I am famous for one thing in this world and I will go down in history as always being late especially for birthdays. But, like I always tell the family you never know what day you will get to celebrate your birthday once again. When out of the blue...here comes a gift or a card from Gran.
Yesterday was my son in law Greg's birthday. He is the fisherman in the family (don't tell my other son-in-law Bruce). One year I requested fish for mother's day and boy did I get fish. Greg is not only a fisherman he is also a cook. We had fried fish, blackened fish, steamed fish and probably another kind but it was all just delicious. Greg also has the ability to dirty up every dish in the kitchen and on the grill.
I must confess that I was never a good teacher when it came to teaching my girls how to cook. When Lana and Greg married he was the one who had to cook. Greg's mother is a great cook and she must have taught Greg how because he can cook. Last year at their 4th of July party at their house I think he grilled about 100 hamburgers. Here he is grilling on their patio. He's the one in the yellow shirt bending over the gril.
Greg's favorite position after a long day of cooking.
Hope your birthday was a great one....and you never know when you might get a card or gift in the mail so keep checking.
God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him. John Piper
Whether you are an Obama fan, or not, EVERYONE IN THE U. S. needs to know.... > > Something happened... H.R. 1388 was passed recently, behind our backs. You may want to read about it. It wasn't mentioned on the news... just went by on the ticker tape at the bottom of the CNN screen. > > Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA. This is the news that didn't make the headlines... > > By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in "migration assistance" to the Palestinian refugees and "conflict victims" in Gaza. > > The "presidential determination", which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States, was signed on January 27 and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4. > > Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006. > > Let's review...itemized list of some of Barack Obama's most recent actions since his inauguration: > > His first call to any head of state, as president, was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory. > > His first one-on-one television interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television. > > His first executive order was to fund/facilitate abortion(s) not just here within the U. S., but within the world, using U. S. tax payer funds. > > He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted. > > He ordered overseas CIA interrogation centers closed. > > He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and the "terror attack" on 9/11. > > Now we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to, and live in, the US at American taxpayer expense. > > These important, and insightful, issues are being "lost" in the blinding bail-outs and "stimulation" packages. > > Doubtful? To verify this for yourself: > www.thefederalregister.com/d.p/2009-02-04-E9-2488 > > PLEASE PASS THIS ON... AMERICA NEEDS TO KNOW > > WE are losing this country at a rapid pace.
Recently my niece Shaila had a post on her blog about Love. What is love. If the dictionary had a picture beside Love it might be this precious mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother.
Funeral services for Nettie Lambert, age 95 of Seminole, were held at 2:00 p.m.Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Assembly of God Church, with her grandson Rev. Ronnie Fisher officiating.
My sister Mary Lu and I drove to Seminole on Saturday to attend the memorial service for this precious woman. As grandson Ron Fisher said in the memorial service, "God blessed this family with the gift of His grace in 1952 when Nettie married F. E. Lambert of Seminole.
Nettie Lambert who had never married at the age of 39 married Uncle Flake AND his 8 children ages 3 to 17. Actually the oldest daughter Mary Faye was married so she actually only had 7 children to mother. Nettie became a grandmother in about a month and loved it. About 2 years later Aunt Nettie and Uncle Flake added a sweet baby girl "little Mary" as we call her to the family. Can you imagine taking on 7 children to raise?
I remember so well when I was about 11 years old and our family went to Seminole to a funeral for my Aunt Mildred. Aunt Mildred had TB. She must have been in her late thirties. The youngest children were Nita 3, Betty 4 1/2, Glenn 6, Randall 8. The twins were about a year older than me. I couldn't imagine what Uncle Flake was going to do with all those kids. I guess it didn't take him long to realize he needed to find someone who could help him raise those children.
Ron read excerpts from the love letters between Nettie and Flake during about a 2 month period. They were sweet.
The obit read: She was a perfect mother. Every one got a fresh apple cake by mail on their birthday. During World War II, she worked for the defense department testing brakes on the fighter planes.
Nettie Lambert is preceded in death by her husband, F.E. Lambert in 1999;
Survivors include (left to right) Mary Faye Cocke of Powell, Tenn., Ernest Lambert of San Angelo, twins Colene Wagner of Waldron, Ark, and Allene Hester of Seminole, , Randall Lambert of Snyder, Glen Lambert of Fayetteville, Ark., Betty Fisher of Seminole, Anita Goolsby of Seminole, and Mary Meeks of Chillicothe, Texas.
Nettie had 25 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren.
Nettie was an amazing woman and I just hope when I die half of the kind things could be said of me. She was a Godly Woman and as many said she was always encouraging but never condemning. Loving them when they were unlovable and in rebellion. Her goal in life was to love them and pray for them. What a legacy. Aunt Nettie you will be missed but as one of the children or grandchildren said, "Heaven is sweeter today and I plan to make it my goal to be there to see her again."
I wish I had a picture of those 8 children that she loved and cherished when she took them into her heart back in 1952. God is good.
Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for his friend. John 13:16
That is what love is....laying down one's life for others.
Our oldest grandson Jake turns 24 today. I can't believe it. He should still be about 12. He loves his little red headed daughter is a wonderful Daddy to Kaylee and a good husband (maybe we should ask Crystal about that) to Crystal.
Jake loves sports of all types but I think his favorite is baseball. He gives private lessons to little leaguers and enjoys it as much as they do. He has coached his little brother Levi in all his activities and always says "I taught him all he knows".
Jake loves to have fun and has his garage set up to play "Guitar Hero". I guess he is pretty good at it because he doesn't do much of anything that he can't win at. He is very competive in everything he does. Here he is clowning around.
Bud met some of his friends in Abilene for the tea party. He had an appointment to have my car worked on so he included the tea party in his day. Somebody in the family had to stay home and work to pay taxes and that would be me. Bud estimated about a 1000 people showed up but said the news media came early while they were setting up and on the news it didn't look like very many people.
One of our long time friends from Plainview who now lives in Austin drove down to San Antonio and caught Glen Beck at the Alamo. Looks like she got up close and personal. I snagged these pictures from Face book.
Lana and her family went to the Tea Party in Belton that Jana Lea had helped organize. I grabbed a few pictures but you can go read and look at her blog here.
Edith Burns was a wonderful Christian who lived in San Antonio, Texas . She was the patient of a doctor by the name of Will Phillips. Dr. Phillips was a gentle doctor who saw patients as people. His favorite patient was Edith Burns.
One morning he went to his office with a heavy heart and it was because of Edith Burns. When he walked into that waiting room, there sat Edith with her big black Bible in her lap earnestly talking to a young mother sitting beside her.
Edith Burns had a habit of introducing herself in this way: "Hello, my name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?" Then she would explain the meaning of Easter, and many times people would be saved.
Dr. Phillips walked into that office and there he saw the head nurse, Beverly. Beverly had first met Edith when she was taking her blood pressure. Edith began by saying,"My name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?"
Beverly said, "Why yes I do."
Edith said, "Well, what do you believe about Easter?"
Beverly said, "Well, it's all about egg hunts, going to church, and dressing up." Edith kept pressing her about the real meaning of Easter, and finally led her to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Phillips said, " Beverly , don't call Edith into the office quite yet. I believe there is another delivery taking place in the waiting room.
After being called back in the doctor's office, Edith sat down and when she took a look at the doctor she said, "Dr. Will, why are you so sad? Are you reading your Bible? Are you praying?"
Dr. Phillips said gently, "Edith, I'm the doctor and you're the patient" With a heavy heart he said, "Your lab report came back and it says you have cancer, and Edith, you're not going to live very long."
Edith said, "Why Will Phillips, shame on you. Why are you so sad? Do you think God makes mistakes? You have just told me I'm going to see my precious Lord Jesus, my husband, and my friends. You have just told me that I am going to celebrate Easter forever, and here you are having difficulty giving me my ticket!"
Dr. Phillips thought to himself, "What a magnificent woman this Edith Burns is!"
Edith continued coming to Dr. Phillips. Christmas came and the office was closed through January 3rd On the day the office opened, Edith did not show up. Later that afternoon, Edith called Dr. Phillips and said she would have to be moving her story to the hospital and said, "Will, I'm very near home, so would you make sure that they put women in here next to me in my room who need to know about Easter."
Well, they did just that and women began to come in and share that room with Edith. Many women were saved. Everybody on that floor from staff to patients were so excited about Edith, that they started calling her Edith Easter; that is everyone except Phyllis Cross, the head nurse.
Phyllis made it plain that she wanted nothing to do with Edith because she was a "religious nut". She had been a nurse in an army hospital. She had seen it all and heard it all. She was the original G.I. Jane. She had been married three times, she was hard, cold, and did everything by the book.
One morning the two nurses who were to attend to Edith were sick.
Edith had the flu and Phyllis Cross had to go in and give her a shot. When she walked in, Edith had a big smile on her face and said, "Phyllis, God loves you and I love you, and I have been praying for you."
Phyllis Cross said, "Well, you can quit praying for me, it won't work.. I'm not interested."
Edith said, "Well, I will pray and I have asked God not to let me go home until you come into the family."
Phyllis Cross said, "Then you will never die because that will never happen," and curtly walked out of the room.
Every day Phyllis Cross would walk into the room and Edith would say, "God loves you Phyllis and I love you, and I'm praying for you."
One day Phyllis Cross said she was literally drawn to Edith's room like a magnet would draw iron. She sat down on the bed and Edith said, "I'm so glad you have come, because God told me that today is your special day"
Phyllis Cross said, "Edith, you have asked everybody here the question, "Do you believe in Easter but you have never asked me."
Edith said, "Phyllis, I wanted to many times, but God told me to wait until you asked, and now that you have asked." Edith Burns took her Bible and shared with Phyllis Cross the Easter Story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Edith said, "Phyllis, do you believe in Easter? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is alive and that He wants to live in your heart?"
Phyllis Cross said, "Oh I want to believe that with all of my heart, and I do want Jesus in my life "Right there, Phyllis Cross prayed and invited Jesus Christ into her heart. For the first time Phyllis Cross did not walk out of a hospital room, she was carried out on the wings of angels.
Two days later, Phyllis Cross came in and Edith said, "Do you know what day it is?" Phyllis Cross said, "Why Edith, it's Good Friday."
Edith said, "Oh, no, for you every day is Easter. Happy Easter Phyllis!"
Two days later, on Easter Sunday, Phyllis Cross came into work, did some of her duties and then went down to the flower shop and got some Easter lilies because she wanted to go up to see Edith and give her some Easter lilies and wish her a Happy Easter.
When she walked into Edith's room, Edith was in bed. That big black Bible was on her lap. Her hands were in that Bible. There was a sweet smile on her face. When Phyllis Cross went to pick up Edith's hand, she realized Edith was dead. Her left hand was on John 14: "In my Father's house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also." Her right hand was on Revelation 21:4, "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
Phyllis Cross took one look at that dead body, and then lifted her face toward heaven, and with tears streaming down here cheeks, said, "Happy Easter, Edith - Happy Easter!"
Phyllis Cross left Edith's body, walked out of the room, and over to a table where two student nurses were sitting. She said, "My name is Phyllis Cross. Do you believe in Easter?"
Honest and loving discourse is an art form that is rare and virtually non-existent in political discussions. It is all too common to reduce political discussions to rants, tirades and gross misrepresentations that seek to relegate the promoter of an opposing view as not merely irrelevant, but almost as not truly human. This kind of poisonous posturing can be much more destructive than beneficial and can ultimately damage the mindset of our posterity who are the most precious carriers of the values we seek to promote and hold most sacred. Read the rest here:
We can all learn something from this blog post but not just political discourse. Friends, family even our enemies need to know Truth. Are we willing to lay down our life to speak Truth in Love?
Subject: Quote of the Century........... > > > > You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy > > out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another > > person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to > > anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody > > else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to > > work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the > > other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody > > else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about > > the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. > > > > The late Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931-2005 Though Dr. Rogers said it in 1984, his words are so relevant to what we are facing in America today. In fact, it was even read and posted in the Congressional Record by Congressman Steve King from the state of Iowa on January 14, 2009.
Dr. Rogers still has a web page here. Some good stuff over there.
Had an update from Shaila on James: They spent spring break in Utah and met their college kids at James and Shari's.He keeps hanging in there. Thanks for all the prayers. Please don't stop.
Dad's billy tube had come out some and the nurse noticed it when she was at the house on Friday so she called the Dr. and they had him come right in. Mom and I took him into the Huntsman Cancer Center on Friday and they put a new tube in. He is still pretty jaundice, you can notice it mostly in his eyes... he is very very thin but he eats REALLY well!!!! THAT makes us happy! He still loves his root beer floats! He was told he had 3-6 months back at the beginning of September but he is now starting his 8th month! He has a GREAT attitude, very very positive!!! He keeps telling the Dr's that he will see them in 5 years! I HOPE HE DOES!!!