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Showing posts from April, 2011

Royal Weddings

Weddings are beautiful events!  This morning I was up at six so I turned on the TV just in time to see K*te Middl*t*n arriving at Westminster Abbey.  She was so beautiful in her modest, yet it showed off her figure nicely. The ceremony was good.  And I loved the way they decorated the Abbey with trees.  I dare say that will become a trend for weddings!  

The priest said something I liked....that on any man and woman's wedding day they are royalty for the day.  That is so true!  Little girls dream of the day they will walk down the aisle to meet their handsome prince.  For one day they get to wear the most gorgeous dress they will probably ever own, throw a party just the way they want it, and show the world how much they love each other.

We went to a wedding last weekend.  No, the bride and groom weren't royalty, but they were for a day.  The couple were just as radiant as today's royal couple were.  Their ceremony was special and their reception was fun. Their …

The Colors of Spring

I LOVE spring!  I think it's because I don't really like winter.  I think snow storms are fun and snow is beautiful.  But I get so tired of the short, dark days and the cold.  So when spring comes with its warmer, longer, brighter days, I feel like I've been given new life.

I love how spring and Easter come at the same time.  It's easy to think Easter is all about the pretty spring colors, candy, bunnies, and Easter eggs.  But it's Christ's resurrection from the dead.  It's new life for the plants around us, but more importantly, new life for all who put their trust in Jesus.

Last Sunday I went for a walk on the campus and these are some of the pictures I took that show the colors of spring.....purple, pink, coral, red, yellow, not to mention all the shades of green.

That's why I love spring!

 This weekend I want to focus on leaving behind my old, dead life and concentrate on living a new life.  "Create in me a pure heart, oh Lord, and rene…

More Sightseeing

A few weeks ago, Al and Judy came to visit.  Al and Judy were John's youth leaders back when he was in high school and had a huge impact on John, contributing to making him the man of God that he is.  They have their own motor home, so they stayed at a park, but came over for supper one night.  Then the next day we went sight-seeing in DC.

We went to some places where we'd never been.  First we went to the National Gallery of Art.  The museum is actually two buildings connected with tunnels.  We went down this moving sidewalk that was really cool with the lights surrounding it.  At the end there was a dispay with a gondola.  This picture was taken right before Al and I got in trouble for touching it. I've long known I'm a visual learning, but I didn't know what a tactile learner I was until recently.  It seems I have to touch things to see how they feel to really get a full sense of the thing being examined.  I didn't know this until I've gotten in trouble t…

Just Ordinary People

I've been using a devotional book called Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler and Jean E. Syswerda.  Last week the study was about Rahab.  When you think of it, it's pretty amazing how God uses ordinary, un-likely people like Rahab.  She was a prostitute, yet she manifested great faith in God.  God saved her life in the defeat of Jericho and she even ends up in Jesus' genealogy.  I loved this quote:
"The story of Rahab reveals ....God's willingness to use the less than perfect, the outcast, what we might see as the unsuitable to accomplish his holy purposes. Throughout Scripture, with what can almost be seen as divine humor, God chooses a stutterer to speak for him (Moses), and infertile woman to be the mother of a nation (Sarah), a weakling to defend him (Gideon), a forgettable youngest son to be the most unforgettable king of his people (David), an unknown youngster to be the mother of his son (Mary), and a persecutor to take the gospel to the nations (Paul)."

One off the Bucket List

One of the things I've always wanted to see is the cherry blossom time in Washington DC. So, when we heard our friends, Sharon and Ed, were coming for a visit, we told them to try to come during the cherry blossom time.  Ed had heart surgery in January, but thankfully he was recovered enough to make the trip down here from PA.

It seems like we have always known Ed and Sharon. Their two sons are close in age to our two kids.  In fact, my first memory of Sharon is talking with her while we nursed our babies in the church nursery.  Ed and John have spent time praying with each other and being accountable to each other.  Sharon's home is always open and she is a GOOD cook!  They live about a mile from Missionary Retreat Fellowship where we spend our home assignments, so our kids were often over there or theirs were at our place.  They have become such good friends that they seem like family.  We are that comfortable with them.

This past Saturday we spent the day together in DC.  I…

Updating my kitchen

This time returning to Niger we are going to ship as much as possible on a container.  Everything I am putting on the container needs to be in Florida by May 1st.  That means I have this month to pack and finish shopping.  And I really need to get it done by April 22 when we go to GA for a wedding.  Then I can ship it off to FL when we get back from the wedding.

For years I have had a wreath in my kitchen in Niger.  My decorating colors are red, so this wreath fit in nicely.  I had it above my kitchen desk in can see it there behind me.  Then when we moved to Niamey it found its home above the stove.  You can barely see it there behind the fridge.  Well, you know how kitchen decorations get kind of cruddy after awhile with kitchen grease and all, not to mention the extra layer of dust that settles on everything in Niger.  So, since I've had it for about 15 years and it has passed its prime, I've decided it's time for a new look.

So, you get to help me decide.  Wh…