Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WHIRLWIND OF ACTIVITY...

Packages are arriving daily, decisions have to be made, my hair is getting color and my teeth are getting whitened...the song of the wedding that's 38 days away! Rehearsal dinner menu decisions, invitations to be sent, table decorations to decide, and my grass I'm trying to keep green!  And I'm just the MOG.  I think I need a honeymoon after this is all over, too!  :)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

WOW FOR THOUGHT...




One of my favorite things in the summer is a Wednesday night class full of praise and worship music.  It's called WOW,  Wonder of Worship.  Our song leader teaches a new song every time.  It's a great pick-me-up and if you were a kid that enjoyed summer camp, that's the kind of "camp-high" feeling it gives me.

Last night the song leader shared a story of a family who is truly showing their FAITH IN ACTION right now.  A picture of a beautiful girl flashed on the screen.  Three weeks ago their oldest teenage daughter was in a car accident and is still comatose. They are disappointed.  They are angry.  But they said they will praise the Lord if she gets better, and if she does not.  They told our song leader when asked, "Yes, tell her story.  We need all the prayers we can get.  But make it about HIM."  

It touched my heart as I reminisced over my own husband's tree accident 10 years ago, and the feelings I had during that time.  

I looked at the row in front of me and saw a man sitting there without his wife, because his wife suffers from MS and cannot always come to church.  Just behind me was a friend who lost her husband at a young age to cancer, struggled with her three kids, and has since remarried.  Across the aisle from us was a couple who has recently lost their son to suicide.  All of these people are in church, singing their hearts out to praise the Father.  So many stories of faith.

Look around you.  Who do you see putting their FAITH IN ACTION?  


It's quite amazing and inspiring.  But even more so, is our God!




Thursday, August 11, 2016

DELIA'S GREEN BEANS...

My SIL shared a delicious recipe with me the other day, and my family declared it a winner!  Try it if you are tired of the same old vegetables at your dinner table.


DELIA'S GREEN BEANS

Fresh green beans (3-4 cups)
Onion diced - I used one small
Garlic, minced - I used one large clove
1/2 Red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 regular can chicken broth

In a large skillet saute onion and garlic  (as much as you like) in 2 tablespoons butter and a little olive oil.   Wash and snip ends off green beans, then toss into skillet and continue sauteing with onions and garlic, until they turn a bright green.  Add chicken broth and bell pepper, turn down to medium-low, cover and cook approximately 30 minutes or until done.  

I think this would also work with canned green beans, if you want to drain the juice off.



Thursday, August 4, 2016

PARENTAL FEELINGS: FROM EMBARRASSED TO PROUD TO BITTERSWEET...

When this boy of mine was a senior in high school, he surprised us by telling us he wanted to spend all his hard earned money on a snow cone shack.  I was pretty hesitant, not knowing anything about this kind of business, but he didn't listen to me (good thing in this case), and went for it.  Obviously I'm not a risk taker!

The last three summers he's learned to brew syrup, keep up inventory, talk to his landlord, and make customers into friends.  He's also transformed the shack with a new deck, new paint job, shade sails, new yard games, wrapped the Mystery Machine, and even added a mobile trailer to the business!

I went from an embarrassed mother (to have the Mystery Machine parked at my house) to an amazed one at his business ability.  He loved his customers, knew what they would order before they asked, and chatted it up with all kinds of people.  He built things I had no idea he could do!  He learned so much!

So as he sells his business to move on to other things, I have to say it's bittersweet.  Even though his supplies took up a lot of room in our house and garage, sometimes he made messes in the kitchen and the vehicles were in the driveway, it was truly a great experience for him and us.

So the lesson for the parents here:

LET YOUR KIDS TRY THINGS.  EVEN THINGS YOU'RE UNSURE OF.  


You'll probably learn something yourself.


Sunday, July 31, 2016

WEDDING SHOWER WITH A PRANKSTER...

Today I got to go to a wedding shower for my son and almost daughter-in-law!



So pretty and delicious.

Especially these little chocolate cream pies!


Then there was the prankster wondering who was ready for a shower!


Her grandmother cross-stitched this for them!

Such a blessing to have friends and family and those who love our kids and will pray for them!   God is good!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TAKING THE TIME...

As everyone in the world seems to be on vacation, we are here, plugging away, doing the same old thing...OK....enough of that!

We have gotten to do some wonderful things lately, and I'm so thankful!  A friend just lost her brother-in-law in a car accident, which reminds me of my sister.  Her husband's blog and Facebook posts about it remind us to HUG OUR LOVED ONES.  What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14 

We've been so fortunate lately to connect with friends and family in so many different ways.  If your schedule is too busy to do this, then do something about it!  TAKE THE TIME.  Enjoy the ones in your life.

Playing cards after a hard days work with family

 Swimming with my niece and her friends and their babies

 Hosting a Farewell party for a family in our Bible class

Having no awkward date with The Hubs

Thursday, July 21, 2016

HARD DECISIONS...

Over the weekend we went to my sweet MIL's home to help with a clean up project.  Earlier this year she had lost some fence sections and a shed due to a storm.  The family decided it was time to give her a little help on her property.  It was a good time even thought the work was hard!  Then on Sunday we stayed for worship time with everyone.  Afterwards we went to a great potluck dinner:

Small town church potlucks are still alive and well!  This one was really special, though.  An older couple (in their 90's!) were being honored, much to their surprise.  They had spent 50 years of their married life at this congregation and served in various ways.  they had made the decision recently to move to a retirement community in another city.  I don't even know all the ways they have served, but I do know that every time I visited they greeted me with a hug.  He would hand out the sermon notes.  She was a hostess for my wedding shower and also read a poem at that event that she had written especially for the occasion!  I'm told she has written numerous poems.  They also made a ministry out of taking others to doctor's appointments that were not just around the corner.  It's a trek to the nearest city!

As they were honored with kind words and presented with a gift and also cash, a poem was read in their honor.  They were humbled and could barely look up.  But she spoke and said something I thought was very wise and of course reflected their faith in God.


"When we moved here 50 years ago, we thought it was the right thing to do.  And now, we think this is the right thing to do."  She went on to describe the amenities at the retirement center and encouraged everyone to visit.  I was thinking about how she mentioned giving thought (and prayer, I'm sure) to the big decisions in their life together.  I'm sure this was one of the hardest ones!

Many times as adult children we are put in a very uncomfortable place in making decisions for our parents when they are no longer able to care for themselves.  It was nice to see these two making the decision on their own.  Their words spoke volumes but their actions even more.  It was a great example to all in attendance.  Thankful to be there Sunday!