Sunday, May 28, 2006

A Quick Hello!!

Hello from Nevada! I just stopped by for a quick hello. JK and I are doing well. I am relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather. It has cooled down and was about 75 today. Perfect!!

The wedding was beautiful and we had a great time at the reception. My sister had a pool party today for the bride and groom and all the family members so there was lots of talk and laughter.
I'll post pictures when I get back. I have absolutely NO plans for the rest of the week. Isn't that great? "See" you all when I get back!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane.........

Tomorrow morning JK and I will be traveling to Nevada for 10 days to attend my niece's wedding and spend some time with my sister. I hope to be able to post some while I'm there but I can't say for sure. I'm planning on doing a lot of relaxing and swimming. It's already in the 100's!!

My dh and JM will be holding down the fort. JM has exams this week and some of next so he couldn't miss school. I'm sure they will have a good time being bachelors together!

See you all when we return. Please pray for our safe flights out and when we return on June 2nd. Thank you!

A Special Time of Fellowship

This past week I went away for three days to a special retreat of sorts with some friends. One of our company is headed to Honduras in a few weeks where she and her husband will be serving as medical missionaries. This was our last get-together for a while. It was a wonderful time of fellowship, prayer, Bible study and just plain fun!! Below is our group and the pictures that follow were taken while we were in the beautiful mountains of Virginia.

Bath County, VA


Sunday, May 21, 2006

Sunday Hymn

A Christian Home

O give us homes built firm upon the Savior,
Where Christ is Head and Counselor and Guide;
Where every child is taught His love and favor
And gives His heart to Christ, the crucified:
How sweet to know that though his footsteps waver
His faithful Lord is walking by his side!

O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in Him;
Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers,
Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim;
A home where each finds joy in serving others,
And love still shines, tho days be dark and grim.

O Lord, our God, our homes are Thine forever!
We trust to Thee their problems, toil and care;
Their bonds of love no enemy can sever
If Thou art always Lord and Master there:
Be thou the center of our least endeavor--
Be Thou our Guest, our hearts and homes to share.

(Barbara B. Hart)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The House Beautiful

The House Beautiful
The Crown of the house is Godliness.
The Beauty of the house is Order.
The Glory of the house is Hospitality.
The Blessing of the house is Contentment.
(author unknown)

Saturday, May 13, 2006

A Funny for Mother's Day

Answers given by elementary school age children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other Mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your Mom?
1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did Mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year?
4. Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your Mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home, and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your Mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your Mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on her back.

(Author Unknown)

Friday, May 12, 2006

Before I Was A Mom

Before I was a Mom

This devotional was written by Leslie Snyder

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.— 1 Samuel 1: 27-28

I came across this poem recently and thought it appropriate to share as we celebrate the remarkable women in our lives this Mother’s Day.

Before I was a Mom?

I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was a Mom

I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom

I had never been puked on.
Pooped on. Spit on.
Chewed on.
Pottied on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom

I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom

I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
Before I was a Mom I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom

I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much love or so much pain before I was a Mom.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

— Author unknown.


Take time to thank the women in your life who have helped shape you into the person you are today. Give special thanks for those who have strengthened your faith.

FURTHER READING:Exodus 20:12; Isaiah 66:13; 1 Thessalonians 2: 6b-7

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Golden Lampstand

The second item we learned about last night was the golden lampstand. It stood on the south side of the holdy place. The gold was formed into the shape of an almond tree in the full bloom of life by beating or hammering. It had six fruitful branches with a central shaft or trunk. they were designed to hold seven bowls fill with olive oil to provide light. Light and life merged together in one unit. The light was continual and was never to go out. There was no light at all in the holy place except that which came from the golden lampstand.

John 1 present the one Christ as both light and life. "In Him was life; and the life was the light of men." He alone as God in the flesh gives life eternal and the light to understand and know God. Mr. Amos also explained that the number of bowls, buds and flowers on the lampstand added up to 66 corresponding to the 66 books of the Bible. The whole Bible gives us light to live by (Ps. 119:11). It was very interesting! He also said the number 7 of the lamps reminds us of God's perfect number. Jesus Christ is both six (man) and seven (God) in one person.

The church of Jesus is also pictured as a lampstand through which His Spirit and His Word reveals the gospel, truth and glory of God. (Rev. 1:20).

My friend,
Trish, and I are finishing up our study on contentment and we've decided to study James next. When we are finished, I'd like to learn more about The Tabernacle. I know it would be a rich study!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Tabernacle

Tonight JK and I went to a friend's church to hear Randy Amos speak about the Tabernacle. He not only spoke on it, he had a 15' x 50' replica of it! It was very nicely done. He has been at their church since Monday night but tonight was the only time we could go. I would love to hear all his messages but what we learned tonight was great. He covered two parts of the Tabernacle: the laver of washing and the lampstand.

The laver of washing was a basin for priests. It came after the altar of sacrifice and before the entrance to the sanctuary. It was made of polished copper. Its purpose was "to wash". The priests had to daily wash their hands and feet from dirt and contamination before they served God at the altar or entered the sanctuary to worship. The laver was not for the shedding of sacrificial blood for sin but for the washing of dirt. One had to be clean to serve. (Ex. 30:18-21).

The laver tells us that God is not only interested in the forgiveness of our sin but also our daily cleanliness in living for Him.

The New Testament teaches that once one is forgiven of sin by Christ's sacrifice he receives the "living water" of the Holy Spirit. One purpose of the Spirit is to renew our minds to serve God acceptably. We also read of "the washing of water by the word." As the Christian daily learns God's Word, the bible, he is cleansed from wrong thinking and ways so his service is acceptable to God. (John 8:37-39, Romans 12: 1-2; Ephesians 5:26, Psalm 119:11).

He also talked about how the order is important. If the laver was first and the altar second, the picture would convey that Christ's gospel says to live clean and then God will forgive and make you right. But God's order reveals that first God forgives through Christ gives the power (Spirit) for you to live clean unto Him. He also said that if it was just the altar, it would convey a works-based gospel. Sacrifice (do all the right things, right prayers, etc.) and you will be forgiven.

It was really neat to see how God planned each aspect of the Tabernacle to be a picture of things to come--the Lord Jesus and His sacrificial death. JK really enjoyed learning the background of these two pieces of furniture. Tomorrow I'll share what we learned about the lampstand.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

A Delicious Pasta Salad

JK is going to a cookout tonight. The older high school girls at church have invited the middle school girls to join them to a reunion of sorts. Earlier this winter the older girls hosted a girls' retreat for them. The older ones encouraged the girls by devotions, talks on Bible study and purity and just plain fun!

JK and I make this to take:

Rainbow Pasta Salad

1 package (1 lb.) tricolor spiral pasta
2 medium carrots, shredded
1 large red onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1/2 t celery seed or 2 celery ribs, chopped
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened, condensed milk
1 C vinegar
1 C mayonnaise (I used Miracle Whip)
3/4 C sugar
1 t salt
1/2 to 1 t pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse in cold water and drain; place in a large bowl. Add carrots, onion, green pepper and celery. In another bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour over pasta mixture; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. 12-14 servings.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Dinner Tonight

It has been rainy and chilly all day. The temperature stayed around 51 and we had showers and heavy rain off and on. I thought it would be a good night for soup. Here's the recipe I made and one for cornbread to go with it. I didn't have all the ingredients so I've added my substitutions.

Fiesta Chowder
3 T plain flour
1 pkg. (1.4 oz.) fajita (or taco) seasoning mix, divided
4 boneless chicken breasts, cubed
3 T vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1t minced garlic
1 can (15 oz.) can kernal corn, drained (I used frozen)
1 can (15 oz.) Mexican-style stewed tomoates (I used diced Southwestern-syle)
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (4.5 oz.) chopped green chilies
3 C water
1 C uncooked instant brown rice
1 (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cheddar cheese soup
3 T fresh cilantro (I didn't have any on hand)
1 T lime juice

Combine flour and 2T fajita seasoning in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; add chicken. Seal and shake to coat. Cook chicken in hot oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat, stirring often, 4 minutes or until browned. Reduce heat to medium high; add onion and garlic; saute 5 minutes. Stir in next 5 ingredients including remaining seasoning; simmer a little to cook the corn. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes or so. Remove lid and stir in rice, cheese soup, cilantro and lime juice. Let simmer until rice is tender.

Corn Bread
1 C milk
1/4 C stick butter, melted
1 large egg
1 1/4 C yellow, white or blue cornmeal
1 C flour
1/2 C sugar
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt

Heat over to 400*. Grease bottom and side of round pan, 9x1 1/2 inches, or square pan 8x8x2 inches, with shortening.

Beat milk, butter and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients all at once just until flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy). Pur batter intopan.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 12 servings.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Sunday Hymn

The Love of God

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell,
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win:
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall for evermore endure--
The saints' and angels' song.

When years of time shall pass away
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God's love so sure shall still endure,
All measureless and strong:
Redeeming grace to Adam's race--
The saints' and angels' song.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall for evermore endure--
The saints' and angels' song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were ev'ry stalk on earth a quill
And ev'ry man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry,
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Tho stretched from sky to sky.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall for evermore endure--
The saints' and angels' song.

(Frederick M. Lehman)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Field Trip

Yesterday our homeschool group went to Morefield Mines in Amelia, about 45 minutes west of where we live. JL and JM had gone when they were in elementary but JK didn't so this was a treat for her.

It looked as if we weren't going to get there! As were were about 30 minutes out of town, the sky turned very dark and we heard thunder. Then the skies opened up. It was raining so hard that most of the drivers, including me, pulled over to the side of the road until the storm passed. JK wanted to know if we were still going. I told since we were passing through the storm, it should be all right farther west. And it was! We had a beautiful day and no rain. As a matter of fact, it hadn't even rained at the mine so the ground was dry. I was so thankful!

We spent about three hours there and came home with lots of
amazonite, four crystals, one garnet (very small) and two amythests (one small and one the size of a quarter). Now I'm looking for a rock tumbler. I know the amazonite will turn out very pretty once it's smoothed out.

We didn't find the crystals until we were ready to leave. I walked over to another part of the mine and as I was doing so JK found one! Then I looked down and there were two sticking out from under a large rock. I found the fourth a few yards away. I found my amythest as I was walking up to the sluice. Maybe I shouldn't have spend so much time digging!

As usual, I forgot my camera so I don't have any pictures. I would really like to have a smaller camera that I can just put in my purse and leave there but it's not in the budget. Maybe someday! In the meantime, pray that I remember to take my camera when we go to important memory-making places!! Or maybe you should just pray that I get a newer brain.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Serving Him at Home

The May issue of my newsletter, Serving Him at Home, is now available. If you would like to join my group to start receiving the newsletter, please go here. I pray that it will be a blessing to you as you serve Him at home.