One of the things that excites us about living in this parsonage is the fact that there is a fireplace for us to use and enjoy.  Last week, chimney sweepers came and cleaned out the chimney.  (In fact, they provided great entertainment between the use of the chimney vaccuum cleaner and the infamous chimney brush – “Hey, mom, that looks just like from the movie, Mary Poppins!”  We asked the guys if they would sing the song made famous by Dick Van Dyke but they said that would cost us extra:-)

Then, last night, Max brought home a grate, screen, and wood to have our first fire!  Everyone helped with scrunching up newspaper, gathering sticks from the pile in the garage, and taking things out of the boxes. 

our fire After just a few minutes, the sights, smells and sounds of an open fire filled our living room.  What a joy and relaxation it was to sit together, stare at the fire, read some books, and even have our ‘baby’, Jacob,  fall asleep on my lap as we quietly enjoyed the time together.

Next time, we will have to remember to buy some marshmallows… and chocolate… and graham crackers for s’mores!! 

 Exodus 24:17 (NIV)  To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.

 Your turn to share:  Do you have a fireplace in your home?