Monday, November 30, 2009

Dreary Day, but I Have Hope

IMG_6088It is so dark here today and rainy. Not a good day for thinking because that thinking could 'go south' real easy.

These are the times I tend to think about my parents, broken friendships, sad events.

But, not today, I have hope. Hope that relationships will be restored. Hope that fellowship will come again.

I am overcome with joy because of your unfailing love,
for you have seen my troubles,
and you care about the anguish of my soul.
Psalms 31:7

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for....

her and her sweet spirit


him and his sense of humor


and him, for his faithfulness


her, for her creativity


You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Psalm 20: 11-12

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


It is a melancholy day for me. I am not really a fan of change; not in areas that are foundational. Being an only child that lost her parents as a relatively young adult, I want those things that are my foundations to be stable.

Our marriage has always been solid and I thank William for that. Divorce has never been in our vocabulary. We have only owned two homes, so home has been stable. William hasn't had alot of jobs; he is stable in his employment. We have raised our children to be stable, responsible people.

Church hasn't been so stable for a year and that has been difficult. Yesterday we made the decision to remove our fellowship and membership with our church; not an easy decision. We are not angry, but definitely sad. We are not church hoppers because again we desire stability for our children and ourselves. Unfortunately there are times that you have to make the hard choice even when it means feeling unsure about the future.

So, now we pray where God would have us; where He wants us to minister. I have to trust Him because this is not an easy place for me.

Psalm 9:10

Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


I am craving guacamole. I love guacamole, really, I do.

Here is our recipe:

3 ripe guacamole's

purple onion

Roma tomatoes

jalapenos - diced


salt and pepper

That is it, simple and delicious. Oh my... I don't even need chips.

photography courtesy of Hannah Queen

Tuesday, November 17, 2009



The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Psalms 19:8

Friday, November 13, 2009

"My Husband Rocks" Friday

As I write William is getting things together for another camping weekend with the scout troop. His willingness to give of his time to our son and these our boys means a lot.

He is helping to make responsible, disciplined young men out of these boys.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Little Update

Life has been busy in the Queen household. We have been finding ways to spend less as we enter winter when our business shuts down. Since the economy trashed our investments we must adjust even more.

The girls and I have organized our freezers, frig and pantry to make use of what we have. We also have made monthly meal plans to accommodate the meat and canned goods we have on hand.

It has really been an enjoyable time of working together, remembering what is really important and trusting our Lord to make provision. And He is the only One that really can!

Hayden and Sarah continue to become more proficient on their instruments. I love hearing them play together. Each has a different approach according to their personality.

Hannah's blog Honey and Jam continues to gain popularity and has caught the eye of several professional food photographers. There may be an opportunity for her to intern with one in the near future. Just the possibility has made her short of breath! It would be an incredible opportunity and a huge blessing.

William is still working and that is a HUGE blessing. I try not to think about next year (translate 'think'=worry) We have enough for now. Isn't it funny, I can see where God has provided over and over again, but I still worry. Oh me of little faith...

I hope to work on a post soon of different dinners that are low cost but don't compromise flavor.

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

sing me a hymn

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

photography by Hannah Queen

Friday, November 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Honey and Jam

Today is Hannah's blog birthday!! She has come a long way in one year and we are proud of her. Go over and check out her blog and tell her happy blog birthday!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Lord Christopher Monckton

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

If It Ain't One Thing...

It's another!

Tuesday night is scout night, so the girls and I headed out to our favorite shopping destination, TARGET!!!

A little over half way Sarah says "do you smell burning rubber?" I did, and looked around to see if there was another car nearby. No luck. I thought, "lets ignore it and see if it goes away". No such luck.

Hannah and I start to debate where to pull off. Of course we do, that is how we roll. I won!

We get out and start to laugh. The back right tire is FLAT!! How are we going to do this?! Sarah starts pulling stuff out of the trunk to get to the spare and tools. She is so not me! I take the jack and after several attempts actually get the car off the ground. GO ME!!

The next step requires the owners manual and it is getting dark. GRRREAT! Hannah has this teeny tiny flashlight on her key chain; lets call it a mouselight.

Never the less we figured out, with the help of tiny flashlight, that the center cap needs to come off. Sarah has a Swiss Army knife, of course she does, she is so not me. It isn't coming off, so I go back to the manual and discover that there is a little wire tool that helps you pull it off. GRREAT, it is dark now and we have to find this dang wire. We did and we got the cap off. GO US!!!

Now, to get the tire off. (note, set the parking brake so the tire doesn't spin and your oldest daughter is trying with all her might to prevent said spinning while other daughter is trying to loosening nuts while mom is laughing her head off)

About this time a knight in shining armor on a white steed comes to our rescue . Ok, he was actually in a yellow DOT truck and had on blue jeans, but he was a sight for sore eyes. He tells us to set the parking brake. hehe! And proceeds to finish changing our tire, the hero. We find out he is from our county, so we chatted him up while he worked. Poor man! He was so kind and gave us excellent tips on changing tires as we nodded like good students.

We finally were on our way again thanks to our good Samaritan. We shopped and had a nice dinner thanking God for protection and our friendly DOT guy.

Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble Proverbs 3:23