Thursday, November 15, 2018

Time to Make Progress

I've been on mission for years. As documented by 12 years of blogging every day. Yesterday was my 12-year blogiversary. I'm still saying the same things. Wanting to declutter and get organized.

It's been a long, slow process, but I am finally making progress. For real.

What I wrote on November 26, 2006:

I don’t want a spotless house. I want a home that is inviting, comfortable, easy to maintain, and inspires hospitality and creativity. I need to face my fears about getting rid of stuff:

1. I might need it.
2. Someone might need it.
3. It costs money to replace it.
4. I won’t be able to replace it.
5. I don’t want to feel guilty about spending money on it in the first place.

It’s time to let go.

Pictured: Fall beauty at Bloedel Reserve last month

For everything there is a season,…a time to keep, and a time to cast away. Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6 ESV

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Our Favorite COTA!

All her hard work paid off. Our son's girlfriend graduated from her Occupational Therapy Assistant program and passed her certification exam! We are so proud of her!

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 ESV

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Lunch Ladies

The timing worked out to meet up for lunch. Nice to spend time with my mother-in-law, older daughter, and my son's girlfriend today.

Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV

Monday, November 12, 2018

Quick Trip Home

We are glad to have our older daughter visiting for a couple days. She had a break in her schedule, perfect for a quick trip home. Works for us. And the pup!

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10 ESV

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Shout Out to Veterans

I am grateful for family and friends who have served our country. And continue to serve.

Not just the ones who go. The ones who stay behind are heroes too! God bless you, and keep you all safe!

Pictured: Our son with his Great Grandpa on Veterans Day, years ago.

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, November 10, 2018

Christmas Wreath 2018

Ready for the season! Our Christmas wreath was hand-delivered by my mother-in-law. That was thoughtful! Last year my husband bought one for her.

We have a lovely wreath and evergreen place just down the road from us. They ship, too!

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. Psalm 77:11 ESV

Friday, November 09, 2018

For Real!

If dogs could understand, I would tell our pup I'm sorry I doubted her. I saw the squirrel (not a chipmunk) running along the fence. She has a reason to watch and wait. I'm not sure what she would do if the squirrel got close. Probably bark and give chase.

Pictured: Back on watch duty after the squirrel went by this morning.

And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so. Genesis 1:24 ESV

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Still Waiting

How long will she keep waiting and hoping? Maybe she is tracking the chipmunk to the tree and knows it is in the area. Waiting is a theme in the Bible too. Believing with faith that God will answer prayers. In His time and in His ways.

Pictured: Under the tree today.

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22 ESV

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Houseplant Love

My husband and daughter had so much fun at the plant store. Here's to new indoor houseplants for her dorm room!

The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:12 ESV

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Faithful to the End

What makes one leaf hang on? All the other leaves fell off the Japanese maple. What makes the difference?

Earlier this year in Bible Study Fellowship we studied about Joshua and Caleb and how they were the last ones left from their generation. They were faithful to the end. Now I am studying about Samuel. He listened to God and followed God his whole life.

And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 1 Samuel 3:19 ESV

Monday, November 05, 2018

And They're Back

Sure enough, the hydrangea survived winter. And they're back! I love the different seasons we get to experience in our part of the world.

Pictured: Hydrangea outside the Shelton hospital.

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, Matthew 6:28 ESV

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Precious Family Time

Time for a new mother and son photo! Family time is precious.

Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 19:19 ESV

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Back to the Basement

It's been too long since we had breakfast at the Basement Bistro. Nice to meet up with my mother-in-law and our daughter! Breakfast is still a good deal, but they no longer cook eggs to order.

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, November 02, 2018

Right Out the Front Door

I want to enjoy it while it lasts. Don't miss the beauty all around. These colorful leaves will be gone soon enough.

Pictured: The maple right out my front door, with a carpet of leaves in the yard.

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV