SAY YOUR NAME -We like it!

The story is that there was a really pretty nurse named Carolyn, who served where my Dad served as a Pharmacist’s Mate, Third Class —  at the U.S. Naval Hospital at Aiea Heights, Oahu, Hawaii.  Dad joined the Navy when he was 17 – so if he looks young in the picture — well, he was!

When he came back to his hometown in Illinois, there was a new lady at his church that caught his eye – she too was a nurse, very pretty, and they fell in love with each other.  She just happened to be the one who would become his wife, and my Mom.  I was their second child, and since they both liked the name they agreed to call me “Carolyn” !  🙂

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Friends are such a very special gift! I thought I’d write a little poem to post today.

Friends are special gifts from God.
And so I’d like to say this prayer:
“Thank you, God for each dear Gift,
And bless each one — a Gem so rare!”
C. Justice – 02/03/16

I am posting a collage with pictures of friends doing things with me at variuos times over the past few months (so I’m not in most of the pictures, since I take terrible selfies)!  It’s funny, butal most all of them were taken around tables – where we’d been eating! 


One final collage that I used just last week (I put up a collage daily on Facebook with Scripture and other quotes on varying themes). CLOSE UP FACIAL IMAGES, ETC

 Have a blessed day … and week. I’ll visit around the remainder of the week. 

Adopted for Eternity.....Carolyn

Our 2015 is past; here’s to 2016!

Like most of this past year … I’ve been behind (or non-existent here, & other places). Not being one to like to fail, I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions … but I do make goals. So a goal that I have is to be better about coming over here on WordPress – to write some, but especially to see how my friends here are doing. Happy belated – 2016! So – here is the letter that my husband and I wrote this year (& am just now getting out)!


Each December is a good time to reflect on the many blessings from God throughout the year as it draws to a close. How appropriate to also observe a day to honor the birth of the Son of God who came in the flesh to be the Savior of all who will believe in him. What a wonderful way to look ahead to the new year of 2016, knowing that the Lord has promised eternal life through grace by faith in His Son!

*Isaiah 43:11 (AMPC) “I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no Savior.”**Luke 2:10-11 (BSB) “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.'”

*** 1 John 5:10-12 (NIV) “Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

MEDICAL STUFF: Carolyn had another year of dealing with chronic pain, and the left shoulder became a severe problem beginning in February. After having PT and then several rounds of cortisone treatments, it finally resulted in arthroscopic surgery on December 3rd mainly to remove large amounts of arthritis. She also had some additional treatments of cortisone injections for rib pain. Carolyn’s brother Don provided transportation for appointments for both Carolyn and Mom Bonnell, and additional errands throughout the year since Carolyn had limitations on her driving. The excellent health care in Springfield, and the many kinds of help and visits from family and friends brought blessings to us even during times of difficulty.

SPECIAL VISITSSUMMER – In June, we had a lovely visit with the Shaun Justice family. It was great to have special time visiting with him and the children, while Melissa spent a “Girls’ Day Out” with our Marci. In August – Dear family frends, Jim & Polly Prieto, visited with us all, and shared their musical talents with us. These dear folk date back to our years in the Philippines, and Mom & Dad Bonnell were their “Ninong & Ninang” at their wedding (godparents – who stood with them at the wedding). Through the years they have continued serving God with preaching, music, church planting, and much more. 

FALL – On September 5th , we made our only “long-distance” travel, since this too is something that causes more pain for Carolyn now. We enjoyed a lovely supper with Marci & Gary in Columbus, and spent two overnights at a nice hotel suite. We were within a half hour from Shaun & Melissa, and so each of the three days (5th – 7th) we were able to enjoy some time with them and he grandchildren. In November, Mom’s Grandson Stephen and his younger daughter Kendall (almost 2) – from Maryland, surprised her with a two day visit. We all enjoyed the time they spent here. Later in November – Former students, and still friends 🙂 – Nicole, Sarah, & Lisa came over to visit, dye hair, and enjoy lunch together. 

WINTER – Carolyn had shoulder surgery on Dec. 3rd, was wearing a sling, and so couldn’t do much for the first two weeks after that… SO … during that period of time friends from church provided meals 3 times per week for us. December 11th – Nicole spent time doing extensive decorating for Christmas, and enjoyed sharing food and fellowship together. Then on December 18th, SURPRISE! Nicole, Lisa, & Lisa’s two children came for a visit bearing gifts and lunch. It was a fun time together! December 24 – Our annual family time of celbrating Christmas together. As always, we enjoyed the time with everyone.

ACTIVITIESCarolyn and Mom Bonnell participated as much as possible in Ladies seasonal weekly Bible study, and in a special fall retreat for the Ladies and guests of Cornerstone. They also enjoy reading lots of books together here at home. Mom surprised us with NETFLIX so that Mike and Carolyn could watch movies on “Date Night!” Mike regularly attends the Men’s Bible Study at Cornerstone, and has added 32 Bible studies to his website. Carolyn enjoys sharing personal news and encouragement with many friends on Facebook. Mom has a ministry of sending cards to many people for encouragement and for special occasions, and she does a lot of Email communication as well. For all of us in the home, it is very important to be consistently reading and studying the Bible to remind us of our need to lay up treasure in Heaven, and not to be pulled away by the distractions and discouragements of this present world. We want to be patient and trust that the Lord is working out His plans according to his perfect will. Whatever the new year brings, God is in control and Heaven awaits those who have placed their faith in the true and living God.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 (NIV) “We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord for ever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”

Have a blessed year in 2016! 

​Mike and Carolyn Justice

A special day – or 2 or 3

I wrote this introduction on Facebook for a collage and some videos of our special day on Monday, August 10th.

Today was such a very special day for us. We had visitors for a couple of hours this morning. Dad & Mom were the Ninong and Ninang (Godparents) for the wedding of Rev. Jaime & Mrs. Polly Prieto. (That makes them part of our family, and us part of theirs!)
Over the years we have been able to connect here in the U.S. several times, and of course through FB & letters…. but today we had the privilege of sharing hugs, music, prayers, and just wonderful fellowship. I taped 8 songs, plus more which I shall share some of that perhaps tomorrow.
For now, here are some pictures I got of my Kuya Jaime and Ate Polly (mga kapatid — siblings – sign of respect: Kuya = older brother, and Ate = older sister). How we love our precious Prieto’s! They are such godly servants of God, and have begun many churches here in the U.S. & in Philippines, shared their musical gifts, written books, and so much more. Maraming salamat po (Thank you very much!) You made our day!!

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The Prieto’s sang (while Ate Polly played her accordion) several songs both in English and in Tagalog.  We even sang along on a few!  Here is one of the songs they sang together. You can see both my husband and my mother enjoying the singing, as I panned the camera across the room.

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For those who have followed me (back on Xanga) over the years since Dec. 2004 or after, you know how I love to share about my three grandchildren.  That baby back in 2004 is now a 5th grader!  Here is her first day of school, her brother’s (& best friend’s) first day of preschool, and 2 year old sister just getting into the picture, too!  Shaun, Lissa, & fam7

Well, I’m ending this post with the collage I put up tonight, and then I’m heading off to bed.  Goodnight Friends.

Dotty Bonnell


I haven’t been doing much by way of blogging, as those of you who follow me know.  Nor have I been around much to visit. It seems that ever since I retired, I don’t find myself  with a good schedule. I need to figure out what I am going to do and when.

Although I am not teaching, I am finding myself learning more about computer. My mom uses computer mainly to correspond, but when something goes wrong, or she forgets something, or needs something downloaded or made more accessible (she has low-vision) … quite often I’m the one to do it, or to try and figure things out to fix the problem. If I really have problems, I call on my husband — or my brother who only lives a few blocks away from us.

Three and one half weeks ago, my husband and I decided to begin dieting. I’ve lost five pounds in the first two weigh-ins, and he has lost almost as much (he has less to lose though). Our decision to get healthier has encouraged my brother to lose weight, too.  It is nice because while we are all working on the diet we encourage each other and share food products and recipes with each other.

Teaching has always been a ministry for me… and now I have a couple of different ministries. One is taking care of and reading to my mom (as well as my husband of course). The other is that I try to encourage people daily with remembering birthdays (& anniversaries when I know them). sharing a collage a day that I put on Facebook, praying for the requests that people share with me, and even sharing some counsel with those who request it of me. So… I will again share with you some of the ones that I have put up the last several days. I hope that you are encouraged and enjoy them as well.


I hope you have a great week, and that I get around more this week. 

A Busy Week Full of Celebrations and Other Things

Sunday, July 12th, we celebrated our older son’s 37th birthday by enjoying a great meal at Red Lobster!  (His choice; one of my favorite places to eat, too!) My husband, brother, mom, and I enjoyed our time and repast together!  

Four days later, my brother came over with his treat — Fazoli’s – a smorgasbord of Italian cuisine…. and set up for us the gift that my mom had purchased for Mike and my 39th wedding anniversary — Netflix with a Roku box and remote.  Our actual anniversary was the next day, Friday, the 17th. We went our for a meal and a movie, and then came back home and watched a second movie using our gift from Mom!  Here are some pictures I put up on my Facebook this past week.

I was thinking back to earlier … there were three friends who had close family die … I had a bout of bronchitis … which I’m happy to say is gone now, and we had LOTS of rain! I guess that is about all that I remember happening since the last time that I posted here. The last picture is the offering for this evening (or for Tuesday morning).  God bless you my friends!                       

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My Laptop Returns!

Hello, my friends. I am back in business after two weeks plus without my laptop. I used my mom’s some each day, and I had my Kindle, but now I have my own computer back again!  Our friendly computer doc had sent off to get a new screen for my laptop. The computer was fine, but the screen was going out.  It took more than twice as long as it should have, because the company sent him the wrong screen for the laptop.

So in honor of the laptop’s return, I have some computer humor to share, plus a couple of my other collages that I put up daily on Facebook. I enjoy sharing encouragement from God’s Word, some great quotes, and at times humor and cuteness to bless my friends (and myself, too).  I hope to get around to see you in the next couple of days.  Sunday we are taking our older son out to Red Lobster for his birthday meal. A favorite place for him, and for his mom! 🙂


Facebook - July 10 (and also for WP)

Use for Saturday, May 9 FB, & July 11, WP