Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Happy Anniversary


My parents 40th Anniversary was June 26th. We waited until this past weekend to celebrate with family and friends. My sister, brother and I planned an autumn picnic at their house. 

Dad and I were hoping to have the basement remodeling done, but life got in the way of our plans. We have the flooring 3/4 of the way done. After that there are the finishing details like trim work and touch ups. Our next goal is to have it finished by Christmas. Someday we'll reach our goal :) and then we'll start the next project.

Aunt Becky made the cake. She was a little girl when they got married.
Vicki was one of the first friends that mom made when she moved to Wyoming as a young bride. 
Duane and Uncle David. I know Uncle David was a groomsman, I don't remember if Duane was one or not. 
John was definitely a groomsman. He and dad have been friends since high school. 
Aunt Chris and Uncle Lyle were in the wedding also. Cousin Dana came along later.



These counsins came along later too. That's my CFA and one of her sister's who also fits into the CFA category



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My dad's cousin's widow, Mary is sitting next to my mom. She came all the way from Minnesota. She is a sweet lady. It was nice to see her.




My nephew J is on the left and his new little friend Jacob.


Martha (in the gray sweater) is my mom's dear friend. They grew up next door to one another. Mom scheduled my birth to be on Martha's birthday. Martha's husband is in the stripes. Duane and his wife Karen are the other couple. Duane is an army buddy of my dad's. They live in Ohio.
My niece J and I had fun creating the center pieces. We went on an adventure that morning to go find flowers along the road and in grandma's yard. 


All of the gourds and egg plants came from my parent's garden.
And the popcorn and pumpkins came from some of my Marshall-Putnam friends. I think they all looked so pretty. We had 11 flower arrangements total plus one delivered from the florist that morning.


Aunt Pat, Aunt Becky and Aunt Barb were all a huge help to us. Aunt Pat made a Napa Cabbage salad for us (which was everyone's favorite), Aunt Becky made the cake and Aunt Barb helped mom bake 8 homemade apple pies, using the apples from mom and dad's trees. 


Uncle Jim helped Dad a ton with mowing and laying tile in the basement. 


Oh, another special part of the weekend was that we had asked everyone to bring a donation to the food pantry, rather than a gift. Mom and dad have a huge collect of food to deliver. I took this photo about half way thru the party. I think the pile doubled before the night was over. 


I hope your weekend was a memorable as our family's!




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Thanks for praying for my friend Kathy. Her liver transplant surgery went well. Both her and her daughter made it thru surgery fine. Kathy had to go back into surgery this past Friday because her liver flipped and was cutting off one of her bile ducks. She is back in the hospital recovering from the second surgery. I plan to go up to stay with her for a few days next week. I'm looking forward to seeing her.



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Happy Tuesday!
A











Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Prayers

My dear friend and co-worker is having surgery today. A liver transplant in which her daughter is the donor. Will you join me in praying for her and her daughter and their family. Pray for the doctors and nurses and the rest of their care giving team. 
Healing is in Your Hand by Christy Nockels

Romans 8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Deuteronomy 11:21 that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.
Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Jeremiah 30:17 For I will restore health to you,
and your wounds I will heal,
declares the Lord,
because they have called you an outcast:
‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’

Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
Psalm 41:3 The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore him to full health.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Too much computer

I'm blaming it on the computer. 
Cause I'm defying the aging process....in my dreams. 


Honestly, I had high hopes for these new glasses. But the verdict is still out. I'm not really sure that they are helping.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ashley

Earlier this summer, I took my cousin's Sr. pictures. Actually if you want to get technical, she is my 1st cousin once removed.


But that doesn't really matter. What matters is her beauty that shines inside and out. Check it out for yourself.











Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It's good to remember...

What my office looked like
 That the To Do List got checked off
There was always room (and time) for visitors to stop and chat
 The view was nice
 You can never go wrong with flowers


 Food and friends are a great combination


 Goodbyes are not forever


This is a time of transition for me. Moving from one job to another. Saying lots of goodbyes to 4-Hers, volunteers, co-workers, friends. Even though I know I'm following God's will, I still prayerfully fight against doubts and fears. 

My co-workers gave me a beautiful send off. On my last official day in the office, we had a "building" potluck lunch with several former co-workers joining us. Then in the afternoon, they hosted an open house for me. I came home with a book of encouraging notes, a stack of cards, a box full of gifts and a heart full of blessings. 

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to proser you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11