Monday, July 31, 2017

Two Men Rocks

I don't do any of the heavy lifting. I just find the ads for free landscaping materials and send my men. My husband and son loaded up as many rocks as they could handle tonight. Can't wait to see what they do in our front and back yard!

Pictured:  This photo does not do justice to the size and weight of these mini-boulders!

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 ESV

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Double Potlucks

It's hard to schedule events in the summer. Might as well double up. We had a Life Group potluck at lunch. Followed by a church potluck and meeting tonight. Works for us!

Pictured: Catching up with our Life Group friends over kebabs and salads.

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

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Happy Place

I finally found a happy place. For my plant. The plant (don't know the variety) loves the windowsill in the office. It didn't like the kitchen window, the living room window, or the counter. Makes me happy!

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

Friday, July 28, 2017

Chicken Love

I may be late to the party, but I tried Chick-fil-A for the first time today. I accidentally ordered a kid's meal. But it was enough to know I need to go back for more!

Pictured: As my son and I drove away from the Tacoma, WA location of Chick-fil-A, a cattle car passed us with cattle inside.

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, July 27, 2017

Special Bond

A friend of mine is having another baby. Eight years after her second child. Reminds me of when we had one more. Nine years after number three. There is a special bond between the older ones and the youngest. Then and now.

Pictured: Our second son and his baby sister, eleven years apart, a few years ago.

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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cross the Line

Our puppy is getting better about obeying. Some of the time. Like staying out of the kitchen. She knows she isn't allowed to cross the line.

Reminds me of a toddler seeing how far he or she can go. Or myself, testing the limits.

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! Psalm 119:10 ESV

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Compact Little Bible

I found a compact little Bible at a rummage sale. Perfect for taking to church. Or I could give it away. Even better, return it to the rightful owner, who accidentally left his Bible on the books for sale. Glad it all worked out.

I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. Psalm 119:16 ESV

Monday, July 24, 2017

King Solomon's Reef Love

I heard good things about a diner in Olympia, so we checked it out. Breakfast anytime? Yes, please. King Solomon's Reef had great food and friendly service. My husband and I shared a veggie omelet and one of my mother-in-law's waffles. Next time I might try the breakfast burrito.

I do recommend going on the weekend when you don't have to fight for a parking spot.

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, July 23, 2017

LA Girl

Looks like our daughter is having fun and making memories in Southern California. Love the photos and updates!

Pictured: At the Griffith Observatory today.
Photo credit: Cousin Nate

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. Psalm 8:3-5

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Rich in Love and Good Memories

I wonder if they celebrate birthdays in heaven. Today would have been my father-in-law's 78th birthday. One year ago he was having a birthday in the hospital, and trying to get well enough to come home.

So today we remember a life well-lived. Rich in love and good memories. Shared a meal with my mother-in-law. And enjoyed some chocolate cupcakes.

Pictured: My husband and his mom today

Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Psalm 90:16 ESV

Friday, July 21, 2017

Organic Cabbage Love

I found a way to improve my favorite tangy cabbage salad recipe from Mark Bittman. I used organic cabbage, which really bumped up the flavor and texture. I liked the rough chop, instead of shredding, too. Organic works for me!

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Solo Flight

And away she flies. Our youngest is off on an adventure to see her California cousins. She will have a great time!

I will miss that smile!

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11 ESV

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Exercise Before Work

It's good to get some exercise before work. It's even better when you can go out on a water bike.

Pictured: My husband enjoying the beautiful lake by his workplace on family property.

who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; Psalm 146:6 ESV

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Breakfast Ladies

I am on jury duty but haven't had to show up yet. My daughter was going to babysit this morning, but the plans changed. We say, if you don't have to report for duty, might as well go to coffee. And breakfast. Works for us!

Pictured: Coffee and breakfast with my daughter and my mother-in-law.

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, July 17, 2017

Bro Love

Sometimes I neglect to mention how much I appreciate my brothers-in-law. Between my sisters' husbands and my husband's brothers and one brother-in-law.

I enjoyed the short visit with my sister's husband recently.

Pictured: Saying good-bye to the California family earlier this month.

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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Take a Walk

My husband has a new little friend. He took his mom's little dog for a walk tonight. Good for both of them.

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Take Time to Admire

It's good to take time to admire. Notice the beautiful flowers and plants. As you walk by.

Pictured: Walked by this beautiful hydrangea on the way to breakfast this 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. Luke 12:27 ESV

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sisters by the Beach

I know how much I love my sisters. I'm happy to see the special bond between our two daughters, born nine years apart.

Pictured: Sisters by the beach earlier this week

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,  Ephesians 4:2 ESV

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sisters are the Best

It was another short but sweet visit. Glad my sister and her family could make the trek from California last week!

Pictured: Photo credit to my nephew

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bead Legacy

My mother-in-law gave me the original bookmark that got my father-in-law started with beads. Then he taught me how to make bookmarks and gave me his supplies.

I will treasure this bookmark and the reminder of good memories with my father-in-law!

Pictured: My new to me bookmark in my favorite devotional: The Songs of Jesus.

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 ESV

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Birthday Picnic Love

Family picnics are my new favorite thing. Whether planned or spontaneous. Equipped or winging it, with make-do plates from beverage lids. Works for us!

Pictured: Enjoying the beach after my birthday picnic. With thanks to our younger son, who took this photo facing the beach, not the parking lot.

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

Monday, July 10, 2017

Happy Birthday Breakfast to Me

It's my birthday, and I can resume my blog if I want to.

Happy 53rd birthday breakfast to me!

Pictured: I started the day with breakfast with my husband, mother-in-law, and two friends who happened to be at the Basement Bistro.

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