Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Blogging Has Taken A Backseat In My Life

There was a time when I loved blogging.  It was a fun way for me to express my feelings, tell stories from my childhood, share events that were happening in the lives of my kids and grandkids...and I enjoyed it so much! Somewhere along the way blogging took a backseat in my life...and I didn't even see it coming!

When I joined facebook in 2008, it seemed like it was a quick way to post pictures and a short review of things that were happening on a day to day basis, and a place where I could keep up with friends and family. I guess it seemed more simple...and just easier for me.  But all of that said, I think I do miss my blog friendships and all of their stories and decorating posts and meme's.  So the other day I tried to sign into my blog...and couldn't find it on my new computer!  It seems when we got set up, somehow I was blocked out of my blog...and I couldn't figure out how to get back in!  So, when my adult granddaughter Abigail recently visited from California I asked her to help me...and here I am again!

The problem with my new computer is that I don't know how to use it very well...and also there are no pictures in this computer yet.  It stores things in a cloud...and I have no idea what that means...or how to do it!  Ha!  This poor 66 year old isn't tech savvy at all...and I always have to ask for help!  Are any of you in the same boat?  It is just so hard to teach an old dog new tricks!  At least that is how it is with me!

I did discover how to put this picture from my blog at the top of this post a little bit ago...
but when trying to add another one here in the middle, I can't quite figure it out.  So the Birthday balloons are for my granddaughter Adelynn Rose who turns 17 today!  :)  Yup...she can get her license now!  She has loved driving with her mom with her permit...but now she can actually drive on her own!

Isn't it wonderful when each new stage of life brings it's blessings?!  I do enjoy seeing each of our grandkids reach new goals and in fact, our oldest grandson just got married last Saturday to his beautiful and precious Maria!  We rejoice with them as they start their new life together in California.

Oh hallelujah...I got a picture to post here in the right place!  Wonders never cease!  Ha!
This is a picture of Jared when he went to a movie premiere to celebrate his music compositions that were in the film.  He is a wonderful composer.  But as I said there are no recent pictures stored in this computer yet, so only ones from previous blog posts are available, and so I can't post the ones of his new bride!

Here's Adelynn in the black sweater!  And her sister Julia too.
Happy 17th Birthday Adelynn Rose!  This picture is from a few years ago.  Grandma loves my kiddos!

Ok...well I guess that's all for today!  I hope I will find my way back to blogging at some point!
Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Counting our Blessings! (Our Grandson made it through tragic shootings at his workplace!)

What a scare we had last Thursday when a gunman opened fire on a lawnmower factory where our grandson was working in Hesston, Kansas.  There were a couple hundred men and women in there doing their jobs, when one of their own, burst into the shop with guns and went on a rampage killing and wounding people as they frantically ran for their lives.  Our grandson heard the bullets flying past him and the guy behind him got shot in the leg as they were running. 

It was a call from our daughter that alerted us to the danger our 20 year old grandson was in.  She wanted to call us before we saw it on the news.  She quickly told us that her son had fled to a back part of the building with everyone else that was being told to run for safety because there was a shooter.  He called his mom and told her he was ok...but from where they were hiding, he had no idea if the shooter was still in there shooting, or if he had been brought down.  We turned on the news and held our breath as we watched the chaos on TV.  Then we started praying and begging God to help the police to capture the shooter so that our grandson, and all of the others would be safe.

The brave chief of police went in on his own and was fired upon, and as the bullet exchange went on, the shooter was hit, and killed.  It was quite awhile before everything was checked out, and figured out by the police as to whether there were anymore shooters etc., and eventually the wounded were taken to surrounding hospitals and medical centers...and some were taken there by helicopter.

I sat in a daze as we watched for several hours and heard the details of how this all came about.  (The man had shot people along the road and in the parking lot before he got inside the factory.)  People were telling the stories of what they saw and heard, and how people were lying in the ditch along the side of the road, and in the parking lot.  The workers were so shook up and all they wanted to know was if their co-workers and friends were ok.  It was such a nightmare.

People like us were glued to the TV hoping to see our loved ones walk out unharmed.
It was such a terrible thing...and our hearts go out to all of those who lost their loved ones...and to all who found out that their loved ones had been injured.

A few days have passed now, and I am still counting our blessings that our grandson and his friends are safe.  But we still can't believe that such a terrible thing has happened in small town Kansas.  It seems that no place is safe from harm...and we just never know what can happen do we?

I tell you what sure makes you want to let your loved ones know how very much they mean to you, and just how very much you love them.  This grandson of ours had been living with us since he was 18, and we saw him on a daily basis, but he got his own place a few months ago, and so we have been missing him...but we are happy that he and a couple of his buddies have been able to get a place of their own.  We pray for them every day.  We pray for good things in their lives...and for God's protection.  We are so thankful that God did protect him on this tragic occasion.  And now I pray that the terror he went through will fade as the days go by, and that peace will come to him.  This grandma wishes she could make it all go away...and that I could erase it from his memory...but of course I cannot.

Each day we have to trust, hope, and pray, that all of the people who have been through this will lean on God, family, friends and each other...and get through this together.