Sunday, July 31, 2016

Prayed With

I'm glad we have friends and family praying for my father-in-law. His recovery is going slowly.

But it's also nice to be prayed with. My life group friends at church hugged me and prayed with me after church. I needed that.

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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Bonding Time

We don't always wear matching clothes. But my mother-in-law and I enjoy spending time together. Whether it's at the kids' school or sports events, coffee, or bonding while we wait for my father-in-law to recover from heart surgery.

Pictured: Back in 2010 at a grade school event.

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5 ESV

Friday, July 29, 2016

Heart Surgeon

We really like my father-in-law's heart surgeon. I haven't met her, but I was there for the FaceTime video conference with the family and my mother-in-law. Today's surgery included three by-passes and one aortic valve replacement. Now the healing process begins. We keep praying for a strong recovery!

Pictured: FaceTime with the surgeon before the surgery.

I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. Psalm 86:12 ESV

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Timely Encouragement

My father-in-law skipped ahead. And found great encouragement in the devotional for July 29, the day of his scheduled open heart surgery.

"Prayer: Lord, I am constantly asking you to give me your strength, to change me and heal me. But nothing is more empowering and life transforming than simply adoring you. Inject the truth of your wisdom, love, holiness, and sovereignty down deep into my heart until it catches fire there and makes me new. Amen."

Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. Psalm 86:4-6 ESV

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Girl and Pup

My friend had an inflatable kids' pool she didn't need. My neighbor loaned me an air compressor. My husband had a tarp in the shed. Put it all together. Add water. And you have a great way to stay cool on a hot day! Girl and pup.

Pictured: Our puppy enjoyed the big water bowl and slowly got used to being all the way in the pool.

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, July 26, 2016

Sibling Coffee Love

If your husband's brother and sister are in town, you might as well get up early. And meet for coffee.

It's been nice to have family around to spend time with my father-in-law and mother-in-law. It is still looking like my father-in-law will have open heart surgery this Friday.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. [The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.] Psalm 145:13 ESV

Monday, July 25, 2016

Keep Trekking to Tacoma

We are taking each day and development as it comes. It looks like my father-in-law will be having heart surgery the end of this week, on July 29. The doctors, nurses, and staff are taking excellent care of him.We pray for good results and a smooth recovery for our dear dad/father-in-law/grandfather/friend!

Pictured: Driving over the Narrows Bridge to Tacoma, one of the routes to St. Joseph Medical Center.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16 ESV

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mostly Health

They have had mostly health for their marriage. But as they celebrate 57 years of marriage, my in-laws are facing time in the hospital and separation with tenderness and appreciation for each other.

Happy 57th Anniversary! Thanks for loving each other in sickness and in health!

Pictured: Two years ago at the Seattle waterfront

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

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Birthday One Year Ago

Just one year ago we were eating pie. And celebrating my father-in-law's 76th birthday. Yesterday he had chocolate cake in his hospital room. But what he really wants is to have his heart surgery over with and be on his way to full recovery.

We are all looking forward to the next simple celebration in their home or ours!

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16 ESV

Friday, July 22, 2016

77 Years Later

It's been seventy-seven years since my father-in-law was in a hospital. When he was born. He has been blessed with good health and taken great care of himself.

So this hospitalization came as quite a shock to all of us. My father-in-law is in good spirits and making steady progress towards being ready for open heart surgery. Happy 77th birthday, Arnold!

Pictured: My father-in-law and husband, one month ago on Father's Day.

Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11 ESV

Thursday, July 21, 2016

View from the 6th Floor

My father-in-law is getting good care in St. Joseph's Medical Center in Tacoma. He had gall bladder surgery, which revealed issues with his heart. Good thing they found out!

Now he is waiting to have by-pass surgery, hopefully early next week. There are so many things to be thankful for in all this. We pray for continued healing and perfect timing for the surgery.

Pictured: My husband saw the sunrise from his dad's room, early this morning. Family members are taking turns spending the night.

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Stewardship: A Farmer's Heart

I knew I would learn something new when Pastor Seth Winterhalter preached on the parable of the talents from Matthew 25. A "talent" is a measure of weight, like silver. A talent of silver would have been about twenty years of wages.

Here are some thoughts:
God is in control of the harvest. I am in charge of how hard I work. I will not be judged by my fruitfulness. I will be judged by how I use my abilities.

You can listen online:

His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.' Matthew 25:21 ESV

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Backyard Meeting

Another day, another introduction. Our puppy stayed fairly calm and enjoyed playing in the backyard with my brother-in-law. It helps when friends and family are dog people. Can't wait for our puppy to meet my brother-in-law's puppy.

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 ESV

Monday, July 18, 2016

Low Hanging Fruit

This might be the year of our big crop. The apple trees are loaded. I don't remember the branches hanging down so low in the three and half years we have lived here. Can't wait for pie and apple crisp. And applesauce. I better stock up on cinnamon!

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 ESV

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Brother-in-Law Meets Daisy

That introduction went well. My brother-in-law met our new puppy and she was very calm. No treats required. Good girl, Daisy!

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, "Great is the LORD!" Psalm 40:16 ESV

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Birthday Breakfast Love

I'll take my birthday breakfast now. One week later works for me. My husband and I tried Oly Rockfish Grill in downtown Olympia today. The food was excellent! We shared an omelet and order of crepes with berries.

For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth. Psalm 71:5 ESV

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sticks and Stones

They say getting a puppy is like having a baby. It is a lot of work! Our puppy reminds me of when our boys were little. Daisy loves to dig and collect rocks and sticks.

Pictured: What a big stick you have! Good for chewing or resting your chin.

Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Psalm 71:3 ESV

Thursday, July 14, 2016

What Was Before

Old photos take you back to what was before. Like this one, twenty-some years ago at Spencer Lake. Before my parents built the garage. That turned into the "grouse." That became their current home. This was also before we had our fourth child.

Pictured: Enjoying a meal with my in-laws, my parents, and our three kids. My mom took this photo.

Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Psalm 25:6 ESV

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Long Ago and Far Away

My mom found an old birthday photo. From my eighth birthday, when we lived in Hong Kong. I have reconnected with the friend in this photo, thanks to Facebook.

Pictured: I am on the left, in pigtails. Thanks, Mom, for the special elephant cake!

O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Psalm 71:17-18 ESV

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Little "Helper"

My husband has a new fan. Someone to watch him work. Reminds me of when the kids were little.

Pictured: My husband at work, fixing the molding in the laundry room.

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

Monday, July 11, 2016

Market Flower Love

I love flowers from Pike Place Market. What a thoughtful birthday gift from my daughter's boyfriend!

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:28-30 ESV

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Happy 52nd Birthday to Me!

My family knew I would keep my eyes closed during the dinner prayer. So I was very surprised after the "Amen." Everyone donned party glasses. Happy 52nd birthday to me!

Pictured: My sister's three kids, my four kids, and my daughter's boyfriend. Just missing my son's girlfriend, who had another obligation today.

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

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Age is Relative

Want to feel young? Stand beside a 600-year-old cedar tree stump. Gives a little perspective!

Pictured: At the beautiful home of our son's girlfriend's home in Bonney Lake, Washington.

"O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Psalm 39:4 ESV

Friday, July 08, 2016

Return to Valley of Vision

I need to get back in the habit of reading the old prayer books. Like Valley of Vision. The Puritans had a way of getting to issues of the heart. Would be a great complement to the modern-day Songs of Jesus by Tim and Kathy Keller.

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 40:31 ESV

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Outlet Stories

I love hearing about the finds and adventures at the Goodwill Outlet. Knowing that shopping by the pound (by weight) is not for everyone.

My son found a nice Birkenstock sandal. As in, one sandal. One of the regulars (who fills a whole shopping cart at a time) found the other one. The guy said they should flip a coin. But my son was willing to give it up. It was probably the wrong size for his girlfriend. Meanwhile my son found a nice pair of Clark shoes for himself. Both of them. No coins needed.

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

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Our Fluff Ball

So far we've only had positive experiences at the vet. Our puppy likes the attention from everyone who works there. She puts up with the shots as long as there are tasty treats available.

She now weighs 20.5 pounds. And counting. Might grow into those big paws of hers.

Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. Proverbs 12:10 ESV

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Meet the Cat

My parents don't usually have much to do with cats. But my cousin's cat seemed to like them. Especially my dad.

Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."Matthew 19:19 ESV

Monday, July 04, 2016

Family Fourth

It's nice to be with family on the Fourth of July! My sister and her family are in town for the week.

Pictured: My sister, her older daughter, and my mom. Plus we got to meet their dog, Ollie.

But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise. Psalm 79:13 ESV

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Harbor Block Party

Our church knows how to put on an event. Today's block party had inflatables for the kiddos, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, watermelon and treats. I'm glad new friends and old friends could make it.

I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? Psalm 77:12-13 ESV

Saturday, July 02, 2016

First Fourth

We'll see how she does. It's our puppy's first Fourth of July celebration. With a trip to the grandparents' place. Practiced sitting and calm greetings. Took a nap in her new crate on the porch. And endured the start of loud fireworks. So far, so good.

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. Psalm 77:11 ESV

Friday, July 01, 2016

The Songs of Jesus

I love the daily devotional friends gave us for Christmas. The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms by Timothy and Kathy Keller has a short passage from the book of Psalms, devotional thoughts, and a prayer. Simple but meaningful. With good takeaways for each day.

From July 1:
"Prayer: Lord, I thank you that you are a God of infinite power, so that even the oceans and hurricanes do your bidding, yet you are a tender shepherd to us. If the infinite power in the universe is our loving shepherd, then we can live fearlessly. Amen."

The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook. Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Psalm 77:18-20 ESV