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Monday, December 31, 2007

Update






It's hard to believe that the end of 2007 is here! The older I get, the faster the years go by. Pretty soon they will just be flashes LOL!

We had planned to go to a party tonight with some friends but it was cancelled due to illness. But we are indeed having a party--here at home. Over the weekend, Jessica was visiting Matt's grandparents (who are on their way back to England soon) and she feel down the steps at his sister's house. She ended up having to go to the hospital (via ambulance!) because she had severely bruised her tailbone. She is home now and doing better. So, we are going to have a little party here with the family. I don't have any hornblowers or anything but it will be fun!

I'll update later with some Christmas pictures.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Incarnation Day!!


One of our elders called Christmas "Incarnation Day" and I really liked it. So...............Happy Incarnation Day! The day that God became man! Fully man and fully God! Amazing!!!


Monday, December 24, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christ, Not Feelings

“Do you want to know supreme joy, do you want to experience a happiness that eludes description? There is only one thing to do, really seek Him, seek Him Himself, turn to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

If you find that your feelings are depressed do not sit down and commiserate with yourself, do not try to work something up but go directly to Him and seek His face, as the little child who is miserable and unhappy because somebody else has taken or broken his toy, runs to its father or its mother. So if you and I find ourselves afflicted by this condition, there is only one thing to do, it is to go to Him.

If you seek the Lord Jesus Christ and find him there is no need to worry about your happiness and your joy. He is our joy and our happiness, even as He is our peace. He is life, He is everything. So avoid the incitements and the temptations of Satan to give feelings this great prominence at the centre. Put at the centre the only One who has a right to be there, the Lord of Glory, Who so loved you that He went to the Cross and bore the punishment and the shame of your sins and died for you.”

- Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression, 117-118

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mark Your Calendar


The new Narnia movie, Prince Caspian, arrives at theatres on May 16th! Here's a sneak peek:


Sunday, December 16, 2007

He Leads Us On


He leads us on by paths we did not know;
Upward He leads us, though our steps be slow,
Though oft we faint and falter on the way,
Though storms and darkness oft obscure the day;
Yet when the clouds are gone,
We know He leads us on.

He leads us on through all the unquiet years;
Past all our dreamland hopes, and doubts and fears,
He guides our steps, through all the tangled maze
Of losses, sorrows, and o'erclouded days;
We know His will is done;
And still He leads us on.

(N. L. Zinzendorf)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Dasher Diary

Julianne is at art class this morning and I'm in charge of the new puppy, Dasher. I raked leaves earlier and had her out there with me. She was so cute romping around and chasing after fallen leaves. Now I'm at my desk trying to work and it's like having a toddler at my feet! She is into everything!!!

She's in her crate now so I can get some work done. She is cute, though! (More pictures later).

Monday, December 10, 2007

Sunday Hymn (on Monday)

I Am Not Skilled to Understand

I am not skilled to understand
What God hath willed, what God hath planned;
I only know that at His right hand
Is One Who is my Savior!

I take Him at His word indeed;
“Christ died for sinners”—this I read;
For in my heart I find a need
Of Him to be my Savior!

That He should leave His place on high
And come for sinful man to die,
You count it strange? So once did I,
Before I knew my Savior!

And oh, that He fulfilled may see
The travail of His soul in me,
And with His work contented be,
As I with my dear Savior!

Yea, living, dying, let me bring
My strength, my solace from this Spring;
That He Who lives to be my King
Once died to be my Savior!

(Dorothy Greenwell)
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I love the version by Aaron Shust. BTW, if you go to his website, you can download two Christmas songs for free!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Our New Puppy!


Meet the newest member of our family, Dasher!! She is Julianne's Christmas present. Isn't she just the cutest?? She was born on October 9 and is a miniature Dachshund.
Please be aware that there will be more puppy pictures in the next few days (or weeks). LOL!


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Contentment


Ever since I found The Blazing Center, I've been exploring it and finding I like it very much. Here are a few posts on the secret of contentment which have been very helpful to me. I hope it will bless you also.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Hints for Better Bible Reading

Mark Altrogge has a very good article on his blog entitled, "8 Ways to Get More Out of Your Bible". It's worth a look!

Friday, November 30, 2007

LOTR Evening




Everyone is away for the weekend except Julianne. For about a year now we have been trying to have a Lord of the Rings marathon with all three movies (extended versions, of course) but no time has really worked out. Finally, tonight at 5:00 we will be starting. Our drinks and snacks are purchased. Lots of pillows and throws on the couch. We are ready!!!


PS: don't call in the morning, we'll be sleeping late!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving

Psalm 100
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
come before Him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is He who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations.
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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
(Col. 3:15)
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
(Col. 2:6-7)
Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name;
make known among the nations what He has done.
(1 Chron. 16:8)
I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
(Ps. 7:17)
Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.
(Ps. 95:2)
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
(1 Thess. 5:18)

Monday, November 19, 2007

This Week


I will probably be scarce this week as it promises to be busy. This morning I went out grocery shopping and it was crazy! I can't imagine what later in the week will be like. I'm all prepared for Thanksgiving--as far as groceries go. I still need to cook everything. I hope to be able to make two pies tonight and one of my appetizers.

This afternoon Michael, Julianne and I will be going to Virginia Commonwealth University to serve Thanksgiving dinner for the international students who attend the school. We are really looking forward to meeting everyone and to serving the Lord in this way.

Tomorrow is school, babysitting and karate. Michael is on vacation this week so he'll be able to take Julianne to school and pick her up. I'm sure they'll get ice cream. :-)

Wednesday will be busy getting ready for Thanksgiving. There's only so much I can do but it will help. Julianne will be my assistant this year and she's looking forward to it.

What are your plans this week?


Friday, November 16, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Things We Do For Love......

As a long time Philadelphia Eagles fan (through thick and thin), it was with sadness that I made a present for Matt to use while at his Redskins games. And Jessica has turned against us and, as her Grandpa told her, "has gone over to the dark side". She is a big-time Redskins fans. Oh, the humiliation! The shame! But, I love them both very much so this weekend I made them a throw that they could take to the games to keep warm.





Even Squirt has turned into a Redskins fans!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Dinner Tonight


Glazed Stuffed Pork Chops

1 pkg. (6 oz.) Stove Top stuffing mix for chicken
1 1/2 cups apple juice
2 Granny Smith apples, divided (I used what I had on hand, Gala)
6 bone-in park chops (3 lbs.), each with picket cut for stuffing
1/2 tsp. back pepper
1/3 cup plus 1 T raspberry vinaigrette dressing, dividied
1 T brown sugar
1 T Dijon Mustard (I used regular)

Preheat oven to 375*. Prepare stuffing as directed on package, substituting apple juice for the water. Cut 1 of the apples into 1/2-inch chunks; stir into prepared stuffing. Spoon 1/4 cup of the stuffing mixture into pocket in each chop. Sprinkle chops with pepper; set aside. Spoon remaining stuffing into 13x9-inch baking dish.

Heat large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add half of the chops; book 2 min. on each side or until browned on both sides. Remove chops from skillet, reserving drippings in skillet. Place chops over stuffing in baking dish. Repeat with remaining chops. Core remaining apple; cut crosswise into 12 rings. Place 2 apple rings over each chop. Brush evenly with 1 T of the dressing.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until chops are cooked through. Meanwhile, mix remaining 1/3 cup dressing, the sugar and mustard in same skillet; cook on medium-high heat 1 min. or until bubbly and thickened. Serve spooned over the apples and chops. Makes 6 servings.

Shortcut: substitute bone-in pork chops without the pockets cut for stuffing. Place all of the stuffing mixture in the baking dish and continue as directed. (This is what I did!!)


Corn Souffle (Julianne made this)
2 T butter
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, cubed
1 can (15 1/4 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (14.75 oz.) cream-style corn
1 pkg. (8.5 oz.) corn muffin mix
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350*. Microwave butter in medium bowl on high for 30 seconds or until melted. Add cream cheese; continue microwaving 15 sec. or until cream cheese is softened; stir until well blended. Add both corns, the muffin mix and eggs; mix well.

Pour into greased 13x9-inch baking pan; sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

Bake 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. Makes 16 servings.

Both of these were delicious and they are going into my permanent recipe book.
(graphics from Graphic Garden)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Picture Update: October and Today

These pictures are where I babysit. Simply beautiful!

Here's E. She just turned one!

And A. He'll be five in a few weeks.

This is Ranger. He does this when he wants to come in!!!

These next pictures were all taken on our trip to the pumpkin patch.

Searching for just the right one.............
Found it!
Here's the pumpkin turning into the cutest jack o'lantern:
"Artistic" shots:

This is the corn maze that the older kids went through. It took them about an hour.

Our dear, dear friends:


What has your autumn been like this year?

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Want to win some great prizes?

Tim Challies is giving away some great prizes this month in his November Giveaway! For a chance to win, click on the picture on my sidebar or here:


November Giveaway