Wednesday, March 20, 2019


On the first day of spring, I waded around to the deck with a shovel and cleared a corner to set up my camp chair (still sandy from the beach!) to knit in the sunshine and breathe some fresh air. 

Meanwhile, my brother-in-law is shoveling around his greenhouses to be able to open up the sides and save tiny, tender plants from too much heat on a sunny day like this. It doesn't look much like spring here, so maybe I'll still have time to wear my kofte before wool is too warm again!

P.S. I'm still sorting photos from the past weeks when I find time, so I'll clear up the mystery later.

Thursday, March 14, 2019


Here is a pictorial sneak-preview to show why I've been offline these weeks. More pictures and stories to follow...

Friday, March 1, 2019

He is Still Good

Are you going through hard times?

Does your life seem out of control?

Do you have just 10 minutes to get some encouragement?
Watch Katie's story here: If Not, He is Still Good

I am blessed and challenged each time I hear Katie. 

While her journey with Lyme disease is not the same as mine, there are so many familiar points.

And no matter what we are going through, we all need to work at telling ourselves the life-giving truth.

It's NOT all about me. It's all about HIM!

[All photos are screenshots from the Revive Our Hearts YouTube video at the link above.]

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dorothy's 2nd Birthday in Heaven

As stated in the past, Dorothy loved birthdays! I am sure this year is no exception.

A young boy from church was thinking of Dorothy last summer, and what he told his mom is perfect to remember on her second birthday in Heaven.

"Brock just said out of the blue, 'I bet Dorothy is having fun in heaven with God'!"

And though we miss celebrating Dort's 60th birthday with her, think of the big birthday hugs she can share with her dad and mom again!!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Stepping-Stones or Stumbling Blocks

"Circumstances have formed Ethel."

"Circumstances! What an ambiguous word! Either Providence pointing to duty, or the world drawing us from it."

"Stepping-stones, or stumbling blocks."

- from The Daisy Chain by Charlotte Mary Yonge

Do you like to read aloud, record, and do simple audio-editing? Come join us in recording this book HERE.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Roundabout Way III

Continued from A Roundabout Way II 

"God did not directly take Israel into the Land of Promise. Had they traveled northeast along the Mediterranean Sea on one of the main trade routes, the 'Philistine Highway,' God would have had them in the land in less than a week. Instead, God led them the opposite direction, south, down to Mount Sinai. This was not because of Israel's unbelief or disobedience, rather this was by God's instruction and direction so that He might reveal more of Himself to them.

"Notice that God's perfect will is not necessarily the shortest distance between two points. His greatest desire for our lives is to transform us from our sinful, estranged state into the likeness of Christ so that we might enjoy intimate fellowship with God. The same such communion Adam experienced with his Creator in the Garden of Eden before the Fall. In a sense, God's purpose for every believer is to return us to that 'pre-fall' state and experience of Adam. However, this is rarely a quick and hurried process. The focus is to be changed into His image, to be like Christ, not to do for Christ. God did not make us 'human doings,' but 'human beings!'"

- Jerry Benjamin

Monday, February 18, 2019

"Spring" Christmas Tree

When driving by our home December through January, you could see white lights on the deck and porch railings and the old "bottle-brush" Christmas tree from the telephone office in our chilly porch.

But from one seat in the family room we could enjoy two Christmas trees at once.

Having needed eye-glasses since grade-school, I cannot remember a Christmas without the colorful, overlapping balls of light when I take my glasses off. 

But this year's tree was unique in that it "thought" it was spring indoors and started growing by New Year's! 

A few years we have had trees cut from our place bud indoors, but never grow this many inches! 

We enjoyed our fragrant, growing Christmas tree into February before "planting" it in a snowbank out front. Now we are enjoying it covered with snow.