Journal Entry – May 24, 2006

Life comes at you fast sometimes. Just yesterday we lost two church members. They had both been ill for some time. The lady who died, Lois, was very active in the nursery ministry at church. When we first started attending the church, she was in the nursery every Sunday. Our grandson Nate loved her. About two years ago, she began experiencing some heart problems, and from there her health just deteriorated. She had a stroke a couple of weeks ago, and yesterday she went HOME. Face to face with the Savior. What an occasion! Same with the man who died…. Continue reading

Ahhhh

“Grandma, can I hold you?”“Sure, baby, climb up here on my lap, and you can hold me as long as you want. Mmmm, I love for my little buddy to hold his grandma.”…“Grandma?”“Yes, sweetie?”“What do you want to be when you grow up?”“Hmm, let’s see. I think, hmm, I think I want to be a grandma when I grow up.”“You already are a grandma!”“Oh, that’s right! Well, then I guess I got to be what I wanted to be.”“You’re silly, grandma.”“No, you’re silly!”“No, you’re silly, grandma!” “And what do you want to be when you grow up?”“Spiderman.”“Wow, that’s pretty neat…. Continue reading

Soul Power

My friend and co-worker said to me today, “Isn’t it strange that someone so involved in the church has so many difficulties in their life?” She was talking about me. I had just finished a tirade about the abuses of one of my family members against the rest of their family. I was tired and stressed, and I uncharacteristically “blew a gasket.” I apologized for the outburst, but I could see the thoughts about it all written on her face. To my friend’s way of thinking, it just seems odd that I, who have been a Christian for so many… Continue reading

Umbrella

In early fall of that year, one phone call and two words changed our lives forever. The storm clouds that had been building in our lives for the past two years had finally burst and nothing would ever again be the same. Our precious child, the “sparkle” in the family, was pregnant. This dear child had ignored all the teachings we had ever drilled into her and now a little life was on its way. We were devastated, deeply wounded and rubbed raw with emotion. My husband and I clung to each other for comfort. We walked around for days… Continue reading