Friday, July 22, 2016

77 Years Later

It's been seventy-seven years since my father-in-law was in a hospital. When he was born. He has been blessed with good health and taken great care of himself.

So this hospitalization came as quite a shock to all of us. My father-in-law is in good spirits and making steady progress towards being ready for open heart surgery. Happy 77th birthday, Arnold!

Pictured: My father-in-law and husband, one month ago on Father's Day.

Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11 ESV

Thursday, July 21, 2016

View from the 6th Floor

My father-in-law is getting good care in St. Joseph's Medical Center in Tacoma. He had gall bladder surgery, which revealed issues with his heart. Good thing they found out!

Now he is waiting to have by-pass surgery, hopefully early next week. There are so many things to be thankful for in all this. We pray for continued healing and perfect timing for the surgery.

Pictured: My husband saw the sunrise from his dad's room, early this morning. Family members are taking turns spending the night.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. Psalm 5:11 ESV

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Stewardship: A Farmer's Heart

I knew I would learn something new when Pastor Seth Winterhalter preached on the parable of the talents from Matthew 25. A "talent" is a measure of weight, like silver. A talent of silver would have been about twenty years of wages.

Here are some thoughts:
God is in control of the harvest. I am in charge of how hard I work. I will not be judged by my fruitfulness. I will be judged by how I use my abilities.

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His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.' Matthew 25:21 ESV

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Backyard Meeting

Another day, another introduction. Our puppy stayed fairly calm and enjoyed playing in the backyard with my brother-in-law. It helps when friends and family are dog people. Can't wait for our puppy to meet my brother-in-law's puppy.

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 ESV

Monday, July 18, 2016

Low Hanging Fruit

This might be the year of our big crop. The apple trees are loaded. I don't remember the branches hanging down so low in the three and half years we have lived here. Can't wait for pie and apple crisp. And applesauce. I better stock up on cinnamon!

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 ESV

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Brother-in-Law Meets Daisy

That introduction went well. My brother-in-law met our new puppy and she was very calm. No treats required. Good girl, Daisy!

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, "Great is the LORD!" Psalm 40:16 ESV

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Birthday Breakfast Love

I'll take my birthday breakfast now. One week later works for me. My husband and I tried Oly Rockfish Grill in downtown Olympia today. The food was excellent! We shared an omelet and order of crepes with berries.

For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth. Psalm 71:5 ESV

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sticks and Stones

They say getting a puppy is like having a baby. It is a lot of work! Our puppy reminds me of when our boys were little. Daisy loves to dig and collect rocks and sticks.

Pictured: What a big stick you have! Good for chewing or resting your chin.

Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Psalm 71:3 ESV

Thursday, July 14, 2016

What Was Before

Old photos take you back to what was before. Like this one, twenty-some years ago at Spencer Lake. Before my parents built the garage. That turned into the "grouse." That became their current home. This was also before we had our fourth child.

Pictured: Enjoying a meal with my in-laws, my parents, and our three kids. My mom took this photo.

Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Psalm 25:6 ESV

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Long Ago and Far Away

My mom found an old birthday photo. From my eighth birthday, when we lived in Hong Kong. I have reconnected with the friend in this photo, thanks to Facebook.

Pictured: I am on the left, in pigtails. Thanks, Mom, for the special elephant cake!

O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Psalm 71:17-18 ESV

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Little "Helper"

My husband has a new fan. Someone to watch him work. Reminds me of when the kids were little.

Pictured: My husband at work, fixing the molding in the laundry room.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, Colossians 3:23 ESV

Monday, July 11, 2016

Market Flower Love

I love flowers from Pike Place Market. What a thoughtful birthday gift from my daughter's boyfriend!

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:28-30 ESV

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Happy 52nd Birthday to Me!

My family knew I would keep my eyes closed during the dinner prayer. So I was very surprised after the "Amen." Everyone donned party glasses. Happy 52nd birthday to me!

Pictured: My sister's three kids, my four kids, and my daughter's boyfriend. Just missing my son's girlfriend, who had another obligation today.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 ESV

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Age is Relative

Want to feel young? Stand beside a 600-year-old cedar tree stump. Gives a little perspective!

Pictured: At the beautiful home of our son's girlfriend's home in Bonney Lake, Washington.

"O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Psalm 39:4 ESV