Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Peaceful Voice ... Love's Amazing Grace

Sometimes we all simply need a little break from the hectic.
I was in high school when I first heard Gary Morris sing.  I honestly thought that he had the smoothest and clear voice... as if he was sitting in the same room and singing directly to me.

Dan & I saw him probably 20 years ago in concert...
just him and his guitar.
Best concert ever.

And still now some 35 years since I first heard him...
still smoothest voice
still clearest voice

So, if you need a little break...
if you need a little getaway...
take just a few minutes to listen...

So much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving
and everyday...
Have a blessed Thanksgiving,
dear friends!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

His Perfect Goodness

It seems like AGES since I've been on blogger! I cannot believe we're heading to Thanksgiving next week ... and yet, how is it that every single retailer has had their Christmas displays up since before Halloween?
Dan & I have been keeping extremely busy with "all" of our kids (we include our grands when we refer to "our kids).  I've normally had a day in between visits either to their house or our house ... cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, etc. ... so not much time to sit down and catch up in my blogging community.
So many changes coming in the very near future ... and so many reasons to simply breathe in God's goodness. 
in all the busy-ness
in all the rush
in all the chaos
God's goodness is perfect for each of our lives
His goodness to me may be different than His goodness to you ...
but His goodness is still perfect
I do hope to catch up with my blogger-friends over the next several days ...
but just know that I do think of you and I say a little prayer for you & your family daily.
Have a blessed day, my friends!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

His Autumn Coloring Book

As I made my trek down our driveway today, I became more aware of my surroundings ...
our dirt driveway paved with gravel and fallen leaves engulfed by God's coloring book that He has allowed Dan and me to enjoy for over 15 years.

The evidence of God's grace is all around ...
in the changing colors
in the fallen leaves
in the unseen wind
May your day reflect the goodness of God's grace through His ever-so-vibrant coloring book ...
His grace
His creation
His love

Friday, October 23, 2015

Hurricane Watch {Again}

We are on hurricane watch --- again.  Not for our little corner of the world, but for the Mexico region that is bracing for Hurricane Patricia. The strongest hurricane in recording history...
200 mph sustained winds and gusts up to 250 mph...
cancelled flights at Puerto Vallarta...
no power & medical complications. 
We are praying for this region.
Dan & I took Jacqueline on a family vacation & graduation celebration to Puerto Vallarta for her high school graduation in 2004.  We had been out of the country only one other time (mission trip to Japan), so the Mexico trip was only the 3 of us.
After missing our connecting flight in Mexico City and being stranded at the airport for 8 hours, we finally made it to Puerto Vallarta close to midnight our first day there. After getting settled in, we had a good time and it was a good family vacation. We stayed at a resort in Nuevo Vallarta
(just a few miles from Puerto Vallarta) on Banderas Bay. 

Here's a glimpse of a storm moving in while we were there.  Although it looked ominous then, I'm sure it does not compare to the approaching storm now.  The Sierra Madres will most likely provide somewhat of protection during Patricia, but how much?

And so now ... 11 years later ... we are on hurricane watch for the Banderas Bay that had been our family vacation home for one week in 2004.  When we flew out of Puerto Vallarta to come back home, our airplane was a very small one... it seemed we had not even gotten off the runway until we were flying over the Sierra Madres. It was a bit unnerving for me back then (not being much of a flyer)...
but today I pray for that same mountain range to be God's shield of protection
for the people and region of Puerto Vallarta.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fall Family Fun on the Farm

{Special credit to my beautiful and talented daughter Jacqueline for her photography skills ...
 she & I both took pictures yesterday but she did the edits last night. She certainly has a gift for editing photos!}

Yesterday all our kids came down for an afternoon of "fall family fun on the farm" ... a working farm about 30 minutes west of us opens up for family festivities ...

It began with a hayride that took us out to their farm activities ...

hay bale maize ... goats ... calves ...

walking out to the pumpkin patch ...

Lucy always looks for face painting!
... and simply the beauty of God's creation


and the reminder that family is what our life is all about ...


As our household begins another week, I thank God for the beautiful weekend He gave us ...
 family, sunshine, cool air, beauty, laughter, church ...
May you be blessed this week, dear friends ...
remembering that all creation great and small is His ...
we are His

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Preserving Heritage Through Video

One of the main reasons I opened this blog was to give our grandchildren a glimpse into some of our values and family history through my writings.  I really want to start trying a bit of video-posts ...
but quite frankly, right now this ol' Granny simply does not have time.
So ... it seemed quite the perfect timing that a friend of ours found this video (and more)
and shared it with us last night.
But before the video ... here's a little background:
Dan was part of a bluegrass band with his parents & brother when we began dating September 1983.  The band was called the Outdoor Plumbing Company (yes, you saw that right).  He played mandolin and sang mainly harmony & some lead for several years in high school & college.  This video was taken at a bluegrass festival just a few weeks after we eloped (May '84) -- so he was still my newly-groom! 
And ... he had a beard which made my heart completely melt (no beard now, but he still melts my heart!)
Fast-forward over 31 years ... so this morning I asked Lucy if she wanted to see a video of her Grandad
 "that long ago" ... and her response was simply
"if it's going to be too weird on me ... then no thank you.  I'll watch it when I get a lot older."
So ... in order to preserve the video and to make sure Lucy, Tag and their future generations can see their Grandad soon after he married their Granny ...
here is the instrumental Ground Speed
performed by the Outdoor Plumbing Company in 1984.

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"