Monday, April 25, 2016

Where God Has Me

"Trust the boundary lines God has given us"

When our Pastor made this statement during the sermon yesterday, it made me stop and think. I made a big flashy star in my journal next to the statement and pondered it all day. 

What was it about that statement that resonated in my heart? Well just 20 minutes prior I had watched two little children run up to a friend of mine and hug her around the neck, obviously excited to see her. They were her grandchildren and I knew she spent time with them several times a week, I wanted that too.

Now I'm not saying it's wrong to want something, but I know in my own heart, there has been a lack of satisfaction in the situation the Lord has placed me in, the "boundary lines" he has provided for me.

By longing for what I do not have I am missing what I have been given. I continue to look back on the road I have traveled, longing for once was, instead looking forward to the journey he has me on today, and missing, in the process, the things he has for me now.

Praying that the Lord will help me embrace the "portion" he has for me today and the "boundary lines" he has given me.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup, you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places, indeed I have a beautiful inheritance  Psalm 16:5-6

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Birthday Little Miss

Little Miss is seven this month, I can hardly believe it, doesn't time seem to fly by? She was two in this photo and we were at the Mountain House for a Family Reunion.  You know each child has their own unique personality and Little Miss would be the Nurturer of the bunch, the Little Mama, the sensitive one. We were able to *celebrate* with our granddaughter via Face Time, (technology can be a wonderful thing) watching her open presents and blow out her birthday candles was a real treat.

                                             Wishing our Little Miss a very Happy Birthday

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Think On This

A Christian counts sorrow lighter in the scale than sin, he can bear to have troubles continue but he cannot bear the burden of his transgressions.  Charles Spurgeon

I read this quote in my Morning And Evening Devotional last week and wanted to remember it. We cannot bear the burden of our transgressions but Christ did. We will have sorrow and trouble in this world but because Christ died for our sin, we have the hope of an eternity with everlasting joy.

Monday, April 18, 2016


The last several months have been busy for us. There have been way too many trips to the Mountain House, with at least one more that I know of in our future. 

The de-cluttering in my house has stopped temporarily, while I sort through the boxes of things we brought home from the last rip to the  Mountain House, a task that has taken more time than I thought it would. I feel like this is a job I need to tackle because there will be more things coming to our house with the next trip.

Instead of being focused on a task I am finding that I am quite distracted. I have so much to do I'm not even sure where to start. I used to have a system, certain days for certain chores, let me tell you that system seems to have gone out the window in recent weeks. For someone who has control issues, like me, well it's been hard to let go.

I'm in the process of learning a new way again, letting go of the unnecessary, trying to be sensitive to the Lord's leading for my days, even if it wasn't in my plans. (especially if it wasn't in my plans)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Preserving The Memories

When we came back from the Mountain House we came back with boxes and boxes of photos, letters and cards from family long since gone. The items we found were from my husbands Grandparents, Great Aunt and Uncle and his Father's Uncle. I'm sure you can imagine what a treasure this is to my husband, we thought these photos were long gone.

The photo above is of my husband's grandparents. He had spent some time in Borneo working with the oil company. This car was one of his purchases when he came back to the states.

This photo is of my husband's grandfather as a young man. We think this was taken before he went to Borneo.

This photo is of my husband's Great Aunt, (the one in white) the sister of my husband's grandmother (she's in the back with her hands on her hip) It looks as if his Great Aunt is showing off something...maybe a ring??

                    This photo is of my Father in law and his two siblings, all of them gone now.

We are not sure what we are going to do with all of these treasures. There are other family members who might want some of these memories but I think the majority of the boxes will end up at our house for the time being. All the purging I did last year quickly being undone..lol.

My Father in Law put a book together when he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's with photos and names of many family members. He did it because he knew his memory was going and he put the book together to help him remember. He had shown it to us years ago but we could never find it after he died. We discovered it again last month behind some old baskets in an upstairs closet, it was our find of the trip, it has helped us put names to people.

I would be interested in knowing how some of you have managed old family photos, letters and cards (some of the postcards are beautiful) It seems wrong to toss it out but does no good sitting in boxes either. I'm sure i will post some on the blog from time to time. What kind of things have you done?

Friday, April 1, 2016

March Moments

It's been awhile since I have put together photos that told the story of the events of the previous month, but I've always enjoyed looking back on them, so I thought I would give it another try.

When March shows up, I feel like we've made it through the worst of the winter. The trees begin to bud and the bulbs that had been planted, sometime years before, begin to pop up out of the ground and bloom. I get excited when I see my first Daffodil, I know it's only a  matter of time before they will be joined by Tulips and Magnolias and Bradford Pears. It's official Spring is here.

Easter was early and rainy and cold for us and of course holidays make us miss our "Fab Four" even more. They had a family weekend at the Mall of America and sent us photos to enjoy. It's not as good as being up close and personal but it brought smiles to our faces as we watched them having fun.They are getting so big!

We got to join up with our youngest son this month and my husband took us all out to see the farm where he and Sweet Lady grew up. We brought boxes and boxes of letters and photos to sort through and it's been fun sharing photos and memories with with Sweet Lady. Her short term memory may not be good but she can name every person in those photos, it's been pretty amazing to be a part of it all.

So here's a little sampling in photos of what our month looked like. Did you all make any special memories last month?

The three of us down on the farm. My guys managed to dig up a clump of daffodils (with an old piece of metal found on the property) to take home to plant in my garden, thats love!