Mondays are for Memories – Mom

Facebook shared this memory from May of 2014 with me today –

Mom’s been gone almost 18 years now, but there are still those days……
when I hear a cello or listen to a youngster playing the piano or see my own grandchildren and wish she could have known them too. Sure do miss you, Mom. See you when I get there! (And I’m still trying to get them to keep their elbows off the table, honest!)

It’s been 25 years now – and there are still those days! When I see how her thirteen grandchildren have grown into beautiful adults, and watch her great-children (all 40 of them (counting one on the way!)) blossom into their creative selves, I can only smile. And maybe miss her just a little bit more.

See ya when I get there, Mom!

Sabbath Rest – A Mother’s Prayer

It was a lovely Mother’s Day weekend – despite some perfectly awful weather here in Ohio!! By the end of the weekend I’d seen all of the kids and grands, and actually hugged most of them!  The Ohio Gang (minus Herbert and Ellie B who couldn’t make it) gathered on Saturday night
and Sunday morning brought a lovely FaceTime call from the Texans!
By the end of Sunday we’d connected with Herbert and Ellie too, so the family circle was complete.
So as we wrap up Mother’s Day 2021 I still come back to this lovely lullaby –

I may be long past holding my own little ones in my arms, but I’m never past praying for them and their little (and not so little) ones.

You’ll travel where my arms won’t reach
As the road will rise to lead your feet
On a journey of your own.
May my mistakes not hinder you
But His grace remain and guide you through;
This is my prayer for you.

So this is my prayer today, Mother’s Day, and everyday ~

Before you close your eyes to sleep
I have a promise still to keep
As I hold you in my arms.
I pray your little frame grows strong
And that faith takes hold while you are young;
This is my prayer for you.

Hold my hand;
I’ll teach you the Way to go.
Through the joys, through the tears,
The journey of these years,
May you trust Him ‘til the end.
May you trust Him in the end.

This world is not as it should be,
But the Savior opens eyes to see
All that’s beautiful and true.
Oh may His light fill all you are
And the jewel of wisdom crown your heart;
This is my prayer for you.

Hold my hand;
I’ll teach you the Way to go.
Through the joys, through the tears,
The journey of these years,
He is with us ‘til the end.
He is faithful ‘til the end.

You’ll travel where my arms won’t reach
As the road will rise to lead your feet
On a journey of your own.
May my mistakes not hinder you
But His grace remain and guide you through;
This is my prayer for you.

Take His hand
And go where He calls you to.
And whatever comes, seek Him
With all your heart;
This will be my prayer for you.
mmmm Father, hear my ceaseless prayer;
Oh keep them in your care.

Words and Music – Keith and Kristyn Getty
Video – Getty Music VEVO

Seemed kinda weird….

…not to do a post yesterday!! So here’s a bit about our first couple of days on our new job!
After 4 months of doing mostly cleaning and painting (with a little gardening and ladder holding thrown-in), the first two days on the job here at Heartland had me sitting at a desk. Working on a computer.
Yes, this a happy place for me! While I was doing some computer work the other ladies on the team were busy getting all the paperwork (that I was printing) organized.
It’s wonderful for the retreat center that even with COVID restrictions it appears that summer camp will be happening this summer, and we’re happy to be able to help with some of the preliminary organization. I’m sure we’ll be doing more ‘maintenance’ (read “cleaning”) in the weeks to come, but this has been a great start for us!
Meanwhile, the guys….
Well, Monday was a pretty rainy day, so they started doing some drywall repair and painting in one of the offices.
I don’t know exactly what Gary is doing up on the ladder, but I’m pretty sure I can see wires hanging down, so it’s electrical in nature. But today the sun broke out for a bit and the guys got to hop on those zero-turn mowers. Oh boy!
The rain eventually returned and they went back to inside work in the afternoon, but they really had a fun morning on those mowers!

As Heartland ramps up for a (somewhat back to normal) camping season, we’re happy to be able to help in anyway we can.   We’re so thankful we get to be a part of this chapter of God’s story here!

May the Fourth be with you!



Sabbath Rest – Amazing Grace

I’ve been doing a “Sabbath Rest” post off and on for over five years, and I don’t think I’ve ever highlighted the classic hymn, Amazing Grace. This week I thoroughly enjoyed a blog post by a sweet young friend we met years ago while on a SOWER project in South Texas. She titled the post “Grace like Manna” and it reminded me of how precious Grace is in our lives – and how we can’t store it up, but that it’s readily (and lovingly) available when we need it. Check out this young lady’s wisdom, as she grapples with parenting two littles and resting in God’s Grace every moment of every day!

There are lots of videos of Amazing Grace available, but truth be told I was having trouble finding one that included all the verses. So I encourage you to read all the verses before you take a listen.

Amazing Grace

John Newton – 1779

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

Made it!

A. We made it to our May SOWER project, and our resting place for the next three weeks! Thank you, Lord, for safe travels and a beautiful place to serve!

This month we’re volunteering at a new SOWER project – Heartland Retreat Center – in Marengo, OH. It’s north and a bit east of Columbus, and this is the first time they’ve had SOWERS! It’s also less than an hour from both of our kids who live in the Columbus area! In different directions, of course!

To Toby’s To Lara’s
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We haven’t figured out just how the Visiting the Kids will look (everyone is super busy these days!), but we’re looking forward to great month. Not only are we working at a new SOWER project, but we’re working with a brand new SOWER couple! It’s always so encouraging to see the excitement in new folks as they begin their “RVing with a Purpose” journey!

Let the Project (and fun!) begin!

B. I’ve also made it to May, ending my self-imposed challenge of doing a blog post everyday! Phew! I certainly can’t promise (or maybe it’s a threat??) to do it again in May, but I’m hopeful that I can continue on with a more regular schedule of tidbits from our life. Thanks for coming along this month – I really appreciate each one of you!

Have a lovely first day of May, dear friends!

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!