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From church –

God loves everyone, even people you don’t like. You don’t have to lose yourself to become a friend to all, but you do have to realize that there is no division of ‘me and people who don’t look/act/think like me’, there is only ‘lost and found.’ Be someone who leads the lost, not someone who causes them to miss the Light.

I Corinthians 9:19-23 ….I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message….

We had to work in the 3’s room, a creepy toy –

Things you only hear in that room, “That’s plenty of glue on Jesus.”

We watched ‘Jezebel’ that movie didn’t end well. We went to PetCo to get Hannah’s fish and Maisy tried to eat the mice.

This was Maisy waiting on her walk, and waiting….and waiting.

This was Maisy a few hours later, at the vet ER.

Before she went to bed she had a stroke. She looked so confused as to why her right legs weren’t working. She tried to walk, but kept falling down. The doc said to take her home, she wasn’t in any pain, just very confused. He said she would either get better or worse. It was just so sudden.


A slow week


Usually I have enough stuff that we’ve done to post every day, but this week was slow, things got canceled or moved around, I hurt my ankle, so it was a slow week.

Monday was dance, last one before recital next week. Our teacher said it looked good enough to be performed right there, our song isn’t long, but the call for people to be the hands and feet of Jesus is danced and sung, so I think it is powerful. Tuesday we had nothing to do, so school was finished and that was about it. Wednesday I took Grace to sample. Upstream.


Right bank.

Left bank.

Just some other pretty pics of the river.

Wednesday night was youth group, but no women’s group. Our co-op for the day was canceled due to low numbers and will likely be offered next session.

Thursday our co-op was moved because of sickness, so we just did school and hung out. My ankle was hurting, I think from walking to the river in flip-flops, but I have an ankle brace so I wore that all day. Grace made some cookies for youth group and we called it a day.

Friday we were going to hike, but my ankle, so we did school and went to lunch. Advent day 1 (I’m doing a song a day again.)

Psalm 71:23 My lips will sing with joy when I make music to praise you. My soul, which you have rescued, also will sing joyfully.

Isaiah 7: 13 “Listen now, descendants of David,” Isaiah said. “Isn’t it enough that you try the patience of mortals? Must you also try the patience of my Elohim? 14 So Adonay himself will give you this sign: A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel [God Is With Us].

John 1:1-2, 14 The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.

I got the nativity sets and snowmen set up, the tree was done last week as was the mantle.

I went to drop our Kindness Krewe stuff off at the hospital, then I went to the coffee shop to finish up my presents for my dance peeps (zentangle drawings.)

I came home, got everyone but Bethany, and we went to the HR tree lighting. We really need to add some spark to that event, fireworks? A bigger tree? A marching band? They did have free popcorn, cocoa and Kneader’s French toast, but still.

When James got home we went to Olive Garden for dinner, then came home to a sleepover with Corissa and bed for the rest of us.



Sat morning we picked up Grace, dropped her at the play, had affogato at Ground up cafe and came home to chill. Bethany took Gwen and Hannah out for lunch and we had a quiet afternoon. We went to the Castle Rock starlighting, this time we caught the trolley to the event, which was nice.

We didn’t have long to wait before the lighting and fireworks began. I really liked the display this year, it went on forever and the types of fireworks coming out where different than normal.

Grace’s pic.

We ate at Taco Bell and then headed home to watch TV.

Sunday we went to church, then worked in the kids room, we had 12 kids (3-K), it was busy! I took notes and made a poem! True, I had to decipher my handwriting (it’s hard to write in splints) but I think it’s what I wrote.

Ephesians 5 1-2 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

Say ‘Yes’ to God more than you say ‘No.’ I will – follow God. We aren’t to be just knock off imitations, we are to mimic God in such a way that people say – that must be what Jesus looks like. It means leaving your comfort zone, loving those that despise you and giving in a sacrificial way. It means doing good without thanks, helping when you are busy, being kind even if it’s taken for granted.

to follow hard
in the path of God
means walking

the ways of love that Jesus walked,

the ways of love that Jesus talked.

it’s love that covers the dirty hand,
feeds the belly of the poor,
cares for the lost
– at any cost.

it’s love for a wounded heart
– it’s a start.

it’s giving time and words and treasure,
to others without measure.

it’s sacrificial giving
– and living

it’s extravagant love,
and it’s hard to follow.

Grace beat me to sunset pics.

This week- NIA, teen movie night at DMNS, hike, skating, Thanksgiving, hike, watching too many episodes of Knight Rider, something on Sat., church.

Dinners this week – spaghetti, butternut squash and chicken posole, 15 bean soup, Thxgiving meal (smoked turkey, wild rice and cherries, coriander sweet potatoes, cornbread and sausage stuffing, pumpkin pie and salted caramel chocolate pecan pie), leftover turkey hash, beef hand pies.

Chicken Butternut Squash Posole

1 pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 (15 ounce) cans red beans, drained and rinsed
1 (28 ounce) can hominy
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
1/2 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer (can omit)
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (optional)

Combine chicken, butternut squash, red beans, hominy, chicken broth, salsa, beer, and Mexican oregano in a slow cooker.
Cook on Low for 7 1/2 hours (or on High for 3 1/2 hours). Stir cream into soup and continue cooking for 30 minutes more.

Coriander Roasted Sweet Potatoes

1 tbsp. coriander seeds
2 1/2 lb. small sweet potatoes (about 5)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. plain yogurt
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 red chile, thinly sliced
1/4 c. crumbled feta
Kosher salt and pepper

Heat oven to 425°F. Using a heavy pan, coarsely crush coriander seeds.
Peel potatoes, halve lengthwise, then cut into 1⁄2-inch-thick pieces. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and toss with oil, coriander, cinnamon, 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Roast, turning once halfway through, until tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter.
In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt and lemon juice until smooth. Drizzle over potatoes and sprinkle with chile and feta.

Salted Caramel Pecan and Chocolate Pie

12 graham crackers
1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
3 c. Toasted pecans
1 c. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 c. heavy cream
Coarse sea salt, for serving

In a food processor, pulse graham crackers and coconut to form fine crumbs. Add butter and pulse to combine. Transfer to a 9-inch pie dish and press evenly on the bottom and up the sides. Scatter chocolate chips over the crust, then pecans, and refrigerate until firm, at least 20 minutes.
Transfer pie to a large rimmed baking sheet. Heat oven to 350°F.
Place sugar, corn syrup, and1⁄4 cup water in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until bubbles start to form at the edges, about 1 minute; give the pan a swirl. Bring to a simmer, then increase heat to high and boil, swirling the pan occasionally until the mixture is a rich caramel color. Immediately remove from the heat, add butter and salt, and swirl the pan to melt.
Return the pan to medium heat, add cream (it will bubble up), and whisk until smooth, slightly thickened, and a deep amber color, about 1 minute.
Pour caramel over pecans, transfer pie to the oven, and bake until mixture is gently bubbling, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, if desired.

Irish Beef Hand Pies

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 head green cabbage, shredded
1/2 pound red potatoes, scrubbed and diced
1 pound ground beef sirloin
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Coarse salt and ground pepper
All-purpose flour, for rolling
2 piecrusts (9 inches each), homemade or store-bought

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium; add cabbage and potatoes. Cook until beginning to brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Add beef; cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire, thyme, and 1 cup water. Cover, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Lightly mash mixture with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool completely.
2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each crust into a 14-inch square; cut each into 4 equal squares. Place 1/2 cup filling on one half of each square, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the filling. Brush borders with water; fold dough over filling to enclose. Crimp edges with a fork to seal. With a paring knife or scissors, cut 3 small vents in each.
3. Transfer pies to 2 foil-lined rimmed baking sheets; bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.

Chill day and park day


Tuesday was a chill day. The girls slept in, did some school, Grace did her unknowns and Hannah played Body bingo. B&W day 2 and a bonus.

I went to the library and stocked up on books.

Joel is out in the field, don’t know what they’re doing here.

After dinner James and I went to Phil’s for jazz and drinks, it was lightly snowing which added to the jazzy ambiance.

Wednesday we did school, picked up some friends and went to park day.

There were 15 or so Moms there, about 7 we knew, the rest were from the HS park day group so I don’t know them yet. It was so nice to have a park full of Moms and kids. B&W day 3.

Bible study was about pressure, pressure to be perfect. The pressure we put on ourselves and others put on us and how to handle it. Some people need more rest than others, but we all need rest. Yesterday was kind of a rest day for us, it recharged me, but getting out to chat with other Moms also recharged me – just in a different way. The book challenged us to guard our hearts, minds and schedules and to put Jesus first, be able to say no, take time to rest and know that we can live our lives without being stressed out all the time.



I had my doc appointment first thing, she took x-rays and promptly put me in two splints. They were on the wrong hands in this pic, I fixed it later.

One for a broken thumb and the other for a ‘abnormality’ on my radius, so I think that is a thin hairline fracture. I went to coffee with the NIA crew, then back home for some school. Dance went well, not very graceful, but it looked okay. I made this for the group, it’s the bridge to our song.

Devotionals were on sharing our burdens with those who can be praying for us and hold us accountable. It kind of touched on the idea from Bible study, don’t let cracks in your heart where the devil can take hold, confess your sins and ask for help so you can overcome the lies of the enemy. I’m doing the B&W challenge again, day 1 –

One more hat done.




It was a lazy morning for school. Grace did some Physical Science, Agri Science and History. Hannah had reading and reading and reading and math.

Dance devotionals – Setting hostages free.

The enemy loves to invade and take control. Doubts, questions, lies, fear, anxiety, self worth, bitterness. He wants you in a prison, easily controlled. He wants you held back, restrained, feeling like you can’t do what God wants you to do. Make no mistake, God came and set you free, but the choice to stay in your prison with the doors wide open is your own choice. You might feel that you deserve to be there or you might be comfortable with it, afraid to venture out into the unknown. God is greater than the enemy, He sets you free (John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.) Jesus came to destroy the devil (I John 3:8 The Son of God entered the scene to abolish the Devil’s ways…) He came to unloose you, release you, untangle you, untie you, unbind you from the enemy. Everyone thinks that they are alone in their prison, whatever that may look like, but we are not alone. That’s why we need to tell our story, tell about how we walked out of that prison, how we were unbound from the chains of the enemy, because in telling your story you might be helping someone else. 

Looking forward to a sunny park day tomorrow after our dreary day.



Hey, look who made it into the HR paper.

Church –

Hebrews 13 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison….. and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering……because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Romans 14:7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone..

connected –
yet disconnected.
People walking by,
can’t meet my eye,
looking down,
not around.
500 friends on social media –
but not one confidant,
which is what people want,
someone to hear the
struggles and pain,
to listen and pray,
to walk day by day.
we’re not meant to be alone,
to carry such a heavy load.
we’re not meant to be alone,
walking single file down the road.
lonely, sorrow filled souls,
hoping tomorrow holds –
a better day.
I say,
we are never alone.
if you know who holds your soul,
who has the ability to make you whole,
who never leaves you,
is always by your side.
the one who made you,
will fill that empty part,
the broken piece,
that shattered place,
the lonely,
disconnected space –
with grace.


We worked after first service. Happy pic day 7.

We had dot markers.

Trunk or treat.

Joel was at his Trunk or Treat.

He left for the field for 2 weeks. We went grocery shopping, made dinner and read.