Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Manitoba Mosquito

Manitoba Mosquito

Your needle like nose pierces my skin,
You violently take my blood from within.
You take without asking,
You draw quickly while basking.

You suck long on my blood,
The pain hits me like a flood.
Out goes my hand to lash,
Your body the target of my smash.

Blood and black merge into one,
Your legs and life are all done.
The hole centered bump on my skin appears,
Your legacy of a short life that disappears.

The red raised spot creates an itch from within,
Scratching instantly gives to lightning burning skin.
Calydrill provides relief rather slow,
Dam you, Manitoba mosquito!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

90 years ~ Nothing To Sneeze At

This is a modified version of what was submitted for the local paper on this past weekend festivities I thought I'd share:
September 5th and 6th brought the Wayne and Elizabeth extended family together to celebrate Elizabeth and Wayne’s 90th birthdays.  A milestone in itself, was celebrated with family time using the new Community Building location as more than 30 descendants of Wayne & Elizabeth gathered for quality family time in honor of their birthdays. An inflatable bounce house, mini golf, volleyball, water balloons and numerous other games made for enjoyable family time.  Besides the home state of Kansas, family traveled from Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.
90 years is a good long time – back in 1925 bread cost 9 cents a loaf, butter was 55 cents a pound and coffee was 50 cents a pound as well.  Sears Roebuck opened their first retail store in Chicago IL, Mt Rushmore was dedicated, the first hotel was opened in California and “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published.  There wasn’t an internet, cell phones or answering machines. They have seen many changes over their lives so far.
Elizabeth (my wonderful cancer fighting Mother-In-Law and awesome Grandma to my kiddos!) is an avid quilter – over the years she has made many quilts and blankets for family and through the church for MCC missions.  A photo album was presented to her by the family, documenting the many quilts and blankets she’s given them over the years.  Every grandchild received a twin sized quilt at age 2 or 3 years old, then a full sized one upon graduation.  Tied car blankets to beautifully cross stitched quilts abound in the family and are cherished.  Wayne (Awesome Father-in-Law and Grandpa to my kiddos!) has set up the quilt rack and visited many fabric stores in support as well.
Their daughter Jayne of Odessa Texas said it best that these quilts and blankets are made of many memories with the pieces, put together to make something larger and carry a meaning that is beyond each single piece. They contain memories of those who have used the quilts on cold nights or when someone was sick.  They represent where we come from, a bit of history to carry with us wherever we go.
Saturday evening the family hosted a cake reception with friends and family from 7 – 9 p.m. Sunday the family joined in morning worship at their Church followed by a family potluck.

Leviticus 19:32 ~ Stand up in the presence of the aged, 
show respect for the elderly and revere your God.  
I am the Lord.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Crumbs of Love

Recently, when my hubby has been getting up at 4 a.m. for work, he fixes his lunch sandwich on the kitchen counter and leaves "crumbs" a lot.  I hate to admit it - but it bugs me, so I scoop them up, toss them out into the trash can.  Then, awhile back one morning it really irked me - so I texted a photo to him - with a request to clean up his crumbs!

This morning, when I got up - I found this on the counter.

I love him.  Now, I can't complain about those dumb crumbs - because I'll think of this and know I'm loved and in the grand scheme of things, what are a few I'll clean them up and keep on....sometimes love just does that.

Such a reminder that Jesus too sees our sins (crumbs) and keeps on loving us no matter how many crumb messes we make.  Forgiven ~ Loved.

Colossians 3:12  Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

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