Snow Day

April 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Posted in prayer, travel | Leave a comment
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No it isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke…it has been snowing off and on most of the day!  Really makes me wish I was back in Arizona today!  I enjoyed a 3 1/2 week visit there with family to come back this week to West Virginia and winter!!!  Thank God I have a warm house with a roof and warm clothes…I do realize there are many in this world who are not as blessed! Also had reports yesterday of a couple of friends either stranded in airports or in other states because of very bad weather.  One was at an air show in Florida when tornadoes popped up…several airplanes were turned over…guess that was some  “airshow excitement” that was not on the original agenda!!

Not much going on today but resting up and getting adjusted to the time change here…I want to stay up till 3AM then sleep most of the day…it sure does take awhile to readjust!  I am actually just trying to get in the habit of thinking about blogging again since I was “challenged” by a good friend and I have had some people recently comment on some of my very old posts…so time to insert new stuff as boring as it may be!

Have a very blessed day!  Praying for Jen and the team she is with on their way to Haiti for another mission trip.  May God bless them and keep them safe!

Twivotionals

September 18, 2009 at 11:33 am | Posted in prayer, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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What is that you ask? It is a fabulous online devotional:

People from different areas holding online devotions & reaching out into the community. We hold #twivotionals Mon-Fri 7:30am EST/12am EST.

Web: http://www.twitter.com/twivotionals
Twitter: twitter.com/twivotionals

Everyone is welcome to come in and listen and share from the Word of God. The support to start or end your day in praise and worship is terrific. Then to go on throughout your day with bits of encouragement by others on Twitter is so uplifting you will be blessed to have joined in this great avenue of fellowship.

Today’s message was read from Psalm 112, Luke 3:7-14, and Luke 4:1-13.

I want to copy the Psalm passage here as it had such an impact on everyone in the chat room:

Psalm 112

1 Praise the Lord!  How joyful are those who fear the Lord
and delight in obeying his commands.
2 Their children will be successful everywhere;
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
3 They themselves will be wealthy,
and their good deeds will last forever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
5 Good comes to those who lend money generously
and conduct their business fairly.
6 Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
7 They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
8 They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.
9 They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor.
10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated.
They will grind their teeth in anger;
they will slink away, their
hopes thwarted.

These words give such encouragement and I am thinking I wish I had a plaque or picture hanging in my living room with them printed on it.  Each verse contains so so much wisdom or a promise from god to His children that it is just overwhelming!  It reminds me of how much HE really loves me and truly cares what happens to me each and every day!  Verse 4 says “Light shines in the darkness for the godly.”  There is darkness around us and “bad” things happen to us, but we that know the Light of Jesus Christ have that Light that shines in the darkness!

Please join the Twivotionals. If you have any questions about them or need help getting in let me know….I will find the tinychat room engineer :) hehe
God bless and have a glorious day!

Indiana Wants ME

September 9, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Posted in Cavalcade, motorcycle, travel, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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R Dean Taylor – Indiana Wants Me 1970

I remember as a young teenager having just moved from Indiana the year before when this song came out and of course missing my friends and finding it hard to make new friends as I entered a new school I was thinking the chorus of this song was just for me!  I was not really paying attention to the lyrics!

Well after last week’s Cade Raid I can honestly say Indiana “police” do not want me, but there may be a couple of the other riders who may be wanted…not mentioning any names….they did say they were only blowing out the carbs of course!

These photos were taken when were at Cataract Falls.  We had a great catered dinner on the covered bridge there.

We watched the fisherman pull a decent size fish out and net it in.  Then headed the 40 miles back to the motel for the evening.  We had over 200+ miles of riding/site seeing for that day and everyone was tired.

Instead of posting a day by day diary of what went on I am going to post a few emails from our Cavalcade group with soem comments from the goup about our trip.  No sense in me reinventing the wheel. :)  I liked the way Ed said it best anyway and don’t think I can improve on it.

Ed wrote:

Most of us arrived at the motel on Sunday, greetings all around between old friends & new. As at past events, the group seemed to hit it off great from the start.

Monday we toured the covered bridges in the area, lots of interesting old architecture. Amazing to think how these were built, how the massive timbers were curved & worked w/o power tools or equipment. We also stopped at a working grist mill for a look around & some ice cream.  Will & Linda planned & led this ride.

After dinner that evening we had a lesson on the charging system courtesy of a failed stator, thankfully we had everything on hand & it was taken care of in short order.

Tuesday was the long route from motorcycleroads.com – scenic roads with a  good combo of sweepers & enough sharp curves to keep it interesting!  Passed some more of the covered bridges along the way & had lunch in a small town cafe. Al Cechovsky found this route & led the ride.

Wednesday we were led by John, a local rider that Mark contacted. No idea where we went, but it was a nice ride & included another small town cafe and a stop at a lakeside park with a gorgeous view.

Wednesday evening we had a catered dinner served ON a covered bridge – quite a novel idea, something to remember & pretty good food too!  Since it was quite a ways from the motel we also had another good ride to & from it.  Linda found this & made the arrangements for it.

Thursday morning several riders had to leave for home. The rest of us did some bike work, then took a ride to check out a place that does custom lighting products – more on this later if anything comes of it.  Jim led on the way, and apparently NOBODY led the way back because we all got separated & somehow took different routes…. hey, it was fun!

Friday most of us had to leave. It’s always sad to see it end.

Absolutely fantastic time, I think everyone really enjoyed themselves including those that stayed for a day or arrived late in the week. The motel was perfect for us, everything we needed and none of the expensive amenities we don’t use anyway.  Many thanks to all for the great way this event turned out, it was definately a group effort & I’m proud to have been a part of it!

The stats!

Total attendance   :  30 people from 9 states & 1 province.
Total motorcycles :  19
Total Cavalcades  :  18 including two trikes, one Voyager, & one sidecar rig.

Total failures to proceed -0- (one stator failure caught by voltmeter well in advance)
Total mishaps -0-   Not even a parking lot drop (that I know of)
Several adjustments & minor repairs.
WAAY too many good meals!!

Alan wrote:

Ed did forget one “almost” incident.
Indiana is a no helmet state, but luckily for the driver of the the blue cade with the voyager kit he chose to wear his helmet.  You see, during a group ride, right after executing a sharp right turn… I saw that he was beaten mercilessly with a map by the back seat navigator…like I said good thing he wore his helmet. LOL

And we won’t say WHO Alan was talking about!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Anyway everyone had a terrific time and there just is not enough time or space to tell everything that happened!  Those who didn’t make the rally missed a wonderful time.  Hope you make next year’s Cade Raid up in La Crosse, WI.   From what I understand the ones who went to the west raid had some wonderful rides also…when I saw  their pics their in AZ it made me home sick even though I was just there in Jan/Feb and again in May!!!!

God bless and safe riding!

Memories Past & Present

May 21, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Posted in children, prayer, Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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In memory of John Robert Dobbs I want to refer you to his memorial site.  He died in a tragic accident one year ago today just a few days before his High School graduation.  My prayers go out to his loving family especially John & Maggy Dobbs, his parents.

I remember that day clearly as I had just a few hours earlier had given a hug to a mutual friends (Larry & Peggy West) of ours and told them it was from John Dobbs.  As we ate lunch they asked me how I knew John and we talked about Internet and blogs and chatting.  You see I have never met John & Maggy, but have chatted with them for a couple years now over the Internet and feel as though they could very well be some of my best friends.  There have been times when we have had daily interactions and prayer requests.

Anyway not 4 hours later Larry came up to me and told me the very sad news about John Robert.  I was so shocked.  We got John’s cell phone number and immediately called him to offer what words we could though we knew he was in a state of shock.  I still get tears in my eys at this writing.

I was on my first day of a We Care Campaign and over the next few days as I talked to several of those participating I found out that there were others there from all over the US that also knew John & Maggy and who knew John Robert from when he was a child at camp.   I was able to read online the many posts and words of encouragment to the Dobbs family and the articles about John Robert.  I also read over the coming months  John’s blog where he shared with the world his deep grief.  He opened his heart to so many by letting others see his pain and also allowing them to know how God was working in his own life to heal and to continue to work and heal him and Maggy.

As a mom and grandma I know that  one fear I  pray is never having to go through the death of my children/grandchildren before my own.   I thank God that He is there and promises to be there for us no matter what.  Last August when my 14 year old grandson disappeared for over 4 hours I know I felt terror myself.  I could do nothing but cry and pray as I was thousands of miles from where they live and could not join the search for him.  I know God heard the prayers…I also know God some times says yes and other times says no.  We have the right to question Him.  We are His children.  We don’t always understand Him and God knows that.  HE STILL LOVES US!  He will never leave us nor forsake us!

As I prepare today to attend my 17 year old granddaughter’s graduation I do not take anything for granted.  I thank God for all the miracles in life.  I pray for the safety of all the young graduates today.  I also pray for those families who have loses and especially for my friends John & Maggy.

Love to you!

Katrina Graduation Party

Katrina's Graduation Party-Sunday May 17th

Today is also Keagen’s last day of 1st grade!  Another big accomplishment! Here he is in his new school t-shirt ready for that last day.

Keagen

Keagen

And Kalin finished his freshman year yesterday! So everyone is happy wqith the end of school!

Kalin -  finals are over!

Kalin - finals are over!

May God be with you and give you a very blessed day!

I karate chopped a squirrel Riding a Motorcycle because I’m sexy and I do what I want!

February 24, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Posted in fun, meme | 12 Comments
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This funny meme was sent to me by a friend via e-mail/Twitter/blog.  I decided to let you guys play along! I hope you will! Here’s how: Type out the sentence you end up with in the comments, and ask your friends to come do the same!

Pick the month you were born:
January——-I kicked
February——I loved
March——–I karate chopped
April———-I high-fived
May———-I jumped on
June———-I smelled
July———–I did the Macarena With
August——–I had lunch with
September—-I danced with
October——-I sang to
November—–I yelled at
December—–I ran over

Pick the day (number) you were born on:
1——-a birdbath
2——-a monster
3——-a phone
4—– –a fork
5——-a snowman
6——-a gangster
7——-my mobile phone
8——-my dog
9——-my best friends’ boyfriend
10——-my neighbor
11——-my science teacher
12——-a banana
13——-a fireman
14——-a stuffed animal
15——-a goat
16— —-a pickle
17——-your mom
18——-a spoon
19—— – a smurf
20——-a baseball bat
21——-a ninja
22——-Chuck Norris
23——-a noodle
24——-a squirrel
25——-a football player
26——-my sister
27——-my brother
28——-an iPod
29——-a surfer
30——-a homeless guy
31——-a llama

What is the last number of the year you were born:
1——— In my car
2 ——— On your car
3 ———– In a hole
4 ———– Under your bed
5 ———– Riding a Motorcycle
6 ——— sliding down a hill
7 ——— in an elevator
8———- at the dinner table
9 ——– In line at the bank
0 ——– in your bathroom

Pick the color of shirt you are wearing:
White———because I’m cool like that
Black———because that’s how I roll.
Pink———–because I’m NOT crazy.
Red———–because the voices told me to.
Blue———–because I’m sexy and I do what I want
Green———because I think I need some serious help.
Purple———because I’m AWESOME!
Gray———-because Big Bird said to and he’s my leader.
Yellow——–because someone offered me 1,000,000 dollars
Orange——–because my family thinks I’m stupid anyway.
Brown———because I can.
Other———-because I’m a Ninja!
None———-because I can’t control myself!

Now type out the sentence you made, in the comments and invite your friends. It’s just some silly fun!

THIS MESSAGE IS ILLEGAL IN 52 COUNTRIES

December 5, 2008 at 4:09 pm | Posted in Illegal, persecuted church | 1 Comment
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I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes

Romans 1:16

see here

Advertising

December 2, 2008 at 9:30 am | Posted in advertising, shopping | Leave a comment
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After deleting an ad this morning in my email from JC Penney that had some reference about avoiding the dog house I got the following video from a friend in another email.  (Thanks Amber) It was great so I thought I would share it here.

Box Tops For Education

November 24, 2008 at 10:04 am | Posted in shopping | 3 Comments
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I go to the Box Tops site to rack up points for Cookson Hills Christian School is part of  Cookson Hills Christian Ministries.  My 6 year old grandson wants points too for his school so I have to send him the little coupons logonew off of products periodically so he knows he is not forgotten.  It is a simple thing to clip the coupons off of products you already use and save them.  My daughter told me that Keagen was very excited over the last ones I sent him two weeks ago.  060

With the very busy consumer shopping season coming up I know many will be looking to online resources for gifts.  Well you can also send points to a school at the same time by going to the Box Top site first and then selecting your retailer to shop. Once you are registered at Box tops (a one time registration) then you can just link through shop whenever you have a need.  They also offer grocery coupons about once every two weeks and a drawing for extra Box Tops (I have not won YET).

If you don’t have a child or grandchild with a school to register I am sure Cookson School would appreciate any points you wish to send their way.    As of today’s date they have only made 32% of their goal for the year.  To select them just go to the Box Tops site and register selecting COOKSON HILLS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL – Kansas, OK as your school to support.  Thanks.

Scrumptious Delicious Grapes

November 21, 2008 at 12:18 pm | Posted in grapes, motorcycle, travel, Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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I know you are wondering what this has to do with biking or even anything else that I have blogged about.  I LIKE em a LOT!!!! Besides I am outside some sort of metal shop in Akron, OH sitting in the van unplugged from the Internet and Twitter and Facebook and TV etc. I have already listened to my Hillsong Live “Saviour King” CD, read two more chapters in The Essence of His Presence by Ogilvie, the December-January 2007 issue of Country Home magazine and even lost a game of Hoyle Rummy Squares. Well lately I have been on a grape kick so I decided I might as well do something else and share this (as if you were really interested!)

Even back several months ago when we were still riding before the mounds of snow dumped on us I would rinse nice clusters of green grapes, separate them from their stems, dry them and place generous servings into baggies for our sack lunches.  So many times out riding we stop at places that just have the fast foods and fried stuff which I tend to avoid and I know is not healthy at all for myself or my husband.

God has given us a wonderful food in the grape.  I can remember for years the story of Joshua and Caleb way back when…even before I became a Grandma… when they were spies into the promised land.  Their tales of the land flowing with “milk and honey” was substantiated with the pole they carried of a cluster of grapes.

Numbers 13:23  And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bore it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.

Now I don’t know about you think, but I think if that was ONE cluster of grapes those were some BIG babies!!!!!!

I am sure that cluster was much larger the this one I found on the Internet

Vineyard

I also found about 33 other scriptures relating to grapes in the Bible that were interesting.  If you find this fascinating you too can search here for more information.

The grapes I have been finding locally at the stores lately have been huge, sweet and juicy.  Will thinks they are rather expensive.  Well they have not been on sale, but oh they are soooo good!  By the time he looks to see if there are anymore I have already eaten them.  They almost as big around as a ping pong ball and just about too big to pop whole into your mouth!

Anyway since it is now day two of our trip and I have a bit to connect to the hotel Internet before traveling more this afternoon I will post this now, but it it goes through immediately give me a few minutes to get online and edit it as I know I have to do a few things like insert my photo and check for typos. hehe

The Prayer Band that Started a Revolution

November 19, 2008 at 12:54 pm | Posted in prayer | 5 Comments
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This prayer band has been declared illegal in China.

pprayerband

prayerband

Chinese police have stopped people on the streets and taken the bands off their wrists. Some have been interrogated and arrested; at least three families were evicted from their homes—for the government, the prayer band is a symbol of revolution.

We thank everyone across the U.S. and around the world who answered the call to wear a “Pray for China” prayer band and pray during the Olympics. Your willingness to stand with Chinese house church Christians encouraged them as they also wore prayer bands and prayed for their country. Their commitment came with a cost. Read more.

Yet, house church Christians refuse to be intimidated. They say that prayer for China is even more critical now that the world is no longer watching. Persecution has increased. Will you join in this revolution of prayer for China?

“They can arrest me or put me in prison, but I’m not going to stop praying for China. Although the prayer band is banned in China, prayer can never be banned. I am asking every Christian to support believers in China by wearing a prayer band.”
-a prominent house church leader

At this crucial time, will you partner in prayer?

» Click here to order a China Prayer Band.

Please forward this information to others who will want to pray for the persecuted in China. (Permission has been granted.)  Even if you can’t order a prayer band you can add our persecuted brothers and sisters to your prayer list. Thanks!

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