Wednesday, November 30, 2011

yep, it's me,

standing on my favorite place in the world,
the beach.
Another month has passed in the book of my life.
Bye, bye 11/11.

Next Tuesday,
Bubba
will be past the half-way point with his radiation treatments.
He is doing well.....
better than we both expected.
Thank you
for all of the prayers on his behalf.

What are we going to do when he is all finished?
We are going to Disney World!
Taking the whole family down for a week
to celebrate life.

I love God's Word!
Was struck by this quote today....

"There is nothing more important
in the Christian life
than the way in which we approach the Bible,
and the way in which we read it. 
It is our textbook,
it is our only source,
it is our only authority." 
(MLJ ~ The Sermon on the Mount.)

The only living God,
the Maker and Creator of the universe,
the Giver and Sustainer of life
provided
a book of instructions for us.
Amazing!!!

What do you do with your Bible?


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

let's go fly a kite....

You run with it
until it catches a loft of air and
soars 
up into the sky. 

There's something about flying a kite........
As you gaze upwards
you notice
the huge expanse of blue sky.
You control the strings that fly the kite
and you wish
you could be up there in the sky flying too.

One of the children asked me this question,
"Grammy, what would you do if you could do anything you wanted to?"
I said off the top of my head...
"I would go hang gliding out over the ocean."
(They were hugely impressed)

That's flying in a way....
kinda like being a kite in the big blue sky going wherever it wants to go.
Maybe next summer..
what do you think?
cathy

Monday, November 28, 2011

the neigborhood hawk

The first time I noticed him
I was sitting in the
rocking chair
on the front porch
of our house at Hilton Head, 
basking
in the warmth of the
sun. 
He swooped low and made a huge,
fleeting shadow.
After he passed by, I said ,
"Wow."

The next time I saw him
he made a
swift gliding landing
on a rather low branch of a tree.

What intrigued me was his docile nature.
It was almost as if he was trying to get me to notice him.
The hawk stayed perched on the limb for quite a long time.

We all had been bicycling together
and Mark and Amanda
came upon me gazing intently up in the tree.

The hawk let me and then Mark
take picture after picture
before he tired of our antics
 and flew silently and gracefully away.

A miracle
is the flight of a bird.
God feeds them you know and takes care of them. 
Not one falls to the ground
without His knowledge. 

We also saw a black snake 
slithering away on the path to the beach,
 two small alligators,
one swimming,
 one laying on the bank in the sun,
 and a family of rather large
turtles
resting happily together by the side of the lagoon.

All of God's creatures are so amazing!

Raining right now.
Hear it falling on the world outside.
Everything about God's creation is good and wonderful.
cathy

Sunday, November 27, 2011

jumping for pure joy

Every now and then
there are periods in my life that are
 pure joy. 
This last week at
Hilton Head
was one of those times.

Kissed by the sun
barefoot on the beach
sitting in the sand
watching my grand babies play and have fun.

The joy of the Lord is in my heart.
It is Him that brings me
contentment.
He has blessed beyond measure,
and it is not because of anything I have done to please Him.
God's love is unmerited,
His favor is upon whom He chooses.
To know God's love is the greatest gift on this earth.
I pray
you will seek Him and know this same joy.

Amanda caught this picture of Jake jumping in the surf.
Seeing it all again
through the eyes of these children
is precious.

I praise and thank my God tonight for these
treasures,
these memories
that I get to store up in my heart.

To God be the glory great things He has done.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

a most amazing thanksgiving

It couldn't have been better.
I would not change a thing if I could.
Hilton Head Island,
the beach,
a dream house,
 wonderful weather,
 good food,
but most of all the
love of family.
A very special time indeed.
Thank you God for all of this.
You alone are the giver of all good gifts.

A very special thanks to
Frankie, Sally, and Lindsey
for coming over
and spending Wednesday night
 to help us cook
and pull it off without a hitch.
Could not have done it without you.

More tomorrow!
For some reason I am very tired tonight.
cathy

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

she lost it

The big question tonight is this.....
Does the
 tooth fairy
 know where to come
when you lose your first tooth
on vacation at Hilton Head?

That's right,
Granddaddy
 pulled Lucy's tooth right after supper.
He used his handkerchief to yank that little fella out by it's roots.
There was a little whimpering
and a little blood,
but all in all Lucy was a very brave girl.

We all piled into the van to go to
Harbor Town
 to get a commemorative ice cream treat,
but the ice cream shop was closed.  :(
Never fear....Grammie had Blue Bell in the freezer
and we came home and fixed sundaes with chocolate shell and cherries. 

At this time the little tooth is under
Lucy's pillow.
We are all hoping the fairy will find Lucy sleeping in this house at the beach.
Can't wait till morning's light.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

God speaking of the ocean.....

And I placed boundaries on it,
and I set a bolt and doors,
and I said,
"This far you shall come but no farther,
 and here shall your proud waves stop!"
Job 38: 10 & 11

Just got the internet working here at the beach house.
Really no big deal to me though.
Who wants to sit at a computer when there is a beach just a few steps away?
Got to check in super early yesterday,
so we have already had two fulls days in this beautiful place.

Been sitting in the sand in a chair by the ocean....
reading,
getting drowsy,
soaking up the sun,
musing about this & that,
writing in the sand.
Gorgeous weather.....very springlike,
an answer to prayer.

Have spent some time in those rocking chairs too.
They are on the second story of our home.
You can see the ocean shinig like
a million diamonds.

God set a bolt and doors to hold the ocean back.
I am glad I can trust that promise when I'm
sitting on the beach.
cathy

Friday, November 18, 2011

this....

is my dream bedroom.
I am not kidding....
This bedroom
belongs to the person
who is buried under all of the layers of
conformity.
When I first saw it, it took my breath away.
I would totally sleep and dream here if I could.
The only thing that
confuses
me a little bit is the
 chandelier.
I might have to move it a mite higher.

Tomorrow is the day.
We will live at the beach in a big old house for a week.
Bikes are in the van
along with lots of food,
 toys for the children,
my fine china,
two pumpkins,
three french hens,
lots of candles,
my percolators,
a deck of uno cards,
four strictly for pleasure books,
my bose cd player,
two big bottles of bubble bath,
and my comfy shoes and clothes.

Dad is doing well...
I had him at the doctor early this morning for a follow-up.
Hopefully that situation will remain stable.
I plan to leave all of the cares of my world on this side of the big bridge.

So,
I'll leave you with this tonight....

"Pleasant words are like a
honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul
and health to the bones."
Proverbs 16:24 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

this blows me away....


God speaking about those who trust Him.....

"Because he has loved Me, 
therefore I will deliver him; 
I will set him securely on high,
because he has known My name. 
He will call upon Me and I will answer him; 
 I will be with him in trouble; 
 I will rescue him and honor him. 
With a long life I will satisfy him,
and let him behold my salvation." 
Psalm 91: 14~ 16

God begins by saying,
"Because he (you and I) have loved Him,
because he (you and I) have known His name."
God has taken note of that.....
He knows the ones down here on this earth who love Him....
who call out to the name of God.

Then He makes these promises....
"I will set him securely on high."
"I will answer his prayer when he calls upon me."
"I will be with him in trouble."
"I will rescue him."
"I will honor him.

Next look at what God promises because we love Him......
He will satisfy us with a long life,
He will let us see His salvation.

Praise God for these three verses.
God's love and care for us is unfathomable.
This is all I need to know.

My Dad fell again last night.
No broken bones,
but lots of cuts and bruises.
God was very merciful to him.

Our holiday trip starts on Saturday...
I hope.
cathy


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

remember your feather.....

...Indian hat from kindergarten?
That's Eli modeling his.
Thanksgiving
is a week away and I can hardly wait.

I love Thanksgiving.....
fixing the big feast,
decorating with all of my
beautiful fall things,
but most of all family....
being together with loved ones,
counting blessings
one by one.

For...
life,
now and forever.
Kowing God....
His word.
For my husband,
our children and their spouses,
our grandchildren.
Family & friends to love and care for,
a new church to attend.
The rising and setting of the sun,
music,
books to read.
A coming up week at the beach with my people all around.
cooking,
serving,
playing together.
The stars in the heavens,
the gentle breeze blowing in my open window.
This computer
that opens up new worlds to me every day.
Baby Gus just learning to walk.
This blog,
that you care to read what I write.
A bouquet of flowers,
a crisp red apple,
riding my bike.
Good health.
Knowing that I am loved.

"....giving thanks always
for all things
to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Ephesians 5:20










Monday, November 14, 2011

a poohism

I love
Winnie the Pooh.
Before David was born
I painted his nursery yellow
and decorated it with all things Pooh bear.

For some reason
Pooh causes me tear up.
There is a certain song on a certain DVD
that Lucy knows is my favorite. 
She calls me
and I watch and listen
and feel sad.
Think I must emphasize with his
melancholy personality. 

Pooh
is just a stuffed little bear,
but he evokes
strong emotions in me.

Life
is difficult sometimes,
but it is always worth living. 
Even in times of
suffering
we soldier on
because we don't want to miss a minute of it...
easy or hard, good or bad.

I know....
  it is when the trials are the hardest that
 God's mercy & compassion
are felt most intensely.

Praise Him from whom all blessings flow!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

God's beautiful creation....

......pointing to the heavens.
Praising God
who made this world
and all that there is therein.

The first service of the
Cornerstone Church of Savannah
is over.
God was honored.
We worshipped Him with music,
the proclamation of His word,
and the sacrament of the Lord's supper.
Simple, pure worship.
Thank you Lord for hearing our prayers,
for bringing the people that You desired to be in attendance today.

This is God's church....

"....I write
so that you may know how
you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God,
which is the
church of the living God,
 the pillar
 and ground of the truth,"
I Timothy 3:15

The above verse 
contains the apostle Paul's words
to the young pastor Timothy.
We will study
the complete book of I Timothy 
in the series
"The Household of God"
in the coming weeks.

Please come join us
as we learn
about God's church,
the body of believers on this earth.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

it starts today

Cornerstone Church of Savannah
will hold its inaugural service
  Sunday,
November 13, 2011,
at 10:00
in the morning.

We will meet
at the YMCA
on Mercy Boulevard
just across from the
St. Joseph's Hospital.

Website


"And let us consider one another
in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking
the assembling of ourselves together,
as is the manner of some,
but exhorting one another,
 and so much more
 as you see the day of the Lord approaching." 
Hebrews 10:24&25

Please come!
We would love to have you!

(maybe one day we will have a place to meet like the picture above.)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

this is the kitchen.....

....we'll be cooking in 
over at Hilton Head this
Thanksgiving.
I don't know why I am so excited
(but then again maybe I do.)
I have already started collecting
my recipes
and needed items for the big day.

Wednesday
has been designated cooking day.
Intermittenly,
all day long,
wonderful smells will be wafting
to the far reaches of the big old house.
Everything will be
made from scratch this year,
even down to the desserts and the bread.

Mark,
my wonderful son-in-law,
even wrote me on facebook the other night
and asked if he could make a
pumpkin pie.

Bubba
He is doing fine.
No change in him at all.
Four down
Thirty-five treatments to go.
Time moved up to 1:30 tomorrow.
Good, good!

Flu Shot
I got myself over to the doctor's office
this afternoon
for the rest of that flu shot.....
no need to be hogtied after all. 
So far I feel fine. 
I didn't want to have it,
and I put it off an extra day
but, hey, I'm protected now.
Hooray!

"For You, O Lord,
are good,
and ready to forgive,
and abundant in mercy
to all
who call upon You."
Psalm 86:5

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"the faithful witness in the sky"

Been hanging out in
Psalm 89.
God's words to His servant David....

Nevertheless,
My lovingkindness
I will not utterly take from him,
nor allow my faithfulness to fail. 
 My covenant I will not break,
nor alter the word that has gone out from my lips. 
Once I have sworn by my holiness
 I will not lie to David: 
His seed shall endure forever,
and his throne as the sun before Me; 
It shall be established forever like the
moon,
even like the faithful witness in the sky"
Psalm 89: 33~37

Tonight the moon is full,
visible,
a reminder
of the faithfulness of our God.
What a beautiful
analogy...
The faithfulness of God
is like the moon...
our "faithful witness in the sky."

Always,
for eternity,
 being faithful to rise and set
and do the work God ordained it to do.

Like the moon,
God's
faithfulness
is always on display.

Look back,
you should see 
His faithfulness 
in every aspect of your life if you are a believer.
 God is always faithful to us.
Are we faithful to Him?

(picture by Arinahabich/08
moon over the denver airport)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

my pot of geraniums.....

.....is still in full bloom
and it is the 8th of November.
I wore my sandals today
and had the air on in my van.
The window
is open here by my computer
and I only need a sheet for cover at night.
No sign of the
"first frost."
Hurray!
Maybe winter won't happen this year.

Erika made supper for us tonight.
Nice treat...
good fellowship,
much
excitement.
The new church starts up this Sunday
and we were all
abuzz
about the final plans for opening day.
Hopefully,
by the end of this week,
I will be able to share the website with you.

"And daily in the temple,
and in every house
they did not
cease
teaching and preaching
Jesus as the Christ."
Acts 5:42

Monday, November 7, 2011

knowing God

I snuck out of bed very early this morning.
Not sure what time it was
because I stay confused for a few days
after the time changes.

It was still very dark outside
and Bubba was sleeping soundly.
Closing the bedroom door quietly
and sneaking down the stairs,
I plugged in the percolator
and waited for my coffee.
I had over an hour in God's word
before Bubba got up.
That is the best,
the absolute best.

"As Christians
we desire blessings
of various types
and pray to God for them,
but in doing so
we may sometimes be insulting God in a sense,
because we imply
that we are not interested in Him,
but in the fact that He is able to give us these blessings. 
We desire the blessing
and we do not stop
to enjoy the blessed person Himself."

The greatest of all blessings
is just to know God
and be in His presence."
Martyn Lloyd Jones ~ Faith Tried and Triumphant

Quiet house
dark outside
Bible
a book to take notes in
a cup of coffee....
precious time alone with God.
Nothing compares.

When Bubba
walked in the door just now
after his first treatment he said,
"one down ~ 38 to go."

resting in the arms of Him who knows best...
cathy

Sunday, November 6, 2011

oh no....plunged into darkness

My saddest day of the year.
I took this picture at 6:00 pm.....
already dark as you can see.
Antidote...
lots of candles
and soft light from lamps.
also....
stay busy.
I don't watch TV....
so hopefully I can get lots of items on ebay to sell
and go through my recipes,
maybe even finally get them all on my computer.
Reading, of course,
and
bedding down early.

My motto...
"sleep when it is dark,
get up at dawn,
and work while it is light."

I will be looking forward to December 21st
when the days start getting longer again.

Radiation treatments for Bubba start tomorrw afternoon at 5:00.
I know,
terrible time,
but he should get moved up to a better slot soon.
He is doing well and our trust is in Christ.

We drove over to the island today...
St. Simon's Island that is.
Enjoyed lunch
and the little village by the ocean.
Kind of windy, but always beautiful.

"Let all that you do be done with love."
I Corinthians 16:14

Saturday, November 5, 2011

gus is one or pretty close

Party Hardy....
that's what Gus did.
He had the time of his life
tonight
at his very first birthday party. 

Eat Cake....
He did that with gusto!
A very large hunk,
enjoyed down to the last bite.

Gifts...
balls & books
clothes and shoes....
ews and ahs
"Isn't he cute"

First Tooth
It's coming in.
We were beginning to wonder.
That is our biggest clue that he is probably
One
or getting close.

Anyway....
November 5, 2010
is officially
August David Cleland's
birthday.
and boy did we have fun tonight.

Friday, November 4, 2011

all of my tomorrows rest in Him

Many of the leaves
that have fallen 
 this season 
were swirling and dancing across the road just now.....
having a merry time in spite of the traffic.
  Gray clouds were hanging low
and there was a definite chill in the air. 
Winter is coming...
I feel it in my bones, 
 I recognize it from years gone by. 
 It never fails to creep back in even though I will it to stay away.

Back in the summer
when we found out that Bubba 
 was going to have to start radiation treatments,
 we decided to spend
Thanksgiving at Hilton Head...
 Most of all family,
a time to be together,
to enjoy the beauty of the island in the fall.
On Monday
his treatments begin.
39 treatments....
He should be done by January one.

Fifteen days...
in fifteen days we will pack up and go
to the lovely house by the ocean.
If the bedroom door is open,
we will be able to hear the waves pounding on the shore.
Maybe there will be a storm or two...
there will be lots of long bike rides all over the island,
walks on the beach
and good food scents coming from the big oven in the kitchen.
But most of all
family...
 time spent together
loving & being thankful
for the bountiful way that 
God
has dealt with us.

"In all things give thanks
for this is the will of God for you." 


Thursday, November 3, 2011

brothers & sisters

My brother....
Growing up he stole french fries off of my plate.
Now,
he has all the best toys,
he can still make me laugh.
He's seen me through some really tough times,
and he always calls to check 
when he hears of trouble.
 I am very thankful for him
and his golf cart
and for taking us all 
trick or treating on
Halloween.

Flu Shot
I don't take a flu shot because it makes me sick every time.
Bubba says that is a bunch of malarky.
My doctor
offered to give me the shot in two separate
administrations.
So,
yesterday,
I had the first half.
That was at 2:00 pm.
By 5:00 I was sick in bed
with flu-like symptoms
sleeping it off.
I told Bubba
that I am not taking
the other half
of that flu shot next week.
He says I'll take it
even if he has to
hogtie me
and haul me in to get it himself.
We'll see.
cc
.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

what we have to see

Just to get to my e-mail 
I have to see
 a myriad of things
that I don't want to see. 
The AOL homepage
is a tabloid sheet in and of itself. 

In this world
we are constantly barraged
with the
vain
and the vulgar
of life.

God addresses this is His Word so beautifully....

"Finally brethren,
whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue,
and if there is anything praiseworthy,
meditate,
think,
look upon these things."
Philippians 4:8

One day,
when Jesus comes back,
this world
and its ways
will pass away.
We will never have to look upon the ugly and profane again.

Even so,
Lord, Jesus,
Come quickly!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

one one ~ one ~ one one

The only reason
I am writing tonight
is to post the date
as my title
and to make sure
Peter Pan
gets on my blog
for posterity. 

Lucy and I
just finished watching
Snow White.
We were both enthralled and enchanted. 
She had to hide
when the wicked queen
brought the poisoned apple
to Snow White,
but other than that it went well.

I think Lucy is the perfect
Snow White
and could play the part perfectly.
She thinks so too.