Thursday, December 25, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
- Muppet Christmas Carol and White Christmas (movies)
- Poppy Seed Bread
- Christmas Eve Service
Blaine ~ pumpkin bread, rotating the treetop star through the kids, and delivering goodies to the neighbors.
Benjamin ~ stated above, but I think what really makes Christmas "Christmas" for him is playing his French horn in a seasonal music production.
Elizabeth ~ Sending out Christmas cards to family and friends, making a gingerbread house and making goodies for others.
Nicholas ~ Eggnog and people around to play games.
and Me ~ Sending out Christmas cards and writing the annual Christmas letter, making goodies for the neighbors and delivering them, (and I really want) to cut our own Christmas tree and decorate the house the day after Thanksgiving...
AND, we love receiving Christmas cards, letters and pictures from others!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
I'm thinking of you all and praying this is a very joyous holiday season for everyone!
Friday, August 29, 2008
The Organic Center’s analysis of government data found that it’s most important to choose organic versions of produce with thin, edible skins.
It determined that the 16 items listed below have the highest dietary risk index scores, in descending order.
The center also found that non-organic, imported produce might contain higher levels of residues than non-organic U.S. counterparts.
For more information, visit www.organic-center.org and browse the “State of Science” section.
To read the article: Pesticides and Food ~ Flying Blind (about U.S. foods), just click on the title of the article to link you there...
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Well, we still have dear friends involved in 4-H and I love seeing the sheep (though I didn't get there today), 4-H barn and 4-H/fair friends ~ so everyone had today off from work and we thought it would be a great family outing for our Sunday afternoon/evening. The weather was predicted to be light rain with temperatures in the low to mid 70's (and we live in Seattle), so no worries... It started raining (fairly hard) before we left home, but Blaine reminded me that we were driving about an hour northeast and the weather would likely be better. Famous last words! It poured relentlessly the entire time we were there. At first, it was just raining steady ~ but by the time we left it was coming down in buckets. Ugh!
While it was a bit amusing, but not a lot of fun for a fair day ~ we did discover it was a time of 'closure' for us. 4-H was a wonderful season in our life, but now we've moved on to new things. We don't fit in with the 4-H people anymore and the fair just didn't excite us much. So, we said our goodbyes today. Fair food didn't even sound enticing... Elizabeth and Nicholas each got a Purple Cow, Benjamin got a corn dog and we all shared a bag of Kettle Korn ~ we collectively decided that fair food for dinner wasn't appetizing and we stopped on our way home and got Blaine, Benjamin and Elizabeth Thai food, Nicholas Taco Bell (he is still 16 - give him some time) and I got a Jamba Juice (plus ate leftovers at home). And, we did end up with some great pictures! Enjoy!
The cute girls!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Last week, I finally talked to a manager that 'had a clue'. She was great! I checked in with her on Tuesday and the shelves were in stock. She apologized that the wait had been so lengthy and Ikea wanted to take care of me by offering me a $100 gift card (which I was able to use toward the cost of the shelves)! What a huge blessing!
We put Benjamin's shelves in right away, so he could finally put his things away. Saturday, Blaine and I spent several hours putting the books and home education and garden books/supplies away. It's finally feeling like the basement remodel will come to a close in the next couple of weeks and all the space will be useable!
Look! There is still room for more books on the gardening shelf!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you." Psalm 32:8
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.' " Psalm 91: 1-2
"Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations." Psalm 90:1
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. " Psalm 23
"Then Jesus declared, 'I Am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and He who believes in Me will never be thirsty.' " John 6:35
"I Am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit..." John 15:1-5a
"All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so the man of God may be throughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:14-21
Friday, February 1, 2008
There is something so soothing about stirring tapioca pudding on the stovetop...
The final product... YUM!