Monday, June 30, 2008
We were again blessed to fellowship with those delightful people who live on Hospitality Lane and our other non-blogging friends! hee hee
Head over to Hospitality Lane to see some photos and read all about our evening together.
We love these delightful people!
What I am enjoying is finding new blogs - Two that I recently have found and am enjoying are Kathy's Cottage and Blue Barn Bulletin. These fun ladies are sister in laws. Kathy is collecting easy and delicious summer recipes and Karen is celebrating a daughter's 13th birthday.
If you get a chance, pop on over and say hi!
Friday, June 27, 2008
The father, who, despite having a heart condition, said "yes"
They went on to complete the marathon together. Father and son went on
to join other marathons, the father always saying 'yes' to his son's request of
going through yet another race together.
One day, the son asked his father, "Dad, let's join the Ironman together." To which, his
father said 'yes' once again. For those who don't know, Ironman is the
toughest triathlon ever. The race encompasses three endurance events
of a 2.4 mile ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and ends with a
26.2 mile marathon along the coast of the 'Big' Island in Hawaii. Father
and son completed the race together. Please view this:
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I delight to be able to share my joy of being a wife and mother, to share what the Lord has taught me. I like sharing how to decorate on a budget, and to talk about our homeschooling.
I also delight in passing along good links to messages or websites that I have found to be challenging, or that I have been encouraged by.
Sometimes I share my heart, never, ever with the intention of gossiping or tearing anyone down. I myself have been in leadership positions, I know what it is like to be the subject of gossip or disdain. I won't do it. If you feel that I am doing that please contact me personally, through email.
I pray that my blog will be a place of blessing to you, and a place that you feel encouraged in your walk with the Lord, in your role as a wife and mother.
Now, in the spirit of wanting to share and encourage you; right now I am listening to a message by Voddie Baucham that gives me hope, chastises me, and makes me say amen. You can listen to it to here. This message reflects what our desire is for our family.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
They are Ionized smoke alarms, inside them are ions that move back and forth between two metal plates. If the ion stream gets disrupted by smoke particles, they are supposed to go off. They don't always. We learned that sometimes the ion stream isn't disrupted by larger smoke particles, such as the kind from say a smoldering couch, but don't worry, the smoke particles put off by your toaster is likely to set it off, if it is working!
Enter our new wall bling. We had heat detectors and optical smoke alarms installed yesterday.
The optical smoke alarm works by doing "visual" scan every eight seconds. The second it sees smoke the alarm is set off, unlike the ion alarms which only get set off if the particles are the correct size to interrupt the ion stream.
Therefore if you have a fire, within eight seconds of smoke appearing these alarms sound. That gives you and your family a lot of time to get out of the house. The heat sensors are placed in areas that are typically hot to start with, such as attics, shops, kitchens, utility rooms.
By the way, yesterday before our new bling was installed, we put some paper into a canning jar, lit it, put the lid on and made some decent smoke. After awhile we took the lid off and Lindsay and I commented on how bad it smelled, but the old Ion smoke alarm never went off. The smoke filled jar, was placed less than five feet away from it.
The new system is pricey. We violated our principles of not buying anything on "credit" (we are making payments to the company, not to a credit card company however). Tim is feeling a bit of stress over that. However, we feel like it is a wise thing to do. And we should get a reduction in our homeowners insurance by having these put in. We will of course, pay it off asap.
Meanwhile, we are prepared for the possibility of a fire, and knowing that we will know about it long before there is toxic smoke and flames. With five kids in the house, we have talked about how to get out of the house, where to meet, etc...they know how to use the fire extinguishers.
We pray that this wall bling will never need to be used.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Kyle enjoyed himself, too!
Sarah enjoying her sandwich, minus her two front teeth!
Saturday night we were invited to visit some co-op friends, who were camping near our cottage. We had a good time visiting and enjoying their campfire, oh, and eating ice cream.
Sunday evening saw us over at Hospitality Lane, enjoying some like minded fellowship and some ultimate frisbee! The kids begged the dads to join in and Tim says he thinks the dads had the most fun!
Here Lindsay tries to block Chelsea...
While Grandpa keeps score!
Later the girls and Mikey cleaned up the kitchen all on their own. They did such a great job that I have invited everyone to my house this Sunday, so I can get my kitchen cleaned! hee hee
We are so thankful for the blessings God has given us in our family friendships!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Why is it that by raising your daughters to be mature and godly young women, they are the "odd ones out" at church. They have been involved in ministry opportunities, bible study, etc.. and yet no one will talk with them. Adults who have interacted with them are impressed with them and yet don't follow up by speaking to them on Sundays, and the younger people completely ignore them.
It hurts my heart because they should not be odd balls at CHURCH! They should be the norm.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I love you Dad!
Last, but absolutely not least, my darling husband. Tim is a great father and husband. He lovingly leads us and directs us to the Lord, daily. He is faithful and he is a hard worker as well. We are so blessed to have you be our husband and Dad. You have our respect, admiration and love.Happy Father's Day!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Here is the old door and yucky wood.
Friday, June 13, 2008
He went on a work related trip to N.H. and when he came home he surprised me with the special cup. What made it special? It's size! It was much bigger than the normal size and yet still the beautiful porcelain and lovely roses. About two months later, we were hosting his family for the day. Being a missionary family there have been few times that they have had the opportunity to get together, especially with their mom. That evening, my dear mother in law, had used the tea cup, and it was sitting on the counter. She was being a help and putting glasses away in the cupboard and I bet you can guess what happened. Yes, indeed one came crashing down right into that beautifully large teacup!
You can see that we were able to glue it but it is unusable for tea drinking!
We have looked for a new one, but never found one.
I have beautiful tea cups, many, many tea cups .....
but none of them were the size of that special one.
We frequently make a pot of tea in the evening for whoever is interested and Wednesday night, we used the last of our favorite tea PG Tips. Yesterday, when my darling husband came home from work, he had a gift for me. He had stopped at Best of Britain it the city for a box of tea and brought home a new tea cup! A special one!
Just look at it beside a regular tea cup! Isn't it pretty?
Look at that beautiful color - fresh brewed tea!
Don't cry for that other unfortunate tea cup. I just couldn't bear to toss it, so it lives it's life out on top of my cupboards in the kitchen. Where no one can see its broken side but can only see it beauty!
Thank you Tim, for showing me love through this surprise and for you continual thoughtfulness. I love you.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
We have six healthy children, who love us as we love them. We work together and play together.
We have a lovely home. It was a wreck when we purchased it 7 years ago. We have put a lot of work into it. Project by project as we had money to do it. You see that is another bit of abundance - we have no debt other than our mortgage, and even that we are able to pay extra on it every month, so that we can pay the house off early.
We have an abundance of beauty here. We used a lot of mushroom mulch over the years to fix the soil around our cottage. We planted and an abundance of flowers were produced. We bring these into the house, give them away, sharing the blessing of their beauty.
We have an abundance of true wealth in the blessing of having many, many, many books. This is simply one book case in our cottage. I have Lindsay and Emily cataloging all of our books. They are not nearly done. With books you can learn a foreign language or culture, you can hold God's very thoughts in your own hands, you can capture your child's imagination!
We also have an abundance of family friendly movies, which makes a movie night easy to accomplish. We have wonderful friends, live close to my parents, who share in our family life! It blesses us. We have an abundance of animals as well! That sometimes to me doesn't seem like a blessing, but it does to our children!
So I encourage you, dear friends, to focus on God's abundant blessings in your life. Slow down, simplify, enjoy and share with those God brings your way. You will feel His abundance.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The artwork is by Tina Wenke. You should see the one Paula made for her blog "Gathering of Friends."
Monday, June 9, 2008
I know I am so talkative today - sorry!
My cousin Nicole asked me for my strawberry jam recipe so I thought I would post it here.
Quick Strawberry Jam
2 cups of crushed strawberries
2 cups sugar ( I use less, more like 1 cup - 1 1/2 cups)
Cook until consistency of jam.
That's the recipe in its entirety.
Now I will tell you that I like to add Sure-Jell to mine for thickening, but you don't have to. It is quite delicious either way.
I boil my jars and lids, and then when the jam is done, I fill the hot, dry jars with jam, put a lid on and turn the ring until it is tight. It will vacuum seal itself.
the flowers in the foreground are a magenta and the ones
in the back are purple.
What a peaceful evening at our cottage.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Here all the kids are reading some picking instructions.Beautiful fruit.