Monday, August 19, 2019

Time to be Realistic

Sometimes things don't work out. Even with your best efforts. I am about to call it on my Ming Aralia. I loved that plant but it's time to be realistic.

Pictured: I removed the dead leaves in hopes of my Aralia reviving with new growth. I don't think it's going to happen.

a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; Ecclesiastes 3:2 ESV

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Plant Check Up

I love how this plant (still unknown type) is thriving. Sadly not all my plants are doing so well. We are all doing the best we can.

You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth Psalm 104:14 ESV

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Summer Days

I am soaking up the days together this summer.

Pictured: With our youngest.

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14 ESV

Friday, August 16, 2019

Plan the Route

I'm not a detailed organized planner. But I realize I like to plan my routes. What is the most efficient path through the store? Where should I drive to find lights for the easy turns? Works for me!

Pictured: Looks like our pup is planning which way to run in the yard.

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. Psalm 25:9 ESV

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Extend Grace

I finally added the birthdays to my big calendar. I know the year is over half over. I like to extend grace to myself. Start where I am. Don't beat myself up. Do what I can, when I can.

Pictured: And yes, I am reusing an old photo of a former calendar. I still like the big grids.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 ESV

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Custom Card Love

What happens if you give your niece some pens? And look through her art journal and enjoy her creative animal and food drawings? She might send you a custom card. With a thoughtful note as well. Works for us!

Pictured: A Daisy Chip, our dog and the snacks we shared with my sister and daughters.

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, August 13, 2019

Take Time to Chill

It feels like it has been a busy summer with lots of coming and going. But today we made time for iced drinks. Coffee for her and tea for me.

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

Monday, August 12, 2019

Count on Them

Have I mentioned lately how much our Life Group ladies mean to me? I count on them for prayer support and encouragement. My life is better with them.

Pictured: When the ladies came to visit me at home, back when I was still using crutches.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6 ESV

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Home for the Summer

Enjoy it while it lasts. Our pup is enjoying time on our daughter's bed. With special privileges while our daughter is home for the summer.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Who You Have

I'm still thinking about the short but sweet time with family this summer. Like this moment with some of the women I love dearly. Too bad my other sister and her girls were not in town yet. Or our older daughter. My mom was in the other room and missed the photo op. Have to take a photo with who you have!

Pictured: Surrounded by my future daughter-in-law(!), my sister, her two daughters, and our younger daughter.

women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. 1 Timothy 5:2 ESV

Friday, August 09, 2019

Long Road

I am not walking very fast. But I am getting around with or without a cane. It's been a long road since I broke my ankle the end of March. I am thankful for the steady progress!

Pictured: Back in June when I was using a knee scooter.

Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. Psalm 86:11 ESV

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Legacy of Love and Faith

Two years ago today my husband and I dropped everything and drove over to an Olympia hospital. Just in time to say one final goodbye to my dad. Our beloved dad and grandpa. Loving husband to my mom. Respected teacher and mentor.

Grief is tempered with gratitude. My dad gave us a legacy of love and faith. We miss him but know we will see him again.

Pictured: From eleven years ago when my nieces were little. And there were just three of them. Now there are five precious girls.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 ESV

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Done For

I had dinner well under way. Black bean chili simmered on the stove. Skillet corn bread fresh out of the oven. I just needed a clean ladle to dish up. But when I washed the ladle I didn't get it completely rinsed. One taste and I knew the chili was done for.

Plan B: quickly cook up ground turkey for taco salad. With corn bread.

Lesson learned!!!

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

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Enjoy the Little Things

Today I hit the jackpot. I found a parking spot close to the grocery store entrance. And used my senior discount. Works for me!

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