May 27, 2017

This House Is Not For Sale

Thanksgiving weekend 2001 we drove up in front of one of the ugliest houses I have ever seen.  Bushes were growing over the windows.  The yard was filled with debris, including piles of old rusted out vehicles.  The siding was faded to a color no one could identify.  When we stepped inside the smell of cigarette smoke, mold and mildew was overwhelming.  There were rodents and their tracks everywhere.  It was filthy.  The brown tile flooring, green appliances, layers of busy wallpaper, green baseboard heaters and bifold doors and the blue and green bathroom fixtures all shouted back to 1970 when the house was originally built. Almost as a joke someone had laid brand new beige wall to wall carpeting throughout to make the house "more appealing."  After seven years of searching for the perfect place to raise our family, Allen said he was going to buy it.

May 26, 2017

Balloons, Family and Hope

Every May we launch balloons in memory of our baby in Heaven.  Instead of being a sad occasion, God's grace and mercy make this a celebration of our hope we have to come.  It is hard to believe he would be seven this year! 

May 25, 2017

Mother's Day

During this time of church transition, as much as I miss regular Sunday morning worship, I must admit I am really enjoying the Sundays we are at home with "nothing" to do.