Little Voices

Two of our SOWER couples are pulling out tomorrow and heading home,  so we had a lovely end-of-project luncheon today. After we had eaten we went around the table and each of us shared something we were thankful for.
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Family and the Oakridge community were high on the list of thanksgiving. I am indeed thankful for those things. But my thankfulness this day was headed in a slightly smaller direction.
While Lana and I were busy putting up Christmas decorations,
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three little ones were busy playing in the background.


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Listening to those little cousins playing and giggling and yes, sometimes even squabbling, did this Gramma’s heart good!

Four Days until Waco (3 grandboys)
Forty One Days until Columbus (7 grandkiddos)

Today I am thankful for leftovers

After a super busy (and let’s face it, super fun!) weekend, we started the week with a little weather surprise.
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Snow or no snow, we still had plenty to do. Two of us ladies were working on changing out the decorations in the dining hall.
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(True confession – this is a great way to finish off this project!)
Then we four SOWER ladies hosted a Tea Party for the ladies on staff at Oakridge.
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Of course, young Julia came too!
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Then after all the fun was done (and the dishes too!), we hung around with Natalie (not only part of the host family, but also a professional photographer) for a “photo shoot”.
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At any rate, by the time I got home I was beat. It was a good beat, but beat nonetheless! How beautiful it was that there, waiting in the refrigerator, were leftovers from the weekend!!!

So much to be thankful for today, but the first thing that came to mind as I started this post were those yummy (and now gone) leftovers!! (And of course, the birthday bounty that produced those leftovers!)

On this eleventh day of the eleventh month

we celebrate the end of World War I. Today is the 100th anniversary of the end of that “War to end all Wars”.  Originally called Armistice Day, it was renamed Veterans Day to honor the veterans of ALL wars. I’m thankful for those veterans, those who have fought in the past and those who are currently working to protect the freedoms we hold dear.
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Prayer for Veterans Day

God of peace,
we pray for those who have served our nation,
who laid down their lives
to protect and defend our freedom…

We pray for those who have fought,
whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war
and whose nights are haunted by memories
too painful for the light of day…

We pray for those who serve us now,
especially for those in harm’s way:
shield them from danger
and bring them home,
soon…

Turn the hearts and minds
of our leaders and our enemies
to the work of justice and a harvest of peace…

Spare the poor, Lord, spare the poor!

May the peace you left us,
the peace you gave us,
be the peace that sustains,
the peace that saves us.

Christ Jesus, hear us!
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer!

Amen.
(Poem from A Concord Pastor Comments blog)

Thankful for stretching

Maybe it’s more accurate to say I’m thankful for friends who stretch me beyond my comfort zone.

Today I went zip lining.
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(In case you can’t tell, I’m the one in orange!)
After we were all geared up, we had to climb up that tower behind us.
Thankfully there are stairs on the inside and we didn’t have to go up the rock wall.
Once we were up top, we were hooked up to the ziplines.
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If I look like I was holding on for dear life, it’s because I was.
Gulp.
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Yeah. I was going to let go and step off at the count of 3.
Really?
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Yep! Really. (Remember, I’m that orange dot on the right!)

While it’s true that it was about 30 minutes of orientation, gearing up, climbing up, and getting into place for maybe 30 seconds of “Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee”, it still was a great experience.

So thankful I was stretched to start my 67th year with a bit of a plunge!

 

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!