Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Little Levity

It seems that much that we see and hear these days is very serious, yet we need a laugh now and then. While we were in Colorado, our grand dog, Rado perked up when PaPa would read Bible Stories. It was quite cute, so we took advantage of his interest and I made this page to remember how cute he was.

On a more serious note, I'm posting an email I received second hand today. It originated as The Daily Encourager. I'm not sure who is responsible for it; howevcr, I do recognize the Bible verse. It is a good message for us now.

Eagles in the Storm

Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages, below the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.

When the storms of life come upon us ... and all of us will experience them...we can rise above them by setting our minds and our belief toward God.

The storms do not have to overcome us. We can allow God's power to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure, and disappointment into our lives. We can soar above the storm. Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we handle them.
"Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on  wings like eagles." Isaiah 40:31a


Friday, July 25, 2014


Caleb  puts his iPhone to good use, sharpening his photography skills. I wish I had one of the pictures he took that day for this layout, but I don't, so I finished the page anyway.

Oh my, I never would have guessed that people all over the county would be talking about Obamacare.  There seems to be a lot of hatred out there to make them talk to complete strangers in reckless abandon, not caring what others think. A complete stranger told me today that she had been a Democrat until about 5 years ago, at which time she switched parties and she has been taking all her neighbors to do the same.  Individuals are talking in grocery lines, on sidewalks, in public waiting rooms, restaurants, everywhere.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Statue of Liberty

I'm not sure how many copies of the Statue of Liberty there are, but I know that we have one here at the lakes in Ohio and Ft Collins, CO has one in its City Park.  It is a beloved monument in the states. It declares our freedom from foreign rule. It declares our personal freedom of choice. We have not been told what to do and when to do it. We can choose for ourselves how we want to live our lives.

But recently there have been those who have risen to power  who want to rule over us, to tell us how to live everyday, to make us into subjects instead of free spirits. It is not a good thing. Even though there are many asleep or that have already been brainwashed in socialist schools, there are still many who are alert to what is happening day to day.

Please pray that our God gives us our freedoms back soon, and that we can use them responsibly.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Gramma's Vacation

This photo was taken the day we arrived at John's and Beth's house from the airport.  We had a very special time with  the boys, Caleb and Oliver. Of course, there was much more interaction with this 4 year old who knew us well.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Oliver Walks

Oliver just started crawling a few days ago, and now he is determined  to walk. He is just 7 months old.  

It is cute to watch Caleb help Oliver accomplish this fete. Looks like they can be real buddies now.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fireworks at the Lakes

July 4th has come and gone.  Our liberty has come and gone as well. At least it is on its way out. But as long as I'm permitted to salute this flag and celebrate the birth of this nation, I will. We have been the best nation ever...and if you are from another country, you might feel the same about your country. That is your prerogative and mine.  I will continue to say, God Bless America because He has and I pray He will in the future.

Every year we have fireworks over the lakes. It is a privately funded celebration. There is no government involvement.  Private citizens and businesses choose to support the fireworks display. Every year, we take the boat out on the lake to watch the art work in the sky and we are never disappointed.

I may have written earlier about this... many of our neighbors around the lakes buy their own supply of pyrotechnics and entertain the rest of us night after night. Although I've heard many people in other parts of the country complain about that kind of thing, I've not heard complaints here. I love it.