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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.
~Amen~

Easter 2013


May 1996


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


Friday, July 11, 2014

Belong

Five Minute Friday

"Belong"













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.

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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:

Lost

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.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

A letter to my daughter

"Johanna"




The child who went the extra mile
(actually 300 round trip)
to bring Christmas to your sister
The "smart child".


You were the 1st in of your siblings to go to University.
(And a Junior at only 18!)
Not just leave home, but live in an apartment with strangers.
(That took a lot of guts!)
Your are a best friend beyond belief.
The first day you got your car you wanted to share, even with the dog.
Without you we would not have family photos
You took my love for yellow roses and made art.

Yes, you are the one that seems to be the glue in the word "family". You try harder, work longer, 
share your heart with all your strength.

And when the day is done, I know the Lord is say,
 "Well done, my good and faithful servant."
...and I say, "I am so thankful that God allowed me to be your mother."
Yes, I am proud of you, but not for all these reasons alone, I am proud that you want to share your life with me. Not because of who I am, because that is the way God made you. He has a purpose and a plan for your life and I know that is going to be an amazing purpose.

Love and Prayers, Mommie






Saturday, January 25, 2014

Visit

I can't believe my last post was in November as I was anticipating our Thanksgiving visit from my children. Following Thanksgiving I was thrown into a whirlwind of paper work to apply for my new job, which I started on December 9th. The topic for five minute Friday is VISIT.

READY, SET, GO...

"Two little girls knocking on my door, they have come for a 'whisit' with me. Elaine Irene is only three, and Cheryl Lynn is only three..." That was a poem my Great Grandma H. M. Bussey wrote in 1956. Three years before the first visit that I appeared in as my oldest sister is six years older than me.
My little girls are now almost 23, 21 and 19 1/2. Visits have gone from tea parties in the back yard with stuffed animals to Thanksgiving with new fellas to meet the family. We have occasional visit on Skype. That is a crazy thing to me as I always think of George Jetson getting yelled at by his boss in a futuristic sci-fi cartoon of the 1960s. Amazing how family changes and the visits change in timing and place.
I miss the little girls in my life, but love these wonderful young women they have become. A school bus
driver/mechanic, an Archaeology student and a Child Development Student, and lets not forget their little brother the 6 foot plus Fire ROP fella. What amazing possibilities for topics I never imagined in my childhood or their childhood....amazing possibilities for topics to visit.

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For those who keep up on my blog here are few pictures to update you on the events of December 2013 and January 2014.

Wes and kids did the Turkey Trout Thanksgiving Day
Johanna and I made the shirts
Ian graduated to pinata man @ Aunt Merna's 
The entire family in one place 
Dec. 11, 2014 Ian's ROP ERS Badge Pinning
All ready for Ride along
(Ian spends 24 hour each weekend with Cal Fire)
Dec.24, 2014 - Tim got down on one knee
Abbie said, "Yes!"
last summer picture of the happy couple
(anticipating a June Wedding)
Junior can't wait for the living room to get back to normal
Christmas Morning 
Johanna went down to see Abbie since she didn't make it home
for Christmas
Back to a new normal...
Johanna back to school this last week...
Abbie staring school again this week...
Ian started back to school two weeks ago...
(Mary too)
and I am loving my new job with
Blue Shield of CA FEP.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Family





One of my daughters posted this section from Wind in the Willows on her Facebook this week. 




The Wind in the Willows, chapter 5, when Mole catches a scent of something and starts feeling very emotional and not at all right and suddenly realizes why.

"Home! That was what they meant, those caressing appeals, those soft touches wafted through the air, those invisible little hands pulling and tugging, all one way! Why, it must be quite close by him at that moment, his old home that he had hurriedly forsaken and never sought again, that day when he first found the river! And now it was sending out its scouts and its messengers to capture him and bring him in. Since his escape on that bright morning he had hardly given it a thought, so absorbed had he been in his new life, in all its pleasures, its surprises, its fresh and captivating experiences. Now, with a rush of old memories, how clearly it stood up before him, in the darkness! Shabby indeed, and small and poorly furnished ... And the home had been happy with him, too, evidently, and was missing him, and wanted him back, and was telling him so, through his nose, sorrowfully, reproachfully, but with no bitterness or anger; only with plaintive reminder that it was there, and wanted him."
Sometimes I know how you feel old chap."



As a family we read to our children ever night into their teens from the Bible and a Classic book. By no means do I feel that we gave them a "Classical" education, but we gave them a love for books.
At Christmas we would revisit this chapter of "Wind in the Willows" from our Tasha Tutor illustrated edition.

My response to her post was, "The mice will be singing in just a week."
Her response, "Yes!"



As my children are all young adults (youngest will be 18 in Spring), I see our family has taken on a new dimension
"Home" is an interpretation of memories collected.
We live in four different locations now. and "Home" is also where they live.
Family is a broad subject, where as, it use to be in one location.
Meeting together as "the family" may now be only a twice a year occasion.
I look  at my cookie cutter collection and wonder to myself, "when will I make cookies with my grandchildren?"

I found this vintage turkey for my cookie cutter collection for 25 cents at a second hand store.
(compared to $4.95 on ebay.)

I am so thankful for my family and blessed by each location my children call home.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 (ESV)





Friday, October 18, 2013

October Joy Dare ~ 1 8

22 
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning
great is your faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)



Time to write.
All the details about how to join are over here.
And the prompt this week? Could it really be anything else? — It’s Laundry.
GO:



Yep, His mercies are new every morning and so is the stack of laundry.
Today was the the one day a week that I wash my laundry 
and put in some fabric softener so that my hair doesn't fly all over.
My mother had the old way of doing things when I was young:
Monday wash 
Tuesday iron
I use my iron about every two months whether it needs it or not.
I haven't used an electric or gas dryer for most of the last 25 years, but I don't iron.
My clothes line is a wonderful place.
With my oldest now 22 years old, I remember many days...
....singing under the clothes line or just talking to GOD.
Now the three girls are off doing their own laundry at their new homes
 and often my son does his own laundry,
as well as, my husband washes his own too.
Do they you think they realized what a wonderful place the clothes line is too?
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Johanna and Abbie's tie dye project (9/2011)

Airing out the Crazy Quilt I am restoring