Tuesday, February 26, 2008
*remembering J as a curly-headed little 2 year old and being faced with the reality that he has actually grown while out of my presence into a very tall, curly-headed, witty, precocious, fun-loving, 11 year old boy!
burning his name in the bridge
(you must have cookies!)
everyday gift: boys on the way to becoming young men!
Friday, February 22, 2008
last night S, my cub scout crossed the bridge into boy scouting. where has the time gone? i am reminiscing and thought i would share this picture...C, as a bear scout is holding the banner waving and S, a wolf scout is behind wearing camo pants.
more later on the blue and gold banquet...
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
black capped chickadee
eurasian tree sparrow
common house sparrow
lucky, our pet duck (she loves to glean the seed that falls from the feeder! it is so funny to see her big webbed prints alongside the little sparrow tracks)
(please pardon the amateur photography!)
soaring overhead we have seen bald eagles, turkey vultures, red tailed hawks, and another hawk we have yet to positively identify, maybe a merlin? or a sharp-shinned hawk?
everyday gift: feathered friends
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
so when mark arrived home from a business trip on february 15 with a valenine gift, i was indeed surprised! just the thought of him browsing in gift shops makes me smile. unwrapping the awkward shaped package i discover this:
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup hot water
1 cup peanut butter
3 cups flour
in a large mixing bowl cream together the sugars, shortening, and eggs. dissolve the baking soda in the hot water. add to the mixing bowl along with the peanut butter and flour. mix well.
form 1" balls and criss cross with a fork, dipped in water to prevent sticking. bake at 400* for 8-10 minutes.
everyday gift: cookies served with nostalgia
i love how his parents spent their savings to buy him a special camera fixed with a microscope, costing as much as ten head of cattle, quite an amazing thing in his day. but as impressive as that piece of equipment was, i am most amazed at the love shown by his parents. it must have been difficult for his father, a practical hard-working farmer, to understand his son's interest (obsession) in snow! but he loved him enough to recognize his passion and give him support and encouragement. imagine the love that that gift spoke and the confidence a 17 year old boy would gain by that kind of support. may i learn this lesson and give the same kind of encouragement to my children. may i recognize their gifts, talents, and passions and help them along the path God has in store for them.
i am also impressed by the perseverence that wilson bentley showed as he tried again and again to photograph those elusive and fleeting snowflakes. this is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished by not giving up.
Monday, February 4, 2008
hot soup never tastes so good as when the weather is gray and cold. so, here is to comfort food!
Crockpot Potato Soup
8 cups potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 pound bacon, crisped and crumbled
1- 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
3- 14.5 oz cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
pepper to taste
in a 4 quart crock pot, stir together potatoes, onion, and bacon.
combine the cream cheese, chicken broth, and soup in a large mixing bowl. add to the crock pot and season with pepper.
cover and cook the soup on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours.
everyday gift: hot soup on a cold day
Saturday, February 2, 2008
with hosanna leading the way, jericho and bathsheeba have managed to squeeze out of the fence, never mind the hot wire! here is the proof of the waywardness of my little flock. apparently the grass, hay, oats, fresh water, shelter, and protection of a guard llama are not enough for these three. they want YARD grass.
no wonder the Bible so often compares us to sheep. haven't i disregarded all the ways that God provides for me? don't i seek what appears to me to be better? i somehow believe that God is holding back the greenest grass and i must jump his protective fences in order to get it. oh, the lie of the greener grass!
For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 peter 2:25
Friday, February 1, 2008
i won't spoil the storyline, but i will say that the church needs to get out of their pews and dare to love the unlovely. that is the message that spoke to me. Quaker Summer is another book with this theme that i would recommend.