Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Lord, You know how little things can and do frustrate me. Please give me patience and understanding.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Lord, thank You for helping me to find this movie to watch. It was so good. It was so clean. Thank You.
Thank You, Lord, for beautiful autumn days. Thank You for my health so I can do this heavy cleaning. Thank You for our home, which actually belongs to You. Help me keep it pleasant and homey.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Lord, thank You for Max! He's a fine boy. Please keep Your Hand upon him as he grows. Choices that he makes during these teen years can affect him for the rest of his life. Guide him. Watch over him. Draw him to Yourself.
Lord, thank You for Armon. Thank You for bringing him into our lives! Please watch over him while he's still in Haiti. Please help this money to be raised soon so he can come here to live with his new family. Please also be with his birth Mother. Comfort her and help her to trust in You.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This is so funny...I've been listening to beautiful Christian music on a blog that I love to read each day. Suddenly, oops, guess that's the end of the Christian songs for a while anyway. But they're also very nice songs: I Can See Clearly Now, and others. Good choices, Brenda!
Lord, thank You for computers. Thank You for Pastor Eric. Thank You for helping me get my sound back!
Monday, September 22, 2008
I also love the feel of fall in the air. The crispness is refreshing. The leaves turning colors: red, yellow, brown, etc. There's just something wonderful about autumn. So I also clean my house from top to bottom.
Heavenly Father, I love You. Your Creativity amazes me...such variety...such brilliance...such majesty!
I will praise You, O Lord, with all my heart.
I will tell of all your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
Now today we set up the ladder again and cleaned the high (very high) fans above the living room/loft and the master bedroom. It's my last time to clean the fans...I turn old age next month and that's too old to climb the ladder so high to clean the fan! So next spring we'll see what happens!
Next will be the windows again... It seems like I'm always washing windows! But it makes such a big difference and makes the house seem so clean so it's worth the work.
Lord, thank You for my health so I can do this heavy cleaning twice a year. Thank You for our log home and for all of Your many, many blessings to us. I love You and I praise You.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
The first picture here isn't really very good but it shows the whole plant. I took it because it shows six flowers blooming all at once. Actually, there were eight flowers but you can't see two of them.
#1 question: do they require a lot of sun? We live in the woods...no, they don't take a lot of sun. Mine get some but not a lot. I put them outside during the summer, they seem to love the fresh air. #2 question: is it worth it to bring them inside during the winter? These are the two plants Gene bought for me in Chicago about 4 or 5 years ago; I think when we were there for Andrew's high school graduation! I've brought them in every year. The peach colored flower is the one Jerry pruned way down to almost nothing. It took three years for it to come back and bloom, but it made it! The rose colored has had more flowers this summer than ever before and still has several buds to bloom! The plants get so dead looking in the winter I'm always tempted to throw them out. If Jerry had his way, we would! But then I think about how they come to in the spring and how they thrive during the summer and I just can't throw them out! It'll soon be time to bring them in again, oh boy, where to put them?! I'll find a place... Lord, You are the Creator. You must have had a good time creating such a variety of flowers, birds, animals, etc. I praise You.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
So we're disappointed...and praying for the Lord to supply the funds that are needed. International adoption is terribly costly. Don't ask me why. I have no idea. I only know Rob and Jessica are opening their hearts and home to two little Haitian children (brother and sister) and trusting God to provide the funds.
They've sold what toys they had, motorcycle, 4 wheeler, camping trailer, etc. A hot tub was given to them about a year ago and they even considered selling it. Last night Rob was getting it ready for himself and Jessica to relax in before going to bed...the heater didn't work. What a disappointment. There's no money to fix it so Rob drained it.
Heavenly Father, I praise You because You are In Control. You own the cattle on a thousand hills! You are Sovereign. Forgive us for doubting You. Thank You for the soft hearts of Rob and Jessica. Thank You for giving them a desire to do their part of helping out the starving children of Haiti. You know Elmise and Armon. You have a plan for their lives. You also know about Rob and Jessica. You have a plan for them and for their family. You know about the enormous finances for adopting international children. You also know this would be an impossible feat for Rob and Jessica to do on their own. A lot of money has been raised so far but it's not nearly enough. They need your help, Lord. I love You.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I'm sorry I forget this girl's name with Christiana and Haleigh. She's been to Haiti several times and has really been behind Rob & Jessica and this adoption. This picture was taken while we were still setting up.
There were lots of snacks for folks to munch on and lots of ice water. Lindsay helped set this up.
I wish I had a count of how many folks were there! This picture is of Rob & Jessica talking to a former neighbor of ours before we moved to our present house. Tim was her paperboy and she really liked him. When she saw this in the paper she knew it had to be our family so she came! And that reminds me, our city newspaper has done a fine job of keeping this story covered.
The Holiday Inn donated their Garden Room for the silent auction. It's a beautiful large room. Tables with white cloths were spaced all around so folks could wander around and look at the merchandise. This smiling person was one of Jerry's nurses when he had his first bout with cancer! I will always be grateful to her.
Our nephew, Bob, and Diane talking with Rob. We appreciate everyone who came.
And now for the big news... are you wondering how much money was taken in? I hope so! $2825.00!
Thank You, Lord! This is truly wonderful! How I praise You because You have a plan for each one of us. Thank You for Elmise and Armon and for the plan You have for their lives! Thank You for Rob & Jessica and for their obedience to You. This is a HUGE step they're taking. Please continue guiding them and providing for the enormous finances.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I helped him some but he did most of the work. He really worked too hard, he's worn out tonight. We bought this new 18 years ago. It has served us well and will continue for a few more years. We probably won't take it on any more long trips but we'll keep it to use for family camp. I've always wanted to take it up to Alaska but I've about given up that dream. Oh well, we've taken it all over the country and down into Mexico twice. We have wonderful memories! Thank You, Lord, for our camper. Thank You for the wonderful memories we have. Thank You for Your Protective Care over us.
We now have, along with the all rest of you: cable TV, unlimited long distance, and high speed Internet. There is a difference in our TV but not as much as you would expect. We had excellent reception with our antenna, so there's a small difference but not much. We only have basic viewing so we don't have 500 channels to choose from.
I am relieved now to be able to call whomever I want, and whenever I want (except Tim's family) without using a calling card. It was always upstairs if I was downstairs and vice versa. I won't have 500 numbers to dial everytime I want to call someone long distance! This I especially appreciate. Our phone number is staying the same. We now also have caller ID. I like that.
The high speed internet I appreciate so we're not tying up the phone line any more. It's nice to
always be on-line. The waiting is no longer! I'm having to get used to it though because with AOL I had so many wonderful features that I'll no longer have. It took me a few very frustrating minutes to realize my favorites were no where in sight! Then I saw bookmarks. I'm having to transfer all my favorites to bookmarks. I'm afraid I'm going to lose all my saved mail. I haven't figured out what to do about that yet. I can't cancel out our AOL account until I get this all taken care of to my satisfaction.
Our e-mail address will stay the same unless I tell you differently. That's a nice thing. Or I may have two different accounts. I'll have to let you know.
Heavenly Father, I praise You because You are All Knowing. Nothing comes to You as a surprise. You knew about 9/11 before it happened, yet You are In Control. I don't understand it, but yet, I Praise You.
Thank You for our Charter Bundle. Help me to not take these conveniences for granted. Please give me strength for the day. Help me to make adjustments in these areas without frustration. Help me to lean upon You for my strength.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
For several years now this bedraggled turkey center piece and another one just like it have been making the rounds of the MFMC women. We never know when it's going to show up! What were the odds that a little girl would have the plate with the number on the bottom and win the turkey???
Lord, thank You for good clean fun and good fellowship. Thank You for Katie and good sportsmanship.
Pastor Eric and Susie with Jolie and Katie also crashed our party! That's okay...we love party crashers!
Heavenly Father, thank You for our pastors. They are truly men of God. At the same time, they know how to have fun. Please help Pastor Eric and Susie to sell their house in Lansing so they can buy one here and get settled as a family.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
I guess I'll number the pictures so you can see the order I meant.
#6. We had so much food - the salads were on a second table and the desserts on a third table! Here we see Judy, Jerry, Mary, & Marge.
#1. We had our first senior supper of the new conference year. Bob & Judy, Joan & Penn co-hosted. It was a great time!
#3. It was a rainy day so the location was changed from the home of Bob & Judy to the church. This canopy came in handy for cooking outside. Did it really take all these men to cook the hobo stew? Harold, Tim, Penn, Al, Herb, Dave, & Larry?
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I'm plant sitting now! Our neighbor's behind us are on a cruise to Alaska! I'm keeping her Azalea plant. (I think that's what it is.) So I've traded a puppy for a plant! I'm doing my best to keep it alive and well.
We went to Logan's tonight for their special and both of us ordered a different meal than we usually do. Jerry always has steak (we had steak here yesterday) and I usually have salmon but we saw Rob & Jessica there and they were having teriaki(I don't know how to spell it) chicken on rice. It looked so good so we both ordered it. It was good and we're glad we had it. But we'll probably have our usual next week again, but you never know... By the way, Logan's have extended their special to include Wednesday! God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. By His Hand we all are fed. Give us, Lord, our daily bread. Amen.
The pontoon gave rides to anyone interested! Lots of folks went.
Thank you, Lord, for a wonderful day of relaxation and fun.