Archive for May, 2007

This is a copy of Grandma Lee’s “receipt” (recipe)

Thursday, May 31st, 2007



Thursday, May 31st, 2007


2 cups applesauce

2/3 cup butter or substitute

1 cup strained honey

1 cup brown sugar

3 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon soda to sauce

1 teaspoon baking powder to flour

A little salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon cloves

Raisins, nuts, figs, dates or coconut may be added.

I’ve heard tell that recipes were once called receipts. The above recipe was written in a little receipt book which belonged to my Grandma Lee. She was evidently quite familiar with cake-baking, so only bothered to list the ingredients, not the steps to processing the recipe, nor the baking temperature or baking time for the Applesauce Cake. If you compare this recipe with a modern recipe, it does look familiar. I was impressed that Gramma Lee used whole wheat flour at a time in U.S. history that white flour was considered fine flour, the flour to use for cake baking, certainly.

Recipe note: I simply can’t leave you hanging without directions for making this recipe! I don’t have the original instructions, but the following will work.
Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches.
Beat all ingredients on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, 30 seconds.
Beat on high speed, 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into pan.
Bake until wooded pick inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes.

Maternity wear, circa the 1920’s

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007


This picture of Lucille Lee, my maternal grandmother, is from 1926 or early 1927. The toddler in the foreground is my mom, Anna May. I thought some of you ladies might be interested in the maternity style of the day. In a way, it reminds me of some of the form-fitting styles that are “in” now!

Dear Daughter Debra

Monday, May 28th, 2007


This photo of Debra is from last fall, and was taken on the back patio.
Debra is child number six, daughter number four in our family.
Debra is a junior in high school, and plans on doing a landscaping project for her senior project.
Debra is a serious fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and of the Harry Potter books. She loves listening to these and other books on CD.
She is also a serious coffee aficionado.
Debra and her dad spend lots of time singing from the Scottish Psalmody (The Scottish Metrical Version of the Psalms (1650)) together, she singing the alto part, and Dad the melody or sometimes the tenor.
There’s lots more to say, but this is just a little test to see if Debra reads my blog. 😀 (And of course it is a tribute to one of my dear daughters!)

The Effectual Call to Come to Christ

Monday, May 28th, 2007

I’m still thinking about the Sunday morning sermon. In particular, I’m thinking about the blessing of being broken by the Chief Cornerstone, who is Christ.

And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. – Matthew 21:44

Once again, familiar teaching from the Westminster Shorter Catechism comes to mind.

Question 29: How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ?
Answer: We are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ, by the effectual application of it to us by his Holy Spirit.
Question 30: How doth the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?
Answer: The Spirit applieth to us the redemption purchased by Christ, by working faith in us, and thereby uniting us to Christ in our effectual calling.

This teaching leads us to Question and Answer 31 which, to my mind, help me to understand what it means to be blessedly broken by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Question 31: What is effectual calling?
Answer: Effectual calling is the work of God’s Spirit, whereby, convincing us of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ, and renewing our wills, he doth persuade and enable us to embrace Jesus Christ, freely offered to us in the gospel.

One cause of trouble in the leaderships of little church groups

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Sin in High Places: An Interview with Carl Trueman, Part 2, has been posted by Martin Downes on his blog Against Heresies.

Carl Trueman believes that PRIDE is at the root of many ministerial and elder problems that we see in the church. Here is a short quote:

Their desire is not to teach but to be teachers. There is an important difference here: their focus is on their own status, not on the words they proclaim. At most, the latter are merely instrumental to getting them status and boosting their careers.

Thus, what concerns me most is that students may simply desire to be teachers. If that is their motivation, then they have already abandoned a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith, and their theology, no matter how orthodox, is just a means to an end and no sound thing.

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
– I Timothy 1:5-7

What About the Chief Cornerstone?

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

One portion of Rev. Chris Gordon’s sermon this morning at the Lynden United Reformed Church was based upon the parable of the wicked husbandmen (farmers, vinedressers). Following is the conclusion of that parable in Matthew 21:42-44:

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?

Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

It is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who is the head of the corner, or chief cornerstone (figuratively, the most basic element; the foundation – from Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary).

There are some people who fall on Christ the chief cornerstone and are broken. This breaking is good, and speaks of repentance. These blessed ones are reconciled to God by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the only One by whom men may be saved.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. – I Timothy 2:5, 6

Those upon whom the Chief Cornerstone falls, however, will be ground to powder. This speaks of the consequences of not believing in Jesus Christ. Those who refuse Him will be crushed in eternal judgment.

Christ spoke at greater length about the closing of His kingdom to unbelievers (In this case, He was speaking to the unbelieving Jewish leaders.) in John 8:21-30:

Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? Because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.

And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.

Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

As he spake these words, many believed on him.

Christ says to the very ones who should have welcomed Him, who had the testimony of the law and the prophets, Ye shall die in your sins. This sad message is not only for the unbelieving Jews, but for all those who continue on in unbelief. They shall be crushed when the Chief Cornerstone falls upon them, when the wrath of God is poured out upon them in the place of eternal condemnation.

This portion of Scripture concludes with the hopeful words, Many believed on him. Those who fall on the Chief Cornerstone, in sorrow for their sins, and who look to Him in faith, are blessed when they consider the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:28-30). The cross reveals Who Jesus is. Death could not hold Him. Through this humiliation, Christ is exalted, and revealed to be the I AM, Isaiah 43:11-13:

I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.

I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.

Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep It Holy

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
– Isaiah 58:13,14

This is the fourth commandment:

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
– Exodus 20:8-11

In the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 60 asks, How is the sabbath to be sanctified?
The answer given is:

The sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days; and spending the whole time in the publick and private exercises of God’s worship, except so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.

Question 61 asks, What is forbidden in the fourth commandment?

The fourth commandment forbiddeth the omission or careless performance of the duties required, and the profaning the day by idleness, or doing that which is in itself sinful, or by unnecessary thoughts, words, or works, about our worldly employments or recreations.

Scripture references are given in the Shorter Catechism substantiating the answers given. An online version of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is available to those who would like to quickly and easily access these references.

Old photos from my mom

Saturday, May 26th, 2007


My mom’s dad was L.J. (Liston John) Lee, who was born in 1891 in Mississippi. In this picture, which was probably taken in 1929 or 1930, he is holding my mom, Anna May (who was born in 1925) and her brother, David (who was born in 1927). At the time this photo was taken, L.J. Lee owned a drugstore in Phoenix, Arizona, the city where both my mom and her brother were born.


This is my mom’s mom, Lucille (Robertson) Lee, who was born in 1901 in Indiana. This photo is probably from around 1945.

I will have to check with my mom to verify the accuracy of this story, but I recall being told that Lucille was working as a secretary in Phoenix. The young pharmacist, L.J. Lee, took note of the young lady, and wanted to make her acquaintance. Since there was no mutual friend to introduce them to one another, he bravely approached her one day to ask where she attended church. After she told him, he started attending there as well, that he might make her acquaintance properly.


The above photo is of Lucille Lee holding either my mom or her brother, David.

And just one more picture, of my mom and her brother riding in a car:


Time to Relax

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Today I drove back and forth between home and Bellingham in the effort to help a daughter with job and housing matters. All seems to have been resolved successfully . . . Sarah moves into her new apartment tomorrow, the Lord willing. When Sarah and I arrived home at 7pm, we were greeted by the aroma of homemade pizza, made by the thoughtful T and Cadet. Thank you so much, Kayla and Rebecca! The tossed salad was nummy, too!

After dinner, I did my usual “relaxing” thing: checked my e mail, Google Reader, and Facebook, and played a game of Spider Solitaire. (I mustn’t forget that I promised the girls that I would do the cleaning up after that delicious meal.) I took note of the fact that dear daughter Lydia took a silly quiz, so I shall copy her:

Joyce Marie —

A master of storytelling

‘How will you be defined in the dictionary?’ at