Traditions

March 19, 2013
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-Canadian.  

I eat corned beef and cabbage because I like it, because it is the thing to do, because it is really easy to make in the crock-pot and because it is tradition. Traditions are important. When my children, Tina and Kurtis, young I looked for ways to make days special and memorable. Special days were celebrated in special ways. For a week before every holiday, I put a special holiday napkin in their school lunch boxes (and their father's work lunch box). This was my way of building anticipation for the special event. A sixteen pack of napkins was just right (with one napkin to spare) for this. 

Doug and I have developed our own set of rituals as empty nesters. We do and say some pretty silly things as we drive back and forth to the coast every week. We still hang on to many of the traditions we established when our children lived at home. When they are with us for the holidays there are certain foods the expect to find on the dining table, activities they want to participate in, ornaments and decorations that need to be in place. We comply with those expectations. Those comforting memories are important for them and us.    

Corned beef and cabbage is so unhealty I dare not indulge in its high-fat salty decadence more than once a year. But it's tradition. That makes it important. 
 

Validations

March 17, 2013
We are just completing a week that was filled with doctor's appointments dealing with health issues my husband has been facing. Four out of the five weekdays we were at medical facilities somewhere in the Portland area. While nothing has changed as far as how Doug manages day-to-day, we did get a diagnosis. As I suspected for a long time, there is a reason he feels so bad so much of the time and why his overall condition has seemed to deteriorate. It is not - as his family has accused, that I...
Continue reading...
 

Daylight Savings

March 12, 2013
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading...
 

Waiting to Catchup

January 19, 2012

            Lately, I’ve been thinking about catchup. I don’t eat much catchup but my husband likes it on his fries. I had a college professor who lost 12 pounds in one year by giving-up catchup. I should lose some weight. If I ate catchup, I’d just give it up and watch the pounds melt away.

            Really, it is the catchup bottles that have sparked my interest. The restaurant, where we like to eat, serves catchup in those upside-down bottles. I surveyed my house. Lots of thing...


Continue reading...
 

The Belly of the Whale

November 15, 2011

I thought you might enjoy reading this devotion I wrote recently. I shared this with my writers group where I was encouraged to change the wording to insure readers would understand the story of Jonah is "just a myth." However, Jesus, himself, told the story of Jonah during his eartly ministry which validates its truth. The Bible refers to the whale as a Behemoth and in more modern translations a big fish. Whale is a term we can visualize and are familiar with, but may not be correct. 

Jonah 1...


Continue reading...
 

Fifteenth Anniversary

November 8, 2011



Doug and I spent a couple of days at the Point No Point lighthouse in Hansville, Washington to celebrate or fifteenth anniversary. Surely there is not a more peaceful, romantic, scenic place on this continent.

We found the "Cup of Joy" in Hansville to be a delightful place to get a bite to eat. The pastries looked yummy and the panini were scrumptious. Kathy, Katrina, and Joy are a companiable and competent trio who make you feel right at home in the inviting environment. The sign above the do...
Continue reading...
 

Happy Birthday Tina

October 12, 2011
    October 9th was Tina's birthday. She is fourteen years older than she was ever going to be. You know how kids are - they pick an age which seems ancient when they are about ten and claim they will never surpass that age. That's how Tina was. No matter how old she is she still looks about seventeen.

    Tina was nine and a half months old when her father and I adopted her. Such a beautiful baby - such a bright sensible Christian woman. I'm glad she's my daughter. ...
Continue reading...
 

Driver's License Renewal

October 2, 2011
It is time to renew my driver's license. No big deal, right? Wrong!! Everything was going smoothly until it was time to pose for my new picture. They told me I had to take my glasses off. Well, I have very poor eyesight. I have to wear corrective lenses for driving. It has been that way for forty-seven years. I am getting older and change is difficult. In addition to correcting my vision, my glasses adorn my face. Do you have any idea how much I paid for these glasses? I do not wear  much mak...
Continue reading...
 

Just As I Am

September 21, 2011

Hopefully, you will find inspiration in this devotional I wrote recently.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

 

 

            I saw a bumper sticker the other day which stated one of my favorite Bible verses; “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5a. This verse always produces a mental picture of God working in a lab poring over my parents ...


Continue reading...
 

A Mail Carrier Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

by Karen R. Hessen

 

            On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, most of us here on the Pacific coast, left our homes before we knew America was under attack. Some of us with longer commutes heard the news on our car radios. Others, like me who lived just a few blocks from the post office, didn’t know anything was amiss in the United States until my co-workers; unusually sullen and reserved, began arriving and talking.

            In the small Forest Grove post ...


Continue reading...
 

Traditions

March 19, 2013
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-Canadian.  

I eat corned beef and cabbage because I like it, because it is the thing to do, because it is really easy to make in the crock-pot and because it is tradition. Traditions are important. When my children, Tina and Kurtis, young I looked for ways to make days special and memorable. Special days were celebrated in special ways. For a week before every holiday, I put a special holiday napkin in their school lunch boxes (and their father's work lunch box). This was my way of building anticipation for the special event. A sixteen pack of napkins was just right (with one napkin to spare) for this. 

Doug and I have developed our own set of rituals as empty nesters. We do and say some pretty silly things as we drive back and forth to the coast every week. We still hang on to many of the traditions we established when our children lived at home. When they are with us for the holidays there are certain foods the expect to find on the dining table, activities they want to participate in, ornaments and decorations that need to be in place. We comply with those expectations. Those comforting memories are important for them and us.    

Corned beef and cabbage is so unhealty I dare not indulge in its high-fat salty decadence more than once a year. But it's tradition. That makes it important. 
 

Validations

March 17, 2013
We are just completing a week that was filled with doctor's appointments dealing with health issues my husband has been facing. Four out of the five weekdays we were at medical facilities somewhere in the Portland area. While nothing has changed as far as how Doug manages day-to-day, we did get a diagnosis. As I suspected for a long time, there is a reason he feels so bad so much of the time and why his overall condition has seemed to deteriorate. It is not - as his family has accused, that I...
Continue reading...
 

Daylight Savings

March 12, 2013
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading...
 

Waiting to Catchup

January 19, 2012

            Lately, I’ve been thinking about catchup. I don’t eat much catchup but my husband likes it on his fries. I had a college professor who lost 12 pounds in one year by giving-up catchup. I should lose some weight. If I ate catchup, I’d just give it up and watch the pounds melt away.

            Really, it is the catchup bottles that have sparked my interest. The restaurant, where we like to eat, serves catchup in those upside-down bottles. I surveyed my house. Lots of thing...


Continue reading...
 

The Belly of the Whale

November 15, 2011

I thought you might enjoy reading this devotion I wrote recently. I shared this with my writers group where I was encouraged to change the wording to insure readers would understand the story of Jonah is "just a myth." However, Jesus, himself, told the story of Jonah during his eartly ministry which validates its truth. The Bible refers to the whale as a Behemoth and in more modern translations a big fish. Whale is a term we can visualize and are familiar with, but may not be correct. 

Jonah 1...


Continue reading...
 

Fifteenth Anniversary

November 8, 2011



Doug and I spent a couple of days at the Point No Point lighthouse in Hansville, Washington to celebrate or fifteenth anniversary. Surely there is not a more peaceful, romantic, scenic place on this continent.

We found the "Cup of Joy" in Hansville to be a delightful place to get a bite to eat. The pastries looked yummy and the panini were scrumptious. Kathy, Katrina, and Joy are a companiable and competent trio who make you feel right at home in the inviting environment. The sign above the do...
Continue reading...
 

Happy Birthday Tina

October 12, 2011
    October 9th was Tina's birthday. She is fourteen years older than she was ever going to be. You know how kids are - they pick an age which seems ancient when they are about ten and claim they will never surpass that age. That's how Tina was. No matter how old she is she still looks about seventeen.

    Tina was nine and a half months old when her father and I adopted her. Such a beautiful baby - such a bright sensible Christian woman. I'm glad she's my daughter. ...
Continue reading...
 

Driver's License Renewal

October 2, 2011
It is time to renew my driver's license. No big deal, right? Wrong!! Everything was going smoothly until it was time to pose for my new picture. They told me I had to take my glasses off. Well, I have very poor eyesight. I have to wear corrective lenses for driving. It has been that way for forty-seven years. I am getting older and change is difficult. In addition to correcting my vision, my glasses adorn my face. Do you have any idea how much I paid for these glasses? I do not wear  much mak...
Continue reading...
 

Just As I Am

September 21, 2011

Hopefully, you will find inspiration in this devotional I wrote recently.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

 

 

            I saw a bumper sticker the other day which stated one of my favorite Bible verses; “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5a. This verse always produces a mental picture of God working in a lab poring over my parents ...


Continue reading...
 

A Mail Carrier Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

by Karen R. Hessen

 

            On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, most of us here on the Pacific coast, left our homes before we knew America was under attack. Some of us with longer commutes heard the news on our car radios. Others, like me who lived just a few blocks from the post office, didn’t know anything was amiss in the United States until my co-workers; unusually sullen and reserved, began arriving and talking.

            In the small Forest Grove post ...


Continue reading...
 

Traditions

March 19, 2013
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-Canadian.  

I eat corned beef and cabbage because I like it, because it is the thing to do, because it is really easy to make in the crock-pot and because it is tradition. Traditions are important. When my children, Tina and Kurtis, young I looked for ways to make days special and memorable. Special days were celebrated in special ways. For a week before every holiday, I put a special holiday napkin in their school lunch boxes (and their father's work lunch box). This was my way of building anticipation for the special event. A sixteen pack of napkins was just right (with one napkin to spare) for this. 

Doug and I have developed our own set of rituals as empty nesters. We do and say some pretty silly things as we drive back and forth to the coast every week. We still hang on to many of the traditions we established when our children lived at home. When they are with us for the holidays there are certain foods the expect to find on the dining table, activities they want to participate in, ornaments and decorations that need to be in place. We comply with those expectations. Those comforting memories are important for them and us.    

Corned beef and cabbage is so unhealty I dare not indulge in its high-fat salty decadence more than once a year. But it's tradition. That makes it important. 
 

Validations

March 17, 2013
We are just completing a week that was filled with doctor's appointments dealing with health issues my husband has been facing. Four out of the five weekdays we were at medical facilities somewhere in the Portland area. While nothing has changed as far as how Doug manages day-to-day, we did get a diagnosis. As I suspected for a long time, there is a reason he feels so bad so much of the time and why his overall condition has seemed to deteriorate. It is not - as his family has accused, that I...
Continue reading...
 

Daylight Savings

March 12, 2013
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading...
 

Waiting to Catchup

January 19, 2012

            Lately, I’ve been thinking about catchup. I don’t eat much catchup but my husband likes it on his fries. I had a college professor who lost 12 pounds in one year by giving-up catchup. I should lose some weight. If I ate catchup, I’d just give it up and watch the pounds melt away.

            Really, it is the catchup bottles that have sparked my interest. The restaurant, where we like to eat, serves catchup in those upside-down bottles. I surveyed my house. Lots of thing...


Continue reading...
 

The Belly of the Whale

November 15, 2011

I thought you might enjoy reading this devotion I wrote recently. I shared this with my writers group where I was encouraged to change the wording to insure readers would understand the story of Jonah is "just a myth." However, Jesus, himself, told the story of Jonah during his eartly ministry which validates its truth. The Bible refers to the whale as a Behemoth and in more modern translations a big fish. Whale is a term we can visualize and are familiar with, but may not be correct. 

Jonah 1...


Continue reading...
 

Fifteenth Anniversary

November 8, 2011



Doug and I spent a couple of days at the Point No Point lighthouse in Hansville, Washington to celebrate or fifteenth anniversary. Surely there is not a more peaceful, romantic, scenic place on this continent.

We found the "Cup of Joy" in Hansville to be a delightful place to get a bite to eat. The pastries looked yummy and the panini were scrumptious. Kathy, Katrina, and Joy are a companiable and competent trio who make you feel right at home in the inviting environment. The sign above the do...
Continue reading...
 

Happy Birthday Tina

October 12, 2011
    October 9th was Tina's birthday. She is fourteen years older than she was ever going to be. You know how kids are - they pick an age which seems ancient when they are about ten and claim they will never surpass that age. That's how Tina was. No matter how old she is she still looks about seventeen.

    Tina was nine and a half months old when her father and I adopted her. Such a beautiful baby - such a bright sensible Christian woman. I'm glad she's my daughter. ...
Continue reading...
 

Driver's License Renewal

October 2, 2011
It is time to renew my driver's license. No big deal, right? Wrong!! Everything was going smoothly until it was time to pose for my new picture. They told me I had to take my glasses off. Well, I have very poor eyesight. I have to wear corrective lenses for driving. It has been that way for forty-seven years. I am getting older and change is difficult. In addition to correcting my vision, my glasses adorn my face. Do you have any idea how much I paid for these glasses? I do not wear  much mak...
Continue reading...
 

Just As I Am

September 21, 2011

Hopefully, you will find inspiration in this devotional I wrote recently.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

 

 

            I saw a bumper sticker the other day which stated one of my favorite Bible verses; “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5a. This verse always produces a mental picture of God working in a lab poring over my parents ...


Continue reading...
 

A Mail Carrier Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

by Karen R. Hessen

 

            On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, most of us here on the Pacific coast, left our homes before we knew America was under attack. Some of us with longer commutes heard the news on our car radios. Others, like me who lived just a few blocks from the post office, didn’t know anything was amiss in the United States until my co-workers; unusually sullen and reserved, began arriving and talking.

            In the small Forest Grove post ...


Continue reading...
 

Traditions

March 19, 2013
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-Canadian.  

I eat corned beef and cabbage because I like it, because it is the thing to do, because it is really easy to make in the crock-pot and because it is tradition. Traditions are important. When my children, Tina and Kurtis, young I looked for ways to make days special and memorable. Special days were celebrated in special ways. For a week before every holiday, I put a special holiday napkin in their school lunch boxes (and their father's work lunch box). This was my way of building anticipation for the special event. A sixteen pack of napkins was just right (with one napkin to spare) for this. 

Doug and I have developed our own set of rituals as empty nesters. We do and say some pretty silly things as we drive back and forth to the coast every week. We still hang on to many of the traditions we established when our children lived at home. When they are with us for the holidays there are certain foods the expect to find on the dining table, activities they want to participate in, ornaments and decorations that need to be in place. We comply with those expectations. Those comforting memories are important for them and us.    

Corned beef and cabbage is so unhealty I dare not indulge in its high-fat salty decadence more than once a year. But it's tradition. That makes it important. 
 

Validations

March 17, 2013
We are just completing a week that was filled with doctor's appointments dealing with health issues my husband has been facing. Four out of the five weekdays we were at medical facilities somewhere in the Portland area. While nothing has changed as far as how Doug manages day-to-day, we did get a diagnosis. As I suspected for a long time, there is a reason he feels so bad so much of the time and why his overall condition has seemed to deteriorate. It is not - as his family has accused, that I...
Continue reading...
 

Daylight Savings

March 12, 2013
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading...
 

Waiting to Catchup

January 19, 2012

            Lately, I’ve been thinking about catchup. I don’t eat much catchup but my husband likes it on his fries. I had a college professor who lost 12 pounds in one year by giving-up catchup. I should lose some weight. If I ate catchup, I’d just give it up and watch the pounds melt away.

            Really, it is the catchup bottles that have sparked my interest. The restaurant, where we like to eat, serves catchup in those upside-down bottles. I surveyed my house. Lots of thing...


Continue reading...
 

The Belly of the Whale

November 15, 2011

I thought you might enjoy reading this devotion I wrote recently. I shared this with my writers group where I was encouraged to change the wording to insure readers would understand the story of Jonah is "just a myth." However, Jesus, himself, told the story of Jonah during his eartly ministry which validates its truth. The Bible refers to the whale as a Behemoth and in more modern translations a big fish. Whale is a term we can visualize and are familiar with, but may not be correct. 

Jonah 1...


Continue reading...
 

Fifteenth Anniversary

November 8, 2011



Doug and I spent a couple of days at the Point No Point lighthouse in Hansville, Washington to celebrate or fifteenth anniversary. Surely there is not a more peaceful, romantic, scenic place on this continent.

We found the "Cup of Joy" in Hansville to be a delightful place to get a bite to eat. The pastries looked yummy and the panini were scrumptious. Kathy, Katrina, and Joy are a companiable and competent trio who make you feel right at home in the inviting environment. The sign above the do...
Continue reading...
 

Happy Birthday Tina

October 12, 2011
    October 9th was Tina's birthday. She is fourteen years older than she was ever going to be. You know how kids are - they pick an age which seems ancient when they are about ten and claim they will never surpass that age. That's how Tina was. No matter how old she is she still looks about seventeen.

    Tina was nine and a half months old when her father and I adopted her. Such a beautiful baby - such a bright sensible Christian woman. I'm glad she's my daughter. ...
Continue reading...
 

Driver's License Renewal

October 2, 2011
It is time to renew my driver's license. No big deal, right? Wrong!! Everything was going smoothly until it was time to pose for my new picture. They told me I had to take my glasses off. Well, I have very poor eyesight. I have to wear corrective lenses for driving. It has been that way for forty-seven years. I am getting older and change is difficult. In addition to correcting my vision, my glasses adorn my face. Do you have any idea how much I paid for these glasses? I do not wear  much mak...
Continue reading...
 

Just As I Am

September 21, 2011

Hopefully, you will find inspiration in this devotional I wrote recently.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

 

 

            I saw a bumper sticker the other day which stated one of my favorite Bible verses; “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5a. This verse always produces a mental picture of God working in a lab poring over my parents ...


Continue reading...
 

A Mail Carrier Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

by Karen R. Hessen

 

            On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, most of us here on the Pacific coast, left our homes before we knew America was under attack. Some of us with longer commutes heard the news on our car radios. Others, like me who lived just a few blocks from the post office, didn’t know anything was amiss in the United States until my co-workers; unusually sullen and reserved, began arriving and talking.

            In the small Forest Grove post ...


Continue reading...
 

Traditions

March 19, 2013
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-Canadian.  

I eat corned beef and cabbage because I like it, because it is the thing to do, because it is really easy to make in the crock-pot and because it is tradition. Traditions are important. When my children, Tina and Kurtis, young I looked for ways to make days special and memorable. Special days were celebrated in special ways. For a week before every holiday, I put a special holiday napkin in their school lunch boxes (and their father's work lunch box). This was my way of building anticipation for the special event. A sixteen pack of napkins was just right (with one napkin to spare) for this. 

Doug and I have developed our own set of rituals as empty nesters. We do and say some pretty silly things as we drive back and forth to the coast every week. We still hang on to many of the traditions we established when our children lived at home. When they are with us for the holidays there are certain foods the expect to find on the dining table, activities they want to participate in, ornaments and decorations that need to be in place. We comply with those expectations. Those comforting memories are important for them and us.    

Corned beef and cabbage is so unhealty I dare not indulge in its high-fat salty decadence more than once a year. But it's tradition. That makes it important. 
 

Validations

March 17, 2013
We are just completing a week that was filled with doctor's appointments dealing with health issues my husband has been facing. Four out of the five weekdays we were at medical facilities somewhere in the Portland area. While nothing has changed as far as how Doug manages day-to-day, we did get a diagnosis. As I suspected for a long time, there is a reason he feels so bad so much of the time and why his overall condition has seemed to deteriorate. It is not - as his family has accused, that I...
Continue reading...
 

Daylight Savings

March 12, 2013
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading...
 

Waiting to Catchup

January 19, 2012

            Lately, I’ve been thinking about catchup. I don’t eat much catchup but my husband likes it on his fries. I had a college professor who lost 12 pounds in one year by giving-up catchup. I should lose some weight. If I ate catchup, I’d just give it up and watch the pounds melt away.

            Really, it is the catchup bottles that have sparked my interest. The restaurant, where we like to eat, serves catchup in those upside-down bottles. I surveyed my house. Lots of thing...


Continue reading...
 

The Belly of the Whale

November 15, 2011

I thought you might enjoy reading this devotion I wrote recently. I shared this with my writers group where I was encouraged to change the wording to insure readers would understand the story of Jonah is "just a myth." However, Jesus, himself, told the story of Jonah during his eartly ministry which validates its truth. The Bible refers to the whale as a Behemoth and in more modern translations a big fish. Whale is a term we can visualize and are familiar with, but may not be correct. 

Jonah 1...


Continue reading...
 

Fifteenth Anniversary

November 8, 2011



Doug and I spent a couple of days at the Point No Point lighthouse in Hansville, Washington to celebrate or fifteenth anniversary. Surely there is not a more peaceful, romantic, scenic place on this continent.

We found the "Cup of Joy" in Hansville to be a delightful place to get a bite to eat. The pastries looked yummy and the panini were scrumptious. Kathy, Katrina, and Joy are a companiable and competent trio who make you feel right at home in the inviting environment. The sign above the do...
Continue reading...
 

Happy Birthday Tina

October 12, 2011
    October 9th was Tina's birthday. She is fourteen years older than she was ever going to be. You know how kids are - they pick an age which seems ancient when they are about ten and claim they will never surpass that age. That's how Tina was. No matter how old she is she still looks about seventeen.

    Tina was nine and a half months old when her father and I adopted her. Such a beautiful baby - such a bright sensible Christian woman. I'm glad she's my daughter. ...
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Driver's License Renewal

October 2, 2011
It is time to renew my driver's license. No big deal, right? Wrong!! Everything was going smoothly until it was time to pose for my new picture. They told me I had to take my glasses off. Well, I have very poor eyesight. I have to wear corrective lenses for driving. It has been that way for forty-seven years. I am getting older and change is difficult. In addition to correcting my vision, my glasses adorn my face. Do you have any idea how much I paid for these glasses? I do not wear  much mak...
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Just As I Am

September 21, 2011

Hopefully, you will find inspiration in this devotional I wrote recently.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

 

 

            I saw a bumper sticker the other day which stated one of my favorite Bible verses; “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5a. This verse always produces a mental picture of God working in a lab poring over my parents ...


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A Mail Carrier Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

by Karen R. Hessen

 

            On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, most of us here on the Pacific coast, left our homes before we knew America was under attack. Some of us with longer commutes heard the news on our car radios. Others, like me who lived just a few blocks from the post office, didn’t know anything was amiss in the United States until my co-workers; unusually sullen and reserved, began arriving and talking.

            In the small Forest Grove post ...


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