Archives for September 2006

Baked Oatmeal

1/2 c. oil
2/3 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
3 c. dry oatmeal
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together oil, sugar and eggs. Add oatmeal, baking powder, salt and milk. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. We double this recipe and put it in a 13×9 pan.


Luke making baked oatmeal for breakfast.


I love surprises – pleasant ones anyway. When I returned home from grocery shopping on Monday evening I was pleased to see a nice clean kitchen and dining room. Kristi had done a nice job of cleaning up after supper with a little (emphasis on little) help from Zachary and Josiah. Last week I went to a Ladies Retreat at Lake Ann and Kevin surprised me with a very funny video he made of the kids while I was gone. They are quite the actors. I’m sure things were far from chaotic with Kevin at the helm and the kids are very capable of keeping things running smoothly when I’m gone. I had a good laugh and I’m sure they had lots of fun making it.

Today’s sunrise

I enjoy watching the sunrise over the lake on my morning walks. It’s a nice way to begin the day.


Bike Ride

Since I slept until almost 7:00 this morning, I didn’t get my usual walk in before breakfast so Nick and I took a bike ride after breakfast. It’s a beautiful September day. Most of the trees are still quite green around here but we did see a little color on our ride.


fall color

Saying Good-bye to Summer

My Dad came for a visit for a couple of days and brought his boat with him. The weather was in the high 70’s so we were able to enjoy one last outing at Higgins Lake. There are splashes of color that remind us that Fall is just about here. Cooler weather is forecast for the coming week. Our warm weather fun in the lake has come to an end once again.

Josiah and Zachary

J.D. and Zack


Nick enjoying the sand



Grandpa's Boat

Grandpa’s Boat

Zack and Luke

Zachary and Luke ready for a boat ride.Kristi

Kristi ready to tube.

Our Words

Nancy Leigh DeMoss has a helpful series on The Power of Words that is currently airing on her radio program. Her solid Bible teaching is always an encouragement to me. How easy it is for our tongues to get us into trouble. Check out the daily transcripts from this series or listen online.

Death and Life

The Overflow

I Don’t Lie — Do I?

I Don’t Want to Hear It?

Talk Less

A Soft Answer

I Am Not My Husband’s Mother


James 3: 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Verse of the Week

Recently we’ve been working on a verse each week as a family. If we stick to it, we’ll have memorized 52 new verses in one year. Even if we fall short of our goal, we’ll still have several new verses committed to memory. By doing this I hope to implement the wisdom of Psalm 119:11.

Psalm 119:11

I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.


It’s raining today so I didn’t take my normal morning walk. I also had some items I needed to take care of this morning that got my day of homeschooling with the kids off to a rough and late start. Following a set routine is always helpful to our days going smoothly as a family. I know I function much better with a routine. Although I never stick to a rigid schedule, I always find regular nap times, bed times and meal times serve us well.

I’m reminded of the verse:

1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.

I find our home is more peaceful when we stick to our routine.

Preparing for Winter

Summer is slipping away quickly and it won’t be long before cold weather returns. Yesterday Kevin and the four oldest boys spent their day, along with several friends from church, splitting wood in preparation for our long Michigan winter. All of the hard work that was done will be greatly appreciated this winter as we enjoy the warmth of the fire in our woodstove. We’re so thankful for God’s provision and for the hard work everyone put in yesterday.


We started our 11th year of homeschooling this past Tuesday. It’s been fun getting back into our school routine. I’m blessed to have the privilege of teaching my children at home. What a joy it is when reading clicks for them and they discover the joy of reading books on their own. I have always loved books. I remember my first grade teacher reading The Boxcar Children to us. It’s one of my all time favorites. For Christmas my fourth grade teacher gave us each a book. My fifth grade teacher would buy us a book to keep for every ten books we would read. What a blessing to have teachers who encouraged a love for reading.

My parents instilled a love of books in me as well. They gave me money to order books from Scholastic and how I loved getting new books of my very own when the order arrived. I remember belonging to book clubs where I would get a new book in the mail each month. One of my favorite Christmas memories is getting several new books and enjoying my Christmas break reading them.

Recently we went camping and Kevin and I were able to sit around the campsite enjoying some rare quiet time to read while our children were off exploring the dunes and woods. It’s definitely a way I enjoy relaxing.

I want to pass on the same enjoyment of reading and books in my children. I know my love for reading and learning has served me well and still does. This morning shortly after I got up, Taylor and Luke were up reading. Today is library day. We will make a trip to the library and look for some new books to enjoy.

Of course the most precious book of all is God’s Word. I was taught it from my earliest remembrances and I hope to instill the same love of God’s Word in my children that has been instilled in me.