So how do you like the new layout? I am such a perfectionist, and when I get an idea in my mind I can't leave it along until I get it right. Unfortunately, I don't have photoshop or much knowledge about html and such so it takes me forever and still doesn't quite live up to my own expectations. I wanted to explain a little about the header, and the title of our family blog.
The header photo is of the humongous oak tree in our back yard. I've posted pictures of it here before. I love that tree, and especially the view I get to see out my back door. It's breathtaking when I stop and look. I love nature, and seeing the beauty and power in that one piece of nature touches me. So, that's the picture.
Next, the title. Why do I switch the words family and Rice? It's because of one of my most favorite movies ever, The Sound of Music. In the scene toward the end when the von Trapp family is making their stealthy getaway, the announcer (and friend of the family) calls their names as the winners of the concert. When they don't come, he calls their name differently, saying, "The Family von Trapp!" I don't know why, but I love the way that sounds. So proper and old fashioned. So, that's the title. Not that I am particularly old-fashioned, and I'm rarely proper.. but I try.
Now, the words at the bottom. These are song lyrics by Tenth Avenue North, from the song "Strong Enough to Save." The words just grab me. He'll break open the sky to save those who cry out His name. That makes me think of a lover ripping through a barrier to run full-speed toward his beloved when she calls out his name for help. That's love, people. The One the wind and waves obey is strong enough to save you. So don't be afraid to call on the name of the Lord! Not only is he strong enough, he is willing.
So, anyway, there's my explanation of the new blog. Not that I needed to explain, but I thought it might be nice to give all 16 of my readers a small glimpse into my heart and mind.