Monday, July 30, 2012


Our weekend was a good one--full, with our table overflowing with family, friends, and good food on more than one evening.

On Friday night we celebrated Grandma and Grandpa's 55th wedding anniversary with supper together and time for a little bit of catching up.

Storytime with Mimi--the babies were so sleepy!

Ice cream cake had been the dessert of choice, so for those (several) of us who can't eat that I made up my own little ice cream cake, layering crumbled chocolate cookies from Elana's cookbook with Kimi's Chocolate and Vanilla coconut milk ice creams, with some dairy-free chocolate chips sprinkled on top.  It was delicious.  Even the guys liked it, though that didn't stop them from eating multiple pieces of the other! ;)


Friday, July 27, 2012

precious promises

'Exceeding great and precious promises'
2 Peter 1:4

If you would know experimentally the preciousness of the promises, and enjoy them in your own heart, meditate much upon them.  There are promises which are like grapes in the wine-press; if you will tread them the juice will flow.  Thinking over the hallowed words will often be the prelude to their fulfilment.  While you are musing upon them, the boon which you are seeking will insensibly come to  you.  Many a Christian who has thirsted for the promise has found the favour which it ensured gently distilling into his soul even while he has been considering the divine record; and he has rejoiced that ever he was led to lay the promise near his heart.

But besides meditating upon the promises, seek in thy soul to receive them as being the very words of God.  Speak to thy soul thus, 'If I were dealing with a man's promise, I should carefully consider the ability and the character of the man who had covenanted with me.  So with the promise of God; my eye must not be so much fixed upon the greatness of the mercy--that may stagger me; as upon the greatness of the Promiser--that will cheer me.  My soul, it is God, even thy God, God that cannot lie, who speaks to thee.  This word of  His which thou art now considering is as true as His own existence.  He is a God unchangeable.  He has not altered the thing which has gone out of his mouth, nor called back one single consolatory sentence.  Nor doth he lack any power; it is the God that made the heavens and the earth who has spoken thus.  Nor can he fail in wisdom as to the time when he will bestow the favours, for he knoweth when it is best to give and when better to withhold.  Therefore, seeing that it is the word of a God so true, so immutable, so powerful, so wise, I will and must believe the promise'.  If we thus meditate upon the promises, and consider the Promiser, we shall experience their sweetness, and obtain their fulfilment.

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Morning & Evening, by Charles Spurgeon
July 27 Morning

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Herbs and things

Herb harvesting time again.  My plants were all getting a bit top-heavy.
Trying to figure out the best place to hang them all...
My kitchen smells so good now.

Our first basketful of garden produce here! 

My helpful picking buddy,
who needs to learn that we pick the red tomatoes.

It's such a joy to see the difference the gardens have made to the bare front of the shed since April when Ben helped me dig beds into the gravel-dirt...

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~ cutting & sewing ~ 
  ~ ironing ~

~ washing, folding, putting away ~

~ treasures from a nature walk with Auntie Livi ~