Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Free Lunch Love

Sometimes the free deals work out. I had a code for a free entree at Panda Express and happened to be near one. The hard part is not adding anything. Or it wouldn't be free.

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, January 30, 2017

Meet Pastor John Piper

I'm glad my husband got to hear John Piper speak. And meet him. My husband knew I would appreciate a picture from his trip.

Pictured: At the 2017 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors and Church Leaders

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18 ESV

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Journey to Bethlehem

My husband is off to a conference sponsored by Bethlehem College and Seminary. He flew to Minnesota this morning. I miss him, but am happy he has the chance to learn and grow with three friends from church. Maybe he'll run into Pastor John Piper in the Minneapolis Convention Center!


Pictured: View from his hotel room

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 ESV

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sweet Memories of Lela

Today friends gathered to remember a woman who lived a quiet life of love and service. I was in Bible studies with her where I was probably the youngest and she was one of the oldest. We were sisters in Christ.

Our loss is heaven's gain. I can only imagine all the visiting among her friends and family in heaven. Maybe with tea, cookies, and cinnamon rolls.

Pictured: Sweet memories of Lela, including cookies baked using her recipes.

and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV

Friday, January 27, 2017

Another Keeper

We have another keeper. Actually two. I tried a recipe from Mark Bittman for black bean tacos/burritoes with tangy cabbage. You mash the beans, add spices, and roast for 15 or 20 minutes. The tangy cabbage slaw was packed with fresh flavor and crunch. As a bonus, my daughter and I found some marked down avocados for guacamole.

I found the recipe in the book, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health, by Mark Bittman. I used an Anaheim chili instead of jalapeno.

The recipe is posted online here:


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

  • 8 6- inch Corn or Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Cooked Black Beans (drained)
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (plus more to taste)
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 4 cups shredded Green Cabbage
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • 1 Jalapeno or Serrano Chile (minced)
  • 1/4 cup chopped Scallions
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup chopped Fresh Cilantro
·       Heat the oven to 400ºF. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Stack the tortillas and wrap them in aluminum foil. Combine the beans, garlic, chili powder, cumin, half the salt, and some pepper in a bowl. Mash the mixture with a fork or potato masher; it should still be chunky.
·        Spread the mixture out on the prepared pan, drizzle with another tablespoon of oil, and roast, stirring a few times, until the beans are crumbly and crisp in places, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the tortillas to the oven with the beans for their last 5 minutes of cooking. 
·        Meanwhile, put the cabbage, pepper, chile, scallions, lime juice, cilantro, remaining tablespoon oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and some pepper in a large bowl and toss to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Divide the beans among the warm tortillas; top with the cabbage and serve. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Still Encouraging

I miss the regular letters and post cards. My dear friend has been gone for two years this month. I pulled out my autographed copy of her book and started re-reading it. She is still encouraging women.


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, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:3-5 ESV

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Find My Parents

Sometimes I run into my parents running errands downtown. I talk with my mom and say "Hi" to my dad waiting patiently in the car.

Today I went home, unloaded groceries, and took my kids to find my parents at their next stop. Joined them for lunch. Works for us!

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Elements of Style

I hoped to snag a classic writing book for a friend. So I scoped out Half Price Books Outlet store on a Monday. Came back for 25 cent paperback (pocket-size mass market) Tuesday.  But it was gone. On my way out I spied the 10 cent table. Scored a different copy of The Elements of Style. Works for me!


The words of a wise man's mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him. Ecclesiastes 10:12 ESV

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lentil Soup Love

The response was unanimous: "surprisingly good!" Five out of five liked the lentil soup. I found the recipe for Southwestern Lentil Soup in the Lentil and Split Pea Cookbook, edited by Merilee Frets.

Next time I will add more onion and celery. Some fresh cilantro and sour cream would make nice toppings.

1 1/2 cup lentils, rinsed
6 cups water (I used 2 cups water and 4 cups beef broth)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon mint, thyme, or oregano
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup chopped, mild green chilies (I used half an Anaheim pepper)
one bell pepper, deveined, seeded, and cut into chunks
one carrot, diced
(I added half of a chopped onion.)

1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil

Place the lentils, water, and seasoning in cooking pot; bring to a boil, cover and simmer until the lentils are tender. (Approximately 30 minutes.) Puree 1 cup of cooked lentils with the green chilies in a blender (or food processor) and add to soup. Add the finely chopped vegetables to the soup and cook until the vegetables are tender but not overcooked. (Maybe 10 to 20 minutes.) Just before serving, stir in the lime juice and olive oil. Serve hot.


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

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Harbor Connect and Greet

I like being on the Connect and Greet team at church. I never know what old friend I will see come through the doors. Or new people to welcome. And I can serve without missing most of the music and sermon.


The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:16-17 ESV

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Meet for Coffee

It's good to get together with friends from church. Talk about what God is teaching us. Encourage each other.

Pictured: This month's group at Mud Bay Coffee


Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, Hebrews 10:23-24 ESV

Friday, January 20, 2017

Movie Time

We don't go the movies very often. But sometimes it's worth the theater experience. My daughter and I enjoyed La La Land today. And look forward to Beauty and the Beast.

Pictured: Can you find my daughter in this photo?

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, January 19, 2017

Cousin Baby Love

I remember when my cousin was a little guy. Now he's married and has a baby of his own. I met her today and even got to hold her. So precious!


Pictured: My cousin, wife, and six-day-old baby girl.

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Don't Break the Ice

Our weather has been interesting but not extreme. Like further east or south with endless snow days and freezing rain. Manageable works for me.

Pictured: A safe venture on the frozen lake near my mother-in-law's place. The ice was about 4-inches thick.

Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun. You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter. Psalm 74:16-17 ESV

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Thanks, Dad!

The older I get, the more I appreciate birthdays. Birthdays represent the gift of time with people you love. Like my dad, who turns 78 today. I have been well-loved and cared for my whole life. Thanks, Dad! I love you!

Happy birthday, Dad!

Pictured: My dad with our three oldest children, over twenty years ago.

My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Psalm 34:2 ESV

Monday, January 16, 2017

Loop de Loop

I wonder what the next "loop" will be. Our family newsletter used to be "In the Loop." After a break and moving away, we were "Out of the Loop." This year we are "Back to the Loop." I vote for "Stay in the Loop." God willing.

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Seahawks Family

Good thing we had ice cream sandwiches win or lose. It turned out to be our last Seahawks party of the season. It's been fun to have family time at my mother-in-law's. That's a win!

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

Friday, January 13, 2017

Finish the Letter

I have not given up. I press on to finish our Christmas letter, even though it is late. I will send it out by email and print some to mail soon.

I only had room for a few photos on the letter. Here is one that didn't get on the letter, but represented some tender memories. We shared coffee and meals before and after trips to the hospital this summer.

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Harbor Prayer Meeting

We don't just talk about prayer. Our church spends a week fasting and praying in January. Each person fasts to the degree he or she feels comfortable. No pressure.

We are meeting each evening this week for soup, teaching from the Lord's Prayer, and corporate prayer. It is a sweet time.


Pictured: Our Life Group  at the prayer meeting

Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:9-13 ESV

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Blue Heron Lunch Love

I had a break between Bible Study Fellowship and picking up my daughter. Perfect for meeting my mother-in-law for lunch. Although we both had breakfast items.


Pictured: Take a picture after we pray and before we dig in!

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14 ESV

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Place to Plug in

I found my new hang-out while my daughter is in class. Somewhere I can plug in my laptop. Do my Bible study and writing projects. Drink coffee. The McDonald's by Haagen in Olympia has plenty of space. Not too many distractions. Works for me.

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

Monday, January 09, 2017

Big Sister turns 14

I still can't believe my sister's oldest is a teen. And today she turned 14!

I thought I had responsibility as the oldest of three girls. But you are the oldest of five girls. You are doing a great job as Big Sister!

Happy birthday Miss C!

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18 ESV

Sunday, January 08, 2017

"Continue the Work"

I am always a little sad when one series ends, and excited to start a new one. We are two sermons into the book of 1 Timothy. I love how Pastor Seth Winterhalter brings the context to life, with practical applications and challenges for us today. You can listen online:


Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 1 Timothy 1:1-2 ESV

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Need a Plan

We've barely started and I am already behind. I don't have a card in the mail for my niece's birthday in two days. I need a birthday plan for the year. Among other things.

My New Year's Resolution is to find my resolution.

Pictured: A previous calendar.

Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3 ESV

Friday, January 06, 2017

Braved the Cold

It's good to burn off energy when you can. Especially if you are a puppy. So today we braved the cold and went to the dog park. No friends to chase, but plenty of room to run and fetch the ball.

Pictured: My two sons and our nine-month-old puppy.

All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! Psalm 145:10 ESV

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Christmas Project Love

I have a new favorite Christmas movie. You can find The Christmas Project on Netflix. I loved the endearing family interactions and the narrator's observations.

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts 20:35 ESV

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Missed the Soup and Sound

I didn't forget the soup and concert series. You know I love a good local event with free food! I had a schedule conflict one week. The weather was iffy the next.

And in the end, I didn't really want to go and think about how last year my in-laws met me there every week. Maybe next December I will be ready to go. Schedule and weather permitting.

Pictured: Last year at Shelton United Methodist Church.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15 ESV

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Happy Sad Memory

My runner-up for photo of the year is a happy/sad memory from my birthday. I love that the family surprised me with glasses during the prayer. My sister and her family were in town. But that was the day my father-in-law went to the ER and then the hospital. And never came home.

Pictured; My children, my daughter's boyfriend, my nephew, and two nieces in July.

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 25:5 ESV

Monday, January 02, 2017

Bistro Breakfast Love

You don't have to convince me to eat a good breakfast. I've been enjoying hot cereal as long as I can remember. Red River porridge from Canada, anyone?

I love our local hospital Bistro's oatmeal ($1) with fresh fruit, nuts, and yogurt by the ounce. They also have eggs, hash browns, and bacon. Cinnamon rolls on Friday. It's a great place to meet up.

Pictured: Breakfast with my mother-in-law, husband, and daughters today.

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


Sunday, January 01, 2017

Hello 2017

I love new beginnings. Fresh starts. Resets, if you will. And celebrations. Like today's 2nd birthday of our church. Complete with hats, poppers, and confetti.


he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. Luke 6:48 ESV