Marriage · Refreshment in marriage

Twelve Things I Do to Keep My Marriage Strong

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Hilarious, picture, right?!  Bear with me – I’m reminiscing!

I can still remember the day of our wedding rehearsal on June 19, 1981.  We were so excited about our wedding that would following on the next evening!  The rehearsal for the second best day in my life (the first being my salvation!) was a really special occasion!

This was in the era when rehearsals were a pretty big deal – you dressed up pretty nice, went to the church and learned when to come in, where to stand, when to hold hands, when the vows would be repeated and when it was time to run down the aisle together!

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Sunday Dinner · Tablescapes

Father’s Day/Sunday Dinner

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How thankful I am each year to get to celebrate Father’s Day.  I am blessed with terrific men in my life that I’m happy to celebrate each June.  My precious dad and my husband have been such godly fathers and it’s a joy to celebrate them each June!

 

This year our girls were both home to attend church with us, and then have dinner.  We don’t need a reason to have Sunday dinner – it’s a given at our house, but I did go to a little more effort to decorate the table with a theme for Father’s Day.  I found this Continue reading “Father’s Day/Sunday Dinner”

Crafts · Family life · refreshment at home · summertime

Fun Things Friday

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Let me share with you some fun things I’ve done during this very full week!

The biggest activity that was most time and thought consuming was Vacation Bible School.  Wow!  Our church blew the doors out with decorations, games, crafts, snacks and powerful Bible teaching!!  Jesus loves children and tells us not to forbid them to come to Him.  I loved that these children heard the Gospel over and over each night as the journeyed from the opening assembly, their class time, snacks, crafts and games.  What a blessing. It’s been exhausting, but we pray there will be spiritual fruit that will bring glory to our wonderful God!

Let me show you a few pictures.

My class of 5-6 year olds on the first night…

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Our group grew each night! I co-taught with another younger woman and we also had several others that were helping hands (they were all needed!)  What a blessing to have a room full of children.  Even though they stretched our abilities to control their energy, we are grateful for the blessing of sharing the Gospel with them!

We raced around the world to meet all the people in the human race, created in the image of God. How did we get to each continent?  We flew, of course!

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We learned about melanin, the coloring that gives us each a different shade of brown skin. The children saw a visual with colored cake batter, made up of the same ingredients, only with more or less coloring in the bowls.

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God sees us all the same and loves each person as much as the next!

We crafted…

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We ate foods from all over the world!

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We were so busy each day that my sweet husband made sure to help me get some rest so I’d be ready for 6:00 when we started another 2 1/2 hours of fun (and exhaustion!).  He took me to lunch one day, insisting that I was not going to cook!  We went to one of our favorite local fish restaurants (Riverside), asked for a table at the window, and got to eat lunch, spend time together and enjoy this view of a family walk just outside our window!

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I also managed to get a little craft done this week.  I needed a wreath for summer.  I found this cute little conversation bubble at Hobby Lobby and knew it would be perfect for a wreath!  It was 75% off, making it under $4!

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I added white fabric flowers to accent the coral door and the flowers that are growing in my yard outside.

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Here’s a close-up of the “wreath.”

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What other message could you say to your guests at your door but, “Hi!?”  If it’s nothing else, it’s unique!!

What fun things have you been up to this week?  Do you scour the 75% off aisle at Hobby Lobby for unique finds?

Refresh your weekend with something fun!

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Christian growth

A Fresh Love Letter

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I walked down to the mailbox, opened the lid and pulled out the two envelopes the postman had left. The return address in the corner of each envelope told me it was “same ol’, same ol'”.  Junk mail.  Ugh.

I walked back up to the porch, threw the non-impressive mail onto the step and picked up my waiting broom.  I swept the porch while the white envelopes lay discarded, Continue reading “A Fresh Love Letter”

Dinner · Fast meal

Dinner in Under 20 Minutes Sounds Fishy!

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You need good food and you need it fast!  I can totally relate!  Today I’m collaborating with Whitney at Come Home for Comfort to bring you foods and recipes that will provide supper in “Twenty to the Table!”

Wow! Summertime has been super busy for us with vacation, a conference, Vacation Bible School prep, and then all the normal, daily busyness!  That means I’ve had to be on Continue reading “Dinner in Under 20 Minutes Sounds Fishy!”

Fast meal · Meal planning · refreshment at home

Cook Once; Eat Two (or 3) Times!

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I love to cook, however, that doesn’t mean I like to slave in the kitchen every single day!  I love to eat good meals that are fresh and delicious, too, so that means when I AM in the kitchen, I like to make good use of that time in ways that will help me for future meals!

I thought I”d show you how I have recently cooked foods that allowed me to have DIFFERENT meals using things I cooked earlier. Say no to Leftovers! These are fresh, different meals each time they’re served!

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