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Wednesday, November 20, 2013


One of my daughters posted this section from Wind in the Willows on her Facebook this week. 

The Wind in the Willows, chapter 5, when Mole catches a scent of something and starts feeling very emotional and not at all right and suddenly realizes why.

"Home! That was what they meant, those caressing appeals, those soft touches wafted through the air, those invisible little hands pulling and tugging, all one way! Why, it must be quite close by him at that moment, his old home that he had hurriedly forsaken and never sought again, that day when he first found the river! And now it was sending out its scouts and its messengers to capture him and bring him in. Since his escape on that bright morning he had hardly given it a thought, so absorbed had he been in his new life, in all its pleasures, its surprises, its fresh and captivating experiences. Now, with a rush of old memories, how clearly it stood up before him, in the darkness! Shabby indeed, and small and poorly furnished ... And the home had been happy with him, too, evidently, and was missing him, and wanted him back, and was telling him so, through his nose, sorrowfully, reproachfully, but with no bitterness or anger; only with plaintive reminder that it was there, and wanted him."
Sometimes I know how you feel old chap."

As a family we read to our children ever night into their teens from the Bible and a Classic book. By no means do I feel that we gave them a "Classical" education, but we gave them a love for books.
At Christmas we would revisit this chapter of "Wind in the Willows" from our Tasha Tutor illustrated edition.

My response to her post was, "The mice will be singing in just a week."
Her response, "Yes!"

As my children are all young adults (youngest will be 18 in Spring), I see our family has taken on a new dimension
"Home" is an interpretation of memories collected.
We live in four different locations now. and "Home" is also where they live.
Family is a broad subject, where as, it use to be in one location.
Meeting together as "the family" may now be only a twice a year occasion.
I look  at my cookie cutter collection and wonder to myself, "when will I make cookies with my grandchildren?"

I found this vintage turkey for my cookie cutter collection for 25 cents at a second hand store.
(compared to $4.95 on ebay.)

I am so thankful for my family and blessed by each location my children call home.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 (ESV)

Friday, October 18, 2013

October Joy Dare ~ 1 8

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning
great is your faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)

Time to write.
All the details about how to join are over here.
And the prompt this week? Could it really be anything else? — It’s Laundry.

Yep, His mercies are new every morning and so is the stack of laundry.
Today was the the one day a week that I wash my laundry 
and put in some fabric softener so that my hair doesn't fly all over.
My mother had the old way of doing things when I was young:
Monday wash 
Tuesday iron
I use my iron about every two months whether it needs it or not.
I haven't used an electric or gas dryer for most of the last 25 years, but I don't iron.
My clothes line is a wonderful place.
With my oldest now 22 years old, I remember many days...
....singing under the clothes line or just talking to GOD.
Now the three girls are off doing their own laundry at their new homes
 and often my son does his own laundry,
as well as, my husband washes his own too.
Do they you think they realized what a wonderful place the clothes line is too?

Johanna and Abbie's tie dye project (9/2011)

Airing out the Crazy Quilt I am restoring

Thursday, October 17, 2013

October Joy Dare ~ 1 7

"This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it."
(Psalm 118:24 ESV)

Oct. 26, 1987 - 26 years today

26 Reason to be Thankful.

11)      Mary
22)      Abbie
33)      Johanna
44)      Ian
55)      Reading the Bible together with the  kids
66)      Reading children’s classic with the kids
77)      “Blue Eyed Walking Bunhams”
88)      The Giant California Oak  Tree
99)      Carnival Glass
110)   Crazy Quilt
111)   Shooting stars on the water tank at Natural Bridges NM, UT
112)   Snowflakes on my tongue in a Montana winter (1988)
113)   Grasshopper pie with a 20 degree chill factor
114)   Ponies, Horses, Dogs, Kittens, Bunnies and a Unicorn (goat)
115)   Thanksgiving at Aunt Merna’s house
116)   6 foot long icicles Uphome
117)   Cattails and Pussy willows
118)   Dutchman’s pipe vines and butterflies
119)    Red shafted flickers, Rufus towhee, Nuthatches and Mocking birds
220)   AS degree
221)   Bowman Community Church
222)   SCOE
223)   Sacramento State University
224)   Humboldt State University
225)   Anderson New Tech High School

226)   Jeremiah 29: 11 (a hope and a future) 

Monday, October 7, 2013

October Joy Dare ~ 7

Day ~7 Joy Dare

I am praising my creator that HE can fix whatever is broken.

"For nothing will be impossible with God.”
(Luke 1:37 ESV)

"I will restore to you the years
    that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
    my great army, which I sent among you."
(Joel 2:25 ESV)

by Shine Bright Baby

Are you desperate, for someone to hear your voice

You've been reaching, but you can't get through the noise
Don't give up now, there is hope for you

Are you searching, for a Savior for a friend
You've been hurting, you're about to reach your end
Don't give up now, there is hope for you

His love restores, His words are true
What this world breaks, His hands make new
So do not fear, not anymore,
He can heal what's broken and torn
His love restores, His love restores

Are you praying, for an answer for a cure
You've been waiting, for a miracle thats yours
God is with you, wherever you are
He is holding, onto your heart

His love restores, His words are true
What this world breaks, His hands make new
So do not fear, not anymore,
He can heal what's broken and torn
His love restores

Nothing, nothing, nothing is impossible
No one, no one, no one is unreachable
Nothing is impossible

His love restores, His words are true
What this world breaks, His hands make new
So do not fear, not anymore,
He can heal what's broken and torn

His love restores, His words are true
What this world breaks, His hands make new
So do not fear, not anymore,
He can heal what's broken and torn
He can heal what's broken and torn
His love restores, His love restores

Friday, October 4, 2013

October Joy Dare ~ 4

Today I rejoice in the name of my Savior Jesus.

The prompt is WRITE:
I want to write everyday to clear the cobwebs from my mind.
I write a note to a friend,
a pray request or
I write a pray to my kids.
Writing is what make me feel like I am alive.
If  I didn't write I would be holding it all in my head.
My head that is full of songs and worries.
What a troubling combination.
So, I pray the Lord will take my worries, my burdens and give me a new song.
My heart cries for a song of joy and release from the worries of this world.
After I have written the pray in an email or a text to a friend I push, "SEND" 
and there is release.
I wish that when I say a prayer I could push "SEND" and have instance release.
So, today I write the thought of my heart to share with my sisters at "FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY" 
hoping that one of them will be blessed that they are not alone.
Thank you Jesus for the gift of the WRITTEN WORD, the Bible.
Thank you for a written language,
so that I may write.

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." (John 14:26-27, ESV)

Just Say Jesus

Life gets tough, and times get hard 
It's hard to find the truth in all the lies 

If you're tired of wondering why 
Your heart isn't healing 
And nothing feels like home 
Cause you're lost and alone just screaming at the sky 

When you don't know what to say 
Just say Jesus 
There is power in the name 
The name of Jesus 
If the words won't come 
Cause you're to afraid to pray 
Just say Jesus 

Whisper it now, or shout it out 
However it comes out, He hears your cry 
Out of nowhere He will come, you got to believe it 
He will rescue you 
Just call out to the Way, The Truth, The Light 

When you don't know what to say 
Just say Jesus 
There is power in the name 
The name of Jesus 
If the words won't come 
Cause you're to afraid to pray 
There is just one name 
Strong enough to save 
There is just one name 
There is just one name 

When you don't know what to say 
Just say Jesus 
There's still power in the name 
The name of Jesus 
If the words wont come 
Cause you're to afraid to pray 
If the words wont come 
And you don't know what to say 
Just say Jesus

The patchwork of life

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October Joy Dare ~ 3

God's Great Dance Floor

♫ I'm coming back to the start
Where You found me
I'm coming back to Your heart
Now I surrender
Take me
This all I can bring

I'm coming back to the start
I got the freedom
In here we feel Your heart
Your heartbeat for us
Take me
This all I can bring...♫

This is the song that I woke up to this morning on Air1.
    18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 
    19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 
(Luke 15: 18,19 ESV)


Karen Ehman has a new book called "Let it Go". Her current ministry is to woman
who have taken it all on themselves...family, church, community...trying to be God.
That is what we need to Surrender.
All the busy work in our lives is just feeding pigs, if it is not what God wants us to do.
However, when you are raising kids and doing all the "mom stuff",
 most days it is just about hanging on.
Today I once again come to the throne of Grace.
I ask the Lord to sort out the motives of the past.
Most days I know that I have been doing the "Mom Thing"
with little though past the lights out at 10 o'clock.
I am so thankful that HE has turned my mourning into dancing.

Psalm 30

1 I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up

and have not let my foes rejoice over me.

2 LORD my God, I cried to you for help,

and you have healed me.
3 LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.a

4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints,

and give thanks to his holy name.b

5 For his anger is but for a moment,

and his favor is for a lifetime.c
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,

“I shall never be moved.”

7 By your favor, O LORD,

you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.

8 To you, O LORD, I cry,

and to the Lord I plead for mercy:

9 “What profit is there in my death,d

if I go down to the pit?e
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me!
LORD, be my helper!”

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;

you have loosed my sackcloth

and clothed me with gladness,

12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
Then when the sunset I will continue to Rejoice.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October Joy Dare ~ 2

    by Elanor Farjeon

    ♫ Morning has broken like the first morning;
    Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
    Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
    Praise for them springing fresh from the Word!

    Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven,
    Like the first dewfall on the first grass.
    Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
    Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.

    Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning,
    Born of the one light Eden saw play!
    Praise with elation; praise ev’ry morning,
    God’s recreation of the new day! 

    As I view the crescent moon this morning at 6:30 am this song flooded my brain.

    22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;b
    His mercies never come to an end;
    23 they are new every morning;
    great is Your faithfulness.
    24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in Him.”

    (Lamentations 3: 22-24 ESV)

    Marsha and Guy D'orange
    My cats were satisfied that I was feeding them, my singing to them was of no consequence.

    Today I rejoice in another day to praise my Creator and Savior.

    photo credit: Johanna Burnham Photography

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Joy Dare - Year 2


Last year I did a joy dare in October. This was a daily blog post giving a reason to rejoice.

This year I am going to use reflections from a Women's Retreat our church had last weekend.

This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.
(Psalm 118:24 ESV)

Weekend before last my oldest sister and I went on a trip up the Oregon coast looking for light houses while traveling between our daughters in Arcata,CA and Eugene, OR.

Coquille River Lighthouse

In Crescent City we picked  up this little hitch-hiker, Ranger Bear.  He now travels with me. In up coming days  I will share the places and thought from my 2 week journey.

Today in the blog "the Better mom" shares "5 fact my daughter really need to know." I will share this with my 3 daughters on Facebook. They are beautiful, precious, delightful, protected and love.
The great thing about these "5 facts" is that Jesus wants us to know these things about ourselves as his daughters.

I rejoice today, because I am a daughter  of the King of  Kings.

Palm 45
8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; 
from palaces adorned with ivory 
the music of the strings makes you glad. 

9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women; 
at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir. 

10 Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: 
Forget your people and your father's house. 

11 The king is enthralled by your beauty; 
honor him, for he is your lord.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

One Season at a Time Please

"The heart of man plans his way,
but  the Lord establishes his steps."

                                 Wednesday, September 4, 2013 ~ the beginning of a new era in my life. 35 years ago I began a journey that took me from all my hopes and dreams to see things and do thing that I would never have imagined in my small berg of the Northern California High Desert. Moving to L.A. my life was totally changed in a different direction. I made the choice to leave the comfort of home, but had no idea where I was going or what I would be doing. Such is the carefree heart of a teenage girl, just one month after my 19th birthday. The only goal in my life was to be a Mom and that goal was not truly met for "13 years"!
                                   Fast forward 35 years. My greatest goal to being a Mommie and train up my children in the way they should go has been realized. (Prov. 22:6) Each child has gone their own way seeking the will of God for their own life.(Prov. 19:21)  My prayer being that the Lord will  rule in their hearts and minds, and that they will be thankful. (Col. 3:15) My oldest daughter living off on her own and driving a school bus in her own words, "to create consistency in their little lives." The two younger girls experiencing university life in two different cities as juniors, spreading The Light. (Matt.5:16) Leaving my son at home to shine His light as a senior at high school.
                                    Loosing my job in July allowed me precious time to spend with the girls before they left home. Refocusing on the goal, no long a "get by job", but to encourage heart that they may know Christ. (Col. 2: 1-3) So, how does that look? How do I translate that into income to make a living? What is most important to me? It seems I am standing in front a blank canvas of future. I have some dreams in my head that I want to put into the future plan, but the part that glues it all together has not been revealed.
                                   Autumn has always been my favorite season. Now I approach the Autumn of my life. Truly, raising my children was the Summer of Life for me. The heat, the long days, reading books under the giant valley oak in the back yard. The teachable moment of: frogs in the lawn, kittens being born, the smell of hot horse, as well as, bee stings, scraped chin or forehead from bike accidents, and when we have to start school the bitter-sweet moments of fresh new books with new assignments with due dates.
                                   Next it is time to sort the jean that have to cover the scrape knee scares. Time to trim the toe nails a little shorter to fit in the sneakers and reacquaint myself with the hoody collection in my the closet. I have run out of analogies and thoughts to go with the future. It is time to dream.
                                    I got an amazing offer from my sister to take a trip the final week-end of summer. When I return  I will be ready for a new season. I am thankful the seasons of life do not come in bombardment like "cinnamon pine cones" being sold before Labor Day. I will rest in the Lord for He has a plan for me with a hope and future. (Jerem. 29:11)    I want to glorify God in whatever I do. 

                    For more on Glorifying God this 5 minutes video was posted today by Karen Ehman.