I came across the hymn, Fill the Earth with Praise recently, and have come to really appreciate it. I love how doctrinal the words are throughout it. On occasion, I believe that it is very beneficial to dwell on an old, perhaps more “lofty” anthem, with words that require you to think. Isaac Watts wrote the text for this hymn, and recently, Soundforth (yes, I know, Bob Jones University, but bear with me here) set a melody composed by Sir Hubert Parry called Jerusalem (essentially the UK’s un-official national anthem) with the text by Isaac Watts.
Here are some pics from the past few months…I know we haven’t exactly been faithful bloggers, but here’s a brief update!
Dad Speckhals came for a visit back in April, and while he was here we all went to see Fort McHenry. Then we took the opportunity to again visit Shady Maple’s grand buffet in Lancaster County –It’s always a good day when you get to go to Shady Maple!
Next we took a little “getaway” to Virginia for my birthday. We were in the Shenandoah Valley, and it was beautiful…Spring in all it’s glory! While there we visited Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home.
Well, as you may have guessed, my husband spoils me! Almost a month later, he surprised me with a quick overnight trip to New York City for our two-year wedding anniversary! (Has it really been two years!?!)
We visited Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza, Chinatown, and saw the Brooklyn Bridge and some other historical spots including the Freedom Tower construction, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and a few others.
Andrea and I are starting to become more set in our ways. Seriously, we eat at Chipotle almost every Monday! All I have to do, instead of giving excuses and explanations, is post a few pictures:
Andrea’s Burrito Bowl is usually about the same: cilantro-lime rice, black beans, chicken, mild salsa (pico de gallo), medium salsa (salsa verde), corn salsa, cheese, crema, and every once and a while–their delicious guacamole.
My burrito has not changed in a long while: cilantro-lime rice, a small amount of pinto beans, chicken, mild salsa, corn salsa, cheese, and lettuce.
Okay, that’s not enough explanation for some. Here’s an excuse: the tastes are fresh and out-of-this-world good! Now, neither of us are health food nuts or organic people; but Chipotle truly emphasizes their hormone free products, humanly treated animals, and responsible farming. Do I care? Not really. Does it make the food taste better? I think so. Not only are their ingredients mostly “all-natural”, but they are fresh. I think that people do notice that. We do. The food even tastes mildly healthy–yet another thing I usually could care less about–but hey, it makes you feel good!
And yes, we’ll probably still eat here almost weekly!