19 June 2018

A Year in My Life

“Something happening here, it ain’t exactly clear…”

I am truly amazed and stunned by the events of this past year!  There were very high moments contrasted by the terribly tragic ones…certainly nothing I ever saw coming.  Therefore, to my best effort I am telling the story of why my posts have been sporadic and certainly not deeply inspirational.  Life is unpredictable at best.

Last May/June 2017 I went on the dream trip of a lifetime; to Israel, Jordan, and surrounding Holy Land sites.  It was a deep longing in my heart for 40+ years.  There is no way to relate how absolutely fabulous that journey was: the people, the history, God’s Presence, the majesty and wonder, the food, the friends I made, the shopping, and the encounters that wrapped me in ecstatic bliss while I were there.Then I took my first trip to the Emergency Room in Jerusalem to deal with the AFib attack on my heart, with lots of prayer I was released in only a few hours.  This was the first of many attacks and fierce battles that began my year.

Arriving home, my husband and I joyfully went to a Christian Conference in Southern California in mid-June.  While there I fell off 4 steps to the ground twisting and severely bruising my knees and feet, tearing the meniscus in my right knee.  Another trip to the ER and about two months of elevating my knee for swelling and pain.

During that time I had three more visits to the ER with more AFib problems and two cardioversions, where they stop your heart then use the paddles on your chest to electrically restart your heart.  “CLEAR!”  They had no idea why this was happening since my heart was strong and healthy.  The battle was growing more fierce though through all of that I knew God was with me.

My daughter and I took a road trip to Texas in August, to visit family and go to another conference (we have such hunger in our hearts to see the Lord moving, we will sacrifice all to seek out what He is doing in other places).  My car broke down in the middle of the desert on a 104 degree day…warfare, but we saw God’s hand in every situation.

When we got back home, really all I could do was journal…


take classes, get more involved with people (my favorite thing), join groups in the church, and just live in the grace.

October 9, 2017  The wildfires plundered Sonoma County, burning everything in its path.  Our entire neighborhood burned to the ground. So unimaginably tragic!  The fire stopped 200 yards from our house, but everything else was gone…total miracle.

This is our neighborhood.  Everyone was effected and traumatized, and still coping with the loss of everything.

There is tons of stories I could retell and they would prove God is real. 

Two weeks ago I had surgery on my foot to repair some bone and cartilage  degeneration, finding I also had a broken bone, which caused pain for a very long time,  I am now in a cast for 3 months.

In closing, throughout all of the ordeals and seemingly harsh circumstances, I have remained strong, by God’s grace.  I can truly say, “God is good, He is always good.”  He has never left me strengthening me every day.  My love for Him as grown more deeply because of the trust and faith in His ability to be faithful to my heart.  I am looking forward to the future that will bring new adventures, new dreams, and new resources to our lives. Now I have more time to blog, create and paint…endless amounts of hours to bless you my friends!

 

PS- New changes are coming!

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15 April 2017

Happy Easter!

He is Risen!

Easter should be the greatest holiday.  It is the day that Jesus paid it all and overcame death and the power of the evil one, forever and ever! His love for us gave us new life and access to our Father.  There is no better gift than His gift of eternal life.

“He swallowed up death in victory; the Lord God will wipe away tears from all their faces; he will take the reproach from his people and the earth, for the Lord has spoken it!”  Isaiah 25: 8

Easter Connection

My first job was being the Easter bunny during Easter break; working for a department store in Honolulu.  You can imagine how hot it was in that costume in the tropical heat.  I made good money for a seven year old though.  My older sister played the bigger bunny.  It was so much fun…I even got to ride with the governor of Hawaii on the back of the limousine for the Easter parade.

My Easter Decor

The handmade wooden eggs that I decorated so many years ago…an Easter tradition.

 

Have a wonderful time celebrating new life with your family and friends!  

Easter blessings to you!

13 August 2015

Summer

Memories of Summer

I realize that summer isn’t over, but with school starting next week it feels like it is coming to an end;  the ending of fresh days and carefree living that summer always brings.  This year we had no huge vacation plans but did little excursions and events that made it so special.  The most important thing I’ve been rediscovering lately is how important family and friends are. They make our lives have tremendous purpose and meaning and without their unconditional love, we would be empty souls with no grounding.

I thought I’d share some photo tidbits of this summer and possibly inspire you to think back on these past few months and reflect on how awesome this season is.

Harvest and Outdoors

1 tomatoesBountiful and beautiful tomatoes  pastasauceResulting  in quarts of pasta sauce

cosmos Flowers everywhere.  Cosmos were planted to honor my mom, who always had them in her garden.

poolThe luxury of swimming every day. Soaking up the sun.

Decorating for the Season

chairwith flagFinding that special item that says it all – America, land that I love.

cloudsignFinding the right spot for a new sign.

basquet of shellsBeach themed everything.

sailingmugEven my new huge mug reminds me of sailing away.

Off the subject but loved this sign:

big cups

Going to the Fair – Family Time

tilt a whirlTilt-a-Whirl – my kids are on it. Yikes!

swngMy kids having more fun…gone are those days of BIG rides for me though.

garden showGarden show

joyGrand-baby joy!

atthe fairFarm life

farmanimalsAnimals

fairfoodFair food.

laylaThe end of a very long day

Inspiration

1 oceanduplexTime to work on the good things of life (in progress)

Love changes everything!

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18 October 2014

The Fruit

The Fruit of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.                    Galatians 5:22-23

Fruit of the Spirit 008 (2)You will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:16

When it really comes down to it, the Gospel is very simple.  We have a loving and good Father (God), who desired to have a relationship with the mankind that He created, giving them a free will.  When man made the choice to turn away to their own reasoning, sin entered the world and their hearts.  The only way for God to restore this intimate relationship with His people was to send His Son, Jesus, to this world to become the sacrifice for the sin that ensnared them. With His precious blood that was shed for all and His resurrection from the dead, Jesus broke the curse of sin forever. Man was free to step into eternal life and the reconciliation of  relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and was given the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, to do the greater works that Jesus did. Our part is in the cooperation of being led by the Holy Spirit to be transformed into the image of God’s dear Son, producing fruit in the world around us.

Love

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Joy

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Peace

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Patience

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Kindness

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Goodness

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faithfulnessw wmGentleness

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Self-Control

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Craft of the Day

village cardInspiration at the Scrapbooking store.

CardCollageNow who to give it to…..

4 August 2014

Vacation Daze

Road Trip Days #4

We are loving all the days on the road, seeing things we have never imagined.  Sedona, Arizona is an absolutely wonderful and beautiful place. The natural rock formations that surround this area are an incredible testimony of God’s imagination and glory.  I thought I’d just give you a small view of  what we’ve experienced, it has been such a great place to journey to on this vacation.

sedona3sedona6 Sedona7 sedona5 sedona2 Sedona1These pictures don’t even do justice to the grandeur and scope of Sedona.

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Carl and Peter at ancient ruins after off-roading in a jeep.

Our next destination: SoCal and Orange County.

The desert is hot and kept messing with my hair....haha!
The desert is hot and kept messing with my hair….haha!