Thursday, April 28, 2016

Brothers in Pajamas

Where did those fun-loving brothers go? They grew up. Still fun-loving, just not swapping pj's much these days.

Pictured: Our sons in 1997. We should recreate this photo op!

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7 ESV

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Start Over

I am prepared to start over. Even though I've been through Running Start three times as a parent.

Times have changed. Even the college has been remodeled and is all new. I'm excited for our youngest to start at South Puget Sound Community College in the fall as a junior in high school.

Pictured: Waiting for my daughter while she took a placement test yesterday.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Psalm 127:4 ESV

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Welcome to the Club

My sister is now part of the Fifty Club. Let the first senior discounts begin! Happy Birthday to my good friend and sister!

Love you!

Pictured: Our much younger selves, in our backyard in Taiwan.

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

Monday, April 25, 2016

Leftover Confusion

I was looking for oatmeal. And found leftover rice and chicken instead. So I have a new system with masking tape and a Sharpie. Dates are helpful too.

Pictured: Previous confusion with oatmeal and leftover rice

She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. Proverbs 31:14 ESV

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Prepare for Summer

I'm already going through withdrawal. There are only three more weeks of Bible Study Fellowship and the study of Revelation. I will miss the ladies in my discussion group, the homework, and the lectures! I need a plan for what to do over summer break. Before studying the book of John in the fall.

Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:7-8 ESV

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Walk Through the Backyard

We interrupt this walk through the backyard. Admiring the apple blossoms. To stop and take a photo of the two of us.

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 ESV

Friday, April 22, 2016

Sky Over the Lake

My husband received an extra blessing. For staying after work to mow the lawns for my parents and grandma. He saw a beautiful dusk sky over the lake.

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1 ESV

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tortilla Love

She makes it look easy. But she has years of experience. Plus she truly cooks with love. She worked hard to prepare a meal for the student fellowship at Evergreen State College. Homemade tortillas with chili and rice. And her homemade salsa. I want to learn how to make tortillas like that!

Pictured: Our friend demonstrated how to make tortillas at our community group, back in 2011.

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:27-30 ESV

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

All God's People at Evergreen

I'm glad we only brought the salad. The students started on the main course while we tried to find our way across the Evergreen State College campus. It was our life group's first time volunteering to bring food to the All God's People multi-ethnic fellowship meeting.

We stayed and ate with the students from Ecuador, Venezuela, Columbia, the Middle East, and more. They were friendly and fun to talk to. Glad we could be part of it! And next time we will drive directly to parking lot B and walk to the Campus Activities Building.

Pictured: Walking across the beautiful Evergreen State College campus.

Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, Ephesians 3:7-9 ESV

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Step Away

One lonely X. Sounds like lyrics to a country song. But it describes what was on my calendar last week. I hope to mark at least five days a week that I complete my exercise routine.

I really like Teresa Tapp's approach to fitness. The walking video works for me, as an uncoordinated fitness-challenged person.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, Psalm 103:2-4 ESV

Monday, April 18, 2016

Don't be a Scrooge

We watched cartoons in church. Not really. Just a clip from a classic cartoon. As Christians, we don't want to be a scrooge.

Instead of trying to hoard earthly riches, we need to "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly." What is the Word of Christ? Not just the Bible. It is the gospel message, including the three pillars of Christ's life, death, and resurrection.

You can listen to sermon here:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 ESV

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Started with Strawberry Shortcake

It started with strawberry shortcake. As we planned a going-away event for a mutual friend. But that first date in April, thirty-one years ago, led to more. Engaged in July. Married in December, 1985.

Pictured: Ferry ride to Seattle, earlier this month

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, Philippians 1:9 ESV

Saturday, April 16, 2016

No More Chickens

And just like that, we're done. No more chickens in the backyard. Or fresh eggs. There was an unfortunate incident with the neighbor dog(s). Not sure how it happened, but we will not rush to replace the chickens.

Pictured: My favorite hen of all time, the only one we ever named: Floyd.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV

Friday, April 15, 2016

Purple Patch

I thought my husband missed a spot. By the tree in our backyard. But he deliberately didn't mow a patch. So the purple flowers could spring up.

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 6:30 ESV