My Favorite Potato Salad

Hands down, this is my favorite potato salad recipe.  I got it from my sisters in Maryland who got it from our niece-in-law Beth in Nebraska, who got it from her Grandma Cross in Indiana. Good recipes are like that.  They travel by taste of mouth and before you know it, you’ve got a recipe that came from someone who got it from someone else who got it from . . . and the trail … Read more

How a Stone, A Ladder, and an Altar brought Jacob Nearer to God

Definitions:   Birthright:  In Jewish custom and according to the Mosaic law, the birthright was given to the firstborn son of a man, whether or not he had a favorite son or more than one wife.  The birthright gave the son the leadership role in the family after the death of the father; he became the “priest” of the family.  (Deuteronomy 21:16-17). The recipient of the birthright inherited a double portion of all that the father possessed. … Read more

Come . . . and Dine

Early morning sunrise is one of the best parts of the day, especially if you’ve been up all night, don’t you agree? After fishing all night, I’m sure the disciples were ready to call it a night, especially when they hadn’t caught a thing. It was time to go home. The evening before, some of Jesus’ disciples had been together.  We know there were seven of them, but we only know some of their names: … Read more

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Strawberry season is here.   That means summer is just around the corner.  It’s time to make that strawberry pie! We picked up some freshly-picked strawberries last evening.   The pie is ready to be served tonight. The recipe I use comes from Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets, compiled by Esther H. Shank and published by Herald Press, Scottdale, Pennsylvania.  You can use this recipe for any kind of fresh fruit pie. Strawberries, sugar, jello … Read more

I Want to be Remembered

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Mother’s Day.  I remember the time it dawned on me that I was essentially writing my Mom Memoirs each day as I mothered the half dozen children God had given to us.    I decided that thinking about how I wanted to be remembered would help me in the daily grind of being a mom. (Not that I always succeeded, mind you!)   I wrote this fifteen years ago when our children were ages four … Read more