Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snow, Snow, Snow.

Buster has the right idea when it comes to snow I thought this was a pretty scene outside my window last night, it took pretty good
Once again, he is smiling for the camera, he 's head out to push snow. More to come.....

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The dreadful YMCA

As I headed to the dreadful YMCA this morning at 5 am to swim more laps, I was praying for different people, and I realized that I have been doing most of the talking and not a lot of listening (reading my Bible). I was explaining to the Lord, that during these winter months I can become depressed if I am not careful so I tend to put in my mind things that are light, happy, and easy. If I get to thinking to much I tend to spiral downward. So I told the Lord that he knows me and that I am trying to stay close to him by simply acknowledging the simple things in life. This morning while I rode to the dreadful YMCA the full moon was beautiful, I told him I know he can do all things and that I shouldn't get caught up in the daily stresses. That he can carry my burdens and make things light on me. I know when I left the dreadful YMCA (can you tell not my favorite place to go) and saw the beautiful sunrise that there is joy in the morning. So when you feel like you not in great communication with the Almighty instead of feeling guilty acknowledge him and his power, thank him for his provision, and remember he knows your make-up and he will work with you.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Photos, Old Snow

They are calling for more snow this weekend so I thought I would show a few more random pictures of the last snow in the VA mountains.
I am glad God created me when indoor
plumbing was popular.

Just a random picture

I thought this was a very peaceful scene with that old tree right in the middle of the field. Even when we stand alone, it can be peaceful and beautiful. Its all in the perspective....

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I just want to laugh...

Do you ever have days you just want to laugh, I mean a in your gut, you can't hardly breath laugh. I need one of husband makes me laugh regularly, my children are quite funny in very different ways. But I have a couple of friends, I am the matriarch of the group, there is Cathy, Kim and Gaby and 3 times a year we make it a point to go out for our birthdays. Cathy is in January, mine and Gaby are June and Kim is September so we get to space our meals throughout the year. There are times that my face hurts after we have been together. We laugh the whole time we eat, our meal usually takes us about 2-3 hrs. We discuss our kids, husbands, jobs, life, church, about anything you can think of and usually laugh at all of them. Find someone and laugh today......

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I Long For

We are getting ready to start a new Bible study at church, Anne Graham Lotz, I Saw the Lord.
it is a older study but we have never read it and I like her, so I am the leader, enough said.

At the beginning I was struck by something, She wrote
I Long for...
the wind of His Spirit to breathe calmness into the chaos of my life, (peace through all we are going through)
the fullness of His wisdom to order the thoughts in my mind, (making me wise in all that I do)
the sufficiency of His strength to undergird the weakness of my body, (hold me up when I feel like I can't take anymore)
the abundance of His blessing to saturate the poverty of my spirit, (to make me feel happy even when I am poor at heart)
the joy of His will to give rich pleasure to my journey, (to show me the goodness that life has to offer)
the refuge of His arms to shield me from my fears, (to protect me when I don't know the next step)
the gentleness of His touch to reawaken the feelings of my heart, ( to help me feel again when I think I have lost all feeling)
the compassion of His heart to enfold me and hold me close ( To love me and protect me no matter what)

I added the parentheses from my thoughts. I Long also.......

Monday, January 18, 2010


Last night we got together with friends of ours that we go to church with. This group of friends have been together for at least 25 years. Our children grew up together, we vacationed together, have gone to church together, shared sorrows and joy together. As Steve was praying for our meal he was thanking God for our friendships that have endured all these years and our appreciation of each other and that we will continue to learn and grow together spiritually. I am so thankful God had given me these great couples as friends.

Friday, January 15, 2010


I am doing a little book on the side called Know Fear by Ed Young Jr. A 40-day experience....
Here are some of my verses I have put in front of my face at my desk, just to remind me when anxiety kicks in....Don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself, each day has enough trouble of its own. Matt. 6:34, For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness(cowardice, timidity, running scared) but a spirit of POWER, a spirit of LOVE, and a spirit of SOUND JUDGEMENT. Tim. 1:7, and lastly Your rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to be distressed by various trials so that the genuineness of you faith, more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire, may result in praise, glory and honor at the revelation ( a revealing of what is to be divine truth) of Jesus Christ.
I Peter 1:6-7,
Each of us has our own worries, fears, anxiety, and trials. We each react differently but these verses apply to each of us, remember the Holy Spirit God lives in us if we are saved by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ death. That death gave us the power, love and a sound mind to be able to live each day victorious because he arose again and is seated on the throne, "King" with power and authority, and that lives in us.....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I decided since there is a little warmth in the air today, not to show snow pictures. Plus I realized that Joey does smile in pictures that are not about hunting and snow.
Since the temperatures are rising I felt a little warm and thought about my little family. So here are our Christmas couples pictures.

They both have made very nice choices, don't you think. I am not one for telling people how pretty, handsome or beautiful they are, but these are pretty attractive couples, if I say so myself. I think sometimes people get caught up in the outward beauty and forget about the inward, my sons wife is a oncology nurse, so that tells you right there she has a great heart. She is very family minded and loves her grandparents, so she fits our family great. My daughters boyfriend is very family minded also and is very close to both sets of his grandparents. So He will probably fit in with us also. So I think even thought they are cute on the outside they are sweeter on the inside....And that means more.......

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

More Pictures

I have rarely seen the creek frozen up.....
Of course he is smiling, he only smiles in snow and hunting pictures

Even the cows were smiling, they had just been fed, they love the cold, no flies .

Monday, January 11, 2010

High 12 degrees...Burrrrrrrr

Our trip to the mountains this week was very cold to say the least. As you see I am well covered from head to toe, I also have heat packets in my gloves. When we arrived it was 6 degrees with the wind blowing about 25 miles a hour. So I hurried in to the house.Look what was outside our back door looking for food. He was a furry and fat little squirrel.
I got this picture through our back door I can't believe it took so clearly.

This is a beautiful barn right near our house the sky was so blue and with the white barn and snow it seemed to be a great picture. What a beautiful place this is especially in the winter. I will be posting more pictures of our frigid winter weekend. Highs 16 lows 6....Burrrrrrr

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Twilight Series

How do you know that it's God telling you to do something? Maybe, it is your own mind or heart wanting to do it in the first place. These are questions my dear husband is throwing at me lately. I think he thinks I like to think that much. HA!HA!... That is why I am reading the third in the Twilight series(I know , I know) they are mindless, untrue ridiculous stories, but after some of the questions the construction man is throwing my way, I need mindless....

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Just a reminder of the warm summer air......Its been so long since it has been warm here. ......

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010... Your here

2010.... What kind of year will you be? I teach a college and career class for Sunday School and when they are in town we have class. I mentioned Sunday that I was glad to have this year over because it was pretty crappy (Excuse my language). One of the other leaders of the class said, Oh, your one of those who thinks Christians are supposed to have it made, life is suppose to be easy, pour blessings on me God kind of thing. I quickly explained to him that in no way, shape ,or form did I believe that I am always suppose to be happy. I told him even though this was a crappy year for me and many of my fellow christian friends I think they we all have grown and seen God work in ways we didn't expect and that we are much healthier for it. I am going to try for 2010 to live one day at a time, not worry about what might happen next week. I prayed the other morning, Please Lord if I don't physically feel good each day, help me not to whine. Getting old has great advantages but also has some pitfalls, you can't quite do things as fast and easy as you use to, sleep evades you sometimes, and and your body doesn't do the things you think it should. I did ask the Lord to bless me and my family with peace and joy and wisdom this year. I think these are alright things to ask for. We never know what each day will bring but I'm counting on 2010 to be a year of learning, loving and sharing....