Saturday, August 31, 2019

Congrats Andy!

Congrats to our nephew for graduating with his Master of Library Science! A legit bibliophile in the family! If you stop by Western Seminary's library in Portland, he can help you.

Pictured: A recent visit from our nephew.

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. Proverbs 9:9 ESV

Friday, August 30, 2019

Standing Tall

My, how you've grown! I love seeing how our youngest is growing up into a lovely and mature young woman!

Pictured: Fun photo op at the mall.

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 ESV

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Unexpected Pop of Color

I was surprised by pink on the porch. That is one determined snap dragon! I love the unexpected pop of color.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8 ESV

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Look Up

Sometimes all I can see is what is right in front of me. Challenges and obstacles. But it's good to get another perspective. Look up. Trust God.

Pictured: I love my daughter's photo looking up into the trees.

A Song of Ascents. To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! Psalm 123:1 ESV

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Congrats on the Anniversaries!

Today is my younger sister's anniversary. Thirty-one years for them. Congrats!

I missed my youngest sister's anniversary earlier this summer. Happy 19th to them!

Pictured: My sister, her husband and beautiful family this summer.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:18 ESV

Monday, August 26, 2019

So Many Good Memories

It's been three years since we said our final goodbyes to my father-in-law. We didn't know it was the end until the last day or two of his seven-week stay in the hospital.

We wanted more days and years with him, of course. But we are thankful for so many good memories and the legacy he left behind.

Pictured: Our youngest with her grandpa, probably 17 years ago.

I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 ESV

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Macgyver Love

It is very inconvenient to have a tailgate that is stuck in the locked position. Just ask my husband and son who have been loading and unloading yard debris, equipment and furniture. Our youngest tried a coat hanger contraption and successfully got it to open and close. Hooray!

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 1 Peter 4:10 ESV

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Simple Things

I love how our pup enjoys the simple things in life. Like sunbathing on the pile of grass clippings. Works for her!

Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun. Psalm 74:16 ESV

Friday, August 23, 2019

Love My Girls

It's been a while since we went to coffee. But one of these days it will work out!

Consider how I love your precepts! Give me life according to your steadfast love. Psalm 119:59 ESV

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Make the Time

I keep saying I should make the time. Go visit my Gramma. Today was the day. We reminisced about the old days when Grampa and Gramma built their house. I think I went with them to pick a door.

We watched the birds.

Glad I made the time.

Pictured: One of the photos with my sister and Gramma earlier this summer, with a cute photo bomber, my youngest niece.

So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Psalm 71:18 ESV

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A Little Rain

We needed a little rain. And that's what we got this morning.

Pictured: Love seeing the raindrops on the leaves of my husband's Japanese maple.

He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills. Psalm 147:8 ESV

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Someone Should Bake Her a Cake!

Who is this beautiful and talented young woman? I admire her so much. Treasure our time together. Our older daughter celebrates her 28th birthday today.

Pictured: With the amazing cake she baked for her little sister's high school/community college graduation party last year.

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, Philippians 1:3 ESV

Monday, August 19, 2019

Time to be Realistic

Sometimes things don't work out. Even with your best efforts. I am about to call it on my Ming Aralia. I loved that plant but it's time to be realistic.

Pictured: I removed the dead leaves in hopes of my Aralia reviving with new growth. I don't think it's going to happen.

a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; Ecclesiastes 3:2 ESV

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Plant Check Up

I love how this plant (still unknown type) is thriving. Sadly not all my plants are doing so well. We are all doing the best we can.

You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth Psalm 104:14 ESV

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Summer Days

I am soaking up the days together this summer.

Pictured: With our youngest.

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14 ESV

Friday, August 16, 2019

Plan the Route

I'm not a detailed organized planner. But I realize I like to plan my routes. What is the most efficient path through the store? Where should I drive to find lights for the easy turns? Works for me!

Pictured: Looks like our pup is planning which way to run in the yard.

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. Psalm 25:9 ESV

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Extend Grace

I finally added the birthdays to my big calendar. I know the year is over half over. I like to extend grace to myself. Start where I am. Don't beat myself up. Do what I can, when I can.

Pictured: And yes, I am reusing an old photo of a former calendar. I still like the big grids.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 ESV

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Custom Card Love

What happens if you give your niece some pens? And look through her art journal and enjoy her creative animal and food drawings? She might send you a custom card. With a thoughtful note as well. Works for us!

Pictured: A Daisy Chip, our dog and the snacks we shared with my sister and daughters.

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 ESV

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Take Time to Chill

It feels like it has been a busy summer with lots of coming and going. But today we made time for iced drinks. Coffee for her and tea for me.

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, August 12, 2019

Count on Them

Have I mentioned lately how much our Life Group ladies mean to me? I count on them for prayer support and encouragement. My life is better with them.

Pictured: When the ladies came to visit me at home, back when I was still using crutches.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6 ESV

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Home for the Summer

Enjoy it while it lasts. Our pup is enjoying time on our daughter's bed. With special privileges while our daughter is home for the summer.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Who You Have

I'm still thinking about the short but sweet time with family this summer. Like this moment with some of the women I love dearly. Too bad my other sister and her girls were not in town yet. Or our older daughter. My mom was in the other room and missed the photo op. Have to take a photo with who you have!

Pictured: Surrounded by my future daughter-in-law(!), my sister, her two daughters, and our younger daughter.

women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. 1 Timothy 5:2 ESV

Friday, August 09, 2019

Long Road

I am not walking very fast. But I am getting around with or without a cane. It's been a long road since I broke my ankle the end of March. I am thankful for the steady progress!

Pictured: Back in June when I was using a knee scooter.

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

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Legacy of Love and Faith

Two years ago today my husband and I dropped everything and drove over to an Olympia hospital. Just in time to say one final goodbye to my dad. Our beloved dad and grandpa. Loving husband to my mom. Respected teacher and mentor.

Grief is tempered with gratitude. My dad gave us a legacy of love and faith. We miss him but know we will see him again.

Pictured: From eleven years ago when my nieces were little. And there were just three of them. Now there are five precious girls.

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

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Done For

I had dinner well under way. Black bean chili simmered on the stove. Skillet corn bread fresh out of the oven. I just needed a clean ladle to dish up. But when I washed the ladle I didn't get it completely rinsed. One taste and I knew the chili was done for.

Plan B: quickly cook up ground turkey for taco salad. With corn bread.

Lesson learned!!!

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

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Enjoy the Little Things

Today I hit the jackpot. I found a parking spot close to the grocery store entrance. And used my senior discount. Works for me!

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, August 05, 2019

How About One of the Four of Us?

How many photos have we taken on my mom's patio? It's the perfect backdrop.

Pictured: With thanks to my nephew for capturing family portraits and candid moments during our mini-reunion this summer.

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8 ESV

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Choose to Trust

It would be easy to be overwhelmed with all the suffering going on near and far. I choose to trust that God is in control and will provide comfort today. And He will bring final judgement where needed.

Pictured: Dahlias are a reminder of God's beautiful creation.

The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness ,keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-7 ESV

Saturday, August 03, 2019

The Case of the Missing Car Key

In today's segment of "This isn't how I planned to spend my afternoon" we see the two characters walking around the car and the driveway. Peering in the car windows. Going through every corner of the house and garage. Looking under cushions and furniture. Double checking pockets. Could they have locked the key in the trunk or car? When will they ever find out? Stay tuned.

The car dealership in the next town might be able to help. Just take the car title as proof of ownership and have a dummy key made. If the key is inside the car, problem solved.

Moment of truth: the dummy key opened the trunk to reveal the missing key!

All's well, that ends well, as they like to say.

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

Friday, August 02, 2019

Down Time

I try to prepare and have water and a book. In case there is wait time. But I didn't take a chair to my mother-in-law's empty-waiting-to-sell house. It was too hot to sit in car while the contractors were there, so I sat on the floor.

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

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Find the Perfect Spot

You have to move around. Find the perfect spot. And then you have cell phone service at my mother-in-law's house. Reminds me of the old family story about having to stand on a picnic table to get cell service.

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