Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Good Transition

We were getting set to post an ad for our rental house. And praying for a good transition. Our renters are preparing to move out and we need new renters in a month.  But God provided the perfect family. Friends of ours. Works for all of us.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 ESV

Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy to Attend

My girlfriend knew I would be totally down for her event. She had a friend with no one planning a baby shower for her. Until my friend stepped up. I didn't know her friend, but I was happy to attend. Our Life Group contributed newborn diapers and cash for the cloth diaper fund. And of course I took some children's books!

Pictured: All ready for a baby shower yesterday

They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 1 Timothy 6:18 ESV

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Contend for the Faith

It's exciting to start a new sermon series at Harbor Church. Kicked off with Pastor John in the pulpit. Solid teaching from the book of Jude.


Pictured: Today at church.

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3 ESV

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Life-Changing Tidying Up

I joke that I need a book about how to organize my organizing books. But I have a new favorite: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.

I liked her stories and thorough research. Her "does it spark joy?" approach helped me get serious about decluttering. For real. Just so you know, she writes from a Japanese perspective with an anthropomorphic spin.


a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; Ecclesiastes 3:5 ESV

Friday, July 24, 2015

Family Quote

My youngest wanted nothing to do with their props and antics. But the husband-wife photographer team kept trying to get a smile. Finally the wife told her husband: "You're pushing it, Carl." We still quote her, thirteen years later. In other words, quit while you're still ahead.

Pictured: Our youngest at two.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127:3 ESV

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Happy Home

I remember how happy they were to have their own home again. After being on the road and living in a motor home. My in-laws have been a good team. Celebrating 56 years of marriage tomorrow!

Happy Anniversary, a day early!

Pictured: Twenty years ago in McMinnville, Oregon. So thankful they moved to our  town, 15 years ago.

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD. Proverbs 18:22 ESV

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Birthday Pie

He doesn't draw attention to himself. My father-in-law quietly leads a life of example. Loves his wife and family well. Is always willing to lend a hand to friends or neighbors. I've been blessed to know him for over thirty years now.

Happy 76th birthday!

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. James 3:13 ESV

Pictured: Pie and coffee with the Birthday Boy tonight.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Garden Basket Love

I took my basket filled with books and things for my little friends down the road. My friend sent me home with my basket filled with bounty from her garden. Inspiration for dinner! Works for me!

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 ESV

Monday, July 20, 2015

New Hutch Love

I never know what my husband will do when I am out of the house. Or how he will rearrange things. He found a new hutch for his desk at the Habitat ReStore. Fits perfectly. And now I have his former hutch on my desk. I love his inspirations!

a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; Ecclesiastes 3:6 ESV

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Unplanned Meetings

If I had left 30 seconds earlier, I would have completely missed them. Amazing how often my path crosses with my parents. I love those unplanned family meetings.

Pictured: Cute couple at the grocery store.

"Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise), Ephesians 6:2 ESV

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Beautiful and Practical

I love it when beautiful meets practical. Like my new basket. Perfect for carrying things. Or organizing. Another happy birthday present to me! From my Life Group friends.

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11 ESV

Friday, July 17, 2015

Celebrate and Be Thankful

I asked a friend if his recent birthday ended in zero or five. On further reflection, I'm not sure why that matters. Every birthday is something to celebrate! And be thankful for. I'm glad his wife threw him a surprise party. Without a zero or five involved.

Pictured: My free birthday slice of coconut pie, shared with my daughter.

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14 ESV

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Matchy Matchy

I recall a long wait at the photo studio. It was hard to juggle nap time and meals and keep it together. But I am glad I have a portrait from when our sons were little. Twenty-five years ago.

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4 ESV

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tea on Deck

It's been a while since my Gramma and I had tea together. We had a nice visit on the deck. With a great view of the wedding shower going on below.

Pictured: Thanks to my Uncle Bob for capturing this moment.

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Proverbs 31:28 ESV