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

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Legion Baseball

Kidlet Three is playing Legion baseball this summer.
This past weekend was the annual Firecracker Baseball Tournament
sponsored by the American Legion William T. McCoy Post 92
in our Home Town.
The tournament has been held for the past five years and the
winners have not been from our Home Town...
 until this year.  
Kidlet Three's team won over 15 teams
 from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Canada.
How exciting is that!

We watched many great games over the weekend and 
we are so proud of how these boys played.

It was rather cute watching them get organized
for a team photo at the end of the game.
 They got themselves together with that great trophy 
and posed with their finger-pointing that they are

It was also great honoring our country with the
American Legion.  For the final game, the
color guard led us in the National Anthem.
The Fourth of July was amazingly fun.

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Yesterday morning as I was rushing into work I passed this plant along the sidewalk.  It was early in the day and all the rains we've been having were still displayed as droplets on the leaves of this day lily.  It caught my eye and I had to stop to admire it.  So many itzy bitzy beads of water delicately balanced on each leaf.  It was gorgeous.  My cell phone camera doesn't do justice to the beauty I enjoyed.

Walking away I turned around to look at the plant again and from a distance, with the sun rising, the plant almost looked be-jeweled as the water sparkled.  

In a Great Book of Wisdom it is written: 
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.  The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. 
I am very thankful this plant caught my attention.  It caused me to stop and see the beauty around me and that was like a precious gift. Life has become The Great Rush--getting to the next meeting or running another errand--so focused and intent that we miss the beauty placed specifically for us to enjoy. Vegetation spoken by the very breath of God and He called it good.  

Friends, slow down half a step today and look around you.  Take the challenge I'm offering to really see the beauty in our land.  Not only will you be refreshed but you just might be So Amazed.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

My Dad's Sleeping View

Last weekend I went to visit my parents in their Far-Up-North home.  The top picture is when I was standing looking out the window in the livingroom.  The second photo is the view from the recliner my dad sits in.  The morning I took these photos the lake was calm and the wind was still.  The one word that came to my mind was

Psalm 4:8 reads "In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety."

My dad has been doing a lot of sleeping in his recliner the past week and a half.  On his recent cancer recheck here it was found that the cancer has spread to several areas in his body.  Areas that bring him pain and great discomfort.  The pain medication makes him sleepy so he takes several naps throughout the day.

God is very present in my parent's home and His Peace is very evident from the view my dad can enjoy from his chair.  As I was searching for a Bible verse that describes peace, I had to chuckle that the above Psalm mentioned lying down to sleep.  My dad is amazed at how much sleep he now gets in his recliner!

How thankful I am for the peaceful view my dad has as he awakens from a nap.  

It is So Amazing that peace can fill our heart, mind, and soul despite the unwelcome news the doctors shared.  It is a miraculous wonder that we have peace as we lie down to sleep and are comforted dwelling in the Almighty's safety.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Let's Play Ball!

The baseball season has officially started.  After three rained-out games, Kidlet Three's high school team was able to play a game today.   Enjoy a pictorial overview of the game.




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Thankful Test

I'm being put to the test.
Will I be thankful in all things?
Despite the overwhelming sense of thankfulness I felt two nights ago
Tonight my thankfulness comes as a choice.

When life goes smooth it is easy to be thankful
When the speed bumps come it can take awhile to get to a thankful heart

I don't think I'm alone in this
Wanting to be thankful in ALL things.
Can you relate to any of this rambling?
Sometimes it seems there is a test to be thankful.

Today my thankful list starts with my dad and mom.  How incredibly thankful I am that God gave me the parents I have.  They are so cute in this picture!

Also on my list today: extraordinary nurse practitioner named Rachel (not our daughter)
...a surgeon that speaks in layman's language and not medical-ese
...CT scan technology to discover spots on the inside of people
...thankful that last year many of my dad's spots were benign  I'm so thankful for faith and God's faithfulness

Today we were told of new spots inside my dad during his cancer recheck.  Over the next several days those spots will be investigated.

As I get ready for bed I am reminded of what led me to start blogging.  I was So Amazed at the mighty things God "Is" and "Does" that I wanted to publicize Him.  So I end in thankfulness for my God who continues to amaze me over and over and over again.

I am thankful.