What’s All This about a New Vitamin? Part Four.

Following the events described in Part Three, everything started moving super fast. {If you are brand new to the story, you will want to start at Part One.} We got word that Dad’s longtime friend Tom was going to become the third person in the world to test the new vitamin. Tom was dealing with a recurrence of prostate cancer following a prostatectomy.  He was likely headed for chemo, but in the meantime he began to take MePA to see what effect (if any) it would have on his prostate levels, which were being checked every few months. Continue reading “What’s All This about a New Vitamin? Part Four.”

When Mother’s Day isn’t all Roses

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope and pray this weekend is special for each one of you.

Mother’s Day is a beautiful idea at a lovely time of year– it’s nice to set aside some time to recognize Moms. But we probably all realize that, for many reasons, Mother’s Day can bring with it more emotions than just overflowing joy. Continue reading “When Mother’s Day isn’t all Roses”

What’s All This about a New Vitamin? Part Three.

We are now at a point in this story where things really start to get exciting. {Part One told my early memories of Dad and his work. Part Two took us through some dark and difficult times.}

Once a year, we would receive an “Aarcon Report.” (Aarcon handles the financial side of Dad’s research). The “Aarcon Report” was typically a single page, in which Dad reported on how his work was progressing and developing. He would report on various Vitamin X candidates that had  been tested and falsified, showing survival curves of mice, etc. We always read the report with interest and sometimes spent a little family time around the breakfast or dinner table, conjecturing about what would happen if Grandpa/Dad ever solved this puzzle. How would the world change if aging were ever cured? Could aging ever be cured? Would God actually allow that to happen? Continue reading “What’s All This about a New Vitamin? Part Three.”

Life is Good (by Steve Hall)

IMG_0264I love hearing my husband Steve preach and teach from God’s Word. Over the years I have grown by listening to his wisdom as he teaches, and also by watching him live so humbly as a servant of the Lord. This blog post he published today resonated with me so deeply that I wanted to share the link with you here. Continue reading “Life is Good (by Steve Hall)”

Lemon Pound Cake for a 16th birthday

In honor of another teenage boy’s birthday, here’s another recipe!

Our second born, Ethan, turned 16 years old on Tuesday; another milestone to be celebrated. We are so thankful for this young man who blesses our family every day with his many talents and his cooperative spirit. We enjoyed a family dinner together (squeezed in between various other happenings) and then had Lemon Pound Cake for dessert. I thought I would share the recipe for the cake we all enjoyed in honor of the occasion. Continue reading “Lemon Pound Cake for a 16th birthday”

What’s All This about a New Vitamin? Part Two.

The next part of my telling of this story takes us through some dark times. We left Part One with Dad saying that he had the “dragon [of aging] in a corner.”

A year or two later, a sudden illness struck Dad, seemingly out of nowhere. He had just turned 50 years old. I remember speaking with Mom on the phone as she told me what had happened. Dad had been out raking gravel in the driveway. Suddenly he lost all strength in his hands and he could not rake anymore. Continue reading “What’s All This about a New Vitamin? Part Two.”

What’s All This about a New Vitamin? Part One.

We interrupt the regular content of Treasuring Home to bring you a few special editions.

Many of you have probably seen me posting on social media about the “new” vitamin. I’m sure you may have wondered, “Why is she promoting this?”or “What is this?” or “Is Jennifer Hall selling some kind of a product?” Or, maybe you haven’t wondered. Maybe you’ve just seen my posts about the vitamin and thought, “That’s weird,” and moved on up the newsfeed.

Either way, I suppose it’s time that a little more explanation is in order. Continue reading “What’s All This about a New Vitamin? Part One.”

Feeding Teenage Boys (including three recipes)

This boy right here is 18 today. We are celebrating the emergence of our firstborn into adulthood. As a mom, I can’t help but reflect on the experience of raising this young man. I have learned so much. I have enjoyed the journey these past 18 years, immensely. So much to be thankful for.  Continue reading “Feeding Teenage Boys (including three recipes)”

Nixxing the Flix

In a moment of frustration and indignation, I scribbled a note and taped it to the front of the TV. “Do not watch anything else on this TV until further notice.” I scribbled a similar note and taped it to the front of the iPad.

The crew realized that Mom was upset, and they were right, I was. The note stayed there. The TV stayed off. And I began to really think some things through. The crew may have thought that Mom would calm down, the note would come down, and things would go back to normal. If so, they were wrong. I had reached a point of reckoning. To quote Anne of Green Gables, “Iron had entered into my soul.”

You may be wondering what had happened to trigger this Note-Posting Event. Let me explain. Continue reading “Nixxing the Flix”

Our first family song video!

I’m kind of amazed that this video has become reality. With Joshua planning to leave for college in August, we really wanted to preserve some memories of our family singing together. And with Ethan becoming our go-to guy for all things technical (especially filming), we decided to go for it. I truly hope it will be a blessing to you.