Small Town Living

The nice part about living in a small town: When you don't know what you're doing, someone else always does.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory

Hey everyone..long time no see:) Just wanted to stop in and say hi and let you know all is well. It's summer and we've been crazy busy.

I woke singing, "Rise and shine and give God the glory." Complete with hands motions and all. After the day I had a work yesterday, I needed pepping up. And that song will do it!

I wonder if taking a week off work is worth it?

Yes, it is.

We had the most fantabulous time! No reservations, no GPS, no schedule. Just a $10 Rand McNally , and we were off. We started out in Nashville, TN and ended up in Cincinnati, OH by week end, with Louisville, KY and Milltown, IN in between.

I was reminded also, there is no place like home. Home to family and friends. Why is it that after you've been gone, everything looks different? You seem like a stranger in your own home and town. Funny but true. Then once you are back at work, reality body slams you, and you feel all normal again.

If you are wondering about Mom, well, she is fine:) She did a happy dance after her last antibiotic IV. Way to go Mom! Now she is feeling better and we are praying each day brings her strength and healing.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

So true.....

Eugene Petersen writes: "Every day I put love on the line. There's nothing I am less good at. I am far better in competition than love; far better at responding to my instincts to get ahead, than at figuring out how to love another. I'm schooled and trained in getting my own way. And yet I decide every day to set aside what I do best, and attempt to do what I do very clumsily-open myself to the frustrations and failures of loving, daring to believe that failing in love is better than succeeding in pride."

Deep isn't it. I had to re-read it a couple of times. My favorite is the last part...."failing in love is better than succeeding in pride."

When I read this I thought of the game we lost last night. What does this have to do with a ball game?..not really just reminded me that competition is just that. I love a good game of baseball.....don't get me wrong. It's just competition tends to bring out the worst in me. Mr. Petersen just reminded me that I would rather lose a ball game playing fair and square, with sportsmanship in tow, than win the state championship. Not that the other team cheated last night, however, I felt we were ripped on a call or two;), maybe the other team were using illegal bats:), sorry for the rant there...but I'm proud of our team for holding their heads high and giving it their best.

Oh what lessons we learn from the agony of defeat!

Really, being watchful of our words and honoring Jesus in all we do, even in defeat, we will be over comers!


Monday, July 6, 2009

Mom's Home!

She's back! And proud of it. Mom got home from the hospital late Friday afternoon. After a few attempts, they finally got the new pic line in. She has quite the supply of antibiotics that Dad has to administer (via IV) every 24 hr. and another one every 8 hrs. Dad should be grandfathered in as a nurse by the time Mom gets a new heart. I have to brag on him some, he has really been a trooper and takes really good care of Mom. They hardly ever let us help them do a thing.

So for now, Mom is catching up on some much needed rest and sleep. Hopefully after the 2 week antibiotic regimen, she will be back to where she was before the infection. Continue praying that this pic line will work until she can get a new heart.

I just want to thank all of you for your prayers. Would you please whisper a prayer of thanks to God. I give Him all the glory!


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ice Cycle Pickles


Cold Water
McCormick Pickling Spice


Cut up cucumbers and place in a gallon size jar. Cover cucumbers with cold water. Add 1 cup salt and let set for 4 days. On the 4th day rinse, add 2 Tbsp. alum and cover in cold water for 24 hrs. Rinse and add vinegar (no water) and let stand for 10 days. Drain (do not rinse). Put pickling spice in a coffee filter or cotton cloth and tie with a string. Place pickling spice in jar and then add 3 cups of sugar each day for 3 days.

They do not have to be refrigerated. However, I like mine cold and keep a quart jar of them in my refrigerator at all times.

I love, love these pickles. I use them in tuna/chicken salads, on hamburgers, or just eat them with meals. Charlotte, my MIL, taught me how to make these. Thank you Charlotte! They are super easy to make!

Oh...the wax paper hats on the jars is not necessary....but my lids are getting old and I didn't want rusty stuff in my pickles;-) it serves as a handy dandy label to keep me on track of the day I need to rinse/drain them.



PS...Mom is still in hospital. Today is the day for the new pic line. She will be coming home tomorrow, Lord willing. Say a prayer for her today. She is dreading this procedure, but looking forward to it all at the same time.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Work in Jesus' name

The following is another timely devotion from, "The Word For You Today."

"....take a moment at the beginning of your workday when you sit down at your desk or your computer or in your home, and invite Jesus to partner with you. Tell Him, "Today, I'm not going to work by myself." Any time throughout your workday when you have a tough problem, ask Him for help. When you have a difficult decision to make, ask Him for wisdom-then listen and be really open. When you find your energy flagging, ask Him for renewed strength. When you find your attitude turning negative, ask Him to re-orient your heart. ....every few hours as you're working, pause two or three minutes. Thank Him for His help. Hand Him your worries. Ask for His energy. Every moment is an opportunity to be with Jesus. When you forget-and you will, when you mess up-and you will, remember this really important rule: there's to be no beating yourself up! Every moment is another chance. God just keeps sending them. That's grace. Every moment of your workday is a new chance for you to be with Him."

"Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus." Colossians 3:17 NIV

Thank you Jesus for sending your Word to me today!


PS....Mom is still hanging in there. Praying, God willing, tomorrow will be the day for the new pic line. The place on her arm looks better. It is drying up and peeling, so hopefully both are good signs. It looks like it will leave a scar. But as Mom put it, "what's another scar."