What Did You Expect??? By Paul David Tripp

This book is geared equally towards men and women. The format is easy to read, and Tripp writes in an engaging manner that relates to everyone, not just professors!

The underlying theme of this book is how we are our own worst enemy, but for the grace of God! Marriage starts out with plenty of passion and wonderful intentions, but our sin natures will cause it to implode if we’re not careful.

He talks about how marriage is a war of sorts, and that it is extremely important for you and your spouse to be on the same side!

Tripp presents several real counseling situations in order to show the different ways that marriages can get into trouble. When the situation seems to be going sour, we should look at our own motives to see how much of the situation is caused by us.

Tripp doesn’t say we should never talk to our spouse about something they’ve done wrong; quite the contrary! However, did your spouse really do something wrong, or did they just not do it the way you wanted them to?

When you feel upset over how your spouse is treating you, is your displeasure biblically justified, or is the situation upsetting because they didn’t treat you the way you thought they should?

This book was a big eye-opener for me, and helped me to realize my particular faults that would be likely to cause problems in a marriage.

You can find this book online from many sources, including Amazon.

Whether you are single, engaged, married, or divorced, you NEED to read this book. 🙂

Homemade Bread!

Let’s start at the very beginning…


Wheat Berries!

Grinding the wheat berries into flour….

The wheat gets hot as it is ground into flour!


Freshly ground whole wheat flour

Now for the bread!


Warming the milk in the microwave...

Use a BIG measuring cup for the yeast mixture!

Honey will feed the yeast!

Mmmm, yeast!

Stirring the yeast into the warm water/honey mixture...

Yard egg!

Grapeseed oil...

More honey!

This is why I said use a BIG measuring cup!


Don't forget to add the milk!

Add some flour...

Then the yeast (Which had filled the 4-cup measuring cup completely)

Dough dough dough dough........dough dough dough dough DOUGH!

When the dough looks like this, then....

Sprinkle some of the remaining flour on a clean countertop...

A very important note about bread dough: Please don’t ever just dump a pre-measured amount of flour into the dough. Work it in, little by little. Finished dough should be tacky, but not sticky. Make sense? The more flour that gets beaten into the dough, the tougher and denser your bread will be. This is especially important to observe when making bread with freshly-ground flour, as whole wheat bread is naturally more dense and heavy than “regular” bread. Unlike pie crust, bread dough LOVES to be kneaded, and it actually makes for a better texture in the finished product. So knead away! Just don’t add too much flour in the process. 🙂

Let the dough rest for a few minutes...

Grease your loaf pans! I like to use glass for visibility while the bread is baking, plus it seems healthier.

After the dough rests, it needs to be kneaded again.

I like using a scraper to cut the dough!

Press the dough into your loaf pans...

I forgot to take pictures of the baking, and of the finished bread. Sorry! I’ll have to remember to do that next time. I hope you enjoyed the photo story! 🙂

Updated “about me”

I updated the “About Me/FAQ” tab at the top of the page. If you know of any other questions I should put in there, please let me know! 🙂

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. ~ John 1:1-5

Merry Christmas!

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

~ Phillipians 4:7

I’ve seen a lot of debates on websites going around about whether or not Christians should celebrate Christmas. Our family has done a lot of research on this topic, and we have come to the conclusion that it is definitely not wrong to celebrate it. Romans 14:5 says that one man esteems one day above another, and the other man doesn’t esteem that day.

To us, Christmas is NOT about how many gifts we get, nor how many decorations we spread around our home. It is about the birth of Jesus Christ, plain and simple.

I recently found this webpage that talks about the objections some people have to Christmas, from a biblical point of view.

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

My dad also wrote a blog post on Christmas that has a slightly different viewpoint.

Fast Day, Feast Day

I welcome comments on the subject of celebrating Christmas, but please keep them polite. I will not approve angry or derisive comments, nor will I post comments that contain links to such sites.

To process a pumpkin


Cinderella Pumpkin – 35lbs!

Cutting it in pieces...



Lots of sections!



Pumpkins are about 91% water!



Roast in the oven in a little water..


Scoop the softened pumpkin out of the skin (Sorry, no picture of that).



Cook it down in the crock pot...

We removed the water as it rose to the top over about 4 hours. If you don’t do this, you’ll need to cook it for a longer time so the liquid can cook off as steam. Stir about every 1/2 hour.


Puree in small batches..



Pretty, isn't it?



Add sugar and spices to taste...


Cook the sweetened, spiced pumpkin puree further in the crockpot, until thickened to just the right consistency. 🙂



Fill jars with warm pumpkin butter!



Delicious, homemade pumpkin butter!


We did not process the jars to seal them, but you could certainly do this if you wished. Be sure to refer to a canning guide for low-acid foods. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the pictures! I had fun taking them. 🙂



This is just a test

I’m trying to post this from an iPod. Please ignore! 🙂