Tuesday, February 28, 2012

School Day

Nolan got to go to school today!!!
A cool back pack!!!

Ready for school!!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Day One Visit in Ontario


One puzzle finished Monday morning!

Coloring with Grandma Johnny!

Nolan made a doll house, car and people for it!

This is me holding Daeton!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Visit to Alabama

We 'had' the most wonderful time with Kirk & Candace, Keelyn, Kiersten, and Conner!  It is always so nice to know you are loved by the grandchildren when they love to see you every day! We have many memories of good times with them that we are stored up in our hearts till the next time we will get to visit with them. So glad for video chats, it won't seem as bad, knowing it will be some time before we visit again!
Thanks to Kirk & Candace for having us every day for the last 3 weeks!
Thanks too to Ron & Michelle for letting us stay at their home during that time!
We pray that God will richly bless you all for your part in serving Him!

Going to miss those grandchildren and mostly little Katie Anne when she's born!!!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Todays Lent Post by Bible Gateway


The Easter season is often marked by spectacular displays of art and public worship--we might sing beautiful Easter hymns at church, attend moving Easter pageants, or participate in public acts of prayer, fasting, or devotion. Today's Scripture reading reminds us that in the midst of these outward displays, however appropriate they are, we are called to humility, self-sacrifice, reflection, and quiet suffering.
Today's Prayer

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ's sake, Amen.
-- Ambrose of Milan, 4th century bishop

Today's Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
Teaching about Giving to the Needy
    "Watch out! Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don't do as the hypocrites do-blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Teaching about Prayer and Fasting
 5 "When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 16 "And when you fast, don't make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. 17 But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. 18 Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Teaching about Money and Possessions
 19 "Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Today's Quote

"When your heart is thus established in Christ, and you are an enemy of sin, out of love and not out of fear of punishment, Christ's sufferings should also be an example for your whole life, and you should meditate on the same in a different way.... If a day of sorrow or sickness weighs you down, think, how trifling that is compared with the thorns and nails of Christ. If you must do or leave undone what is distasteful to you: think, how Christ was led hither and thither, bound and a captive. Does pride attack you: behold, how your Lord was mocked and disgraced with murderers. Do unchastity and lust thrust themselves against you: think, how bitter it was for Christ to have his tender flesh torn, pierced and beaten again and again. Do hatred and envy war against you, or do you seek vengeance: remember how Christ with many tears and cries prayed for you and all his enemies, who indeed had more reason to seek revenge . If trouble or whatever adversity of body or soul afflict you, strengthen your heart and say: Ah, why then should I not also suffer a little since my Lord sweat blood in the garden because of anxiety and grief?

"One can thus find in Christ strength and comfort against all vice and bad habits.... And they are called true Christians who incorporate the life and name of Christ into their own life, as St. Paul says in Gal 5, 24: "And they that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with the passions and the lusts thereof." For Christ's Passion must be dealt with not in words and a show, but in our lives and in truth.... But this kind of meditation is now out of use and very rare, although the Epistles of St. Paul and St. Peter are full of it. We have changed the essence into a mere show, and painted the meditation of Christ's sufferings only in letters and on walls." -- Martin Luther, "How to Contemplate Christ's Holy Sufferings"

Something to Think About

As Easter approaches, are your words and actions marked by humility? Whatever you're doing to prepare for Easter, are you doing it to honor Christ, or to be noticed by others?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Play Game Day

Conner enjoying the horse!
Walking from the play area to feed the ducks!
Grandpa fixed this toy, Conner was very happy!
Conner coloring while the rest of us....
...played Racko and drank tea!!!
Best tea ever!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Trunk

Most of the small branches and the bagged spikey balls at the curb for pickup!
Playing in the front yard away from the tree trunk being cut down in the back.
Taking time to learn to ride a two-wheeler!
'Headless chainsaw man' (made the decision to just do one cut, lower on the tree trunk).
"I love work, could watch it all day!!!"
Sad tree trunk!
Success, Praise the Lord for safety!
Everyone is happy!
Candace is especially happy the 'Spikey Ball Tree' is history!
Keelyn & Kiersten are happy too! Thanks Kiersten for the use of your favorite rock in bringing down the tree!!! (That's another story!)

On Monday

It was clean-up yard day! There was a mess of branches that needed to be cut up and sorted - Firewood and trash!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Today The Job Was

"That tree?" "Yes, this tree!"
A couple branches gone from the annoying tree that drops 'spikey balls' to the ground.

Getting to the top!

Three branches left!

Different angle (looks like more than 3)!

Two left.

Tying the last branch.

Victory pose!

The new 'treetop'.

No more 'spikey ball' coming off this tree any more! (Sweet gum tree)
Success! Branches on the ground and no one got hurt!!! Praise the Lord!!!

Now there's a mess to clean up!