Sunday, May 10, 2009


I've been so blessed already with cards and gifts that have come in the mail. Their words and thoughtfulness have filled my heart to overflowing. It does a heart good to know that your life has affected others with good things.My Mom graduated this earth 3 years ago on Mothers Day to be with the Father. He must have had some banquet prepared as I know of three moms who He brought to His table to honor that day!

I still miss her terribly but I am so thankful for all the wonderful years I had with her. She loved God with all her heart, soul and mind. In fact, she ended most of her prayers, "and I love you Lord with all my heart". She said it outloud for everyone to hear without regard for her reputation.And on that Mothers Day when she went "home", she preached a message that I think was her life's legacy, "Love and Honor your mother". It was a message she lived. Not because her mom was so easy to love and honor. In fact, just the opposite. She was placed in an orphanage as a small child and was in and out of 7 foster homes. In one of those homes she was locked in the closet everyday when the father went to work because the mom really didn't want her. Abandoned and rejected many times, she still chose to love.

Eventually she was taken in by a family who walked in Fathers love. They loved her and taught her how to love and forgive. I am so grateful to the Lord and to that family for all they did in my moms life! For giving her what she didn't have: a place to belong, unconditional love and acceptance! What a difference someone with Fathers' heart can make!I was one of the recepients of that love. I am so grateful for my mothers choices. She could have held on to pain, she could have been angry, she could have done what was done to her but she didn't. She chose a different way.

Mom, I love you with all my heart! You are the best! I know you are having a grand time with the One you love. And I also know that you are persistent with the Father in getting all your petitions answered. Thanks for the legacy, I promise to pass it on.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Movin' on....

It's been a week since Fred's "retirement". The best part is he's not tired all the time. He use to come home every day after work and NEED a power nap! Not so anymore. It's amazing how a days stress zaps your energy!

And he's reading books. Yes, he finished one and has almost finished another. He's reading more than me and I love to read! I'm turning out the light before he does!! Another great plus!

He's also enjoyed helping others. He loves mowing, edging, grooming a lawn not just mowing it! There is a difference. Just walk around and you can see the difference between a mowed yard and a groomed lawn. He's great at it if I must say so myself!!

The last 2 days we got to go out and run errands together and not rush. He actually went to the store with me. Anyone who really knows him knows he's no shopper! And we enjoyed the time together!

We are so blessed for this time in our lives. Although we don't know what we will be doing in the future, we are determined to enjoy the journey, the scenery along the way!

Papa has given us such a gift, each other! And I'm grateful that we can enjoy this time together with Him.

I pray that where ever you are today and whatever you are doing, that you enjoy the journey with Him!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

A new journey

Life has it's twists and turns. We traveled that road for so many years! It reminds me of the days when Fred was in the military and we would drive across the U.S.. Leaving PA and going west we couldn't see the road 1/2 mile ahead of us but when we got to the midwest and west, we could see for miles and miles!!!

We have just made a new life decision. No longer are we going to travel the same road. We are leaving the land of "normal". The land of knowing day to day. The land of routine. And since we are no "spring chickens", we have been traveling this way a lonnnnnnng time.

What is life like outside of "normal"? To us it is a foreign land. It's like flying to a new country, coming in at the airport and now what? I'm not even sure we speak the same language.

But here is what I do know! We am not alone! My God has brought us out and my God will bring us in! I also know that He knows what we need. If He takes care of the birds of the air and the lily's of the field, He knows us! He will watch over us and guide us. Where? I don't know but He knows. And perhaps where isn't really important. Perhaps the journey is the important thing and who we meet and what we do when we meet them.

It might be nice to consider this a never ending vacation from normal. But vacations have a tendency to be all about getting away to rest and play. I do know that rest is a great aspect of leaving the land of normal and the normal busyness of each day. I really don't think we are leaving normal to go to vacation. I know we aren't leaving normal to go to retirement. I am not a fan of that word. It reminds me of old people in Florida standing in buffet lines. I'm not going there!!! It seems boring and selfish if you ask me.

I want to climb the mountain of the Lord, I want to soar great heights with Him. I want to discover Kingdom living, and do mighty exploits, slay giants and see what I've never seen before. I want to live in a place that is never normal! In this world but not of it!

So, from today, I will "Trust in the Lord with all my heart, lean not on my own understanding, in all my ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct my path". (Proverbs 3:5-6) Let the adventure begin!!