Thursday, May 26, 2011

Happy Birthday, Eddie!

Today Eddie spends another birthday, his 32nd to be exact, in Heaven with Jesus!  At his graveside service, I sang "I Know God Makes No Mistakes".  The feelings I had for this song came from years of joy and years of struggle.  Eddie came to us just two weeks before his 6th birthday.  Many nights we lay in bed and wondered if we had bitten off more than we could chew.  I wondered if my desire to have a child made me force the will of God!  Not just because I was overwhelmed with a special needs son, but because I wondered if I were right for Eddie!  Were Randy and I what Eddie needed to thrive and grow. 

When we took Eddie to enroll him in school, we realized that he couldn't read.  The assistant principal, Miss Howell, helped us with some things to do at home.  When Eddie started in the 1st grade at Pensacola Christian, he knew his alphabet and blends.  He had a wonderful teacher who was single and young, but very wise on parenting.  She gave us many creative ways to teach Eddie things.  That year, Eddie bowed his head and trusted Christ.  The years passed on and Eddie continued to grow.  Some days were great, some not so great, but we carried on.  Eddie tolerating us; Randy and I loving him. 

The day my mother-in-law called us to tell us that Eddie had died just a few hours before, I remember thinking "God Makes No Mistakes".  Eddie brought joy, fun, laughter, and many gray hairs to our lives.  I know if we did nothing else, we brought him Jesus and today he celebrates life with Him!!!

Happy Birthday, Eddie!  I love you!!

Words and music by: Kim Moore

My life I give to you O Lord use me I pray
May I glorify your precious name
In all I do and say
Let me trust you in the valley dark
as well as in the light
Knowing you will always lead me
Your will is always right

I know God makes no mistakes
He leads in every path I take
along the way that’s leading me to home
Tho at times my heart would break
there’s a purpose in every change He makes
that others would see my life and know
that God makes no mistakes.

And when someday in heaven above
I see His dear face
May I then be counted faithful
as a runner in this race
Now I’m trusting in the Savior
to show me the way
In His righteousness He guides me
as I seek to please Him day by day

I know God makes no mistakes
He leads in every path I take
along the way that’s leading me to home
Tho at times my heart would break
there’s a purpose in every change He makes
that others would see my life
and know that God makes no mistakes

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happy Birthday to the GREATEST HUBBY!!

Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself;...  Ephesians 5:33

When Randy and I married over 30 years ago, we never dreamed what the Lord would bring and where the Lord would send!  I have never been more grateful for him as during this last year.  My husband has been my pastor, best friend, confidant, my caregiver, and my lover.  He is concerned about my needs and many of my wants.  Randy has been a wonderful representative of the Lord in our home.  He lives the verse above. 

I love you, Randy!  May we celebrate many more birthdays together!!!


February 2011     

Our 30th Anniversary

The rest of the pictures are of Randy doing what he loves, serving the Lord!!  These photos were taken on his trip to the Philippines last February with two of our men from Okinawa.  You can see his joy!!!




Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!!


Happy Mother's Day!

The pictures above are of my mother!  She wasn't perfect, but one thing I knew for sure, my mom loved me!  Praise the Lord for a mom who loves her children!  Mom's birthday was April 24 and I decided to wait to honor her on my blog for Mother's Day.  One gift that my mom passed on to me was writing.  I am not near the writer that she is, but I so enjoy putting a good thought on paper!  Mother's Day was very special during the time that Christa was in college.  She always arrived home for summer break on Mother's Day!  I would pick her up on Sunday morning and we would fly, I mean drive to the church in time for the preaching!  One year I wrote the following little story.  Enjoy!!  Thank you mom for taking TV time away from us and sharing with us the joy of a good book!!  I love you and miss you more than I could ever express!  Thank God for Heaven!!

Mother’s Day 2007

While in college, I heard Mrs. Evans talk a lot about her red bird! That is when I started looking for something that I could look for so I would recognize that God loved me all the time. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that the Lord used all kinds of birds to encourage me and show me He loved me. When we were in college, a beautiful male cardinal would eat at my bird feeder every morning. Oh how he loved sunflower seeds! When my feeder was out of them, he would squawk at me until I would add more. While living in the Azores the Lord used the beautiful wild canaries and the bird we nicknamed “the doodah” bird because of his song. I am from Minnesota and have always loved loons. They mate for life and have a beautiful peaceful song. Soon after our son died in September of 2003, we did some camping to have some time alone. Some good friends let us use their motor home. We camped all along Lake Michigan. One morning my daughter and I sat quietly together and watched two loons fishing near the shore. What a peaceful time that was for our family and I could feel the Lord’s love enveloping me.

Time has passed since our son went to Heaven and this Mother’s Day was particularly hard for me. I do not know why it stuck out or why this year was harder. Our daughter was due home that morning from college and I should have been so happy, but alas having one child close does not take away the loss of having one child gone. Early that morning I was sitting out on the balcony of my lovely home here in Japan. I had been praying and asking the Lord to give me strength for the day and a smile for the people in our little congregation. Many of them are far from home and missing their loved ones also. I heard a rustling in the trees just below my balcony. I also heard a bird chirping wildly on the electric line that hooks to our home. As I looked down into the trees, I could see movement in the limbs at the top of the tree. Looking through my hubby’s binoculars, I saw that there were several nests in the top of that tree. I watched as the bird on the wire would fly down, shake up the nest, fly back to her perch on the wire, and start her chirping again. This mother bird was teaching her babies to fly! Soon the babies flew out and down to the fence. Their mother flew a little further away until the little birdies followed.

After about 45 minutes, they were all gone and I knew the Lord had chosen that day to prompt that mother bird to teach her babies to fly just for me. He reminds me daily that He loves me through His word, but I am ever so grateful that He also uses the beauty of His creation to illustrate His love. That morning He showed me that teaching our children to fly and leave the nest is a necessary part of loving our children. Christa, I am thankful you get to come home to our nest. Eddie, someday we will enjoy the Father’s Nest together! I love you both!