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Best Jam Ever!

Friday, January 22, 2016 – I was not only blessed to have lunch with friend Randi with whom I get to share the joys of yarn projects and cat friends, but we also had a delicious lunch at Studio Grill. I love their raspberry jam, and I asked years ago if they would sell it, but they said no. On this day, I asked again, and the answer was YES!

I had it on toast both Saturday and Sunday. My mom usually doesn’t care for jam with seeds, but even she enjoyed this! I am maintaining control and not just eating it with a spoon … yet.

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Posted by on January 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Church Family … and More Family

I count as a blessing that our Pastor’s wife is a Deacon. They make a beautiful and faithful team. However, we have an additional Associate Pastor – or in our case a SHED Pastor, meaning Sunnyside Hospitality, Discipleship, and Education Pastor. The more delightful part of this SHED Pastor is that he is the father of our Deacon.

Our Pastor’s provide Communion each Sunday. Usually, our Pastor and Associate Pastor together provide the Communion readings. Today, not only did our Pastors work together, when it was time to serve, our Pastor’s young son also came up hoping to help.

I consider my fellow church goes at Sunnyside family. But it is extra special that our Pastoral Care is family to one another. Doubly Blessed!

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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Score!

I scored! As concerning as yesterday’s fear of waking up today with pink eye was to me, today was even more delightful because I do NOT have pink eye! Just a congested eyeball. Yuck, but I’ll take it over the other any day.

Prayer, essential oils, the recommended eye drops, and antihistamine medication may have been contributing factors. Just so glad to NOT have that highly contagious illness!

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Posted by on December 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Some Days…

Some days start off as if they’ll go right down hill, but they don’t. Other days seem as though they are going to be great, but they take a turn for the worse.

I celebrated last week when I did no obvious damage to the garage. I opened the garage door for the OTHER car, not mine. When I looked in my side mirror and saw the light of day, I started backing up … only to hit the door because the door behind MY car was NOT open. Oops!

I thought the day would turn into one big boo-boo, but it turned out quite well. Only a titch of paint on the outside came loose.

Today, although I had little sleep last night, I woke on time with a slightly itchy eye. I thought I’d get better, but the pain only got worse at work, and it turns out I might have the beginnings of pink eye. Because of the chance of a contagious illness, I was not able to volunteer at the Kalamazoo Free Store this evening. I was really looking forward to it. So, what seemed like a good thing first thing turned out to be a not such a good thing later in the day.

Just saying, we never know what each day will bring, good or bad. May all of your days be GOOD!

The outside of a garage door with the sunset reflecting in the three windows across the top. All shades of purples and reds.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving! There is so much to be thankful for, and I’m praying there is much for you to give thanks for as well. Keeping all in prayer who I know are not having the best holiday season.

A few things on my list this year:

  • Friends! So many good friends that I get to dine with, see movies with, travel to exotic places like Shipshewana with, craft with, talk with, sit in silence with, and celebrate life with.
  • Family! So many good people that are my relations, by blood and by choice.
  • Faith! Although I’m sluggishly making it through a 24-week Bible Study, I am glad for the opportunity to worship, read the Bible anywhere and anytime, and enjoy fellowship with my faith family.
  • Fur! I wear the fur in my world with joy, because it means that I have furry friends and family to bring so much love and joy. Although my two best girls passed on this year, my mom’s cat Joy and I are bonding nicely (and she’s biting less now that she’s getting more attention – score!).
  • Seasons! Although the cold and snow is a frustrating pain, I love the smaller bugs and lesser snakes it provides in this Great Lakes State.
  • Working! Employment is a good thing, no matter if it means I must arrive before I’m awake.
  • Grief! Yep, I’ve come to realize in this 10th year since my nice Erin passed, 11th year since my dad passed, and 20th year since my sister Cheri passed that the pain of losing them is definitely better than not having ever been blessed to know them. I couldn’t bear my migraines so well without having witnessed my sister’s endurance of epilepsy. My dad was a remarkable person, and I wouldn’t know the best possible life to live without him. My niece Erin was joy, and for her I know how to have fun. There are so many more who have passed that have taught me so much, and I know that I will one day be re-united with all of them. So the pain today, is worth the joy of yesterday and tomorrow.
  • Joy! Sure, there are things in life that suck, but I choose to concentrate on the joy. Perhaps I’m a bit of a Polly Anna (did I even spell that right?), but it sure keeps me functioning to live life in that way. The table is set for Thanksgiving with china plates, silverware, autumn leaf napkins, a floral arrangement with a candle in the center, a gallon of cider, and quite the long, long table.
 
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Posted by on November 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Sunday’s Joy

On Sunday, there was much joy! There were four people in church who have not been able to be there regularly – some for a long while, others more recently: Amy, Donna, Linda, and Sally. It made my heart sing to see each of them!

For lunch, friends and family from two to eighty-eight years of age gathered together to celebrate my mom’s 80th birthday.   Such a blessing to enjoy family and friends for a momentous occasion.

To top if off, the people of Hunan Gardens were so kind, even cutting and serving the cake friend Kerrie gave my mom for her birthday. Adorably, my young, great niece and her mom helped to serve it.

Remember to find joy in every day! Even when you have a migraine and allergies.

A large group of people for a group photo in a restaurant.

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Veteran’s Day Vets

Thinking of a couple of young Veteran’s in my world today. Nephews both. Keeping them in heart and prayer, especially the one who saw active service less than ten years ago.

Love them both, wish them both well in all aspects of life, and know some days are easier than others. These nephews of mine are cousins to each other. They completed a triathlon together. This is a very clear photo of them during the swim portion (ha, ha). We had fun cheering for them, and it was an honor to be there for them.

Here’s to all who have served in any capacity. You is precious and valued!

Two yellow swim caps way out yonder, swimming for a triathlon.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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