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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

welcome 2009

As we start the new I hope that it is filled with blessings of all sorts for one and all. As I look back on 2008 I find I was truly blessed in many ways. For one I actually did have a job. Even thoughtempoary it was still a job. I was given blessings during this job to see more details read the posting "Come on Ring those bells" This year promises to be filled with blessings. It is because the Lord has given us a new year and he promises to bless us. They may be big and they may be small but a blessing is a blessing no matter how small. I am blessed with many friends and blessed with a family who loves me and supports and prays for me and I them. I am still looking for a job but I know that the Lord has a plan for me I just need to wait on him. I am not worried what the year will bring for I know it will bring nothing less then what the Lord will allow. I do plan on posting more often this year so stayed tuned. As to the pictures from my bell ringing job just wait it is still in the working. Not going to promise when of if but stayed tuned you never know. This year to ring in the new year I got to spend it with my good friend Jason. He is living with a couple from his church. Jason and I went to school togather. he is awesome and this couple is as well. we played cards and ate and had fun. it was a blast. I want to wishthe Lord's blessings on all who are reading this my blog and send one and all a warm hug and smile. let's make 2009 amazing and win souls for the Lord!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Come On Ring Them Bells........

Well many of you know that I have gotten a job. This was ringing bells for the Salvation Army. It went well. Sorry that iI haven't been in earlier then this to [post about it. But the job was tiring but rewarding at the same. I was blessed on a number of occations. For starters they usually moved us to a different spot everytime we went out. This was good but a challenge. After a while though the last 2 weeks or there abouts we convinced them to keep me in the same place. I rang at the Family Fair near our house. I had 2 half hour breaks and 2 15 minute breaks. Half hour 1 was my lunch and the second half hour was my dinner break. Two 15 minute breaks for relaxing and such. I was able to use the break room at the store that I was at. Was brought out coffee several times during the time I was ringing. We could drink coffee while rining but no eating. Back to the blessings I personally received. Twice I was bought dinner. It was a blessing and one that I didn't look or ask for. The first time it happened I was about to o on dinner break when a young lady, I assume worked for Family Fair, asked if I was given a dinner break. I advised that I was about to gon on my dinner break. She asked if "we" could buy you dinner. I said "sure!" she got me a 2 cheese burger combo with a diet coke. She did this a second time about a week later. One other time someone asked if I'd like to have a sub for lunch. I said sure. They then brought out a sub and chips and a soda pop. Oh I forgot one or two other blessings. Someone astated that she had bought an extra bottle of flavored water and asked if I'd like to have it. I said sure. Then later that night a young lady stated she had gotten something for me. I surprised said for me? she said yes. It was m&m's my favorite kind the plain variety. Twice I wwas given a money blessing. not to accept this but had no choice the first time a gentle men put some money in my kettle then stated that he put a "bill" in my lunch bucket for me and not for the Salvation Army. Then left before I had the chance to say anything. When I retrieved said bill it was $10. Then on my last day working I was given a $20. from a lady that knew me from church. I haven't seen her in a long time. she said it was a Christmas gift and for to bless me for being faithful. Again this was all done before I had much a chnace to say anything. Now the way we did our routine was we reported to the Salvation Army signed in got our bell apron and name tag and stick and kettle. Then waited to be sent out. They would have a drawing for a $10 gift card and then pray with us. They Then would tell us who was going on what van. We boarded and were off. The driver then would fill out a slip withour name location date and start time. put said slip in the kettle and be off. The same was done when they came for the kettle. the only difference was our end time. in the beginning I would board the van and return to the Salvation Army to be picked up by my dad. But he was told he could pick me up from my location. so that is what we did. I had to stay put until they got the kettle though. All in all it was rewarding and enjoyable. Was paid $7.40 an hour and averaged 27-30 hours a week. We had a cou[ple of dinners that they provided. One for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. Our last day they provided us witha hot breakfast. This was good. Now one might ask if I'll do it again? Well if I don't have a full time job next year then sure. Mom did take some pictures which we'll try and get posted soon. I was inside for all my times I was sent out and for that was thankful. well kind of inside was in the area between the outside and inside doors. so did have some cold but not as bad as some of the ones who had to stay outside. I did meet some interesting people who rang with me and some not so interesting. Also while ringing the bell saw people I've not seen in a long time. So all in all it was all good and and am glad I did it.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

who is my neighbor?

I was thinking today. I know dangerous but really I was thinking. For many years the Lord has been prompting me to be an evangelist. teaching his word. but I have no idea as to how I can get started. have spoken with my pastor and he is looking for ways and we are kind of waiting for confirmation from the church concerning the matter. but that wasn't the only thing I was thinking about. The passage in Luke 10. about the good samartian. Who is my neighbor? our neighbor is anyone we meet anywhere. and we should all take time to help someone if we have the means to do so. is it always going to be convenient to ehlp. no. but since when is Christianity convenient. sometimes when we go out of our way and go the extra mile it will speak louder then anything we could ever think of. we often think a few things do I really have the time? is it convenient? what will other people think? while question one is alright it shouldn't be a stopper. many times we are to busy to do something for others that probably will only take a few minutes. we live in a me oriented world and it is time for us as believers in Jesus to stop thinking of me and think of others. christianity is not convenient if it were then all would do it. it wasn't convenient for Christ to die like he did but it was neccessary. he could have done it more flare and could have made a big deal but chose to do the inconvenient so that w may be made right with him.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

good news

Well I have some good news and some kind of sad news. first the sad news so you have something to look forward to. as many of you my readers know I've mentioned a special young lady that was in my life that I felt was awesome and thins were going well. Well she has dropped out of my life for some odd reason. Have no idea why but haven't heard from her in 2 weeks and she hasn't returned my phone calls. so back to the field I go searching for a special lady. on to the good news. I have job now. grant it it is tempoary but it is a job none the less. I am going to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. I got the lttter Thursday saying for me to report for orientation on Tuesday morning. Other then that not much happening here. I am also waiting to get the final word concerning my hearing aid. we are waiting for the State to give the hi sign. As to my teeth? well I go in December 3, for another appointment at the University of Michigan dental place and hope they'll be able to do something.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

a bite of can you hear me

Well as many you my awesome readers know I have been trying to get my hearing better and my teeth worked on. Well it is coming down to the finish. I go in to see the specialist that my dentist wants to have me see on Tuesday at 9:30 in the morning. this should be fun! as to my hearing I spoke with the folks at the hearing place and they've got the aproval from the state to order the device and the final aproval will come when they hear from my ent. so keep your fingers crossed. other then that not much going on here in Michigan. still looking for that ellusive job but am getting closer it seems. I hope t

Saturday, September 20, 2008

sleep time

Well recently I went to have a sleep study. This was done due to the fact have been having big time trouble sleeping at night. Also because of falling asleep at times when I really should be. The study went alright. Don't have the results yet hope to soon. They did two studies actually. A night time one and one during the day. The night time study was a split study. part of it ws sleeping on my side and the other was on my back. the daytime was a bit more tedious and irritating. I took about 4 naps each being 20 minutes. I would just have fallen a sleep and then being told to wake up. But they did feed me lunch and breakfast so that was all good for sure. On anonther note job update. I have a possible job with a company called "Candy Blossom" I would be putting baskets together. don't know much more then that other then it would be $7.50 an hour. just got wind of it today from my Counselor with the Commission for the Blind. so continue to pray. Other then that not much else to tell about. I will be competing this week ina Table Topic contest for Toastmasters on Thursday. And as to any special ladies in my life? well I do have a very special lady in my life and she is awesome. we've been spending time praying together nightly and chatting both online and on the phone. right now we are just getting to know each other and I am loving it. But will keep you all updated as thing progress. I guess I've rambled on long enough for the moment. till next posting God bless and all the best and keeping reading and feel free to comment anytime. Love you all.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

hanging on

not sure if I posted this befor, but it is a good reminder nontheless. it is something I received in my email and I wanted to share it here. it is awesome. read on for the story
Hanging On  

A cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of glistening white pearls
in a pink foil box. 

"Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please!" 

Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face. 

"A dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to
buy them for yourself. Your birthday's only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma." 

As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the
neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she
had enough money to buy the necklace. 

Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere--Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she
took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green. 

Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. 

One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?" 

"Oh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you." 

"Then give me your pearls." 

"Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess--the white horse from my collection. The one with the pink tail. Remember, Daddy? The one you gave
me. She's my favorite." 

"That's okay, Honey. Daddy loves you. Good night." 

And he brushed her cheek with a kiss. 

About a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again, 

"Do you love me?" 

"Daddy, you know I love you." 

"Then give me your pearls." 

"Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my babydoll. 

The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is so beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper." 

"That's okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you." 

And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss. 

A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian-style. As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling
and one silent tear rolled down her cheek. 

"What is it, Jenny? What's the matter?" 

Jenny didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. 

And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she finally said, "Here, Daddy. It's for you." 

With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's kind daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime-store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into
his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny. He had had them all the time. He was just waiting
for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her genuine treasure. 

So like our heavenly Father. 

What are you hanging on to? 

Monday, September 15, 2008

routines for school mornings

WellAs you all know school year has begun. Ruthann is now in 1st grade and seems to be enjoying being in school all day. A routine that we started last year has continued this year. It will continue for as long as we can make it happen. Let me back up a little those of you who have been regular readers of my blog know that Ruthann has accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and savior last Augsut of 2007. Well last school we started the routine of praying before she leaves the house for school. Sometimes I slip up and we do it at the bust stop. Those times I ask her "Ruthan what did we forget to do this morning?" she'll say "pray!" that is right we pray every morning before heading out the door for school. I let her pray first and then I pray for her and with her. It is awesome. I don't know why I decided on this routine or where the idea came from. The only thing I can say it had to be from the Lord. It is awesome because she is learning how to pray and learning that she can pray to God about anything. We pray before bed as well right after our story. Usually a Bible story but sometimes we'll do a story about Curious George. She is growing up and becoming so amazing with many things. She knows that I am blind and sometimes forgets but is getting better at remembering. Anyway God bless one and all and until you visit again. Take care and feel free to comment always.

Friday, September 12, 2008


Wellit has been about aweek or so since I last posted something here. I figured I should come in and let everyone know that I a still alive. As far as the job search goes it is still in progress. Have had a couple of interviews but nothing has happened as of yet. Ruthann seems to be doing alright in school. just wondering if we can ever get her to eat her entire lunch. she has once but usually she hasn't I gather she is just not used to the concept and with time she will grow accustom to it. I have many memories of different events in my life and some good some bad and some somewhere in between. but I would have to say that I have learned something from each of them. Many of you have been praying for my friend Harvey. he seems to being alright. he is in a wheel chair and is talking some. Don't really know much of the latest other then he is doing well and better then many expected. Well I will post more specific about some of my memories later until then God bless and keep reading and commenting. Hey pray for me concerning a special lady in my life. She is totally awesome and a God sent. we chat pretty regularly on yahoo and on the phone. Stay tuned and I just might post more details. For some of you who wonder if we've heard from Ruthann's mom "Jennifer" no we have not. not since sheleft in 2004.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

the football game

here is something I got in my email that I found interesting and pretty awesome. Favorite Stories: The Football Game 

Favorite Stories:
The Football Game 

There was a skinny young boy who loved football with all his heart. Practice after practice, he eagerly gave everything he had. But being half the size
of the boys, he got absolutely nowhere. At all the games this hopeful athlete sat on the bench and hardly ever played. 

This teenager lived alone with his father, and the two of them had a very special relationship. Even though the son was always on the bench, his father
was always in the stands cheering. He never missed a game.  

This young man was still the smallest of the class when he entered high school. But his father continued to encourage him but also made it very clear that
he did not have to play football if he didn't want to. But the young man loved football and decided to hang in there.  

He was determined to try his best at every practice, and perhaps he'd get to play when he became a senior. All through high school he never missed a practice
nor a game but remained a bench-warmer all four years. His faithful father was always in the stands, always with words of encouragement for him.  

When the young man went to college, he decided to try out for the football team as a "walk-on." Everyone was sure he could never make the cut, but he did.
The coach admitted that he kept him on the roster because he always puts his heart and soul into every practice, and at the same time, provided the other
members with the spirit and hustle they badly needed. 

The news that he had survived the cut thrilled him so much that he rushed to the nearest phone and called his father. His father shared his excitement and
was sent season tickets for all the college games. 

This persistent young athlete never missed practice during his four years at college, but he never got to play in a game. It was the end of his senior football
season, and as he trotted onto the practice field shortly before the big playoff game, the coach met him with a telegram. The young man read the telegram
and he became deathly silent. Swallowing hard, he mumbled to the coach, "My father died this morning. Is it all right if I miss practice today?" The coach
put his arm gently around his shoulder and said, "Take the rest of the week off, son. And don't even plan to come back to the game on Saturday." 

Saturday arrived, and the game was not going well. In the third quarter, when the team was ten points behind, a silent young man quietly slipped into the
empty locker room and put on his football gear. As he ran onto the sidelines, the coach and his players were astounded to see their faithful teammate back
so soon. 

"Coach, please let me play. I've just got to play today," said the young man. The coach pretended not to hear him. There was no way he wanted his worst
player in this close playoff game. But the young man persisted, and finally feeling sorry for the kid, the coach gave in. 

"All right," he said. "You can go in." 

Before long, the coach, the players and everyone in the stands could not believe their eyes. This little unknown, who had never played before was doing
everything right. The opposing team could not stop him. He ran, blocked, and tackled like a star. His team began to triumph. The score was soon tied. In
the closing seconds of the game, this kid caught a pass and ran all the way for the winning touchdown. The fans broke loose. His teammates hoisted him
onto their shoulders. Such cheering you never heard.  

Finally, after the stands had emptied and the team had showered and left the locker room, the coach noticed that this young man was sitting quietly in the
corner all alone. The coach came to him and said, " Kid, I can't believe it. You were fantastic! Tell me what got into you? How did you do it? 

He looked at the coach, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Well, you knew my Dad died, but did you know that my Dad was blind?" 

The young man swallowed hard and forced a smile, "Dad came to all my games, but today was the first time he could see me play, and I wanted to show him
I could do it!" 

Like the athlete's father, GOD is always there cheering for us. He's always reminding us to go on. He's even offering us His hand for He knows what is best,
and is willing to give us what we need and not simply what we want. God has never missed a single game. What a joy to know that life is meaningful if lived
for the Highest. Live for Him for He's watching us in the game of life. Amen. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

the adventure

Well as many of you my readers know I have been doing the job search thing and having some dental work. well the job search still continues. I did take a test 3 of them in fact for a position with price line. did well on 2 of them but will be retaking the third one. it is looking up information using tables and charts and such. as to the dental. well it is on going saga. they are refering me to a specialist at the University of Michigan hospital. because I am so unique it is beyond their ability. on a funner note. a couple of weeks or so ago we took Ruthann to Michigan Adventure. She had a blast. this was her first time going to an amusement park. not her first ride because they had a small fair here around the 4th of July. she had a blast. she had won the tickets from radio Disney. back in May. mom and I and dad and Ruthann all went. I and mom even went on the new ride they have called Thunder Hawk. it was Sweet!!!! mom braved it and all while she was saying "oh no!" I was yelling "alright!!!!" fun was had by all. maybe next year we will take Ruthann to Cedar Point and experience a bigger amusement park! anyway hope all are doing well and staying out of trouble.

Monday, July 14, 2008

job update

Well as many of you know I have been searching for a long time for a job. And as many of you know I have had a couple of supposed job chances but they've not panned out. but please pray as this continues to be frustrating. On Tuesday July 15, 2008 I am going in for a test for a job with Price Line. it is a 3 hour test. if I am hired I would start training on August 4. will keep you all updated as to the results. hopefully this works out. if I am hired I will be starting at 10.50 an hour which isn't to bad. so keep me in prayer and ask anyone else you know to please pray and have them ask anyone to pray. I can use all the prayers that I can get. love you all and keep smiling!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

gum fun

Well I need to ask everyone to please pray for me. Yesterday I went in to see the dentist to have 4 teeth removed. this is in preparation of getting some false teeth. just my bottom teeth were removed. still have all my top ones. the appointment was supposed to be at 2:45 but I didn't get in until about quarter to 4 and the torture didn't start until about 4. and 45 minutes later with gause in mouth left the office. now the boring eating takes place. soft food. oh boy!! the exciting part of the day was however we got a couple of passes good for 4 people to see kong fue panda. for Wednesday night at 7. the way this happened was I had entered Ruthann to win tickets to Michigan Adventure. she won!!! when we picked up the tickets they asked if we wanted the movie tickets as well. we of course took them. so tonight it will be off to the movies. and in 4 weeks I go in for my new teeth. it should be all good. by the way he also had to trim some of my gum. anyway will keep you all posted.

Monday, June 02, 2008

hospital adventure

Well I am back with yet another posting. This one is serious but interesting at the same tie. As many of you know I am diabetic. Well this past Saturday, May 31, 2008, I took a trip to the emergency room at Spectrum Butterworth hospital. I was feel light headed and was short of breath. felt like my sugar was quite high. I called 911. they arrived and check my sugar and sure enough it was (480) which is a bit to high! off to the emergencry room I go. while they did manthought you had to be pregnant to have one of those done. anyway it took eternity (13) hours for them to transfer me to a regular room. then my night nurse never got me my sleeping pill I requested. so I got no sleep. she told me she came in and thought I was a sleep because I was quiet. she then went on break and forgot about mme. by the time she remembered the pill it was to late. I then me with the doctor about 9 or there abouts on Monday morning. he he advised I would be discharged. we didn't leave the hospital untal about 1:30 monday afternoon. all is good now just have to check my sugar 4 times a day now instead of 2 and need to drink a mixture potasium 3 times a day. my next adventure will take place on Jun 3, 2008 I get four or five teeth pulled to get ready for some false teeth for my bottom.. what fun!!!! lol. y tests and decided to keep me. come to find out part of my problem was I was quite acidic. they decided to keep me. they put me in icu. I was hooked to so many wires that if I didn't know better I was a sound board for a sound system. took sever naps that day. then on Sunday got visitors from friends and family. Saturday night My pastor and best friend Donnie cam for a visit. Sunday morning met with the doctor and he told I would be transfered to a different room. before his visit though they took an utrasound of my heart. I never had one and didn't kknow they did that. I

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

harvey update

many of you know about Harvey. well here is an update. Before the current emailI got about him he was doing well. He seemed to be speaking much clearer and was in a wheel chair. However the latest is he unresponsive and his blood sugar is running high. he is in icu. so please continue to pray. it is appreciated will keep you all posted as I hear things.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


got this in my email and felt I had to share it. it is awesome

I Hold Clear Title"
  Some years ago radio evangelist Charles E. Fuller announced that he
would speak the following Sunday on "Heaven." It was to be broadcast on
radio. During that week he received a letter from an elderly gentleman who
was very ill.
  Here is part of that letter: "Next Sunday you are to talk about
'Heaven.' I am interested in that land because I have held a clear title to
a bit of property there for over 55 years. I did not buy it. It was given
to me without money and without price. But the donor purchased it for me at
a tremendous sacrifice.
  I am not holding it for speculation since the title is nontransferable.
It is not a vacant lot. For more than a half-century I have been sending
material out of which the greatest architect and builder of the universe
has been building a home for me, which will never need to be repaired
because it will suit me perfectly, individually, and will never grow old.
  Termites can never undermine its foundation for it rests upon the Rock
of Ages. Fire cannot destroy it. Floods cannot wash it away. No locks or
bolts will ever be placed upon its doors, for no vicious person can ever
enter that land where my dwelling stands, now almost completed and ready
for me to enter it and abide in peace eternally without fear of being
  There is a valley of deep shadow between the place where I live in
California and that to which I shall journey in a very short time. I cannot
reach my home in the City of God without passing through the dark valley of
shadows. But I am not afraid, because the best friend that I have ever had
went through the same valley alone, a long, long, time ago and drove away
all the gloom. He has stuck by me through thick and thin since we first met
and became acquainted 55 years ago, and I hold His promise in printed form,
never to forsake nor to leave me alone. He will be with me as I walk
through the valley of shadows, and I shall not lose my way when He is with
  I hope to hear your sermon on "Heaven" next Sunday from my home, but I
have no assurance that I shall be able to do so. My ticket to heaven has no
date marked for the journey... No return coupon... And no permit for
baggage.  Yes, I am ready to go and may not be here while you are talking
next Sunday, but I shall meet you there some day."


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

for mom

here is something I received in my email and wanted to share with you.
This is a truly BEAUTIFUL piece please 
read this at a slow pace, digesting every word and in 
 leisure...do not hurry....this is a treasure... 
  For those lucky to still be blessed with your Mom, 
  this is beautiful. For those of us who aren't, this is 
  even more beautiful. For those who are moms, you'll love this. 
 The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?"
she asked.   And the guide said:  "Yes, and the way is hard.  And you will
old before you reach the end of it. But the end  will be better than the
  But the young mother was happy, and she would not 
  believe that  anything could be better than these years. So she 
  played with her children, and gathered flowers for 
  them along the way, and bathed them in the clear streams; and 
  the sun shone on them, and the young Mother cried, 
  "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this." 
  Then the night came, and the storm, and the path was 
  dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother 
  drew them close and covered them with her mantle, and the children said, 
"Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come." 
  And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and 
  the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. 
  But at all times she said to the children," A little  patience and we are
  So the children climbed, and when they reached the top 
  they said, "Mother, we would not have done it without you." 
  And the mother, when she lay down at night looked up 
  at the stars and said, "This is a better day than the last, for my 
  children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday I gave
them courage 
Today, I 've given them strength." 
And the next day came strange clouds which darkened 
  the earth, clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped 
 and stumbled, and the mother said: "Look up. Lift your eyes to the light. 
" And the children looked and saw above the clouds 
  an everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the 
  darkness. And that night the Mother said, 
"This is the best day of all, for 
  I have shown my children God" 
  And the days went on, and the weeks and the months and 
  the years, and the mother grew old and she was little and bent. 
  But her children were tall and strong, and walked with 
  courage.  And when the way was rough, they lifted her, 
  for she was as light as a feather; and at last they came to a hill, 
  and beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide And 
  mother said, "I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end 
is better than the beginning, for my children can 
  walk alone, and their children after them." 
  And the children said, "You will always walk with us, 
  Mother, even when you have gone through the gates." 
  And they stood  and  watched her as she went on alone, and the gates 
  closed after her.  And they said: "We cannot see her 
 but she is with us still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory.  She 
  is a living presence......." 
  Your Mother is always with you.... She's the whisper 
  of the leaves as you walk down the street; she's the smell of bleach 
  in your freshly laundered socks; she's the cool hand 
  on your brow when you're not well. Your Mother lives 
  inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop. 
  She's the place you came from, your first home; and 
  she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love 
  and your first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can 
  separate you. 
  Not time, not space... not even death! 

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

just reach out

Well as I ws laying here on my bed relaxing this afternoon words to a song by a gourp called petra ran through my head: :just reach out and he'll reach in. no matter who you are or where you've been. just reach out and he'll reachin." that is so true. all we need to do is reach out to Jesus and he'll reach in and clen up us up and give us peace. now is this easy? no!!! it is difficult because we often times things we have messed up way to many times to have it happen again. but let me assure you that it doesn't matter he'll always reach in and help us. is going to feel good. not always. sometimes it will hurt a little. I am mindful of molding clay. in order to make it look good after it is sculptured we have to put in a fire the fire is hot but the end result is beauty. for me now searching for a job is hard and challenging and it drives me mad and I wish it was done. but I am reaching out andknowing that he is reaching in and giving me his peace and guiding me. no matter where you are now I encourage you to do the same thing and see what happens. I love all you who are reading this and praying for you.

Friday, March 28, 2008


This year in Awana Ruthann did well. In fact!!! she finished her first book. She was in Sparkies this year. I am so proud of her. As you see from the photo's she is happy and is proud. not sure who is more proud of her accomplishment me or grandma and grandpa. it is awesome. This past Wensday night we had parents night at church. She got her ribbon for completing her book. she also got a certificate for perfect attendance. Earlier that evening at dinner dad asked me if I was going to be going. Before I could respond Ruthann spoke up and said that I was going with her to Sparkies because it was Parent night. She it with a smile. it is awesome to here her pray. she is so sweet and gentle when she prays. anytime I ask her who is in her heart? she responds God!!!! and at times I ask her who loves her more then I and and grandma and grandpa do sh says with out a doubt or hesitation God!! I cherish those moments and am proud. She is a big help to me at times. she is aware that I am blind sometimes she forgets but that is alright. as to my employment I am still awaiting to hear but that is another post altogether. this is all about Ruthann. will also post later about Harvey.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

job update

Well as many of you know I have interviewed for a job on January 25, 2008. Well they called me in for a trial work time. This was to be for four hours. The original date was supposed to have been February 22, 2008. However they called and had to reschecule. I went this past Monday February 25, 2008. It went pretty good I think. What I am doing at this job is contacting schools and inquiring about expanation. and getting the details like how many buildings how many students and all that good stuff. I then pass it along to the apporpiate person. At themoment Iam waiting to hear if I am hired or not. I sent an email to my wood be employer thanking him for the opportunity to come in for the trial. the next day got an email saying he was going to discuss the trial with the person I worked with. so hopefully I will hear something soon. so please please keep praying. I so much would like to be working again.

Friday, February 15, 2008

job update

I just wanted to drop in and give an update on the job situation. I just received a call a couple of days ago. They want me to come in for a 4 hour trial. This is to see if I like this kind of work and such. So please keep the prayers going. I am not 100% sure if it is for me but will give it my all and am sure I will do well. I will keep you all posted. Basically what I'm doing is ground work for the sales department. contacting school systems and finding out when specific schools are going to open and who the contact person is. what this company does is manufactures chairs and desks for schools. I will admit it is not my dream job but it is a job nonetheless and I am sure the Lord has his hand in it all.

Monday, January 28, 2008

prayer update and more

I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone whose been praying for me and gettinga job. This past Friday, January 25, 2007 I had an interview. It was with a company called Stelter Partners. They produce desks chiars and stuff for schools and filing systems for doctors offices. It took almost 2 hours for the interview. I had to interview with 4 different people from the company. The way that this came about was they contact my Counselor withthe Michigan Commission for the Blind and stated that they wanted to hire one of her clients. Shen then contacted me. At the moment I am waiting to hear whether or not I have gotten the job. I hope that I do. Because you all know how long I've been searching. One of the interesting events before the interview was I found some cash in my suit jacket pocket. Don't know where it came from but the only thought I had was wondering if it was a sign as to the outcome of the interview. On another note while I am talking about prayer. Ruthann had gotten sore finger. she had apparently pulled a nail off and was bleeding. We got it banded and she was then put to bed for the night. She then as sweet and as confident as ever asked for me to pray to God for her finger. Goes to show you how we impact our children when we pray for others for healing. I told her I would. In fact I w3ent right ofver and prayed for her right then and there. she thanked me and not long after was fast asleep. As to my friend Harvey he is doing about the same as I lasted reported. he is in a wheel chiar and is talking some but has along way to go. anyway hope to post a new posting in a couple days with news of the result of my interview. please continue to pray.

Monday, January 14, 2008

the three trees

I got the following in my email and thought it was worthy of posting here. enjoy.

The Three Trees

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing
their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, 'Someday I hope to be a
treasure chest. I could be decorated with intricate carvings and everyone would see
the beauty.' 

Then the second tree said, 'Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take
kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world.
Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.' 

Finally the third tree said, 'I want to grow to be the tallest and
straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to
my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am
reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of
woodsmen came upon the trees . When one came to the first tree he said, 'This
looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a
carpenter,' and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew
that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest. 

At the second tree the woodsman said, 'This looks like a strong tree, I
should be able to sell it to the shipyard.' The second tree was happy because he
knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship. When the woodsmen came upon
the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him
down, his dreams would not come true. 

One of the woodsmen said, 'I don't need anything special from this tree,
I'll just take this one, and he cut it down. 

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box
for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was no t
at all what he had prayed for. 

The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of
being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. 

The third tree was cut into pieces and left alone in the dark. The years
went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams. 

Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and placed
the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man
wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would
have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it
had held the greatest treasure of all time. 

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second
tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water,
a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep
the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and He stood and said 'Peace' and
the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King
of Kings in its boat. 

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the
streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a
stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of
the hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong
enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible,
because Jesus had been crucified on it... 

The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way,
always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He
will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not
in the way they had imagined. We don't always know what God's plans are for
us. We just know that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always be st. 

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Where Mom's Brain ????????????????

Oh my!!!!!!!!!!!.Where will this ever stop???????????????????She just realized she has been signed into my blog and has successfully put one more strange message in for everyone to take knowledge.Please forgive her for she does not know what she dooeth,and send in the white coats quickly please.

Oops Closing Out Of The Double JJ 2007

Anyone wanting to view the remaining pictures I have put into the blog will need to peek into Dan's blog.For some reason after he had been into his blog on the main computer,he remained signed in on his blog.With my senior moment I never imagined the situation that would transpire.Go Figure,or not maybe not.I have successfully deleted my title from his post but not the pictures.They have stubborning remained in his blog.I can't seem to edit this post with putting the title back in,or say anything along with the pictures,or delete the pictures because it is no longer in his list of posts.I will now come into the current year with a beginning of new beginnings.Love one and all.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


Well, I was sitting here remembering back on some holiday memories. I want to share some. I remember a couple of Christmases that I want to share first and then a new years celebration. First christmas. I remember when I was about 10 may be 11 years old. I received an interesting gift from Uncle bill. It was a wooden tractor. This tractor could be taken apart and put together. He got it for me because I had lost my sight and he wanted me to have something that I could handle and enjoy thoroughly. he sent a letter with this gift. I still have said letter today. the tractor sad to say has long since been disgarded and is no more. but the memory will last for a long time. Next I remember a couple Christmases in Omaha. there was a family that helped me a lot with grocery shopping and taking me to church. they had me over for dinner and got me a case of diet coke. it wasn't much but then again it didn't have to be. they did this both years. then in 99 I came home for christmas. now for New Years. This recent ringing in the of the New year was cool. Ruthann stayed up with us and watched the ball fall. It was her first time and she seemed to enjoy it. today she has kept saying HaPPY! NEW! YEAR!!. she seems to be excited. it is good to see her smile. as many of you know she is getting bigger and such. she is doing well in school and she always makes sure we pray before she goes to school. and I read her a Bible story every night before bed and sometimes one before she goes to school. she loves these stories and it is awesome to be able to read toher. I hope that all who are reading this have a blessed 2008 and that you smile a little and let your smiles be contagious. love you all and sending warm smiles hugs and smiles your way.


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