Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Homeless began Ministries...

Dee and John,  moved into an apartment.  They were alcoholics, maybe other problems, lived homeless a long time.  They got a job and testified to many.

This is continuing my series of the homeless ministry memories, of a few people.

Pappy at the bridge, also an alcoholic, etc. after years of living  under the bridge.  He moved and started a ministry.   He was so kind.

God uses several different ministries, in combination to help His needy ones.   Looking back it was well orchestrated by Him.

They listened to the messages and found Jesus.  That is life changing, by itself!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Unemployed Positive Thoughts....

It is hard to think positive when unemployed.   I have been pondering this lately.

Hubs being home has helped us to reconnect our marriage, as we head into the empty-nest stage.

I am thankful for the "Us" time.

we have become friends again, laughing more.  We started reading devotions at night which always helps.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Clunker Vans

The day started as a normal day when hubs saw a van on the net..... We rushed to see this affordable van since our van appears dead again.

we head on a 300 mile journey to look at this clunker van.
It was fine for less than $2000.    We do hope it will run a long time.

but as I update this post...the van has lasted 3 years!
original date: 9-24-2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Dad!

Dad & Nate a few months ago

Dad is 72!   I appreciate a Dad that worked hard all his life.   They raised 5 girls, so it was a tough fun life.

He celebrated by canning 15 jars of kraut.  Dad enjoys canning kraut.

I want to appreciate my Dad today.  He did his best, it shows.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday Memories of our Handicap Family....

When it appears weird, sometimes there is a story behind it.

Here I go out in a power chair with kids on crutches, to the store etc.  We were a strange nice looking family.  Hubs is a big burly man, with his incapacitated  family.

Our daughter had to have knee surgery at 16.  Her knee cap kept dislocating for no reason. 

While she was on crutches, our son 13, broke his leg.  He slipped on a skateboard.  We did not take him to the doc til later, assuming it was a sprain.

It was a difficult time, going to doctors, hospitals, etc.  I kept doing life stuff of a Mom.

Thankfully the school bus driver would call me, to pick up my son on crutches.  We did have help from kind people, such as Pauline (another story)

I am sharing some memories, to help us not to forget!  This is one of those times when, "this too shall pass".

Friday, September 17, 2010

Out-House Flashback

Our fancy out-house had running water.  It was built over a creek.    Ewww, we think now but had no choice back then.

I do remember going to the outhouse as a restroom when I was 5 years old.

My Mom took my sister and I.  We did not want to go alone in the woods.

We lacked indoor plumbing in the early days of the 1960's.  We lived with the bare necessities.

Those were happy days for us kids.  We did not need the finery of life that we take for granted now.

Now I turn on the running water, sometimes it is even hot water!

This reminds me of how Blessed I am... 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

These Shoes are made for Walking

I show these shoes, embarrassed by their looks, but they are Converse...Ok, I used blood money to pay for them.

My daughter took me shoe shopping.  It began to be like fitting Cinderella.

We were so happy to finally find a pair that fit my brace.  They will be for all occasions, even Church!

I gave 9 tubes of blood to research at Shepherds MS Accelerated Cure Project.  I received $50 and bought these shoes.  I smile at this.

I would give to research, for free.  We all strive for a cure of MS...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

You are Never too old....

to help others.  Lorene Conn made 200 sandwiches each week for the homeless.

I am continuing my beloved homeless memories about Lorene Conn.
She would bring them to our church weekly.   We would pass them out to the homeless when we went to Atlanta.

She made her last sandwiches, laid down to rest.  God decided her work was done. She passed away, all who knew her grieved.

The fruits of her labor were still eaten.    She is one of those, who will be remembered.  She had a long full life.

I do want these fond memories written down, before we forget them.

Make your life a blessing to others.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Tough Love around the Gym

Ok, around a small gym at Shepherd Center in Atlanta.  I said to my Physical Therapist, I cannot walk that far.  I became suspicious when I saw others walking around it.
She had me do some test walks.  After those, I started the 6 minute test with a stop watch. (with a walker)

I went around the Gym, 293 feet in 6 minutes!  I was so surprised that I could go around a  gym floor!  It seemed humongous.

This finishes my tough love series of Pain and Torture...I smile as I type this!

Make the effort, to do the impossible with your life.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Helping Hand is Smacked...

My hubs reached down to help me up during Physical Therapy.  I reached up to take his hand automatically but she Smacked his hand.

She said, "No let her get up by herself".  She said it nicely.  It is part of PT training for me.

I had taken it for granted of his helping hand.  He automatically reached down for me and I automatically reached up for his hand.

A lesson for me is that I should not to take hubs for granted!  He laughs about getting smacked for trying to help me up.

A spiritual lesson applies here also.  We are blessed to have a helping hand reach down for us also.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Laborless Day

I do enjoy spending time with family and friends.  It seems like I repeat that too often.

I regret not spending more time with the ones that have passed away.

Of course they can get on your nerves challenge your patience!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Sweet P's Friday

Tea With Tiffany

I Love this idea of Prayers, Petition, Praise!

I do like to be thankful and I still have some hope for my van.  It still seems hopeless but we keep trying.  Dodge is going to look at it again.

I am Very happy to get a brace to help me walk for my ankle.  If the van dies then I will hope for new and better adventures of walking.

My prayer request is to walk better.  I Always pray for my kids.  My husband needs a job.  It could be worse, right?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Van appears Dead!

It seems to be, after 4 mechanics diagnosed it.  Your van is DEAD needs too many repairs.   I am about to believe them.

I am looking for a clunker SUV, that I hope to put a hoist in for my chair.  It would take much more walking.

That is the million dollar question, Can I do more walking?  I have been preparing more to walk, by exercising etc.

I would love to do this, if my body would agree.

I am fond of my van, however it has been in the shop more this year, than with me.

So maybe I should face the facts, and try to walk more.  Shoot for the stars!
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