Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What I'm Loving

I left to join my husband in the Middle East in the middle of April just after a late season snow storm and the day before another. The grass was brown, the trees were bare, and the temperatures were below chilly so one of the things I'm loving on our return is

The beauty of spring--The blooming trees are covered with pink and white blossoms, the grass is "spring green", and the leaves are bursting out. I've broken out my summer clothes and put away my heavy sweaters. I love every season, but right now, the variety of greens is amazing! It makes me wonder how anyone cannot believe in a Creator.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:20

Hugs from my grandkids--As a card-carrying Grandma, I have to say that the seven littles who call me "Grandma" are just about the most adorable things on earth! There is nothing like having a two-year old squeal when they see you and run toward you, arms open wide, and then be enveloped in their joyful hug! That goes for seven year olds, five year olds, three year olds, and one year olds! We are looking forward to a weekend this summer when we will celebrate my father's 90th birthday and have all of them together at once!

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, Proverbs 17:6
Sheet pan meals--Like this one or this one oooo, or this one! What a great way to cook lots of delicious vegetables and only have one pan to clean up for your whole meal! Plus if you line the pan with parchment paper or foil, there's not even a lot of clean up!

Four generation meals--Most Sundays we are in town both sets of our parents, our two in-town kids, a daughter-in-law, and two of our granddaughters come for Sunday "dinner" right after church. I can't believe the blessing of all of us being in one town. I grew up always living at least a thousand miles from my grandparents and my children grew up on a different continent from theirs, so the Lord orchestrating that so many of us are together now is a privilege!
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you. Exodus 20:12

Veggies--Several members of the family have started working on eating healthier and are (finally) appreciating the roasted and stir fried veggies I've been serving up for years. They really are good, and good for us!

A full guest room--We arrived home from our latest trip overseas and a couple of days later had five Indians (as in people from India) staying with us for a week, the family of students at Emmaus Bible College, here for their graduation. Some we can talk to and some have much less English, although more than we can speak of Malayalam! Next week we have some people from Scotland and France and the week after that New York and California! We sure learn a lot from visiting with these people and get a little taste of heaven.

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,
for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.
Hebrews 13:2

Do you think any of these people are angels?

Scripture Typer--Last year I decided I needed to get back to memorizing scripture. I had heard about this app, so I looked it up and started using it. In the last year I've learned 75 verses! I love that it reminds me when to review verses based on how well I did the last time I reviewed and I review all the verses at least every three months. I also like the motivation of earning points and seeing how faithful I am to reviewing. (By the way, I get no compensation for this, I'm just telling you what I like.)

I have stored up Your Word in my heart
that I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:11

What are you loving these days?

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  1. Love all of the things that you share. I hope your time away was beneficial.

    1. Thanks! We travel a lot for our work with the Emmaus Courses and we enjoy it.

  2. Well you certainly have a full life (and a full table - judging from that picture!) It's so important to be loving life and you gave some wonderful examples of how many things we have to be grateful for.

    Leanne |

    1. We do have a full life, and often a full table. I didn't think that when we moved to the states (after 24 years overseas) we would get many people from other places here in the heartland, but we still get to enjoy many, many guests!

  3. What a special list! I've been reminded recently that recognizing and thanking God for everything He's given us is so important and has such a positive effect on our lives when we do so. Thanks for this example of practicing thankfulness! And welcome home!

  4. I just found sheet pan recipes last week and I am loving them also. How awesome to welcome folks into your hone and to your table.



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