Thursday, May 31, 2012

Graduation party

Libby wanted a small party for her graduation. It was mostly family with a few friends who gathered beneath a shade tree on Monday to witness Libby receiving her high school diploma. Then her guests sampled a scrumptious lunch, which included three different kinds of rolls along with bread, sticky buns and cinnamon twists all baked by Libby. 

Menu: Chicken salad and Curried Chicken Salad served with three types of rolls, bread, bread and butter pickles, dill pickles, vegetarian beans and pretzels.

Cinnamon twists, sticky buns, chocolate cake with vanilla icing, chocolate cake with mocha icing.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Soon the baby plants will leave the warmth and protection of Libby's greenhouse to learn to grown in the real world. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Class of 2012

Congratulations Libby!

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. James 5.7 NIV.

Saturday, May 26, 2012


For Joel: a blue tractor
My nieces are learning their colors. They are a little warped by the fact that their daddy works for a tractor company.

The other day when we were chatting Kaelyn told us she had eaten a strawberry.

"What color was it?" one of her aunts asked.

"It was a Case strawberry," Kaelyn answered.

"Just don't eat a John Deere one," we told her.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Brown eyes

My cousin Christie with her niece Bethany

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Yellow roses

When we bought the Cookie House we noticed a wild, thorny mess of a rosebush at the corner of the house. "That thing better be absolutely stunning, or it is so going bye-bye," we said.

This past week that thorny mess has been covered with sweet-smelling yellow roses.

It's here to stay, though, we are still hoping it can be tamed.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Betsy and I took lunch to Julie's office one day last week. We were impressed with her swanky accommodations. 

Monday, May 21, 2012


Sturgeon Point, Michigan

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 NIV 

Eby Cemetery, Pennsylvania

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Mother daughter tea

Ladies and girls from church gathered at the Cookie house for a Mother Daughter Tea the Saturday before Mother's Day. Carmen organized the event around a sweet theme. Different ladies shared about how sweet it is to be a grandmother, a mother, a daughter, and a child of God. Then, of course, we drank tea and ate sweets at tables decorated with posies. 

Carmen arranges posies for the tables.

Julie, Abigail and Rebekah read stories before the tea.

Libby and Hosanna play with Noah's Ark.

The lovely Lang ladies--Bethany, Carmen, Hosanna, Abigail, Rebekah.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bicycle built for...

Cook family    Mother's Day 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


This kitten told me it wanted to come home with me.

Julie told me I heard wrong.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

For my brothers

(See Brian, my blog is not boring)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's day

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Exodus 20.12 NIV

Because I'm the Mom

Several weeks ago I showed the Mom Song to my students.

The song ends with "You don't need the reason why. Because I said so. I'm the mom!"

I noticed one of my Chinese students laughing.

"Did your mom say that to you?" I asked. He nodded.

Then my Saudi woman started nodding too. She confessed that not only did her mom say it, she now says it to her daughters.

Moms may speak different languages, but motherhood is international. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Techy lentils

Technology is my friend. Wednesday evening I cooked dinner from a recipe on my Kindle while listening to radio from Lancaster, Pennsylvania

(And, since the dinner was so delicious and since it was our first dinner outside for the season, I've included the photos to inspire you)

Lentil Soup with Lemon (click here for recipe)

Friday, May 11, 2012