Sunday, November 22, 2015


This picture was taken some weeks ago - we recently got snow and the leaves have
fallen so things are looking a bit different around here now. I am thankful for
 the changing beauty that we can enjoy.
 We are blessed with Ken's parents visiting us right now and we have also been busily sewing this afternoon trying to get everything finished up so we can deliver our Operation Christmas Child boxes tomorrow morning so I did not manage to get a big post up but I did want to share a couple of verses on being thankful. I really think that learning to be thankful can be life changing. If you don't live life with an attitude of gratitude I would recommend starting. Just start thinking about, writing out, praying about all the things you are thankful for. If you feel frustrated with your husband start listing all the reasons you do thank God for him. If your kids are driving you crazy - start thanking God for them and list reasons. Your whole attitude can change when you learn to be thankful.

Here are some verses that I love:

 "Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father." Ephesians 5:20

"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father." Col. 3:16 & 17

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Operation Christmas Child Week

This is the week to drop of shoeboxes that are packed with all sorts of fun stuff to be sent to some needy child. This is something that our kids have enjoyed doing for many years now. It is a really fun way to cause them to think about others and to really embrace giving. If you didn't plan to do so already I just wanted to mention the idea in case it would be something you could do this week. I think your family plus the child would be blessed by it.

  Here are some links that could be helpful:

Operation Christmas Child -Packing your shoebox

A Missionary's insight into what is good for boxes.

Another post with insight from distribution.

Posts from various years about our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox packing:


2010 Bags for our boxes

2011 (Skirt and shirt tutorial)


Clothespin dolls could be a fun addition to a box.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Why I Believe We Need to Confess Our Sins

  Admitting that I have done something wrong isn't naturally very fun. To let go of my pride isn't all that easy. But from my study of scripture I have come to understand that confessing is necessary. So whether or not we find it easy or fun it is something that we should practice. I think that we will find that even though it doesn't seem fun at first - there is relief that is found when we confess our sins.

  Here are the verses that make me realize that I need to confess my sins:

    "If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us."  1 John 1:8-10

 " I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord"; and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found;" Psalm 32:5 & 6

 "Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." James 5:16

  We are to confess our sins to God but as we see in James we do also need to confess our sins to one another. We aren't supposed to be putting on this show of living some perfect life. We need to be honest and acknowledge our sins and then move forward from there with healing.

  I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Corn Husks, Acorns, Twigs and Leaves = a Pretty Cute Couple

My daughter Mara is an artist. Her favorite materials to work with are ones that she can roam around outside picking up from the garden or the woods. The outdoors was the inspiration for this sweet couple.

   My Sister and Brother-in-law gave her these cute (and big!) acorns that they had picked up down in Kansas (I remember picking some up when we lived there and thought that they were great fun to use for crafts also). Mara then promptly went to work creating some little people to go with the acorn heads. Aren't they quite adorable? She made another one today but I didn't get a picture of it yet. You might wonder about the purple on the outfits above - that comes from the husks of our Indian corn. It is fun to have a natural variety in colors.

   I was also in the creative mood today and had a blast cleaning the house and then decorating for Thanksgiving. I finally got the mantle varnished this week and then we set it in place (with construction adhesive to keep it there) and now I was free to decorate the mantle. This little couple is sitting there along with other fall inspired items. I will try to take more house pictures soon to share with you all.

   Do you enjoy decorating for fall? What is a favorite thing for you about this time of year?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Aaron Rides a Horse

 Aaron wants to be a rancher someday. As long as I can remember he has loved animals with his dearest dreams involving horses and dogs (and NEVER getting married!). He has really wanted to ride a horse for some time but we hadn't found a good opportunity for that beyond the little pony ride at the fair (which doesn't really count because they are hooked up to a pole).

   Aaron's 12 birthday was last month and I thought that one of the neatest presents we might be able to give him would be an opportunity to ride a horse (since we cannot actually get a horse itself and the getting of a puppy was already in the works). I looked all over and called a bunch of places in hopes of finding a trail riding opportunity but that doesn't seem to be available in our area.

   I did however find some horse riding lessons and so we signed him up for one of those. The lady teaching the lesson was quite nice and Aaron had a nice hour of learning about horses and learning the basics of riding a horse.

   Above he got to brush the horse down carefully before saddling him for a ride.
 Aaron learned how to guide the horse around all the poles.
 It was a chilly and wet day so they had their lesson in the indoor arena.
Finally - up on a horse!

I found that I was indeed still allergic to horses and cats (which were also there in abundance). I spent the rest of the day sneezing and then feeling weary.

  It was fun to be able to give a gift that created a memory instead of just causing us to have more stuff. Have you ever given or received a gift of that sort which was a hit?

Sunday, November 8, 2015

We're Celebrating Today!

 Today was an exciting day around here. Megan after much thinking (for months), made the decision to be buried with Christ in baptism. She desired to have her sins washed away and to be saved. I am very happy about her decision!
 She is our youngest child and the last one to make this decision. I can't tell you just how happy it makes me that all of our kids have made this choice. That certainly doesn't mean their journey is completed - in fact it has just begun. But I do know that they have all decided to run this race towards the prize of eternity in heaven and I am excited to see their journey.

  I can very much relate to this verse:

" I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth." 3 John 4

I am so blessed! 


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