Friday, November 27, 2015

Never Alone

This was the first Thanksgiving without my Grampa. But my Gramma was never alone. She especially enjoyed all the little ones, including her brand-new great-granddaughter. My aunt and uncle's home was filled with love. And
good food.

Pictured: My Gramma and three of my nieces, worked on a puzzle before dinner.

A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 89:1 ESV

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Precious Little One

I am especially thankful for a tiny little bundle. I met my new niece today. My sister's youngest daughter is a little doll. Just perfect. With four doting big sisters. My Gramma (Great Gramma) enjoyed meeting her too.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Psalm 100:4 ESV

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Match the Dog

Note to self: when taking the dog to the groomer, wear tan pants. To match the dog. At least we got an appointment before the house is full of people. Red is looking good!

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

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Whatever it Takes

You can depend on our friend to be the life of the party. And set up, clean up, cook the burgers, whatever it takes. He is ready to jump in wherever needed.

Happy Birthday, Dan!

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 ESV

Monday, November 23, 2015

Save For Me

My preference is my mother-in-law's least favorite. So she saves out the black jelly beans for me. Only this time it was a false alarm. They were grape, not black licorice. Works for both of us.

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, Romans 12:4 ESV

Sunday, November 22, 2015

"Use Your Head"

It is a slow pace. Today we heard the 11th sermon in the series, and we are still in the first chapter. But the explanations and Bible verses come fast and furious. Love how Pastor Seth Winterhalter is unpacking the book of Colossians!

And he is the head of the body, the church. Colossians 1:18a

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Spice Confusion

Now which one was parsley and which one Italian seasoning? Those little twisty ties at the grocery store don't always stay put. No worries. I can use a Sharpie and some plastic clips. Works until I can put my bulk spices in jars.

Note:  A little alcohol swipe cleans the labels off for next time.

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

Friday, November 20, 2015

Private Reserve Love

My daughter spoils me. She signed me up for a subscription to Private Reserve Storyville Coffee. I am excited to get regular deliveries of freshly roasted coffee--shipped the same day it is roasted.

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

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sans Leaves

I am amazed at the process every year. How the trees lose their leaves and are stripped bare. But come back alive and well in the spring. One of God's many miracles.

Pictured: My husband's Japanese maple.

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. Psalm 52:8 ESV

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

"The Great"

I remember waiting in the hall. Hearing that first cry. And now my sister's firstborn is 19 years old. Happy Birthday, Nate!

Pictured: A couple of cool dudes, Christmas 2010.

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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Blustery Day

It is a blustery day here. Never mind driving my daughter to one class in Olympia. Fill containers with water. Brace ourselves for losing power. And I will park the car in the carport. In case tree limbs come down.

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5 ESV

Monday, November 16, 2015

Permission to Stay In

I don't miss, skip, or stay home. I love studying God's Word at Bible Study Fellowship every week! But tonight seemed like a good night to stay in. It's been a busy weekend, with lots of driving. Early mornings. And now rain with wind on the way.

Pictured: Rain on my daughter's car, on a previous trip home.

"Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created." Revelation 4:11 ESV

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Now I Can

I don't want to stop being thankful. Appreciating the little things. And big things. Like being able to give myself an injection. It's been eight years since that nurse helped me practice on an orange. I wasn't able to do it then. But now I can, with the Avonex pen.

Pictured: My son's drawing of tomatoes.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7 ESV

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Nine Years of Blogging

I am still blogging about the same things. Getting organized. Trying to. Eating right. Working on it. Parenting. In the thick of it. My relationship with Jesus. Always learning and growing. With a few recipes thrown in. Nine years straight, missing maybe seven days.

Pictured: One of my son's computer drawings.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 ESV