I Hear the Words of Love ~ Hymn

I Hear the Words of Love

I hear the words of love,
I gaze upon the blood,
I see the mighty sacrifice,
And I have peace with God.

’Tis everlasting peace!
Sure as Jehovah’s name,
’Tis stable as His steadfast throne,
For evermore the same.

The clouds may go and come,
And storms may sweep my sky;
This blood-sealed friendship changes not,
The cross is ever nigh.

My love is ofttimes low,
My joy still ebbs and flows;
But peace with Him remains the same,
No change Jehovah knows.

That which can shake the cross
May shake the peace it gave,
Which tells me Christ has never died,
Or never left the grave!

Till then my peace is sure,
It will not, cannot yield,
Jesus, I know, has died and lives—
On this firm rock I build.

I change, He changes not,
The Christ can never die;
His love, not mine, the resting place,
His truth, not mine, the tie.

The cross still stands unchanged,
Though Heav’n is now His home,
The mighty stone is rolled away,
But yonder is His tomb!

And yonder is my peace,
The grave of all my woes!
I know the Son of God has come,
I know He died and rose.

I know He liveth now,
At God’s right hand above,
I know the throne on which He sits,
I know His truth and love.

Words: Horatius Bonar, (1808-1889)

Happy New Year everyone!

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.
~Martin Luther


Shine Upon Us Lord~ Hymn


Shine Thou Upon Us Lord

Shine Thou upon us, Lord, true Light of men, today,
And through the written Word Thy very self display,
That so from hearts which burn with gazing on Thy face
Thy little ones may learn the wonders of Thy grace.

Breathe Thou upon us, Lord, Thy Spirit’s living flame,
That so with one accord our lips may tell Thy Name.
Give Thou the hearing ear, fix Thou the wandering thought,
That those we teach may hear the great things Thou hast wrought.

Speak Thou for us, O Lord, in all we say of Thee;
According to Thy Word let all our teaching be,
That so Thy lambs may know their own true Shepherd’s voice,
Where’er He leads them go, and in His love rejoice.

Live Thou within us, Lord, Thy mind and will be ours;
Be Thou beloved, adored, and served with all our powers,
That so our lives may teach Thy children what Thou art,
And plead, by more than speech, for Thee with every heart.

words by John Ellerton, 1889


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.