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Sunday, January 4, 2009


"From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea, Your creation's revealing Your majesty." (Chris Tomlin) photograph taken by my 15 yr old daughter, Anna Sign in to see full entry.


I had the opportunity to spend the year of 1986 in Haiti, a beautiful country for sure, but at the same time, one wracked by overwhelming poverty. I left for Haiti on January 29th, 1986, the day after the Challenger space shuttle explosion....a time of high emotions. I will never forget the sight of the smoke and debris in the rearview mirror, as I headed for the airport in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida that day. It seems like forever ago, and yet it seems like yesterday. While in Haiti, I worked in a... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Remake of Footprints in the Sand

Ok, I just read this on a site of some people we know whose 13 yr old son has a brain tumor. It had me laughing and crying and the same time. I thought I would share. (Author Unknown) One night I had a wondrous dream, One set of footprints there was seen, The footprints of my precious Lord, But mine were not along the shore. But then some stranger prints appeared... And I asked the Lord, "What have we here? Those prints are large and round and neat, But Lord, they are too big for feet." "My... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

No Resolutions

The only New Year's Resolution I made this year was to make no new year's resolutions. I have goals, of course, but to me, goals are different then resolutions. A resolution seems to be something I have to jump into right away, whereas a goal seems like something I can continually glide toward. I prefer gliding over jumping. So what are these goals of mine? Mainly, to simplify stuff my schedule, my way of doing things. to live with less, to love more, to glide with purpose. What... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Freeing Me

I felt overwhelmed. It seems I am continually trying to find myself in the midst of the topsy-turviness of my life. So I decided to simplify...just cut some things out that were not needed. I pulled off of a couple of committees, said no to some invitations, took an extra week off from home schooling. I decluttered the basement, throwing away things that were beyond use, bagging up other things that were still utilizable. I had the kids go through old clothes and toys and we donated to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Russell in the ICU. My heart breaks for their family. This brain tumor just won't give up. It is a beast. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Memories of my Grandparent's House

[Me (Karen Marie), my Grandmother Helen, and my sister Catherine Jean] Grandma and Grandpa’s House Memories from yesterday Within my mind, they have a way Of trying to dim, unravel, fray But I hold on to a slim ray And find that when I close my eyes, The gray gives way to sunny skies. Fog dissipating, though it tries, So I can grasp the bye and byes. And I see Grandma, tall, serene, While Grandpa chops the rhubarb clean Karen Marie and Catherine Jean not much heard, but always seen Laughing,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Bad news. Some we know, not quite called friends, but more then acquaintances, have just found out their 14 year old son's brain tumor is back. My heart just breaks for them. I have no adequate words to describe how I feel, nor the energy to try to figure it out. God bless young Russell and his family. Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

My Thanksgiving

My Thanksgiving...bittersweet. I found myself laying at God's feet, remembering our Thanksgiving 9 years ago, when mom was getting ready to go into the hospital for her Bone Marrow Transplant. And we kids and the five grandkids all had our picture taken, so she'd have something to look at during those long weeks to give her strength and courage and hope... Something to cling to. We didn't expect her to live. We were told it was a long shot. And then we were told if the transplant worked, she... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


And so tomorrow is Thanksgiving and as I sit down before a fabulous meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, pan fried dressing and pumpkin pie, I want to remember the simple Harvest Feast. 1621...venison and wild fowl. Thanks to God for a safe arrival, after a very long voyage. Sign in to see full entry.

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