Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Friends and Family

Jim had a meeting in Minneapolis and because it was so close to our friends Sally and Ron's house I went with him.

It is wonderful to be with long time friends that you feel so comfortable with. We laughed together, cried together, and talked and talked.  One day Ron walked in the room and reminded us how many words women had and he was sure were were using all of them. We were making up for all the days, months, years we are not together.

 As we sat by the fire visiting that first morning we looked outside and saw snowflakes!

When we were on the plane flying home I could not help but think of this verse as we looked out the window. 
 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1
 While we were gone, Colette and Ashlynn's school had the children dress as their favorite book character and bring that book to school. I am so glad both mothers sent me pictures of the girls!
Colette dressed as Kaya, one of the American Girl dolls.
She carried the book that was her story.
Ashlynn was Angelina Ballerina.  Angelina is a is a ballerina that is a mouse!
Ashlynn made the cutest little mouse.  
I am thankful for the opportunity to visit our friends
and thankful to come back home to family! 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ronald McDonald House

A group of ladies from our church went to Ft. Worth to the Ronald McDonald House to serve lunch to the families. None of us had ever been there but all of us were excited about the day.
Ronald McDonald House provides a supportive home-away-from-home for families of children receiving medical treatment in area hospitals. It is their desire that families are able to rest and relax while being able to be close to their children. Their vision is to never turn a family away. 
We were so impressed with the beautiful kitchen as well as the other areas.  The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare our meal. The staff were all so welcoming and helpful to us.

Our menu was Taco Soup, Tortilla Chips, Sour Cream, Cheese, Fruit Salad, Brownies, Iced Tea, and Lemonade

It was a blessing to serve these families. We had a chance to talk to and encourage a few.
We were very glad that Jim wanted to join us. 
 On the way home we talked about how we wanted to do it again.  So in November we will return and again fix lunch for the families!
"I used to think you had to be special for God to use you,
 but now I know you simply need to say yes."
~Bob Goff
from Love Does
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Birthdays and a Talent Show

Sunday, we had a  birthday celebration for our daughter, our son-in-law and our nephew. The night was spent eating favorite foods, opening silly cards, gifts, lots of laughter and a requested birthday desert for each one. I am so very thankful for our family that loves and laughs together. 



Monday we attended a talent show where 7 yr. old Colette read two funny poems. She was very poised as she read. You could tell by the laughter the audience enjoyed both of them.


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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Look forward to this all year!

We went on our yearly family vacation the end of September.  I look forward to this get-away all year. This year I had a special visit from a sweet friend I had lost touch with. We were stationed together in the Army for two years with Carol and Gene and after some years, lost touch with them. I had tried to find them without success but with Facebook and a mutual friend she contacted me. We were very sad to learn of her husband's death just months ago. I was thrilled that we would only be an hour away from her our first night.  She and I had a wonderful visit and plan to stay in touch.  

Jim and I woke early one morning. 
We watched the sun rise and took a walk.
Lots of fun on the beach!
Dinner fun with family
Having a lunchable meant she always had something she liked to eat
We ate at one of our favorite restaurants...Cozmos
At McGuire's people sign dollars and staple them to the wall!
Everyone looked forward to the nights Stacy and Ashlynn made cookies for us 
 We made lots of memories and had a wonderful week!

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