Recap of 2019

This is a non-exhaustive recap of 2019 with photos, words, and many quotes that were important to me during the year.

January: 1st home purchase for Andrew and Katie, milestone birthday for Josh, Family trip to Arizona.

Journal entries to remember:

From sermons in Joshua: Wilkening

Bread of Life: The Bible has everything we need for daily nutrition of our souls.

February: Introduction to snowshoeing, Dinners, Testimonies to Deacons.

Journal Entries:

MacArthur: Christian love operates within the parameters of Biblical knowledge and spiritual discernment. 

No matter how loving an act or a word might seem, if it violates knowledge and discernment it is not Christian love.

Dorothy Sayers: It is not the business of the church to adapt Christ to men, but men to Christ.

March: Birthday on the Coast, Addy’s Bubble Birthday and another Milestone Birthday

Journal Entries:

Sermon from the book of Joshua: You can choose your sin, but not your consequences.

Keep growing, don’t stagnate.

Robert Bolton: He that endeavors not to be better, will by little and little grow worse.

A faith that is not changing you has not saved you. 

April: Jaymison Joshua’s birth, Andrew’s Throwing Axes party, NICU in Spokane, Vera’s first visit here.

Journal Entries:

Piper: Coasting is not discipleship. Drifting in self-contentment is not like basking in the pool of security, but like floating, fast asleep, toward the falls. “We must pay much attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” Hebrews 2:1

MacArthur (The Gospel According to Jesus): And any “salvation” that does not alter a lifestyle of sin and transform the heart of a sinner is not the salvation God’s Word speaks of.

May: Mother’s Day, Jaymison home again and thriving, photo shoots.

Journal Entries:

MacArthur: (TGATJ) Obedience is the inevitable manifestation of true faith.

The state of mind that refuses obedience is pure and simple unbelief.

Spurgeon: One man with God is a majority though there be a thousand on the other side.

June: Father’s Day, Anniversaries, Canada MGCC Lovella’s Birthday Brunch, Highlander.

Journal Entries:

Begg: The work of the evil one is to try to re-calibrate our thinking to the culture of the world.

From Pray Big: So Paul teaches you to ask God to open your heart-eyes to see much further and see much better, to the riches of your eternity. 

July: Family Visits, Swimming Lessons, Dan’s 30 day assignment, Summer Social.

Journal Entries:

Dwight L. Moody posed a question to a room full of children in Edinburgh, Scotland: What is prayer? He thought he would be answering that question himself but several hands went up all over the hall. He called on one young boy and this young lad with clear and confident tones said, “Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God for things agreeable to His will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins and thankful acknowledgement of His mercies.” Moody’s amazed response was, “Thank God, my boy, that you were born in Scotland!”

In those days in Scotland’s parents still believed it was their solemn duty to teach their children Biblical truth in the form of catechism.

August x 2: Eye surgery, Laura here for a week, Steve and Lana’s Visit, MGCC camp Weekend, Dan home

Journal Entries:

Spurgeon (A Passion for Holiness in a Believer’s Life) This is the reality of holiness: “If we believe God’s Word, we are orthodox; if we practice, we are holy.”

The Bible is the great umpire as to conduct, and not the changing moral sentiment of passing generations.

Pray to God to order your life according to His Word. To this Word we must be conformed. This is our copy to write by; this is the image to which we must be modeled. 

September: Kids to the Coast, Junk Drunk, Auger.

Journal Entries:

Piper: (Life As A Vapor):

…Don’t be duped by the gurus of the age.

…One enslaving fad follows another.

…The wisdom of this age is folly in view of eternity.

…Don’t follow a defeated foe. Follow Christ. It is costly. You will be an exile in this age. But you will be free.

October: Cousin Jim’s visit, Marcus Apple Ciderfest, Annual Family Hunting Trip, Family Baking, Pumpkin Patch, Sufficiency of Scripture Conference

Journal Entries:

Psalm 19: 7-9:

The Law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether:

November x 2: Vera’s 2nd Visit, Piroshky Baking day, Trip to the Coast, Sounders MLS Champions, Thanksgiving and Trusses! Hit a deer. Dan begins another 30 day assignment away from home.

Journal Entries:

An old Puritan said; “Prayer is a cannon set at the gate of heaven to burst open the gates.”

Spurgeon: You must take the city by storm if you would have it. You will not ride to heaven on a featherbed; You must go on a pilgrimage. There is no going to the land of glory while you are sound asleep; dreamy sluggards will have to wake up in hell. 

MacArthur: Fight the good fight-we are in war our whole Christian life to fight for the truth and to defend the truth. 

December x2:  Laura’s Birthday, Our Anniversary and Trip to the Coast, Canada for MGCC Christmas Party, Christmas, JJ’s First Christmas, Katie’s Birthday Party! Dan returns home.

Journal Entries:

Beware of bestsellers in the supposed “Christian” genre. Ask yourself why? Beware.

MacArthur: Mission of the Messiah (Luke 4:16-21)

Theme of the Bible is Salvation; The just payment of sin to satisfy God’s justice. God must have a substitute to die in the place of sinners. The Son of God is that substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Old Testament speaks about the one who is coming. Jesus is symbolized in all the sacrifices.

Voddie Baucham:

I choose to believe the Bible because it is a reliable collection of historical documents written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. They report supernatural events that took place in the fulfillment of specific prophecies and claimed that their writings are divine, rather than human, in origin.

2 Peter 1:16-21

“For we do not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when we received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, we ourselves heard the voice borne from heaven, for we were with Him on the holy mountain.”

And for my last quote of the year:

Justin Peters: “If you want to hear from God, read the Bible. If you want to hear God speak, read the Bible out loud!

Beware of people who say they have heard God tell them something apart from what is already written in the Word of God.

Again this recap is for the benefit of my brain to be able to remember what happened when and what I was reading and studying that was important enough for me to write down. 

And that in a nutshell was 2019. 


The Year of 2015!

A post that will hold the most interest for me and my brain helping me to remember what happened when and in what year. 2015 at this Old House and beyond.



Birthday celebration for our sons. A quick trip to California to meet our new nephew Andrew and to celebrate Hope’s birthday. Always a bonus to see my dear old pop when I travel to Southern California.



We started a planter and walkway project that had several phases.



I flew to Spokane for a day to join in on the wedding dress shopping fun for our soon to be daughter in law.


Celebrated my sixty fourth birthday at Fado Irish Pub in Seattle and we sang “When I’m Sixty Four” with some good reviews.


I met some of the Mennonite Girls in Mount Vernon to enjoy the tulips!



We had a day of making Paska/Kulich (Russian Easter Bread) and Seernaya Paska.(sweet cheese spread)


Easter lunch with some nice sunshine and a walk.


We all drove to Chewelah for the girls to attend a bridal shower for Jamie. We celebrated Andrew’s birthday while we were there.


End of April I flew to California again for one day and attended a baby shower and a mini high school reunion.



Mothers day meal, siding work and another trip to Chewelah for pre-wedding projects.



Finishing up siding projects and Dear installed a privacy fence.


I drove to Canada for a lovely tea in honor of our Kathy of the Mennonite Girls and on Father’s day Katie was matron of honor in her friends wedding.


The end of June was Dan and Jamie’s wedding. So many fun memories with friends and extended family. Meow, meow!



Post wedding company canoeing, swimming, sight seeing and a 4th of July party. Post company trip to Cape Flattery and Sequim for the lavender fields. Katie and Andrew moved into our basement.



We traveled to Canada again for a hike and potluck barbecue with the Mennonite Girls. Our pears ripened early this year and it was a bumper crop. Dear finished up painting on our out building. We attended an event that our son and some partners hosted at a Sounders game. Dear started work on a remodel of Josh and Laura’s Kitchen.



Joshua’s open house at his new office space. Greg and Andrew continued work on Josh and Laura’s kitchen remodel with other home improvements thrown in.



Tim and Letty fly up so Tim can install the kitchen cabinets at Josh and Laura’s remodel. The girls enjoyed lunch and shopping while the work went on.


Two baby showers this month. One for our little David the Warrior (full post coming up soon about our little warrior) and one for our future grand niece. One of the showers was in Washington and the other in Southern California. I flew down to California earlier than expected because my brother in law suffered a massive heart attack and I was anxious to see him and be with my sister. While in California I got to see my pop again and go out to lunch with him.



My brother in law did not survive the complications of his heart attack and we all flew down to attend his services on November 10th.


Tim and Letty flew up for Thanksgiving and we had some fun outings while they were here for a week. The guys completed another project at Josh and Laura’s while the girls had tea and shopped!



December we celebrated all month long with Laura’s birthday, our anniversary, Christmas celebrations at home and in Canada with the Mennonite Girls and Katie’s birthday. We were introduced to Raclette and now have our own grill. Our new grand niece arrived early on Christmas Eve.

It is always amazing to see all that has gone on in a given year. As usual years are filled with joy and sorrow. This year was fuller than others since we had so many wonderful events surrounding Dan and Jamie’s wedding. God is good to us.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.


I Recommend to You…

…my favorite purchase for cooking in 2011!

These onion goggles deliver on their promise. Tear free when chopping, dicing, slicing or mincing onions! I can’t tell you how many onions I’ve chopped this year but I can say I’ve done it tear free. I bought these beauties at Lepp Farm Market in Abbotsford. I bought the pink goggles for me and the Sounders green goggles for our son Josh. The only problem I can see with them is if you are very far-sighted, these won’t fit over your glasses but if you wear contacts they’ll work.

Here’s Josh sporting his onion goggles! Thanks for sending the photo Josh!

In Retrospect…

…2010 was a very eventful year for our family!



A job interview for Dear in Seattle.

Dan completes the first stage of his training and flies home to Seattle for a week before he leaves again for a 10 month training period in Yuma, Arizona.


February ~

Dear and I fly to Seattle to spend some time with Dan before he leaves again.

Katie’s boyfriend Andrew flies to Seattle for us to meet him and spends a week with us.

Dear receives a job offer and gives notice at his current job.

We put our condo in California on the market.

Sad goodbyes to good friends and family in Southern California.


Dear’s last day at his California job and we pack up and leave on a 3 day roadtrip with our vehicles packed to the gills.


March ~

Arrive home in Seattle for good for now…

Seattle Sounders opening game for the season.

Celebrate my birthday in LaConner and get the amazing experience of seeing Snow Geese.


April ~

Easter Sunday meal at our house with Kulich that Lana and I made for the 2nd year in a row.


La Conner to meet up with 5 of the Mennonite girls for the first time!


Return to California to supervise the condo being packed up and our stuff moved to Seattle.

Katie joins me in California and we enjoy 2 days packed with family gatherings.


May ~

Andrew comes for another visit with Katie.


June ~

CONDO SELLS and escrow closes!


Andrew arrives for another visit before his Bootcamp begins.


World Cup begins

Family kayaking trip


Katie walks in her graduation from the University of Washington.


July ~

Uncle Ray dies ~ we attend funeral in Yuba City, Ca.

Lavender Festival


Family visits



August ~

Trip to Eastern Washington

Mennonite Girls Can Cook Summit in British Columbia to sign contract for our new cookbook.


September ~

2 days of nonstop fun with the Mennonite Girls in Abbotsford and Chiliwack.


South Carolina with Katie to attend Andrew’s graduation from Marine boot camp Parris Island.


Andrew asks Katie to marry him.

October ~


Wedding Dress Shopping


Trip to Dallas with Dear to visit Leonard, Mandy and Miss Hope.


November ~

Dan is back in Washington after completing all his hands on training.


Early Thanksgiving celebration before Dan heads to his new home and work in North Eastern Washington.


Tim and Letty are here for Thanksgiving and the girls continue our Tea tradition.


Katie flies to Florida to spend Thanksgiving with Andrew and part of his family.

December ~

We celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary on Whidbey Island.


Dan arrives for a couple days for our Christmas celebration.


Andrew arrives for 10 day leave from the Marines for Christmas.

Wonderful Christmas with all our kids and future kid Andrew…


Celebrations continue with Katie’s birthday and New Years Eve…


God is faithful and his goodness to us is always good to consider and reflect on. That’s what I’m doing with this post.

The Lord knows what 2011 holds for us and we trust Him to get us through…

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

Before Green Gables ~ Review

Before Green Gables

The Prequel to Anne of Green Gables

by Budge Wilson

I finished this wonderful book this week. If you are an Anne fan and have been skeptical of this book put your skepticism aside. You can enjoy Budge Wilson’s talent to bring Anne’s days before Green Gables alive, heartwarming, tear jerking, endearing Anne to us again. I love the other characters she weaves into the story during this time period in Anne’s life, too.

To see more Spring Reading Book Reviews click over to Callapidder Days.

The Somis Nut House

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I made a little trip to the Somis Nut House. It’s located on Los Angeles Ave. between Lewis Rd. (Hwy 34) and North St. in the little town of Somis, California. It’s a family run business that has been in Somis for almost 48 years. It’s nothing great to look at from the outside but on the inside you find rows and rows of nuts, dried fruit, nut meal, and specialty candy, jams, sauces, etc.

If you blink you’ll drive right by it.

Like I said nothing glamorous on the outside.



Almonds, Filberts, Cashews, Peanuts, Pecans, trail mixes, etc.


Love the signs like Cashier Nut. And I was so pleased to find Walnettos here. “Want a Walnetto?” Is anyone old enough to remember that line from Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In?


Forget Me Nut…

They also have Almond meal and Filbert Meal


Had to include this shot with Fruit Labels from the state of Washington…

These were my choices for the day. Roasted and Salted Peanuts, Honey Roasted Peanuts, and of course the Walnetto’s! We were more impressed with the taste of the peanuts from Somis Nut House than Trader Joe’s. Dear says “In comparison the peanuts from Trader Joe’s tasted like they came across the Atlantic between the toes of Columbus’ men.”

So the next time I want nuts for anything I’ll be coming back to Somis Nut House…

Photobucket is holding all my photos I stored with them from 2007-2015 hostage. They have blacked out all those photos on my blog posts. OH BOTHER! I’m slowly cleaning up my posts.

Fall Reading Wrap-up

So here we are at the end of Fall and it’s time for true confessions. I did read some of the books on my list.

Holy Bible ~ year long ~ I’m moving along in my yearly reading. I’m in Ephesians right now and I’m being blown away!

Hood ~ Stephen Lawhead ~ This is going on my Spring List

The Documents in the Case ~ Dorothy Sayers ~ Fabulous! I highly recommend it.

The Dean’s Watch~ Elizabeth Goudge ~ I thoroughly enjoyed this and Goudge is on my new favorite author list! Here’s something I wrote about it when I finished it.

“I just finished the last page of this book and I’m so sad that the story has come to an end. Elizabeth Goudge is fast becoming my new favorite author. She has a great descriptive style. The same appreciation I have for George MacDonald and how he weaves a true loving relationship with God contrasted against a cold religious relationship is growing as deep for Goudge’s fiction. I love MacDonald’s Scottish Countryside settings and I love Goudge’s English countryside settings”

Faithfulness and Holiness ~ J. I. Packer ~ Meaty and I will be reading this one again.

Peace Like a River~ Leif Enger ~ This is going on my Winter list…

Taste and See ~ John Piper ~ I’ve just started this…

The Tale of Beatrix Potter ~ Margaret Lane ~ As usual the real story is different from what you saw in the movie. I’m looking forward to going back to Lake Country in England to check out some of the inspirations for her stories.

Pierced by the Word ~ John Piper ~ I really have a huge appreciation for Piper but this one isn’t one of my favorites…

Books added along the way…

The Scent of Water~ Elizabeth Goudge ~ I’ll be trying to get my hands on more of Goudge’s books. I am thoroughly enthralled by her writing…

What I learned this time around is that there are authors out there that I still need to discover. I’m so happy that the bloggy world has introduced me to some of my new favorites.

Thank you so much Katrina for hosting this great challenge! To see more wrap ups head over to Callipidder Days on Friday.

Fall Book Reviews ~ Sayers and Piper


So I’m plugging away with our Fall Reading Challenge and have finished The Documents in the Case by Dorothy Sayers and Pierced by the Word by John Piper.

Documents in the Case is not one of the Peter Wimsey mysteries. It is also different in that the story is told through series of letters between the characters in the book. It took me a while to connect with this way of developing the characters and mystery story line. I did finally connect and again enjoyed Sayers’ expertise in character development and detail. Some of the detail was way over my head. She definitely writes an intellectual mystery that taxes my wee brain a lot! 

One of the quotes from this book that really affected me is this one ~

“He admires, but he won’t clap, which must be very discouraging”

Encouragement is a very important thing to me and this quote is so telling about the lack of verbal encouragement that can be so crushing in relationship. Is there someone you admire and you do not clap for? Consider verbalizing your admiration, encourage them. Be an encourager!

Pierced by the Word, I’m sorry to say that this particular Piper devotional did not live up to it’s title. I think whoever chose the title for this particular compilation of devotions was stretching it! I love Piper and I have several of his books that I’d read over again, but this isn’t one of them. Although several of the devotions had truth to share they fell short of being piercing for me. Yikes I feel like a traitor but there you have it…

The Dean’s Watch ~ Elizabeth Goudge

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I just finished the last page of this book and I’m so sad that the story has come to an end. Elizabeth Goudge is fast becoming my new favorite author. She has a great descriptive style. The same appreciation I have for George MacDonald and how he weaves a true loving relationship with God contrasted against a cold religious relationship is growing as deep for Goudge’s fiction. I love MacDonald’s Scottish Countryside settings and I love Goudge’s English countryside settings.

This story is built around the Dean of a Cathedral in an English City. Goudge develops the stories behind several characters within the city whose lives are touched and changed by the growing love of the Dean for his city and for them. I highly recommend this book to you. It can be hard to come by these books but start by checking your local library. I found this one at my library.

I published a quote from this book that you can read here.

To see more book reviews go to Seeds in My Garden and My Many Colored Days.