Vacation Time -Yipeeee !!

Vacation Time #2

The summer is off to a great start. Portland has had many sunny days. The grass is so green and the flowers are looking beautiful!!

Tom and I have had several really, really busy weeks. So we have made a corporate decision (and I must say not a hard one to make) to take a vacation starting May 21st. We’ve got some plans for a few trips and I’m so looking forward to it. We are heading to California first of all !! 

But wherever we will be, I’ll sure be thinking of all you wonderful bloggers that have blessed my life. And know for sure that we will be near water and waves! 

We will be back the first of October to usher in the fall and holiday season !!!!!

Happy Blogging to you all and as a treat I’ve added some pictures of our little town’s summer parade from last year. Who doesn’t love a small town parade!

See you all in October !!!

Blessings and Happy Blogging. 

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Value of a Godly Father

My Dad

I’m posting my Father’s Day message early as we are going to be on vacation the month of June. I didn’t want to miss giving honor to all the Godly fathers out there who work so hard for their families. May your Father’s Day be rich in love. 

As Father’s day draws near my thoughts go to my dad. What wonderful times we had !!!! He was caring, patient, and kind. Time or space will not permit me to share the great times we had but the memories are poignant and sweet. I never had a time that I didn’t feel his love and care. He has been gone for several years and I miss him often.

But in researching for this post I was socked to find that 1 in 3 children in the US live without their father !!!! (Daily Mail – May 28, 2015) There are 24 million children in American living in homes where the biological father is absent. (Wade F. Horn and Tom Sylvester, Father Facts, Fourth Editorion (Gaithersburn, Md.: National Fatherhood Initiative, 2002), p. 15.) These statistics leave me heart-broken. It will be a matter of prayer for me in the days ahead but in today’s post I want to focus on the dads that are trying to do a good job in the midst of working, home maintenance jobs, paying bills, church duties, their role as a husband and head of the house and all the responsibility that includes. 

God has a lot to say about the role of a father. I want to share just a few verses that stand out to me today as I write. 

His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually. – Job 1: 4&5

What a wonderful father Job was, always concerned about how his children lived before God. We also learn what compassion a father has for his children from the writings of David.

Psalms 103: 13  Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Godly fathers are of high value and should be encouraged in every way. Here are some ideas to let your husband, and dad to those precious kids, know how much he means to the family.

  • Affirm your husband’s role in the family – Tell your children the things you love about their dad, and point out the great things he does for them and for your family. You’re helping nurture and encourage a relationship, between their dad and them, that’s very important. One of the most important things you can do is to honor your husband’s masculinity by showing him your respect—especially in front of your children.
  • Be his biggest cheerleader, not his trainer – It’s easy sometimes to include our husbands with our kids, handing out orders to them when they get home from work, and telling them what we need from them, instead of asking for their help. Dads may sometimes admit more readily they’re not sure what their kids need from them, but they still want time to figure it out. Compliment him when you notice him being a great dad, and be more willing to edit or hold your words when you’re tempted to point out what he’s not doing right.

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Summertime and The Living is Easy – Ice Cream Cake !!!

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The days are getting warmer in Portland, Oregon. We’ve had a few days pretty close to 80 or over. I always grumble and complain when we change to Daylight Savings Time but it pays off in the long sweet summer twilight evenings. Summer is coming fast, and with it the heat of the season. Portlanders will enjoy the 2016 Grand Floral Parade on June the 11th. Here are some pictures from past parades I thought you might enjoy.

The float "Preserving Paradise" sponsored by Dole, awarded top honors as the Sweepstakes award winner, is seen in the 123rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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And there are several holidays coming up – Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day – not to mention all the family get togethers !! We love to celebrate all things family – birthdays, recitals, just getting together for no reason. And as a person who likes to cook, my thoughts turn to “what can I take ” to all those upcoming events. I like to cook but I’m all for the quick and easy too. But there is one requirement – the recipe must be sumptuous !!! And I think the recipe today fits the bill and then some. Cool and creamy for hot summer parties sounds like a winner. 

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