Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Friday, March 25, 2011



52 weeks of daily life in pictures: trials and celebrations, 
the extraordinary and mundane -- 
whatever is unique to the week. 
Join me if you like.

We started sprouts this week (alfalfa, left and radish, right). Day one.

Day six.
Sprouts and cream cheese on rye. Yum.

Super moon.

 Storms clouds. The skies opened up and it poured just minutes after I took the photo. Later it hailed. The next morning it snowed. Ohio.

 My daughter's map lesson (click to enlarge). Note the first sentence of the exercise at the bottom. And note what she did. She has actually been taught about map keys, she just had a blond moment.  She is so blond! And so funny.

 One book for me and one for each mother. Have you ever heard Father Gaitley speak? He is so inspirational and so real. And very funny. (He should meet my daughter!)

 The sweater. One sleeve down and half to go, and I ran out of yarn. Ugh.

I told you my dishwasher broke and so my new Lenten offering is hand washing. Lots of hand washing this week. I admire women who do this all the time. Seriously. I thought laundry was endless. No, dishes are seriously endless.

"There is in every true woman's heart, 
a spark of heavenly fire, 
which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity,
but which kindles up and beams and blazes 
in the dark hour of adversity." -- Washington Irving

Below you'll find a linky list because so many lovely women decided to join me in my 52 Weeks project. There are no rules (except the two below) -- if you want to start your 52 Weeks this week, go for it! I will keep the links up until next Wednesday, so you have almost a week to do it.

(1) Make sure you copy and paste the URL of your 52 Weeks blog post ( and not your main blog URL). You could also use of Flickr photo page if that's how you do things.
(2) Include a link back here in your blog post or flickr photo page.


  1. Ha! The keys are cute!!

    Our NEW dishwasher washes dishes horribly. I can't believe how bad it works. We need to get a new one, and we've only had this one for 6 months. UGH! I should just resort to hand washing, but that thought overwhelms me! So, I just run the darn thing ... and then I have to wash half of them (or more) anyway. UGH!

    Will try to get my post up soon ...

  2. Cute keys, she's very literal. That's good, she's black and white.

    OK, I need to do that sprout thing...will you give instructions?

    Maybe you can do my laundry and I can do your dishes. I love washing dishes.

  3. Ditto on how to grow sprouts. I LOVE sprouts but never buy them in the store...fear of bacteria.

    I will kiss my dishwasher today and think of you!!!!

    have a great weekend

  4. Great sprouts! Wonderful keys - so colorful!! We also have a new dishwasher...about 6 - 8 months old - it's so noisy and parts have already been replaced. UGH! Have a wonderful weekend, Barbara :)

  5. LUVin' the sprouts too and requesting a tutorial.

    I like how your daughter thinks, too. What book is that, may I ask?

    Sarah, with no commenting on your blog, if you are reading this your son is adorable!! LUVed your post.

    Thanks for doing this, Barb.

  6. Thanks, Jennie. ;-)

    Starting to wonder, Sarah, if I'm better off saving my dishwasher money after Lent. See Cheryl's comment.

    I will post sprout instructions on my food blog. Soon. I promise.

    I won't buy them either and they are so easy to grow!

    Thanks, Cheryl. I'll be doing our taxes this weekend. Don't think that's too wonderful, however. ;-)

    Map Skills C -- grade 3 CHC.

  7. On dishwashers, I ordered mine before Lent and it's due to arrive next week. The one we have was new in Fall of 08 and it is TERRIBLE! It does not clean, but it's quiet. Maybe too quiet, as it doesn't clean. So, we - every single person in our family - cannot wait for the new. I even purchased a dishwasher cleaner solution, which I have never had to do in the past. It didn't help.

    To wash all our dishes by hand would take up a great portion of the day! I surely hope the 'cup solution' works out.

  8. At least you have beautiful dishes to wash! LOVE the keys. LOL!! I'll get my Molokai pics up some time before bed tonight and get the link on . . . sorry I'm so bad about this lately. ;)

  9. Suzie,
    I am starting to think washing dishes may be in my future. It's really a shame that you can't buy a dishwasher that works. You'll have to let me know how the new one does.

    Please, please don't apologize. No guilt here, sister. On your time is good by me. ;-)

  10. About the dishwashers not cleaning....I recently learned that dishwasher detergent ingredients have changed and phosphates are no longer included ...and that is the reason so many people are seeing half-dirty dishes at the end of the cycle. My dishwasher repair man told me it is imperative to keep the rinse-aid solution in my dishwasher in order for the dishes to come out clean. By using the rinse aid my dishes come out very clean....it's just my machine (that is supposed to be oh so very quiet) is oh so noisy.


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