Friday, October 28, 2011

A Reminder of the Cursillo Weekend!

Father Paul read to us the scripture in Ezekiel about the dry bones. Love this song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

This is What I Stand For

Every cold, rainy, snowy Thursday that I stand outside our local Planned Parenthood is for this, and THIS REASON ONLY. God is good! I pray that those entering can feel Him and will listen to His promptings. We are only His helpers in this mission.

Ascent From Darkness - My Review

I have recently joined Booksneeze, sponsored by Thomas Nelson Publishers. The deal is you get a free book, of your choosing, read it and then provide a review. So . . . . . . .

Here is the description of the book: 
"A life of difficulty and disappointment set 33-year old Michael Leehan up for the worst decision of his life—to make a deal with the Devil to follow and serve him. Practicing the dark arts that include ritualistic cuttings and blood sacrifices, while fine tuning his manipulation and control skills, Michael launched into a twenty year downward spiral that included job loss and detachment from loved ones, and even jail time.
But God had another plan that included a group of Christian men to love him and pray for him—even when it became evident his assignment from Satan was to kill their pastor, Craig Groeschel.
The life Michael Leehan lives today is an incredible testimony of the transforming power of God's mercy and grace, but is also a wakeup call to the church to be fully aware of the spiritual war that is going on all around them, and to the ultimate battle for their souls.
"I am sending you to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me." Acts 26:18"
It truly was an eye opener as to how easy it is to become overtaken by Satan and his minions. It took Michael a long time to finally break free. He was literally hours away from death before Satan finally let loose. Michael had many people praying for him - the power of prayer is amazing! - and they did not give up. They did not turn their back on him when they found out the truly overwhelming evil he was consumed with. The power that Satan can hold over a person is astounding. But in the end God wins out because nothing can permeate his light!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

For the Lord Knows . . . . . . . . .

When I read this story I was overcome with a feeling of security. I have no doubt that this couple had a love for our Lord and that because of that love and unity in Christ, were able to make it through 72 years of marriage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  What an inspiration. And, what a reminder that God knows the plans that He has for us. His plan was for this couple to witness to the world - since it has been posted on the "internet" - that love prevails. Love for each other and love for our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Here's the story:

An Iowa couple married for 72 years died holding hands in a Des Moines hospital within 70 minutes of each other last week after a car accident that also injured another couple.
"They're very old-fashioned. They believed in marriage 'til death do you part," Dennis Yeager, the son of Gordon and Norma Yeager, told

The accident that claimed Gordon, 94, and Norma Yeager, 90, happened Oct. 12, when the couple left their State Center home for a drive shortly after 8 a.m. At the intersection of Highway 30 and Jessup Avenue, just west of Marshalltown, Gordon pulled "away from the stop sign and failed to yield to a westbound vehicle," according to Sgt. Joel Ehler of the Iowa State Patrol.

The driver of the other car, Charles Clapsaddle, 64, of Marshalltown, was unable to stop to avoid a collision, Ehler said.
Clapsaddle was treated and released from Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, but his wife, Barbara, was reportedly transferred to Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A man who identified himself as their son, John, said in a comment published on a story on the Times-Republican website that his mother suffered internal bleeding and a broken neck.

“She is currently stable but remains in the critical care unit,” he wrote. “There will be a long road ahead for her recovery.

Ehler said Yeager was facing pending action by the Iowa Department of Transportation to have his license removed, but citing privacy concerns, said he could release no additional details on what prompted that action.

The Yeagers' children told that their parents never liked being apart ever since Norma Stock married Gordon Yeager on May 26, 1939, in State Center. And they were relieved that the couple was able to spend their last moments together at the intensive care unit of the Marshalltown hospital.

"They brought them in the same room in intensive care and put them together — and they were holding hands in ICU. They were not really responsive," Dennis Yeager told
Gordon died at 3:38 p.m. surrounded by their family and holding hands with Norma.
"It was really strange, they were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn't figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going," said Dennis Yeager. "But we were like, he isn't breathing. How does he still have a heart beat? The nurse checked and said that's because they were holding hands and it's going through them. Her heart was beating through him and picking it up."

"Neither one of them would've wanted to be without each other. I couldn't figure out how it was going to work," the Yeagers' daughter Donna Sheets told "We were very blessed, honestly, that they went this way."

The Yeager’s children said the couple complemented each other.

"Anybody come over — she was the hostess with the mostess. ... The more she did, the more she smiled," Dennis Yeager told "Dad would be the center of attention, like, 'Wheee look at me,' and mom was like 'get him away from me!' You know we even got a picture like that."
And even though they argued every now and them, "They just loved being together," he said.
"He said 'I have to stick around. I can't go until she does because I have to stay here for her and she would say the same thing,'" he said.

The couple reportedly were holding hands Tuesday at their funeral in their casket. Their family said the plan was to cremate them together and mix their ashes.

It's All About Family

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Beach Creatures

This is really neat.

A preview of things to come????

Last week at school they had theme days and you got to dress like the theme. One day was grandparents day. This is a picture of Katelyn and her friend Sydney. Cute you two!!!!!


I love listening to K-LOVE. The DJ's make me laugh, inspire me and challenge me. The songs that are played always seem to fit the situation and if I'm feeling down always lift me up. I support K-LOVE financially also. They are entirely listener funded. Right now they are having a fund-drive and people call in with stories about how K-LOVE has affected their lives. This was one caller . . . . .

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Aww . . . . . . . . .

This has really been a time of reflection for me. Time is flying and my kids are growing. I know, that's what they are SUPPOSED to do, but . . . . .

Katelyn is graduating from high school and planning a college career and  Leah is going to be turning 2 in just a couple of weeks. It seems like all my kids are growing up, and into, great people! Anyway, here a a couple of pics.

The first two pictures were taken last Sunday at a pumpkin patch. It was a lot of fun and we got some really large pumpkins! Thanks to Nick for being there to carry them to the car!!!!!!!!!

These pictures were taken by a friend of Matt and Angela's , Sarah, who is a very talented photographer!!! She took them downtown and took pictures in various locations and with various backgrounds. I can't wait to see the whole set!!!!!!

Jason & Erica took a trip to the pumpkin patch and also a trip on the Harley to a local National Park. Beautiful . . . . .

Friday, October 7, 2011

Where Has The Time Slipped Away To?

Remember the song by the Steve Miller Band "Fly Like An Eagle"? It was actually about time that keeps on "slippin', slippin', slippin' away". If you grew up in the 70's you will remember it! 

Anyway, I was just thinking that there is not enough time and that I don't know where it all goes. This song came to my mind - because I DID grow up in the 70's - and I really liked the song at the time. It rings very true in my life right now. I NEED more time. There is God time, family time, work time and chore time. The way I figure it that adds up to 30 hours a day. Doesn't fit, right? Where is the time for reading, playing the piano, making cards and just plain ol' chilling out???????? 

Anyway, listen to the video. PLEASE keep in mind that it was a 70's song and is thus 70's hokey.