Monthly Archives: December 2008

Year End ~Stuff~


Looking at other blogs this day I am feeling compelled to write about this past year.

But really, ever since January, this year has really, really sucked.

I will put some [all time, which would be 2 years] blog stats down, if you are interested….

Top Referrer: with 847 views [which i think most of them are my sweet dear friend Ashley!]

and then WordPress Dashboard with 722 views

Top Posts and Pages:

Is This a Truly Awesome Transformation? 5,185
Get Your Mammograms, Ladies! 4,577
Grant Wood Country B and B 2,832
Advent Family Devotions: The Third Week 2,027

I am highly ecstatic that the mammogram post gets some top honors, the word needs to get out about how important it is to get a mammogram.

Search Engine Terms:

depressed 3,269
breast cancer 2,718
chesapeake bay retriever 2,570
american gothic 1,406

I’m assuming this means there re a lot of depressed people out there….

Things people clicked on from my site:… 313 278… 219                        187

So, I have to crack up that my buddy, Kevin got lots of clicks!

Blog Stats Summary Tables

Total views: 94,552

Busiest day: 374 — Thursday, October 18, 2007 [and on that day this post got the most hits]


Posts: 466

Comments: 1,745

Categories: 49

Tags: 7

I have 25 blogs i subscribe to, I did delete a few, but still check in on them.

‘nother subject: Christmas was good. we [or should i say hubby earned the cash, i just kept track of it and didn’t spend it] earned a bit of cash to get ourselves a new bed and a couch for downstairs. The boy bought for himself a PSP.

We spend Christmas eve with my family and Christmas day morning at church and afternoon at Hubbys family.

We drove about 50 miles in that awful snow and he got my car stuck in the driveway, his dad yelling at him and an hour with 4 guys getting it unstuck, while i sat in the house trying not to stress about it. i had to ride for an hour with 4 guys in my car, 2 of them teenagers. you can’t even imagine the conversations….. and my car now stinks. like boy. ewwww.

But it was all good.

Looking forward: getting this boy out of 10th grade and into “Running Start” a program where he gets a high school diploma and 2 year AA degree at the same time. Free! yeah!

continuing to knit [ i have a whole box full of stuff i knit, then don’t know what to do with]

continuing to eat healthy. Trying to make most of my days vegan days.

I am coming up on the 5 year anniversary of my hysterectomy and am seeing a cancer doctor to discuss my course of action, staying on fake estrogen or getting off. [I’m sure my family would want me to stay on.] I’m considering taking this test

Taking a trip to the east again! To visit my favorite pig.

Trying to write shorter posts.

Getting back into Precepts bible study. I miss it so!

And last but not least, striving to live a life worthy and full of gratitude for the One and Only King of Kings.

Blessings on your new year!

The Home Engineer


Musings on … Matthew 6 ‘Rewards’


When I was reading this passage, Matthew 6,  to my son one morning for school.

This word kept popping out at me.  The word REWARD.

[on giving to the needy]

6:1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

[on praying]

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

[on fasting]

16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

This is the meaning of the word reward from where it says ‘received their reward’ 

Original Word Word Origin
  misqo/v   apparently a primary word
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
  Misthos   mis-thos’  
Parts of Speech TDNT
  Noun Masculine   4:695,599

  1. dues paid for work
    1. wages, hire
  2. reward: used of the fruit naturally resulting from toils and endeavours
    1. in both senses, rewards and punishments
    2. of the rewards which God bestows, or will bestow, upon good deeds and endeavours
    3. of punishments



 Translated Words
  KJV (29) – hire, 3; reward, 24; wages, 2;NAS (29) – pay, 2; price, 1; reward, 19; wage, 1; wages, 6;       

 This the meaning of the word reward from where it says ‘And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.’ 


Strong’s Number:  591 a)podiðdwmi
Original Word Word Origin
  a)podiðdwmi   from (575) and (1325)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
  Apodidomi   ap-od-eed’-o-mee  
Parts of Speech TDNT
  Verb   2:167,166

  1. to deliver, to give away for one’s own profit what is one’s own, to sell
  2. to pay off, discharge what is due
    1. a debt, wages, tribute, taxes, produce due
    2. things promised under oath
    3. conjugal duty
    4. to render account
  3. to give back, restore
  4. to requite, recompense in a good or a bad sense 


 Translated Words
  KJV (48) – give, 9; misc, 9; pay, 9; render, 9; reward, 7; sell, 3; yield, 2;NAS (49) – account, 1; award, 1; fulfill, 2; gave…back, 2; give, 4; give back, 1; given, 1; giving, 1; make some return, 1; must, 1; paid, 3; pay, 2; pay back, 3; pay…back, 1; render, 6; repay, 8; repayment to be made, 1; repays, 1; returning, 1; reward, 3; sold, 3; yielding, 1; yields, 1; 



The hypocrites receive their earthly reward or due payment.

What do the hypocrites do that is wrong?

Do they seek mans approval and not God’s?

What do these 3 things Jesus tells us have in common?

I would like to be counted among the blessed few who receives her reward from the hand of the Father.

Comments please.

XO,  The Home Engineer

Mt 10:41 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]
“He who receives a prophet in {the} name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.  
Mt 10:42 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]
“And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”   
Mr 9:41 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]
“For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as {followers} of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward.  
Lu 6:23 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]
“Be glad in that day and leap {for joy,} for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.  
Lu 6:35 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil {men.}

You Know You Are From Washington When…


1. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Enumclaw and Issaquah.
2. You consider swimming an indoor sport.
3. You keep snow chains in your trunk but they’ve never been used.
4. You see a person carrying an umbrella and know they must be a tourist.
5. Eating seafood isn’t anything special.
6. Your lawn is mostly moss and you don’t really care.
7. Your daily commute to work involves riding a ferry.
8. You know the difference between “showers followed by rain” and “rain followed by showers”.
9. The sight of Mt. Rainier is still awe inspiring.
10. You’re extremely picky about your coffee.
11. You yell at the TV if they pronounce the name of a city wrong or make an inaccurate Seattle reference on “Frasier” or “Grey’s Anatomy.”
12. You rarely wash your car because it’s just going to get muddy again tomorrow.
13. You wouldn’t dream of putting an air conditioner in your house.
14. You go to Eastern Washington to get some sun.
15. You can drive from your home to a lake, a river or the Puget Sound in 20 minutes or less.
16. You’ve seen or know someone who has seen Bigfoot.
17. You remember where you were on May 18th, 1980.
18. You get a terrible sunburn on the first really nice day of summer.
19. You look forward to SeaFair and all its related activities.
20. You take a heavy coat and a hat with you for a day at the beach.
21. You have learned to assume Christmas will be rainy, not white.
22. You’ve owned the same bathing suit for years because you never have a chance to wear it out.
23. You still can’t believe the new Seahawks stadium is open air.
24. Your phone book contains a tide table.
25. You only visit the Space Needle if you need someplace to take out of town guests.
26. You or someone you know works at Boeing or Microsoft.
27. You “Do The Puyallup” every year.
28. You feel guilty throwing something away that could be recycled.
29. You use the word “sunbreak” and know what it means.
30. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.
31. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
32. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.
33. You never go camping without water proof matches and a poncho.
34. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
35. You can point to at least 2 volcanoes even if you can’t actually see them through the cloud cover.
36. You wear shorts when the temperature gets above 50 but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
37. You switch to your sandals at about 60 degrees but keep your socks on.
38. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
39. You buy new sunglasses every year because you’ve lost last years pair after such a long time not needing them.
40. You measure distance in hours.
41. You often switch from heat to a/c in your car in the same day.
42. You use a down comforter in the summer.
43. You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them.
44. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
45. You choose your vacation spot according to the best latte stands.
46. You purchase a new car and the ‘Northwest Package’ includes a built in umbrella holder.
47. Your children don’t get chicken pox; they get ‘rust spots’ instead.
48. When you think ‘big hair’, you think of Kent.
49. You can’t make it two blocks without seeing a Starbucks.
50. When you hear people from Eastern WA say they’re going to the coast, you assume they mean Ocean Shores.
51. You make reference to the new neighborhood going up down the street and people have to ask, “Which one?”
52. You can’t believe that people in Spokane actually have yellow grass in the winter and green grass in the summer.
53. You know how to pronounce geoduck and know that it doesn’t quack or have feathers.
54. You expect snow for Valentine’s Day, not Christmas.
55. You get upset when a store doesn’t carry your favorite brand of bottled water.
56. You can tell the difference between Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai food.
57. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best and Tully’s.
58. It’s not a real mountain unless it has snow and has erupted within the last 200 years.
59. You go to work in the dark and come home in the dark even though you only have an 8 hour workday.
60. You’ve ever stood alone on a deserted street corner in the rain.
61. You can tell its summer because the rain is warmer.
62. You know what a Frango is.
63. You think the “Middle East” is Ellensburg and the “Far East” is Spokane.
64. You realize no education is required to be a weatherman. Just predict, “Partly cloudy with a chance of rain.”
65. You have an earthquake story, and so does everyone else you know.
66. You can identify seven different types of rain.
67. You can identify five different cities by smell alone.
68. You think espresso was invented in Seattle, along with Starbucks.
69. You know what ‘Sodo Mojo’ is.
70. You can turn in any direction and be within a stones throw of an Indian-run casino.
71. You think summer starts in July and winter in September.
72. It’s not a real windstorm until your lawn ornaments blow away.
73. You know exactly where Tom Hank’s boathouse was in “Sleepless In Seattle”.
74. You know who J.P. Patches is.
75. At least one of your neighbors has a hot tub they haven’t used in over a year.
76. You know who really ‘let the dogs out’.
77. You become frightened by the bright yellow orb in the sky until the 9-1-1 operator tells you it’s just the sun.
78. You’ve used every setting on your intermittent wipers.
79. You know you better enjoy the snow the first day it falls before the rain washes it away.
80. You marvel when the autumn leaves stay on the trees for more than three days before the rain knocks them to the ground.
81. You can’t imagine living through a tornado or hurricane but you secretly think earthquakes are kind of fun.
82. You give directions using the Puget Sound and Cascade mountains as points of reference.
83. You lose your sense of direction if you go east of the Cascade mountains.
84. You know at least 5 different ways to kill slugs.
85. You know at least 10 different recipes that call for blackberries.
86. You are not sure of the color of your house because of all of the rhododendron bushes planted in front of it.
87. You know the difference between a rhododendron and an azalea.
88. You know what a Dick’s Deluxe is.
89. You or your family member live “in the woods”.
90. You can endure 100 days of rain and wind but an inch of snow means school cancellations.
91. You consider an antique anything made before 1970.
92. You know someone whose house has been partially crushed by a tree.
93. You know the difference between an evergreen and a deciduous tree.
94. You don’t know what a turnpike is and have never paid a toll to drive over a bridge. [[UNTIL THE STUPID NARROWS BRIDGE. Gig Harborians=Angry. :] ]]
95. You own a barbeque that has rusted.
96. You change your wiper blades more often than your oil.
97. Your idea of dancing is nodding your head vigorously.
98. You use your defogger and your AC at the same time.
99. You don’t own anything made of wool.
100. When someone honks at you, you think they are trying to say “hi”.
101. You get a least 5 e-mails a week from friends asking you to come see their band.
102. You know what a 9-inning lunch is.
103. You think you’re working late if you stay past 3 pm.
104. You have more unemployed friends than friends who have jobs.
105. You prefer one mountain range to the other.
106. You know the state flower (Mildew).


I took this from a group on Facebook, enjoy!


Did Mary Really Know?


Mary knew her son was from God, was of God, but she know He was God?

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

She knew his name meant God with us, she knew the king was being born in Bethlehem.

Did she think she had given birth to [just an earthly]  king?

Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat

Luke 1:46 And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

and in Luke:

Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”  29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 

35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.

My humble opinion is that she thought she was delivering a king into the world, a mighty king who believed unto the Lord God.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

Luke 2:41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. 43 And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44 but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 And when his parents  saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart

Those of us who are blessed with children, think about how we are so proud and treasure things our child does or says up in our hearts. When a right choice is made, when a commitment to the Lord is spoken, when love is returned.

 Can you even imagine having a sinless child?!?!?!?

Did she truly understand that the boy she delivered, delivered her?

 If she didn’t know then, she knows now!

Merry Christmas! the Home Engineer


Herod Murderous Plans, Mothers Left Childless


Magi [pronounced May-ji ~ a  caste of wise men specializing in astrology, medicine and natural science]

Magi came to Bethlehem, they asked Herod “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?”

 [please see scripture at bottom of page]

they saw  the star in the east and have come to worship Him.

Herod and all of Jerusalem were troubled. Herod gathered the chief priests and scribes and asked where the Christ was to be born. They told him according to the scripture [Micah 5:2]

 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.

The story goes, the king told the magi to find the holy king and report back to him so he too could worship him.

But an angel set the magi straight and they went home without telling Herod.

An angel told Joseph to flee to Egypt for Herod was looking to destroy the child. And so they went.

Here’s the focus:

     Herod became enraged by the Magi’s deception and slew all the male children in Bethlehem and in all its vicinity from 2 years old and under.

The prophecy spoken by Jeremiah is fulfilled.

*[Jer. 31:15 ~ Thus says the Lord:
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
she refuses to be comforted for her children,
because they are no more.”]

*also could be Israel weeping over exiles.

Joseph, Mary and  the child ended up, not back in Bethlehem but Nazareth [back to Joseph and Marys residence]. Another prophecy fulfilled.

From what I can see, Jesus never returned to Bethlehem.

So my questions are:

1. Would killing of a towns 2 years and under males effect the community then and later?

2. Did everyone know of the coming king?

3. Did they all see the star or just the shepherds, magi and maybe Herod?

3. Do you think people made the connection of Christ being in Bethlehem and the death of their own children?

or did any of the mothers ever figure out Jesus was the reason for their own sons deaths?

4. How far was Bethlehem from Jerusalem where Jesus made his triumphant entry, was on  trial and died on the outside of town?

5. How would you feel if you knew Mary got to keep her baby, but you didn’t?


The Visit of the Wise Men

2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose  and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

The Flight to Egypt

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Herod Kills the Children

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

The Return to Nazareth

19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” 21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled: “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

Musings on…. John 1:1-5


1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, (Or was not any thing made. That which has been made was life in him)
 and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

In the beginning:

 was the Word

 He was/with God

The Word:

in the beginning was the Word

The Word was with God

The Word was God


was in the beginning with God

all things were made though Him

without him was not any thing made that was made

in him was life


in him was life

life was the light of men


the life was the light of men

the light shines in the darkness

the darkness has not overcome light


has not overcome the light


I was playing around with these verses, wanting to outline it or show how He [Jesus] pertained to all those words.

any thing you can add?

Has these verses affected you in any way?

The Home Engineer