First, The Feast:
What did you look like when you were a teenager?
The same only younger and thinner.

Whose advice do you listen to?

There are a number of people.  My mother comes to mind first.  As I am turning into her,……it is interesting to see what advice I will give about twenty years from now.  Other people?  Depends on what I need the advice on.  If it is about Isabella, I speak with one of my younger friends who have young children.  About the Boy?  Friends who have "been there, done that and bought the t-shirt."  You catch my drift.

Name a book you would like to memorize.

The Bible.  As that would be a bit much, the book of James in the New Testament.  It is the gospel in a nutshell.

Main Course
How often are you sick?

Rarely except for some chronic ailments.

Do you like or dislike change?

Yes.  I both like and dislike change.  I hate "the change," though.  Ugh.
This has been one heck of a week!  People have been trying to call me and get voice mail because I have been so busy and have gotten a heck of alot of nothing done at home! (Can you say "run on sentence?")  Himself has been out of town and I had hoped to get alot done around the house but people and things beyond my control needed me to leave my sanctuary and tend to them.  It is as it needs to be and I am thankful for the God-given strength to keep up.  However, the alarm is off tomorrow morning!!!
The Boy continues to attend out-patient rehab. after school and seems to be doing better.  We have our ups and downs.  I say we because when one person in a family is up or down the rest of the family is the same way.  I suppose that wouldn’t be true if we didn’t love our son but be we do.  Alot.
Himself had business in Colorado Springs and stayed with his buddy and his buddy’s wife.  The two guys have been friends since they were teenagers and it is always a joyous reunion.  This morning he headed out to Biloxi, Mississippi to meet up with two of his Navy buddies for the weekend.  The three of them served in Viet Nam for a year and forged life long friendships.  Good stuff, eh?
As it was getting too difficult for me to watch her full-time, Isabella started daycare this week.  The Girl is concerned that she might be the first kid to be kicked out because she won’t sleep at nap time (On a mat?  You have to be kidding me.), won’t share and doesn’t play well with the other children.  Hello?  Kids under age four don’t share well and don’t play with other children – as a rule.  Bells is only 22 months old and not very verbal.  She says an awful lot and sings songs but we only recognize maybe twenty words – if that many.  One of my brothers didn’t speak until he was three years old!  Yes, she is an independent, strong-willed child.  She is so very loved that she is a confident child.  We’ll just have to wait and see what the next chapter in her life has to bring.
I am now a great aunt!  My niece gave birth Wednesday to a boy named Kai Michael (sounds like the ki in kite).  Mother and child are doing well.
Please leave your answers to this Friday’s feast if you feel you might like to.  Have a great weekend, gail


14 responses to “Greetings

  1.  good to hear everything is going good…congrats on the expansion of your family…
    *~* :o) if you don’t have a smile to give… :o) I will give you one of mine… :o) *~*

  2. Nope, if you look at my teenage pictures it looks like I have had tons of plastic surgery ~smiles~.
    Depends on the problem, I generally seek out people who have experience with a problem I am perplexed or vexed by ~smiles~.  If it is finances I talk to my mom and dad because they are very good with money, and they are very good with relationships, as they have been married 45 years.
    I already have the Bible memorized, but it would be nice to know every chapter and verse anyone could ask for ~winks~.
    I am terminally ill, but since I started working out, eating organics, and stop taking my meds I feel so much better.  I don’t feel like I am dying at all!  As a matter of fact, I am looking forward to grandkids should God’s prophecy of 2012 be false ~smiles~.
    It depends, I hate change when things are going good for me, and I want it to change right away when things are horrid ~smiles~.  I find myself fighting change tooth and nail, but in the end I usually make the best of it ~smiles~.
    I hear that about time ~sighs~.  I haven’t even been able to play Everquest in weeks.  Now that kids are in school I get up at 5am do my workouts, then everyone starts waking up.  I get them out to school, work, etc.  Then I clean house as fast as I can.  By the time I am done it is time to go get Mariah from school, then I usually go to Fred Myer to get stuff for dinner that night.  I make sure everyone is doing their homework and start dinner, then my wife comes home and we do her workout ~chuckles~.  Then eat, then we are about exhausted and ready for bed ~chuckles~.
    That is what life is though, breed, raise, & die with the hopes of transcending to Heaven and not some low rent ghetto plane of existence like Hell ~chuckles~.  We trudge on in spite of ourselves hun! ~smiles & hugs~.
    Izzy might learn some much needed social skills in day care that you can’t provide for her, so it is probably as God wanted ~smiles~.

  3.  Ciao G,
    Congratulats on the new arrival into the family. I am sure that he is a sweetie.
    Thanks for the visit and comment as well, it was great to see you stop in.
    Wishing you a great week, filled with lots of rest and relaxation…
    God Bless You My Dear Friend.
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  4. What year was Himself in the navy? My Hubbby was in 68-72, Maybe they crossed paths. My SIL is still in. Just waiting to hear orders on where he’s going. We’re afraid it’s going to be something like a MASH unit in the middle East. . Prayer, please.
    Call me when you have time to talk. I go to DR. Tues. 11:45CST .
    I’m free most of the time. Or I can make time.

  5. I have been by in a while, but I am glad to hear things are going okay.  Did you like the quote I sent to you?  Just curious.  I am hopeful that I didn’t offend you in any way, but sometimes I just feel compelled to try to reach out.
    Well, take care and try to stay positive the best you can.BillyPS if you get an opportunity please ask your husband how he liked Biloxi.  I haven’t been there in years, but I am always curious to hear from someone about how it looks now.  I graduated from Biloxi back in 1982 and the last time I recall being there was in 1994.  I saw all of the gambling, however I would love to know how the recovery has gone. 

  6.  Thanks for your kind words at my site. 
    I wanted to let you know that I’m praying for The Boy.  I believe we must be agressive when the enemy comes against us in our family.  We are in a war for the souls of our children.  I have never liked being on defense, so whenever I get hit with some new prayer need for one of my children, I will pray for them and also pray for someone else’s child in the same area of need.  Kay and I have been amazed to see how God has repeatedly answered our prayers for other folk’s children.

  7. Hey G,
    Now you know TWO boys named Kai (Cuy) !!  Your friends/family have SUCH good taste in names!
    Glad to hear that the Boy is hanging in there.  Keep it up with being strict — Himself is great with kids and his heart is to want the Boy to be happy, but ultimately the Boy will be happy when he overcomes this demon.  So will Himself!
    Dang!  Now I am thinking of that great stuff Himself cooked that morning! LOL!!  Got some in the freezer…
    Love you!

  8.  great to catch up with you Gail …
    Bella sounds ok to me ,the daycare sleeping for a toddler sound odd …lol
    good news on ‘the boy’..
    congratulations on becoming a great aunt 🙂
    catch you again soon
    love and blessings
    sandra z

  9. Just to let you know I’ve been thinking of the boy and the little girl who won’t sleep at school.  I do hope you are holding up under all this stress.  I served in Vietnam  from ’69-71′ and got banged up pretty bad over their, so I understand why himself will enjoy the reunion with his buddies.  As for me, well, I’m having my second lumbar spine surgery Friday the 28th.  Have to have a bullet fragment removed and some spacers and screws put in three places along the lower spine.  Not complaining though, I was very fortunate to get home alive when many of my friends died over there.  Yes, when our loved ones hurt, we hurt for them, and in some cases worse.  My perception of you is a very strong woman, and for that, I give you my utmost respect.  Thanks for keeping us up-to-date.  You are highly regarded among my friends on Spaces.  Good luck, and God’s speed Gail.

  10. I’m so glad I got this book!  When I started looking into the life of Keith Green, at first I was angry at what seemed a senseless accident.  There’s no way we can fully understand all that goes on with death.  All we can really do at this point, perhaps, is rejoice that God has ordained a specific time for putting an end to it – forever!
    Melody got indicators early on in Keith’s ministry that he would not be with us long.  I was just reading last night about one particular seemingly random thought she had as Keith was doing a concert.  He was sitting at his piano.  She writes, "The spotlight was bright white, flooding Keith’s face with light. His eyes were aching as he sang, overflowing wiht unspoken feelings as he poured out his very soul.  But as he sang, he was not looking at the audience.  He was looking up inot the light, as if looking directly at God.  He seemed transfixed in time…like there was something holy or significant about the moment.  His eyes were the bluest of blue, sparkling, yet crying out.  His skin like milk.  His looked like a little boy.  His eyes were haunting as he looked up into the light.  I had the strangest sensation watching him. 
    When the thought first came I shook it away.  But it came back.  I sat and watched and was captured by the moment.  I thought, Keith Green – you’re not long for this earth….
    Immediately I wondered where that thought came from.  It was crazy to even think such a thing.
    I didn’t know what Keith was thinking or hearing from the Lrod in those moments.  I never asked him – and I didn’t tell him what I had thought, either.  But it would not be the last time I had feelings like that about him."
    One time, right after the birth of their first child, they were on their way to the funeral of a man of God and beloved friend who’d died in a car crash.  The man had gone to sleep in the passenger side as his traveling companion drove.  They were hit head on by a truck.  Chances were, they never even knew what hit them.  Keith remarked to Melody that he’d like to go like that – just go to sleep and wake up in heaven.
    I confess, on my first night reading the book, tired and unable to go any further yet chomping at the bit to get to the end, I skipped ahead and read Melody’s account of the events leading up to his death.  It’s all very surreal…and like – they knew…

  11. Hi G ~
    Congrats on becoming a great aunt! That’s always a lovely happenstance!
    I’ve been busy and gone too… and yes, life certainly does happen, huh?
    Love, Lori

  12. Hi G ~
    Congrats on becoming a great aunt! That’s always a lovely happenstance!
    I’ve been busy and gone too… and yes, life certainly does happen, huh?
    Love, Lori

  13. P.S.
    For some reason, I got the notion that you would get a kick out of this picture:

    I’m not posting it on my space because well, it’s not that attractive. Isn’t he getting fat? He has got a big double chin now… BUT REALLY, in his other pics he’s not that fat… this particular angle was not probably the most attractive angle. But I thought you might find some humor in it as I did. I look at it and it makes me laugh.
    Love you, Lori

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