Thursday, 30 November 2017

30 November

And there is the last of November...

My sister is having a bone biopsy today.

...and then we wait...and we pray.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

28 November


29 November is my paternal grandmother's birthday.

She was born in 1898 and would have been the ripe old age of 109 years old!

She was wonderful to her grandchildren and had a soft spot in her heart for me.

Although, all of her grandchildren may have thought that.

She had a way of making you feel very special...

as if there was no place on earth she would rather be than with you. 

I miss her very much and think of her every day

but especially at this time of year.

Her favorite song was Ave Maria -the Perry Como version.

Although I don't remember going to church with her

I do remember that she modeled a true Christian way of living.

Now that I am a grandmother myself,

I model myself after her.

Monday, 27 November 2017

27 November

the good

Thanksgiving day at my mum's house...

we got a chance to get to know my daughter's new beau.

I have always loved my mum's house and her style of decorating.

Even as a young girl I loved the way she put our home together.

My home today looks a lot like hers.

the fun

Verne has Christmas in his eyes!

the random

The cool side of yule tide

Verne and his dada

Over The Moon
The good, the random, the fun
Home matters party

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Keeping Sabbath


And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse

and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,

the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the spirit of counsel and might,

the spirit of knowledge,

and the fear of the Lord.

All day and much of yesterday I have been watching

the tiny lowlands parking lot out my windows.

Here on this rather tiny island,

Christmas trees are for sale as the biggest fundraiser of the school year.

Mothers and fathers collect monies and trim down the trunks with a hand saw.

Children run about in the park yelling and laughing...

they don't feel the cold

but there is a rusty old metal burn barrel with a smoky fire

to warm up chilly hands. 

Earlier I saw a man with a big white beard, just like Santa

stuff a big tree into the back of his white SUV,

climb into the drivers side,

and head toward home with the back open and the top of the tree hanging out.

Families bring wagons through the wooded path,

we carry our tree home as we live just up the way...


And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse,

which shall stand for an ensign of the people;

Monday, 13 November 2017

13 November

the good

Woolen blankets and quilts grace our bed now

the nights have dipped below freezing

I love cuddling under blankets when I sleep.

the fun

this little fella sits out on the back porch

and greets us when we come home.

the random

We celebrated my brother's 50th last week.

He was a pretty cute little boy way back when....

Over The Moon
The good, the random, the fun
Home matters party

Sunday, 12 November 2017

keeping sabbath


But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Luke 2:19

There are times when you happen to be glancing at a loved one....

perhaps they are filling a glass of water at the fridge,

or sweeping the kitchen floor,

or watching a certain commercial on TV,

and your heart is filled with such love for them.

You could never put it into words.

It would be like trying to write down the light 

that shines through the window and glistens on their shoulder.

That is when I think of this verse... 

and the earlier one -1:46

My soul doth magnify the Lord.

Friday, 3 November 2017

days of giving thanks

I am thankful that I am able to live so close to the beach.

i am thankful for my husband, Joe, 

who I love with all my heart.

We have known one another since we were 11 years old.

We met playing truth or dare during recess behind the 6th grade elementary school.

He dared to kiss me. 

We have circled around a lot since then...

I've zigged and he's zagged...

we've looped and curly-cued and even done a few straight lines

to get to where we are now.

He's been my inspiration, my guiding star, my best friend, my husband


I am thankful for my daughter, Hannah.

She is getting her masters at Salem University

and working so hard.

She was the first person that I ever loved more than I love myself.


I am thankful for my daughter Bonnie.

She is so sweet and loving and kind.

And she and her fiance, Dan, gave us Verne!


I am so thankful for Verne!

My beautiful grandson!

I am absolutely head over heels in love with him!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

30 days of giving thanks

I am thankful for my family.

 My daughters and Joe's sons.

This is a rather old picture from one Thanksgiving a few years ago....

One of the few times we were all together.

It was cold that day but we managed to stand out on 

my mother's porch long enough to get a picture taken.


In everything give thanks for this is the will

of Christ Jesus concerning you.

Thessalonians 5:18

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