Friday, February 1, 2013

Floods and Fire, Joy and Strength

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you". Isaiah 43:2NAS  The Lord doesn't promise us that life will always be a bowl of cherries, although that seems like it would be a good thing at the moment. What I see in that passage of scripture is there will be troubled waters and even fire. But I also see that He promises He will be with me during those times. I am so thankful for that. This has been an especially difficult week for Joe and I. A dear friend from our little church passed away Monday Eve. The next morning we received heartbreaking news that one of Joe's closest friends was in ICU in very critical condition with a virus that attacked his liver and now his kidneys are shutting down. So sad. Joe met his friend's daughter at the hospital, and was able to spend a little time with him, even though he is unresponsive. But today, my heart was flooded with "sunshine".....this little sunshine. Yes, three year old Princess Emily came to visit her GG. She is growing so fast and such a drama queen! Her momma bought her a little fan at the dollar store and as soon as she was inside, she said "Look GG I have a new fan, O.K. take my picture and immediately struck this pose" She sang for us, danced for us and was just plain funny at times. Laughing felt sooo good.
More happy news, mommy has a new job,sounds like daddy will have one in the near future and they now have a reliable car so they can come see GG more often.

Isn't it amazing how the love of a little one can turn sadness into happiness?

And it only gets better!! Tonight was the Master School of Arts Review. This little grand daughter danced, sang, and had art work on display. We are standing by one of her brothers paintings. Her dad made the frame for it.

It's difficult to see in this picture but one of the grandsons,  is doing a demonstration of Tae kwon do and had  just broke a board with his bare foot.  If you look close, half the board went right in front of the instructors face, but didn't hit her. Whew! He is a green belt.
She loves to sing and dance and is singing a solo part. It's hard to take pictures when your eyes are leaking...

I looked up and realized yet another grandson was the pianist for the final song of the evening. I'm telling ya, I was standing up against the wall taking the pictures, and looked over at the row my family was sitting on.. My two sons, daughter in law a grandson and granddaughter, and four more grand kids participating in the review. My eyes could no longer contain the water and they started leaking.....tears of joy,  Even when we hurt we can be happy.  Truly "the joy of the Lord is my strength" during these trying times.

Baby Bronson is growing like a weed. He'll be 3 months old on the 14th. He loves to sit on mommy or daddy's lap and watch them play cards

And how about this. Joe brought Viola out to see Mr. Bronson. This was her first time to see him. The old and the new. There is four generations there.

Our precious pastor's wife, Kathleen, turned 90 this week. Her family gave her a beautiful birthday party at Xavier's Restaurant in Gresham. What a beautiful tribute to this sweet, gentle lady.  We had a big laugh, when it came time to blow out her candles on her birthday cake.... there were 2 candles.  A large 9 and a 0.  she didn't have enough wind to blow it out on the first try..... so she just gently picked the candle up off the cake and blew it out. That got a room full of laughter so she did it with the second one also.

We received a gift certificate to the Cadillac Cafe from Joe's boss for Christmas. So this morning we took advantage of it  It was just great. Good food, Good Service... we'll be back again.

It is hard to see it in this picture but there is a full size pink Cadillac behind this window inside the restaurant. I just proofed this before posting and we are truly blessed.  This is just MY side of the family. Joe's side is also full of talents. Some of the kiddos are involved in Boy Scouts, some in drama and music, some in sports.. Blended families are wonderful, in our case anyway.


  1. With all the sadness in the world, it's amazing how family can lift you up. Enjoy your family because that's where it's really all at!

  2. So sorry to hear about your loss and the illness of Joe's friend, but The Lord is Good. He brought you so other blessings. What a fantastic week you had with the children. So glad to hear about the new jobs and car. You have one very talented family. Enjoy your weekend.

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  3. Betty, you are truly blessed with a beautiful family, and Joe too! This is the priceless legacy of our lives and a source of love and strength from our Lord. It truly does enrich our lives and bring joy to our souls like nothing else! In our lives we are always faced with many losses, but God is faithful to us and his love never fails. He has given us family and friends to walk with us on our journey through this life and we know that His love and care for us never ends. Hugs to you and Joe.

  4. Your post definitely shows the circle of life. So hard to say good-bye for those friends and family that we love, even though we know we will see them again. But then we get to say hello to all those beautiful, new sweet spirits. Tears are always good whether they be sad or happy. Beautiful post.

  5. Isn't it amazing that our hearts are capable of sorrow and joy all at the same time. Prayers for those families that need it. And what an awesome group of grands you have. I am sure with all that talent, they will make this world a better place. You are blessed many times over!!

  6. I can hear the love in your voice for all those you "talked" about today.

    And then there was the pride and love for your grandkids. Thank you for sharing all the photos of the kids doing what they enjoy.

    I think posts like yours are much needed.

  7. Spending time with our precious loved ones is the highest of highs, and losing them is the lowest of lows. God bless you as you mourn the loss of your dear friend and pray for the one so sick right now.

  8. Grandkids are one of the greatest blessings in life. So glad you have such a talented bunch to bring so much joy into your life.

  9. So sorry to hear of your sadness. So glad to see the strength and joy your family brings you.