Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer Reading

There is one way to make sure that your mailbox will be full of wonderful things ... place a huge order of used books from amazon. It has been ages since I have purchased any books. I have been rereading some of my old favorites.

But yesterday ...

Here is a list of the books I ordered. (I cannot really recommend them yet, as some are new authors for me, but they all looked delicious.)

1. Leap Over a Wall by Eugene Peterson

2. A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Evans

3. When Wallflowers Dance by Angela Thomas

4. Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked my God 
    and my Soul by Jennie Allen

5. Stuck: The Places we get Stuck and the God 
    who sets us Free  by Jennie Allen

6. Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James

7. What Women Fear by Angie Smith

8. Still: Notes on a Mid Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner

9. Classic Country by Kathryn Ireland

10. The Creative Call: An Artist Response to the Way
      of the Spirit by Janice Elsheimer 

What are you reading?



Friday, June 22, 2012

Encouraging Words

This morning, I read some encouraging words from Psalm 4. I love encouraging words. The pictures are from my back porch, which is one of my favorite places to spend some morning time in the Bible.

"Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness. 
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer."

"But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him."

"...put your trust in the Lord."

"You have put more joy in my heart, than they have when their grain and wine abound."

"In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."

ps. I am usually more of a ... go with the flow kinda girl, than a theme kinda girl ~ but this year I decided to have a theme for my patio. It is marigolds and birds and of course, lots of lime green.

Monday, June 18, 2012

But there is always time for tea

You guys are great. Warm wishes to those that contacted me (when I did not post last week) to see if everything is okay at our house.

We are good ... just busy. Yup, twenty months into our move to Chicago, I am finally creating a life here.

And this past week has been full of highs and lows:

          *lots of fun company
          *lots of chats with our daughters (love skype) 
          *lots of aging parent issues
          *lots of important decisions
          *lots of ministry
          *lots of ... lots of things.

But, no matter how busy we are ... there is always time for tea. And when we can include our favorite 6 and 3 year olds ... all the better.

Had a good cuppa lately?  

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The forgotten member on your short term mission trip (part one)

Six weeks in Europe tenting with a 1 and 5 year old was my first mission trip.
I have gone on many mission trips with my husband, Dave. And just as many times I have sent him off, and stayed home. Either way I am an essential part of the team.

Today, I want to cheer for the one that stays home. It is important that you help your husband, wife or children that stay home to be included and also have a good experience.

Another summer ... another missions trip. Please don't mock the hair and clothes.

Here are some tips I have learned in 25 years of sometimes being the one that stays at home. (I am going to keep this simple by referring to the husband as the goer and the wife as the stayer, even though these roles are often reversed.)

Before the trip:

1. Pray together about each mission trip. I liked being a part of the decision. 

2. Leave an itinerary with your spouse, with flight numbers and contact information. Dave was in Senegal when my mom died and I was grateful for knowing how to get a hold of him. (Having an i.pad helps with some of this, but sometimes the internet service is wonky.)

I always told Dave, that I never wanted to hear of a plane crash while he was traveling and not know his flight number. (wouldn't you agree?)

3. The night before Dave leaves, he always prays for us and our home. And I often pray that the joy does not leave our home when Dave departs.

4. Gifts, cards and surprises that Dave leaves me always help. One time he wrote "I LOVE YOU" on my desk with m and m's. 

When the girls were little he would leave them a new video each time he left, and I would get some time to myself while they watched it. (over and over again)

I leave cards in Dave's suitcase, too. 

A mission trip in Switzerland ... (I know)

My next post will have more tips for during and after the mission trip.

Linking to the lovely Soli sisters ~ any of you going on mission trips this summer?

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ten ways I knew I was in the suburbs

We live in the city and we love it. But once in awhile one must escape to the suburbs and escape we did ... for a lovely date day in St. Charles. 

Ten ways I knew I was in the suburbs

1.  The roads were much wider.

2.  I did not hear a single siren.

3.  There was lovely green grass in the median.

4.  I could see much more sky.

5.  Our matinee ticket was $5.50. 
     (rather than $9.50 - $11.50)

6.  There was plenty of free parking everywhere.

7.  Gas was 30 cents a gallon cheaper.

8.  It was so much quieter.

9.  People made eye contact with you and said hi.

10. I could not see the Sears Tower.

At the end of a great day, we were happy to return to our noisy, expensive, crowded city that we call home.

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