Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Raindrops on Roses

I continue to enjoy the roses in our front yard. They keep blooming, year after year. Nice spot of color.

Pictured: Raindrops on roses the other morning.

Consider the lilies, 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, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! Luke 12:27-28 ESV

Monday, June 26, 2017

Time to Play

I'm not sure why we stopped. We don't play card or other games much any more. I say, it's time to play!

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

Pictured: Back in 2013. But that's not the last time we played! With my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, my mother-in-law, and some of our kids.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Weather

What a difference a week makes. Last Sunday it was overcast. Today is blazing hot.

Pictured: Glad we went to the Tacoma waterfront last Sunday. The weather was perfect for walking around.

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Breakfast Love

I like going out for breakfast and getting exactly what I want. A bowl of hot oatmeal with fresh fruit and nuts, thank you.

Others in our group had today's pancakes and eggs. Insider tip: you can custom order how you want your eggs. The hash browns are always good, too.

https://www.masongeneral.com/visit-us/bistro-menu

Pictured: Met up with my mother-in-law, our son, and his girlfriend.

And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. Luke 12:22 ESV


Friday, June 23, 2017

Duct Tape Love

My simple leftover labeling system with masking tape is working great. But what if I want to repurpose empty yogurt containers? A little duct tape makes it obvious that something else resides within. Just label contents on lid.Works for me! And the family.


http://widemargins.blogspot.com/2016/04/leftover-confusion.html

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


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Drip Espresso Love

You know how I like open houses and door prizes. And free food. My son and I stopped by the Drip Espresso Bar in downtown Olympia for their second anniversary. Treated ourselves to $2 lattes and free pastry samples.

Pictured: Wish they drew one of our names for the coffee basket and other prizes on the table!

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, June 21, 2017

Three Sisters and a Boy

I found some buried treasure in a box of photos. Including this one featuring three sisters. And my younger son. Must have been Christmas time over twenty years ago.

Pictured: I am on the left. My youngest sister is in the middle. My younger sister is on the right.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Stop and Smile

I am thankful that our daughter doesn't mind stopping and taking a photo with her dad. Good times on Father's Day in Tacoma.

Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV

Monday, June 19, 2017

Rubber Ducky Father's Day Love

We heard the rubber ducky at the Tacoma waterfront was big. So we drove to see it Sunday afternoon. Our younger son met us there. And that's how you make a memory on Father's Day!

Pictured: Yes, that is a huge Ducky! Six stories tall.

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. Psalm 103:13 ESV

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day to my Dad!

One of the things I appreciate about my dad is how much he enjoys the simple things. Like family and faith. He liked my special box of Cheerios today.

Happy Father's Day to my Daddio!

We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. Psalm 78:4 ESV

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Prepare for Senior Year

Our daughter made it through her first year of community college and her junior year of high school. We are so proud of all her hard work. Now I need to mentally prepare myself for having a senior in high school!

Pictured: Celebrating with lunch at Chipotle.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Psalm 127:4 ESV

Friday, June 16, 2017

Great Grandma's Birthday

You know what makes my Gramma smile? Having the family around. Especially the little children. Like my sister's five girls who came for a visit last month.

We all wish my Gramma a happy 95th birthday today. From near and far.

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Proverbs 31:27-28 ESV

Thursday, June 15, 2017

With My Phone

It took me three trips to get my daughter's paperwork signed and picked up from the local high school. Then I tucked it in my daughter's bag so she could take it to the community college. But it fell out.

Good thing I snapped a photo of the document with my phone. Just in case we needed to refer to it. The college can accept a fax or photo. Fall enrollment done!

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


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Strawberry Shortcake Love

Let strawberry season begin. First berries from local Spooner farms on the menu. As I made biscuits tonight, I thought of my father-in-law. He sure loved strawberry shortcake! Good memories.

Pictured: Our daughter did the honors with my mother-in-law's handy whipped cream maker tonight.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15 ESV

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rock Hound

My husband is trying to create a dog-friendly backyard. With landscaping our puppy can't destroy or chew up. So far, so good.

Pictured: Taking shelter under our Daphne shrub.

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

Front Yard 2013 and 2017

My husband and I have an arrangement. He loves to work in the yard. And I love to watch him work. I appreciate his improvements to our place!

Pictured: Front yard in June 2013 and June 2017. The first picture was taken in the dark. Can you find the frog in both photos?

The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15 ESV

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Take Comfort

Sometimes I focus on my undones. The need for improvements. But I take comfort in God's promise to do His work in me and complete it.

Pictured: A beautiful flower from our visit to Bloedel Reserve recently.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 ESV

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Congrats Class of 2017!

There were several from our Loop that graduated today. Including my good friends' son, who was one of three valedictorians. Great speech, Jimmy!

Pictured: Shelton High School graduation held at St. Martin's University.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Psalm 127:4 ESV

Friday, June 09, 2017

The Lucky Few: Finding God's Best in the Most Unlikely Places

I didn't expect to be so drawn in. Once I started the book, The Lucky Few: Finding God's Best in the Most Unlikely Places by Heather Avis, I read it straight through in a couple days. I was inspired by a woman's journey through infertility and then adopting three children, including two with Down syndrome. It was a story of learning to trust God and letting Him write the perfect story.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17 ESV


Thursday, June 08, 2017

Life Imitates Art

I let my son borrow my jacket. So he could recreate the pose in the painting at the Bloedel Reserve. This is a portrait of Prentice Bloedel, who created the amazing gardens at Bloedel Reserve, and lived in this home.

Pictured: From our trip to Bainbridge Island on Memorial Day.

And God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth." And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:11-12 ESV

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Life Group Birthday Love

We don't always have a meal at our Life Group Bible study. But when we are celebrating an upcoming birthday, we try to make it special. Like tonight.

Happy birthday to our good friend, Celia!

Pictured: Most of our group tonight.

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

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Real Moments

I like how our son records real moments. Not staged at all. Like this photo from our time at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7 ESV

Monday, June 05, 2017

On the Boardwalk

What do you do when your older daughter surprises you with a home visit? Go for a hike. We love going to the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Billy_Frank_Jr_Nisqually/

Pictured: We walked over 5 miles Sunday afternoon.

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, June 04, 2017

Snacks at Harbor Church

I like how our Life Group works as a team. We put together another tasty selection of snacks after both church services today. With fruit, homemade baked goods, Oreos, fruit snacks, and gluten-free bread and jam. Something for everyone.

http://www.harborolympia.com/

http://widemargins.blogspot.com/2017/02/something-for-everyone.html

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. Acts 2:1 ESV

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Designated Truck Driver

Just call me the designated truck driver. My neighbor needed two loads of mushroom compost and one load of sand. My husband had other projects to do, so I drove to the landscape supply place. My neighbor and his hard-working mom did all the unloading.

Then a friend needed to borrow our truck so he could run to the landfill. I drove to their house and swapped vehicles. Glad I could help.

And he answered them, "Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise." Luke 3:11 ESV

Friday, June 02, 2017

Sugar Stop Sandwich Love

It's fun to try new things on the menu. With my mother-in-law. We split a loaded turkey sandwich on artisan bread at Sugar Stop Cake Shop today. It was great!

Pictured: My mother-in-law with her half of a sandwich.

http://www.sugarstopcakeshop.com/

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


Thursday, June 01, 2017

My Simple Map

I made sure to unplug and remove the battery before attempting repair. I wanted to see if I could adjust my laptop charging port. One of the articles suggested carefully saving the screws. So I made my own simple map. I was able to fix the port and replace the screws. Feels good to DIY.

Pictured: What happens when you trip on the charging cord and my simple map for replacing the screws.

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


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Day Trip Beach Love

It was the perfect day to be at the beach. Not too hot, not too cold. Glad we could get away this weekend for a day trip.

Pictured: Can you find our son and daughter in this photo?

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; Psalm 96:11 ESV

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Linda!

Happy birthday to my good friend and mother-in-law!

It's bitter-sweet to be celebrating without my father-in-law. But we trust God to provide comfort each day. Especially today.

Pictured: My mother-in-law and three of her five children, two years ago.

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14 ESV

Monday, May 29, 2017

Bloedel Reserve Bench Love

My husband and daughter loved the Bloedel Reserve so much, they took me there today. Our younger son met us on the way. And our older daughter stopped by on her lunch break.

I am thankful my health is stable so I am able to walk and enjoy days like today.

http://bloedelreserve.org/

Pictured: Thanks to our son for capturing this moment on a park bench.


The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:12 ESV

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Community on Mission

Another basic sermon. Asking key questions. What is our mission and purpose? What is our manner of life to fulfill our purpose and mission?

Thank you, Pastor Seth Winterhalter for faithfully preaching and teaching at Harbor Church!

You can listen here: http://bit.ly/2rvcGW1

And Manoah said, "Now when your words come true, what is to be the child's manner of life, and what is his mission?" Judges 13:12 ESV

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Deconstruct for Fun

I like to deconstruct for fun and relaxation. Like some strings of glass beads from the Goodwill Outlet. They were part of a chandelier in a former life. I will use the beads when I start making bead bookmarks again.

http://widemargins.blogspot.com/2014/09/bead-love.html

Pictured: Just a few of the glass beads from the strands I took apart. I like how the colored thread is revealed in the glass bead.

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Early Birthday Barbecue

Happy early birthday to my mother-in-law! Let's have a hamburger barbecue. With berry shortcake for dessert. 

But instead of heating up the oven to bake biscuits, my husband cooked them on the barbecue in a cast iron skillet. Might be a new family favorite!

Pictured: Our freshly groomed puppy jumped right up on the recliner to join my mother-in-law.

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Porch Herb Garden Love

Introducing my new herb garden! On the front porch. Out of the way of the puppy in the backyard. Works for me!

Pictured: My Mother's Day gift from my husband.

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it. Proverbs 15:17 ESV

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Privilege to Pray

I appreciate our life group's commitment to prayer. When people say they will pray, they do. It is a privilege to take concerns before our Heavenly Father and trust Him to listen and answer as He sees best.

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mom on Campus

Another successful class registration completed for our daughter. She is all set for fall quarter. I need to get used to the idea that our baby will be a senior in high school in a couple months!

Pictured: Can you find me in this photo taken on the South Puget Sound Community College campus last week?

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 118:29 ESV


Monday, May 22, 2017

Just Look Up

Just look up. Admire the beautiful clouds. Be reminded of  God's majesty. With thanks to the photographer, who was a passenger in my car, on the way to school.

Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your
faithfulness to the clouds.Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:5-7 ESV

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bloedel Reserve Love

It's good to get away for a day. Like my husband and our daughter did yesterday. They visited the beautiful Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island and a beach nearby. I'm glad they got to
Storyville Coffee Roasting Studio before closing. So they could bring me a chocolate chunk cookie!

http://bloedelreserve.org/
https://www.storyville.com/place/roasting-studio/

The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:12 ESV

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Faithful Sidekick

My mother-in-law has a faithful companion in her new dog. He is the perfect mix of protective and attentive. And adorable!

http://widemargins.blogspot.com/2017/04/ollie-love.html

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." Genesis 1:26 ESV

Friday, May 19, 2017

Rock Haul

My husband loves working in the yard. And I love watching him work. I can't wait to see what he does with the load of rocks we scored for free.

Pictured: My heavy lifter

"For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?  2 Samuel 22:32 ESV

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Personality Runs in the Family

I see my baby sister in her five girls. Especially her youngest. So full of life and energy. With lots of personality. Just how I remember my sister when we were growing up. She will always be my baby sister and be very dear to me. No matter how old we get.

Happy Birthday to my sister today!

Pictured: My sister gave me permission to share this photo of my youngest niece, taken  the other day.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:2-5 ESV

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Campus Life

I am thankful for the good education our children have received at South Puget Sound Community College. We have three graduates, with one more well on her way.

https://spscc.edu/

Pictured: Our daughter took this photo on campus today.

Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Proverbs 4:26 ESV

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Rhododendron Love

I love rhodies. They remind me of the beautiful lake-front properties where my grandma and my parents live. My late grandfather loved the beauty all around them.

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 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 6:27-30 ESV

Monday, May 15, 2017

Love my Four

Blessed to be with three of our four children on Sunday. And talk to our son on the phone.

Happy Mother's Day to me!

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

I am thankful for my mother and mother-in-law, who have loved me well and set a good example. Along with the other women who have invested in my life.

Pictured: Lunch with my mother-in-law and two daughters today. Not pictured: My son, husband, and daughter's boyfriend.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, Titus 2:3-4 ESV

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Good-bye Casey

It's never easy to say good-bye. Our friend was way too young. Casey was one day short of turning 58. He left behind a wife and two sons. And a whole town full of family and friends who loved him.

I'm thankful for the assurance we have that his citizenship, and mine, is in heaven.

Pictured: The church was packed and standing room only.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21 ESV

Friday, May 12, 2017

Early Mother's Day

It's not too early to celebrate Mother's Day. My daughter and I had a short visit with my mom and my grandma, who lives next door to my parents. I am blessed to have a legacy of godly women in my life!

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:30-31 ESV


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dessert Pizza Love

In the name of research, we tried one of the dessert pizzas at our favorite local bakery. The artisan crust was topped with cinnamon and sugar, tons of berries and peaches, cream cheese, and toasted almonds. Delicious! Perfect with coffee.

Pictured: My fellow researchers, my mother-in-law and my son.

http://sugarstopcakeshop.com/

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