Monday, December 31, 2012

Highlight of the Year

I have two favorite pictures from 2012. Having all four children home for Christmas was definitely the highlight of the year.

Pictured: My husband with our daughters and our sons.

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

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Future and Hope

We had a guest preacher today. Pastor Bubba Jennings, a visiting Mars Hill pastor, preached about a passage often taken out of context. I am thankful that God knows the plans for us, and trust that His plans are always best. We have a future and a hope in Jesus Christ! For now and forever.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Pull up a Chair

Our friends said they were going to DQ for dinner. Sounded good. So twelve of us from our community group met up there.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 ESV

Friday, December 28, 2012

While You Wait

The line at the store was taking a while. No worries. The lady behind me asked if I had an extra pen. And she tore a page from her Sudoku book to share with me.

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

Thursday, December 27, 2012

What Really Matters

We didn't have many presents under the tree. That's because
our main gift was flying our son home for Christmas. It kept our focus on what really matters.

in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— Ephesians 2:7-8 ESV

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Home is Where You Hang Your Stockings

It's crazy to move right before Christmas. But it was fun to be together in our new place. With a fireplace mantel for hanging stockings. (Even if the fireplace doesn't work.)

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! Mattew 7:11 ESV

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

White Christmas

We're keeping things simple this Christmas. Staying home. Enjoying family time. Including having all three adult children here plus our 12-year-old. With the bonus of a white Christmas.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 ESV

Monday, December 24, 2012

Home for Christmas

It's been a while since we were all together. Since July of 2011 to be exact. So we are thrilled to have our older son fly home from California for Christmas.

Pictured: Table for six at Red Robin tonight.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. Psalm 5:11 ESV

Sunday, December 23, 2012

First Visitor

We were not expecting our first visitor at our new home. I opened the kitchen door and a bird flew in. My husband caught it and let it out.
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.  Matthew 10:30-31 ESV

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Internet Coffee

No more going out for breakfast to check email. We now have internet access at home. We can go out for coffee just because.

Pictured: Early morning coffee date

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 ESV

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Home Away from Home

What do you do when you don't have internet at your new home and the power is off for the day? Go to your local coffee shop and stay warm, drink coffee, and check your email. Works for us.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 ESV

Sunday, December 16, 2012

In Faith

I don't know what God has for us in this next chapter of our lives. We are stepping out in faith that God will lead and provide. He can do that.

Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.” Genesis 13:17 ESV

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Keep Trusting

I love learning about Abram (before he was called Abraham). I appreciate how he trusted God even when there were lots of changes in his life. I can do that. With God's help.

So Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord. Genesis 13:18 ESV

Friday, December 14, 2012


My stashes are being revealed. I had no idea I had so many envelopes of various sizes and colors. Padded too. I can donate some to the kindergarten class.

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

Thursday, December 13, 2012

That's a Wrap

I thought we were done hosting community group in this house. But we can host one more time. And have a work party. Our friends wrapped and packed our entire kitchen and pantry. And all the paintings in the house. What a blessing.

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 ESV

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mailed with Love

My friend tucked something in the Christmas card she mailed me. A little package of tea bags. Perfect for enjoying after we move into our new home across town.

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 ESV

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Too Much Random

I was stuck. Could not sort one more pile of random papers and objects. But my friend called and offered her services for the afternoon. Just in time to make some progress.

The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121:8 ESV

Monday, December 10, 2012

Here to There

How do we get from here to there? And move across town. Little by little. The sorting and packing process is overwhelming. But I will press on. As my friend in an assisted living home told me, my children will thank me someday.

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

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Family Style

It was fitting that this morning was "family style." Mark Driscoll preached out of Matthew 1 about How He Made Us Family, the second in the God's Work our Witness series.

Our church met in a different building on the community college campus. Children sat with parents or in the back. We will be in the Student Union Building next week too, at 10 a.m. With cookies afterward.

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us). Matthew 1:21-23 ESV

Saturday, December 08, 2012

New View

Looks like it is official. We are moving across town into a friend's rental. We will get our house ready to sell as soon as possible so we can reduce expenses. Let the downsizing begin!

Pictured: Moved a houseplant to the new house today.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

Friday, December 07, 2012


What happened to those two kids who met at a Bible study and became best friends? They got married on this day, 27 years ago. Now they have four kids of their own, two of them are the ages they were when they got married.

They are still best friends and thankful for every day they have together.

Happy Anniversary to my sweetheart!

Pictured: Sunset at my sister's farm in Oregon in November.

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, December 06, 2012

Mother-Daughter Time

We had some time to wait. While my daughter's car got an oil change and winter tune up. Perfect for coffee and some mother-daughter time. Works for us!

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, December 05, 2012

Thankful for BSF

Every week I am thankful I am able to attend Bible Study Fellowship. This year we are studying through the book of Genesis. I love studying God's Word with other women and seeing what new things I will learn in the old familiar stories.

Then Abram said to Lot, "Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left." Genesis 13:8-9 ESV

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Fresh Start

If I had a do-over I would file as I go, print and label family photos, and stop clutter before it spreads. And organize, organize, organize. But it's not too late to reinvent myself. Here's to a fresh start.

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

Monday, December 03, 2012

On the Igloo

Our furry little friend didn't know what to think. We moved the guinea pig's cage from the living room to a bedroom. It took her two days to come down from her igloo. Change is hard!

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

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Where is Jesus?

Last week's sermon was a good summary of the book of Esther. Stay tuned to the end for how the Old Testament connects to Jesus.

Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." Luke 24:44 ESV

Saturday, December 01, 2012

East Meets West

I didn't know it was going to be such a cultural experience. We invited my parents and my in-laws to an early Christmas dinner. And invited my Chinese neighbor family to join us. It was the first Western meal and traditional turkey and ham dinner for the three Chinese grandparents.

Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9 ESV