I have always found architectural drawings so fascinating. I even recently signed up a class to help me learn how to draw in such a beautiful way. This drawing is by Leonardo da Vinci (see this article). I adore the color and shape and composition. I know it was just from his sketchbook, but it's so fascinating to me. It allows me to reflect on what is required to build a good foundation not only on a page but architecturally and in construction.
One of John's recent posts (found here) really resonated with me and I've been thinking about it ever since, especially the concept of the keep. He said,
"the word for keep means to guard, protect, save, watch, treasure up, and celebrate. One way to understand the meaning of the word for keep is to think of the English word as a noun. Keep in English can refer to the innermost stronghold of a castle. This is the place where a keeper of the castle keeps that which is most precious, particularly his wife and children, safe and nourished with provisions that he also keeps there for that purpose.
In this sense, the Garden of Eden is a keep just as heaven is a keep where God keeps, protects, saves, and nourishes His family, or as the holy of holies in the ancient tabernacle and temple is a keep as a representation of heaven.
This understanding of the word keep is meaningful from other perspectives as well. For instance, to me it gives greater weight to what it means to keep commandments, implying obedience with a deep recognition of the importance of the commandments and of honor for the giver of the commandments."
A castle keep.
I adore a wonderful swashbuckling adventure with beautiful dresses and heroic knights. Then there are the castles, with their sweeping vistas that offer protection and security for the protagonists. Each castle has a stronghold, a keep where things of greatest value are kept. Even in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Ring series, there is a time when people sought refuge in the keep that was stocked with supplies, an armory, and even stables.
When I hear expressions like:
"keep the commandments"
"keeper of kin" and
I have to wonder if I guard or treasure up those things.
The teachings of the Savior?
It has also made me wonder if I had such a keep in my life and what would I add to my keep?
Realistically my home should be my keep, a place of refuge from the storms. A place where there is safety and security from whatever plagues or stresses we face. A place filled with what we hold most dear and precious. For me, that, of course, is the children, John, and the gospel of Christ. But it also includes the people who come and visit, the records of our lives and our ancestors.
My heart and mind are also keeps that contain the secrets of my innermost desires. Do they match my actions? Do I hold a grudge? Do I pretend to be something I am not? What do I value when no one is looking? What do I truly love? This has really caused me to reflect on the feelings of my heart and if I need to make some changes.
I've been thinking about this specifically with the Light Keepers workshop and what I want to present that is worthy of a keep. I hope thinking about a keep in this manner will help you better understand the name we chose for the workshop and ultimately where we find the Light for our keeps. More on that and the giveway tomorrow.
I wanted to create something to add to my little mini album and remembered that a family history document I created a few years ago for girls come. A few quick modifications and I slipped this page in. There are two formats, one per page and two per page.
I am also including the original family history page. A friend was teaching about how when we are looking for people we are looking for families and their story. She talked about fairy tales so as you will see it's a "Once upon a time..." kind of printable. It allowed the girls to look at records and fill in the blanks as they looked at sources. It was a great activity.