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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

Faith

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, July 6, 2020

I Have No Words

The Events of the last few weeks in our country have left me speechless, but not without hope.

Monday, June 15, 2020

They Are Both 21!


I have taken pictures over the years of the girls sharing 1 day the same age.  It was fun to go back and look at them. :)
But TODAY!!! Erika and Sarah are 21 together! :)  My have they grown into beautiful young women!

These two have been through a LOT together!  I'm so proud of them!
 And I'm almost 62!

This photo was from when they were together before I had met them!  So thankful for this photo!






Photos from the past!













What fun. :)
Happy Birthday Girls!















Tuesday, April 21, 2020

GUESS WHERE WE ARE GOING!!!!

NO WHERE!  WE ARE GOING NO WHERE!





                    NOOOOOO WHERE!!!!!



               THIS IS MY COVID 19 POST.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Easter Week 2020

This week has been quite special in many ways.  It has caused me to reflect upon what happened  during this time 2,000 plus years ago!
It just so happened that Passover 2020 was on Wednesday this year, so we read the verses pertaining to Passover. 
Last night, we had a Tenebrae service on youtube with our church body.  Normally, we are involved in that service, but this year it was way scaled back!
We watched a selected part of Jesus of Nazareth. Tomorrow we will watch the last part!

Our biggest celebration with family each year is Easter.  But this year, we will all be in our separate homes. 
It is so surreal.  I will have no photos of family events this time, because we won't have any.

BUT.... the truth remains, that Christ Rose from the grave!  It was "uneventful" for many in the world who were not in the area of Israel.  They didn't know.  YET.

For those who were there, it was VERY eventful!  The grave could NOT hold our Lord Jesus Christ.
He rose again bodily, conquering Sin and Death.  What an amazing event in history that has set a different course for all of eternity!

I'm so thankful to know that Easter, no matter what happens socially or politically is a reality and truth that cannot be held back.

Happy Easter! HE IS RISEN!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

SO HOW ARE YOU DOING?


We have been doing well, but there is a serious side to this whole thing and it would be lying to say there wasn't concern! Of course there is!

I have had so many thoughts going through my mind since this whole thing started, but I always land at the place where I put my faith and trust. 

The unemployment rate right now is staggering and I feel sad watching one person after another lose their jobs, some temporarily, some permanently.  Many have families to support and are sole supporters!

I am concerned for the future of the country, and the financial burden that will land on our children and grand children long after we are gone.

I am concerned for those who are shut in by themselves without family around to talk to.  I know a few people in this situation and it is heartbreaking that they are literally in solitary confinement.

We have been fortunate not to know anybody personally who is sick, but I imagine that will change.
We know people who  know people.

And then, there are the normal tragedies of life that are ongoing and complicating life.  One such is a family who was a regular blog reader that was in a car accident a few days ago. They have a child in the hospital in very critical condition and my heart is broken for all they have been through.

I see my grand children out of school, my sons working from home, but uncertain of what is to come next.  We have several people who are at high risk for this virus including sons, grand children and children as well as Mike and myself.

This is a time to ask one's self, "Is your house in order?"  "Are you prepared for illness or death?"

We MUST live our lives everyday without regret and looking in light of eternity. 

This virus is no surprise to God, nor have the viruses that came before this one over time. 

I have hope and confidence that no matter what happens, we are in the hands of a tender and loving heavenly father.  He gives and He takes away.  He is mighty in wisdom and His ways are not my ways.  I cannot pretend to fully grasp His ways.  Though I would love to. :)

So, instead, I will put my trust in the ONE who knows all things and rest that He knows my days, He knows my future and He holds my hand.

Well, We Are Still Self Quarantining, except for.....





This has been such a surreal month to say the least.  I could probably say that about everybody!
We do have an "essential business" so we are working to repair vehicles, but the work is slower, or it was until a few days ago.  We also have some back up work to do, but we didn't pay ourselves this week.

Erika is an essential worker as a bank teller, and I must say I am concerned about her having to work in this environment.  She is being careful, but how careful can one be?  She is home for now.
AND I'm thankful they finally closed the bank lobby and she is doing drive thru.
Sarah has no hours right now at all.  Our sons are all working from home, except one who is a school teacher. I'm not sure what he is doing. :)

We have been keeping busy with the chickens, and daily life, trying to stay on a good schedule, and the girls are doing college online right now.

We couldn't let April fools get past us..... SO I was able to pull of something simple. :)  Squash smoothies instead of peach! :P



Sarah has been keeping quite busy reorganizing the books down stairs and in the attic!








She just brings joy in all circumstances! :)

Erika and Donato have found some creative ways to be together.
The other day, THESE

With some fresh salmon were dropped off on the front porch.  Then they face timed and cooked a meal together and ate together, apart. LOL
I love their creativity and good spirits!

On Sunday, we enjoyed hanging out, but very much missing the rest of the family!








And so,


I leave you with some humor..... :)  We will all get through this!

Monday, March 23, 2020

A New Normal

With the Covid 19 all around us, we are self isolating as most of the nation probably is.  Erika and Sarah are home and I'm so thankful they are here!

We have a little surprise!!!






If these all turn our to be girls.... I know somebody who is going to be thrilled in about 6 months!
Ole Rooster Cogburn. :)

On a serious note!

Everybody please be careful and stay healthy and safe!  I have no idea what the future holds, but I know who holds the future!  And I can rest in Him.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Weekend


We had a really nice weekend.  First off, Mr. Felix came over for a visit and I had Felix time all weekend! He is 6 years old and such a smart little guy.  But most importantly he is a loving and kind little guy.
Erika was able to have him help her with a project for college. She just happened to have need a child his age to record reading.







Erika and Donato came over and we had a wonderful time playing spades!  Guess who won?
They are such characters! :)




Albina spent the weekend doing this!!!!


And Sarah was a busy bee too!  We had some good talks together. :)

Life is full and busy! I So love my family! :)

Thursday, February 6, 2020

He turned SIXTY!

My Sweet Mike! 

Is 60!

  I love My Mike!  He is the sweetest, kindest man.  And I love doing life together with him.
Happy Birthday!

"Tea With Each Other and Time With The Lord"


In October of 2018, my friend and I wanted to start a "Ladie's Tea and Prayer".  We said it was tea with each other and time with the Lord.  We started meeting on Wednesday nights at my house, and it has since been moved to the church where the youth meet at the same time.
It has been a huge blessing to pray and read scripture, sing out a song and lift each other in prayer.
We have prayed around the world and prayed for those close by.  We have seen many answers to our prayers and it has brought us closer together.
I'm so thankful for our Tea and Prayer Time!



"Sweet Hour of Prayer"

  1. Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

    That calls me from a world of care,

    And bids me at my Father’s throne

    Make all my wants and wishes known.

    In seasons of distress and grief,

    My soul has often found relief,

    And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,

    By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

  2. Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

    The joys I feel, the bliss I share,

    Of those whose anxious spirits burn

    With strong desires for thy return!

    With such I hasten to the place

    Where God my Savior shows His face,

    And gladly take my station there,

    And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

  3. Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

    Thy wings shall my petition bear

    To Him whose truth and faithfulness

    Engage the waiting soul to bless.

    And since He bids me seek His face,

    Believe His Word and trust His grace,

    I’ll cast on Him my every care,

    And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

  4. Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

    May I thy consolation share,

    Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,

    I view my home and take my flight.

    This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise

    To seize the everlasting prize,

    And shout, while passing through the air,

    “Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”

Embracing Adulthood!

Erika is so fun!  AND.... she is truly embracing adult life!
 
It has been such a pleasure to be her mama all these years!  But the time went by so very fast!  That is what happens when your baby comes home at almost 8.  

She is now a bank teller, as well as keeping up with her photography and school.  And she has been able to carve out some precious time with this fellow!  And we are so glad she has. He is a sweet, sweet fellow. :)





It has been such a joy taking photos of all of the girls growing up in this house.... and now taking photos of them as they are much older and embarking on new adventures in life. :)

She still volunteers at the hospital and has time to stop by on the weekends and stay at home in her old room.  She has been a huge help to me in learning newer computer skills.... and SHE and HE are quite the pranksters.
This little fellow has been our ongoing FRIEND since just before Christmas.  He came as a gift. :)

This little friend has been placed all over the house to make me SCREAM!  But this time, I successfully placed him in her book bag where the  pencils are so she could reach down and pull him out...... SUCCESS!
He is now at HER apartment! LOL

Things that they enjoy are evenings with TEA.... lots of green tea in tiny little cups. :)
They enjoy playing pool, cooking, riddles, and long drives.

I love the conversations we all share.  I LOVE IT that she is enjoying life with a dear, dear friend. :)

And I love it that she loves US.........and is sharing her life and her special friends with us. :)




Guess Who Turned 20!

Albina did!  20 on 02-02-2020!  What a special birthday!  She spent it Dirt Biking! :)


Albina and Sebastian.

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