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


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. As August draws to a close, share what's been your favorite weekend of the entire summer?
It would be the weekends that hubby and I traveled along the Ohio River both east and west of Cincinnati.  Just relaxing and stopping where and when we wanted. Saw some beautiful things and we totally just enjoyed being together.

2. Labor Day is marked in the US of A on Monday, September 1st. What paying job have you held that you've loved the most? Liked the least?
Since I've held the job I currently have for almost 38 years (anniversary date is in September), there really isn't anything else much for me to compare it to.  I did have part time jobs while in school and until I got this job a year later.  So I guess it would be my current job.  Some days I like it the least and sometimes the most.  :)

3. Does the new school year start before or after Labor Day where you live? When do you think it should begin? There is much discussion now about older students having later start times to their school day...your thoughts?
School has already started here.  Since my kids are out of school, it doesn't much matter to me.

4. What's something you've worked at recently that could be deemed a 'labor of love'?
Taking care of my mother as she is recovering from open heart surgery.

5.Which of the following work idioms can you most relate to right now...'A woman's work is never done.', 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.' 'Many hands make light work.'
"A woman's work is never done."  

6. Crab or lobster or thanks, but no thanks? Favorite way to have your choice prepared?
Crab legs...Yummy!

7. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, 'Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.' Which of the three do you consider to be the most important? Share one of your own 'rules of work'.
"In the middle of difficuilty lies opportunity."  I'm finding that in this difficult time of helping to care for my parents, that there is great opportunity to show God's love and hopefully witness to others how God sustains us, even when we're worn out.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Lord willing, hubby and I will be in Myrtle Beach in 68 days!  That too, is helping me get through this tough time.

I hope to be seeing sights like this.

Monday, August 18, 2014

One Day

Today is the one day!  Kelli packed up all her stuff this last week and loaded up the car and left for her sister's last night.  She was spending her last night in Ohio with her sister.  She got up early this morning and left for Florida.  She has a friend driving down with her and then spend a few days in Florida and then he will fly back to Ohio.  So it's really real.  Kelli has moved out and is living her dream.

Her daddy and I met for lunch and he asked if I was as down in the dumps as he is.  Of course, I had to be honest and say yes.  I told him we had one day to be depressed and then we have to pick ourselves up and get on with life.  I hope it is just that easy.

Truthfully, I am looking forward to having the house all to ourselves and fixing things the way we want them.  We have a lot of work to do, but that should help the depression pass quickly.

Kelli and I goofing around at Skyline Chili (Kelli's favorite chili place)

Another goofy picture (I can't even believe I'm showing this one).

Dad and I leaving for church and Kelli finishing up packing.  I thought we weren't going to see her again after this, but she showed up at my mom and dad's after church while we were there.  I'm really glad she stopped to see them one more time.

I opened her bedroom door this morning and let Lucy in so she would know that Kelli wasn't there.  Otherwise, she would have spent all morning scratching at her door trying to wake Kelli up.  Lucy walked in and immediately jumped on the bed and laid down like this.  She looks so depressed.  Poor little puppy doesn't understand where her playmate has gone.

Before we can get too far into the remodeling projects, we need to get my mom well.  She is home from her surgery and things are going pretty well.  My sister took some leave from work and is doing the daytime shift.  My sister-in-law and me are taking turns with the night shift.  Someone has to be there 24 hours a day.  It's not easy, with trying to work and everything, but we're doing it so far. I know God will help us to stay the course.  My younger sister is running a lot of the errands and that really helps a lot too.

I can see that mom really is getting a little stronger every day. And that is a really good thing.

So this is my one day to be depressed and I am, but by tomorrow, Lord willing I'll be ready to smile and move on with life.  And hopefully, one day soon, I'll get back to regular blogging.  :)

Have a blessed day everyone!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mom Update

Mom had the surgery yesterday and she came through fine.  The surgeon said she is very fragile which made the surgery harder, but all went as it should.  She's in a lot of pain today and we know she has a long, difficult recovery ahead of her.  Hopefully, they will be able to get a handle on the pain before too much longer. 

I thank you for all your prayers, kind words and thoughts.  God has really been with her through all this so far and I know he will continue to be.  Continued prayers would be appreciated as she starts the recuperating process..

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


My mom had a heart cath done today and we found out she has at least 2 blockages and she also needs the aortic valve in her heart replaced. Mom is 81 and the doctor feels she is a good candidate for this surgery. We know it can be very dangerous. But I know we serve a great God and that He has all her days numbered and I know that she is in His hands.

I would appreciate anyone who believes in prayer, would pray along with us for her complete recovery.

As far as we know right now, this surgery will take place sometime on Thursday. Thank you so much.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Fragments


Hi Everyone:

Time for Friday Fragments.  Actually, I'm a little late.  But you get the idea.  After reading and hopefully leaving some comment love, click the button above to see who else is linking up at Mrs. 4444's.  Then you can make a post and link up too.

***I don't have a lot to frag about this week.  Mostly because I've been spending a lot of my free time working on items for my Etsy shop.  If you'd like to stop by and see what I have, click the link in my sidebar to the right.

***At 11:30 the other night we were heading to bed and realized that Lucy stunk to high heavens.  Evidently when she was outside earlier she rolled in some poo.  Yuck!  So guess who was getting a bath at 11:30 at night.  A wet dog in the bed is much better than a stinky one.  haha  Actually, her fur dries pretty fast.  Here's a picture just shortly after he bath and a little towel drying.

She looks like she's mad and won't look at me here.

***Carolyn and Carina came and visited last night.  Let me tell you between an almost 1 year old pup and a 2 year old little girl, our volume level and fun level went up many decibels last night.  haha  Who knew little 2 year old girls love to scream so much.  I sure had forgotten.  But we had a blast and so did Carina and Lucy!  The way Lucy kept trying to climb all over her, I think she thought she was another puppy she could play with.  Finally they both calmed down some and by the end of the evening they were able to play much better together. 
Carina and Lucy eyeing each other.  Lucy didn't know whether to go to Carina or try to steal Carolyn's pizza.

As you can see I'm not very good at selfies.
Here's another try.

Finally, I gave up and just took a picture of Carina.  She was pulling all the cushions off the couch for some reason.
Well, that's all the fragments I have for now.