Team Hoyt

Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they’re not in a marathon they are in a triathlon — that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.

Girl Talk blog

Here is a great blog that talks about so many things that relate to us women. Check it out and enjoy:

Digital what …

We are busy!  No matter our age, whether or not we’re married, have children, grandchildren, etc.  We just don’t seem to have time for all the fun projects we use to …

I’ve always been a fan of scrapbooking, but just don’t seem to have the time these days to keep up on such projects.  They’re still important though and the internet has provided many ways that we can track our lives through the creative outlet of scrapbooking.

Anyone can make a digital scrapbook.  All you need is an internet connection, a computer and some pictures.  I’m adding some links to some great sites where you can make a digital scrapbook of your own. 

Once you’ve made these creations, you can either order the books to give as gifts or to save for yourself, upload the books to applications like Facebook or your blog, create calendars, etc.  There are so many ideas out there.  I hope you check some of them out for yourself.;;

If you just do a search for digital scrapbooking, you’ll find 28,500,000 possibilities!

Have fun!

Mayo Jar and 2 beers

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers…..
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’ The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The 20 pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else—the small stuff. ‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.
The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.



Responding to Gender Challenges

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(Ladies, I wrote this in 2001 and published it with Foursquare Women International. Although it is a long teaching article, I think you will find it still speaks today. –Susan)

Stacking wood, killing rattlesnakes, helping with round-ups and deer hunting are all memories from my childhood. Growing up on a large ranch ten miles from the nearest town seems an unlikely place to develop leadership skills. Actually, it was the seedbed for many of my future attitudes towards women in ministry. Ranch work needs to be done regardless if you are male or female.Continue reading “Responding to Gender Challenges”

Calendar Update …

I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who are participating in the production of our Calendar fundraiser.  We’ve had some photos taken and more photo shoots scheduled.  Your time in preparing for your month is greatly appreciated. 

Be thinking about who you might give the calendar as a gift to and who you might get to purchase one.  The calendar sales will begin at our ladies retreat in October.

In case you didn’t know, any profits made off of the calendar will be used for scholarships for next year’s ladies retreat and possibly more!  Who knows … let’s just see what God will do with this little creative venture we’re taking!

Whole Roasted Chicken

2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. white sugar
1/8 tsp. of each ground: cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon
1 (4 lbs.) whole chicken
5 cloves garlic

In small bowl, mix salt, sugar, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Rub chicken with mix. Cover chicken and place in refrigerator for 24 hours.
Preheat oven 500 degrees. Stuff chicken with garlic and place breast side down on rack with roasting pan.
Roast 15 minutes in preheated oven. Reduce heat to 450 degrees and raost 15 minutes. Baste chicken with pan drippings. Reduce heat to 425 degrees. Roast 30 minutes to internal temp of 180 degrees. Remove from oven and let stand for 20 minutes.

Orange-Almond Trout

1 pound trout, salmon or other medium-firm fish (tilapia, cod, cusk, grouper, haddock, sea bass, snapper, mackerel, etc)

1/4 c butter
1/4 c sliced almonds
1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 oranges, peeled and sectioned for garnish

If fish fillets are large, cut into 5 servings.
melt butter in skillet and cook almonds and onion in butter, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender,  remove almonds and onion with slotted spoon; keep warm.

Mix flour, salt, paprika and pepper. coat fish with flour mix. cook fish in same skillet over medium heat 6-10 minutes, turning once, until fish is brown and flakes easily with fork.

Top fish with almonds and onion. garnish with oranges.

cal: 320 fat: 18g protein: 24g sodium: 550 mg

The act of retiring or withdrawing oneself …

Retreat …

“When all around us seems to be constricting, allow yourself to experience the expansiveness of silence, nature, prayer and solitude.”  Suzanne Buckley

Camp Koinoinia in the Santa Cruz Mountains …

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The best gifts are the people in our lives and the moments we share.    Sandra Magsamen

Your girlfriends from Father’s House


And He went up on the mountain and summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him. Mark 3:13

Have you signed up yet to go up on the mountain and be with Jesus and us!

 This is an amazing time that is set aside for us to get away for the weekend and just be with our girlfriends. 

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 We laugh, we cry, we talk, we learn, we rest, we …

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Well worth the $140!

We’d love to see you there!  October 9, 10, 11, 2009


Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

house and ladies retreat 08 038Girlfriends Give Back! Jesus said the world would know we’re Christians by our love So it’s time to wear our hearts on our sleeves, girlfriends, and spread the love of Jesus at our Girlfriends Night Out gathering. Join us at our Forever Girlfriends “Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve” party at Father’s House on August 2nd at 6:00. It’s all about having fun with a purpose…and the purpose of our fun is to share God’s love in our community!

Expect various activities where you can choose different avenues for sharing His love as well as healthy food and, as usual, a lot of laughter. Diane Hallquist will be leading a discussion on how we can reach out to our neighbors and our communities. We will end the evening with prayer for one another. Be sure and bring a toiletry item for the Women’s Shelter and leave it at our Collection Center.

SAS group

SASOur SAS group originated as the Sisters Acting Sassy for ladies ages 30-44 years sophisticated. This group was formed to give us younger girls a group that would hold us over until we became old enough to be a part of the PMS group- which by the time we young’ens are ripe for the PMS-ers, the PMS-ers will have started the GMS club~ Geriatric Matrons Society. But for now the hope was that a group of our own may hold us off for a bit.

As for this group we are a bunch of down right feisty girls who are looking to have a great time, get to know the girls around us and laugh a lot. Some of us are going through times that only God can understand and others of us wish that we could understand for Him. Others are blissfully married with children and wondering how we got there, while some are just wandering.

We gather together as women to strengthen one another, learn from one another and to seek deeper accountability to the Christian walk itself. How can we love our neighbor who is not even a Christian yet, if we can not love one another in our Daddy’s family.

Well for now SAS remains with a face of innocence and peace, while inside each one of us brews with longing for the deepest revelation of God’s love for us: that there will be no more mundane living–but a life full of God extraordinarily using us–His extremely ordinary gals!!!

Kisses and hugs from Jesus through us to you!!!! SAS

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