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

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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Saturday, October 3, 2020

This Photo Took My Breath Away!

This is a picture of a young Olivia De Havilland.
She looks so much like somebody else we know and love!
Just some random photos taken recently. The oil painting of Erika and Sarah was a gift to us from one of Erika's friends. We are blessed with so many people in our lives to love on and who love us. :)

Reflections on Adoption

When we adopted our youngest daughter, she was 11. All of our adventures are still here on this block starting back in 2011.
I have watched a very seriously hurt young girl, who had more tragedy in her life than I could imagine in a lifetime, turn herself around and embrace life and choose to live it!
I had talked to her so many times and shared with her to look forward, to embrace the now, and not let the past rob her of her future. There were times when we weren't sure if we were going to make it! Her trials were too much for her little heart to bear.
BUT GOD....
Today, she is a beautiful young adult and one of the best mommies. She loves her little boy and it shows. She is living her life and loving those around her.
She has blossomed and become brave and has not just "dipped her toe into the pool of love, but has chosen to take the dive, and I am so proud of her.

THINGS WERE HARD...VERY HARD when she was younger. We were the safe people for her to take all that hurt to. I remember one of the many people in our lives at the time who was working in the court system. He tearily came out after seeing some of her art work she had presented and said, "Don't Give Up!" We had no plans to give up. But we also had no idea what the future would be either. God brought ALL of our sweet girls into our lives for a purpose and a reason; NOT just for them! But for US! We have all been changed by the blessing of adoption. Our lives brought together and mingled with the past, the present, the future and the hope of LOVE and acceptance, a purpose, a belonging, and the truth of the Gospel has changed us all.
Adoption as I have always written is a 2 sided coin. It is one of huge blessing, but the other side of the coin is huge tragedy. Isn't that like life? Part of loving, part of living, part of being in this world is Love and Pain. To fully LOVE you must be willing to HURT. To fully LIVE, you must be willing to take challenges.
A couple of our girls have asked, "Do you regret adopting me?" The answer is a resounding NO! I am so thankful that you are in my life! I am so thankful to be your mama. I am so thankful that Mike and I have walked this path together, along with the rest of our family and watched pure MAGIC and healing unfold before our eyes.

But it didn't happen overnight and it didn't happen in our timing. It IS STILL happening, and we are now watching as each of our 8 children's lives are unfolding before us.
Oh how lovely are the blessings in our lives.... Each of them Unique, each of them meant for a purpose. Each of them have touched our hearts.
Sometimes, I look at the photos I have on the walls and feel teary with joy at the memories that unfold as I walk past. Life is calmer now, a little quieter, unless you consider our Sarah is still home. LOL
BUT.... LIFE ISN'T OVER! We have much to do and accomplish.
To Be Continued...
Albina's little guy.... second generation on the horse swing. :)

Well You Can't Be Silent Forever!

These past few months have been shocking, I'm sure not just for us, but for many people world wide. Covid19 has wreaked havoc on our lives in ways that we never expected.
It isn't that we have been sick, but how our lives have been changed.
We had to cancel going to our 31st wedding destination due to being exposed to Covid. We had to cancel taking my mom's ashes to be buried in CA due to Covid and fires, and lockdowns.
So I actually had to mail my mom to CA. When all this is over, I will go and visit where she, my dad and my sister are buried, along with other loved ones in the same cemetery.
I do know this! God is in control of all things and this was no surprise to Him! I'm getting used to bringing masks everywhere with me, but I cannot stay long in a store as I start to feel dizzy wearing the mask. People say it isn't a reality, but for me it is. I've tried different ones and I still have the same feeling.
I also have not purchased a new pair of pants, other than stretcy leggings (which I won't wear in public) because who buys pants you cannot try on?
The stores all have their dressing rooms closed!
The good news! My friend gave me some pants several months ago and I forgot about them. The pair I tried on fit great! SO YAY!

So, I'm sitting here at my computer typing. I talked to my daughter who lives in Reno yesterday over text. We were reminiscing about boating, and skiing. She was also VERY excited about finding a store that has Russian food! It brought back memories for her and I was so happy to hear that! :)

My brain is so full of things to write.... but it is hard to sit down and focus, as life is sooooo busy right now.
Erika took a new photo of me and I actually like it. :)
So, I'll post it. :)
Getting ready for the Holidays.... I LOVE FALL!

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.

You Are Still Holy

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