stories and memories

Thank you Francine

It was 1985.  I worked with two women who loved Jesus and had a personal relationship with Him. Interestingly, both women had a Jewish heritage.  Anyway, they double teamed me for about a year talking to me about Jesus and asking me if I was saved.  One was particularly persistent, her name was Francine. "How do you know you are saved?!!" I didn't have an answer.   Even though I had grown up in a denomination I did not know Jesus.  I did not know He had died for MY sins.  I knew he was a historical figure, but he was not my personal savior. 

When I was leaving that job Francine gave me a Bible which I still own. The picture shows what she wrote to me.  At the time I wanted to throw it at her, but I accepted it as a gift and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia.  I was happy to be rid of the Christians only to find out that where there had been two there were now ten Christians.  The Lord chased me across state lines and sent an army of believers to love me into the Kingdom of God. I knew He was pursuing me.  I gave my life to Jesus Christ in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1985.    


We lived there for 5 years. We had our first child in Charlottesville, Virginia.  After we had our daughter I got the strong desire to call Francine and tell her I had given my life to Jesus Christ.  I wanted to thank her too for being so bold.  It had been 5 years which seemed like a long time. It was before the internet so most people from your past disappeared and were never heard from again.  I prayed to God to help me find her.  I called the place I had worked not knowing if she even worked there anymore and she answered the phone! She said she only worked a couple days a month and that it was a miracle she was there...and that she answered the phone!  She was excited to hear that I had given my life to Jesus and that she had been part of it.  She'll never know until she gets to heaven how she she changed the world by being obedient to God.

bible blessing

pink sunset

pink sunset
My husband bought a boat and we have been enjoying some beautiful sunsets.

Christmas is over

Merry Christmas 2016
Christmas is over...where did it go? We cut the tree down just after Thanksgiving and it seems like a minute ago.  I made a lot of food and loved a lot of people.  I'm trying to return to some of my work/fun.  I did cut up some agates which I hope to show you soon.  I hope to be painting with oils again soon now that the bedroom I use is empty. Empty is bittersweet, I miss her!

Notice doggie-boy in the picture trying to get some manicotti from Grandpa. He was successful!

San Diego fun

San Diego marina
It was fun to visit San Diego. I am blessed. I loved spending time with friends and family. I read books and ate a lot of good food. It was fun to watch and hear the seals in the marina too!

traveling with kids

When my kids were little we went to visit my Mom and Dad.  My Mom bought all kinds of breakfast foods for the kids including cake donuts.  We only had three days to get through all the breakfast foods. We didn't eat the cake donuts.  My Mom insisted that we take them on the plane with us because they might make a convenient snack.  She is also opposed to wasting food.  I didn't want to hurt her feelings so I took the bag of cake donuts.  I was carrying a lot of stuff, including a toddler, while corralling two other kids.  Needless to say the bag of donuts got pretty banged up...it was tossed, kicked, stepped on, sat on and squished.  When we were getting off the plane I was holding a big bag of cake donut crumbs which I safely deposited in the nearest garbage can.  

Brave Sparrow

brave sparrow
There was a sparrow chirping in my garage all day.  I tried everything to get it out, but it wouldn't leave.  I opened the garage door several times, it wouldn't leave.  Every time I shut the garage door it would start chirping again.  

"Chirp, chirp, chirp!"


Later in the day the chirping seemed slower. She was getting tired. I opened the garage door again, then I saw the little sparrow stuck behind the lace curtain in my garage, so I went and set it free.  While I was moving the curtain I could see two or three sparrows chirping on the other side of the glass outside, like they were trying to help the trapped sparrow. I realized then that the bird who chirped all day and wouldn't leave my garage was not the same bird that was trapped!  The bird that chirped all day was trying to sound an alarm
for me to help!!  

She was really saying, "Help, help, help!!"

I kept thinking she was trying to build a nest in my garage, but no, she was trying to get my attention so I would help her friend.  As soon as I freed the little sparrow, they all left and the chirping stopped.


What a brave little bird to spend the whole day in a hot garage and refuse to leave because she wanted help for her friend.

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Every day is Tuesday

When my daughter was young she took piano lessons on Tuesday afternoon.  I would  drive her there and wait in the car during that half hour lesson and soon realized it was the only time I stopped moving.  Life moved so fast back then that it seemed like the only time I stopped to think was Tuesday afternoon for one half hour while I waited in the car for her to be done.  Soon it seemed like every day she was telling me it was Tuesday and she had a piano lesson.

"Mom I have a piano lesson today."

"Really, is it Tuesday again? It feels like every day is Tuesday."

Now it's become my personal expression for time moving too fast..."Every day is Tuesday."