His Mercy

"His Mercies Are New Every Morning"

A Thought

In this life we can not always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.." :) Mother Teresa

Prayer Quote

“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis


I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)

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Monday, September 30, 2019

The Front Porch

We have lived a lot of life on our front porch.  I love that when we have family gatherings, no matter the weather, we can all go out there and just hang out and talk, or play games, watch the kids and just have a wonderful time.

Mike and Erika started a project last summer and it turned out wonderfully, I think. :)  It is so nice to just walk out the front door and straight down to the bbq and the tables.  It is also a lovely place for new flowers.

My Dabba

I have written about my Dabba many times.  This November 2nd, she would have been 99.

I was not able to see her again.  I wanted to so badly, but she was just too far away. We did however talk on the phone now and then. 

Dabba was one of the most important, influential people in my life. She taught me so much about love and acceptance, strength and humility.  She possessed an inner strength like nobody I have ever met.  And she was witty and funny. 

EVERYBODY needs a Dabba in their lives.

She got her name from our nephew Sean, who was the very first grand child. He couldn't say gramma and called her Dabba.  And that was her name forever! Even if she went to another country, which she did many times... those she met knew her as Dabba.  :)

One of the special things that happened a couple of years ago, was that our sons, all made a trek to visit her, knowing that at 97, she didn't have much more time.
The other reason they were going was to forgive their bio dad.  He lived not too far away from her and was being cared for by his brother and his wife.

I am SO PLEASED that our guys took the time with our nephew to go and visit her and to visit him.

It was not long after, that the boys bio father passed away from a chemo treatment gone bad.

What a blessing that it was for them to be able to visit both together on a special guy trek, and to have some closure for past events in their lives.

There is a great photo of them all sitting playing spades together and their bio father watching intently from his chair. 

If you didn't know already, Mike adopted the guys when they were little, about 28 years ago.
So technically all 8 of our kiddos were adopted. :)

I miss my Dabba and think of her all the time.  What a blessing she was and continues to be.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Remembering.... This is a season of Thankfulness and Hope

Fall always reminds me of reasons to be thankful.  I just went through some random photos and could not help being so very thankful for such a rich life.  It is a life filled with love, joy and hope.

There are so many reasons to have hope for the future! 

 The Little Girl's Tea.  This is the day Erika said her first English Phrase...."That's not mine!"
My Favorite picture of Sarah and Me.  I LOVE how much she trusted me.  You can see it in her face.
It is something I have always cherished.

This is one of my favorite photos of Anna.  She loved to tease me.  I was pretending I didn't notice
her pulling on my sweater. :)

 After watching Peter Pan, the girls decided to reinact the "Oh there you are Peter" scene. LOL

Another  photo with Anna.

 Beautiful photos of Albina. Erika was practicing her photography
 At the orphanage with Miss Erika.
 Daddy bought the girls a see saw.... It has been a hit ever since!
 Blue Bonnets in Tx.... back when I THOUGHT I was old. :)
 Sister Love
 SIster Silliness
 Precious Erika
 On our way to a very special wedding. (This was the last photo of all of our girls and us together.)
 Studying.... I love this picture.
 What a smile.
 At the beach.  She wanted the crab to be in the photo. :)
 Precious ones
 A sign of hope.
 A surprise trip to Chuck E. Cheese
 Erika made it up to the top of the zip line!
 Sweet Sarah
 Family Boat time

 An impromptu photo .....
 Cooking together!
 Capturing the love of a mother and her baby.  Albina drew this of Rebecca and Ruby.
It looks just like them.  She wanted to throw it away because it wasn't good enough.

 Mama made borscht and I think they are happy!
 Growing up.....
 The Reuniting of two dear friends.... This was the "Tower of Babel Moment".....
Erika spoke no English and Sarah spoke no Russian.... uh oh!
 So Excited!
                                    A Random photo of hope... the next generation.....

Friday, September 27, 2019


We have been doing "Friday Night at the Movies" as a family for 30 years plus.  Every now and then we cancel the movie and play cards or games, just spending time with each other.

I love this tradition, and I love it that our kids come home for the weekend to participate.

Each week, a different person has the choice of the movie, so everybody gets to choose eventually. Of course NOW, we get to choose more often, as there are fewer folks at home. :)

Traditions are important for families.  Each of our son's families do something different, and one of our daughters who has moved on also enjoys the tradition.  These seem like small things at the time they are happening, but in the end, they are establishing good memories, good connections, and healthy interactions between family members and friends.

There are lots of friends who come now from associations at the college and church and it is so fun to see them interact. 

I love young adults, they are just the coolest of creatures! :)

Here's to another Friday Night!  What are y'all doing tonight?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Before I Run Out To Work

My work is just out the back window in that building back there.
Aunt Jemima Puddle duck is keeping watch of the kitchen while I'm gone. :)

Today I had a hankering to make Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  For some reason the boss man didn't seem to mind. :)


Tuesday, September 24, 2019


He got these for me just because. :) 

You Are Still Holy