Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas for the Birds

Snow fell softly overnight
A white cover purifying the land
On the corner of our deck is a bird house
A place of safety for our winged friends
Slipped over branches is a wreath of green
Both are wrapped in peace
Christmas should be shared with all

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Hankering is a funny sounding word.  Tonight I had a really strong desire for fish tacos.  The craving was strong enough to be called a hankering.

The problem with making fish tacos on the spur of the moment is using the limited ingredients available.  I had one tomato that wasn't mushy and some onion.  I diced that up and added some dried cilantro.  Then some salt,  pepper, and lime juice.  While that marinated I baked a few pieces of cod. 

Do you call romaine lettuce a stalk or head?  Like head of lettuce?

I had romaine lettuce so I washed that up. 

When the fish was done I chunked it and tossed it in with the tomato/onion mixture.  Then the whole kit-and-caboodle was spooned onto a romaine leaf.

Did you hear me yelling NUMMY? 

I wonder if God had fun coming up with the word hankering.  Maybe He was sitting around, stroking his chin as He thought:  what would be a good word for a really strong desire or craving.  Oh, why don't we call it hankering. Ha! ha!

My fish tacos sound bland but they were incredible

May your next hankering be fulfilled in an amazing way like mine was tonight.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Snow Mania

We have had several days of near 60 degrees.  It is a very early spring for southern Minnesota.  Until today.  There is a blizzard predicted with up to 14 inches of snow expected.  It has been sleeting with snall pebble-sized pellets.  I can hear them hitting the window tonight.

School was cancelled fo tomorrow as soon as the storm was announced.  How I wish I was still in school!  Work will not be cancelled.  Nuts!  I may end up taking the city bus if we get the amount of snow predicted.

We live in a part of the world where there are four definite seasons.  Our spring doesn't really start until the end of April or May but we have had such warm weather, everyone has thought spring was here.

The four seasons are amazing.  White snow.  Tree buds in the spring.  Green grass in the summer. Crisp air with orange/brown leaves in the fall.  We are so blessed with the changes.

Monday, March 21, 2016


Ramblings since I just want to type and see what comes out of my fingers.  Since my last post there have been so many things that have happened and I guess I lost my desire to write.   Tonight I went to the pool and spent time water walking.  I was walking and the thought popped in my head:  what do I really like doing and I realized writing is something I love to do.  So I'm back from the pool with the resolve to get some thoughts down and I doubt I'll publish this post. 

I watched cancer win its battle over my dad.  That battle and his death have affected all of my family in different ways and it has ripped at my heart seeing all the grief.  Not to mention how grief lingers in the background of my own life and pops up at unannounced times.  The anger, sadness that makes breathing hard, streaming tears, and loneliness are like a jack-in-the-box popping up in surprise.  I know it is important to get these feelings out and it is part of the process of healing.  But gosh it hurts. 

Cancer sucks.

Kidlet One and Favorite Son-In-Law announced that they will be having Grandbaby #3 in August.  How thankful I am that there will be LIFE to focus on in this year when dad's DEATH has made such a big hole for all of us.  Oh Lord may this baby be healthy and may Kidlet One feel good from this point on!

There are other heavy things in my life.  It is such a war for me to give these things over to God and then I turn around and pick them up again.  Silly me.  I trust Him to work everything out yet it seems I cannot fully surrender that control over to Him.  This is one of those amazing things of asking Jesus to be the Lord of my life--giving myself fully over to Him--and then allowing my flesh to think I need to help Him out.  This is one area I really want to have victory in soon. 

My job is changing.  I don't feel that I am using the gifts God put inside of me in the new direction the work is taking.  This is so frustrating and draining.  Another area that I need to lay down to God and let Him work it out

Today I had the privilege of celebrating Grandbaby C's third birthday.  Oh we had fun!  My mom, Kidlet One and I took the Birthday Girl to the Mall of America.  Each one of us went on a ride with C and then we went to the American Girl cafĂ© for lunch.  Grandbaby C was wide eyed and in wonder.  Her innocence and joy were contagious and lifted my spirits higher than they've been in a long time.  We laughed and enjoyed sharing this day together.  In fact we decided this would be a yearly event.  All of us celebrating the birth of this delightful girl.  How amazing is it that a grandchild can fill my Love Tank so much!

The thread that remains woven in amongst my feelings is the cord of God.  He has a rope that has been a lifeline to me.  I honestly think I've felt every emotion imaginable in the past months and when I get to the end of myself there is God holding the rope that I sometimes didn't feel was around me.  He pulls me up onto His lap and just holds me allowing me to bury my head in His shoulder.  And then He looks into my eyes and just smiles at me.  A great and loving Father.  Amazing.

Getting words down and out from inside of my heart feels good.  Thank you, Lord, for challenging me to do what I love. 

Again I am So Amazed at your faithfulness in walking with me through this journey.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Gated Community

Riley, the family pet, now lives in a gated community.

Moving to this community was not a choice Riley made but one we made for him.

The gate in this picture is between the kitchen and hallway. 

We have to move the gate each and every time we go into the kitchen.

So I guess our whole family now lives in a gated community.

Poor Riley has been having seizures.  He was started on medication and thankfully had no more seizures.

Until two days before Thanksgiving.

His seizures occur only at night and both Tuesday and Wednesday nights he seized over and over again.  It was awful.

When his medication is adjusted up he becomes ferociously hungry and thirty.

Obnoxiously hungry and thirsty.

Which leads to him going Number 1 and Number 2 all over the house.


We continue to make adjustments to his medications and until we feel he is under control, he lives in the kitchen.

In his gated community.

If you stop by the house and ring the doorbell, it make takes us a little longer to get to the door.

We have a few gates to climb over!

It is amazing the extents we go to for our pet!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Resurrected Blog

Dear Blog,

Yes, it is true, you have been neglected.  So many times my fingers have itched to sit down and write but, golly, I have been side tracked by so many things.  Tonight I blew the dust from the keyboard and decided to re-introduce myself to you.

I am So Amazed.  So Amazed at all that God has done in my life, is currently doing, and will do in the future.  His beauty and wonder delights me and I love to capture, in pictures, or in words those amazing details.

The side-tracking things in my life continue to exist.  So I won't promise a daily update but when I can, I shall return.

For tonight, I am thankful that God is my Rock and Foundation.  His steadfastness and faithfulness are like gasoline in my tank.  They keep me going.

This picture was taken at my parent's house early one morning when fog covered the area.  You cannot tell what is beyond those trees.


A short time later, as the fog drifted away, the view was more defined.  Not everything was clear but at least the lake could be seen.

So much in our lives doesn't seem to make sense or may seem foggy.  Hang in there and trust that God will blow the fog away in the right time.  You will then see things more clearly.  He has been doing that with me so much lately.  The wait for the clear vision is worth it.

If you are intentional about looking for those small, amazing things in your life, you will be blessed.

I know.

So Amazed