Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween 2017

No cute little costumed people here. But our puppy didn't mind the cape. For just a minute.

even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. Psalm 139:12 ESV

Monday, October 30, 2017

Bright Spot of Color

I don't think I am affected by the weather, like some people are. But I have noticed how dark it is in the morning and early in the evening. I do love spots of color. Like the pink flower at the nursery yesterday.

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

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Birthday Plant Love

My husband loves admiring the trees and plants. Today he cashed in his birthday gift certificate and picked out a new plant. A winter Daphne that will have fragrant flowers, but is beautiful now.

Pictured: Trying to decide which one to buy. He ended up with the compact one on the left.

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

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Stir up the Stir Fry

I changed it up once with good success. Tofu worked. I wondered how thin beef strips would do. I marinated the beef with a little soy sauce and canola oil. And followed the recipe for Sheet Pan Sesame Chicken and Veggies. Another family favorite!



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

Friday, October 27, 2017

Manage the Time

I'm not the best time manager. But I try to do first things first. Order my errands by importance. And if I buy ice cream at the grocery store, home is the next stop.

Pictured: Time is running out for the leaves on the maple in our front yard.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Layers of Color

I've never noticed the layers before. There is a tree on the South Puget Sound Community College with perfect layers of green, orange, and red.

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Celebrate at Life Group

If the leader of your Life Group has a birthday the previous day, might as well celebrate. Have brownies and ice cream after your Bible study and prayer time. Our hosts do a nice job of decorating and making us all feel welcome.

Pictured: Celebrating my husband's birthday tonight. He didn't mind losing a couple years. He is actually 57, not 54.

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12 ESV

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Love Him More

Happy 57th birthday to my husband! I am blessed to have spent over half of his birthdays with him. Love him more every year!

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 ESV

Monday, October 23, 2017

Paint the Colors

    I wish I could paint the colors I see. Photos don't reveal the graduated shades of red and orange. Like the Japanese maple in our backyard.

Pictured: My husband loves Japanese maples and has his dad to thank for many of them.

Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious! Psalm 66:1-2 ESV

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Husband's Birthday Dinner Love

Let the birthday celebrations begin. With a family dinner for my husband. With our kids, our son's girlfriend, and both my mother-in-law and my mom. With thanks to my mother-in-law for hosting us!

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, "Great is the LORD!" Psalm 40:16 ESV

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Seattle Tradition

We still enjoy splitting a salmon dinner at the Crab Pot. But it's always bittersweet to remember how much my late father-in-law loved that place.

Pictured: Quick meal while in Seattle yesterday

For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5 ESV

Friday, October 20, 2017

Make it a Trip

If your daughter needs a ride to Seattle, might as well make it a trip.  Drive to Bremerton and hop on the ferry. With the added bonus of your husband available to drive. Works for us.

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Beautiful Campus

I can see the end of my time on campus. Two more quarters and then our fourth child will be done at South Puget Sound Community College. I'm going to miss that beautiful campus and the helpful and professional staff people.

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Miss My Friends

I miss the people who used to be there. Every Wednesday morning I think about the women who no longer come to my Bible Study Fellowship class. Some are in heaven. And many are on a different schedule now. I am thankful for the sure hope that one day all believers will be reunited in heaven.

having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, Ephesians 1:18 ESV

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Camera Comes in Handy

I learned a trick from my son. I took a photo of my car tire so I could walk in and get a quote on new tires. It's handy to have a camera in my pocket!

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Inspiring Missionaries

I didn't expect to enjoy the history section so much. It's been fascinating and inspiring to learn about the missionary pioneers. Like William Carey who expected great things from God. And attempted great things for God.

I'm half-way through my Perspectives on the World Christian Movement class.


What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? Matthew 18:12 ESV

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bagel Days Gone By

I still feel sad when I drive by. Hard to believe Bagel Brothers is closed for good. So many good memories over the years.

Pictured: Family time at Bagel Brothers in 2013

Let brotherly love continue. Hebrews 13:1 ESV

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Juice Pro

We are late to the juicing party. But we have a new machine and love it. Our son is a pro. Bring on the beets, carrots, apples, lemon, and ginger. For starters!

Pictured: Our son and the first delicious sample. Before we tried the beets.

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

Always Good to Visit

It's always good to visit with my cousin when she's in town. Love having cousins that are good friends!


that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. Romans 1:12 ESV

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Walk Away from the Stir Fry

I have a new favorite way to make stir fry dinners. Tastes great and the family loves it. But the best part is that you prepare everything, put it in the oven and walk away. Seriously!

I found the recipe for Sheet Pan Sesame Chicken and Veggies online. Then adapted it with tofu tonight.


Pictured: Tonight's dinner with tofu, yellow pepper, cauliflower, and onion.

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Colors of Fall

It's good to look up. See the beautiful trees changing color. And look down and notice a leaf on your driveway. I love the colors of fall!

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20 ESV

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Between the Rocks

I love volunteers. Like the snap dragon that grew up between the rocks and the wall.

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, Matthew 6:27-28 ESV

Monday, October 09, 2017

Our Faithful Savior

Remember the old Sunday school stories about Gideon and the fleece? You might want to listen to Pastor Seth's latest sermon in the Judges series.

The main point: The fear of God leads us to his loving embrace, while the fear of man leads us to sorrowful destruction.


But the Spirit of the LORD clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called out to follow him. Judges 6:34 ESV

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Socks in a Box

Our Life Group kicked off our sock drive at church today. We will be collecting new socks to donate to Community Lifeline in Shelton and the Olympia Union Gospel Mission.

Thanks to MA in our group, for decorating the box!


Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Hebrews 13:1-3 ESV

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Books on a Shelf

Sometimes I'm tempted to reshelve books at the thrift store. Put things where they belong. Or maybe someone had a sense of humor and put a kid's book with the cookbooks.

Pictured: One of these books is not like the others.

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, October 06, 2017

Getting it Done

My son gave me just what I needed. A handy dandy little computer. Perfect for working on my Perspectives homework. Works for me!


And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 ESV

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Dispatches from the Front

Once a month we have a special Life Group Bible study. With appetizers and a video. We are watching Dispatches from the Front, a documentary-style video journal of one man's journey to see what God is doing around the world. I highly recommend the series.


through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, Romans 1:5 ESV

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Dinner Comes Together

It was my turn to take some food for my Perspectives class. But I ran short on time. The chicken was done but I didn't have time to cook the potatoes in soup. So I adjusted and made a Mexican soup with black beans and the chicken. Thankfully someone else brought chips and slices of avocado. It all came together.


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

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Out for a Walk

I recognize that dog. And my people out for a walk this morning.

Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. Psalm 86:11 ESV

Monday, October 02, 2017

New Hairdresser in the House

Our daughter was willing to give it a try. And my husband was willing to let her learn how to cut his hair. Turned out great!

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

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Harbor Church Baptism Day

It's always inspiring to see people make public professions of faith and get baptized. And today my husband was in the tank to help with the baptisms.


Pictured: My husband and his friend helped baptize someone at Harbor Church today. This photo was taken by a photographer and posted on the church Facebook page.

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4 ESV