Sunday, July 31, 2005


We are coming up on our 25th Wedding Anniversary, it is August 2nd. Our daughter and my sister planned a wonderful surprise party for us that was held last night. We saw friends that we hadn't seen in a very long time - many years. We were honored to have so many friends and family celebrate with us! It is just such support that helps you make it through 25 years of ups and downs (mainly ups, I might add). I feel truly blessed to have the husband that the Lord provided to share these ups and downs. Of course, the Lord is the main reason we have been able to grow together through all of these years.

Happy Anniversary to my Wonderful Husband!
Thank you to my sister and our children and all those who helped make are special party so wonderful.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

With Wolfe in Canada by G. A. Henty

I found this book very engaging - a page turner. The main character James Walsham is a young man of great integrity, born in England. Through a series of circumstances, he ends up in the American Colonies during the French and Indian War. He joins up with the British Army and has many close calls during his service with them against the French, Canadians and their allied native tribes. This book brings life to this period of history and I think would be an adventurous read for any young adult. I plan to have skinny skater read it during his school year as a 9th grade student.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

You are a Black Coffee

At your best, you are: low maintenance, friendly, and adaptable

At your worst, you are: cheap and angsty

You drink coffee when: you can get your hands on it

Your caffeine addiction level: high

Hymn - Family of God

This hymn expresses very well what the Family of God is all about. The hymn was written by the Gaithers.

The Family of God

(1) I'm so glad I'm a part
of the family of God-
I've been washed in the fountain,
cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus
as we travel this sod,
For I'm part of the family,
the family of God.

(2) You will notice we say "brother
and sister" 'round here-
It's because we're a family
and these folks are so near;
When one has a heartache
we all share the tears,
And rejoice in each victory
In this family so dear.

(3) From the door of an orphanage
to the house of the King-
No longer an outcast,
a new song I sing;
From rags unto riches,
from the weak to the strong,
I'm not worthy to be here,
But, praise God, I belong!

God's Family

It is so nice to have family in the Lord's church across the world. We recently had the blessing of having two members of his family stay in our home. They are not related by blood - that is except the blood of Christ and yet they are truly our family. It is so refreshing to be able to have fellowship with other christians and to share what God has so richly blessed us with, with them. It is sad to let them go - but happy to know we will meet again one day, if not on here on earth, up in heaven. We love you Bill and Jo!

Monday, July 25, 2005

Who is getting older?

Yet another of our children had a birthday this month. First it was our youngest and now our oldest. Plant Lover celebrates her 20th birthday today. Actually, we celebrated yesterday with a BBQ with close friends and family. She chose her favorite, strawberry shortcake, for desert and we all enjoyed that. It really makes you reflect on how the time has flown when your children start reaching adulthood. Plant Lover has been a big blessing in our life as she has shown her service to the Lord and those around her. It is wonderful to see her show her diligence during struggles and with a busy schedule of school and work. She is cheerful, kind and tender hearted. She is a joy to us! Happy birthday sweetheart!

Monday, July 18, 2005

I am still here!

We just got back from one of the most wonderful weeks in my life. We spent a week in a Soul Winning Training Camp. The camp was put on by We Care Ministries and was held in Wenatchee, WA. The people that taught and those that attended were such dear people who showed a genuine interest in doing God's will and in the souls of those around them. I was convicted and encouraged. We made many new friends and learned, oh so much! It was just the shot in the arm that my spiritual life needed.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Six Hours One Friday, Anchoring to the Cross

I found this book to be very encouraging. Mr. Lucado does a great job of bringing life to the people in the bible. He recounts stories such as the raising of Lazarus, the raising of the Widow's son, the woman at the well, as well as others, and explores what their encounters with Jesus might have been like. He also takes events documented on the day of the crucifixion and how they may have affected the centurian and other onlookers. This book is not a deep theological treatise. It did, however, cause me to look into my heart and check my faith. It restates the anchor points for a strong faith. In my copy there is also a study guide in the back of the book that could be used for a devotional study.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Word for Today

Friend: Websters Defines as: to love 1) a person whom one knows well and is fond of; intimate associate; close acquaintance 2) a person on the same side in a struggle; one who is not an enemy or foe; ally. 3) supporter or sympathizer 4) being helpful, reliable.

Vines Bible Dictionary defines as:
1) Philos - primarily an adjective, denoting loved, dear, or friendly (used in Matt 11:19, James 2:23, 3 JN 14 and Luke 15:9)
2) Hetairos - A comrade, companion, partner, is used as a term of kindly address in Matt 20:13, 22:12; 26:50. This, as expressing comradeship, is to be distinguished from no 1, which is a term of endearment.

In either case I think the Love passage from 1 Corinthians 13 applies. My definition is a true friend is someone who helps you be all that God intends you to be. A friend is someone who encourages you to do right. A friend does not partake in poor actions of others - because that is not encouraging them to do right. A friend is someone who puts others interests before their own. Jesus was a true friend. Am I? Are you?

Here is a song about the best friend we can have:

What a Friend We Have in Jesus
written by: George Scriven

What a Friend we have in Jesus all our sins and griefs to bear;
What a privilege to carry Ev'rything to God in prayer.
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry Ev'rything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged, Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful, Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our ev'ry weakness: Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden, Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He'll take and shield thee, Thou wilt find a solace there.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Happy Birthday Bouncy Boy!

Today we celebrated bouncy boy's 9th birthday. His actual birthday is really this Thursday, but we celebrated today so his big sister, plant lover, could be here and his aunt, uncle and cousins came up too! We also celebrated his cousin Bella's 9th birthday - they are twin cousins! Born the same day just a couple of hours apart. Happy Birthday Bella and Bouncy Boy!!! Bouncy Boy was happy to receive some west coast chopper items to dress up his bicycle and of course it is always fun to get new game boy games! I can't believe my baby is 9. He is growing up so fast!

Word for the Day

Ostensible: 1) apparent; seeming; professed 2) clearly evident - Websters New World Dictionary. The word Ostensibly came up in my reading today of How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler. "The author of a book starts with a question or a set of questions. The book ostensibly contains the answers." pg 92.

Sunday, July 03, 2005


Today our Keepers/Contenders for the Faith group went on a group bicycle ride. There were 28 of us ranging from 1 year old to 50+. We went on our county's centential trail and rode 6 miles. The trail is a nice paved trail that winds through rural land and wetlands. There used to be a railroad track where the trail now is, it is part of our state's rails to trails program. It was a very nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon, good fellowship and exercise too!