Thursday, September 20, 2012

Keeping the Family Close Even If Dad Has To Travel

Dear Readers, I have been gone from blogging for awhile. I popped in to say hi and to try and figure out how work the new layout on Blogger. I have removed comments because I've had too many anonymous ones who were only trying to advertize on my blog. My husband had to go on a business trip at the beginning of summer. He asked all of us to join him for a fun time the day before. So he took us to the zoo.
We spent the whole afternoon enjoying the zoo and being with him before he had to go.
It's so important to do things like this to keep the family bonded and loving each other.
Afterwards we went out for Chinese food and spent the night at a hotel with a pool. I love my husband so much and appreciate that he makes those times he has to travel fun for us. We said good-bye to him the next morning. The kids and I ate breakfast and went thrifting before heading home. I've missed all of you. I hope I can keep posting each week. God bless you, Kathi

"God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:24-26

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Busy Busy Busy

So much has happened since I last wrote. Our daugher Victoria graduated high school, and so much more.

Hi Dear Friends. I must tell you it's been almost impossible for me to blog these last few months. I have been substitute teaching nearly every school day. Also my computer, is phfftt. I can only do one thing at a time. If I check email I cannot also have music from Pandora playing. If I watch something on youtube or check facebook, I must then run my security and clean all the files or it shuts down. It took all day to get this little post up. I hope to be posting soon.
Blessings, Kathi

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Annointed Shepherd Boy and King: David

For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect...Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great...You have armed me with strength for the battle....The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted!" (Psalm 18)
"In everything he did David had great success, because the LORD was with him." 1 Samuel 18:14
When he did not know what to do he asked God: "Therefore David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” 1 Samuel 23:2
If King David understood the need to ask God for daily guidance...
Shouldn't I?  Depending on God is the safest place in the world to be. He will be with you.  I have noticed that even the easy things in life, the easier school sub jobs I take, must be covered in prayer and I must ask God for wisdom. He knows what I need for each day. He knows what's around the corner; I don't. My best days have been days of whispering my needs to Him moment by moment, and feeling His strength and joy fulfill me. Blessings, Kathi For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect...Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great...You have armed me with strength for the battle....The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted!" (Psalm 18)

Friday, April 13, 2012


To keep my teaching license I must pass another test. I'm feeling a bit panicky at present. "Lord, please calm my anxious heart."

"Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:2324

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wish I Could Pause Time...

I forgot to post this from September... I must apologize that this photo is blurry, but I had to snap this shot. I wish I could freeze time when the kids are doing something fun together like this. Our girls in high school invited Charlee also in high school, over and Sean, who are attending college with our son Harrison. All of them were out on the patio while I was watering the pots. They were looking at Face Book together and laughing about stuff. I'm so glad that the girls love school and that Harrison has another friend, Sean, to rub elbows with in College. I'm so blessed and happy to watch my children thriving.
I turned around and saw Garrett with a flashlight searching for a frog; so cute and so sweet. I want to press the pause button on my life. My sister Sharon, just got through saying this very thing, and I know exactly what she means. These moments with our family are priceless. I'm so thankful.
Blessings, Kathi

"She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants." Proverbs 31:15

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Always Ask For Fresh Ground Pepper

It's time for you to indulge in salad Dear Bloggers. How does one indulge? First you must use the right plate. It must be VERY expensive, but I got mine at a thrift store for just pennies.
Mine is an Eschenbach dish from Bavaria, Germany, probably made in the 1960's. Next, tell the waiter, in this case, myself, that you want fresh cracked pepper, because you want to feel special, like at fancy restaurants. Now enjoy!
Why is it that when we are at expensive restaurants the waiter acts like he is giving us pure grated gold when he brings 'round the pepper grinder? We are spellbound as he grinds the black flakes over our entree, as if we've never experienced such luxury. You owe it to yourself Dear Bloggers. Grind that pepper over your salad whether by land or by sea, or  by mobile home. You deserve it!

Blessings, Kathi

"See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth, the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land." Song of Solomon 2:11-12.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Volunteering As An Awana Leader

I have discovered the joy of volunteering as an Awana leader. Awana is a club which trains children to memorize Scripture from the Bible. We sing songs, learn the truths from the Bible and play games. I love doing this. My reward is a smile and a wave from these children when I see them at church or school outside of club. That sparkle in their eye when they smile at me gives me such a joy in my heart.
Being a leader includes learning Scripture along with my kids. Right now I'm memorizing Psalm 1:1-6. Also, included is prayer for the kids in my group. I have five children in my Bible training group and I have eight in my game time group. I use the time on the treadmill for praying for them and for learning my Scripture. Because I tend to get lazy I have to make myself do this as an act of obedience to God and to discipline myself in good habits.  I feel wonderful when I do this.

Blessings, Kathi

1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction." Psalm 1:1-6

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Track Season Has Begun!

Track has begun! It's going to be so fun to watch the kids run and compete with other schools. I'm so proud of them. We are so thankful for good kids who love to participate and enjoy school. This week our girls will be in a talent show and will sing a duet called "Sea King," by Eisley. My husband and I are looking forward to helping with this fundraiser and listening to them sing.

Blessings, Kathi

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Every Woman Should Own A Pair of Red Shoes...

I heard it said that all women should own at least one pair of red shoes. I don't know if this is true, but I like the idea. It might be kind of fun to be Dorothy. I feel so blessed. I went to Macy's the other day and found these little jewels on sale for $15, marked down from $60. This is a little thing, but I felt so thankful to the Lord for letting me find them. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet." Proverbs 31:21

Blessings, Kathi

Monday, February 6, 2012

Harrison's 20th Birthday

It's a sunny day. No school today! We've got a pocket full of money to spend on Harrison for his birthday. Here we go!!
I snapped this photo as the kids were walking into the mall. I love my kids so much.
While Harrison searched for cool guy shirts, the girls got side-tracked. Hey, this is supposed to be shopping for your brother, not you!
Harrison found lots of great shirts and we spent lots of our money on him. Time for another store. Harrison gets to choose.
He's so funny. He chose Toys 'R' Us.
The girls were having lots of fun being silly.
Time for lunch. Harrison chose one of his favorites, Quiznos.
I made this delicious chocolate cherry cake for his 20th birthday. He loved the cake. Our whole family will be going out for dinner to celebrate soon, Dad included. Harrison is so busy with college, and Dad traveling so much, it's hard to get the whole family together at one time. Happy 20th Birthday Harrison. We love you so much.
Blessings, Kathi
"...Celebrate this day..." Exodus 12:17

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

When The Cat's Are Away...

Recently my husband and I went out for the evening. All four of our children were home, including our 19 yr. from college. It's funny to see what they do for entertainment when we are away. We came home and found this old malt machine, which our son found near a dumpster and then sanitized for use. Apparently, chocolate malts were made and consumed. Of course I made them clean up the mess in the morning.
The next thing we found was this cool photo on the screen saver on our computer; taken with the auto setting on the camera. This would have made a great Christmas card.  I love it that my kids find fun things to do together for amusement; harmless good clean fun. I'm so thankful for my family.
Blessings, Kathi

"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night." Psalm 1:1-2

Friday, January 6, 2012

It's Fun To Be A Girl

 It is so much fun to be a girl! I love dressing nicely with frilly, sparkly and fun things.
 I just love my Kathy Van Zeeland purse, which my dear sister Sharon, told me to get for $4 dollars at a thrift store.
 I love my jacket on sale at Penney's before Christmas.
 I adore these pink ballet shoes with the jewels, $17 dollars Forever 21 before Christmas. I used to wear only black shoes, which meant one black flat, one black heel, one black boot, and have one pair of tennis shoes for recreation. I'm realizing it is fun and stylish to get out of my comfort zone and try new colors.
Sharon, also talked me into buying these corduroy green pants, for $4 dollars at a thrift store. They fit perfectly. I love trying new things and using good sense on a budget. Thanks Sharon. I love shopping with you. I do think that when I shop at thrift stores and garage sales I am being careful with money, plus I get to have more fun being a girl!
Blessings, Kathi
"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night." Proverbs 31:17-18


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