Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas 2012

It feels like Christmas today. It's getting colder by the minute, but that's not the reason. It feels like Christmas today because David came home. It feels so good to have him home. Then Steve will fly in on Saturday, so our family of four will be complete under one roof -- our roof. It feels good. So, tonight I'm thankful for family -- for 2 great boys -- for David and Steve -- and for the love of a Savior whose birth we celebrate.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Sisters. Well, I can't write much about sisters; I don't have any. I do have some special girlfriends who make me wonder what it would have been like to have a sister. I guess we would have fought and argued and disagreed. I suppose we would have stuck up for each other and shared stuff and loved each other too. I don't know, but it's fun to think about.

The reason I thought about sisters is because my mom and her sister are having a sleepover this weekend. My Aunt Grace came to see my mom. Here's what they looked like through the years. I'm sure life didn't turn out as they imagined. But it looks like they started out filled with hope and smiles and a little mischief. I hope they still are. I wonder what those 2 are up to tonight? I think they're enjoying being sisters.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Beanie Weenies 2

I know, I know -- the title of this blog post is -- unusual. Last year I had one of those moments when you feel like God is trying to tell you something. My moment involved a can of Beanie Weenies and a magazine article. If you'd like to read more about that, look at my blog archive for January 2011.

Anyway, today I had another Beanie Weenie moment I want to tell you about. I've been struggling a bit lately. I've been finding it hard to sit still and spend time with God. You know, praying and reading the Bible. This morning I sat in my usual spot and then the Beanie Weenie stuff started to happen.

  • God painted the morning sky a bright pink outside my kitchen window. (I love when He does that.)
  • I couldn't decide where to read in my Bible. I finally began at Romans 11:33. (My husband and I have been attending a Precept Bible study on the book of Romans and that's the last place we'd read.)
  • I'd been wanting to memorize some new verses and decided Romans 11:33 - 12:2 would be just the thing. I wrote those verses down on an index card.
  • I jumped on the treadmill for some exercise and selected an inspirational message from my iTunesU library.
  • As I listened to the speaker Dr. Mark Bailey, he began teaching on -----------YES, Romans 11:33-12:2.
  • I almost fell off the treadmill!

I think God wasn't finished sharing His heart with me that morning, so He used Dr. Bailey's message on that same passage to teach me new things about Himself and about me. I don't mean to be irreverant, but that seems to me to be a Beanie Weenie moment.

I just love my God, don't you?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Do you have a haven? Someplace safe and warm and comfortable you can go when you're in need of peace? Somewhere that makes you feel better just by being there?

I have a friend who created a haven out of a screened-in deck. That's where she goes to read God's Word and pray and think and feel better. She even wrote the word "haven" in big letters on the wall.

My home feels like a haven. It hasn't always. There have been tense times, troubled times -- times when I wanted to escape home to avoid the problems. But, not now. I'm experiencing a season of peace, and I'm thankful. I have several places in my home that are special to me -- my kitchen island where I have quiet time  with God. I have a big comfy chair in my study where I can curl up and read (and try to stay awake!)

But, today I'm at another haven. I'm at my church working on a paper for a class I'm taking. It's safe and warm and comfortable here. There's a big area called "Connections" with lots of tables and chairs. There's a bookstore, and I LOVE books. It makes me feel good to be here. Church people come by and chat as they're on their way somewhere. I like it here.

Maybe this church HAVEN is just a little glimpse of HEAVEN ...... could it be?

Friday, November 16, 2012


I met with a group of girlfriends on Wednesday. We all share a love of quilting. We meet once a week to hand quilt, talk, laugh, and generally do life together. I'm the least consistent member of the group -- I miss more weeks than I attend. I don't quilt as much as I would like -- you know, other commitments.........

But, I went this week because I missed my friends. I didn't even have a quilt project to take with me. I came with the start of a headache, but I came. I needed these women. And I'm so glad I was there.

We talked and talked and talked. I caught up on their families and struggles and joys. I marveled in their creativity and celebrated their successes. Did I mention we talked? At one point there were about 4 different conversations going on among the 8 of us. It was wonderful.

We need girlfriends. I need girlfriends. I need to connect and love and be loved by other women who aren't in competition with me. They just care.

I hope I can make it next week too. I'm a better person because of my girlfriends.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dad and Veteran's Day

Harry Norman Beck 1924 - 2000

This weekend we celebrated my mom's 90th birthday and scanned in lots of old family pictures. Here's one of my dad on an aircraft carrier in WW11. Seeing this picture made me think of 2 things.

First, I'm grateful for the men and women who defend our country. My dad was one of them; I am privileged to know many more. Because of their sacrifice, we live in freedom today.

Secondly, my dad was YOUNG. Wow, somehow it's hard to imagine your parents quite so young and full of life. But, they were people before they became parents. I needed to be reminded of that. It's easy to see imperfections and faults in those we are close to, but in this picture I see the world ahead of my dad, the wind in his face, and the future before him. He defended his country and defended me when I needed a dad. Glad he was there for me. Thanks Dad.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

90 Years Young

My mom turned 90 years young this week (that's her standing on the right). That's 9 decades of life experience. Here are a few other facts from the year she was born.

  • Warren G. Harding is President
  • Lincoln Memorial Dedicated in Washington
  • United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) Created
  • Tomb of King Tut Discovered
  • King George V Opens Tennis Stadium in Wimbledon
  • BBC is formed in England
  • First US Aircraft Carrier - USS Langley Commissioned
  • Reader’s Digest Magazine Begins
  • Loaf of Bread costs $0.12

Things have surely changed in 90 years. Can you imagine the changes in technology she's seen? But, some things always remain important -- here's a partial list.
  • Faith in God
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Good health
What would YOU add?

oaf of Bread costs $0.12

Monday, November 5, 2012

Who's Calling ........ Again?

I found it humorous on Saturday when we studied the topic of Election in my theology class. It reminded me of the presidential election and the countless phone calls we've received over the last few months since Virginia is considered a swing state.

Do you know that Clint Eastwood called us? Yes, it was Clint -- how could you not recognize that voice. A friend asked me what he said, and I had to admit ..................... I hung up on Clint Eastwood! Yikes! My friend told me that I could be in BIG trouble. I could be toast! I can almost hear Clint saying, "Go Ahead, Make My Day!"

Do you know who else called us -- Pat Boone. I don't know what he called to say either because I deleted his message without listening. Can you tell we're tired of political phone calls? My husband said he'll listen when we get a call from DANIEL BOONE! Now that would be interesting. I could ask him about the "coon skin cap on the top of old Dan." How is it that I can remember lyrics to old television shows, but can't remember the point of my story in the middle of it? Oh well. I feel better now for telling you all this. Thanks for letting me ramble on a bit about ....... Oh, I've got to go. The phone is ringing...................

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Marriage Matters

My friend Lane Sebring, New Generations Pastor at my church, just finished a challenging 2-part series called Marriage Matters. Here's a link to Lane's blog and Part 1 of the series. Don't miss Part 2 which includes lots of practical hints for keeping your marriage alive and healthy and honoring to God.

Several friends have already implemented some of Lane's suggestions. My husband and I started our own Marriage Monday, and I learned something new about the man I've been married to for over 31 years. So, listen and let me know what YOU plan to do to strengthen your marriage. Here's Lane's link.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Personally You!

I spoke today with a new MomsNext group meeting at Leesburg Community Church. What an awesome small group of moms who shared openly and transparently about their joys and sorrows. I was privileged to present the 4 basic personality types; we laughed and talked and cried. It helps to understand how God has wired us so we can better relate to our family and friends.

Here's a link to take Gary Smalley's free personality test online

Have fun discovering more about how God has uniquely wired you.
Want even more information? I recommend Wired That Way, by Marita Littauer
Wired that Way: The Comprehensive Personality Plan