Happy Father’s Day

SO …. I had hoped to put up something earlier, but my laptop’s screen is being funky, and will need to be replaced . . . hopefully this coming week. Half of the screen disappears, and I end up having to “smack it” and “massage” it to get it to behave.

So … tomorrow is Sunday, Father’s Day, and my brother’s birthday. We are getting together after church to have barbecued pulled pork sandwiches, green bean casserole, potatoes au gratin, and coffee cake for dessert.  The collages that I am posting now are the ones which I shall post on FB this evening … and the birthday card is what I posted on my brother’s FB site this evening. (Our whole family is amused by puns, and so I thought I would share the fun with you, too!)   I hope you each have a wonderful week ahead. God bless you each one.  🙂



June – delights

June is here, and we are finally getting really warm weather now.  Rainy like spring. Sometimes cool weather, and some days summery – like high 80’s and low 90’s weather.  Something for everyone … kind of a season/weather buffet!

Most exciting news around here is that our son brought his three kids over to see Grandpa and Grandma. (Their mommy and our daughter had made a spa date that day.) Shaun and the three kiddos had lunch with us, and stayed for four hours. What a delight! 🙂 We celebrated Quinn’s birthday (she was to turn TWO later in the week), and thoroughly enjoyed visiting with them all. I let the two older kids use my camera, and they had fun taking videos, selfies, and other pictures. 

I put up a collage per day on my Facebook page, read to Mom daily, and am studying Spanish (which I have done before, but I really needed to learn more), and very recently added French (because of my friend Michel). The French is a real challenge, because there are so many different sounds and spellings which are so different from English. I’d love to pick up a little bit of some other languages, too, but I don’t think I will ever be fluent in any of them; still it is good to be continually learning things.

Below I have a couple of the collages – one of our birthday girl and one of my nightly collages.  Then I will treat myself with visiting my WP friends Have a great week! 

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I am making WordPress my new home for blogging.  I have been with Xanga for many years, and loved it there, but over the past year and 1/2, I have decided that since it is no longer free, or Prime membership went up so much, that I would make the change permanent.

I have not been around here for some time. I keep up on Facebook, but it isn’t blogging. I just haven’t felt like blogging much, but I am going to try to start afresh and put something up once  a week, or every other week at least.

Our daughter Marci sent this piece to us that was on the local news (Columbus, OH)… she is the second one interviewed. Yep, proud Mom & Dad. 🙂

Tiny, endangered mussel has a big impact on local bridge project.

Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial weekend. My dad uncles, and brother, my husband’s dad and one of his brothers, and our younger son & his wife (and most of her family) … and so many more of family and friends … have served our country in the military, so this day means a lot to us.  Thank you to all of those who gave their lives so that we could live in a free land.



This past Sunday was Easter Sunday when we celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection. The truth is that every day of every year, we can celebrate the fact that our Savior not only died on the cross for our sins, but rose again and is alive today! 

Lauren Michelle Kelly in fieldToday is the birthday of Lauren Michelle Kelly.  I would like to thank all of my friends on the Xanga and WordPress blogs who prayed for her. Today she is spending her first Birthday in Heaven with her Lord.

 The following is the obituary that appeared in the local paper… and after that is the birthday remembrance card that I made and put up on her FB site.  Please remember her family in your prayers.

Just after midnight on Thursday, March 26, 2015, heaven’s gates opened for a very special angel, Lauren Michelle Kelly. At her bedside to say good-bye were her parents, Loren David Kelly and Debbie Lynn Kelly, her brothers Steven (Jennifer), Jared Brooks, and her sisters, Tracie Eilerman (Mike), and Mary Beth Pagano (Matt).

Lauren was born on April 8, 1991, with a devastating genetic disease, cystic fibrosis (CF). In spite of her serious health condition, Lauren accomplished many things in her brief 23 years. She played softball and was the Red Birds 1999 Batting Champion. She had a short stint playing soccer, but had breathing difficulties due to all the running. She participated in gymnastics and dance through Showtime Productions.

Her greatest passion, though, was riding and showing paint horses. In the summer of 2010, she was named the winner of the American Junior Paint Horse Association Youth Member of the Year. She won a Gist belt buckle and a $1,000 scholarship.

She did not start showing horses until she was 13. She had allergies and due to her respiratory constraints, she was told that it was not wise to be around horses.

Lauren’s life mission was to make sure no one would look at her and say, “Yeah, that girl has CF.” To her, riding symbolized freedom and victory.

Lauren ran her own graphic design business, LMKdesign.org, which she founded when she was 13 years old. Many of her ads were featured in equine magazines.
She was a finalist in novice youth HUS at the APHA Youth World Show in 2008. Her last year in youth, she and Chaps (Sheik Sock Broker) were #5 in the nation in Youth 14-18 HUS.

As her health deteriorated, she focused on academics. She graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Lewis and Clark Community College in December 2014 and was President of her class. She passed both her clinical and written board exams. She was a peer mentor to many students through both the Dental Assisting Program and the Dental Hygiene Program.

Her motto has always been to say, ‘I can do anything I set my mind to.’ She believed the only real barriers in life are ones that you put up for yourself. How high you have to climb to get over those barriers differs, butLauren believed it could be done. Sadly, cystic fibrosis provided an insurmountable barrier and Lauren’s lungs failed before she could receive a lung transplant.

Lauren was passionate about being an organ donor. Her final gift was the gift of her kidneys. She was loved and will be remembered by family and friends throughout the United States. She has named her memorial as Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Gateway Chapter) for whom she did graphics work. Bereavement, Comfort1


March 12, 2015


    It’s been awhile since I have posted (again)!  So much has happened… and continues to happen.

    Life is meant to be lived to the fullest – and one man who did just that is Tom, the husband of our dear friend Gracia – a.k.a. Ata_Grandma went Home to Heaven on Friday, Feb. 27th. My husband Mike and I had the privilege of meeting Tom and Gracia in person one summer day in August of 2011. What wonderful, gracious people they are!  My prayers are with Gracia and the rest of the family at this time of great loss to them, and great gain for Tom as he has joined the Savior  Whom he served while here on earth.  So today I want to celebrate this  friend who will have his next birthday (April 7) in Heaven.  2011-08-13

    The next person that I want to celebrate is a friend who many of us know here on Xanga… Michel Fauquet.  He has become such a blessing to me just by knowing him. I appreciate his stories, art, pictures, musical abilities, his family, and his knowledge & wisdom.   Michel in hospital - March 2015

    Another friendship that was first made on Xanga has her birthday today as well. Sara – who has had several Xanga names over the years.  She was my first friend from Australia, and over the years our friendship has grown by leaps and bounds. She doesn’t blog anymore, but via Facebook we continue to build our friendship.  Here is a picture that I put up on her FB page this evening (her afternoon). It is a collage of two other people that both of us know from Xanga days. One time when Paula visited me (from Texas to Ohio), we met with Chris (also from Ohio). So I just added Sara’s picture into the collage with the rest of us. :-)    2012-08-211

     Life continues as I learn of friends I’ve known through the years whose lives have been changed by critical illnesses, divorce, and more. These things have burdened my heart… yet these too are a part of life.  One of my friends, Debbie needs a kidney to be able to live a full life. Another of my friends is a young lady in her 20’s who has Cystic Fibrosis. Each day and throughout the day, I look for updates from her mom –  a dear high school friend of mine.  Her daughter Lauren needs two lungs in order to live. She is in ICU at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis on life support, waiting for those lungs. Please pray for my friends, and for the needed life-saving organs. As I write this, I am making a plea for people to sign up to be organ donors (if not already). I thought that I had already done so, but I made sure of it on the evening of March 11th. Hopefully one day when my life is transferred from earth to Heaven, my body parts can be of some use to others – such as these friends of mine.  This reminds me of the approaching Easter season, so I close with one final picture with the timeless message of love of our God for this fallen world.  

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Goodbye to a Friend … and Thoughts on Being Used to Give a Godly Touch to Others

I don’t have a lot of news to report, all though I am doing better than I had been physically. Pain is just a part of life, but I’m so thankful that it isn’t as bad as it had been.

 Sometimes Xanga friends become WordPress and Facebook friends too. One of those was John Childress – “Inciteful” — whom I know that some of you others knew as well.  John is no longer with us; and my heart goes out to all of his family and friends who were especially close to him … he was a real family man, and in the short time I became acquainted with him, I grew to appreciate his posts and pictures.  I had gone to his FB site to wish him a “Happy Birthday” on February 18th, only to find that he had died on the 8th.  Here is his obituary.  John, you will be much missed.

I read a good devotional  called “A Godly Touch” – an excerpt from Max Lucado’s book, Just Like Jesus.   The devotional was based on Matthew 8:3 – “Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man and said, ‘I will. Be healed.’ ”  Excellent!  Here it is:

      Oh, the power of a godly touch. Haven’t you known it? The doctor who treated you, or the teacher who dried your tears? Was there  a hand holding yours at a funeral? Another on your shoulder during a trial? A handshake of welcome at a new   job?  . . .  Can’t we offer the same?  

Many of you already do. Some of you have the master touch of the Physician himself. You use your hands to pray over the sick and minister to the weak. If you aren’t touching them personally, your hands are writing letters, dialing phones, baking pies. You have learned the power of a touch.                                                                              

But others of us tend to forget. Our hearts are good; it’s just that our memories are bad. We forget how significant one touch can be … Aren’t we glad Jesus didn’t make the same mistake?”

Over my lifetime I have blessed with many of those godly touches … they often come when least expected, and from all sorts of places. Many of you my friends and family who will see this are among those who have touched me in special ways. Thank you. It is not way past time for me to come around and visit all of you NOW!   

And on we go . . .

February 1, 2015

  • And on we go . . .

    Can you believe it? As I write this, and I look at the time on my computer, I realize that we have already just said goodbye to January, 2015!  Where has the time gone? I’ve decided to show where my time has been going via pictures.

    Preparing meals, baking (different recipes for) bread on my breadmaker, reading books to both Mom and myself, correspondence, and I am starting to have the ability to get out a little each week (usually every -other -day) to visit with friends, do errands, etc.  What I cannot do: drive too much, do too much in a day, being on foot (or on chairs) for too long, shopping for very long (i.e. – a full grocery trip is still a no-no), etc. Having said that, here are the pictures with short captions.

    Have a wonderful February! I’ll be seeing you around at your blogs. Until later …

    My friend Lisa custom made these for me. She is SO talented! Lots of friends babies are being born this year, so ... I can keep Lisa pretty busy!!My friend Lisa custom made these for me. She is SO talented! Lots of friends babies are being born this year, so … I can keep Lisa pretty busy!!  


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