Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rock Star

I don't know how my husband does it. He comes home after working all day, and still has something left to give. He stepped up to make a delicious dinner for us tonight. I love how he takes good care of us.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 1 Peter 4:10 ESV

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Good Memories

I think I will always call it, "my grandparents' place." Plural. Even if my Grampa is in heaven now. I have so many good memories of my time with my grandparents at the lake. First as a child, as a college student, as a newlywed, and then as a mom with my own children.

Pictured: A fun picture of my Grampa with my three older children, twenty-three years ago.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15 ESV


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

After Moses

I need to start somewhere. So I will pick up where the study of Moses left off. I am reading Joshua. Another great leader who put his trust in God.

For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever." Joshua 4:23-24 ESV

Monday, May 18, 2015

Her Day

This is the day that the Pacific Northwest remembers Mount St. Helens blowing its top. Including me, since I was living in Portland at the time.

But today I am thankful for my sister, who will always be my baby sister. No matter how old we are, or how many children we have.  Love you, Sis!

Pictured: One of my favorite pictures, even though you can hardly see my sister or me. We were saying good-bye in a store parking lot, a couple years ago.

For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5 ESV


Sunday, May 17, 2015

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

My Grampa loved hymns, including, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." We sang it at the memorial service, as captured by my son's photo.

Pictured: My cousin led the singing, with my parents in front of the hymnbook, and my Gramma seated on the right.

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5 ESV

Saturday, May 16, 2015

This is the Year

Is this the Year of the Rhodies? As in, rhododendrons? I don't remember seeing so many beautiful blooms in our area. Maybe I just didn't notice.

Likewise, this could be the Year of God's Blessing. If I pay attention. And make sure to stop and thank Him for His gracious care.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV


Friday, May 15, 2015

Need a Plan

I don't have a plan for the summer yet. While on break from Bible Study Fellowship. But I will start by reading through last year's notes and my notebook.

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. Deuteronomy 6:5-6 ESV

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Golden with Some Silver

Nothing like a hair-cut and pedicure to put a spring in your step. Our ten-year-old golden retriever is ready for summer.

Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. Genesis 2:19 ESV

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ready, Blink

I had trouble thirty years ago. My eyes were closed in many of our wedding pictures. And we didn't know until we got the prints back. At least now we can check and retake. Maybe I should wear shades for pictures and it won't matter.

Pictured: We walked to Kerry Park from my daughter's apartment in Seattle on Mother's Day.

Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. Ecclesiastes 9:9 ESV

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Good-bye Sister

I dropped my daughter off at school and kept going north. The timing worked out to give my sister and niece a ride to the airport. I'm glad the rain let up and the traffic wasn't too heavy on the way back.

I miss them already.

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8 ESV

Monday, May 11, 2015

Three Sisters Together

Our time together was short, but sweet. Glad we could be together for our grandfather's memorial service this weekend. It's always good to spend time with my sisters.

Pictured: My cousin from Texas took this picture  of my two younger sisters and me.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ESV

Sunday, May 10, 2015

All About Jesus

My sister said it well: Our Grampa's memorial service yesterday was one of the best we have attended. God was glorified, Grampa was not. Each sibling spoke about Grampa, but pointed you to Jesus. It is exactly what Grampa would have wanted.

Pictured: My mom worked hard to share who Grampa was and what he stood for. She put together the beautiful pictorial program and had a segment during the service. Happy Mother's Day to my Mom!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6 ESV


Saturday, May 09, 2015

Graveside Service

It was a beautiful morning to visit the cemetery with immediate family. My uncle gave a short message and we sang a hymn. The start of a great day remembering my Grampa while keeping our focus heavenward.

It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. Ecclesiastes 7:2 ESV

Friday, May 08, 2015

Cousins Gathered

Cousins have gathered from near and far. We are here to honor my Grampa and bless my Gramma. So many good memories at Spencer Lake.

The memorial service is tomorrow morning.

Pictured: Cousins from California, Oregon, and Washington.

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