Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Should I make everyone go through it again next year when I hit two hundred??? I probably won't. That could take a while!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
For now I will just tell a little of today. We have had tons of ice for the last week. We were all getting SO tired of it. Since we live at the top of a hill it makes it very difficult to go outside. It you step outside in any direction you have to go down. If you go down, you have to come back up. It was getting pretty frustrating. Well - Today was almost 65 degrees! It was SO wonderful. The ice was all melted by the time we got up this morning (it started melting yesterday afternoon). We spent many hours working out side today. We had to move many wheelbarrows full of wood from the shed to the porch. I can think of easier things to do than push a full wheelbarrow through very soft mud! We eventually got the porch loaded.
This afternoon a family from our church came over and helped us cut up a bunch of the branches that were in our yard from the ice storm. We lost branches all over the place. Richie used the chain saw and the rest of us hauled all the wood to the designated spots. Of course, this whole time we were slipping and sliding in MUD. Did I happen to mention that it was very, very muddy today?
We got a lot of work done today. We thank the Lord for the wonderful warm weather. It was gray, windy and a little rainy but the temperature felt WONDERFUL.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
So now - This is one year later and my 100th post. I started thinking about ways for people to leave comments on this post. I have seen some really cute things done, but I wanted to do something different. I came up with a really easy one for everyone. Leave a Bible verse. Anyone you like. Your favorite, one you have been thinking of lately, one that you open your Bible and put your finger on.... :) But if you comment more than once (which of course you are welcome to do, or else I won't have 100 comments) you have to leave an other verse with everything you say. It shouldn't be complicated. That is what copy and paste is for. :)
They really got one thing life like. That is when everything was going badly, and everyone started undermining the coach. No one went to the coach to talk to him. They went to the assistant and started building him up and tearing down the leadership. Oh! How realistic that is.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
When my family talked to him tonight he was all excited. He went to renew his drivers license and they didn't charge him. It is a state law that after 90 you don't have to pay anymore. :) How many 90 year olds can pass the test though?
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
There were about thirty people there. We were all tripping over each other but it was fun. Poor Kevin (one of the guests) washed all of the dishes. Every time he would think he was finally finished we would empty an other pan. :) He said "My hands used to look manly..."
We spent the evening playings games. We played Hand and Foot for a while. We play that game every time we get together. My sisters have decided it is about the most fun game they have ever played. I enjoy it but I can think of better ones. But I am in the minority so my voice doesn't count. :) After most of the people had gone home last night we did play a game that I wanted to play. We didn't get to finish though because it was getting too late. At least they know now how to play so if we ever decide to play it again they will know how.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
When we got home we hurried and got lunch on the table. It was late and everyone was hungry. While we were sitting there eating one thing lead to an other and suddenly Dad decided that we should take Stephanie's birthday dinner (Small little detail that I forgot to mention... it was Steph's birthday) and go over and see Will Robbins. We all decided that was a great idea, so Dad called Will. He has a weekend pass and he was at his sister's house with no one there. All of the rest of his family had gone one place or an other. He was just there babysitting his two year old niece and the two dogs.
We got there about 5:45. We talked, played music, ate supper, had birthday cake, cleaned the kitchen (I hope Will's sister can actually find her dishes when she gets home), played an other song and then played spoons. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the above! Spoons was especially fun. Will had never played which made it hilarious. We didn't get to finish the game so there wasn't a winner. The first round, which everyone declared as a "practice round," I lost. But! Everyone said it didn't count so... Other than that the only two people who lost were Will and Beckisue. We all had to tease them it was because they were the oldest of the bunch and couldn't move fast enough. :) Beckisue says next time we have to play at a table. :)
So that was Friday. I will have to post about today (Saturday) later. More big events. Of course, what is new around here. There is ALWAYS something going on. My poor music teachers! It is a wonder that they put up with me as little as I practice. I am never home!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
"Evil: I am cast upon a horrible, desolate island, void of all hope of recovery.
Good: But I am alive; and not drowned, as all my ship's company were.
Evil: I am singled out and separated, as it were, from all the world, to be miserable.
Good: But I am singled out, too, from all the ship's crew, to be spared from death; and He that miraculously saved me from death can deliver me from this condition.
Evil: I am divided from mankind - a solitaire; one banished from human society.
Good: But I am not starved, and perishing on a barren place, affording no sustenance.
Evil: I have no clothes to cover me.
Good: But I am in a hot climate, where, if I had clothes, I could hardly wear them.
Evil: I am without any defence, or means to resist any violence of man or beast.
Good: But I am cast on an island where I see no wild beasts to hurt me, as I saw on the coast of Africa; and what if I had been shipwrecked there?
Evil: I have no soul to speak to or relieve me.
Good: But God wonderfully sent the ship in near enough to the shore, that I have got out as many necessary things as will either supply my wants or enable me to supply myself, even as long as I live."
With that I would just like to say that there is something to be thankful for in EVERY situation. After all, giving thanks is the will of God.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friends. Many of you are more dear to me than I could express. I am so thankful for you.
Let us never cease to be thankful.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Dale and I left Monday afternoon. We arrived at the Pope's about 6:30. The kids were all excited to see me. Christian (3) was all ready for his usual kisses. :) Of course, I was more than willing to give them.
After dinner the four kids, ages 6, 5, 3, and 3, quoted Exodus 20 for us. That is quite an accomplishment! I always enjoy hearing them quote Scripture. After the children went to bed we just visited the rest of the evening.
Nothing exceptionally special happened the next day. I just enjoyed being there with them. We talked and laughed and did this and that. It is always such a joy to be able to spend time with her. Watching Tiffany's walk with the Lord is always a blessing and a challenge.
Dale's finished his work and was back to pick me up at 6:00. Saying good bye is always sad. But I just have to remember that in order to say "good bye" I had to have said "hello" so I have to be thankful for the time I had no matter how long it was.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Life keeps marching on.
Last Sunday my mom, sisters, and I got to go to Union City for my friend's bridal shower. We were all so happy we got to go. I didn't think I would be able to attend Lora's bridal shower, but when I found out she was going to have one so much closer... We were all excited. We also enjoyed getting to see our friends at Cornerstone. When the party was over we went over to the Shepherd's house so we could say a quick hello to Pastor Shepherd.
Early this week, I don't remember the day for sure, our washer stopped working. Mom started looking right away for an other one. We got one today. There are a lot of details that go into how we got it, but for once I don't feel like telling every detail to a story. :) I'll just say that Mom found a 2009 model on sale at Sears for less than the 2008 models and it has two extra features that the others didn't! The salesman said that washers are coming down in price. That was good to hear!
I finished my quilt top today. I am thankful to finally have that finished. Actually, it didn't take me very long at all, I was just hoping to have it done a couple of days ago. I would have had it finished but the machine suddenly stopped working. I couldn't figure out what in the world was wrong with it. A couple of days later I showed it to my mom to see if she could figured it out. At first she gave an obvious thing to try that I had already done. Then she said "What color thread do you have on there?" I told her it was navy on top and khaki for the bobbin. Then she told me that was my problem. I looked at her like she was nuts! How in the world could the color of thread be my problem?!?!?! She said she has been told there is some sort of difference in the weight of the thread. I changed the navy thread over to khaki. Guess what?? It worked! I couldn't believe after all that the only thing that was wrong was the color of the thread! Anyway, back to the quilt. I got it basted this evening and hopefully I can start quilting it on Monday.
Last Saturday night Will came down for my Dad's class. That was an exciting time. Will gave his testimony. My dad's office was crowded! Here is the funny part. Just before the class started our electricity went out. It wasn't storming or anything. My mom gathered candles and lanterns. We all met in Dad's office by lantern light. Just after Dad and Will left the electricity came back on. It was out for two and a half hours I think.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Today was the day. Michelle, one of the ladies in our church (not my sister-in-law) came to our house this morning and rode as far Logansport with us and then we met an other friend and rode down with her. It was fun to be able to spend the time going and coming with friends.
We visited a while before we started eating. The buffet was good. There was a salad bar (with basically no veggies! which was no fun), pasta, broccoli and cheese, potatoes (which were very unique and very good) chicken, fish sticks, and roast beef. The roast beef was not anywhere near being fully cooked, and I don't like fish, so I stuck with chicken, which is my favorite most of the time anyway! :)
At first I wasn't sure I was going to like the seats we had but after it started I realized I was really going to like them. We were sitting straight across (but below) the room from the balcany where the musicians were. We could see the pianist and the drummer a little bit. That was probably one of my favorite parts. I love watching musicians! It is such a different experience than just hearing the music. You seem to comprehend more when you can see them play.
Plays are neat to watch. They are so much different than movies. There were things about this play that were very different than the movie and things that were very much the same. I was a little dissapointed with some of the voices. Of course, when you are used to hearing Julie Andrews sing those songs most voices are a step backwards! However the man who played Captin von Trapp had a beautiful voice. I was dissapointed that he didn't sing anymore than he did!
It was a fun day. We are already making plans to watch Seven Brides for Seven Brothers next year! :)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
We were totally unprepared for company. I was a mess, the house was a mess, but we didn't care! I hadn't even fixed my hair yet!
My first thought when I heard her family was here was "And it is still harvest time!" After we visited here for a while we headed up to the Smith's farm so the kids could ride in the combine. They were SO cute. When I got Chase (age 5) out of the car I helped him put his jacket on and then took him over to get in. I thought he would be a little hesitant to get in at first because he didn't know Mr. Smith so I started to introduce him. He didn't need any introductions. Right up the ladder he went! He was ready to go! Mom rode with him and said he never stopped talking the whole time!
While they were riding the rest of us headed to watch the semi being unloaded. We figured the kids would enjoy that too.
When Mr. Smith started in a new field Tiffany and I rode together. That was a lot of fun. I think Tiffany is as excitable as the kids are! She kept saying "It is just like stepping into Farm and Ranch Magazine!"
The whole day was tons of fun. All the kids enjoyed the farm. The only problem with the day is it went too fast! But as Bethany says "It is so we can enjoy the memories sooner." And as Tiffany would say "We made jolly memories!"
Sunday, October 26, 2008
A pastor friend of ours was the chaplain for the Sheriffs department in a neighboring county. He also worked with our county jail. One day he called my dad and asked him to preach that coming Sunday because he couldn't do it. Dad said he would, though he had never preached in a jail before. That was Easter Sunday. Six men made professions of faith that day.
That week we got a letter from one of them. I don't remember what all it said, I just remember thinking to myself "I wonder how long this will last?" (referring to his profession). I guess you can just say I am cynical.
Dad started talking to him and one day he said that he thought he needed to confess to something. He had robbed a local bank. He did confess and started through the long road of court appearances.
I will skip through all those details.
Some where along in there we got another letter from him saying that he wanted to be like the Apostle Paul and change his name after his conversion. He was Bill before and now he wanted to be called William. That was easy for us because we didn't know him as Bill. We soon decided that William was too long and started calling him Will. So just like Saul to Paul - it was Bill to Will. :)
Will and Dad continued to write letters and Dad tried to go see him about once or twice a year. After a couple of years we got a letter from Will that I won't forget. I don't remember the specifics but I remember the basics very well. He wrote to Dad saying that the Chaplain at the prison where he was had preached a sermon and he didn't agree with it. He told my dad what this man had preached and asked him what he thought about it. But he didn't stop there! He went on to show from Scripture where this man had been wrong and what the truth was. That was so encouraging!
The years past as we all prayed for him, talked to him on the phone, and read his letters. We looked forward to the day we would finally be able to meet him! This Summer we finally heard his release date was October 8th. He was being released to a halfway house so there are still lots of restrictions. He can't just come and see us and we can't just go see him when ever we want. Will was able to get a two hour pass (we were really hoping for a four, but we took what we could get and were *very* thankful for it) to go to lunch with us. My parents, three of my sisters and I drove up there Thursday to meet him. We were to be there at 11. We got there about 10:45 to make sure we had plenty of time. Dad went in to make sure everything was in order and then he found out that that county is on Central Time and we are on Eastern! We were an hour early. At least that is better than being an hour late. :) That was a long hour. But as time always does it passed and we saw him come walking down the street.
We enjoyed our time so much. He told us some stories and talked about the deliverance of Christ. It was a wonderful time. It was such a blessing to finally get to meet him after waiting so long. We are looking forward to getting to know him better and watching him grow in Christ.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
I enjoy blogging but I really don't like posting pictures... So I decided for this post I would let you all look at my sisters' blogs (Steph, Amanda).
I will just tell you about it.
Mom took Amanda and me shopping for our birthdays (Amanda hadn't gotten to go since we left for MI on her birthday). We left SOO much later than we were supposed to we didn't get a lot of time to shop. But it didn't really matter since I found what I wanted as soon as I walked in to Jo-Ann's.
When we got home Dale, Michelle, and Heather were at our house. We didn't mind leaving shopping early since we knew they were waiting for us at the house.
We had roast beef, green beans, salad, and mashed potatoes for supper. It was very yummy! And we had the best birthday cake I think I have ever had! It was a peach dump cake made with fresh peaches and not pie filling. It was sooo good! When I got my cake and ice cream, I was sitting on the trampoline in the living room and Heather came and sat in my lap because she wanted to eat some too. I was feeding her some of the "cream" as she calls it. At one point I stopped feeding her for a minute and she grabbed my arm and started guiding the spoon to her mouth. I thought my mom was going to die laughing. Of course, the funniest part was when I was being mean to her. I got a bite on the spoon and took it right PAST her mouth into mine. It was so funny! She dropped her mouth open and just followed the spoon trying to get it. Aren't I a horribly mean aunt???? I have such fun teasing her! Like last year on mom's birthday when she was begging for food off my plate. She wasn't old enough to eat any of it but she was very insistent. So I finally dipped my finger in the honey mustard and stuck it in her mouth! That cured her. She dropped all the other food out of her mouth. That was a blast. I told you all I was mean! She loves me anyway. When we drove up to church yesterday she was on the side walk and yelled "Rhona" as soon as we drove up!
I am supposed to be posting pictures of all my gifts. I will get around to it some day. I have to take them first. I promised Chrissy a picture of the wall-hanging quilt that Amanda made me. It is absolutely beautiful.
One day I will get caught up on all my posting (or maybe not!).
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
This should probably be part of my birthday post but it was so funny I thought it deserved it's own.
Just in case anyone wondered when I said I was a bad influence... I only have two piercing, one in each ear. :)
Friday, September 12, 2008
A woman sitting on the opposite side of the table says "Now there's a girl after my own heart!" Lady #1 (the mother) says "Well, she (talking about her daughter) lives in a house decorated for Halloween year around." At this point I knew we were getting into some serious stuff here! And then Lady #1 looks at Lady #2 and says "OH! You are Pagan!" (she was wearing jewelry with symbols on it) Lady #2 said "Yes!" One of them mentioned that you don't find to many around here and I thought "Thank God!" And then the conversation began! Yikes!!! They started discussing going to Witches Balls and Spirit Gatherings, etc. Finally I was like "I am out of here!!" and went to the other side of the store.
It was a very strange experience. One I hope isn't repeated!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
We went straight to give blood from there. I always dread giving blood. I don't know why I keep going back every six weeks! We got there took our numbers and waited a while. Monica finally decided she couldn't wait as long as it was going to take because she had to get to work. So we left and said we might be back later.
We went back about 5:30 this evening. I was dreading it as always. I think it was the easiest time I have ever had. The questions and paper work always take forever, but from the time the needle was put in until I was done was only 5 minutes! I was very happy. The only bad part was she missed my vein the first time and had to hold it there while she waited for an other girl to come over, get her gloves on and find it. They twisted it around and stuck it a little further in and finally found it. It wasn't as bad as it sounds or as I was expecting. The girls told me to keep breathing! I said "With a needle hanging out of my arm???!" But I got over it. I guess it is the same as it is with the ladders. I really hate it at first but I keep doing it anyway and eventually get used to it.
So, tonight I am exhausted as I always am when I am done, but I made it through giving blood an other time.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I'll start with easy ones.
1. What is my full name?
2. How many siblings do I have?
3. How old am I?
4. How tall am I? (you'd better get that one, Anna)
5. What color eyes do I have?
6. Name two states (besides Hawaii and Alaska) that I haven't been to.
7. What is my favorite movie?
8. What color are my bedroom walls?
9. What instrument do I play? (anyone misses that one and I will disown them as a friend)
10. What states have I lived in?
11. How many times have I moved. (I'll be shocked if ANYONE gets that one)
12. What year did I graduate?
Twelve questions is probably good enough. :)
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocing voice,
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that helf Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Monday, September 1, 2008
The graduation ceremony started at 1:30. As soon as it started I was I knew just why I wanted to be there so badly. I was so thankful to have been able to make it. The ceremony was wonderful. Both girls and their parents giving such a testimony of their love for our Savior and a great desire to glorify Him.
After the ceremony everyone ate and talked. The ending of every activity. :) I enjoyed getting to spend time with so many friends.
When everyone went home I went down to Bethany's house. That evening the whole group, 14 people I think, went to get supper. We got our food and took it to the picnic tables by the lake. It was an other great evening. Even if I kept sinking in the ground because I still had my heels on. :) There were several ducks that came to visit as soon as they discovered there was food around. Brad and Jessica's (Bethany's brother-in-law and sister) kids had a blast feeding french fries to them.
With Monday morning came the sad part of every trip, having to say good bye. Though I would like to have stayed longer I was so thankful to have been able to go I couldn't complain about anything! All in all it was a wonderful trip.