Monday, August 18, 2014

A Timely Reminder

My husband could tell you some funny stories of how often I need a reminder. Just yesterday it was, "Glenda, there is an empty pan on the stove and the burner is on." (opps ~ I had moved on to cleaning the bathroom and had forgotten.)

Even more, I need constant reminders of truth from God's Word. I think God understands our need for timely reminders ... as the word remember shows up 148 times in the Bible.

In Titus 3:1-2 Paul says, "Remind them to...

     *be submissive to rulers and authorities

     *be obedient

     *be ready for every good work

     *speak evil of no one

     *avoid quarreling

     *be gentle, and

     *show perfect courtesy toward all people."

This is a timely reminder for me as I begin this new week. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens" ~ Glenda style. (no kittens on my favorites list) 

Here are a few of my current favorite things ...

1. While you are shopping for school supplies, pick up for yourself, my new favorite pen.

The Infinity Write Tool by "The Write Dudes" is a great fine point pen. I love how smooth it writes and it does not bleed through the page when I underline in my Bible. I found it at Target and it is much less expensive than my former favorite pen.

2. Making birthday treats for our daughters with gluten and sugar intolerance has been a challenge, until we discovered the Baby Cakes cookbooks. I turned our favorite cake recipe into cupcakes for Christy's birthday.

They are also vegan, so if that is a need in your family, you will love this cookbook.

3. And I have saved the best for last. I just cannot get enough of our almost five month old grand baby. I took this picture last week and it is my new favorite.

Those cheeks, those eyes, that nose and lips and her fingers ... oh my. There is no favorite that compares to this one. She is a delight.

What are your favorite things this summer?


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hospitality ... 4 year old style

Conversation with my downstairs neighbor, who is about to turn 4.

e: I am going to have a princess cake for my birthday.

me: Are you having princess napkins?

e: No, the napkins are going to be batman.

me: A princess cake and batman napkins???

e: There are going to be boys there, Glenda.

A true picture of hospitality.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Few Thoughts on Parenting Now That I am a Grandma

This morning, Lillian and I went out for a walk and coffee.

We let her cute mama come along, as well.

The coffee shop was mama and baby central.

As Jenny and I were enjoying an iced Americano, one of the busy moms with two kids, smiled at Lily (just sitting there so calmly) and said to Jenny, "just wait, you only have a little more time til it gets crazy."

Jenny has asked me many questions since Lillian was born, four months ago. My answer is often that I do not remember. It is ages since our girls were little.   But this morning, I remembered this ... my parenting philosophy.

A little philosophy from a parent/grandma:

          *Each stage of parenting is a little different

          *Each stage has it pros and cons

          *Each stage offers good things and hard

          *Each stage offers unique opportunites
            that will not come around again

Therefore ...

          *pay attention. enjoy. pray. cry. celebrate.
            be intentional. ask for help. learn. be

Once that stage of over ... it is gone.

Linking with the Soli Sisters     
                          Missional Woman

Monday, July 7, 2014

Grant Fink and the Lake County Captains

My sister, Sue and her husband, Rich have been visiting from Spokane. We four have been friends for so many years and love hanging out together.

We celebrated July 4th, a belated birthday lunch for Sue and of course, this ...

meeting Lillian

Then it was time to get away from the city for a wee bit. We headed to South Bend, IN, taking our time to enjoy some fun spots along the way. 

Do you know what famous university is in South Bend? Here is a little clue.

"touchdown jesus"

The main purpose for our trip was baseball. Not just any baseball, but the Lake County Captains. Our nephew, Grant Fink, plays for this single A minor league team. (go, grant)

And boy, did he play.

Grant's two game total included: 3 singles, 3 doubles, a home run and 4 RBI's. He had 7 hits in 9 at bats.

Grant sweetly called me, "good luck charm Glenda." But I know I had nothing to do with it. (although I do pray for him often) It is his years of hard work and skill. He is known to be a player with integrity, too. That makes this aunt proud.

Go, Lake County Captains. Go, Grant.


Monday, June 30, 2014

I Heart Spokane

I just flew to Spokane for ten days to be with my family. My dad lost his wife to cancer. We Johnsons are good at lots of things, but this clan is really good at rallying around each other when needed.

I had a hard time saying goodbye and getting on the plane to return home. There are hundreds of reasons that I love Spokane. 

And here is just one of them...

Monday, June 23, 2014

Pecan Goodness

Whenever I hear the sound of Dave, my husband, rustling around in the kitchen, I know in a few short minutes, or hours, I will be eating something delicious.

Dave just got home from a week of meetings and he often unwinds ... in the kitchen. Lucky me.

This dessert muffin is delicious. Our downstairs neighbors love it when Dave bakes these ... because he shares.

Here is Dave's recipe:


1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 cups chopped pecans
2/3 cups butter, softened
2 eggs, beaten

Mix sugar, flour and pecans. Mix eggs and butter and add to dry ingredients.

Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 17 minutes.

Enjoy. Share with your neighbors, or you will want to eat them all.
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