What Can We Do?

When grandchildren come to visit. What shall we do? We went to the Hall of Ideas at the Center for the Arts. It was closed! So we went to the Tridge and hiked along the river.  On the way home we stopped for ice cream.

 

But what to do today?

Our neighbor kids are still in school, so the days are long. Today I remembered my nephew, Ruhl, has an archery center. So we went there and will go back on Friday! They loved it!

They both learned quickly and did well! Ruhl had a pink bow for Maddie! Then after practicing with those, Ruhl brought out the compound bows! They did well! Mason has a good eye and hit the bull’s eye almost every time! They both have sore arms now!!! So they can heal tomorrow and Friday we’ll go back. Thanks, Ruhl, for a great afternoon!

So, now I have another option of what to do with grandchildren when they come to visit!!!

Small Isn’t All Bad – Less Is More

I love books. I love reading. I have actually read all night long when I was reading a novel I just

couldn’t put down! This shows a portion of my collection of books. I have favorite authors, of course. Grissom, Blackstock, Rivers, Williamson, just to name a few! Glen Williamson was my dad! I have all his books!

I’ve now reached the age I didn’t really think would ever arrive! Old Age! I need to downsize! Oh no, does that mean, get rid of my precious books?

I’ve done it! I’ve downsized my books! I’ve given many away! Some to family, some to friends here,  some to friends in far away places!

There is an organization that takes Christian books and makes them available to missionary workers and families. Christian Resources International is where boxes and boxes and boxes of my books, for all ages, went! It wasn’t so hard to give them away when I knew they were going to people who would read them and love them and be helped by some of them and who couldn’t, otherwise, get them! And they’ll be going all over the world!

I no longer have my book shelves in my reading room. I no longer have my reading room! We’ve moved the shelves upstairs to the loft. So here is my reading corner!

I even had room for some antique games and toys from Jerry’s childhood days. A Roy Rogers coloring book! Monopoly, a jar of Marbles, Dominos, Tinker Toys, and a game of Conflict. The beautiful doll was a gift from my daughter, Pam, years ago, but not an antique yet! The parasols are from Taiwan.

New Library

So the downsizing has begun! My books, for the most part, are alphabetized by the author.

Book case 1 These are  some antique books I can’t part with. Some are: Dick and Jane readers, I started out learning to read, in Des Moines, Iowa. Jerry and Alice readers, Friendly Village and If I Were Going, I had in Covington, Oklahoma.

Jerry made this bookcase when he was in high school in the early 50’s! On top of the bookcase is the Singer sewing machine my mother received as a gift when she was a teenager. She made all my clothes and my sisters on this machine! A darning bulb is beside the sewing machine. Mother taught me to darn socks with it! Today, of course, we throw  holey socks away and buy new!

Having grandchildren, I have to save some of my kid books. I gave a lot of them away but I kept some favorites. Most of them were my own kids books when they were young.

The Bremen-town Musicians I have read to all of my grandchildren. They got to hold the statue of the Rooster, Cat, Dog, and Donkey while I read the book to them. They loved it and begged to have me read to them over and over!

So, the next stage of downsizing needs to begin. Oh dear…

 

Happy Birthday, Armon

Happy Birthday, Armon! Armon - wedding I can’t believe you’re 11 years old today! In this picture, you were all dressed up ready for your big brother’s wedding! It was a big day! Here’s a picture of you and me together, on that day! Grandma & Armon  I’m so glad I got to go to the wedding! I’m, most of all, glad I got to visit your whole family for a whole week!

Now today is your 11th birthday! This is the first year since you’ve been in the US, that I’m not baking and decorating a cake for you! That makes me sad! I loved how you loved my cakes! It’s also the first year I’ve not celebrated with you! But I’m with you in spirit and I know you’re having company for supper. So, with your family and your company, I’m sure you’ll have a good birthday!

Heavenly Father, thank You for Armon! He’s growing up so quickly! Please be with him, reveal Your love for him, help him to give himself to You completely. Please keep him safe and well. Help him to make good friends who’ll influence him in good positive ways. Help him with his school work. I love Armon so much, and You love him even more!

The Wedding – Ty and Re Buck

Here is the wedding of my handsome grandson, Tyler, and his lovely bride, Rebecca. This makes Rebecca my new granddaughter-in-law! I have two granddaughter’s in-law now! I’m so glad I got to be there for the wedding! Ty & RE  It was beautiful!

Getting ready for the wedding is perfection! Jessica, mother of the groom!  Jessica dressed for a wedding      A special hair-do!    Jessica's Hair Rob and Jessica. Rob & Jessica  Haleigh and Elmise, sisters of the groom! Haleigh & Elmise   Armon and me! Armon is a brother of the groom and I’m a grandma of the groom!  Grandma & Armon

Sometimes the waiting is so hard! Waiting  But it’s worth it in the end!  Parker, a brother of the groom, sitting patiently, waiting…Parker waiting

The church was beautiful. The long aisle was also beautiful!  Wedding Ty & Rebecca  Tree twigs, gathered by Rob, Jessica, and Armon, and spray painted white, in tall vases, lined the aisle, covered with a white runner and flower petals strewn all along the way!  As a surprise to Ty and everyone else, instead of Rebecca walking down the aisle to the traditional wedding march, the theme from Lord of The Rings, was played! It’s their favorite and was requested by Rebecca!

Ty & RE  She’s been given to Ty, by her father, and the ceremony begins! Ty & Re We did it!  Oh, look! They did it! Ty and Re are married!   Here they come into the reception! 100_5876 100_5878  100_5880 Tyler and Rebecca, first dance, as a married couple!  100_5882 Father, daughter dance.  100_5883  Mother, son dance. 100_5872  Enjoying the reception: Christy, Megan and Cameron.  100_5873  Armon and Parker, brothers of the groom, but technically, not brothers of each other! Hmmm, interesting! Best friends!

The wedding cake! Perfect for the TyReBuck theme! 100_5871   Buck TyRe    Away they go, being showered wth flower petals, on the way! Ty & Re being flowered I love you, Ty and Re Buck!

Preparing For A Wedding

My grandson, Tyler, is getting married this Saturday. Oh my, that’s tomorrow! Preparations are being done, last evening separate celebrations were held for both the bride and groom, rehearsal is today. Tomorrow is the big day! Excitement is running high!

On Wednesday, my favorite hairstylist cut my hair. That would be my daughter-in-law, Jessica. Since they have moved to Georgia I haven’t had my hair cut since June! New haircut

Yesterday Haleigh, one of my granddaughter’s and sister to the groom, and I had a pedicure!  Haleigh & Me  We picked out our colors. We both chose very light. Haleigh pedicure  Haleigh looks happy! Pedicure  Oh my, this feels soooo good! The massage on my back…oh my! The treatment on my feet and legs…ah!

New feet  Our new feet! Then I decided to also have a manicure!

Last evening we went shopping at Forum Shopping Center. What a neat place to shop! Yes, I bought a few things. I already have a new dress to wear to the wedding, but I bought some accessories!

Okay…I also bought a dress and a shirt! I couldn’t resist!

I have an attraction to camels since I rode one up Mt Sinai in Egypt back in about 1998. So here’s my new shirt! Can you see the camels? New Camel shirtsHaleigh liked it so she bought one too!

Today, I’m staying home while the Jessica is busy with wedding details. Then later Rob, Jessica, and Haleigh will go to the rehearsal and dinner. I’ll stay here with Elmise and Armon when they come home from school. We’ll have a good time together!

This evening more company from out of state will be arriving!

Then tomorrow is the big day! I’m now all ready!

Happy Birthday Andrew

Happy Birthday, Andrew!

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Andrew

I don’t have any recent pictures of you, but I have lots of pictures up to and including your wedding!

You were my very first grandchild and grandson! The bond I hold for you can’t be broken. I love you! I wish I could celebrate with you.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Andrew! Please watch over him. Keep Your hand of protection on him as he drives, works, and plays. Help him to know that You love him. He’s a son, husband, grandson, brother, cousin, nephew,  friend, and neighbor. I love Andrew so much and You love him even more!

What Happened Here

What happened here? Why did we leave our house at 3:00 AM to drive an hour and a half for me to board a plane and fly to Atlanta, only to discover the flight was cancelled!

Tuesday Prayer:
“Waking or sleeping, O God, I thank you that I am in your care. Holy Lord, I rest in you today, putting all my trust and hope in you and depending on the work of your Spirit to sustain me and to make Jesus real in my life. Holy Trinity, be in and around, behind and before me this day, I pray, as I worship and serve you. Amen.”

A former college classmate, Howard Snider, writes a prayer for every day and posts them on facebook. This was today’s prayer! I read it after we returned home from Flint!

Let me tell you how this all went! Boy, does this prayer fit!

I hardly slept last night at all. I finally got up at 2:15 AM and took a shower. Jerry got up at 2:50 AM. We drank coffee and at 3:10 we left to drive to Flint so I could fly to Atlanta, Georgia. My plane was scheduled to leave at 5:37 AM.

I printed my ticket out yesterday late afternoon, so I didn’t need to check in. However, because my children insisted, I needed to ask if the ticket agent could schedule a wheelchair for me at both the Chicago and Atlanta airports. The agent looked at my ticket and said, “Sorry, Mam, but this flight has been canceled!” “What? How can that be?” I asked. “I wasn’t notified! Wouldn’t they let me know?” Well, apparently not.

He said, “If you drive to Lansing, I can get you on a plane leaving from there, but you’ll have to hurry!”

Jerry had dropped me off and he was headed back home! So I called him, thank goodness he had his cell phone with him! While I was explaining to him that he needed to turn around and come back so we could drive to Lansing, the agent asked where we lived. I answered Midland.

“Oh, I can book a plane for you from MBS.” So he then issued new tickets for me from MBS, which is where I wanted to fly out of to begin with! I only chose Flint because the difference in price was so much lower on American Airlines, rather than United, which flies out of MBS. He issued the tickets for me right then, for flights on United to both Chicago and Atlanta!

So we drove an hour and a half back home. We both laid down and slept! When I got on my computer I read the prayer Howard Snider had posted for this day! I sat there and read it a second time. It spoke right to me. I read it to Jerry when he got up. He was amazed, like I was, how it fit us so perfectly for this day!

So now, here I am in Atlanta, Georgia. I had good flights.  I did have wheelchairs waiting for me, both in Chicago and Atlanta. One of my feet has been swollen ever since I was in Haiti so I really did need the wheelchairs. I would have had quite a long walk in both airports!

How thankful I am for my daily walk with the Lord. He leads me and guides me. One of my favorite verses is Nehemiah 8:10. The joy of the Lord is my strength.

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Jessica, Armon, Elmise, and Haleigh look happy I arrived!