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.

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!

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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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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, May 10, 2017

Team Mowing

My son and husband teamed up. They got a lot of mowing done at my grandma's lake front property and at my parents' home. Looks great!

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

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Finger Food Love

In the spirit of thinking about heaven and the feasts that await us, we had a feast at our Life Group this week. A feast of finger foods. Yum! Works for us.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5 ESV

Monday, May 08, 2017

Watch Him Mow

Our puppy had fun watching the yard guy out the window. Nice to have some dry weather so my husband can mow and work outside.

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, May 07, 2017

"Distorted Heaven"

What is your picture of heaven? I appreciated today's sermon about Jesus' words in John 14.
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"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

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Like Each Other

I like to joke when we are taking pictures. "Pretend you like each other."  Helps to coax some smiles. The best part is that we really do like each other!

Pictured: Pretending to like each other at breakfast this morning.

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10 ESV

Friday, May 05, 2017

Hide from Thunder

We didn't get the brunt of the storm that passed through our area. But we did get thunder, lightning, and pounding rain. Glad it wasn't any worse.

Pictured: Our puppy took cover close to us all night.

And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. Matthew 8:24-26 ESV

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Love My Cohort

It was good to meet in person. I love my cohort group from Harbor Church. This study in Growing Kingdom Character has been so good!

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Life Group Birthday Night

Glad we could celebrate our friend's birthday on the actual day. And also celebrate another friend's birthday that comes later this month. Happy 64th Norm and Steve!

Pictured: At Life Group last night

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 02, 2017

Orca Watch

My daughter and I hoped to see the orca whales who have been in the area. We stopped by Walker Park in Shelton and joined the people with binoculars and cameras. We had to leave without seeing any. But it was worth a try!

So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:21 ESV

Monday, May 01, 2017

Fun to Chew and Chase

It's good to find a few toys that can hold up. This tire toy is a winner! Fun to chew and chase when we throw it for her.

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