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A Fine February

After my crazy (though wonderful in many ways) January, February settled down nicely. In fact, it turned out to be quite a lovely month in many way. Here are just a few of the reasons it was a Fine February.

  1. Family Birthdays!
    Ellie turned 15! Oh my!
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    Taran turned 3
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    and Tammy turned….well, just a bit more beautiful!
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    We weren’t actually there to help celebrate, but we made sure they all got a perfectly awful rendition of Happy Birthday from Grams and Pops. It’s what we do.
  2. UntitledAlthough we usually don’t do much of anything for Valentine’s Day (on a good year we go to a card shop, choose a card and then read them to each other), Gary got me flowers this year!
    I have to confess, it was very sweet! It’s amazing what you can find in the little town of Comfort!
  3.  I won TWO little “give-away’s” last week from different blogs/Facebook pages I follow! I don’t usually enter those contests since I have never won anything, but for some reason these seemed simple enough and I knew they were the real-deal. So – Thank you to Happy Cloud Creations for this sweet pack of fat quarters
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    and to Alison Treat, Author, for a sweet one-size-fits-all $10 gift card to Amazon. Several folks asked if I went right out and bought a lottery ticket. But no – didn’t think I should press my ‘luck’!
  4. That same week, these two mug rugs also arrived at my place –
    courtesy of my uber-talented quilting artist good friend, Lynne Croswell.  You can check out some of her other creations at her website – Mountain Vistas. Thanks, Lynne!!
  5. Our SOWER project this month was great!  We were volunteering at His Hill Bible School/Camp  (in Comfort, TX) which is a gap-year (usually after high school, but sometimes after college) Bible program under the umbrella of Torchbearers, International.  Our work was pretty standard SOWER work – painting, painting, and painting for the ladies and general maintenance for the guys – but the true blessing was getting to know the students and faculty.  We joined them for lunch most days, and visited with kids from Germany, Brazil, several Canadian Providences and right down the road in San Antonio.  Hearing their stories of how they came to His Hill and then to hear what Christ was doing in their lives at the moment, was truly inspirational.  We were honored to serve there.
  6. Since there are several other projects in the area, we had several opportunities to have some great SOWER gatherings. Of course, they all centered around food, but hey – that’s just how we roll!

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Catching up Vol 8, issue 27

Life these days seems to be all about catching up. I’ve got the bills paid, the taxes started (well, I’ve started to collect the stuff I need for the taxes at least), the monthly SOWER newsletter is just about ready to go and it too late to send out those Valentine cards, so I guess it’s about time I catch up with life here on my little corner of the internet. Here goes~ Continue reading Catching up Vol 8, issue 27

Snow Boots and Slippers

We have worked pretty hard in the last 14 January’s to be in places that require sandals and sneakers rather than snow boots and slippers. And we’ve been moderately successful. Oh, there have been a few snow sightings over the years, but nothing that lasted more than the morning. We’ve had to pull out the sweatshirts and fleeces on occasion, but most every day held the possibility of ‘sunny and 70’ whether or not it was actually achieved. This year was to be no exception.

But when an extreme gall bladder attack revealed two masses on the pancreas of my sister Elna in Vermont, I knew that snow boots and slippers were in my January future. Continue reading Snow Boots and Slippers

Another year is dawning…..

A friend that I have reconnected with on Facebook reminded me of this beautiful poem/hymn, written by Frances Havergal in 1874 –

Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee;
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above;
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.

When I first read those lines several days ago, they really resonated with me. For truly, my heart’s desire is to have a year of progress in my relationship with my Savior, to savor His mercies and His grace and His faithfulness, and to serve him well. But recently, those words have moved from ‘resonating’ to being an imperative. We finished out 2017 with the joyful addition of Anderson Jude Conrad, who made his appearance 3 weeks early, but at a hefty 7#11oz, is healthy and perfect (so is his mom!).

Seen here with his big brother Taran and bigger brother Weston.  Welcome to the family, little one!!

We then ushered in the New Year with some potentially devastating news (no diagnosis yet, but a CAT scan that showed some very suspicious masses) in our family (my oldest sister for those of you who know us personally).   While we wait for answers, our  prayer is renewed –
Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
    Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
    Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

We don’t know what 2018 will look like. Truthfully, good news or bad, we never really do, do we? May my prayer always remain –
          Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
         On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.

 

Ah, Sweet October – where have you gone?

Sometimes it just creeps up on you. You are just going about with life in general when suddenly it’s time to turn the calendar over! October has been a busy month for us – three locations, becoming Texans, working a SOWER project and spending time with family. So before we start that new month  tomorrow, here’s a bit of a summary-

Waco!

Aside from all the licensing and address changing and becoming Texans, we also had a sweet time with our Waco kids and grandboys!
Although Weston, the 6 year old, was in school most days, we did get to have him for an overnight and then he rode with us as we got the RV inspected.
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Having him along made the inconvenience of having to move the house in the middle of our stay much less painful. There were also a couple of intense games of Battleship, which I may or may not have lost. Continue reading Ah, Sweet October – where have you gone?