Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ready to Fly Home

My husband will be boarding a plane in a few hours. The first of his flights leading home from Africa. I am anxious to see him on Thursday!

Pictured: A flock of geese overhead at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge the other day.

I made the earth and created man on it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host. Isaiah 45:12 ESV

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hot Off the Press: The Art of Work

I can't wait to dig in. My copy of The Art of Work came in the mail today. I am a big fan of Jeff Goins. I'm guessing this is his best work yet. I'm hoping to discover what I was meant to do.

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

Sunday, March 29, 2015

End of a Good Weekend

Great day for going to church with my daughters. And a quick trip to Seattle.

A Song of Ascents. Of David. I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD!" Psalm 122:1 ESV

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Banana Gram(ma)

And they are back. Nice to have my in-laws down the street again. My mother-in-law made breakfast for dinner and we played Bananagrams. My husband would have enjoyed watching basketball if he were here.

Pictured: Getting the tiles set up. We like to face the tiles out at the beginning.

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

Friday, March 27, 2015

Meet at the Refuge

It was the perfect meeting place. For an impromptu rendezvous. My son and his girlfriend drove south. Picked up my older daughter on the way. My younger daughter and I drove a little ways north. For a beautiful walk through the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. We didn't find the owls, but we saw a bald eagle, snakes, muskrat, toads, and other interesting things.

http://widemargins.blogspot.com/2012/06/boardwalk-family.html

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:30-31 ESV

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Family that Jumps Together

My kids are great at cheap entertainment. They have fun just jumping off logs.

Pictured: My four kids, five years ago.

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Beloved Grampa

I am so blessed by the legacy of godly men and women in my family. Today we honor my grandfather, who turns 94 today.

Happy Birthday to my beloved Grampa!


Pictured: With my Grampa, a couple years ago.

The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; Psalm 37:18 ESV

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Been A While

It's been a while since we've taken the ferry to Seattle. I look forward to the next trip. With my husband at my side.

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

Monday, March 23, 2015

Do What You Can

I wish I could have sent more. But my husband was up to his weight limit on kids' clothes and shoes. My husband is having a great time in Malawi. I can't wait to hear his stories and see pictures from his trip.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27 ESV

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ready for Coffee!

I don't see my good friend very often. But I keep her mug ready. We became friends when our boys were in preschool. Twenty-plus years ago. That's a lot of memories and adventures ago!

Happy Birthday dear friend!

http://widemargins.blogspot.com/2007/03/who-loves-you.html

I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, Philemon 1:4-5

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Travel Buddy

I remember when I had a little travel buddy. Two, if you count the purple animal.

Pictured: Getting ready to travel to California with my older daughter, when she was 5.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127:3 ESV

Friday, March 20, 2015

Recovery at Home


My daughter bravely faced an early morning. And wisdom teeth extraction. All four! Now to continue the recovery at home. We are well-stocked with soft foods. We have yogurt, pudding, applesauce, and ice cream. Chicken soup is ready to blend.

He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 40:11 ESV

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Miles Away

It's hard to believe my husband is miles away. I'm glad he had been able to use his Chromebook and go online a couple times. The 40-hour journey to Malawi, Africa was grueling, but they arrived safely. I can't wait to see his pictures. And have him back.

Pictured: Saying good-bye at the Portland Airport.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11 ESV

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My Turn with Two-Year-Olds

I've taken a turn with the three-year-olds. And with the four-year-olds. Today I was with 11 two-year-olds while their mommies or grandmas studied the Bible at Bible Study Fellowship. Along with two capable children's leaders. They have a schedule of activities, snack time, and Bible lesson. My favorite part was hearing sweet little voices sing "Jesus Loves Me."

https://www.bsfinternational.org/

but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 19:14 ESV

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ready for Adventures in Africa

I can't believe it all fit in his two suitcases and carry-on. That's 25 pairs of flip flops and Crocs, 149 items of mostly children's clothing, 24 soccer Oballs, 15 New Testaments, one jump rope, and one laptop to donate to a Bible student. And my husband's clothes and supplies for three weeks in Malawi and Mozambique, Africa.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27 ESV

Monday, March 16, 2015

Little Friend Growing Up

My little friend is growing up! She waved at me and let me hold her. Can't believe she will be one year old next month!

http://widemargins.blogspot.com/2014/06/little-sister.html

but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 19:14 ESV

Sunday, March 15, 2015

All in a Row

All I needed was for one person to be gone. And leave an empty parking space in front of my daughter's apartment. My younger daughter said I needed three people to be gone. All in a row. No offense to my parking abilities taken.

I am thankful for answered prayer for parking. And more importantly, safe wisdom teeth removal for my older daughter.

Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. Psalm 112:4 ESV

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Narnia Love

I thought the same thing last year. What amazing talent we have in our little town! My husband, daughter, and I caught the opening performance of the musical Narnia. The singing and acting was superb. Bravo!

http://www.faithshelton.org/Faith-Acts

Pictured: My daughter got to meet my friend, the White Witch.

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

Friday, March 13, 2015

Granola Love

I will never make granola as good as Storyville's. But this recipe from America's Test Kitchen, is tasty and easy to make. I like how you press it down on a cookie sheet and bake. Rotating once. No checking and stirring. You can watch their video and get the recipe online. Or get the recipe here:

https://www.kcet.org/food/weekend-recipe-almond-granola-with-dried-fruit

Almond Granola with Dried Fruit
Makes about 9 cups
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup packed (2 1/3 ounces) light brown sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups (10 ounces) raw almonds, chopped coarse
2 cups raisins or other dried fruit, chopped
Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in large bowl. Whisk in oil. Fold in oats and almonds until thoroughly coated.
Transfer oat mixture to prepared baking sheet and spread across sheet into thin, even layer (about 3/8 inch thick). Using stiff metal spatula, compress oat mixture until very compact. Bake until lightly browned, 40 to 45 minutes, rotating pan once halfway through baking. Remove granola from oven and cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 1 hour. Break cooled granola into pieces of desired size. Stir in dried fruit. (Granola can be stored in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.)

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

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Muffin Pan Frittata

I like finding recipes to use what I have on hand. Fresh eggs, orange pepper, onion, low-fat sharp cheddar, potatoes, couple slices of salami, and a splash of half-and-half. Perfect for a Potato Cup Frittata. Served with salsa, sour cream and avocado.

Next time I will try sweet potatoes.

http://www.averagebetty.com/recipes/potato-cup-frittata-recipe/

Pictured: Not everyone appreciates peppers and onion.

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

On His Spring Break

Nice to have my nephew in town helping my parents for a few days. Too bad I didn't get to sample his cooking. I hear he takes after his dad.

Pictured: Lunch with my parents.

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

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Supernatural Prayer

It was just as good the second time. We were at church for both services so we heard Pastor Seth Winterhalter preach twice. Who knew there was so much to learn in the little book of Jonah.

"What do your prayers tell you about your thoughts on who God is? Is he simply a cosmic vending machine of blessing and help? Or is he the Creator and Sustainer of all life?"

https://soundcloud.com/harborchurch/jonah5

Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the LORD!" Jonah 2:8-9 ESV

Monday, March 09, 2015

Wish I Could Have Tea and Cookies One More Time

My great-grandma, or Grammy D as we called her, lived to span three centuries. She never thought she would live to be 100, let alone 106. 

Today would have been her 116th birthday. I'm blessed to have known her and she loved each of my children.

Pictured: Five generations, fourteen years ago.

"Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:1-3 ESV


Sunday, March 08, 2015

At Church Today

My husband was interviewed at church. He told about his upcoming trip to Africa and shared some prayer requests. Nice to have my parents and nephew at church too.

http://www.harborolympia.com/

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 ESV

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Reunion Lunch

Our former neighbors were in town today. So nice to catch up at a reunion lunch date.

Pictured: My husband took this photo of one table of friends today.

Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 1 Corinthians 10:24 ESV

Friday, March 06, 2015

Circle of Prayer

This is getting real. My husband leaves in ten days. His first trip to the African continent. I wish I could join him.

Pictured: Circle of prayer commissioning the African mission team at First Church of the Nazarene in Eugene, Oregon last weekend

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11 ESV

Thursday, March 05, 2015

I Remember When

I used to cut my kids' hair. As best I could.
I always knew where my kids were and who they were with.
I prayed for my children every day. I still do.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Missions Weekend

I'm glad we could meet the team my husband is traveling with. But the best thing about the weekend was meeting African pastor Albino Banda.

He also stayed at my husband's friend's home. Our two daughters were with us and got to hear his stories and find out about his life in Mozambique. We heard his passion for hurting and lost people. We made a new friend and my husband has a new African brother.

You can hear him speak in the Sunday service at First Church of the Nazarene. The message starts about 45 minutes into the service.

https://vimeo.com/channels/efcnazserviceshd March 1: Breaking Down Borders

Pictured: My husband's friend Dave, Pastor Albino, and Pastor Les Moore at the missions conference dinner Saturday

Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak." Exodus 4:12 ESV

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Nisqually Barn

We will have to return when we have more time. And maybe we will find the baby or juvenile owls.

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/nisqually/

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1 ESV

Monday, March 02, 2015

Africa Mission Trip Count-Down

In two weeks my husband is leaving for the trip of a lifetime. He is traveling to Malawi and Mozambique, Africa with his college roommate

A team of 10 from Eugene First Church of the Nazarene will spend 3 weeks working with students at the Bible college they partner with, traveling to outlying areas and showing the Jesus film, ministering to children and distributing clothes and shoes, establishing two new churches, and much more.

Pictured: Met Pastor Albino from Mozambique who is here for a missions conference. He will be traveling with the team.

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!" Romans 10:14-15 ESV

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Hike Detour

What a beautiful day for a road trip. Might as well detour for a hike at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge on the way. Borrow some binoculars and look for owls. We found an adult owl way up in the cleft of a tree. With the help of a Fish and Wildlife expert.

Pictured: My daughters took turns with the binoculars on Saturday.

And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." Genesis 1:22 ESV