Sunday, November 30, 2008
That mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Key of David, come, and open wide our heav'nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
#110, vs.1,5,6 from The Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary
Friday, November 28, 2008
But the 24 of us that did gather here had a very close time. A very, very close time! I had ten by the table, four by the counter, five in the computer/sewing/guest room on my sewing table, and four in the living room with trays, and one decided not to eat. We made it!
And silly me, I took pictures of the first two families to arrive and then things got so crazy that I neglected to snap any further pictures. Below, on the sofa, are son Lance, his wife Tya, and their two girls, Jaden sitting by her dad, and Madison in the pink shirt. Lance was the only one of our sons to get a deer this year. He is the youngest of our seven kids.
These two guys pictures below are Joe in the white and Justin in the brown and orange plaid. They are the sons of our second kid, and oldest son, Kevin, and his wife Molly. Both of these guys are on the ski hills this morning, making good use of their long weekend.
Missing from these photos is my dear mother. She was feasting in Heaven with Jesus, and I'm sure didn't miss us at all. But we missed her. We did have lefsa, even though we had to purchase it this year, as mom was the lefsa maker for the family.
As most of you know, we are Lutherans. The main part of our instruction before our Confirmation in the eighth grade consisted of memorizing Luther's Small Catechism. At our church service on Thanksgiving Eve the congregation recited The First Article of the Apostles' Creed and the meaning of those words, and I would like to include these words here. It is perfect for Thanksgiving as it lists many of our abundant blessings:
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth.
What does this mean?
I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still preserves them. That He gives clothing and shoes, meat and drink, house and home, wife and children, fields, cattle, and all my goods; that He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life; that He defends me against all danger, and guards and keeps me from all evil. And all this purely out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I am duty bound to thank and praise, to serve and obey Him.
This is most certainly true!
Did you have this for your Thanksgiving meal? If not, you probably did not receive your allotted number of calories or fat grams for your feast. To remedy that you must rush over to Pioneer Woman's blog and make this Caramel Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake. So There. Kari made it and I can attest to the fact that it is wonderful! Rich, but wonderful. Cut yourself a very small slice. Did I mention that it is rich? Enjoy!
Katie and Clayton (Ben snuck in the picture) hosted the first Thanksgiving meal at their home. This is the buffet we enjoyed there. We filled our plates here and then sat here
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above , ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, filled with family, friends, and food. Don't forget to thank God for your food and ask Him to bless all who partake of it. Pray that He will continue to bless our country and keep it safe.
Have a wonderful day! I'll post some pictures of our celebration on Friday.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I was looking in the newspaper today for sales on the things I needed. Well, the sales were on: pretzels, crackers, and tortilla chips. None of those on my dinner table for Thanksgiving! There were also sales on stove top stuffing and I make my own so don't need that. There was also a sale on ground coffee, but I grind my own beans so don't need that. And a big sale on various kinds of pop. The grandkids would probably like that, but I didn't buy any. So, I didn't get anything I bought today on sale. In fact, I seldom find the things I buy on sale, or find a coupon for it. If you don't buy boxed mixes, instant whatever, highly processed foods, you don't find much on sale or with a coupon.
Oh, the meal I'm cooking is the second Thanksgiving meal of the day. Grand daughter Katie is having her first holiday meal of her married life! So we'll be there at noon. Guess we'd best just sample at both places, though. The newspaper this morning said it was not unusual for someone to consume over 2000 calories at one sitting on Thanksgiving. 2000 calories is what a grown man needs for a whole day! And I'm guessing no one eats just that one meal that day!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
When we got home I had a few things to do before I could make supper for hubby. I had talked to Gail earlier, and we made plans to visit her today. She had asked for a couple of things so I set off to find them. She wanted some sweat shirts and sweat pants, and I thought I would check a couple of thrift stores first. I found one Viking (as in Minnesota Vikings football) shirt and knew she would love that, and it looked almost new. $3.00, not too bad. But I found nothing else except stretched out of shape, stained, hugely over priced, crap, excuse the language. So I went to the club Sam has, and stuff was high and couldn't find a small anyhow, which my 85 pound daughter needs. Went across the parking lot to Sam's Mart and found Hanes on sale for $5! Yes! I got her a couple of shirts and a pair of sweat pants, and she will be thrilled.
So, now it's hit the shower, meet my siblings for an early lunch, and then head off to visit Gail. She seems to be doing well. I hope and pray she is. And thanks for your prayers!
Friday, November 21, 2008
However, it doesn't seem right that the temperature where our son lives in Alaska, which is waaaaaaaay North of here, was 23 at 5:30 am. After all, we live in SOUTHERN Minnesota!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
And this is why I am inside at the sewing machine. I am already sick of the gloomy skies of November, and next spring is a long way away! I guess that's why we're heading to Florida right after Christmas. The cold I can take better than the depressing sunless skies.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I had such a good weekend! We went to Wisconsin, about three hours from here. Hubby and three of his six brothers went grouse hunting. So us four women had a chick weekend! We got there about noon on Friday, and the guys loaded up and went to the cabin for their weekend of hunting. Us gals had coffee and a glass of wine and chatted away the afternoon. We went to a neat Italian restaurant for supper, and it was very good. Then we stopped to visit my niece, the daughter of our weekend hosts. She had moved to a new home that none of us had seen, so we had a tour of that and coffee and dessert. Thanks Rhonda! When we got home we all got into our jammies and watched Pride and Prejudice and got to bed after midnight. Late for us old people!
Saturday morning one of my sisters-in-law and I went to the funeral of a high school and college friend's wife. So sad. She was 62 and died of hernia surgery.......except that they nicked the bowel during the surgery and things went bad from there on. In the afternoon we again chatted, drank coffee and had a glass of wine. Dotty fixed a lovely dinner of chicken, rice and broccoli, and then we went to the Saturday night services at her church. We again got into jammies and had a movie night; this time we watched Under the Tuscan Sun, another good chick movie. And another late bedtime!
Sunday morning we had a leisurely breakfast and then put in the third movie, Kate and Leopold. The guys returned shortly after noon, with no grouse, but with tales of having fun trying! Then it was time to pack up and head for home.
It was so much fun for me to spend this weekend with these special gals. One of them, Joann, I have known since childhood. In fact, her brother and I decided when we were about 6 years old that we would get married when we grew up! Then another, Karen, I have known since before hubby and I married........44 years ago! And our hostess, Dotty, and I ran around together in high school! So these gals are all so dear to me. (My other three sisters-in-law are also special, but they weren't there. Just don't think I don't love you all!) It's such fun to act like silly giggly teenagers for awhile, let down all your guards, hang out in jammies, drink coffee, and just bask in the special kind of love that sisters by marriage, and in the faith, have for each other.
Thank you so much Dotty! Love you dearly! I hope we can do something like this again soon. Anyone busy next weekend? Start thinking of more movies to rent.....Mama Mia is on the top of the list!
Guess what. The keyboard is doing almost exactly what the laptop keys do. I don't think that sounds healthy.........it's probably a bigger problem than I thought it was. Keep your fingers crossed that I can hold out for awhile because I cannot afford a new laptop right now!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I guess a date of April 11, 2008 doesn't mean much to him on November 12, 2008.
HE will be returning it.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I do like this one, and plan to make more of the same pattern. I have 6 more Moda charm packs so I can't say I don't have the fabric.
We are heading out to see Gail. We are supposed to notify her on a Wednesday if we want to visit on either Saturday or Sunday during the 1-4 visiting hours. However, we didn't know this until today. We are bringing a suitcase of clothes for her, and she said she can come out long enough for us to give it to her. Hopefully I'll get a chance to give her a hug and tell her we are so glad she is there, and that we hope she will work hard to get well. For her health and for her boys. I know 90 days probably isn't long enough, but it's a good start, and she can do a lot in that time. And I'll get to tell her I love her.
Friday, November 07, 2008
These two birds live up my street, and seemed to be saying "hey, what happened?"
Thursday, November 06, 2008
The bike trail
I love the zoom!
I told you it was gray!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
And now our duty is to support our new leader, whether we voted for him or not, and we are to pray for our new President and and his choice of staff. The only time we do not have to obey our President is if he asks us to do something contrary to God's Word.
Remember that it's only in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, that we have these blessings!
May God continue to bless America!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I haven't talked to her, but did receive a voice mail from a counselor at the center. She said that Gail was there, was cooperating, and seemed ready to start work on her issues. Oh, I pray that is true. Thank you to those of you who have been praying for her, and if you'd care to continue praying for her, please pray for a miracle.
Firm may she ever stand
Through storm and night!
When the wild tempests rave,
Ruler of wind and wave,
Do Thou our country save
By Thy great might.
For her our prayer shall rise
To God above the skies;
On Him we wait.
Thou who art ever nigh,
Guarding with watchful eye,
To Thee aloud we cry,
God save the State!
from ELH - 602
I hope you all have voted, or are on the way out the door to do so. We all have our individual preferences, but when it is all done and over, and a new president and vice president have been declared, then it is our duty to obey the government unless we are asked to do something contrary to God's Word. Pray for our new president, vice president, and all others in authority, whether they are "our" candidate or not.
God Bless America!
Monday, November 03, 2008
I should say that I am fine, only by the grace of God. I think I've had four or five close calls in my truck within the past three days. Two of them really shook me up.
Two nights ago I was in town, driving down the main street that is lined with the strip malls, the restaurants, fast food joints, banks and gas stations. There is only limited access to those businesses. The majority of those places can only be entered from the side streets, the frontage road or the parking lots that run on the other side of the businesses. There is a concrete median between the two and three lanes that are running in each direction. The medians have street lights and stop lights at the intersections, so they are very clearly marked, very visible. I was heading to the west, in the left lane, when I saw a small red car coming right at me in my lane. This young woman should have been heading east on the other side of the median, but she was in my lane, heading the wrong direction. I looked to the right to see if I could pull over, but there was a big SUV right next to me. Fortunately he saw the red car and quickly speeded up, allowing me room to slip in between him and the car following him. We were all safe, no one even touched, but I'm guessing that several of us had pounding hearts! The cars behind me were able to slam on their brakes and avoid hitting her, too. The driver was a young woman, probably no more than twenty years old, and when she realized what she had done she threw her hands up in front of her face. At least she must have put her foot on the brake too, because she did come to a stop, and the traffic that had all come to a screeching halt for her, waited until she turned around and headed the other direction. However, if she would have come straight at me and we would have hit, she would have gotten the worst of the deal. My big Ford 350 diesel truck would have been all over her cute little red car!
Then this morning, as I was leaving Sam's Club, and again driving where I was supposed to be, going the right direction in a lane across the empty parking lot, a car headed cross ways across the lot, heading right for my door. This time it was an older woman, probably 75 or more, looking straight ahead, fists locked on the steering wheel, and pedal to the metal! I thought she'd T-bone me, but at the last second she made a sharp turn and swerved right in front of me, then slammed on her brakes at the stop sign before again flooring it to cut in front of an oncoming car on the side street.
There were a couple of other incidents the past few days too, and I'm feeling like I should stay off the streets for awhile until things calm down. These folk have had too much Halloween candy, I guess.