Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Getting Closer

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As you can see we are making progress in the kitchen. The cabinet doors should be here on Saturday and we still have to decide on the counter tops. John, son-in-law, will be completing the painting next week.

The pocket door to the laundry room has to be sanded and painted we will not be putting the trim up until we can replace the windows. PTL this project has been done without creating any debt - Whew!!! God is so good.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Jake with Gpa and Gma!

This was taken the morning that Jake left for basic training. He was excited yet a little nervous.

We sure love this first born grandchild!

This is the before picture of the kitchen and the other is the paint color we have chosen. I am ready for this to be done. Our wonderful son-in-law has been doing the work - he is such a blessing!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

JW and Loreen Johnson

JW Johnson and his wife Loreen, were with us over the weekend. He preached all the services on Sunday at Bible Baptist Temple in St. Joseph. We spent quite a bit of time together and really enjoyed the fellowship which we really needed. Loreen gave her testimony Monday night at our ladies Heart N Home meeting. She is such a blessing to my heart. Safe travels!
I think people who never have missionaries, pastor or other full time Christian workers in there home or spend time with them are missing a huge blessing. You make friends for a lifetime!

Racine Wisconsin

My trip to Racine Wisconsin with my friend Janette was such a great blessing. Janette got to see some her family and I got to see some long time friends. Janette's brother rented us a great car and the ride gave us time to really enjoy fellowship. We also got to eat at the Iowa Machine Shed on several occasions. We were gone from Monday to Friday and traveled 1465 miles.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What wonderful fellowship we had with the Rettigs. They are headed back to Larimore ND be there a week or so and then back to the Czech Republic. They are truly servants of God.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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Had a busy day today. Jon and Emilie Rettig, missionaries to the Czech Republic are coming by and spending the night on Sunday. We are so excited they are great friends and we have known them for MANY years. We spent 2 1/2 months in CR while they were on furlough in 2007 watching over their ministry. What a joy and a blessing that was.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Amelia Earhart

Today in history ---

1776 The Continental Congess votes for independence, passing a resolution that
"these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States."

On July 2, 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart took off from Lae, New Guinea, in her twin engine Lockheed Electra and flew east into overcast skies toward Holand Island, a sliver of land 2,600 miles away in the Pacific Ocean. She was never seen again.

Even today, searches for clues about Earhart's fate continue. Some experts believe her plane ran out of fuel and had to ditch in the Pacific. Others theorize that Earhart and
Noonan reached another island, where they eventually perished. So far, no solid evidence has turned up. Earhart's sense of adventure and determination to fly farther than before still fascinate Americans. "Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace," she wrote, words she lived by to the end.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Today in history:

1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York City in sections aboard a French ship.

As a 9 year old child I immigrated into the United States from Europe. I remember standing on the side of the boat and seeing the Statue of Liberty - even though I did not understand her importance I was impressed by her majesty. I am so thankful for my freedom and liberty and that my father and mother choose to live in the United States.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Psalm 18:2

"The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."

I am so happy that I have my LORD to lean on and trust - HE can take me through any situation!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

I've been thinking!

I have been thinking a lot about a Professor we had in college - he sent this to us just when we needed it. Thanks Dr. Roach!

“If God has called you to be really like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put you in such demands of obedience, that He will not allow you to follow other Christians, and in many ways He will seem to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.
Other Christians and ministers who seem very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot do it; and if you attempt it, you will meet with failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.
Others can brag on themselves, on their work, on their success, on their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that makes you despise yourself and all your good works.
Others will be allowed to succeed in making money, or having a legacy left to them, or in having luxuries, but it is likely God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something better than gold, and that is a helpless dependence on Him, that he may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day out of an unseen treasury.
The Lord will let others be honored, and put forward, and keep you hid away in obscurity, because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.
He will let others be great, but keep you small. He will let others do a work for Him, and get the credit for it, but He will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing; and then to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work which you have done, and this will make your reward ten times greater when Jesus comes. The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over. So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has a right to do as He pleases with His own, and He will not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you.He will take you at your word; and if you absolutely sell yourself to be His slave, he will wrap you up in a jealous love, and let other people say and do many things that you cannot do or say. Settle it forever, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit and that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways He does not deal with others. Now when you are so possessed with the living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven.” --Unknown Author

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Luke 14:28 talks about counting the cost. This is our plan for today - we are headed to Menards to 'count the cost' of a kitchen renovation. Windows, countertops and a pantry cabinet plus stuff like paint, sheetrock etc etc etc. The master bath also needs some completion so that is also on the list. My husband removed some carpet from one of the steps that leads upstairs and it looks like we will be able to redo those also. So much to do!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


My friend Janette and I went out on visitation this afternoon. Our first stop was a nursing home visit with Loretta, we dropped off a plant and copies of the churches mission letters. She was so glad to see us. Today was one of those days that we find no one else at home but I am glad that we went anyway. The Bible says in Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go, ye unto all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Since moving to St. Joseph Janette has always been my visitation partner and I enjoy my time with her.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Welcome home Hillary - we missed you! Love Gma! Gpa too!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

We are home safe and sound from spending 8 days with the grandkids in TN. It was an 11 1/2 hour drive but PRAISE THE LORD we are safely home tired but safe. I drove the entire way --that is a first for me.

Abigail drew this picture for Hillary (Abbey and Mack call her SISSY). They love her and really miss her. They had just gotten up this morning when this was taken.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

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There is nothing sweeter than receiving flowers from your grandchildren. They picked these after a day of fishing near the North Carolina border. It has been a chillaxing day for all of us - the grandkids, Erich and their Gpa spent the day fishing while Kristin and I enjoyed a lunch out and a little shopping.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Chillax Here

You are wondering what 'chillax here' is - Abigail (our 10 yr. old Gdaughter in TN) uses this term to 'chill out' and 'relax'. That is what we all should do! So sit back and 'CHILLAX'!