Thursday, December 29, 2011

Healing


Thank you to all of you that pray for me!  Yesterday I had an appointment with the doctory who did my surgery in September.  All is going very well.  He was very pleased with the progress I am making and the bones are starting to fuse!  This was great news!!  I can now take ibuprofen again, which really helps with the joint pain from the oral chemo I have to take.

Please don't stop praying.  I have been losing weight which is usually a good thing.  The problem is that is too much too fast.  (Is that really possible??!!)  Anyway, I will be having tests the end of January.  It will be a full week of doctoring, so please be praying for wisdom and clarity for the doctors.

Well, off to have coffee!  Our adopted daughter from Okinawa, Autumn, arrived yesterday to visit for today!!!  She is now stationed in the UK, but is home in PA to see her family.  They are sharing her with us and we are so thankful!!  Have a wonderful day everyone!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I love you, Randy and Christa!!

What a wonderful family I am blessed to be a part of!  We have so much to be thankful for that is for sure.  Christa is doing great at her teaching job.  They enjoy having her and she loves working with the children!  Randy is just that solid guy who helps me keep everything in it's proper perspective!  I love my family and am so thankful to have their unconditional love in my life. 



It took a lot of shots to get this one!
 

We love our dogs and we love each other!


Our Christa is beautiful!!!  God has been so good to us!  We celebrated her "adoption birthday"
this last week on December 15th.  We had a wonderful day down in Amish country together!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Zacatecus, Zacatecus, Mexico!!

Our dear friends, the Lemma Family!
December 3 we boarded a plane bound for Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico.  By Noon we had cleared customs and immigration and were headed toward the Lemma's home.  I must say that it was quite different leaving for the "mission field" in the morning and being there just 3 hours later!  It was unique for us.  The Lemmas let us get situated and then Lidia, my very dear friend, took me to Walmart!!!  I told her that this was NOT the mission field.


Sunday I taught the Ladies in Sunday School and talked to the children in Lidia's junior church time.  My husband preached in the main services.


Lidia Lemma - some might know that the story "Stay in the Castle"
was written for her.  By the way, she stayed in the castle!!

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we stayed busy preparing for each evening.  Tuesday morning we had a ladies meeting with good attendance and a lot of fun.  The ladies of the church are so very sweet and Lidia is a wonderful pastor's wife.  The Lemma's children are a tremendous blessing and help out in so many ways at the church.  Stephen is the quiet one and Abi...well, let's just say that she and I are too much alike!!!!  She and a couple other teen girls did most of the special music and skits for the conference.  It was excellent!  There were at least 5 of Br. Lemma's preacher boys that came and brought their church family with them.  My husband and I were blessed to see how the Lord has used the Lemma family in this city that sits at 8,000 ft above sea level.


Thursday and Friday we ran around and did a lot of sight seeing, eating, shopping, eating, shopping, eating....I'm sure you get the idea!  We had a wonderful time.  Saturday, December 10 we were back on board the plane and headed home.  It was a whirlwind, but it was wonderful to be on the mission field serving the Lord.  Thank you to the Lemma family and their church for having us come to be a part of their conference!  We love you all!!
Mike & Lidia - Gordita kitchen!


YES!  Even in Mexico - Starbucks!












Abi and I being silly!

Randy & I at the cable car ride.










In downtown Zacatecus
View from the cable car!










This was Wednesday night after church.  The lady behind Lidia on
right made us homemade Tamales!!  Her husband passed away
suddenly this last April.  She has such a sweet and joyful spirit!

Awwww - the fun of youth!

I can't resist a baby!!












Lidia translating for me!  Good thing she is fluent in both her native language
and my bad English!!  She did a wonderful job!



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Who's Controlling Your Holiday?

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6 

I love this time of year and this is the time of year I miss Okinawa the most.  Thanksgiving started our busiest time on the field.  The time between the third weekend in November and the 1st of January marks a lonely time for many of our service men and women and their families stationed overseas.  Many people are looking for something that is real and lasting and Christmas was a time when they would get out of their homes and start "looking".  What a perfect time to show them the perfect Saviour and teach them that He didn't come just to lay in a manger, but to die on a cross just for them!  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour!!

The time of year from Thanksgiving through New Years can be a difficult time to maintain your focus on those things that are important.  TV, advertising, and the stores can make it seem like this time of year is about getting the latest gadget out there.  It is easy to overspend, overeat, and overindulge.  In the years before we adopted our children, I kept little ideas tucked away to help make Christmas about the One we are supposed to be celebrating and today I would like to share just a couple.

On Thanksgiving Day, we always make bread for the business' and neighbors who have been such a blessing to us; the bank, the landlord, the car dealer, the milk man, the bread man.  We wanted them to know how thankful we were for their help and kindness.  I remember the first year I gave our bread lady and her husband a loaf of my Harvest Bread.  She just looked at me with big eyes and said, "For me?!" 

After Thanksgiving is over, we decorate for Christmas.  The manger scene in our home was always a great way to start the discussion about why Mary was with child and travelling a long distance on a donkey!  I put the stable up with just the animals and a lone shepherd in attendance.  One year I was babysitting a little boy and when he arrived at our home after Thanksgiving, he let us all know that Baby Jesus was missing.  Our daughter looked at him and informed him that Jesus had not been born yet!  I place Mary and Joseph around the house somewhere.  Sometimes they are on a book case, sometimes in a corner on the floor, and sometimes on the fridge.  Joseph has lost his head several times through the years as we would accidentally trip over him!  Every few days they move.  Our children always look to see where Mary and Joseph are spending the next few days.  This allows us to have a discussion:  What do you think they will do today?  How do you think Mary feels today?  What are they praying about as they travel?  How long does it take to get to Bethlehem?  Why did they have to go to Bethlehem?  Why was it so important that it be Bethelem anyway?...You get the idea.  On Christmas Eve Mary and Joseph have arrived at the inn where there is no room.  When I fill the stockings after everyone is in bed (my favorite job), I get to put Baby Jesus in the manger.  Believe it or not, our children always ran to check out the manger before their stockings!


One of the other things I did was to look high and low for a proper advent calendar.  I found one that you hang on the wall.  It has a metal background and as you take each piece of the scene out of its numbered box, you place the piece on the background. 

We always make goody plates for our neighbors.  The first year in the Azores, our neighbors were so suspicious of us.  Christa and I baked for days, gave the goodies out, and prepared for our Christmas Open House.  Many of the older people didn't want to take the goodies, but we just kept going back.  What an opportunity to show the love of the Lord.  We were invited into two homes for that Christmas!  It gave us an opportunity to share just why we moved away from America to Portugal.  In Okinawa, they do not celebrate Christmas with Jesus.  It is all about Santa Claus and presents.  It is sad to see some of the empty things we have passed on to other cultures around the world.  We still made goodies for our neighbors and talked about our Saviour.  On Christmas Day Evening, we always had an open house for our people to bring their families and have a great time of fellowship.  These families miss their loved ones in America.  Cards and gifts are nice, but not as wonderful as having human fellowship and companionship. 

Last year was our first Christmas in the States in a long time.  I noticed that we as Americans and even many Christians have no idea about making this time of year special or why we celebrate it.  It seems so empty to make it about presents.  Life holds so much more and God wants us to have it.  We miss what He wants to give by using things to replace a relationship.  Recently I heard a Christian say that they didn't like the fact that Christmas was on a Sunday this year as it meant they had to wait to open gifts.  I believe that thinking makes the Lord very sad.  Let's talk about Jesus this year!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Just Praising the Lord

  Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. 
Psalms 68:19

Well, the end of the month has come, but not the end of praising the Lord.  During this month it was very hard to put just one thing down for the day.  God has blessed me so richly with family, friends, peace, joy, and even material things.  This coming month is a busy one.  Don't forget in all your shopping, eating, fellowshipping, and decorating; to praise the Lord for ALL the many benefits He has supplied in our lives. 

Today I Praise the Lord for everything, even things I don't always see as a blessing in my life.  May we all look outside of ourselves and our problems at ALL we have!  Happy Praising! 

Praise the Lord for My Dear Friend, Val!


Val on her school bus in her "Kelly" shirt

Val and I praying at teen camp
  
Getting ready to depart camp

At our surprise 30th Anniversary weekend
What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had!  The Adkins family from Christa's church came over for the afternoon.   Br. Adkins beat my husband at chess and Mrs. Adkins beat the rest of us at Phase 10!  One of the highlights arrived late on Thursday evening, my dear friend Val!  Her family was in PA doing their annual "get ready for hunting" and "going hunting" season.  This gave her an opportunity to spend some time with us enjoying her annual "shopping black Friday" season.  She doesn't like a lot of attention so this is going to embarrass her probably.

Val and I met a few years ago via the web when we talked over skype.  She attends one of our supporting churches in Connecticut and she just loves missionaries.  Last year upon our return to the States, we started to get to know each other as friends.  She has been a great blessing and encouragement during this time of furlough.  Val does a lot behind the scenes (she likes it that way) and I appreciate her friendship.  Many are the days that she reminds me that I am where the Lord wants me and not to be discouraged about being in the States.

Thursday night she arrived, took a shower, and off to Kohls we went at midnight.  Went back home for some sleep and then Friday afternoon did so more shopping.  Saturday we headed to Charming Charlies (a must for any discerning woman), P Graham Dunn, and the Cheesecake Factory.  We even made a pit stop at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company for a caramel and goo covered apple!!!!  Sunday it was church, a movie, and Christmas decorating.  On Monday we were whipped and rested most of the day, lounging around talking about what we were studying in our Bibles.  Her last morning was Tuesday.  She was up, dressed, had my office put back to "pre-Valerie", and was out the door around 8 am. 

Whooooooooooooooooooo!  You get the idea!  It was a GREAT holiday weekend.  So wonderful to have a friend like her!  Thank you, Lord for Val!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Praise the Lord for Diligent Doctors!

The last few weeks my health hasn't been the best.  I know, nothing new there!  But I had been feeling better and then wham.  When I went to the doctor the other day, I had lost 10 lbs in 7 days.  Not a good thing when you have just finished most of your chemo.  Today the doctor called and it appears that I have Vitamin D deficiency.  Praying the next 8 weeks of extra D will help take care of the leg cramps and other symptoms!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Praise the Lord for My Husband's Teaching!

One thing I have really missed while being on furlough is my husband's teaching from the Word of God!  He taught yesterday in Sunday School at Christa's church about "Living By Faith Through the Holidays".  Excellent reminder to keep everything in the proper perspective.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Praise the Lord for a Wonderful Sunny Day!

What a beautiful day we had today.  My friend Val, Randy, and I headed over to Charming Charles which is a lovely "little" accessories store!  Randy sat in Barnes and Noble while we shopped and oohed and aahed over everthing.  We went to Cheescake Factory and had delicious Asian Lettuce Wraps.  Afterwards we wandered through the sunny streets over to the P. Graham Dunn store!  A wonderful day with wonderful people!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Praise the Lord for Black Friday Deals!

I have been searching high and low for glass pyrex dishes for storage and reheating.  At midnight we entered our local Kohls at a rapid pace.  I sent Christa off to find the pyrex.  My friend Val and I headed for the flannel sheets.  The two things I came for I had in hand in just a few minutes.  However, we did not leave the store until over an hour later due to the line to check out!  We had fun trying to get the wave started with the ladies in front of us.  We checked out and headed home to bed.

I must say it was fun and there were NO fights!  We did joke about starting one, but decided we didn't want to be the lead story on the evening news!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Praise the Lord for O Dia de Ação de Graça

Thanksgiving Day 2002, Ponta Delgado, Azores, Portugal
This is what we called Thanksgiving in Portugal.  "The day of  action of grace".  Praise the Lord for His action of Grace in  my life!  I have so many things to be thankful for so today I am just saying that I am thankful for a day every year when we can dwell on the many things and people that the Lord has brought into our lives.  Have a blessed and thankful day!!

Praise the Lord for His Provision

Today the Lord blessed us with some wonderful provisions!  Isn't it amazing how much the Lord loves us and wants to give us even the things that are just plain fun!!!  Whoo Hoo!!!  We got OREOS!!!!!!!  I NEVER buy stuff like that.  For one thing, I'm trying to watch what I eat, but the other thing is that I don't have money for snack food.  Now that I have said that, my snack basket is full and all because people take care of that for us!  Thank you, Lord, for caring about even the little things in our lives like OREOS!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Praise the Lord for His Mercy

My husband and I were having such a wonderful day together that I almost forgot to post a praise for the day!  Today I praise the Lord for His mercy to me!  Praise Him that He loves me and doesn't give me what I really deserve on a daily basis.  May I be merciful to people as you have been merciful to me, Lord!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Praise the Lord for AIRPLANES!


Landing on the Big Island of Hawaii to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary!
That was 6 years ago!!
Today my husband will board one of these fine machines in Brownsville, TX, and head home to me here in Cleveland.  What would have taken months in a covered wagon, or days in a car even, will only take a few hours in the airplane.  The airplane has really changed life for everyone.  Even if you have never flown or don't fly much, the airplane allows us to get products and news from other countries much quicker than when we only used ships.  This mode of travel now allows missionaries to visit their families and come home on medical furloughs instead of dying on the field. 

This week these flying machines will take many people, many places.  I love to watch as people are reunited with their loved ones.  Always makes me cry and always makes me feel good.  This is an exciting era of technology we live in.  May we be ever grateful and not take for granted the ease that we have as a result of this blessing. 

Happy flying and don't bother calling me after 5 p.m., 'cause I won't answer!!!

Praise the Lord for Convenience

I hope you all are not getting bored with the journey this month!  I know I have talked before about the things in America, but another one is convenience!  This morning at 3 a.m., I awoke to the sound of Christa being sick (poor thing).  She got settled back in bed, but was up again around 7 with the same ailment.  I wasn't feeling too great.  However, I was feeling a whole lot better than her!  I got in the car and went the 1/4 mile to the grocery store and bought some gingerale that was even on sale!  You don't realize how easy it is to get almost anything you need here in America!  Maybe I should say, you don't realize how hard it is to get even little things in other countries.  WE have SO much!  Thank you, Lord, for your goodness to us!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Praise the Lord for HAIR!

Hair, glorious hair! The day my hair started falling out and my husband willingly shaved it off, I never thought it would ever come back. During those often dark days it was hard to imagine life having any semblance of normalcy again! Last year at this time, my hair was growing back and was quite curly, but I have to admit, I wasn't too keen on the new color! Today as I was getting ready for the day and drying my hair, I couldn't help but praise the Lord for what He has restored to me! I LOVE my curls and my color (now)! Thank you, Lord, for your goodness to me and for all the many benefits you lay on my table. May I never take them for granted!

 Day before hair removal.  It was already very dead feeling and falling out.

Duct tape hair!  I read and practiced that using duct tape helped to take the stray loose hairs out.  One night Christa and I got very silly and made a wig out of duct tape.  Proving my father right, duct tape will fix anything!

Hat over duct tape hair!

One of my favorite chemo hats!

Hair starting to return!  Steroids really made my face round!

This was taken 4 months after the photo above!  Do I look different? 

TODAY!!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Praise the Lord for My Pastor's Wife!

 


 
Not just today, but so many days I praise the Lord for Patty Peslak!  She has been such a friend to me through the years and though we have to live in Ohio, the Lord continues to knit our hearts together!  I called her yesterday and had a wonderful chat.  She is always so encouraging to my heart, even though she eludes to my blonde roots a little too often!!  Thank you, Lord for Patty!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Praise the Lord for American Grocery Stores!

I know, an odd praise!  This last month I have finally been really excited about cooking again.  Almost pre-chemo like!!!  Several times as I walked through the store I found myself all of a sudden shocked into the realization that I was in America and could buy the items at the store to make my own pizza and chinese!  The only problem with shopping in the USA is that there are so many choices.  Sometimes there are just too many and I leave the store empty handed due to my confusion.  My family and I have rediscovered my wonderful pizza and Moo Goo Gai Pan!  Thank you, Lord for so many blessings!  You have truly blessed us!  May we bless you! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Praise the Lord for FORGIVENESS!

Ephesians 4:2  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Colossians 3:13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
I have been so convicted of late about my lack of forgiveness and forbearance.  Did you know forgiveness is for past sins and forbearance is for sins being committed against you at present??  Wow, that second one is hard to practice!  The Holy Spirit really started pricking my heart when I heard about someone who was having trouble forgiving another.  As I started reading, the Lord gave me a Bible Study that I am still working on.  He showed me that it isn't just past sins I am to forgive, but present also.

Luke 17:3-5  Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
Notice at the end, the apostles ask the Lord to increase their faith.  If we are going to forgive and forbear, we are going to need much more faith than what our human flesh can conjure up.  May the Lord help us all to forgive and forbear along our journey.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Praise the Lord for a GREAT Report today!

Today I had an appointment with a doctor due to some unfavorable test results.  I am happy to report that all is well and taken care of!  Hallelujah!!  Thank you, Lord!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Praise the Lord for Butternut Squash!

I LOVE butternut squash!  In Okinawa it was very hard to find and so for the last year, we have eaten a lot of it!  I have a soup that I make that is out of this world!!!  It has apples, onions, squash, and celery!  I have the squash baked so I can put it in the Vitamix and have it fresh for Christa when she gets home.  I also have homemade whole grain bread mixing in my bread machine!  I love days like this where I get a lot done and have a wonderful time with the Lord. 

I don't know about any of you, but I have a very difficult time just putting one thing down to praise the Lord for each day. 

Psalms 68:19  Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Praise the Lord for Sundays and Fellowship!


Psalms 84:10  For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.


Pastor Jamision and Family - Anchor Baptist Church
What a wonderful Sunday at Christa's church, Anchor Baptist in Vermilion, Ohio.  They are always such a blessing and we had a lovely day!  Christa was blessed to see 4 saved today!  Hallelujah!  So many people are involved in seeing someone saved at church.  There are the people who go out inviting people to church, the van driver, the junior church worker, the pastor, etc.  It is wonderful to serve the Lord!  I sure miss being with our people in Okinawa!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Praise the Lord for Brenda Cox and a Wonderful Day!


Brenda picked me up this morning and we headed to a craft show at a local high school.  We finished with that before noon and headed to the IX Center for the Cleveland Fabulous Food Show!  There were several famous TV chefs going to be there, but it was extra to see those shows and neither of us had much money to spare.  While waiting in line to buy general admission tickets, a woman told us that we could go and get seats to the shows, but they were in the back.  We didn't care, so 30 minutes before Michael Symon's demostration (he is a Cleveland native), we got in line for the free tickets.  Securing the tickets we headed to find our seats.  To our surprise there were already people sitting in them!  We told the usher who told us that there had been a mixup and they had given too many of the same seat away.  She pointed to the burgundy chairs at the back of the $60 a ticket section and said that we could sit in any of those!!  YEAH!!!  We had so much fun and met some wonderful people!!!  I think my favorite booth was the new Dove chocolate booth.  They now do home shows and the ladies there were GREAT!!!  I think I will do one!!!

Thank you, Lord, for a wonderful day!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Praise the Lord for Veterans!

This video is part of our missionary presentation.  You will see photos of past and present soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines.  Some of the photos are of our own people.  We are proud of all of you!

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My Dad in the Air Force in Japan

 My hubby and Christa

ME!  Jacksonville, Florida 1983

Our Veterans in November 2008

Thank you to all who served and our serving.  We love you!

IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE SOLDIER
It’s not CBS or NBC, ABC or CNN
that has given us the freedom of the press.
Not TV preachers, Larry Flint, Ted Kennedy, or Jessie Jackson
given us the freedom to verbally express.
Not the campus organizers or all the demonstrations
given us the freedom to march,
freely march and disagree.
Oh can’t you see?

Chorus:
It has always been the soldier
who has made the sacrifice.
Standing strong
and proud in battle.
Willing to
lay down his life.

Somewhere there's a soldier
And he’s looking at a picture
of his little girl,
How he wishes he were home.
And Somewhere there's a soldier
And he’s reading a love letter
from is wife,
And she is telling him
how she feels so alone.
And somewhere there's a mom and dad
Who'll cry late in the night,
For a son who
won't be coming home,
A son who gave his life...
Freedom isn't free!
Oh, can't you see?

It has always been the soldier,
Who has made the sacrifice;
Standing strong and proud in battle
Willing to lay down his life...

To the angry man who shakes their fists
And burns the stars and stripes
The same flag that drapes the coffins
of those who gave their lives
There’s no other place that you will go
Or you have ever been
Where the blood of soldiers gives the right
To burn the flag again.

It has always been the soldier,
Who has made the sacrifice;
Standing strong and proud in battle
Willing to lay down his life...
It has always been the soldier
On the land, in air, and sea
For it has always been the soldier
Fighting for our liberty

Yes, it has always been the soldier,
Who has made the sacrifice;
Standing strong and proud in battle
Willing to lay down his life...
Willing to lay down his life..
It has always
It has always
Been a soldier

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Praise the Lord for Loons (This one's for VAL!)



When I was almost 11, we moved from California to Minnesota in FEBRUARY!  It was COLD!!  The Loon is the Minnesota state bird and that spring I learned all about this lovely aquatic bird.  When we went on our trip to the UP this summer, I asked the God to let me see a loon.  We spent the first few weeks trying to hunt them down.  The Williams in McMillan had someone in their church take us on a boat ride just to try and track one down, which we did, but it was short lived.  Part way through the trip we went to Minnesota to see my father.  We returned to the UP after a week and I was wiped out and weary.  My husband decided that we would stay at a state park on Lake Gogebic.  The year of Randy's cancer we had stayed there for a few nights and the Northern Lights had put on a spectacular performance.  We had a whole week to read, rest, pray, rest, walk, rest...you get the idea.  The first morning as we sat in our zero gravity chairs what did appear, but the ever ellusive loon!  He appeared again in the evening.  In fact, he appeared everyday, twice a day! 

I know the Lord was trying to teach me, "Be still and know that I am God."  When we quit chasing the Loon, there he was coming to us as we sat relaxing and waiting.  This year has been the year of learning to "Be Still".  I've already mentioned in previous posts how this does NOT come naturally for me.  May I continue to learn the lesson from the Loon experience, and may I apply it to the path the Lord has me on now.

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Today I am putting one of my videos and a couple pics! This may bore some of you (only the shallow ones), but oh well! Thank you, Lord, for the nature that you have given us to enjoy for free! May we always be good stewards and caretakers of what you have given to us!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Praise the Lord for Our Time In the Azores

On the dock in Ponta Delgada

Our praca man, Miguel

My house helper, Joana

Today I have been scanning old negatives into the computer to get some of those "pre-digital" photos uploaded.  Such wonderful memories.  Isn't it amazing to be allowed to serve our Saviour and then to be able to serve Him on two different continents!!  How blessed we are!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Praise the Lord for My Nice Big Cozy Bed!


Praise the Lord for modern conveniences and American mattresses!  I have lived in 3 different cultures in my life, and America is the only one with GREAT mattresses you can afford!  During my surgery in Okinawa a local pastor called and told my hubby that they were sending us a love offering.  What an encouragement to Randy.  He went out and bought me a king size bed, which was to become our family "living room" for the next 6 months!  Our Air Force daughter (adopted by us as an adult) would bring food from the base and the four of us would sit and eat together in our "living room", such wonderful fond memories!

Praise the Lord I don't have to spend so much time there anymore, but it still brings comfort just to snuggle under the warm covers, flannel sheets, and LOTS of pillows!!  Thank you Lord for giving us so many things to be grateful for!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Praise the Lord for My WONDERFUL husband!





Today, as everyday, I praise the Lord for my husband!  He is consistent in his living, in his convictions, and his love!  What a wonderful man the Lord brought into my life over 31 years ago!  Today he travels to Texas where he will be for two weeks.  Next weekend, he will take a jaunt into Mexico to see Br. Tommy Ashcraft.  I will  miss him, but I know the Lord has great things in store for him!  Love you, Randy!!  You're my hero!!