Sunday, February 23, 2014

Her Name Is Not Stanley. It's Rosie!

You've probably noticed I named my car Ruby. Well, I like the color red. My son bought me this pretty red Stanley thermos one year for my birthday. I just love her. She goes with me every day to school, full of black Yuban coffee. 
  
Her name is "Rosie," not Stanley, because she's a girl.  It's funny how protective I've become of her. No one in the family is allowed to borrow her.  My thermos is a useful object that daily brings me comfort and warmth in a cup of coffee and which I appreciate owning.
"But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things." John 14:26  
This is the truth:  My real comfort comes from the Lord. From the power of the Holy Spirit. I'm so thankful for this. This is where I get my peace, joy and comfort; from God alone.

Blessings, Kathi

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Day In May

I'm still playing catch up with my blog. Last May, my husband had to be away on business on Mother's Day. I missed him, but even when he is away he remembers me by calling, sending flowers or leaving a secret gift behind for me to find. I'm very blessed. My children make me feel loved. It's wonderful to see them giving back to their mama as they have become adults. Harrison bought me flowers and then planted them. This was such a sweet treat. He also bought me lunch that day.
Here is a photo I did post already, but I will add it again. This is the special gift my husband left for me to find while he was gone. It's a gorgeous necklace set with delicate pearls and matching earrings. The girls and Garrett gave me nice gifts that they knew I would like, candles, lotion and a funny little owl for my office. Victoria made me a decorative 'K' and some coasters with Scripture on them. I love my family and appreciate them so much. As their mother, I love doing things for them. Here is another dress to be hemmed for a very special night for Jessica. More about that later. Here is what I have noticed,  when you pour your life, prayers and time into your family, you get back 100 fold. 

 "The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph. 3:17  


Blessings, Kathi

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sometimes God Moves Us Into A Scary Place in Order to Teach us to Trust Him

Dear Friends This past summer my two girls and I joined a Beth Moore Bible study. It was wonderful! I learned a great deal. One message that stood out with me was when Beth suggested (backed by Scripture), that when God calls you to do something, many times it's kind of scary. (More about this in a minute). Here are the girls and I ready to leave for our Bible study. I loved loved loved this time with my two daughters. It was a precious summer. Every Monday night we went to our study with Beth Moore as our leader. As I was saying. You can tell when you've been walking closely with the Lord, that He has brought you some place you need to be, either to learn something or to glorify Him, or to build your faith, or to trust Him more, or all of the above. I was a substitute teacher for six years in five school districts. I never told you this, but here goes... I was "Black Listed" from my own son's elementary school! (shocking, I know).  That means that the teachers agreed that they would NOT ask me to be their sub. WHY? I was nice. (sad face). Were they just being mean?  I was a good teacher. (Happy face). I called the district office and asked if I had done something wrong. They said my report was a shining gleaming one, and that nothing bad had ever been said about me. That made me feel better. Here comes the scary part.

I am really good with little ones, especially those shorter than me. I was asked to stretch a bit and teach for two plus weeks at our daughters' high school in one of their classes, (A.P. English... writing...my most feared subject, as I had writer's block for many years. It's pure answer to prayer I graduated from college). So this is what I'm talking about. Sometimes it is time for our faith to grow, like a little mustard seed grows into a huge tree, as Jesus said in Matthew. I knew I needed to do this job and to do it well. I was given a chance at the high school in the same district which had rejected me at the elementary level, but, I was quaking in my boots. Our church was having a 12 hour a day prayer schedule. I signed up for the 6:00 am slot for one hour, all week. I'm so thankful I did. Every day I asked for prayer and also, prayed for others. I got through each day teaching scary TALL high school students ENGLISH. I was aware that God was with me. I had peace each day once I got to school. My girls and their friends were a delight for me to teach and to talk with me. For the 2nd week, however, my two daughters and most of their sweet friends were gone on a musical tour to Disney Land, with their jazz choir. Boy was I ever leaning on the "Ever Lasting Arms," and I mean it. God gave me ideas. Which encouraged me. Here is one idea: A big bowl of candy to get students motivated. (God gives you ideas, when you've be in prayer. They just pop into your head).  The students had just read Frankenstein and were allowed to watch the movie. The problem was that the new version was rated 'R' and VERY disturbing. The old 1950's version, which was acceptable, was unavailable, so... I brought my copy of "Young Frankenstein" and skipped all the questionable parts. This was a big hit with them, and I thank God for the idea.   I also was able to talk with students about doing their best and showed them parts of another movie called "Stand and Deliver." By the grace of God I got through those two plus weeks. I taught them to write, and made them do their best.  I was stronger, had more faith, and I trusted God, because He never left my side. He was with me every second.  Later, I heard from my daughters, that they heard from the grape vine that I was one of the best subs.; even better than one teacher who came over from the elementary school, to help during the difficult time of replacing the A.P. English teacher. Praise God for 
His goodness to me.

I am going to add that when I was a new mother I was very overwhelmed, and wondered if I would Ever Ever Ever have all of my ducks in a row, and Ever have nice sweet children who loved Jesus and obeyed their parents. This is a photo of my mother-in-law, Vivian, and my three active children greeting her. As you can
see, she looks overwhelmed too.
. I longed for that feeling of confidence that all of those women from the 1940's and 1950's had. Why couldn't I have that too? Well, slowly but surely, I did gain that confidence through prayer and through trusting the Lord. He has been so faithful to me. I praise Him for His goodness and for always keeping His promises.

 "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you." Matt. 17:6  

Blessings, Kathi

Friday, February 7, 2014

Early Morning

I'm the first one up in the morning. But, around 5:00 am I hear kitchen noises: the sound of a griddle being heated up, pancake mix being poured and stirred, the whisk against the bowl, and the flipper flipping pancakes. It's our son Garrett. I love this about him. He  makes and eats pancakes nearly every morning. This is a precious moment I captured on film of my husband Stacey holding Garrett, reading the Bible and eating pancakes with him. I treasure this moment. I'm thankful my husband makes time for each of our children especially since he must travel now and then for his job. My husband gets to go to places like this. Can you believe he actually got to visit the Taj Mahal?
It is breathtaking.  We are not perfect parents by any means. That is why we pray so much. We need God's help to do this huge amazing job of being parents. We do try to follow the Scriptures.  As you can see I value that my husband spends time with our kids, teaching them and listening to them. I am very blessed to have him as the father of our children. 
 "Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate." Psalm 127:3-5 

  Blessings, Kathi

Thursday, February 6, 2014

We Have Five Inches of Snow!

We enjoyed a little bit of school today. We had to quit early because the snow was coming down. These girls are happily listening to a story while they wait for a ride home. The court on the playground is quiet. The snow looks lovely. Buses are finally here to pick up students. My husband came to get me in our four-wheel drive. Along the way we saw many cars in the ditch. Sadly, this is the fourth one.
Of course my college age kids wanted to play in the snow with Garrett. They love the snow. Notice Jessica's hat. She was looking for a hat to keep herself warm. She cracks me up. She found Harrison's old coon skin. Somehow, even in the snow she is stylish. Funny Jessica.Harrison came out to the hot tub and took a picture of us keeping warm, so I took his picture as well. He soon joined us. Pretty soon all six of us were in it while the snow came down. Wish I had a photo of all of us, but it's too difficult with keeping the camera dry and all. Believe it or not, Garrett was brave enough to make snow angels. Ha ha.    “'Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, 'Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool."  
     Isaiah 1:18
  Blessings, Kathi

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Get Away In the Portland Area


I must tell you, as a blogger, I kind of blew it. We went to this really interesting place. We stayed in the McMenamins Grand Lodge Hotel, in Forest Grove. Talk about a photo op., which, sadly, I missed. I will share with you what I did capture in photos.  Jessica and Garrett reading in the pleasant family room/ library.    What's true and hard to swallow is that you can actually have fun without t.v. Right, there are no t.v.'s in the rooms, so you are forced to talk with each other or read. We found that we actually liked each other and enjoyed hanging out and talking by the fire. This place is eerie and enticing at the same time. I wish I had taken more photos and had more of the history to share with you. What I will tell you is, that this lodge use to be an orphanage in the 1920's. Need I say more? I promise when we go back I will take pictures and fill you in.
If these walls could talk. I'm sure they would tell you whether or not this head matron was kind or strict, or both. We did enjoy the warm, lovely hot tub pool.  Also, we did enjoy being thrown together and learning more about one another.
If you want to spend time as a family, come to this place. We did enjoy it and the history we encountered. We will be coming back. I promise you, if you have an interest in 1920 circa orphanages, you will not be disappointed. Sorry for not taking photos. I was caught up with my family, which is a good thing.

 "Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind." Phil. 2:1-2

  Blessings, Kathi

Monday, February 3, 2014

My Dad, A Faithful Steward

One thing I will always remember is my dad washing our car on Sunday morning before church. Why? because it mattered.  I loved it that my Dad cared for his things, whether it was a pair of shoes, or a toaster. He kept his things nice. His shoes were shined with his shoe shine kit. His cars were oiled, washed and filled with gas. Light bulbs were changed as soon as they went out. Anything broken was fixed within a day or two.
Thank you Daddy, for being such a wonderful Dad, husband to Mom, and provider for our family. Thank you for keeping everything in repair, painted, replaced, and spotless. We love you.

" Moreover, it is [essentially] required of stewards that a man should be found faithful [proving himself worthy of trust]."              1 Corinthians 4:2

Blessings, Kathi

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