Friday, January 29, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
It got me to thinking..you see Grace is adopted...her parents went over to Russia when she was little and brought her home. This is not unusual for an adopted child to wonder if their parents will still love them if they've done something wrong. An adopted parent doesn't ever have to say or indicate in any way that their love will cease for that child for an adopted child to wonder if that will ever happen...they just do...sometimes they even test you numerous times to see if you will ever stop loving them.....
It reminds me of our relationship with God...we are all adopted into his family when we make the decision to follow him.....there are times when we do things that we know He is not pleased with,...there are times that He allows somethings to happen in our lives that we wonder..'if He truly loves me and cares for me then He would never have let that happen to me'.....but just like Grace and her mom.....it doesn't matter what we've done or what we think that God has or hasn't done for us....He always loves us......Grace's mom will always love her...that's what moms do, no matter what their kids do.....sometimes as parents, we have to step back and let our kids stumble, let them experience the consequences of their choices...just like God does.....He still loves us..but He gives us choices......
Grace is a pretty neat kid....I'm glad I know her...I'm glad she gave me a little reminder about Gods' love...we all need reminders sometimes.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Hubby has always had a question that he'll ask the kids when they're little.....he used to do it with Verity's mom (eldest daughter).....so yesterday morning, at church....he swung Verity up in his arms and said...'Where'd you get that face?' ...... the standard reply is.....'at the second hand face store!'.....yesterday, Verity made her papa laugh because she replied 'at Dollaramma' ...(the dollar store).....ever so cute.....then they had to have a discussion about the better variety of faces at the second hand face store as opposed to the dollar store....Verity finally agreed with her papa that the second hand face store would probably be better!
Don't ya love it?
Friday, January 22, 2010
First of all, I would like to thank all who visited my blog last Friday and offered those sweet words of encouragement and prayer...it truly lifted and touched my heart...and if you read my post on Monday you will see how the Lord Himself actually reminded me and gave me hope and renewed my faith....God is still there...all the time....just need the reminder!
Today is DDO day.....that's Don's Day Off.......every other Friday hubby has the day off since they extended his workday hours for the previous two weeks...it works out great for us since normally we have great difficulty getting out on our own without teens sulking cause we're going someplace that they're not! Right now, we're trying to figure out what we want to do...usually we already have it all planned out...but..this week we're undecided.....we do have to do the grocery shopping today, which, in itself, is a big job!
On the Emma front.....she unpacked her laundry basket that she had filled to a large mound to move with her to her friends...by unpack, I mean she dumped everything all over her bedroom floor.....the Normal Look for Emma's room......she does seem to be in a better mood....exams start today and I didn't see her study at all so who knows how that'll turn out....
Eldest daughter and I are deep into plans for a dinner/movie fund raiser at our church for February 13th.....we're hoping that people come out and support the cause which is for the missionaries that our church supports. We're doing a simple lasagna dinner and the movie sounds really good.....it's called 'Straight from the Heart'...I want to get to Costco really soon to check out what's available so we can keep our costs for the meal to a minimum but still do it up nicely.
Wee grandson William is still giving his parents a lot of sleepless nights...hopefully they get some relief soon...he reminds me of my eldest daughter who only slept for 20 minutes at a time....(people always said newborns just slept and ate...not with her!) I imagine a lot of you have experienced the same thing but it is difficult when it's your first time, to be sure!
My sister and brothers and I had a little gathering with my mom and dad last night to see if they'll consider getting some home care to come in to help out...my poor mom, who spends a lot of time 'in a muddle' declared that they were doing just fine and didn't need a thing! This is going to be difficult but I think by the end of the meeting we had them at least considering it.
So, that's things in a nut shell....I certainly join the rest of you, I'm sure, in praying for Rachel's dear SIL Shawn.....what a trying and difficult road to travel on for her and her husband.....will be praying that they get all the love and encouragement and support that they need at this time.
Have a good weekend, ladies!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Yesterday, after Sunday school...Andy comes to me and says that he and his wife will help out with V.B.S. this year.....well, I'm not doing V.B.S. this year and fortunately one of the people that is in charge of it was standing close by and I pointed him in her direction. Then he turned to me and said..' how's Sunday School...do you have enough help?'....I was in shock! When do you get someone coming and asking you something like that?! After, I recovered from the shock...I said well, no...that we needed teachers....(I'm really not suppose to be teaching...when you help run a program then it's not the most ideal situation)....Well...he said...'whatever class you need me for, I will teach...and ...I'll start next Sunday'!!!! Oh...my...gosh.....!
Every week, I have thought that there had to be someone better to do this class...every week I've come home...exhausted....every week.....
Then, eldest daughter says to me yesterday afternoon....you'll never guess what.....I said 'what?'...she said...'Howard, comes up to me this morning'....(Howard is an older man in his 70's)....he shows daughter a picture of a young boy....he says that years ago...when we all went to a smaller church, and I ran the Sunday School program there too.....that one Sunday I put individual pictures of the Sunday school kids that I had each mounted on a square of construction paper, in the offering plate and I asked each person in the congregation to pick one and commit to praying for that child......we were a very small church....about 50 people....but when that plate was finished being passed, I remember all the pictures had been taken. This was about 15 years ago...Howard says to my daughter....'do you recognize this guy....I've kept this in my Bible and I've prayed for him every day'! People....I was amazed because that picture was of my second eldest son.....the son that has been in jail twice, the son who is messed up, confused and an alcoholic...now, some might say 'well, it doesn't look like Howard's prayers have worked'...but I see it differently...I see it that it's a reminder to me...a reminder that God is still there for this son (whether the son acknowledges it or not...that God hasn't given up...on this son or on any of my children)....that God is still waiting and will be waiting because Howard is faithfully praying for that boy who is now a young man...a young man who is wandering in the wilderness.....
On Friday I wrote a post that said how heavy my heart was.....many people prayed for me...I was touched beyond words.....on Sunday, the Lord showed me through Andy and Howard, that He was still there...still holding me,....still wrapping His arms round about me....
and I was blessed.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
You see, I live with Megan...24/7......and mornings like today....when I'm sure my blood pressure shot up like a geyser.....first thing...upon awakening...are definitely not my idea of a good time! All I could see was the last 2-1/2 months replaying over and over for the next 2-1/2 years, while these braces are on...like that 'Ground Hog Day' movie........
...as hubby was giving me a hug goodbye...he said 'just relax dear'.....it brings to mind, a nurse I had after one of my many surgeries....I was in terrible pain...begging the nurse for another shot of pain relieving medication....and what would she say...in fact, she would sing it out...loudly.....'just take a deeeeep breath'......at the time, because I was just a kid, I used to think she didn't know what she was talking about...in fact I believe I disliked that nurse, intensely,...I felt she stood between me and being pain free....now, as an adult, I see that she was very right...she couldn't give me the pain meds any sooner or I'd overdose.....and all I could do was take a deep breath.......so, I guess that's what I'll do....take a deep breath and get on with my day......
Have a good one, people!
Friday, January 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
You see after reading Cindy saying a few times about this being a big year for her, and all...that all of a sudden I realized...'oh my gosh...it's a big year for me ..I'm going to be 60!!!!!!'
Now....according to most stores...and movie theatres(I realized on Monday when hubby and I went to the movies and saw a really depressing movie) I haven't yet achieved senior status....but.... still..... people....doesn't 60 sound old?...I mean really old! When I was 40, I'm sure that I thought 60 was old.....I'm 59 and I feel like 60 is old...it just sounds old!
Cindy says that she's going to celebrate turning 40 all year long.....good grief.....turning 60, one day will be sufficient! (Here's where you smile Ryan (inside joke)). Hubby and I were talking about this the other day...he actually had the nerve to agree with me...don't men know when they're suppose to agree and when not? When I asked him if he thought 60 sounded old..he smiled and said...'ya'! Obviously he doesn't know what side his bread is buttered on!
I really think that since I'm going to become this grand old age then I should be able to sit all day..if I want to, I should be able to quilt all day....if I want to....I should be able to read a book all day if I want to...don't ya think? To heck with all these appointments...where's my rocking chair!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
...the outside of the theatre where we saw The Miracle of Christmas!
A few months before Christmas, hubby said to me....I've got an idea for the Christmas holidays...now,...usually we just sit around, doing diddly squat...maybe a little trip to Niagara Falls to see the lights....a 45 minute drive away.....nothin' much.....but...he had something bigger in mind! He thought it would be a good indicator of how things might be on a bigger trip in March Break with 4 unpredictable teens!
the Almishview Inn.....hubby had booked us into the only room that would hold 6 people...which happened to be a suite...(yes, we saved up for this one!) ....it had two separate bedrooms, one with an ensuite (we claimed that one) , a living room, a kitchen area w/a dishwasher!...and another bathroom.....and a fireplace(not in the bathroom).....three televisions (the teens thought they hit pay dirt!) it was a fabulous room...hubby did well!......