Friday, April 29, 2011

I Hope It's Happily Ever After!

Here I am with My Prince Charming...Once Upon a Time!

Every little girl dreams of marrying a Prince and becoming a Princess. At least I know I did when I was a little girl. So, this 60 yr. old "antique little girl"...was delighted to be able to watch this fairy tale wedding. I thought it was wonderful. They looked so happy, and fairly relaxed. I loved Kate's dress, and the simple elegance of it, and her veil too. She has such a natural beauty. And every time I look at Prince William I see a little bit of his beautiful mother. I am hoping they will live happily ever after aren't you????

Today Is Six Word Saturday:

I Hope It's Happily Ever After!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wednesday's Walk Down Memory Lane

Today for Wednesday's Walk I thought I would show you all a picture of me and my three girls back in the early 1970's. This is one of the very few pictures I have from this time of my life, because there was a break in, and among the stuff that was stolen were albums full of pictures. Most of my kids baby pictures were gone! So sad.

The girls were about 6, 5, and 1. And I was in my early twenties. And even though I loved my children very much, this was a very hard time of my life, and I was seperated, working, on assistance, and barely getting by. Hard times indeed.

But I know that the Lord kept us and brought us through, because He had a wonderful plan for our lives. Even though I was not living for Him at that time....He knew that we would all commit to Him in the future. Thank you Lord for watching after us!

Today is the last Wednesday's Walk...and I would like to thank Jenilee for hosting this memory blog hop. If you would like to link up a memory, just click on the button below.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Six Word Saturday... Dangers Of Soy

Soy Is Not A Health Food!
These are my six words today.

Please read this article...and all other links too...and save your family from the dangers of soy....especially your babies from soy formula. You will be amazed. "Genetically Modified" are two words to fear! Soy is a brain toxin! And can cause so many health issues.

Eat whole foods...because soy is in pre-packaged foods! Read labels!

Click here:

The Dangers of Soy

Don't remain in the dark...we need to know what is happening in the food industry.

Then come back here and click on the button below to join in with Cate with your six words for today! She'll tell you what it's all about.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Watch the Lamb

The message is still true...even though I have found out since I posted this that the messenger (singer) has gone astray. Pray for him...and keep your eyes on The Lamb!

Have a Blessed Easter!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

What Is On Your Bucket List?

What Is On Your Bucket List?

What is on your bucket list
Of things you'd like to do?
Before you pass from this old world
And heaven welcomes you

Do you want to share your faith
And lead someone to God?
What keeps you from reaching out
The fear they'll think you're odd?

Have you reached your hand out
To someone who's in need?
Or does something always hold you back...
Something known as greed!

Sacrificial giving...
Can make you feel so good
Is it on your bucket list
To give the way you should?

What about forgiveness?
Are there people on your list?
Those who need forgiveness...
But you constantly resist

What about commitment?
To others and to Him...
Are you afraid to surrender?
Do you live life on a whim?

Do you find that you are faithful?
Or do you let things slide?
Sometimes the lack of faithfulness
Can be the result of pride

Do you practice kindness?
To your children and your mate?
Or does selfishness detour you...
Always making others wait

Would the things on your bucket list...
Show what's really in your heart?
Would God be disappointed with that list
Right from the start?

Why not crumple it...And toss it...
And start your list anew
And when you write your bucket list
Think of what God wants from you!

Or better yet...let Him write it
No bucket list could match His plans
He has thrills, and chills, and amazements
All gifts from His loving hands!

Written by Linda Hogeland
April 2011

(I want to thank Debra for giving me The Versatile Blogger award! Click on her name to give her a visit!)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday's Walk/ Everyday with Jesus!

I just haven't been doing anything very interesting since my last post, so I haven't been blogging for a few days. I thought to myself..."Nothing much to blog about". Then I saw Jenilee's Wednesday's Walk, telling us what she and her hubby do when they go on dates. She said she even considered "exercising together" or "reading together" a date of sorts.....just meaning it was time spent together.

Well that made me think of all the things that my husband and I do together. Since we are retired, they are just everyday things...and yet some of them are so special to me.

I get up earlier than my husband, so each morning he comes in and finds me on the computer. He comes over and gives me a morning kiss! I love that he does that. It's like he makes me feel loved right from the start of the day.

Then he goes in to get coffee and usually brings me a cup too. I will ask him how he slept and if he is feeling good...and he does the same with me. (Some days we just wake up not feeling well.... or we are stiff or sore. Or we may not have slept well, so we just want to check, to see how we feel before we plan our day.)

After breakfast we try to do morning devotions, and read the Bible and pray for people. (We miss a few days here and when he goes out to play golf or when one of us has a morning appointment.) But when we do them we pray for our kids and their kids, our extended family members, our friends and their families, and for the people on our Wednesday night prayer list from church. We also have a list of missionaries we pray for, and especially for 6 girls who are in ministry in various parts of the world.

Sometimes he prays and sometimes I do the praying, and some days we pray together, going back and forth. I also pray for the needs of my blog friends...and many of you are on my list permanently...while others are on the list as the needs are made known.

Sometimes we just spend time thanking the Lord for all of the answers to our prayers, (we have lots of answers), and for all that He does for us everyday. When we count our blessings it sometimes becomes so emotional when we dwell on God's goodness. It isn't uncommon for both of us to have tears in our eyes when we are done praying. That may sound corny...but it happens sometimes. God is just that wonderful. Anyway, that is just my very favorite time that we spend together.

This morning we had to take John's van in to get new brakes first thing, so we missed our regular devotion routine. I met up with him and we had breakfast at McDonalds and we just sat there and enjoyed chatting together over our coffee. You would think that retired people who are with each other 24/7 would run out of things to talk about...but surprisingly it is not true with us. As people grow older with each other, their love and friendship grows. It is such a comfortable feeling.

I depend so much on my husband. He is so good to me, that I sometimes wonder how I would ever get along if he were to go to heaven before me. I have even said that I hope I go before he does!

Don't get me wrong, I know the Lord would take care of me and help me...but seriously, I cannot even imagine my life without my sweet husband. really got me to thinking this morning about my wonderful husband... and I just kinda get carried away! But you see our lives have not always been like this. We had a time in our lives when we almost got a divorce.'s true. It is a time I don't like to dwell on. A time before my husband became a Christian.

John and I have been married for 35 years this July...but he has only been a Christian for the last 16 years. And I can truthfully say that after John got saved, he became a new creation in Christ. (We pray for those who have unsaved spouses, because we know that with God...all things are possible!) And these 16 years of having a "Christian" marriage have been so good. Even when we went through really hard times, and the times when we lost our grandchildren, we faced those times together through the power of Christ. What a difference it makes to have Christ as your strength when hard times come!

Yes, we have lost many loved ones in our lives, but especially over the last 6 or 7 years, and we still feel those losses very deeply. But God has been good to hold our hands and walk us through the valley of death. Not our valley of death of course...but the dark valley of the death of those we love. It helps so much to have a partner to share the load with. Not just the heavy burdens, but the everyday stresses of life too.

Well, I guess that is my Wednesday's Walk for today. But I do want to leave you with this thought. Everyday with Jesus, is sweeter than the day before!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Six Word Saturday

It's Six Word Saturday again and I thought I would tell you about my pleasant Friday afternoon...and post some pictures of my ride around town.

A Pleasant Friday Afternoon In Derby!

(Lots of small can click on them to enlarge!)

One of my favorite things to do is hang out at the Library, so I returned some books and checked out some more, and also a DVD and some CD's.

I went to Sonic and got a large Lemonade, popped the CD's in the player and went for a ride around town.

I was enjoying the neighborhood lakes and the flowering trees.

I saw some Garage Sale signs and decided to stop. I found a Pier One Tuscan looking yellow pitcher for a couple of dollars. It was marked 20.00 originally. And I bought some magazines for 25 cents.

The sky was such a pretty blue color and the clouds were white and fluffy! The Christian CD's were making my heart sing out to God as I was enjoying nature on my drive.

I decided to go to High Park and sit and enjoy the lovely weather and read those magazines, watch the ducks...and the people who were out and about.

Then I continued driving around our old neighborhoods where there are lots of mature trees...and I was sad to see that the people who lived in our house from 30 years ago had cut down the huge Sweet Gum trees that we loved so much.

Can you see them lying there in the front yard all chopped up? That made me sad. People used to walk by and admired them in the Fall and always asked me what kind of trees they were because they were so pretty.

Then I drove by our second house were we lived for almost twenty years. It was on a corner lot with lots of trees. It was a two story house with nearly 4000 sq. feet, including the basement. But after 20 years of climbing the stairs and keeping that clean and doing all of the yard up keep, we decided to build a smaller house with a smaller yard.


So we picked out a lot by the golf course and built this house 4 years ago.

I enjoy the creeping phlox. I love my rock that says..."Jesus Is My Rock!"

We still need to do some more outside and hope to do some more trees and landscaping this Spring, or Fall. But we are Happy in our Home Sweet Home.

We love our town of Derby. And I like the retired life. I especially like to enjoy these special days when I can just appreciate life and count my many blessings!

What are your Six Words for this Saturday? Click on the button at the top and link up with Cate!