Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mango Treat

                    Eating dried mango out of the bag is quite a treat for Julia. It is so healthy.
She is blessed to have a health conscious mother. 

This picture was taken October 30. Since then, she had the pleasure to go trick or treating downtown and now at the end of the week will get another special treat...Thanksgiving dinner. I can almost taste some of my favorites now. Wish we could be together so that we could see the little ones enjoy tasting new 'to them' things.

Monday, November 20, 2017

I Am Thankful for These Boys

Fort Collins is a special kind of town. It is picturesque. Of course it may be mainly that these cute grandchildren are really the best thing about all the photos.  I really appreciate these big smiles.

It has been too long since I've seen Oliver and Caleb in person and given them a big hug. But they are not lonely. This picture was taken by their maternal grandmother, who was in town with them that day.  

I am thankful for the photograph.

Many of us are mentally making a list of things for which we are thankful this holiday season.   Naturally, my grandchildren are at the very top of my list, followed by their parents.

I know it is a very busy season, but you will profit by taking a little break. Actually write down things for which you are thankful. Before long, you may manage to get into a thankful mind set and then many, many things will come to you. Try putting your burdens away for a while. Try, try, try. I didn't say it was easy, but if you can manage it, you will be blessed and you can be a blessing to others.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Special Kind of Scary

Ava was a princess for Halloween. Now that is the kind of scary this old fashioned grandmother likes.
I not only enjoyed the sweet smile on her face,  I liked the pictures, to be published later of her at trunk or treat with her warm coat over her princess gown.

Other that the pictures, I have had a good time designing this layout. I used a technique I hadn't used for a while  with an action on my PSE 15. It is an action included in Scrap Girls Brandy Murray's Magical Actions. Not only am I pleased with the result, it was really fun to do.

That was good. I needed some happy moments today. It has rained ALL day, yes ALL day.
Oh, and that was not the only good thing that happened today.  We were able to have dinner with some good friends tonight...always fun.

It was also pleasant to receive notice of upcoming Black Friday. Always love to hear some of the deals friends and relatives get that one day of the year.

Finally, in my inbox this morning was some good advice from Rick Warren on prayer.
I've heard some say it seems God does not hear their prayers. Rick's message today sheds some light on that thought. I will copy it here, so that you might read it and perhaps learn something that will help you in your prayer life.

“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us” (1 John 3:21-23 NIV).
The Bible says God has laid out five conditions to answered prayer: you have an honest relationship with God, you harbor no unforgiveness toward anyone, you’re willing to share the results with other people, you ask God in faith, and you pray in Jesus’ name.
Have you been overlooking any of these conditions?
Maybe you’ve been holding a grudge. Maybe you’ve been nursing resentment and you’ve allowed bitterness to build up in your life.
Maybe you’ve been refusing to admit some wrong in your life. You’ve known it was there, but you haven’t wanted to go to God and say, “You’re right, God; that’s wrong. I admit it.”
Maybe you’ve prayed, but you’ve never really expected God to answer. If you don’t expect God to answer, you’re just wasting your time. Or maybe you haven’t been abiding in God’s Word and growing in faith.
Maybe you haven’t been willing to share God’s blessings with other people. You’ve been hesitant to give back to God a percentage of all the things he’s blessed you with.
How about praying in Jesus’ name?
You can’t pray in Jesus’ name unless you know him as your Lord and Savior. The most important question is, “Do you have an honest relationship with God?” I’m not talking about church membership or being religious. I’m talking about a relationship, where you know God personally. You can start a relationship with him today.
Then, you can pray: “God, I have not been meeting one or more of these conditions, and now I understand why I see so few results in my prayer life. Today I want to recommit my life to forgiveness and generosity, to a willingness to share and give back to you what you’ve given to me. I want to believe in faith. Lord, thank you for the Bible — how it helps me and is so practical and relevant to my life. When I meet the conditions that you’ve laid out for me, I can see tremendous results in my life. Thank you that prayer is no big mystery but simply a conversation with you. Thank you for the privilege of prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Friday, November 17, 2017

JuJu and the Chicken

Fort Collins is a great place to learn about farms. The kids in that area do not have to grow up ignorant of what happens on farms and why we need them.  They can make friends with the animals while feeding them. Often they can brush them. At other times they ride a horse, or pig, or farm tractor. All this, while enjoying the fresh air and getting a little dirty. They also are able to plant produce and watch them grow.  The farms provide wonderful experiences for the kids and they are able to make new friends through these wholesome activities.

Here, Caleb is introducing his little sister, JuJu to a hen. He has always been good with the chickens. He gave me the first one I had ever held a few years ago. I will never forget how very soft it was. I was very pleasantly surprised. I think Julia liked it as well.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sweet Ava

Sweet school picture of Ava with a pretty little dress and a back pack.

I'm having computer connection problems tonight, so this is it, just this, but isn't she a cutie?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Twin's Day

Late last month the triplet's school had a Twin's Day. They decided to dress alike. They chose that all would dress as Aussie. The plan got complicated a bit, but it proved quite entertaining. The journaling on this scrapbook page explains....

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Study Your Children

Oliver is back in the saddle again. Sassy is the name of 'his' horse.

No one is the same as anyone else, unless of course most identical twins...and they are still individuals. I say this because, God has given all of us special talents. This is all for good reason. None of us can be entirely self sufficient. We need others.

It is wonderful when parents and teachers pay attention to their children and  students in order to encourage them in whatever their talents might be.

Max Lucado sent out a very good letter today on this subject.  I am posting it here.

Study Your Children

Crankcase oil coursed my dad's veins. He repaired engines for a living. Dad loved machines. God gave my dad a mechanical moron, a son who couldn't differentiate between a differential and a brake disc.  Dad tried to teach me. I tried to learn. Honestly, I did. Machines anesthetized me. But books fascinated me.

What does a mechanic do with a son who loves books? He gives him a library card. Buys him a few volumes for Christmas. Places a lamp by his bed so he can read at night. Pays tuition so his son can study college literature in high school. My dad did that.

You know what he didn't do? Never once did he say, "Why can't you be a mechanic like your dad and granddad?" Study your children while you can. The greatest gift you can give your child is not your riches, but revealing to them their own!