November 30, 2008

Tea Time at Miss Annabelle's Tea Parlor

My daughter, Lorna, put this post together for me and made my header. Isn't it lovely? I'm SOOO blessed!

November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

This year we weren't able to travel because of Benji's recent surgery - he's just not able to yet. We invited Grandma and Grandpa Truesdale to come to our house instead. We enjoyed a wonderful visit with them.
Around the table getting ready to enjoy roasted turkey, smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, cranberries, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, relishes, etc.

Benji LOVES to play games and Grandma is always willing to play so that's what they did just about all day. I think Grandma won one game - and they play fair and square. Maybe that's why he LOVES to play games ;) !

I have longed for a creche for MANY years. DJ found these crates for free on Craigslist in anticipation of maybe being able to entice his very talented Grandpa into helping him make a creche for me. Well, let me tell you, I now have THE NICEST CRECHE EVER in my front yard. We'll take a picture tonight and you can see how lovely it is!
I hope you all had a pleasant Thanksgiving. We enjoyed the moments immensely as we never know who won't be around the table next year. Dan's brother, Dean, shared Thanksgiving with us three years ago and we would have never suspected it would be his last.
Family is SUCH a BLESSING!
Hug yours close today and enjoy.
Each day is a gift!

November 23, 2008

Giving Thanks

This picture was taken last Sunday, November 16,2008 after an Emergency Surgery (#9) on Friday for Benji - 9 years old. Two new rods, two bone grafts, four screws and a new implant in his back. The old implant had somehow come loose. He is now in at least two text books - not exactly the kind of fame one desires. Through it all this is the song God gave me in "the night".
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean
in it's fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me,
Is the current of Thy love -
Leading onward, leading homeward,
To Thy glorious rest above!
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O the deep, deep love of Jesus -
Spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth,
Changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o're His loved ones,
Died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth,
Watcheth o're them from the throne!
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O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Love of every love the best!
'Tis an ocean full of blessing,
'Tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus-
'Tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory,
For it lifts me up to Thee!
-Samuel Trevor Francis
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This Sunday, we are home. As Benji so knowingly put it, "It's Prayer."
Prayer Changes Things!
Thank you for praying!