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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Little Things

I'm in the last stages of this pregnancy. In an attempt to get the baby's nursery ready I've been collecting things for a while.  Sometime back, I came by a crib bed set made by Kola Baby, it's a brand you find at Babies R Us, and I picked it up at a Thrift store for $12.98... I was super pleased because it was an Alpha Bet, Animal basically I could go anywhere with it. You know how expensive that stuff can be it you buy it brand new. It's been fun decorating the nursery for Baby Freddie and piecing together all the things. We took out the guest bed and made it a dual purpose room.  Since our family is growing, the girls needed a bigger area to play and a place to store toys and of course it's the nursery. I guess it's always been a dual purpose room, now it will serve three functions...anyway, yesterday I thought it would be fun to go shopping for some things that I still needed, so I packed up the girls after school and headed to Babies R Us.  It was fun to walk around and look at all the pretty things, but being who I am, I couldn't break down and buy a crib sheet for $18....the girls had fun too, they have these kid-size plush stuffed animals that they can actually get on and ride...I headed over to where they were and looked down at the price...$160...I told the girls to come along as we perused the clearance section...I didn't see anything so we left the store. That night I told Mike just in passing about the animals we saw and how it would be kind of neat to have one for the Baby's room....but of course we both just laughed because we both agreed that $160 was a bit ridiculous.

Today I had to get me teeth cleaned, on the way back from my appointment, I wanted to make a quick stop by a Thrift store I frequent to see what they had.  As I walked in the front door, over to the left, there it stood, a kid-sized plush riding pony.  I laughed out loud.  I walked over to it; the price was surely right!! -$20.  I bought it and took it home.  I was just so tickled, I had to call Mike.  
I really do believe that an All-Powerful, All-Knowing, All-Present, Sovereign God sees pleasure in being a loving Father to His Own, that horse just so "happened" to be in that Thrift store as I just so "happened" to be driving to pick up my girls from the sitter. 
I know that in the scheme of things the pony really is not that big of a deal, but I feel like so many times we miss out on the little things that God does. We forget that He daily loads us with blessings and benefits. It is a big deal to me, He is real to me not because He gives me what I want, but because He cares for me in the smallest of ways. Thank you Lord for even the little things.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


I've been thinking a lot lately about moral absolutes;  what they are, where they come from and why they are so important to have.  I guess I've been thinking about it because of all the stuff that's going on in our culture:  the attack on marriage and family, gender confusion, the murder of the unborn, lack of national pride and the out right treasonous behavior of our Leaders. I'm not ashamed to say that perversion is still perversion, murder is still murder, disrespect is still disrespect, hate is still hate and I could go on. I feel overwhelmed because it seems like our culture is morally backwards, literally the opposite of what I was taught right seems to be wrong.  And to top it off, because I believe in traditional morality I'm targeted as a bigot, hater, dumb, and other such insults. 

I don't know, I've just felt compelled to get back to the source of my morality, you know, back to the basics.  I've started a study in my Bible on Biblical Standards, to refresh myself, if you will, on why it is I believe what I believe.  If you aren't aware, my moral absolutes come from the Bible.  Oh I can hear the hissing now, "oh great another 'Bible Thumper'", their saying.  But you know, amidst the cultural upheaval of these absolutes, I've been asking my self why?  Why is the Bible my absolute? Why is the Bible such an important book for me?  Why do I read it everyday?  Why do I teach my children from it?  Why am I finding lately, that it's so precious to me? 

This first study I did was such a blessing to me.  Have you ever felt sure of something, but then after looking into it more closely, you were doubly convinced and there was nothing that anyone could do to change your mind?  Well that happened to me today while doing this.

I've started the study out of a handbook, by Scott Hanks, in his Walk in Truth Series, "Biblical Standards, King James Bible".  This is what I learned today. The mainstream perception of this Book has led many to question its purpose.  It's been tainted and walked all over in academia as just a Book, a book of allegorical stories and moral tales, or poems, lowering its contents to that of the Grimm's Fairy Tales, or some Shakespearean work.  Touting it as just some mere work of man. 

It's not just a man written Book. 

Here is why the Bible isn't just a book wacko's misquote. Here is why the Bible is the very founding document of my country. Here is why it is the moral compass of any civilized society. Here is why it's so precious to me.

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine (our guiding principles, divine law, our laws), for reproof (to excite a sense of guilt, to enforce those said laws), for correction (to set us right for when we do go against our laws), for instruction (to teach said laws) in righteousness (the purity of heart, conformity of heart and life to divine law)" 2 Timothy 3:16

Psalms 19:7-11, Proverbs 30:5, Romans 3:2, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:19-21
1- perfect; converting my soul ( I was saved at age 8)
2- sure; making me wise, (I'm just a simple minded person, but I've seen the Bible make up for that in me
3- right; rejoicing my heart (No matter what kind of circumstances come to my life-the death of my mom, or the everyday (sometimes feels like) grind, I always have something to be glad about, or thankful for.
4- pure; enlightening my eyes (To see past the veil of my human emotions to see things clearer and as they ought to be seen)
5- clean; enduring forever (The truths I was taught as a child haven't changed as I am an adult, its' truths are from before time began)
6- true (It's Creator wouldn't lie to me, so when I'm in need of advise, I open its' pages)
7- righteous (There are no strings attached with its' pages, it makes me a better person)
8- a shield (It keeps me from sin)
9- (was) given to the Jews (Its' Words were diligently preserved by the efforts of the scribes of old, then given to the New Testament Authors)
10- alive (I go to it everyday because it's words are living testimony for me, it's the bread I need daily)
11- powerful (Its' words transformed my life)
12- sharp (It cuts to my soul)
13- pierces (It convicts me when I'm doing wrong)
14- divides the soul and spirit
15- a discerner of the thoughts and intents of my heart
16-  a light (When it's dark, I open my Bible to get some sunshine)
17- not of man's design or the will of man.

Each time I open its' pages, I want God to breath on me. 

In a small way, when things seem dire and bleak for my country, I know where I will get my wisdom, the wisdom of the One who created me and it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Part 1

It's a little late in coming, but here are the highlights...

The family came and the fun began.

This Thanksgiving was wonderful.  My brother, his wife, and their three girls drove 20 some hours from PA to be with my family.  My sister, her husband and their dog also drove 22 some hours from Nevada to be with us for Thanksgiving.

The Buchko Games

The first day they were here we decided to have a day at the park.  The kids played and ran around.  The weather was perfect.

In true Buchko Form, we had to have some sort of competition, so we decided to have the "Buchko Games,"  as you can see, it turned into a family affair.  We found a big rubber tire in the park from the Nazarene College. We used this as our object in the games.

Of course Aunt Rachel had to see if she could still keep up with Auxanna in gymnastics, so  naturally we had to do a back bend dual. I think Auxanna won.

There Will Be FOUR

About 3 years ago, I was in a thrift store and came across a little pair of boy booties.  I looked at the shoes and decided that I was going to buy them.  Knowing God gives us the desires of our hearts, He knew Mike and I's wish to have a son one day.  It really wasn't in the forefronts of our minds until we found out that Maddie was going to be a girl.  I had this idea in my mind that we were going to have 2 girls and 2 boys.  So far that wasn't the plan.  We actively began praying for a son.  Lizzie and Bella were enlisted as well...along with my Mother-in-law.

Well God saw fit to answer our prayers! 

You know, it is a blessing to see God answer the prayers of little children, I know the girls were praying very hard for their Mom to have a baby brother.

The fourth Ruiz II, child and first son will arrive on September 20th!

We got an ultra-sound to make sure about my dates. So I packed up Bella and Maddie and headed over to the doctors office where I was going to meet Mike.  Lizzie was in school.  So there we are in the room, and there we see our precious little one inside my belly (as Bella likes to point out). The ultra-sound Tech asked me if I was sure about my dates and I told here that I could be off, well she said that I was further along and that she could go ahead and tell us what we are having.  At that point she measured me to be at 15 weeks, 5 days.  Technically they don't tell the sex of the child until 16 to 20 weeks.  So as she said, with 80% certainty, we were going to have a boy!!  I'll take it.  She's always been very right with all of our girls.  Mike and I could totally see it when she pointed to it-That it was a boy.  Unless, like a friend pointed out, she was sleeping on her hand!! Oh well, we are going to have another ultra-sound in about 2 weeks, so I guess it will be "confirmed" then.  All I care about is that he/she is healthy, formed and happy!!

In celebration of this upcoming joyous event, Mike took my maternity photos.  He did pretty well I'd have to say!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Birthday Highlights

A recap of my birthday.  All made special by my lovely family and friends.

My students surprised me at school today with cake, balloons, and a very large card hand-made one of our very talented students.  Instead of having class, we had a party!!

This group of girls really knows how to make a lady feel special.  I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be their teacher.

I'm in the process of revamping my home office space.  So for my present, I ordered some custom glass for the top of my newly painted desk.  I was driving downtown to pick up the glass,  I glanced down at my phone to see that Bro. Ross was calling me.  So I pulled the truck over and had a very uplifting chat with the former Vice President of the College I graduated from. 

My day just keeps getting better.

We had church tonight.  I was about to go in to the auditorium to give my boss some papers for his upcoming trip before heading up to the nursery. My friend, Mom-Deana came into the hall and offered to take my nursery duty so I could sit in on the preaching,  she's so sweet!! 

And finally, at home, my husband greeted me with yet another cake!!  

You know, I woke up this morning wanting a cake for my birthday, I ended up getting two! 

Mike even decorated it for me!!

I'm not 33, I'm 29+4...

Another present: this awesome coffee cup!! Ha! And yes, I quite possibly could drink the whole cup of coffee with no problem.

So here's to the ending of a perfectly delightful day- coffee, cake and ice cream- this is the good life!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

One and the Same??

I'm weary; weary in hearing that Islam is the same as Christianity.

Usually, this statement is made by a person who has taken the surface of both religions and made their shallow comparisons based on clich├ęs that they have seen or heard.  Loosely applying their skewed version of history to the events of recent days. They are a fallen away "religious" critic who is unstudied on both accounts.

Let me further clarify.

The true Church of Christ has been persecuted since the time Christ walked the earth. This true line had even been persecuted by its "own", i.e., the dark ages or the inquisitions, and crusades. At one point the "Christian" Church was a state religion, which made this a false Church in comparing it to it's true line of believers, who were persecuted from the enemy within. In the Old Testament, the Jews had their theocracy, which goes against the mandates of the New Testament Church as given by the Savior Himself.

Love is the motivation that produces pure religion: religion is not the reason Christians are, love is. The Love of a G-d, Who sent His only Son as a sacrifice, Who offers a free gift, in exchange for nothing but your love. "...But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." (Hebrews 3:17,18)

Now by faith are we saved, not of works, where we may be puffed up in pride, but show me your faith by your works.  A believer contends with the flesh, the world and the devil to produce good works: visiting the widows, the homeless, the fatherless, showing kindness, mercy, fighting our own sinfulness, etc...all acts of love.

Now let me hasten, I have studied "Islam," it says it is a religion of peace... What does that really mean to a layman's terms it means there will be no victory until all those who will be converted will be and those who will not, will be killed.

"Peace" comes when Islam conquers.

Say good-bye to civil rights, freedom of the press, religion and so on.

Their religion does not produce love, but terror. Terror in its believers- which then begins to spread and fester like a disease.

Followers of Islam are motivated by more acts if terror.

They are told to die for their god.

The G-d of the Christian dies for them.

They are then told to LIVE for Him.

When have you ever heard of a modern day Christian beheading a person if they choose not to accept Jesus's free gift?

Most people think we Christians are a nuisance because we hand them a pamphlet that gives Bible verses on it. We believe faith comes by hearing and hearing by Word of God, the Bible.  And if that action of our faith is the the extent of the offense, I'd rather that be than what the intent of the State of Islam wants- conversion or death.

The contrast comes and the difference made is that the true definition of peace is presented.

A Christian lovingly and peacefully, pleads with the person, and then goes on his way. Leaving the choice to him.

Islam affords you no choice.  Convert or die.

Who sows true peace? The answer comes from that.

Monday, September 8, 2014

New Bunk Beds and Comforters, Sort Of

Two Christmases ago, my Boss got the girls a bedspread set for their queen size bed.  Since then, this past weekend actually, we got the girls new bunk beds and a trundle for Maddie (it's not pictured, it's on backorder and will be delivered later).  I took the queen sized comforter and made twin sized bedspreads out of them.  It looks great!!  Here's what I did.

Here is the comforter all laid out.

I cut down the center making two twin sized bedspreads...

I then sewed the seam together.

Bella posing with the new beds and spreads...

Lizzie is on top.

Bella is very comfy now.

Maddie and Bella looking ornery.