Hi Grammie…

Retro Ruth – about 3 1/2 years ago!

John Piper is Bad – extended video

This video has been on tons of blogs for a long time, but since I’m new to blogging, I added it to mine too!

It’s funny to me. Don’t worry – Piper talks about it at the beginning and it’s ok.

Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints

WooHoo!!! We’re headed to Minneapolis in September!!!

I booked our tickets (a group of nine of us so far) to go to the Desiring God National Conference.

For more info: http://www.desiringgod.org/Events/NationalConferences/Archives/2007/

I can’t wait. We went in ’05 and Al goes to the pastors conference each year. We couldn’t go to the Natl. Conf. last year, but we’re on our way for September.

Yesssss!!!! (as my son would say)


I have been reading through I Samuel lately and considering specifically the beginning. In the past I have read through and focused on Hannah’s intense longing and God’s answer to her prayers. And then of course, Hannah’s great prayer of praise and exaltation of God in chapter two.

These are things I still concentrate on but I’m seeing Hannah more and more as a shining beacon of God’s grace in this section. She alone, it seems, trusts God. Consider the surrounding people. Elkanah loves Hannah and we see that he even gives her a double portion to offer. He is perplexed that he is not enough for Hannah, but he cares for her. Peninnah, the other wife, is..well… the other wife. She is cruel and is even called Hannah’s rival. Perhaps she was jealous of Elkanah’s real affection for Hannah and, like others in her situation, uses her fruitfulness to injure Hannah.

Eli, has worthless sons (I Sam. 2:12), who don’t know the Lord. Eli fails to deal with them (for which he would pay) but is quick to condemn Hannah as a worthless woman (I Sam. 1:16) in her sincere and fervent prayers. Isn’t that often the case? We are quick to judge in others sins which seem to be having their way with us. Why? I know I have done it.

In the midst of these people, the Lord reveals Hannah as a hurting, but trusting woman. Even before her heart’s desire was answered, she looked to God. We don’t see that she dishonors Him in any way here.

God has a larger plan (just like He always does) than just this snapshot in time of the lives of these people. They have no clue what lies ahead. But none of us does in our own lives. I am reminded that I need to be faithful in the present circumstances of my life, trusting Christ for each day, each moment. How easy it is to be caught up in the daily drama, reacting to the actions of others, and miss the great privilege of casting our cares and burdens on Jesus who cares for us.

Morning Coffee…

“But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;

his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
‘The LORD is my portion,’
says my soul,
therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:21-24 (ESV)

Daniel Amos and Ruth Moriah

So here are my kiddos. Ruth is 5 (6 in Sept). She can’t wait for her birthday and she hopes to lose a couple of her baby teeth by then. She loves animals and jumping!

Daniel is 3 (4 in July). He loves trucks, playing outside and his mama! He is a clumsy joker and is always trying to make people laugh.

Thoughts from the Teahouse – FIRST POST

My first post will explain the name of my blog. The rest of my posts will be about the lives of the inhabitants of the Teahouse (my family) and the great God we trust, love and serve.
OK (deep breath) – my first blog. You may be wondering about the name of this blog. Basically, my husband and I bought and renovated our home from the county historical society. Our house was built around 1829 and at one time was operated as a Teahouse for guests in the 20’s and 30’s. Folks in our area still refer to our home as “the old teahouse”. Frankly, the original house was quite small and if I didn’t have the pictures, I couldn’t imagine it as a local hot-spot.

I drink a ton of coffee and prefer it over tea, but I like the name of the house, so…I named my first attempt at a blog after our house. I promise that the blog will likely never be about tea!!

More about the house: As I said it was built around 1829 and was the first federal style home built in our area. At that time, our area was comprised of pioneers living in mostly log homes and native americans. If you’ve ever read the James Fenimore Cooper Leatherstocking series (which I highly recommend) our area is described in a couple of the books. Particularly the “Deerslayer” books and The Last of the Mohicans. As I type this, I am longing to go back and read the series again!

The man who built our house was named Henry Carnrike. He purchased the property from a Mr. Jewel and built his homestead. His five daughters were born in the four-room house and they later married local gents from the area. Many years later, after remaining empty, the house was gifted to the Hamilton County Historical Society. They had hopes of restoration but had no money. In 1995, they put the house up for sale so they could fix up a local church that they also owned. We bought it, and after 10 months of renovations, moved into it in 1996 with our two dogs – Kelah and Harper.