Monday, July 28, 2014

Love Our Dad!

We eased up on the group photos this reunion. Especially since one of the three sisters couldn't make it. But we took a moment to get a photo of my dad with two of his daughters. We love our Dad!

Pictured: With my Dad and my middle sister.

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" Luke 11:11-13 ESV

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sister Sister

We just about filled two rows. Even with my husband and younger daughter downstairs, serving in Sunday school. It was great to have our four children, plus my sister and family in church with us today.

Pictured: Two sisters and their families, plus one stowaway (friend of my niece) from California.

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 ESV

Saturday, July 26, 2014

All the Way to the Water

I like exploring new places. I had been to Burfoot County Park but never made it all the way to the water. It was perfect for a family mini-hike and picnic lunch.

Pictured: I have never seen a live sand dollar before.

http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/parks/parks-burfoot.htm

O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great. Psalm 104:24-25 ESV

Friday, July 25, 2014

Grab Your Bucket

What's a fun family activity for a reunion? Not too far away. Everyone can participate. Grab your bucket! We're picking blueberries! Twelve of us picked 23 pounds today, in an hour or so.

Pictured: My daughters and their blueberries

These all look to you, to give them their food in due season. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. Psalm 104:27-28 ESV

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Comfort Food

That's what I call comfort food. Homemade Chinese food.At my parents' home. Made by my mom and my brother-in-law. Works for me!

Pictured: My sons, my daughter, and my nephew.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In the Washer

I check before I put clothes in the wash. Remove coins and receipts. So I did not expect to find a note waiting for me. My daughter left me a thank-you note. Works for me!

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonian 5:11 ESV

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Count on Him

We can count on him. For good counsel. Unconditional love and support.

Happy 75th birthday to a good man and my father-in-law!

Pictured: My in-laws at the Seattle waterfront, on Father's Day.

Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war. Proverbs 20:18 ESV

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ending Acts, for Now

Our current brief series in the book of Acts has come to an end. Don't miss Pastor Mark Driscoll's sermon from Acts 11. He tackles some good questions, like "Who can become a Christian?" "How do you become a Christian?" And "What if I don't feel worthy to be a Christian?" Watch or read online:

http://marshill.com/media/acts-chapters-6-11-empowered-for-jesus-mission/acts-22-11-19-30

Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. Acts 11:1 ESV

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fish Taco Love

My mom never made fish tacos when I was growing up. I wouldn't have appreciated it. But now I think they are great.

Pictured: Making fish tacos at my parents' home, with my sister and family.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bagel Cousins

I love special events with good deals. Like the 20th anniversary of my favorite bagel shop. Perfect for taking my nephew and nieces, who just arrived from Pasadena. 19 cent bagels, anyone? It's on me. I have a birthday gift card!

http://www.bagelbrothersonline.com/

Pictured: My nephew, two nieces, a friend, and my two daughters.

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, July 18, 2014

Best Big Sister

My parents didn't give me a big sister. But God did. When I was in college, and miles from my parents in Taiwan, a family took me in. Loved me. I gained a roommate, big sister, and a friend for life. Happy Birthday B!

Pictured: My friend and I in 2010.

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18 ESV

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Birthday Flower Love

I'm glad we don't know everything about each other. There is still room for mystery. Even after almost 29 years of marriage. My husband thought I wasn't big on cut flowers.

I love cut flowers. I'm just not big on spending money on flowers. I was blessed to receive lots of cut flowers for my birthday. And a hanging basket!

Pictured: My beautiful bouquet of birthday hydrangeas.

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. Matthew 6:28-29 ESV

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

People Circles

I was waiting to see what connections would be made. Who knows who? Where do my people circles intersect? So it was fun to find out my long-time friend and neighbor is the English student of my friend from church. Small world!

Do not forsake your friend and your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away. Proverbs 27:10 ESV

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beautiful Cards

I think I got the wrong cards. I don't know who those birthday cards were written to. But I do appreciate the kind words. And it was great to read the memories people shared.

Pictured: One of my beautiful cards.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Philippians 2:1-2 ESV