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I started this blog several years ago as an outlet. To whomever reads my blog, I hope you are encouraged. I do my best to keep it short, so it can be a breath of fresh air.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2000 Years Ago

For those of you who are into astronomy, you will know that tonight a rare occurrence is taking place. Julpiter and Venus come very close and will make what many believe is the same as The Star of Bethlehem that shone bright about 2000 years ago. RJ really wanted to see it so, when our Bible Study ended, we went out to see if we could find it. We saw a very bright and beutiuful moon and some super shiny stars. We did not see Jupiter and Venus. We were disappointed, but we still had fun looking. A rare occurrence that I hope many were able to see. God's creation never ceases to amaze me. God is good.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Staying Awake

In our nightly Bible reading,Bob was reading from the Book of Luke. This particular chapter was talking about the coming of the Lord. The readers/listeners are challenged to stay awake. We do no know when the soon return of Jesus will be. We are given signs to look for and like RJ said, Jesus could come in a second or when RJ is an old man. I can say recent events taking place all over the world are things that need to make us wake up. We need to wake up and stay awake. It's easy, especially in the summer time for me, to miss my prayer time. RJ is home, life is busy and I can go on and on. I realized today, that I didn't have my prayer time. I woke up, went to the doctor's office and before I knew it, we were getting ready for bedtime. Was I "awake" today in the Lord. I always at random say a little prayer throught the day, but was I really "awake". In a honesty, I'm not so sure. I don't want to be "asleep", I want to be ever ready and be ever alert. God is good.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The God Who Saves His Children

The reports from today's service from Bethel have been outstanding. Bob and I are very sad we missed it, but know we were where we needed to be.  When we arrived home tonight, RJ told us that while he was up at the alter singing and praying, he saw what he thinks was an Angel. God has great things in store for RJ. Word is via social media that many were healed today. We rejoice at this news. While in NJ, my husband preached a sermon to a small faithful crowd of saints. His title was, "The God Who Saves His Children". He preached from Psalms 68:21.  Our God is a God of salvation. He is in control of the profound issues in our life. Life and death situations belong to him.  Since he is Lord of all and the creator of everything, nothing is too hard for him. We are his children and he hears us when we call on him. Sometimes his promises seem impossible, but when we obey him, God is there and he always keeps his promises. Remember, you are a child of God. No matter the battle or situation, it belongs to God. He will fight the battle for you. God saves his children. God is good.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Wedding & Rain

Yesterday the sun was shining and it was perfect weather for a ride in the Alpha Romeo to NJ. Today, the skies opened up and the rain came pouring down. The original plan was to head home after we attended the wedding of cousin Vinny to Melissa. Bro. Stoneking is preaching and I really wanted to be in my home church on Sunday to hear him. We attended the beautiful wedding and when the reception was over it was clear that it would not be wise to drive home. So we are here safe and dry as Bob prepares his sermon for this Sunday. RJ and Ross are home in NY and are safe and dry as well. I'm sad I won't be able to hear Bro Stoneking preach, but I will hear my hunny preach. To Vinny and Melissa, I wish you much joy and happiness in your new adventure. God is good.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Doctor's Report

As I have mentioned before, I have been going to the doctors for a lot of testing. My symptoms were pointing to a few things, MS being the one standing out the most. This week I had an MRI on my brain and we have been waiting for the results. Today the doctor called with the good news that it was not MS. They did see a small growth at the base of my neck and I go in this coming Monday for an MRI of my neck to see what is going on. My symptoms are still with me, but it's looking like it's something that can be taken care of. I also had a deficiency in B12 and Vitamin D and that is easily remedied. I'm so thankful for the good report. My faith and trust in God is not dependent on the results, however, I still give thanks that it's not a disease in my body. Today we took a drive in my husband's Alfa Romeo with the top down and I soaked up some vitamin D from the beautiful sunshine. I believe God can heal my neck and my body will be back to normal. Regardless, healing or not, God is good!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Beach Fun

Today Bob took half of the day off and took RJ and Ross to the beach. I stayed home and had a nice day of rest. When I was single I used to dream about having a man in my life who would write my name in the sand. Today, while I was resting, Bob sent me a text. As silly as it may sound when I saw the picture of my name in the sand with a heart around it, I felt like a schoolgirl. It made me giddy inside. I love my husband and the longer we are married the more romantic he becomes. My love for him continues to grow. God is good.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

7 Vials & Peace

Today, I met with a specialist to figure out what is going on in my body. Since Sunday, I have been feeling pretty good and I'm thankful for it. I know a lot of people are praying for me and I believe it's making a difference. Unfortunately, all my symptoms are not gone and some of the pain returned this evening. As I sat with the doctor today and she told me some of the things it may be, I felt a bit of panic inside. She sent me to have blood drawn and when I saw that it was 7 vials, I was a bit surprised and the panic grew just a bit more. Then, we had our home Bible study group. As we were singing songs of worship, I felt the peace of God just fill and surround me. I'm not without hope. I believe in God. I trust that he is with me and that gives me peace. I may not understand all that is happening to me physically, but I have joy and peace in the middle of it all. God is able and whatever the result of the test and MRI's to come, I have peace. God is good.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Jolie Day

RJ has a sweetheart and her name is Jolie. Today was her birthday and all she wanted was to spend the day with RJ. So, we declared today a Jolie Day. They started the day off with a water fight. I made her requested macaroni and cheese with hot dogs for lunch. After some more playing, we baked her a birthday cake.  The rest of the day they played in full imagination mode until her mom arrived. The celebrations didn't end there, RJ went with her family for a dinner celebration. During this time, Bob and I slipped out for a quick date and went for a ride in his Alfa Romeo. Part two of Jolie Day commenced with a treasure hunt Ross put together in the backyard. She declared it was the best birthday ever! I'm glad we were able to give her a Happy Birthday. God is good.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day 2015

Today, Pastor taught a really good sermon, which I will share later this week. For now, I want to talk about Father's Day. For many years, I dreaded this day. Hearing everyone talk about how great their dad was always made me feel very sad. My birth dad was not a big part of my life. Then one day I met Steve Brollier. I was good friends with his daughters and I started staying the weekends with them. They became my second family. He opened his heart and loved me like I was his own flesh and blood. Then came the day for me to marry my best friend, the love of my life. I wanted Steve to give me away. That's when my husband to be gave me the greatest gift. He helped the process for Steve to not just be the dad of my heart, but my adopted dad. Steve Brollier gave me away on my wedding day as my real dad. It forever changed how I looked at Father's Day and how I saw my Heavenly Father. I have the love of a dad, a forever dad. I thank God for him. I also am thankful for my husband who is an outstanding father to our son and has become a father figure to our nephew Ross. Watching him be the leader of our home and how he loves our boy causes me to love him deeper each day. My heart overflows with love to my Heaveny Father, for he has been with me since my birth and has smiled into my life.
God is good.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy Graduation

This year one niece and two nephews graduated from 8th grade. Today we celebrated with the family Noah's graduation. I watched him playing football and remembered when he was a little 6 year old boy who used to run to give me a big hug. Some things don't change, except he doesn't run, he saunters. His hugs are still just and big. High school is a summer away. I love all my nieces and nephews and pray this summer is filled with happy memories and may they always know that the best is yet to come. God is good.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Life Is Worth Living

Tonight Bro Vayna taught a Bible lesson with the title of "Life Is Worth Living". His main scripture was from John 10:10. Life is worth living with Jesus. Sometimes the trials of our life can cause us to have despair. When we are in despair we are in danger of listening to the wrong voices. The Bible holds the remedy and gives us hope. God gives us the promise of abundant life. This does not mean things. He means that we will have hope in diverse situations. He gives us peace in times of sorrow. He is our hope regardless of the situation. Even if tomorrow is not better, we have a hope for eternal life. Life can cause us to have despair. Even as Christians we can find ourselves in despair. When this happens, we need to pay attention to what voices we are listening to. When we read God's word and focus on his promises, we can pull out of the despair. Like David we can encourage ourselves in the Lord and we will be an overcomer. If we find ourselves in depression, we  must remember, we can do all  things through Christ. God renews our mind when we focus on his words and not the voices of negativity. We read in Luke 4:18 that Jesus came to set the captive free.  We have a choice on how we react and God gives us hope to overcome all things. We see this hope in his word. We see it when he died on the cross. It is there in the empty tomb and in the promised return of our Savior Jesus Christ.  God is good.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sun, Sand and Breeze

Today the sun was shining and the temperature was very pleasant. I decided to enjoy this day at the beach with Ross and RJ. The water was still on the cold side, but that didn't matter. The sky was blue and there was a nice breeze. It was a beautiful summer day. I sat and watched the boys play in the ocean and sand and just soaked in the ocean air. There is something about the majestic ocean that calms my soul. God is good. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Mulberries

It's time to put the sheet out on the front lawn. Why, you ask. Every year for about a week, the Mulberry Tree produces delicious berries. We put the sheet out to catch them and have them with our breakfast in the morning. The berries let us know that summer has arrived. God is good.

Monday, June 15, 2015

EMG Experience

Today I met with the doctor for an EMG test. I have to say it wasn't my favorite experience and if I can help it, I won't repeat it. Thankfully, my doctor was very nice and we spent most of the time laughing.  The laughter was a good distraction. A lot of things were ruled out and I'm glad they were ruled out. Unfortunately, my symptoms are still happening and we are still on the journey to find out what is going on. I have my moments where I get a bit scared and my husband does something to make me laugh. Moments like these, cause me to stop and give thanks for him. God is good.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Victorious In Jesus

Presently we are on our way home from our weekend in NJ.  We are listening to the album REVEALING JESUS by Darlene Zschech. There is not one song on here that does not minister to me. By the time the last song has played, I am so surrounded by the presence of God that I just want to weep. Today in church  Pastor Hanscom preached from his heart  about Jesus. No matter what we are going through or dealing with, if we are filled with Jesus, we live a victorious life. So many things in life can distract us from the source of our strength. The more of Jesus we put in our day, the less power the negativity of life has on us.  I love my savior and redeemer. His name is a strong and mighty tower. Jesus, surround me and fill me until I overflow. In Jesus, I am an overcomer. God is good!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Garden Water Fun

Today was a full summer day. The boys helped Grammy in her garden and then had an all out water fight. After dinner Ross and Noah went with Taylor for an ice cream truck run. Presently, the boys are night fishing. It's going to be a wonderful summer. As for me, I like my Saturday's in NJ. In the mornings I take a  walk through the woods and have a cup of coffee with my sister in love Jen. I love our chats and I appreciate her friendship.
God is good.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Bumper Summer Fun

Tonight we went to Ocean City. We had dinner at Litterer's on the boardwalk. Our family has been going here since Bob was a little boy. Grammy (my Mother in law) has not been there for a while, and was excited to be there. Their food was delicious as always. For dessert we got something sweet at Shriver's. To end the night, we went on some rides. RJ is clearly getting older because he only wanted to go on one kiddy ride. He surprised us when he went on the log ride with Ross and declared that it was super exciting. The best part of the night was watching Grammy race and chase RJ with Ross on the bumper cars. She was laughing so hard and giving them a good chase. Tonight was priceless. God is good. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Goodbye 2nd Grade, Hello Summer

Today marked the end of 2nd grade and the start of summer for RJ. Today was moving up day, so all the students came dressed in their best. This was followed by a class party. When school let out at 1, most of the kids headed to The Bay and had a mini beach party. I enjoyed watching RJ interact with his classmates. They are a small class and are very close to one another. We are gladly embracing summer and know that 3rd grade is going to be an outstanding year. For now,  we will take a break and enjoy the warm summer days. God is good. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Last Day

Tomorrow is the last day of 2nd grade for RJ. I blinked and the first day of school has become the last. I don't have much planned for the summer. I'm looking forward to days at the beach, fun in the backyard and above all a time of rest from the school routine. He's growing up fast and I'm going  to squeeze in as much time with my boy that I can. Summer break, I welcome you and with a sigh say goodbye to 2nd grade. God is good.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Blessed In The Pain

I have been going to the doctors and getting a lot of testing done. I have more testing to go. Without going into too much detail, the suggested reasons for my pain is not something we want to hear. When the doctor called to give us the news that some things had been ruled out while others had not, I cried silent tears. Then, my husband looked at me and told me that no matter what, he still loved me. I was thinking about that today while driving to pick RJ up from school. When I am home, I see the beautiful roses he bought me, just because he loves me. I know that when he comes home, I don't have to be on pins and needles wondering what he is going to say or do. I know that we will be a family and at the end of the day, our love will be constant. The peace of God reigns in our home. We are not perfect people and have our not so good moments. They are just that, moments. When we said our vows on our wedding day, we meant them and we stand by them. In sickness and in health. Right, now we have "sickness" going on and regardless, we still love each other. We are trusting in God and having faith that my symptoms are something that is really "nothing" and not the big stuff they think it might be. Pain or no pain, I lay my head down at night and I sleep in peace. I am blessed in the pain because I have a husband who loves me, a family that cares and a God that gives perfect peace. God is good.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Celebrating Two Boys

Yesterday, two sweet twin boys were dedicated to the Lord. Their mom grew up in NY and recently she and her husband moved back home. It is such a joy to hold them. When the service was over, we joined their family and friends for a celebration dinner. These babies are miracle babies. Their mom had complications and were told that one of them was not going to make it. When I hold them in my arms, it's a reminder that God keeps his promises and nothing is impossible for him. God is good.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Keep The Fire Burning

Today's church service was one of those services that was so full of the power of God, there was no way you could leave and not have something happen in the supernatural in your life. It was that way from the start of the service all the way to the very end of the alter call. I have no idea how many people were baptized, I lost count. It was an atmosphere were anything could happen. Pastor Davis preached from Leviticus 6:8-13 with the subject of," Keep The Fire Burning". I have no idea if my notes will even be able to convey his sermon, because it was hard to stay in my seat in such an atmosphere of praise and worship. When the Israelites made an offering of sacrifice to God, it was consumed by fire from Heaven. The job of the priests was to make sure the fire never went out. They were to continually place a part of the sacrifice on the alter to keep the fire lit until the next day and the next offering was given. The original fire was made by God, the continual fire was maintained by man. When the day of Pentecost came (Acts 2:38) a different fire fell from Heaven upon the 120 in the upper room. Cloven tongues of fire fell upon them and they all began to speak in other tongues as the spirit of God was made evident in them. This same fire turned them from living in fear to being bold proclaimers of Christ. God started the fire within them, it was up to them to keep the fire burning. We need to keep the center hot. Having a daily walk with God, keeps the fire burning. When we come into the sanctuary ready to worship and praise the Lord, the atmosphere is charged. When we are hot, then it can spill over to those who are in need of the supernatural in their life. Keeping it hot, opens the door for healing to take place. Anything or anyone who wants to harm you, when they see the fire they will run. Keeping the fire of Christ alive in you, sustains you and protects you. My notes from this part on are a bit scattered. The place was erupting in spontaneous praise. The alter was opened and we went to the front to pray. It was the atmosphere where years of prayers were being answered, where chains were being broken, and where healing was taking place. I want to be full of God's spirit so that it radiates from me. I want to be a light for Christ that has a positive impact on those around me. It was a powerful service. God is good.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

1st Bike Ride

A while back we bought RJ a bike. Today, Bob took him for a test ride around the neighborhood, without the training wheels on it. Most kids his age are already racing around on their bikes by his age, but for RJ, it has been a challenge to do all the coordination needed all at once. He fell a lot, but his dad was there to catch him every time before he could hit the ground. He is excited to keep on trying and we are glad to see this growth in him. Children grow and hit milestones at their own pace. If parents would realize no child is alike, the pressure to perform would be lifted. I stopped comparing RJ to other kids a long time ago. He is a smart boy who soars in many areas and is still gowing in others. We are looking forward to a summer filled with bike rides for our boy. God is good.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Toy Stages

Children go through stages of the toys they are interested in. For a while, RJ was a hot wheels fanatic. Next, came a love for boats, which he still has. Presently it is LEGO's. Anytime he is given money, he saves it until he has enough to go to the Lego store. He is a VIP member and accrues points towards "free" money to put towards a purchase. We go to this store a lot, even if we are not buying anything, he just likes to look at the Lego sets. He even wrote the LEGO company (via me) to suggest some ideas. To his great delight, they actually used one and it is now a set being sold in the stores. I realized how much we go to the store, when we walked in today and the store manager greeted me by my last name. I don't know how long this LEGO stage will last, I'm just glad it involves playtime with his hands, his imagination and not electronics. God is good.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Is Your Fire Still Burning?

Tonight brother Joe Ferragamo taught our Thursday night lesson, his main scripture was from Acts 2:1-4. His title was "Is Your Fire Still Burning?". The birth of the church was born with the fire of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost when 120 people were gathered together in prayer. They were faithful men and women who went through a lot to stand on the faith of Jesus Christ. They went through many trials and tribulations but never once gave up because they were full of the fire of the Holy Ghost. The blood of the martyrs became the seed of the church. The gospel is still being preached today. What are we doing today with that same fire? If we have been filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized in his name then we need to make sure we keep the fire burning inside of us. We must remember to always keep God first in our life. If we are not careful the cares of this life can  distract us and take us away from our first love which is Jesus Christ. We need to always make sure that we have a personal revival that is daily in our lives and our walk with God.  We are to be so full of the fire of God that we are an impact on those that are around us. We need to be the light that shines everywhere we go. It was a very good lesson and necessary  reminder to make sure as Bishop says, to keep the center hot. God is good.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Happiest of Birthday's

Today is my mom's birthday. I wish I could have spent the day with her. Since we are in different states, I made sure to wake her up and wish her a happy day, then RJ and Ross made a little video singing to her. I really love my mom and am so thankful for her. I wish we lived closer because I would be able to make a big deal out of her day for her. That's ok, hopefully over the summer, I can make it up to her. Tonight, I also celebrated the sister of my soul, Christinea's birthday. We like to be adventurous when we go out and we enjoyed some very delicious Cuban food. The food was great, better then that was the fellowship and laughter with a friend. I'm thankful for my awesome mom and my amazing friend. God is good.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Happy Place

I have a happy place that can occur anywhere. My happy place is when I have a baby in my arms. I love being around children and there is something so sweet about a baby. Tonight  in group we had a set of baby twin boys come with their parents. It was a joy to hold them and no a crying baby does not bother me. The best part is when they let out a hearty belly laugh. RJ is not used to having babies around, but said he was ok with them and when he can understand them, he will babysit them. I still hold out hope that one day we will have a another child and RJ will get to experience the joy of a baby in the house. God is good.

Monday, June 01, 2015

7 More & Update

I just realized RJ only has 7 more days of school. Wow! I'm looking forward to the carefree days of summer and know that by the end of summer, I will be looking forward to 3rd grade. On Facebook, someone is always posting something about random things. The other day there was a post of a mom's blog on the last weeks of school. I wish I could find it so I could share it with you, but that was a while back and it is floating somewhere in Facebook land. I will say, it had me laughing so hard that I cried. The first weeks of school, everything is perfect and in order. By the last week of school, all we care about is when it the last day. Grant it, RJ attends a really good school and even up to the last day, he is happy and that makes us happy. We could not have asked for a better school or better teachers to guide him educationally. On a side note, a while back, I mentioned that my Grandpa has cancer. He has started chemo and is taking it well. We are praying and believing that God is going to heal him. Please continue to keep him in your prayers. God is good.