Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Hello everyone, I am so glad to be able to blog with you all. Thank you Grandpa for setting this up! I have really enjoyed reading eveyone's posts and seeing pictures as well. We just celebrated Felicity Eileen's first birthday this past Saturday, the last year has flown by! I attached a few photos of the weekend.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Here are the Hills - a great homeschool family from St. Louis that we met on the pilgrimage. They were on our bus and we really hit it off with them. Mrs. Hill stayed home with their other 4 children. Great hats! We're still in contact with them, especially Anya. The younger one here, "the Rock" (Russell), calls John every once in awhile to make him feel worse about the Detroit Lions.
(sorry if things are out of order - we're new to this!
As you saw from our Christmas cards, Jonh, Anya and I went to the Holy Land in November. As Mike can attest to, it was amazing! To be that close to where Jesus was born, lived and died made it very hard to leave. I felt very drawn to those areas. Here are a few pics.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
It’s an uncertain world
That we live in
where so much keeps changing so fast,
And things that we thought
we could count on
too soon become things of the past,
So with all my heart
I feel grateful
For the one precious part of my life
That’s there for me always, no question –
My wonderful, beautiful wife.
It always surprises me when I find a card that seems to say what I would like to say. It proves, I guess, that people who write the messages have had similar life experiences or are exceptionally good at expressing the feelings of others . Of the words above, “there for me always, no question –“ are perfect, and I believe her children would also say of their mother, “She was always there.”
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
We will go to Arlington this weekend to see grandchild # 4 and Dad's great grandchild # 15. If you want to send a card of congratulations, their address is:
2645 S. Walter Reed # C
Arlington, VA 22206
Happy New Year to all, and welcome to this world Erin Maya.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
All is quiet here. There was a New Year's Eve party yesterday afternoon, but we didn't attend. After her lunch, I thought Mom looked like she wanted to rest.
Here's another interesting story about music. I asked Chaplain Jensen if he had heard the Gaither words to Finlandia. He said he hadn't but there are two hymns to that tune in the new Lutheran hymnal. That prompted me to buy a copy. The first verse of one of these, 792:
When mem'ry fades, and recognition falters,
when eyes we love grow dim, and minds confused,
speak to our souls of love that never alters;
speak to our hearts by pain and fear abused.
O God of life and healing peace, empow'r us
with patient courage, by your grace infused.
The other hymn, 887, is a national song with nice words, but the words I quoted above prove again that others have experienced what we are and may also find solace in song.