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Pickled Beans, Large and Small Batches

Large Batch Pickled Beans: Use about 5 gallons of freshly picked green beans to make about 14 quarts pickled beans. Carefully wash and trim beans. Into each hot, clean quart jar put: 2 cloves of garlic 1 head dill weed 1 t crushed chili peppers Fill with carefully cleaned and trimmed beans, allowing 1 inch […]

Vacation Wrap Up

In our lives these weeks… We’ve been to Manitoba and now we are back home, after 5900 km.  We enjoyed precious hours with extended family, with countless conversations, walks, games, and meals, and hours of play in and out of the water.  Our memories are full of people, wildlife, waves, and the endless tree-carpeted hills of […]

Slowing Down

This has been a year of thinking fast, working fast, and reading fast…and even of feeling fast and praying fast.  Although the first three can be positive, the last two most certainly are not. Therefore, I’m slowing down this summer.  I’m not making a huge list of things for us to accomplish.  We’re having minimal […]

A Sweet Beginning to Summer Holidays

Last Friday, when our school year ended, it was time to celebrate the beginning of summer holidays. We had a special treat waiting in the fridge, our annual springtime cherry splurge, so I got that ready. Then the kids said that holidays are about cribbage, so they got the cards and the cribbage board out. And that’s how […]

Notes on The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages by Shaunti Feldhahn

A few weeks ago we celebrated our 25th anniversary.  Through health and sickness, riches and poverty, joy and heartbreak, God has been with us, and we have learned much about marriage. But even for us there are still helpful and encouraging ideas in Shaunti Feldhahn’s book The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages:  The Little […]

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