Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Simple Things of Life

July 27, 2012

This is a simple poem. I wrote it several years ago, when my children were younger. Sometimes the most profound thoughts are spurred on by the most simple things. Sometimes we just need to remember what is important¬† — what is right now important, and yet, long-lasting important.

Simple Things



babies feet


pail and shovel


ice cream cones


bedtime stories

Lucy, The Wardrobe and Aslan

hot chocolate


dinner at six

mashed potatoes

It’s A Wonderful Life


God’s Love

Simple Daisies


My son is home from Iraq!

August 17, 2010

My son came home for about a week’s leave after spending the last 18 months in Iraq. We haven’t had him home since January 2009. The weather was just gorgeous when we picked him up from the airport early this morning, and he approved. That’s a high compliment considering he’s been stationed in Hawaii for the last few years and loves it there.

After he ate a hearty breakfast his sister and I made for him, he set up his drums and played for awhile.

It’s a good thing. ūüôā

I’m so glad he’s here. I’ve missed him so much.

Astoria Trip

August 8, 2010

My husband and I traveled to Astoria, Oregon last weekend. We stayed at my parents’ home and visited with Russell’s sister as well. The trip was beautiful.

Near Clatskanie, on our way to Astoria

I had almost forgotten the treasure that lies beyond the Portland metropolitan area.

Clouds rolling in from the ocean

Looking at hills of Washington, clouds from the Pacific Ocean

Looking toward Washington hills, clouds from the Pacific Ocean

The ubiquitous clouds came rolling in, almost at the boundary of Astoria, like I always remembered them.

Tree on the trail at Cullaby Lake

Russell and I joined others at the popular Cullaby Lake….

Russell ahead on the trail

….and walked a trail worthy of hobbits and wizards.

boat on Cullaby Lake

A trip to Astoria

The weekend was full of family and friends, and a delightful time with my best friend, Russell.

Grace vs. Works

October 5, 2009

After listening to a sermon and also this one,as well as this one (TAG: “Household of Faith Community Church Gresham“) online full of works-based and man-made theology, my heart was grieved for the one preaching it and those who actually support and believe his message. So much emphasis on the actions, accomplishments and boasting of humans’ righteous acts, and so little spoken of the Living Savior Jesus. Before the sermon was even done, I could predict exactly what was going to be emphasized and even could recite some of the exact phrases used, because I’ve heard it so many times before.

However, now that this cult-of-personality preacher has culled his flock by marginializing those who don’t follow his ways of living, he’s become more emboldened to preach openly his beliefs that were there all along, and were subtly preached before. Those who tried to challenge his teachings left the church (though, some returned). Now he can start afresh without the hindrance of those who really weren’t “meant” to attend that particular local church. This is what happens when the Gospel of Grace is replaced with a works-based, Old Testament Law based message (and only the laws that they pick and choose to suit their interests). Take a look at this link about Christianized cult thinking here.

On Saturday night I had a wonderful experience of attending another different local church fellowship where the message was on Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest and Mediator (Hebrews chapter 4+). One of the ways I knew I had come out of some dark teachings was that I was filtering the preacher’s message with the filter of, “What’s he going to say about a woman’s role in sharing the Gospel?” And the answer was: Nothing. It wasn’t even on his radar. He never mentioned such a strange fixation on keeping women in the kitchen or following men’s leadership. The preacher in this other small fellowship I attended Saturday night emphasized the need that the “fields are white unto harvest”, and that we have an abundance of souls to meet their needs and show them the Savior. Not one word mentioned about how it’s a man’s responsibility to establish some “embassy” at home and wait for the world to come knocking on our door. Hmmmm, I started to notice that by the mere fact that I was filtering this man’s message whether he was going to emphasize some aspect of human flesh works and not on the finished Work of Christ confirmed for me, once again, that the teachings I had imbibed for years before were wrong and not the Gospel.

What a refreshing confirmation of the mercies of God this morning as well, when I received this devotion by C.H. Spurgeon in my inbox today. May God bring us Peace through Jesus Christ.

‚ÄúHe that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.‚ÄĚ – Mark 16:16

Mr. MacDonald asked the inhabitants of the island of St. Kilda how a man must be saved. An old man replied, ‚ÄúWe shall be saved if we repent, and forsake our sins, and turn to God.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúYes,‚ÄĚ said a middle-aged female, ‚Äúand with a true heart too.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúAye,‚ÄĚ rejoined a third, ‚Äúand with prayer‚ÄĚ; and, added a fourth, ‚ÄúIt must be the prayer of the heart.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúAnd we must be diligent too,‚ÄĚ said a fifth, ‚Äúin keeping the commandments.‚ÄĚ Thus, each having contributed his mite, feeling that a very decent creed had been made up, they all looked and listened for the preacher‚Äôs approbation, but they had aroused his deepest pity.

The carnal mind always maps out for itself a way in which self can work and become great, but the Lord’s way is quite the reverse.

Believing and being baptized are no matters of merit to be gloried in-they are so simple that boasting is excluded, and free grace bears the palm. It may be that the reader is unsaved-what is the reason? Do you think the way of salvation as laid down in the text to be dubious? How can that be when God has pledged his own word for its certainty? Do you think it too easy? Why, then, do you not attend to it? Its ease leaves those without excuse who neglect it. To believe is simply to trust, to depend, to rely upon Christ Jesus. To be baptized is to submit to the ordinance which our Lord fulfilled at Jordan, to which the converted ones submitted at Pentecost, to which the jailer yielded obedience the very night of his conversion. The outward sign saves not, but it sets forth to us our death, burial, and resurrection with Jesus, and, like the Lord’s Supper, is not to be neglected. Reader, do you believe in Jesus? Then, dear friend, dismiss your fears, you shall be saved. Are you still an unbeliever, then remember there is but one door, and if you will not enter by it you will perish in your sins. РCH Spurgeon

Joy To the World

December 21, 2008



“I think it’s a squirrel.” — Madagascar



I’m enjoying this unbelievable Winter snow with my family. My Christmas shopping isn’t done, though, and the roads outside my house are ice rinks. Time to get more baking done! ūüôā

Wedding Memories

January 25, 2008

Sunday, January 20th my son, Michael, married Nichole.¬† My husband, Russell, officiated the ceremony.¬† I didn’t cry during the wedding, because I’d already¬†cried the night before when he read me his message.¬† He preached the Gospel in the sermon to all who have ears to hear.¬† My husband is a living example of the message he preached that day, and I thank God for him.¬† We heard an “Amen!” from our¬†friend, Jeremy, during the preaching of the Word.¬† He and his wife, Amber, who are expecting their 4th child in a few weeks, stayed all day to help with¬†this wedding.¬† The wedding succeeded because of their tireless work, and we can’t thank¬†them enough for all their help.¬† My sister, Susan and her husband, Steve, provided photography for the event and were a source of encouragement and help in so many ways —¬† Thank you, and my sisters, Karen and Kris,¬†and Mom and Dad for all your help and just being there.¬† I also want to extend a GIGANTIC THANK-YOU!!! to all of our friends from HOFCC and¬† a great thumbs up to Steven E.¬†for his help with the sound equipment.¬† To Stauros and the¬†G. Family:¬† God bless you for being such a blessing to us, and to Mr.¬†Bill¬†G. for your servant heart in the kitchen!¬† To Don and Michelle F.:¬† Your¬†beautiful gift of service in love overwhelms me and your whole family is a blessing to us.¬† Mr. and Mrs. Tim and Janet S.:¬† Your family has¬†blessed us tremendously¬†with your sweet hands of help, thank you.¬† Thank you, too, Jason, for being a great friend to our family, and the¬†late-night discussions on theology and Star Wars ūüėČ

Here’s a silly attempt of mine to bake a “dry run” wedding cake.¬† Nichole’s relatives/friends ended up buying a wedding cake:

Let’s try baking a wedding cake

¬†Okay, so I’m not Martha Stewart, but the cake was delicious, with buttercream frosting(!), even if it didn’t grace the table at the wedding.¬† Here is a picture of the happy couple cutting their real wedding cake:

Cutting the Wedding Cake

Here’s a picture of the wedding party:

The wedding party

People do funny things at weddings.¬† They come hungry, tired, and they want their coffee, NOW!¬† There were at least 150 guests to feed and plenty of food for everyone.¬† Considering we weren’t catered and¬†provided the¬†refreshments ourselves and from family,¬†I think it went well.¬† My family and a few friends/families from HOFCC stayed and helped serve food and cleaned the facility with us.

Michael and Nichole left on an early morning flight this morning (6am) to Oahu, where my son is stationed in the Army:

Oahu beach

We pray that the Lord Jesus would just reveal Himself more and more to my son and his bride each day.¬† The words of God’s Holy Spirit, that my husband preached in his message are to be in our minds and hearts:

“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,¬† Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.¬† Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.¬† Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:   But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”¬† Philippian 2:1-11

A Birthday Greeting from my Mother

November 26, 2007

Spock and My Birthday

When I opened the card I heard a recording of Spock’s words, “Irritating.¬† Ah, yes; one of your Earth emotions.”

Live long and prosper

My dear mother cared enough to send me the very best card.¬† Thank you, Mom, for making me laugh! — Love, Kathleen

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