The Heritage Journal

About two years ago my soon-to-be sister-in-law gave me a leather journal. I love notebooks, and this one was so nice that I was almost hesitant to write in it because I didn’t want to mess it up. I kept it wrapped and waited to decide how to use it.

It sat on the shelf for a while, but I think I’ve finally decided. In my own handwriting, flaws and all, I’m going to make it a heritage journal. The idea is from a Bible study last fall. Joshua set up stones as a reminder of how God took care of his people, so that those stories would be passed to future generations.

My memory is terrible — how quickly we can forget! I can barely remember what I did yesterday. All those ways that God has protected and blessed me and Doug – those are the things I need to remember. In Judges 2:10 it says that “After a while the people of Joshua’s generation died, and the next generation did not know the LORD or any of the things he had done for Israel.” (CEV) How sad that is! I do not want that to happen to our kids. I know they will grow up and choose for themselves whether or not they will follow the Lord. I just want them to know specifically and clearly what Jesus has done for our family.

  • How he protected Lane during a complicated birth. 
  • The job Doug was blessed with so that I could stay home. 
  • The finances that are always more than we need. 

There are so many more instances. That’s why we need to write them down, so we can remember them, and not forget.

Recycle at home with vermicomposting

Have you heard of vermicomposting? It’s the use of worms to turn kitchen trash into organic fertilizer, and it can be done on a small scale in apartments. I can’t wait to try it!

I learned how to set up my own worm recycle bin at Red Worm Composting. Basically you just need one or two rubbermaid container bins to get started. You put your old fruit or vegetable scraps in the bin, and you cover it with strips of cardboard or newspaper moistened with water. Then you add the worms, and that’s really all there is to it.

The worms help to break down the food and paper and turn it into a fertilizer that you can add to your garden or potted plants. So not only does it reduce your trash, but it creates a valuable organic product. It sounds brilliant. I can’t believe I had never heard about this!

I estimated that about 1/3 of my trash is stuff that I could give to the worms. All those banana peels, tea bags, apple cores, coffee grounds, cardboard egg cartons and boxes, and grocery ads from the mail could be used.

I talked to Doug about this weeks ago, but he was a bit apprehensive. His main concern was that the bin would have an unpleasant smell. I read that if the bin has air holes and plenty of cardboard or newspaper, that shouldn’t be the case. His other question was — “Why? We don’t have much extra space.”

Then a few days ago we were driving down a residential street and Doug paid attention to the bags and bags of leaves and grass clippings that were piled up on the curb waiting for the trash truck to haul them away. He began to rant about how those bags were going to be tossed into the landfill instead of letting the organic material replenish the soil, and how the land would have to be supplemented with petroleum-derived fertilizer. That must have changed his mind, because later that day he told me we could try a worm bin.

I just need to find some worms. I’m trying to find them locally, but it’s a little hard to do that in the city. I’ll keep trying.

The Garden Gnome


After it snowed a couple of days ago, today is warm and bright, and the trees are blossoming. Gnome is pleased, as usual.