Monthly Archives: January 2017

Glad and Sincere Hearts

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We were studying Acts 2 in my Tuesday morning Bible study this week. That passage is where the Holy Spirit was given to believers after Jesus ascended back to heaven, and a glimpse into the lives of the early days of the church. Those were amazing times!

When we came to these verses I said they reminded me of the community we have experienced in Small Group Bible studies. I then went on to shamelessly plug the benefits of believers doing life together in small groups! Learning together, eating together, helping those in need, praising God together, enjoying the favor of all and adding new believers to the group.

Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

One of the gals in our group told a very touching story of a friend whose daughter had passed away. To help their friend cope with the loss and to give her something on her calendar to look forward to, a group of friends decided to gather monthly to have dinner and come along side their friend as she grieved. This was years ago and these women still meet to care for and help shoulder the burdens that affect us all as humans in a fallen world. Somewhere along the way someone told them about the community among elephants, where they gathered around their weak and troubled member, sometimes even huddling so close that they actually helped the suffering elephant remain upright. They now call their group The Elephants.

What a beautiful example and model for community the Lord has shown us in His creation.

I told this story to Honey and he sent me this article.

Care for each other with glad and sincere hearts. Be an elephant.

The 52 Lists Project

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List the soundtrack of your life right now.

This is a little tough because I don’t listen to music in the house and rarely in the car. BUT, I have been listening to this cd that Abby made me for Christmas. She compiled it from songs she had heard me singing along to, or ones she thought I might like. I quite like some of them and I love her thoughtfulness! Especially heart the Andy Williams song at the end, she knows I am fond of him!

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I am aware that the question might be talking about particular songs that fit with my emotional or physical temperature at this time, but I have to say I don’t have any one thing that characterizes my life at the moment. Nothing glaring.

There you have it, the soundtrack of my life at the moment. Thanks Ab-Cat!

Happiest Moments 52 Lists Project

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List the happiest moments of your life so far.

Oh, just let me peruse 50 some odd years of life here now!!! I told you I have problems with these sorts of questions. I have been pondering this question all week, you would think I would have some ready answers. What I am concluding is I am not a collector of happiest moments, as marked in rank of importance.

Of course I have happy moments, but they are not generally the BIG MOMENTS. I have very few personal recollections of typical BIG MOMENT occasions like school events, graduation, first car/first job stuff. Those memories seem dusty and unrecalled for decades. What I do recall are the comfort of friendships and laughing.

A good example would be our wedding day. One would think that would be the happiest of moments. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy that whole process. The showers, attention, schedules, all the choosing! I was not heavily invested with the planning, was very comfortable having my Mother arrange the day, we made the final decisions between a couple of choices, and my overall remembrance is of a stressful day that I was glad to have behind me. In hindsight, I’m glad my mom was able to do it. She planned the wedding she never had and saved me a lot of hassle and the possibility of my head exploding. We would have surely ended up eloping had I been in charge!!  I agree that the day IS important as the first day of our marriage, which I cherish and consider the second best decision of my life, but the day does not even rank in the top 100 of the happiest moments of life.

But my marriage has thousands and thousands of happy, fun, memorable moments! And we continue to add to them!

The days our children were born were hard, long days, but the joy their lives have brought have been my happiest moments ever. Reading books, talking, Saturday lunch, laughing, being together, in spite of what life dealt us, we persevered and created a good, happy family.

Some of my happiest moments have been spent laughing and doing life with friends! Throughout my years God has blessed me with exceptional friends! Friends I have LOVED and laughed with, cried with, learned from, served with, been knitted together with, and have loved me well and come along side when our hearts were broken and we did not know how we would ever be whole again. They have been some of the best moments of life.

It would appear that I am not a collector of happiest moments, but am more of a collector of meaningful moments, and I had one yesterday. My brother Beeve texted me at 7 in the morning with a chirpy “thankful for you!”. My reply was “whatever for??!!”. He went on to tell me that he was thankful that we could talk and that there was no drama, a friend of his was struggling with a loss and the family members were being less than supportive to each other. It made me happy that he stopped to tell me of his thoughts, affirm that we are connected by the bonds of family, love, and a genuine affection for each other. A happy moment in my life. That’s good enough for me.

Schnibbles of Stuff, Wishing I Had Some Emojis!

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Hi Guys. I am feeling better after Honey so graciously shared his cold with me. All congestion was in the head, but now both nostrils are open and breathing with my mouth closed has resumed. Came down with it on Thursday evening, so it was pretty quick actually. Trenda, a friend from BSF, told me to take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it!) mixed with a little water, it was nasty, but if it cut the sickness down by some days it was worth it! I couldn’t taste much anyway! One eye open, other closed, tongue out emoji!!!

I have had a very needy young catten on my lap all morning. What up Sy?

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I keep gently placing him down on comfy blankets and couches, and before I know it he is back on my lap. Smiling emoji!!!

In early January, before school and work and BSF started back up, I had lunch with these fine gals! CMB, Jip the Farm Dog and Heifer Lynn! Always good to get caught up on each others lives and laugh a little!  Cat with star eyes emoji!!!!!

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Oh yes it is!

My Bible study this morning was cancelled because of ice. I guess a lot of school districts around us are closed. Not ours mind you. It’s amazing how fast I fell out of paying attention to school closings now that I no longer have children attending! BUT! I guess The Ab-Cat IS once again a participating member of our district!!!!! So I guess I need to change my previous statement! Heart emoji!!!

Honey and I binge watched a couple things over the holidays. First was Stranger Things, which we polished off in a day! The second took a lot longer. Man in the High Castle had 2 seasons, so we watched quite a bit on New Years Eve and Day and have watched it here and there in the weeks since. It is based on the idea that the Germans and Japanese won WW2 and share occupation of America. We finally finished season 2 and I saw that it was approved for a third. I wondered when that might be, since we are now invested in the lives of Juliana, Joe, Frank and Ed, Obergruppenführer Smith and the Trade Minister. In my looking I found out the second season was only released in December of 2016!!! We are going to have to wait a looooooong time!!! Crying emoji!!!!

See you tomorrow. Fingers making an OK emoji!!!

52 Lists Project-Week 2

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List your favorite characters from books, movies, ect.

Book characters seem different to me than movie characters, I’m not quite sure why. Maybe because in movies we see the actual scene acted out and real expressions, where as in books there is more to our own imaginations.

Some of my favorite book people are:

The Ingalls family from the Little House Books– No surprise there! I was always so impressed with their fondness and loyalty to each other. Their ingenuity was pretty impressive as well. I loved the glimpse into a time so different than my own. Ever since I could read on my own I have been a fan of Laura and her kin. My life is richer for “knowing” them.

Hadassah from A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers)- I want to be Hadassah when I grow up. Her faith, kindness, strength of character, dependence on the Holy Spirit and commitment to prayer was an inspiration when I first read it about 20 years ago, and continues to be today. #loftygoals

The characters from The Shiloh Legacy; Birch and Trudy, Jefferson Canfield and his mama Willa Mae (by Bodie Thoene)- Rae Babe got me hooked on this bunch a looooong time ago and I have read the whole series several times. These people lived through such trials, yet the Lord was with them throughout. Meanness, corruption, war, depression, prejudice, unfairness, and plain bad luck abound, but they place their faith in God to help them through.

And some favorite movie folks:

Kathleen Kelly from You’ve Got Mail– Darling girl with an adorable apartment, kind, sweet and funny, lives a small but valuable life, thinks daisies are the friendliest flowers. Love her!

Guy Patterson from That Thing You Do– Funny, hardworking, loyal, talented and gentlemanly! He…is…Spartacus!

Jason Bourne– A one man army, I want to be on his side!

There are many, many more but that seems a good start. How about you guys? Can you all break your apparent vow of silence here and name some of your favorites?

Way Back When-sday 2012

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Yesterday I finished my Christmas cards!!!! Woo Hoo!!!! Honey said I can’t call them that, so how about bi annual family update cards? Hoping to drop them at the post office today after BSF.

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This Way Back When-sday was our Christmas picture from 2012! Honey and I look tan, we had just returned from a vacation in Florida. The picture was taken by Girl Cousin Lindsay at her parents, our Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis’ house, which they sold last fall. Our little dog Katie was cut off at the bottom, RIP Katie Girl. It is a little slice of the past.

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It was actually Thanksgiving and it was a very fine day! I love that group of people.

Glad the cards are done!

Belated Mothers Day

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Last May The Boy told me he had a Mothers Day present for me. He was going to mail it. Then he forgot to do it. He then forgot to bring it from Chicago the next couple times I saw him. Forgetting, it is our way.

Then he and The Dane packed up their belongings, stashed some here, and moved to Washington state. My present went along for the ride.

But look what they remembered when they came home at Thanksgiving!!!!!!!! My well travelled present!

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Really loved the book, really loved the card!

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They thought I could use it as a prompt for blog posts too, and I sort of already started that here, even though you all didn’t know it! You got a serving of goals, because I am not much of a dreamer.

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Another goal will be to stick with this for 52 weeks, always a challenge. One thing I already find problematic is the penchant for using words like all and favorite, TOO MUCH PRESSURE!!!!!!! So just know up front that I will offer you a selection of some and favoriteS, so I don’t cause myself too much angst on this 52 week excursion. The fear of leaving someone OR something out might hinder me greatly!

A big THANK YOU to The Boy and The Dane for their thoughtful gift, I love it!!!!!!!