Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Entertainment Center Reveal

In the spirit of using the materials at hand, my husband and son repurposed a cabinet. They turned it sideways, removed the doors. built a frame, moved the door pieces to the sides, added leftover hardwood flooring, painted it white, and added a board on top.

The board was a shelf in our living room in a former life. They found two inexpensive cabinet doors at our local Habitat store. Now we have a beautiful entertainment center. Love it!

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cabinet Before

Some home improvements are a process. Like the cabinet we bought at the Habitat ReStore to put in the master bathroom.

Only it was too big. How about we use it in the living room? Or deconstruct and completely repurpose it? My husband and son designed a new piece of furniture. I will reveal the transformation in tomorrow's post.

Pictured: The cabinet before transformation.

a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; Ecclesiastes 3:3 ESV

Monday, February 20, 2017

Little Moments

Enjoy the little moments. Like when you are waiting for the pizza.

Pictured: My husband is so good with kids. Here he is doing puzzles on the kids' menu with my sister's middle daughter.

But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Mark 10:14 ESV

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Surprised at Church

I love having family come to town and surprise us at church. Great to see my sister, husband, and five daughters today!

Pictured: Pizza for lunch at Brewery City Pizza.

And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, Acts 2:46 ESV

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Meet and Greet

You can count on her. Our puppy will watch you leave. And greet you when you return. Works for us!

Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. Genesis 2:19 ESV

Friday, February 17, 2017

Red Fiesta Bowl Love

My husband and son teamed up to buy me a special bowl for Valentine's Day. I love my red Fiesta bowl!

Pictured: Salad for five tonight in my new bowl.

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

No Waitlist Required

Another successful college class registration for our daughter. She made it into the three classes (15 credits total) she was hoping for. No waitlist required. Just three more registrations to go until graduation from high school and community college.

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

My First Valentine

Yesterday I ran into the first man who loved me. That would be my dad. I always knew I could go to him and trusted him to have my best interests at heart. He gave my sisters and me a legacy of love.

Pictured: Nice to see my parents in Olympia yesterday.

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. Psalm 103:13 ESV

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Every Day

I confess I don't remember how we've celebrated every Valentine's Day for the last 30 years. There have been flowers. Cards. Little gifts. Sometimes bigger gifts. But on this day, and every day, I know I am loved. Day in. Day out. For the long haul. That is a precious gift.

Pictured: In Seattle on Mother's Day, 2015

Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. Ecclesiastes 9:9 ESV

Monday, February 13, 2017

Small Improvements

I feel like I am not very far in my journey. I want to declutter and organize. Like I've been saying for years. But there are small improvements. Like the front of our refrigerator. No more notes and cards and random items. Just the calendar on the side. I press on.

Pictured: Our fridge from seven years ago.

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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Dog WALKers

I wonder how long it will take our puppy to know how to spell. We talk about going for a W.A.L.K. before it happens.

Pictured: Enjoying the beautiful day yesterday.

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

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dutch Baby Love

I wanted to make something special for breakfast. For seven of us. So I tried America's Test Kitchen recipe for Dutch babies. They have done all the research. So I could make a beautiful puffed pancake. Times two. I think we found a new family favorite.

Pictured: My son took this photo of our breakfast pancake.

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


    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup cornstarch
    • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 1/4 cups skim milk ( lowfat or whole will work but the sides won't crisp as well)
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 450F with a rack in the middle.
  2. Brush surface and sides of large skillet with oil.
  3. Place skillet on oven rack and heat until oil is shimmering, about 10 minutes.
  4. Combine flour, cornstarch, lemon zest, and salt in large bowl.
  5. Whisk eggs in another bowl until frothy and light, about 1 minute.
  6. Whisk milk, butter, and vanilla into eggs until incorporated.
  7. Whisk one-third of milk mixture into flour mixture until no lumps remain, then slowly whisk in remaining milk mixture until smooth.
  8. Carefully pour batter into heated skillet and bake until edges of Dutch Baby are deep golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes.
  9. Transfer skillet to wire rack and sprinkle Dutch Baby with lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar.
  10. Slide onto cutting board or plate and cut into wedges.
  11. Serve with sweet whipped cream and/or berries. This could even be the base for a savory.

Friday, February 10, 2017

No Purchase Necessary

I slow down in certain aisles. But it's time to keep walking by the knives. I have all I need. My daughter gave me a beautiful set for Christmas.

Pictured: Just a quick stroll through the thrift store after dropping off donations.

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

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Wendy's with Dad

My mom had an eye appointment in Olympia today. So I got to spend some time with my dad. And you know what that means. We had lunch at Wendy's, of course.

Pictured: With my dad. Thanks to the kind stranger who took our photo.

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