Friday, February 23, 2018

A Break for 'Tea'

Finally, I'm getting to some more recent least they were taken this calendar year.  I love these pictures. I always like pictures of little ones and their tea sets.

It is late and one thing I read today would be very meaningful to anyone at certain times of their lives. I am copying it from a newsletter I received from Rick Warren this morning. I would suggest everyone read it.  If you don't need it right now, there will come a time that it could mean a whole lot to you.  It can be a big comfort sometimes just knowing why things are happening as they are and that it is for your own good...

Rick Warren...
“Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!’ But Jacob 
said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me’”(Genesis 32:26 NLT).
Obviously, when God and Jacob entered their wrestling match, God 
could have overpowered Jacob and ended things instantly. Why did 
God let the struggle go on?

Here’s the lesson: When God allows a crisis into your life, he doesn’t
solve it immediately. He lets it go on for a while because he wants to 
see if you’re really serious about seeking him. If God answered every 
prayer immediately, you’d begin to think God was a big vending machine: 
Put in a prayer, pull out whatever you need.

I can’t tell you how many people say, “Rick, I am praying for a financial 
miracle in my life. I am so in debt and I’m praying for a financial miracle.” 
I sometimes want to say, “Did you get in debt supernaturally?” The truth 
is often no. Some people have poor financial habits that keep them stuck 
in debt. Your debt may be the result of foolish decisions. You may have 
spent more money than you were making. Or maybe you didn’t save for 
the lean times that inevitably come in life. Or maybe you didn’t use your 
money wisely.

Why should God just bail you out? If God just instantly bailed you out of a 
financial crisis rooted in your poor choices, then tomorrow you’d go out 
and overspend again. You wouldn’t learn discipline, or money management, 
or wisdom, or persistence. God is not just going to bail you out of the debt 
you got yourself into; he will help you get out of debt, but he wants to build 
your character in the process.

If you’re in a crisis right now, hang in there! Don’t give up. Don’t run from it. 
Don’t try to escape. Most problems you have in your life didn’t get there 
overnight. You may have worked years getting yourself into this mess. 
You may have some ingrained patterns, bad responses, and wrong habits 
that have built up over the years. So God isn’t going to remove those all at 
once. It’s kind of like peeling an onion; he takes it off one layer at a time. 
But here’s the hope. God is with you and he is for you. When you ask God 
for help, and trust him to provide, you will experience the peace of his 
wisdom and blessing.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Here Comes Santa

I know I should move on from Christmas, but that is all I've been scrapbooking since then that special day. I have finished now with that, but I haven't accomplished anything much at all in the last few far as scrapbooking goes. Looks like tomorrow will be another busy day. Hopefully though, tomorrow night I will be able to post a most recent layout.

Anyway, I really do like this photo of Ron, whom several call Santa. One of the ladies at church just told him Sunday that she had told one of the children there that he was Santa, the REAL Santa. The child asked her if he really was the real Santa, and she whispered, yes, but don't tell anyone.  So, I imagine all the kids at church have heard it by now.

I really need to get him a Santa Claus outfit before next Christmas.

We need to get involved with our children, NOW.  We need to know what they are doing and with whom. We have left raising them to strangers for way too long. They do not learn to respect anyone in  authority, because so many have not even been taught to respect their own parents and to obey.

Obedience has become a thing of the past. We've kowtowed to our children much too long. We have not disciplined them at all, but handed them everything on a golden platter. WE have caused this mess. Now we must be the ones to correct the situation. It won't be easy. We must have God's help.

Please pray that God will lead us to a solution for the school shootings, so that we can once again feel comfortable sending our children out the door in the mornings.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Best In a Long Time

I published another book yesterday. I'm using Shutterfly now that My Publisher was bought out and closed down by them. It was a rush to finish it in time to get a good discount. This is the introduction page for that book. I made it in a big hurry. Tonight when I decided to put it on the blog to describe our Christmas this past year, I realized there was a typo. Well it was too late for the book, so it will go to press with the word 'an' in place of the word and.  Since I was working with a jpg instead of a psd, I had to improvise a correction. I blotted out the 'an' and added the ampersand.

Anyway, I doubt if you can read it easily, if you are using a phone, so I'm copying it here:

Christmas More Than a Day

This year Christmas was much more than just a day, thanks to our son, Mark, who planned
that all would meet here for the holiday. It was a perfect gift for us to see them. Sadly, Tim was not able to come, but everyone else made an appearance at least one day during that time. Mark arrived first looking bedraggled because of his long trip. Ron didn't recognize him when he went to the airport to pick him up.  However by the next day, after some rest, he was just fine.

John and family arrived with their children on Christmas Eve, just in time for our candlelight service at church.  We especially enjoyed Christmas day, since there were a multitude of gifts under the tree and little grandchildren to open them.

Chelle and her children came to next day.  This was also a surprise to us. She sent the fortune cookie message she had just gotten and it said travel was in her immediate future. LOL That evening, they arrived.

During that week April and Kim also drove to see us.

It was our best Christmas since our youngest child, John left Ohio.

 The big deal is they all live in different states, the closest being 4 hours away and two came across the country to be here.  Mark alone from California and John with his family from Colorado.

By the way, as I retyped this onto this page, I found another typo. I inverted the r and s once while typing the word Christmas.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Pastry Chef

We are blessed to have the best daughter in law a person could have. She is selfless and loves her family tremendously. I could go on and on, but this could turn into a book. 

So now I'll just tell about her coming to our home over Christmas and doing the cooking! Everything was wonderful and especially her apple pie. The first one was so very good we all raved about it. Then she baked another one just as good, or maybe even a bit better, because it was so full of her great combination of apples. And on top of that, she used the extra crust to make cinnamon sticks that were out of this world good.

Needless to say, we surely did hate to see her and our son and their children go back to Colorado. We really would love to have them  close by.  I promise if they ever do move back, we won't make her cook all the time.

Friday, February 16, 2018

First a Singer...

Mason is a great singer. He is so good that he got what I call a scholarship for voice lessons. Now, he is taking up the piano as well. He got this keyboard for Christmas. I'm anxious to see what he can do in a few months. Oh, I know, I took lessons myself, but I started at the young age of eight without any knowledge of music at all. I took lessons for 6 years. I can read music, of course, but I don't have a wide handspan and that makes being a really good pianist impossible. I've let it go over the years, but still enjoy once a year or so, sitting down with a book of music and trying again. I still have to look at music to play.

Mason's grandfather, my husband, Ron can play from memory. I love it. He actually plays the accordion, but it translates for him, so he can play many of the same songs on both. He got his musical talent from his mother, who played piano by ear, and his father who played a bingo and sang in a quartet. Mason has evidently inherited his music ability. Go, Mason, Go!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

If I Had One Wish

Boy do we miss these kids around here. Can we do Christmas again next week?  Sorry, I know, I need to get real. Hoping to see them this summer. It is hard to wait though.

If I were granted one wish, anything in the world I could have, it would be the gift of being able to see all my kids and grandkids at least once a week for the rest of my life. All the money in the world couldn't buy that!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Quite a Guy

Since I used a very small font on the page, I'll repeat it here: Aussie is generally working on something, but occasionally  he comes up for air and we get to have some fun with him.
Here we are on December 29th, the day before they left to go home to Tennessee.

Aussie is quite a guy. Brilliant  and fun at the same time. I love his sense of humor, much like my dad's, so I really get it and like to play along.

It  has been a very busy week.  Monday, we drove to Toledo to meet our youngest son, John, who was in Detroit  on business, for dinner. After dinner he gave us the cremated remains of our  middle  son, Mark, whom I've told about lately here on the blog.  

As I told John, I wanted to hug him so badly. Since Mark's passing, I  have wanted to hug all of our kids. The last time I was with Mark in December, I didn't know it would be the very last time this side of heaven.  Even with all Mark's suffering, I just never thought of losing him. It is not something a parent wants to do ever.

I want all of our 'kids' to know I love them so much.