Sunday, January 29, 2012

Day by Day

Day by Day
words by Karolina Sandell-Berg

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Power;
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
Ever to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

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“As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” -Deuteronomy 33:25

Friday, January 27, 2012

Photo Friday: Buttons

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I am new to the whole scarf wearing thing. I liked the look of scarves but I didn't know how to wear them so I just chose not to wear them at all unless it was quite cold out and I needed something around my neck.

Then in November two things happened.

1. Lucia did a fashion post and she wore a scarf that was tied very prettily.

this photo was used with Lucia's permission

2. I found this tutorial.

I was inspired. I watched the video many times experimenting with the different ways to tie a scarf. Some of them I loved; some of them I wasn't so crazy about. After being inspired by Luica's picture, I decided to replicate part of her outfit for Thanksgiving.

Scarf tie: "the twist and pull"

Since then I have worn scarves more often than I did before and tried different looks. The other week I purchased a pretty lacy scarf to add to my wardrobe.

Scarf tie: "the decoration"

It's been fun trying new ways to tie a scarf.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Jesus Paid it All

Jesus Paid it All
words by Elvina Hall

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

And now complete in Him
My robe His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down
All down at Jesus’ feet.

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.


Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow. --Isaiah 1:18

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Children Are a Gift from the Lord

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Photo Friday: Nest

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Secret Ingredient

As I was thumbing through the Everyday Food magazine this month a recipe caught my eye. It was for brownies and it had an odd secret ingredient. It's been said that the ingredient couldn't be detected and that it was better for you because it decreased the butter and cut the calories.

In our family there are several members who are super-sensitive to smell and taste and texture when regarding food. So I knew that if I made this recipe that I would be sure to get true results as to the disguise factor of the secret ingredient with Bekah and Owen around.

Sunday was the day to try it since Kristin was making a cake so there would be other desert choices. Bekah knew the secret ingredient so she was on the lookout but Owen wasn't told so that he would give an honest opinion. And since it isn't uncommon for me to make something sweet to have on hand they wouldn't be suspecting at all. Desert time came and subtly I made sure that all the kids try a little piece of brownie.

When everyone was done their brownie, I asked those who had a brownie to raise their hand if they liked it. Everyone who had one raised their hand. Then I told them that the brownies had a secret ingredient...BLACK BEANS! Jaws dropped and eyes bugged out.

Brian asked Owen if he would be able to eat one now that he knew it had black beans in it. His answer: yes. Success!

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Chocolate Brownies
 ***This recipe was printed in the January edition of Everyday Food magazine under the name Triple Chocolate Brownies and can also be found here on the Martha Stewart website. The recipe below has the adaptions I made.



  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup black beans, rinsed, drained, and pureed until completely smooth
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 in baking dish with cooking spray. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, bean puree, and chocolates and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring each time, until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Whisk in sugar, eggs and egg white, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir into chocolate mixture until just combined. Pour batter into pan; smooth top. Bake until top is cracked and a toothpick inserted in center has moist crumbs attached, about 25 minutes (center will seem undercooked but will set further as it cools). Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I Surrender All

I Surrender All
words by Judson Van DeVenter

All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!

I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessèd Savior,
I surrender all.

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Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple. ~Luke 14:33

Friday, January 13, 2012

Photo Friday: Cup of Tea

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Also joining up with Lucia's photo challenge...

lucia, etc.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Naming Process

Since I got my new Nikon camera in August, I have wanted to give my camera a name. On a couple blogs that I read I've seen the owners name their cameras. I thought about some names and I asked my friends for some suggestions. I came up with a list with some names that I had come up with and others that were suggested to me.

  • Cam
  • Click
  • Lenny
  • Lenora
  • Nick
  • Oscar
  • Sam

After thinking about all my options, I narrowed it down to two choices: Nick and Lenny. I thought about it and thought about it.

Me thinking to myself: I really like Nick, but I really like Lenny, too. But Nick is such a good name for my Nikon but Lenny sounds so camera-y.

After much back and forth, I chose a name. It was the one that I came back to every time.

So without further ado...

Meet Nick.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Morning Had Broken

Morning Has Broken
words by Eleanor Farjeon

Morning has broken, like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird.
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning,
Praise for them springing fresh from the word.

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dew fall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning,
Born of the one light Eden saw play.
Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God's re-creation of the new day.

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Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. ~ Psalm 57:8-9

Friday, January 6, 2012

Photo Friday: Sunset


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Sunday, January 1, 2012

'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
words by Louisa Stead

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!

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In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
-- Psalm 22:4-5