Friday, January 16, 2015

Oh Boy!

Birthday Parties are fun and these boys are sure of it.  I'm don't know how this works, but the boys sure did enjoy piling up like this...and it makes a marvelous picture.

Wish I were closer to my kids...all of them, but doesn't look like that will ever happen. Thank God for Blogs, Facebook, FaceTime and iCloud. Because of technology, I can see my family whenever I have a few minutes.

Of course there is more than  just technology, there are  book publishers that make it possible for one to make his or her own books.  Because of, I will be seeing this picture many, many times.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dinner and a Movie

Our life group has grown close. We like to be together and we have been known to go to dinner and a movie. This was the first time we did that. We ate at one of my favorite places, El Fogon, then crossed the street to see God is Not Dead. It was a very special dnight and we enjoyed it thoroughly.  The movie will be one of my all time favorites.

There were no movies during Bible times.

And this from an email I got today:

God has no iPhone but he's my favorite contact.
He is not on FACEBOOK but he is my best friend.
He is not on TWITTER but I still follow Him, and even without the INTERNET I am always connected to him.
He is not on Gmail but he's always online.
God has been very good to me, better than I deserve.
I hope you realize how good he's been to you.

If not, talk to him about it. He wants to hear from you.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Recipe For Trouble

I think this is a cute title for this picture, but Oliver is no trouble. He just looks cute sitting there in the dish washer.

While looking at this picture I began to think of the song, Jesus Loves the Little Children, all the children of the world..  But then I thought, who wouldn't. It would take a really mean person to not like these innocent little ones.

May God bless my grand children and watch after them day and night.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Born To Be Wild

Surprise, Gail.  You have been one of my biggest supporters here at the blog. You have even pointed out errors that I would have expected my family members to find.

This is the only picture I have of you that was taken in recent years.  It certainly lends itself to the kind of page I wanted to have of you. Hope you enjoy it.

I remember when we first met, how many years ago? We have a mutual friend and her husband drove all of us to Lancaster, PA to the Sight and Sound Theater. I can't remember which play we saw, but I do remember us cutting up and having a lot of fun on the trip.

We were both Red Hatters, but you took it much more seriously than I, probably because you headed up a fantastic group. I would have liked to be one of your Red Hatters. You dressed to the hilt and did so many really fun things.

Like many of my other friends, you are now in the south, of course you will be back...and we do most of our visiting via the internet anyway.

Hope you are enjoying the sun, while I shovel snow. I shoveled a very heavy snow from the courtyard today.  Don't know how many more times I'll be able to do that. But I will try to keep OH in order until you can get home to help.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Time 4 Snow

There are 24 hours in a day, surely we can spend a couple  in the snow. And that is what they did last week in Colorado.  It was a fun filled big snow.  As far as I know, it was the first time Oliver had gone sledding. Looks like he did just great.

Recently when I've been out in the snow, I've been very anxious to get back indoors. Why is that when the last couple of years I really wanted to build a snowman?  Could it be because this year I feel   10 years older than I did last year?  Why is that? Why does that happen? This is the second time it has happened to me...the year I turned 60 and again this year.  Its not just the way I feel, but the way I look as well. I'm not sure if one might be the cause and the other. the affect. Anyway, I doubt that I'll build a snowman this year...but then winter has just started in Ohio and we have months to go. Who knows?

I have been thinking about my impatience. (Sometimes snowy roads can cause that.) I know that as Christians, we are to love. I also know that the Bible tells us in I Corinthians 13:4 that Love is patient.

What am I being when I am impatient? Selfish with time.  As Max Lucado wrote recently, "We don't like to waste time. People get in our way and slow things down, so we burn them with impatience!"

This week I will try to be more patient and realize that time does not belong only to me, but to others as well. I am asking the Holy Spirit to help me with this change in my life.  I will no longer take pride in being organized, and using time wisely, because that good thing has become a downfall for me. It has made me impatient with others. I must remember to love others and consider their circumstances and problems.

I'm hoping that I can reap all the fruits of the spirit told us in Galatians 5:22-23: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness self control..."

Saturday, January 10, 2015


There are many ways to party and I like this simple one. The kids get together and enjoy each others company and get some exercise. Looks like the good old days to me, before computers, iPhones, etc.

I suppose as usual it is just a matter of perspective. Some might prefer spending lots of money and taking their friends to Hawaii, but then we are not all the president's kids.

I received a very  good email yesterday concerning perspective. I'm going to repeat it here, for it has a good lesson for us all.

A famous writer was in his study room. He picked up his pen and started writing: Last year, I had surgery and my gall bladder was removed. I had to stay in bed for a long time, due to the surgery.  The same year I reached the age of 60 and had to give up my favorite job. I had spent 30 years of my life in this publishing company.  The same year I experienced the sorrow of my father's death.  And in the same year my son failed in his medical exam because he had a car accident. He had to stay in bed at the hospital for several days with a cast on. The destruction of the car was another loss.  At the end he wrote: Alas! It was such bad year!
When the writer's wife entered the room, she found her husband looking sad and lost in his thoughts. From behind his back she read what was written on the paper. She left the room silently and came back with another paper and placed it on the table beside  her husband's writing.
When the writer saw this paper, he found this written on it:  Last year I finally got rid of my gall bladder, of which I had spent many years in pain.  I turned 60 with sound health and retired from my job. Now I can utilize my time to write something better with more focus and peace.  The same year my father, at the age of 95, without depending on anyone or without any critical condition met his Creator.  The same year, God blessed our son with a new life. My car was destroyed but my son remained alive without any disability.

At the end she wrote:  This year was an immense blessing from God, and it passed well.
See...The same incidents but different viewpoints. If we ponder this viewpoint, we would truly become thankful to the Almighty.
Moral: In daily lives we must see that it's not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.
There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
Stay Blessed.

Friday, January 9, 2015

One Year, One Month

Oliver is 1 year and 1 month old today. 

Last month on his first birthday, after eating birthday 'cake', his family celebrated on the playground. It was a beautiful day for December. 

Since then, they have had a lot of snow and some frigid temperatures. But yesterday I got pictures of them in that beautiful Colorado sunshine breaking up ice on the deck. Oliver had bare feet. Oh how that CO sun warms so wonderfully. It is very difficult for me to understand how the thermometer can say 50 and it feel 70. I just don't get it. I understand how ours can say 50 and feel like 30. I  get wind chill, and dampness... but I certainly don't understand the opposite affect. But if I lived there, I wouldn't worry about understanding it, I'd just spend my time appreciating that sun.

Keeping things positive is important. In Philippians 4:8 , the Bible encourages positive thinking.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."  

Negative thinking does not bring positive results.