Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fresh tomato soup recipe....

I was thankful to be feeling better yesterday so took advantage of it and had a busy day  in the garden and kitchen. We've been getting lots of red raspberries, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers to eat and put up, and I was craving some homemade granola :-) In the pot on the bottom left is homemade tomato soup - a wonderful recipe I got from my sister in law. I don't like tomato soup from a can, but this is delicious! We're having it with toasted cheese sandwiches tonight for dinner.

Fresh Tomato Soup

8 c. chopped fresh tomatoes
2 sliced onions
8 cloves garlic
4 c. chicken stock
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 c. cream

In a stock pot over medium heat combine tomatoes, onions, garlic, & broth. Boil for about 20 minutes.
Use an immersion blender (I used a regular blender) to puree until smooth.
In a saucepan melt butter and stir in flour to make a roux - gradually whisk in tomato mixure, salt, sugar, and cream.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Baby's heartbeat....

I'm so happy to share that yesterday, at my first prenatal appointment, we got  to hear  our baby's heartbeat! It was exciting and special and I'm thankful to know 'Babyton' is doing well :-)

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Possessing the spirit of Christ.....

".....But I cannot say, in a letter, the tithe of what I want to say. Listen to my sermons from week to week, and glean from them all the instruction you can, remembering that they are preached to you.
  "In reading the Bible I advise you to choose detached passages, or even one verse a day, rather than whole chapters. Study every word, ponder and pray over it till you have got out of it all the truth it contains."
"As to the other devotional reading, it is better to settle down on a few favorite authors, and read their works over and over and over until you have digested their thoughts and made them your own."

      "It has been said that a fixed, inflexible will is a great assistance in a holy life."

"You can will to choose for your associates those who are most devout and holy."

      "You can will to read books that will stimulate you in your Christian life, rather than those that merely amuse. "

      "You can will to use every means of grace appointed by God."

      "You can will to spend much time in prayer, without regard to your frame at the moment.

      "You can will to prefer a religion of principle to one of mere feeling ; in other words, to obey the will of God when no comfortable glow of emotion accompanies your obedience."

      "You cannot will to possess the spirit of Christ; that must come as His gift; but you can choose to study His life, and to imitate it. This will infallibly lead to such self-denying work as visiting the poor, nursing the sick, giving of your time and money to the needy, and the like."

 "If the thought of such self-denial is repugnant to you, remember that it is enough for the disciple to be as his Lord. And let me assure you that as you penetrate the labyrinth of life in pursuit of Christian duty, you will often be surprised and charmed by meeting your Master Himself amid its windings and turnings, and receive His soul-inspiring smile. Or, I should rather say, you will always meet Him wherever you go."
Stepping Heavenward

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Psalm 119 part 8

 "Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.
 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.
 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.
 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.
 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.
 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.
The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes."

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Saturday, August 25, 2012


       "Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety."
1 Timothy 2:15

"... Though the difficulties and dangers of childbearing are many and great, as they are part of the punishment inflicted on the sex for Eve's transgression, yet here is much for her support and encouragement: Notwithstanding she shall be saved, &c. Though in sorrow, yet she shall bring forth, and be a living mother of living children; with this proviso, that they continue in faith, and charity, and holiness, with sobriety: and women, under the circumstance of child-bearing should by faith lay hold of this promise for their support in the needful time."
Matthew Henry

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

This and that....

"Married Joy" - another collage from my friend and wonderful wedding photographer Caroline of Cornbread Photos. I love what she's done so far and can't wait to see and share more soon, Lord willing :-)

.....And this picture is my explanation for why blog posts have been less frequent lately......Babyton, now the size of a grape :-) is maybe starting to show just a little, but is making himself, herself (?????) very well known with morning all day sickness. I'm getting excited about hearing the heartbeat at my first prenatal appointment in just a couple more weeks, and to Lord willing be feeling better soon once we reach the second trimester.

Some rolls I baked for dinner recently. I just love the pretty blue and white dishes we were given for a wedding gift and use them every day :-)

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Monday, August 20, 2012

How to live in Evil Days....

"But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Psalm 119 part 7

 "Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.
 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.
Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
 I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.
 This I had, because I kept thy precepts."

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

A new wedding picture


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"It was very beautifully observed by an ancient writer that when Adam endeavored to shift the blame of his transgression onto his wife, he did not say, 'the woman you gave to me.' No such thing—she is not counted as his goods, nor his possessions, and she is not reckoned as his servant. But he said, 'the woman you gave to be with me,' that is, to be my partner and the companion of my joys and sorrows." 

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Monday, August 13, 2012

God's Providence

Part of a sermon by Charles Spurgeon that I read yesterday -

Source: via Stefanie on Pinterest
".....I have just hinted at the reason why Providence is like a wheel; because sometimes one part of the wheel is at the top, and then it is at the bottom.Sometimes this part is exalted, and anon it sinks down to the dust. Then it is lifted to the air, and then again by a single revolution it is brought down again to the earth.....

So it is with our life. Sometimes we are in humble poverty, and hardly know what we shall do for bread; anon the wheel revolves, and we are brought into the comfort of wealth; our feet stand in a spacious room; we are fed with corn and wine; we drink of a cup overflowing its brim. Again we are brought low through affliction and famine. A little while and another page is turned, and we are exalted to the heavens, and can sing and rejoice in the Lord our God. I have no doubt many of you here have experienced a far more checkered life than I have, and therefore you can feel that your life has been as a "wheel." Ah! man, thou art strong, and great, and rich; thou mayest stand now as the uppermost part of it; but it is a wheel, and you may yet be brought low. And you, poor, who are depressed and downcast, who are weeping because you know not where you shall lay your heads—that wheel may revolve and you may be lifted up. Our own experience is never a stable thing; it is always changing, always turning round. The fly that sits now on the edge of the wheel may be crushed by its next revolution, and be brought to the dust of death the next day. The world may cry "Hosannah" to its minister to-day and the next day may say, "Crucify him, crucify him." Such is the state of man. Providence is like a wheel.

You know that, in a wheel there is one portion that never turns round, that stands steadfast; and that is the axle. So in God's Providence, there is an axle which never moves. Christian, here is a sweet thought for thee! Thy state is ever changing; sometimes thou art exalted, and sometimes depressed; yet there is an unmoving point in thy state. What is that axle? What is the pivot upon which all the machinery revolves? It is the axle of God's everlasting love toward his covenant people. The exterior of the wheel is changing, but the center stands forever fixed. Other things may move; but God's love never moves: it is the axle of the wheel; and this is another reason why Providence should be compared to a wheel......To read more go here.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Psalm 119 part 6

"Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
       My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes."

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Saturday, August 11, 2012


Source: via Stefanie on Pinterest
"This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby."
John 11:4

"But it is for the glory of God, that an opportunity may be given for the manifesting of God's glorious power. The afflictions of the saints are designed for the glory of God, that he may have opportunity of showing them favour; for the sweetest mercies, and the most effecting, are those which are occasioned by trouble. Let this reconcile us to the darkest dispensations of Providence, they are all for the glory of God, this sickness, this loss, or this disappointment, is so; and, if God be glorified, we ought to be satisfied. It was for the glory of God, for it was that the Son of God might be glorified thereby, as it gave him occasion to work that glorious miracle, the raising of him from the dead. As, before, the man was born blind that Christ might have the honour of curing him, so Lazarus must be sick and die, that Christ may be glorified as the Lord of life. Let this comfort those whom Christ loves under all their grievances that the design of them all is that the Son of God may be glorified thereby, his wisdom, power, and goodness, glorified in supporting and relieving them."
Matthew Henry

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

For this child I prayed.....

"For this child I prayed. Here it was obtained by prayer......Answers of prayer may thus be humbly triumphed in, to the glory of God. Here is a living testimony for God. "I am his witness that he is gracious: for this mercy, this comfort, I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition."                                      
                                                         Matthew Henry

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I will hold thy right hand....

"Art thou weak? I will strengthen thee..... I will help thee in the time of need. Art thou ready to sink, ready to fall? I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness, that right hand which is full of righteousness.
 And again  it is promised, That God will strengthen their hands, that is, will help them: "I will hold thy right hand, go hand in hand with thee": he will take us by the hand as our guide, to lead us in our way, will help us up when we are fallen or prevent our falls; when we are weak he will hold us up-wavering, he will fix us-trembling, he will encourage us, and so hold us by the right hand. "

Matthew Henry

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Monday, August 6, 2012


One of the sermons we we were blessed with yesterday -

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Psalm 119 part 5

 "Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.
Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.
 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness."

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

A new nephew!

My brother Caleb, and sister in law, Adri have a new beautiful baby boy! He's so tiny and cute - I can't wait to meet him :-)

 Caleb Tate was born at home on August 3rd at 9:06pm, weighing 5lbs 10oz and is 18 15/16 long. He is a happy and heathy baby!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Two Sparrows.....

Source: via Stefanie on Pinterest
 "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." 
 Matthew 10:29-31

 These little animals are of so small account, that one of them is not valued.....and yet they are not shut out of the divine care; One of them shall not fall to the ground without your Father:....Not one of them is forgotten before God, forgotten to be provided for; he feedeth them. Now he that feeds the sparrows, will not starve the saints.

There is enough in the doctrine of God's providence to silence all the fears of God's people: Ye are of more value than many sparrows.

 If God numbers their hairs, much more does he number their heads, and take care of their lives, their comforts, their souls. It intimates, that God takes more care of them, than they do of themselves. They who are solicitous to number their money, and goods, and cattle, yet were never careful to number their hairs, which fall and are lost, and they never miss them: but God numbers the hairs of his people, and not a hair of their head shall perish; not the least hurt shall be done them, but upon a valuable consideration: so precious to God are his saints, and their lives and deaths!"
Matthew Henry

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1