Sunday, September 28, 2014

DECISIONS, DECISIONS...

I'm talking wedding decisions!  It's funny, you walk a fine line...not sure whether to dare to think about it.  So maybe you do, maybe you don't.  Do you make your Pinterest wedding board public???Then all of a sudden, BOOM.  Engagement - and there's lot of decisions that have to be made.  My husband and I joked for a long time that we didn't argue until we got engaged! Dating is fun; engaged to be married means time for decisions!  Here's one thing we do know about the wedding.  They have chosen a venue:

It's an historic theater in Denver - should be fun!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

FALL REFRESHER...


This week we had our September RefresHER at church!  One of our youngest classes at church put it on, and they did a great job.  Their coordinator asked a lot of questions along the way, but I appreciated it because she paid such attention to detail.  Sometimes those of us who have done it before think we don't need help because we are experienced and then we forget important things.

Their theme was "You can lean on me" and was about giving comfort in times of grief.  The speaker, also from their class, was really dynamic and shared how in her first 5 years of marriage she and her husband lost both their mothers.  She lost hers two months after the birth of her first child and two months before her sister's wedding.  Talk about stress!  It wasn't a tear-jerker though, she handled it very well and focused on ways to comfort.

I'm so thankful for Christian women who are willing to share their time and talents with others!








Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LOVING YOUR ENEMIES...

This fall on Wednesday nights at church we've had some different women in our congregation speaking on different topics.  One of our minister's wives did a lesson recently on "loving your enemies."  My first thought was "Really?  Do we need a lesson on that?  I have no enemies..."

Well, little did I know it would be so convicting!  As she defined who our enemies might be, I started thinking, well there is someone whose face is unknown to me that I might consider an enemy.  She defined an enemy as someone who might have hurt us, cause us trouble.  The realization came to me that even though the car wreck that killed my brother-in-law and has altered my sister's life forever was an accident, it's hard to forgive the woman.  There is anger there.  She is my enemy, in a sense.

As the lesson went on, she challenged us to think of ways we can truly LOVE OUR ENEMY.  Praying for them was one of the main things we talked about.  I realized I had not prayed for this woman one time since it happened.  I want her to feel bad, I want her to be punished.  But that is not for me to do.  Unfortunately she may suffer guilt the rest of her life over this.  Her two children that were in the car with her saw the scene.  I can't imagine.

So, I'm trying to re-think who my enemies are, and consciously pray for them.  It does not come natural.  But that's what having Jesus in your heart is all about - he makes us indescribably different from the world.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

LAUGHTER, THE BEST MEDICINE...

Our college freshman was in a show they call Freshman Fanfare!  It came just in time, we needed some laughs!  There were some serious musicians in it, but mostly just fun group acts and some comedy from the emcees.  Great way to start the weekend!
 His GF, a sophomore, was one of the directors.  She is a great choreographer!
 The shirt

 He's got attitude - learned those great facial expressions from his brother or from high school performance!



These two have been friends since...well, since birth!


 Who can resist a guy with a guitar?
 This guy from Washington was amazing, singing "Gravity".

 A Rwandan student (middle) sang an African worship song - very cool!
 Our boy also played bass on the Beatles medley.  Fun to get to see him performing on this stage!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PRAISING THROUGH THE STORM...

Thank you to Matt and Beth Redmon for this song!  Trying to praise through the storm. My sister is doing great from all appearances but every day is a new reality.  Like men came yesterday to make an offer on his business equipment...


O Lord, You Never Let Go of Me

Even though I walk through the valley
Of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear


And even when Im caught in the middle
Of the storms of this life
I wont turn back, I know You are near


And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?


Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me


And I can see a light that is coming
For the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare

And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Well live to know You here on the earth


And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?


Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me




Monday, September 15, 2014

240 BUNKO PARTIES LATER...

Hard to believe, but I've been playing Bunko for 20 years now!  That adds up to about 240 parties!  There are a few of us that have been in the group the whole time; others were added in as people moved.  Since I've been a SAHM most of those years, this has been one of my primary social occasions and it's been such a blessing to me.  Mommas just need to have a night with the girls once in a while!  We always share concerns and pray for each other, along with eating good food. We've gone from sharing birth stories to menopause...I've learned so much from these friends!

For our 20th Anniversary party, we decided not to do the "Roaring 20's" but everyone had to wear 20 things and there would be some prizes for that besides the regular Bunko prizes.  We also had a t-shirt design so we can order those.  Some of us were pretty creative!


Showing off our 20s

20 pins

20 hair things

20$


Me and my Bestie

 20 pieces of jewelry

Reading Bunko memories


Funny prizes for some funny people!



Friday, September 12, 2014

A WEDDING IS COMING...

and soon!  My daughter is getting married in January!  A year ago she started dating a young man who was a friend of my son - he had left college here to attend a special school back in his hometown of Denver.  He looked her up, and the rest is history!  We invited him to spend vacation with us in July and right before we left, he sent us a beautiful letter.  We knew that something was up...sure enough, not long after vacation he asked for our blessing.  He was not sure when to ask her, with the recent death in our family.  He was kind enough to ask us about it last Sunday, before he did it. My husband told him we would welcome some good news.  So, it happened!  He is a fine Christian man and we are thrilled for them!



One of the coolest things about him is that he's a song leader...so he fits into the family very well!  Looking forward to helping these two get on their own and lots of fun wedding planning in the next few months!