Archive for the ‘Friendship’ Category

The Fabulous Award

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Linda, of Remote Treechanger, is a new blogging friend who is from Victoria, Australia. I think we met through the Thankful Thursday
meme. Is that true, Linda? Anyhow, being the very friendly person that she is, she gifted me with The Fabulous Award! Thank you, Linda!

Here are
The ‘Fabulous’ Award

1. You have to pass it on to 5 fabulous blogs.
2. You have to list 5 of your fabulous addictions.
3. Make sure you include the person that gave you the award and link it back to them.

My 5 ‘fabulous addictions’:

1. Writing on my blog
2. Enjoying a good cup of coffee
3. Going for relaxing walks
4. Menu Planning and reading cookbooks
5. Reading. I must always have a book that I am reading, or I feel lost.

I am passing it on to the following bloggy friends:

  1. Stacey of 4everMom
  2. Sarah of Coffee at the Cabin
  3. Laura of Life According to Laura
  4. Storyteller of Small Reflections
  5. Susan B of A Life of Grace

Please visit these blogs if you haven’t already; perhaps you will make some new friends.

Sunday Musings

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

This has been a busy, enjoyable Sunday.

One of the blessings was seeing our pastor and his family again. They were back in church with us after their vacation in Kauai, Hawaii. We missed them, and are thankful for their safe return.

The pastor’s sermon this morning was based on Numbers 20:1-13, the part in the history of the Israelites in the wilderness where Moses struck the rock to bring forth water for the thirsty people, rather than speaking to the rock, as God commanded.

The sermon was entitled ‘The Danger of Anger.’ Moses was frustrated with those grumbling children of God, and let them know it by his display of anger, rather than delivering the gracious message of God’s provision, trusting that the Lord would sanctify His people in His way, in His time.

The pastor applied this to church elders and to parents, who can become frustrated with those under their charge, when they don’t progress as hoped. Those in authority must beware of being motivated by anger or frustration. We all need to remember God’s graciousness to us. We look to Him for forgiveness of sins, remembering what Christ has done for us. We, likewise, are to extend that graciousness to others.

One thing I appreciate about our pastor’s sermons is that they are meant for the entire congregation, including the children and young people. We are a ‘young’ church, with possibly half of our congregation under the age of 18. (Now I will have to make the effort to count and see if that’s correct!) It is, therefore, very important that these young ones benefit from the preaching of God’s Word!

Today also we shared the role of ‘hospitality hosts’ with another family in the church, and had four families over to our home for enjoyable conversation, and a buffet meal (barbequed meatball sandwiches, salad, apple crisp, and date cranberry bars).

In about half an hour we leave for evening worship, where we look forward to hearing a sermon on Romans 14:1-12 entitled ‘A Warning Against Passing Judgment.’

I hope you all are enjoying a blessed Lord’s Day also.

Some Goodies From Storyteller

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

My blogging buddy, the author of Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations, goes by the moniker Storyteller. She is a most faithful giver of encouraging comments. Not only that. She is the giver of fun graphics! Here is one she just gave some of her friends, including me (THANK YOU, Storyteller!) which she created herself:

Here is another which I’ve been waiting to post for some reason, which I love:

Also, today Storyteller took a blogthings quiz which she invited her readers to take as well. Here’s my result. Are you surprised?

You Belong in Fall

Intelligent, introspective, and quite expressive at times…
You appreciate the changes in color, climate, and mood that fall brings
Whether you’re carving wacky pumpkins or taking long drives, autumn is a favorite time of year for you
What Season Are You?

An Award!

Monday, September 8th, 2008

 Mommy Brain Reports

My friend Storyteller over at Small Reflections very kindly considers my blog to be “brainy”. Thank you, Storyteller!

One condition of accepting this award is that I link back to Monica, the author of the award, at Mommy Brain Reports, and sign Mr. Linky at her blog, which I will do in just a minute.

The next condition is that I nominate 5 bloggers whom I consider to be brainy bloggers, and pass on this award to them as well. Here are my five:

I must tell you all, though, that I can’t seem to boost my blog’s readability level. Maybe if I talked about more controversial subjects it would go up? I don’t know how they decide. 🙁

blog readability test

Good News From a Far Country

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

(Ireland is depicted by the green portion, Northern Ireland by the gold above the green.)

Proverbs 25:25, “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.”

Our good news came in the form of two friends from Northern Ireland who are here to visit friends and family and tour the lovely Canadian Rocky Mountains. Together, we enjoyed good food, good conversation, a wedding reception, and finally a tall ship battle re-enactment which we viewed from Boulevard Park in Bellingham, WA.

Here is a cute shot of our friends:

Here is a shot of all four of us:

You have cheered our hearts
With your presence and your words;
What a precious time!

Fun Times

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Yesterday we enjoyed fun times with some of our good friends. We had barbecued burgers with the fixin’s, great chips, and a great pasta salad, for which I need to get the recipe!

One of the highlights of get-togethers here is the initiation rite of going down the zip line. Here is a shot of one brave soul surviving the initiation:

Here are some cute “buddy” shots from the evening:

And, of course, I had to do some “show and tell” at the computer:

(I modified these photos at the Picnik site, if you wonder.)

The Story of a Sign

Monday, July 21st, 2008

My brother sent me the link to this short film, The Story of a Sign, by Alonso Alvarez Barreda. This film was the winner of the NFB Online Competition Cannes 2008.

The movie has beautiful music, and almost no talking, but really gives you something to think about. I think you’ll enjoy it.

My friend Amy had the best birthday ever

Monday, May 26th, 2008

My online friend Amy didn’t even know that she expecting a baby for most of her pregnancy. Can you believe that? Amy missed out on morning sickness. Ain’t that a shame? 😛 Anyhoo, her darling second son was born this past Sunday, just missing her birthday by a few minutes. She tells a little bit of the story here.


Monday, April 28th, 2008

Goodnight everyone. It’s been a busy day, and now it’s time to start getting ready for bed. When I signed up for Blog 365, I said I would post everyday. This hardly counts for more than a greeting. 😛 However, I do remember that I can post another lovely graphic from my friend, Storyteller.

Lois’ Morning Mug Meme

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Lois’ Morning Mug Meme Rules:
Most folks drink some sort of a morning beverage, be it coffee or tea, and most likely from a mug. Please share a photo of your favorite mug(s) and tell a story about how it became your favorite. Include what you drink with this mug.

Currently, this is my favorite mug. It holds just the perfect amount of coffee (8 ounces), the amount I can drink while it’s still really hot. Another thing I like about this mug is that it’s just the right diameter to fit in my car cup holder. It helps that the mug has a heart on it, ’cause that’s just kewl. 🙂

My morning beverage of choice is Starbucks Espresso Blend, ground fresh right before brewing the coffee, served steaming hot, without cream or sugar.

If you decide to play, grab the cup graphic for your post, and remember to link back to Lois. It’s also nice to mention where you saw the meme, and link back to that blogger. 🙂

I found out about this meme from my friend Storyteller at Small Reflections. This is an opportune moment to also post the lovely friendship award that Storyteller so kindly shared with me: