Having been married thirty years .. 26 of which have been while hubby has been an officer of the law has not been easy on our family time. Odd hours .. long shift work .. mid week days off .. are just of few of the lesser stresses of the job. There's also the safety fears: Will he come home in one piece at the end of watch? Will he stay awake on the long drive home? Will he be exposed to infectious diseases?
This life style has left a good deal of the work on my shoulders with hubby's odd hours and oft times need to sleep during the day. Homeschooling was an option we chose so DH could take part in our family life.
We've survived separation during great civil unrest, earthquakes making travel impossible, hostage takeovers, high speed pursuits and shootouts. Calls from the hospital with hubby saying, "I've been injured and am covered in someone's blood."
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Nathan .. that's about all I'm writing about on this blog of late. But .. today was his second Sunday attending church with me .. in the adult church .. he has sat quietly by my side during the entire service .. soaking in some of God's word .. listening to praise and worship music. This is something I have prayed for for several years .. Words are not adequate for what is taking place.
|Nathan and his dad .. unusual but much appreciated Christmas gifts :)|
" People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Matthew 18:15-17
Friday, January 14, 2011
They are always competing now .. talking up a storm .. communicating with incomplete sentences or using the IPad app (Proloquo2Go) .. to speak .. remember manners .. share .. be kind.
Nathan's therapist has been encouraging their developing friendship by including Jacob in at least one weekly therapy session.
It's great to see their relationship develop into a friendship; one that will carry them into adulthood .. one day Jacob may even be his big uncles protector.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Besides .. this will give us a chance to start a new/old tradition .. that of celebrating the Epiphany .. arrival the the Three Wise Men to visit the Christ child .. 12th day of Christmas.
Savoring in Him,
Sunday, January 02, 2011
|Ann enjoying a bleak winter day|
Bleak .. cold ..
snowy .. sunny .. in-between .. leafless
emerging .. emerald .. first leaf .. first bloom ..
scents .. fruit of the vine .. harvest ..
swirling leaves ..
naked sentry trees .. wind .. ice ..
cold .. bleak.
As each day unfolds, there is a beauty to behold. Even on the bleakest day of winter, somewhere in the landscape .. beauty is waiting to be discovered. No special glasses required .. just open eyes to pinpoint the God given abundance that is ours to discover .. if we just observe His ever changing landscape.
You will go out in joy and be
led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
Saturday, January 01, 2011
There's nothing like a fresh new calendar on my wall or desk .. one that holds lots of hope and promise stored within its pages .. yet to be written. May God bless each of you this coming year as you bless Him in actions, words and deeds. Not in 'good works' to get something back from Him .. but as an act of faith and desire to serve the Living God Almighty.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.