Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Dreams Part 1

An odd thing happened last night. I had another one of those very real dreams, which woke me with a start. This is the 1st dream about the women who hurt me and gossiped about me. The dream simulates my shared job last year with another teacher. Every day was similar to what happens in the dream...
In the first dream I was inside an old two-story city school. It was pouring rain, the windows were open on the 2nd level. I was in a subordinate position,and I was told by the teacher in charge, to pass out papers to her students. They were actually our students. We were sharing the job of teaching. She was eloquent and perfect in every way, and there is nothing wrong with that, but she seemed to know this and to enjoy the fact that I was not. The students were mesmerized by her. She had the cutest clothing and figure. She joked with her students and captivated them with every word about her weekend. On the other hand, everything I did was clumsy or done poorly. I could not figure out which paper belonged to whichever student. I submissively did whatever she asked me to do. Then it was time for me to go. I was allowed to leave, because I had a prior arranged appointment. As I left I tried to notify my friend that I would be late. I walked down the stairs fumbling with my phone. For some reason it did not connect to my friend. The wind whipped the door open and then shut with a slam. As I hurried out to the puddled side-walk the sky grew darker. I could not find my car. For some reason my walk became labored. I was limping. I looked down and saw that I had a gorgeous high-heel on one foot and a bulky rubber boot on the other.  My shoes were mismatched.  I asked the Lord why I must be held back from being graceful, to be made a fool, rather than the professional teacher I was trained to be. I was made out to be a fool in front of the this "perfect teacher."  Frustrated with my phone, I prayed. I cried out to the Lord to help me with my phone call to my friend. I needed to let her know that I was running late. Just then the dream ended. 

This gives me certainty that the Lord has appointed me with the time of humility. I must humbly accept this and trust in Him. He is teaching me to be humble and to look to Him for my needs. I will pray for this "perfect" teacher and ask the Lord to be merciful to her and to help her learn compassion towards the under-dog like me.


This concludes Part 1. To be continued...

"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you..." Matt. 5:44

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Engagement Details

I just realized that I have not shared how our daughter became engaged. Almost a year ago her boyfriend, Blake asked my husband and I if he could marry her. He wanted to surprise her and ask her in Italy, since she would be flying over their with her dad and sister in the fall.

While in Europe they also went to France for a week. 
So, my husband took both our girls to Europe to see the art and experience life there.  Blake secretly flew over and surprised her with a ring. He asked her to marry him in Italy in a romantic restaurant!  What a thrill for her, and yes, she did say, "Yes!" 
                               Philippians 4:6
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. " 

I have been praying for Victoria and all of my children since they were tiny. God has answered this prayer so wonderfully in giving Blake to her.

Blessings, Kathi

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Today Is A Special Day

Today we are having a, "Say Yes To The Dress," party for my 
daughter, Victoria!

Her new mother-in-law to be, Terri, will be there, along with my sisters Kelli and Sharon, and her bride's maids. First we will have appetizers in our dining room for all who can make it. Then we will go to this lovely bridal shop and watch the 'star' try on her gowns. This is just one of many fun days we will get to spend together as we plan her beautiful wedding. I am so thankful for this precious daughter and the time God has given me to spend with her. 

                                  Deuteronomy 7:13
 "He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and olive oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you."

Blessings, Kathi

Thursday, October 15, 2015

I'm So Thankful To Still Have My Dad

This is my dear daddy. Today it has been one year since he had a massive stroke. I want to honor my dad and give thanks and praise to God for all he has done this past year. My dad has made a very good recovery. Our family got together Sunday at Sharon's house, to talk about this past year and to give thanks to God for His mercy in letting us keep dad a lot longer.

We had a potluck. The adults visited and the grandkids played. We all talked about how good God is to have restored our dad's ability to walk, and to be able to think, and speak after such a serious stroke.
I love my dad so much. I'm so thankful to have a praying father, who has loved me and prayed for me~ for our whole family. I appreciate that covering of prayer he has faithfully done, for years, over each of our lives, and the lives of countless others.
This is my other sister, Kelli. We talked about that frightening night one year ago. Kelli and Sharon got to the hospital before I did. They endured watching Daddy suffer in pain for two hours. I drove thinking, that I may not see my dad alive on this earth again. I did not realize that I was driving nearly 100 miles per hour on the free-way. I had a peace that only God could give, and didn't notice the speed. God took care of me on my way. When I got there, I saw my dad in agony. The pain was so severe. Though all that pain, which came in waves, he did not get angry or mean. He just gnashed his teeth and cried out to the Lord, although most of this was not recognizable. Each time he did this, he asked God to forgive him. He is a sweet man, who fully trusts the Lord. Even when he was unaware of what he was doing, he honored God.
Dad was unconscious for about 24 hours. He nearly died five days after the stroke. He began going into a coma. Uncle Lester, my dad's brother, and Aunt Maudie and all of us gathered around his bed and held hands. Uncle Lester prayed the most comforting prayer. The next day the doctors said that it was nothing short of a miracle. He began eating, and recognized George and Ernie, his other two brothers, and his sister Jo. We were so grateful to God.
This is Dad with Sharon's boy, Cameron. Dad began getting better quickly. I know it was the touch of God on his life, and all the prayers of friends and family. Dad worked out regularly before having this stroke. He walked on his treadmill daily while praying for others. He didn't stop walking until he finished praying. His list was very long, and if you knew my dad and if you had a problem or were sick, or a widow or widower, you were on his prayer list.
Dad also, lifted weights, did push-ups, curl-ups, and chin-ups. He had a regular work-out schedule. His heart and lungs were strong, which aided in his recovery.
This is dad using the exercise bike while my brother Wade looks on. I'm so thankful my dad had the will to keep trying and not give up. He had double vision for a while, so the eye patch was used, which helped some. This is Sharon and Dad, with my cat, which we brought in for Dad to hold. Dad likes cats.

This is a picture of my dad with his dad. Both of them played the violin and the piano by ear. One of my dad's favorite songs to play was "Near the Cross."

This is a picture of Dad shaving his dad after his dad had a stroke. My dad loved both his parents very much, and this little gesture shows how he cared. He stopped off after working all day driving his truck, and took care of his parents for a little while, several times a week.
My dad was a truck driver and enjoyed his job. He worked long and hard days for his family. He didn't complain, but thanked God for his job. He prayed for the owners of the company he worked for.

This is a picture of my parents at my brother's wedding. Dad has always been a wonderful husband and loved and cared for Mom.
This is my dad having a little picnic with my two girls, after we went to the cemetery. Daddy always made the day fun. He always brought a snack or had us stop at a store to get a pop or something whenever we went on a day trip.
Dad went strawberry picking with the kids and me one day. We had a lot of fun together.
This is my dad doing a skit at church with the children. He enjoyed dressing up as an old country doctor, and it was so cute. Part of his cotume was an old doctor's bag.

My Dad in his shop, which he built with his brother Lester's help. He enjoys working with wood, and making boxes, bird houses, and many things. He has pictures of his family, his parents, and other memories all around the walls and tables.

This is my dad on our lawnmower. He used to come out and help us mow our yard, which often took three hours. He sacrificed his time to help us mow, pick apples, prune trees, pull weeds, and all sorts of farm work. We appreciate all that he did for us.

Here is a picture of my dad and my husband, Stacey, hitching a ride from my son Harrison, after a long day of hauling fire-wood.
Garrett with Dad one month after the stroke. I will not say that Dad's recovery has been easy for him. It has been hard on him and Mom. But Dad has gained strength and encouragement always from the Lord. At times he has gotten a little depressed, as he can't get as much done in a day as he used to. He is always cheerful and kind, and will ask you how you are doing. He is still a strong prayer warrior for others.
Garrett with Dad six months after the stroke , and he drove himself out to our farm. What a great God we have. I will leave you with of Dad's favorite verses:
"Thou will keep him in perfect peace, him whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee." Isaiah 26:3

So much time has passed since I began this post and then made it a draft. My dear daddy is now in assisted living where he and my mom both reside. I took this photo two days ago. I'm sad to see how weak their bodies have become. I'm very thankful that they are together and they are happy and love each other. They have been married almost 60 years.
This is a verse which represents my dad's life to me:
"For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." 2 Chronicles 16:9
Please visit my sister's blog and hear her son's song to our dad. It's called "Grandpa" and it's done by Mackenzie, her son, under the name Forever Daydream.

Chore Charts For Children

When my children were little I gave them chores using this chore chart. 
This is a "Chore Chart." When my three big kids were young I home-schooled them. Life was busy and I needed a chore chart for each child to keep them structured. I got the original kit from Noble Publishing about 12 years ago. I modified it for my children.
Here's how I did it. I got poster board and drew lines with black marker according to how I wanted it set up. I used Velcro with the sticky back side and placed a piece of the rough side on my boards.
I made copies of the little pictures, colored them and glued them onto card stock. I put clear shelf paper or laminate on top to protect them, and placed the soft side of the Velcro on each card.
The original Chore Chart set came with the above pictures. I found it necessary to add to these pictures because I wanted to make them suited to our family. Because I had three children at the time, I needed to make one for each child. At the end of the week, if the children were faithful in doing the things on the chart daily, they got to spend "Mom Money" which I will show in a second.
I found out recently that the laundry photos embarrassed my daughter Victoria. She didn't want any friends who came over to see that. I had no idea. Once in while we'd have a field trip planned so I made those cards.
They didn't have a home-school card so I made that, and since we participated in AWANA, I made those.
My kids were on a chess team so each one got that card to show that they had to practice with each other 5 times a day, or that they had chess class, or a tournament.
I took plain old Monopoly money, added shiny stickers (to make them more special) and covered them in clear plastic.
An easier method for a chore chart is this paper, which also originally came from Noble Publishing. I also, modified this. I wanted to show that teeth were brushed twice a day and added read the Bible.
This is the completed paper chore chart with stickers for doing the chores.
This is my "Mommy Store." One item may be purchased per week at the cost of $7 "Mom Dollars." "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6 Please go to Feathering My Nest for more of my posts. Thanks, Kathi

Monday, October 12, 2015

We Are Missing Vivian

I'm grieving the loss of my mother-in-law, Vivian, who passed away last Tuesday evening. Vivian will be missed by so many. She was happy and she appreciated even the smallest things. I am so very sad that I can not go visit her. I do know that she is with Jesus and I will see her again. I have this hope and joy to look forward to. 
                                     Titus 2:13                                                
"While we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ..."

Blessings, Kathi

Monday, October 5, 2015

I Have Some Thrilling News

We have a "Bride to Be" in our home!
Our daughter Victoria is engaged! I have so much to tell you, including the very romantic way she was proposed to. I am so happy to say, that I am mother of the bride! Our whole family watched "Father of the Bride," the other night; so fun!  I planted new white dahlias in my flower garden and they are appropriately named "Bride to Be." Much more to come...
                                                        Genesis 24:64-67

 "Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel  and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”
“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.
Then the servant told Isaac all he had done.  Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death"

Blessings, Kathi

Blogging Can Be Scary

I promise you that I have not given up blogging.
I want to join all of you and be a true blogger, but... Sometimes I don't know what to say, so I get scared to jump in a write something.
I need to remember that even if I make a mistake or write something stupid, that you all are so kind and friendly. You all actually encourage me to keep going. Thank you for that. So I will take the plunge. I will keep trying.
My daughter, Jessica, is always trying 
something new.

She encourages me to do this too.  Here she is again, making me laugh. She dyed her hair with coffee. She inspires me to keep trying. So, even though I sometimes doubt myself, I will step out in faith, trust the Lord, use the bit of creativity that He has given me, and blog.
                                                         Deuteronomy 31:6
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for theLord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Blessings, Kathi


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