30 June 2011

Gift for a Baby

A friend of mine is expecting a little boy, so there was some sewing and crocheting to be done! What better reason than a baby? This friend worked at my doctor's office the first few years I was there. She is great at starting IV's, changing pic line dressings and took excellent care of me. I know she will be a wonderful mama!

The blanket pattern is available for free from Lion Brand. It is pattern number 20303 - "Little Victory" blanket.

28 June 2011


Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.
Henry David Thoreau

26 June 2011

23 June 2011

Thankful For

~The picture Miranda made me.
~A gift from Tim and Erin - as they said it is something for me to look forward to
~Kisses from Gavin
~An IV
~Homemade hand lotion
~Knightly running to greet me
~Theresa's advise
~Hot chocolate
~Murray River Australian Flake Salt
~I Love This Yarn in Buttercup
~This chocolate bar

22 June 2011

JUST ONE - How True It Is

"Ruby Gillis says when she grows up she's going to have ever so many beaus on the string and have them all crazy about her; but I think that would be too exciting. I'd rather have just one in his right mind."
Anne of Green Gables

20 June 2011

Truly Great Great-Grandparents!

Truly Great Great-Grandparents!

Click the link above for an excellent article on older generations and being "green."

19 June 2011

2011 Reading

Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of your Child
Anthony Esolen

"We are, as I've said, the first generation of human beings who will spend most of their waking hours indoors. Whether this marks the next stage of our intellectual development as a species is doubtful."

"...the premise of our educational system is that children need to be socialized into a managed world. We talk a great deal about independence, but we loathe it..."

"Recall that the imagination is a natural faculty in man. Some people make the mistake of fostering it, but it is often so powerful on its own that it will assert itself if we simply allow people to live what used to pass for an ordinary life."

18 June 2011

Sarah and Noah's Camping Adventure

Noah and I spent two nights camping at a local state park. I enjoyed reading by the campfire while Noah rode his bike. We also spent time at the beach.

Gluten Free Camping Menu
(all cooked over the campfire using this great camping grid)

Thursday supper: leftover Noah's Casserole

Friday lunch: waffle burgers
cast iron waffle iron from Lehman's

Friday supper: tin foil dinners and hot chocolate

More Florida Pictures

Gavin loved the pool

With Uncle Randy and Aunt Kristine

Citrus Tower

Orlando Airport

Florida = ♥Family♥ and Sunshine!

Gavin's first plane ride

Outing to a natural spring pool and a make your own pancakes restaurant

Uncle Randy took Ellie, Gavin and me to the Gulf Coast

Spending time with family

07 June 2011

Chicken and Gluten Free Pasta

Miranda was here when we had this for dinner. She thought it was delicious! I thought so too and made it again today with penne noodles.

Prepare gluten free pasta according to package directions.
I use the energy saver method: cook pasta for 2 minutes in boiling water, cover, turn off heat and let sit for 20 minutes
drain pasta then coat with Earthbalance (or sunflower oil) and herbs:
thyme, basil, turmeric and a little oregano
add salt and pepper to taste

While the pasta is cooking cut the chicken into bit size pieces, coat with basil, thyme, turmeric and a little oregano. Cook until done and then add to the finished pasta.

06 June 2011

Normandy Speech: Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Norm...

Excerpts from President Reagan's speech on the 40th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy. Today marks the 67th anniversary.

Gentlemen, I look at you and I think of the words of Stephen Spender’s poem. You are men who in your “lives fought for life . . . and left the vivid air signed with your honor.” I think I know what you may be thinking right now — thinking, “We were just part of a bigger effort; everyone was brave that day.” Well, everyone was.

All of these men were part of a roll call of honor with names that spoke of a pride as bright as the colors they bore: the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Poland’s 24th Lancers, the Royal Scots Fusiliers, the Screaming Eagles, the Yeomen of England’s armored divisions, the forces of Free France, the Coast Guard’s “Matchbox Fleet” and you, the American Rangers. Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love.

The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt. You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you. The Americans who fought here that morning knew word of the invasion was spreading through the darkness back home. They thought — or felt in their hearts, though they couldn’t know in fact, that in Georgia they were filling the churches at 4 a.m., in Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying, and in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell.

Here, in this place where the West held together, let us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Let our actions say to them the words for which Matthew Ridgway listened: “I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.” Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their valor, and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died. Thank you very much, and God bless you all.

02 June 2011

On Dating and a Broken Heart

"Knowing that you are living between the already and the not yet tells you where you are located in God's story of redemption...Already God has given us his Word as our guide. Already he has sent his Son to live, die and rise again for our salvation. Already he has given us his Spirit to live within us. But the world has not yet been restored. Sin has not yet been completely eradicated. We have not yet been formed in the perfect likeness of Jesus. Suffering, sadness, and death are not yet no more. It is hard to live in the middle, but that is exactly where we live. We live in a world that is still sadly and terribly broken."
-Paul David Tripp

There are many examples of how this world is fallen, but right now the area of marriage is foremost in my mind. God created man then He created woman because it wasn’t good for the man to be alone. God created women to bring glory to Him through being wives and mothers. Getting married though or even meeting a Christian guy is quite difficult.

WORLD magazine recently printed several articles on dating and marriage that reminded me I am not alone in waiting for a husband. One female student was quoted as saying, “I am extremely frustrated by the dating process. I’m traditional. I believe in the man asking the woman out. Women don’t get asked out.” The article continues with quoting Ellyn Arevalo, “They don’t ask anyone out. It is alternately frustrating and extremely painful. Your hands are tied.” I have experienced this even with on-line dating. Men simply don’t initiate and so the wait gets very long.

Then one day a guy did ask and I was absolutely thrilled. He is a Christian, likes to read, didn’t play video games and treated me so well. I have been on a lot of first dates and turned many guys down, but this one was different. I actually liked him. He said he would meet my family, we dated for a couple months, talked about marriage and then he sent a text to say he was moving on. In the end I think it came down to one issue that I didn’t realize was an issue until shortly before he sent the text. Having been so careful about dating it was completely unexpected to end up with a broken heart.

Even though I liked him a great deal I never let my standards for physical purity down and to his credit he never pressured me. For that I am thankful. I felt bad that we even held hands. That was something I had saved and I gave it away to someone that I didn’t end up marrying. If we had kissed it would have been more difficult.

The hardest part to get over was being emotionally attached to him. “If you are dedicated to emotional purity, you are afraid. You either risk nothing or you risk everything.” (Hannah Farver, as quoted in WORLD Magazine) I didn’t mean to date, for so long, someone I wasn’t going to marry. Casual dating is not what I do, so I was attached. In the end that made it a hard fall.

So, what is a girl to do? Always risking nothing is not an option if you want to get married. I didn’t go into this relationship thinking it was short term. I went into it asking myself if I would marry him and when the answer was yes then I risked it.

The following are dating principles that will help keep the heart aches to a minimum and leave you the most to give your husband.

Wait until you are ready to marry to date.

Only date a Christian and be sure to ask how they believe you are saved.

Talk more than you text.

If you are going to hold hands save the rest for after you are engaged and married.

Spend time in real life situations (visiting family and engaging in conversation).

If you wouldn’t marry them then don’t date them.

Let a gentleman be a gentleman – allow him to open doors and do others thing to treat you like a lady. Thank him and be respectful.

Wait for a godly man – he will be more than worth it.

Settling for someone who is rude, pressures you in unbiblical ways and doesn’t treat you well is not a good idea.

Guard against thinking that there is always someone better. Once you are married you will not want thoughts like that in your mind and they start from dating around.

Keep your relationship always before the Lord in prayer.

Should you need to end the relationship refrain from sending a text. Take someone with you or call if that will not work. Even though texting is common it is not a kind way to end a relationship.

There are regrets I have about this relationship. I didn’t catch that there was something we needed to talk about and I did not pray consistently about it. Yet by God’s grace nothing happened that I would be ashamed to tell you and for that I am grateful.

It is overwhelming to be back waiting for my husband, however, God works all things for the good for those that love Him – even long waits!

“The real things haven’t changed.

It is still best to be honest and truthful;

to make the most of what we have;

to be happy with simple pleasures;

and have courage when things go wrong.”

~Laura Ingalls Wilder