Family Time

We had an awesome Easter weekend.

We managed to spend time with three of our four children and their families, and spoke to the fourth over the phone.

Needless, to say, delicious meals were consumed. Chocolate too!

Now it’s back to everyday activities……helped along by the sunshine outside.

Have a great day! Relish every moment!

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Always With Us!

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God’s promise to us is that He will never leave us nor forsake us.  

He asks that we treat each other kindly and with love.  This is not always easy to do.  Some people are inclined to be unlovable, according to our thinking, and yet the Bible (the absolute truth for right living) gives very concise instructions.  

Matthew 5:43 – 46a  “You have heard that it is said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what rewards have you?  

Among other activities, I write book reviews and the book I am presently reading is, “Come to the Garden” by Jennifer Wilder Morgan.  In it, she is visited by an angel who helps her understand visions that she has in her dreams.  One particular sentence caught my attention, because I don’t recall hearing of it before.  In the aftermath of the twin tower collapse of 9/11, firefighters encountered many gruesome discoveries, but one particular find surely contained a message from God…….an open Bible fused into a metal beam displayed Matthew 5:43 ….. where the words must have touched the hearts of many on that day……..you guessed correctly; the words are of Matthew 5:43-46.  

This artifact can be seen in the 9/11 museum of artifacts, (check The Washington Post, for pictures from the museum) where the meager remains of the horrors of that day are displayed for all to see.  

So, thought for the day: was it pure coincidence do you think, or was it a clear message from God?  And, did we get it?  

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Spring – Where Art Thou?

It’s the question many of us are asking. The calendar tells us it is spring, but the temperature outdoors belies that.

I have yet to hear, let alone see, a robin. Has anyone else seen one or more?

Snowdrops are growing in profusion in the garden and they are a joy to see.

Sigh! Can’t be long now – surely!

Spring has sprung
The grass has riz
I wonder where
The birdies is?

Have a great day…………………………….

Another Day

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It’s just another day. We expect a major winter storm later today. My hope is that it is the last one before spring comes our way.

I could be expecting too much – but I’ll hang onto that thought, nevertheless.

Last year, I saw ‘my’ first robin March 11 – so with much anticipation, I look forward to the first sighting.

It’s so much nicer to say, “Welcome back”, rather than, “Take me with you” – which is what I can be heard to mutter as winter first approaches.

I am so glad we are on the end part of winter and not the beginning. How about you?

Carpe diem! Seize the day and enjoy the sunshine!

Snow Squalls

We had some pretty intense snow squalls race through our area yesterday.

Last evening the roads and visibility were particularly bad. I had bible study with my small group and was determined to get there. Setting out I was nervous. I consider myself a big ‘chicken’ when it comes to driving in winter conditions, so I choose to stay off the roads. I consider that one less nervous driver on the highways is a good thing.

Blowing snow covered the roads from my house to my destination. Visibility was low. I should have stayed home!

I arrived safely but shaken. I am not comfortable with winter driving. While chatting to my friends, all I could think of was how much worse the conditions would be on the way home two, maybe three, hours later. I decided I would not stay for the study – I wanted to get home safely.

Leaving, feeling a little guilty, I began my journey. Highway one was snow-covered and icey. I decided to take a different route to the one I had driven earlier – which had been AWFUL. My wheels had locked on one occasion and instead of turning right, as I had wanted, the car proceeded to slide through a junction. The road I chose was mostly alongside new developments. I figured it would be safer as more cars travelled it. Wise decision, until the residential development ended and I was on an unlit area where the road suddenly vanished in blowing snow. Headlights made visibility worse, so I proceeded VERY carefully, hoping I stayed on the road. Making it to the side-road I wanted, I turned only to discover deep snow covering my side of the road……..I discovered it was my side of the road when oncoming cars were coming at me – head on!

Thankfully, I made it to the road home. It was a nightmare drive, with snow covered lanes and still blowing snow. Holding my breath, with white knuckles on the wheel, I gritted my teeth and concentrated on the road ahead – when I could see it.

At last – I reached our development. Turning and relaxing somewhat, I determined, there was no way I wanted to repeat this journey the next morning to go to another study – so, told my husband I would not be wanting the car the next day.

Next day – he leaves for work and I look out the window to see a bright sunny, much calmer morning. Do I feel like a wimp? You betcha – but it’s too late to change plans now.

Snow squalls are still in the forecast for this region, albeit they are less intense, while here I am cozy and warm – feeling just a tad guilty at giving up so easily.

Better safe than sorry! That’s my view and I’m sticking to it. :)

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Hang In There…..

Since moving to this location, we are plagued by internet disruptions.

Not only do we lose contact with family and friends on the ‘net’ – we also lose our digital telephone connection. No internet connection means no telephone service.

So, a word of caution, if I may: Choose wisely when deciding upon the services you want. When we lose our connection, it also means that should we have an emergency situation here, we cannot summon help.

We plan on installing a separate land line and so, overcome this particular situation.

Happy family day weekend, everyone. :)

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Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day fast approaches.

Some will enjoy the day, while others will find it challenging because their loved one is gone.

Whether through death or by separation, Valentine’s Day hits hard, as many realize they are alone. They no longer have that special person in their lives.

Perhaps, like me, you know someone who, very likely, will live through Valentine’s Day with dread and despair.

Let them know that you care. It does not have to be a large elaborate card or gift; sometimes just a hug, a message or your time will suffice. Knowing that another person cares can make all the difference in the world. Loneliness does not have to feel as if you are completely alone.

Show them that you care and reach out to them on Thursday.

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Memories!

I recently received an eye-opening email message from a friend.

I am well aware that society has changed radically, and of course it has to, we cannot remain in a rut, hiding from new developments or technology – but look for yourself and see how much change has occurred, and how many things (good things) are now just a memory.

How old is Grandma? (Read this to the end– quite an eye opener.)

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother
About current events.

The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought
About the shootings at schools, the computer age, and
Just things in general.

The Grandmother replied, “Well, let me think a minute,

I was born before:

‘ television
‘ penicillin
‘ polio shots
‘ frozen foods
‘ Xerox
‘ contact lenses
‘ Frisbees and
‘ the pill

There were no:

‘ credit cards
‘ laser beams or
‘ ball-point pens

Man had not yet invented:

‘ pantyhose
‘ air conditioners
‘ dishwashers
‘ clothes dryers
‘ and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
‘ man hadn’t yet walked on the moon

Your Grandfather and I got married first, and then lived together.
Every family had a father and a mother.

Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, “Sir.”

And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man
With a title, “Sir.”

We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.

We were taught to know the difference between right and
Wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was
A bigger privilege.

We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with
Your cousins.

Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the
Evening breeze started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the
Evenings and weekends — not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD’s, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President’s speeches on our radios.

If you saw anything with ‘Made in Japan ‘ on it, it was junk.

The term ‘making out’ referred to how you did on your school exam.

Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 &10-cent (5 and dime) stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.

Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.

And if you didn’t want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, but who could
Afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day:

‘ “grass” was mowed,
‘ “coke” was a cold drink,
‘ “pot” was something your mother cooked in and
‘ “rock music” was your grandmother’s lullaby.
‘ “Aids” were helpers in the Principal’s office,
‘ “chip” meant a piece of wood,
‘ “hardware” was found in a hardware store and.
‘ “software” wasn’t even a word.

We were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
We volunteered to protect our precious country.
No wonder people call us “old and confused” and say there is a generation gap.

Read on to see — pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.

Are you ready?????

This woman would be only 59 years old.

She would have been born in late 1952.

GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.

Respect, discipline, tough-love, values and compassion have become lost in our give-me, give-me, I want it now, society – – and we wonder why our younger folk struggle with hope.

Thank you, to whomever sat down long enough to compile the list above.

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God bless you today and always and keep you safe.

Hurrah, for the Sun

 

Thankfully, today is a beautifully sunny day, after a time of dismal and grey daysImage.

A mundane morning, can be instantly lifted into a great one if the sun decides to come out from behind the clouds.

We have flocks of finches feeding in the back garden, as well as bulbs pushing up their shoots to greet the world above……a little early, but very welcome, nevertheless, as is the sunshine.

I hope you all have a good day and I hope all your prayers are answered soon.

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