This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Friday, May 18, 2007

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Hebrews 12:1-2

1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!


His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!


Words & Music Helen H. Lemmel

Favorite Ingredients Friday--Wave Your Flag Cake

Once again visiting for my recipe.

Wave Your Flag Cake

1 qt. strawberries (about 4 cups), divided
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1 pkg. (8-serving size) or 2 pkg. (4-serving size each) JELL-O Brand Gelatin, any red flavor
Ice cubes
1 cup cold water
1 pkg. (12 oz.) pound cake, cut into 10 slices
1-1/3 cups blueberries, divided
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

SLICE 1 cup of the strawberries; set aside. Halve remaining strawberries; set aside.

STIR boiling water into dry gelatin mix in large bowl 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is melted. Refrigerate 5 minutes or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites). Meanwhile, line bottom of 13x9-inch dish with cake slices. Add sliced strawberries and 1 cup of the blueberries to thickened gelatin; stir gently. Spoon over cake slices.

REFRIGERATE 4 hours or until firm. Spread whipped topping over gelatin. Arrange strawberry halves on whipped topping for "stripes" of "flag." Arrange remaining 1/3 cup blueberries on whipped topping for "stars." Store leftover cake in refrigerator.

Favorite Ingredients Friday is hosted by Overwhelmed With Joy. Lots of fun & refreshing recipes to be found there.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Works for Me Wednesday--Bridal Shower Gift

April showers brings May flowers, followed by June brides. But before the wedding there are wedding showers too!!

A favorite shower gift we have given is:

One or more of these,

With a box of this and some of this,

With a bottle of this (your choice as to the content),

a few of these and some matches...

Something to listen to,

Wrapped up in one of these, maybe with some napkins.

Works for Me Wednesday is hosted by Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer. So many ideas to have work for YOU!!

Time Travel Tuesday

Eighteen came shortly before graduation from high school. I worked at my father’s grocery store still.

I did not attend my senior prom because my boyfriend was away on a National Guard Reserves weekend. I ran around with his friends mostly—all at least two years older than I was. Much more cool than being a “popular girl” in my class. I had a “Promise Ring.” It was a very pretty pearl in a simple setting. I had my wedding planned. Rainbow pastels, kind of like My Pretty Pony all over the place. Our children’s names were picked out.

Joyce Carol Oates was my favorite author in my senior independent reading class. I dropped Physics because I needed my GPA to stay high. In hindsight I see I missed the opportunity to study with a good and caring teacher. Mr. V was willing to help me through the class by pairing me with other students who had a good grasp of the material. I declined. I had a scholarship to a university that I wanted to keep. I saw no use for Physics in MY future. Little did I know I would have two boys who would test the laws of Physics daily and I would be homeschooling them.

My mother signed me up for a retreat: TEC (Teens Encounter Christ). I. Did. Not. Want. To. Go. But I went. And I was blessed. I met people who changed my life dramatically.

Graduation was fun and I graduated in the top 10 percent of my class.

The legal drinking age in my state was 18.

I attend the university of my choice on a National Merit Scholarship. (I test well.) My mother and I unpacked my things. I got so upset and homesick I didn’t want to stay. My mother made me. I think that was one of the hardest things she ever did. I found out later she was very depressed after I left. My homesickness left and it was hard to get me home after that.

My first job in college was as a dishwasher. I took a class called “Theater of the Absurd.” I was waaaaay over my head with the uber-liberal, uber-socialist teacher. However for some reason he did not humiliate me in class as he had a habit of doing with others. It was eye-opening.

When I was 18 I watched 60 Minutes, One Day at a Time, Newhart, M*A*S*H, Three’s Company, NFL Football, , Trapper John, M.D., Hart to Hart, fame.

Movies I saw included: Gandhi, Tootsie, Victor/Victoria, Officer and a Gentleman, Sophie’s Choice, Rocky III, The Toy.

Music I listened to-- Open Arms, Journey (be still my heart—I still love this song); Eye Of The Tiger, Survivor; I Love Rock N' Roll, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts; Jack And Diane, John Cougar; Hard To Say I'm Sorry, Chicago; Tainted Love, Soft Cell; 867-5309 (Jenny), Tommy Tutone; You Should Hear How She Talks About You, Melissa Manchester; Shake It Up, Cars; Sweet Dreams, Air Supply; Heat Of The Moment, Asia; Leader Of The Band, Dan Fogelberg.

If someone were to ask me about my eighteenth year, I would have to admit to having a lot of fun. But I did a lot of things I would not recommend for an 18 year-old today. I missed some wonderful opportunities and made some poor choices. We know God works for the good in all things, but sometimes it is with childish, kicking, tatrum throwing material. But He is good, He is marvelous, He is awesome, and He is sovreign. I wish I might have been more obedient earlier. But...I would not want to give up the blessings that are mine today either.

Time Travel Tuesday is hosted by the lovely Annie at My Life as Annie... Pay her a visit. You will be inspired.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Lost and Found

The Parable of the Lost Coin

8"Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?
9And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.'
10In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."Luke 15; 8-10

I have been on a mission. I lost a CD. A library CD. A $40 (that I don't have) library CD. And I have been looking and stressing. After upending many piles and stacks and cleaning behind oft forgotten areas...I found it.


And my immediate thought was of this passage, the first two verses. But when I went to look it up I, of course saw verse 10, "In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Many lessons to learn. Praying we all contribute somehow to the joyful noise before the throne. If I am so excited over a CD, how much more my fellow man. He does work in all things.

Java Jive...

...A cuppa, cuppa, cuppa, cuppa cup...Ahhh... Manhattan Transfer
I love coffee. Coffee is how I start my day. A day without coffee...well let's just not go there. I found a fun website devoted to coffee--recipes, history, books & COFFEE. Koffee Korner--a fun visit.

"Decaffeinated Coffee. It's useless warm brown water." Again! Heard on David Letterman show on March 2000

"Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat." Alex Levine
(More coffee quotes)

Did you know... Bach wrote a coffee cantata in 1732?

Waiter, waiter, percolator...Manhattan Transfer

Coffee Prayer

Caffeine is my shepherd;
I shall not doze.
It maketh me to wake in green pastures:
It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses.
It restoreth my buzz:
It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction,
I will fear no Equal:
For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me.
Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of Juan Valdez:
Thou annointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over.
Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the House of ....... for ever.

You Know You're Drinking Too Much Coffee When...

(Just a sample, there are more!)
You grind your coffee beans with yourteeth.
You have to watch videos in fast-forward.
The only time you're standing still is during an earthquake.
You lick your coffeepot clean.
Your T-shirt says, "Decaffeinated coffee is the devil's blend."
You don't sweat, you percolate.
You've worn out the handle on your favorite mug.
You've worn the finish off your coffee table.
Your life's goal is to amount to a hill of beans.
When someone says. "How are you?", you say, "Good to the last drop."
Your birthday is a national holiday in Brazil.
You name your cats "Cream" and "Sugar."
You have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug.
You think being called a "drip" is a compliment.
You don't tan, you roast.
You don't get mad, you get steamed.
Your three favorite things in life before, coffee during and coffee after.
You introduce your spouse as your coffeemate.
You think CPR stands for "Coffee Provides Resuscitation."
Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I.V. hookup.

Grains of Gratitude

It is not Sunday, I was too tired and fighting with a cold to post yesterday—when there finally was time to post something—nothing says Mother’s Day like several hours in a car and a box of Kleenex with Aloe and Vitamin E. But better late than never and it is always good practice to be grateful. Everyday.

So…late, but still grateful for—safe travel for Boo and I. Boo originated the cold (which appears to run its course blessedly fast) and was sick almost the entire time we were gone, poor sweetheart. But he is a trouper and thankfully a good traveler. He is grateful to be home. He missed his big brother something awful and it was magnified by not feeling well. I heard them whispering after I put them to bed and didn’t have the heart to stop them.

Grateful for my sister’s graduation!! She graduated with a 3.9! I am so impressed and so proud, not at all surprised, though. The girl is smart. She has jobs lined up already and starts fun new things today.

Grateful that I got to spend an hour or so with my mom on Mother’s Day—we got there Friday. It has been almost 3 years since my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer and she has been fighting ever since. Up until 6 weeks ago she was working full-time, but the chemo finally wore her down and she is taking a leave of absence. Then she has had some injuries. Ugh! So she is taking a short chemo break and trying to be good about resting and while I was there I did see signs of the mom I know peeking out. Her strength appears to be slowly returning. Praise God!

I am grateful my DCG (DarlingCaveGeek) and my Roo were safe and doing well at home. It sounds like they had some good “guy time.” I am sure there will be some manners that need to be re-remembered this week, but to have a husband who is a good dad is priceless.

Call me Dorothy (sans ruby slippers) but I am sooooo grateful to be home.“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.” “Be it ever so humble” and all that…

Care to share what you are grateful for? I'd really love to hear.

Grains of Gratitude started with Christine at Brady’s Bunch--I hope she had a beautiful Mother's Day.

And I hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day.