Monday, November 24, 2014

My Hubby Loves Me

A long time ago when my hubby and I were dating, I put some love potion in his hamburger. It worked. He fell in love with me and we got married. He still doesn't know about this. I found a book at the thrift store for just in case the spell wears off.

 This is really not true. In truth, I work at being a good wife. The Lord has shown me how to be a helper to my husband. Marriage takes work, prayer, commitment, sacrifice, selflessness, and lots of love. In turn you receive all those things back. God is faithful. When we do our part, He does His. I'm so thankful for my loving marriage. I love my husband and he loves me. "Thank you, Lord."

“A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.” Proverbs 12:4 


“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22 

“Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of the life of your vanity, which he has given you under the sun, all the days of your vanity: for that is your portion in this life, and in your labor which you take under the sun.” Eccl. 9:9

 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:25

 “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” Colossians 3:18

 “Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives,” 1 Peter 3:1

 “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderersor addicted too much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,” Titus 2:3

Friday, November 21, 2014

Jane and Me

Jane Austen keeps me company as I drive. I allow myself these two luxuries as I commute to work, coffee in a pretty cup and an audio book. I found this Pride and Prejudice at a used book store. It had not been used. The package was sealed. I was thrilled. --A favorite Jane Austen quote: "...One has got all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it." --speaking of Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham.
I'm thankful for so many things: First and foremost that the Lord, God is with me and loves me, also, my dear family, my health, enough money to pay my bills, my cute Mini Cooper, and little pleasures like hot coffee and Jane Austen.  Thank you Lord for  your daily blessings.
Blessings, Kathi
"...to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

A Visit From Our Friends

My friend Becky came to see us a couple of months ago. It was wonderful to visit her again and pray together over our children and families. It so happened that Becky and her daughter Hannah, also got to meet our new puppies, Bonnie and Lucy. They are beautiful German shepherds.

Our girls enjoyed seeing their childhood friend Hannah again. These girls used to be on the same chess team, which went all the way to state. Their team took first in the state and eighth in the nation. Smart girls.

I thank God that we can reunite with our friends now and then. They are such blessings and gifts from God.

 "Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid. Brandish spear and javelin[a] against those who pursue me. Say to me, “I am your salvation.” Psalm 35:1-3

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Daughter the Cook

How could something so yummy come from cauliflower? Yes, this pizza crust was made from cauliflower. My daughter, Jessica, surprises us with some pretty cool recipes she finds online.
I'm thrilled that she does.
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It's wonderful to eat pizza without guilt. Here is the recipe:

 Directions:   Place cauliflower pieces through the feeding tube of the food processor using the grating blade; pulse until all the cauliflower is shredded. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until cooled, about 15 minutes. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Stir Italian cheese blend, parsley, egg, garlic, salt, and pepper into cauliflower until evenly incorporated. Pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet; press and shape into a pizza crust. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
"And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." John 6:35

Blessings, Kathi

Life At Our Place ~ Originally Posted 2010

It's been awhile since I've shared my news. So get yourself a cup of coffee and sit a spell and I'll tell you what's been going on around her. I'm so excited to be getting some vegetables from my garden.
Even though my asparagus patch is filled with weeds I am still able to harvest some. Many spears are white from lack of sunlight. Shame on me for not weeding more often. We have radishes and butter lettuce; my favorite.
What is it about boys and mud? Garrett enjoys playing in this portion of the garden we've set aside for him and his tractors.
Even older brother Harrison still plays in the dirt. Boys will be boys. I'm so glad they are this way. It's good "clean" fun with no expense needed. They use their imaginations. I think all mothers should allow their children to get dirty.This is Harrison, our older son and his girlfriend Nikki. 
My husband Stacey and me enjoying dinner around our fire pit.We've gotten so much enjoyment out of our homemade fire pit. It's one more inexpensive form of entertainment and keeps our family close together.
Our friend Logan helping to weed the flowerbeds.
Harrison doing his part to help around the yard.
My husband also doing what it takes to spruce things up.After all the work Harrison and Stacey did some target practice, then cleaned their guns.
While mowing the field my husband found this sweet bunny. Garrett is thrilled to hold it.
They are precious creatures aren't they?
In other news, Jessica got her braces removed after having them for nearly three years.We all love her pretty smile and think those three years were worth it.We are so proud of Victoria. She attends a large high school with high standards and she made the National Honor Society. I was sick with a headache and dizzy, but was able to attend that night.
Daddy is sure proud of his little girl. She worked hard to get this honor.I had breakfast with Dad and Mom one morning and thought it was so sweet that they made a big ham dinner together. I miss seeing them and wish I could get over there more often.
We had a visit from my husband's sister Kara and her daughter Selkie. We decided to surprise my son Garrett.
We drove to his school and let him out for the day. He was so excited to see his cousin. They both smile then automatically hugged. I'm so glad I snapped this picture.
Grandma Vivian went along with us to lunch and shopping. We had a good day.
This is my laundry farm house laundry room where Grandma Vivian has lived for six months with us. She's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. It's been hard, but it's also been rewarding to have had her with us.
It's sad to have her now placed in a care facility, but it was a necessary move. They are able to care for her better than I could. She is with people her age and goes on field trips and has her hair done weekly. It is a beautiful place with gorgeous grounds and lots of flowers.
Our daughters Jessica and Victoria went on a business trip with Stacey to Washington D.C. and had so much fun. I love this picture of them hamming it up.
During spring break my sisters Kelli and Sharon came for a visit. There is never a quiet moment. We talk, laugh and cry. I'm so thankful for my dear sisters.
My sister Sharon and I have been getting together with the girls we went to high school with. This has been so good for all of us. We are all friends on facebook so getting together has been a natural outcome of all the fun and silly things we say to each other daily.
This could have been used for a "Wordless Wednesday" post. The CAT got locked in the truck; need I say more? Poor thing!!! Poor us; the truck still smells. Yucky!!! I don't know how to get the smell out. Well, that's all the news for now. I have much more to tell; but no time. Please come back and see me again. Love, Kathi

"Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe." Psalm 61:1-3

There Is Hope Dear Mother...


This is a real photo of real emotions of anger, hopelessness and grumpiness of my otherwise sweet child Garrett. He was out playing in the mud and used the hose to cool off, but got too cold and instantly became angry and wanted to blame me, his mom, for not taking pictures of his mud creations. Dear Mother, Do you have a child, a sweet child, who instantly changes, and otherwise has a wonderful disposition, and sweet nature? This dear child, does he sometimes become angry and umm... well, the best word I can come up with is "forelorned?" Does he seem sad and won't be comforted? and cry quickly? Is everything all of a sudden gloomy? Please dear mother, I want you to know that this happens regularly in our home. I would have never realized the problem or the cure, if my mother-in-law hadn't had the same thing. 

In our case the problem is low blood sugar, and the cure is to give him something to eat. Give him some protein, or sometimes anything handy, along with a hug and words of comfort. Within five to ten minutes our sunny boy returns to us. He is just as sweet as ever. This is a real photo of Garrett after eating and showering. The two photos were 15 min. apart. I hope this has helped someone today. God bless you you Dear Mother.
Garrett helped me round up chickens and goats after this and wrote "I love you Mom," in the mud.
Blessings, Kathi

"LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me." Psalm 30:2

I Love My Teenage Son ~ Originally Posted 2008

Don't touch that dial!! I am purposely playing a song that my son played for me while we drove in the truck. By the time you read this the song will have changed. This post originally had the song "Psycho," which you may change right now on my player if you'd like. I want YOU to feel and sense the whole feeling in this blog. Come along with me as my 16 year old son, Harrison and I go on a "MOM DATE."
I know I know, you are saying, "But, I can't stand this kind of music." Well, just hang in there and pretend you are in the truck with us and can't change it. Soon, you might even like it. Somehow I have grown to like it. I think, because it reminds me of being with my boy.
The next thing on your mind is, "Why is he not driving?" Oh, he has his license. I am driving because we are doing lots of city driving, in the truck, which he is not used to, and it is raining. We have to make lots of stops. He does fine in the car, with city driving. He needs lots of practice in this big truck first.
We made one stop at Bi-Mart, and got hungry. Harrison wanted to go to A&W. He loves their root beer.
I'm not shy when it comes to a good hamburger. YUM YUM. I agree the root beer is the best.
Harrison, who is growing, was still hungry and ate part of mine. We had fun together talking and just being together.
He wanted to go to Goodwill, and look for treasures. He loves comic books and found some cool ones.
I found an excellent cookbook called The Kitchen Garden Cookbook by Sylvia Thompson, a John Grisham video, and a Victoria Secret Cami for $4 bucks. I'm very pleased.
Harrison needed some school clothes. One of his favorite stores is Ross Dress For Less. He got some cool T-shirts, sweat shirts and another hat. He thanked me a lot and wanted to pay half, from his earnings this summer.
He loves his new clothes. Now it is raining quite a bit.
Next, Harrison helped me grocery shop. I love it when he pushes the heavy cart. I used to do that with a full cart, plus two kids inside, and pregnant, going up hill. What an amazing difference this is. God has blessed me with my wonderful son, well, with each one of my children. I'm very blessed.
Now, that we were heading home, I wanted him to practice on the back roads, in the truck, while it was raining.
Do I look confident? I'm trying to be silent. Wait a minute....we are supposed to be going home. What's this?
How did we end up at Game Crazy? Now my son is looking at video games.
Finally we are home and he and his sister, Victoria are helping to bring in all those groceries. We had a really fun time together. I'm so thankful for each one of my children. I am so thankful that my sister Sharon, told me about "Mom Dates." I stay closer to my kids when we have this one-on-one time. I praise God for His answers to my prayer to remain close to my children. I do feel close to each one. My next "MOM DATE," will be with Garrett. Have a lovely day with your children today, Kathi 
Mom, Psalm 139 says, "You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb, I praise Thee because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

Diamonds are becoming my best friend. Actually, not the kind you are thinking of. These diamonds are brilliant are fun to own, but I only have one of these true diamonds,  it's on my left ring finger. Don't need more, don't want more. The kind of diamonds I am seeking are  found in decor stores like those below. Yep, I've got my eyes on those, but this was discovered slowly. I have had a crippling fear of decorating most of my life. But, little by little I am venturing out to buy one or two items to bring me out of my shell. I've discovered a pattern; I like diamonds. I like them a lot, but didn't realize it. I knew I liked chickens, but was unaware that I had a thing for diamonds too.
I found this pretty tray at T.J. Max. Fearing rejection and afraid I'd made a mistake, I boldly hung it on the wall, and nothing bad happened. I hung a wreath over it and slid a table under it, and it looked pretty good. In fact I smile when I pass by this vignette.
It has diamonds woven throught the pattern. 
Fearing I wasted money I still put this candle holder on the shelf with my beloved chicken. I liked it and later noticed it had diamonds on the red glass.
This is one of my favorite garden benches and here are the diamonds again.
I loved this rug for the chickens on it and realized it too had diamonds. "Duh!"
My, oh so dear,  favorite chicken has diamonds near his feet.
I am drawn to this window and take many of my photos near it.
I bought this planter and didn't even notice the diamonds until later. I just knew I loved it. How come I'm so thick and didn't realize this at first? Silly me.  I know I'm becoming braver with my decorating, step by step. I'm happy to report that the fear is dwindling and the joy of decorating is taking its place. I think it is because I've started buying the things I truly like. Also, a tip for those who share my ailment, become fearless. The walls will not fall down just because you hung a picture. With each successful attempt, creativity blossoms.  I will be sharing more of my hand at decorating in future posts. 
Blessings, Kathi
"...in the court of the garden of the king’s palace. There were white and blue linen curtains fastened with cords of fine linen and purple on silver rods and marble pillars; and the couches were of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of alabaster, turquoise, and white and black marble." Esther 1:6-7

The Only Opinion That Counts

Dear Young Mother with young children. Don't compare yourself with other mothers. It's a temptation; I know. I used to feel like this dead flower next to all the perfect ones.
The Lord doesn't want us to compare ourselves with others. Lay all your worries, fears, inadequacies down at His feet. Ask Him to help you be the wife and mother you desire to be. He will encourage you and help you to do your best for His glory. Keep your eyes fixed on Him as you do your best. His opinion of you is the One that counts; and He loves you more than you know.Another opinion that counts is your husband's. I found that knowing that he loves me and that he likes the way I do things, matters far more than what others may or may not think of me. Most people are too busy with their own lives to think about me anyway, and the truth is, if they did think of me it was probably good. The above picture is me with my very nice neighbors Kari, Kristi and Sue. I used to feel so low around them. I just knew in my heart that they had it all together and were much better wives and mothers than I was. The truth is we were all learning and they were sweet as could be. They never caused me to feel lower than I ought; I was just comparing myself. I have come a long way since then.
I found this pretty flower and card sitting on my computer when I came home from work the other day. I was so over-joyed. My sweet husband left it where he knew I'd find it. Bless you dear mother as you rejoice with your happy home keeping your focus on the Lord. He will build your confidence as He has mine.

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. "
Hebrews 12:2

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thanksgiving 2009

Lots of driving.
We stopped to look at nature for awhile and to stretch our legs. Garrett found a pinecone.
Victoria and Garrett got very close to this deer.
We had been wanting to celebrate my husband's birthday and decided to take his gifts with us. So the first night we celebrated along the way. He was excited to get a John Cougar Mellencamp cd.
These hungry travellers are headed for the lobby. There will be free food there.
Here is our hotel lobby.
The food was just right.
We had fried chicken, cheeses, crackers and fruit.
Then out to the pool. Harrison liked watching the steam come off his skin.
We had a great time. The spa was just what my back needed.
Breakfast came with the hotel also. I love it when breakfast is included.Jessica and Garrett in the pool for an early morning swim. It was about 55 degrees, but they didn't care.
Thanksgiving morning. It's almost time to head over to our family's home, where Garrett will get to see his cousin.
Victoria and Jessica with their cousin Selkie.
They have a sweet llttle spot on their balcony.
Pretty wreath on their front door.
I like their simple elegant style. This is the kitchen.
Stacey peels potatoes.
Me helping to make the dinner.
Kara with her brother Stacey.Harrison and Aunt Kara doing the dishes. We had a wonderful time together.
This is their back yard. Very pretty.
Now it's off to San Francisco. I didn't include pictures of my brother Wade or our brother in law Tim, because I didn't get permission. I like to do that whenever possible.
There were so many tempting things to look at.
Harrison and Garrett got matching sunglasses.
Selkie wanted a bracelet.
Selkie found a store she likesShe would love to get one, but we just had burgers and chocolate. One dozen cupcakes cost $36.
Jessica in the chocolate store.Harrison and Selkie at the Harley Davidson shop.
Some of the streets were quite steep.
Look at this dog with a cat on its back and a white rat on the cat's back. I couldn't believe it. I snapped this shot as quickly as I could.
I'd love to just make one of these wreathes; price for this one about $200. I think I could make it for around $12.Fun tea shop.
I love to look inside these kinds of shops.Someday Victoria would like to get one of these; either the bug style or the van.
There was a lot to see, but it is now time to head back to the car. Thanks for coming along with us. "For you are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:26

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