Sunday, April 30, 2017

Little Doll

It was fun to see my sister and her five girls this weekend. They made an impromptu trip to visit our parents, grandma, and other relatives up here.

Pictured: My youngest niece liked the doll I gave her!

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2 ESV

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Breakfast Dates

Some couples have date nights. We have breakfast dates. Just a quick drive to the Basement Bistro at our local hospital. Good food for a low price. A chance to talk and catch up. Works for us!

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

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Night with Harbor Women

Another great Friday night with the ladies. I appreciate the Women's Ministry events at Harbor Church.

Especially blessed to hear from tonight's speaker about the seasons of life. Jan and I have been friends for many seasons in our friendship spanning 25 years.

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:25-26 ESV

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lunch with Family

It was great to have my older daughter surprise me by showing up at the MS Walk. Here is a photo of our lunch after the walk.

Pictured: Our daughter's boyfriend and our two daughters.

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Happy Birthday, Kath!

Happy birthday to my middle sister! Wish we could celebrate together!

Pictured: Back in the day, with my sister in Taiwan.

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:27 ESV

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dinner Gets Done

I need to work while I can. Get the pork roast in the slow cooker in the morning. Prep the cabbage salad before my nap. That's how dinner gets done!

Pictured: Previous batch of cabbage salad. Used the same Mark Bittman recipe today for great results.

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Just For Me

I can feel the love. Someone saved out the black jelly beans. Just for me. Thanks to my mother-in-law!

Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible. Ephesians 6:24 ESV

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pray on the Spot

I love how my friends at Harbor Church offer to pray for me. And are willing to stop and pray with me. On the spot.

Pictured: Image of my friend on the Harbor Church website.

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, Ephesians 1:16 ESV

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Wears it Well

My husband wears it well. He is honored to have his dad's Carhartt jacket.

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cherish the Ladies Concert

We had some amazing musical talent in our small town tonight. I thoroughly enjoyed the Irish music group, Cherish the Ladies. With thanks to my mother-in-law who shared one of her tickets with me.

Pictured: Before the concert tonight

to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. Psalm 92:2-3 ESV

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Our Front Yard

I say it every spring. I love seeing the buds and signs of new life. Right in our front yard.

yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:18 ESV

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ollie Love

My mother-in-law has a sweet new housemate.  His owner moved away and couldn't keep him. He is a five-year-old Pomeranian-Bichon mix. He seems to be the perfect dog for her.

Welcome to the family, Ollie!

Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. Genesis 2:19 ESV

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Perfect Book for This Season

This has been the perfect book for this season in my life. Growing Kingdom Character by Tom Yeakley was promoted as being for leadership development. But the character development has strengthened my faith. I like the content in the chapters, followed by lots of verses to look up. Plus I have my cohort of three women, who have become good friends.

Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 2 Corinthians 1:9-10 ESV

Monday, April 17, 2017

Chocolate Macaroon Love

How many people does it take to pipe macaroons? It took four this weekend. I started the recipe and had trouble with the ground almonds clogging my piping tip. My husband went to the store for ingredients for a second batch. (Almond meal works great!)

My younger daughter drew a template to place under the parchment paper. My older daughter stopped by and showed us how to pipe the dough, then tap the cookie sheet to get them level. And that's how you get chewy, tasty gluten-free treats to take to church on Easter Sunday.

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22 ESV

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter 2017

How does the resurrection guarantee peace, joy, and hope? Listen to Pastor Seth Winterhalter's sermon here.

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And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? Luke 24:5 ESV

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Made it Through

Our daughter made it through her second week of spring quarter. Despite being sick and tired. She just keeps going. We are so proud of her!

Pictured: Chemistry homework preparation before lab day.

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hope for Life After Death

I'm glad we know the rest of the story. If we stopped reading the gospels at the cross, all would be lost. Thank you, Jesus, for dying on the cross. And not staying there. Gives us hope for life after death.

Pictured: Flowers at my father-in-law's memorial service. We grieve his loss, but know we will see him again in heaven.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 ESV

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Worth Three Quarters

At first I made things worse. The wimpy vacuum at the car wash introduced new dirt into my car! So I drove to the oil change place formerly known as Oil Can Henry's, now Valvoline, across the street. Now that was three quarters well spent!

Hint to Shelton friends, park outside the oil change place, on the other side of the vacuums.

If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed. Ecclesiastes 10:10 ESV

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

VIP Treatment at the Thrift Store

I had fun playing the games and shopping with a discount. Thanks to my young friend who gave me a "friends and family" pass for the Goodwill event. I even went in the break room for a cookie and water. I call that VIP treatment.

Pictured: Waiting to see if my number was called during the egg walk.

But godliness with contentment is great gain, 1 Timothy 6:6 ESV

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bakery Love

If you have a break in your classes, you might as well redeem the time. Visit a local bakery. Complete your homework. Works for my daughter!

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

Monday, April 10, 2017

People's Choice

Thank you to all the friends and family that showed up to vote! My father-in-law won the People's Choice award at the art show! It's a great way to honor his legacy of watercolor.

Pictured: Happy to have a ribbon!
Not pictured: The gift basket filled with goodies and gift certificates.

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

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Walk MS: Olympia 2017

My team was ready to walk, rain or shine. But the skies cleared up and it was beautiful! It was an honor and privilege to participate in the Walk MS: Olympia 2017.

With thanks to our friends and family that made donations to a good cause.

Pictured: Blessed to have my kids and my daughter's boyfriend on my team!

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

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Happy 75th to My Mom!

I didn't get to wish her a happy birthday in person, but I was thinking about my mom all day. She was home with my dad, and I was in Olympia doing the MS Walk.

My mom has always been one of my biggest cheerleaders and role models, right alongside my dad. I have never doubted her love and support. Not everyone has that. Happy 75th birthday, Mom!

Pictured: One of our many coffee and lunch stops!

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

Friday, April 07, 2017

Blooming Plum Tree

I remember how we had two trees in the front yard. Our neighbor who has mad landscaper skills suggested we move one tree to the backyard. Give the one in the front room to develop and flourish. Love our beautiful blooming plum tree!

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18 ESV

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Our Stronghold

Everyone you know has some challenges or difficulties in life, whether spoken or unspoken. But not everyone has faith, family, and friends to lean on when going through hard times. Some day we can share how God has brought us through this chapter. Til then, we take refuge in our Stronghold.

Pictured: Today's devotional from Timothy and Kathy Keller's Songs of Jesus.

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, Psalm 46:1-2 ESV

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Hold On

Some days there are more questions than answers. Or is that every day? But I hold on to God's Word. For dear life.

Pictured: Plum blossom in our front yard.

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:21-26 ESV

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Seaview Village Painting Love

Local friends, stop by the Civic Center in downtown Shelton and check out the art show! Going on all week during the day, 9 am to 5 pm. My late father-in-law has two paintings on display. He didn't win any ribbons, but you can vote for the people's choice award.

Pictured: My daughter standing next to her personal favorite.

One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4 ESV

Monday, April 03, 2017

First Day of Spring Quarter

Another first day of the quarter out of the way. So proud of how hard our daughter is working on her studies.

Pictured: Celebrating with lunch after class. With a code for free chips and guacamole!

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Returned Two Years Ago

Two years ago my older daughter was the designated chauffeur for a trip to the airport. To pick up a very special arrival. My husband was returning from the trip of a lifetime to Malawi and Mozambique.

It's time for me to renew my passport and start saving money so we can go there together. See what he saw. Meet his African brothers in Christ. And my husband's college roommate and wife who sold their home in Oregon and moved to Malawi.

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6 ESV

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Welcome Back, Neighbor!

We go back a long ways. We built our homes together. Raised our families side by side. Been through illness and surgeries, with lots of good memories and shared meals along the way. They moved out of the loop, but came back to visit today. Welcome back, beloved neighbor and friend!

that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, Colossians 2:2 ESV