Sunday, June 25, 2017

Lauren and CrossFit

Here is Lauren, our special granddaughter who is still big time into CrossFit.  She is with her friend, Lindsay. They not only build strength, but they have a lot of fun doing it. I cannot even imagine carrying a friend on my back like they are doing here....of course I can't imagine lifting those dead weights either.  Go girls. 

While these pictures were taken earlier this month, today is Lauren's birthday. As I get older special days fly past, some times without me even noticing. I was able to catch this one though, by seeing it on FaceBook. I bet you wonder how I have time to check that site, since there is so little time in my days at this age. How does that happen. I seem to miss whole days. Here we are near the end of June and I'm barely passed March. How does that work? Perhaps if I had kept as active as Lauren all these years, my brain would have been more active now.  I wonder if anyone has done a study on that.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Japanese Anime Devotee

It may be an understatement to say that Ashley likes anime. She is so involved that she goes to anime Expos quite often. She really likes to cosplay. They dress like anime characters and do a little acting as well, if I understand that right.

Above, she and her mother  have put together a costume so that she looks very much like Shippo from InuYasha. The anime gathering is in Nashville this time, so she doesn't have far to go.

I don't have far to go this evening. I'm failing fast and will claim some of that good sleep the lord has promised for those he loves.   An old saying, I hear my bed calling me, seems real to me tonight.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Future Champion

Caleb is 7 and a little short. He most certainly didn't get his sportsman ability from this side of the family. It is a God given talent that he takes after his maternal grandfather. This is the boy who learned to ride a two wheel bike sans training wheels earlier than anyone I've ever known. What was he two or three? I have it recorded in one of my books, thankfully, since my memory is not that great anymore. He has  super balancing one can see in his skiing.  

I wish these pictures were large enough for you to see the coach's expression. I am thinking he is seeing a future champ, a very good year for his team. 

Caleb is already a champ in my eyes.

Caleb has talent, but he also has drive. He will work hard for a team.

Each of us has our talents and struggles. No one can do it all. We need to learn to do our best with what we have.

Today, Max Lucado's newsletter is titled: God is Doing What's Best for Us. This is the text:
God is at work in each of us whether we know it or not, whether we want it or not. Lamentations 3:33 says, “He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way.” He doesn’t delight in our sufferings, but He delights in our development. It’s what Paul pointed out in Philippians 1:6 when he wrote,  “God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure He will continue until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.”
Don’t see your struggle as an interruption to life but as preparation for life. No one said the road would be easy or painless. But God will use this mess for something good. This trouble you are in isn’t punishment, it’s training. It is the normal experience of children. God is doing what’s best for us, training us to live God’s holy best!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Birthday Celebration

My 74th birthday was June 8, but ORU couldn't get together until the 19th. It didn't matter one bit. We had a great time. We had planned dinner and then a boat ride, but it turned cool and rainy. Sali had baked a scrumptious orange, pineapple cake. 

We'll just have to get together again for that ride on the lake. In the meantime, some will be traveling. 
We'll even have one in the hospital Thursday.  Together or apart, we are sisters at heart.

We miss our other sisters, Teresa, Jill and Kalai who have moved on to Texas, which seems to be a magnet for ORU members.

By the way, I must admit that I am the oldest of all the 'girls', and they won't let me forget it.
Oh, and I am the shortest as well.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It's Summer!

I'm enjoying all the cool pictures I've been getting of the kids and their everyday activities.  

Even though it is not yet June 20, it is now summer in my school, high temperatures, and popsicles! 

As I write this, I'm thinking of Caleb's basketball game today and wondering if he showed off with his super shots again. 

Praying for my family, for those who are traveling, especially. Looking forward  to tomorrow and a lot of time to catch up at the computer. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Poudre River Foot Bridge

Wonderful day here in Colorado for a hike. Julia is now trying to keep up with up with the boys.
It won't be long until she will be racing them. All three are go getters.

They are so blessed to have both a mother and a father who dearly love them and provide for their needs.

We are so glad to see them out in the sunshine on this beautiful day enjoying nature under the eye of our father in heaven. We are thankful for His protection day to day.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Julia and the Butterfly

At first, Julia just didn't know what to think of this butterfly. She did warm up a bit though.

I am thankful to see all the pictures. It makes it easier to live so far away.  That and FaceTime are very special to me.  

Well, tomorrow, we will be celebrating Father's Day.  I'm ready, thankfully. Hoping all of you will get a chance to acknowledge your love and respect for the father's in your life. They do play a very important  role, one that many children fail to see in their homes. 

Let's pray for those who do not have a father worthy of respect to lead them. I'm praying that God will protect them and possibly bring good role models into their lives.