Wednesday, January 20, 2016

we are in love with her!

 This precious and beautiful girl at 11 months and one month later on February 8th!  She is one year old.  Our beautiful great granddaughter, Mila Grace! xoxo 

Monday, January 11, 2016

praying for mila and ally from head to toe


My daughters, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.—Proverbs 2:1–8 (NIV)


Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.—Proverbs 4:25–27 (NIV)


The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life.—Proverbs 10:11 (NIV)


Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.—Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)


Diligent hands will rule.—Proverbs 12:24 (NIV)


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.—Proverbs 3:5–6 (NIV)

I am committed to praying for Mila and Ally and from head to toe. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

jayme and her mama

This is the year!

One of my favorite sites is sweet blessings where she has so many practical projects, plans, products, etc.  Much of this is taken from and then I incorporated my own twist for the year.

This year I want to.......

love BIG, seek God first, live less out of habit and more out of intention, listen intently, daily spend time in the Word, choose with no regret, play with abandon, choose a narrow path, EMBRACE CHANGE, own my mistakes, be brave enough to start a conversation that matters, try new things, see the good, look for the good, challenge myself, forgive more readily, guard my time, let kindness rule, learn something new, look for the best in others, ask for help, be GRATEFUL, assume the best, dream BIG, give lavishly, celebrate tiny victories, write more letters, give myself grace, give others grace, be present, donate often, spread kindness, eat less junk, drink more water, consistent in gym experience, give away more than I receive, scatter joy, do unto others, look for and SEE the people God places in my path, DWELL, give the benefit of the doubt, not be anxious about anything, rejoice always, read more books, invite women into my home:  for meal, for fellowship, for fun, for escape from the mundane, for a movie night, for examining a bible verse, for coffee, for tea, for a refuge, to hear about Jesus.  make friends in my new environment, meet more neighbors, walk more, be intentional about my health, appreciate my dutchman, invest my time in ally and mila and kezney and Frankie and brooklin and marshall, cry less, laugh more, memorize scripture, linger in prayer.....

Our kids!  So blessed!  Jayme and James and the grandkids and great grandkids! 



A New many ways, a new life!  No longer living in California.  Jobs have changed.  No longer in my home where I loved to entertain.  No longer ten minutes from my sister, whom I love to spend time with.  No longer at  People's Church, which holds the dearest of memories.  (Thankful for podcasting)  No longer sitting out on my flowering patio in January!  No more orange blossom smells permeating the entire house. No more Tuesday Night Ladies Bible Study in my home.  No more coffee afternoons with any of my bff's or weekend retreats.  No longer down the street from my gym.  No longer a couple hours drive to the coast, my favorite spot on the planet!  And a whole lot more in changes.  Change.  Transition. Difficult. Hard. Sometimes very hard.

Yet, so many blessings! The greatest is our kids!  They all live 15 to 20 minutes away!  Time with them, priceless!  There is nothing like Jayme calling and asking to come over and cook us dinner.  Or Jayme's call asking if we will be up at 6:00 a.m. so she can come over for coffee.  And nothing like Ally's Saturday overnights.  Nothing like conversations and time with Shannon,  Settling in and becoming content with this home. A new church. Part of a small group of some wonderful people.  An excellent children's program at Washington Height's and Ally loving it!  Watching Mila take her first steps.  Christmas Eve with the family gathered at our home.  Kezney, Frankie, Brooklin and Marshall close enough to now be in their lives.  New friends.  New life.  Let's see what 2016 holds. 

Isaiah 43:
"Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you perceive it? 
 I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert."'

Lord, I confess my lack of expectancy for fresh experiences of You.  Your power.  Your truth.  Your intervention.  I am looking forward to a year of watching You move, as only You can, in my life,  in my home, in my family.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Now if I could just figure out how to manipulate this computer and get back to posting pictures on my blog.  For some time now I have not been able to download any pictures on my posts.  The only picture is under the Header and it is huge!  Something's wrong here....

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Season of Changes!  Some major, some minor.  Nonetheless, changes can be unsettling.  They can also be exciting.  And fun.  And hard. And riddled with anxiety and stress.  A few things happening around here include: 
  • We sold our house!  Put it on the market this spring.  A week ago Friday I came home to the Dutchman packing.  He said "it's going to sell this weekend!"  and after an Open House on Saturday, it sold on Sunday.
  • We will be moving  850 miles away - California to Utah.  This California girl sees this as big change!  California has been good to me.  And then there's"  How can I possibly leave my sister?!
  • Still working, which is a change from previous years, since I am a seasonal employee. Seven months so far.  It's good. 
  • Training and a new job this year.  Very difficult to learn.  Humbling.  A season of concentration and tears. It felt as though they were speaking Yugoslavian - a language I've never spoken!  They say it takes about 3 years to really learn it.  And now I am leaving!  Maybe I will have same job in my new home state.  I am just not ready to give up working yet.
  • My Ally came for her summer visit and was with us for four weeks!  Wonderful!  If not tiring, since I was working throughout her stay. That meant  4:00 a.m. mornings.   Four year old children have a LOT of energy and want to play! play! play!  I love to play! play! play!  Lots of opportunity with my Ally and Mila and the other kids when we move.  Yes.  Many things to look forward to.
The changes don't end with this.  But certainly that is enough for me to even think about now.  And through it all, HE is always there!  My God never changes.  He is the same Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow!  His faithfulness is my shield and rampart. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

this recipe is for the best sweet 'n sour crockpot beans you'll ever eat!

This recipe is for the best pot of beans you will ever eat - thank you Alleen Bock!  One look at the beautiful cooked beans and your mouth will be watering.  However, you will just have to take my word for it.  For some reason, blogger is not letting me download pictures.  So no step by step photo recipe today.  Since it was so popular at our Christmas Eve party and so many have asked for the recipe,  I decided to post it without pictures. 

Alleen  Bock’s Sweet ‘n Sour Beans 
8 Bacon Strips – Dice
2 Medium onions.  Cut in ½ and slice thinly
1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar

½ Cup Cider Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Ground Mustard
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Can (28) oz) Baked Beans (do not drain)
1 Can (16 oz) Kidney Beans (rinse and drain)

1 Can (15 ½ oz) Pinto Beans
1 Can (15 ½ oz) Lima Beans
1 Can (15 ½ ox) Blackeyed Peas

Start in skillet.  Cook bacon.  Save 2 Tablespoons of drippings.  Sautee onion in drippings.

Add Brown Sugar – and all ingredients. 
Bring to a boil.
Then, put in slow cooker and add beans.  Cook 3 – 4 hours.
Serves 15 – 20 people.  (I often double the recipe, if your crockpot can handle it)