an extra day bestowed for this year
a day to savor and to linger over.
Were you born on February 29th? How young you are!
Here is a small and exquisite treasure for you to enjoy
from a February over five hundred years ago. . .
a single page from
a little Book of Hours
customized for the Daughter of a King. . .
Joanna of Castille
daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
The Trimming of the Vines...
I'll share another page;
the month is January.
Can you identify the labors for this month?
Oh, Dear Hearts, does it touch your hearts as it does mine, that our Creator must truly care about the tiny details of our lives? I look at these medieval fellows performing their daily tasks with faithfulness, and it changes the way I go about the task of homemaking now. There is something holy in the tasks of man performed under the eternal watchfulness of our God.
The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children.
~ Psalm 103: 15-17