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I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
C. S. Lewis


52@5,6,7 and 8 Were Bargains of the Month

I am a little behind on the 52 project. Like about a month.

I also have not been taking any pictures. Like for about a month.

This month was also not notable for shopping, much less bargains, but there was the one day when Capri’s Lis and Deb and I, along with Winter Break Mousey, hit up the Value World.

So, I am going to kill a couple birds with one post.

We have been having a lot of this.  On Wednesday night The Boy was in the ditch and on Thursday morning LMNOP was in an accident. Everyone is fine except LMNOP’s car, Julia Dinosaur. The back of her PT Cruiser is broken. But we are thankful that no one was hurt.

On to Value World. I found this coat for $8. I almost bought a similar one in Key West for $30! It is from Kohl’s, where the good majority of my coats come from anyway. Here comes Mia. She can hardly wait to fur up the new black coat.

What IS it about laying things on the floor that brings out the felines?

This was a brand new Izod vest with the tags still on it for $5.80. The loverly berry cotton sweater was 2 or 3 dollars and change. That information is lost to me.

Here comes Halle Berry to make sure the Tupperware is ok. I always look for Tupperware at The World.We have a lot of these spice containers already. Honey has a lot of spices. He is a Spicy Day-Go. We use that small sized one on a daily basis as well. Value World Tupperware is ALWAYS in better shape than my own. Because my People have been known to put ours in the microwave, and that gives it that distinctive bubbled effect. No one would buy our Tupperware if they saw it at The Value World. Spice things 20 cents. Square thing, .60.

**As a disclaimer here, we don’t use plastic in the microwave anymore because we have learned that it is poisonous to do so. Thank you for your time.**

A new to me pocketbook! It is not 2 toned, I don’t know why it appears that way. Nice and small, but not too small. Good bricky red color for my clothing.

Side wallet feature that I have become accustomed to, long strap that I can wear across my body. Meets all of my purse rules! All for $2.70!

Mia then needed to make sure the Tupperware was suitable for our home. And sit on the new sweater. To fur it up.

At Value World, Capri Lis found all sorts of things she is going to mosaic and Capri Deb found all sorts of wool to felt to make delicious pins. I think they are going to sell their wares on an Etsy site. I will ALERT you to that, as soon as I am ALERTED!!!

As we were all leaving, the cashier asked if we had a coo-pin. I hate when they do that. Because then I know that I am not getting the best bargain to be had. The coo-pin was for 50% off your entire purchase!!!!!! Why they do me like that????

I have made a vow before The Capri’s and the whole world wide web that I will never, ever go to Value World again without checking on-line to see if they have any coo-pins. It was a bitter pill my Friends. Bitter. I am still not over it.

We are The Capri’s!

So there you have my 4 pictures for the 52 Project, my bargains of the month, and a bonus picture of The Capri’s, all in one fell swoop.

Have a good weekend!

More Kisses On the Cheek

God loves US a bushel and a peck.

I have a few more kisses to tell you about.

1. Did I mention that my Mom’s only brother and his wife happened  to be in Florida for a few months? They were able to come up from Naples and visit with her. They were there on her good days. My Uncle Bob even made her laugh, because that is what he lives to do. She adored him.

They also took us out for dinner at Smokey Bones, where my Aunt Phyllis insisted  that we order their famous doughnuts for dessert. They were S.C.R.U.M.T.R.U.L.E.S.C.E.N.T.  That is a very long word.

2. Have I ever mentioned that I have wonderful friends? Because I need to mention that I have wonderful friends. Just in case I have never mentioned it once, or 7 million times. Talking to you and texting became lifelines.

3. All of your lovely, comforting, gracious comments on this here blob. Really, you have no idea how much they all meant  when Schmenky would read them to me each day. We just cried together. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

4. Did I mention that The Capri’s came up for the funeral to give me Capri-cious support? Patt flew in from Florida, and Lisa drove up from Virginia and Deb is always with me. I was shocked. And then crying ensued. Repeat #2.

5. Before Beeve and I even left for Florida, I asked Honey to pray that we would not have to make “the hard decision”. I didn’t want to do that. I wanted God to make it. If she could not sustain her life, then I wanted Him to take her Home. I didn’t want to have to be a part of the decision to take her off life support. But, as God has shown before in our lives, He had another plan.

Our Dad was not ready to let her go on Feb. 2. Or the whole next week. He prayed for her to be restored. He wanted the Dr.’s to be able to put the defibrillator in. He wanted them to fix her. When it appeared  that she was rallying, we were so hopeful. She really was like a cat with 9 lives, no matter what her health scares were, she always rebounded. Always a little weaker, but she had such a strong will to survive.

After the first week, when things looked hopeful, we started the second week, that began to look less and less promising. Signing the DNR was heartbreaking for him, but it was a turning point. As she slipped further and further away from this life and we saw her body failing quickly, it became apparent that there was going to have to be a hard decision made.

But you know what? God in his infinite mercy and compassion had used the 2 weeks to help us get our minds around it. He had already been preparing our hearts. We were ready to let her go. We were able to give her back to Him. It was the right  thing to do. It was not agonizing. It was a blessing. For her, and for us. There are no regrets that we didn’t do the right thing. Isn’t God good? He took the very thing I was resisting and turned it into a blessing.

We are doing well. Not just surviving, we are well. Lonesome, but it is well with our souls.

Where Did Our Little Girl Go?

How can this be?

 Our Little Ab-Cat turns 21 today.

When did she grow up and stop feeding bunnies and having Pooh Bear painted on her arm?

I love you a bushel and a peck

A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck

A hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap

A barrel and a heap and I’m talking in my sleep about you

I love you a bushel and a peck

You bet your pretty neck I do!

Happy Birthday Abby!

Way Back When-sday

Oh, you knew this would be featuring my Mom, didn’t you?

 Mousey put together about 5 photo boards to take up to the funeral home last week. One entire board was old pictures. She had quite a few friends there that would have remembered her like this. Some of the men told me that she had been a” real looker”.

I quite agree.

This was one of Mousey’s favorites, I’m not sure why. I think she looks like she is waiting. She was wearing pearls and a dress, so she was obviously going somewhere.

This is one of my favorites. It is SO her. I don’t know whose basement or hammock it was. Even though she was dressed down, she still had her lipstick on. Always a glamor girl.

Kisses On The Cheek From God

The main word that comes to mind over the past few weeks is thankful. THANKFUL. T.h.a.n.k.f.u.l.

Then come the words blessed,  roller coaster, weary and faithful right behind.

God is faithful, in the good times and the hard.

Just a very short list of  the kisses on the cheek He has given us since February 2.

1. Beeve and I arrived in Orlando quickly and safely the morning after our Dad called. After they de-iced our plane. I have never had to fly in a de-iced plane. I don’t like the idea of flying in a de-iced plane.

2. Our Dad was not alone. His wonderful neighbors and friends were with him shortly after the ambulance arrived, and stayed with him at the hospital for hours. And let him use their cell phones. Our Dad’s birthday is next month. Guess what he is getting?

3. After they took Mom off the ventilator, we had a few days where we were able to talk with her. And she could squeeze our hand. Considering that I thought she may have already been gone when we arrived, this was a gift of immeasurable price. Her long term mind was sharp as a tack, her short term memory was a little fuzzy. For a long time she thought she thought she was in Michigan and  could never really grasp what had happened. But her sense of humor remained intact, and she was her usual uncomplaining and cooperative patient self.

4. Bookworm. After they booted us out of the Critical Care Unit at 7, we would get something to eat and go home to a long evening of sitting around. We had given her Bookworm for Christmas because it was her favorite game to play at our house. When I signed on, the name selected was Flower Girl. We are still not certain if she chose that or if it was random. Either way, it was comforting. I started playing, then my Dad came to see what I was doing. He watched for a while, then he started playing. Then Beeve got involved. I am here to tell you that we got the score up to over 780,000 before Beeve burned down the library. The Boy is insanely jealous.

5. After we made the decision to remove her from the ventilator the second time, after the Dr. said there were no more  stones left unturned, they called us back and she only lingered 12 minutes before she went to be with her Lord and Savior. Where we know she was greeted by Jesus, her Mother and Father, loved ones and friends. I have no doubt that she has already decorated the place that He had prepared for her and is working on a glorious garden.

6. With the exception of one, who just really annoyed us, Mom had really wonderful nurses. And I thank you all so much for specifically praying for this. I personally like a good, friendly, interactive, honest nurse. I want  to know the truth. I can’t make an informed decision if I don’t have the truth. I can handle the truth. We were especially thankful  that on the hardest day, God gave us a strong Christian nurse, Debbie C.. She also told us that our Dr. that day was also a Christian. He was extremely honest, and I was extremely grateful.

7. Technology. A few key cell phone calls, the blog, my SIL Facebook really got the word out. We could have really used this system about 14 1/2 years ago when we had the car accident.

8. A safe drive home from Florida, despite a really tense snow squall in Ohio.

9. Very smooth funeral arrangements. One phone call to Vermeulen and they took care of the rest.

10. Honey held down the fort. I could write an entire post on the 745678353546 ways that Honey is a kiss on the cheek from God.

11. Our friend, Debbie, The Oreo Mom. She called me twice on the drive home from Florida. Once to tell me that the funeral luncheon was taken care of and again to tell me that our meal on the visitation day was arranged. What have I ever done in my life to have deserved such an organized, thorough, thoughtful  Friend?

12.  We were completely, continuously, and seriously grateful for all  the wonderful Folks who came to the visitation and funeral. We were humbled and blessed by all of the kind words expressed. Our Dad was brought to tears many times by the waves of people from all of the pockets of their lives.

13. Our Dad loved everything about the entire two days. He thought our Mom looked beautiful. He loved seeing everyone. He loved the music at the funeral. He was honored by our cousin Lindsay reading the scripture verses and by my Mom’s friend Mary Lou reading a poem and sharing some thoughts. He was thrilled with the salvation funeral message delivered by his Pastor. He was honored by those who accepted his invitation to be pallbearers. He was impressed by the lunch that we had at our church. He.Loved It.All.

14. Mary Jo,  an old Friend of my Mom’s, asked me “did I ever tell you that your Mom led me to the Lord?” Really, what more did I need to hear? What could top that?

15. On Sunday morning, when I walked into church, they were singing my favorite song.

You are not a god
Created by human hands
You are not a god
Dependant on any mortal man
You are not a god
In need of anything we can give
By Your plan, that’s just the way it is

You are God alone
From before time began
You were on Your throne
You are God alone
And right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
You are God alone

You’re the only God
Whose power none can contend
You’re the only God
Whose name and praise will never end
You’re the only God
Who’s worthy of everything we can give
You are God
And that’s just the way it is

Repeat Chorus

That’s what You are

Billy and Cindy Foote

I know I will have more to share, this is a very short list of all of the new mercies that have been shown to us each morning. But it’s a start.

Potent Quotable

In the truest sense, Christian pilgrims have the best of both worlds. We have joy whenever this world reminds us of the next, and we take solace whenever it does not.
C. S. Lewis

“When you can’t get better, it’s better to go Home”.      Ruth Wright


Funeral Arrangements


Hi Everyone,  Just one more update from Mrs. Schmenkman…

Visitation for Ruth will be Thursday, Februrary 18, 2010 1:00-9:00 p.m.

At  Vermeulen Funeral Home 

46401 W. Ann Arbor Rd.  Plymouth, Michigan 48170

The funeral will be on Friday at 11:00 a.m.

God Has Called Ruth Home

Kel called to let me know that Ruth had gone home this morning. She passed quickly and peacefully into His arms at around 11:20 this morning.

They all want to thank you for your love and your prayers.

I don’t know what else to say.  Hugs to all…

Saturday Update

I was getting a bit worried when I hadn’t heard from Kel all day.

Finally she called around six and told me that there wasn’t much to report. Ruth was pretty uncomfortable today. She is still on the ventilator. The doctor’s have decided to try draining her lung to give her a fighting chance at beating this pneumonia. She was going in for another cat scan this evening.

Kel’s voice sounded a bit less strained today. Keep the prayers going.

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