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Sunday, March 15th, 2009


Hosted by Peggy

For Today…March 15, 2009

Outside my Window…It will soon be dark on this breezy, chill Sunday. We experienced some slushy rain or wet snow early in the day that didn’t stay, but the foothills did keep their fresh coating of snow. Since I am feeling a bit chilled myself, I’m not venturing out for a walk this late in the day, but will continue to appreciate the warmth emanating from our woodstove.

I am thinking…of the sermon we heard this morning on James 1:2-4,

‘My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.’

The world thinks that joy comes from avoiding trials, which makes sense if the goal of one’s life is to be comfortable, healthy and wealthy.

For the Christian, trials are part of one’s sanctification. Though trials are not ‘good’, in and of themselves, they are used of God to:

  1. Deepen our trust in God
  2. Build our character
  3. Teach us discipline, and
  4. Make us more like Christ

From the learning rooms…We para educators at the Middle School are going to receive some training on the 16 ‘Habits of Mind’ of successful learners. At this point, I will simply list the ‘Habits of Mind’ for you:

  1. Persisting
  2. Managing Impulsivity
  3. Listening with understanding and empathy
  4. Thinking flexibly
  5. Metacognition (Thinking About Thinking)
  6. Striving for Accuracy
  7. Questioning and Posing Problems
  8. Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
  9. Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
  10. Gathering Data Through All Senses
  11. Creating, Imagining, Innovating
  12. Responding with Wonderment and Awe
  13. Taking Responsible Risks
  14. Finding Humor
  15. Thinking Interdependently
  16. Remaining Open to Continuous Learning

(This list is from an article by Arthur L. Costa.)

I am thankful for…time to think and reflect, a quiet evening, our dog lying companionably at my feet, and so many more things. The rest of the family are at church this evening, while the two daughters just recovering from flu and I remain at home. I think I’m still well. Every so often I get really chilled, so am trying not to get to close to others, and am washing everything on ‘hot.’

From the kitchen…Today was a ‘day off’ for me, thanks to daughter Laura who showed hospitality to all the members of the family who are well, plus some out-of-town friends who are here for a visit. (Hi, Shawn and Tammy! I enjoyed seeing you this morning at church, and visiting with you both a bit there.)

I am wearing…typical attire for Sunday and this time of year. My clothing themes are COMFORTABLE and MODEST. OK. Here you have it: I’m wearing a deep red stretchy Tee with a black/red/white low-waisted over-blouse, dressy black long-ish skirt, and black leggings.

I am reading…The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook. Think: Lose the 3 Ps:

  1. Processed foods
  2. Packaged foods
  3. Prepared foods

There’s a lot more to the book, but that’s how far I am into it, and must say I feel like I’m learning some valuable information. I have always thought of us as eating a healthful diet, but there’s room for improvement!

I am hoping…to stay well. Each of the children has been sick with this terrible flu. I don’t want it! This is a trial I do not wish to welcome!

I am creating…lots of vegetarian dishes lately (though The Life Force Diet is not a vegetarian book). I personally am cutting back on all animal products, but especially dairy products, to seek to gain control of my slightly ‘over’ blood cholesterol level.

I am hearing…the quiet hum of my husband’s computer, and a daughter coughing upstairs. Did I mention that this flu ends up with a body-wracking, headache-inducing cough? Poor kids.

Around the house…things are looking neat. We’ve been doing some extra cleaning to try to make this a healthier environment. Outside, my husband has the fruit trees pruned. I’ve asked the children to think about what they want planted in our garden this year. My favorite fresh garden veggies are broccoli, zucchini, and leeks. I think we’re also planning on Romaine lettuce and tomatoes. Tomatoes take a lot of TLC to prosper in our cool, short, damp growing season, but we’re going to give it a try!

One of my favorite things…is playing Lexulous on Facebook. This is a spelling game like Scrabble. If you notice that posts have been scarce lately, well…I’ve been relaxing playing Lexulous at the end of a busy day rather than blogging.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…Tomorrow I’ll try to schedule a doctor visit for our 13-year old son to see how badly he injured his nose while (unsuccessfully) doing a flip on a friend’s trampoline late Friday. I was told there was lots and lots of blood, yet he sounded fairly calm when he called home to tell us about the mishap. It didn’t seem like an emergency room issue at the time, but his nose is swollen, and he assures me that it still hurts. So…We’ll see what the doctor has to say.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


This is an old family photo taken at Rick’s parents’ place many summers ago. Five of the children are grown now. Only the youngest four are still at home, and the youngest is 13 years old, and taller than me now.

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!

Introduction for Titus 2 Blog Party

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

First of all I would like to thank Michelle of She Looketh Well… for hostessing the Titus 2 Blog Party. Head on over to Michelle’s blog for instructions if this looks like something you might be interested in doing.

Hello! My name is Joyce. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog as you ‘make the rounds’ during the Titus 2 Blog Party. This is my first time participating in a virtual party. If you were here in my home I would offer you some coffee or tea and a homemade goodie, then we could sit down and get some serious visiting done!

I think I’ll start by quoting Titus 2:1-5, since the party is centered around these thoughts:

  1. But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
  2. That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
  3. The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
  4. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
  5. To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

I agree with what God’s Word says here. Loving one’s husband and children doesn’t ‘come naturally,’ yet it is a worthy and a necessary goal.

I would also say that Titus 2 is NOT a ‘To Do’ list that I just set my mind to, and then do. Just as Jesus Christ came to save sinners, He came to sanctify sinners. I can’t begin with Christ and go on by my own ‘fantastic’ will power. No such thing!

I think the main theme of my life as a Christian woman is that life is not about me; it’s about Christ. As it says in Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

As for the stats, here are a few:

  1. My husband and I have nine children. We love ’em, and have, imperfectly, brought them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
  2. I am amazed that I still have so much to learn about being a loving, selfless person, even though this is one of my main goals.
  3. I genuinely enjoy being a wife and mother. Always have. I have difficulty understanding those who find being a ‘stay-at-home mom’ a less than desirable vocation.
  4. We have home schooled, Christian schooled, and public schooled our youngun’s.

I hope that’s sufficient for an intro. We’ll see what happens next with this.


Titus 2 Blog Party

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

The following is the invitation to the Titus 2 Blog Party being hosted by Michelle of She Looketh Well


I found out about this ‘party’ through my blogging friend Linda at Remote Treechanger. Thank you, Linda.

Are you a younger woman?

Newly married?

A mama with little children?


Are you an ‘older’ woman?

Married for years?

Children all grown?


Are you somewhere in the middle?

Some ‘littles’ and some ‘bigs’


Are you a single woman?

Young or old?


Maybe you are unable to have children?

Maybe a widow?

(I hope I didn’t exclude anyone 😉

What is the point to all the questions?

I just wanted to make it clear that each and every one of you are invited to the Titus 2 blog party!


There have been some questions about who the party is really for. My desire in hostessing this party is really for any Christian woman, regardless of her season in life, to gather in one place, to get to know one another, to encourage each other, and I guess, to get some of the lesser known blogs, or newer blogs noticed. I thought a party would be a great way to do it. I have ‘stumbled’ across so many precious Godly women’s blogs that are maybe new or virtually unknown.

So, in answer to the questions, it is for all of you!


Please accept this invitation.

Put the party button on your blog.

Write an invitation post (this one is a lovely example)

Encourage others to invite their readers.

Then be sure and link your blog up the week of the party!

Don’t forget the prize giveaway.

Its the perfect gift for any woman.

Who doesn’t love a giveaway?!!

Please feel free to ask any questions you might have.

(Oh, and leave a comment when you have put the button on your blog, I love to go see it!)

She Looketh Well . . . Blog

Home Alone

Sunday, February 15th, 2009


It’s a very quiet Sunday evening here, as I am all alone in the house, with only our cats and faithful Lassie for company. The rest of my dear family is off to the evening worship service at church. I read portions from my Bible today, and the first four chapters of The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges, but it’s just not the same as joining in the public worship of the Lord.

About once a year, it seems, my back goes ‘out’, to the point where my back muscles spasm when I sit, stand, or attempt to turn over in bed. I’m much better this evening, after resting in bed for two days. I made it slowly down the stairs a little while ago, warmed up a bowl of my son-in-law’s good knoefla soup, and am now doing this blog post.

The cause of the back trouble this time is a wrong lifting technique, I think. When I assist my elderly mom into the car when we go to her appointments, I first stand behind her as she is by the passenger door. Then I grab hold of her left pants leg, bending over a bit to lift that leg into the car. Then I sort of guide her as she falls into the seat. Next, I bend over and lift the right leg in and lift both legs further in. The next part is the killer. Facing backwards, I place my right knee by her as she is seated, reach under her arms, and lift her up and forward while pushing her sideways with my knee, in order to situate her comfortably on the seat.

My husband suggests that next time I try backing her up to the passenger seat, guide her as she falls into the seat, and then swivel her frontwards into position. This will be easier on the old back I hope.

In the mean time, I’ve had to cancel taking her out to an appointment tomorrow, as I doubt I can even drive. Hopefully my back will be healed enough to return to work on Tuesday.

During this quiet day, my family has taken turns bringing me oatmeal and coffee for breakfast, a ham and cheese sandwich for lunch, apple slices, and tea sweetened with sugar. Thank you, Sweeties!

Laura cooked a Sloppy Joe lunch for everyone when they returned home this afternoon from church, and I believe Rebecca and Lydia helped with the mega cleanup.

Rebecca told me, “The house is missing you,” meaning no one was emptying the garbage (She did it.), and we are out of bread, milk, half and half and coffee. Sigh! She and I had planned to do a Costco run yesterday, but it just couldn’t be helped.

Instead of shopping yesterday, I did the following:

  1. Slept off and on throughout the day. Why a hurt back should make one sleepy, I don’t know, but it does me.
  2. Read The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. He made me know that I would love the Botswana of Mma Precious Ramotswe. My friend Nancy at the middle school recommended this book to me. Thanks, Nancy! I am looking forward to reading Tears of the Giraffe, Morality for Beautiful Girls, and The Kalahari Typing School for Men.
  3. Read quite a bit more of Love & Logic Solutions for Kids With Special Needs by David Funk. One point he makes that really stands out for me is “the primary goal of both teaching and parenting is to get kids ready for when the adults are gone. This goal is important for nondisabled kids—it is essential for those with handicaps.” (page 147). “Amen” to that, but I have a lot to learn yet about actually doing this for kids who are so behind in their learning, and so non-engaged with their own lives.

Well, thanks for reading my wee lament. I look forward to getting up tomorrow without any problem and baking bread. Going grocery shopping would be a good idea, too. Tshüss!

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Sunday, February 8th, 2009


Hosted by Peggy

For Today…February 8, 2009

Outside my Window…overcast, grey skies and cool (40 degrees Fahrenheit) but dry weather today. This is typical late-winter weather for us. As we were driving to church this morning, I noticed more and more signs of spring on the way. There are catkins on some bushes, and the weeping willow stems are getting greener. The distant craggy peaks across the border in Canada still look plenty cold, though.

I am thinking…of the devastating wildfires in Victoria, Australia. Blogging friend Remote Treechanger
lives in that part of Australia, and talks about the fires a bit on her blog. Over one hundred people have died in the fires so far. Some communities have been completely destroyed. What a reminder that our lives can change (or end) so suddenly and unexpectedly. This makes me think of the importance of being on right terms with the Lord NOW, for we have no assurance of tomorrow.

From the learning rooms…I have been learning about detached retinas, lattice degeneration, and sclera buckle surgery. Our 22 year old son suddenly lost vision in one eye this past Wednesday because the retina (the eye’s ‘movie screen’ inside at the back of the eyeball) detached. He had surgery on Friday, and can now sense light. It will be one month before he knows how much vision he will regain.

I am thankful for…God giving us curiosity about creation, so that such things as the intricate working of the eyes have been studied, and reparative operations have been developed. The surgeon who operated on our son has 20 years experience.

From the kitchen…I have been making quick and easy meals during this stressful, busy time. Today we enjoyed a friend’s recipe for CHEESY POTATOES. Since it’s so simple, I’ll just tuck the recipe in right here:

¼ cup melted butter

½ cup chopped onion

1 can cream of celery or mushroom soup

1 small carton sour cream

1 or 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

2 pounds frozen hash brown potatoes

Sauté the onion in the butter, then combine all ingredients. Pour into a 9×13-inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to one hour.


I am wearing…white, ruffled blouse, dressy black skirt with black leggings, and blue/green oversweater.

I am reading…The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, set in the African country of Botswana. My friend Nancy at school recommended this book to me. I’ve only just started and will try to pick it up again on Monday.

I am hoping…our son has a good report from the surgeon when he returns to the hospital for a follow-up visit tomorrow.

I am creating…my Daybook one day early because I already know I’ll be too busy tomorrow. Sunday is a lovely, relaxed day at our home, a day of piety, and of rest, so I’m not feeling the pressure of a ‘to do’ list. (Uh oh! One of my daughters just informed me that I have a remarkable ability to remain on the computer. This is why I don’t do more of these long posts; I wouldn’t get anything else done!)

I am hearing…our young people conversing together in the living room. This is one of my favorite sounds. It gives me so much joy, knowing that our grown and almost grown up children enjoy talking with one another and being together.

Around the house…the perennials are still sleeping underground. Nothing deciduous has made its appearance yet. For color we have only the faithful evergreens, and the mossy grass.

One of my favorite things…is that the duties of each day are what make the days interesting and full of variety.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…

  • I take my elderly mom to the doctor tomorrow while my husband takes our son to Seattle for his post-operative visit.
  • Our twin daughters have their 24th birthdays this week.
  • I still want to celebrate my husband’s birthday, which we missed last week due to our son’s medical emergency. At least I want to bake him an applesauce cake and give him his birthday card, signed by each one of us.
  • Two of our girls received tickets to the Seattle Symphony performance scheduled for this Thursday evening. How they are going to get there and back is still up in the air.
  • Friday, our church youth group is having a square dance fundraiser, and I’m scheduled to help with food preparation and serving. All-in-all, it’s sounding like a busy week ahead.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


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!

A Sestina for the Sabbath

Sunday, February 1st, 2009


A Sestina for the Sabbath

There’s no such thing as a blessing that’s little.

Good gifts, small and great, remind me God is faithful.

I see His love, hidden in the mundane.

Even in humdrum duties, there is beauty.

Through cycles of days and life’s transience,

In joy and in sorrow, I am blessed.


Having enough of life’s good things, I am blessed.

In the big scheme of things I am little

Yet you, Lord, provide for me in this time of transience:

Food, and the health to enjoy it, You give faithfully.

Today, again, my senses work; I behold life’s beauty.

All this gracious provision is not mundane.


My daily duties revolve around the mundane.

As I care for my family, I am blessed.

A meal lovingly prepared is one kind of beauty.

Love shown in laundry washed, and other ways that are little.

I praise God for making me faithful

That I might love my family during this time of transience.


Life may be meaningful, though it be transient.

Work, too, be worthwhile, though it be mundane.

In little and in much, I am called to be faithful.

In loving God, I am blessed.

My heart swells in love to Him while doing duties little,

As I clean, cook and wash, I’m aware of His beauty.


I thank you, Lord, for Your holiness and beauty.

You are steadfast eternally; I am transient.

You are Almighty; I am little.

You are wondrous in glory; I am mundane.

By your mercy and kindness, I am blessed.

Through the years of my life, you are faithful.


My voice rises in joyful song for your faithfulness.

One day I shall behold You in Your beauty.

Even during this earthly sojourn, I am blessed.

The sweet joys You give are not transient.

Let me not minimize Your blessings, nor call them mundane.

To see You face-to-face, I must wait a little.


I praise You for faithful care in times of transience.

I praise You for beauty hidden in the mundane.

I am blessed by You, though I am little.


25 Random Things

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

25 Random things…

My friend Kerri tagged me on Facebook to participate in this quiz. I won’t tag any of you dear readers, but if you are so-inclined, feel free to grab this idea and run with it.


Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

  • I enjoy being the first one up in the morning.
  • Then I make the first pot of coffee, empty the dishwasher, start the washing machine, start waking the children for school, and sit down at my computer because
  • I read my Bible online at Blue Letter Bible.
  • I work part time as a middle school para educator, helping students with math, writing, and reading challenges.
  • This is my first out-of-the-home job since getting married.
  • I love my job, and work with some outstanding teachers and administrators.
  • I love working at home, too.
  • I very much enjoyed the years when the children were little. Don’t worry, kids! I still enjoy you!
  • My favorite part of home schooling was reading aloud to the children.
  • I favor the interest-based method of home schooling.
  • I suppose I was almost an ‘unschooler’ as far as academics were concerned, though we did use Saxon math and lots of library books.
  • I focused more on the children’s attitudes, such as learning to obey cheerfully, and loving one another, than I did on book work.
  • I enjoy strong, hot coffee.
  • For a special treat, I enjoy a caramel macchiato.
  • I take criticism well, except from those I love the most.
  • I am a cheerful person who has a melancholy disposition.
  • My husband says that I am not a pessimist, nor an optimist, but a realist. I think he’s right.
  • I CANNOT watch violence or horror, nor can I read about it. It hurts me, and I have trouble getting rid of it.
  • I am a quiet person who cares deeply about others. Is that an extroverted introvert?
  • Fall is my favorite season, followed by winter, then summer, and last of all, spring.
  • One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Not all things ‘are’ good, but God makes even the bad things ‘work together for good’ to those who love Him.
  • I am thankful that Jesus Christ came to save sinners.
  • I seek to be faithful in little things, the everyday, humdrum, ordinary things.
  • I am thankful for the privilege of being married to a godly man.
  • I am thankful to have the privilege of birthing and raising our dear children.

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009


Hosted by Peggy

For Today…January 20, 2009

Outside my Window…I see my favorite kind of light, that late afternoon, amber light that follows a blue-sky day. It is beginning to look like Spring in our neck of the woods.

I am thinking…that friends will lose interest in my blog if I don’t do a post fairly soon!

From the learning rooms…We were privileged to watch the inauguration of President Obama today. Some of the sixth-grade students didn’t know what an ‘inauguration’ was. Some thought a speech a boring thing. Some seemed mildly interested. I wonder how many families talk honestly with their children about the very real challenges facing our country, and the monumental tasks that face our new president, and all those who serve in our government.

I am thankful for…what the Lord says to His people in Romans 8:28:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. (emphasis added by me)

The special comfort I take from this verse at this time is the consideration that even my natural temperament and weaknesses, the things that I find most challenging and hindering in myself, are used by God for my good, and the good of God’s people. I can get so disappointed in myself, but this is an encouragement.

From the kitchen…We’re having leftover lasagna tonight. I think I’ll steam some broccoli to go with that. We had such a feast last night for Rebecca’s 17th birthday, including Cocoa Fudge Cake with Creamy Cocoa Frosting and vanilla ice cream. We had a wonderful build-your-own-salad buffet for the main dish.

I am wearing…a cozy red sweater with long sleeved red T under, black skirt and black leggings, and a cozy neck scarf my friend knitted for me.

I am reading…Well, I’m looking at my old Betty Crocker Cookbook and thinking about including the cake recipe in this post.

I am hoping…to rejoice in the Lord more, and be weighed down by myself less.

I am creating…nothing other than this post at the moment.

I am hearing…our old dog snoring, and the tip-tap of computer keys, both mine and my husband’s.

Around the house…it is extremely quiet. We have some sickness here, with two members of the family being ill. Seth and Lydia are both playing in basketball games tonight. I believe Rebecca is relaxing in her room for a bit before beginning her homework. This quietness is in marked contrast to yesterday, when all nine children were home for Rebecca’s birthday, plus two spouses, and two grandchildren. It was lovely, this mother’s dream-come-true.

One of my favorite things…is being surrounded by my family, knowing that they love and wish to benefit one another.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…I recently mentioned being too busy. Tomorrow is one of those days:

  1. Go in early to the middle school to receive some training and give some training.
  2. Get Seth out of school a bit early to take him to a dental appointment.
  3. Pick my husband up from an appointment with the accountant.
  4. Dash back in time to get Seth to a basketball game.
  5. Miss the first meeting of our Ladies’ Book Club.
  6. Make (probably a late) dinner.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


Lydia drew this picture of Rebecca and herself and wrote loving sentiments all around the edge as a birthday present for Rebecca.

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!

Snapshots of Joy

Sunday, January 11th, 2009


It’s been a while since I’ve used any images from this awesome site, Snapshots of Joy, but I just have to share with you. Please check out the many beautiful images, of various sizes, designed by Abigail. These images are free, but subject to use according to her directions.

Ten on Tuesday – Best Moments of the Year

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008


The prompt this week for Ten on Tuesday
is 10 Best Moments of the Year:

Before I begin this list, I have to say that I am well aware that I am a blessed person. Having received the gracious gift of reconciliation with God through the Lord Jesus Christ, I know that even the difficult and sorrowful things in life ‘work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.’ (Romans 8:28)

Another thing I have to say is that I am quite an ordinary, home-body type person. I derive a great deal of joy from the little things in life, often enjoyed and received with thanksgiving. I would have great difficulty coming up with ten exciting moments, or fantastic travel moments, or super promotion moments. Mine is more a life of, “Wow! That was a great dinner. I’ll have to remember to use that recipe again!” of “Doesn’t the house look great? I really got some cleaning done today!”

For my ten best moments, then, I would like to list ten of the ‘little things’ or often ‘taken for granted’ things in life that I have most appreciated in this past year.

  1. Religious freedom. Week after week, without fear of persecution, I join in with others to hear the preaching of God’s Word, and to worship Him.
  2. Physical health.
  3. Enough food for nourishment and enjoyment.
  4. Clean water to drink.
  5. Fresh air to breathe.
  6. Enough money to pay the bills.
  7. A loving husband.
  8. Dear children who love us, love one another, and love the Lord.
  9. Dear friends at church, in the community, and online.
  10. Good coffee. I do enjoy a good, hot, strong cup of coffee.

What were your ten best moments of the past year? Maybe you do have some great big wonderful supercalifragilisticexpialidocious moments to shout out about. Let’s hear about them!