Today I’m excited to share the second installment of wedding pictures. Jesse and Anna were a radiant couple, their hearts centered on Jesus, as they made their vows before God and witnesses.
There is such anticipation which builds for a ceremony. It’s the beginning of a lifetime of joy and commitment.
Jesse and Anna planned special details such as both dads sharing, Anna’s mom and sisters doing music, friends also involved in music (and some from afar that pre-recorded it–very kind of them!), Jesse and Anna each spoke to their parents, sharing gratitude for how they raised them and all the investment.
Enjoy a peek into the ceremony and sendoff!
Part 3 will share bride and groom pictures from the park and then the family good-byes!
“House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD” (Proverbs 19:14).
Hopefully, we are concluding our quest to learn more about a subject we never wanted to be knowledgeable about—bed bugs. There has been a lot of activity since our last post.
Here is my process, that included close inspection of each of these specific places and I believe covered every square inch of that room:
Dust covering torn off the underside of box springs
Dresser drawers emptied
Covers removed for light switches and power receptacles and then taped. (I will be applying a special dust inside them before I put the covers back on.)
HVAC registers removed and then sealed.
Everything that could be cycled through the dryer went for an hour on heat.
Things that weren’t needed were bagged and went to the attic.
Bedding was washed, dried, and stored in another room.
Finally used a heater to heat the room to 120 degrees for 3 hours.
In all my inspections, I did not find a single bed bug. I was happy not to, but then the question was: Where did the first one come from? They can live a long time between meals. Could it be possible that just one was carried in?
Still to have a high degree of confidence that some weren’t lurking somewhere in that room or elsewhere in the house, we employed a trained K-9 bed bug hunter to “sniff” the house. The little beagle was disappointed not to find any bed bugs since he gets treats when he does, but we were pleased that he didn’t.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Sunday afternoon, we participated in our town’s life chain. It was a time to pray for the end of abortion and to show our love for the unborn.
May our hearts grieve for the state of our nation, where approximately 3000 babies die every day because of their mother’s “choice.”
I loved seeing the folks who came out with tender hearts for these little ones and to take a stand for life. It was a gorgeous autumn afternoon, and many people drove by, with quite a few giving their affirmation to life.
Here are some pictures from the afternoon.
“And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:31).
Y’all this is a happy first day of autumn but about two weeks late post! I love autumn: the colorful leaves, cool temperatures, vivid blue skies, pumpkin treats, cozy evenings, and beautiful walks.
This pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe is easy, inexpensive, and delicious! Following the pictures, you’ll find the recipe.
Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
3 cups rolled oats 3/4 c. brown sugar (packed) 1 tsp. salt 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (you can Google pumpkin pie spice recipe and it’s just a combination of some spices: you can also purchase it ready made in the spices section) 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin 1/2 c. oil or butter (I often use oil) 2 cups milk 1 tsp. vanilla 2 eggs 1/2 – 3/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oats, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice. Then, add pumpkin, oil (or butter), milk, and vanilla. Whip the eggs just a bit in a small bowl, and then pour into the rest of the mixture. Chocolate chips add the perfect touch, but you don’t have to use them unless you like. If you do want to, add them here. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes. If you’re using a glass pan, bake time will be longer. Enjoy!
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103)
This was not what we wanted to have to deal with! Saturday night Anna was upstairs in our guest room comfortably reading on the bed when she saw a small bug crawling toward her. Normally, she would just squash the bug, but she was speculative of this one. She grabbed a tissue, and with some effort, killed it, and put it in a zippered plastic bag so it could be identified. Google soon answered the question, identifying it as a bed bug! Oh no!
When Steve went to his desk early Sunday morning for his Bible time, this is what he saw:
On Monday, Steve sent an enlarged photo of it to the local county extension office for confirmation. BED BUG. Our research reveals they are harder to eliminate than fleas, ants, or cockroaches. We are in this for the long haul, and we won’t be having guests for a very long time.
The good news we are praising God for is that there has been no other evidence of these insects anywhere else in the house.
For now the guest room is sealed off. Steve’s careful inspection of the mattress, box springs, and frame didn’t reveal any signs of bed bugs or bed bug infestation. He sealed the decorative pillows in black plastic bags, which will be in the attic waiting for the blazing Kansas summer heat which kills them. Would you believe they can live up to 400 days without feeding? He also sealed the bedding in black plastic trash bags waiting to be laundered. Thirty minutes in a hot dryer kills the nasty pests.
We will soon be putting some products down in there which should arrive by Saturday. Once they arrive, Steve will continue inspecting the rest of the furniture in the room and other places bed bugs hide. Not sure what he has planned after that.
Hopefully, none of you have any experience with them. However, if you have, share with us what worked for you and what didn’t.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
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