Saturday, January 16, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Twenty years ago we drove Patrick to college in Omaha Nebraska.
Patrick with his enviable model figure of 6,1' 130 lbs, Matthew with braces, Emma at eleven, and Katie is a little cherub of 8 months old.
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
Encourage one another,
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
“Don’t feel sorry for or fear for your kids because the world they are going to grow up in is not what it used to be. God created them and called them for the exact moment in time that they’re in. Their life wasn’t a coincidence or an accident. Raise them up to know the power they walk in as children of God. Train them up in the authority of His Word. Teach them to walk in faith knowing that God is in control. Empower them to know they can change the world. Don’t teach them to be fearful and disheartened by the state of the world but hopeful that they can do something about it. Every person in all of history has been placed in the time that they were in because of God’s sovereign plan. He knew Daniel could handle the lions den. He knew David could handle Goliath. He knew Esther could handle Haman. He knew Peter could handle persecution. He knows that your child can handle whatever challenge they face in their life. He created them specifically for it! Don’t be scared for your children, but be honored that God chose you to parent the generation that is facing the biggest challenges of our lifetime. Rise up to the challenge. Raise Daniels, Davids, Esthers and Peters! God isn’t scratching His head wondering what He’s going to do with this mess of a world. He has an army He’s raising up to drive back the darkness and make Him known all over the earth. Don’t let your fear steal the greatness God placed on them. I know it’s hard to imagine them as anything besides our sweet little babies, and we just want to protect them from anything that could ever be hard on them, but they were born for such a time as this.”
The relatives came! We really had a nice visit.
Stayed home for the most part. Lots of togetherness in our small nest.
My easy delicious meals were delicious but they ended up not so easy.
I've got the tenderloin recipe perfect so I am going to put my method on my recipe page;
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
We had such a nice weekend! Patrick Jr. came for a visit! We have exciting news about Patrick and his family, they are moving to Omaha!!! Everything has fallen into place beautifully! The job, the house, the timing...just perfect. Wouldn't it be nice to know that and really believe it as you are approaching a big life change??? I know God tells us that he is working it out for the good .... but gosh, we humans are such doubting Thomas'.
Monday, December 07, 2020
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
I didn't realize the impact of hugging until a few weeks ago.
Because of Covid my husband and I forgo our little kisses hello and goodnight. I don't like it but I know Patrick is very cautious about germs. He has kept a little bottle of Purell in his pocket for years. I, personally, am a hand washer. But I hear from him when someone comes to work with a cold. It drives him nuts.
So because of Covid, we cancelled our anniversary trip/wedding for niece Sarah in Phoenix.
But then my sister Nancy's daughter died and I wanted to be with everyone for the funeral in Phoenix. I put away my fears of flying during covid and being with large groups. I wore a mask and social distanced as much as possible. Washed my hands a lot and did not hug and kiss.
The waving hello was awkward and felt terrible. It felt rude. It felt selfish.
So I started hugging a little bit....I just needed to. I felt so much emotion with this physical touch. I was connected. Instead of feeling fearful and building a wall, I felt love and care.
I am thankful that I have been raised with lots of hugging and kissing.
Imagine growing up without it...what kind of person one would be if they had grown up without kind gentle physical touch. That's pretty tragic.
On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Katie was at our house and baked a Graham Cracker cake to take to her boyfriend's house.
On Friday night she came down with Covid. She has a mild case so far. But of course she unknowingly exposed me. Patrick and I both went to get tested and Patrick got a negative result already but I have not gotten my results yet. I feel fine and do not think I have it. I'll let you know when I hear about my test.
I have been taking lots of vitamins and have ordered Hydrocloraquine and Zinc from Americas Frontline Doctors to have on hand. From what I have been told, one does not get any treatment from the doctor. Just told to quarantine. You are told to come in when you can't breathe. I'd like to stop it before that if it is possible.
I will also let you know my experience with the HCQ and zinc.
Like I said I do not have symptoms so think I am covid free. But I'll let you know.
Happy December friends!
Sending hugs and prayers!
Encourage one another,
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
I am headed to a funeral in Arizona tomorrow. Please say a little prayer for protection from the virus and the ability to handle the face mask for about four hours. Please continue to pray for comfort and peace for Ashley's loved ones. Thank you.
While I am gone I will leave you with this embarrassingly long list of the shows I watched during Covid Quarantine!
Ted Lasso. Absolutely delightful!!! On Apple tv
Offspring. A cross between ER and Parenthood. Loved it
The Queen's Gambit. Excellent
Pick of the Litter. Documentary about training seeing eye dogs. SWEET
Kims convenience. Funny sweet
The Good Place. All of it. Pretty clever.
The Politician. Over rated
Sweet Magnolias. Didn’t like. Stopped watching
Echo in the canyon. Very good. documentary about Laurel Canyon musicians
The Crown. Finished season three at the beginning of covid...finishing season four now
Diana:In her own words. Very good
After Life. Love. Ricky Gervais. Touching. One and Two.
Never Have I ever. Teeny Bopper movies. I liked them all.
The kissing booth 2
The All the Boys part 2
Schitt's Creek. Final season. Love
Episodes. Really Great. Matt LeBlanc after Friends.
The Last Dance. Amazing Michael Jordan documentary
Shameless. Ten seasons.. very raunchy. Embarrassed to admit.
The New Girl. All seasons. got repetitive. started fast forwarding thru the episodes
Good Girls. Stopped watching. Like Weeds a little. Jumped the shark.
Broadchurch loved ..
The Sinner. Hated season three
Lenox Hill. Favorite. Watch this
The Social Dilemma. Really creepy. important watching
Joan Didion doc. Good
Betty Broderick/dirty John
Gentified. favorite. Watched three times
Doctor Foster. British. Pretty good.
Killing Eve. Fave
In the Dark. Just finished
A secret love. Old Lesbian Couple
The Duchess. Nutty woman
Virgin river. Hallmark-y
The Five. Five friends. Mystery
Tiger King. Carol did it
Hollywood. Eh. Great production.
Atypical. Gets better and better each season
Dash and Lily Love this sweet romance. brand new
Enola Holmes Really liked this! Sherlock's little sister
Indian Matchmaking. Really liked this
This does not include....Housewives and Hallmarks.
Patrick is watching the Crown with me so that is fun.
Along with our nightly Jeopardy, we have a nightly Crown.
I think he is ready for Downton Abbey. Don't you?
I'll be back next week.
Lots of love and television.
Monday, November 16, 2020
We traveled down to Missouri over the weekend to celebrate River's first birthday!
Matthew and Melinda and their children came too!
The cousins had much fun playing and River liked having people closer to her size around.
She especially loved Asher.
Here are some pictures of our weekend.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
For One Who Is Exhausted by John O'Donohue
When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight.
The light in the mind becomes dim.
Things you could take in your stride before
Now become laborsome events of will.
Weariness invades your spirit.
Gravity begins falling inside you,
Dragging down every bone.
The tide you never valued has gone out.
And you are marooned on unsure ground.
Something within you has closed down;
And you cannot push yourself back to life.
You have been forced to enter empty time.
The desire that drove you has relinquished.
There is nothing else to do now but rest
And patiently learn to receive the self
You have forsaken in the race of days.
At first your thinking will darken
And sadness take over like listless weather.
The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.
You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.
Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.
Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.
Many thanks to Ms. K from the comments. She left a portion of this poem in the comments a few days ago. It was saying in a beautiful way what I was feeling. I looked up John O'Donohue and have since posted his poem about dying and now this one. Our Swiss Miss, Susan, just received a book by O'Donohue in the mail! So funny when that happens....You hear about someone you just learned about from another person, almost instantly.
I love the end....
Gradually you will return to yourself.
Encourage one another,