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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises

"So do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will bring worries of it own.
Today's trouble is enough
for today."
Matthew 6:34
Yes Lord, each day holds all I can handle.
you know me so well.
Thank you Lord.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises on Monday

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26
"Yes Lord, we ask for your peace and
presence for those affected by
recent violence.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises

You ask and do not receive,
because you ask wrongly,
in order to spend what
you get on your
James 4:3
Lord Jesus guide us in
our thoughts and prayers.  May
our lives honor and praise you.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Tonight is celebration evening.  We closed on the sale of our house today at 2:00pm.  While all this house clean up, moving and closing was going on,  I had a little medical issue, that could have been serious.  Test were run and about an hour after the closing, I was all clear.  No further treatment was needed.  So celebrating and relaxing is in order this evening.  Have a great week
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday---Pecious Promises

Pursue peace with everyone
and the holiness without which
no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14
Lord Jesus, we look to you for the right way to live.
Peace and holy living is your way.
Help us to stay focused.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sunday Precious Promises

Then Haggai gave the Lord's message to the people:  "I will be with you--that is my promise."
Haggai 1:13, Good News Bible

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th

Here's wishing everyone a relaxing, fun filled Happy 4th of July!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

53 Years Then and Now

My how times have changed. 

Yesterday we celebrated our 53rd wedding anniversary.  Or I should say we sent each other a Happy Anniversary text.  Our life has changed in retirement.  Or should I say semi-retirement.  These last few months have offered us more challenges than we could never had guessed would be in front of us in the innocent years.  But, as we have grown individually and as a couple, we have learned to cope, to whether the storms.  We are presently experiencing storms.  All of our strength is needed now and will be needed for a few years to come.  I often think, this is what we are to do, maybe the plan all along.

We started our downsizing project, which we needed to do and which has been successful, but draining.  We have sold our big home, but not without the challenge of a new roof because of hail damage and a pending septic system update, which was not expected.  Then we experienced two weeks of roll a coaster emotions.  It all started with Bo. 

1.  Put down our beloved dog, Bo Sad
2.  Accepted an offer on our home, & signed contract, Happy
3.  Hail damage on home, then a back and forth with our realtor about who to have put on the new roof. I'm still trying to figure out our realtors insistence to accept his guys bid.  We went with our guy. Confused
4.  Dealing with misunderstandings between a storage unit owner and our son--to which we intervened and now things are smooth.  Stressful
5.  The death of my hubby youngest cousin.  Expected as he had been quite ill for a few years.  Sad
6.  Then the unexpected death of our grandson's Mother, at age 35.  She too, had an illness, but she had not been taking care of herself.  Sad, Sad, Sad.

As we start a new week, what is our role now??  Our grandson is 5 years old.  His Dad is a single parent, who is struggling to establish a business and a little lost.  We have had the stabilizing role in our grandson's life since the beginning.  His Mom and Dad were there for him, but we were always the ones that took care of him during the difficult times of his parents, or when he was sick, when he needed to be at this appointment or that activity.  Who will we be now??  We are prepared to take the lead if we need to.  He has his room which holds his dresser, bed, desk, books and toys at our new home.  He has been with us since his Mother's passing.  Dad is trying to find himself and his new role as 100% of the time parent. 

As we all go forward, we will rely on our strong marriage/partnership to provide what is needed to a sweet little boy who has an exciting life ahead of him.  We pray for ourselves continued good health to help see this little guy grow.

My quilting may be on hold for a while.  At least for the next month, as our final move of stuff from our old house begins today.  Our closing is scheduled for the 17th so we have the last bit of things to complete at the house before the final walk through and  closing.   Have a great week and as always Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

It's Under Contract--downsizing

We signed the contract today, Celebration!!!  We are thrilled to have it sold and to be able to settle in and continue to sort boxes in our new "little" house.  Working on two houses at the same time is a challenge.  We so enjoyed this home, but it is time for a younger family to move in and enjoy the acres, trees and critters.  I'll be able to get back to my quilting and hubby can relax.  Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 17, 2019

A Difficult Decision

He inspired
 Today I have made one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made.  I've made this decision before and it is always difficult, but this one has been the most difficult.  Saying Goodbye to a very special companion.  Bo, my black lab mix.  All of our dogs have been "ours" except Bo, he is mine.  His story is sweet and loving from its start.

Our neighbor's dog had puppies.  Of course, I would go over and visit the litter a few times.  I noticed there was one puppy that would always come to me immediately, chew on my shoe strings, beg to be held.  After one of my visits I went home and asked my husband how he would feel about another dog (we had two at the time).  He said that would be ok with him and he would check with the neighbors to see if the puppy (they called him Two Stripes) was available.  When he returned he said the puppy had been adopted and was going to a good family.  I was a little sad, but as long as he was going to a good home I couldn't feel to bad.

On the evening of my Birthday, which was just three days after the news that Two Strips had been adopted,  the doorbell rang.  I opened the door to find  Two Stripes sitting on the front porch with a red bandana around his neck as my hubby said "Happy Birthday".  That's how Bo became "my dog".  He had picked me from the beginning and he was a loving gift.   Bo,  also became our "front door" dog.  No matter where he was or what door you let him out, he always came home to the front door.
Tall dog. In his prime Bo weighted 110 lbs. and was always thin.

Bo loved my hubby and son, and would mind them most of the time, but frequently I would hear, "Come get your dog".  I was the one Bo would listen to and obey.  He was my dog in all aspects and I have said many times that I have never had a dog love me so much.  He was devoted to me 24/7.
Bo, also, loved our acreage.  Our entire time living on the acreage, he would make his morning rounds, visit his Mom then return home.  He enjoyed his freedom. 

Bo was starting to have some trouble getting up and down before we decided to downsize and move to a smaller place.  We were concerned how he would take to the new place and a fenced yard.  He adjusted well.  His days of exploring had already narrowed, so I think the fenced yard really appealed to him.   But as the months have gone by his mobility has declined.  The vet says he is loosing his muscle mass and becoming weaker.  His struggles to stand and sit are becoming more and more difficult.  I can see it in his eyes, he's tired.  So it is time. 

My big dog had a wonderful life of 13 years.  He gave so much to all of us, unconditional love in good and bad times.   He allowed our grandson to crawl all over him, sit on him like a horse.   He tolerated a barn cat who made our deck her home for years.  He was a great protector, offering strangers a big bark to beware, but never approaching them.  He always left them wondering, which makes a good guard dog.   Bo was a true gentle giant that I will miss greatly.  

Gentle Giant

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises

The commandment
Honor your father and mother
is the first one
with a
promise attached
Ephesian 6:2
Lord Jesus we are
grateful for our
parents and all they
have taught us.
Bless them and care
for them in our way.