Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Looking Ahead

My best friend from high school called to wish me a belated happy birthday and I asked her what she was looking forward to. I am looking forward to leaving WI for a week or so to visit my son, daughter in law and grandbabies! Yeah! She has me outnumbered as she has like 18 grandkids and maybe even one great. They are nearby so she sees many of them often. Sometimes too often I have been told as she babysat for years as drop in center for the grands. I do not have that view as mine are far afield mostly. I do have Eliana closer for now and that blesses me. But I digress...She said she was looking forward to her birthday in January when she will be my age so she can apply for retirement and stop working all the time. She has some medical problems and works 34 hours a week at a Walgreens. She sounds tired to me!
I have already applied and am waiting to hear from S.S. and I am looking forward to what God is going to do in my life. God is very unpredictable so it could be very exciting! So what are you looking forward to? I will get back on when I return from the kids and gloat about my trip! TA

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Eight things I am passionate about:
1. Jesus and all that means in my life
2. Jack and our 4 kids
3. Their mates and the precious grandkids
4. The search for Better Health
5. Our church body
6. Being creative
7. Beauty in many forms
8. My dogs

Eight things I would like to do before I die:
1. Tell many about Jesus
2. Go to Italy and back to Scotland, England and Ireland
3. Lose the weight I gained from stress the last 2 years
4. Help women who are in bondage
5. Write the books I have in me
6. Create beauty
7. Use my gifts fully beginning with hospitality
8. Be an Overcomer!

Eight things I say a lot:
2. Get Real!
3. Stand up straight Jack!
4. Anyone want a cup of coffee?
5. I am tired today!
6. Don't mess up that newspaper til I read it okay?
7. Where is the mail?
8. I'll take a medium coffee with 3 creams please...

Eight books I have read
1. The Bible
2. Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys, Eight Cousins etc by Alcott
3. The Day on Fire by Ullman
4. The Battlefield of the Mind- Meyers
5. Tall Pine Polka by Landvik
6. The Red Tent by Diamont
7. Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman
8. The Mitford Series by Karon

Eight movies I will watch again:

1. Little Women (any version)
2. Miss Potter
3. Lemony Snickett a series of unfortunate events
4. Anne of Green Gables/Anne of Avonlea
5. Amazing Grace
6. Lady Sings the Blues
7. French Kiss
8. A Walk in the Clouds

Sunday, July 6, 2008

What a Week!

It has been a full one for sure. Jamie came last Sunday night on her way to move to Nashville to her waiting husband. It was a fun time. We shopped and hung out and went places like the chiro and to the lake and to view the flood damages in the area. It was laid back but full. The taco salad turned out well the night she arrived, we had brunch on Monday at the Bavarian Cafe in Middleton and enjoyed Pam White's hospitality for supper that evening. I found a fun house warming gift for her to take to her new home as we explored the local haunts. Jamie and I always could shop together as we share a love of exploring and enjoying the whimsical and beautiful things to add to our homes.
It was over way too soon for me and Jack has even shed tears as it seemed the end of something even though we are very happy for her and for Lance. Time marches on and that is how God planned it so who are we to resist? I am excited for the adventure they are on.
Then came the 4th of July at the church grounds. It is always a big deal and this was no exception. A bouncy tent and face painting for the kids, music for all, brats, hot dogs and soda cheap and free snow cones and pop corn up until the fireworks. We worked with a skeleton crew but it went well and once again we were able to bless the community. Firework sales went well this year. I believe we nearly sold out. The community fireworks display is in the church backyard so we all viewed it from our positions.
The next morning I raced down and have had kids ever since. Today I was blessed with Eliana for a time while Mike and Jessica saw a movie. Mike has a special way with David and he took him in his arms today and prayed for him. I saw a light come into David's eyes that was new and boy does he like Mike! I feel good but way tired. That kid likes to get up at 5 A.M. and that is just way too early for the likes of this woman! I like to sleep til 7 and then roll over and catch a few winks til nearly 8. Sigh!
Church was good at Lake City today. The worship was so good and we entered in and God's presence was right there immediately. I love that and the sermon was short and worship ensued and lasted another half hour. Sigh! I laid it all down once again. That is so good for me, for anyone but the build up of burdens can wash away in the presence of God!
Until next time ...be blessed!