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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. Although my father passed away 16 years ago, I’m thankful for him and the influence he had in my life.

I’m very grateful for my husband, the father of our children. Pete, you have been a wonderful dad, and I’m so thankful that you have been a strong spiritual leader, a mentor and a faithful provider. God has blessed our lives greatly through you.

Most of all, I’m thankful for Jesus Christ, my heavenly Father. He truly is a loving and good Father. I’m so glad that He not only blesses me but is there to correct me when I need it or turn me around if I start heading in the wrong direction. That’s love!!

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Posted by on June 20, 2010 in blessings, Father's Day, holidays


Memorial Day

Although we are not planning on going to a Memorial Day service, or visiting a national cemetery or seeing a parade, I have been thinking a lot about the men and women that have fought and sacrficed their lives that we might have the privileges we have today in our country. If you are reading this blog and have a loved one that gave their life in service to our country, I offer a big, heartfelt THANK YOU.  May we never forget those who layed down their lives to benefit so many.



Another Great Easter Lesson/Recipe For Kids

Resurrection Rolls


Each item represents how Jesus’ body was prepared for burial.


Large Marshmallows

Melted Butter

Sugar/Cinnamon mixture

Cans of Crescent Rolls

1. Open can of crescent rolls and separate into triangles. The rolls

represent the linen wrapping used in covering the dead.

2. Dip and roll one marshmallow – representing Jesus’ body – into melted

butter. The butter represents the oils used in anointing the dead body.

3. Roll the marshmallow in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. The mixture

represents the spices used in burials.

4. Place the marshmallow in the center of the crescent triangle. Fold and

pinch the edges tight. Put each crescent-wrapped marshmallow on a

slightly greased cookie sheet. To make clean-up easier, line cookie sheet

with aluminum foil before slightly greasing.

5. Bake the rolls as directed on the package. The oven represents the


When cooked, the marshmallow melts leaving only the puffed crescent


This demonstrates how Jesus rose from the dead. All that remained in the

empty tomb were the linen wrappings.


Home Is Where The Hearts Are


Don’t have a lot of dough to buy Valentine gifts?  Me neither. Here’s an easy cookie recipe that requires only a few common ingredients.  I hope all of you will have a wonderful Valentine’s Day by letting your family and friends know that you love and appreciate them.

Valentine Cutouts


1 cup sugar

¾ cup shortening (part margarine or butter softened)

2 eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla or ½ tsp. Lemon extract

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. Baking powder

1 tsp. Salt


Mix sugar, shortening, eggs and vanilla.  Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.  Heat oven to 400.   Roll out dough about 1/8 inch thick and cut into assorted shapes with heart shaped cookie cutters.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet, and bake until light brown, 6 to 8 minutes.  Remove from cookie sheet; cool.  Decorate with creamy frosting.


Creamy Frosting


1 cup powdered sugar

½ tsp. Vanilla

¼ tsp. Salt

About 1 tbsp. Water or 1 to 2 tbsps. Half and half

Assorted food colors


Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and salt.  Beat in water until smooth and of spreading consistency.  Tint frosting with red food coloring as desired.  Decorate even more with colored sugars, sprinkles and cinnamon candies if desired.


Christmas Tankas 2008




Christmas comes again.

Wonder fills my soul anew.

Babe in a manger,

Mystery of godliness;

God in fragile form.



Yearly I recall

the fullness of time has come.

Made under the law,

a virgin chosen, carries

the God who will save her soul.





1Timothy 3:16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.


Galatians 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,




How We’re Getting Our Fill Of Sugar For The Holidays


This is a picture of a gingerbread train that we decorated with our homeschool group. Each family decorated either a train or a gingerbread tree.  I must confess to consuming 2 of the boxcars. (not all in one sitting, fortunately) They were yummy!


Here’s another train that another family made. You can get quite creative when you have a wide variety of candy to work with as we did.


I made some Peanut Blossoms this week too. Our family really enjoys this cookie.  I lost count of how many I ate.


This tray of cookies is going to church tomorrow so that the kids can have their quota of sugar after the children’s Christmas program.


This tray will go to church too.


We have to have some sweet bread for the holidays too.  Of course, all of this stuff was sampled to make sure it was okay.  Did I mention that I like sugar?


Christmas Banquet 2008



These are a couple of the centerpieces(before the finishing touch of 3 tapered candles were added to each) that our ladies made for the tables at our 3rd annual Christmas banquet.  This year, we held our banquet at our new church facility in downtown Oakley.  We ate tri-tip, chicken, killer baked beans, Caesar salad and dinner rolls, provided by a local caterer.  It was all so delicious.  For dessert, we had a Tres Leche cake from Safeway.  If you have never tried this cake, I would highly recommend it.  It is the bomb! 

Our special speaker this year was Rev. Joe Savala who pastors in Ontario, Oregon. Brother Savala is one of the funniest preachers I know. I feel like the Lord uses his humor to put people at ease and help open their hearts to receive the Word of God.  Did you know that there are people in this world who don’t like to bathe?  Here are some of the excuses Rev. Savala shared with us on why some people do not bathe.

1. They were forced to do it as a child.

2. They tried bathing once and decided it wasn’t for them.

3. They just don’t feel the need to bathe often.

4. They think they are already clean enough.

5. There are hypocrites out there that bathe.

6.  There are so many soaps out there that they just aren’t sure which one to use.

After sharing with us the reasons why some people do not bathe, Rev. Savala brought home the point that these same excuses can apply to why people do not go to church.  I like to think of what he said as a gentle tug on the heart of those who were there that do not go to church or only go sporadically.   One lady who attends our church brought her neighbor and daughters to the banquet, and this neighbor lady told her friend that she wanted to come to church with her on Sunday.  She was not able to come on Sunday due to health problems, but her youngest daughter came to children’s church and had a good time.  I praise God for that and am looking forward to more coming.


I Corinthians 13 Christmas Style

1 Corinthians 13 Christmas Style
©By Sharon Jaynes

If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family – I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family – I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family – It profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Love never fails.  Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost; golf clubs will rust.  But giving the gift of love will endure.


Breaking Bread Together

I was looking through some files and found this recipe, which I think is a great idea. I wish all my family and friends a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving. 

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is “Breaking Bread Together.”  Thanks to Family Fun Magazine . . . we have shared a simply meaningful tradition for several years.


You need:

  • Several Cans of (Pilsbury) Cresent Rolls
  • 1/2″ Strips of Paper cut from Index Cards
  • Pencils


Have each Thanksgiving guest write down on the strip of paper what they are thankful for this year and sign their name.


Have the guests roll their paper into a cresent roll and place on the pan to bake.


Bake the rolls as directed . . . watching so any paper sticking out the ends doesn’t burn.  (Hint: Baking stones work wonderfully and prevent burning)


Place the rolls in a basket lined with a linen towel.


At the beginning of the Thanksgiving meal, pass the rolls around and have everyone take one, break open and share with everyone what the other person has to be thankful for.


Most often, the strip of paper isn’t big enough to hold all our Thankfulness!



Posted by on November 26, 2008 in Baking, holidays, thankfulness, Uncategorized


Liberty Is

MANY years ago, as a teenager, I took some time to write out some of my thoughts concerning liberty.  Looking over what I wrote, I can honestly say that I still feel the same way.  May God bless you, your families and friends this 4th of July not only with a safe and fun time but with a fresh appreciation with the freedoms we enjoy because of God.


Liberty Is……


Liberty is defined in the dictionary as the condition of being free from restriction or control; freedom, the right to act as one chooses, freedom from confinement or servitude, and permission to do something, authorization or privilege.


Of course, these definitions for the word LIBERTY would be absolutely meaningless to us if we did not have our own historical examples or perhaps our own personal for instances to demonstrate just exactly what LIBERTY IS.


However, there is one central point, one central focus upon which the principle of liberty hinges.  That central focus is God.  The Bible tells us in I Corinthians 3:17 that “where the spirit of the Lord is liberty.”  This is what has made America a great country.  Our forefathers made some precious sacrifices and sought the face of Almighty God as this country came into existence. The motto on our U.S. currency “In God We Trust” illustrates the exact principle upon which America was founded. Keeping these things in mind, I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts on liberty and the preservation of it for the future.


Liberty comes not without sacrifice

And is often bought with a terrific price

We could not be called Americans today

If not for the cost our forefathers did pay

They were brave men and women

That stood their ground

And because of the vision they held

Today our privileges abound

There’s freedom or religion,

Speech and the press

Often taken for granted

We all can confess

We’re free to choose our own careers

And worship as we please

Yet theses privileges were not born, I’m sure

With dry eyes and unbent knees

Shelter is very necessary

And food is an absolute must

But we could not possess the least of these

Had it not been for “In God We Trust”

Yes, the many benefits that we enjoy today

Were born from the faithful, not failing to pray

O America, America can you not see?

That this is why God shed His grace on thee

The reason you have been bountifully blessed

A nation set apart from all the rest

Are you now to forget God

Who has set you free

And choose to be brought into poverty

Will you fail to be thankful

Not serve the Lord the rest of your days

Continue on in self-willed ways?

O, turn back your faces to Him

Our merciful and tender Lord

Who gives much more than temporal things

More than money can afford

For only by abiding in God

Will you continue to be blessed

It’s God alone who can bring to you

Joy, sweet peace and rest

So seek the Lord, America

It’s worth the time, effort, sacrifice, you’ll see

For where the Spirit of our God is

There’s truly liberty.


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