Category Archives: Family and Friends

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The Family of God

There’s a Bill Gaither chorus that starts with
“I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God”
One of the beautiful parts of our current lifestyle/journey/adventure is the blessing of our enlarged Family. Each month as we work a project we are joining with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ that we would not have met (in all probability) were we not part of SOWERS. As we visit churches around the country we are continually struck with the Family connection we feel when we come together to worship. Tonight we were part of a wonderful illustration of that Family as we joined our Waco kids for their annual “Friendsgiving”. There were about 7 couples and maybe 57 children. (OK, so that number might be a little high, but oh, my, there were bunches of beautiful kiddos! So much lovely chaos!)
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Let’s also say that the food was pretty fine, too!

So today I can say that I am so very thankful to be part of the Family of God! And that in His providence, He continues to grow it!

I’m so glad I’m a part of the fam’ly of God!
I’ve been washed in the fountain,
Cleansed by His blood.
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the fam’ly,
The fam’ly of God.

Today I am thankful for

YOU!
I’ve been keeping this blog going for over 14 years now, and one of the main reasons I keep at it is because I know that somewhere ‘out there’ someone will be checking to see if I’ve written anything lately! I’ve occasionally expressed some angst about this blog, since in many ways it’s not a very defined blog. When people ask what I blog about I confess that it’s a little bit of travelogue mixed in with some ministry stories combined with reflections on life with some (very) cute grandchildren thrown in every now and again. All hopefully seen through eyes of Faith. I guess I would just say it’s a Life Blog?
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You’re a mixed bag of friends, you know. Some of you I know well and some of you I have never met. Yet we’ve managed to connect through this interesting medium called Blogging. I love it when you comment and ask questions. I love it when I know dear friends are reading and keeping up with our travels and ministry and cute grandkiddos. And I love it when new friends introduce themselves and join in the conversation.

So on this twentieth day of November, I’d just like to say a simple, but heartfelt, Thank You to all of you have come by visit my little corner of the internet. Whether this is your first visit or you’ve been following along since we started out those many years ago, you are deeply appreciated and valued.
Praying you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Getting settled

Today I am thankful to be settled in our new neighborhood.
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I was getting a little worried about finding a spot, since every place that I contacted could only put me on a waiting list. Gulp. But God had everything under control all along, and in the end we had two different campgrounds contact me about openings. We’re in what I would call a “working man’s” campground – not a lot of frills, but a good site with a nice shade tree to boot!
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It is a little bit farther out of town than we were hoping for, but that just makes us more thankful for the (comparatively) cheap fuel here in Texas!
Yes, we’re so thankful that we’re settled, safe, and yes, smiling!
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I’m thankful today….

for another birthday!
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Let’s face it – we’re never promised that next birthday (or that next day, for that matter). So today I’m thankful that I’ve made it to another birthday. It’s been a great day from being awakened (maybe a bit earlier than I’d hoped) by two little boys singing Happy Birthday to me, to a bit of Facetime with a sweet 4 year old, to cards and calls from my kids and sisters, to oh-so-many birthday wishes on Facebook. Gary was in rare form, and returned from an early morning errand run with flowers and chocolates and an offer to do the laundry so I could stay home and sip coffee.
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Tonight we’re headed out for dinner with our SOWER friends and then maybe, if we old folks are too tired, we might even stay up for some wild and crazy game playing.

As we head towards our 70’s (Gary’s closer than I am!), every birthday brings more reasons to be thankful!  For all of it’s ‘new every morning’ aches and pains, each year is still more abundantly filled with His ‘new every morning’ Faithfulness.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23