Coming Thursday!

Y’all have requested Mary’s dinner roll recipe, and with Resurrection Sunday right around the corner, this week is perfect. So watch for a tutorial tomorrow. Mmmmm. I can almost taste them now.


“How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalm 119:103

My Time in Texas

I left rainy, cold Kansas for sunshine and vivid blue skies. I enjoy flying, and this was nice as I had a direct flight.

My time in Texas included lots of amazing fellowship, shopping, coffee, chocolate, and encouraging each other in the Lord Jesus. I’m grateful for friends who have hearts for Jesus and want to please Him in everything they do!


The river walk was very pretty, and the temperature was perfect.

The Ghirardelli chocolate store was fun.

A walk in the country.

My friend and I kayaked one afternoon.

Coffee and breakfast at a Christian coffee shop.

I loved this “thankful” opportunity–how clever!

On the front row headed home. 🙂

“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.”
Romans 15:5

The Mulch Work Party

It’s now become a yearly tradition to have a mulch work party at GiGi’s. For some reason, mulch has to be replenished. It’s a little bit of a mystery to me how the mulch vanishes, but it does.

Whomever had time and was available was invited to help, so here are the workers.

Adorable “crew” of little kids!

Mary hard at work.

Nathan: love the colors of spring in this one!

Yes, it was chilly!


Mom: love that smile!

Andrew held the gate open for Anna, so she was thanking him.

Christopher organized everything and went and got the mulch.

End result: pizza for the workers!

“… but as for the pure, his work is right.”
Proverbs 21:8

Visiting Friends in Sunny Texas

It’s a beautiful morning here in Texas. Yes, you read that right. I flew to Texas Wednesday to visit friends!

At the moment, I’m enjoying some time on the back porch. The birds are singing, and the sun is adding a warming touch to the cool air.

I’ll post more pictures later, but we went to the Alamo yesterday. It was a sobering time to reflect on all that happened there many years ago. Truly, freedom is not free!


“My soul, wait thou only upon God;
for my expectation is from him.”
Psalm 62:5

Content in Christ – Debt Free House – Part 2

Recently we began the story of a young man who wanted to purchase a home for his soon-to-start family. He had gained skills during high school years, had a solid job, lived at home, and saved his money. Houses were still out of his price range, but he was committed to remaining debt free so he looked at his possible options. Here is the rest of his story:

Every offer Mark made over the last several months was too low since others had more money, or an investor bought the house. We became discouraged but intensified our praying.   

About 1 week ago, we received notice of a 1700 square foot brick house that was a foreclosure, and it was only about 1 mile from where we live. The real estate agent showed it to Mark and myself (his Dad), and we were convinced it could be fixed up. The asking price was $40K below the assessed value.  We prayed and asked the Lord for wisdom. 

Mark put in a bid two days later. We found out yesterday morning that the bank accepted his bid! After he closes on it, he will have approximately $10K in the bank to start fixing up the interior. Also, since it is so close to our house, he will have minimal travel time and maximum time to spend fixing it up.

Mark waited on the Lord, experiencing many disappointments, but then was rewarded with a better house than he could possibly have dreamed of owning. The Lord is good.

“The LORD is good unto them that wait for him,
to the soul that seeketh him” (Lamentations 3:25).

Buddy’s Treasures

Buddy (Andrew) ran into church today, clutching two pictures he’d colored, and headed straight for his first destination: Mr. Roy. And then after that, he ran for Miss Patricia. You should have heard the exclamations of delight from both his recipients.

A little act of kindness brings a sparkle to someone else’s day!

“A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth:
and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!”
Proverbs 15:23

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