Friday, October 9, 2015

At the End of the Week

At the end of the week ... we breathe
for the hectic week that's coming to a close
for the upcoming weekend to renew our tired souls
At the end of the week ... we breathe
for those who hurt of loved ones who left
for those who rejoice in sweet new life of the baby's breath
At the end of the week ... we breathe
for the uncertainty of the road before us
for the One in whom we have our trust
At the end of the week ... we breathe
for the Grace that carries each in our climb
for the Mercy that forgives at all times
At the end of the week ...
we simply breathe
and we remember the words we spoke to the 5 year old
who was anxious for her swim class ...
breathe in God's peace
breathe out our anxieties
praying for those who hurt over the loss of their beloved ...
praying for those who rejoice in the new life of sweet babies born ...
praying for those who are facing the unknown journey down a new road ...
praying for those looking & searching for "something" ...
simply ... praying


At the End of the Week ... author Susan M "Granny"

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Weekend Rain

Our weekend was filled with rain ...
the physical rain that we felt coming pelting down from cloudy skies above.  The rain that was overflowing the James River as well as washing away along our driveway.  The same rain that has left so much devastation in South Carolina ... the rain that will leave behind much work to be cleaned up during the months ahead.
Saturday morning ... the rain began.
Not the physical flowing from the sky rain ...
but rain just the same.
Dan & I had some errands to run Saturday morning and had just ordered breakfast at McDonald's -- he was getting our drinks & I was waiting on our order.  I turned around twice for no apparent reason ... and the lady in line said "Susan?" ... I replied "Johnna?" ... and then we started hugging each other ... one of my dearest childhood friends! We knew we lived sort of close to each, but ... actually running into each other at McDonald's????  She introduced me to her man and the 4 of us caught up briefly over breakfast. They were on their way out of town, so we promised to get together soon!
{PS - we're 7 hours away from our childhood hometown ... and I didn't think of getting a pic!}
... rain ...
showers of blessings ...
only God could have worked the timing for us to reunite at McDonald's --
we forgot to stop by the post office on our way to breakfast ... we had talked about stopping somewhere closer for breakfast since this McDonald's was pretty much out of the way of our errands ... we almost went to Home Depot before breakfast ...
but God's rain brought the 4 of us together at McDonald's.

So after they left, Dan & I finished up and were planning our errands.  Our former pastor came in and stopped by our table on his way out.  He was heading to the hospital across the street ... one of friends had an aneurysm in the middle of the night and probably would not make it much longer ... on Sunday Lee's faith in God-Almighty became sight as he was welcomed into eternity by Jesus' nail-scarred hands. Please keep his wife and family in your prayers during this difficult time.
... rain ...
memories -- comfort -- strength
only God knows the number of days each of us have on this earth --
how are we filling the moments God has given us ... are we His hands & feet to draw alongside of others through our journey here on earth ... are we reflecting His image to those He put in our paths ...

As I begin my week, I'm reminded of my New Year's post as we ended 2011 ...
may we all go through the week ahead of us by simply being
I do not know what being aware will be for you this week,
but I do not want to take my moments here on earth for granted
Blessings for your week!

Friday, October 2, 2015

When It Rains ... We Are Not Alone

This is one of my all times favorite songs ...
Third Day's When The Rain Comes
It's our promise that
although I may feel like it's only raining on me ...
rain falls on everyone
although I may feel alone ...
He is holding me
although I may not understand at the time ...
it's through the rain that I grow in Him
This song is so appropriate right now --
for the past week we've had rain ...
for today we have rain ...
for this weekend we will have rain ...
But He is holding us.
Praying you stay safe this weekend, my friends!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hurricane - Nor'easter Prep

{the pictures in this post are from my hometown earlier this year -- the flooding Ohio River}

Here we go!!!
Although it's still "too early to predict" the path of Hurricane Joaquin, we seem to be in for some really heavy rainfall this weekend ... and then add in a little nor'easter and we have what has been called "the perfect storm". 
 (Thankfully now it seems that Joaquin is turning eastward in the Atlantic, so hopefully we won't get the 12" of rain that had been previously predicted).
 However ... we still prepare.  We've taken direct hits from Isabel, Gaston, Irene ...
so we know what it's like to ride out these hurricanes.  And on top of what's to come, we've had rain all this week and our ground is completely saturated already.
So I finally got Lucy back with her Momma & brother today.  All of our roads leading out of the city this morning were completely congested! So Lucy & I waited out the congestion -- we spent an hour at Sam's getting
 "hurricane supplies" (of which most of these were sent to their house today):
:::  water bottles (we have well water, so... no power = no water)
::: brownies with sprinkles (something chocolate is always a hurricane essential & sprinkles just make a hurricane party more fun)
::: chips (gluten-free & olive oil -- because everyone needs chips to go with brownies)
::: donut holes (at least they're the holes & not the whole donuts)
::: Disney Halloween story book (Jacqueline & Michael need new stories to read to Lucy & Tag during their all-nighters since Lucy picked out their Hurricane supplies!)
But ... we are preparing and we are praying that everyone stays safe during these stormy days ahead.
I'm using some real-life lessons to teach Lucy God's promise in Philippians 4:6 
Do not worry about anything but pray about everything.
Stay safe and dry, my friends!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The SURPRISE! ... WDW ... Happy 7th!!!

Dan & I had kept a secret all year.  Jacqueline & Michael were in on it too (she actually gave us the idea).  We were planning our family vacation to Walt Disney World for 2015.  Dan & I normally travel a couple days ahead of everyone else to get settled in, so this year we decided to take Lucy with us for 3 extra days!  She was shocked!!!

And then Tag came down with Jacqueline & Michael!  These 2 little ones did not want to leave their Grandad's side the whole time we were there.  This sight makes my heart smile a million times over!


... and then HOME to celebrate Lucy's 7th birthday!

Although I've missed my blogging friends, these past 2 weeks have been well-worth my time away ...
Little moments turn into bigger moments ...
use them wisely because they will pass quickly.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

My Tuesday Fascination

The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness ...
(Psalms 24:1)
I've always had a fascination with clouds

... and sunrays beaming through the trees

... and trees obeying their Creator as the invisible wind rushes through

... and the sky of Heavenly promises

... and dirt roads that lead home
no matter where you are in your journey,
take time to notice the beauty & mystery from our Creator.
Have a blessed week, my friends!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Weekend of Smiles

Jacqueline had an appointment in town this past Friday morning, so she and the grands came down Thursday afternoon. And the weekend flew by ...

These kids LOVE baking!
So this weekend I had a "Tiger Cookie" mix to try something different ...

and they were YUMMY!
{pay no attention to the man in the gray shirt -- he surely wouldn't be sneaking any of that dark chocolate drizzle... would he???}

Lucy and Jacqueline had a birthday party to go to Saturday afternoon. So, Dan & I got to hang out with Tag ...

When did this little guy become a little boy???
He loves hanging out with his Grandad -- can you tell?  I found his Ocean Pacific shorts (actually they're swim trunks) and his Starter Athletics t-shirt on sale Saturday morning. He LOVED them!

As we waited on "his girls" to get home, Tag made us pizzas!  He loves pizza sauce & turkey pepperoni ... and Go Veggie! lactose-free cheese (aka... "Tag's cheese" or "rice shreds" or "the only cheese Tag can eat since he has a dairy allergy").
Lucy eats her pizza with just crust & cheese (no sauce and no pepperoni --
she had acid reflux as a baby so cannot tolerate spicy foods). 
PS ... it's a good thing Granny forgot to pre-heat the oven! When Tag saw that I was making pizzas, he insisted that he NEEDED to put the pepperoni and cheese on them!

Church this morning at the movie theater!  We have 3 physical campuses plus an online campus. We actually live in between the church building campus and the movie theater campus. The little ones love going to the theater campus and we do too! We have friends at all 3 campuses, but this is our "home".

And then lunch before they hit the road back to their house.  Lucy shared her tiara hair clip with her Mommy ...

and then with Grandad!  He's always a good sport --
even outside of the busy sandwich shop! 
Dan absolutely loves these grandkids --
and they love him just as much!

relationships are worth every moment of sacrifice ...
relationships are worth every moment of effort ...
relationships are worth every moment...
Have a blessed week, my friends!