Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Happy Birthday, Son!

Happy 27th birthday to our son! From a little guy in a Chinese hospital to the young man I am proud to call my son and friend. Can't wait to celebrate in person soon.

The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1 ESV

Monday, September 26, 2016

Daisy and Goliath

Our puppy made a new friend. A big friend. Meet Goliath, the Great Dane puppy. The owner and I exchanged phone numbers so we can coordinate play dates.

Tonight's dog park trip included several dogs that all ran around and got along. Works for us!

Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. Proverbs 12:10 ESV

Sunday, September 25, 2016


My husband and I took the puppy on a mile and a half walk on the Huff-n-Puff trails in Shelton. It's good for all of us to get our exercise.

Pictured: Water break and rest after our walk.

For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. Psalm 26:3 ESV

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Let the Packing Begin

We regularly filled up the kitchen and dining room. Sometimes spilled out into the living room. Now after almost four years in this little house, the time is right to move back into our former home. So we can start making new memories in the house that we built almost twenty years ago.

Let the packing begin!

Pictured: Gathering for dinner with friends and family in December 2014

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; Proverbs 24:3 ESV

Friday, September 23, 2016

First Week

It was a good first week. Our daughter likes her classes and professors. She is finding her way around and ready to take on new challenges. So proud of her!


Pictured: Ready for her second day of classes at South Puget Sound Community College.

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 ESV

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Around Campus

I'm glad that I have some prior knowledge of the campus. Our older three children graduated from South Puget Sound Community College. Now our youngest is there. Plus our church used to rent the auditorium on Sundays.

Pictured: Walking across the bridge on campus after church in December, 2012. I did not take any pictures when I walked across this bridge today.

May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD. Psalm 104:34 ESV

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Back to Morning Class

I made the right decision to switch to days. I enjoyed last year's Monday night Bible Study Fellowship class but it works better to avoid driving at night. I look forward to diving deep into the book of John on Wednesday mornings!

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:16-17 ESV

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bring Back Old Habits

I used to write more. Now my journals are just notebooks full of grocery lists with sermon notes thrown in. I also recorded more margin notes in my Bibles. I should bring back the old habits.

Pictured: Found this note in my old NASB Bible.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 ESV

Monday, September 19, 2016

First Day of Running Start

And so begins eleventh grade and our daughter's first year at the community college. She will earn her high school diploma when she completes the Associates in Arts program. She's off to a great start!

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 ESV

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Build, 19 Years Ago

Our older children remember building the home. From the ground up. In the Self-Help Building Program where you put in 30 hours of sweat equity per week for 9 or 10 months. My father-in-law drove up from McMinnville, Oregon every other weekend to contribute hours.

Pictured: The foundation of our home, 19 years ago this month.

he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. Luke 6:48 ESV

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Two Guys and Four Gals

We only had two guys. But Five Guys is a good spot to meet for dinner if you have family in town.

Pictured: With my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephew, and my mother-in-law. Not pictured: my daughter, the photographer.

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! Psalm 105:4 ESV

Friday, September 16, 2016

Perfect Beach Day

It was the perfect beach day. Not too hot, windy, or crowded. Great way to celebrate our daughter's 16th birthday with one friend, one puppy, and both parents.

Pictured: Cannon Beach, Oregon

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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Birthday Bookends

Happy Birthday to our bookends! Same birthday, thirteen years apart.

Happy 16th and 29th!

Pictured: A small celebration with Grandma tonight.

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

First Day of BSF 2016

Have my Bible, notebook, and pen ready to go. First day of my eighth year in Bible Study Fellowship and first repeat. I studied the book of John before but I know it will be all new for me. I am excited to see how God will reveal more of Himself and transform my life over the next 30 weeks!

Pictured: Sorry, dogs not allowed at BSF. But women, babies, and children up to age 5 are welcome in the day class!

but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31 ESV