Friday, April 25, 2008

Bloggy Break

I need a break.

Things are busy here.

Maybe when I come back I'll take this in to consideration. HT: Amy.

Ta Ta For Now


Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus
Mark 10:46-52

46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49 And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart. Get up; he is calling you." 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "Rabbi, let me recover my sight." 52 And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels:

Let us strive and pray that we may have like precious faith. We, too are not allowed to see Jesus with our bodily eyes. But we have the report of His power, and grace and willingness to save, in the Gospel. We have exceeding great promises from His own lips, written down for our encouragement. Let us trust those promises implicitly and commit our soul to Christ unhesitatingly. Let us not be afraid to repose all our confidence on His own gracious words and to believe that what He had engaged to do for sinners. He will surely preform. What is the beginning of all saving faith but a soul's venture on Christ? What is the life of saving faith, when once begun, but a continual leaning on an unseen Saviour's word? What is the first step of a Christian but a crying, like Bartimaeus, "Jesus have mercy on me?" What is the daily course of a Christain but keeping up the same spirit of faith? "Though now we see Him not, yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. (1 Peter 1:8)


Oh, to have the faith of Bartimaeus.

Do you call out to Jesus in confidence, trusting He will hear our pleas and act according to his will?

Do you believe that although you do not see Jesus, He is alive and he is 'real'.

Do you believe the Holy Scriptures that tell of his power and willingness to save?

The scripture passage and J.C. Ryle quote came directly from my church bulletin from yesterday's service. I was blessed and challenged and encouraged. The scripture reading brought me to tears. Where is my faith? Is it in people or things or is it in the only One who is worthy of my faith and praise? Jesus. That's it. It really is that simple.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thank You and Poems

Thank you for commenting yesterday! I'm so excited to send you the book. It will be on its way soon....


For a gal who just doesn't DO poems, I wrote two yesterday.

Please, please know that this is not an area of strength. I would much rather do Algebra. Yesterday, however, was unique. Sarah had an assignment due and I had a chance to win a big ole prize. (I didn't win)

The first one I helped Sarah write:

My Old Dog Mack
Sarah Walworth (9)

My old dog Mack
How he loved to eat!
He chowed down every day on gobs of meat
He ate hot dogs and carrots and lollipops too
Mack ate so much it made him blue
His teeth were so yellow
His mind very mellow
He sat down and said "boo hoo"

It was fun helping Sarah write this. It brought back fond memories of dear Mack (who died in November). She was a little concerned that not all of it was completely true. ;-)


Mrs. Rocks In My Dryer was holding a contest yesterday. She asked for a 'Haiku about your Mom'. Here's mine:

Mom died much too soon
Nancy stepped in to fill void
Huge sacrifice, love

So there you have it. Two mediocre poems in one day from a gal who just doesn't do poems.

Maybe I'm just feeling the need to be vulnerable on my blog.

Good news! I know a few of my readers who can write a MEAN Haiku!!

So, write me a Haiku today. And have fun!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My Favorite Little Book

From Bitesize Theology, Chapter 3:

How can we know anything about God? We must go to the place where God has chosen to reveal himself to us. We must go to the Bible. In the Bible we discover the attributes of God. An attribute is anything God has chosen to tell us about himself. We need to know these things for two reasons. Firstly, if God has been so gracious to show us something about himself, then we need to receive all he gives; and secondly, because the study of God is the highest and greatest subject that can occupy the mind of a Christian.


Whoa! Is God the highest and greatest subject that occupies your mind?

Mark 12:30 - And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength'. This is the first commandment

Are you going to the Bible to discover the Truth?

2 Timothy 3:16 - All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,


Chapter 3 goes on to discuss the attributes of God:

God is holy
God is sovereign
The God of providence
God is good
God is love


This is good stuff my friends! I remember well devouring the Scriptures when God changed my heart. I was alone in my bedroom in Tucson. I started in Genesis. he he. Those words were (and are) so precious to me. I also remember the time during discipleship/Bible study that I first learned of God's attributes. That was a wonderful time of understanding and peace.

I came across this book a few years ago and it has been a favorite ever since. It will be required reading for my teenagers this summer!

I love this book so much and I want you to have one.


Leave me a comment and I'll send you "Bitesize Theology". For free! :)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

It's Show Time

We've had two shows so far and they went off without a hitch! The cast is just incredible! This is a high school production. They don't seem nervous and they don't miss a beat. I guess that means they are well prepared and a very talented group.

Dorothy is only a freshman! She has a quiet confidence about her and delivers her lines calmly and perfectly. She also has a beautiful voice!!

The Cowardly Lion is stealing the show. Oh!! He is hilarious and adorable. It's interesting....I think the Lion annoys me in the movie but for some reason this guy is playing it so well and in such a humorous way we are all just howling. He has great timing and is patient so his lines come off very well.

This version of The Wizard of Oz is neat. It mixes mostly old with a little bit of new. They sing "Ease On Down The Road" as the finale.

And now.

Last but not least.


Sarah is having a blast and told me last night that she will miss the practices and performances.

The crowd clapped and giggled when they first saw The Munchkins and they were also very gracious with their applause. These little ones did a great job and the director shared that they were a pleasure to work with and they learned quickly!

Two funny things. During one scene Sarah was in the front right corner of the stage and with all the dancing and movement she ended up right behind one of the flowers and totally out of sight. I was hysterical with laughter. She continued singing and dancing like a pro and within in a few seconds she was out from behind the big colorful flower.

And during the finale she is in the front left on the very end and while they are singing "Ease On Down The Road" she has to be very careful not to dance herself right OFF the stage (and on to the gym floor). I saw her wobble last night but thankfully she caught her balance and continued. I'm thinkin she may have a future in this stuff. ;-)

One more performance tonight. Our family and friends will be there to cheer Sarah on. I will have seen it three times and honestly, each time I love it more.

My favorite line? Delivered with perfection.

Toto too?
Toto too.

Friday, April 11, 2008

New To Me

Are you already familiar with Robbie's Recipes?

If so, why didn't you tell me about it sooner? :)

It all started making sense one sister Cindy and I were on the phone and she was yacking about finding a Chili recipe on line that was just like Wendy's, the restaurant. Then I clicked over to Amy, The Humble and followed one of her links in her side bar for Baked Potato Soup and THERE IT WAS (and is)! This was the web page Cindy was talking about.

I was so excited when I saw recipes for some of my favorite food, especailly from the Italian resturant Carrabba's. Oh, yum.

I order the same thing every single time I go. (Gee, what a surprise)

And now I can try a few things at home. Happy day.

We devour the sour dough bread and the dipping herbs with olive oil. Our kids always beg us to bring some home for them.

I always order Pollo Rosa Maria as my entree, with either garlic mashed potatoes or steamed veggies. It depends on whether I've started my diet for that week or not.

I think I'll try the dipping herbs first.

I need to find a great loaf of sour dough first.

Enjoy the recipes or go to Carrabba's tonight!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

New Music: Matt Maher

BooMama has the best connections when it comes to new Christian music and I always love the people she recommends.


Several months ago I won the Monk and Neagle CD and yesterday I won the new Matt Maher CD called Empty and Beautiful. Oh my! His music is incredible and worshipful and the man is talented.

Please follow this link and listen to "Empty and Beautiful" and grab a Kleenex cuz you will cry, maybe sob. I did. I also love "Great Things"! Once you are on his page go to the lower right hand corner and launch the player.

You will recognize "Your Grace Is Enough". Matt Maher wrote it and Chris Tomlin made it a popular praise song.

What I love about this new Matt Maher CD is that it is something our entire family can listen to and we all enjoy it equally and sing along together. There is nothing more precious to me than hearing several of my children singing praises in my car!

It is being offered right now for only $8.97 here.

Of course you can always get it off iTunes.

Run. Now. And buy the new Matt Maher CD. You won't be disappointed.

Monday, April 07, 2008

April In Arizona

Melissa at The Inspired Room played a fun Spring game last week and as usual I'm late to the party. She encouraged her readers to post a picture of something Springy. So here you have it. My Spring picture of my new birdhouse and a few potted plants. See the oregano on the right! It survived our cold Arizona winter!

Enjoy Melissa's site. It's a keeper. :)

A Bridal Shower

For a very special lady who is about to marry a very special man. This is Miss Tammy. She will be marrying my brother-in-law Keith on May 3rd. Without going in to detail I will say Keith's journey has been a bit rocky but God in his grace and mercy has brought him to a wonderful place. Keith loves the Lord with all of his heart and God has blessed him with a lovely young woman who also loves God. Together they worship and serve and seek to obey Him. My friends, God is faithful and good and answers prayer. Never stop praying and believing in the work of Christ.

This day was quite a celebration!

Here she is....the bride to be!

Is there anything better than tulle and satin ribbon? It just screams BRIDE.

My girlfriend's mother made and decorated the cake. Isn't it sooooo cute?!

Wow. Isn't Janice talented? I bought the flowers at Costco and just look at what Janice created. Stunning! She also made two small arrangements and a darling little nosegay for Tammy to hold during the shower. The flowers were like manna, they seemed to have multiplied from the time I handed them over to Janice. They were such a special addition to the shower. Thank you Janice!

Last but certainly not least, my helpers. My Dani and cousin Abby. They really are best friends and cousins.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Not So Quiet

Donna sent me this wonderful cookbook for my birthday.

So, tell me, do you use these recipes and do you have a favorite?

Thank you Donna! I can't wait to dig in!


Speaking of Donna!

She's got a new gig. And I couldn't be happier for her. My sister is so incredibly talented and she is doing something she absolutly loves. Not to mention with like, one of the most famous ladies in blogland.

Here is the photography page where Donna's work is highlighted a couple times each week.


I have to tell you that when I found out Donna was invited to contribute to Ree's site I screamed things like "oh my goodness, LIKE, NO WAY" in my best valley girl voice and then I yelled "knock it off" in my best Wisconsin accent and then I went on for 10 more minutes shouting things like: are you going to her ranch? are you going to meet her? are you both going to be on Oprah? can I be your assistant? I begged that one, suddenly I know all about back light and PS3 and layers and opacity and telephoto lenses and natural light from the north window. See, I know a lot and I would make THE WORLD'S BEST ASSISTANT. K, Donna?

Call me.

I'm available.

Love ya.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008


The whole night (AI) was a pleasant surprise. Dolly Parton was so sweet and gracious!

This was incredible. I love his rock/blues sound.

Micheal Johns:


Our Guinea Pig, Carmel, has scurvy!

Carmel is the little brown one on the left.

I was showing our 2 year old neighbor boy the Guinea Pigs yesterday and noticed the little brown one was dragging her hind legs. I felt horrible for the little critter and thought that she was dying and in terrible pain.

I got right on the computer and Googled "Guinea Pigs" but that wasn't detailed enough so I Googled "guinea pigs dragging hind legs" and WOW, there it was. Guinea Pigs, if not given enough fresh fruits and veggies, will eventually get scurvy and then end up being paralyzed. Apparently, their little bodies need Vitamin C and Calcium in healthy amounts. We have given our Guinea's carrots and lettuce and grapes but obviously not enough.

So yesterday afternoon and in to the evening the kids were wrapping Carmel in blankies and hand feeding her fresh strawberries and grapes and carrots. I'll be going to the grocery store today to be sure we have fresh food in the house.

(Janice was wondering if my children have Scurvy. She's sassy like that though.) :-P

Good news and miraculous too. This condition can be reversed. So we will be caring for our little Guinea Girl and seeing to it that she has a scrumptious diet of fresh, organic, pesticide free, home grown (getting carried away) fruits and veggies.

The internet also suggested putting pure cranberry juice in the water bottle. (See, The Fat Flush is good for them too). We tried both cranberry juice and Emergen-C but they took one sip and that was it. They didn't like it at all.

Janice, Carmel is 'hurting' and you are not allowed to call her a RAT today. K?