Saturday, November 29, 2008
It's a dreary Saturday and hubby has football roaring on the telly. I've been enjoying RedRose tea with Hazelnut Biscotti creamer and Splenda. Yummy for the tummy. The tea is from England and has the best flavor. They also give you a free little animal ornament. Avery thought it was so special and so do I. I'm just crazy about the tea. Very flavorful!
I've been getting lots of rest and I feel great. God has been so good to us! I look forward to this holiday season. It will be what we make it and I have all intentions of making it special. I have so many wonderful bloggy friends and I wish I could spend time with you all. That would be a wonderful present. Until then I will be content speaking with you in bloggyland. Later.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I want to take this opportunity to say Happy Thanksgiving to all my bloggy friends! Every day He gives us blessings! Every day He can be called upon! This holiday season I pray you will find peace and love!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Pastor said that so much of this passage is about Herod trying to control the circumstances of Jesus' birth. He went to great lengths trying to assure that another would not become king instead of him. He lied and said he wanted to find the child so he could also worship Him. He had numerous innocent boys under two years old murdered. He still did not accomplish his mission. God gave Joseph a dream and told him to flee to Egypt. As the scripture says, "This Egyptian exile fulfilled what Hosea had preached: "I called my son out of Egypt." Matt. 2:14,15.(Message)
I choose the Lord and I truly want Him to control my life. Turning all our plans and every facet of our life over to Him is what He wants and what ultimately gives us peace.
Brand new colored markers with a fine point.
They make me happy.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I find this picture from flickr fascinating. I long to sit at that picnic table and just have quiet time for hours and hours. My life can become so rush rush and so many people are asking me questions day after day. I would love to just go to this secret place and talk to the Lord and read His Word. Doesn't it look peaceful?
Simple Pleasures: Day 3 Piling nice soft comforters on top of each other and crawling under those heavenly covers. I thank the Lord I am able to rest at night and just be quiet.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
"Jesus, please take me home!" I heard that phrase so many times that at night I had to put the pillow over my head to try to get my bearings. I hated it that my daddy had to suffer so much.
The fall after my daddy died we didn't realize that we needed to have the leaves cleaned out of our chimney. We had our furnace converted over from gas to coal. My daddy had thought it would be easier for my mother to have the gas. He didn't realize that someday it would nearly kill us. My mother had started cleaning a doctor's office. The doctor was a church member that my parents had known for years.
One morning my mother and I woke up and both of us were so nauseated. Normally I would jump out of bed and get ready for school. I loved going to school and I had to really be sick to even think about missing it. That morning I would get up and try to get dressed and I would nearly faint. My mother called the doctor and he came to check on us. He told us just to stay in bed and rest. When he left I felt chilly and I asked my mother if we could put the window in the bedroom down. We didn't realized that was our only source of fresh air. I got my transistor radio and put it close to my head and went to sleep.
The doctor sent his wife to check on us at lunch and she came back to the office and told him we were sleeping so soundly that neither of us woke up when she called our names. He became alarmed and hurried back to our house. By the time he got there both of us were totally unconscious. He called an ambulance and we were taken to the hospital. As I got out in the fresh air I remember opening my eyes seeing people but I couldn't speak. I looked over and my mother was still asleep. She was 61 and her lungs didn't respond as fast as mine. We were in the hospital for hours where I had been questioned by doctor after doctor. Finally, a young resident asked me if I had heard anything as I was ready to pass out. I remembered that it sounded as if a train was coming closer and closer and then I'd pass out. He said he had been on rotation at another hospital and there had been a family that had been overcome with carbon monoxide and they described the same sensation.
They sent the fire department back to our house and used some sensors and determined that the house was full of the gas fumes. They opened all the windows and aired it out. My mother finally recovered that night and it was a happy time for us that we were still among the living.
Folks, I feel the Lord had spoken to the doctor to tell his wife to come and check on us. If we had stayed in the house with the window closed we would have been dead within hours. Thank the Lord I have had the opportunity to live another 47 years and I praise His sweet name that He continued to watch over my mother and me.
I may have told this story before, but since it was at this time of the year it came to my mind and I wanted to share it. Don't ever take anything for granted. Love each other and thank our Creator for watching over us.
Simple Pleasures--Day 2 Vicks VapoRub. Yes, you read it correctly. It is a topical analgesic that my mother thought was the greatest thing for a cold. Unfortunately, with this latest weather change I am back to being all congested and I bought some Vicks VapoRub. I rubbed it on my chest and under my nose. It so reminds me of my mother and although a doctor once told her it was psychological that it worked for her. She didn't care. When we left his office she said she had been using it for years and she knew what worked. My mother rarely went to the doctor. This must have been a time when I was extremely ill because normally she would pray for me and eventually I would be fine. I know many people now that run to the doctor every time any little thing hurts them. I'm in the medical field, of course, I believe the Lord uses doctors. I'm just sharing how we lived back in the 50's.
May the Lord be with us as we enter these uncertain times. Hebrews 13:5, "Don't love money, be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, I will never fail you. I will never abandon you. So we can say with confidence, The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?"
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I have started with the Simple Pleasures sharing and today is my first day. Click on the Simple Pleasures sign and get the details on the sidebar. Here's my first Simple Pleasure:
A warm towel. Yes, it's as simple as a nice warm towel. When I get out of the shower it seems chilly and I enjoy a warm towel. A girl I worked with years ago told me about a girlfriend she knew that was brought a hot cup of coffee in bed every morning by her husband. Then he would go to put her towel and a dryer sheet in the dryer for a few minutes while she was taking her morning shower. He then brought her the warm towel. Now to me....that was love. My husband traveled all the time so I started warming my daughter's towel after she took her shower before getting ready for school. It would smell good and had the added warmth from the dryer.
Hope you have a warm cozy Wednesday! God Bless You!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
We left out of the little restaurant and there in the street were some musicians playing some happy Italian tunes. This all felt like a movie. Great food. Great art. Great music. What a day!
Next we were off to an old friend's house for a private concert. My friend Mario Cecchetti is a fabulous tenor and he sang like an angel. Avery was in awe and told me this was beginning to seem like a trip of a lifetime. I agreed. Mario isn't very fond of children, but I think he made an exception because, of course, he is an old dear friend.
As we headed back to the villa Cynthia squealed that we had to ride by and see the Christmas lights already decorating the city. This was such a fun trip. I hope you enjoyed some of the highlights. My bloggy friends are so special and it was a Grape Escape we'll always remember.
Don't forget to drop over and visit some of the other folks that made this a spectacular memory. Go see MuseSwings for the list. Ciao!!!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Avery and her daughters, Addie, Kirsten, Trinity and Molly
Our tea party: Avery, Audra, and Aunt Julie
Thursday, November 13, 2008
It's been on my mind lately about God's gifts. I don't know if you think about this, but I wonder if I am doing what He would have me to do and if I am truly using gifts that He has given me.
My friend, Strider, shared that he enjoys his Message bible. I have several versions and I had ordered a large print Message bible so I pulled it out again and I am finding I do really love it. I guess I have always gravitated back to NIV, but for some reason the Message is really speaking to me.
In Ephesians 4:4 it says, "You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. ....everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness. But that doesn't mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift." I am going to be in prayer about my gifts. I know my love for others and of course, my love for the Lord is more important than a gift, but since it's in the Word, I guess I would like to know.
I love my bloggy friends and you always seem to encourage me when I am having a difficult time. Thank you for your support!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
This is also a special day to me because 48 years ago today my daddy went to be with the Lord. He suffered for two years with colon cancer and back then medical technology was so far behind in this area. There were no colostomies, only 4 X 4 gauze with tape. Once diagnosed he was bedridden. Thank the Lord now people are able to get out and about and there are so many more treatments. My daddy was a great man to adopt me as a 51 year old. In addition, 51 was a lot older then. I know that may sound strange, but those of you boomers remember how our parents dressed old, acted old, and just acted so much older than a 51 year old now. He was too young for WWI and too old for WWII. He was an elevator operator in a fancy building those last years before he got sick. My daddy was a loving, funny man.
I received a neat award from Cynthia at Muse Swings. I love reading Cynthia's posts. She is hilarious and so very creative. I will be going to Italy with her next week and just can't wait. Drop by to see her. You will not regret it. She's a sweetie!
I would like to pass this on to Julie at Julie King Art. She has great posts and I believe you will love her art. I have truly Fallen for Her Blog.
I also received a neat award from Sparky. She's over at My Thoughts Exactly. I have been catching her for the last few months and she is a neat person. She rides a motorcycle and has some very neat posts. This award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing...that's the general idea per Miss Sparky.
I will pass this along to Pat at Mille Fiori Favori. We share the same name, Patricia and we have a lot in common. She's way up in New York and I'm down here in Georgia, but we are anxiously awaiting to see the arrival of her new grand baby. She loves the Lord and I always look forward to her posts. Drop over at take a peek!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Happy Happy Election Day!! I found the park pictures and this is Avery on her scooter. It was such a pretty day and we had so much fun. Then it was home to the pie. I want to thank you guys for sending the comments. Avery loved them. She wrote the "Thank you all avery" comment from So Carolina. You guys are wonderful.
I'm watching the election results and thinking about my mom. Every general election she would make popcorn and buy candy. So what did I have to do on the way home? You guessed it....I had to stop and get some popcorn and candy. You know I needed the candy like another hole in the head, but it is giving me some sweet memories.
Back in the old days we didn't know until really really late or the middle of the night who had won. Now in modern times they start projecting so early it kind of takes some of the fun out. Plus what about the western states. I heard someone on the radio today say that they should have everyone in the whole country voting at the same time and not do the time zones deal. That way they haven't called the race while the California folks are still voting. Then another idea of stretching out the times we can vote is another winner. Here in Georgia they did it early for a couple of weeks and today when some of my employees went to vote they didn't have to wait long at all.
I will just say, for me, I am happy this is winding up. My goodness, it seems like it has been going on forever. I would think the candidates must be exhausted. I know there's a lot of energy flying around, but all that traveling and rushing around. I just travel a few times a year and it seems like such a big deal.
Hope you guys have a relaxing evening. It's nearly all over, but the shoutin'!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday night Avery made her very first pie. It was a peanut butter pie and it tasted so yummy. I think she was proud of herself and it really made a memory. Church was so wonderful this morning. We had a beautiful praise and worship service with the most uplifting music. I felt like I was walking on a cloud when I left. I know we don't go by feelings, but when you feel touched by the Lord it is special. He wants us to praise Him and I'm not ashamed of my praises to Him.
I hope you had a great weekend also.