Monthly Archives: August 2007

Signs of our Times

Back by popular demand: more random signs that make me laugh. Some are funny because of where they are placed, some funny because of what they say, and then there is always the chance that some aren’t that funny at all, but that I just need more sleep… Whatever the case, here they are: Continue reading



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After what seems like years (it’s only been a couple weeks) we finally got word today that the paperwork on our mortgage has been accepted! Anyone who has been hearing financial news the last couple weeks understands how huge that is, I’m sure. With more than 20 years of paying all our bills on time, thanks to God’s faithfulness, our credit rating is great, but with the way the market is going these days it still took a little longer than we at first expected. There really wasn’t any doubt it wouldn’t eventually go through, but it’s such a relief to have it be official. Now we have six more weeks of sitting. And waiting… Then we sign our lives away and get a real home again. Finally!

When we finally get to move into our house and this Transition ends, it will have been exactly 68 weeks since it all started. That’s a lot of transition, and there were many times when we walked in more confusion and frustration than faith! It was encouraging when I opened my email today and found an article from John Paul Jackson called “Expanding Your Spirit” (Read the article here). In the article John Paul talks about how so many times we go through things for a huge array of reasons, some for our benefit, and some for the benefit of the Kingdom. It was confirmation of a lot of what we have heard from God over the last five years. I highly recommend reading it!

So, while you go read the article, I’ll just sit here quietly, crying tears of relief (and a little impatience to get through the next 6 weeks), and pouring out my gratitude to God that He has been here with us through all of this. Gratitude that He never puts aside His mercy and love for us when we are weak, but loves us through those low spots, with more confidence in us than we have that we will in fact come out the other side…


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The world is a funny place… I keep noticing this as I’m out and about. Fortunately, I always have a camera with me, and I finally decided to start capturing some of the quirkiness around me.

Photo #1 is the actual sign, showing the actual name, of a store at which I will NEVER shop! Continue reading


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Hey IHOP-ers! It Could be Worse!

Last weekend Brian and I were out siteseeing near Lancaster, PA and came across a place that made us think of IHOP-KC.  At first, anyway. It’s called the Ephrata Cloister, and was started by a German man named Conrad Biessel in 1732. (You can read the history here, if you are interested in more details.) After emigrating to Pennsylvania in search of freedom in worship, Biessel ended up starting a “hermitage” in order to press in to God, since he was unable to find a church that believed as he did.  It eventually became a community of about 300 who agreed with Biessel’s teachings.

While we were waiting for our tour of the grounds to begin, we walked through the small museum in the visitor’s center, reading about the history of the place. I began to get excited, because so much of what was said reminded me of IHOP. Like IHOP, members of the cloister lived their lives Continue reading


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An Awesome Must-Read Link

I have no idea who the person is that wrote this post, but it’s just too good. You gotta read it! For a good laugh, click here!

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A Cultured Story

Most people who know me very well know there are two things I love to do: learn stuff, and make stuff. Because of these two passions, I also love to learn to make stuff. Through the years this has led to quite a collection of tools and implements in our house. There’s the spinning wheel and baskets of wool and fiber from just about every animal with fur; the wheat grinder and a couple five gallons buckets of wheat (there’s nothing like eating bread that was wheat just two hours ago!); the box of pots, spoons, scales, essential oils, and assorted other implements for making soap; and on and on…

My latest acquisition came last weekend Continue reading


Filed under My Achievements, Personal, Random Ramblings, Weird Stuff I Know

Just for Christine…

Here it is; the photo of my little Beulah, in the premium parking spot:


I had planned on taking this photo, then chickened out, thinking everyone would think it was dumb. Thanks to Christine, I gained the courage to just go for it! Thanks, Christine!


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