PEARLS: 10/27/14
Real: My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
CULTURED: In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we're pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker's praise without anxiety. A.W. Tozer

In the silence, I then hear your song, singing strong.
I feast at your table where I need not fear. Wholesome, pure without blemish- clear.
Light radiant, bright, warm.

I interrupt this hiatus to bring you...

An UPDATE!! Get ready... here we go!
School time with dad- buoyancy and density. Math lessons as well as a density tower today consisting of honey, soy sauce, oil and rubbing alcohol. An educational website tool is in the works... and someday in the near future I will share that link. D hopes to create tools for the kids to learn as we homeschool.

Someone has bangs. It was long overdue. Grateful for online hair cutting tutorials. I think I'll be ready next time for sure.

Someone got to actually use paint for once. And she was a happy camper.

Since all 3 are sleeping in the same room... it was time for something different. Many thanks to our neighbor who let L and I scavenge through their construction waste. We found lots of great boards. 3 trailer loads full! And to our other neighbor who shared her leftover gray paint. Well since I'm thanking peeps... then I had better thank D for muscling it together. hehe... I always pull him in... I start the project and he watches me struggle... then steps in and gets it done just like that!

Another generous neighbor. I think we have 6 gallons of apples sauce. Good thing the kids like applesauce.

Aunt K blessed us with her presence for almost 2 wks! A highlight.

I have quite the little artist on my hands. I am doing my best not to get in her way and let her create.

A bike upgrade and training wheels project. E and D worked all afternoon getting those training wheels assembled from scratch and attached. And that made this little girl happy to have her own set of wheels now. And she cruises!

A table for 3!

A new book... "Can I have a look?"

She saw "Frozen" this summer. It changed her life. Her imagination has gone wild. Cars to E is what Frozen is to L. Her life was a musical for the first 2 weeks after seeing it. Now we've down graded to just being the "ice queen".

The flowers have been lovely this summer and are still hanging on even now.

They worked really hard one day. All afternoon and earned quite a bit of money for this task. D asked them how they'd like to spend their money. Dinner and a movie. So off to China buffet and the movies "Planes".

A new addition to the fort. However that fort is no longer... and a new one has been constructed. No pictures yet. It's taken me 2 months to get you this update. :)

Watching storms pass, and no longer worry about my roof leaking. :)

Took pictures for a talented friend of mine one afternoon. You can check out her etsy shop here: TATally Awesome. There soon will be pictures of her daughter's awesome mobile creations too!

The web assembled.

Frequent trips to check out the progress on the road for the new lot. Wondering when this dream will become reality.

Celebrated my dear aunt's 50th with lots of Aggravation.

My first encounter with a deer. I thank God for taking care of me. He sent these two angels in hard hats to take care of the van.

And the reason why I've been so quiet on this blog. That is shipping container. I've answered the call to be the branch manager for a non-profit Christian humanitarian aid organization called Orphan Grain Train. That's a lot of words huh? I hope to have updates to our Branch website soon. ND OGT Branch. In the meantime you can read about where the branch was located and what they were up to. Lots of my time has been given to moving this Branch here from another location in ND. My brain has hurt a lot with all that I am learning. But in the midst of it all I see God's hand... and that gives me peace.

Phew! Well there you go... for a while. :)



REAL: Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Rom. 6:13

CULTURED: We often hear the phrase- ‘Decide for Christ.’ However, it is an emphasis on something our Lord never trusted [namely us and our decisions!] He never asks us to decide for Him, but to yield to Him…a very different thing. Oswald Chambers



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04th of September 2018 11:14 AM
elizabeth - work

you posted some plants in june! I do love seeing bits from you.

26th of February 2017 06:56 PM
Dallas - Home

Long Time no Post!

10th of December 2016 10:08 AM
Mom - Home

Makes me smile.

08th of May 2016 08:16 AM
Irene - Philippines

Hi, Elissa~
We are sharing same routines here~ being a mom and a gardener! Happy Mother's Day to You!

21st of February 2016 03:55 PM
Elizabeth - Home

so good to see these glimpses into your life. i often wish i could drop by and sip tea and visit with you and your kiddos. i sure love you!

18th of February 2016 08:11 PM
Mom/G'ma - Eyota

Wonderful update - you capture it all so very well. Love you all! God Bless

03rd of November 2015 03:32 PM
Teresa - home

I love to grow herbs...we don't have a place for a garden here in this shady yard...but friends from church gave us a bunch of dill weed for my pickles...

~Have a lovely day~

06th of October 2015 03:23 PM


28th of September 2015 08:27 PM
Teresa - home

your herbs looks delicious...I guess your garden is winding down now...
~Have a lovely day!

19th of September 2015 11:51 PM
elizabeth - home

I like the beetle. and i really like the "dear friend" poem. and i really, really like the thoughts about teaching and learning what is really important. and - i like you, my friend. ❤️

26th of July 2015 04:55 PM
Elissa - Home

Ah!! Mari! So exciting! Please email me so I can write you a letter! elissarosin@gmail.com

25th of July 2015 06:07 PM
Mari - Tokyo

The day before after→The day before yesterday. Sorry for making mistake:)

25th of July 2015 06:04 PM
Mari - Tokyo

I have a good news! I will become obaachan(grandma)on Feb next year at last:)The day before after, Daichi's wife Akiko told me that on the phone.I really thankful to God for that from all of my heart!!Masato and I are so exciting now! We can't wait!!

10th of July 2015 12:27 AM
elizabeth - home

hello there friend! i just put up a new post, too. :) i love to see all these bits of your full and joyful life. xoxo

24th of June 2015 10:15 AM
Teresa - home

Happy SUMMER to you! Your garden looks awesome! I love your calendar idea...so neat!...and I can't wait to see the attic!

Have a lovely day!

22nd of June 2015 10:30 PM
Mom - Home

So fun to see the updates and to see Mari's note - wonderful.

21st of June 2015 04:04 AM
Mari - Tokyo

Hi,Elissa!! How are you!? Sorry for not been send you my e-mail for a long time. My family and I are very fine. There were much concern about my mom's and my brother's problem but God helped me each time. Masato is keeping coming to the church with me and listing the preach every Sunday but sometimes he is sleeping over listening it,Oh,no!! I always thankful to God for comming church with Masato together. Your babies are so growing up faster and faster I'm so happy for that!!
Your photoes always make me ease. Plants, feils(hanake in Japanese words)and lovely things in your home...as if I were in your home!:) Oh,Chris!! Tom!! Kyostin!! Aron!! Hi, every one Konnichiwa!! There is much to tell you Elissa. I tell you a lot later soon!!

08th of April 2015 04:59 PM
Teresa - home

That is AWESOME!...it reminds me so much of our time in North Dakota...and Scout skating on any frozen water he could find...

~Have a lovely day!

03rd of March 2015 12:04 AM
elizabeth - home

hi neighbor! :) what fun to see this - and to remember the rink in the yard. i love to see you having fun with your kiddos!

17th of February 2015 09:48 PM
elizabeth - home

hello! dishes and pizza. :) kiddos and you. bits of your life again. i like reading your words.

21st of October 2014 10:49 PM
Mariko - Tokyo

Everyone look so fine I'm so happy for that!!:)I looked wide and big cloud in the sky of Amerika. It's been a quite a while to me. I'm remembering that the kinda same sky at Eyota when I visited your home befor. Your picture and life make me feel ease, thank you:)

12th of October 2014 08:19 PM

Love all of this. Was way excited when Bill told me you guys asked him to be pastoral adviser. Love you all. :)

07th of October 2014 01:42 PM
Teresa - home

I loved seeing all the photos and catching up...

~Have a lovely day!

03rd of October 2014 12:14 AM
elizabeth - my round table

so. much. fun and love and hard work in these pictures! (i love the bunkbeds! and all the outdoor fun. and the paintings.) love to you all!

18th of August 2014 11:49 AM
Teresa - home

small is so good...

~Have a lovely day!

12th of August 2014 12:05 AM
elizabeth - in my cozy small bed, in my cozy small apartment

small is good

24th of July 2014 01:55 AM
elizabeth - home