Monday, August 19, 2013

County Fair

One of my favorite times of the year growing up was fair time.  Seriously, what could be more fun than being at the fairgrounds for hours on end, showing animals, winning prizes, and hoping beyond hope that you'll make some good money in return for all of your hard work.  It was a rewarding time where hard work payed off.  Nate hasn't been able to take part in any fairs as a contestant, but he is able to experience the magic of the county fair.  The small home town feel and eager anticipation of watching the cowboy's stunts brought a sparkle to this little boy's eye as he jumped out of the pickup Saturday night.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The End of Summer

I look ahead and see that summer is coming to an end.  I can't say I'm sad, but there is a melancholiness to the end of things.  Having two college students home for fall semester is fun.  Of course, Nate is here (age 10).  We're all getting re-aquainted and used to living together.  These two kids of ours are breaking away.  Our conversations center around challenging them to live Biblically, business entrepreneurship, relationships, future plans, marriage.  Conversations with Nate are all about honoring Christ in his deeds, small jobs he can do to earn a buck, how to treat others respectfully, what he needs to accomplish today, and friends.  Hmmmm...not so different are they?  I am always getting this feeling that things don't ever really change.  Marriage (loving and serving my soul mate), mothering (getting each child through the in's and out's of life,  homemaking (creating a clean, comfortable environment to do all the above), and desiring to do it all in a way that glorifies God and not me, is what my life is made of.  Things don't change much over time.  The process starts over again with the grandchildren....yes Lord, this makes me happy.  This is contentment to me. Summer coming to an end? That's nice.
Nate and Lisa at The Battleship of Texas, Houston, Texas

Monday, August 12, 2013

Fall Gardening (in August)

We spent our morning in our own "Mr. McGregor's Garden."  The dogs, Joseph, my Mom, and I worked hard in the morning (which was swiftly turning to hot day) to dig up the last of the summer garden and quickly work up the soil and fertilize it with our very own compost.  I kept having flashbacks from old golden books Mom used to read to us about kids doing gardening throughout the summer, rabbits handling big hoes, and the farmers who harvested much food for the winter.   Boy is it fun to do it yourself though!  I think any food that comes out of there over the next few months will taste 100% better after this morning's work :)

Our autumn garden begun.  Tomatoes and cucumbers planted.  We'll definitely be adding potatoes, lettuce, and spinach in the coming weeks :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Our new friends in Kiev, Ukraine.  

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Our Summer Adventure

There are many ways to have a bit of adventure in the summer.  Lots of Texans head for the beach for a few days.  Some head to milder climates or overseas for a little culture.  We are heading for a park on the Medina River tomorrow to picnic with the family and swim.  But, our real news is that Charity and I are heading around the world to do ministry.  We'll fill you in when we get back, but suffice it to say now that we are anticipating some major culture shock. We are also expecting harder living conditions than we are used to.  There is even some fear of what we may encounter.  Today, I resolve to think on what I do know about God.  He has given light, and I can use that light for good...and for the gospel.  That is my choice today.

"Instead of complaining that you have no more light, make good use of what you have.
Many groan over their inabilities, and yet they have never gone to the end of their
abilities: this is sheer hypocrisy."
Charles Hadden Spurgeon  

                                                I pray we will go to the end of our abilities...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My Little Cowboy Nate

We have great neighbors!  They are the most precious family.   Texans from the "get go,"  they don't only put up with Nate but enjoy having him over to ride horses.  Of course, he thinks this is about the best way to spend a day.  I just received this darling picture from them.  Funny thing, after raising 4 kids who begged to ride horses (which we didn't own) #5 gets to just bounce over the fence and ride into the sunset (well something like that).

Friday, June 21, 2013


Some days are just harder than others. Misunderstandings between friends or loved ones take away the peaceful calm that my heart yearns for. I sit down to try to make my heart happy in God, and He meets me where I am.  How long will I struggle with sin and pride and selfishness?  His calm reasuring answer? Until you arrive in "that paradise-land which is my true inheritance" quoted here from Valley of Vision.

"Thou art the blessed God, happy in Thyself, source of happiness in Thy creatures, my maker, benefactor, proprietor, upholder. Thou hast produced and sustained me, supported and indulged me, saved and kept me; Thou art in every situation able to meet my needs and miseries.
May I live by Thee, live for Thee, never be satisfied with my Christian progress but as I resemble Christ; and may conformity to His principles, temper, and conduct grow hourly in my life. Let Thy unexampled love constrain me into holy obedience, and render my duty my delight. If others deem my faith folly, my meekness infirmity, my zeal madness, my hope delusion, my actions hypocrisy, may I rejoice to suffer for Thy name.
Keep me walking steadfastly towards the country of everlasting delights, that paradise-land which is my true inheritance. Support me by the strength of heaven that I may never turn back, or desire false pleasures that will disappear into nothing. As I pursue my heavenly journey by Thy grace let me be known as a man (woman) with no aim but that of a burning desire for Thee, and the good and salvation of my fellow men."


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Admonish the young women to be homemakers . . .

Last night, my mom "admonished me to be a homemaker" as it says in Titus 2.  But it wasn't in the way you'd normally expect . . .

The broken faucet in the kitchen sink was an untimely problem added to this busy week.  Left as the only one who had any time last night to do it, I was asked to think about trying to fix it myself.  Home Economics - Family and Consumer Sciences taught me many things, but it failed to teach me this.  Thanks to google, the pictures on the instructions, and a little compare/contrast of old and new it all turned out ok.  Nate made sure to provide some pictures for me to share.




Monday, June 10, 2013

An Update on Mr. McGregor's Garden

My Beautiful Tomatoes! 

Let's Pretend

Joseph and I used to pretend all the time.  I remember growing up, one of the most popular phrases coming out of either of our mouths was "let's pretend that . . ."  We'd pretend that we were cowboys, soldiers, firemen, pioneers, veterinarians, pirates and so forth.  One of our favorite things to do was to take all the blankets we could get a hold of and set up the dining room chairs, table, couches or whatever else we could convince mom to let us use and make a tent/house.  It was grand fun!

The other day we went for a picnic and got stuck in a rain storm.  We got to "let's pretend" for real this time!

What are you able to build with your blocks?
Castles and palaces, temples and docks.
Rain may keep raining, and others go roam,
But I can be happy and building at home.

Let the sofa be mountains, the carpet be sea,
There I’ll establish a city for me:
A kirk and a mill and a palace beside,
And a harbour as well where my vessels may ride.

Great is the palace with pillar and wall,
A sort of a tower on the top of it all,
And steps coming down in an orderly way
To where my toy vessels lie safe in the bay.

This one is sailing and that one is moored:
Hark to the song of the sailors aboard!
And see, on the steps of my palace, the kings
Coming and going with presents and things!

Now I have done with it, down let it go!
All in a moment the town is laid low.
Block upon block lying scattered and free,
What is there left of my town by the sea?

Yet as I saw it, I see it again,
The kirk and the palace, the ships and the men,
And as long as I live and where’er I may be,
I’ll always remember my town by the sea.

Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Floods and Gentleness

I don't think this has ever happened to me before. I have had the entire weekend to myself.  It's just a very quiet house, 2 dogs, 1 cat, Jesus, and me. San Antonio and the surrounding areas (where we live) are experiencing flash flooding conditions. The family is scattered all over the country today, and I'm staying home from church. Like I said, this kind of quiet is unheard of, unexperienced, not understood by me.  But...nice, very nice.

I will livestream our church service later this morning, but while I enjoyed my morning coffee I listened to a sermon on Titus 3 by Mark Zhakevich, Charity's shepherd in CA.  I was especially touched by his teaching on gentleness. Everyone we interact with should experience gentleness from us if we call ourselves Christian. Too often, this is not what I do. I don't take the time to be gentle. My type A personality can be demanding, harsh. I need gentleness.  There should be no restrictions on my gentleness.  It is for everyone, believer and non believer. As I teach, relate, work, nurture others...I am to be gentle.

Gentleness takes time. Gentleness takes patience. I have to slow down enough to think about what I am saying and how I should say it. It is not natural, it is only through the Holy Spirit that I learn this fruit.

The best thing of all I quote from Pastor Zhakevich: "People will be attracted to your faith as they watch your gentleness to one another." yes! that's what I want! Make me gentle, Lord Jesus.

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive." Colossians 3:12,13 ESV
May 25, 2013 San Antonio

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Schools out, schools out, teacher let the mules out . . .

I was at the mall yesterday with a couple of sweet friends having a wonderful time.  The funny looks we received, the fun we were having, and the smiles from some braver passerby's reminded me of this quote by C.S. Lewis:  

"Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly.When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Letters from Nate

One of my favorite things in the world is getting a letter from Nate.  I found this under a bunch of papers about a week after my mom and Nate left back to Texas.  Sweet surprise :)  Love you too Natey boy.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Family Sunday Dinner

I'm thankful for our family this Sunday....the joy of my life.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Little Cow Pokes Western Shoot

Bonanza - NaturallyPhotography from Charity Jacobson on Vimeo.

This slideshow has an old vintage song to go with it, so I hope your sound works!  ;)  Sorry, the resolution on the slide show is not high-def, but the boys cute personalities shine through anyway.  :) The boys had a grand time playing cowboys last week up in Blanco... for OP's birthday we did a special photo shoot.  :)

I own a small business as a photography boutique, and if you would like to see or follow the adventures and misadventures of all of the Bueno family (Mary Beth, the kiddos, and Mario) as well as some fun photo shoots for clients, please stop by my blog, too!  Mary Beth (Jacobson) Bueno

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rolling My Burdens Upon the Lord

“Roll the whole burden of life upon the Lord. Leave with Jehovah not thy present fretfulness merely, but all thy
cares; in fact, submit the whole tenor of thy way to him. Cast away anxiety, resign thy will, submit thy judgment, leave all with the God of all….The ploughman sows and harrows, and then leaves the harvest to God. What can he do else? He cannot cover the heavens with clouds, or command the rain, or bring forth the sun or create the dew. He does well to leave the whole matter with God; and so to all of us it is truest wisdom, having obediently trusted in God, to leave results in his hands and expect a blessed issue.”  Spurgeon

So, How Old?

Since OP's kids don't seem to agree on their father's age, I thought I'd just give it to you straight.  Here's the cake with his age plain as can be.

"Hey, who's been messing with the cake?"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Happy Birthday to the One We Call OP


We may call him 'Ol Pa but he ain't that old..... yet. ;)  

Happy Birthday!!!!! 

Hope your day is perfect!!! :)  

Grandpa of 4 and dad of 5.... we'd say you've done pretty well! :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Charity's Senior Seminar

Charity is a senior at The Masters College in Santa Clarita, California.  Last week she presented her Senior seminar, entitled Concerns of Couture, A Philosophical Look At Fashion.  As her mom, I didn't want to miss my lovely daughter's big day.  So Nate and I surprised her last week with a  visit.  We were able to stay in the with Charity, and Nate with Joseph.  These pics are in the Home Economics  Family and Consumer Sciences Department.  

Friday, April 5, 2013


Recently, God's Word has been teaching me the great art of contentment.  I'm learning it because of an unlikely problem.  That problem is none other then unanswered prayer.  Yes, unanswered prayer.  Seems funny doesn't it?  You would think if I prayed about something that I felt persuaded to pray over and over again, and I didn't see the answer...then I would suffer discontentment. "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?"(Romans 8:32 ESV)
I mean, if God the maker of heaven and earth moves in me to think His thoughts and act upon His will, then He will provide those things that are needful to those of us on this earth who love and serve Him.  Right?.... you would think that truly humble, genuine, unanswered prayer could drive a person to severe discouragement.  And well actually it did.  BUT, as I began to bring it to the Lord and ask for wisdom concerning the situation, my discontent suddenly became great contentment. "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." (James 1:5 ESV) I can rest in His answering me, or answering me differently than I want,  because He is a Sovereign God.  His timeline isn't mine.  He gives us all things, and I will lack no good thing. "Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!"  (Psalm 34:9 ESV) (Psalm 34).  Aaaahhhhhh...what a relief!  What a marvel!  So what if my little prayers did not get answered yet.  He is good and cannot lie.  I can trust Him.  And so I keep praying.

These two baby geese are Mary Beth's. I love it because of the calm contentment they showed in even getting in this pitiful example of a pond.  There they are, doing what geese do and showing no signs that they're thinking rebellious thoughts toward their governess. That's contentment.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

He is Risen!

Happy Resurrection Sunday from Texas!

From left to right:
Miguel Bueno (7), Nate Jacobson (10), Elsa Rose Bueno (3), Nora Jane Bueno (1), Gabriel Bueno (5)

Friday, March 29, 2013

"God didn't answer. He turned away from his Boy."

Charity and I are big fans of The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones. It's one of those books that while I am reading it I keep thinking..."Oh, I wish I could write like this!"   Just recently I purchased a read aloud copy for my Kindergarten Sunday School class.  Nate (10) noticed it (of course...because he notices anything new in the house). He was interested, so in the evenings we have been reading the death and resurrection portions to him before bed.  Now, this is a boy used to reading chapters of the Bible regularly during family times.  I thought perhaps he was too old for it...boy, was I wrong!  He LOVES it!  He is never satisfied with one or two stories.  That's all he gets though so the enthusiasm doesn't wane.  He's enthralled with the artwork which is edgy and fun.  Sally Lloyd Jones is a master story teller and has done us all a huge blessing.  Bless the children in your life this Easter with this fabulous Bible.

"All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired."   Martin Luther

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Home Project Take #4

Well, it's a work in progress because I want to have a canvas black and white made of each of the kids and grandkids.  Right now, there's four out of nine of my children up there.  I like it though!  The pictures below fail to show just how badly that wall needed paint.  We did get it finished over Spring break, thanks to a mother/daughter pact between Charity and myself.  I had to wait for the canvases to arrive to snap this pic.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dorm Room Creativity

A huge box of fresh oranges in the corner of my room, a lime juicer from my three year old niece Elsa Rose, a small little mug from Japan, and a Gerber "tool."  Really, all I needed :)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Study Corner

April 10th, Concerns of Couture will be a presentation on how worldview is reflected in our clothing.  I'm not quite sure of the answer to that question yet, but Lord willing I will be in 2 1/2 weeks.

Spring Break

I wanted to post these pictures earlier.  Spring break was great!  The best part was being outside in the beautiful spring weather of the hill country.  Needless to say, it is rather hard to come back to CA . . .

Sporting some pretty spiffy overalls!

Real food, good food . . . 

Farkle . . . 

Baby Nora on the move all the time . . .

Screen doors and big porches with their dogs