Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Our Awesome God

During my Bible study this morning, I read this: "But God made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding. When He thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from His storehouses." (Jeremiah 10:12-13)

The above is a picture of the NGC 3576 Nebula. Who knows where in the universe this is or how far away it is. All I know is it's beautiful and just a teeny, tiny part of our great universe that the Lord made when He spoke!!! Truly our God is an awesome God.

If you like that picture, you can find more on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. It's one of my favorite sites.

Friday, March 21, 2008

A Tale of Two Women

On the front page of the Metro section of our newspaper was a story about a woman who recently died. She was the founder of the local chapter of NOW and described as "an ardent feminist". There was a long list of her accomplishments and struggles during the early days of NOW. One thing that caught my attention was her comment of how she felt the morning that she learned the Supreme Court had legalized abortion. She said it was "one of the brightest moments of my life."

A few pages over was the obituary of another woman who recently died. She was a member of a local church for 60 years. She was married to her husband for 50 years and the obit described him as "her first and only love". Together they raised nine boys and four girls. She didn't have a long list of accomplishments and she wasn't famous in our area but the obit did list something significant: "her greatest contribution in life was being a mother."

The first woman championed the cause of death and murder; the second of life. May the Lord raise up more "hidden women" who pour their lives out for their families.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

God's Handiwork

Well, Monday has come and gone but there are no pictures up. I just didn't have the time and now that I have a few minutes the camera is in my purse and I don't feel like getting it! Oh well, they'll be up eventually.

Our week was filled with homeschooling, baking, and lots of cleaning and organizing. I am making progress slowly but surely in getting rid of "stuff" we don't need. Michael and I both went through our closet and I ended up with 5 bags of clothes to take to Goodwill. Our closet looks so much nicer now!

We took Dasher to Pet Smart today for grooming and also signed her up for obedience school. Her first class is tomorrow and Julianne is sooo excited. I'll be there to observe but Julianne will be doing the actual training.

I do have a few new pictures to add. I uploaded these from my cell phone. This is what I saw when I walked out of church last Sunday night. God's beautiful creation!!

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands~Psalm 19:1

Saturday, March 08, 2008

A Windy Day

Today started out warm with a light breeze. By the afternoon it was very, very windy with gusts in the 40's and 50's! The top of our neighbor's tree (dead) snapped off and crashed into our shed. It split the roof and cracked the center beam. There was glass everywhere from the lights that were smashed. Thankfully it landed on the left side and not the right--that's where all Michael's computer equipment is stored. Our mowers survived also. The dogs were out when this happened but they are fine; just a little scared.

I'll post pictures on Monday. Have a blessed Lord's Day!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Friday at Home

It has been raining off and on today; sometimes just a light shower, other times a downpour. All the trees full of buds and the flowers popping up are getting a good soaking. I can't believe that spring is only two weeks away!
With the price of gas getting higher and higher, I purposed a few weeks ago to stay home on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We did have to go out today for an ortho appointment but I scheduled the next one on a Thursday so I could just go right after Julianne was finished co-op. The ortho office is 1/2 block off the road I travel on so I won't be going out of my way. Every little bit helps! I also try to get gas on Tuesday because our station offers 5 cents off. This week it was $2.99. I wonder what next week will be?

Tim Challies had a post on Monday called, "Five Books to Read Before Easter". I bought "The Cross He Bore" and am looking forward to reading it. There are 14 chapters so I will be able to finish it before Easter. I ordered it from Westminster Bookstore and I have to give a shout out for their service. I placed my order late Wednesday night and my books arrived today and shipping is only $5 no matter how many books you order. Now that's service!!

I also bought "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment". I have read so many good reviews for this book so I want to find out what it's all about.

This afternoon I made fresh lemonade, lemon meringue pie and rice pudding. For dinner tonight, I made corn soup. The soup was sooo perfect for a rainy day.

Rice Pudding
1 1/2 cups cooked rice (not "minute rice")
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup cream
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup raisins
1 tbsp. butter
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cinnamon

Put this all together in the top of a double boiler. Put 1 1/2 inches of boiling water in the bottom of the double boiler and set the top pan so that very little steam is escaping. Cook on low heat for 30-45 minutes or longer. Stir occasinally. Makes 8 or 9 1/2 cup servings.

If you like it creamier you can add more milk/cream. Also, if you don't have a double boiler you can use two pots close in size that will fit in one another.

Corn Soup

1 lb. smoked beef sausage, sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 can corn, drained
2 cans corn, creamed
1 can cream of chicken soup
ground pepper, to taste
1 3/4 cups milk
shredded Cheddar cheese

Cook sausage, onion and celery until done. Add drained corn and cook until soft. Add other ingredients and heat through. Stir in cheddar cheese before serivng for added flavor and thickness.

Lemon Meringue Pie

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups cold water
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
grated peel of 1 lemon
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp. butter
1 baked 9" pie crust
3 egg whites
1/3 cup sugar

In medium saucepan combine 1c sugar and corn starch. Gradually stir in water until smooth. Stir in egg yolks. Stirring constantly, bring to boil over medium heat; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in next 3 ingredients. Spoon hot filling into crust. In small bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually beat in remaining 1/3 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue evenly over hot filling, sealing to crust. Bake in 350* oven 15-20 minutes (I checked at 13 and it was a little too brown!!) or until golden. Cook on rack; refrigerate.

Makes 8 servings.

Recent pictures:

Dasher and Snickers

Plants on my windowsill