Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. I’m celebrating a birthday this week so a question relating to aging feels appropriate. Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying, ‘You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair." Would you agree? If not why not?

That is not my favorite quote. Sorry Doug. I think he was trying to be profound. I don’t even want to think about it anymore.

2. What remarkable feat, interesting piece of trivia, or historical event occurred on your birth day and month? Not necessarily in your birthyear, just the same date/same month.

Apparently, ] On September 18, 1793, first President George Washington, along with eight other Freemasons dressed in masonic regalia, laid the cornerstone of the Capital Building, which was made by silversmith Caleb Bentley.

Look at that Joyce, we have such a historical birth date!!
3. Describe a time or circumstance where you wanted to ‘have your cake and eat it too.

I am always reminded of this idiom when I am weighing the decision to eat something I should not. I want to try and control my weight, but I also don’t want to miss out on something yummy. I want it both ways! I literally want to have and eat my cake, without gaining an ounce!!!
4. What’s something you do that makes you feel young? Something that makes you feel old?

It makes me feel young to sing along to songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. I don’t know how I can store all those words in my brain, especially when I can’t even remember what we had for dinner 2 nights ago.

I feel old when I can hardly get out of bed after doing something strenuous, like yardwork!! What is going to become of me when I am in my 60s??!!
5. When did you last do something that was ‘a piece of cake’?

I had to go to the Secretary of State yesterday to renew my drivers license. I guess it was time for a new picture, otherwise I am not sure why I couldn’t renew by mail like I always do. Anyway, I had been dreading going because the line at the Secretary of State can be a beast of a thing. On my way over I was lamenting that I had forgotten to bring a book. When I pulled into the parking lot it was so empty I thought they might have been closed. I went inside, NO LINE! It was my lucky day!!!!! In and out in less than 5 minutes! And I think my picture turned out pretty decent! Piece of cake!
6.  Beef, wine, and cheese all improve with age. What’s something else you’d add to that list? (not necessarily food or beverage)

I think faith improves with age. I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and was taken to church regularly. I had an intellectual understanding of God, faith and salvation, but I had no practical experience. The Lord has spent the last 30 years growing and refining that faith. As I have learned through my years in BSF, head knowledge is good, but you have to download it into your heart. I can be a walking encyclopedia of knowledge and information, but if I don’t apply it to my life, I haven’t learned much. Application is key, and that takes time.
7. If I were to have a giveaway when we hit Volume 200, what should I give away? By my calculations we’ll hit Volume 200 on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, which means whoever wins would have whatever it is in time for Christmas.  
I am fairly certain you have some thoughts on your handy dandy list already! I have no ideas, I will wait to be surprised!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I bought FIVE Christmas presents yesterday! Stocking type things, but HEY! I feel so accomplished, so early!!!!!

ITP Humor

Thank you all for your sweet comments and your heartfelt prayers, they mean so much to us, they really do.

The Dane sent this picture yesterday. Sy is sticking closerthanabrother these days. Right on top of a brother.

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I was looking for a little humor to send The Boy’s way and found these gems.

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They will be arriving for the weekend on Wednesday night. They are tired and discouraged. Maybe some good food, some extra hugs, some time away from their own walls will do them good.

Thank you again for your encouraging words and prayers, they availeth much.

Riding A Bike

When did it get to be mid September? Could time just stop flying?

People, there is a lot going on. Everywhere I turn there are prayer requests and struggling, hurting loved ones.

Illness, infirmity, weariness, problems and loss.

The prayer list in my mind is only getting longer, without much getting scratched off.

I have an update on The Boy. He was released from the hospital yesterday evening after another two doses of IVIG. He was admitted with counts of 8. I feel it’s safe to say the Promacta is not working, although the doctor has not taken him off of it just yet.

He dropped his classes last week. It’s hard to be a student with blinding headaches and other side effects constantly all up in your face.

He will most likely have the immune suppressant therapy soon. He is not looking forward to the chemotherapy, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. He is having a lot of pain and side effects with treatment that isn’t working, so maybe it’s time to focus on what has helped in the past.

When he had this therapy 9 years ago, he had no results for 5 months. No elevated platelet counts, no good news. It wasn’t until he had a terrible ear infection that his counts started slowly climbing. He stayed at a still low, but much safer number for quite a while before he finally achieved a fairly normal number.

I remember asking his U of M hematologist, Doctor Boxer, at the time if it was normal to have such a lag between treatment and recovery. He said it was not normal at all.

His doctors had done everything they knew to do and nothing had worked. He had suffered through the “Boxer’s Brew”, as the nurses affectionately called it, with no change to his dangerously low platelet counts.

We believe God fixed him.

We believe God used the horrible, painful ear infection to somehow jumpstart his immune system into behaving the way it was supposed to, to stop mass producing the antibodies that coat his platelets, causing his body to kill them as enemy combatants. I can’t see any other explanation.

We are asking for prayer for The Boy and The Dane. They are in this together. It will not be a walk in the park. He seems much more susceptible to side effects than he ever has in the past. It has been a difficult 4 months for them in this first year of marriage.

There is one thing we have learned from our previous experiences with our children and their medical histories, God shows up.

In so many unexpected big and little ways. He really does.

It doesn’t mean we get everything we want, when we want it, if at all. But His presence and comfort along the way make it bearable.

I feel like we are using a particular set of faith muscles we haven’t used for a while. But you never forget how. It’s like riding a bike, right?  We are counting on it.

I am reminded of the verse that God has had rolling around in my mind for the last couple of years; Is anything too hard for the LORD?  Genesis 18:14.

We are praying for another intervention from The Great Physician.

Potent Quotable

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.  ~Doug Larson

Saturday List and The Weekly Sy

Hello my People!

I have a list, because they’re my faves.

Guys, I was SO encouraged at BSF Thursday morning! We had around 150 ladies return and 18 women came to the Welcome Class!!! I know it’s not a numbers game, but growth is exciting and encouraging!

Women of all ages, mama’s with babies, Grandma’s with TWINS, like Capri Deb!!!!

My heart swelled with joy seeing her there with those precious punkins! Even at their young age they will hear that the Bible is God’s true word.

A friend, Lisa, aka ShaqTwo, from Birthday Club came with her friend. She had heard much talk of BSF at dinners and on the South Haven trip. She texted after the morning that she felt she was right where she was supposed to be.

Do you want to hear a little God thing? Lisa also texted that when Jip the Farm Dog was giving the lecture she mentioned that she had been struggling with her empty nest since her boys had left for college. Especially struggling because her youngest was struggling. Lisa said she could totally relate to that because she just dropped her son off at college in Minnesota, and she is feeling some of the same struggles. I mentioned the text to Jip, as encouragement. Jip said that it was a total God thing that she even said it. As she was going over her lecture she had mentally edited that part out, but when giving the lecture she totally said it anyway. She said God must have had that just for Lisa!!!

He’s a really good God. He created the whole universe but cares about a Mama’s sad heart.

In other news, it’s 51 degrees out there!!!! Big sigh of….. refreshment!!!!

We are seeing a few signs of autumn on our morning walks.

I pointed out a couple bright red burning bush leaves to Mousey last night. She said she didn’t want to hear it. She is dreading winter with all her being.

Jeff the Pool Guy came and closed the pool yesterday, so the season is over. He predicted a winter colder and snowier than last winter. How can THAT be????

I don’t know how he knows that, but I have heard the same thing from others. I am afeared.

Honey and I have a goal this weekend, to take the lounge chairs and solar cover down the basement to their winter storage home. I think that could be doable. We have a larger goal of not getting caught by winter storms before we get all of the outside jobs finished, like we did last year.

Once the pool is closed and the lounge chairs are gone, I lose interest in watering down there. So the pots will start to die. I will water the back porch until it frosts and makes everything ugly.

Honey also has a goal of making some sense out of the garage. I think he is going to have to take some time off work for that one. I can help him clean it, once he puts it aright, but I don’t even know what half the stuff out there IS.

The hummingbirds are drinking us out of house and home. They are loading up to get out of Dodge, that’s for sure. Maybe they know something we don’t?

If it stays this chilly I may be switching my clothes much earlier than usual! I wore a hoodie yesterday!!! I KNOW!!!!

Is anyone watching Project Runway? The Peanuts Champ came over last night to watch the Rainway episode and we could not believe how awesome Kini’s dress was! We liked the other fellows too, but I am sorry, his name is escaping me. We are fans of Kini!

Mousey just informed me that she would like to have Coney Island cater her wedding. OK.

The Girls and I had a fun night this week. We looked at Pinterest, sent pictures to The Boy of ugly Christmas sweaters, then laughed so hard we cried about something I can’t even recall, then Mousey braided her sisters hair. If we had scratched backs it would have been a perfect night.

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Mousey and I sound like seagulls when we laugh hard. Really, we do.

Here is the grandcat, looking all cute as can be!

Selfies!

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He is so uptight.

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Can hardly relax at all.

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Have a relaxing weekend!

Pinterest

I don’t have an iPhone, but I like this.

Spray Ink: I have to test the new Dylusions Ink Sprays on at least one tag.

Very.

yep....that little devil that use to sit on my shoulder and get me into trouble has moved into my head ;p

Looking for something like these.

brown riding boots $44.99 - just bought these... so comfy and stylish!

A project in Honey’s spare time. Or retirement. Or the 12th of never.

An Example Of The Comiso Faux Stone Installed

Love it. Pinned it. Half way to copying it.

teacher talk: outfits You'd have to do leggings not tights. Too see-through for the dress code.

Way Back When-sday Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. On Thursday we pause to remember a dark day in history-9/11. Will you mark it in some special way?

We usually watch some of the programs that remember the day. The inspiring human stories, any new information that they have discovered. I feel it was a line of demarcation in the history of our country. I will always remember sitting on the couch with Rae Babe watching those towers falling down all day long, just praying for some good news. Our country will never be the same.
2. Do you ever/still…listen to an actual radio? Watch a videotape (VCR)? Look up a number in a phonebook? Refer to a paper map while traveling? Set an alarm on an alarm clock as opposed to your phone?

Honey listens to the ballgame in the car.

We watch the occasional videotape! Goomba likes to rummage around down the basement in our movie closet and he often brings up an oldie but a goodie. When Abby babysits him she always introduces him to one of her favorites. Most recently? Titan A.E. , The Prince of Egypt and Mary Kate and Ashley, How The West Was Fun. He liked them all!

No, I don’t use a phonebook or paper map anymore.

I do use an alarm clock! I rarely need one, it’s more for the extremely rare occasion that I don’t wake up by myself.
3.  Is it ever a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t know?

I’m sure it could be done but you would have to tread very cautiously. I would certainly be praying for God to be with my words! Politics would not typically be my first or fifth line of conversation, but if someone brought it up, and I felt they were genuinely interested in having a real conversation not just spouting off, I would probably participate.

I think I naturally talk about my faith in conversation. Whether they acknowledge it would be up to them.
4. What’s a dish you haven’t eaten all summer, but come September find yourself craving? Have you made it yet this month?

SOUP!!! Not yet, still too warm up here in The Mitten.
5. What’s something you know nothing about?

Ahh, there are so many somethings! Mechanics, hockey, electrical and plumbing, basketball and golf, architecture, The Kardashian’s and the Jersey Shore people, and I’d like to keep it that way, thanks.
6. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like classical music? If so, what’s your favorite piece?

I don’t mind it but I don’t seek it out.
7. What’s the oldest thing you own?

This is one of them. It was in my closet. My Grandmother Georgia gave it to me the year my brother Beeve was born. I was 4 years old.

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I looked at this so many times! I loved the illustrations of the bears doing all sorts of family activities. Having a new baby, this was one of my favorite pages.

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I had a pool like that!

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Now days this is my favorite part, my Grandma’s handwriting.
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8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Today is my Mother’s birthday. She has been gone for 4 years now, but this will always be her birthday. I am thankful that I think of her every day, sometimes more.

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I hear her words and her laughter, running through my mind. I remember her wisdom and joy in life. Happy Birthday Mom, you are right here in my heart.

Called

Well, this is it. The last day before BSF starts and alters my schedule until May. Planning my week will revolve around those blocked off Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8 until 12.

I am ok with the change. I love BSF. I love learning what God has to say about our world and my life, I love the ladies. I love serving the Lord there, It’s all good.

Wait, not all good. Sometimes it is hectic, there can be snags, and people will be people.

There is a lot of talk in BSF about being “called”. A lot of folks don’t understand this.

We are called to this ministry, by God, until He calls us out, and He sometimes does that too.

It’s not something we do only when we feel like it. It’s not something we do until something else better comes along.

It’s a calling to serve, a priority. A belief that God has chosen us for this purpose, to do this work. A community of believers, all doing their part, working towards the goal of Bible study so that all members can develop a vibrant relationship with God.

Members who are all welcome, regardless of their church background or affiliation. We talk about what unites us, the Bible and Jesus, not what divides us.

A place for all to learn and grow and deepen our faith in the God who created us and has plans for our future. And our right now.

This year our study is The Life of Moses. Last Wednesday at our workshop Jip mentioned, multiple times, that Moses was not a born leader, he was a called leader.

When God called him to lead his people out slavery in Egypt he basically said I think you have the wrong guy. Moses said that! He asked if someone, anyone else could do it!

I get that. I feel that sometimes God wants me to do things that seem considerably above my skill set, and He surely isn’t asking me to lead a nation out of slavery.

One of my favorite quotes is from a former teaching leader, I call it a Shelia-ism.

If God has called you to it, He will equip you for it.

The life of Moses clearly illustrates this.

I like to learn about God using flawed, imperfect people to do His work. I can relate to flawed and imperfect. I can relate to Moses and his reluctance to feel qualified and capable of the task at hand.

When I was first asked to be on the administration team at BSF, I totally pulled a Moses. I asked who recommended me, because administration is not my strong suit, there must be a misunderstanding, I think you have the wrong gal. I said no.

The no didn’t feel right in my soul. I immediately called back and said I would pray about it. I wanted to be a part of this organization that had meant so much to my spiritual growth. I said I was willing to try.

I think that was all God wanted from me, a willing spirit.

And because I was called to it, He did equip me for it! It is apparent to me every year that I don’t do this work in my own strength, because it isn’t in me! Honey can vouch for that! I don’t have an administrative mind, I am not a detail orientated person, He reminds me, He keeps me on track, He makes me useful!

So here is to another year of being called to serve Him and others! Really, it’s my pleasure.

The Giraffe Cheeto

Honey is always looking for things in his food. He will frequently say to the kids “doesn’t this look like a heart/ shark/mitten/ chicken/ continent of Africa?” Or whatever it may resemble.

He is always looking for shapes where no one else would see them.

He even spotted Katie in the tree that runs along the creek, out our back window. Katie was our dearly loved Yorkie who passed away two years ago this week.

Can you see her?  It is a profile of her facing right. The upper pane on the left is her poofy top hair, the pane on the right goes through her open mouth. We noticed it last summer and she came back again to visit!

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This is Honey’s latest discovery. The giraffe Cheeto. Can you see it?

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Maybe he should try and put it on e-Bay so he can retire early?

He has skills. Girls like a guy with skills.

Potent Quotable

Above all else: go out with a sense of humor. It is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life. ~Hugh Sidey

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