Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The third of July . . .yes, the third!

This year, the fourth fell on a Saturday so most of us were off on Friday.  Mollie and Roger graciously invited us to spend the day with them at their lake house on lake Mitchell.  What is it about the water lapping against the pier and the breeze blowing across the water?  I immediately feel as if God is washing me clean - every time!!  I hate that I need to be washed so often - but heck, I do.

So . . .the day was a little cloudy but the water wasn't crowded because obviously EVERY one else planned to celebrate on Saturday!

Mollie and Roger have a screen porch and deck up on top of the boathouse and Mark and I spent a good bit of time up there this year.

As a matter of fact, this year was a first.  NEITHER Mark nor I ever put on our bathing suits.  We love the water and the sun so that is really unusual for us.  We rested in the rockers - like old people - and it was nice.  I've been tired lately and it was good to just sit for a few moments.

We had a smaller crowd than some years.  Our kids were unable to attend and Nathan was on call and David and his family were out of town.  Even though we missed all those who couldn't be with us, it was still "just right." We ate, we talked, we laughed, we visited . .. we repeated!

When we first started going to the lake for the fourth (or third this year!), our children were the young ones . . .Nancy is holding Charis (Charis will be starting her sophomore year in college in just a few weeks) - David, on the sea doo, is now the daddy of three children;

so many memories - so much fun!

And now . . .NOW . . . there is a new generation of babies.  I can't even wrap my mind around the fact that the years just fly by!

Isn't she a doll???

Even though Mark and I didn't play in the water this year, lots of folks did!

It was such a good day with family.

Wednesday Hodge Podge

Join us over at "From This Side of the Pond" and answer today's questions:

1.  I recently read here about four secrets to happiness from around the world. They were-
Overcome your fears by facing them head on, allow yourself to relax and reset, work to live versus living to work, and find the good in life. Not sure if these are the actual secret to happiness, but which of the four do you struggle with most? Which one comes most easily to you?
I think finding the good in life comes most easily to me.  I am a glass “full” person – I am always looking for the good in situations and it sometimes drives my family nuts.  I’m not sure about overcoming my fears by facing them head on – I do that with some things but not everything.  I’m going to be thinking about that statement for days!!  I would love to relax more often but I have a tendency to think I need to be “doing something” . . . I would love to curl up with a good book for a few days . .. or go to the beach and literally lie down on one of those blue cushioned beach chairs . . .and not move for a few days.  I think those four items probably do make for a happier life.

2. How would you spend a found $20 bill today?  Our office is providing lunch for Urban Kids tomorrow and I signed up for carrots and dip for 30 people.  I think I would go to the store and use that $20 to buy those items! Or, I’m meeting my best friend for lunch in a little while and I could offer to buy her lunch! I have no cash – I would actually be happy with $1.25 for the pepsi machine 

3. Ego trip, power trip, guilt trip, round trip, trip the light fantastic, or trip over your own two feet...which 'trip' have you experienced or dealt with most recently? Explain. About ten minutes ago, I was walking down the hall to the bathroom and I did one of those two step trip over my own two feet things . .. you know the kind? You don’t want anyone to realize that you somehow tripped over your own feet so you act like nothing happened!! I also drove my son and daughter-in-love to the airport this morning for a round trip flight – they are taking a delayed five year honeymoon to Cancun.

4. If you could master any physical skill in the world what would it be, and how would you use that skill? That is a very hard question. Wow – would I want to be able to run long distances and compete in marathons (and be skinny as a result??)? or would I want to know how to design and build houses and do that for the poor?  Since I wasn’t exactly sure how to answer this question, I googled “What are physical skills?” Here is the answer: There are ten recognized general physical skills. They are cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, speed, balance and accuracy. Thinking about the question that way – I guess I would need more stamina to keep up with all of my young co-workers (though I think I do a pretty good job!).

5. As July draws to a close, let's take inventory of our summer fun. Since the official first day of (North American) summer (June 20th) have you...been swimming? enjoyed an ice cream cone? seen a summer blockbuster? camped? eaten corn on the cob? gardened? deliberately unplugged? watched a ballgame? picked fruit off the vine? taken a road trip? read a book?  Are any of these activities on your must-do-before-summer-ends list? I have been swimming; enjoyed and ice cream cone; eaten corn on the cob; watched a ballgame; taken a road trip and I have read a book (kindle). I’ve also eaten watermelon and peaches and celebrated a birthday! I just can’t believe that summer is almost over.  School starts back really early in Alabama and once school starts, summer is over – even for those of us who don’t have school aged children.

6. The Republican Presidential candidates will debate on August 6th. What's your question? Can you please fix our country?  I’m not sure what we need but we need something. We’ve made a mess.

7. What's your most listened to song so far this summer? This is embarrassing.  I have listened to very little music this summer.  My husband tends to listen to his playlist quite often so I’ve heard his music. My most “listened to” would be the things that we have sung in church. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here. Remember a week or so ago and we had the question about air mail, etc.?  I received an envelope this last weekend and it was sent airmail!!  I had written to the fan club/agent’s office for Colin Firth and requested an autographed picture for my mother-in-law’s birthday. It arrived a week after her birthday and was a fun surprise!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Come on over and sit a spell!

Since I work in a church, we don't close the office for lunch.  We either pick up take outs or we bring our lunch and we all sit around in a big (or small) circle and eat together and chat.  We stop and work when necessary.

While we were eating today, Suzanne said, "how about if we all go out to eat one night and then come over to your house for a tour!"  I said, "come on over!"  Jessica said that we could have drinks on the veranda.  We could certainly do that because our house has lots of porches!  Come on and I'll show you!

We have a front porch that wraps around one side.  The table is pushed up against the wall right now but we slide it out when we are eating around it.  One night last summer, after I went to sleep, Mark went online and ordered all this front porch furniture!  He had always wanted teak outdoor furniture and he now owns some.  There is a nice breeze that blows through most times and we are going to have a ceiling fan installed about the table (hopefully soon!).  Lanterns are from target - they were some other color originally and I painted them red.  Chair cushions are from At Home.

This is the front porch "proper."  When no one is eating at the table, we use the arm chairs that belong to the table on this part of the porch.  Mark also ordered the little teak table to go between these chairs.  It is kind of a "thing" in our neighborhood to have lamps on all of the porches.  We've been in our house over a year and finally got smart enough a few weeks ago to put all the outside lamps on timers!! I made the wreath to use for Amy Patterson's baby shower. I decided that I liked the blue and green combo so I found a great lamp and some throw pillows at At Home.

We also have two hibiscus plants and two ferns on the porch (not pictured).

This is our screened in porch that is on the side of the house.  This porch will connect to our soon to be completed courtyard.  They should finish building the house next door soon and after that, we can have our courtyard gates installed and some landscaping done.  This porch is also the walkway between the garage and the house.  We picked out the tile at Southeastern Salvage and had it installed both inside the porch and on the patio portion outside.  Our son, Glenn, made the bar for me for Christmas.  I've recently done some decorating on it.  Too bad I don't have the picture with the new stuff on top!  These wicker rockers came from Garden Ridge (now At Home).  The wooden rocker is the rocker that Mark had in his apartment back in Gadsden - right out of college.  I used that rocking chair to rock my babies!!  It was a natural color and I spray painted it to match the others.  There is a little wicker table between the wooden rocker and the wicker rocker.  It used to be white and is actually a little two drawer chest.  It was a part of some kitchen furniture that we used to have.  I spray painted it to match also.  If you look closely, you can see some items on the shelf of the bar.  There is a cool reclaimed wooden box that Mark picked up at Southeastern Salvage (can you see a shopping theme??).  There is also one of those giant margarita glasses that I bought to serve salsa in (not what you were thinking!!) and it is full of Mark's beer caps.  He gets a beer out of the fridge in the garage; walks by the bar and pops the top off on the opener mounted on the front; throws the cap in the bowl!

We want to have a couple of ceiling fans installed on this porch.  We need a breeze!  I love to sit out here in the morning.  I've been known to slip out there even in my jammies.

At the bottom of the picture, you see the tail of our sweet kitty!

This is our upstairs porch.  You enter this porch from our loft living space.

These four chairs are from pottery barn and they are really comfortable.  We have a great story about these chairs.  If we are ever with you and you haven't heard it . . .we need to tell you.  I think it would lose something in typing it.

You can't tell but the little tables between the chairs are wooden fish.  They are like these at Amazon. We repurposed the little lamp (far table) from one of the kid's rooms, I think!  The white fish plate on the stand was a gift at some point from a friend and it just works on the porch!

We want to have two ceiling fans installed on this porch, too.

 I have a big "E" on the door and it is painted in the blue and green colors like the downstairs porch.  This porch is also on the front of the house so the two porches need to sort of match.  I would like to do some more decorating on all of the porches but can only do a little at a time!!  I think it would be fun to have some outdoor rugs for color and maybe a few pictures - especially on the screened in porch.

Did you notice our shutters?  They are actually working shutters so if we ever had a big enough storm, we could close them if we needed to do so!

We have porches and chairs galore and would love for you to come visit and sit a spell.  We can fix a glass of sweet tea for you or something stronger!  We can talk long into the night and swat away the mosquitoes.  We can solve all the problems of the world . . .sitting on the porch!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

These Are a Few of Her Favorite Things!

This post is photo overload - you have been warned.  If you proceed, do so knowing that this post is special to me and I'm writing about it so that we will always remember!!

Saturday was the birthday of a very special person.  My mother-in-law's birthday was on Saturday.  She made me promise years ago that I would never be a part of a surprise party for her.  We didn't surprise her.  We told her!  We even gave her options and she chose to spend her special day with family.  Family is ONE of her favorite things!

The first stop of the night was at the Bright Star - a landmark in town.  This restaurant has been in business and owned by the same family longer than any other in the state of Alabama.  We dined at the restaurant of her choice!! 

Laura and Lauren arrived early with balloons and table decorations (and we have no photos!!)

Our friends, Hayden and Jan, were the only non family members who joined us and they were our houseguests from out of state.  We think of them as family!  Jan very graciously went around the table at the restaurant and took a picture of everyone.

Our handsome son and his lovely wife . . .

"uncle" Nathan (really a cousin) and our beautiful daughter

cousins - Kim and Bill

Mark's brother and his wife

the two Susies

Mark's twin brother, wife and daughter

and the two of us . . .and we have no picture of Hayden and Jan!  I will say that I was not at "my best" on Saturday night.  I had been sick on Friday night and was still not quite up to my normal self.

After dinner, we rushed back to our house because we had invited everyone over for dessert.  Here is where we had a tiny element of surprise.  Two of my sister-in-laws and I texted back and forth for weeks coming up with our theme and decorations.  Our theme was "A Few of Her Favorite Things."  My niece made a slide show of pictures and the music was that very song from Sound of Music.  We had the slide show playing on the tv.

So what are a few of her favorite things?
Unsweet (yes, you read that correctly) - unsweet tea (which was poured into that wonderful beverage dispenser . . .I dropped mine on Saturday morning and broke it!!)

She loves shopping - especially at Talbots.  Alice made flower arrangements in moss purses and they were draped with "ribbon" - a roll of stickers from Talbots (they gave my sister-in-law all sorts of fun decorations when she told them what we were doing!!).

She LOVES flowers and faithfully served on the flower committee as the original chairperson for years and years. (see the little red hanger? Talbots!!)

No party is complete without a banner and paper chains!!

She loves caramel cake so we served 8 dozen baby bites!! I put out a plea on facebook to our church friends and asked to borrow cake stands - they all just magically appeared in my office.  What in the world do we do without friends - especially church friends??

We had pictures of her at various stages of life.

She loves nuts so we served almonds and praline pecans.  She loves jelly bellies so we served those.

She loves mystery novels so we had those interspersed throughout the decorations and she also loves movies . . .especially movies with Colin Firth.  He just happened to pay a visit for this special party!  Most all of the ladies had their picture taken with him - even George had his picture taken with him (but I don't have a copy!!)

I love this one of mother and daughter with Colin!

My sweet mother-in-law is on the left and her sister-in-law is on the right.  If I were to tell you how old they are, they might not (they WOULD not) be happy!

Aren't they pretty?  They are southern belles - through and through - college educated; smart; articulate; well read; well loved; deep faith ladies.

Happy birthday Grandmother (that is what I call her along with my kids!! - never have been able to call her anything else!!).  I'm glad that YOU are one of our favorite things.  Thank you for making our lives better.  Thank you for loving us!  Thank you for being YOU!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday Hodge Podge

join us with these fun questions from over at "From this side of the pond"

1. Is your home air conditioned? If it's not air conditioned, is that by choice? Did you grow up with air conditioning? If not how did you cope with the heat? Share about a time or place you remember as being too hot-the temperature kind of hot, lest anyone be confused. 
I actually laughed at this question.  I live in Alabama.  Our highs have been in the upper 90’s with a heat index of 107.  We have HIGH humidity – really HIGH!  Yes, we have air conditioning and it runs probably about 9 months of the year.  We need heat in December, January and February – sometimes we run our heat for a few mornings in November and March.  The rest of the year, we usually have on the air conditioner.  There might be a couple of weeks in the year, where we run nothing.  There are pictures of me as a newborn and there is a giant fan on a stand in the background of the picture.  I’m assuming that means that there was no air conditioner BUT I don’t remember that.  We had the old timey window units in the house where I grew up.  We are so spoiled that when our air conditioners break, we think we are going to die.

2. What's something in your life right now that falls under the heading 'up in the air'? I facilitate a young adult group on Tuesday nights and an adult (my age) class on Sunday mornings in our church.  I have no idea what material we will be using next . . .so that is “up in the air!”  On Sunday mornings, we are studying Revival by Adam Hamilton right now and it is great! On Tuesday nights, one of our ministers is leading a study on the Seven Deadly Sins. Any suggestions for new material?

3. Your favorite light and airy dessert? I started to type cheesecake but it is not light and airy!  Sherbet?  Actually, there is a sheet cheesecake that they used to serve at Camp Sumatanga that was light and fluffy.  I need to find a recipe for that!!

4. When did you last feel like you were 'floating on air'?
Are you familiar with the Walk to Emmaus? (or Cursillo? Or Tres Dias?) When you give one of the talks on an Emmaus weekend, you go to the prayer chapel about 40 minutes before the talk and there is a group of people there who lay hands on you and pray for you while you kneel.  The room where the talks are given is down a flight of steps.  I always call that “being prayed up.” As you walk down those steps, it is as if your feet never touch the steps – you are floating on air. (if you don’t know me, you probably think I have lost my mind but I promise I haven’t!)

5. Airport, airmail, airtight, airhead...which have you most recently encountered? Explain. I haven’t flown anywhere lately. I haven’t mailed anything via airmail lately. Airtight? Heck, I don’t know! I’m sure I have encountered an airhead (judgemental!!) – maybe I have been an airhead sometime recently!!  I’m sure I have.

6.  Have you ever been to the Alps? If so where did you go? If not, is this a destination on your must-see list? If you were headed that direction this summer, which of the following would be your preferred activity...a gentle walk, a serious walk, a bike ride, a boat ride around one of the lakes, or summer snow skiing? I’ve never been to the Alps.  It is not a destination on my must-see list but goodness gracious, I’m sure it would be a great trip.  One of the young men in our office went there with his wife earlier this year and I enjoyed seeing the pictures they posted on facebook.  I would enjoy walking, a bike ride and a boat ride. I’ve never been snow skiing and I might be too old to learn.

7. What is one saying or phrase that was considered 'cool' when you were growing up?  My mind must be going!  I actually googled “slang from the late 60’s and early 70’s” since I graduated from high school in 1976.  I don’t remember saying anything cool and I think I actually still use some of the phrases (sad!).  I did see Chinese Fire Drill on the list and I do remember doing that!  You pull up to a stop light and yell, “Chinese Fire Drill” and everyone bailed out of the car and ran around it and got back in.  Lord – thank you for protecting this fool!!

8. Insert your own random thought here. I’ve been reading a lot about John Wesley lately – founder of Methodism – and I have found it (and John!) very interesting.  Good grief – I can’t believe I just typed that.  What a nerd! (ah – we said that in the 70’s, didn’t we??) 

Our son and his wife have a new kitten. Her name is Piper and she is a cutie pie.
Laura has her cat, Charlie.

We have our cat, Harvey. Mark says he has a pirate eye.  He is a rescue and at some point in his prior life, he evidently had an eye infection and proper care was not administered.  He sees just fine and is not in pain, etc.

Glenn and Lauren have their dog, Riley; older cat – Sam (short for Samantha . . .she doesn’t like me so I have no pictures of her - she is shy!); Piper – new baby kitty.  I promise that my life is more exciting than these random thoughts but everything I’ve started to type has either been too controversial or just plain boring!  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wednesday Hodge Podge - once again on Thursday . . .

1.July 15th is National Give Something Away Day.  What can you give away? Will you? I am sure that I can clean out a closet and find plenty to give away.  Will I remember to do that on July 15th?  Probably not!  Last year, we cleaned out tons and tons of stuff when we moved.  I already need to start cleaning out closets again.  I cleaned out my make shift pantry last weekend and re-organized the laundry room.

2. Do you have a mantra? Please share with the class if you feel comfortable doing so.  I cracked up – please share with the class.  Yes, I have one right now that is very private so I don’t want to share it.  I have another one that I use often and share often – breathe in Holy spirit – breathe out self.  I’ve used that one several times this week.

3. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? How many times a week do you shop? Do you make a list or pray for inspiration in the produce aisle? I do the grocery shopping.  I go for one giant grocery run every week and I purchase all the supplies for Tuesday night young adult dinner and as many other things that I can remember we need. Yes, I have a list.  I always buy a few things not on the list and I sometimes have to go to another store to buy something on the list.  I usually make at least one other small run to the store each week to pick up a few things that I’ve forgotten, etc.

4. Is there a TV show you're embarrassed to say you watch? You're going to tell us what it is, right? I used to watch Desperate Housewives and I loved it.  We had a young minister and he and I were great friends.  He told me I was going to hell for watching it (he was kidding – I think!).  I don’t watch a lot of TV.  I love Modern Family and Big Bang Theory and enjoy a few HGTV shows – that is about it.

5. A recent article listed fifteen words we should eliminate from our (written) vocabulary in order to sound smarter-

that, went, honestly, absolutely, very, really, amazing, always, never, literally, just, maybe, stuff, things, and irregardless

Of the fifteen, which word is your most overused? Please eliminate irregardless!!  I think I use amazing and very the most.  Reading over the list again, I also use just and maybe – even together!

6. So apparently dying your hair gray (in your youth!) is a thing right now. It's called 'The Granny Hair' trend. Your thoughts?   I’ve been paying someone to get rid of my gray for 20+ years.  I go every five weeks.  No No No No No – I do not want gray hair!

7. A while back Buzz Feed asked members to share the most beautiful sentence they've read in a piece of literature. A hard thing to narrow down, at least for me, but let's try. What's one of the most beautiful sentences you've ever read in a piece of literature? This is not going to be an answer like most.  Some might not even consider this to be literature . . .but I love these sentences:

“I heard that when white folks go fishin they do somethin called 'catch and release.'
Catch and release? I nodded solemnly, suddenly nervous and curious at the same time.
'That really bothers me', Denver went on. 'I just can't figure it out. 'Cause when colored folks go fishin, we really proud of what we catch, and we take it and show it off to everybody that'll look. Then we eat what we other words, we use it to SUSTAIN us. So it really bothers me that white folks would go to all the trouble to catch a fish, when when they done caught it, just throw it back in the water.'
He paused again, and the silence between us stretched a full minute. Then: 'Did you hear what I said?'
I nodded, afraid to speak, afraid to offend.
Denver looked away, searching the blue autumn sky, then locked onto me again with that drill-bit start. 'So, Mr. Ron, it occurred to me: If you is fishin for a friend you just gon' catch and release, then I ain't got no desire to be your friend.'
I returned Denver's gaze with what I hoped was a receptive expression and hung on.
Suddenly his eyes gentled and he spoke more softly than before: 'But if you is lookin for a REAL friend, then I'll be one. Forever.”
― Ron HallSame Kind of Different as Me

8. Insert your own random thought here. I don’t have any random thoughts today.  Really.  Not really.  I’ve been talking to a friend today via text messages.  It sure is hard to be the mother to adult children.  No one told me that.  I assume I didn’t know because my mother died before I became an adult and my daddy died when I was JUST a young adult.  I try to keep my mouth shut.  I’m learning.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wednesday Hodge Podge

1. When did you last 'swim against the tide'? Explain. Wow – that is a hard question.  As I read it to myself, I thought, “I’m a go with the flow” person. Do I ever swim against the tide?  I need someone who knows me well to tell me if I swim against the tide.  It may be one of those things that I can’t recognize in myself. I used to take a lot of water aerobics classes (before full time employment was needed) and it would be funny if someone (possibly me?) got turned around and headed into the group rather than with the group! (literally swimming against . . .)

2. What's the last self-help or self-improvement book you read? The Bible? Does that count?  I don’t read many self-help books.  By the time, I read and prepare a Sunday School lesson each week . . . and read a few pages of a mystery novel, there is not much time left for reading self-help.  Maybe I should start!

3. "Tolerance is a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness." (Sir James Goldsmith)

Agree or disagree? Discuss. With civility please, because I think we have a good thing going in our very diverse (in geography, age, religion, political persuasion, ethnicity, marital status, upbringing, and cooking abilities) neighborhood here on This Side of the Pond.                                       
We are doing a revival series by Adam Hamilton in our adult Sunday School class.  These quotes are from John Wesley – “though we can’t think alike, may we not love alike?” – the body of Christ is made up not only of people who are in my denomination or tribe but of all who call upon the name of Christ, even if they disagree on this or that point of doctrine.  Adam Hamilton writes, “I’ve found that, after listening to another person’s point of view, some ideas I was sure of were not nearly so convincing.  I’ve learned that it’s easy to be adamantly opposed to a viewpoint or position – be it theological, ethical, or political – when no one I deeply care about holds such views.  But as I get to know those with views different from my own and come to care about them and consider them my friends, it is hard to be adamantly opposed to their views.”  I’ve used the words of others but they pretty much sum up how I feel – I think tolerance is a good thing – God made us all (even those of us who don’t believe in God – shhhhh)  We ought to spend more time learning about each other and loving each other than arguing about things.  (not sure I answered the question but those are the thoughts in my head today!)

4. What is one of your most vivid memories of the kitchen from your childhood? Great question – why do I have to think so hard about the answers!!  Let’s see – I can remember washing and drying dishes with my sister and with my momma.  I remember sitting around the table eating.  I actually remember sitting there and refusing to eat something . . .and I remember being told that was my only option.  I didn’t eat it. (salmon patties – still hate them – still don’t plan to eat them).  I also remember my granny making homemade biscuits – why, oh why, didn’t I learn how to make them???

5. How did/do your own children's summers compare with your summers as a child? If you're not a parent, answer as it relates to what you've observed about the current generation of children vs. your own childhood. When I was a kid, we played outside.  We went to Vacation Bible School for a week.  We walked to the local pool (it closed when I was very young).  We built Barbie houses using books for walls and washcloths for carpet and steps for multi-level homes.  We played kickball in the street (I was a champion kickball player – no – really!).  We would swing in the swing and sing “This land is your land, this land is my land, from California to the New York Islands” at the top of our lungs!!  We rode our bicycles all over town. We caught lightening bugs in a jar. Today, kids “go to” activities – they go to art lessons. They go to art camp. They go to basketball camp. They go to this and go to that.  I wonder when kids get to be kids?  When do kids play in the yard and get all sweaty and smell like puppies (that is what my mother always said)?  When do kids use their imaginations?

6. Tell us what body of water you would most like to be on or near today, and why?  I would be happy to be in the pool at the Four Seasons in Orange Beach, AL or I would be happy to be floating on a noodle at Lake Tuscaloosa.  I would even be happy to be floating around in the pool in our neighborhood.  I miss summer - here are a couple of pictures from Four Seasons in Orange Beach

7.  Share a favorite song about water, or a favorite song with the word water in it's title, or a favorite song to listen to as you sit beside the water. The first one that comes to mind is “Toes” by the Zac Brown Band – I’ve got my toes in the water, ass in the sand. Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today.  Life is good today. 

From one extreme to another – I also love the song our church sings in the contemporary service when someone is baptized – “Down to the River to Pray” – As I went down in the river to pray, studying about that good ol’ way and who shall wear the starry crown? Good Lord show me the way. O sisters let’s go down, let’s go down, come on down. O sisters let’s go down, down in the river to pray.

Just one more – I promise – I really really love “Oceans” by Hillsong, too. You call me out upon the waters – The great unknown where feet may fail – and there I find you in the mystery – In oceans deep – May faith will stand . . .

8. Insert your own random thought here. I guess my first random thought would be that it would help if I would answer the questions correctly!!  My real random thought is that our grandpup is home safe and sound.  She got out of the house and climbed an 8 foot wooden privacy fence on the fourth of July.  We have all been sick over this.  We have tromped through woods and over golf courses and called her name.  We have cried – all of us including the men.  We have even prayed about it.  Last night, someone called our daughter-in-law and she had been found.  She is home safe and sound with her family.  An email just popped into my inbox (literally right now) from a church member (remember I work on a church staff).  It simply says, “I feel a very special blog coming- Lost children.”  Maybe so . . .maybe so!!