Friday, September 21, 2018

See How it Grows

I'm glad I took a photo of the Kalanchoe plant on my windowsill. I have something to compare it to today. It is doing well and thriving!  Which reminds me to take a photo of my husband's transplanted bamboo. See how it grows.

https://widemargins.blogspot.com/2018/08/making-comeback.html

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:1-2 ESV

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Life Group Shout Out

We celebrated September birthdays at Life Group. With a shout out to the people who couldn't join us last night.  We use WhatsApp to share prayer requests, updates, and video shout outs.

Pictured: A screenshot from last night's video.

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 ESV

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Fill the Chairs

I was a little nervous and excited for the first two weeks of Bible Study Fellowship. Who would be in my group? Are we going to connect and share from the heart? So far, so good! I already love my group of 17 ladies.

http://widemargins.blogspot.com/2018/09/first-day-bsf-2018.html

https://www.bsfinternational.org/

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Why Be Mean?

Why be mean? I would add, why be impatient? I've seen drivers race like crazy to only save a few seconds or minutes. Or in the grocery store, I can wait patiently. Good thing, because finding the slowest line is my super power.

Pictured: Custom plate in Olympia this week.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV

Monday, September 17, 2018

Early Move-in

Our daughter had early move-in so she could start training for her job. I'm glad the campus was not very busy. Made it nice for taking some family photos.

Pictured: Our son's girlfriend took this photo of the four of us.

fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 ESV

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Not Too Far Away

We had a great day together in Seattle. Helped our daughter move in to her new dorm room at Seattle Pacific University. Got her settled.

We will miss her, but she is not too far away!

Pictured: Thanks to our son for taking this photo. Nice to have some family time on move-in day.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 ESV

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Our Beautiful Daughters

Our older daughter came home late last night to wish her little sister happy birthday. And baked an amazing cake for her. Happy 18th birthday to our baby girl!

We will celebrate our older son's 31st birthday next week.

Pictured: Our beautiful daughters.

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8 ESV

Friday, September 14, 2018

Master Decorator

Ready or not, autumn is here! The leaves are changing color and starting to fall. I don't decorate my home for the seasons like so many of my friends do. But God takes care of everything outside.

May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works, Psalm 104:31 ESV

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Birthday Girl Love

Eighteen years ago I was walking laps in our neighborhood. Waiting expectantly. Anxious to meet our youngest. Her birthday is in a couple days, but tonight was a good night for cake.

Pictured: Birthday cake with Grandma tonight.
Not pictured: The rest of the family and my mom.

He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 40:11 ESV





Wednesday, September 12, 2018

First Day BSF 2018

Today was my 10th first day of Bible Study Fellowship. But it is my first day as a group leader. I have 16 ladies in my group. We are studying People of the Promised Land Part I. It will be a great year!

https://www.bsfinternational.org/

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 ESV

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Seventeen Years Later

We all have our stories of where we were and what that day was like. Our youngest has no memory of that day, of course. I'm glad she was spared the shock and horror. The rest of us are still recovering. Seventeen years later.

Pictured: Our youngest, seventeen days after 9-11.

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7 ESV

Monday, September 10, 2018

Ready for Rain

Our pup is not crazy about the rain. And I'm not thrilled to be washing her paws in the tub every time she's been outside. At least she is a good sport and lifts each paw so I can wash and dry it. But she looks good in her new raincoat!

Pictured: She prefers walking in the dirt to walking on wet grass.

For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who makes lightnings for the rain and brings forth the wind from his storehouses. Psalm 135:5-7 ESV



Sunday, September 09, 2018

Every Sunday in September

This is a great month to visit our church. Harbor Church is hosting a barbecue after the 11 AM service every Sunday in September. I met some new people today and caught up with old friends. And did I mention there is lunch?

http://www.harborolympia.com/

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8 ESV

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Sweet Memories with Grandparents

I am so thankful our children have grown up knowing their grandparents. What a precious gift!

Pictured: A sweet memory of our youngest with her grandfather.

that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; Psalm 78:6-7 ESV