Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ready, Set!

School hasn't started yet. But fourteen girls showed up for the first volleyball practice. I'm looking forward to my daughter's second year playing volleyball!

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

And Then There Were Four

I wish I could have been there when my three nieces met their little sister yesterday. I can't wait to meet her myself. Congratulations to my sister and husband! Welcome Margaret Ann. Seven pounds three ounces. Mom and baby are doing well.

Pictured: My husband, daughter, and my three nieces earlier this summer.

He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD! Psalm 113:9 ESV

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cheesecake Love

Patience is not my strong suit. Or planning head. In cooking and baking that is. So making a cheesecake from scratch is a real test. Bake for an hour and half. Let cool for two and half hours. Chill for three hours. Then let sit out for 30 minutes.

But it was worth it for my youngest and I to make a cheesecake for my older daughter's birthday last weekend.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV

Sunday, August 28, 2011

One Good Thing After Another

We packed it in. Worship. Children's ministry for my husband. Times two services. A birthday party in the park with community group friends. Capped off with a great family dinner. With grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and in-laws. My parents know how to open their home. With love.

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Romans 12:13 ESV

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Still Sweet

I think if you polled people who attended that wedding, they would share the same highlights. An amazing buffet at the reception. And the song, "How Sweet it is." The memories are still sweet, twenty-three years later! Happy Anniversary to my sister and brother-in-law!

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." Ephesians 5:31 ESV

Friday, August 26, 2011

Heart Tortilla

We didn't just share a meal. We helped make our dinner at community group last night. Homemade tortillas. Flour and corn. Authentic chili con carne. Homemade salsa and guacamole. All made with love.

Pictured: My daughter and her heart-shaped tortilla.

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

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Teamwork. Partnership. Honor. Respect. Faithfulness. Commitment. God-centered. That's what marriage is all about. As demonstrated in 49 years of marriage. Happy Anniversary to my parents!

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Family Moment

My family is very patient with me. They know that if five or more are in one place, I'm going to want a photo. A self-portrait of sorts. They can be glad I don't tote a tripod.

Pictured: A family moment this weekend. I love this photo, even if it didn't quite capture all of us.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rain Relief

It was a relief to have some rain yesterday. My husband could take a day off painting. Besides Sunday. And catch up on paperwork for his volunteer ministry. Today we ran errands and took time to stop the car and admire the view off Highway 101.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 ESV

Monday, August 22, 2011

Five Guys

Now we have another reason to visit our kids in Bellingham. One of those hamburger places we've been hearing about. Be prepared to name the toppings you want on your made-to-order burger. Grilled mushrooms for me! And yes, the french fries are the best ever.

Pictured: Four of the five guys who visited Five Guys in Bellingham.

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

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Send-Off

I'm glad we could give my daughter a ride back to college. Instead of sending her back the way she came. On foot, two buses, a ferry and car. Made it easier to tote a basket of fresh veggies from her grandparents' garden. Plus we got to see our son in Bellingham.

Pictured: The send-off in the church parking lot.

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

Saturday, August 20, 2011

No More Teens (for now)

Where have twenty years gone? I know. We've been watching a little girl grow up into a beautiful, strong, and capable young woman.

Happy Birthday to our older daughter!

Pictured: Our daughters and my mother-in-law, who hosted a special birthday breakfast.

So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 ESV

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sister Bonding

It's always good to have our girls together. Sister-bonding time. Even if it's only for the weekend.

and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 1 Thessalonians 3:12 ESV

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Chocolate Cake Love

My daughter sprang into action. Got out the cookbook. Whipped up a gourmet chocolate cake. As in, melted chocolate in a double boiler.

In honor of big sister's return.

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Do Not Give Up

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Right Where We Left Off

I met my friend for coffee at our old hang-out. Back in the day the kids played and we drank coffee. Ate hamburgers and finished the kids' fries. Now she had a grandson who climbs the play structure. We drank fancy coffee: latte and mocha. And we chatted and picked up right where we left off.

that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, Colossians 2:2 ESV

Monday, August 15, 2011

Dog Day

I love this cell phone picture of our daughter and our dog. We are enjoying our last days of summer.

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, August 14, 2011

Sleepless Saturday

So much for trying to get a good night's sleep on a Saturday night. There must have been a party down the street. All the yelling got the dogs in the neighborhood going. The rest of my family slept through it. So I took the opportunity to pray. Might as well redeem the time.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, Colossians 1:9 ESV

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bird Bath Love

My husband asked if I saw the metal bird bath at the thrift store. Yes, but where would we put it? He said he had the perfect spot for it. But when we walked back to that part of the store, it was gone. So I've been on a hunt for one ever since.

Until yesterday. I saw one at a garage sale. This one even hooks up to a hose and sprays water. A bargain at $25. My husband loves it.

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

Friday, August 12, 2011

Use in Savory or Sweet Dishes

Somewhere along the way I started baking with ground coriander. This is the seed, not to be confused with the plant cilantro. I like it in my apple crisp, apple pie, banana bread, etc. I'm not big on curry so I haven't done much there.

When I saw a big container for sale at a discount grocery store I couldn't resist. Ten dollars for 80 ounces! Local friends can let me know if they need any!

Pictured: Ground coriander at the grocery store, full price.

Now the house of Israel called its name manna. It was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. Exodus 16:31 ESV

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Beef up the Veggies

The inspiration started with one salmon kebab. Marked down at the grocery store. Add some beef, red and yellow peppers, mushrooms, and yellow squash. No need to soak the skewers. They won't burn in the George Foreman electric grill. That's the way to "beef up our veggies."

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

School List

We're making our way through the list. School supplies. Check. New hair cut. Check. Getting back on schedule. Still a work in progress.

making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16 ESV

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Amish Nanny Love

If you like books with an Amish theme, you'll love my friend's latest book. I just finished The Amish Nanny. It picks up where The Amish Midwife left off. But don't worry, each book stands alone.

Pictured: My friend's book at the grocery store!

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 08, 2011

Hold Up

Hold up. The summer is running away. I need to think about what I want to do before it's over.

making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16 ESV

Sunday, August 07, 2011

All Welcome

I try to keep up with old and new. I can connect with our community group members. And reach out to new people at church.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, Romans 15:5 ESV

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Look Up

I really look up to my husband. He works hard and never complains.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, Colossians 3:23 ESV

Friday, August 05, 2011

Morning Drizzle

Morning drizzle. The painting will have to wait. Might as well have a coffee break. With the ladies.

Not pictured: The painter's wife and mom.

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, August 04, 2011

Got Worries?

What is the opposite of prayer? I like how Tim Challies, the pastor and blogger, describes worry. He poses an interesting question about the Old Testament character Naomi. Why didn't she go out to glean with Ruth? Was she at home paralyzed with worry?

You can read about Effectual Worrying at:

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! Psalm 27:14 ESV

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Musical Table and Chairs

I wanted something that fit better in our dining room. And fell in love with a maple table and six chairs at a garage sale. Twenty-five bucks? Including delivery? Done. So I offered our pedestal oak table and chairs to friends who just returned from out of the country. Just what they needed.

Pictured: Our former table and chairs all loaded up.

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 ESV

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Little Neighbors

I met our new neighbor last night. You don't get much newer than that. I even got to hold the little five-day-old baby. In a couple weeks, my friend across the street will have her baby too. Welcome little ones!

But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Luke 18:16 ESV

Monday, August 01, 2011

Keep Trusting

Where's my trust? In sunny weather so my husband can paint? No. Even though I am thankful for the good painting weather. My trust is in God. Who can and will provide what we need when we need it.

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit." Jeremiah 17:7-8 ESV