Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday Lunch Bunch

Nice we could have lunch with our moms and some friends today!

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; Ecclesiastes 3:5 ESV

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Make Your Own Combination

Sometimes I accidentally open a package on the wrong end. Or cut when there's a reclosable zipper seal. But there is a reason why this bag of cheddar and caramel popcorn has two clips. That way you can help yourself to what you want. The caramel must be heavier because it goes to the bottom of the bag. Works for us!

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

Friday, June 28, 2019

Just Down the Street

When the kids were little, we counted trips to the grocery store as dates. Now we enjoy our semi-regular meetups for breakfast at our favorite Basement Bistro. Just down the street at the hospital. Works for us!

Pictured: My breakfast date!

Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. Ecclesiastes 9:9 ESV

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Getting Closer

There are seasons in life and marriage. Sickness and health, and all that. Being in school. Having babies, young children or teens. Being under or unemployed. To name a few.

I didn't expect the last three months as empty nesters would include me being laid up with ankle surgery and recovery. My husband has graciously been my chief care giver and cook. I am looking forward to the next season--when I can resume cooking and caring for my family. I'm getting closer to that day!

Pictured: One more photo from Father's Day in Bremerton.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. James 1:2-3 ESV

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Snap Dragon Memories

And speaking of flowers, look what came back for another year! I love snap dragons. I have fond memories of my grandma's beautiful flowers at their old house at the lake.

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8 ESV

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Welcome Back Blooms!

I almost forgot to check on the hydrangea. I don't always use that entrance to the hospital. But there were no parking spots near physical therapy. Look at those magenta blooms!

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, June 24, 2019

Match with Mom

We didn't even plan to meet up. But my husband and I happened to stop and get lunch at Wendy's just before my mom walked in. Nice to visit a little and catch up!

Pictured: My mom and I are matching!

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, June 23, 2019

Good Care

My husband takes good care of us. He took his mom and her walker and me with my knee scooter to church today. Glad my mother-in-law is recovering from her fractured vertebrae!

whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:11 ESV

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Sweet Sister Time

We were friends before we were sisters-in-law. So we go way back. Recently we shared some sweet times during her visit to see her mom.

Tomorrow is her birthday so I'm wishing her all the best in the year to come!

Pictured: Lunch at the Basement Bistro with my husband's sister.

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

Friday, June 21, 2019

Physical Therapy and More

If I have an early physical therapy appointment, I might as well get breakfast afterwards. At our favorite Basement Bistro. My husband walked from home and met me there. Works for us!

Pictured: Too bad we didn't get a photo of the two of us.

A Song of Ascents. Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! Psalm 128:1 ESV

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Friend in Town

Nice to have our daughter's friend from college come visit!

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:20 ESV

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Here's to Many More Adventures and Good Meals!

Who puts on an amazing feast for the family on Father's Day? With our daughter? Who is a great friend and fellow adventurer for our daughter? Who does our dog love and follow around? Happy birthday, Nathan!

Pictured: Dinner is served at our daughter and boyfriend's home!

Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth. Proverbs 12:27 ESV

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

We Meet Again

I am just starting to make little trips out. I drive a short distance and use the knee scooter or crutches to walk. Today I drove to physical therapy and made a couple stops. Perfect timing to see my mom at our favorite bargain grocery store.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 ESV

Monday, June 17, 2019

Dad and Dog Day

Our dog didn't mind going along for the ride. And she was a great traveler and house guest.. Our daughter and boyfriend made all of us feel welcome.

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, June 16, 2019

Father's Day 2019

Our daughter and her boyfriend made sure Father's Day was a day of rest and celebration for my husband. Just what he needed.

Happy Father's Day to the man who loves me so well and is a great dad, husband,  and son!

Pictured: With three of our children today.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Twice a Week

It's a stretch for me. I am doing the exercises and trying to walk correctly. I'm going to need the crutches longer than I expected. But the physical therapy twice a week is going to help.

Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Ecclesiastes 7:8 ESV

Friday, June 14, 2019

Walk and Roll

I enjoyed getting out for a little stroll with the family. I can't walk far yet, but I can roll. My kids helped me get across the street from our neighborhood. And then it's a great path for walking and rolling with my borrowed knee scooter!

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11 ESV

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Grandma and Granddaughters

Our older daughter had a day off today so she came home for a visit. Works for us!

Pictured: Grandma and our two daughters.

The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121:8 ESV

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Scooter Shopper

I'm happy to have the cast off. But the next phase of recovery is going to take a while. I started physical therapy to gain strength and mobility. Meanwhile, I love having the knee scooter so I can get around. I have gone out shopping a couple times.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 ESV

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Takes Care of His People

Our fluffy white dog thinks she's a lap dog. She enjoys sitting with my husband when he's not out working or taking care of his people. What a faithful husband, father, son, and friend!

A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1 ESV

Monday, June 10, 2019

That's My Friend

Who prays for you faithfully? Makes yummy food (homemade tortillas, anyone?). Isn't afraid to speak the truth. Gives you rides. Shares in your sorrows and your joys. That's my friend. Happy birthday, Celia!

look with favor on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me. Psalm 101:6 ESV

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Season of Change

I might as well stop and check the hydrangeas. Especially if I am there at the hospital anyway. I love seeing how they change over the seasons.

Pictured: Ready for blooms.

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

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Grandma and Driver

Some days nothing is simple. Despite your best efforts to be prepared, call ahead, and ask questions. Thankfully our driver was patient and redeemed the time. Bless my son for making a Starbucks run for sandwiches and coffee while we were stuck waiting. All's well that ends well.

Pictured: Grandma and Grandson (my mother-in-law and my son).

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 ESV

Friday, June 07, 2019

Flowers at the Door

Looks like someone stopped by to see my mother-in-law. But she was out running errands with me, and my son. How sweet to have flowers and a note from our friend in our Life Group!

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

Thursday, June 06, 2019

On the Move

Look at us go. On the move. Getting a few important errands done. With the help of my son, who took the day off to be our driver. And my husband who made a last minute run to a different pharmacy to pick up a necessary prescription.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Ready to Roll Out

Where is God when it is hard and you are overwhelmed? Right there with you. Like this week. How can my husband and I care for my mother-in-law when I am still laid up?

We are getting through, one moment at a time. With little and big miracles. There have been amazing acts of kindness from strangers and friends. The family is pulling together, even though we are spread out. God is faithful.

Pictured: Ready to roll!  Thanks to my knee scooter, a wheelchair for Mom, and my friend to load us up and drive yesterday.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27 ESV

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Three Days Later

Three days later, my mother-in-law is out of the hospital. Glad she has the pain and nausea under control, finally. Bless her heart, she has been such a trooper.

Pictured: Getting good care all the way to the car!

let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. Psalm 5;11 ESV

Monday, June 03, 2019

Through it All

You want a birthday to be memorable. But in a good way. My mother-in-law started her 79th birthday off with an early morning fall. Since last Thursday she has been in doctor's offices, our home for two nights, the emergency room and the hospital. She has a back brace and is waiting for treatment for her broken vertebrae. We'll take a rain check on birthday cake!

Pictured: My brave mother-in-law has kept her sense of humor through it all!

The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7 ESV

Sunday, June 02, 2019

With My Girls

What were we thinking about one year ago? Our youngest was graduating from high school and community college. I was making batch after batch of pulled pork for the open house. It all came together!

Pictured: Love this photo taken by our son.

But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, Psalm 103:17 ESV

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Hello Pink

I've been waiting for these beauties to reveal themselves. Hello pink peonies from our backyard!

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