Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
- It's time to write things down that are crowding my mind. We have so much going on.
- I'm working on getting my cholesterol down and some pounds off. I need to please my doctor so I'm walking two miles several times a week. Today was one of my days and I walked it in record time! I hesitate to write the time because it may be slow to some of my readers. But just remember I'm 71...and a half! I walked 2 miles in 40 minutes. I think I could cut that down to 30 minutes if I try really hard. We have eggs almost every morning for breakfast. I'm careful how I cook them, either boiling them or frying them with Pam. I seldom eat bacon. One slice of toast. BUT...I'm thinking I need to go to a bowl of Cheerios and a banana. Or something similar. So we'll see.
- Besides trying to please my doctor, I have my first grandson, Andrew, getting married! I don't want to be a fat grandma. I've got to go shopping for a dress soon...
- A very dear friend of mine lost her husband a couple of days ago. He had cancer and lost the battle. My heart aches for her. She lives in Europe so I can't go to her. She's in my prayers.
- I'm so privileged to get to help out with our new grandchildren. By new I mean the adopted brother and sister, Elmise is eight and Armon is five. They are precious children. I learned a new lesson one day when I heard Jessica, my daughter-in-law, pointing them out to someone. They are from Haiti so you know they are black. We were in a restaurant and had to sit separately because of a lack of room. The children were on stools at a counter and the adults were at a table. She was pointing out her three children to the waiter so he'd know what order was for each one. She described Elmise as the little girl with braids and the red jacket; Armon was the little boy with the blue jacket. I've been pondering that ever since. I would have just blurted out the two black children. But she with love and pride in her voice simply told the color of their clothes! I learned a lesson that day.
- I love all my grandchildren. Since these latest two have been adopted and live right next door to us, we're privileged to see and interact with them often. Rob and Jessica have crazy work hours so I get to take Haleigh, Elmise, and Armon to school a couple of times a week. Once in a while I also pick them up after school.
As I've gotten to know them I see characteristics that stand out. Folks are always asking me about them so maybe this will give you a clearer picture of them.
Elmise is a darling little girl who loves to cook and clean! She has a nice singing voice. She's the life of the party! Very vivacious and lively!
Armon is a darling little boy. Just the thought of him brings a smile to my face! He's very active. He loves to play, is very interested in cars...real cars! He's very handsome now so I can imagine when he gets older! He also seems to be quite musical.
Haleigh is a proud big sister. She's very helpful with her new siblings and is very protective of them.
- I just watched five or six deer go through our back yard. This is one of my favorite things to do!
- My new friend, Dennis, has moved away. I had interviewed him for the newsletter I'm editor of. Because his life style was so foreign to me it took three afternoons of getting together before I could write out his story! God has worked a miracle in his life. Through the interview and writing we became very good friends. He left on Monday. He knows I'll be praying for him everyday.
- A close friend of ours has been diagnosed with breast cancer. There was a special healing service for her on Sunday.
- Heavenly Father, I love You and I praise You because of Who You Are. You are Sovereign, In Control, Love, Mercy and Grace, Life... Forgive me for taking You for granted. Thank You for my health. Help me to lower my cholesterol and my weight. Thank You for my friends. Please be with Vivian as she grieves the loss of her husband. Thank You for all 15 of my grandchildren. Thank You for the privilege of my being able to be involved with the ones next door. Help me to be an example of Jesus to them. Please be with Dennis where ever he settles down. Keep him close to You. Please be with Dianne as she makes decisions on what treatments, surgery, etc.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Dear Lord, I wonder why we have mosquitoes and I thank You for the ways of controlling them.
Sunday morning and they are getting ready for church. They dressed in my bedroom because I have a full length mirror. Here they are putting on their make-up and brushing their hair.
Ted and his girls: Isabella and Sydney. They love their daddy.
I caught a ride home later with Joanne. She always picks up our cans for recycling and I was telling her as we drove in that it's too bad we didn't have the cans ready for her so she could take them tonight instead of a later time. As we drove on through the yard and came to the house there in the middle of the drive was a plastic bag full of- you guessed it - tin cans! Jerry got them ready and put them out where we couldn't miss them!
Lord, thank You for a very full and wonderful weekend. If only the Loons had won! Thank You for our wonderful family and friends.
Friday, April 09, 2010
At 2:30 the girls and I were to pick up the kids at school for Rob & Jessica. We got there a little early (2:00) and thought we could just sit in the library (looking at books) while we waited for school to dismiss. The staff was so wonderful to us. When they heard Sydney and Bella hadn't met Elmise and Armon yet they insisted on taking them into their classrooms so they could meet! Then a couple of 1st graders took them on a tour of the school! As they went by Haleigh's classroom she happened to look out the door and saw them. She came running out into the hall and all three girls hugged and laughed, they were so happy to see each other...then Haleigh went back to class until dismissal.
We're on our way to Daddy-O's for supper. Elmise and Bella rode with me. Sydney rode with Haleigh and Armon, Rob & Jessica. Elmise had her 8th birthday a few weeks ago and Bella will have her 8th birthday in two weeks. They seem to have hit it off! Yeah!
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
It started out good...we watched six deer wonder through our woods beside and behind our house. That was first thing this morning.
Then I noticed the cushions on our chairs out on the deck were still out...oh no. I got them out on Sunday so we could sit out as the kids had their egg hunt. We never did sit on them. Well, I forgot all about them and now here it is Tuesday. It rained almost all night last night. Those cushions are not to be left out. So they're now in the garage draining the water in them.
Next I drove Haleigh, Elmise, and Armon to school. That's my privilege once in a while.
I needed to print out about ten more newsletters, seven to mail and three to have on hand as extras. Oops...out of ink. I put in new cartridges and printed out two. The second one was way to red, and no blue. Okay...I have a small set in reserve so I replaced the blue one and printed out the PTN. Good job!
Jerry drove me to town to mail the newsletters because the gas tank was empty and he knows how I hate to pump gas! Speedway gas was $2.95! Yesterday it was $2.71! He only put in $20.00...less than half a tank.
We also stopped at the ink cartridge store to take the blue cartridge back that wouldn't print. I just bought it yesterday! Well, of course, the owner who had waited on my yesterday wasn't there. His daughter waited on me and I got no sympathy or satisfaction from her. In fact, I brought the cartridge back home to try again. What a wasted trip that was.
As we drove past the Meijer gas station we noticed gas was still $2.71! Jerry pulled in and filled the tank!
At Meijer's store, just as I was getting out of the car, we saw a new friend that I've been praying for. Jerry parked and Dennis and I stood in the rain! and talked and talked. He's having a really rough time and is moving away. It was so good to connect before he leaves town. The bad part? Jerry was waiting in the car...not a fun thing to do for very long. I still had to go in the store. Thank goodness I only had three items I needed to buy. Jerry was good about it but still I felt bad causing him to sit there for so long.
At 2:15 I left to pick up the grand kids from school so Rob could sleep a little longer. He's working nights so he needs to sleep as long as he can. I thought we had talked about it. Oh oh! Rob came walking into the school just as the kids were let out. He didn't realize I was picking them up. So a little miscommunication there.
Jerry took me to Pi's Asian Express for supper. I got cashew chicken and Jerry got beef & broccoli. Egg drop soup and egg rolls came with it. It was very good. He thought I needed to go out after my rough day.
It's been raining all day long. It's spring and we need rain. The lightning and loud crashes of thunder we could do without. Lightning scares me really bad.
So what a day this has been. Thank goodness there was good mixed in with the bad.
Lord, I praise You because You are Sovereign and In Control. You know about our frustrations and our joys. Thank You for loving us and keeping us.
Monday, April 05, 2010
Sunday, April 04, 2010
My name is Anita and I believe Jesus Christ is alive!
This morning when I got up I had one of my bad spells where I was very weak and had to lie back down for about an hour. I felt like I was going to pass out. Jerry brought me some crackers and coffee and later orange juice and a muffin. I'll tell my doctor again when I go to see him next month. I've felt fine the rest of the day!
The sermon today was so good, as usual. Pastor ended with: My name is David and I believe Jesus Christ is alive. Then any and all who wanted to say the same thing, only with their own name, were invited to stand and say outloud, my name is Anita, or whatever their name was, and I Believe Jesus Christ is alive!