Monthly Archives: September 2013

Left Behind


I have never made it all the way through the Left Behind series. I am determined to now though. There is a new movie on it coming out next year and I want to have them all read by then.

The first book, Left Behind (written by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye) follows the journeys of Capt. Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe, Pastor Bruce Barnes, flight attendant, Hattie Durham and reporter, Cameron “Buck” Williams as they seek to discover an answer to the mysterious and sudden disappearances of thousands of people. Join them in their earnest search for truth.

In my opinion, the first book, up until the last couple of chapters, is somewhat hard to get through because it’s very political and I am horrible with politics. The last two chapters are honestly rather scary, but it’s worth reading, I promise.

So, will you be joining me?

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” -1 Corinthians 15:52


Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Book Review, Worldview


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When Does Age Come Before Beauty?


“At what age do you consider someone old?” This question was posed one time at the dinner table. The answers varied greatly, from the 7 year old saying 20, to the middle children saying 50-60, to my answer of 70-75. What would you say?

My mom has this soapbox about how old men are often ignored, but always have some story, and often they are war tales. You know, everyone loves Si. He’s an old man who always has a “‘Nam” story ready to be told. Why is that we listen to Si’s crazy stories, regardless of their validity, but we don’t ever listen to the tales that the men in our community have to tell?

I have this recent thing about old people, I supposed you could call it a soapbox. I’m not sure why I have been paying so much attention to the gray-haired folks around me lately, but something I have noticed is that they typically get treated like they are 5. It’s sad. They have lived a much longer life than those who are treating them so. Yes, they may have Dementia, a broken hip or poor vision. We think of them as living in a nursing home, putting together puzzles and eating jello or sitting in an old church wearing big hats and perfume that is overwhelming and singing hymns. Some are, but have you ever seen a group of elderly woman sitting in Schlotzky’s playing Bridge and talking about burping and farting? I have. Have you ever listened to the old men in McDonald’s eating breakfast, talking about their farms and gossiping about their wives? I have. Have you ever ran into an 80 something year old in the restroom joking about the stupid paper towel dispenser? I have. These people have personality. They are not helpless babes. They have lived a life! And more of a worthwhile life than we have.

Is it possible we could treat them as we treat those who are 50 years younger? In fact, could we go beyond that and treat them better? After all, they are you. They were once your age. Treat them the way you want people to treat them when you are putting puzzles together in the nursing home while eating jello. Maybe we can change the way the world sees “old people.”




Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Random Thoughts


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Pumpkin Bars


Pumpkin bars. The perfect fall treat. Moist, spiced cake with a thin layer of cream cheese frosting. This is my Mom’s recipe and an absolute favorite of ours.

Mom’s Perfect Pumpkin Bars

2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon (or more 😉 ) pumpkin pie spice

1 cup oil

2 cups canned pumpkin

4 eggs

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a greased 12×9 or 13×9 pan or cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 oz. softened cream cheese

3/4 softened stick of butter

1 3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Tablespoon milk

For frosting, cream the cheese, butter and sugar. Add milk and vanilla and beat well. Spread frosting on cooled bars.

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Posted by on September 4, 2013 in Country Kitchen


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