Archive for March, 2008

Give Me Five Monday

Monday, March 31st, 2008


The prompt this week at Give Me Five Monday is:

5 Things I’m Looking Forward To

  1. The birth of our granddaughter in late May/early June
  2. Summer vacation at Grampa and Gramma Taron’s place in beautiful Inverness, CA, including the trip down 101 along the Oregon and northern California coastline
  3. Planting some annuals in the garden, such as snapdragons, salvia, cosmos, sweet alyssum, and begonias. I’m even looking forward to weeding IN WARMER WEATHER!
  4. Learning to use our new digital camera
  5. Helping chaperone and cook for the high school girls’ soccer camp this summer.

Laughter Haiku

Sunday, March 30th, 2008


We pose carefully

For this family portrait;

Off dashes Baby.

Our goal forgotten;

Surprised by young energy,

Joyous laughter comes.


The haiku-writing prompt given this week at One Single Impression was LAUGHTER. This old family photo captures LAUGHTER for me, and is my inspiration for this week’s haiku.

The Missionary Psalm

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

PSALM 67: To the chief Musician on Neginoth, a Psalm or Song.

1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.

5 Let the people praise the, O God; let all the people praise thee.

6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.

7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

This morning our pastor preached to us from Psalm 67, which is known as The Missionary Psalm.

It is true that in the Old Testament times, the oracles of God (the Scriptures) were committed to the Jews (Romans 3:1,2). Yet even in those times, God promised that blessing would spread through all nations, through Abram (who became Abraham), the father of the faithful. (Genesis 12:1-3).

One of the main points our pastor made was that the Church in not to be self-centered. We hear of false teachings that encourage Christians to seek health, wealth and happiness for themselves. The truth of the matter is that we are an undeserving, privileged people who have been called to bless others. As Christians, we are committed to do good to all people. (Galatians 6:10).

To that I would say, “Amen!” May I, as a Christian focus more and more on how I may be a blessing to others. And, may we as Christians reach out in true empathy and concern to others with their spiritual, emotional and physical needs.

For Deb from Grampa and Gramma

Saturday, March 29th, 2008


Look what just came in the mail, in time for Debra’s 18th birthday: a sweet card from Grampa and Gramma Taron. Deb says, “Thanks!” (But she’ll write a Thank You note, too, of course!)

Happy Birthday, dear Debra!

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Today is our dear daughter Debra’s 18th birthday!
I have been scanning old photos for a couple of hours, taking a lovely trip down Memory Lane, since I want to include some pictures from Debra’s growing up years in a birthday post.

I realize, however, that this being her birthday also means I need to get in gear to bake a birthday cake (German Chocolate is her first choice; Plantation Cake her second.). Regular Saturday work needs to get done as well (I have been running loads of laundry in between scanning photos; does that count?). Also, we want to hear the young people from Bellevue Christian High School sing tonight in Lynden at Bethel Christian Reformed Church. That means we should be ready to leave home at about 6:30 this evening.

With all that in mind, I’ll share just a few photos with you, and then get back to work.


Here I am holding Debra when she was a few months old. I didn’t write dates on the back of pictures, so that’s the closest I can get. 😛


In this photo, Rick is holding baby Debra.


This photo of toddler Deb was taken at Grampa and Gramma Taron’s house. That’s their old Barney dog in the picture.


Debra, Laura, Sarah and Kayla with Nanny goat’s kid, Clover.


Debra is in the middle of the bottom layer of this pyramid.


Debra on one of Grampa Taron’s small sailboats.


Deb has almost always worn her hair pulled back or braided, but here you see it in its prettiness. 🙂


This photo is skipping a bunch of years, since it was taken only a couple years ago, prior to Laura and Darren’s wedding. However, I simply must get back to my domestic duties. Some of the other fun photos from the early years will have to wait for another occasion.

Haiku Sung to You

Thursday, March 27th, 2008


Heavenly singing.

Just high schoolers; can it be?

From Bellevue Christian.

Passing through our town,

Going to perform up North,

Sang at Meadow Greens.

Foretaste of heaven,

About fifty voices strong;

They sang for an hour.

Sang a cappella,

“In chapel style” as they say:

Without instruments.

Soprano, alto,

Tenor, baritone and bass,

All sang heartily.

From cathedral lays,

To spirituals sung by slaves,

And old classic hymns.

Our hearts burned within;

Affection to God was stirred,

A longing for Home.

For more Haiku, visit Jennifer over at Playgroups are No Place for Children and Christina at A Mommy Story.

(Just to let you know: Meadow Greens is where my elderly mom lives, not me (yet!). I was over visiting her today, and happened to catch the best singing I think I have EVER heard. Thankfully the choir will be back in town this Saturday at 7:30pm at Bethel Christian Reformed Church. That way more members of our family will have the opportunity to hear these talented young people sing. The performance location and time are for you local readers who might be able to come!)

Thirteen Photos from Pt. Reyes Lighthouse

Thursday, March 27th, 2008



At least every other year, we vacation near Pt. Reyes National Seashore, since my husband’s folks live in this, the most beautiful, place in California.

One activity we enjoy repeating is driving out to the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse, then walking the 300 stairs down to the lighthouse, which is positioned on a rocky point high above the Pacific Ocean. This walk is equivalent to walking up and down the stairs in a 30-story building!

This lighthouse, which first went into operation on December 1, 1870, has a fascinating history, which you can read about here and here.

Without further ado, I present you with these photos of an outing we took to the lighthouse about seven years ago.


After parking our vehicle, we began our walk to the lighthouse. Note the angle the trees are growing and the fog? This area is known as one of the windiest and foggiest on the Pacific coast. (Read about it on one of the links provided above.)



Little Seth walking down the stairs to get to the lighthouse. You can see the fog is clearing up. It was intensely windy and foggy when we parked our vehicle at the top. We didn’t know at that point if we would be able to see the ocean or not.



The water for the lighthouse keeper was collected here, from the rain and fog.


Point Reyes Lighthouse, at Point Reyes National Seashore, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge area


This is a view of the lighthouse museum, and I believe that is whale baleen on the display platform. In January and February, the lighthouse is an excellent vantage point for viewing the gray whale migration.





The old 7-foot high lens is no longer in use, though it is still operational. Instead this is the non-romantic, modern lighthouse lights and fog horn.


Looking down at the Pacific Ocean from the lighthouse.


Walking back up after the trip to the lighthouse. This is a lot of exercise!

(This is Edition XV of Thursday Thirteen for me.)

Sisters and Brother

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008




So, this has to be “almost wordless” or this picture won’t make any sense. A bit over a week ago, Rick traveled to northern California with his sisters Kathy and Dede to celebrate their dad’s 85th birthday. Here they are, enjoying a walk in that most beautiful part of California, near Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Ten on Tuesday – 10 things to do before you get married

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008


10 Things to Do Before You Get Married

This meme is from Yano at Ten On Tuesday. I’m excited about this one, because I have such a wealth of opinions on this subject! Here, then is my list:

  1. Come to grips with the fact that marriage, in and of itself, will NOT make you happy. If marriage were a panacea, would there be such a high divorce rate?
  2. Make sure you are right with the Most Important Person, the Lord God who made you, before attempting to begin the next most important relationship, that of becoming one with a spouse.
  3. Develop and nurture the friendships and family relationships you already have. Learn how to work through the tough times. If you give up easily on these relationships, your hoped for marriage will suffer a similar fate.
  4. Complete the training for a career for which you are talented, and be established in that career BEFORE contemplating marriage. Is it really fair to expect the other person to put you though school?
  5. Be financially responsible before you marry. Do you pay your bills on time? Do you live within your means, save some money, and give to worthwhile charities? If the big bills are a surprise each month, this won’t change with marriage.
  6. Know how to care for yourself and your possessions before you marry. For example, can you take care of your car, clean your apartment, do your own laundry, and cook meals for yourself?
  7. Find a cause about which you are passionate, and become involved in it. What is the theme of your life?
  8. What do you do for fun? Are you doing it, or just vegging and daydreaming about it? Go hiking, biking, dancing, rock climbing, or whatever it might be.
  9. Take yourself less seriously, and others more seriously. A big ego equals a big bore (and a big boor, too). Also, a sense of humor goes a long ways towards sweetening a marriage.
  10. Focus on what YOU will give to a marriage, not on what you expect (or demand) to receive. At the same time, be oh-so-careful whom you marry, because the wrong choice can destroy your life. Do please be careful. Really get to know the other person, and get to know them around others who know them well. If you have doubts about the character of the other person, this is NOT the time to give them the benefit of the doubt.

My excuses

Monday, March 24th, 2008

I’m VERY LATE getting a blog post out today, but with good reason.

Reason #1: The principal at our middle school asked me to work an extra hour per day until the end of the school year. What this means is that I have less time to get at-home work done, and thus, less time to spend blogging. Please be assured that the desire to blog is still there, but, alas, I don’t have quite as much time for blogging!

Reason #2: Tonight Rick and I took our son who is in his senior year at Western Washington University out for a nice dinner at the North Fork Beer Shrine to celebrate his successful senior project presentation, which involved lots of programming and lots of higher math. We had a relaxing time of conversation. This was worthwhile and enjoyable, but did necessitate time away from the computer.

Reason #3: We received a phone call tonight from our oldest son telling us that he would be home soon to pick up his brother and drive him back with him to the Seattle area tomorrow. Son number two is on Spring break, and has an internship interview with Microsoft on Thursday. So, the two boys are going to spend some time together. (Usually I use the children’s names in my posts, but the older boys are nervous about their names being Googled, and my anecdotes about them coming up in the search. I’m trying to be cooperative here, so you will have to look elsewhere on this blog to discover their names, if you are so inclined.) I took the time to sit down with this son also, cup of cocoa in hand, to hear what’s been going on in his world. This was good to do, was it not? We had a good time.

So, that’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it. I have some good posts just waiting to be written, but now I must get some shut-eye.