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Goodbye Mrs. Trout

     Today is the funeral of my sweet neighbor lady.  Wednesday night her children were about to leave the hospital for the night and talked to her saying, “ Mom if you need to go, then go.  Don’t hold on for us.”  They barely made it back to the house and the phone was ringing with the call from the hospital. 
     I took a cake over to them and was able to talk with her kids a little while.  Her son looks just like the Christian author, Max Lucado.  Well, I guess that’s neither here nor there.  Anyway, I know her son is a saved man and asked him if he could tell me if she had a relationship with the Lord.  He believed that she had gotten saved at some time, but she just seemed to get more and more negative with age.  The hurts in her life made her question the goodness of God.  He even mentioned having very pointed conversations with her about it. 
      So, today we say goodbye to Mrs. Trout.  I’m so going to miss visiting with her.  It’s a filling experience to get to know older people beyond their frailness.  To see where they came from and who they were in their prime.  It’s so easy to just look at a little frail older lady and see this generic sweet demure, person.  Then, when you dive in and hear their story you see this strong, spunky, full-of-life woman; a woman who was a journalist in her youth and had traveled the world with her husband.  A woman who had been hurt deeply when her brother, and only sibling, was shot down in WWII.  A woman who had agreed to live in her father-in-law’s funeral home when she was first married, but didn’t enjoy cleaning all of the bathrooms or having to keep her babies quiet.  And one last mystery I never found out, a woman whose name was Joel.  Now -a -days we hear unusual names all of the time, but for her generation, I found this an interesting name. 
      I’m Thankful to her son, Bill and her daughter, Elodie for allowing me the privilage of checking in with her since they live out of town.  They are such a nice family and came every weekend to care for their mother.  I pray I can have the opportunity to show as much care to my own parents when they get older.  I also pray for their comfort at this time.
Ponca City News Photo      Her family is keeping the house for a little while, and asked us to keep an eye on things.  The first thing I’m going to do come February is go over to her yard and get some branch cuttings from her forsythia bushes and force them in my livingroom.  Every spring her beautiful yellow forsyhtia’s are the first news bearers of the new season and new life.  (My mom’s always been sentimental about flowers and who gave them to her.  I guess she passed it on to me).  Anyway, this will be my loving tribute to my dear Mrs. Trout.
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Merry Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas everyone!  I have been so over blessed this year.  Haven’t had much time to post any new blogs this week because my folks came to town, from Ohio, for the week.  I was so excited about this since Thanksgiving was such a quiet and uneventful time for us.  We’ve truly enjoyed having them visit.  The kids have just loved every minute.
      We decided to make Christmas Eve very special this year.  We had our big dinner this evening with our “homeless” friend joining us.  We then had gift time at Nana’s.  However, we really celebrated the evening after that by watching “The Nativity”.  I fully realize that this movie isn’t necessarily spot on in the details.  Let’s face it we can’t get our facts from Hollywood.  However, it does provide a visual illustration that gives us an idea of what it could have been like for Mary and Joseph and the Baby Jesus.  The solemnity of that still night portrayed brought us all to tears.  How precious to sit and dwell on the humble birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  My heart was swollen with gratitude for what he did and the provisions he made even for his coming.  From awing and inspiring the wise men, to reaching out with special attention to the shepherds.  Even the sweet time for Mary to have the camaraderie of Elizabeth. 
       We’ll spend tomorrow having more family time and opening gifts, and of course reading the actual Biblical account of Christ’s birth.  But I pray that we’ll take the opportunity to be a blessing to God on His special day.  Better yet, may we be that blessing everyday. 
     This may seem like a rambling blog, it’s late and I”m tired, but I couldn’t resist publicly taking the opportunity to thank God for his sacrifice for me.

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Mayhem and Momma

     Well, it’s official (well, as official as my opinion gets), I’ve done gone crazy or have some sort of attention deficit something or other going on.  What was I saying?  Oh, yes, I’m not sure why I do such things to myself, but I have this tendancy to spread myself ultra thin in nearly every area of my life. The thing is…I love it. I’m currently learning, or rather teaching myself, to cook a whole new way.  Do you know how much time and effort that takes?  Then, I say yes to teaching a Sunday School class.  I’m part of the decorating committee at the church so December brings lots of demands in that area.  Trying to get my own house decorated as well.  Finishing up the last week of homeschool with all of the planning and grading that brings.  And to top it all off in the best way…Momma’s coming for Christmas….nuff said.
            The cooking thing is actually starting to sink in a little bit.  We’re trying “eat clean” as I’ve mentioned in previous posts.  So for the last four weeks I’ve been reading the labels of everything I buy.  If I can’t pronounce it I have to find another way to make it.  Yep, all in the name of health.  Of course, as usual, 2nd man has gotten whipped back into shape in no time (it’s questionable if he was ever out of shape).  He’s losing weight that he doesn’t even need to lose.  I read these books on the workouts and the clean eating. I read the testimonials of all these women who lost like 19lbs in 7 week!  Wow!  I start the calculations of where I can be in like one months time.  Get motivated. Don’t cheat.  And, yes, once again, four weeks after starting I’m still the same weight as when I began.  I mean, It’s like me against the body.  Come on!  Oh, well.  I may not be lighter, but I do have crazy amounts of energy (and muscle soreness).  So there’s a plus.  Guess we’ll keep truckin and see if anything else happens.
            Sunday school class is coming along…slowly.  I should be working on it right now, but am once again distracted.  It’s been a week of total guilt over teaching this lesson that I’m still learning.  I mean, isn’t it weird to know something and not do it?  I finally had some breakthrough last night in my own personal Bible study time.  I think I’m all turned around too, because I used to have my personal Bible study in the mornings before everyone else awoke.  Now that 2nd man and I are working out, I have to have it at another time.  It  just feels weird.  Starting new habits can be very stressful.  I find myself so distracted with all these things that I even found the peanut butter up in the cabinet with the drinking glasses.  I’ve thrown away dishes and who knows where the dog is…just kidding.  The point is, I’m having a hard time concentrating.
            The decorating thing at church, well, I think it’s gonna have to go for now.  I absolutely love decorating for banquets and seasons etc.  However, it really does take large chunks of time when things need to get done.  2nd man and I have been talking and I’m praying about it.  I think the time with my kids and family is just going to have to take precedence.  One of these days I’ll have free afternoons to decorate..right?
     Finally, the exciting news.  Momma and Daddy are coming for Christmas.  I think I finally guilted them enough to get them moving.  They’re even packing the dog along as well.  This requires lots of prep work around the house,  but I love all of it.  I bought new towels today.  I’ve been waiting for an excuse for those towels. I love when houseguests come and many of those wants around the house become needs. Woo hoo!  I really miss family around this time of year, so I just cherish it when they can make the trip.  Hope their dog likes cats.
Through all of this craziness 2nd man has really stepped in to help.  Since he’s the one who initially wanted to go the clean eating direction, he’s been helping with the cooking and even the dinner dishes when he can.  He’s been bringing me my favorite tea in the evenings, and helping out a lot with the kids.  Oh I am blessed.  Is this the time to say nanny nanny boo boo to all you other ladies?   Well, ok I’ll keep it nice….nevermind.