Thursday, March 31, 2011

Almond Potato Salad By Dinah Seppi

Serves 20

Cook 7 or 10 lbs. Potatoes

Let cool at least 3 hours

Add to Vita-Mix:

2c. Almonds

1t. Sea Salt or more

1t. Onion powder

Blend till fine paste. Add:

1 Whole peeled lemon

1 1/3 c. Water


1 head Celery

1 firm Onion


3c. Olives

1/2 c. Prepared Mustard

3c. White long Mung bean Sprouts (Optional)

1 T. Apple Cider Vinegar

Cut the cooled potatoes into bite sized chunks, mix all above.

Top with 1 fresh tomato diced.

This is really good the next day after all the flavors have mixed!

Hospitality Changes the World

Monday, March 21, 2011

Oh, How Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Psalm119:97

John Dewey, the Father of statist 
outcome based education, 
said, "We have got to get rid of 
the fixed and the final, that is, the law of God." 

Do you not know that 
the saints will judge the world?
 And if you are to judge the world,
 are you not competent to judge trivial cases?
I Corinthians 6:2 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Family Economics Conference in North Carolina

Lance & I on the plane headed to North Carolina Family Economics Conference where Chad Roach/Kevin Swanson had invited us to speak in a Family Business panel. ~Dinah

Outside of Portland, Oregon. 

 Flying over Portland

Christy Hensley prepared for an overseas adoption, got a call that a mother just delivered a newborn in Florida and wanted to give her up. Since she went while the mother was still in the hospital an attorney did the paperwork without an adoption agency. Christy named her Hadassa because she was born around the time of Purim. I'd love to have a little one like this. ~Dinah

 Scott & Deborah 
hosted about 45 in their home 
after they put on the Sunday church meal.

Courter sisters in red are part of a family manufacturing business in the solar industry from Tennessee are in photo with Lacie & Laura Verret from Texas.

Lance and Dinah had great conversations about just war, national Israel, George Bush...with Aaron & Josiah Courter.

Binkley Chapel

Sunday morning Hope Baptist Church met at the Binkley Chapel to host the crowd. Kevin Swanson delivered a powerful message on the law of God. He quoted from Rom. 14:17 "The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking. It is righteousness, joy and peace in the holy spirit." Where there is war, that is not the kingdom. War is not a blessed time.

 Joshua & Jim with Lance

 Verret Family hosted us for the weekend
transporting us to the conference
lunch, church and out to the 
Scott and Deborah Brown home for Sun. evening.

 Scott & Deborah, with a heart for hospitality included comfy chairs in their kitchen.  We were delighted when the beans and cornbread were ready.

 You can talk with a friend or nurse your baby in the kitchen.

 Here is the sitting room before their big living room.
 This house is designed for many conversations.

 Here's the living room with the swing fastened to the right that can swing right over the dining table. About 45 of us gathered there hosted by Scott & Deborah. Scott concluded the evening by gathering us for a time of singing.

They built a barn, then decided it would make a great house.  The master bedroom is in the hay loft.

Here is the grandparents (Scott's parents) suite, 
off the sitting room in a remodeled garage. 

Grandparent's own living Room

 There are lots of beds in the loft for good times together with friends. We've heard of this house, now we got to see it. Hospitality changes the world.

Kevin & I enjoyed talking
about family business,
taking care of Grandpa
who built bee boxes at age 89.
He told me about his father.

Connie Verret with the youngest Miller.

 The Verret family is a great blessing, an answer to our prayers. The minute we got out of our taxi from the airport, we met the Verret family and enjoyed many meals together. They took us to the conference each day, out for lunch, to church and out to the Scott & Deborah Brown home.

The Miller family have the Golden Rule Air Conditioning and Heating business in Houston, Texas.  Their son Joshua chose to work with his family rather than as an air force pilot. I discussed war with him (Ps. 68). I heard he had gotten out of the air force, and was delighted we could go to lunch together.

I had the honor and blessing of traveling with my sister, Dinah. We had a wonderful time meeting so many people
on the airline and at the conference. I wish we could have gotten pictures of all the friends with whom we enjoyed conversations over this memorable weekend.

Jackie was our gracious hostess who got up at 2:30,
 took us to the airport at 3 A.M. 
We also enjoyed talks with 
her husband, Dan 
who takes care of his parents 
about 12 hours a day, 5 days a week


“The fastest way to break trust is to promise something real and then deliver something fake.” ~Tryg Jacobson, Divided

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Almond Bloom

The winter is past; the rain is over and gone.  The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.  
~Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Saturday, March 12, 2011


 “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” Col. 2:8 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Divided, the movie

Covenantal families shouldn't be divided at church into many different groups. Covenantal teaching needs to be unified within the family so that it all comes together at home as the father leads review of the lessons at church.   

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Friends are like lights in the dark universe. When you lose them, you do not see them anymore. They are like a light that went out. ~Jodavid, on being defriended.