Saturday, May 31, 2008
I'm edtor of Prime Time News, a bi-weekly newsletter for the seniors, age 50+, in our church. I have a front page feature called Getting To Know You. I interview folks and then write up their story. People seem to like that feature, and the entire newsletter. I love writing it and consider it a ministry given to me by the Lord. When I started it last September I had no idea what I was doing. My older brother has been writing a newsletter for 10 years, and I didn't even know it! He's been a big help to me the last month or so, giving me ideas and corrections. It's now a paper I can be proud of! I print out 50 copies to be handed out, and I send about 18-20 by e-mail. It keeps me busy and out of trouble! Jerry is my biggest critic and fan!
So there you have it...
Lord, thank you for family. Thank you for times when we can all get together. Please help everyone to arrive safely. Thank you for the privelege of writing Prime Time News. Thank you for the help Richard has given me.
Friday, May 30, 2008
I've got the next Prime Time News ready for print. This afternoon I'm going for another interview...a highlight in my life as editor! This job, if it can be called a job, is a gift from God! If you take the newsletter and notice some improvements, thank my big brother! He's helping me, big time!
I'm doing some heavy house cleaning, because it's spring and because we've got company coming! Yea, all our kids and grandchildren are coming! I really can't wait. I still have lots to do to get ready but it's coming. Our new queen size bed arrived so we're all set up in our guest room. It looks good! I'll post pictures later.
Thank you, Lord, for rain and for flowers and veggies. Thank you for gifts from God and for brothers who see a need and risk helping. Thank you for company and incentives for cleaning!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
A colorful middle school band!
Tuba's belong in a parade!
Thank you, Lord, for the fun and excitment of a parade!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Kiddy corner across the street we found our friends Tim & Dee, about four of their nine kids plus Dee's parents and an aunt.
In the back window of this fire truck is my great nephew, Ryan! I think it dawned on him who this person was waving and taking a picture because all of a sudden he stuck his head out the window, smiling and waving. But I wasn't ready so I missed a good shot!
Here is Sally. They were pulling a wagon with folk music singers and players.
Duane is driving his John Deere tractor. Just ahead of him was his son and grandson driving another John Deere.
This is Marilyn giving a friendly wave.
Thank you, Lord, for friends. Thank you for parades. Today's parade was in honor of all the guys and girls who have given their lives for us in battle. Thank you for the USA where we are free.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
DEAR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. I RECEIVED AN EMAIL TONIGHT FROM ROB… HE ASKED THAT EVERYONE WOULD PLEASE PRAY FOR ELMISE. SHE IS STILL VERY SHY, AND WE DONT KNOW WHAT HAS GONE ON IN HER SHORT LIFE, BUT ROB WOULD SURE LIKE TO CONNECT WITH HER MORE IN THE LAST TWO DAYS THAT HE HAS WITH HER. ARMON IS VERY ATTACHED TO PAPA ROB ALREADY, SO I THINK HAVING ONE THAT WONT LET GO AND ONE THAT IS SO CAUTIOUS IS HARD FOR ROB… BUT HE IS THE MOST PATIENT MAN I KNOW, SO I KNOW WHEN ELMISE IS READY, ROB WILL BE RIGHT THERE FOR HER. IF YOU COULD ALL PRAY THAT THE NEXT FEW DAYS WOULD BE A TIME FOR THE WALL TO COME DOWN A BIT, THAT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO US! WE DONT KNOW WHEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO GO TO HAITI AGAIN, SO WE ARE HOPING THAT A GOOD CONNECTION IS MADE DURING THIS TRIP. THANK YOU ALL FOR READING AND PRAYING…
Thank you Lord, for Elmise and Armon. You have a plan for their lives just as You have for our kids here in the USA. You know all about Elmise and any problems she has with getting close to Rob and others. You know Rob's heart. Please help them both to bond. I love You, Lord.
Here are the girls eating supper together. Going left: Isabella, Haleigh, Rachel, Sydney, Beth, and Abbey. Pigs-in-a-blanket and macaroni and cheese are a good birthday supper!
Here's the horse cake. It'll pass in the dark if it's dark enough! His bridal isn't quite right but we'll eat him before he gets away!
Sydney ready to blow the candles out of her horse cake. She thinks it's grand! That's all that matters! Thank you, Lord, for Sydney. Thank you for all the little girls that came to celebrate her birthday. Please keep them in Your Watchful Care.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I was at a missions committee meeting this evening. It was one of the most profittable meetings I've been to in a while. I think we accomplished much. You'll hear about things happening in the near and far future.
We had a lonely turkey wonder through our yard this week! They're really messy but it's still fun to watch them.
Today we bought paint for the guest room! A very light green. I also bought a comforter, sheets, pillow cases, shams and a mattress pad for the new bed which we haven't bought yet! I'll paint the room tomorrow and hopefully Friday we can buy the bed. It's going to look like a whole new room! I'm quite excited about it.
Sydney called today to order her birthday cake for this weekend...a horse! I asked if it could be just a horse's head. She said no, a full horse, a white horse! White cake and white frosting. I told her I'm not an artist but I'll do the best I can. I hope all my friends out in blogger's world will pray for me!!! That's a big assignment!
Well, I guess that's enough chatting for this evening. Lord, thank you for being with us in the every day things of life. I love You and I want my life to tell of You.
I took this dahlia with a bee last summer on Dahlia Hill. I love it and smile every time I see it.
So there you have my first installment of Five Things That Make Me Smile! Anyone else up to taking up the challenge?
Heavenly Father, I am so blessed! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Matt's feet and Rob.
A final family time... Tyler, Jessica, Haleigh, & Rob.
A tearful good-bye...
Off they go...good-bye!
Lord, thank you for this opportunity for Rob to go to Haiti, especially to meet Elmise and Armon. Please help them to have a really good time of getting acquainted. Help their initial meeting to be all that it should be. Keep the guys safe in their travels. Give them good flights. Help Rob, Jon, and Matt to have a good bonding time with each other and to accomplish much good.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
This Trillium, is in our yard because a friend planted it here! In fact, we have three! Sadly, our woods doesn't have any trillium's. Well, maybe a few but not many like some woods. Our friend, Julie, bought these plants to plant in her boyfriend's yard. Then they broke up! So she planted them in our yard! We were gone...when we came home we found a note telling us where they were planted! It was nice for us but sad for her. Since they don't multiply or spread I need to buy some more to plant.
These are apple blossoms in our flowering crabb tree. The tree that the ruffed grouse ate from on snowy days and that we discovered Eastern Bluebirds eating from for a week early in the spring! Sadly, the tree doesn't have very many flowers on it this year. I don't know what the birds will do next spring.
Pretty little violets. So tiny and delicate and pretty. Thank You, Lord, for the beautiful flowers of spring! Only a God of Love could and would create such beauty.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
For everyone who asks, receives; he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:10
The robins built up the nest in the tree beside the front porch. When the mourning doves had it it was really quite flimsy! Now it's a sturdy well built nest! But, we haven't seen the robins since yesterday morning! They seem to have abandoned it! It's so strange! We haven't bothered them, watching mainly from inside the house.
We had a friend come yesterday afternoon to visit the sick!!! (Jerry) We invited her to stay for supper, which she did. It was very nice of her to come. We love company! Come again! And, the rest of you, come and visit! Coffee or tea, we're always ready! And...we just might invite you to stay for supper!
And let us conder how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrew 10:24-25.
Friday, May 09, 2008
A friend asked if I would take a picture of the buttons Jerry has been making. So here it is. The buttons are made of oak, the grain is different on each one. These are for the bags we've been making to sell for the adoption fund for the Haitian children of Rob & Jessica. Lord, thank you for giving Jerry the ability and know how to make buttons. A lot of money was saved by not having to buy them.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Well, now, this is strange! The birds we're watching this morning aren't mourning doves! They're robins! They've taken over the nest and are remaking it! I hope the mourning doves don't come home soon!
Lord, thank you for the birds, all kinds! I praise You because You are Love. "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31 (mourning doves, robins, etc.)
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Lord, I'm amazed at your love, understanding, patience, plans, etc. for all of us, and for the adoption of Elmise and Armon. Thank you, thank you, thank you!