July 23, 2014

Wednesdays in the Word

Another great verse to pray for children, spouses and ourselves. May those who don't know Christ, see there is something different about us. May they say:

"I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you."  : )
Daniel 5:14


July 16, 2014

Summer happenings

We've had a busy week around here.

First off, we are excited for Andrew, who has a part time summer job, helping a grounds keeper at one of the custom homes that the company Hubby works for built. Yay!

We had our neighbors over for dinner on Saturday to get to know them, and 10 minutes before they arrived our BBQ chicken looked like a burnt offering!!! I had to run out the door and buy chicken and wouldn't you know it, they were early! Oh my stars!
 They taught us a fun card game called Sets and Straights and it ended up being a nice evening even though it had such a rocky start. : )

Sunday morning we gave a breakfast for the members of our Sunday school class and had a great time with those sweet people.

Monday, Hubby had a doctor's appointment with a specialist and we found out that he needs an outpatient procedure. The doctor has to be AT LEAST 85 years old but looks to be 100! He's sweet as can be. But the fact that his hands shake, was a little unnerving to me. He's done 30,000 of these procedures, so that made me feel better. And then we heard that he just looks through a camera and tells his nurses what to do, so now I feel a whole lot better.

Last night, Joy and Andrew gave a party for the youth group's worship band. They wanted to have a bonfire. In Florida. In July. That's pretty much a recipe for rain! But they got in a few minutes by the fire in between storms and watched The Lego Movie, and played Foosball and video games. Such a great bunch of teens! Love them!

For the next two days, Joy and I get represent our favorite math company at a homeschooling convention! Yay!

And then hopefully, there's a date night in my near future! : )

Hope you are having a great week!

Wednesdays in the Word

So, these verses really struck me yesterday:

"Pursue peace with all people.
and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 
looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God,
lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, 
and by this many become defiled." Hebrews 12:14-15

The grace of God gives us the power to keep from "falling short" and letting bitterness "spring up" and "cause trouble." When I think of bitterness being something that "defiles" us, it makes me pray and start examining my heart to see if I am holding anything against anyone. I certainly don't want to be 'defiled.'
It is also the grace that we extend to others that keeps us free and then our souls are not fertile ground for the "springing up" of any "roots of bitterness." Amen?

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear." Hebrews 12:28


July 12, 2014


I just finished reading this book and thought it was beautiful! 

It is the story of Joe Rantz, who was one of the crew members of the US rowing team that went to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Against all odds, they won the gold medal, as Hitler looked on. I promise that you don't have to interested in rowing to love this story! It is being made into a movie that comes out on Christmas Day! Can't wait!

I couldn't resist sunflowers from the grocery store! Love!!

I gave shish kabob making a try because it is summer and I have way more time on my hands.  But oh-my- word, I forgot a key step, which was soaking the sticks for 30 minutes first. LOL

So, that meant taking all this loveliness off the sticks and redoing them 30 minutes later. Ugh! 
They were yummy though!

Every summer we do puzzles

And not just any puzzles. We may be puzzle snobs because the kids will only do Charles Wysoki puzzles. Grandmum (Hubby's mom) had a tapestry of this print that hung in their family room:

And because of that the kids came to love Charles Wysoki. We when found his puzzles, we were hooked  and now they will ONLY his puzzles. : ) 
I have never found a puzzle of this print though, or I'd surely have to buy it. 

Best part of summer -all three kids doing something together! -I love it.

July 9, 2014

Wednesdays in the Word

We've been singing this powerful worship song at church lately and I can't get over these lyrics:

"Its Your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise,
pour out our praise on you only."

Take a listen:

This got me to thinking about the time (10 years ago) when I had reactive airway disease and DIDN'T have much breath in my lungs at all. I had 20% breathing capacity which was frightening. Walking 20 steps was completely exhausting and took me 30 minutes to recover from.
But God, (I love that phrase in the Bible!)
in His abundant mercy healed me once and for all, and I've never struggled with any breathing issues since. PTL!

But I hope that I always remember that it is HIS breath in my lungs.
And since it is HIS, my actions and words need to glorify Him so that this can never be said of me:

"and the God who holds your breath in His hands and owns all your ways,
you have not glorified."
Daniel 5:23

July 7, 2014

Lots of fun on the fourth

Hubby was able to take off on the 3rd and the 4th this year. Yay!
So, on Thursday we had a lazy day and then headed to Busch Gardens Joy and Andrew.
They rode one ride over and over and we walked around and enjoyed the animals. Then we watched the fireworks show, because FIREWORKS on the FOURTH are my favorite!!!!

On Friday we were invited to spend the evening with Zac's girlfriends' family and some other dear friends from church.

                  There were too many desserts to choose from

and there were goofy photo ops


                                                           and lots of sparklers

and this bunch of wonderful young people, who made it a blast!


June 30, 2014

Last week

Our daughter is earning her community service hours for high school at our local museum of science this summer. She is a science camp counselor for second graders and they do the coolest experiments EVER, all day long. (not to mention throwing watermelons and cantaloupes off the roof) She called it 'heaven for a homeschooler.' One cute little boy has a crush on her! 
She would love to work there when she turns 18, so we are praying for this to turn into a paying job. 

We also spent the week getting my hubby's brother packed up to head back to CA as we ended another season of care-giving. Besides the small seizure he had when he first arrived, that caused him to fall and sprain his ankle in the bathroom, all went well this time. Thank the Lord!

I read this powerful, true story recently. And Wow! Amazing! Hard to put it down. 

We happened to be at the beach when I was at the part in the book where they were in a life raft for 47 days, surrounded by sharks. So, I started telling my hubby how he could fend off a shark if one were to come by. But he had another strategy -Get out of the water! ; ) 
It is a great read and is being made into a movie that will be out on Christmas Day. Can't wait! 

Here's big news! Be-still-my-heart, we found a Mexican restaurant that serves authentic ROLL TACOS! I couldn't believe I was eating them without having flown across the country first!!! And it was a buffet! As in, all the roll tacos and guacamole I could eat! (which turned out to be 4)  I was in heaven! And now I need to work out all week. LOL

I made these cookies last week, and they were incredible. (more reasons to work out!) My kids didn't think gluten-free cookies would taste very good, but they loved them. We aren't a gluten-free family (Hubby likes to say 'Give us this day, our daily gluten' -LOL)  but it seems that everyone else is these days, so I want to remember this recipe. They'd make a great gift in a cute package.

Our son gave his first 'real sermon' this weekend up in Big Bear over the weekend, so we've been praying for him and we can't wait to hear how it went. 

That's all that we are up to. Hope you are enjoying your summer.