Saturday, April 30, 2011

Thinking of You Texts

My college kids don't get many cards in the mail. I can work on that. But I regularly send them "thinking of you texts." Often with pictures. Sent with prayer.

When I saw this kayak on the ceiling of a fast food restaurant, I sent it to my son and daughter. It reminded me of hearing about their kayaking class and planned tip-over. Brr!

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 ESV

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Couple Love

In honor of the royal wedding, we donned a crown, cape, and tiara. And sipped sparkling cider. As we celebrated customer appreciation weekend at the Olympia Grocery Outlet.

However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Ephesians 5:33 ESV

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Guessing Jar Love

I don't know when the tradition started. We like to have guessing jars for special events. Winner takes all.

My mother-in-law made one for Easter and sent a text photo to my college kids. So they could participate too. A virtual guessing jar! But my mom had the winning guess of 333.

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What Would You Do?

It was a classic "what would you do?" situation. On the way to pick up her daughter after a track meet, my friend saw a young man with a backpack walking down the road. At 10 pm. Near the rural high school. He was probably fine.

But after stopping to check, found out he was on her daughter's track team and was on his way home. And would love a ride. Four and a half miles to his house!

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? 1 John 3:17 ESV

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wish I Was There

If I could be anywhere else today, I would choose Pasadena. Not because it's warm and sunny. I would love to be there celebrating my sister's birthday.

Happy Birthday, Kath!

Pictured: Christmas with my Sis!

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8 ESV

Monday, April 25, 2011

Graduated to Glory

It was a reunion of our former Sunday school class. And fond farewell for our friend. God gave Don Mansfield a second chance at life 30 years ago. And he made it count.

Hereby resolved: To share and listen to more stories before we are seated in church for memorial services.

Pictured: A look back at our 2006 open house for our oldest's high school/community college graduation. Including Don and Millie, seated on our sofa.

"Yet even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments." Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Joel 2:12-13 ESV

Sunday, April 24, 2011

All About Jesus

This was an Easter celebration to remember. Hearing 17,000 people sing and cheer. Praising Jesus, the Risen Savior. Watching people come forward and get baptized. In 20 heated and chlorinated pools. By the hundreds.

You can watch the sermon online. And find out 8 things Jesus said about Himself.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 ESV

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Egg Story

My mother-in-law put eggs in the goblets. But they were not filled with candy. Each egg had a verse with part of the Easter story. After reading them aloud, we enjoyed a wonderful Easter dinner. Minus our two college students who didn't make it home this weekend.

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. Luke 24:2-3

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pierced for Our Transgressions

My daughter isn't bringing home bunnies and chicks. From school this week. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Easter is so much more. I love how she is memorizing Isaiah 53. Perfect for Good Friday and Easter.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 NIV

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Low Tide Day

It's a low tide day. And sunny. What are you going to do? Join the 5th graders on their spur-of-the moment field trip. To Potlatch State Park.

Too bad your camera is on the fritz. Or you could have captured the excitement when kids found eels, crabs, and rock fish. Or got stuck in the mud.

Pictured: A cell phone picture of my daughter and her friend exploring the beach.

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Banner Life

I love simple yet creative projects. Made with love. Like the banner my sister and her three assistants made last month. They decorated it with 90 stick figures. In honor of our Grampa's 90th birthday.

My sister added cards, dated by year. And wrote events from his life on the cards. From birth, to marriage, to service in WWII, teaching career highlights, and more. A great way to honor a banner life.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 ESV

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lost and Hound

So the lost puppy does not have a microchip. But while we were at the vet's office a man came in and recognized the dog. His friend's puppy ran off a couple days ago. From the area near my parents' home. I'm so glad we went to that vet when we did.

Mystery solved! (And my mom's prayers for a happy ending answered.)

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

Monday, April 18, 2011

Just Needs Training

We're waiting to find out if the puppy is lost or abandoned. It showed up at my parents' doorstep and thinks it is home. We will take it to the vet tomorrow and find out if she has a chip.

If not, we will start looking for a home for this sweet, lovable puppy. She is good with children and grandparents. Just needs some training.

And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 ESV

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Put on the Coffee

That's the thing with snowbirds. They leave and then they return. So good to have my in-laws back in town. They may have brought some warmer weather with them. At least for today, anyway.

Pictured: My mother-in-law and my youngest.

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 ESV

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fond Thoughts

Sometimes I just sit here. With my laptop. But I'm not surfing the web. I enjoy looking through my digital photo albums. With fond thoughts.

Pictured: I love this picture of my children in the igloo they built. And slept in.

I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, Philemon 1:4

Friday, April 15, 2011

School Family Night

It was family night. The school family that is. Students, parents, and teachers put on a talent show fund raiser event for the 7th and 8th grade trip to Washington DC.

Highlights included seeing my husband's former student dance, my daughter's classmates and schoolmates sing and perform, and teachers sing and play music. Plus our community group friends joined us for the evening and I got to hold their baby.

Pictured: My daughter and her fifth grade peeps.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 1 Corinthians 12:4 ESV

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Banjo Love

Every Thursday I say I don't want to get up early. But it's my morning to check the folders in fifth grade. So I get up and go.

And every Thursday I am glad I went. I get to hear the children recite scripture, say the pledge of allegiance, and sing songs with the fourth graders. This morning the teacher accompanied them on his banjo. What a great way to start the morning.

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! Psalm 95:2 ESV

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sunflower Love

It started with a bouquet of flowers for my daughter's new dorm room. Now my husband sends bouquets virtually. By cell phone. Every time he sees sunflowers. My daughter can feel the love. All the way across the state.

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11 ESV

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Good-bye Truck!

Today I heard click click click for the last time. As I prayed for the old green truck to start. It faithfully hauled dirt, rocks, mushroom compost, bark, lumber, hardwood flooring, furniture, ladders, paint equipment, appliances (how many refrigerators?), and more. For us, our neighbors, and relatives.

There were countless trips to the dump. For us and others. Depending on the season, Christmas trees, kayaks, lawn mowers, camping equipment, and bicycles. Moved our son to college and back.

There were bags of insulation. Empty 55-gallon drums for my brother-in-law. Tables and chairs for our open houses. And how many times have we transported our barbecue to events?

It did not, however, take my son to a scholarship interview. Or get me home from voting a couple years ago. Bless our friend for fixing the headlights so my husband didn't have to beat the dark home. Good memories. My husband jump-started it and drove it away for the last time.

Pictured: Friends gave us a trampoline.

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; Ecclesiastes 3:5-6 ESV

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sunny but Cool

We have the perfect setting for going on walks. There's our loop (one-third of a mile) or we can venture out on the walking path. So I have no excuse. Especially when the sun comes out long enough. Like today.

Pictured: This picture was taken during our kids' spring break. A picture today would have shown me wearing a hat, gloves, and a down vest.

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Thankful for Grace

The question always is: who am I in the story? Today's sermon was about the ten lepers who were healed (Luke 17:11-19). Only one came back to thank Jesus. It's easy to think, oh sure, I would be thankful. But am I more like the nine lepers who wanted healing but not anything more? Jesus offers Himself. His grace. Freely.

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Small Town Living

What will they remember me for? It is a small town, after all. When I go to garage sales and thrift stores I try to be pleasant and friendly.

This weekend the woman remembered selling me her bowling ball and bag at a previous garage sale. She was happy to hear it was perfect for my daughter.

Pictured: I snapped this picture with my cell phone during our college kids' spring break.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 ESV

Friday, April 08, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Usually she is on the other side of the world. For her birthday. But not today. I could make my mom lunch. And applesauce cake. As a small token of my love and respect for such a godly mom and grandmother.

Pictured: My daughter and I with my parents. With the cake my daughter glazed and decorated.

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:28-30 ESV

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Comparing Stories

I met a woman with a better story than mine. When I broke a norm for my daughter's sociology class, all I did was cut in line. This woman put on crazy clothes and crashed a baby shower. The people were ready to call the police. Good thing the host of the shower was in on the school assignment.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4 ESV

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Recipe for Fun

Invite one friend over. Bring out the puppets. Play some music. Record a video. Watch the video on the TV screen. Repeat.

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

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Chicken Girl

I am definitely a city girl. Grew up in big cities like Portland, Hong Kong, and Taipei. My husband has a little bit of country in him. His family raised steer.

I have to ship my children off to get farm experience. Or this week take a turn feeding chickens and gathering eggs while our friends are out of town.

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. Philippians 4:11 ESV

Monday, April 04, 2011

Double Winners

We love the coupons and special deals. Great bagels. Friendly staff. We drop our names in the jar. In hopes of winning a free bagel sandwich. Today the owner picked two names and was happy to see us. And save a stamp for the two gift certificates. His and hers free bagel sandwiches.

Pictured: I enjoyed last month's special: free coffee with my own mug.

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

Sunday, April 03, 2011

My Writing Corner

It was the perfect ending. I came home from the writers conference to find my husband had been busy. He cleaned our bedroom. And set up a writing corner for me. I love the desk he found at the Habitat ReStore. Complete with a little drawer for pens and pencils. What a guy!

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

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Happy to Sign

My goal was to be inspired. Meet other writers. Get two books autographed. Done and done. Dr. Gerry Breshears was glad to sign the Doctrine book for his former seminary student, my husband. Plus my husband's classmate, and my friend, signed her latest book for me.

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8 ESV

Friday, April 01, 2011

Eat, Pray, Love

I love our community group on Friday nights. Get to eat, pray, and open the Word together. And find ways to serve each other and our community.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, Hebrews 10:24 ESV