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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Memories can be strange




Since his passing on Monday, I haven't really had many thoughts of my life growing up with him. I mostly remembered the recent past.  There is a good reason for that.



The above picture was how our relationship was when I was a child------
 He was daddy,  I was his pumpkin
 but then I became a teen...ummm, yea!



I was amazed when a kitchen table brought a memory from my teen years.  A not so pleasant one. 


 My brother owns the table and chair set that we had growing up.  
Today I was setting up my sewing machine at my brother's house on this kitchen table.  As I threw back the table cloth I was assaulted with a memory of a time around that table. 


It was when I was a rebellious teen. (yea, I know hard to believe that I was ever rebellious) My younger brother was teasing me about something during the meal.  I was NOT happy and turned to him and called him a nasty name...a word that was NOT allowed in our house.  My dad reached across the table slapped me in the face.  OUCH! 


Yea, at the time I was insulted and angry that he would do such a thing. He never ever hit me.   Now, as a mom, I get it.  I'm not saying that what he did was right, not at all, BUT I did deserve some form of discipline.  Let's just say that as a teen, I did not like my dad one. little. bit.


Thankfully as I became an adult my attitude changed.  He became my daddy again.   And now my daddy is gone.  No  more phone conversations, no more hugs, no more cribbage, no more Father's Day cards, no more daddy....and THAT makes me sad :(


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Week At a Glance 26

November 5 - 10

I am posting early this week (I'm making up for being late last week) because tomorrow is my birthday.  I have a very special day planned.  I am going wedding dress shopping with my Sampy-June!  I am hoping that I will be able to buy her the wedding dress of her dreams on my birthday.  Wouldn't THAT be a special gift?

After shopping my children are taking me to The Olive Garden for dinner to be followed by hours of laughter and fun playing games together.  I am looking forward to a wonderful day ;)  I'll be sure to post pics and tell y'all about it next week ;)

Last week's Week At A Glance post I told about the ladies conference I went to at Word Of Life in Schroon Lake, NY.  But I forgot to mention that in order to get there I had to board a ferry.  The old Champlain Bridge connecting VT and NY was demolished in 2009 because it was deemed unsafe after 80 years of use.   We were 3 days too early to experience the opening of this newly constructed bridge.


This is what we saw as we entered NY on the ferry:
Even though we were only on the ferry for less than 5 minutes, I prefer to keep my feet on dry land, thank you very much!

Driving home from the fun task of weekly grocery shopping, I noticed something interesting on the lake.  So I drove down to the boat access area and climbed out of the van to get a better look at what it was.  As soon as I opened the door I heard very loud honking sounds....This is what I saw:


There must have been 500 Canadian geese on the lake, taking a break as they head south.  I so wish I could hop on their backs to  join them!  But no, I have to stay here in the cold north :(

Well, I'm off to pack my bags for a fun-filled weekend!

Monday, November 7, 2011

My Week At A Glance

Week 25
October 30 - November 5

I'm a couple of days late with this weekly (stop laughing, I try!) post as I was away from Friday until Sunday evening at a ladies conference at Word of Life in Schroon Lake, NY.  

Which was the only thing I did last week worth writing about!  

Really, I'm not kidding.   
How does one make house work, school, grocery shopping, cooking, etc, etc, sound exciting?  Something that someone would care to read about, especially if that is what their life consists of also!

I had the pleasure of sitting under the teaching of Elyse Fitzpatrick. If you have NO clue who she is you can read everything you ever wanted to know about her by clicking on her name.

I had no idea that I had actually read one of her books until I got there.  I did a blog review (click to read it) on her newest book, which she wrote with her daughter, called Give Them Grace

The subject of the weekend was the same as the premise in this 'parenting' book:

The 'gospel' is for everyday life. 

 We are sinners in desperate need of a Savior....daily!  

And because of what Jesus did for me on the cross as my Savior, when God looks at me He sees Jesus.  I am 'hidden in Christ'.  

God doesn't see me as I see myself...
unworthy 
a failure 
lazy
useless
negative
alone

NOPE, He sees my Savior, JESUS...the perfect one who makes me perfect in God's sight!  And what God thinks of me is the only opinion that matters!  

Here is a quote from The Heidelberg Catechism that sums it up:

"..even though my conscience accuses me of having grievously sinned against ALL of God's commandments and of never having kept any of them,
 and even though I am inclined toward ALL evil, 

NEVERTHELESS

without my deserving it at all, out of 

SHEER GRACE,

God grants and credits to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, 
as if I had never sinned nor been a sinner, 
as if I had been as perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me.  
All I need to do is to accept the gift of God with a believing heart."

As God says through John in 1 John 4:9 & 10:

 "In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 
 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (wrath-bearer) for our sins."

All of this not just for our salvation, but for our continuing sanctification! 

The gospel of Christ is for every believer to lean on every single day.

This is GOOD NEWS!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thank you, God, for loving me by Max Lucado


Oh yes, you've read this right....Max Lucado also does children's books.  

This book is only one in his "Hermie" series.  Hermie is a common caterpillar.  He was introduced by Max many years ago.  This year he has a new look and an addition to the previous series for children ages 4 - 6.

These board books are new in the Hermie series featuring Hermie as a 'baby' caterpillar. Geared for children ages 2 - 4.  They teach biblical lessons in a fun way.  Teaching children that God loves and God listens, even to them as children.

Done in beautiful color and written in a pleasing, rhyming format.  You will enjoy curling up with your little one and sharing God's love as  shown to them through 'lil  Hermie'

**I was sent the above board book from BookSneeze as part of their blogging program in exchange for my honest review