If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My Weekend

I loved this weekend.  On Friday evening after work we came home and did some housework and then relaxed for awhile. We knew Saturday was going to be a long day.

Saturday we got up and took off around 8:00am. We were heading to the Chicago area to see Kerri and Colton. On the way, we passed some wind farms. There were windmills in all directions as far as we could see.  It was so awesome looking.

Windmills as far as you can see

More windmills. 
We got there around 1pm, our time and met them at Joe's Crab Shack.  Colton made up with his papaw immediately.  Then I got my hands on him.  I'm telling you, I just love this kid and I kinda like his mommy too.  lol  We had such a good time eating and laughing and talking.

Colton with Papaw at Joe's Crab Shack.  I'm not sure who loves the other one the most!

Now GiGi has him and is thoroughly content.  I did not turn my head on purpose, but this is such a great picture of Colton.

We left there and went to their house.  They have such a cute little place and they are working on getting it all decorated.  I think they are really happy there.

I laid him in is new crib, but he was having none of that.

Playing with his stuffed fish on the floor.  He is such a happy baby.  Almost crawling, but not quite.


Gigi and Colton at their house sitting on their new couch.

Next they took us to Lake Michigan to a State Beach.  It was really nice and they plan to spend a lot of time there this summer.  It is only about 15 minutes from their house.

The Chicago skyline in the background

Lake Michigan
Steel Mill across the lake.  I'm not sure if this is the one he works at or not.

Kerri, Matt and Colton
It was very nice at the lake, but rather windy and cold.  We had to leave from there in order to make it back home at a reasonable hour.  We had church the next morning and didn't want to be too tired.

Beautiful sunset on the drive home.

It was a really long day, driving about 5 to 5 1/2 hours each way, but it was oh so worth it!  Now we're planning a trip where we can go stay a couple of days.

So how was your weekend?

Cathy













Friday, April 21, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Sing




Today's prompt is sing.

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I love to sing and I love to hear others sing. Singing brings so much joy. Well, depending on the song.   When we were growing up there was always singing. My mom and dad sang in a gospel quartet at church. My mom's dad sang bass in a couple different quartets. That's my favorite memory of my grandpa. Him singing in church. He loved it. My aunts played piano and sang. I remember always participating in the congregational singing and loving all the special singing. It just touched me. It seems I rarely heard the sermons, but I knew most every word to every song in church. Still to this day I love southern music the best of everything. I'm so thankful for this legacy that was left for me.

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Cathy

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday

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This is a little different Thankful Thursday for me.  We are in the last week of our Bible Study at church right now.  The study is "Redeemed" by Angela Thomas Pharr.  What a great study.  Well, Wednesday's study was on Psalm 103.  I love this Psalm and it definitely lists many things I am thankful for.  So today, I'm posting the first 5 verses of the103rd Psalm to show what I'm thankful for.


1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.


Verse 3 says not to forget His benefits and then the next couple of verses tell us of a couple of those benefits.

 He forgives our iniquity which means He forgives our sins if we ask. He saves me when I repent.

 He heals our diseases. Thank God I know He did that for me last year.

 He redeems us from the pit.  No matter how far we've fallen or what we may have done, He will lift us out of the pit of sin if we will let Him.

 Crowns us with steadfast love and mercy.  I don't know about you, but I couldn't make it a day without His love and mercy.

 He satisfies us with good.  His good is the best good.

This is so cool that He loves us this much.  Thank you God.  If you get a chance today, read this Psalm. There is so much good stuff in it. Plus it encourages you to "Bless the Lord, O my soul."  And that is always a good thing.

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Cathy

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. Tell us about a time you felt like you were 'flying by the seat of your pants'.
Raising kids felt that way to me a lot of the time.

2. When or where would you most like to be 'a fly on the wall'?
I'm drawing a total blank on this question right now.

3. 'Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.'-Henry David Thoreau
Would you agree? Why or why not?
I would agree.  If we try too hard to find happiness, then we are so busy looking for it, we might forget to be content where we are.  I think we need to find happiness,  or maybe more correctly, joy in our present circumstances as much as possible; rather than always seeking for that castle in the sky.

4. Share a favorite movie, book, or song with flying in it's title, lyrics, or theme somewhere.
"Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra and the southern gospel oldie "I'll Fly Away" are two that come quickly to mind.

5. What is one task or chore you tend to do 'on the fly'? Is this something that really needs to be done another way?
Laundry and no, I like the way I do it.  It works good for hubby and I.

6. What was happening the last time you thought to yourself or said aloud, 'Wow, time flies when you're having fun', and you meant it.
Watching how fast my grandson is growing up.  He's already 7 months old.  I can't believe it.

7. This Thursday is National Garlic Day. Will you add garlic to your menu on Thursday? Do you like garlic? What's your favorite dish made with garlic?
I probably will not add garlic to my menu.  I like garlic in small quantitiesMy favorite dish with garlic is probably lasagna or some other Italian dish.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I'm so excited because hubby and I are planning to take a drive to Chicago to see Kerri and Colton on Saturday.  I am so looking forward to it.  We've been video-chatting, but Colton doesn't seem to really react to that very much.  I can't wait to see him and make him laugh.


Look at that cute face.  Mommy sent this to me last night.

Not quite so happy here, but  still cute.(at least to this GiGi)




And speaking of babies, did you see April the Giraffe's new baby that was born on Saturday?


Photo from Internet
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Cathy

Monday, April 17, 2017

My Weekend

We have had a nice, quiet weekend. Friday evening we came home and made supper (meatloaf and mashed potatoes) and then cleaned up the kitchen and did laundry. We then watched some TV and just relaxed for a bit.  Oh I forgot. When we first got home , a co-worker came by and bought our riding lawnmower. It needs some work, so we decided to sell it. We have someone mowing our grass for us this year. After he left, I ran out and got my hair cut. I like the cut because it is so easy to take care of.



Saturday morning after getting cleaned up I put the dog out and sat outside with her for a bit. I took a book out to read and was just settling in and it started raining. Kind of ended that venture early. It was so nice out until it rained. Thankfully it didn't last long.

 



 Hubby and I then went out to lunch and drove to Aurora, IN and sat by the river and enjoyed the view. It was nice and sunny now and the temperature and breezes were just perfect.



After we left there, we stopped and got some ice cream from. UDF and it was delicious.


Next I went to Kohls and bought some new pants for work. I've been needing some for quite a while. Should make getting ready for work easier now.

That night we had leftovers from Friday and watched a movie together.

Sunday morning was Easter and we had a wonderful service and then went to lunch with Tracy's parents and visited with them for the afternoon. We came home and I spent some time finishing my Bible Studies for Tuesday evening and then we watched some TV.

So that was my weekend in a nutshell. How was yours?

Cathy

Friday, April 14, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Empty



Today's Five Minute Friday Prompt is:  Empty.

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Is empty good or is empty bad.  I guess it all depends on what you're talking about.

 An empty to do list is a good thing.  That means you're caught up.

An empty jar of olives is a bad thing.  What am I going to put on my salad?  It also means it's time to go to the grocery again, which means my to do list is not empty anymore.

An empty laundry basket is a good thing.  But unfortunately mine is not empty so I need to do laundry after work.

An empty stomach can be a good or bad thing.  If I'm dieting, it's not good because I'm hungry, but probably can't eat what I want.  But if I'm not dieting it's a good thing because I'm hungry and have room to eat what I want.

So I guess empty is all in the eye of the beholder.

Stop.  Wow!  5 minutes can go really fast.

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Cathy