Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Pink Ground Cover

We've had sun, rain and wind on repeat. I thought it was snowing. No, it's just the pink plum blossoms coming down. I don't mind the variety in our spring weather.

Pictured: Pink ground cover on my way to the mailbox.

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18 ESV

Monday, March 30, 2020

Home all the Time

You would think that I would have lots of extra time. I don't have anywhere to go. Yet it is a challenge to get my Bible Study Fellowship lesson completed each week. I am trying to find a new rhythm.

Pictured: Someone likes having people home all the time.

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


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Harbor Virtual Meetup

We like to hang out after church and visit. Now that we are meeting in our individual homes, we can't do that. But today we had a virtual meetup after the online church service. It was great to see many faces of friends and our pastors from Harbor Church. Works for us!

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that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, Colossians 2:2 ESV



Saturday, March 28, 2020

Reporting from Home

My spring reports will be limited to my yard this year. We are staying home. It's the right thing to do in this season of illness.

Pictured: Took this photo 10 days ago. It's even pinker now.

casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 ESV

Friday, March 27, 2020

Adventures in Baking

I'm glad I can capture moments quickly with my phone. I don't think I could recreate that moment of dropping two eggs and catching one on the dishwasher.

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

Thursday, March 26, 2020

4 Year Doodle Love

We can't imagine our lives without our big white fluffy Daisy! She's been sweet from the start.

Happy 4th birthday (yesterday) to our favorite labradoodle!

Pictured: When we picked up Daisy.

And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 ESV

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Virtual Discussion Love

I am proud of my ladies in our Bible Study Fellowship group. Eight of them, nine if you include me, overcame fears and doubts to learn a new technology. We had a virtual discussion on the current lesson in Acts 21-23, shared what is going on right now, and prayed together. With plenty of laughs too.

Pictured: Seems like forever ago we met in person.

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2 ESV

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Learning how to Zoom

I downloaded the Zoom app and am learning how to use it. Little by little. It's a great way to connect with people remotely.

I was able to join 50 Bible Study Fellowship leaders from the Olympia class yesterday. Next up, schedule an online meeting with the ladies in our discussion group. We're all in this together.

Pictured: Took a screenshot with our BSF leader and have permission to share it.

You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. Psalm 115:11 ESV

Monday, March 23, 2020

Work from Home Love

Do you call this Take Your Dog to Work day? Or Bring Your Human Home day? We're just glad we can all be safe together.

God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-6 ESV

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Living Room Church

Our Sunday routine is sure different. I am thankful for the technology to bring church into our living room.  We can see Harbor Church Olympia online at 10 AM. Good to continue in the Galatians sermon series.


just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. Galatians 3:6-7 ESV

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Fresh Air Therapy

We are enjoying the sunny days while they last. It's great to get some fresh air.

For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth. Psalm 71:5 ESV

Friday, March 20, 2020

Plant Therapy Love

This is the perfect time for the "One of These Days" list. I've been wanting to repot some of my indoor plants and give them some attention. Bonus, it was nice to take them outside to work alongside my daughter.

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

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Life and Laundry Goes On

Life goes on even if we are stuck at home social distancing. Which means there will be laundry and dishes. Good thing I don't mind either. I've had my share of time off my feet with my Multiple Sclerosis and last year with my ankle surgery. And then trouble with my intramuscular injection.

My tip for kitchen laundry is to have a dedicated spot for the dirty towels. I drape the wet cloths on the side to dry out before I throw it in the washing machine. Works for me!

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Don't be Surprised

Our daily devotional through the book of Proverbs had some timely words yesterday. Why are we surprised by hard times and suffering? We can lean in to God's comfort.

God's Wisdom for Navigating Life by Timothy and Kathy Keller

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 1 Peter 4:12 ESV

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

As Best We Can

We are doing our part to keep our distance from people. As best we can. This will be a good time to write more letters and make more phone calls.

Pictured: My husband and son staying at least six feet apart at my son and daughter-in-law's place.

from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,  Psalm 61:2 ESV

Monday, March 16, 2020

Get Out of the House

Sometimes you just need to get out of the house. Drive around a little. Enjoy the view of trees and snow covered mountains in the distance. Works for us and our pup.

Pictured: Daisy was wondering where we were going since we didn't go to the groomers.

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8 ESV


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Harbor Church Online

If we can't go to church today, we can watch it online. Glad the technology worked smoothly. We watched Pastor Seth Winterhalter continue his sermon series in the book of Galatians. Check it out online anytime and on Sundays at 10 AM.

You can also search Youtube for Harbor Olympia.

https://www.harborolympia.com/

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 ESV

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Close to Home

We are staying close to home for now. Taking it one day at a time. Like everyone else, I'm sure.

Pictured: Even more blossoms in our front yard.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2 ESV

Friday, March 13, 2020

Stop and Smile

We interrupt the constant news updates with an old memory. I found this photo when I was looking for something in my office. Made me stop and smile. And remember how much I love my family.

Pictured: When our older daughter was a baby and we had three children four and under.

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Psalm 62:8 ESV

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Blue Skies, Calm Water

Another ferry ride for my husband today. The water is calm. We are staying calm, but definitely concerned about this health crisis.

the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, Psalm 65:6-7 ESV

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Leave More Space

I'm glad many of my Bible Study Fellowship ladies opted to stay home today. It is good to take a cautious and sensible approach to the health crisis. And I'm thankful we have lectures and notes available online.

Pictured: I set up the chairs with more space between them and we only needed half of them.

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for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Paying More Attention

This current virus health crisis has us all concerned and worried. I'm paying more attention to where I go and who I am in contact with. I'm glad my car is stocked with hand sanitizer!

Pictured: My dog wants me to stop reading the newspaper.

I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Psalm 16:8 ESV

Monday, March 09, 2020

My Easy Button

Daylight Savings Time is so confusing. I'm glad I finallly mastered changing our car's clock.

My favorite device to change is my alarm clock. There is one easy button for DST. I don't even have to remember if I'm springing forward or falling back. Works for me!

Pictured: Pardon my rudimentary photo editing skills and see the arrow pointing to my easy button.

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

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Harbor Church Snacks 2020

Our Life Group is good at coordination and working together. We put on another great spread after both services at Harbor Church. Only this time we had more packaged and grab and go items to minimize the spread of germs. We can do that.

Pictured: Cute little guy checking out the snacks getting put out this morning.

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, March 07, 2020

Disconnected

Our internet has been down this afternoon and evening. Good thing we have plenty of books and the newspaper to read. I thought I was going to postpone my blog post but the internet is back. Just in time to go to bed.

Pictured: Starting to see blossoms in the front yard!

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV

Friday, March 06, 2020

Double Bonus

That was a double bonus. My daughter-in-law and I were able to spend time together. And the person in line in front of us bought our coffee!

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, March 05, 2020

Almost One Year

I'm coming up on the one year anniversary of my surgery. My ankle is healed but I'm still getting my strength and stamina back.

It seems like a long time ago that I was hopping around with crutches and zooming around on the knee scooter.

I haven't forgotten the love and care I received during that season.

Pictured: I love this photo of our dog greeting me when I came home from the hospital.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, Psalm 103:2 ESV

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

A Dog's Life

It's hard when your favorite human leaves. After being together all weekend. So you watch out the window for a while. Then curl up in a chair.

We all have to adjust to the comings and goings.

Pictured: After our daughter left on Sunday.

Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. Genesis 2:19 ESV

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

What's in Your Freezer?

We like to throw acronyms around in our home. Like EBBs. Also known as Emergency Breakfast Burritos. We also have DF EBB. Can you guess? The Dairy-Free variety for my husband. Which means either no cheese or my latest purchase of dairy-free cheese.

Sometimes we also stock homemade bean burritos, with leftover rice, beans, and meat.

Pictured: It's hard to see in the photo, but third one is just EBB. Perfect for my lunch.

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

Monday, March 02, 2020

Coming up Roses

Ever watch those home renovation shows? I admire people who have a vision for what could be. And then make it happen.

I am committed to making progress on our home decluttering and organization projects. Now that I am on the mend from my health challenges, I can work on that.

Pictured: The promise of pink roses to come in our front yard.

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

Sunday, March 01, 2020

One Leaf Wonder

Some of my favorite houseplants started with just one leaf. My lipstick plant came from my niece in Portland. And now it is flowering!

Pictured: Lipstick plant with flower on left. Still unnamed plant with a flower from my mom on the right.

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