Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday's down time

Lately, we have been using Sunday as a true Sabbath day or a restful day. Doing as few things that require us to do our job. I have worked only one Sunday since I started at the grocery store 15 yrs ago, but things pile up here and I have in the past used Saturday and Sunday as my "catch up" day. But as I grow "older" and hopefully wiser, I try not too. Not saying that it was a bad thing that I did before, but I really think we need a down day! A day of rest, not running around cleaning and all that entails, but true rest. I did a little exercise this morning which I felt was of God. I actually took a nap for an hour. How do you spend a day of rest?? Reading or watching a favorite movie or going to the movies or gardening or painting?? Blessings above and beyond!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my 3 favorite men!!! You know who you are, oh but you readers may not!
 1. Gordon, has been my number one for over 44 yrs. We met when I was 17 and he was 22, that's a long time ago, but seems like yesterday. 2. Kurt came along in 1976. What a surprise and joy he has been to me. I didn't have any brothers, so figuring out how to raise a son was a challenge for me, but Gordon knew how to being a guy and having a brother. I think Kurt is a great dad and husband!  3. Trevor came along in 2007 to marry our daughter. What a wonderful man! He is everything and more that I prayed for, for Erika. I feel blessed! My Dad was a great Dad and I see that same kind of patience, kindness and fun in Gordon. Gordon is handier than my Dad ever was, dad couldn't do many mechanical things, but he could joke and have fun! I love my guys! I hope and pray that the men in your lives have a wonderful day to be pampered more and loved on more! Be blessed my friends!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015


WE got back last night from a week with cousins in Missouri. My cousins live there with their children near them. Judy and her husband live about 1 1/2 hour south of St. Louis. We stayed there 1 day before going to Judy's daughter house in Illinois. Karen has a 12 yr old that made our 2 granddaughters feel welcomed. They played with catching tadpoles, fishing, running with water guns, coloring plant pots, coloring pages, having Karen take their pictures to exchange. and eating lots of popcorn! I hope and pray that the girls had fun and that we made some memories for them to look back on when they are older. Thank you, Karen and Judy. Gordon fished with Zeno for 3 days. They caught fish and ate fish. They fixed stuff around their house that needed to fixed for years. Enjoy the photos!

Friday, May 22, 2015


I recently took some essential oil classes. Its very interesting to me to figure out what oil can heal what ailment. Also, I have been watching you tube videos on cultured foods like kimchi. The benefits of cultured foods that have many healing properties. Donna Schwenk has many videos out there that are very good about cultured foods and DaNelle Wolford has many videos out in you tube land on oils. Please check them out. So, with this new information I have been drinking 4-6 oz of Kefir 2 times a day to heal my gut. I just got the kimchi today to start eating a spoonful a day to heal my gut! I will keep you all posted on what happens. I'm pretty excited to see what these foods will do and what God will do, too!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

hind sight

You know the thing about hindsight, it's always 20/20. I think my last post might have been a little sad for some of you. I'm okay, just reflecting and sharing my feelings. I didn't share all of them, but that's for another time!! Smiley face right here!!!
 I have been doing something I want to share with you all. I have been specifically taking one day a week for every member of my family and claiming it their prayer day! I won't reveal who has what day or what I pray for, but it gives me some love for my God, that He alone can see them and their needs for that day alone! Whether it is visible or not, I ask for God to change me and worship Him in all of this!!! I pray that they will see a change in their lives because I took 5 minutes or however long I take to pray for them! I have come to realize that I may never see the fruit of this, but that's okay with me, God and His kingdom will!! Isn't that cool!!!! I think it is! Blessings!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

I used to just hate Mother's Day. I felt disrespected and weepy!!! I have the best family, but the enemy tried to steal that from me for more years than I care to count!! I finally came to the conclusion that Mother's Day is just a day! Like any other day for most mom's. Yes, we might get a gift, flowers or cards, go out to eat, have breakfast made for us, but shouldn't everyday be celebrated if you're a mom???? I don't know when that light bulb went off, but the last few years, I've been in a non celebrating like the world celebrates mood. My mom was my best friend as I got older, We weren't always friends, but my whole world became a little smaller when she died!! I missed our phone calls, her smell, her hands, her voice because I lived so far away, we talked a lot on the phone. Things I loved best was she became my friend over a period of time, I can't get that back, but when I look in the mirror or cough or smile, I see my mom!!! Thank you, Mom. I still miss you after all these 27 years that you have been gone, but I know you are waiting for me with Daddy!!! Happy Mother's Day dear friends and enjoy the day, enjoy the laughter, love and life we share with family!! Blessings!! P. S. Don't cry over this, as it's just my wandering thoughts and I'm good!

Saturday, May 2, 2015


I'm pretty sure that spring is here to stay! No more talk of snow flurries till fall!! YAY!!! We have the gardening fever and Gordon has tilled the garden twice already. He planted potatoes last Sunday and of the turkeys had to check out what he had done, but they don't like potatoes, so they liked the tilled ground, picking through the gravel. I didn't know that's what most birds do, pick food with a little  gravel, helps them to digest the bugs or worms.
We took parts back to Duluth today. So we ended up at Sam's. Gordon saw the pork loins on sale and we bought one. I'm thinking about pressure cooking part of it and Gordon is dreaming of smoking the other half. I've never pressure cooked meat before, any help would be helpful!!
We are planning our trip next month with the twins to Missouri! I'm so excited to see family and take them with us! I have a friend living in St. Louis and hoping to meet up with her for a few hours! Blessings!!