Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Grandmother's Book

I hope you will indulge me a bit while I talk about something that is close to my heart. I was thrilled the other day to receive in the mail the first printing of my Grandmother's book. It was a labor of love for several members of our family who worked to make my Grandmother's dream of being a published author a reality. Unfortunately, she passed away before it came out in print. I have always enjoyed her stories but to see them together in a book, brought me to tears. I am sure I was a sight opening the package my Aunt sent my in the Kroger parking lot. Crying and hugging a book in my car while shoppers scurried by.

I was so happy to be the smallest cog in the wheel of publishing this book. I typed the first draft of the book. I am certain my poor Aunts had a lot of corrections to make to that first draft. I also wrote the Preface which was given a much needed facelift.

Another change that brought me to tears was the Acknowledgment. It was changed to include a thank you to all those who helped and included my name. It was like a special last message from my Grandmother. What a treasure. A huge "thank you" to my Aunt Maria and My Auntie Clara. They both were amazing to get the book published. I don't know how you both did it in the midst of running a busy business, going to college, and the myriad of other responsibilities you juggle. Bravo!
What an amazing woman my grandmother was. She survived the Nazi occupation during World War II. Immigrated to the United States and raised twelve (12) children with my Grandfather. They were together for 50 years. She ministered to the poor, sick and dying in her community. Always giving and always loving. She truly loved the Lord. She was truly an example of what a servant is.
Might there be a second book in the works? Maybe. There are lots of other stories that need to be told. More information about the book here (please be patient as this pdf takes a minute to download. The information about this book is at the bottom of the first page.)

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Measuring Stick of God's Word

Yesterday, our pastor did a quick rundown of some of the best sermons he did in 2009. He hit upon a scripture that stayed with me.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Timothy 3-4

I know this scripture, but it hit a resounding chord with me as I have seen this firsthand very recently. I have reconnected with many friends from High School on FaceBook. I went to two different Christian High Schools and have found friends from both. It grieves me that although many were grounded in the Word of God during High School, they are currently chasing around whatever is popular at the moment. What sounds good. So many spiritual "gurus" of today throw in a little scripture and lure in the unsuspecting Christian.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 even warns us about these deceitful teachers. They appear to be of God but they aren't. Even Satan can be transformed into an angel of light. The Word of God is the measure. Make sure you aren't turning your ears from the truth. Hold up the doctrines to the Word of God. If they don't measure up, THROW THEM OUT!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A New Type of Social Violence

Sonic is a family favorite for a quick bite to eat. However recently it has been the source of a new social violence phenomenon we shall call "Sonic Rage". Yes friends, I have witnessed it first hand. We'll be enjoying our meal when all of the sudden someone pulls up across the lot from us, turns off their engine and leaves on their lights. We squint into the brightness and shield our eyes. I see my husband's blood begin to boil. My husband then flashes his lights at them so they get the message to turn off theirs. Of course, they are busy looking at the menu board deciding between onion rings or tots totally unaware of the rage slowly building across the parking lot. My husband now puts on his high beams and flashes them in the eye of the unsuspecting customer. They are still clueless. The flashing continues until I tell him to stop or we will end up on the front page of our local newspaper. Yes, this normally mild mannered engineering student is a victim of "Sonic Rage". He refuses to park against the building to avoid the whole confrontation. We are currently looking for a 12-step program for this.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

More Christmas Decorations 2009

Here are some closesups of my tree ornaments. It's a white themed tree and it's more fun to explore closeup to enjoy all the different kinds of ornaments.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Decorations 2009

We had a nice surprise this year. Snow! In our area it is a rare treat. My boys enjoyed it to the max!

Slowly but surely I've put out my Christmas decorations. I've had to move my tree from its regular position from the middle of the room because we moved some furniture around for a better flow. We have a large dining/living room combination we call "The Great Room". For many years we had an echo in this room because it was quite bare. Our family rule is that we only buy things we absolutely love and only if we have saved up for it. Now it feels full and cozy and even more so at Christmas with the lights and decorations.

Here are some pictures of our decorations this year.

I've added a new tree in my kitchen. It has a baked goods/coffee/sweets theme. I call it "Kitchen Goodies". I bought the tree on sale at Hobby Lobby and purchased a few ornaments every time I was in the store and they were on sale. It's a little bare, but in a few years, it will be nice and full. We added colored lights to make it look fuller than it really is. I prefer white lights, but the boys asked me to get colored lights for this tree as a change. I'm glad I did. It looks adorable.


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