Tuesday, February 2, 2016

FAMILY REFLECTIONS


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Today is a day of doing my laundry and my Mother'n'Love's. A little over a year ago we came to California to help my husband's mother who is 87 and will be 88 shortly. It seems like our weeks are full now. It was not what we thought we would be doing for retirement, but it was in God's plan.

We are not fond of the area we are in right now.    We were use to fresh air in the high mountains of Arizona.

Unfortunately my doctor says I suffer from environmental asthma here. He even told me that another patient moved to Arizona and no longer has to be on inhalers and meds. Of course we have to rely on the Lord and also suffer some to do His will. So here I stay till He directs us differently

Retirement is not what the media tells everyone. I do remember a pastor saying that there was no retirement in the Bible. Of course people get older and their families honored and helped them out in the Bible. They did not question their duty to them.

Responsibility to parents, children, grand children, and friends is something my husband and I were taught from day one. Myself, I am very glad I was taught this responsibility.

I have some older children that have honored and loved us no matter if they believed or thought the same way as we do. It is very comforting to know you have loved ones that will carry on this honorable responsibility taught in the Bible. Especially since at 65 some day if I live long enough, I could be in the same need of being cared for.

 photo Mom and Cat_zpsytcssjib.jpg My mom had a phrase she use to say that has been handed down over the years. WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND. In other words your example to your children in how you live and treat others-will come back to you-GOOD OR BAD.

 photo sacramento 4_zpsnogmklvo.jpg Do not misunderstand, we enjoy our lives. I get to do things with my oldest daughter and her family now. Which means enjoying my grand daughter also that I did not see very often. My immediate family lives in the area too. I have my mother 85, my sister, and two brothers who live here. We have got to do things with them also. We have fun with each other, talk to each other, we laugh, etc. We get to hear neat stories from the past that we never had the time to hear before.

 photo 008_zps8lshaulh.jpg I get to entertain my hobbies also of sewing, scrap booking, crochet, doing puzzles, Blogging, etc.

It is a joyful life of enjoying the people that God put in our life from day one.  Our parents, grand parents,  aunts and uncles, their friends, then your friends, on and on it goes. This is not to say we all agree with each other, but we do respect, enjoy and care for each other. We try to not let outside influences come in and destroy that either. Which can include any number of things.

scene outside the house photo p1030230-1.jpg We will most likely return home to Arizona some day, but that will be in God's plan and timing for us too. Well I guess today was a day of reflection on living and honoring parents, family and friends. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

TEACHING A GRANDCHILD

Today was a fun time with my granddaughter.  Grand children sometimes find it easier to learn something from a grandparent.  Not that they do not learn from a parent, but grandparents often have more time and patience to teach them a skill.


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When my granddaughter wanted to learn to sew I was more than willing to teach her.
Sewing is one of those skills they should want to do.  It would always be a good skill even if they did not like it.  The difference is they will have a lot more fun creating outfits if they like to sew.
Out of 5 granddaughters I have 2 so far that wanted to sew.  The others were interested in other skills, like cooking, reading, writing, painting, etc.

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One thing I do is to put postem notes on the sewing machine to guide the stitch size. As they use the postem note edge as a guide, it is easier for them to get the concept of not watching the needle.
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She even learned to use an iron. The iron is a very valuable tool when sewing. It makes it a lot easier when hems and the like are pressed for pinning
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Pinning was a little difficult, but for the first time she actually did very well. You have to get over being scared of getting stuck by a pin.
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She did a great job of sewing a straight stitch and zig-zaging the edge. A lot of machines now have a speed guide on them. At first we had it on the lowest speed. As she got better at it she reached up and turned the speed up herself. I think she will do just fine at this new skill.
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This is her completed skirt.  After sewing she was in the kitchen with me making a potato salad.  Cooking is another skill she is interested in.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HONORING OUR PARENTS

Currently my husband and I are helping out with both our elderly mothers.  We count it an honor and privilage to do so.  
As parents we tried to instill this into our own children.  As grandparents we made a point of telling our grandchildren to listen, obey, and honor their parents also. 

To say that we agreed with our parents on everything would be a lie.  But we honor what they stood for and how they brought us into the world, loved us, took care of us, taught us, disciplined us, supported us, laughed and cried with us.

This may not be true for everyone.  But, I found it interesting while searching the scriptures that when it says to honour our Father and Mother it does not give any stipulation.  Just that we are to do so. 

Christ did state that family members would be divided by believing in Him.  But it still does not say that we are not to honor are Father and Mother because of it.

Below are some scriptures I found while searching Father and Mother.  

Exo 20:12  Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Exo 21:15  And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.


Lev 19:3  Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.

Deu 5:16  Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Deu 27:16  Cursed be he that setteth light (hold in contemt) by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Pro 1:8  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Pro 19:26  He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

Pro 19:27  Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

Pro 23:22  Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Pro 28:24  Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

Pro 30:11  There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

Pro 30:17  The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

Mat 15:4  For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

Mat 15:5  But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;

Mat 15:6  And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

Mat 19:19  Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Mar 7:10  For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

Mar 7:11  But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.

Mar 7:12  And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;

Mar 7:13  Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye

Mar 10:19  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

Eph 6:2  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

Eph 6:3  That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.