Yesterday it was a pleasant surprise when I got home from work that there sat a letter from our sponsored child Brenda in Africa. Although the letter was not written by Brenda (she is 7) it gave us some more information about her. It does not sound like she is currently attending school but she is in Sunday school. The letter says that she is learning to behave so the Lord will bless her. How sweet is that? She also is requesting that we pray for her family. It also had a place to shared her favorite things: Color: Yellow Best game: baby sitting Best song: Build me a house Jesus (I searched for that song and could not locate it) Best food: rice and potatoes Best bible story : Birth of Jesus
So I am getting ready to send a letter by email while I work on more cards and things to send her.
" if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
God want us to be humble. What is humility? This is what I found in the dictionary. 1.not proud or arrogant 2.having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc 3.low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc. 4.courteously respectful
I read an article that asked these questions about being humble. 1. Do you take an opportunity to claim credit for things that you are involved in? 2. Do you like to be right and prove what you know? 3. Maybe you think your job role is more important than the next person or that you smarter than them? 4. Are you proud of your accomplishments or do you ever brag about things you do or can do?
BIG GULP......yes for me I have issues with being humble. I especially always like to be right all the TIME......
So this week I am going to learn how to be humble.
God says when you are humble, you are free from pride and arrogance. You know that in your flesh you are inadequate, yet you also know who you are in Christ.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
My New York family seems so near sometimes even though they are far away. This afternoon when I was talking on the phone to my grandson Logan (he's the little guy) he was busy chatting about dinner and the movie he was watching. He is just hilarious, anyway my heart melted when he told me "love you" and than made the kiss sound. He is so sweet.
When I talked to Emma (she is 5)she told me (like I did not know) that she still has to go to school everyday. We talked a little about her jazz and tap performances I told her how pretty her performance outfits were . She said "thank you" and that was it. Papa soon got on the phone with Emma and they talked about school, and Papas upcoming birthday, his birthday gift and where were his Girl Scout cookies. Papa said he was going to eat all of them (5 boxes) and she got the giggles. She said it was almost bedtime and that she loved us. Emma is such sweet little girl.
Our Family is our life....We can't wait until June when we will get to see them.
Here are some pictures from the weekend with family
Kayla reading to Nana
Kayla and Morgan playing "riding the bus with their babies"
Making a tent
Kayla reading to Uncle Ricky while Morgan watches
We had a great weekend with our granddaughters Kayla, Morgan and their parents our son Jeremy and daughter in law Sara. The girls are growing so much and just a delight to watch them interact (fight) with each other. Yesterday Sara and I went to a jewelry party while the rest of the bunch headed to the fish hatchery. We had a yummy taco salad for dinner and then they insisted on going and get ice cream at Baskins Robins. I am not much of an ice cream person but they picked me up a clown. When they got home they set Morgans clown on the kids table and put my on the coffee table. Morgan was really eyeing mine and I said "that's mine" she immediately burst in to tears. She is very sensitive and I hurt her feelings. I felt so bad because she was crying but that did not stop me from eating my bubblegum clown. She calmed down after a few minutes (more like ten minutes) and enjoyed hers. This morning Marvin and I had to serve at Church so we didn't get home until Noon. We were able to sit in back and watch the squirrels, blue birds and the SNAKES....I hate those little snakes. We always have a few that live under our deck. They really scare me. Morgan was trying to catch one. Marvin and I had the sweetest note from Kayla waiting for us when we got home from Church.
This morning before I left for work I talked to my son whom had moved to the sofa because the there was not room in the big bed for the whole family. Anyhow I was getting ready to leave when my 6 year old granddaughter Kayla came out of the room. I asked her if I woke her up and she said "no the dogs collar was rattling and that woke me up" I asked her I should remove it and said "no I like to hear his coller rattle" anyway I reminded my son that his Dad and I would be in Church all morning Sunday since it was our week to serve, Kayla chimed in and said " well we have to leave on Sunday anyway because I only have a 3 day weekend and I have to be back in Kindergarten on Monday" That was so adorable and left a smile on my face. Kayla just loves my tulips which I had only a few this year and I only still had a couple of them left. Kayla asked if this tulip was a marble tulip. What do you think? I think it looks like a marble. Now for 3 year Morgan. She has really been missing me. Her mom (Sara) told me last night that she was hugging herself whining that she wanted to hug her Nana. That is too sweet. By the time they got here the kids were already asleep. When I saw Morgan this afternoon she was so excited and when I said hi she perked up and ran to give me a hug. As we were looking at the tulips Sara said asked what happened to the yellow one. Kayla spilled the beans and told us Morgan picked all the petals off. When I asked Morgan if she did that she looked up at me and said yes in her dramatic little voice. At least she told me the truth. I hope to get some pictures of the girls tomorrow so I can post them. Now that makes me HAPPY.....
I have been absent from blogging for a few days mostly because I am so exhausted by the time I get home from work that I am just too tired to Blog.
Yesterday was a fun day as I was the featured Blogger on Lynette's website. Since I was featured I had a lot of nice comments. I found Lynette after I read her book " In Faithfulness, He Afflicted Me" This is a great book and I encourage you to read it.
I have a few Blogs that I also would like you to check out. My new found friend Nellie. Nellie is a great lady and I really enjoy her Blog (Tuesdays are my favorite). She helps me see things I can't see on my own. Very encouraging.
Another new found friend Susie is very inspirational and encouraging as well. She has some wonderful stories and she too has help me realize that I am not alone.
With all the bloggers that I have been following I have found that I learn so much from these wonderful Christians. It is nice to hear that we all struggle with the same things and how we can manage them. I love to be led to the Bible.
So Blogger followers and viewers make sure you continue to leave your comments because they mean so much to me. I am blessed to walk this journey with you all.
This week in my personal life I have chose to work on worrying.
So anyone who knows me knows how I worry. Within the last few years I have learned where you can go in the Bible to relieve this issue and I have realized that worrying is a sin. The proof for me comes from Romans 14:23 listed below. "But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin."
When I recognized that worrying was a sin I concentrated on the passage below. In fact I have it on my computer at work to help me remind me. Philippians 4:6-7 (New International Version) "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"
So in short I need not worry because I am a Christian, I know that God knows what I have faced, and what I am facing and will face, I know God cares about what I face in life and also that God has promised to take care of me.
For me it is important to remind myself of this often.
We drove up to visit our daughter Holly and her husband Ricky in Vancouver yesterday. Holly had a jewelry party so it was a perfect time to go. Before the party started Marvin and Ricky slipped out to play Golf. It was cloudy with a few sprinkles but they enjoyed themselves. And Holly's party was great. Once the guys got home and the party wrapped up we headed to Gustav's Happy hour. (a wonderful German restaurant) We went during Happy hour so we could get all the discounts. Holly was having a hard decision making up her mind what cocktail to get so I ordered the one she didn't (okay I have to admit I do not drink very often) Anyway who would have thought that the drinks would be so strong (mine was a Mojito) anyway I just sipped it (about three sips) and my ears turned bright red and they were hot. Normally I just get the wine flush but this time it just hit my ears. I gave my drink to Holly and settled for water. It actually took a couple of hours for them to return to normal. We had some Spätzle, fondue with bread and sausage, chicken schnitzel, potato pancakes, Shepard's pie, salad and yummy sauerkraut. Nothing that was really diet friendly. The portions were small so that was good. After eating we were so full and when we got back to Holly's we grabbed the dogs took a walk and saw some beautiful flowers. The weather had cleared up and was beautiful. We got back and played a hand of 10 point pitch Women vs Men. The men pulled it out but it was close. This morning we were up bright and early ate a light breakfast and headed home so we could get our weekend chores done. The picture below though it is hard to see is a a lot of sheep. I Love sheep. There were some new baby lambs frolicking around. What a great weekend it has been.....
It has been really nice outside today in the mid 60's. The birds are so happy singing, in fact when I go to work in the morning they are really happy.....I love that. Marvin and I love to sit out in the back and watch the birds and squirrels. We have a lot of blue jays. Along with the beautiful spring weather my allergies are getting bad. The picture above is one of my tulips. I really need to dig them up this fall and replant. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. Not much else happening here. (which is good)
Oh where to start. Sunday morning when Marvin stepped outside he noticed that his new car had been egged. There was also several misses that resulted on egg yolk staining our siding of our house. It looks like we were singled out. We filed a police report. Today Marvin went to a body shop and it looks like it is going to cost about 1000.00. Our deducible is only 100.00 luckily. So it will take 4 days to get it fixed.
On the brighter side of things we watched the movie Blind Side which is a very good movie. Sandra Bullock plays the mother that gives a home to a young man that is homeless. The scary thing about it is that her character reminded me of my personality. Very bossy and to the point.
Today on my lunch hour I went to Walmart. When I walked in the door the greeter gave me a wet cart. I asked for a different cart and started on my way. This cart was not a good one. The wheels were not wanting to turn and it was squeaky. So I was trying to use my patience and not get irritated. BUT I also had to go the restroom and did not want to go in the store so I was kind of hurrying. I made my way over to the dog treat aisle for some special treats for Max when lo and behold an older gentleman asked me if I knew where the cat food pouches were. He said he was not familiar with the store. So I took my squeaky cart and went down the aisles searching for the cat food pouches. We finally had one more aisle left but I could not get by the fish tanks with my cart, I told him to look around the corner and he found the cat food. He thanked me. It is funny that I always have people asking me for help. I really don't mind at all.
April 11th, 1980 Marvin and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl whom we a named Jennifer Lynn. I never thought this day would come as God answered my prayers with a healthy little girl. Needless to say we were so happy and full of joy. Jennifer would eat just enough and go to sleep. Of course that meant that we did not get very much sleep until my Mom recommended that we wake her and make her finish all of her bottle. That did help somewhat but we loved to hold her and so did her grandparents and all her Aunts and Uncles.
In the picture below Jennifer is watching her Dad play a handheld football game. In the beginning Marvin had his mind set on a little boy but after Jennifer arrived and he met her she had him wrapped around her fingers immediately. He fell in love with his baby girl.
Jennifer was a big sister 11 months later. She had started walking at 10 months and she loved her baby brother Jeremy and was a big helper. and then 4 years later she was a bigger helper with her baby sister Holly Jennifer was very independent and played well by herself. She liked to play "high school" all though she also had dolls and barbies. She was a good student and was involved in youth group at Church, she was also in sports in 8th grade and then she switched to Cheerleading. We are very proud of all her accomplishments. This picture is one of her senior pictures she was a Beautiful Bride And today she is a mother of 2 children Emma and Logan. We couldn't be more proud or feel more blessed that Jennifer is our daughter.
Since we have been done with the Love Dare for a while I decided it was time to review and add some areas that I need work on. So for this week I am going to work on "Allow yourself to be loved."
We have had a few sermons on allowing yourself to be loved. It is not only by God but by everyone. What is wonderful about God is he loves us unconditionally, we can do anything in his eyes and be forgiven. So why is is so hard to allow this love. Sometimes I feel unworthy and feel like I don't deserve that love. But I know the truth and all I need to do is accept it at all times.
In my personal life I feel this way too sometimes. I guess it happens when someone says something and it hurts my feelings. I truly know in my heart that they love me but sometimes I can feel that shield going up.
I picked the verse from John below to help me remind me.
John 13:34-35 (New International Version)
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Yes I do.....I love Folgers coffee. I always have. It must be my simple girl taste buds. I drink one cup of caffeined coffee a day and then I switch to Decaf. So everyday I drag my coffee bag to work. Now what I have to say is Oregon is full of coffee stands. I think I drive by 4 stands every morning on my way to work. At work we have a high grade strong coffee. Icky...If by chance I don't have a coffee bag I drink some at work I have to add water to it. Sometimes for a treat I will drink Chai tea. (Oregon Chai is the best)
I think our 13 year old cat McKenzie (aka Baby Kitty) has put on a little of weight. She is such a cry baby and in fact while I was watching the movie the afternoon while Max was shaking from the movie thunderstorm, baby kitty was crying and as for Tiger he was cuddling with me. Our pets really keep us entertained.
I rented a Redbox Movie this afternoon called "Every body's Fine" Since I got out of work a little early I decided by encouragement from my daughter Holly to watch this movie. It was a good movie and had some sad parts. It was about a family that had lost their mother and since she was the main communicator in the family it was hard for the grown kids to deal with their dad. They had excuse after excuse why they couldn't spend time with their dad. Of course in end their relationship was strengthened. The kids were finally honest with their dad. During the movie there was a thunderstorm (on the movie) but Max our dog thought it was real and had a panic attack for about 30 minutes. The weekend is almost here........I am glad for that. I have loads of laundry, some cleaning ans some other tasks I would like to get done. Holly and Ricky will be here but they will be in and out.
It is the time again for my Annual Physical. This year since I turned 50 I have that dreaded Colonoscopy added. So far I have had my annual physical which was all good. Today I fasted and had my blood drawn for blood tests since I am on Cholesterol meds. I have deep veins and this morning the Phlebotomist could not find a vein in my arm so she took 2 tubes of blood from the back of my hand. It really wasn't that bad except now I have a big bruise on my hand. Back to the appointments. The end of the month I have my annual Mammogram and this year I also have to have a Bone Densitometry test. Tomorrow I go in for my consult for the Colonoscopy and then I hope to get that scheduled in April too. I also have a dentist appointment the end of the month to finish my root canal. So I have a lot of pokes and prods happening. PHEW....It is a lot of work getting old. Oh one more thing they also gave me an "Advance Directive" (forms to direct your health care if you are unable to make decisions) I plan on living 30 or 40 more years so I hope I don't need that anytime soon but it is a good thing to have.
Tonight Marvin was fixing breakfast for Dinner and when he started cracking eggs he said "that egg is small it must be a banty egg." Funny thing I have never heard of that. So you guessed it I goggled it and this is what Wikipedia said
"Bantam hens are also used as laying hens, although Bantam eggs are only about one-half to one-third the size of a regular hen egg.
Marvin had worked in a grocery store for 15 years when we lived back in Nebraska and he said they sold a lot of them back then. I wonder if they still do. I have never seen them in the grocery store all though I never have looked.
I grew up on a farm and we had chickens and gathered eggs. The only thing I knew about eggs is you should crack them in a separate bowl before adding them to your dish as sometimes you can get a bad egg.
When I was a little girl to me Easter was going to Church, a pretty Easter dress complete with a hat and gloves, dying Easter Eggs, An Easter basket with lots of candy, a lot of family after Church for Dinner and an Easter egg hunt. I grew up in the Catholic faith and as I got older I realized the true reason we were celebrating. I have the most wonderful memories.
1963 I am in the middle 3 years old 1965 I am in the green dress age 5 1968 age 8 yellow dress
Here it is all finished. I made a card, a book mark (that Marvin needs to laminate) wrote a letter, printed some pictures of our family and made a little photo page of who is who, found some stickers and coloring book pages for Brenda. It is really hard to think of paper items to send her since they are very strict about things you can send. In a few weeks I plan to get some kids magazines and copy pages to send her. I want to try to write at least once a month. We are so blessed to have Brenda in our lives.
Today is Good Friday. Good Friday is the day Jesus was crucified. It is a day to focus on the cross and Jesus' sacrifice for the sins. I believe that Jesus, son of God, died to save all believers from sin.
The Company that I work for has given us a paid Holiday for today. It is wonderful to work for a large Company that has a strong belief in God.
Today for me is a day to use the blessings that I have been given. My first project is to write a letter, make a card and get a package ready to go to Brenda our sponsored child in Africa. I have everything out ready to start it looks like this I will post more later when I have finished my project.