Sunday, February 28, 2010


Saturday, February 27, 2010 was a day to remember
A horrid earthquake in Chile
And a Tsunami Warning for 1/4 of the world.

Last year while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico,
we never thought "Tsunami"

World, I think we've had a wake up call!

Friday night I was at a worship event and my "God Nudge"came
I was to read Psalm 114.  So I did. 
For your reading pleasure, here it is from
Copied from The Message interpretation:

Psalm 114

1-8 After Israel left Egypt, the clan of Jacob left those barbarians behind;
Judah became holy land for him,
Israel the place of holy rule.
Sea took one look and ran the other way;
River Jordan turned around and ran off.
The mountains turned playful and skipped like rams,
the hills frolicked like spring lambs.
What's wrong with you, Sea, that you ran away?
and you, River Jordan, that you turned and ran off?
And mountains, why did you skip like rams?
and you, hills, frolic like spring lambs?
Tremble, Earth! You're in the Lord's presence!
in the presence of Jacob's God.
He turned the rock into a pool of cool water,
turned flint into fresh spring water.

Did you get goose bumps reading that?

"Sea took one look and ran the other way..."

"What's wrong with you Sea, that you ran away..."

"Tremble, Earth! You're in the Lord's presence!"

World...wake up!!!

It isn't global warming
It isn't el nino
It isn't "the weather man"

"Tremble, Earth!  You're in the Lord's Presence!"

During the Tsunami threat yesterday I was in prayer
Calling out to the ocean floor to deepen
So the waters could go down
instead of out causing damage

Thank you Lord for holding back the waters!
You are the Holy One
In Your Presence, we tremble!
Holy is the Lord!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Against the background of a snowy deck and backyard
Sits my new colorful pot of....grass!

In the midst of winter with a record-high snowfall
my friend, Prairie Woman, gave me a pot of....grass!

After all, who doesn't think of grass in the middle of February!

My first reaction in unwrapping this gift was to giggle with glee
And thank her for the promise of life and hope despite winter!

After three months of solid white, green is a welcome change.

Grass grows in the winter, too!
Look how unruly this "hair" is!  It definitely has "life"

It has been so much fun to grab a scissors
and begin snipping...just like a haircut
Clump after clump of trimmings drop down
Cleaning up the sides, thinning out the top
Meet Flat Top!  All trimmed up for the week
Despite the circumstances in your life
Is there there life?

Sometimes circumstances feel like winter
Cold, frozen and never going away!

I'm here to tell you, spring is coming!
Look for the green.  There is hope!

Here's another secret...there is nothing
like the smell of fresh clipped grass.

In the summer and now for me, in the winter!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Meal for Friends

Last weekend I made a meal for some friends that just had a baby.  How I hurried to get this special meal together.  I hurried because there was a baby to hold!!

You may remember this post regarding lunch with a friend.  I wanted this meal to be fun and easy for the New-Baby-Family.  The final menu played out like this:

1 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 t. salt
1 pound hamburger

Now for the fun...mix all of the ingredients...WITH YOUR HANDS!
Squish it between your fingers to mix well.
Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Heap hamburger mixture into a 1/2 cup measuring cup
and drop onto the sprayed baking sheet.

Combine 2/3 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1 1/2 t. yellow mustard for the topping.

With the back of a spoon, make an indentation into each meat loaf.
Fill each indentation with the filling.
Bake for 50 minutes.
Scrub the outside of 6 baking potatoes
Pierce the potatoes and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Split the warm potato and scooped the inside into a bowl.
After all potatoes are "scooped", mash the
potatoes with warm milk, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper.
Fill each potato shell with the mashed mixture
Bake potatoes in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes


All food was delivered in disposable containers so no dishes
needed to be washed and returned.
The best part of the meal was Baby Naomi that I got to
hold while Dad and Mom enjoyed a hot meal!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Husband

Happy Valentine's Day to The Husband!
You may found it funny that I call him "The Husband"
The Husband gives nicknames to close family and friends
Newly married, he was looking for my nickname
And I became "The Wife"
A name that no one else can call me
Thus, he became The Husband

The Husband brings joy wherever he goes
He definitely is an Encourager
Here he has his Turkey Headdress
on for a Thanksgiving Day dinner

The Husband has a secret recipe for pancakes
This is not a recipe to be shared
Because he wants to be the one to bless people
by making a meal for them!

Staying home with our Three Kidlets
from birth to the time they leave the house
The Husband as been Mr. Dad
giving his all for the Kidlets
Including playing soccer and baseball,
being the carpool Dad,
putting on bandaids and so much more.

Happy Valentines Day to The Husband

I love you forever!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Railroad tracks.
Where do they go
from where did they come?
They are a well-defined path
for the train to stay on course.

Recently I felt that God-Nudge
to step out and do something undefined.
I responded to the nudge with a
"Yes, Lord, of course I will go..."
...until the night before the event when all kinds
of excuses to cancel, to back out
seemed justified.  And then He spoke again

"Many have not walked
in the fullness of their destiny
because of fear"

I was looking for a straight path
I was looking for the well-defined way
and fear was keeping me from stepping out

I packed my suitcase out of obedience
after hearing that Nudge Word.
With a renewed confidence I fulfilled
the God Nudge and went to the event.

Pursuing the fullness of my destiny may be a
plowed path full of bumps and ruts
or it may be smooth like train tracks.
But fear should never be something that stops
me in my tracks.

Lord, God, it is Your path that I pursue.
Thank you for loving me and for the Nudge.
Thank you for walking with me on whatever
path You take me on.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Ascribe = Give

Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;
worship the Lord in the splendor his his holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon...
...The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.

Lord, I ascribe praise to you for the beauty
and wonder that winter brings us.