John Meistrell

What I found in the ‘begats’

When I was a kid and we’d get stuck in the begats in the Bible, I’d find my attention wandering and sometimes I’d wonder why they even bothered to keep track of who was born to whom.  But lately I’ve been wandering there myself. On a whim a few weeks ago I checked out  […]

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Eggs, wonderful eggs

Seven Great Ways to Use Eggs

I went grocery shopping yesterday and was amazed to discover that (in our area anyway) a carton of five dozen eggs is only $2.69. I can't remember the last time eggs were that cheap.  That's a LOT of protein for less than $3.  In honor of that … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

Beach in July

Beach time

Here's a snap from a quick trip we made to the beach this week. Felt weird to be traveling with only two kids, but all our bigger kids were working, and so we took the plunge and went off to play without them.  We missed them all lots, but … [Read More...]

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Psalm 4: 8

A Couple Things

I wanted to thank y’all for the movie recommends– I appreciate them. Also, since I hinted in a previous post that I was only looking for PG movies, I feel I ought to mention that ‘Beyond Borders’ is actually ‘R’ (for language and violence). We made an exception to our ‘no-R’ rule to see it, […]

Movie Review: Beyond Borders

I found this movie at the checkstand at Walmart for less than $5. Wasn’t expecting much, but was curious about it because Angelia Jolie, a fellow Ethiopian adoptive mom, is in it. All I can say is wow. Not an easy movie to watch. But amazing. I want to talk about it more later. But […]

Movie Recommendations?

Hubby and I are planning on renting a movie or two this weekend. Anybody seen anything good recently (that isn’t R-rated)? We were thinking of Pleasantville, but need more ideas…

Kids These Days

So my 3 teenagers are headed off to Snow Camp this weekend. This morning before my hubby dropped them off at church, he and I went over the usual parental checklist. “Coat?” check. “Toothbrush?” check. “Extra gloves?” check. “Sleeping bag?” check. After about 10 questions along those lines from each parent addressed to each child, […]

Unclean! Unclean!

Why, after one bath and TWO showers this morning, do I still feel the urge to scrub myself? Let’s just say that taking a bath with a baby can be risky. Oh, and the baby learned how to say “poop” this morning. Something about two revolted tub-mates screaming it over and over while hastily fleeing […]

Washboard Abs

Was thinking of going for a walk today. Looked out the window– it’s snowing. Scratch that idea. Decided to do a few sit-up as at least a token nod at the idea of fitness. One… Two… (baby is already coming my way to investigate this unusual activity).. Three… Four… (baby is now lying in my […]

Thursday 13- My Hubby

Thirteen Things about MY WONDERFUL HUBBY 1. We met in precalculus class during our senior year of high school.2. Got engaged during our freshman year of college.3. He proposed to me in a parking lot parked near a dumpster. I said yes anyway. (Actually I only noticed the dumpster later.)4. We got married at the […]

My Morning

Joining Chris and Carmen in telling about morning in a busy household with many children. 6:15 am– I awaken to the baby crying next to me. 3 year old is asleep on the other side of me. Both are crammed as close to me as they can get. Hubby left for work an hour ago. […]

Blog Olympics

OK, I am excited! Just got a gold medal in the Blog Olympics – Round 2 Results for, ahem, posting really often. (What’s that? You’re not surprised…?) Well, I was! Being a ‘baby’ in the blogging world, this is probably my only gold at this olympics, but it is fun. Can’t wait to hear what […]