ESG: My Favourite Picture of the Month October

These are my favorite pictures for the month of October.

This is from the 29th and it was the evening that my youngest daughter was leaving to drive across country to live in Colorado.  Lots of smiles but also some tears thrown in.  I already miss her very much!!img_9325

Random cloud picture.  I love taking pictures of clouds.  They are always beautiful.img_9293

This is from our annual ladies’ retreat.  These ladies are my sisters in Christ and I love them dearly!  I love forward to this retreat every year.  Good fellowship, good teaching, good food and great friends!dsc_1127-1

This and That

The days seem to fly by quicker and quicker each month. February has been typical, weather wise.  We did have a 60 degree day on Monday.  The temperature has gone right back to normal but it was a preview of things to come.  Tonight we’re supposed to get snow but just a dusting.  Once those warmer temperatures come around, I’m ready for spring!
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My Scripture memory is coming along well!  I have memorized Psalm 25:4-5 and Romans 8:25.  For the next two weeks, I’m working on Isaiah 40:28-31.  I’ve got the first two verses memorized and almost the last two.  It is definitely the Lord’s grace in helping me remember these verses.  It has been a good exercise for my brain and even better for my soul.  I am not trying to memorize one a week or anything like that; just plugging along until I get my list completed.  You can find my list on the pages sidebar in the upper left-hand corner.  Next to some of them I have put how many weeks it should take me to memorize.  Those are just estimates!
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I served the homeless last Tuesday and we had a good crowd.  The 1st Tuesday of each month, we serve hot sliced ham, corn, roasted potatoes, a green salad and a fruit salad, rolls and dessert.  We have been averaging about 70-90 men (and some ladies) each month.  We have a group of 5 people who make and serve the meals and we have a total of 4 teams so each team serves 3 times a year.  I always look forward to it.  After we serve, our team usually goes out to lunch and that’s a fun time of fellowship!
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Tomorrow I’m having lunch with a friend who suffers from a chronic illness.  We have been trying to get together for weeks now.  Either she has been out of town, I have been out of town, she’s been too sick, it has snowed or something has derailed our plans.  Lord willing, I will see her tomorrow and we’ll have the afternoon to catch up on things.  Julianne will be gone on a field trip all day so I won’t need to pick her up from co-op.
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Tomorrow night is my weekly Bible study with a friend and we always meet at Panera Bread.  We have a wonderful meal together, a time for sharing of the things in our lives and a time to study.  I can’t think of a nicer way to pass the evening.
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That’s about all from here.  I’ll leave you with my memory verse for the next two weeks.  It has been such an encouragement to me to memorize this verse and to know that the Lord is the one who will help me when I’m weary and tired…and He will never fail!!

Isaiah 40:28-31:
Do  you know know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not be faint. 

Odds and Ends

I recited my memory verse to my husband this week.  Who, by the way, is back home after being away for two weeks!!  The reason I didn’t recite it to Trish was because I wasn’t in church yesterday.  My ocular rosacea was bothering me again and it is not a pretty sight.  Next week I will say both verses, Lord willing.

This week looks to be a quiet one.  I’m trying to tackle homekeeping items that only occur once in a while.  Today I took down all the shower curtains and washed them.  If you throw them in the washer with a bunch of towels, they scrub the curtain clean.  I also dry it in the dryer.  I’ve never had a problem with it; I just dry it on low heat and it comes out looking so nice!

Next on my list is organizing the two top shelves in my pantry.  I have to admit that I haven’t looked up there in a while as they are fairly high.  I know I need to get rid of some old crockpots and other dishes that I haven’t used in a while.

As far as my calendar looks right now I will be home most of the week except when I pick up Julianne from co-op.  The only night I will be out is when I take Julianne to That Dance Thing and attend a Women’s Fellowship at church.  We haven’t had one in a long time and I’m really looking forward to it.

The verse I’m memorizing this week is Romans 8:25.  It’s a good for me to remember this because I can be impatient to see the Lord work in my life and in others’ lives…..especially my children.

“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

Various Updates

We are on our second (or is it third) heat wave of the summer. Last week we had a break and it was so wonderful. It felt like early autumn with warm days and cool evenings. Yesterday we set a record of 103. Ouch! Today is it much cooler at 96….break out the sweaters! We just had a storm go through and that’s the first rain we’ve had here at our house since the end of May. I get a day’s break from watering my flowers.
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I have been enjoying my Kindle! I take it everywhere and I’ve been reading a lot more than usual. It’s so lightweight. Today I ordered “What is the Gospel” by Greg Gilbert for free!! This is only for a limited time so order soon! (HT: Tim Challies)
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There hasn’t actually been much going on these past few weeks. There are the usual homekeeping duties that keep me busy; Julianne is still doing history, algebra and Spanish through the summer but the heat has been keeping us inside for the most part.
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Next week it’s supposed to be somewhat cooler so I’m planning on going blueberry picking at a nearby farm. I hope to pick enough and freeze them to last until next year. I’ve got room in my freezer and I will definitely use them. I make a lot of blueberry muffins through the year and cobblers during the summer.

I haven’t been cooking a lot but I have been grilling: Italian sausage, hamburgers, corn, chicken, etc. Yum and more yum. 🙂
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Here’s a quote that I read last night from A Praying Life that really encouraged me: “The name of Jesus gives my prayers royal access. They get through. Jesus isn’t just the Savior of my soul. He’s also the Savior of my prayers. My prayers come before the throne of God as the prayers of Jesus. ‘Asking in Jesus’ name’ isn’t another thing I have to get right so my prayers are perfect. It is one more gift of God because my prayers are so imperfect.”

Have a blessed day!

More Pictures

All these pictures were taken by Julianne with her new Nikon D3000 that she received for Christmas.

The “enemy”.
Ok, can she possibly be any cuter?

More cuteness from Dasher.

Jim and Carolyn, our former pastor/teacher and his wife, who were back to visit when our church celebrated its 20th anniversary this past Sunday. They are now missionaries to Mexico City!

Michael being funny!

Dasher with her bat ears!!

Arwen, looking like a puppy.
Arwen with her best “sad” face. She’s such a beautiful beagle!

Let It Snow?

It’s December 5th and it’s snowing in Richmond; now it’s gone as quickly as it came and we are left with more rain! It seems we have had rain on and off for a few months. We had 9.60″ of rain in November, which set a record. I hope it turns colder so any more rain this month will turn to snow!

I went up for a few days to see my mom. She is doing ok but misses my dad a lot. I know the holidays are going to be hard. She did put up a tree and I was glad to hear that. I’m planning on going back before Christmas and I’m hoping I can talk her into visiting. I can only hope!

My house isn’t decorated yet but I hope to get to it this week. I was telling a friend that I decorate less and less each year. I will put up our tree and then will probably just decorate here and there. I’m really trying to focus more on the true meaning of the season. It seems it is getting lost more and more. I was happy to see that Target had Merry Christmas signs up. That’s unusual!

I hope to get back to regular blogging soon; I’ve missed being here 🙂 May you have a blessed Lord’s Day tomorrow!