was all about photography. For those of you who are also interested in creating timeless memories, I thought I'd share a few excerpts for you to ponder. (And though a few refer back to weddings, I think it applies to all of photography!)


pg. 6 -- Photographers take pictures to preserve memories. What can you do to make that memory better? More vivid? More lasting? What can you do to make the photograph more pleasing to look at? What can you do to make the image recreate the moment when you view this photo days or years from now?

pg. 6 -- One of the hardest skills to learn is to force yourself not to look through the viewfinder, but to see what is in the view finder --to make your eye scan the entire scene the camera sees.


pg. 107 -- Always look for the story behind the story...Instead of putting the camera down after capturing an image, continue to watch for natural reactions and emotion. These candid moments show the personalities of the people and the spirit of the wedding.


pg. 6 -- Photography tells two stories: the story of the subject who is the photographed and the story of the photographer. This second story is often overlooked, but should no be so easily dismissed. Just as the choices we make in our lives are clearly influenced by our personality, history, education, ect., so too are these influences reflected in the subjects we choose to photograph and how we execute a portrait of that subject.

pg. 29 -- You must never let your guard down for an instant. Moments happen in a flash and then are gone forever.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Happy Tuesday!

No -- I have not forgotten about my blog. We've had a busy couple of weeks on the road, finishing up with Old Threshers last weekend. [Go check out Rachel's post about it!]

Now we are home again and I am hoping to resume blogging more than once a week now that my random month is over...but don't hold your breath!