Family Handyman Magazine

Christopher has gifted me with a subscription to The Family Handyman Magazine for a number of years. He knows that I’m always interested in learning better ways of creating and maintaining things around the home. If moms are looking for something very inexpensive and practical for your husband, you might consider gifting your husband with it. If you go to The Family Handyman’s website, a 1-year subscription is $10 or $15/2years.

We will have some ideas later from Titus2 for Father’s Day that will be a spiritual blessing to his heart.

“Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.”
Titus 2:6

Tears for Their Loss

Memorial Day, Christopher’s family took Gigi to the cemetery to visit Grandad’s grave. While there, they saw a young man, standing by himself, in evident agony. Gigi went over to give him a hug and listen as he shared his story. His dad died three years ago, and he loved him a lot. He’s following in his dad’s career footsteps, and this is the first time back to visit the grave since moving.

The above picture is a beautiful example of the comforting of a young soldier by an 87-year-old widow whose husband served in Vietnam and was critically wounded in that service, almost losing his life then. May we never forget the sacrifice people have made and are making for our freedom.

Heartache and loss are all around us. Are our hearts tender to discern the needs and then empathize and show Christ’s love?

“Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort,
according to thy word unto thy servant.”
Psalm 119:76

Memorial Day 2019

Today we the people of the United States of America remember those who gave their lives defending our freedom. They gave the greatest gift they could give us—their own life. Freedom is not free.

As we reflect on that, may we also grieve for the state of our nation. Where right is considered wrong, and wrong proclaimed as right. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” — Isaiah 5:20

May it be our hearts’ cry to share the gospel! “And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” — Jude 1:22-23

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is
the power of God unto salvation to every one that
believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Romans 1:16

No Shadow of Turning

(The blog moved to a new server, so this post and comments were lost in the shuffle. I’m reposting it.)

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and cometh down from the Father of lights, with
whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

James 1:17 (underline added)

What a beautiful truth. God is faithful. There is no variableness or turning with Him. He can be trusted.

The New Old

Saturdays are the best times for family work projects. After Dad tore down Gigi’s porch (see this post), the next weekend, he rented a dumpster, and we filled it.

“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men,
be strong. Let all your things be done with charity.”
1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Mother’s Day Recap

Mother’s Day was a beautiful day of celebrating our mom! We had a different group “in-house,” missing Jesse on a trip, but we had the joy of Calia and Kyle with us since Joseph and Elissa were away.

We are so blessed to have a godly heritage. I believe as second generation Christians and homeschoolers, it’s easy to take for granted our blessings. I pray each one of you who has godly parents is grateful for that and expresses your love and honor to them.


Mom and Dad on Mother’s Day
Christopher’s family gave out roses at church
Melanie (and Baby Deborah was born less than 24 hours later!)

Sunday evening, we took a walk around the block, something we used to do on Sunday evenings before we switched around our schedule. We had kids on scooters, kids on foot, kids in stroller, and Baby in womb! Such sweet times!

So blessed!
Mom/Grandma and Benji
These two little guys are buddies with Ellie
Enjoying fellowship
Anna Marie, GiGi, Mom, and Melanie

“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently,
lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen,
and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life:
but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons.”
Deuteronomy 4:9