Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Solomon

With the desire to be a good leader, Solomon asked God for wisdom and knowledge. His selfless request was well rewarded! From 2 Chronicles 1:10-12

...Reminds me of my husband who almost daily asks the Lord for wisdom that we might know how to raise our children.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Joy in Giving

There is joy in giving willingly from the heart. Like David and the people of Israel, I want to rejoice with great joy. Give! From 1 Chronicles 29:9

Monday, April 28, 2014

Old Testament Musings: David Prepares

Our children have God given responsibilities to complete in their futures. What can I do now to help them fulfill their purposes? From 1 Chronicles 22:5

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Old Testament Musings: David

God has done amazing things in my life. Who do I tell? One, I give thanks to the Lord. Two, I declare His works among the people. From 1 Chronicles 16

I thank the Lord for a peaceful evening walk with my family the other night and the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful flowers He created.

Saturday, April 26, 2014


Today, I was working on an old black and white portrait of my Grandpa Gray (to be shared on Friday) -- and missing him more than usual -- when I realized what day it is. April 26. It has been 17 years since he said "goodbye" to this earth and said "hello" to Jesus in heaven. How can it be that so many years have passed? As I was telling Anna as I showed her the picture of her great grandfather, "This is my Grandpa. He was a good Grandpa. I love him a lot. He is in Heaven, and I hope to introduce you to him someday."

Old Testament Musings: Josiah

Don't go part way in eradicating evil. Be like Josiah who turned to the Lord with all his heart, soul, and might. Total cleanup. From 2 Kings 23

Friday, April 25, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Hezekiah

Bad news comes. When it does, I want to bring my problems to the Lord first thing, praise Him, and ask for His help. He hears! From 2 Kings 19.

PhotoFix Friday: The Moore, Steele, Ritter, Van Noate, & Cooper Family Christmas of 1919

Christmas 1919 in Lodi, California with members of the Moore, Steele, Ritter, Van Noate, and Cooper families. My 2nd great grandfather, William Osborn Moore, is on the far right. My 2nd great grandmother, Evangeline "Eva" (Flansburgh) Moore, is the woman in the middle looking to the left. Their son, my great grandfather Lawrence Lloyd Moore, is the 6th from the left on the top row.

This is what it used to look like. It does have the benefit of identifying numbers.

Group photos are great... when you know who is who.  Thankfully, we are able to identify my 2nd great grandfather William Moore, and this is the best photo we have of him.  His wife Eva is also in the shot as well as several of their children. The original of this photo had numbers all over it with an attached key. Unfortunately, not every number was given a name, and even some of the ones that were are unreadable. Here is what I was able to make out:

1. Unknown (I think it is Bess Moore, the daughter of William and Eva Moore, and therefore my 2nd great aunt)
2. Leon Van Noate
3. Jim Cooper
4. Charley Ritter
5. Unknown
6. My Great Grandfather Lawrence Lloyd Moore
7. Reid Van Noate
8. Unknown (I think it is Ruth Moore, the daughter of William and Eva Moore, and therefore my 2nd great aunt)
9. Clifton Steele
10. Ed Steele
 11. Ivy Cooper
12. Thelma Cooper
13. Rose Steele
14. Anna Moore Van Noate (the daughter of William and Eva Moore, and therefore my 2nd great aunt)
15. Irene Steele Moore
16. Evangeline Melissa Flansburgh Moore (my 2nd great grandmother)
17. Jenny Ritter
18. Francis Steele
19. Sarah Steele
20. William Osborn Moore (my 2nd great grandfather)
21. Edith Moore
22. Lloyd Moore
26. Kenneth Moore
27. Grace Moore

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Jehoash

Our faith needs to outlive our teachers. Beware of borrowing someone else's dedication to God. Build your own relationship! From 2Kings 12:2

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Naaman

Obeying God isn't about doing "great things." His instructions are often simple, but they require humility and faith. From 2 Kings 5

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Elisha

Elisha demonstrated perseverance. Don't be put off by anyone (even a godly person) if they discourage you in your walk with God. From 2 Kings 2

Monday, April 21, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Elijah

From the life of Elijah: Stand up for God's Word. Don't let cultural trends or the weakness of your leaders sway you. Be fearless. From 1 Kings

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Christ is Risen!

Every Resurrection Day, I wake with familiar, precious words on my mind.

"Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!"

Oh, how I love that greeting! I feel blessed in my Savior, blessed in my today, and blessed in the hope and future I know is mine in Jesus my Lord.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 40

Jesus is King of Kings, Lord of Lords, beginning and the end, the first and the last. Jesus is coming soon! Be ready! From Revelation

Enjoy your Resurrection Sunday, Everyone.

Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 39

Evil may appear to win for a time, but Jesus will always be victorious in the end. Great and marvelous are His works! From Revelation

I am so thankful for the death of Jesus Christ. It is a Good Friday, because He doesn't stay dead!

PhotoFix Friday: Clara Olson Peterson and Daughter Mabel

My 3rd Great Grandmother Clara (Olson) Peterson (on the right) with her oldest daughter Mabel
Clara was born on 6 Apr 1856 and was among the first generation in her family to be born in America. Her parents, Johannes and Johane Olson, and oldest sister Helen were Norwegians who immigrated to Winchester, Winnebago County, Wisconsin in 1850.  Clara was one of what would be seven children. Her father fought in the Civil War while she was still young. Later, the family moved to the Sloan area in Monona County, Iowa when Clara was 13 (in August of 1869).

It was on a visit back to Wisconsin at about age 21 when she met John Peterson. He was a Swedish man 13 years her senior who worked on farms and railroads during the summer and for a lumber company during the winter. John must have liked Clara, because he followed her back to Iowa and stayed. They were married that same year on 7 Apr 1878.

The couple stayed in Iowa for five years before moving to Beadle County, South Dakota in 1883 where they homesteaded five years before returning to Iowa. They rented, and then bought, their farm in Monona County where by 1890 it was said that the Petersons had, "a neat and well-finished house 24x48 feet in size, and a good barn 16x24 feet, surrounded by about three acres of grove."

John and Clara were blessed by 9 children. Their daughter Palma Lena is my 2nd great grandmother.

Clara was widowed at age 50 (on 9 January 1907) but went on to live almost 40 more years -- passing away on 16 Feb 1946 in Albaton, Monona, Iowa at the age of 89 years old.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 38

The Lamb of God, Jesus, is redeeming a great multitude out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation! Revelation

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 37

Clouds without water? Beware those who walk after their own ungodly lusts. Pray. Focus on God's love and the mercy of our Lord Jesus. Jude

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 36

If we acknowledge our sins, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all unrighteousness. God is faithful and just. 1 John

Monday, April 14, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 35

Jesus suffered and died for sins He didn't commit - the just for the unjust. He did it to bring us to God. Then, He rose! 1 Peter

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 33

Jesus, who lived a perfect life, is perfectly able to save us who come to God by Him. He is the enduring, everlasting mediator. Hebrews

PhotoFix Friday: John and Fern Pruett

Zachary's grandparents, John and Fern Pruett
Sometimes, you have to see the original to fully appreciate the edits.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 32

Reputation matters. We do not put up a prideful facade. Rather, we desire integrity that no enemy of Jesus can speak evil of us.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 31

Aim to teach, not win an argument. The servant of Jesus is gentle and meek. Provide evidence to prove the gospel, but avoid strife. 2 Timothy

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 30

Troubles come, but Jesus is faithful. He provides love, everlasting consolation, and good hope through grace. 2 Thessalonians

Monday, April 07, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 29

Beware of any philosophy, idea, or tradition that contradicts the gospel of Jesus. He is complete. Dwell in Him. Be rooted in truth. Colossians

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 28

The peace we have in Jesus is beyond understanding. Think on what is true, pure, lovely, praiseworthy, etc. I can do it with His help. Philippians

Friday, April 04, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 27

Love. It's the driving force behind God's salvation plan - the reason Jesus died for us. Now, love empowers us to make a difference. Ephesians

PhotoFix Friday: Errol and Clara Muckey on their Wedding Day

Errol and Clara (Epperson) Muckey on their 4 April 1920 Wedding Day. 
My Great Grandparents Muckey were married on this date 94 years ago!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 26

Have confidence in the liberty Jesus gave us. It is faith in Him that saves. We can't follow the rules well enough to do it on our own. Galations

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 25

Generosity is part of the good news of Jesus. Cheerfully supplying for the needs of others may cause many to give thanks to God!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Focus on Jesus: Day 24

Our bodies are temporary. Our earthly house will pass away. Yet, as Jesus rose, God will raise us up and give us an eternal house.

Birthday Girl

When you turn two, you want to blow out a birthday candle on your PB&J.