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Project98A sweet picture of my daughter and me in 1988 ūüôā

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Aug06#11Taken around 1961 – My family.¬† I am the baby ūüôā

Meeting A Certain Miss “Daisy”

Daisy is the name of a certain Bichon Frise puppy that we are adopting in two weeks.  We went to meet her yesterday where she lives with her mom, dad and brothers and sisters Рalmost 4 hours from our home.

When we arrived we were greeted by the breeder, Monica and all the adult Bichons, Tara, Meggie (the mom) and Gig (the dad). ¬†They were warm, loving and embracing upon first meeting us in the yard and followed us into the house with kisses and hugs. ¬†Monica then took us downstairs to where the puppies were and they have to be the cutest and sweetest puppies I have EVER SEEN. ¬†All fluffy white little clouds of “puff” with big black eyes and noses. ¬†They all wanted to be picked up and held and we tried to hold all of them.

When “Daisy” the tiniest one of the bunch was handed to me, she was shaky and not too sure about the strange new people – but after a few minutes we were great friends. ¬†Her sister really seemed to like me too – and is only a little bigger than Daisy. ¬†It took me a few minutes to see how they both would react to me – or “choose me”. ¬†And once Daisy was back in my arms again and began licking and chewing on my fingers – the choice seemed pretty clear. ¬†When a puppy does this and looks you right in the eye as if to say, “you’re mine” – it’s all over.

Needless to say we took many videos and many pictures too.  And we have such wonderful memories we were able to take back home that will always be with us.

I would say that this puppy got into our hearts – and we feel very blessed.

Enjoy the following videos from our adventure with “Daisy”.

God Bless




We Like Sheep (From October 2010)

Listen to what this guy has to say about sheep – very interesting and goes right along with an article that I wrote last year at this time – hope you enjoy them both!

I am like a Sheep.  I am a Sheep.  And so are  you.

I find it interesting that of all the creatures on earth,¬†Jesus¬†compared us to¬†sheep.¬† The first reason is clear – He took ordinary things in people’s lives and used them for illustration, to make His message understandable by the ordinary working class.¬† But there is also another reason.¬† Those that have worked with sheep and been with them for any length of time can testify that there is nothing quite so¬†dumb as a sheep.¬†The comparison is true.¬† It is speaking of you and me.

Sheep wander, they get lost, and believe it or not – they DO NOT LEARN.

It’s almost insulting to be compared to these hopelessly ridiculous creatures – and yet…

I am¬†humbled¬†by the words of Jesus.¬† And¬†touched¬†by His protection over me – just like a¬†shepherd.¬† Protecting, leading and guiding.¬† Watching, hoping and believing that I’ll¬†finally¬†get it right.¬† All the while knowing that it is a stretch because¬†I am a sheep.Hopelessly dumb – and constantly wandering and yes –¬† even getting lost.¬† I break away many times in my¬†much-anticipated freedom¬†– breaking off the restraints that hold me safe – only to find that I am more lost than ever before.¬† I blow it – get off track and wander even further away from His loving arms of protection – it is then that I realize – I am nothing without the¬†lavish love¬†of the Great Shepherd.¬† Will I ever get it right?¬† Will I ever learn?¬† And this is why – we need a Savior.¬† Jesus came to¬†save¬†His¬†lost sheep.¬† It wasn’t enough that the lost were found – He loved them so much¬†that He died for them.

Sheep-flock with shepherd.......
Image by Astrid Photography. via Flickr

Isaiah 53 (Message Bible)

We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.¬†
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,¬†on him.

Who else do you know that loves you so much?¬† Would anyone you know really die for you?¬† How about someone you didn’t know?¬† How about then?¬† Is there anyone you can think¬† of that would do that?¬† This is exactly what Jesus did.¬† He died ‘while we were yet sinners’ still living far from Him – wandering around and doing our own thing – getting lost and messing it up – just like sheep.

Are you in need of a Shepherd today?¬† Call out His name – He’ll be there in a hurry to rescue you and to lovingly embrace you with His protective arms – keeping you on a safe path.¬† Stay close to Him and He will watch over you with a relentless love.¬†Always.

God Bless

30 Years Ago #4

30 years ago – tomorrow ūüôā

God Bless

30 Years Ago

This month marks 30 years that Greg and I have been married. So for the next five days (our actual anniversary is on Labor Day) I will be posting a “blast from the past” picture.

The above picture was taken when we became engaged the end of March, 1981. Look how young we were. Can anyone really tell what life is going to be like when you are that young? We certainly did not. We had not known ministry jobs and complications – financial reversal and two children – who would grow up to make us so proud. We only knew that for us – the world was pretty small – as we planned our upcoming September 5th wedding, and tried to get through another semester of college.

Where were you 30 years ago?

God Bless

Not TOO Close And Personal

A couple of nights ago I accompanied my husband, Greg on a work assignment in downtown Seattle.¬† He “moonlights” as a contractor for Starbucks doing light maintenance after hours – or any “emergency” situations.¬† This was one of those.¬† A homeless person decided to “take a dump” as it were – right outside Starbucks back door where their dumpsters are (it could have been worse – and sometimes is, but not this time). He gets paid a lot of money for being the on call emergency clean-up guy.

While we were driving from the east side into downtown Seattle – the skyline of the city was breathtaking.

This lead to some great conversation.¬† You see, from afar – the city looks beautiful – but careful – you don’t want to look too close – you may see some things that are – well – kind of disturbing and not so pretty.

The inner city life and all the dirt and grime.  Not so pretty.  Drugs and alcohol abuse.  Street walkers and dealers after hours.  The raw and the gritty.  Not pretty.

 

While we were discussing this great truth – I was reminded of a movie that we had seen recently “Soul Surfer” about the young girl who had her arm bitten off by a shark.¬† In the story her Bible Study leader, played by Carrie Underwood, shows them several pictures of things up close and personal – things that looked AMAZING up close – and then when you backed up – you were seeing an ants eyeball.¬† And then things that looked so HORRIBLE up close – were actually things that were surprisingly beautiful – like a flower petal.

Things are not always as they appear.  Hardly ever.  First impressions can be killers.  And sometimes our imagination is WAY better than the real thing.  A little like every day life.

I love the way God takes me just as I am Рup close and personal.  He is not afraid to go deeper and see all the ugly things lurking beneath the surface.  And He loves me just the same.

What have you discovered to be different up close and personal?   How are you about accepting the good with the not so pretty in others around you?

 

God Bless

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