Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tree63-Look What You've Done For Me

Just wanted to share this song with you all!  What can we do for our Lord?  What is he asking YOU to do?  How can you step out of YOUR comforter zone this next week?  Maybe it's helping that frazzled mom out at the store or taking a cup of coffee to a shut in?  You never know what God may want you to do until we are still and listen! 

On a side note these past two nights as we live in the country the clouds have been clear at night and I have been amazed and in awe at the creation that the Father has lavished upon us for FREE in the beautiful night sky!  If you ever get a chance to lay outside and watch the stars for some time it is pretty AMAZING as they get brighter and you see more and more pop out!  God is truly a magnificant creator!


Friday, March 9, 2012

Life in the Parsonage!

I linked with Kellys Blog today!  I have been in the parsonage ever since my DH and I got married!  That was over ten years ago!  I have learned much and grown much since that time when we unpacked our first U-Haul!  Not all parsonages are perfect...our first one was ATTACHED to the back of the church and right next to Subway!  This was nice when we had bad weather but not always nice because at times there was kids in the parsonage after church!  I also learned that most parsonages are very very dated!  Not something out of your HGTV show for sure!  The first parsonage we had the bathroom had been a closet!  But each parsonage we have lived in we have made it our home and we have made memories there!  The first parsonage was where we first lived as a married couple, where we brought home our first born daughter and it was where alot of memories were made as I learned to COOK!  Our second parsonage/home was a church goers home.  It was in a perfect location and we made memories in this home also.  We brought our second born son and third born son here.  We had our share of ups and downs in this home too so leaving it was a happy moment but leaving the community was not!  I loved living in that small rural Iowa town!  It was perfect in every sense!  We had a a Wal-Mart, great schools, a hospital, beautiful parks and could walk anywhere!  We were even an hour away from two major cities!  Iowa is where my heart is but alas God had bigger things in store for us!  We found ourselves back in our home state and when my husband went to check out the church he took some pictures of the parsonage and when I saw the NEW kitchen with side by side refrigerator and brand NEW windows that opened I didn't need to see anymore!  I asked my hubby when we were moving!  Yes, the first two parsonages had windows that did not open!  In our new parsonage it was beautiful and great!  This church had taken wonderful care of the parsonage and we were blessed by that!  The town was small with NO Wal-Mart or medical care just down the road more like 30min drive!  No the less we had a blast with the yard and put in hundreds of tulip bulbs and 10 or so lilac bushes!  We had planned on staying there FOREVER!  Alas, God's plans are not always our plans!  One back surgery failed and some mold issues that were not working out we had to move and this last move I pray is our LAST!  Moving from the land of windmills was hard!  We had an amazing support network there and people that had embraced us during surgies and other times.  We moved to be closer to my neurosurgeon for a second back surgery.  The parsonage we moved to is nice!  Moving was interesting as we had a 3 week time frame to pack up!  The day we moved there was no U-Haul there were pick up trucks and trailers!  Yes, TALK ABOUT FAITH!  All my earthly possessions were staked HIGH in the beds of the trucks and tied down with you guessed it ROPE!!! But everything made it with out loosing a thing!  God is good!  We are making improvements to this parsonage we call home and we do this at each of our parsonages.  These are our homes and we treat them as such!  I look forward to connecting with you all!  Blessings!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Upgrading and Tips and Birthdays!

Here is my DD in my Grandmother and Grandfather Campbell's 
Bean Fields!

Here is my Grandmother at my husbands Ordination dinner after church with
my Uncle John!
Well as you may or may not have noticed but I am attempting to change and update my blog.  I have added a signature line which I like but am still working on the "Blog Header" and when I can one day in my next life perhaps figure out this photo editing thing I could have a really cool "Blog Header". In the mean time if you have any tips or suggestions I am all yours!  Today is my Grandmother Cobb's 96th Birthday!  She still lives on her own in an apartment and enjoys doing puzzles, sleeping, playing cards and going out to eat!  She stays with my mom and dad too out at the farm!  They do a GREAT job at taking care of her and I am blessed and grateful that they do this!  I see my Grandma every morning on my computer screen!  Love her!  I wish I would have taken the time back when I was younger to learn how to make her raspberry jam but for now I am on my own!  My other Grandmother who has since gone on to be with the Lord would have been 87 today!  Yes, they shared the same birthdays!  She was a tough old hen!  I loved her dearly and some of the things she did were provided much entertainment!  She loved to listen to her CB radio and if we went anywhere she had plenty of towels to cover such equipment up with!  She even had the CLUB!  She was quiet something!  You never went hunger when around her though.  She fed you well!  She also could never decided if she wanted it HOT or COLD in their trailer and so one time when I was visiting I kid you not my grandfather got up 20 times in a 30 min. period to adjust the temperature for grandmother because it was too HOT or too COLD for her!  I loved her though just the same!  Happy Birthday to two very special ladies today!

Getting the Hang of all this!


Flipping the blog!

Just wanted to brighten up the blog and add a few changes!  What do ya think!  One more coming this afternoon if I get it done! :)