Archive for November, 2008

For this day’s blessings

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

For this day’s blessings,

I thank Thee, O my Father.

I heard Thy Word preached,

Worshiped Thee with Thy people,

Received Thy gracious blessing.

 

This new week awaits

With duties and challenges.

No need to worry:

God will give sufficient grace

To serve Him with thanksgiving.


An Interview with the President-elect

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Here is a link to an interesting interview with President-elect Obama that occurred four years ago concerning his religious faith.

There are so many wild ideas flying around the blogosphere concerning the President-elect that I thought you might enjoy this. I found out about this interview on Tim Challies’ blog. There’s plenty of food for thought here. Enjoy.


 

Photostory Friday, Just Barely

Friday, November 21st, 2008

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

I almost didn’t get to publish a post this windy evening. The power went off at about 8:30 this evening, along with our water. When I called Puget Sound Energy to record the outage, the recorded message let me know that power was off in scattered areas over a four-county area. It sounded serious to us, so after a brief time spent playing Pente by some and reading by lantern-light by others, we all decided to go to bed.

Just as I was about to turn off the lantern, I noticed a glow from downstairs; sure enough, the power was back on. That meant just one thing: I could still publish a blog post tonight!

My plan for today was to publish this 78 to 80 year old photo of my mom and her brother for Photostory Friday, so I’ll go with that. This photo was taken probably between 1928 to 1930, in Phoenix, Arizona. Don’t my mom and her brother look cute, two happy kids playing together?

I love this beautiful glimpse into the past, but it gets me thinking about life’s brevity. At one time they were carefree children, living like there was no tomorrow, but now both of these folks are very feeble and elderly. Many of their contemporaries have preceded them in death.

Perhaps because I’m tired, THAT thought reminds me of some beautiful song lyrics by Joni Mitchell to her song, ‘The Circle Game’ which speak eloquently of life’s seasons:

Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling of a star
Then the child moved ten times round the seasons
Skated over ten clear frozen streams
Words like, when you’re older, must appease him
And promises of someday make his dreams
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and dawn
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look behind
>From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
Cartwheels turn to car wheels thru the town
And they tell him,
Take your time, it won’t be long now
Till you drag your feet to slow the circles down
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and dawn
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look behind
>From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur
coming true
There’ll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through.
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return, we can only look behind
>From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game


Give Me Five Monday (on Thursday)

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

‘What are five staple items on your grocery list besides milk, bread and eggs?” is the question asked this week by hostess Becca of BeccA’s Buzz.

  1. Other dairy products, such as half and half, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese sticks, cottage cheese, yogurt, Parmesan cheese are ‘necessities’ at our house.
  2. Chocolate in one form or another is really missed if it isn’t available.
  3. Good quality coffee beans, both regular and decaffeinated, available at Costco, are frequent buys.
  4. Salad fixin’s are a must have here also: iceberg or romaine lettuce, tomatoes, pickled beets, Ranch dressing, tuna or ham, kalamata olives, etc.
  5. Campbell’s Tomato Soup is a favorite of one of the girls. We all enjoy this with grilled cheese sandwiches.


Becca says this about the meme:

The ‘Give Me Five’ Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here’s how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn’t have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
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Wordful Wednesday – Baby Me

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Today I took our daughter Debra in to get stitches above her right eyebrow, for an injury she received during P.E. Yes, I did take before and after pictures (using my new cell phone camera for the first time!). No, I won’t use those pics for Wordful Wednesday. All of us were quite interested in the pictures, but I don’t imagine you would be.

Now, I don’t know if you will be interested in this picture either, but it comes with a little story.

This photo is of me when I was 1-1/2 years old. The cute little dress I’m wearing was made by my Grandma Schmitz, my paternal grandmother, who was a wonderful seamstress. This photo was taken at her home, I see, as I recognize the pillow on the couch, which she also made.

I don’t really have any memories going that far back in my childhood, but I do have lots of later memories of my grandmother and her home.

  1. Her home was a busy home. I remember she was often baking bread when we came for a visit.
  2. All of our big family get-togethers were at her home. And the food – oh, it was so good! With Thanksgiving coming up, I call to mind that she would serve a variety of pies, such as apple, pumpkin, mincemeat, and pineapple, for the Thanksgiving meal dessert.
  3. Even though she was busy doing projects such as baking, her home was always neat and clean. I recall the bathrooms smelling of Dial soap.
  4. My Grandma lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and had her own date palm trees in her yard. She knew how to hand pollinate those trees, and how to harvest and process the dates. Someday soon I’ll share her excellent recipe for Date Bread.
  5. My Grandma taught me how to properly iron a man’s dress shirt. I’m so glad that isn’t necessary too often anymore!

Well, that’s a little beginning of my reminiscence about Grandma Schmitz. I must quickly post this, as I’m supposed to go to Book Club this evening. Adios!


 

Ten on Tuesday and the Giving Thanks Challenge

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Ten on Tuesday and the Giving Thanks Challenge
can both be covered by this post, in which I list yet ten MORE things for which I am thankful!

  1. I’m thankful for the ready availability of medical care and medicine (in our country), when needed. Today I took Rebecca to the doctor because her throat has been so sore that she hasn’t been able to eat much. Turns out the old tonsils are swollen, pussy, etc. Poor kiddo!


  2. I’m thankful, too, for home remedies that help sore throats, such as gargling with warm salt water and drinking soothing hot tea. Our doctor has the good sense to recommend those things, in addition to prescribing medicines when necessary.


  3. I’m thankful that I don’t have labrynthitis, which is going around the staff at school. I laughed when someone first mentioned this sickness, thinking it meant the tendency to get lost in mazes.


  4. I’m thankful that our daughter and her children are staying healthy, even though the rest of us aren’t. It’s just so sad when really little ones get sick.
  5. I’m thankful for public libraries, which provide ready access to plenty of good books. I’m reminded of this blessing because we ducked quickly into the library to replenish Reb’s stack of books to keep her occupied during this ‘down’ time.


  6. I’m thankful to be ‘on the mend’, well enough to care for my family.
  7. Loving autumn as I do, I just have to mention that I’m thankful for a temperate, blue-skied day today. There’s just nothing like that refreshing autumn crispness in the air!
  8. I’m thankful for excellent quality coffee beans, available at a reasonable price.
  9. I’m thankful for Brown Sugar Cinnamon Macchiatos, especially the way they are made at Woods Coffee.


  10. I’m thankful for the privilege to come to God as my Heavenly Father, through the mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ, casting all my concerns upon Him, knowing that He cares for me.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Hosted by Peggy

For Today…November 17, 2008

Outside my Window…Well, it’s close to bedtime, so the curtains are closed. I was out late this evening at a school meeting, and noted that it was a bit foggy.

I am thinking…of the poor folks in Southern California who have lost their homes to the wildfires. What a sore trial!

From the learning rooms…One of my daughters and I attended a meeting at the high school this evening to learn more about the possibility of job apprenticeships for students with learning disabilities. We came away with lots of reading material.

I am thankful for…the progress being made in fighting those wildfires. One of my blogging buddies lives down there, and has been keeping her readers posted.

From the kitchen…Nothing special happened tonight. We are fighting a flu bug that also affects the inner workings, so none of us are very hungry.

I am wearing…something that I often wear on school days: my favorite black skirt, a white long-sleeved blouse, and a cozy, three-quarter length sweater over.

I am reading…(rereading, actually, since I’ve finished the book) chapters 5 and 6 of Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney for our ladies’ book club this Wednesday.

I am hoping…that all of our tummies feel better soon.

I am creating…this blog post, and in a hurry, too. I still have to put the clean sheets and comforter back on our bed so we can go to sleep soon.

I am hearing…my husband kindly asking me if I’d like some ice cream, but my poor tum can’t handle that yet.

Around the house…It’s quiet; all the children have headed off to bed. I’ll just do a bit more laundry and then I’m heading to bed, too.

One of my favorite things…is arriving safely home once again after being out.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…Just work at the middle school half a day each day, then come home to work at home. I really want to get some baking done. Maybe tomorrow I’ll get to bake some bread.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

Going for a walk is one thing that DIDN’T happen today. This picture is recent, though. We live in such a beautiful area. Hopefully tomorrow will be less fast-paced.

Hostess Peggy says this about The Simple Woman’s Daybook:

Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!

Giving Thanks Challenge

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

I found out about this timely Thanksgiving challenge over at my friend Storyteller’s Sacred Ruminations blog. She introduced her readers to Leah of South Breeze Farm, who is hosting the second annual Giving Thanks Challenge.

If I had signed up at the beginning of the month, I would have listed daily something for which I am thankful. Well, I do love calling to mind the many blessings for which I want to remember to be thankful, so I’ll start now.

My November 13th post was a list of 13 Things For Which I Am Thankful.

Here are some more things for which I am thankful today:

  • Even when we are ill (which some of us in our family are today) we have a clean, warm home in which to rest, nourishing food and soothing hot drinks to move us on the road to recovery.
  • Our discussions in Bible study before church. They are lively, helpful and edifying.
  • Today it wasn’t raining. I AM thankful for the rain, too, but blue skies are a cheering sight.
  • Gasoline prices are going down!
  • Our children love to learn, and are doing well in school.
  • Soccer season and football season are over, so the children don’t have to practice and compete in the chill and rain.
  • I must say again, I am SO THANKFUL for the faithful preaching of God’s Word.
  • I’m thankful for true friendship.
  • Our pets are a blessing, too, in the affection and entertainment that they afford.
  • I am thankful TO the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth, and Redeemer of His people, for Who He is, and for all these other blessings that I listed!

Now it’s time for a quick walk before returning to church this evening, so Adieu!

Gramma’s Brag Book

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

Here’s a photo I really like of Rick holding our granddaughter, Carly, who is almost six months old. He enjoys holding her. He told our daughter Laura, Carly’s momma, ‘This baby’s really cuddly; she’s like a big fat blob.’ That’s a masculine way to praise a baby, you know; not mushy.

Here’s another photo of Rick with Carly. Guess she’s not too interested in the Westminster Shorter Catechism yet.

Here’s a photo of grandson Diederick sitting on my lap. My lap is his ‘seat’ during family worship time, when the little guy is learning to sit quietly (except when we’re singing! He does enjoy singing.). This is not his favorite experience, though he is doing better and better. The other morning he excitedly said, ‘Auntie!’ to one of the girls, but when I said, ‘Good Morning!’ to him he turned to go the opposite direction and said, ‘NO WAY!’ Sigh!

Good Reads

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

Queen of the Toilet Bowl (Orca Currents) Queen of the Toilet Bowl by Frieda Wishinsky

My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is one of the excellent Orca Currents Series of high interest/easy readability for reluctant middle school/high school readers.

This book’s reading level is 3.6, yet it is so well-written that the reader doesn’t feel at all patronized.

Prejudice against immigrants and internet bullying are the subject matter covered in this story.

I really enjoyed this book, and would love to read an expanded version of the story.

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The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Rudomin Hautzig

My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars

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