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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Welcoming Spring

In many parts of the USA it is not even close to Spring, but here is Northern California it seems Spring has Sprung.

My son had a four day weekend for the President Holidays, so I did my lastest Spring Cleaning and reflection before I start work next Monday.

This weekend I discovered a new Blog: Alume. They had a conference in October and I was blessed by their website to view  FIVE of the Keynote speakers.

*  I had recently read Sophie Hudson's book: A Little Sweet to cut the Salty as a free e-book. It was exciting to see her speak and her message that we need not be competitive in our blog world was refreshing to hear.
*  Logan Wolfram was a new name to me and she was the head of the conference. Her encouragement to get a Turquoise Table or in my case a Turquoise Table Cloth for Starbucks to exercise hospitality where I live helped to affirm the way my mind has been running lately on the subject of hospitality.  Hospitality is where you live not making something up to look like a magazine or Pinterest.
*  Shauna Niequist was another new name for me. Her book on the Bittersweet of life was compelling enough that I added it to my Kindle account. I'm about 26% through and I have laughed, cried and thought some deep thought since opening that book. (Don't you just love how Kindle tells you how far you have to go and how many hours it will take to read? How do they gauge that reading speed?)
*  Tim Willard is a young man that will take me years to understand. His book Veneer is on the 2015 Gis-Butterfly reading list. He is a Fellow at Oxford studying C S Lewis with a wife and two young children. He really gets you out of the box and his sample book on Kindle shows that he speaks a simple mans language on deep topics.
*  Finally, Jeremy Courtney , he and his wife founded Preemptive Love Coalition. They have assisted in helping over 1,000 children get heart surgery in Iraq. We don't think about what this war has done to the village people of that country. He and his team are helping the Iraqi people to update their hospitals and get the surgeons they need to help this war torn country. They are working from the inside out in Iraq.

So, I did some deep thinking as I prepared for Ash Wednesday and then I got out the old Singer and made an apron for my daughter at HSU Children's Center.

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I had a client who was the seamstress for Donna Douglas and she gave me this Dress Form
that was used for Donna as "Ellie Mae" on the Beverly Hillbillies.
My oldest Daughter brought me a Solar Optic Butterfly, Dragonfly and Hummingbird for Valentine's Day to enjoy in my rock garden at night.

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Going into the season of lent may I suggest I Corinthians 10:31~

 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Paradigm Adjustment

Webster defines:


 noun \ˈper-ə-ˌdīm, ˈpa-rə- also -ˌdim\
: a model or pattern for something that may be copied
: a theory or a group of ideas about how something should be done, made, or thought about

I guess that last part kind of sums up my thinking lately. 
How do I think about things?
How should I think about thing?
More important:
Do I think about things to much?

I started a Bible Study this month with a group of friends in the book, Power in the Blood of Christ, by Jennifer Kennedy Dean. In this book she states at the beginning that she will shift my "paradigm" about how I view the Blood of Christ through scripture.

We are taking this study slow and in the middle of week one, I have already had some of those, "ah ha" moments. She starts, fittingly, at Genius and is showing that blood is the force in life and that life was "breathed" into Adam, which we know give oxygen to our blood and off we go... 

It has been over three months since I have wanted to make a blog post. On Oct 1st, 2014 I was beginning to embrace my new phone and tablet as a way to communicate and keep updated on the world around me. I was contacted that day by an employment agency and started work two weeks later. The temp job ended Dec. 5th which spring boarded me into the Holiday season.

That job gave me the realization that I really don't want to work in an office shuffling paper and the last two jobs before that one had made me see that I don't want to work in a Call Center either. I have told my children that going to the local JC and living with your parents is a way to try out different fields and see what you want to do with you life... however, it seems we will continue to change what we want to do through life. Career changes are an okay thing.

I just didn't take my own advise. After my kids were grown and I had returned to college to get updated on computer and people skills I went back to the same kind of jobs I had before kids. Now I understand that I was never comfortable in those "office" setting and it wasn't because of my own inadequacy.

So, what am I good at? I home schooled my kids from 1996 to 2012. I often say despite me they are all in college or graduated and doing well as contributing members of society. Could be that I was good at being a home school mom and didn't see the forest for the trees? 

Home schooling was like that for me. It was a blur of daily feeling inadequate, but as it worked out all four of my children survived and have life lesson from the adventure. My failures seems to help them grow to be more understanding adults.

I saw this quote yesterday:
"Healthy and high-functioning people often have parents who do not hide their flaws, especially from their own children. What I mean is this: Healthy people tend to come from families in which parents willing confessed and were okay with their own weaknesses, even if those weaknesses were quite dark. And those kinds of parents are rare, which is perhaps why super healthy people are so rare." Donald Miller, Author Blue Like Jazz
Photo Credit: Margot Lied

Donald Miller himself acknowledges that he has changed his own thinking since writing the book.

I can accept that I am not the same person I was when I had four kids under my roof ages: 11,12,14 and 16. That was their ages when our world changed drastic at the death of their Grandma Ardie. They had been raised under her roof and though she was in a nursing home the last year and half of her life she had a great influence on our daily life.
Within three years I would have the three girls all at college with me. They each took college classes for High School credit and in turn had units toward their Associates degrees. 
Now in 2015 the two younger girls are graduating from university in the Spring with their Bachelors degrees. I am very happy for them and proud of the choices all of my children have made to bring them to this point in their lives.
I have been sending out resumes to the schools this month for Aid jobs in the public school system. I have embraced my own inadequacies as a home school mom and excepted that I was happiest when I was in the classroom with my kids. (However, our class room was mostly under the Ancient Valley Oak in the back yard.)

I have my first interview on Thursday with my new Paradigm. The result of a season or reflection and a time of prayer.

For those of you who have actually followed my blog. Thank you for checking in on me.
Here is the update on the kiddos:
Johanna came home for two weeks of winter break. This photo she took of Ian and Junior on their walk. Ian is now in his second semester at the local JC taking his general ed with a few classes of Ag and Natural Resources. He and I have been enjoying the Saturday night services at our church and I help with singing once a month.
Johanna and her best friend got in a photo shoot before she headed to see her sister, Abbie, and then I took Johanna back home to start her job on campus on Jan. 5th.
The newly weds are doing well and enjoyed having their little sister visit them after Christmas for four days.
While they were all visiting I took a Mega Bus from Sacramento and visited with my oldest sister in Reno and her amazing cat, Madison.
I have decided when I grow up I want to be a "Crazy Cat Woman" like my sister. (Actually, it is the cat that is crazy not my sister.)
I have no resolution for 2015, but my goal is to stay more involved with what is going on in the moment and not worry about what I goofed up in the past. God has a plan.

Shalom, Shalom.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
 (Romans 15:13)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Changes in the wind

Each morning first thing, I check my weather.

How I get my weather
Next I check my texts.
not a phone that is smarter than me
I could go through the morning routine without a word spoken.

Some days this summer, while my son was on fires and my husband working, I felt as though I spent the morning in "mental telepathy" mode.

Don't get  me wrong, I love the modern conveniences and prefer to get the news I wish and not some headlines thrown into my hearing from a radio or t.v. personality who doesn't care how it will effect me.

But this life is so different from the days of my little ones being home, and well, little.

I became a morning person out of self defense when my kids were little. Now I am an evening person out of self defense to keep connected with my girls who are college students. I want to keep connected and often 10 or 11 pm are the best times to connect with them. I am so thankful for the mobile connections.

So, I will go through my silent mornings and enjoy that I don't have to speak, while remembering the days of fashion police and making lunches.

I  have a new change coming in mid October. After months of looking for a job and having Four different times had one in my hands, but having them tell me something was wrong, they would not be able to hire me... it does appear this one will stick. Wait upon the Lord and He will renew your strength.

Now I will enjoy the falling leaves and prepare my life for a change of season.

Here are a few pictures of the last high school graduation that just made their way to me. This happened two days before The Wedding.
The High School Graduate

Girls in Red, Boys in Black

Happy Sisters

Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

" ...but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint."

Friday, August 8, 2014

Praying for Adult Children

Last night I lay awake praying for my adult children. I though some humor would be good, so, I switched on the computer and Youtubed Chonda Pierce. The first video she had a recently empty nest, like mine. The second video a year later she had an overflowing nest and wanted to take flight herself as her daughter,
son-in-law and grandchild-to-be were all living with her. BUT, I know that recently her husband of many decades passed away and she is dealing with a completely different "empty". My "take home truth" as I fell asleep last night was, that our nest is always changing.

Ecclesiastes 3:1
     "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:" (ESV)

Here is northern California it is Fire Season. In the past two weeks we have had over 150,000 acres total burning in the north east region of the state. My son is on his fourth and final week of direct attach fire fighting. (Big Breath) This has been his passion since he was Four year old. 

My sister has three girls and she would send a box of church dresses to me for my three girls. Once she thought it would be good to add something for the boy and she sent "Ralphie". He is one of those non-Disney, teddy bear style, carnival grand prize, dalmatians.
New Ralphie looked like this
I just Googled:  carnival grand prize, dalmatians and came up with an amazing likeness to Ralphie in 1999. Now 14 year later, he sets on the top shelf with a CDF shirt I downsized for Ian when he was five.
Ralphie Now
He has had three different eye surgeries to replace scratched eyes, twice been re-stuffed and so many stitches I cant count. Now his boy is out fighting real fires while Ralphie stays at home and dreams of the good ol' days.

"Mom we are this close"
The girls have left another three empty places. I read recently how God miraculously increase the love we can give with each child's birth, but I know for a fact HE doesn't reduce the hole they leave in our heart when they leave home.
bro's 1st time at the beach
Now that the youngest daughter lives on the beach she had to have her "baby brother" go over to see the beach for the first time. She wants to share her life with us and expand our world. That is what it seems to be about now, our nest is empty and under construction, while they fledged to make new nests.
New apartment
The big event of the summer is now two months in the past.
♫Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters...♫
The new  beginnings are breaking free...
Bride and Groom, June 7, 2014
And I may pause to remember the moments...
Final Moments before "I do"
And...I will pray.

This last week I started a new Bible Study group.
comes with a  study and prayer guide
God isn't finished with me yet.

Ephesians 3:14-21 (ESV)

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FIre Fighter's Mom Prays


The five minute Friday prompt is BLOOM. What is raising children about if it isn't blooms.
The first of my "four in five years" started as a seed inside of me and bloomed to a beautiful April Flower.
That one was flowed by a March Flower and then 18 months later my October Flower.
Then April Showers brought my May Flower, though I am sure he wouldn't want to be called a flower.
My son bloomed into a strong young man who now is out fighting a "bloomin' fire".
I am so thankful that God has placed HIS Holy Spirit in all of their hearts so that they can bloom for HIM.
A bitter sweet time for a mother to see all her children off Blooming in the world.
That is why we pray.
My time is done and it is time for GOD to bloom the prayers of a mother's heart.

My son, CCC Firefighter 

            A Mother's Prayer

The alarm goes off, ready to go, all with no hesitation
Time to save a soul or a home, straight to that destination

This prayer’s for my son, as that fire calls
Protecting the innocent and fighting flaming walls

Guide him with your strength, the courage to pull him through
Give him that breath of air, if he gets down to his last few

By chance he may get weak; do give him the will to stand
Carry him as you said, your” Foot Prints in the Sand”

He will have to lift or ax a door today
May your angels chip away, helping along the way

There’s always the unknown, of what they call "back draft"
Secure your arms around him, and the others who have his back

Make way for him to listen, to hear that persons call
If he gets blinded, give him sight, direct him down that hall

Determined to break a window, to rescue that angry dog
Or fight the wild fires, to keep lands beauty how it belongs

Keep their team in motion, to know where one is at
They’re taking turns in and out, of these fires that attack

When that duty’s done, he’ll have peace of mind
You were right beside him; he now thanks you for your time

Lord I ask this of you, I pray you watch over him
Help him always save the lives, then return him to me again.

by Carolyn Kay Carr

Dear Lord,
This has been his dream since he was three years old.
He wanted to ride the "Big Wed Twuck" with his buddy Ralphie, the stuff Dalmatian Dog.
He and Ralphie would mount the wooden fire truck, toy box, that his Granddad made him and fight 
their imagined fires.
He has wanted to save the people, save the wildlife, save the forest, save the pasture land and run into the face of danger to show how much he cares...
Today he is going out to his first Wildland fire.
Keep him safe, help him be a witness of Your love and grace.
Remind me what my friend said when her son went to fight in the Middle East, "He is in the hand of God, there is no better place."
Thank you for Your peace.

Easter 2013

May 1996

Don't eat the kitties
"Mom I done cut me down a tree"

Friday, July 11, 2014


Five Minute Friday


I always wanted to have a sense of BELONGING.

I learned in college that it was one of the most basic of human needs.

We all want to BELONG to a group/family that will love us and accept us as a valued member.

Now that I have been around for over a quarter of a century, I have learned that my sense of
BELONGING can only come from being one of HIS KIDS.

Knowing Jesus as my savior and knowing that I am a daughter of the KING OF KINGS is what makes my life real.

I am blessed by my FAMILY, some by blood, but some only through the blood of Jesus who encourage me daily.

I have a faith-sister that walks and talks with me every week, I have a faith-aunt that has given me an open invitation to chill at her house and I have a faith-mom that has even given me a key to her house with an invitation to anything in the frig.

These three ladies along with a few others who give me a sense of belonging in the SISTERHOOD of CHRIST. We go to different churches, but we are all chosen by HIM.

As I said I am also blessed with blood family that belong to HIM and for that I am eternally thankful.


Here is the update on my Blue Eye Burnham Crew.... Enjoy!

Added a son-in-law in June

Son has been working for the CCC for a month and is thinking he might
like to work in the woods after his career as a Fire Fighter for the CCC

Baby Girl is learning to love her fist apartment by herself and has started work before
beginning her Senior year of University.

Stay tune for updates on my job search. I appreciate your prayers as I going through hiring process for a major door to door delivery service.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, (Eph. 3:20 NIV)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Farewell to June 2014

Amazing Grace

"Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wrench like me, I once was lost but now I see" John Newton

Today's Five Minute Friday prompt is:


I focus on the events of a month that changed the life of my family forever. I pray that we have not lost too many opportunists to share our faith and love the Savior who gave us life and gives us a tomorrow with a hope and a future.

The graduation of a child.

The wedding of another.

The taking or responsibility to sell a car by another to continue school with less debt and a goal of ministry.

Big life decisions that were one time events that change life forever.

They work hard, they play hard and they love hard.

I pray the moments shared will not be lost in my memory as this month of many events comes to a close.

The son goes off to fight fires in Northern California, the fires that have not begun, but history tells us, they will be many in our drought.

The daughter going back to work and school on the Coast where she contiues a life of service to many nations and a stand for Christ in a lost and dying world. A community that his ripe for spiritual things, but reluctant to the Holy Spirit.

My prayers go with them all as my children continue their journey in Christ, the Photographer, the Graduate, the Bride, the Bus Driver. Go with God my children and may you bring the love of Christ to the lost.