November 28, 2005

Howdy all you good folks out there!

This is my very first post using DSL, we’re all really excited! Not that I’m blogging, but because of the DSL. ; ) Now we can get all the calls we’ve missed in the past five years!
Let the phone ring....

November 27, 2005

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

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46 years together!

Collectively, of course. ; )

November 26, 2005

I feel like I should give an update on my closet cleaning today. I'm 225 articles of clothing and 14 pairs of shoes [eight black bags] lighter tonight - I'm making progress! Yay! While I was sorting my fingers kept getting cold and I'd have to run down stairs after they went numb to warm them up. I finally got smart and found some fingerless gloves and I did much better after that. I know this is going to be good for me to pair down, I just hope I can follow through with this whole thing. I like traveling on the bus because I only have a limited amount of outfits (about 5) and I don't spend half and hour decided what to wear. So, Mrs. W. , the organizing queen, has inspired me to new heights of decluttering, all I have to do is have the guts to follow through! I think getting rid of 61 skirts is a good start.

Here is a picture of a house on our street in the beautiful, but cold snow that fell Thanksgiving day. Image hosted by I can't believe we got more today. It's been really chilly here so it's not melting! It's been in the teens at night. *checks thermometer on computer* Wow! Heat wave for tonight, it's all of 23 degrees now.

November 25, 2005

I can't believe I was one of those 5:00 am shoppers yesterday. I've never done that before but Wal-Mart had this great deal on SD cards which will store twice the amount we can store on our present card. I'm not sure why I wanted to go since Bonnie and Dad were already going. I guess it started out mom was going to take us to buy paint for the bathroom before the store got mobbed and our company came, but we decided not to paint. (We ended up just got some paint chips for her to look at.) Then we started to look at the sale flyer and saw the SD and Flash drives for $13.88, but the sale was only 5-11 am. I'm not good at getting up early if I got to bed late. I was awakened by Peter at 4:36 and he wanted to know if I was going. Groan.... I stumble out of bed and grab my glasses. Darkness. Oh, yeah, the light. I need to get to the light. Jump over the pile of clothing on the floor, yawn, stand there getting bearings and letting my eyes get accustom to the blinding light. Finding some warm clothes and get down stairs in one piece is an important next step. We're out the door. It must be 18 degrees outside. BRRRR! At this point I'm still not fully awake, everything looks strange. Another *yawn* (I hope I'm not boring everyone...) We pull up to Wal-Mart and the place is FULL of people. Peter and Nathan ran in and Bonnie and I follow at a slower pace and dad parks the car. I'm telling Bonnie, "this is crazy". I'm closing my eyes and letting her guide me, wake me up when we get somewhere important. We get to electronics and the aisle is packed! We find the SD cards no problem and they brought out the Flash drives after we asked about them, apparently they didn't know what they were, they kept pointing to the SD cards saying "Aren't they over there?". Get with the program people! So we get our stuff pay for it. We're home by 5:30 am and we crash back into bed and sleep until 8:00 am.

We had this family ( over for dinner tonight! For all the people who have our CD, look in the insert to read our thank you to this dedicated family. They are awesome people who love the Lord. Praise God for people like them!

Mrs. W., the lady who has read every single book about organizing that there is, got the grand tour of our house and among other things she decided mom has too many pots and pans and I need to get rid of half my clothes (literally). Ouch. I know, I seriously need to pair down. It takes up WAY too much of my life to organize all of it! (If anyone wants to see Bonnie body diving into a closet full of my clothes to get her three bags, let me know. It‘s awful. Bonnie challenged me to count all the clothes I have, I don't know if it would be worth the time, we'll see.) My list of goals for November is clean out my closets and reorganize. There are only a few days left in November so I better get working on that tomorrow..... : P

Our attorney general, Tom Reilly, decided to enforce the Blue Law in our fair state of Massachusetts this Thanksgiving Day so Wal-Mart couldn’t open. What does everyone think of the Blue Laws? Why should store hours be controled by the government?

(I hope this whole thing isn’t full of typos, I was distracted and didn’t have time to proof read a lot, please let me know of any gross errors!)

November 23, 2005

Today it was difficult to get near the computer with all the instrument shoppers shopping. But, now everyone's gone (almost) and it's my turn!

Twas’ the night before Thanksgiving and all through the house all the people were happy, even the mouse (because he didn’t get caught, we caught a mole instead)


Even though colds we do have
Soon they’ll be gone and we’ll be so glad!

We cooked and we cooked till we could stand it no more
We even made a trip out to the store

The cookies and pies are all baked and ready
Cream cheese with yams are really quite yummy

When snow flies tomorrow, next door we will be
For turkey and trimmings made so carefully

I’m really no poet but sometimes I try
So whatever you do please, don’t cry

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2005


Want to cover your unattractive plastic bins you bought at Wal-Mart? Try this colorful idea from bin cover designer Beverly! Just collect flower pictures which you printed off the internet and color coordinate them on to black stock paper and glue away. Beverly isn't a bin cover designer by trade, she is my crafty employer! While I was gone she made about 30+ wall hangings for Christmas presents and a bunch of other cool stuff. If you look on the left of the picture you'll see a sliver of Pharaoh, the cat, who was sitting on the chair watching me take the picture.

The cleaning bug bit us today! There is nothing like the prospect of company to get the house together in a hurry. I worked on the 'pile' near the computer. I just don't understand how we fit so much in a small space! It would be nice if we could get a work bench for dad so he could keep all the sound system parts etc., in a confined warm area with a bright light. He'd love that. Maybe when we remodel the office......

Speaking of remodeling, the bahthroom (Boston talk) is coming along nicely! Dad and Vincent worked on it all day and poor dad's exhausted! I'm glad tomorrow is Sunday so he can rest up. His blood pressure is up (again!) and we're trying to keep things as low key has possible. No hypertension allow at our house! Right!?! Right.

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November 16, 2005

I was interesting in hearing Barbara Streisand’s voice this summer. Now, mind you, I know she’s a flaming liberal and on the extreme left, but I’d heard so many things about her voice I was curious as to her vocal capabilities. So, I went to the library and found a CD of hers that looked tame, ‘Higher Ground‘. After playing it I decided her voice wasn’t my cup of tea. Certainly not classical. : p But, I wasn’t really expecting that, I was just curious if she was the wonder I heard she was. On the insert she has the list of songs and a little comments about each one. Many of the songs were clearly humanistic and most told everyone to ‘look within‘, a bunch of garbage. At the very end she sang ‘On Holy Ground‘. You can imagine my shock when I hear the familiar strains of the Christian song ‘On Holy Ground’. Something has to be wrong when the left and the general public are playing/singing Christian songs! She said it sounded like a love song to her and something like it surprised her when she found out it was Christian, and then added ’isn’t all religion a love song?” Apparently songs written that were suppose to be “Christian’ can be twisted. But is it really the world’s fault? If “Christian” songs had a unapologetic gospel message that (actually mentioned the name of Jesus and not Him and He etc) the world won’t touch them with a ten foot pole! It always amazes me that many stores play ’Christian’ music. The Christian teen magazine I picked up at a church on our trip had a blurb about a group who claimed to be Christian doing non-Christian rock. It was almost like they were saying this was a good thing and they were proud to be getting into this sort of crossover and attention. I thought Christian rock music was imitating the world, but now they aren’t even pretending to do ‘Christian’ music.

Are the lines between the church and the world being blurred or is that my imagination working overtime?

November 14, 2005

Sunrise, Sunset.....
Well, it’s been a looong day, but it’s finally coming to a close. Being out from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm and only coming home for lunch isn’t always fun. Here was the glorious sunrise I woke up to this morning…
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Isn’t God‘s creation wonderful?

November 12, 2005


Last night I was totally amazed, actually floored. Vincent, the death-to-all-onions-can’t-stand-‘em-if-my-life-depended-on-it-I’ll-never-never-ever-like-’em boy, told me over dinner at a friend’s house he liked onions now and it was OK to cook with them. I nearly fainted. I always told him one day he would grow up and he DID! Wonders never cease. What type of foods did you hate as a kid but love when 'grown up'? I think onions, squash, and garlic were on my top 3 list. I now like all of the above (except for certain tyes of squash, but I eat them anyway).

I went out to the bus tonight and brought up some sound system stuff and I was totally amazed at how bright the moon was. God’s creation is so awesome. (And it was great since I didn’t bring a flashlight!)

Here are some fall colors from New Jersey.....
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November 11, 2005

I don’t have time for a long blog so check this link out to Voice of the Martyrs .

Sunday is the IDOP (International Day of Prayer) for the persecuted church. Please remember our persecuted brothers and sisters and pray for them, not just this Sunday but year round.

November 10, 2005


Our sweet neighbor, Mrs. T (or Miss Colleen, depending on if you’re from the south) brought over a meal for us last night for today's lunch. She stayed and chatted for a while. It’s so nice to be back! Time to recharged, regroup and reorganize. It was a grey rainy day yesterday in the 40’s. Today the sun is trying to peek out of the and it’s up to 48 degrees Fahrenheit! Cool! (Literally.) The wood stove is cheerily running and we’re enjoying it greatly. : )

As I’m enjoying the luxury of being home, I’m reminded that we’re still traveling. Traveling through this world, strangers in a strange land, longing for a heavenly home. How wonderful that will be to see Jesus face to face and live with him forever! How often we let the everyday grind and ’stuff’ distract us from our mission on this earth. II Corinthians 5:20-9 “Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who had made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please Him.” [Bold added]

This world and it’s desires are so temporary. Even our very life is described as a ’vapor’. Our very lives are nothing, just a mist that is here for a moment and gone the next. Our goal should be only to please the Lord. Nothing else matters! My granddad, a Greek and Hebrew scholar with a doctorate, always holds an excellent Bible study at our devotion time in the morning. The last morning we were there he brought up an interesting point. In our ministry he said we should be seeking the approval of the Lord and not ‘draw’ on the ‘energy’ of the audience as the non-Christian performer does. An excellent thing to keep in mind. Especially when you find an audience who looks like they’ve been sucking lemons and not enjoying themselves or the message we are bringing at all. Praise the Lord we don’t have to worry about the approval of men. For we sing not for men but for God.

November 07, 2005

Well, we made it to Virginia!

We may have to head home tomorrow afternoon depending if Dad and I have to be at the court house. (No, we're not in trouble, our civic duty calls every once in a while.)

I really don't feel like writing but since I'm at a computer with a decent connection I really feel obligated to check in. Pray for us as we're really tired. The nursing home concert the afternoon went pretty bad. I think we're all worn out! We need to get home and regroup. It also didn't help that the audience gave us little response. We had a excellent concert Sunday night. It's so nice to do a concert with familiar faces in the crowd!

We'll see y'all next year Lord willing!

November 01, 2005

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood....

What a gorgeous day it was today! I can't believe we're getting above 70 degrees. It's November for crying out loud! It was a perfect time to clean out my closet, which took me most of the afternoon. The guys (and mom) raked all the leaves and Peter ran the leaf grinder. We took the air conditioners out yesterday. We won't be needing those for a while. : p

Dad took the generator in and they fixed it. PTL! We're planning to leave Thursday, bright and early. We would appreciate your continued prayers for a safe trip.

A view from the road
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(I think this is PA, route 81.)