Monday, September 8, 2014


We were made for so much more than ordinary lives- (American dream lives.)
This book is shaking my heart up. 
For a long time I have pondered on the fact that I don't think that I am doing the things and living the things that I feel are truly pleasing to God. To help people see this amazing Jesus by more than just being kind and smiling and blessing. My heart tells me it is time to be loving but bold and to get our hands dirty.  One of the comments from a conference we have gone to the past few years called "The Verge" is- "More than anything, it is time to stop being silent." 

This book is helping me to have a little bit of a bigger view of what our lives here in this wonderful country look like. Do you ever lay in bed in the dark and think deep thoughts about what God really wants of your life, and if how you are living is really pleasing Him?  I don't mean to be so hard on us but I think these are very valid questions. We should be asking them.  I don't think its a matter of being ignorant of our need to look different or do things better. For me it is a matter of how in the world do I change? How to check out of the mainstream American dream? I feel we are being led to capture the thought that this void we are feeling comes from not really acknowledging the Holy Spirit into our everyday walk and moments.  
Just a thought, but I know it to be true in my life.

We are so insulated and segmented in our relatively safe world. It is an effort for lots of us to even come into contact with someone who does not think the way we think or believe the way we believe. I am praying for revelation from our Good God about how to (even in the tiniest way)  start helping us to not mind being uncomfortable and safe.  It's a start I guess. Praying. Do you feel the urgency? We do.

 I believe this...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Texting While Driving = Stupidity...

I have a blogger friend that I feel especially close to.
God has been gracious and kind in blessing us to be friends.
She encourages me and gives me advice and has a heart like mine.
I know that the reason we are good friends is that we both love Jesus.
Funny, I have never met her in person but I love her.
Yesterday I found out that her sister and brother-in-law were in a tragic car accident.
He died and her sister was hurt but is physically going to be ok.
Heartbreaking. Painful and senseless.
You see- they were hit by a girl that was texting while driving.
Again- senseless.
I am praying for my friend and her sister and family.
Please, please, let's all STOP TEXTING WHILE DRIVING!

Here is an email I sent my family this morning.

What I should have talked about even more in that email as I pray and think about my friend is the fact that someone died because of a text that probably was just so unimportant. Even if it was important it certainly was not as important as the life of a beloved brother-in-law and husband. There is now a grieving wife and possibly children and family that can't quite wrap their minds around such a dumb mistake.

Let's all stop this madness.
Don't text while driving and encourage everyone you love to stop.

Our Little Grandmother House...

Just want to first share a scripture that I read this morning. The Bible that my Mom and Dad gave me when I graduated from high school had this scripture written in the front of it. It has been planted in my heart for many years. It is great truth. 

Hi. I think I mentioned a few blog posts ago that we sold our house and moved cross town. Downsizing and getting rid of some hefty payments sure has been fun and a great blessing.  I have always wanted to live in an older home with old hardwood floors and funny little cabinets here and there. This sweet little house has a lot of those things and I am really enjoying it. We are getting settled in- and we love it.
Just a few pics of areas that make my heart smile.  Absolutely nothing fancy and probably not worth posting especially if you love all the elaborate home decorating blogs, but hey- it's home for us. 
Us and our garage sale, canton adventuring, earthly belongings. :)
Have I told you by the way that I love red? 

 Funny cabinets in the guest bathroom...
 Dining room shelves...
 That's my Dad sitting on top of that good looking horse...
 Aren't these cabinets sweet?...
Love this old built in phone cubby...
I am already anticipating our oldest gentle giant and his forever girl coming to see us next month. 
As you can tell- I can't wait!
What a bookshelf!
Oh yeah, someone built a really strange tree house out of a dead tree (which worries you a bit when you climb to the top.) It's weird and sort of cool. One day I like it and the next I am looking for the chainsaw to get rid of the thing. There should be buzzards on those top limbs.  
Would you get rid of it or keep it? Maybe cut some of the top limbs down? 
What do you think?
Our brave college students climbed to the top for a pic. 
These guys are all living with our youngest gentle giant in our rent house this year. 
Great group of men that are standing strong for God. 
They live Jesus out loud. Love em.
So- I pray that your day is a sunshiny and positive one. There is so much in the world that is frightening right now. Never forget that God is more powerful than any darkness that we fear. He has also written the end of the story. He wins. We just must share our good news! Jesus saves!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Day On The Beach...Photos.

The Perfect Day...
Balboa Beach, California
The winds and the waves shall obey Thy will,
Peace, be still!
Whether the wrath of the storm tossed sea,
Or demons or men, or whatever it be
No waters can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean, and earth, and skies;
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, be still! Peace, be still!
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, peace, be still!
 People running from the huge waves...

 Love them...

 Cousin time...

 Precious daughter in law...
 More cousin time in Malibu...

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Hi! I missed you guys.
It's been a fun and crazy summer. It's been full of Camp Blue Haven Youth Camp, lots of church meetings and focus and a great trip to see our kids in Phoenix and then a weekend in California. Just a heads up- if you don't care anything about seeing pictures from Disneyland you might want to click on to another blog. Oh yes, there will be somewhat witty comments about the pics but still- it's a Disney loving blog post. :)

We enjoyed a few days in Phoenix with our sweet oldest boy and his wife. (More about that on a later post.)
We stopped at a Dunkin' Donuts in honor of our nephew and cousin Colt McCoy because well- we love him and we love coffee. 
The perfect stop. 
This throwback picture was taken about 15 years ago.
The last trip we took to Disneyland.
What cutie pies.
We thought we would go back and relive our childhood memories and our precious new daughter in law had never been so off we went for the fun. Aren't they goodlookin?
Perfect picture. Goofy. All.
Especially the boy in the red shorts. He makes me smile.
Yes, Disneyland has a Starbucks. Made the experience just about perfect. There is that face again. We have never ever taken a serious picture of that boy I don't think. He is entertaining though.
Tradition for our family is that we walk in and ride the train and then see the Lincoln exhibit. We were the first ones in that morning and they let us have the whole theater to ourselves. It was way cool. Below are two of his famous quotes. What a man he was. I think he was extra special. I think that is because he knew God was His guide and represented the absolute truth for life.
 "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day." Lincoln Observed: The Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooksedited by Michael Burlingame (Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998), p. 210.

"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume I, "Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois (January 27, 1838), p. 109.

It's a small world. It was a little small for our large boys.
They were troopers. There were, however references to some scene in "Shrek" while boating through.
 The parade was magical.
 Mary Poppins. Practically perfect in every way...
Beautiful girls. Our daughter in law would make a lovely Disney princess.
Yes, she would.
 Mr. Toads wild ride...Hilarious.

 Splash Mountain...
 Mickey himself...
 Absolutely breathtaking fireworks...

 My sweet family and Walt...
So- thanks for joining me on this trip down Disney vacation lane.
It's been fun.
Talk to you soon.
(Oh, look- a normal smile.) :)