Monday, January 4, 2016

Holidays and family.

Thanksgiving and Christmas for 2015 and New Years for 2016 have all come and gone.  Today it is January 4, 2016.  I remember when we were all so uncertain what 2000 (Y2K) would bring.  Now that seems like ancient history.  A lifetime ago.  And for some it is.  New grandchildren have been born to us and our lives are very different.  There has been a lot of drama and at times peace and quiet.  I mostly like the love I get from the grandchildren.  They call me "Nana."  I like that.  Jack is now 7, Alex is 4, Lilly is 2 1/2, and Emma is 2 months old.
I am doing more physical exercise therapy for my hip bursitis caused by my hips being out of alignment while walking in a cast/walking boot after breaking my leg on 9/7/2014.  It is very painful.
My nephew, Tony, came for Thanksgiving and stayed until January 3.  Nephew Jeff flew down on December 22 for the holidays.  We played games all the time, ate and cooked and ate again.  We had a great fun time playing Christmas II, a new gift exchange game we created.  Everyone leaves the table with a stack of gifts and prizes.  It is a lot of fun.  The big funny this year was the purple purses that Leslie and Pam were trying to get and keep.  Little did they know there were two of them so they would each get one.  It was so funny to watch them.  When the holidays were over and it was time for Tony and Jeff to leave I had to fight so hard to not weep and weep.  I was so so very sad that they were going home.  Tony helped me so much with kitchen chores and the computer and the Wi-fi trouble we have been having.  He helped us move beds around and helped with dishes all the time.  He was so helpful and I appreciated it so very much.  He makes a nice pot of coffee too.  He is patient when explaining things to me and showing me things programs on my computer will do.  I really appreciate that.  Now we will wait another year for visits again.
My new car, a Lincoln Navigator 2016 model, arrived on 12/31.  We went to the dealer and signed for it and drove it home.  It is metallic sapphire blue and I had silver pin striping and Mickey Mouse icons painted on it.  I love it.  I need a long nap.
God bless you and keep you all.  Jesus rocks!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Catching up

So much has happened. Life and death go on without regard to gender or agenda. My dad died on November 4, 2010. He went peacefully. Basically his breathing slowed down and his breathing did the same and eventually they both just stopped and then his heart stopped. I was at his bedside praying with him and for him. Mom was there too, she was having her own struggle watching the drama of dad's passing. I actually look at dying as a different version of birth. We leave our mother's womb when we are born into this life. When we die in this life we are actually born into the next eternal life. I know many people don't believe there is eternal life, but I do. I believe that when our earthly body stops (dies) our spirit enters into the eternal setting. Then upon arrival there our eternal fate is determined by what we believe and have done. God has reached down to us through His son, Jesus, to offer us a relationship with himself. He loves all of us so much He is willing to die for us to bring us into a relationship with Him. All we have to do is believe and accept this gift and we can spend eternity with Him.
My dad did accept Jesus' gift and believed in Him and now I have peace of mind knowing that my dad is in heaven. That made the days of funeral prep and planning so much easier. I miss my dad, but I am comforted knowing that he is in Heaven.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Love

Is it possible to love someone so much your heart aches with growing pains? Yes, because I feel it every day. The love I have for my family grows each moment. I think I see dimly now how God feels about us, his adopted children. I know how it was possible for him to sacrifice himself for our sake. To save us from ourselves. I was thinking today what I would do if it came down to sacrificing myself to save one of them. I know I would not hesitate to save them if it meant giving my own life. I would spend eternity knowing I did the right thing, to give them an opportunity to experience this kind of love as their families grow. And how is it possible to have found the one man who would fit me so perfectly? Again, it is God loving me that made that happen. It is no mistake that I am married to Gary and no other man who came into my life. And it is by God's design that he is the father of my children and Grandfather to my hearts joy...Jack. God has answered so many of my prayers in ways that I cannot mistake them as His answers and not happenstance or luck of the draw. Sometimes his answers are so precise that I know it his action that made something happen or not happen depending on the specific prayer. When I pray for something specific I ask that He make it plain and obvious that it is from Him, and he does just that. My God is an amazing and wonderous God.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

God hears and answers prayers.

A while back our pastor preached about how God answers prayers. Sometimes His answer is "no." Sometimes His answer is "yes." Sometimes His answer is "yes, but not now." I have come to realize this to be true in the various prayers that I have prayed over my lifetime. Sometimes it takes quite a while before the answer is realized and sometimes it is quick. I have experienced all of the three answers listed above. Today I experienced an unmistakable answer to one of my prayers. My prayer was that my daughter would find a church home. She expressed to me recently that she had been attending a local church that made her feel welcome and special. I accepted her answer and support her decision though I knew that I would miss not having her with us on Sundays. I pray daily for her and for her family. This morning as we were sitting in church waiting for the service to begin I could not have been more overwhelmed with joy when I saw her enter the aisle and sit beside me. As we began the praise and worship part of the service my heart was in my throat with thanks to God for hearing me and understanding that I miss my girls when they are not with me. I felt so blessed that she would pick this day to join us in worship. Thank you, Lord, for a joyous and pleasant day.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Grandson Jack has two new teeth.




Grandson Jack has two new teeth in the front on the bottom. He does this thing with his lower lip when he plays with his new teeth. He looks so cute and funny when he does this. Gary and I are sitting on the sofa next to him watching this. Gary is laughing so hard when Jack sees him that Jack starts to laugh too. October 23, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Heartwarming video of Christian the Lion reunion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adYbFQFXG0U

This is such an impressive video of showing how animals know and show affection.

Christmas in September

In mid September I was wondering through our local pet shop looking for things for my freshwater aquarium. I turned the corner and saw it! I salt water tank with SEAHORSES! I love seahorses! I am an avid scuba diver and during each dive I take time out to search for seahorses. I have been able to see a few. I have an amazing story about how I found my first seahorse. That is another whole blog. Anyway, I spoke to the shop owner for about 45 minutes about the tank and seahorses. She assured me that the aquarium industry has taken steps to make salt water tanks very user friendly and that with my experience in freshwater tanks and the chores involved in maintaining them that I could handle the tasks of a salt water tank. The only reason I would have a salt water tank is if I could have seahorses. Gary said he thought it would be fine and it could be my early Christmas present so I bought them and made arrangements to bring them home later that week. There are three seahorses. Two females and one male. This photo is of one of the females. The tank sits in the family room next to the tv. Gary watches tv and I watch the seahorses. We have spent a lot of time in front of the tank watching these remarkable creatures. I found a website on the internet all about them and have spent a few hours scouring for inforamtion. I am so hooked. I don't think I have enjoyed anything as much as these seahorses. I have gotten up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and amazingly find my way to the 'tank' and watch them in the dark. There is a small black light on their tank that gives them a little moonlight effect during the night. Last night they were playing! It was so cool to watch them frolick around each other back and forth in the tank. Swimming back and forth and round and round. After a few minutes of watching them I force myself back to bed. Then when I look at them in the morning they are all asleep during the sun up hours. Between spending time playing with Jack and watching my seahorses I am having a lovely time. I am blessed and know it. These little creatures are just one amazing thing that we have seen while scuba diving. Things on the top side of the ocean are beautiful and amazing and it is a whole new world down under the surface. Things so amazing and unique you have to see it to believe it.