Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Joy is the Operative Word

Caleb has a thing for tractors. It seems like he always has. I remember the thrill of him seeing PaPa's big red tractor for the first time. Even though the noise it made kept him a little bit afraid to ride much, he loved to sit on it in the garage and watch his PaPa drive it.

 This year he got a John Deere blanket. This is it. Naturally, Oliver will probably follow suit and like tractors as well. 

It is a joy to see these two boys getting along so beautifully. It warms my heart. It is so sad to see brothers and sisters treating each other poorly. I can't imagine family gatherings with people like that.

And for today, Joy is the operative word. Yesterday, it was Love...
                                                                 Today,  I Choose Joy

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical...the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human brings, created by God.  I will refuse  to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

Monday, April 21, 2014


I've mixed three different occasions here to make one layout which shows the grueling workouts Lauren does at Cross Fit. Not only is she beautiful, but she is also very agile and strong.

I need to ask Lauren how many pounds she is pressing...but I'm not sure I want to know. Somehow, it just doesn't seem natural to lift so much weight and it frightens  me.

Tonight I want to start a list of choices we make in life. Because of Calvary, we have been given the freedom to choose. And in our great country we have not yet given up that choice. We are a free people.

I found this list of choices in our church weekly bulletin last week and have asked if I  could use them here.   I was given the freedom to make that choice and I will use one for each blog entry for a week or so. Thank you, Michael.

I choose Love:                                                                
No occasion justifies hatred, no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love.
Today I will love God and what God says.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Bunny

The boys got out of this one. Aussie was in Chinese class and Mason had something else to do, so that left Ashley to sit with the Easter Bunny. I'm so glad that she  did. It is a time to remember.

Today we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter

Since we will not get a chance to take a picture tomorrow, I'm using one taken last Saturday night. We had a visiting member of ORU, (Jill) from the Texas branch, here for Ladies' Retreat. So we took that opportunity for a special dinner date.

Easter Sunday promises many different social opportunities. I wish all of you a very joyous Easter day. I pray you will all have the chance to sit quietly for a while to consider the price Jesus the Christ paid for our sins. Think also of the sacrifice it was for God to watch as his only son took the stripes and nails for us. I pray each of you will show your gratitude throughout the coming year.

 John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 6:3-4

New International Version (NIV)
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Kids Say the Darndest Things

When I was a young, there was a television program called "Kids Say the Darndest Things" It was hosted by a man named Art Linkletter. He would have a panel of kids on each show and ask them questions. It was true. He always got some very entertaining comments from them each day.

Now we are going through that with our triplets (grandchildren). They are quite amusing at times.

I have not been on Facebook for a while. It is a planned absence. I would have missed all these clever saying, if it weren't for Chelle sending them to me today. Thought I would make a layout and share them with you.

If you click on them, they should come up large enough to read.

Hope you enjoy them. Although I would imagine some of you wouldn't put up with all this gaiety. However, we do encourage such in our families. Makes for lighter hearts.

I wish each of you a very Happy Easter, rejoicing in the blessed hope that Christ paid the way for us to have everlasting life.   Easter joy to you all.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Miniature Golf With Daddy

This was Caleb's first attempt at miniature golf and he did well.While he, dressed as Superman, and his dad putted, Mommy held Oliver and took pictures.

I could pretend like I have something to say tonight, but even if I did, I fear  it would not come out right if I were to attempt  to put it down on paper. After going to bed early two nights in a row, I'm pretty much drug out now, even though it is only 11:36 PM here.

Just a quick warning that some of our best known news sources have begun to cover up for this administration with prevarication.   This is a true sign of communism with its regulation of the press to keep its people ignorant of the truth and thus subservient.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One Bright Eyed Boy

So what do my layouts have to do with my commentary? ...sometimes,  not a thing.
That is the case today. I do need to find a way to lead into this piece I've reworked a bit, that came in my email...Only in America. In this case I am dealing with pictures of our little grandson, who already has a smart look with those bright eyes of his, and this piece which lists the top 10 most  ignorant things about America at this time.  They seem to be polar opposites to me. If he  could talk, I think he would already have enough sense to realize these things are just plain wrong! But he will have to pay for the ignorance of those in office today.

Are we stupid, or what?

1 Only in America ... Could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 a plate campaign fund-raising event. 
2 Only in America .... Could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black, while only 14% of the population is black. 40+% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans - 3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!
3 Only in America .... Could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) andCharles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.
4 Only in America .... Can they have terrorists kill people in the name ofAllah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.
5 Only in America .... Would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just 'magically' become American citizens.
6. Only in America .... Could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country's Constitution be thought of as "extremists."
7. Only in America .... Could you need to present a driver's license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.
8. Only in America .... Could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. Oil company (MarathonOil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).
9 Only in America .... Could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year - for total spending of $7Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn't have nearly enough money.
10. Only in America .... Could the rich people - who pay 86% of all income taxes - be accused of not paying their "fair share" by people who don't pay any income taxes at all.