There is so much for which to be thankful every single day!
1. I am thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. . . for a Home in Heaven where someday I will see my dad again, for my Bible from which I know what God wants for me, as well as for prayer so that I can share with Him.
2. I am thankful for my family: Mom being with us, our three children, three grandchildren, and the most wonderful hubby in the world! [And sisters, brothers (incl. in-laws), nephews & nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc.]
3. I am thankful for my many friends (including friends from my Xanga, Facebook, in person, and church family)!
4. I am thankful for this country in which I live (the U.S.), as well as other countries around the world. It’s so wonderful the variety that God put into this world.
5. I’m thankful for health, good food, a nice home, and many things that make life fun and easier: books, t.v., music, computers, etc.
BE THANKFUL IN ALL
CIRCUMSTANCES . . . (I Thes. 5:18a)
On one or two different days, I decided to take some pictures of the beautiful trees and sky in our greater Springfield city area. We live just north of the city in a suburb, and often go into the city (about three minutes south of us). What enjoyment I received! What a great, creative Artist is our God . . . no human can match His work!
Our city is proud to be designated as a “Tree City.” Here is a website that explains all about it. TREE CITY
When I see the trees … so beautiful … I think of: 1. a Bible verse from Isaiah 55:12 (the whole chapter is wonderful!) ~ “You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands!” – and 2. a poem by Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
I am still journaling from back in October. One weekend, Mom gave Mike and me a very special gift. She paid for us to stay at a hotel so that we could have two days with our grandchildren. So we spent some time with the family, held our baby girl Quinn, and then took the two older children to a McDonalds for supper AND the fun playground there. When we returned the kids back to their home, we received permission to have Tristen spend the night with us at our hotel, and enjoy some swim time with Grandma.
Some of you know that I grew up in the Philippines — a child of missionary parents. This is my other home country and people of my heart. I know that everyone knows what my prayer request is …. it’s in the current news continually. Please pray for the people of the Philippines, especially in the areas in which the worst damage has been done in Tacloban City on the island of Leyte. The latest death count I’ve read is 4000, just in that city, and every structure in the city was destroyed. Many organizations are collecting money and supplies, and are being taken to the people, but the supplies and help are very slow in actually getting to the people. Two of the more famous organizations providing help are ~ 1. Samaritan’s Purse and 2. American Red Cross, if you would like to send financial help.
This past Monday was Veteran’s Day, and this year I have been attempting to tell each of my friends whom I am aware of being vets: “THANK YOU!”
Much has changed in our home since I last posted on Xanga. Things didn’t work out for Mom to go to the home we had planned for her…. and instead, we moved her into OUR home! So we spent three weeks — 6 days a week, all day long, turning my office/classroom of the past 16+ years into an empty room that could be cleaned, have new carpeting and curtains, and … Mom’s furniture. We also had the bathroom remodeled to take care of some termite damage, et al, and to make it handicapped accessible. Then on Sept. 20-22nd, we drove to IL, and then brought her back with us to HER NEW HOME. Here are a few of the adaptations.
Mom has a couple of very special ministries. She writes letters, and sends cards to inform, encourage, and bless the many people that she has on her contacts lists. She also is a real prayer warrior for many people… including lots of missionaries, preachers, and lay people who are serving God wherever they are.
We arrived with Mom on a Sunday, and the following Sunday she went with Mike and me to visit and have a birthday celebration for our oldest granddaughter at a restaurant in the Pickerington area. She hadn’t seen Tristen since she was 4 (it was her 9th birthday!), and had never seen in person our other two grandchildren — Brogan – age 3, and Quinn – age 4 mo. Here are 3 pictures from that day.
I shall try to do a better job of updating and visiting you – my friends who read my blog. My days of private teaching have been replaced with a different, busier type of busy … but it is a wonderful busy! (Did that make sense to anyone?) Next time I will share more of the great times and pictures that have kept me away from blogging. Meanwhile, I have my blogging friends (& FB friends, etc.) to visit. See you around!