Put Down Your Phone...

Talking HARD to myself.
I believe there are many kinds of terrible addictions.
I KNOW that constantly having our faces in our phones is one of them.
Jesus help us.
We are raising generations of children that will not know how to have a face to face conversation. Why would they want to? It's a lot more work to be unselfish and talk to people face to face. Will our children even truly know much about their parents? Mom and Dad (and Grandparents) are always on their phones. Let's at least as a start make our phones off limits during meals.

I pray earnestly for our grands that they never know this addiction. I know that is a big prayer but I will try to be a part of modeling this for them. I pray they always play and engage and love the people right in front of them. I pray that for all of us.

POWERFUL short video below about where our attention is. LOVE THIS by Jefferson Bethke.

Blessings! Amy

Bring On The New Year...

Good morning! Another new year is racing toward us. In some ways it seems this past year has spun and run at an amazing speed.  The Christmas holidays were a whirlwind of activity for us and flew by so quickly. I am usually sad to see all the colors of Christmas put away in tubs and boxes and closed up in the back of closets, but not this year. For some reason I could not get it all down fast enough and felt the need to "January clean" instead of spring clean. Maybe it's just a feeling of needing to simply life in tangible and spiritual ways.  Kind of getting down to the nitty gritty of what is important and what might be just fluff that needs to go away.

As you see in the picture below though, I always leave this one touch of Christmas color cheer for all year long. It's just happy.
My kind husband's favorite quote that we hear so very often.
A great thought to start each day and the new year.

Kind of infatuated with this new little coffee mug wall rack.
Come …

30th Anniversary Fun...

I kind of want to gush about how awesome this wonderful human is in the pic above. Last Sunday marked our 30th year of being married to each other. It's hard to put into words what being by each other's side through these years with all the ups and downs and fun and hard things has meant to me. He is unflinchingly positive and without reserve or shame a committed Jesus follower and lover of God. He works so very hard for our little family and is the person cheering us all on and encouraging us.  His favorite thing in life is to help people succeed in life, in work, relationships and with God.

He is one of the best fathers in this world and his boys love and respect him. He inspires me to be healthy and less lazy and he has done SO many more loads of laundry and folding than I have in these 30 years. He loves the sun and sand between his toes. He will sit and watch Hallmark movies with me. He is a lover of breakfast foods especially for supper. He loves to exercise.  He is a p…


Hey friends! Good to be back and hope to be more consistent blogging from now on. My grandmother-ing schedule is a little different this semester and will give me more big chunks of time to return to some things I have let go and visit some things I would like to learn and do.

By the way, to my heart's delight we just got back from a delightful trip to the ocean or the "big water" as our granddaughter calls it. I will blog about that soon.

In the last week I have heard two lessons on the same scripture and feel very convicted that God is highlighting something I need to work on and ponder.  I have read this verse numerous times in the past but two different people talked this week about examining what it actually means to deny yourself for God.

Matthew 16:24-2624 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.25 For whoever would save his lifewill lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake wil…

60 years of Wedded Bliss...

My Mom and Dad celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this month.  How would my Mom answer the question,"How in the world did you make it to 60?" She would say that loving God above and before the person you are married to is the key. When you both love God first and your aim is to please Him above all then your marriage works much more beautifully. So thankful for my precious Mom and Dad.  We celebrated at Perini Steakhouse.
Yummy steak and good company.
We just couldn't get everyone in one picture.

Movie stars. out in front of them as they charge out into the world with grand smiles on their faces and happy hearts.

I love you truly, truly dear Life with it's sorrow, life with it's tear Fades into dreams when I feel you are near For I love you truly Truly dear!

A love 'tis something, to feel your kind hand

Ah yes, 'tis something, by your side to stand Gone is the sorrow, gone doubt and fear For you love me truly. Truly dear!