Thursday, April 29, 2010

Surprise that blessed me!

I received a surprise in the mail that made me smile and made my heart glad!  My name was on the envelope but there was no return address.  I wondered as I opened it who sent me an invitation and was it to a baby shower or a bridal shower?  It was not an invitation to either.  It was a beautiful card to ME!!! 

On the right hand side was this sweet picture and friendship quote!

At the top was a Starbucks card (white chocolate mocha here I come!)...

On the left hand side was written:

Paying it forward...
to my friend Elaine.

God loves you and so do I.

I have never received anything like this. Someone spent time and money deciding, buying and decorating this precious gift.  Thank you to whomever it was!!!  Knowing how loved I feel and how fun it was to receive it, I am now praying about who I can send something to...paying it forward!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Ashlynn Kate is 3

Our sweet granddaughter, Ashlynn Kate is 3 today.  Her mommy invited me, her other grandmother and her Aunt Stacy to lunch today at Celebrity Cafe.  We had such a fun, fun time celebrating this little girl. 

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Monday, April 19, 2010

New Artist of the Year...

I am so excited about the Dove Awards.  The reason I am so excited this year is because of Kari Jobe. I have know Kari for years. She and my daughters are friends. I watched her as a teen sing in our church and now listen to her as a worship leader.  She is used mightily by God to draw people into worship. She is a Dove Award Nominee for New Artist of the Year.  I am praying that she wins as she is very deserving of this award. I hope you will visit her site  Look around and get to know her, and if you visit before the Dove Awards be sure to vote for her.   Go to the top of her site and you can hear part of one of her songs.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

She's 5!

Today is Colette's 5th birthday!  God has blessed our life with this little girl. I have been privileged to take care of her, since she was 4 months, while her mommy and daddy work.

Today I had a blueberry muffin, a happy birthday sign and a ballet book with stickers waiting for her. 
She loved having a number 5 candle too!  

Happy Birthday Colette!

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Random acts of kindness...

This morning I treated myself to a Starbucks. I went at 8:00 and was surprised when I saw a long line of cars at the drive thru. You can enter the drive thru two ways and I realized that the line of cars actually was forming coming from a different direction than me. I was the only car waiting my turn to enter the line from that side. After watching cars going through and no one letting me in I thought I better go around the building and get in line. Just as I was preparing to move, the person in the next car motioned for me to go in front of him. I was thrilled and waved a thank you. As I was pulling up to order I had an idea of another way to thank him. I have always wanted to do this and today was my chance! After I ordered my white chocolate mocha and cranberry scone (my favorites) I told the person taking the order I wanted to pay for the order in the car behind me. I could tell the person was smiling by her response to me. As I pulled up to the window I wondered what they would buy. Turned out to be Chi Tea drink.  I paid for our orders (his was $4.82) and as I drove away wished I could hear what the person getting the drink thought or said when told it was paid for. I left feeling happy, almost giddly, at the fun of being kind to someone I don't know. 

Later in the day Jim called me from Kenya.  He told me the story of being at a pharmacy when a lady came in to get medicine for her baby.  The lady did not have enough money to pay for the medicine. The pharmacist said that because it was for her baby he would let her have it but she must sign something saying she would come back when she got the money and pay for it.  Jim asked how much it was and said, "I will pay for it!" It cost $3.50 in American money.  Jim told about the look on the lady's face and I heard the happiness in his voice as he told the story.  What we gave did not cost us much, but both of us received so much joy and were so blessed.  Just two acts of kindness that hopefully made a difference to those that received them.  I hope you have an opportunity to show kindness to someone soon! I would love to be there to watch the blessing take place.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22

Monday, April 5, 2010


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