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The Preacher loves books by “dead old guys.” He’s been meditating on the wisdom found in this little jewel: The Education of A Child from The Wisdom of Fenelon 1687. I love it when that which was true in, say, the 17th century, still rings true in modernity. That which does not go out of style and does not lose it’s truthfulness…is worth meditating on indeed: “It is the home that lays the foundation of a child’s future. And though the strength of the foundation is determined by the virtues of both parents, it is a woman who holds the key to her children’s heart in the early years of childhood. She has the privilege of weaving God’s eternal truth into the daily lives of her children while they are still young and tender. A woman who is a mother, is she not greater than he that ruleth a city? Are […]
It’s humorous; when guests visit my home these days, we make our way to the bathroom first…even before a cup of tea is served! I will not lie, I L-O-V-E my new bathroom. It really reflects my style: a little vintage, a bit o’modern, a dose of rustic, a tad unexpected, just enough feminine, and a whole bunch of casual elegance. (Who am I kidding! I would better describe myself as indecisive!) Anyway…here it is! The pictures don’t do it justice since there’s no natural light in that bath. I’m so proud of it, though,and so thankful for my sweet Preacher who worked some really late nights to get our DIY project put together! My favorite part of the bath remodel is definitely the vanity. The Preacher and I painstakingly searched out this antique treadle sewing machine base, and created a knotty pine top for the vessel sink. I think […]
We have a few mega-plane lovers around here. The whole family + my brother’s family who was visiting, headed to see a B-17 that was giving tours this past weekend. The boys were in heaven. As you can imagine…we all have fun, plane-lovers or not, just because we’re all together.
Our family woke up thankful this morning; very thankful to be alive and to have all 7 of us. While on our way to dinner with my brother’s family, who was visiting this weekend, we were involved in an accident that miraculously didn’t injure any of us, save a few backaches. Upon having a green arrow to turn left, we and the car next next to us began to pull into the intersection to turn. A gentleman ran a red light (he was driving into the blinding sunset, and could not see the light, he said) and took out the front end of our vehicle. The man driving the other car is fine as well, thanks to the fact that The Preacher hit the breaks when he did. A moment later and my husband and baby boy #5 would not be with us. It’s humbling. Life is so fleeting and […]
I am so enjoy reading each and every one of your comments. Occasionally, I receive questions and specific emails regarding certain posts. I recently received this question from a new reader regarding this post. I thought through my response to the question, and thought it may be encouraging to share it with you: Ruth, I have recently discovered your blog, and I must say it has blessed my life in many ways! I love reading back through all your past posts. I have a question for you sparked by this particular post: given what the bible says about money and possessions, how do you balance using money as a means to meet the needs of this fallen world with viewing it as blessing for yourself and your family. It seems that your family has a beautiful home and you speak often of shopping (finding deals!), so I just wonder what […]
It’s pretty much impossible to go wrong with tart apple and creamy caramel. Throw in some cream cheese and the turning of leaves, and you’ve got Fall bliss. Double batch of my caramel sauce 1 lb. Cream Cheese, softened 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1 extra serving graham pie crust (or 1 regular graham cracker pie crust plus six mini graham cracker crusts for extra filling) 1 granny smith apple: peeled, cored, and chopped 1 tablespoon flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon pecans for garnish Heat oven to 325°F. Make caramel sauce. Set aside to cool. Toss chopped apple with flour and cinnamon. Set aside. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until well blended. Add eggs; beat just until blended. Fold in apple mixture. Pour a thin layer of caramel at the bottom of each crust. Pour cream cheese mixture on top of the caramel and fill crust, leaving […]
Someone in this household snuck off into the garage and deftly wielded a hacksaw on a piece of wood The Preacher had been sanding to make into a vanity for our bath remodel. And that somebody is the reason why the vanity is now purposely distressed… The Preacher and I had a lovely time applying a little agression to our vanity top with a chain, rasp, and wire brush. What do you do when you get lemons? Make lemonade! And we actually kinda like it! The big reveal is coming soon…I hope!
We love this time of year. Ballooners fly over the top of our house, and the boys wave in pajamas. And, sometimes we get the opportunity to chase one down (fully dressed ), and watch one land! Have a great Monday!
This is meeting my heart with humility and conviction: “A temptation in ministry is to think that just because we prepared a Bible study, a sermon, or a discipleship appointment (or wrote a book like this!), we are deeply engaging with the God of the universe. But that’s not necessarily true. It’s easy in ministry to live more as a ‘pipe’ than a ‘reservoir.’ That is, it’s easy to live merely as a conduit to others of the transforming truths of God’s Word, rather than as a changed and transformed reservoir who overflows with lived-out gospel truth. You wouldn’t imagine cooking meal after meal for your family without sitting down to enjoy that nourishment, would you? To paraphrase James 1:22, let’s not merely be hearers or speakers or counselors of the Word, but doers, first and foremost.” Be blessed as you go into your weekend…and may it be filled with […]
Our little mancub is five months old and has been enthusiastically chowing down for weeks now. He loves green beans and butternut squash. He thinks apples are a bit tart. He told me so. What’s it going to be today, Mama? And, since store-bought baby food is just not economical, I’ve been pureeing my own, made with a little LOVE. Mancub #5 eats 3 hearts with some cereal, so I remember to thaw some out in a reused container… …so it’s all ready to go!