Tuesday, December 29, 2009

To My Brother Jim 1960-2009

To My Brother

The time has come to say Goodbye
I will try not to cry
It' been so hard to let you go
To be in heaven don't you know

But you did not go alone
Part of us went with you
The day God took you home

You will forever be in our hearts
Your memory will keep us from falling apart
You should hear the kind words people say
How you touched their lives in so many ways

I am so proud and blessed to get to say
That's my brother in every way
Thank you brother for all you gave
For everything you showed us along the way

Now I want to say to you
How much I love and miss you too
So rest in peace big brother of mine
I'll see you again when it's my time

Forever in my heart your sister.

Poem by © Lisa Crisp

Rest in peace.

No posts for some time as we travel North to celebrate Jim's life and be with family.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Chrstimas!

Behold, I bring good tidings of great joy....for unto you is born a Saviour.  Luke 2:10-11

May the Lord shower His love upon you and your loved ones this Christmas and always.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Sometimes connections with people are made that just warm my heart.

A Christmas miracle in my books happened today with friends who made a life changing decision to adopt two children that have been on their/our hearts....prayers answered and an exciting future is laid out for these children who come from sorrow and uncertainty. This warms my heart. Especially as Christmas is upon us.

Then there is this guy. Don.

He warms my heart too – in a different way. For some odd reason, he has made a “connection” with Courtney. She trusts him enough to give him hugs in church and at family gatherings. This is big for her, she may not exactly recognize it, but I do. It is safety, growth, security, trust.

He took the time to play games with the kids too.

Don’s wife Donna directs Jr Choir in church and she too has made a “connection” with Courtney.  Both of them over the last 8 months have welcomed her in warm ways that have made Courtney feel accepted in our church and extended family. She asks how we are related, pleased and proud to BE related to Don & Donna. Donna is a cousin to Steve. People think Donna and I are related because we look alike. Donna and I like the same shoes ~ we share a strong shoe gene.

From when we were first married to childless for 16 years, Don and Donna welcomed us as we were, accepting us without question. That is the way they are. We don’t hang as much as we used to, (4 kids makes life busy...) but that connection is still there and strong. They are “cool” folks.

Courtney recognizes that and embraces them in a natural healing way.

Thank you Don & Donna for being you!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Have you seen my sucker?

Have you seen my sucker?

I've been looking everywhere for it.

Friday, December 18, 2009


I had lunch with two of my best buddies today. We pretty much meet weekly to eat and chat.  I looked forward to it already this morning and mentioned to Courtney I was having lunch with my best friends Dawn and Lisa. She said I thought Deb was your best friend. I told her yes, Deb, Rose, Diane, Cinda and Daddy are also my best friends to name a few. She said “I thought you could only have one best friend!” I told her – nope, you can many best friends. She hadn’t thought of it as a possibility. I explained that in life, we need many friends and it should be the same for her in school. Don’t just pick out one friend, but pick out many - more importantly, be a friend to many. Some friends will drift in and out of your life, but some will be there always. I told her I wished for her many best friends. Each of my friends is different and bring their uniqueness into our relationship that I cherish. Like a snowflake, no two friends are alike. It makes the snowfall of life beautiful and fulfilling.

Another best friend we should always have with us is Jesus. He is one that never forsakes us. He walks with me daily and my commutes with him are our time together to put it all on the table. Some days we sing, some days he just listens, some days he talks to me, some days we listen to each other in silence, some days we grieve together.

   He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs. Acts 24:23

See, when Paul was in prison, his friends took care of him – I know if that happens to me my friends will visit me too and care for me....right?  Okay, well I’ve seen it happen when I had my surgery......yup, I’ll stick with that one over the prison thing.

Tomorrow night we are having friends over for supper.  Then we gals are planning an Italian meal cooked for us by our own personal chef late rin January – Oh, I so look forward to it. Special times with special friends. May you have many special times this Christmas Season and beyond!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Spirit of Giving

Giving from the heart

I love this because it represents giving from the heart. That flannel turquoise blankie with the little red cabbage roses on it is her “blankie” that doesn’t leave her side much. When she comes home it is one of the first things she seeks out – she sniffs it, she hugs it, she pulls it close. It comforts her. It is home and all that is safe and good.

So, when she gives it to Berkley like this.....it is the act of giving that the Bible teaches us about. God gave us his Son. He gave us Him to seek out and pull close to us in the same way, to comfort us and know we are safe and good in His hands. I've been doing a lot of that lately.

God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. Acts 15:8

May you find your spirit of true giving this Christmas Season and beyond.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tree skirt: not a blanket!

...the tree skirt is not a blanket! Silly girl.

That was before she tried to eat the maraschino cherry on the Hallmark ornament with the grey squirrel holding it.....I don’t know if I’ll even try putting presents under the tree before Christmas this year because she’ll probably open them all like last year.

It is fun to see the excitement and she chatters non-stop to the ornaments on the tree – imitating the sleeping angels and all. I can hear her saying “Oh” as she points her chubby finger at an ornament as I type this. I’ll savor that for a long time....her wonder and awe.

Christmas through the eyes of children – can’t beat it. More adults need it.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Destructo Boy Hits Again.

See this trumpet?  It has had a rough life under the care of my son.

Life lesson: you wreck your trumpet, I clean out your savings account and buy you another used one off eBay. There you go – you owe me $100 now.

Oh child of mine with the softest heart and coffee eyes ~ what makes you destroy things?

Friday, November 27, 2009

A Thankful Few Days

  • Thankful for God and His good word
  • Thankful for my husband and children
  • Thankful for our warm home and food on the table
  • Thankful for Grandparents for our children
  • Thankful for wonderful siblings - all (in-laws, out-laws, no-laws)
  • Thankful for community, friends and church family
  • Thankful for adoption and what it means for our family
  • Thankful for Great Wolf Lodge to celebrate Courtney's adoption
  • Thankful for so much more......

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Courtney's Child Dedication

Courtney was dedicated in church today.  It was a wonderful way to enfold her in our church family and we promised to raise her teaching her of God's love.  The congragation in return promised their support.  I love the that our church family embraces her as family as well, teaching her God's word and ways through Midweek, Sunday School, Jr Choir and many other ways to grow her in faith. That extended community is cherished greatly in our hearts.
Special dress for a special day.  Roses:  Thank you Mary Ann and Krisite.  Thank you Jayne and Brad. Thank you to so many of you for your thoughtful gifts to her - she was thrilled with it all - very specail weekend and you our friends and family made it even more so with your incredible support!  Thank you!
Kit didn't leave her side all weekend.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Courtney's Adoption Day

Today was Adoption Finalization on the 10 year anniversary of National Adoption Day.  Was quite an event.  41 children were adopted in a very special way today.  We are very happy to add a beautiful sweet daughter to our family.  We tried to load the power point we made of her with no success....need to learn how to do that some other day I guess.  So I'll share some pics of the fun we had.   Oh - we gave her "Kit" an American Girl doll - it didn't leave her side much at all today.

Meet Courtney Mae, adopted at 11:20 a.m. on 11/21/09.  10 years old with a bright future ahead of her!

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