Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Best Is Yet To Come

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We have read the account.... the tomb was empty, and it has been one thousand nine hundred and eighty-three (1,983) years since He left that tomb vacant.

He's alive, and he intercedes for us in heavenly places (Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 8:1-2 *hover cursor over links to view).

The writer of Hebrews invites us to "... lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and... run with patience the race that is set before us..." (Hebrews 12:1), while keeping our eyes on the Ultimate Prize.... Jesus - our exceedingly lovely Elder Brother, in whom all God's promises to us find their fulfilment.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

When Motherhood Goes Wrong (I have questions)

Her wild eyes stared back at me from the screen and I was glad that I was looking at a mug shot... not the photo of free woman.

By her own admission (if her word can be trusted), she had given birth to each of those seven babies over a ten-year period. Six of them were delivered and suffocated.... by her own hand. All seven were stashed in boxes. She offered the  when, the where and the how, but the world waits, with bated breath, to hear the 'why'.

Why did Megan Huntsman carry these babies to term, only to snuff their lives out? What could have gone so unbelievably wrong?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

We Really Do 'Dig' Sweet Potatoes Around Here + Smoothie Recipe (sort of)

Tubers from vines with heart-shaped leaves.
These are a brilliant orange on the inside.
A few days ago, we made some fun discoveries that involved a good deal of digging around in dirt. Since my system was a bit 'off', I had to be satisfied with cheering from the sidelines.... but man, oh man, did I cheer!

Yes... Whenever the yum factor walks hand in hand with a fabulous nutritional profile and $0 price tag, you can count on me to cheer. Ha!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Ginger Update

April 6, 2014
Six months in, the rebellious tot is still thriving. The baby is all grown up....

We are now at the halfway mark and new shoots are bursting forth, left, right and centre. SJ is beside himself with excitement, so this experiment doubles as a lesson in patience and provides a nice long-term visual for teaching spiritual truths.....

Because, when you're a parent, you seize every free teaching aid that comes your way. ;-)

Six months to harvest... Will we make it to the end zone?

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Masking Tape For Hire

I was standing before the mirror when I heard the gate swing open as she called: "Sister Ruth!" My heart sank even as I prayed fervently that she would have legitimate business this time around... an unlikely thing, but it was worth a shot.

Ms. Gos Sip's** singular occupation is to publish abroad tidings of neighbourhood happenings. I had become acquainted with her because I was asked to pray with her some time last year when she thought she had ghosts in her house, but it soon became clear that she was her own worst enemy. Untreated nervous issues lay at the root of her insomnia, and months of sleeplessness  can do strange things... but she refused to see a doctor, saw no need for lifestyle changes, and feared that medication would cause her to gain weight....

Sunday, 9 March 2014

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

Links for enquiring minds:

  • What is endometriosis? HERE
  • What are the symptoms? HERE
  • Why an hysterectomy is not always the right answer... HERE
  • Dietary changes that may reduce symptoms... HERE

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

How About That Hamster?

So... there I was refreshing my twists while SJ tested his multiplication skills via

We had found a game called Puny's Pet Shop(pe) which seemed useful, and he was busy stocking the shop with pets - 8 of each species - by providing the answers to multiplication problems that appeared on the screen.

So far so good.

The turtles occupied their little islands, sea creatures populated the aquariums, and the hamsters started showing up.... all energetic, starry-eyed, and such....

All except one.