Tuesday, December 30, 2008
This is Sydney's other shirt she bought yesterday at Kohl's. It's really cute with a hood. She's a sweet girl who is getting very particular about her clothes! It's an age thing!!! Actually it's a good thing!
Thank You, Lord, for Sydney. Please be with her as she's growing up so quickly. Help her to make wise choices with her clothes, her friends, movies she watches, music she listens to, etc. Help her to feel You with her.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Thank You, Lord, for good times shopping with Christmas gift cards.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Lord, I praise You because You are Sovereign and In
Control. You know about this rain and how slippery it's going to be on the roads and highways tonight and tomorrow morning. Please keep travelers safe.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Rob and Jessica and Haleigh came over so we exchanged gifts with them and then had lunch together. That was fun. Ted, Sydney, and Isabella are coming today so we still have a gift exchange to go.
We talked on the phone to all our kids, which was very nice. Actually we talked to Tim, Shauna, Annie, and Kaleb a couple days earlier because they were going to Indonesia over Christmas. I called my mom and had a nice visit with her. But I actually had to cut it short because we had trouble hearing each other.
Lord, thank You for Christmas. Thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus. Thank You for my family. What a beautiful time of year.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Today was Grandma's birthday! (Jerry's mother) She had been a Christmas baby! When these pictures were taken she was 75! She lived to be 91! Today she would have been 103! Wow! We had a birthday party for her at our house for her 75th birthday. The whole family came, which was a whole house full! All of Grandma's kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids! Even Santa Claus came! He brought a gift for each child. In the picture he's handing one to Kurt. It was a very exciting day for everyone. Santa's appearance was a complete surprise to everyone, except my family and then even our younger kids didn't know. It was such a fun day!
Lord, I have such wonderful memories. Thank You for memories, family, birthdays, Christmas! Thank You for the meaning of Christmas. Help us to always keep you first.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I have so many memories of Christmas past so I think I'll write about them. I'll start with my childhood. I remember being so excited and thinking Christmas morning would never arrive. I was a child in the 40's and money was scarce...but I don't remember ever being disappointed on Christmas morning.
The year of 1947 my mom's sister, Aunt Lou, came through for us. Aunt Lou and Uncle Al had only one child, Judy. She and I were best friends. But Judy loved horses, not dolls! They knew my parents had little money so Aunt Lou went shopping for dolls! She also made clothes for them! Lorraine and I were so happy!
The next year, 1948, I wanted a scooter. It was in the Sears catalog, red and white, with a brake! I dreamed about that scooter. I don't know how my folks could afford to buy it for me, after all they had three other kids to buy for too. But Christmas morning there it was. I loved my scooter. I was in third grade that year.
I have lots of wonderful memories of Christmas with Jerry and our children, too. An outstanding memory is of our five kids getting up at 6:00 on Christmas morning (every year) and singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas! They thought they were waking us up but we were always already awake! How could we not be with them shushing each other and saying, "Shhh, be quiet, you'll wake up Mom and Dad." Of course we always let them think they woke us up! But one year, at about 3:00 am, we were awakened by one little boy singing at the top of his lungs, We Wish You a Merry Christmas! I had to go out and convince Teddy it was still night time and he had to go back to bed. At 6:00 o'clock he was up singing with the rest of the kids!
Then there was the year, a couple of years after Pam was married, that the phone rang at 6:00! We were still in bed, the kids just about ready to start singing. I answered the phone and Pam was on the other end of the line wishing us a Merry Christmas. Then she told us some exciting news! She was expecting her first baby! I didn't really know if I should believe her or if she was kidding me! She convinced me it was for real! That baby was our first grandchild, Andrew.
Another wonderful memory was Jerry's mother coming to our house every Christmas morning to watch the kids open their gifts. She was an early riser so she always came by 6:00! Some years she came before 6:00, more like 5:30! Our house was still dark, we were still sleeping...she'd have to sit in her car and wait until 6:00 when the kids woke us up! The last several years of her life we had her come on Christmas Eve and stay all night so she was already there in the morning.
One more memory I must write about. Ted was grown now and in college and working. He was working at a boys ranch for troubled boys. He told me he wouldn't be able to come home for Christmas, he was scheduled to work. I couldn't believe it! I told him to tell his boss he had to go home. He explained to me that someone had to be there with the boys and most of the other workers were married with families so it was more important for them to have the time off. I was so disappointed. Our kids were growing up and life, as it had been for years, was changing. Well, I tried to accept the fact that Ted wouldn't be home but I was very sad. Christmas morning two cars came driving up the driveway! One was Jerry's mother and the other was Ted! He came in loaded down with presents for everyone! He said his boss told him to go on home! He had about a 2 1/2 or 3 hour drive to get home but he was there at 6:00 AM. That was a wonderful Christmas and I'm left with a wonderful memory!
Lord, thank You for Christmas, for the birth of Your Son, Jesus. Thank You for the wonderful memories I have of Christmas past. Help us to remember Jesus Is The Reason For The Season.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Heavenly Father, thank You for Katie. Thank You for Andrew and Katie. Help them as they make these big important plans. Guide their lives together. Help them to seek after You.
Thank You, Lord, for Neil's life. Thank You for allowing Jerry and me to go to Nebraska and get to know Neil and Maxine. I feel so sad and yet so blessed.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thank You, Lord, for giving the doctors wisdom in how to help Joan. Please help her doctor to know how to adjust her medicine.
Heavenly Father, I praise You because You are our Healer. Thank You for Joan and for our friendship. Please touch her body. Help the doctors to know how to treat her and to get her blood sugar adjusted.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Thank You, Lord, for Dad. Thank You for the wonderful memories I have of him. Thank You for those precious hours You gave us with him on Dec. 18, 2005. Thank You for his heavenly home today and that some day I'll see him again.
Lord, thank You for creativity. Thank You for the reason for the season. Thank You for Jesus.
Monday, December 15, 2008
We went out for breakfast this morning to Omelet's and More. Three couples met: Penn & Joan, Dave & Naomi, and Jerry & me. It was so fun. We just relaxed and drank coffee, and ate and drank coffee, and talked, and drank coffee, and told stories, and drank coffee, etc. By the way, the coffee was free!
The men are working again on the city water going past us. This morning they hooked us up at the road. That'll be another $125.00. This is a very expensive venture. We still have to be hooked up at the house and a meter added. Don't forget the meter! From here on out we'll have to pay a water bill! They also have to flush out all the lines.
Today I worked on the newsletter most of the day. It'll soon be ready. When I say I worked on the newsletter it means I mainly sat all day...not good.
Jerry took me to Bob Evans for supper tonight. We both had beef tips and noodles. Very good. So we ate out twice today! Whoa!
Lord, thank You for friends, and good times. Please help us on these cold, cold days to be warm.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I could have just edited the blog and written it in but not many would have read it again so I decided to write an amendment.
Lord, thank You for Pam, Christy, Lisa, and Lorraine, and Vel for taking the picture. We were having such a good time. We made some good memories. Please lead each one of us in our separate lives. Draw us close to You.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Let me tell you more about that morning! Christy was staying over at Lisa's house. The first morning when Christy opened her bedroom door, the two parrots screamed (very loudly) at her and the Great Dane met her at her door! Rather scary!!!
Lisa made breakfast and she and Christy brought it to us at Bill's house Friday morning! It was pumpkin pancakes! Mmmmm! It was so good! My first time to eat pumpkin pancakes, I didn't think I would like it. Wrong, again. I loved it.
Lord, thank You again for family. Thank You for the memories I have of my week in Colorado.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Lord, bless Christy with Your Presence today. Thank You for her life. Please be with her as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend. Keep her safe and healthy. Give her a good day today on her special day.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Lord, Thank You for Rob. Bless him as head of his growing family. Keep him close to You. Help him to lean on You for his Strength. Please give him a good day today.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Thank You, Lord, for the safe travels for Pam and Christy. It's so wonderful to all be together with Mother (Grandma). Thank You for family.
Lord, once again, You know about the weather. You know about my girls traveling today. Please help them to arrive safely.
Lord, thank You for Mother. Thank You for this home and for the residents and for the workers. Thank You for the boldness she had when she first went there to pray out loud in front of all the others. It's good to know their reaction and their respect for her. Lord, I ask that You honor her request to take her home soon. I love You, Lord.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Lord, how can I say thanks? I Praise You because You are Sovereign. Thank You for my mom and for the good day we had today.
Lord, thank You for the safe trip here. Please be with us, be especially with my mom. Thank You for her. Watch over Jerry at home.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Lord, thank You for clearing the weather up. Please be with me as I travel to Colorado to see my mom. Be with her, especially. Give us a good time together. Please be with Pam and Christy as they travel to Colorado on Thursday. Also please, be with Bill and Vel as they put up with me.
Lord, thank You for Maddie. Please keep Your Hand upon her as she grows. Help her to learn about You and to always love You.