Monday, April 26, 2010


WOW!!! We had some storms last night that were the worst I've seen in quite a while!!

Thunder, lightening, torrential downpours!! The thunder actually shook the entire house more than one time!! I'm sure I'll see a lot of tree branches down on the road on my way to work.....

Speaking of is it possible that it is Monday again? How do these two days fly by so quickly?

Yesterday afternoon I made a Kentucky Butter Cake....haven't tasted it yet, but it smells delicious....hopefully, it tastes as good as it smells.

My coffee cup is sitting here beside me, and I'm waiting for the caffeine to make its appearance in my system, then to get ready for work, and off I go for another week...hopefully, a calm, peaceful week. Personally, I'd rather just stay here and work on some things that need accomplished. But then, I wouldn't be able to pay the bills...not a good thing...

Not much else going on that's all for now!


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Still No Knitting or Crocheting!!

Here it is--April 25th--over two months since my elbow first started acting up--and I still cannot knit or crochet!!

I'm to see yet another doctor for evaluation for physical therapy, but not until May 11th!! By the time I'm able to start Lydia's sweater, she'll be ready for preschool!!

But, I have found that I can do counted cross stitch without too much trauma to the arm. So, I'm working on Lydia's CHRISTmas stocking. I don't have too much accomplished yet, but at least it will be finished in time. I'll post some pictures as I go along (once there is something to see!).

It is Sunday--it is raining--and there is much to be done in the way of outside work. I don't know that my elbow will stand up to this either, so I'll be enlisting the help of my son....when I can count on him to be here.

One evening last week, Andrew went outside to mow the lawn. He came in and asked me if I had seen the lawn mower. Apparently someone stole our lawn mover...

Why? I don't was old, was eaten with rust in some areas....but it still worked!! Off he went to purchase a new lawn mower, so at least the grass is cut!

Cara's dog, Nika, spent the night here on Friday evening. She apparently doesn't sleep well when she is at up all night going from bedroom to bedroom and checking on all that live there. With me, she just curls up in my bed and sleeps for the entire night. She went home yesterday, and I already miss her.

I was contemplating getting a dog...not a big dog...perhaps, medium-sized. Andrew wants nothing to do with having another dog, and he has stated an emphatic "no" to my idea.

We'll see....we'll see....

That's all for now, and have a wonderful Sunday!!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

So Tired!!

Tuesday has arrived.....I am tired and feel like I could have slept a few more hours this morning....I know that tonight will be an "early to bed" night for me...earlier than usual.

I'm sitting here drinking my third cup of coffee, and I don't feel any different than when I first awoke....c'mon caffeine...kick in and jump start me!!

There is some frost on the grass this morning, and I have the feeling that spring is going to bypass us, and we'll just head right into summer. As I looked around outside at the work that needs done to get things into shape, I know that I'm not going to be able to do this alone with my elbow problem. I suppose I'll have to ask Andrew to help me.

Lydia (Cara is sooooo lucky) has slept through the night for two nights now in her crib--one night for 12 hours straight!! She is a happy baby, smiles easily, laughs outloud at our antics, and is in constant motion--moving her arms and legs around, kicking her feet. She can easily amuse herself just by watching her hands interact with one another, and she LOVES her toes!!

Cara loved her toes, too......I remember how she used to be able to take her foot and put her toes in her mouth and fall asleep that way.....Where did all those years go?

I'm working on a "forgiveness issue" that I thought was well behind me....but, it's not. I thought that I had TOTALLY forgiven, but the issue hit me in the head a few weeks ago. The feelings came back--not as intense as in the past--but they are still there.

So, back to work on this issue---not for the other person, but for freedom of all of this for myself. The only way I can do this is with God's help, and I know that He will be there for me--painful and difficult though it may be to revisit some of these places.

That's about it for this to conquer a Tuesday at work--then home and possibly to sleep for the rest of the evening until tomorrow morning!!


Monday, April 19, 2010

What? Monday Already?

WOW!!! It is Monday already!! Where did these two days off go?? I don't know for sure, but they did fly by and were filled with good people and good times.

First, the dinner on Saturday evening. Then, Ryan, Cara and Lydia did come to church on Sunday without pressure from me. I was so elated to see them there and know that they want Lydia to have a good basis from which to grow.

Cara is already revisiting her youth and thinking about things that she has done...then worrying that Lydia will do the same and perhaps, even more. She is concerned about the choices she is going to make in her life, the kind of friends she is going to choose.

I told her that one of my biggest regrets is not raising them in a good church-based environment, and that this is important for Lydia to be able to make the right decisions in her life. So, hopefully, they are on their way!!

Then, after church--breakfast with Lindsay and some shopping for her birthday. We didn't find what we were looking for, but we had a nice time together--good, quality time....and this is actually more important than the buying of things.

I didn't know this until yesterday....but, apparently while I was at the dinner on Saturday, Andrew and Lindsay went to the speedway for "minivan races". I didn't even know there was such a thing as this!!

The person they knew who was racing came in second, so they were happy for him.

Well, that's all for now!! Have to go get ready for another week!!


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Okay, I Admit It!!

What am I admitting? The fact that I am over 50 years old!!

I finally broke down and joined the "50+ Ministry" at my church. I've been in denial and didn't want to join in. After all, by doing this, I'm saying that I'm of a "senior age"!!

Last night, this group had a "Dinner for Eight". I signed up, made an Asian salad and meandered over to the church around 6 p.m.

Guess what? I had a wonderful, fun time!! I met some people that I have seen in church but didn't know, had a fabulous meal and played some games!! I even won a white flox to put in my garden (as soon as it becomes and stays warm enough here to plant anything without worry of frost).

So, I'm over 50 by some 6 years, and I'm proud to say it!! Now, I'm ready to move on to those other senior discounts offered at some places!!

Today---off to church this morning. Ryan, Cara and Lydia are supposed to meet me there. After church, Lindsay and I are going to breakfast and then shopping for part of her birthday present (which was Friday).

I haven't been able to knit, crochet or even sew for at least the past two month due to an elbow problem. I'm truly missing this, and I wish I could spend the rest of the afternoon working on a sweater for Lydia. The pattern has been picked out, the yarn ordered and arrived....and here, I sit with it staring at me just waiting to be started.

But, no, I'd better listen and do what the doctor tells me or I'll be right back where I started.

Lydia is almost 5 months old now, and Cara still has her sleeping in her room with her in what we called a "portacrib". This is now a "Pack and Play", and really--she is too big for it!

So, I talked with her and told her to put Lydia in her crib during the day while she is awake so that she gets used to being there.

Seems like she is content there, don't you think?
Now, I just heard from Cara. Lydia was put to bed in the crib last night and slept the night through. It is now 8 a.m., and she is just starting to wake up!! Cara says that she is proud of both of them. I'm sure that Lydia actually got more sleep than Cara who was up and down checking on her through the night.
I remember those days--especially with Andrew, my oldest. It was difficult to put him in his own room. He seemed so far away.....even though he was just around the corner. But, actually, he slept better....and after a did I.
Well, I'm to get ready for church!! Have a wonderful day!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Jesus, My Friend

Today I'm joining with The Power of Your Love in the study of "Praying the Names of Jesus".

This week the name we studied was "friend". Of course, the first thing that popped into my mind was the song "What a Friend We Have in Jesus".....remembering singing this when I was a young child.

As I reflected on this song, the verse that stuck in my mind was "what a privilege to carry every thing to God in prayer". And this is truly a privilege that God has given us. We can come to Him with our gladness, our joy and our praises as well as our frustrations, anxieties and worries. He wants to hear from us. He is waiting to hear from us. And when we don't show us to communicate with Him, He is disappointed and misses us tremendously.

I think of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden--that perfect place where God formed and blew the breath of life into them. Then, the sin.....doing the one thing that God had told them not to do.

Did God walk away from them? Did He leave them in their fright with them hiding from Him?

No, He came looking for them.....walking through the Garden.....calling for them. He wanted to spend time with them even though He already knew they had not obeyed. I can picture God calling to them:

There, at this very moment, the first sacrifice was given. One of the animals that God had created and Adam had named had to be killed so that Adam and Eve could have clothing to hide their nakedness.
The key scripture for this week is John 15:13:
"Greater love has no one then this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."
I have friends.....I have brothers and sisters in Christ....but, would one of them give their life for me? I cannot honestly answer this with a "yes".
But, that is exactly what Jesus did--He came from Heaven as a helpless baby--came from the perfect place to live here with us in this fallen world. Jesus--the ultimate sacrifice--gave up His life so that we could call Him "friend". He bridged the chasm between us and God so that we could have the privilege to go to God with every thing--big or small--God cares and wants us to come to Him.
Through this past week, I've had another song humming through my mind. I could only grasp bits and pieces of this song...a word or line here and there. I've asked people..even sung for them to try to remember the name of this song and the words in their entirety.
This morning it came to me...just like that!! I'm going to share this song with you because Jesus loves us just as we are....He loves us even though we may fail and fall. He doesn't want us to stay the way we are....He wants us to conform ourselves to His likeness....a goal we will never achieve this side of Heaven.
But, we are to try. He is here to help us, and through the power and might and strength and, most of all, love of God, we can achieve what God wants us to do....exactly as He has planned.

Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Worship You, my Lord, until the very end
Worship You, my Lord, until the very end
Worship You, my Lord, until the very end
Worship You, my Lord, until the very end

Jesus, lover of my soul
Jesus, I will never let You go
You've taken me from the miry clay
Set my feet upon the rock and now I know

I love You, I need You
Though my world may fall, I'll never let You go
My Savior, my closest friend
I will worship You until the very end

Jesus, lover of my soul
Jesus, I will never let you go
You've taken me from the miry clay
Set my feet upon the rock and now I know

I love You, I need You
Though my world may fall, I'll never let You go
My Savior, my closest friend
I will worship You until the very end

I love You, I need You
Though my world may fall, I'll never let You go
My Savior, my closest friend
I will worship You until the very end

Worship You, my Lord, until the very end
Worship You, my Lord, until the very end
Worship You, my Lord, until the very end
Worship You, my Lord, until the very end