Monthly Archives: October 2015

Has anyone seen my brain around here?

IMG_7060“I like to travel light”, said me….NEVER….so Wednesday morning I blew into our house after being gone basically a week and dumped my stash…did a quick change and headed to work.

I was blessed, honored and basically over the moon to be able to stay with Rachel and Joel for their two days before going home thanks to a generous and supportive husband and a kind-hearted boss.


At one point, Rachel thanked me for giving up my life for the past five days. I joked and told her that I had given that up over 30 years ago when she was born.

But that is not true…I didn’t give up my life…caring for family is what I do. I did it for Russ before we had children. It is a gift from God to have this family to love and nurture and serve.

However….that is not what separates me from the world.

Caring for our family is fueled by my love for Christ, but it does not set me apart as a Christ-follower.

It is no great shakes that I would walk through fire for Russ, the kids, the grandkids, my close friends, my outer circle of friends…

Jesus said…even non-believers do that.

What sets me apart…what sets you apart…is when we extend agape love to those we don’t love….like…prefer…or even can tolerate.

It is the agape…unconditional love of the Father that has been poured into us through His Spirit …. loving, forgiving, serving…even those who persecute us…

This love is the love that shows we belong to Him and that we have chosen to take up His Life as we lay ours down.

God bless you, dear friends, as you love on and serve and sacrifice for your precious families….for those who have found a special place in your hearts…

AND for all …. because ALL have a place in the Father’s heart….and He is longing to have them choose Him <3


Spreading the news…

Hey…spoiler alert….before I started this blog, I used to just send an email out every Thursday to our Sunday School class and then anyone who asked to be on the mailing.. so it has grown a bit over time….so on Thursday, you all get the same message only I fix it so it’s directed to you if you read the blog…or email readers if that is all they get…confused? So am I…blame it on sleep deprivation…anyhoo…today you are all getting the same thing, except YOU get pictures…do you feel special??? =0


Happy Thursday!

I realize that many of you read the blog I write Monday – Friday or are on Facebook or have run into me and the 387 photos I took this week, but just in case somehow you missed it…Rachel and Zach welcomed little Joel Timothy into their family on Monday morning.

He is a handsome little fellow and everyone is over the top excited about him.

Mommy and baby did great and continue to be in good health and we are so thankful.

With cell phones and internet….


the news went out so quickly….


And Rachel wanted Graham to be able to take photos of new baby brother to school this morning.

So Monday night.


she used my phone to download pictures to the local drug store and ordered prints.

Tuesday morning I was dispatched to pick them up as they would be ready by 8 AM.

As I stood at the counter I remembered back when our three were born. Does anyone else remember loading rolls of film in the camera, taking pictures and hoping you could find a place open with 3 day service??

Then going to pick them up and sometimes the pictures were pretty good and sometimes…wow…not so much.

We are blessed to have access to faster methods of communication to share good news…

and deep sorrow…

we are blessed to be able to congratulate and console and share and pray for one another.

Maybe today someone needs to hear from you.

A kind word, a message of hope, a photo of something wonderful that touched your heart…


send someone you love a text, make a call, write a letter…and see what develops <3

God bless you all and thank you for sharing our journey with us each week!


Turns out he was a he….

It’s called labor for a reason…and this girl


has put in over 5 days working hard at it.

As time neared…we got reinforcements from Tia…


who got a kick out of feeling the baby move


we had face time with Uncle John…


Help from this gal…


and on Monday morning this sweet family….


welcomed their new baby boy….Joel Timothy….to the family…

and Papi and I ….


have fallen in love….all over again

So for Joel…life should be a piece of cake…IMG_6876


cause what could possibly happen when you have two older brothers watching over you…..



Just having church on MoNdAy….

I missed church yesterday so I’m having a little worship service this morning…because our God … is worthy….worthy….WORTHY …. of my first thoughts…my best thoughts…so early on a Monday morning…I praise HIm for He IS….


the One who fills me up until I overflow…


He is my hiding place….my safe refuge….my counselor….my guide….


my rest…


He is glorious in all things…and He does all things well….


He does the ordinary in….


extraordinary ways.

He is not only the Beginning and the End of all things..

He is before all things and He will remain after all things end….

From everlasting to everlasting…..



the One and Only

I am in awe because He is…..

I                 AM