Saturday, March 31, 2012

Talk About Random...

Talk about random, this is going to be it! 

First of all we lost a very special lady yesterday.  Aunt Rachel, she was my daughter's g-great aunt. I still considered her my aunt also, you just can't throw away 18 years.  Everyone needs an Aunt Rachel in their family!  My daughter has fond memories of her, enjoying her strawberries, little cucumbers and raw green peas in the garden and she always had cookies baked.  No one could make gingerbread men like her or fresh yeast rolls.  She was an Aunt to everyone, even neighborhood kids.  She will be missed by many, but Heaven is sweeter today!

I received good news, the polyp they found was benign and I do not need another test for 10 years!  Woo-Hoo!

We have a new pastor at our church.  I believe the Lord is truly blessing us, He also sent us a new piano player and song leader.  A couple that were looking for a new church stopped by and have filled the gaps! PTL!  I think everyone is feeling the spirit, you can actually hear people singing now.  It is such a great feeling!  The pastor and his wife seem like wonderful people.  He is a fairly new preacher and you can just feel his enthusiasm and excitement.  Sometimes the Lord will take what we feel is a bad thing and truly turn it into a blessing!

My daughter had a funny feeling the other day in the pit of her stomach, so she texted her hubby and told him how much she loved him and what a good husband and dad he was.  Also thanked God for him.  At about the same time, he was on a 4 wheeler at work. He works for the Forestry Commission and they were doing a controlled burn on the mountain.  He was going down the side of it when his 4 wheeler started picking up to much speed, he gradually put on the brakes, but they caught.  It flipped the 4 wheeler with him on it.  He was fine, a little sore, and a cut on his knee, but Praise God he was ok.  I think this is just proof when we get one of those feelings, we do not need to ignore it.  We need to adhere to the Holy Spirit's leading! 

I have two prayer requests I need everyone to remember.  First of all a friend of ours had open heart surgery this week.  They were going in to replace a valve but found the main aorta also needed replacing along with a blockage that they found after they went in.  The doctor said if they had not done the surgery he probably would not of lasted another week or two, scary stuff.  Please remember Mike and his wife Sue in your prayers.  He seems to be doing well with his recovery but it will be awhile before he is back in full force, and he is going to need our prayers.

My other prayer request is for a friend that I used to work with.  She had recently got married and was so excited because she was going to have a baby.  Unfortunately, she delivered last night, she was only 20-22 weeks along.  I believe it was a boy, which weighs 1 lb 6 oz and is 12 inches long.  I seen a picture and his little hand fits inside her wedding ring.  Please remember all of them in prayer.  It is amazing what they can do now with premies!  Please pray for this situation, only God knows what is best!

I am sorry about the length of this post, and the fact that I was all over the place but I did warn you it was random.  Thank you my dear blogging friends for your prayers and just being here.

until next time... nel

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Going back in time...

I love springtime! Our lilac bush is showing off this year and of course I am enjoying every moment of it. There is something about the smell of blooming lilacs; they transport me back in time.
From the time I was in 3rd grade until after graduation we lived on Fullerton Avenue in Northlake, IL. It was a nice ranch style house on a corner lot, but the best thing about it was along a fence separating the side front yard from the back yard was a row of tall lilac bushes. During this time it was a favorite place in my little world. We had a picnic table out there in the shade where I spent many pleasant hours. I would sit in the shade reading a good book, or jotting down my thoughts in my journals. But the best of times was around 6 or 7 every evening when my daddy would get home from work.
He worked hard as a cement laborer on construction, but yet he always had time to sit on the picnic table every evening and enjoy the fragrant lilacs with me. He would always ask me how my day at school was, or if anything important happened? And then I in turn would ask him about his day. This was our special time, a time I will treasure forever and all it takes is the fragrant smell of a lilac bush to take me back!

Nothing like memories!

"But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored the more abundantly to see your face with great desire."   1 Thessalonians 2:17

until next time...nel

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hodgepodging 71

1. The first day of spring is you enjoy working in the yard? Weeding, raking, mowing, planting-your favorite springtime garden chore? How about your least favorite?
I do enjoy working in the yard.  I am hoping to work in the Arkansas yard in May when we go back for a couple of weeks.  I love working in flowerbeds as far as planting, weeding them not so much.  Patt, Stan's neice takes care of the yard here.  It is her baby.  I do help my hubby mow the yard here. 

2. What puts a spring in your step?
Taking a trip with my hubby where it be spur of the moment, planned or especially Arkansas.  Love to travel! 

3. Describe a time when you had to spring into action?
Wow, it is hard to pin down just one time.  Me being the Queen of Procrastination has to spring into action quite often to get things done on time.  Just being honest here!

4. We're having carrots for dinner...would you prefer yours raw or cooked?
I love cooked carrots but I am picky.  I think they are boiled or maybe steamed with a little sugar on them.  But I do love raw ones also, dipped in ranch...mmm!

5. Do you take the shampoos and other sundries from your hotel room when its time to check out?
Yes I do, usually I donated them to the Womens Shelter.

6. What's the most enjoyable team or club you've belonged to and what was it that made it so?
I think when I was living in Arkansas, I was a member of WNAC, Women Nationally Active for Christ.  We had a group at the church I attended when my daughter was young.  It was a small group of women, maybe 14 or so, but we were like family.  We were always involved in something and raised a lot for our missionaries.  It was a great group of women and I truly miss them!

7. Is cloning a sign of progress?
Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but in my book  NO WAY!  I'm sorry we are not God.  Who are we to clone.  I just feel like that is messing with things that is not biblically right.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I have kind of been out of the loop lately.  We spent 12 days in Arkansas.  We had a good time, would of been a great time if I had not gotten sick.  I didn't hardly get to spend any quality time with my grandkids.  Eden spent 2 nights with us, but bless her heart granny did a lot of sleeping while she was there.  They are on Spring Break this week and they wanted to come with us, but I just was not up to it.   Then today was a lot of fun, Colonoscopy time. It wasn't as bad as I was afraid it was going to be.  They did find a polyp and sent it in so I am praying and believing it will be fine.   

Well I guess that is it folks...

until next time...nel