Family Reunion Pictures

These are a few of the pictures that I took at the reunion in Ky Sat. It was nice to see relatives from different states. Lots of good food and visitation. As usual, Mom & Dad worked hard and it was a great success. Many thanks to them for keeping up the tradition!

Friday Review

Yesterday was Nick's Grandparents Day at his school. I had a nice lunch with Nick, Buffy, & Breanna. After lunch the sixth grade had a program in the gym. I always enjoy going to the grandchildren's Grandparent's Day.
After my sister Bonnie gets off work, we will be leaving for Ky for our family reunion this afternoon. This is one of the high lights of my parents year. They work hard to make it special.
(Nick is 5th boy from the left going right, first row.)

I Just Love A Rainy Day!

Wasn't the rain nice today? By now you know that I love rain. I always have and I probably always will. I just love a rainy day!

Not a lot has been going on this week. I have a couple projects that I have been working on. Hopefully, they will be finished soon. Also, I have a picture to do for Beth for Isaiah's room. The picture will be a one day project. I hope I can do that next week.

I wanted to do a slide show, but it would not co-operate today so I'll just share this one picture.

This is Kinsey & Lauryn taken in Kansas last year.
Two cute little girls!

Think on this...

When I was in my late teens, I would sit up and read into the night. Last night I was reliving some of those times. I stayed up and read, "Home Fires" by Charles L. Allen. It is possibly out of print now. I got it at our church camp bookstore this past June. It is a treasury of wit and wisdom.

One entry that I like was by Henry Van Dyke an American author, educator and clergyman. It is as follows:

Are you willing to stoop down and consider the
needs and the desires of little children.

To remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old;

To stop asking how much your friends love
you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough;

To bear in mind the things that those who
live in the same house with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you.

To trim your lamp so that it will give more
light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that
your shadow will fall behind you.

To make a grave for your ugly thoughts,
and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

Remember The Sabbath Day

I love Sundays! A day of rest and just what God ordered, Commandment IV "Remember the Sabbath Day and keep It Holy!"
It seems like everything just snowballs during the week. Busy, full scheduled weeks, always seem to face us. Maybe I am getting old, but where are the good old days! The fun times playing in the creeks, riding horses, playing house, playing games and just sitting and listening to people tell stories.Well, I guess I'm getting off subject.
"Remember the Sabbath Day & keep it Holy!"

Lord I Lift Your Name On High

I love the early morning time. It is so peaceful and a new day with no mistakes in it! (Yet!) This morning, I was listening to this song and praising the Lord! How great is His Name!

It never ceases to amaze me the greatness of our Lord in this troubled world. It seems like everything is falling apart. Cries of Peace, Peace, but there is no peace. Wars, fighting, and meaness seems to abound. But yet, there is a peace in Christ Jesus. It is an inner peace that only God can give. No one person or event can take that away!

Lord I Lift Your Name On High

Lord I lift Your Name on High,
Lord I love to sing Your praises,
I'm so glad You're in my life,
I'm so glad You came to save us.

You came from Heaven to Earth,
To show The Way,
From the Earth to The Cross,
My debt You paid,
From The Cross to the grave,
From the grave to the sky,
Lord I lift Your Name on High!

Lord I lift Your Name on High,
Lord I love to sing Your praises,
I'm so glad You're in my life,
I'm so glad You came to save us.

You came from Heaven to Earth,
To show The Way,
From the Earth to The Cross,
My debt You paid,
From The Cross to the grave,
From the grave to the sky,
Lord I lift Your Name on High!
(repeat and/or modulate to end)

By Donnie McClurkin

Just think...

The saddest thing... We stood in line 4 hrs. at a viewing last night for a friend of ours daughter who was killed in an auto accident over the weekend. Her dad just hugged me and said, "You stood in line 4 hrs. to see me!" I guess we can never know how such a little thing can mean so much to someone.

I was listening and talking to her aunt who was relating how just a couple days before she was killed she made the remark that she felt that "God had something big for her!" That made me think of some of the words in the song, "Finally Home", ... "Just think of stepping on shore and finding it heaven, of touching a hand and finding it God's,"... all I can say how big and great that is!

"Finally Home."

When engulfed by the terror
Of tempestuous sea
Unknown waves before you roll
At the end of doubt and peril is eternity
Though fear and conflict seize your soul

When surrounded by the blackness
Of the darkest night
O how lonely death can be
At the end of this long tunnel
Is a shining light
For death is swallowed up in victory

But just think of stepping on shore
And finding it heaven
Of touching a hand and finding it God's
Of breathing new air and finding it celestial
Of waking up in glory and finding it home

By Don Wyrtzen

Busy Weekend...

My internet is working again! My new router wasn't working and I was online a long time with the provider this morning getting the bugs worked out. Lots of days have been lost, but I had other work to get done while waiting on the routers in the mail. It is just nice to be bloggin again!

It was quite a busy week end. Paul, Candy & the boys were home for a family reunion. Wayne & Wilma had their hunters get-to-gether & our family was here for dinner yesterday.

Here are a few of the pictures ...

Finally Back

Lightning struck my DSL again last week. They sent the wrong DSL Box but I can use it. Another one should be on it's way & I'll switch out again. It is nice to be back.
These are pictures that I took today of Duane and his sons Kyle and David.


Today, I am so thankful that it is raining! This has been a bad drought year in Ohio. A lot of food is going to be high this year because of the drought. Of course, a lot of food is going to be high this year because of floods in other places. So, I am very thankful it is raining here!

I love rainy days. They always makes me feel like the Lords has His arms around me. But, that's me. There is such a closeness and comforting feeling. "You are loved with an everlasting love, and underneath are the everlasting arms."

Labor Day

We didn't really celebrate this as a holiday. We labored in the yard and garden.
I pulled weeds and mowed. It was extremely hot! So, I mowed in the morning and the evening. I went to see my Parents when they got in from KY and Mom and I went shopping. That was about it!

Later this evening we went over to Wayne and Wilmas to see them and look at some of their pictures of their vacation. They had a nice visit with our nephew Jason & Joanna Sturtevant and family in Colorado over the weekend. It was good to see them home safely!

Here are some pictures that Beth just got last week of Isaiah & Merrill's parents for their 66th anniversary. Amy is a great photographer as well as nurse. She has her little mini studio that she transports with her when she comes in. She needs cards that say, "Have studio will travel"! lol

We Are Loved …

"We are loved with an everlasting love!"
What else can be said? God's love is so great and he loves us so much. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

Years ago there was a radio program that was on with Elizabeth Elliot, herself a past missionary, called "Gateway To Joy." I loved that program and miss it. Anyway, Elizabeth would say, "You are loved with an everlasting love, and underneath are the everlasting arms." I often think of that phrase. I know it is true and it is a great comfort.

One of her favorite ladies to talk about was Amy Carmichael, also a missionary, who wrote the following poem:

"Never will I ask of thee
more than thou canst do.
Ever I will be with thee?
Savior, Shepherd, too.
Never shall go forth from Me
a command too hard for thee.
Trust Me then, O child of Mine.
Faith knows not to fear.
Thou art Mine and I am thine;
I am always near.
Near to be thy strong defense,
quietness and confidence."

by Amy Carmichael


This afternoon we gathered for a carry-in at Grandpa & Grandma Lavy's to celebrate their "66 th" wedding anniversary and Grandpa Lavy's 87 th birthday. The following pictures are of some of the family that were there. This blog entry is dedicated to them.

Photos To Share ...

The photo's that I have to share are from the last two weeks. Breanna, Brett & Nick, Kinsey & Caden (from our trip to Kansas last wk) and Isaiah.

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here
With summer's best of weather
And autumn's best of cheer.
- Author Unknown

Early Morning Thought ...

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.
He sends you flowers every spring.
He sends you a sunrise every morning.
Face it, friend - He is loves you!