Thursday, February 26, 2015

On my nightstand

Whether you're buried in snow, drowning in rain or enjoying a spring-like February as we are here in the NW, it's always good weather for a good book, isn't it?  Here are three I can recommend...

Home is Where My People Are
by Sophie Hudson
All I can say is this was a delightful read!  If you’ve visited Sophie’s blog you’ll have a feel for this book but her southern, down-home perspective is just refreshing and I love her stories.

The Third Target
by Joel Rosenberg
Joel’s books are easy to read, completely engrossing and I always learn a lot about the Middle East in the process.  His bible-based fiction is eerily prophetic in many ways.

The Trumpet of the Swan
by E.B. White
I somehow missed this one as a child… by the author of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little.  So I decided I really ought to read it.  It’s a sweet story of love and friendship and coming to terms with a disability.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dear Grammy

I had fun at your house this last weekend.

Don’t be offended that I say ‘Mama’ and ‘Dada’ and ‘Papa’ but I can’t quite say ‘Grammy’ yet .  Bet-ee is a good name for you.


Thank you for reading my favorite books with me.  I like all those ridiculous sounds you make.


And I do all those hand motions because it makes you smile.


I enjoyed learning a new instrument too!


Though I have my own way of holding it and favorite spot to write music...  Biscuit will just have to get used to it.

Where did you ever find a baby guitar, anyway? 


Ohhh, Papa is a genius!


I love my cousin cousins!  Would you please talk to my mommy and daddy about when I can get a phone too?


I know you will miss my help with your tv.  Don’t worry, I’ll come back.



I love to swing!


And that spinning thing was pretty great too.


You and Papa sure do smile a lot…


I know you think of me as a baby but I am a big girl.  I wear skinny jeans and I am going places.

But I will always be your favorite grandbaby, right?


And I promise I will never let anyone cut that curl that makes you sigh, okay?


Friday, February 13, 2015

Links I Liked –Valentine edition!

These actually have nothing at all to do with Valentine’s Day.  Except maybe the one with some excellent marriage advice! 

6cab7f41278d027f7ef7ef0f5026b013                                                          Want To Workout With Me?
Vintage fitness fun!
“hey honey… whatcha doing in there?”
“oh just riding the stationary bike in front of the sheer curtains at night in my bathing suit… don’t worry i am wearing my slippers for safety!”

What My 9 Year Old Taught Me About Being Willing to Follow God Into Uncomfortable Places
Pray that it could work out. Pray to Him because He is The Man that will help you in tough spots. Like in David and Goliath, He helped them in very tough spots.

4 Things That Can Save or Sink a Marriage
It’s usually not the big confessionals that end a marriage, it’s the little enemies
we overlook and ignore.

School Lunches Around the World
Let’s move to France!

Jerry Seinfeld on getting rid of our useless stuff...

This stressed me out to think someone actually DID this to his wife...

Golfing with Ida - "Not too shabby!"

Golfing With Ida from Dustin Cohen on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

What I ‘learned’ in January

And by learned I don’t mean “aced the test so that the lesson is forever etched in my life.” 

I mean learned as in “had some real life stuff happen that gave me the chance to see God in action.”

  1. I don’t ever know what’s going to happen. 
    We all know this but the next two minutes can bring a situation that reveals exactly what we’ve been leaning on, counting on and trusting in.  I could be walking down the hall and suddenly my knee could pop and I could be unable to walk.  Or my parent could get sick and take a sudden turn for the worse, necessitating tough decisions and another difficult transition.  Or those two things could happen almost simultaneously.  This all gives ‘Build your house on the Rock’ the label of “Best Advice Ever.”  It’s too late to move your foundation in the middle of a storm.

  2. That Rock is completely dependable. 
    He will show Himself faithful in my weakest moments. I have seen God supply a wonderful new living/care situation for my dad along with His watchful attention to every detail of this new transition.  I found a great deal on a hospital bed on Cr**gslist and the kind sellers offered to deliver and help set it up.  What?  What stranger does that?

  3. Our completely full basement can actually hold even more stuff! 
    We moved my dad’s apartment furniture last week and wedged it all in to our brimming basement.  Now for my own Cr**gslist offerings.  I’m wondering if I should offer to deliver??

  4. I married the best guy in the world.  (I totally already knew this one.)
    Throughout everything that’s happened in the last month, he has been beside me 200% (as well as behind me pushing a wheelchair, above me helping me up and before me visiting Dad when I couldn’t).   Honestly, he is THE BEST.  (These are the times I wish I could write well because to keep repeating ‘the BEST’ somehow doesn’t convey what I’m trying to say.)

  5. God’s way of working things out are A-L-W-A-Y-S better than anything I could come up with.  Always.

  6. I have some of the BEST friends on the planet.  (I also already knew this but want to say it here.)
    Never underestimate the value and comfort of people who know you and ‘get’ you.
So this month I’m planning to:

a. Pray and trust what God has in store instead of figuring out what I think should happen and then giving God His assignment.

b. Enjoy time with my Valentines, including this little one…

c. Repeat this:
The mind set on the Spirit is life and peace! 
Romans 8:6

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