“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Friday, July 27, 2007

Freddy and the Kind Lady


Christopher was blessed to have a wonderful second grade teacher this past year. I mean, how many kids are excited to go see their former teacher on a beautiful, sunny, summer day? Of course, her chihuahua named Freddy (see photo) might have had something to do with it.

Thank you, "Kind Lady" and "Fantastic Freddy" for your dedication to excellence in education. We have been blessed!

Our prayer for you,
"give thanks, in everything!"

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Volunteerism

Christopher shelving a Garfield DVD

This summer I thought it would be a great idea to volunteer with Christopher at the local community library. I remember volunteering as a youth as a candy-striper at the hospital where my mom worked. Good life lesson: give generously of your time to serve others. (Okay, so never take advice about volunteering from a volunteer addict!)

We began volunteering earlier this month. We had to
    submit an application
    go for an interview
    attend orientation and
    attend training.
We even have official volunteer badges! We are certified to shelve juvenile videos and DVDs mostly. Sometimes they even let us shelve easy reader or picture books.

So, here's the thing...As I ask Christopher to shelve the items, he has to determine is ALA before or after ALL... or is CAR before or after CRU... seems simple to us older folks, but for a third-grader... it's educational! Heehee! Don't tell him! He's learning in a practical way how to sort alphabetically in his head. How cool is that!

So, Christopher is already receiving benefits from volunteering. He gets first pick of all the DVDs and videos we shelve. Plus while I'm finishing up, he heads over to the "comics corner" and lounges while he laughs at Uncle Scrooge & Huey, Duey and Luey. And wouldn't you know it, they're always putting out more candy for the volunteers to polish off. No wonder he can't wait to get there!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Reflections from My Garden

Radiant Perfume, Grandiflora
Portland International Rose Test Garden

Last week I was in my garden trying to kill an ivy plant. The ivy (inherited from the previous owners) has decided to take over one of the mulch beds. I don't like the look of this particular ivy, and I especially do not like the way that its deep roots have begun to interfere with the growth of the plants that are in the same area.

While I was doing my maintenance of the ivy...pulling the leaves and roots...the Lord brought to mind my friend’s daughter. She has been battling with deep depression for many years and the Lord has laid on my heart to intercede in prayer for her.

As I began praying for her and still pulling the ivy, the Lord began to show me how the ivy and the depression were in a way somewhat similar. I can pull the ivy, but the roots are still there...deep. I can try to spray it with herbicide, but it just ends up being a short-term solution. But, I know the Lord can kill the ivy where I can't even see it. Deep down. The ivy that is overtaking my friend's daughter. She will still need to do her part of pulling the ivy...maintaining the garden. But there gets to a point that we can only do what we can do. It doesn't matter how the ivy got there...it's time to get rid of it. I just keep praying to the Lord. Do the thing, Lord. Just do the thing!

I shared this with my friend. She was deeply grateful and was able to share it with her daughter as an encouragement. My friend told me "I am amazed at what is happening. Revealing the deep roots just as you visioned. She is being honest and open about what is going on and seeking help."

As my friend and I were sharing this with other ladies at the Tuesday Bible Study/Prayer time, another dear friend reminded me of a conversation I had with her last year. I immediately remembered the conversation and looked it up in my journal on September 18th. She had told me that the Lord had given her a vision. She said that I was in a field of weeds. God was digging out the weeds. A big flower begins to grow. The past has been harmful and has robbed me. Now, God is removing these things and will make me effective in the lives of others and ministries as well. Weeds are of the past. Circumstances and experiences are painful. But, walk with God and He will remove them.

How cool is that! Thank you, Lord. For all the times You did the weeding. And for using my pain and Your healing to benefit others.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort
we ourselves have received from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Rose for Ruth

Photo taken at the Portland International Rose Test Garden

Anthony and I had a date last Saturday at the Rose Garden. It is so beautiful there. We were looking for climbing roses. When my darling Ruth passed away on July 4th, I told Anthony that I would like to do something in my garden to remember her life. He suggested a climbing rose in her favorite color. Red. So, we looked for a flourishing aromatic, red, climbing rose.

I hadn't seen Ruth in a couple months although I had spoken with her. I had just written in my journal on June 24th, "Visit Ruth or else!" as a reminder to do so. Two days later she had her first stroke. Thank God I was able to visit with her three times before her last stroke. When the Lord prompts you "or else" -- don't choose the "or else"!

Ruth was so eager to see her Lord. She teased me that she would know so much more before I did. That she was excited at the prospect of jumping up and down when she saw Jesus.

She also told me that she wished we had more time together.
Me, too.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Sheri's Craft Corner

Bedazzled

This bracelet was handmade for one of my sisterchicks. Her birthday is tomorrow, so ruby beads, of course! I also found this red pouch at JoAnn Fabrics for 50 cents. I thought...hmm...good project for my Bedazzler that is collecting dust. I realized quickly that it is VERY important what kind of rhinestones you use. The ones that came with the Bedazzler are very poor quality. These gems I found on eBay sold by FAIRE LADY DESIGNS worked like a charm.


G'day, mate!

This cute little baby sweater was handmade for our friends, Rachel and Larry. It is the "5 Hour Baby Sweater" pattern from Bev's Country Cottage website. I guess it's true...it does at least take me 5 hours...plus 5-10 hours more. Actually, I adore this pattern. You can easily adapt it to different size needles, yarn, and adornments. This time I tried a single button closer to the waist, so that the button was NOT within mouth range. I think this is my seventh baby sweater. I always get the words of affirmation (oooh...ahhh) that I'm looking for when I give it away!


We met Rachel and Larry at church about nine weeks ago. They were visiting from Australia, so Larry could work on his doctorate at PSU. They returned home on Tuesday. You'll be in our prayers as we know we are in yours. PLEASE send baby photos! "It's just so beautiful, you know? Yeah!"




Trouble!

Oh, I am in so much trouble! This photo is of my sister's vest taken on Monday. I have since finished the left and right front and the back. I have pieced together the shoulders (using the triple needle bind-off). I have added a crochet edge of a contrasting yarn that my sister picked out. Okay, so don't tell my sister, but....I don't want to finish it. It is TOO cute. She picked out such a great color combination and it has turned out...I WANT IT! So, I was going to have it ready and mail it off today, but I changed my mind. It's still here with me. I'll probably finish it up tonight...but I really need to show it to some of my crafty friends before I say "adieu"! Lisa...you're gonna love it!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Tagged


I've been tagged by my sister-in-law, CammyK at Freckled Farm.
I am to list eight random facts about myself. Here goes:
    1. Current Starbucks Indulgence:
    Tall Latte 1/2 Decaf Nonfat with Sugar-Free Caramel
    (100 calories 0 Fat)
    2. Current polishes:
    Nails - clear polish (always!)
    Toenails - Strawberry Fields by OPI
    3. Fallback outfit: white t-shirt and jeans
    4. I love math!
    5. Current Novel: Light from Heaven
    (Jan Karon - Mitford series)
    6. I am making my 8-year old son do
    worksheets this summer.
    Yes, he hates me, but I LOVE him!
    7. I would choose salty over sweet
    8. My sister-in-law inspired me to start blogging.
    (I like her beautiful photos and thoughtful postings.)
Okay, now I am to tag eight other bloggers. I'm still relatively new to blogging, so I'll have to give this some thought!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Happy Birthday, Sister!


Happy Birthday to my precious sister!
We are peas from the same pod.
I love this photo of us from my birthday
(taken at Skyline Burgers).
And you know why...we're holding hands and thinking...
"Ewwww...your fingers are so thin!" Hee Hee!

I hope you have a wonderful birthday at one of my favorite memories...Ocean City, Maryland! Okay, so here's my order...
    Soft crab sandwich from Dayton's,
    Slice of pizza from DoughRollers,
    Fries from Thrashers (hold the vinegar, just salt please!),
    Carmel popcorn from Fisher's, and
    An ice cream from Dumser's....(oooh, do the vanilla soft serve on a cone dipped into chocolate)!
Thanks for giving me additional time on your vest. We'll see if I can get it done by Thursday and shipped to your office so you can open it in front of all your office mates and they can be very jealous of your new PINK vest!

Love and Kisses,
Your Little Sis!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Stars and Stripes!

Our third cherry pie this year made from cherries
harvested in our own backyard.
(Yes, it tastes even better than it looks!)



Happy 4th of July!
Thank God for the freedom
He has given us in Christ Jesus
AND
Thank God for the brave men and women who have
Fought valiantly for our freedom as Americans.
May God continue to grant them
Strength, comfort and wisdom.
Amen.