Friday, October 4, 2013

Comfort In the Scary Night

 It's funny what we do when we are children, especially when we are frightened. When I was young I spent the night with a friend. When it became dark I was afraid and became home sick. I noticed this record album at the home I was staying.  Herb Albert, was on the cover, and looked quite a bit like my dear loving dad. I kept staring at the album and it brought comfort to me.  I asked my friend if I could sleep with that record near my sleeping bag. She thought I was silly, but said that I could.
 Here is my wonderful dad at the time I mentioned. He did look so much like Herb Albert. No wonder that album cover gave security and comfort to my little heart that night.  The most comforting thoughts were about how much my dad loved me and made life life stable. I needed that reminder as I lay there in a different house than mine.
Here is another photo of my dad; this time with his dad. I see the resemblance in this photo as well. My Heavenly Father, is the one I turn to in times of fear and trouble. He comforts me in so many ways. I praise Him for being there for me, and I thank Him for giving me an earthly father who was so kind and loving to me. If you don't have a dad, or don't have one who's loving. You do have a Heavenly Father. He is yours. He will never leave you or forsake you. Cling on to this truth. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6-8   
Blessings, Kathi

Friday, September 20, 2013

Garrett's Baptism

One pleasant Sunday morning during outdoor church, Garrett turned to me and said, "Mom, can I be baptized today?"


"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38

It's a wonderful thing to see your child turn his life over to Christ. "...And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19 "In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." 1 Cor. 11:25
Blessings, Kathi

Friday, September 13, 2013

Victoria's Baptism

A whole year ago our beautiful daughter Victoria was baptized. I was not blogging much then, and so I want to share her photo right now. We are so thankful our children want to follow the Lord. Praise God!
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2

Blessings, Kathi

Friday, September 6, 2013

Our Love Story

Stacey and Kathi ~ this is our love story. We were married September 10, 1983
Our story begins way before this wedding photo. Let me begin by telling you God told ME who I was going to marry one whole year before I actually started dating him. Let me tell you the circumstances if you have a few minutes to listen to my story. When I was this age I began to panic that I may never meet Mr. Right. There was no prince charming in my life and both of my sisters had wonderful boyfriends. I stewed and worried over this for awhile. I got the sense that I might be an old maid. I decided to pray about this.
The problem I had was I was not interested in the boys who were interested in me. The ones I was attracted to were not good for me. What a dilemma. As I poured my heart out to the Lord about these things, I resolved that I wanted God to make the choice for me. I told Him that if He wanted me to be single the rest of my life I would be for His sake. I prayed that He would be glorified in my life. I decided I wanted the Lord and knowing Him intimately more than I wanted marriage. I gave this desire to Him. As I drive my car I continued pouring out my heart and rejoicing in my new decision. I drove past a little white house which my childhood friend, a boy named Stacey lived. When I looked at that house I remembered that nice boy; my best friend when I was four and he was five. I still had that little black and white photo of the two of us on the steps of that white house. Instantly as I thought these things I saw:
S-T-A-C-E-Y (L-A-S-T-- N-A-M-E) written on my windshield. I knew immediately that God told me I was going to marry this childhood friend, whom I had not seen in years, because he had moved away. I began to laugh. I wrote in my diary that I was going to be the wife of Stacey. I knew it in my heart and nothing could change that. I believed this so much that I told the Lord this, "Since this is true, then I will not need to call him, write him, or go see him. You will make this happen." I waited ONE WHOLE YEAR, and prayed a lot. Then one fine evening the phone rang. It was of course S-T-A-C-E-Y!!! He asked me if I remembered him. Are you kidding? Y-E-S, I do! You are written all over my diary, I was thinking joyously. He asked me for a date the following Friday. Keep in mind I have not seen him in years. I have no idea what he looks like or how he behaves or anything. I knew he came from a good family. That was a long week. My heart did flip flops all week long.
You can imagine how I felt when I saw this tall blonde gorgeous guy drive up to take me out to dinner. No, he wasn't on his motorcycle for our first date. I knew that God had brought us together. As time went by he asked me to marry him and I said , "YES." I asked him if God told him he was going to marry me, and he said, "No, He didn't tell me a thing about you ahead of time. My mom just thought I ought to call you up, and I thought that sounded great." He still had his copy of that little black and white photo too. We both kept it all these years!!
We went back to the same little white house and had our wedding invitation made from the pictures. The front said, "We liked each other then..."
Then the inside said, "We love each other now."
Now we have been married for 26 wonderful years. I'm so blessed to have my sweetie. We went away for a few days to one of our favorite little towns.
We stayed at our favorite bed and breakfast. Stacey let me take him to see "Julie & Julia." I had already seen it with our daughters, but he said he'd go with me. What a great guy.
He loved it just as much as I did. We went to many fine restaurants, wineries, antique shops and decorating stores for me and the Porsche dealership for him (just looking).

"Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate." Mark 10:9 I'm so thankful that God brought us together. I love my husband. Have a blessed day ~Kathi ...and I am so glad Stacey finally noticed me, the girl next door!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

I Get To Do My Dream Job

I don't mean this in a prideful way at all, but rather in a humble tone: If you ever saw the movie "Working Girl," you'll remember the last scene. She is sitting at her desk in an office with a window. She calls her friend and tells her where she is. Her friend is sharing this news with all her old co-workers...and the music begins, "Let The River Run..." All the girls in the office pool, cheer, that she has reached a well deserved goal. Well...,


I got a permanent job teaching kindergarten!!!, after substitute teaching for six years!!! God gave me this job. I want to thank Him publicly. I'm so excited and happy, and want to do the best job possible!! My job begins in two days!!!
I could not have done this without the help of Ruby, my cute little car, and... My daughter, Jessica, who drew the fish and created the cute bulletin board for me, set up the library, and... My son Harrison, who put together several book cases... Also, my wonderful husband, Stacey, who did tons of things for me... I'm so amazed at my dear family for putting in hours to help me set up. You see, I have a new cement floor. In December it will be shined, and will be gorgeous, but right now it is, as Jane Austen would put it, "Tolerable." I'm so excited, that I do not care that it is cement!!! My classroom is coming together, and I'm so thankful for all the help from my dear family, including Victoria, but we forgot to bring the camera, the day she came to help.  

Deuteronomy 33:11a: Bless all her skills, O Lord, and be pleased with the work of her hands. Blessings, Kathi

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