FREEDOM

NOVEMBER THANKFULLNESS!

Veteran’s Day passed with so many wonderful tributes to our Veterans past and present. I want to honor my Dad, a WWII veteran. Because of their sacrifice we are able to celebrate Thanksgiving in our wonderful free country. In the midst of family, turkey and pumpkin pie, take time to give honor to the ONE, who made it all possible.

IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS… I Thessalonians 5:18

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

VACATION

We recently vacationed in the beautiful state of Washington. Water. Big Trees. Mountains. Desert. Rain Forests. Snow. (And the Sound of Music in an outdoor theater in the mountains!!!!) All parts of God’s creation. Among the sights we saw the most northwestern spot on the continental United States, the tallest mountain in Washington, the place that has the most snow in the U.S., and the world’s record Sitka spruce tree. All these biggest, farthest, tallest….made me think of my heavenly Father. No one loves us a “big” as He does. He will go to bat for us every time. He will never give up on us.

As we were standing on the most Northwestern point – I thought how we go as far as we can – till we can’t go any farther on our own – and then we cry out to God for help. I told myself I am going to do better about being present with God every day, not just when I can’t do it on my own. How am I doing? Well let’s just say it’s a process. Come with me, go big, go far, do more WITH GOD!!

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things…”

AND – a wonderful visit with my college roommate!!!

I THINK I CAN!

My girls tease me about closing the rings on my watch. I like checking things off my list…closing rings is one of them! Every month there is an extra challenge – well this last month it was to walk a certain number of miles. When I saw that number I thought wow, that’s a lot. I don’t think I can do that. As I write this blog post I hit the mark! How did I do it? I did it one day at a time. My sister said, “that’s only this many miles per day. Just do today!” And that’s what I did. So what lesson did I learn? If something seems overwhelming…break it down into small chunks. Do one chunk at a time and before you know it – well look at that I walked 142 miles last month!…with God all things are possible. Matt 19:26

HAPPY FALL

HAPPY FALL

TO YOU ALL

…the extent of my rhyming abilities. As we begin a new season we watch God paint tree pictures and sky/cloud pictures. There are new smells-bonfires and burning leaves; new sounds-leaves crunching and birds flying south. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes and craft shows-it is fall. Even new clothes!!! As I write this it struck me that God gives us new beginnings four times a year in the natural—and maybe in the spiritual. New. Change, Different. What have you wanted to try, learn, or do? Ask HIM what HE wants you to do during this season of your life. Every season has its blessings. As we begin this fall season let’s look for HIS blessings.

There is an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth…Ecclesiastes 3:1 MSG

Never Forget

Where were you September 11, 2001?

I was standing with my first graders, our principal handed us a paper, the United States has been attacked. Shock. Fear. Protectiveness. Gather the children and pretend everything was OK…but we didn’t know. Life as we knew it changed that day. Now years later, we haven’t forgotten. Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the victims of 9/11. Rather than be anxious or angry be hopeful. For, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL…..

It is always so fun to see the first day of school pictures. See how much the kids have grown, share the excitement of new classes, new clothes, and sometimes ‘tears’. As most of you know I am a retired teacher and every first day of school was very exciting for me. From a teacher perspective – I always asked the Lord to put the students He wanted in my class. I prayed I would be able to meet their needs every day. Did everyone get a smile, a kind word a gentle touch, a word of encouragement? How could I teach that lesson to meet the needs of my students? Did I do my best? A teacher is a teacher 24/7. Take time as we begin a new school year to thank the teachers in your life – past or present.

TEACHERS SHAPE THE FUTURE.

…and THANK YOU Mrs. Jobe, my third grade teacher!

So…Sew…Sow

So…Sew…SOW

So…long time no blog. Life has been busy.

SEW…Ali’s 4-H project.

SOW…most important, sowing seeds of love in our garden. A surprise 40th birthday for Lori. Mandy impromptu visit. Everyday life. Celebrating 46 years.

SO…what’s the point you might ask. Sometimes we don’t see the importance of sowing in the lives of our spouse, our kids, grandkids, the people closest to us.  What we sow into our family everyday causes a ripple effect.  No seed sown is too small!

So…maybe you can teach one of yours to sew, or sow another gift into their lives that only you can sow. Be liberal in sowing your seeds…a farmer who sows only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who sows generously will get a generous crop!!!! 2Cor.9:6

The Red Aunt

 

My Aunt Virginia was born in 1929, had red hair and was like a second mom to us kids. Red hair…my brothers called her the red aunt, 1929…she convinced us she was always 29!! She and Uncle Joe adopted when we were a bit older – so first she spoiled us and then we spoiled their kids. Aunt Virginia helped me with my sewing projects, helped Mom with us kids and Uncle Joe on the farm gathering eggs and driving tractors. When they moved to Florida for Aunt Virginia’s health we missed them in so many ways.

This past week my sisters and I flew to Florida to visit Aunt Virginia. She turns 29 plus 61 years old this year.   What a great visit – telling stories, catching up, laughing till we cried and loving on a lady who loved on us. Happy 90th birthday, Aunt Virginia.

Who has been an influence in your life? Call them and tell them you love them.

1 Corinthians 13:13 But the greatest of these is love.