Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today is the last Thankful Thursday for 2009. I can't believe the year is over already!!

Today I am thankful for:
* my husband's hard work this year
* being DEBT FREE!!!
* my children
* God's grace and mercy
* finding long ago friends

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.

-- Brooks Atkinson

December 31st 2009

Another year has gone by. It’s been a good year. We have all remained healthy.

The little guy started school and he loves it. I like it too. It’s a private Christian school and I love that there are so many volunteering opportunities and that I can get to know all the teachers.

The little guy played T ball this past summer and took swim lessons.

His newest interest is skateboarding and we have found an indoor skateboard park for him. He can also use his razor scooter there.

He also started AWANA this year. We like it because it is in the late afternoon and we are generally home by 6:30 pm or so. He does very well memorizing bible verses too!

The daughter started a new job that she likes and also moved closer to that job. She is still about 45 minutes away which isn’t bad.

The husband continues to work hard for us all. This year he worked a lot of overtime.

I continue to volunteer at school, crochet for charity and go to bible study. This year I also read more books!! That was a goal of mine. Nothing earth shattering.

We hosted Christmas this year and it went well. We bought a new fake tree and it fit perfectly into our home and we like it because it was pre-lit!!

Our huge news for this year is that we are totally debt free after 19 months of following Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Program. We have the mortgage left to pay off, but all of our debts are paid!! We are so happy about this!!

No huge goals for next year. We will continue to pay down on our mortgage and perhaps take a vacation now. There are a lot of places we would like to go.

Of course I would like to lose some weight and toward that end I plan on using the elliptical and treadmill this winter and hopefully when it becomes nice out again, I will walk outdoors. There is a five mile hike I could walk. Or bike. I like my bicycle too.

I hope you all have a safe New Year’s celebration and a blessed 2010!!

"The friendship that can cease has never been real."

Monday, December 28, 2009

December blanket

Another Shawl.

This one is made with Homespun "cream".

It is 27 inches wide and 60 inches long. Kind of a short shawl but still usable.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Memory Verse Week 52

It's the last memory verse for this year!! I can hardly believe it has been 52 weeks already.

Thanks to Bethany for each weeks verse.

Proverbs 31:8 (New Living Translation)

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christ was love.............

This is excellent.

Christmas Love
(Also known as "The W in Christmas")

BY: Candy Chand

Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. But once again, despite my plans, chaos prevailed. I had cut back on nonessential obligations-- extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and yes, even the all American pastime, overspending. Yet, still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and, of course, the true meaning of Christmas.

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a six year old filled with hopes, dreams and laughter. For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter Pageant." I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the production.

Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

So, just as I promised, on the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in 10 minutes early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as "Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment -- songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer. The melodies were fun, cute and lighthearted, but nowhere to be found was even the hint of an innocent babe, a manger, or Christ's sacred gift of hope and joy. So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love", I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.

Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters and bright snowcaps upon their heads. Those in the front row -- center stage -- held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, "Christmas Love."

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her -- a small, quiet girl in the front row who was holding the letter "M" upside down. She was entirely unaware, that reversed, her letter "M" appeared as a "W." Fidgeting from side to side, she soon moved entirely away from her mark.

The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at the little one's mistake. But in her innocence, she had no idea they were laughing at her as she stood tall, proudly holding her "W".

One can only imagine the difficulty in calming an audience of young, giggling students. Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together. A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.

In that instant, we understood -- the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos there was a purpose for our festivities. For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:


And I believe He still is.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today is Christmas eve. I had most of my family at my house this year.

It was nice to not have to drive for a change.

Tomorrow we will have my Mother in Law here to celebrate. Hubby will go pick her up because of our snowy weather.

We will open presents with her. The little guy is excited. And big sister has been here all day, is spending the night, and will be here most of the day tomorrow!!

Today I am thankful for:
*my family
*safe travel for family members
*finally going to a Christmas eve service!!

Luke 2:6-7
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

O Christmas Tree......

This is the final tree for this year.

It's made with red garland and it's for my own house.

I think next year I would use colored lights and look earlier to find the green garland, because that's really what color I wanted!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice

Today is the winter solstice. The longest night of the year.

After today, the days start getting longer!!


Winter Solstice
Mon., Dec. 21, 2009, 12:47 PM EST (17:47 UT), marks the solstice—the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere

The precise moment of the 2009 solstice will be Mon., Dec. 21, 12:47 PM EST.

In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, the great circle on the celestial sphere that is on the same plane as the earth's equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 20 or 21, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Cancer. In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter and summer solstices are reversed.
Reason for the Seasons

The reason for the different seasons at opposite times of the year in the two hemispheres is that while the earth rotates about the sun, it also spins on its axis, which is tilted some 23.5 degrees towards the plane of its rotation. Because of this tilt, the Northern Hemisphere receives less direct sunlight (creating winter) while the Southern Hemisphere receives more direct sunlight (creating summer). As the Earth continues its orbit the hemisphere that is angled closest to the sun changes and the seasons are reversed.
Longest Night of the Year

The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, and its noontime elevation appears to be the same for several days before and after the solstice. Hence the origin of the word solstice, which comes from Latin solstitium, from sol, sun and -stitium, a stoppage. Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Memory Verse Week 51

Proverbs 30:5 (New King James Version)

Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him

Only one more week for the Memory verse!! I can hardly believe it's been a year!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Three Santas

One of these Santas my daughter made many years ago.

As we were unpacking the Christmas decorations we came across this. The little guy wanted to make one. So, we finally made one. I made one too.

Here is the picture of the three Santas. We had fun making them too.

Friday, December 18, 2009

O Christmas Tree......

This one is blue. I made it for my Mom.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Another Thursday of Thankful Thursdays.

I've had a busy week. Preparing for Christmas and activities at the little guys school and AWANA.

Today I am thankful for:
* my family
* a reliable car
* baking goodies
* my faith and Jesus
* friends

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Galatians 6:9, King James Version

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December blankets

It's not really a blanket, it's a shawl.

It's made with Homespun and the color is Marble. Another self stripping pattern and I like it!!

It is 24 inches wide and 73 inches long.

Monday, December 14, 2009

No smoking.............

So, today it has been FOUR years since I quit smoking!!

I am very happy that I was able to quit. I occasionally still miss the cigarettes, but I know I will never smoke again.

Of course I have gained the typical few pounds that I haven't worked too hard to lose, but that will change.

And I had a conversation with my doctor. She is a great doctor. I asked her if she would rather have a smoking patient or an overweight patient. She said definitely and overweight person, that smoking is just a horrible horrible thing.

That made me feel a little better about carrying around the extra weight but I still realize I need to drop the extra tonnage.

I have to admit that I feel better not smoking, but the old wives tale about food tasting better has escaped me. My food does not taste better. I can taste differently now, but not necessarily better.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Memory Verse Week 50

Proverbs 28:13 (New King James Version)

He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Another excellent verse.

Friday, December 11, 2009

O Christmas Tree......

I made this little hangar tree for my daughter.

I have made these many years ago. You use hangars, electrical tape, mini lights and tinsel.

They are nice sitting on a table top.

Sparkly stars........

My little guy and I spent the day on Wednesday making these glitter stars. A very labor intensive project but it made the little guy very happy.

He plans on sending one to each of the three grandmas and he is giving one to sister. We are keeping the rest for our tree.

The story behind these stars is kind of fun.

While we were unpacking the Christmas ornaments, we came across big sisters ornaments that she had made when she was the little guys age, and some she made later.

The little guy wanted to make everything that big sister had made, but I made him choose TWO ornaments/decorations. He chose the glitter stars and another decoration that we have not made yet.

My daughter made her red glitter star when she was four years old--it is written on the back of the star. I am positive she made it at her sitters house--she was there for about 7 years and the sitter was just wonderful.

So, here are the stars. I hope you think they are as pretty as I do!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Another Thursday has arrived. It is finally winter here, snow and cold.

It's two weeks before Christmas. I have all my gifts bought. I need to bake yet.

There is much in my life to be thankful for this day. Too many things to list and it seems as though I always list the same things.

Today I am thankful for:
* the freedom of choice to send my boy to a parochial school where he learns more about Jesus and the bible that I could teach him at home.
* snowdays--my boy and I spent the day together making Christmas decorations!
* the ability to give to others
* watching my son being thrilled with the simple things in life
* eyeglasses
* Gods protection, grace and mercy. Every day I get a brand new start!!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
-- John 3:16

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Memory Verse Week 49

Wow. It is week 49 already! Just three more weeks of Memory verses to go.

I just would like to say thank you to Bethany. She has provided the verses each week and she is truly an inspiration to me!!

Proverbs 27:9 (New Living Translation)

The heartfelt counsel of a friend
is as sweet as perfume and incense.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Another Thursday. I am thankful for many things today.

It's the start of the Christmas season. I am not quite in the mood for all the celebration yet, but I am working on that.

We are prepared for Christmas. We have our gifts bought and wrapped. We even purchased a new tree and some decorations this year.

I am hosting Christmas for my family this year. It should be fun. I need to start some baking soon!!

today I am thankful for:
*God and his mercy and grace
*my family
*found friends

2 Peter 1:5-7, King James Version

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

*a warm house

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

December blankets


These are two little snuggly blankets I made.

They are both made with Homespun.

The blue is Sky and the pink is Parfait.

They are both about 15 inches by 15 inches. The pattern is granny square.

A puppy Poem

To make Heaven
the perfect resting place
for loved ones we adore,
God made sure
those Pearly Gates
contained a doggy door.

Monday, November 30, 2009

November Blanket


This is for a little girl.

It is made with Homespun Plum. I think it's a pretty color!

It is 35 inches wide and 56 inches long.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Memory Verse Week 48

Proverbs 27:4 (New Living Translation)

Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood,
but jealousy is even more dangerous.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today is Thanksgiving. My turkey is stuffed and cooking away in the oven. I have all my side dishes prepared, and the rolls are rising.

We have no snow today and it reminds me of the Thanksgiving's of my youth when my Grandpa and his wife would come visiting. Cool crisp sunny days made for a walk.

Some years we went to my Uncle's house near St. Louis. I have fond memories of thanksgiving--being with family, and celebrating.

This year my gathering is small since my husband will be going in to work tonight.
So it is just my family and my mom.

Today I am thankful for:
* my mom--that she remains vibrant and healthy
* my daughter
* my little guy
* my husband
* my God and faith
* plentiful fresh food
* family being together
* my freedoms

I hope you all have a wonderful day whatever you are doing!!

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My aunt

I thought of my aunt today, as I do most days.

She is spending her sixth year in heaven and rejoicing and singing with the Lord.

I miss her. A lot.

The sting has lessened, but it is still there. There is so much I miss about her.

My cousin, her daughter, and I talked the other day since it was cousins birthday. She said, "why do we miss our moms most on our birthdays?" Well, because mom's are special and they always remember your birthday.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Hebrews 13:8, King James Version

Monday, November 23, 2009


That time of year again.

I am making a full turkey dinner this year. It will be just my family and my mom.

This year I feel impressed to pray for our nation and the leaders of our nation.

Everyone from the President, Governors, Congressmen, Senators and any one else in a leadership position. I believe at this time in our history, our nation needs prayer. I try to pray daily for our nation and leaders but must admit that I don't make it each day.

I am eternally thankful I live here where I can freely worship and praise GOD. Though it seems to be harder and harder to do.

I am thankful for all my family members. Especially my mom and husband. I am also very thankful for my two children. They each have brought me something different and glorious at different stages of my life. Each child of mine is a true miracle to me, for many reasons.

I am thankful I can make a full turkey dinner and enjoy it with my family. I am thankful for a full cupboards and a full refrigerator--things I often take for granted.

I am thankful for friends in my life--past and present. I believe each friend was brought into my life for a reason and a season.

And today, I am even thankful for message boards and the people I have "met" through them.

I am thankful to have wonderful memories of family members that are no longer with us. I can remember the good memories, and the fun memories. Past thanksgiving celebrations with family members no longer here. Cherished memories of family members. These are good memories and sometimes they bring tears. Good tears.

It often seems to be a day of reflection for me too. I will continue to reflect throughout the week.

I hope you all have a wonder Thanksgiving celebration!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Memory Verse Week 47

Proverbs 26:20 (New Living Translation)

20 Fire goes out without wood,
and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today Iris has chosen "life" for the topic.

Life... It can be so sweet and so painful all at the same time. This quote below is something I have been thinking about a lot lately. I can't start my life all over, or fix the mistakes I have made, but I can move forward and learn from them, which is what I, and many many other people have done.

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
Maria Robinson

This quote by Kierkegaard is so very true in every way. If only we knew then what we know now!! How different would our lives be?

But we must always remember the path we take is a path laid out before us. We have free will to choose, even if God has another plan for us.

I wonder how many times I didn't listen to God and made my own choices?? I often wonder how different my life would be if some of the choices I made were different?? I simply cannot imagine.

My life is not my own.

Life can only be understood backwards,
but it must be lived forwards.
Soren Kierkegaard

Today I am thankful for:
* my husband
* my children
* turkey on sale!!
* sunny days
Galatians 2:20 (New King James Version)

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Acts 20:24 (New King James Version)

24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself,[a] so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

November Blanket


This is a blanket for a little boy.

It's made with Homespun "Lagoon". I like this color for a boy, and as usual it self stripes.

This blanket is 37 inches wide and 54 inches long.

Memory Verse Week 46

Proverbs 25:28 (New Living Translation)

28 A person without self-control
is like a city with broken-down walls.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today Iris at Grace Alone has chosen Military/Veterans for the topic.

As my husband posted on Facebook yesterday : I'm thankful for those that lace up their boots, ready their weapons and walk the patrol. Stay safe out there.

This says exactly what I feel. I am thankful that there are soldiers that volunteer to keep our freedoms and keep our country safe.

I am thankful that I signed up when I did and served the country and I am thankful for my husbands service. And my father, Father in law, cousins, Uncles, brothers that all served.

Today I am thankful for:
* my children. I am always thankful for each of them every day.
* my husband, that he works so hard so I can stay home.
* my mom, that she remains healthy\
* my cousin, who I miss, but who always has interesting stuff to talk about!
* my faith.
I Thessalonians 3:12
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day 2009

Today is Veterans day.

I am thankful especially this year for all the Veterans.

My heart aches for the families at Fort Hood this year.

I make a post each year on this day so you can read those too if you'd like. Here


Veterans Day 2009, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day: The World Remembers
Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of each year, 11/11/11, November 11, also known as Poppy Day, is the day uniformed veterans stand outside grocery stores and hand out red paper poppies to pin to our coats. As grade school children growing up in the 60s, who knew what the significance was? A red poppy was a red poppy, given by an official uniformed war veteran, and therefore cool to a child.

Poppy Day – Remembrance Day
On November 11th, assemblies will gather all over the world to observe and recognize the significance of this day. Poppies are given out, and poppy wreaths are often placed on the graves of fallen heroes.

Children – young and old alike – can be reminded of the importance of the day, by taking part in special programs and lessons designed to honor the brave soldiers that gave their lives, and also the veterans still alive to remember.

If you are an educator or a parent that wishes to observe the day with your children, take advantage of the educational tools available. Veterans Day 2009 Free Lesson Plans, Coloring Pages are Teaching Kids is one such resource.

11.11.11: What is the Significance of Armistice Day?
Armistice Day – November 11, the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" – marks the anniversary of the Armistice that ended hostilities on the Western Front of the First World War. Every year since World War I, the world has remembered those members of the armed forces who were killed during war. The Day of Remembrance has many different names in different countries, but one thing all nations have in common – "We Will Remember Them".

Veterans Day, Armistice Day and Remembrance Day Around the World

* United States - Veterans Day
* France - Remembrance Day
* UK - Both Remembrance Day and Armistice Day
* Belgium - Day of Peace in the Flanders Fields
* Poland - National Day in Poland called Polish Independence Day
* Italy - Armistice of Villa Giusti (celebrated on November 4th)
* New Zealand - Armistice Day November 11th - Poppy Day (celebrated on April 24th)

The Significance of Silence
The Two Minutes' Remembrance Silence observed each year at 11 a.m. on 11 November – Armistice Day – was instituted by King George V in 1919 to commemorate the first anniversary of the end of hostilities on the Western Front.

The Remembrance Ceremony
The general outline of the Remembrance Ceremony is as follows:
Presiding Official: "Ladies and Gentlemen: The Remembrance Ceremony"
[Lighting dimmed and a short period of Silence observed.]
The Presiding Official then recites Binyon's lines:

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

All present respond: "We Will Remember Them"
[Lighting restored.]

Veterans Day, November 11th, 2009
The Veterans Day National Ceremony will be held on November 11th, 2009 at 11.00 a.m. on Arlington National Cemetery.
See Veterans Day 2009 for a list of closings and events.

Sources: wikipedia;

Written by Donna Diegel
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Monday, November 09, 2009


Along with The Berlin wall coming down, today also marks the night in Germany called Kristallnacht. What a terrible terrible night.

My family left Germany long before this happened. I think my Great-great Grandpa came over in the 1860's--he fought in Civil war.

I posted about it last year here

Great site to read

Seventy-one years ago, on November 9–10, 1938, the Nazis staged vicious pogroms—state sanctioned, anti-Jewish riots—against the Jewish community of Germany. These came to be known as Kristallnacht (now commonly translated as “Night of Broken Glass”), a reference to the untold numbers of broken windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned stores, community centers, and homes plundered and destroyed during the pogroms. Encouraged by the Nazi regime, the rioters burned or destroyed 267 synagogues, vandalized or looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, and killed at least 91 Jewish people. They also damaged many Jewish cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes as police and fire brigades stood aside. Kristallnacht was a turning point in history. The pogroms marked an intensification of Nazi anti-Jewish policy that would culminate in the Holocaust—the systematic, state-sponsored murder of Jews.

Twenty years ago............

The Berlin wall came crashing down!! Twenty-eight years of isolation--gone!

Why the Berlin Wall came tumbling down
Twenty years after the opening of the borders between East and West Germany, Charles S. Maier recalls how a bloodless revolution came about. Berlin wall

By Charles S. Maier
Published: 12:56PM GMT 07 Nov 2009

Twenty years after the opening of the borders between East and West Germany, Charles S. Maier recalls how a bloodless revolution came about.

All states have frontiers. East Germany, aka the German Democratic Republic, became a frontier that had a state. When the frontier dissolved, the state followed less than a year later.

The Berlin Wall, which was breached 20 years ago on Monday, was only the most notorious segment of that frontier.

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On August 13, 1961, after consultation with their Soviet patrons, the GDR authorities laid down 97 miles of barbed wire around West Berlin – an island of western Allied sovereignty and West German constitutional liberty 110 miles within East Germany – to sever it from the Communist-controlled territory that surrounded it.

Twenty-seven miles of the new barrier zig-zagged north to south, along the urban boundary that separated West and East Berlin.

Soon, the rolls of barbed wire were augmented with a high concrete barrier with watchtowers, floodlights, and a no man's land.

Dramatic derring-do enabled a few to scale over, tunnel underneath and even crash through, but 136 East Germans would die trying to cross.

Just as daunting as the Berlin Wall proper was the German-German border to the West. It had been incised in the Fifties as an 860-mile scar of barbed wire, concrete obstacles, watchtowers, and self-triggering weapons. But this frontier had not stopped East Germans from travelling to their capital city and then crossing to the Western sectors, from where they could continue to West Germany by rail or air.

About three and a half million people, many with much-needed skills, had departed the GDR by 1961, hence the decision to seal Berlin.

As a young historian, I went to Potsdam to work at the East German state archives: only a few hundred yards from the GDR end of the Glienicke Bridge, known as the "Peace Bridge", where Cold War spies were exchanged, but a world away from West Berlin.

These were the years when the courtyard of the archives, along with other public offices, was piled high with briquettes of brown coal, which gave the East one of its characteristic odours, along with the disinfectant used for swabbing corridors.

On other occasions, I crossed to East Berlin from West Berlin using the elevated S-Bahn to Friedrichstrasse station, where the citizen of an allied power (or a German from outside Berlin) surrendered his passport to a guard behind a thick window, endured a wait designed to demonstrate GDR sovereignty, and finally continued into "Berlin: Capital of the German Democratic Republic" through a neighbouring bleak hall – dubbed the Palace of Tears for the family farewells that took place just outside, as West Germans left their East German relatives.

The GDR's existence depended on those barriers. The dominant impression beyond, in urban areas at least, was not of poverty so much as shabbiness: facades still pocked by bullets or bomb fragments; empty squares cleared of wartime destruction, but not rebuilt; bleak restaurants.

The melancholy state-run "HO" stores were punctuated by Intershops where, with Western currency, one could buy GDR friends a bottle of imported whisky or some perfume. And there were gracious remnants that had survived the war: large houses in the Dresden suburbs, the Christmas fair in Potsdam with gingerbread and Gl├╝hwein and, not far from Friedrichstrasse, the innovative Komische Oper.

Ultimately, the walls of the republic were vulnerable. Control of the frontiers required a commitment from neighbouring Hungary and Czechoslovakia to prevent East Germans from transiting to the Western lands they bordered.

By the summer of 1989, socialist fraternity was fraying badly, and Hungary was no longer willing to act as a gatekeeper. Once Budapest party leaders allowed East Germans to exit to Austria in September 1989, the final act of the GDR began.

Most East Germans, of course, did not want to leave, even if many longed to travel unhindered.

Throughout the late Eighties, encouraged by the reformist course that Mikhail Gorbachev was signalling in the Soviet Union, small numbers had joined earnest circles of environmental activists and disarmament advocates (originally encouraged by the regime as critics of the West).

As late as the summer of 1989, the protesting groups seemed small and fragmented, but then, encouraged by the sense of change that their own activity helped to generate, many more joined the prayer meetings in the large urban churches of Leipzig and Berlin, marched with their candles for a relaxation of press restrictions and, emboldened by those who were heading West, shouted, "We are staying here," and by September, "We are the people!"

Repeated Monday-night demonstrations in Leipzig swelled to 70,000 by mid-October, a week after the GDR celebrated its 40th anniversary.

The regime could no longer control its frontiers, and chose not to contest the streets. A divided politburo ousted its old-guard members, including party chief Erich Honecker, and after massive demonstrations in Berlin, it decided to relax travel restrictions, leading to the joyous confusion of November 9.

Was such a peaceful revolution inevitable? Three months earlier, Chinese authorities had opted to use force and crushed the pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing. Could the East Germans have wagered on a Chinese solution?

Politburo elders, including Honecker and minister of state security Erich Mielke, who were out of touch with the profound dissent growing across their little republic, might have believed that they could.

But we know from transcribed conversations that younger heirs to the state were despairing. Revolutions usually begin when a ruling group fragments, and the GDR leadership was deeply divided by late summer.

For all the loyalty it might muster, the GDR's existence, moreover, depended on the presence of several hundred thousand Soviet troops garrisoned originally as occupation forces and, since 1955, as Warsaw Pact allies.

Their tanks had suppressed the protests of striking East Berlin workers in June 1953, when local Soviet commanders understood that their fragile satellite might dissolve into the West.

Until 1989, the Red Army's presence remained a deterrent, deployed against Hungary's impetuous revolutionaries in 1956 and Czechoslovak reformers in August 1968. If there were violent clashes in the autumn of 1989, might Soviet troops be used again?

In public, Gorbachev helped Honecker, whom he found tiresome and didactic, to celebrate the GDR's 40th anniversary in early October.

In private, he was reported to have said that history punishes those who come too late. Discreetly, and through his embassy, he signalled that his Berlin wards were on their own. Russian troops would stay in their barracks.

Local East German officials understood that a crackdown could lead to violence beyond their capacity to control it.

The demonstrators enforced their own discipline and called mostly for dialogue. Their radicalism was limited: no one knew how much would change as the Wall was opened on November 9. Few leaders of the ruling Socialist Unity Party (the SED) and few of the demonstrators' ad hoc "civic movements" expected their republic to be swept away within a few months.

However, Chancellor Kohl soon concluded that he must outbid the East German reformers' vision of existing side by side with the West German state by manipulating economic and national longings.

Simultaneously, he persuaded Western leaders (Mrs Thatcher excepted) that the Germans would remain good Europeans and Gorbachev that German self-determination was no threat to Moscow.

The Russian leader, himself intoxicated by the momentum of change, did not expect that his own Soviet Communist Party and the Soviet federation would dissolve within two years, either. But he earned his Nobel for not resisting the dissolution by force.

The GDR's rapid collapse does not mean that the state had no loyal citizens: it did not rest on force and surveillance alone.

Two generations had come of age, enlisted from childhood in the mission of serving "the better Germany" as good anti-fascists and pioneers of socialism, peace and production. But after the Czech repression of 1968, ideals were hard to sustain in the Communist world. Even if East Germans did not know how zealously their leader Walter Ulbricht had urged Brezhnev to suppress Czechoslovak liberalisation, there would be renewed suppression of dissenters.

The continuing economic lag behind the West (glaringly visible on television), the pervasiveness of Stasi – secret police – control, the galling restrictions on travel, and finally, rigged electoral results – manipulated to inflate apparent popularity – overcame the loyalty citizens and intellectuals might have held.

At the end, the state socialist project could not retain its credibility. Its restrictions, its shabbiness, its reliance on snooping – and, in East Germany, its unnatural division of families – flew in the face of the ideals it supposedly stood for.

That the whole imperial structure of late communism could dissolve without vast waves of violence was a great achievement, not fully scripted in advance, but accomplished by those who marched in the autumn of 1989, by those who fled, and by those, such as Chancellor Kohl, who managed to channel the popular currents into a peacefully restored Germany and a reunited continent.

Unfortunately, the rush to liquidate the East's rust-belt economy, the unemployment that furloughed many workers and professionals over 50 while keeping the young in make-work jobs, and the feelings of victory on one side and of failure on the other constituted the shadow side of unification.

There would be a generation of loyal citizens desolate and orphaned by the loss of their state, and many in unified Germany would cling to the diehard Party of Democratic Socialism, the successor to the Socialist Unity Party which dissolved among bitter reproaches in the winter of 1990.

People don't like to be told they were pursuing a fool's errand for most of their lives and that their experiment (as one regime stalwart conceded) was a mere footnote of history.

How to validate their 40-year experience without whitewashing an abusive system has proved an almost insuperable challenge – perhaps to be solved only by the final passage of the GDR generation.

Charles S. Maier is Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University and the author of 'Downfall: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany' (Princeton University Press) Return to Berlin

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Memory Verse Week 45

Proverbs 25:27 (New King James Version)

27 It is not good to eat much honey;
So to seek one’s own glory is not glory.

Friday, November 06, 2009


I received a gift card for Beth Bath and Beyond. My husband and I went the other day. I had in mind to buy some new towels. Ours are getting a bit old and frayed.

Hubby had a different idea! He found this dinosaur muffin pan and I got that with the gift card instead.

The little guy and I are going to make blueberry dinosaur muffins this weekend!!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today, Iris at Grace Alone is our host. Iris has chosen "trials" for our topic today.

I think of Moses and the Jews in the wilderness for forty years. What a trial that would be!

I believe we go through trials to make us stronger and build character.

There have been times when I have felt like I was wandering in the wilderness, just floundering about. I know during those times that God had my back! I know He was protecting me and watching over me and watching me make my mistakes.

The good thing about trials is most of the time we learn from them, and that is a good results from trials!

Trials also strengthen our faith!

Today I am thankful for:

* my daughter spending the day with us
* my little guy asking his teacher if sister could stay with him at school today!!
* sunny days
* my husband having days off during the week
* friends

1 Peter 1:5-7 (New Living Translation)

5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.
7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Memory Verse Week 44

Proverbs 24:11-12 (New Living Translation)

11 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;
save them as they stagger to their death.
12 Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”
For God understands all hearts, and he sees you.
He who guards your soul knows you knew.
He will repay all people as their actions deserve.


I can hardly believe it's November already. We had a cold and rainy, dark October. If it's cold, but there is sunshine, I am all for it!!

Thanksgiving is this month and I am hosting just my mom and my little family. I will be hosting Christmas this year for the whole family!

Yesterday I saw two flocks of wild Turkeys in the corn fields! I always love seeing the wildlife. We have had a lot of deer in our yard this fall already. The dark eyed Juncos have recently arrived from Canada to spend the winter in our much warmer climate. LOL. We get a whole bunch of them every winter and I tell my husband to throw some bird food on the snowy ground because they don't usually go to the feeders.

My mom got a new vehicle. She bought a 2006 Honda CRV and she loves it!! Her other car was older and she no longer felt safe driving it.

I can't wait for baseball next spring! We have a brand new OUTDOOR stadium!! I am so excited to go and bring the little guy to an outdoor stadium.

I am thinking of taking a trip to Maryland. Just me, for a long weekend to see my cousin. I haven't seen her for about two years now. I often think about my aunt. I used to fly to MD every three months to see my Grandma, who lived with my aunt, and to visit with my aunt. I had some really good times and I still really miss my aunt and grandma.

I still don't like yogurt. No matter what brand or type of yogurt I try, I just can't like it. I want to like it, but I just don't. Same thing with Candy corn. My kids and husband like it, and I buy it for them, but I don't ever eat it.

Husband has been working a LOT. We are continuing to pay down our debt, and we have bought some toys recently with some of his overtime earnings. We bought iTouches for all of us. And we all love them!! We didn't get iPhones because we don't get reception here with that company, so we just purchased the Touches!

We have a cousin moving to Ft Collins CO coming up, so there may or may not be a trip to CO. I think it would be a fun trip.

The boy is doing well in school. He is reading and writing well now. He is even memorizing some bible verses!! It's so fun to hear his little boy voice reciting scripture! I go once a week to serve lunch and that is always fun. He also started AWANA at church this fall and is doing well there, and having fun learning about the bible.

Daughter continues to do well at a new job, and is moving sometime this month--again. I hope she stays in this apartment for a while!!

Mom is doing well, as are my brothers and their families. I have another nephew in college. My nieces and nephews are growing up!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

It's fall...............

Time to change the clocks back to Standard time tonight.

Unless you live in the states that don't change. I think they are Indiana and Arizona.

So, tonight before you go to bed, turn all your clocks back one hour. Don't forget!

We switch back again to Daylight savings on March 14, 2010.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today, Lynn has chosen "change" for our topic.

Change is good but it can also be hard. When we go through a lot of changes at one time it can also be very stressful.

Losing friends is stressful, and a huge change in a person's life.

God also works on us through change. That's what I look forward to. Coming out the other side of change renewed, and well, changed! All the time God works on us we are changed and it is always for the good!!

Ephesians 6:10
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Memory Verse Week 43

Proverbs 23:15-16 (New Living Translation)

15 My child, if your heart is wise,
my own heart will rejoice!
16 Everything in me will celebrate
when you speak what is right.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Another hat

Bigger this time. I used a bigger hook and one more round of increases.

Red Heart yarn, same colors as the hat a couple of posts ago.

I am liking the head to display the hats too!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today Lynn has chosen "things that make you go Hmmmmm" for the topic.

There are many many things in this world that make me go hmmm:

Hummingbirds and how they fly--it is incredible.
The world in general.
God's grace and mercy for me, a sinner.
The little tiny bones in our ears.

Today I am thankful for:
*My husband
*my children
*sunny days when the sun is streaming into the house through the windows
*the beautiful color of the changing leaves--it's my favorite time of the year
*the smells of fall
James 1:5 (New Living Translation)

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (New Living Translation)

God Offers Comfort to All
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

Jacob Wetterling

Jacob and his family have been on my mind this week. There was an article in our paper on Sunday, and I hadn't realized the exact date of his abduction until today.

Jacob was abducted one night in October twenty years ago, in rural Minnesota and has not been located. He was 11 and his brother was 10, his best friend was 11 as well.

This is such a sad case, as is every missing child case.

As a mother, I just cannot imagine what Patty has been through all these years. I wonder if I would have been as strong as she and her husband have been?? I doubt it.

I can't imagine what Jacob's brother and friend that were with him have gone through either. It has to be some type of hell twenty years later.

Here is Jacob's WIKI page.

And also Patty, his moms wiki page. She has been an advocate for missing children.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Memory Verse Week 42

Proverbs 22:17-18 (New American Standard Bible)

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
That they may be ready on your lips.

The bell..........

I had never heard the phrase "you can't unring the bell" until about a week ago when a friend and I were talking.

This means that once something has been done, you have to live with the consequences as it can't be undone.

She mentioned something she had done that she wished she could undo--hence the comment about the bell. We had a longish talk about the whole situation and what she could do now and in the future to prevent the feeling of wanting to unring the bell.

So I have been thinking about the things I have done in my life that I would like to "unring". There are many actually. From the past to the present. Things I wish that I could unring. From friends to family. Even strangers-- the door not held open, the parking space taken etc etc.

My friend is a good, sweet person. I've known her a long time. She has just made some errors in judgement in her life.

I don't know about you, but I know that she is not the only one. I have made errors in my life too. I think that everybody has lapses in judgement and would like to unring that darn bell!!

Do you have a story about unringing the bell??
Psalm 34:18 (New American Standard Bible)

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A hat

Made this hat for my boy yesterday. It's too small.

It's made with Red Heart Soft Navy and white.

Not enough increases and too small of a hook.

Trying again today.

First modeling job for the head though!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

October blanket

I finished this yesterday. It's a blanket for a family that just adopted a little boy and the room is a sports theme. Boston teams were mentioned so I thought Red and white would be good.

It's made with Homespun Candy Apple and Hepplewhite. I think it's pretty. The red is one of my favorite colors and the white is really white.

It measures 29 inches wide and 40 inches long.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today at Lynn's blog, she has chosen "Entitlements or Riches" for the topic.

People often think, without actually thinking, that they are entitled to something.
It's a prevalent thought in our society these days, and it is unmerited.

People need to realize that they need too work for what they want and need.

I see riches in my life on a daily basis. I just need to look out my window, or even look around in my house at my family. I am enriched by God daily.

Today I am thankful for:
* my sweet husband that works so hard
* my sweet son
* my sweet daughter
* my faith

Psalm 34:15
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Father Damien

On Sunday, the Pope canonized Father Damien. I am happy to hear this. I think Father Damien was a man sent from God to help the lepers. He did wonderful work with the lepers of Hawaii.

If you don't know about Father Damien, I urge you to learn more about him. He worked closely with lepers in Molokai to give them a better quality of life. The lepers were ostracized.

Today, leprosy is known as Hansen's disease When I worked at the clinic we had a patient with Hansen's disease.

Read This and This too. They both have interesting info on Fr. Damien and the Canonization process.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

October blanket


I finished this prayer shawl last night. It is so pretty and fall like! I really like how it self stripes too.

It's made with Homespun Wildfire.

It is 23 inches wide and 72 inches long.

Memory Verse Week 41

Proverbs 21:30

No human wisdom or understanding or plan
can stand against the Lord.

Friday, October 09, 2009

My Garden

This is my garden today. Yesterday my husband and little guy cleaned it up and got rid of the stuff.

It turned out to be a not so bad year, given the tomato blight.

The husband made lots of salsa and I made some tomato sauce to freeze.

We even got some carrots toward the end!!

Can't wait til next year now!! I am going to plant a couple Zucchini plants!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today, Lynn at Spiritually unequal marriage has chosen "Count your Blessings" for the theme today.

I often think of how blessed my life is. It hasn't always been blessed so I am extremely thankful for what I have now. I do live a blessed life and I am blessed.
I attribute that all to God and how I live my life. I am thankful every day for what I have because I know what I have.

My list:
My husband
nieces and nephews
my house
my boy doing so well in school
having enough food
a reliable car
enough money
a good church
good books to read
my bible
my salvation
my flowers

The list could go on and on. There are so many things to be grateful for.

Psalm 34:7
7 The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

October blanket

I just finished this one last night.

It's for a woman having a little boy after having twins.

It's made of Homespun sky blue and it is 31 inches wide by 41 inches long.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Memory verse week 40

Proverbs 21:29 (New Living Translation)

29 The wicked bluff their way through,
but the virtuous think before they act.

Though no one can go back and make a new beginning - anyone can start from now and make a brand new end.|

-- Carl Brand

Saturday, October 03, 2009

I bought a head!!!

It's such an odd item. My husband thought I was nuts for buying it. But the cashier said they are popular. Some young boys bought some for target practice. Some cheerleaders bought a bunch of them for something they were going to do.

I simply bought one to model my hats instead of laying them on the floor!!

There is a store called Savers here, a second hand Goodwill type store and they had a whole bin of them, so I grabbed one.

I can't wait to use it!!

Friday, October 02, 2009

October blanket

It's good to be crocheting again!!!

This isn't really a blanket. But it is October!!

This is a prayer shawl, and it is folded for the picture.

I love this color, it's one of my favorites but of course it doesn't look so great in the picture I took. It's all in the lighting.

This is made with Red Heart Light and Lofty yarn and it is very similar to Homespun. I got this yarn from the church where the prayer shawl ministry is. Someone had started working with it and decided not to continue. It is difficult to work with if you haven't used this type of yarn before. It's much more bulky than normal yarn and generally you need to use a bigger hook, or needles if you are knitting with it. Lots of people on my crochet board do not like this type of yarn. I do like it. That's why I use it so much!

The color is Wine and this piece is 26 inches wide and 63 inches long. I could have made it narrower but it still works as a shawl!

Over the Top Blog Award

Thank you to Bethany at Raindrops and Rainbows for giving me this award. I "met" Bethany sometime ago and we have become friends. I love Bethany's blog--it inspires me daily and I am thankful to call her a friend.

Here are the rules:
You can use only one word!
Pass this along to 6 of your favorite bloggers!
Alert them that you have given them this award!
Have fun!

Here are my answers:

Where is your cell phone? Purse
Your hair? up
Your mother? retired
Your father? Business owner
Your favorite food? Pizza
Your dream last night? none
Your favorite drink? Tea
Your dream/goal? mommy
What room are you in? living
Your hobby? Crochet!!
Your fear? Spiders
Where do you want to be in 6 years? here
Where were you last night? home
Something that you aren't? worthy
Muffins? cinnamon
Wish list item? iPhone
Where did you grow up? MN
Last thing you did? Groceries
What are you wearing? pants
Your TV? New!
Your pets? Dogs
Friends? Few
Your life? Splendid
Your mood? Tired
Missing someone? Aunt
Vehicle? Green
Something you're not wearing? Perfume
Your favorite store? Michaels
Your favorite color? Purple
When was the last time you laughed? Today
Last time you cried? Yesterday
Your best friend? Husband
One place that I go to over and over? Michaels
One person who emails me regularly? Daughter
Favorite place to eat? Carbone’s

And now I get to pass this award to 6 of my favorite bloggers:

Raindrops and Rainbows

Mommy Writing

This Circle of Chaos

Confessions of a Pioneer Woman

Walk Slowly Live Wildly

From Under the Laundry Pile

I have other favorite blogs but these are just six of them.

Be blessed on this beautiful day and Thank you again Bethany!! :)

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today Lynn, who is our host for this month, has chosen Miscellaneous for the theme.

So, today, I am thankful for October! It's one of my favorite months of the year. I love the cool crispness of the sunny days, and the beautiful colors of the changing trees.

I am thankful for my family. Daily I am reminded how blessed I am to have the husband I have and the children I have. Some days are more challenging than others, but I wouldn't trade my life for anything. I see God's handiwork in many lives around me.

I am thankful my boy likes school and I pray it continues throughout all of his school years. I am thankful that he seems to adjust easily to most situations.

I am thankful to be able to be a stay at home mom. I have grown to love being home.

Psalm 119:133 (New King James Version)

133 Direct my steps by Your word,
And let no iniquity have dominion over me.

James 1:22 (New King James Version)

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (New King James Version)

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Monday, September 28, 2009

September blanket

This is the pink blanket I finished yesterday for the dRaffle I donated to.

It is made with Homespun and it's called Cotton Candy. I think it's such a bright and pretty color for a girl blanket.

It is 32 inches across and 42 inches wide.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Memory Verse Week 39

Proverbs 21:23 (New King James Version)

23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles.

WOW! I have lived this for sure. I have let my tongue get me into trouble many times.

It is so very hard to tame the tongue, since it is just so easy to say something.

It's a terrific verse to keep close in your heart!!

Friday, September 25, 2009


Yarn. Isn't it pretty??

These are the colors I chose yesterday. There was a HUGE sale.

I had to buy yarn.

Isn't the lemonade one just yummy??

The weird thing about all these colors is, I could make a blanket with yarn from each color and it would be beautiful.

I didn't crochet for nine weeks and it was driving me crazy to not crochet.

Now I have several blankets and a bunch of prayer shawls to make. Plus anything else I come across for charity. I might make scarves again this year but I need to get going on them if I want to send them in time.

So, yeah, more yarn for my collection. But as my husband says, I use it!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I am not following the other blogs for the theme today. It's late, and I've had a busy day.

The little guy is ill, and my husband hurt his back. Little guy went to the doctor and he is ok, no strep or flu or anything, just an icky cold. The husband is seeing his doctor tomorrow--we'll see what the doctor says about his back.

Today was our 15th anniversary. We did manage to go out to dinner and the daughter and little guy made us a beautiful card for when we got home!!!

It's been a hectic week.

But I am thankful for it all!! It's a good week to be thankful for all that I have!!!

Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this
world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Our prayers will see answers when we believe in what we ask for.

-- John Iverson

Fifteen years!!!!!!!!!!!

Fifteen years ago on this day at 2 in the afternoon I married my husband.

My daughter was part of the wedding too, and she came with us on the last part of our honeymoon!!

I wanted to be married in the fall and this is the day we chose that worked out for all our schedules and the pastors schedule.

It rained briefly in the morning and by the time of the wedding it was beautiful sunshine out.

We had a lovely reception afterwards and then went to a hotel.

We had a beautiful room--it was decorated in a Grecian Roman style.

The next morning we flew out to Boston and drove to Maine to a bed and breakfast. It was absolutely gorgeous. We drove around a lot and we also enjoyed fresh lobster and crabs. We went to LL Bean and Pemaquid lighthouse. The country side was stunning.

Then we spent three days in Boston with my husbands Brother and sister in law. This is when our daughter joined us and we had a blast. We went to the Boston aquarium, ad Faneuil Hall, and many other places. It was wonderful. My husband was familiar with Boston because he had been there several times before.

The wedding was perfect, just how we wanted it and it wasn't too big. Just about 75 people or so.

I wouldn't change a thing about the wedding or the last 15 years!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

September blanket

I finished this one last night. It's for the dRaffle for Kat's daughter that has a fatal disease.

I used Homespun yarn. This color is called blue Sky and it is very bright!

The blanket measures 32 inches wide and 38.5 inches long.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Autumnal Equinox

Autumn is my favorite time of year for many reasons.

Here is some info on the Autumnal Equinox.

In the language of science, an equinox is either of two points on the celestial sphere where the ecliptic and the celestial equator intersect. For the rest of us, it's one of two times a year when the Sun crosses the equator, and the day and night are of approximately equal length.

At the autumnal equinox (Sept 22, 2009; 4:18 P.M. CDT), the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, from north to south; this marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.

The vernal equinox, also known as “the first point of Aries,” is the point at which the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator from south to north. This occurs about March 21, marking the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

On the date of either equinox, the Sun is above the equator and night and day are of approximately equal length; the word equinox is often used to refer to either of these dates.

The equinoxes are not fixed points on the celestial sphere but move westward along the ecliptic, passing through all the constellations of the zodiacin 26,000 years. This motion is called the precession of the equinoxes. The vernal equinox is a reference point in the equatorial coordinate system.

Monday, September 21, 2009

the germatorium.......

Otherwise known as school.

The little guy and I have been sick. I am not sure if it's something the husband brought home since he got it first or if the little guy brought it home from school.

Judging from the absentee list at school today, I think that the germatorium might be the culprit.

We have all had slightly different illnesses.

Husband had a snotty cold.

The little guy has a cold and stuffiness, sore throat and icky tummy.

And I have some type of flu--typical symptoms.

Now, here's the interesting part I learned today about different schools.

The little guy goes to a private school and there are about 11 kids in his class. Some of the other classes are smaller. There is one class of each grade.

We go to the public school for speech twice a week.

The whole school is kindergarten, and has been for about 9 years. I had no idea and am somewhat curious about it.

They have about 14 classes of kindergarteners. About 21-26 kids per class. It is a very busy and somewhat noisy school.

Apparently this works out very well and the teachers all like it. I thought it was interesting.

Can you imagine all the germs and illnesses running through the schools?? No wonder there is such a high number of kids out at any given time.

The little guy went to preschool for two years and caught the occasional cold. I wonder how different this year will be??

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Memory Verse Week 38

Proverbs 21:21 (New King James Version)

21 He who follows righteousness and mercy
Finds life, righteousness, and honor.

Friday, September 18, 2009

September blanket

YAY!! Back to crocheting.

I finished this one Wednesday night. It's for the woman mentioned in the post a few days ago about giving birth on September 11. She had a little girl. They didn't know what they were having til the baby was born.

The color is Cotton Candy. And it is 28 inches wide and 39 inches long. It's kind of a small one--I miscalculated on this one.

(P.S. I am glad to be crocheting again after my hiatus. And, yesterday, I bought MORE YARN!! It was on sale..........)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I am not following the theme this week for Thankful Thursday.

This week I have been reflecting on life. Just how fragile it can be and what an absolute miracle that life is!

I have been thinking about recent friends, and long lost friends and new friends, and even friends I call friend that I have never met!! I've learned that you can have a close friendship with someone you have never met--I have several people like that in my life. I have learned that you can have a close friendship with someone you have met, but do not live close to. I also have several friends like that.

And I have been reflecting on what a miracle that childbirth is!! It is incredible to me that a baby can grow to a living being inside a womb. It is absolutely incredible to me.

God is wonderful!! All I have to do is look around me, or even just look out the window to see His miraculous works!!

This week I am especially Thankful for my family and especially my Husband. I am thankful for my children--they bring me joy each day.

I am thankful for strangers I have never met--yet they have all pulled together as one tight community.

Today I am thankful.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
-- Psalm 23:4

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Memory Verse Week 37

Proverbs 21:13 (New King James Version)

13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard.

A birth and a death

September 11th is a significant day for many many reasons. I have a friend who has a birthday on this day.

Another friend gave birth to her third child just this year on this day. A beautiful baby girl!! Named Hannah.

Another woman I know died on this day this year. I originally wrote about her HERE.

She didn't even make it a year. It is so very sad. Her name is Vaike and she leaves behind a devoted husband and two very young children. The children are just four and barely two years old. A boy and a girl.

Vaike had colon cancer that everyone thought was caught in time. Sadly it was not. Vaike went through lots of treatments throughout the almost year she was diagnosed. She didn't even make it a year. She and her family were at least hoping for the 5 year plan.

There are a lot of people that are saddened by her passing.

She is a woman that won't be forgotten by many.

Please pray for peace and comfort for her family. They will need it to get through the next few days, months and years.

Psalm 103:8, King James Version

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Finally done!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the LAST needlepoint chair that I have and it is FINISHED!!!! Except for the upper right hand corner, which I finished this afternoon. I have taken it off the frame, removed all the staples and tape and rolled it up. It is ready to go to my mom now!!!

I started this one on July 16 and and finished it today, September 12. Nine weeks and 2 days to do it all.

I will be glad to start working on some crochet projects again!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11

I will never forget this day. I know where I was and what I was doing.

I had to fly just a few weeks after this happened and I wasn't sure what to expect.

In my little town, the firehouse has a HUGE flagged flying. It was nice to see that.

I will never forget.....................

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today Laurie has chosen undeserved kindness.

I love sending cards to people, even if just to say "hi". I also love to send people crocheted items. I love sharing kindnesses with people, whether I know them or not. And my giving is without motive, it is just part of my character to have a giving attitude!!

I have been a recipient of many undeserved kindnesses. One that I think of is a package of special hummingbird cards from a special friend. She knows I love hummingbirds and sent me these cards.

Often I think that it would be a much nicer world if people would stop to think about their actions. If there were more unexpected kindnesses in the world, I am sure it would be a better place.

Daily I receive undeserved kindnesses from God.... I am thankful for that.

Today I am thankful for:
*my boy starting school and liking it!!
*getting used to new routines
*a nice lunch and book shopping with my husband
*my daughter
*my mom's successful eye surgery

Ephesians 4:32 (New Living Translation)

32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Joshua 1:9 (New Living Translation)

9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Letter box revisited

I originally posted about letter boxes Here.

Since then the company has gone out of business.

Thankfully I was receiving e mails from a woman who worked with this company.

I ordered two of the letter boxes. One for each of my children for their children.

Of course you don't need to order these letter boxes. A person could just write letters and buy a special box, but I wanted to get them each one for their children.

I am sad this company went out of business, they had some other really neat items on the site.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

First day of school!!!

My little guy had his first day of kindergarten today.

He did well, like he has been going to school forever.

He got dressed in his uniform clothes, put on his brand new back pack, and went out to the car all by himself.

When we got to school, he put all his stuff in his locker and found his name and place at the table in his room.

I'm glad he went to pre school for two years because I think it helped prepare him for today.

My little guy wasn't nervous or anything!~! I'm so proud of him!! I know it will be an adjustment for him for a few days. And I know it will be a huge adjustment for me having him gone all day everyday. It's kind of a sad for me too.....

Now I am off to pick him up from his first day.


I first blogged about wills here.

Since that time, my mom and I went to a lawyer and had her will drawn up as she wanted it. She is happy with her new will.

My husband and I have also completed this task recently as well.

Though it is not a pleasant task, it needed to be done, since we have the little guy. The daughter is of age so no provisions needed to be made for her care.

We are glad we got this done now.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Labor Day

Info here

The History of Labor Day

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Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

A Nationwide Holiday

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.