Saturday, December 31, 2016
We are a few hours away from 2017, at least here in NY. It's calm and quiet in our home. We plan to stay up until midnight and watch the ball drop in Times Square, via the internet. I'm glad to be inside where it's warm. Tomorrow we will start the new year off in church. I'm truly looking forward to it. To all, I wish you a Happy New Year. God is good.
Friday, December 30, 2016
I was doing some reflecting on the year 2016. It started for me with news that my grandpa had passed away. Our beloved dog Mozart was killed and sweet Pearl came into our lives. Towards the middle of the year, my mom had a stroke and literally everything changed. Her whole life was upside down and when it settled, it settled in an unexpected place, NJ. My cousin Amalia was diagnosed with cancer and is still in the fight for her life. As I said for 2016, we just kept walking. Many times, it was one day at a time, one step at a time. We also had major miracles and victories, one step at a time. The doctor told me this year, that last year, they were convinced I had MS and could not believe how well I was doing. I never knew until a few months ago, that the first MRI showed MS and the next MRI (it was taken a few days after the first) showed no sign of MS. In between MRI's I went to church and was prayed for. God healed me of MS. I'm thankful to have my mom so close to me. It's a joy to be able to see her once a month, compared to once a year. We are thankful that she and my mother in law get along so well and keep each other company. God does all things well. 2016 has been a rocky, emotional roller coaster ride of a year. God has been perfect peace and constant through it all. RJ's school has been a blessing and I appreciate all they do. I spent the ending of this year sorting and bagging clothing. I enjoyed getting to know other parents better as we wrapped gifts for the needy Appalachian children. My heart felt like it was going to burst as I watched the children dance with glee over the abundance of gifts and then sigh with relief when given a much needed coat. We end 2016 thankful for God's provision, healing power and for making a way. I'm thankful that my mother is still alive and doing better every day. I'm thankful that even though Amalia needs a liver, her tumor is shrinking. I'm also excited about new things. I recently started teaching an English Conversation class and I really enjoy it. My students are wonderful and each session makes my day brighter. Some do not like to say what the new year will bring. For me, 2016 was exactly what I felt it would be. I believe 2017 will be the year of the miraculous and great harvest. We will have a new President Of The United States of America. I don't know what he will bring, but my trust is not in him. My trust is in Christ alone. I believe God is going to open doors and do things that will cause many to stand back in wonder. We have been walking, now we are going to be soaring. God is good.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
It has been a nice break from routine. Don't get me wrong, I like routine, but is has been nice sitting around the house and allowing time for rest. Soon, school we be back in session and we will be back to the daily cycle of life. RJ has enjoyed living in his pajamas and eating whatever snacks he wants and playing all day long. I think these breaks are important. I'm glad we are home and able to enjoy life. We are not promised tomorrow, so for today, I am glad we can rest. God is good.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
It's amazing how there are people in your life when all you need is a moment with them and it can last a while. I have some in my life that I am blessed to call friend and sister. Distance separates us, but when we are together, it's like we were never apart. Today I found myself wishing I had a jet or the ability to transport myself. If I did, I would have transported myself to exactly where they were. A part of life means you can't always be with and where you want to be. This is when we must learn to be content in where we are at the moment. I may not have bean able to be elsewhere, but I was able to cuddle with my son and give my husband a kiss. God is good.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Our dog, Pearl, likes to go to bed at the same time every night. When RJ is up past that time, she tends to bark and try to convince RJ that it's time to sleep. Due to this being a Holiday Break, RJ can stay up on the later side. She's not too happy about this. It's funny how she likes routine. She is a simple dog who is deeply devoted to her boy. I have no doubt that when school is back in session, she will be very happy to be back to a routine. We are at the end of 2016. I plan to share my thoughts before the year has ended. It has been a wild ride of a year, and I'm thankful to still be walking towards 2017. God is good.
Monday, December 26, 2016
The past two days have been a time of feasting and fun with family. We must not forget the reason for this season and that is the birth of Jesus. It was nice to be with family and watch the cousins be together. Most are older now and it was a Christmas of Nerf Guns, which led to fun in the woods. I'm thankful to have spent it all with my mom as well. It's good to see her and my mother in law together. We had a blessed and peaceful Christmas. God is good.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
We are presently in NJ for the continuation of Christmas. I'm thankful we can go away knowing someone is watching our house. We arrived today and enjoyed the surprise of Santa dropping by to say hello. Timing was perfect since several of the grandkids were visiting. I like days like today that are filled with laughter. God is good.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Christmas started today in our home. This year, RJ did not wake us up before the sun rose. In fact we were ready before he was. This is a sure sign that he is growing up. Everyone enjoyed their gifts. I think RJ's favorite was a huge gift big that he was able to climb into. This is also, Pearl's first Christmas and she had a blast in the middle of all the wrapping paper. We ended our evening by singing Happy Birthday to Jesus. He is the reason for this season. God is good.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Tonight we read in the Bible of when Jesus was a young boy. Mary and Joseph had been looking for him and he told them he was about his Father's business. Mary pondered these things in her heart. It's amazing to think after everything that had happened, at times, it's almost like she forgot who he really was. He was, after all, her son. He was also the son of God. He was God manifest in the flesh. Mary did you know? I don't think she knew how he was going to become the Savior of the world. As a mom, I think I would have thought to myself that he would rise up to be the King. A mother's heart would not expect that he would grow up to die on a cross for all mankind. Mary when he was a baby and you nursed him, did you know that one day you would burry him and then watch him rise from the dead? I'm so thankful that he was born to take away my sins. I don't deserve him. In light of this, we baked a cake for Jesus' birthday. Every year something tends to go wrong with the cake. This was the first year that it came out perfect. He was born spotless and died spotless. He came to make all things new for you and I. Happy Birthday Jesus, I love you. God is good.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Tonight was the Holiday Play at RJ's school. This play is the big debut for the 4th graders. They have spent many hours in practice for this night. We were not disappointed. Every child did a great job and I have to say, my boy was wonderful. The theme this year was, The Aristocats. RJ was surprised to discover that Auntie Christinea and Uncle Jason came to see him perform. I can't believe that RJ is already in the 4th grade, time goes by quickly. Now we are ready for our Christmas break! God is good.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Tonight the Bible reading was from Isiah 7. There was a phrase that mentioned butter and honey. I did a little research, but didn't go deep into what the scriptures meant. To me, butter and honey are rich and a necessary part of life. I looked at my little boy as he slept and realized that God has made it so, RJ always had butter and honey. God made a way. Looking back over this year, God has truly provided for us. Amazing things have taken place. We have kept walking a steady pace and as we did, the Lord provided butter and honey for us. I have my thoughts on that 2017 will bring and I will share it at the end of this year. For now, I thank God for all the butter and honey he fed us with in 2016. God is good.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
We woke up feeling pretty tired today. Since today was the last concert at Bethel, we decided to stay home and have a day of rest. When we were in the mountains with the children, it went by so quickly. Today, we talked about what we had experienced. I cried today and prayed for the children and their families. I know there are many more towns like the one we visited and I can't help all of them. I can help the one I know so well. This community has my heart and I am so thankful for the tremendous support that poured out from RJ's school. We have been blessed and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to share it with those in need. Christmas for our home starts this week and I'm looking forward to it. To start the festivities off, RJ and I baked some cookies. I won't forget the children in the Appalachian Mountains and I look forward to being with them again. God is good.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Last night we decided to stop for the night and rest. After a good night of sleep, we started on our way and learned by stopping, we had just missed being in a 55 car pile up. I'm thankful we had a safe trip to Virginia and back. We are so glad to be home and look forward to putting our feet up and spending time with RJ and Ross. God is good.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Today we delivered the contents of a 15 foot UHAUL truck to Sandlick Elementary School. We deeply appreciate UHAUL for donating the truck. The families here are in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains and are in coal country. Due to the decline in mines being open, many are without work. The basic needs of life have been hard for them to meet. RJ presented the need to his school,Portledge.The school responded in such a way that it filled a 15 foot UHaul truck. When we arrived, we unloaded the truck. Much thanks goes to the school staff and our Superior Fabrication employees who helped to unload. Of course,I can't forget the Mayor, Larry Yates. He jumped in and helped bring clothing, coats and toys in. Some of the children from last year remembered me. One in particular was wearing her coat from last year. Her hug melted my heart. When the day was done, every child left with a gift. Those who need a coat were given one. It was 18 degrees outside and many children did not have warm clothes, let alone coats. Their joy over the gifts was priceless. Families who were in need of food were given large boxes filled with food. We appreciate the local grocery store E&S for putting these boxes together. We also appreciate the generous people who gave funds to purchase the food. One family in particular, gave enough funds to make sure they have food for almost a year. To make the day even more perfect, Santa decided to visit. It was a day that will forever be written on my heart. Children's eyes are shining with hope, their bodies warm and their bellies full.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
We are headed up the mountain and will be at our destination soon. It's been a long, but beautiful drive. We had a snowstorm and then watched a beautiful sunset over the mountain ridges. We look forward to bringing some Christmas Cheer to the children tomorrow. It's a blessing to be a part of something so wonderful. God is good.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Today we picked up the 15 foot U-Haul truck that was generously donated to us. With the help of school staff and some really awesome 5th graders, we were able to load the truck in a short amount of time. Last year, we filled a 10 foot truck, this year, we filled the 15 foot truck. I am amazed and deeply touched by the generosity of the school community. It was a joy to see how excited the students were. It also did my heart good to see how happy RJ was. He has such a heart for giving. Tomorrow, Bob and I will head out to drive the truck to Haysi. If you like to Twitter, I will be posting randomly our trip to the Appalachian Mountains. We are looking forward to seeing the children's faces when they see their coats and presents arrive. God is good.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Tonight Bob took RJ and Ross into the city. Christmas is not Christmas for them until they have attended Handel's Messiah. This year they were able to attend this years concert at The Lincoln Center in New York City. From the text messages and pictures I have been receiving, it looks like they are having a wonderful time. I'm glad we are able to enjoy such wonderful things, it's one of the perks of living in New York. God is good.
Monday, December 12, 2016
I don't know how to express my gratitude for the overwhelming abundance that has poured in from the families at RJ's school. We plan to take all the items to the Appalachian Mountains at the end of this week. When I walked in the storage room today to get ready for a day of wrapping presents, I stood back in awe. The generosity has been unbelievable and our hearts are deeply touched. We had a lot of fun today with the 4th graders as they gave their best and wrapped from the heart. I look forward to seeing The Appalachian Children's faces light up when they open their gifts. More that than, I am thankful that children and their parents who need coats and warm clothing will have their needs met. Their bellies will be full and their bodies will be warm. This is a Christmas miracle and I am honored to play a small part in it all. God is good.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Due to the concert taking place we did not have service at Bethel. Thus, after our own private prayer time, we started our day off having a nice breakfast and then decorated Bob's office. Later in the day, Bob took my mom and his mom back home to NJ. It was a short weekend with them, but I was so glad they were here. This evening, we celebrated Ross' birthday. He asked if he could celebrate it at Dave & Buster's. I have never been there, and it reminded me of a grown up Chuck E Cheese. I have the say the food was pretty good. He had some friends with him and it looked like everyone had a good time. As we headed home, it started to snow. I love the first snowfall, it's so pretty. RJ was super excited. This was Pearl's first real snow and she loved it. God is good.