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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.

 

Wacotown Days

Waco these days is a happenin’ little town. We ‘discovered’ Waco about 9 years ago when our daughter took a job at Baylor University. We found it to have lots to offer – from it’s very own lake (Lake Waco) to several wonderful museums to a lovely zoo to lots of park space to a beautiful riverfront area. Lately it’s become more well known as the home to Chip and Joanna Gaines and their HGTV show, Fixer Upper. Ah, the shiplap that is yet to be discovered in this sweet little city! But what we really love to Waco are the people we’ve connected with. When the daughter said she was moving to Ohio, we were sad to loose that connection with folks we had come to love. Needless to say, when one of the sons said he wanted to move to Waco – well, that was just fine with us! Continue reading Wacotown Days

Reunion Time

We have been blessed with a great family. Oh, we don’t necessarily all see life the same way and there might just be a quirk here and there (hold up the mirror, Steph!), but at the end of the day we love each other and genuinely enjoy each other’s company.  And those are things we never want to take for granted.  All of those warm and fuzzy thoughts were brought to mind when we recently had a family reunion here at Montrose Bible Conference.
Just look at all these beautiful people!
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Like any family gathering, we couldn’t all be there. But I do think we made a pretty good stab at it. Of the first generation (that would be me and my siblings, including spouses), six out of eight of us made it. Of the second generation (our kids and their spouses), 16 out of 24. Not bad, right? And of the third generation – well, 26 of the 34 made it.
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(the littlest one, 8 mos old, was napping for the photo shoot!)
Quite a family, no?
Continue reading Reunion Time

Speed blogging

You’ve heard of “speed dating”, right? Well, hang on – here comes the speed blogging whirlwind!

Oakridge Ministries – Anadarko, OK  4/10 – 4/22
Great SOWER project! Wonderful time spent with friends, old and new, big electrical job completed, big drapery job hung and hemmed, house renovation begun, deck built and stained, many peanuts eaten.
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Time with the Kids in Ohio – April 28 – May 8
Snuggles and giggles and swing sets and gymnastics and ballgames. So good to spend time with these littles and their parents!

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Continue reading Speed blogging

My excuse – a WWW

I was doing pretty good with my self-imposed Post-A-Day goal for February (I had only missed Valentine’s Day and I actually had one ready – just forgot to hit the “Publish” button!) until this past weekend. Truthfully, some things are just more important than trying to figure out what to write on a blog.
Like this fellow –
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and this little guy –
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Among the highlights of our weekend –

  • A visit to the Waco Mammoth National Monument with our newest Junior Ranger.
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    We learned a lot – especially just how really, really big those guys were!
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    This location is a very recent (July 2015) addition to our National Park system, and we were very glad we got to check it out!
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  • A haircut for me (and W also if you compare the first picture with the Junior Ranger picture)
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    One of my biggest short hair “fears” is the need to get a cut every 6-8 weeks and always having to find a new stylist. It was great to go to the same sweetie that did the first cut, and we went super short (for me) to try and delay the next trim. We’ll see how that goes!
  • A trip to the Verizon Store. That was such an adventure, that I’m saving it for another post.
  • We brought Mr. Stanley along, but he didn’t get out too much. I’m pretty sure he still had a good time, though!
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Yes, indeed – we had a Wonderful Waco Weekend with our Texas kiddos! It’s probably the last one for a season, so we truly relished each moment.
And had exactly Zero Moments to worry about blogging! Sorry – but it’s really how it should be!!
Thanks for stopping by!