Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friends For Dinner

Last evening we invited one of my high school friends and his wife and daughter over for dinner. It's funny, we did not really know each other in those high school years, but met at one of our reunions. My husband hit it off perfectly with Michael and I the same with Eileen. We'd been wanting to have them out to our farm for months.
We decided to barbecue steaks and serve steamed potatoes, butter, garlic, chives and parsley from our garden, and salad from the garden. I also made a rhubarb pie and Victoria our daughter made a cherry cheese cake. Their little girl Michelle enjoyed playing with our son Garrett. We all had a really fun time.
We sat around the fire pit and visited until midnight. I'm so thankful for our friends. "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11

Monday, July 18, 2011

Victoria's Photography

Today I'd like to share my daughter Victoria's photography with you. She has taken several photography classes at school. She took this first photo of herself and our son Garrett. She took all of the pictures in this post. Her sister Jessica is the model in most photos and Garrett and also our son Harrison are also in a few of them. I love what she has done and I'd like to share the pictures with you today.

This is an iron gate, meant to keep people from crossing this walking bridge, so they will not meddle with a small dam. My children found a way to easily cross this bridge. They do not harm anything. They just take photos and play in the water.  Here are some of Victoria's photos at the dam.

I'm so proud of Victoria. She enjoys photographing her brothers and sisters and would like to start taking senior pictures for her friends for a very low cost. She may like to become a professional photographer some day.

"In A Hurry"

"You will show me the path of life;In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11

Mother's Day

Pastor Steve gave a beautiful message for Mother's Day at church. The message was so good that Pastor Steve gave about his own mother and her love and prayers for him. This is his first year without her, as she passed away a few months back.  He shared a story that when he was about eight years old he hid in the back  of the car on the floor when his mother was going to her Bible study. She had no idea he was back there. As the car rolled down the road he could hear her singing praises to the Lord, quoting Bible verses and prayer for her family. He knew then and there how genuine her faith was, for she worshiped the Lord when no one was looking. What a blessing a godly mother is. I left the service humbly praying that I too could be more like his dear mother. What a beautiful witness for Christ.
Every woman in church received a rose. Our pastor was sensitive to those women who longed to be mothers, but for some reason or other they could not give birth. It was thoughtful to give every woman a rose; to honor all the women; those who are mothers and those who may not have children of their own, but they have been mothers to young ones in the neighborhood, or to nieces and nephews. Many have not been able to give birth and have been deeply hurt by this. Some have lost children.
Here is my rose. I love the pretty stripes.
This is Shirley, a dear woman who saw Harrison sitting in church one day and noticed he appeared troubled. She began praying for him. After the service she spoke with him for about 20 minutes. She has faithfully prayed for our son. She is acting like a mother or grandmother to my son. She filled a need in his life and I appreciate her prayers greatly. She has continued to ask him how he is doing and has called a few times. She prayed very hard when we were hoping Harrison could get into the Christian dorm and shared our joy when he was accepted.
We ate at one of my favorite Indian restaurants after church and then stopped in to see my husband's mother, Vivian. We brought some chocolate cake.
Our church is 45 min. north and west from home and Vivian is north and east of church and home. My own sweet mother lives way south of us, so it was not practical to see both our moms on Mother's Day. I had seen my mom the weekend before and then again the weekend after, so although I wished I could be with her on Mother's Day, I felt torn and did the best I could. I promised my Mom, Shirley, that I would take her to lunch. I still have not done this, but I will next week. I love you Mom. Thank you for being my mother and instilling in me godly values and sharpening my conscience. I'm praying for you and I look forward to our special lunch together. Note-- as much as we love Steve and Sue, our pastor and his wife, the 45 min. drive there and back was too much for us and we now are attending a church 10 min. from home. We miss our old church family and are getting to know our new one.
"Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree,{worshiping Me}, I saw you.”
Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” John 1:48-49

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sheri and Nathan's Story of the Loss of Their Two Boys

This happy lady is our a dear classmate from high school, Sheri R. She and her husband Nathan have a story that must to be told. So please take a moment and listen to their story of love and sorrow.
This is Nathan and Sheri, who in spite of great sorrow have so much joy and peace in their lives. These are Sheri's own words: "Most of the time I do feel so very blessed that God chose Nathan and I to bear our boys even if only for a minute and trust in Him enough to give them back."
I'm amazed at their love for God and their faith in him even though they tragically lost both their sons at different times.
This is pretty Sheri showing the hope she has in her heart that some day she will be reunited with her two boys some day in Heaven. Sheri's own words, "How blessed am I?, people ask....VERY!! They are both with Jesus and watching over us and waiting to meet us in the sky! I don't have a death wish either but I can hardly wait to be with them again and to be with My Father and My Savior."
Here's how the story began. Sheri and Nathan were in love and got married. Sheri beaming on her wedding day with four of my classmates, Tammi R., Brenda B., Carla W. and Sandy W.
What a beautiful bride and handsome husband, looking forward to their happy life together.
Soon this beautiful baby boy, Matthew, was born to them in 1980. What a darling little boy holding his puppy.
His smile is contagious. I wish I could have known this little fella.
He was a precious little boy.
Then another darling little guy was born named Nick. Sheri looks so happy holding him.
Grandpa is holding new baby nick (crying), and his lil' cousin and sweet big brother Matthew is in front.
Sadly Matthew died of heart failure. I can't imagine the pain of losing a child. I grieve with you Sheri and Nathan, just thinking of the sadness you must have endured that day and for years to come.
This is a family picture taken after little Matthew died. In this photo Matthew has been inserted, to the original picture at the age of three. Nick who is actually younger than Matthew, was about the age of four when this photo was taken and is the striped shirt.
For many years this was Sheri and Nathan's little family of three: Nathan, Sheri and Nick.
What a cute little boy Nick was. Here he is in his stroller.
Sheri with Nick at Christmas time.
Nick with his Thunder Cats. He has Sheri's sunny smile.
Nick's 5th grade school picture.
Nick playing baseball.
This is the last photo taken of Nick before he died in a car wreck. He was 18 years old and had so many friends. Sheri said, "My boys touched so many people, especially Nick, our 18 yr old! They finally had to close down the high school the day of his memorial because there weren't any kids left to attend that day." Sheri and Nathan, we grieve with you today as this is the anniversary of Nick's death. We are so sorry for your loss of a not only one, but two dear sons, Sheri and Nathan. We will always think of you on Mother's Day and Father's Day, and know that these days are difficult for you.
We remember you and your sorrow. We also want to keep alive the memory of both your boys, Matthew and Nick.
Sheri talking to her boys and remembering that she will see them again. They are with the Lord and someday their family will be together again. We love you Sheri and Nathan. Sheri said this: "God is helping us to live with broken hearts and He knows our pain for sure, as His only begotten Son suffered through so much for us!" "Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of His saints." Psalm 116:15


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