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Perspective

Uncle Sam
2 days shy of 92 years old
Soccer player
Leg-puller
Italian connoisseur
Husband of 71 years

He went into ICU a few weeks ago with lung complications.
He got better and went to rehab.
We visited him last week.
He was still the jokester…
just a little slower

Uncle Sam & boys

Had to go back into ICU a few days ago.
Aunt Dee & I talked yesterday
praying for wisdom –
should she go home or stay at the hospital…
praying for healing
“God we know You can ultimately heal Uncle Sam.
We pray that You will heal him,
that he’d be able to skip the rehab and go right home”

And God said yes.

Just not the home we were expecting.
And the reality of eternity
and God’s perspective of what’s real
are just a little clearer today
even through the tears.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in My Musings

 

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Honoring Fathers

I just posted on my Facebook…

My boys are so blessed!

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and so am I

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advice

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I’m so thankful for the gift of such a great Dad
who has his priorities straight
and provides an amazing example of living life for God
and of the joy of ministry!
What a legacy he has!

photo-66And I’m so thankful for Tim
and the example he provides for our boys
of how to love his wife
and walk humbly before his God.
What a legacy he is leaving!

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I am so blessed, and am thankful that my boys are too!

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2013 in 1000 Gifts, Family Fun

 

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Picturing God’s Favor

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They say a picture

Mom & Auntie

is worth 1000 words

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I agree….

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To an extent.

You see beauty

table decor

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D&M silly

car

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joy

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memories

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fireworks

3 boys up top2

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BUT… you CAN’T see

influence

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depth

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relationship

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Me & Di

impact

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Those intangibles

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That defy description
even for a word-a-holic like me

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But give such great joy

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and satisfaction

Because they’re gifts from God

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And I’m SO. RICHLY. BLESSED! with
His Favor & Grace!

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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Family Fun, My Musings

 

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What color is your thumb?

My friend Holly gave me a plant today!

(Bless her heart, she has NO idea what I do to plants!
In fact, this summer Mom, Auntie, & Honey went out for a girls’ lunch.
It was a super special time! We decided to commemorate it with little pots that we could plant things in.
Mine’s still empty because I can’t kill air!!)

My friend Kerri then told the story of 2 plants she was given on her wedding day.

  • One plant-giver told her, “You can’t kill this thing! You could put it under your bed and it would still survive.”
  • The 2nd plant-giver told her, “You really need to take care of this plant. It needs lots of attention.”

Which one do you think survived? Kerri told us that the one that was supposed to be indestructible was dead before their first anniversary, but the one that needed attention was still alive and thriving, 25 years and 2 states later!

Immediately I was struck and told Kerri, “That’ll blog, girl!!”
Kerri has been cultivating her plant and her marriage and is going on 25+ years for both!
She’s a great example to me. What a great object lesson!
I love it when God gives me tidbits like that!
The plant, or relationship, that I take care of and give attention to will thrive.
The one I neglect and put under the bed will die.
And if I’m afraid to put anything in the pot, what beauty do I miss?

        

What color is your thumb?

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in My Musings

 

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The Heavens Declare

What a weekend!

It began Friday morning with a sweet time of prayer. 3 friends and I met together to pray for our country and each other. God met with us, and it was a great start to the day!

Friday night was a “sleepover.”
Michael & David dragged sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows into our room.
After they finally settled down, we turned out the lights and played “Rememberies” – the “little-boy word” one of the boys used instead of “Memories”.
David said, “That was sooo long ago I don’t know if it was a dream or not.”
He’s 9 people! N.I.N.E!!
I’m glad the boys were on the floor, cuz our bed was shaking with silent laughter!
Lots of treasured moments in that conversation.

Saturday night = Family Fun Night! We played Kick The Can, and then snuggled up on the couch to watch a Pooh movie, followed by cake-eating. Before bed Tim joined in the wrestling match (which seems to be a more and more common occurrence!). Lots of Loud Laughter! Made me smile. 🙂

Saved the best for last. Sunday morning – early early! – we all got up to watch the last of the Orionid meteor shower. What a special time, all 5 of us lying flat on our backs snuggled under blankets looking up at the sky! We appreciated the cool air, and were amazed by God’s display in the Heavens. Passages of Scripture that the boys had memorized came back to us:

from Louie Giglio’s video – see below

Psalm 8:3-4
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

For me it was more special since I had specifically prayed that we’d be able to see the meteors as a family. Some of the boys had never seen any, and the timing can be dicey trying to see these things. More treasured memories of conversation, giggling, amazement, and God!

When we came inside, we drank hot chocolate and watched Louie Giglio share some of the majesty of space declaring God’s glory! My heart was full as I considered such a complete, amazing, God – Beyond the huge vastness of space, yet caring enough for each individual so that He knows not just my name, but the number of hairs on my head! Infinitely big and small at the same time! We had church before we ever left the house!

Thank you, God, for such an amazing weekend!

Watch the whole video. It’s worth it! 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Family Fun, My Musings, WOW! Only God!

 

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Rock Solid

Vacation is always a fun time to do things you don’t normally get to do.

This vacation as a family we climbed a mountain – that mountain in the picture! To the top!
There are no such things in Florida, let me tell you!

As we climbed, I thought of this song:

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
constant in the trial and the change
One thing remains
Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me

I kept thinking about how constant God is and how we try to teach the boys about how not to let circumstances dictate their attitudes. We were enjoying the sights as we began our climb.

Then one of my boys had an attitude. Lots of complaining as we climbed
(which was the one rule we set before we started: no complaining!!)

The more I listened, the madder I got! I finally said, “Enough! I’ve had it! I’ll take him back to the car.”
My level-headed husband prevailed, encouraged our boy, and we kept climbing. Thank you, Tim!

The rocks, scenery, grandeur. I kept thinking about how constant God is and the lesson we’re trying to teach our boys – don’t let circumstances dictate attitude. And I was convicted. Because I’d done that very thing! Ugh!

At the summit I was blessed that my son came to us to apologize without any prompting.

I had to eat humble pie and apologize to him since I let his attitude affect mine.
It’s called good modeling, right?!

The good news is, we made it back down safely,
and lived happily ever after!

yeah, right!! 🙂

here are some other pictures of us at the summit. Enjoy – now that you know the rest of the story 🙂

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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21 words on godly heritage

Grandpa (80+)

 preaches in Philadelphia

 topic: “God uses you at any age”

 while Nathan (13)

 co-teaches a lesson

 in middle school service.

 So thankful for a godly heritage!


 
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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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