Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Things I Have Learned

The Bible is its own best commentary.

Family matters,most.

The Stand by Stephen King is probably the best novel I have ever read.A tale of dark Christianity.

Nothing is more optimistic than a seed catalog.

I should also say drug companys ads.

What I feared when I was young is no longer viable.

Things I fear now are viable,but probably silly.

Grandkids are a real joy.Something deep within grandparents is instilled by God,this love,this longing for a good life for them.

Freinds abandon you when you are down.

I hated posting that.

Be truthfull in business,if you can't do something don't say that you can.

Respect pastors,even if you disagree with them.

Photography is a wonderfull hobby.Pictures capture moments in time that go by so fast.

People who read my posts seldom comment,I wish they would.

Growing up in Roseland,Chicago,helped form who I am today.What a mix of people.

Music is a freind,sometimes long lost but comes back.

Freinds of my kids have become like family,Eric and Christy I love you guys.

Football is fun,but now it is overdone to the point of just being stupid.

People who use the F word are never taken seriouisly.

People who use the N word are disgusting.

Sleep is a strange thing,I guess I don't need as much as I thought.

Most movies leave me to wonder why were they were made in the first place.Is it just some major tax write off?

The sky is so much bigger in Canada.

The Canadian Rockies overwhelmed me.I have never seen such beauty.

more to come

A Story of a Painful Life

My daughter wrote a post about Amy Carmichael.I strongly encourage you to read it here....
My own pain has been unbearable lately,it is why I have not posted much.
This post by my Michelle really helps put it all into perspective.
I remember my dad who lived for 9 long years with pain that was also unbearable.His groanings were understood by the Holy Spirit.
I won't bore anyone with details,but all prayers are certainly welcome.
Pray for Michelle.she is a mom of 3 little ones and needs strength to live.
I don't know why life is so hard right now,I only know I trust Him and I have that Blessed Hope.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Missing You All

Andrew,Aaron,Sarah and number 11 on the way.
Joel,Brooke and Caleb.
Maddie,Whitney and Belle.
On this cold cold night I am thinking about you all.
Looking at pictures and wishing you were here.
The best days are when you just show up for no particular reason,
Don't we have the best times?
The thought occurred to me,if I love you all so much,
How much does Jesus love you?

Time it was and what a time it was
A time of innocence
A time of confidences
Long ago,it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
There all that's left you
(Paul Simon)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Cold Weather Blues in Chicago

This cold weather is not easy.
It seems to go right through me!
58 winters here and one does not get used to it.
The sensitivity in my feet and hands makes it hurt.
We are almost through January,when August comes and I re-read this post I will smile and say"what a baby".
Amazon and Ebay are keeping me somewhat busy so that does help pass the time.
I am also reading a lot books on old whaling ships,Captain Cook and his travels,and a lot about the whaling ship Essex.-Look it up,it what Melville based Moby Dick on.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Valentines Day

My wife reminded me of a Valentines Day when my kids were quite small.
My daughter Michelle and her friend Michelle were at a store and bought some cards for their teachers.
My son Joel also bought a card.
His was for his teacher also.
The card had pictures of baby goats or rams on it.
It read, Dear Teacher,You know you make me Horny?
Thankfully the card was intercepted before it was delivered.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Then shall the lame man leap as a hart

My brother Bud recently reminded me of this passage in Isaiah (35).
What a comfort it is.
How often I think of my dad and the struggles he had.
Now dad you are There,and I read no lion shall be there..thank God you have no more lions to deal with.
We shall see you soon.

1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon; they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

3 ¶ Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.

5 ¶ Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

6 Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing:for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

8 ¶ And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:

10 and the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

And a Highway Shall Be There

How many of us are sick of highways?
I travel daily on the blasted things.We all see the signs,merge right,merge left,road construction ahead and so on.
Well there is another in Heaven that will surely be wonderful.
These words are found in the 35th chapter of Isaiah. Here it is in KJV Isaiah 35:8, "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein."

The highway mentioned by Isaiah must be meant for traveling,so now we know a bit more...we will have an option to travel.
How little is preached on Heaven today.It sure would be refreshing to hear a series on it.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

For My Brother Bud

Emmylou and Robert Duvall

And Yet Another Night With No Sleep

I have been up most of the night again.
I feel fortunate if I can sleep 2 hours in a row.
No caffeine after 6 PM,no food to speak of,I give up.
I just accept the fact that I will be up.You can't ignore the pain in your feet and legs,it never goes away.The tingling feeling is now in my fingers,not good for a clockmaker.Drugs suck.The side affects sometimes are worse than the disease.
Blood sugar levels sky-rocket,I think because I had some whipped cream in my sugarless cocoa.So now I will avoid whipped cream,heck it was such a small amount.

I read the news on the internet,listen to music,look at videos on You Tube.
Catching up on books I have started,but I find it hard to read at 4 AM.
Memories creep into my thoughts,and this helps me find peace.
Praying for my family,I am sure this is a good thing.
Thinking about 10 grand kids and now another is on the way.(woo hoo)!
Well,I see the sun is about to rise,I am going to try to rest a bit before this day begins,Good Night,Good Morning.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

My Dearest Darling Sarah

Dear Sarah,
I hear that you are going to be a big sister!
What exciting news!This makes me very happy.
I know of a very old song by a man called Stephen Foster.
He must have been thinking of someone like you and your mom when he wrote it.
The name of the song is Slumber My Darling.
Here are 2 famous people who sang it,Allison Krause and Yo Yo Ma.
Your papa loves you very much Sarah.

Slumber, my darling, thy mother is near,
Guarding thy dreams from all terror and fear,
Sunlight has pass'd and the twilight has gone,
Slumber, my darling, the night's coming on.
Sweet visions attend thy sleep,
Fondest, dearest to me,
While others their revels keep,
I will watch over thee.

Slumber, my darling, the birds are at rest,
The wandering dews by the flow'rs are caressed,
Slumber, my darling, I'll wrap thee up warm,
And pray that the angels will shield thee from harm.

Slumber, my darling, till morn's blushing ray
Brings to the world the glad tidings of day;
Fill the dark void with thy dreamy delight--
Slumber, thy mother will guard thee tonight,
Thy pillow shall sacred be
From all outward alarms;
Thou, thou are the world to me
In thine innocent charms.

Slumber, my darling, the birds are at rest,
The wandering dews by the flow'rs are caressed,
Slumber, my darling, I'll wrap thee up warm,
And pray that the angels will shield thee from harm

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Another Year Goes By-Random Thoughts

So,it is my birthday in a few hours.
Just yesterday I was 17 feeling like I had the world ahead to do whatever I wanted.
Married at 19,had 4 kids in five years,that turns you into a conservative fast.
Amazed at what happened as they grew,sad to see it all go by so fast.
Watched my kids get married and watched them as they found their dreams.
Found being a grandpa is now the most enjoyable thing ever.These grandkids astound me.
Missing my brothers a lot,wishing we could be close.
Time passes,happiness stays.
I do wonder what happens next and I wonder where my slippers are.
Health problems have arrived and sometimes it is hard to walk.Dreams stay about walking the Appalacian trail with my 4 sons.Maybe a weeks worth anyway.
Thoughts of those who have gone Home before me,I miss my mom and dad a lot,more as the years go by.
So another year comes and goes,and I thank God he is always with me.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Letters I Have Written Or Should Have Part 3

Dear Grandkids,
You know I pray for you all daily.
I wonder what the future will bring for you,will you all find your way?
Caleb being the last born,you could live a hundred years!I do hope you remember your papa's love.
Dear Mr Drew Carey,
Thanks for Who's Line Is it Anyway?
It is one of the few tv shows that makes us laugh.
Dear Michelle,
You probably don't remember,but I used to sneak into your bedroom and just watch you sleep.Countless times.
What father could love a daughter more than I love you?
Much Love,
Dear Linda,
Thank you for all the Patience you have with me.This latest thing that is happening to me is hard for both of us.Yet you are always there,my dearest best friend.
Dear Brother Bud,
You know you always make me smile?
Dear Andrew,Aaron and Sarah,
Please move to Illinois,I miss you all so much!
Love Papa
more to come

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Molly My Golden Retreiver

About 12 years ago,my wife Linda surprised me with a puppy,a Golden Retriever.
The moment I walked in the door and saw her,there was a connection.
I was so happy to have her,train her,play with her and just enjoy being with her.
We took her to the lake and watched her swim after sticks,we watched her love the new babies that were coming around.
I always disliked leaving her when we went on vacations,yes I had it bad for the ol dog.
Time went on,more babies came,more life lived to the fullest.
Our yard was always squirrel safe,she hated squirrels more than anything.
She would come and stare at me if it got to be past 5:30,that was feeding time.I dare not forget,she would not let me.
She had a way of communicating with me,just her looks at me would let me know what she wanted.She had a cookie look that I could not resist,her wanting a treat,or to go out,she could let me know.
Middle age came and went for us both.We enjoyed life a lot.
Old age came to us suddenly,she slowed down,I did too.
She would go out and just sit,stare off into the sky and I could feel it was coming.So did she.
She always slept near me on my side of the bed,she had her own rug she loved to sleep on,I always chasing the other dogs off,it was her property.
I knew the end was coming,she was the same but yet we both knew..
When she died I was very sad,for a long time.Now I miss her a lot.She really was a Friend to me.
I suppose this is a common story among dog lovers,but I wanted Molly to be remembered here.I love ya girl.