Thursday, March 20, 2008

Trip to AZ 2008

This is the beginning of the Arizona vacation. We had the best accomadations in town at the folks RV Park. Best food, walking, swimming, and company of course. We drove over to see Jim and Audrey Gilbert, friends of ours from when we lived in TX.

We celebrated valentines day with the folks and their friends. There was always a band at the community events. As you can see I have a hungarian friend who helped me with the two step. We had pancake breakfasts. Donuts and coffee were served another morning and if that isn't enough you can go to the rv park next door and have breakfasts there too.

When we were not dancing, swimming, playing games, hiking, visiting friends, we were eating at great places. We enjoyed a place called Tortilla flats. We went to a flea market too. Saw lots of cactus. I wasn't real fond of that but the folks say they all blossom out and it is pretty. Lots of fun. I wanted to post more pictures but it would only let me put 5 on so I am going to go to the facebook and make a folder of the vacation and my last two stays with the grandkids.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

New Year thoughts

I have been spending some time thinking through my goals for the year. Even goals for the next 5 years. Normally, in years past I have those thoughts in my head and never take time to write them down. It seems that there is value in doing this process and then referring to it in black and white seems to help me keep on track.
This year I have been continuing my quest for learning how to use the computer more. I even tried facebook and now blogging. I have enjoyed looking at other family blog spots. It has reminded me of how important it is to stay in touch and that relationships are what God thinks are important during this life time. It is so encouraging to see how God is interacting in peoples lives. We are not the only people that God is working on. It may feel like that at times! Last year I decided to take 6 months and read straight through my Bible. It isn't like I haven't done that before or read it several times among all the studies or classes I have taken; but, this was a new experience for me to read it and see how it fits together throughout history from God's point of view. I have never before been excited to see how the geneologies work either. I made some really interesting discoveries. We had a good sermon Sunday that reminded us to be in God's word continually not whenever. I have been doing those read this and then read that devotion for a couple of weeks and decide that wasn't very satisfying. Does anyone else just drift for a while on the previous knowledge we have about God and forget that he is waiting to be talking to us about new things? Maturity can sometimes be slow. Anyway I started another read through a few days ago. I love having this goal. It keeps me focused and again I am finding more interesting things. It really doesn't matter how many years you know the Lord, because his word is supernatural and we learn truth over and over again. I know others have found that to be true. Besides that goal for me spiritually, I have added others in other areas. For me, weight has been an issue since about 5 years after my last child was born. It will always be so, I think. Since, September I have not only decided to eat healthy and that includes some sweets some of the time, I have made sure that I do the walking and exercising that I need. Mostly, I don't like life to be about me but if I want to achieve good health, I suppose others will have to understand when I walk circles in their livingrooms and do those old fashioned exercises on the floor while they visit. It is too important to put to the side. Right now we do alot of traveling with the ministry. People will have to understand if I don't eat their food. That one is a hard one for me. Most people won't think I am too crazy and hopefully not rude. I have been busy with regular household chores, working at my desk, and helping Rick. Most of you know, I like to cook so I try to entertain when we are at home. I am so previledged to have so much time with my husband. I travel with him whenever I can. When he goes to men's retreats or midwinter ministerials like this month, then I go visit the grandkids. They live a ways away and I am determined not to be just a picture on the wall. I love my kids and grandkids and life is about them for me mostly. Family is important. We get together whenever we can. I am blessed to have the three girls married with great husbands. This day and age, that doesn't always happen. Our son has a great ministry to at risk youth and someday, according to my prayers, he will find a godly young women who will fit in just right with our family, too. Grandkids are such a joy. It is amazing to see their little "faults" be the same as their parents were when they were kids. I can excuse them and yet have to tell them the trueth. Don't you hate to have to correct those little ones. Only for their good of course. There is so much praying to be done for all of the kids and their children. You think when your kids get married that they are on their way only to find out you need to pray even more as God has given me 3 sons by marriage and grandkids too. I count it all joy though. I am proud of all of them. They are all learning. I appreciate it when they share things in their lives, little moments and big ones. Like, Erin calling me the other day and flushing the stool. They haven't had a flushing toilet for years. I did a whoohoo dance. Something you probably don't want to see. The name nana billie came from a little girl Devin that I took care of in TX from the time she was about 6 weeks old. She really is a part of our family. We miss her alot. She started early on calling me her nana. When me grandkids came along they picked up the title. It is a special one to have.
Well, I suppose I have typed enough. Just wanted to encourage you all to stay in the word. Nana Billie Oh, my goal regarding weight is to be able to someday write on here that I am out of the obese catagory.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Well, I have spent time looking at other peoples blogs. This sure takes time but lets me know how everyone is doing. Now instead of facebook, I need my kids to do blogging! It seems simpler. I even have a favorites list so I can be told when someone blogs. That way I don't have to try going to all the different sites. I haven't any new pictures to post yet. I mostly wanted to make sure I knew how to post again! This technilogical world is amazing and confusing. Hope all is well with everyone. I am busy with plans for the women's side of events for the pastors and wives leadership retreat in March. The calendar is sure filling up fast. I get to go to Lewiston and Grangeville from the 17th - 24th to visit two of the girls and the grandkids while Rick speaks at a mens retreat and goes to the mid winter ministerial. Fun days ahead.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

first blog attempt

I thought I would try this blog thing and see how it goes.
We were able to get a picture of the whole family this year 2007.

Christmas is such a wonderful time to reflect on how God has blessed us as a family.

This is me enjoying the candles and putting out the decorations. Jo is saling partylite stuff so I have the new tree with votives to add this year. I can teach a lot of the Biblical story with things I put out.

This is Elise and Coralynn making a birthday cake for Jesus.

This is nana and Cora and Beccah watching the train go round and round the stocking tree.

Uncle Dave was a big hit with the boys. He and Jo got them helicopters. I think the dads liked them too!

Well , we have managed to put the decorations away and are very happy that we can celebrate Jesus everyday in our hearts.

Have a wonderful new year.