Tuesdays With Moisi

Today is Tuesday but my Tuesdays with Moisi posts will have to be put on the back burner because I do not have the proper time to research and find the photos I need to continue. It will take a while before I can resume.

The photo above was taken in May at the last home our parents owned before they left to Russia as missionaries in 1997. This home was in Yorba Linda, California. The town where President Nixon’s Library is. I’ll make a guess and say Pop was barbecuing for a family get together to celebrate his and our sister Kathy’s birthdays in May.

Springs demands are keeping us busy at our country bungalow. It took me over 4 hours to mow our property on the riding lawn mower yesterday. Dear did the weed whacking for the same amount of time. We purchased a back support for me to wear while I mow since our ground is uneven and there is quite a bit of bouncing about as I move across the acreage. After that kind of work we are a wee bit brain dead and just fit for vegging for a while.

Our Canadian friends enjoyed their Victoria Day weekend and now we have our Memorial Day weekend coming up here in the U.S.A. Do you have any plans?

Came across these verses in my readings this morning and thought they were a good reminder for our times.

So, flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.  (2 Timothy 2: 22-26, ESV)

Merry Month of May Mosaics

Our oldest flew in for the weekend to enjoy his niece and nephew while his wife was on an annual girls weekend away with her college roommates. Addy loves her uncle Josh and it’s fun to hear them interact and laugh.

Spring is greening and blooming at our country bungalow.

Some plants we recognize, others we have no clue. We aren’t even sure if they are a weed or flowers.

We have found at least 6 Peony plants on our acreage. I’m quite excited to see if the blooms are all alike or a variety.

We rescued this windmill from our kids property a couple years ago and moved it to our home in Kenmore and put it in our yard. When we packed up to move to our place in the country we dissassembled the windmill and moved it here. Dear reassembled it on Saturday and we set it in this spot.

We’ve had a couple days of rain and mowing was delayed. Tomorrow will be dry and I’ll try out our new grass catcher attachment on our riding mower. Hopefully using the catcher will help decrease the dandelion population.

Lots of times poop is the reason for prayer requests and this time it is literal. For my blogging friends who pray, could you please continue to pray for our little Jaymison, that he would be able to poop at least every 3 days. Thank you.

I’m linking up to Mosaic Monday with Angie from Letting Go of the Bay Leaf.

I Sought the Lord, and Afterward I Knew ~ Hymn

I Sought the Lord, and Afterward I Knew

I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew
He moved my soul to seek him, seeking me;
It was not I that found, O Saviour true,
No, I was found of thee.

Thou didst reach forth thy hand and mine enfold;
I walked and sank not on the storm-vexed sea,—
‘Twas not so much that I on thee took hold,
As thou, dear Lord, on me.

I find, I walk, I love, but, O the whole
Of love is but my answer, Lord, to thee;
For thou wert long beforehand with my soul,
Always thou lovedst me.

—Anonymous

Addy and Gramps

Addy is most content these days being outside. She has a relentless mantra to whoever will listen…”outside, outside?”  On Mother’s day we gathered at Dan and Jamie’s and Addy tried to coax me into taking her outside and Gramps came to the rescue to take her outside while the preparations for our late afternoon meal were completed.

Jamie noticed the special Gramps and Addy moments outside and I stepped outside on the porch to capture some photos but then Addy noticed me on the porch taking photos.

She diverted from the drive and headed for the fence heading for the porch where I was.

Gramps diverted her back to the path.

Baby brother was oblivious to all the goings on. Stretch!!

He’s always most content with his mommy but daddy is a huge help in the late night and before dawn feedings. JJ’s big sister is learning and growing in her affection for him.

We are thankful to God for the improvement in JJ’s appetite and activity. His digestive system is still in transition but his weight is increasing which is a good thing.

Times like these are best suited for the younger set. I can’t even remember how we managed with two little ones 2 years apart. We were in our late 20’s and 30’s when we had our babies. Katie came 5 years after our second and it seemed easier with her since Josh and Dan were 7 and 5. Now being closer to 70 then to 60, I know why the child bearing ages are easier when they are earlier. We can help out with babysitting here and there but the challenge is for these young parents to work out on a daily basis. They will find it hard to remember all the challenges when they are our age, too. God’s ways are good and good for us. We count on Him to see us through all the challenges of child rearing and aging, too. We pray that we all will depend on God and help lead Addy and Jaymison to faith in our Lord and Savior.

The Pond and Beyond

After several warm days and Dear’s hard work the pond has dried nicely.

This is another necessity on most properties in our neck of the woods. Everyone says they are unusually big this year. We are hoping they aren’t as prolific as they were last year.

First of 3 stumps we want to get rid of. And on the very bright side…

Lily of the Valley. We’ve heard from those of you who know that this plant is very invasive. I’m happy to report they are in an isolated planter.

These succulents are in the rockery that borders the pond area.

We have a nice healthy looking Peony. Looking forward to seeing what the blooms are like. We also have a white bleeding heart blooming and three clematis that are reaching towards the sky.

On the way back from the mailbox Dear stopped to chat with our neighbor and heard some stories about the rattlesnakes killed from year to year. Yikes. We’re being careful especially when we clear out brush.

Happy to report that our Heat Pump is working as it should and we’ve been able to cool things down when we need to. The technician found wires that were wired wrong. Glad it was an easy fix.