As a Child….

 As a Child

As a child of God, for you always, I pray

For my baby girl to be happy, safe, and well

In my faith, I will forever stay,

My Kristie may your babe make your heart swell.

As a child of God, for you I also always pray,

For my grand girl, still in the womb you still dwell,

For at least seven more weeks, you should stay,

I know with all my heart that you that you will be well,

Because you are a blessing of such beauty every day!

In Jesus name, for both of my girls, I pray!

My Spiritual, Acrostic Poem

My Spiritual, Acrostic Poem

A = Abundant hope, health, faith, joy and love

B = Beginnings anew in the freshness of early Spring,

C = Comforting words to calm the grief-stricken anxious mind and heart,

D = Daring to be brave, perhaps, soaring like the beautiful eagle,

E= Exalting people with words and deeds so they are lifted up. Eliana will do this for me because I am being elevated from mother to grandmother too.

F = Faith the size of mustard seeds to move great mountains (Luke 17:6).

G= Granting the Grace to forgive so He will also forgive us,

H = Heavenly place where God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit reside,

I = Inner peace beyond understanding or description,

J = Jesus, the Son of God, The second part of the trinity. The One who saves if we accept His gift,

K= Kindness is seeing Jesus’ face in everyone we meet.

L = Love God above all. Love and help your fellow man

M = Majestic beauty made by the most creative hands

N = New creation, new attitude.

O = Obedience in greater measure

P = Patience, the toughest of the fruits of my spirit to exhibit

Q = Quell the impulse to hurt others.

R = Radiant smiles to brighten the day,

S = Sweet serenity of the spirit

T = Temporal Earth is our temporary home.

U = Understanding and empathy for the pain a

V = Vicarious joy watching kids play.

W = Wonder as we look up at the sky.

X = Xanthous is the color of the sun on a fun summer day. Enjoy it!

Y = Youthful exuberance is a gift we should all share.

Z = Zest for love, hope, faith, and life.

Hope & Lessons I am Learning

End of death, sin, agony and pain.
Abundant joy and life everlasting.
Savior for the broken, imperfect souls in every one of us.
Triumph over addiction, hate, loneliness, depression and tears.
Everyone who asks has a mansion in His heaven.
Redeeming grace, love and forgiveness He gives His children.

These are the the blessings that my husband, my parents my grandparents are now enjoying, yet my frail human spirit misses them all and thinks of them daily. Part of me longs to be with them, yet I am still here. This means that my job is not yet done. Due to my Cerebral Palsy, I did not expect to be. Several people told my Barry to expect to be a widower at a young age. The irony is that God had other plans and took my husband first. just last year.

I had grieved deeply before.  But, my grandparents as well as my parents were all very ill, very elderly or both. In any case, I had time to get used to the idea. I had learned that it is better that they go Home, away from me, that for me to pray for them to stay with me is very selfish on my part. This did not come to me in a flash of great insight, but gradually. I lost them slowly, inch by inch. I was aware of the magnitude of their suffering whether they spoke of it or not. I felt it!

With Barry, it was very different. I felt like he was stolen from me and our daughter. I watched her do CPR on him. I saw him being yanked to the ground as the EMT’s arrived. After 33 years 3 months 1 day and 22 hours, he was just gone in the blink of eye, before my daughter could tell him that we loved him. There was no denial nor bargaining with God. I tried. I was reading the last few pages of the book by Don Piper, 90 Minutes in Heaven.  I was told by someone to leave – they needed room to move around. Like so many times before, I was in the way, my chair took up too much space, and it kept me from being where I should have in the bed, holding his hand. Suddenly, it occurred to me that this was the reason that God had me read the book. I was to pray my Barry back to life. I prayed and I prayed. I could not lose him now. In a few months we would be in a position to buy a home of our our own, out of a major city. His tests had actually shown stability and his blood sugar and blood pressure were down. Therefore, death seemed impossible!  Up until I left him at the funeral home for the last. time, I held out hope for a miracle! His face looked at peace, not contorted in pain. The constant pain made him have age lines that he may not have had yet, but for the pain, The lines were not present in younger years. The biggest lesson I learned was God/Jesus does hear and respond to our prayers. Barry was finally free of pain and constant self-doubt. He never felt worthy or good enough on this Earth! From the look of peace on his face, I knew that he finally felt good enough, loved enough. That was  a miracle!  (Matt. 7-8). Also, Romans 8: 28. However, I wanted it done here on Earth with me to witness it, but God wanted it done a different way! Until, I left him, I thought it may be the ultimate Joke. He looked like he was having the best sleep in ages! There was a small part of me that expected him to suddenly awaken and say “Gotcha good that time, didn’t I?

Who was going to take care of me? I certainly did not want my/our daughter to carry that burden. The truth is I need a lot of help with ADL’s, otherwise, called essential activities of daily living. These include: bathing, dressing, transferring in/out of bed etc. Another lesson I learned is just how much our daughter is like her dad. Just at the time that my income went down a great deal and my rent was going up well past my total income, my daughter found a place which she could afford, just as her dad had planned, away from the city. While the care-giving situation has not always been smooth (it takes 6 people to take the place of my Barry). Naturally, that doesn’t even count the spousal things that go into it! BUT, my point is that God provides! (Matthew 6). Again, (Romans 8:28). Sometimes, it is just enough, but He is taking care of me!cropped-doves.jpg2012

 

FINALLY, I  was reminded that;

The best Grandpa A Girl Could have

After a long hard fought battle with cancer, he succumbed on this day 36 years ago. He was the most Godly man I have ever known. He was beloved. In 1952, he adopted my Grandma’s three children when they married. From that moment, they were his. Here is a collection of a few of my fondest memories of him. I was almost twenty – one years old. It was my first experience of watching someone I loved die inch by inch. My heart broke into bits. I hope you feel the love in my words. He let me dream impossible dreams! I will expand on that later.

A Tribute to my Grandpa, a man who taught life lessons. He taught me how to be strong in the midst of adversity and pain. Most importantly, he taught how to be loyal and love like there is no tomorrow because none of us are promised one more minute in this fragile thing that we call life.

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A Few Sweet Memories & the Moon Goons –  A Short Story

My Grandpa and Grandma moved to California in the summer of 1972; I was not quite eight years of age. They were leaving the cold, snowy winters and the hot, humid summers of Wisconsin for the easier climate of California. They had visited several times and liked the warm weather. I was very close to them both; they had even bought my first wheelchair when I was a toddler on one such visit.  Within a few months, they had found good jobs and a comfortable home to rent until their home was being built. One of the interesting things about going to spend the night with them is that there was a party line on the phone. I believe they shared the line with two other households. Each home had a different series of rings, like their own Morse code. When there was a call coming in, the households who shared the party line had to listen carefully. It was also quite possible that the conversations could be easily overheard; it was also quite possible that the call could be instantly interrupted by a strange voice because someone had to make a call or was getting a call. The trade-off was that the party line was considerably cheaper. It was also the age of rotary or dial phones. Many of you may be too young to recall these phones. They looked like this in the early 70’s. Dialing was much slower than, but it was a time of innovation and exploration. The push button phone started appearing a year or two later.

moon

It was a time when the moon was just being explored; it was a time when scientists, astronauts and much of the world was enthralled with that orb that we can easily view in the night sky on a black, mostly cloudless night. Watching moon landings and astronaut walks were the – must-see reality TV.

Now, I have set the scene for you, the reader. I spent the night with Grandpa and Grandma, as I often did. After supper, I played a hot game of Kismet with Grandma. Kismet was a dice game, very similar to Yahtzee. After a cutthroat game or 2, Grandpa invited me to the backpack patio because something very rare and special was going to happen, the two of us were going to take part in a unique ceremony; the Moon goons were going to come and eat the moon! To put it mildly, I was quite bewildered by this statement – sky monsters on their way to eat moon? What on earth?! Before I joined Grandpa on the patio, I just had to call my mother and tell her about this strange event! “Mom! You will never believe it in a million years; the Moon goons were going to come to eat the moon!” She asked, “Who told you that?” I could hear the snicker in her voice, and I was slightly offended that she did not seem to believe me. I told her that I would call after they ate eat the moon! After all, if Grandpa said so, it was going to happen! By now, Mom was laughing so hard that she could hardly catch her breath. I told her that I loved her and I would call later.

Soon, it was nearly dark, and we were ready. It was a bright, full moon. Grandpa started pacing and bouncing a tiny rubber ball. “Calling all Moon goons; we are ready for you to come and eat the moon.” I joined in, hoping they would come even faster if we both called out to them. Quite some time passed. Grandma’s voice was calling, “Daddy, will you join me for a moment, please?” (She always referred to him in this manner when their children/ grandchildren were around.)

It turns out that Grandpa had the wrong night. He explained to me about a lunar eclipse. Unfortunately, it was not going to occur until the following night. He explained that he was trying to make the event fun for me. I will admit that I was disappointed that there were no such things as monsters who ate the moon. But, I enjoyed the fun of it and learning about eclipses. Most of all, I loved spending the time with a precious man gone much too soon, my Grandpa.

Another Sweet Memory (March 27, 1925 – October 15, 1985

So, My precious Grandpa, have a very special time on your birthday,

And know that I recall those Moon goons from long ago yesterdays,

Not to mention those little fish we caught while we enjoyed the sun rays,

Above is the Oceanside pier, 1 of our favorite places, as it looks these days.

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Photo credits: Google

Confrontation – the Gardener Prunes The Tree

Confrontation”

Nehemiah 5:1-13

Nehemiah Helps the Poor

Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their fellow Jews. Some were saying, “We and our sons and daughters are numerous; in order for us to eat and stay alive, we must get grain.”

Others were saying, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine.”

Still others were saying, “We have had to borrow money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards. Although we are of the same flesh and blood as our fellow Jews and though our children are as good as theirs, yet we have to subject our sons and daughters to slavery. Some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but we are powerless, because our fields and our vineyards belong to others.”

When I heard their outcry and these charges, I was very angry. I pondered them in my mind and then accused the nobles and officials. I told them, “You are charging your own people interest!” So I called together a large meeting to deal with them and said: “As far as possible, we have bought back our fellow Jews who were sold to the Gentiles. Now you are selling your own people, only for them to be sold back to us!” They kept quiet, because they could find nothing to say.

So I continued, “What you are doing is not right. Shouldn’t you walk in the fear of our God to avoid the reproach of our Gentile enemies? 10 I and my brothers and my men are also lending the people money and grain. But let us stop charging interest! 11 Give back to them immediately their fields, vineyards, olive groves and houses, and also the interest you are charging them—one percent of the money, grain, new wine and olive oil.”

12 “We will give it back,” they said. “And we will not demand anything more from them. We will do as you say.”

Then I summoned the priests and made the nobles and officials take an oath to do what they had promised. 13 I also shook out the folds of my robe and said, “In this way may God shake out of their house and possessions anyone who does not keep this promise. So may such a person be shaken out and emptied!”

Churches all over the world are having to get used to a new way, a new normal. There are outer and inner forces that threaten to destroy the work of God, the Church and its individual members. How many people are repelled from Jesus due to hypocritical, judgmental Christians? Is it really a time for the rich to remodel their homes while their own people suffer, the Jews? Nehemiah confronts the rich in private. We are not supposed to hoard our wealth but share it with the poor. They stopped taking advantage of the poor. Debts are not supposed to be held over our heads forever! He calls on them to repent, to turn their thinking around. God cannot stand, nor work in a disobedient environment, in disobedience of people. It ruins the Church, if left unchecked. The Church is only as Christ-like and strong as each member. The members of its body must growing, bearing good fruit, and lifting people up in the community.

The Good News

Therefore, we must work on ourselves. Love each other as He loves us. Work on hypocrisy, selfishness, greed, lust …… Scrub us clean, Lord. The good news is that God doesn’t give up on us. He waits for us with open arms to come to come to Him!

Think of it like an old tree. If we are the old tree and the Lord is our gardener, God takes his pruning shears and takes away the old limbs and leaves (our selfishness, the hypocrisy, the lust and the greed) bit by bit so the tree (us) can start focusing our good, healthy energy on producing good fruit. People notice when others are genuine. That is the way we do His work. We do it with genuine excellence. We also allow Him to prune away (confront) the dead parts ASAP, so as to keep us healthy and in His love. It may hurt to be convicted, pruned, but like any good human parent God wants us to grow and thrive. True, we will fall short many times, but if we partner with Him, we can be made strong He substitutes our weakness for His strength!

Love & HoPE Conquers COvid Mountain

I never realized how important it is to commit scripture to memory. They encouraged us to do it 40 years ago in youth group and I never understood why since we had the Bible. I have had reasons, recently, to say Psalm 23 in my head. In turn, that brought other comforting scriptures to my mind, Worry and anxiety can really take over my mind to the point it goes into a major panic attack. During 1 such situation, I thought I was having a heart attack! I actually rolled into my doctor’s office in my power chair because my heart was heavy and was in pain. The doctor asked me if I had been under extra stress. Yes, I was. My daughter was having a rough time. My hope is that my way of coping will help someone else to cope a bit better


 On Sept. 15, 2020, I decided to move into a skilled nursing facility or what most call a nursing home. I have been living here for a year due to the fact that my beloved husband passed away, unexpectedly, in early 2019. You see, I have Cerebral Palsy and am unable to walk. This means that I need quite a lot of assistance with basic daily living tasks. My state has a program to provide in-home-caregivers. But, there has been a great shortage of good, reliable care-givers. This has been made much worse with Covid and the fears that go with it. There is a similar lack of nurses and nursing assistants in nursing homes. I will discuss that more in a later post.

On Sept. 16th, 2021, I was diagnosed with the dreaded Covid. I felt o so sick and alone. The hall I was taken to looked like a Sci-FI movie set. Everyone was dressed in PPE, personal protective equipment, In fact, I was wearing it as I went from one side of the place to the other. Staff was dressed as if they were about to step into an operating room. There were at least three plastic doors with zippers. A wave of fear hit me. This was the virus that was killing people! Yet, we had escaped the earlier rounds easily. No resident became ill. However, in late August, we went into lockdown. We could not leave our rooms, yet it spread like a wildfire, and in spite of being fully vaccinated and I had not visited my kids in two weeks. Now, I caught the awful virus myself. Many were asymptomatic, but I had signs already. Everything ached, even my eyelids. This was the first time I was ever very sick by myself. For two days, I had a hard time getting a good breath. For the first time, it was just God and me. Every other time, I had had my mom, Barry or Kristie (my husband and/or daughter to bring me Sprite, crackers, soup…. They were there by my side to tell me they loved me and to hang in there. It was God brought Psalm 23 to mind. I also heard my mom and my husband’s voice in my mind. They encouraged me to keep fighting! I also remembered a recent Bible Study. King David said – how God is always right beside us and in us. “I will fear no evil because you are with me. Your rod and staff are there to comfort and protect me.” Romans 8:28 “What the evil one meant to harm me, God can turn it around and make something beautiful come out of it. Sometimes, I just have to really search for the beauty and sometimes, it is obvious! I even found some humor, in this circumstance, when I was feeling at my worst! In 1980, there was a hot song called, “Don’t Stop Believin by Journey. That lyric kept coming to mind, with one significant change,. Don’t Stop Breathin’ I have gained the gift of seeing the humor in even serious situations. It helps me cope. I also confided to Jesus all my fears and anger. For example, I needed something stronger- an anti-inflammatory. God, how can they think that regular strength Tylenol would ease my aches? How many times do I have to vomit before I get the anti-nausea medication? Then, there was the most aggravating question of all, “Oh, why didn’t you eat? I wanted to get angry and say, Don’t you get it? I FEEL LIKE CRAP!! A SHOT IN THE HEAD WOULDN’T FEEL ANY WORSE!! But, I had to focus all my attention on getting well; I did not need to waste the little energy I had on anger! To calm me down further, I looked at photos of my Grandbaby, Eliana.

However, I can’t help but wonder, why I am still here. Why didn’t God take me home? After all, I am much older than some of the people that are loosing the battle. My child is grown, although she just had a beautiful baby, Eliana deserves to have a Grandma. But, if someone else came to me with the same question, I would tell him/her that he/she must have more to do! So, I must have more to do for Him as well! I doubt that I will have the answers anytime soon. But, I am grateful for the opportunity to spend more time with my kids. I will use the time to share Your message of love, hope, protection etc. Thank you God for being here for me, for walking beside me and carrying me over Covid mountain, Thank you for ALWAYS being there.

My thoughts & A Prayer

God, there are so many lies going on in the name of “What is best to protect us!”  I am so angry! I have prayed and prayed for this pandemic to be over!  It is hurting so many people! The government is so wrong and full of deceit! Wake up people! Repent means to turn around one’s thinking! Wake up and repent! This country was founded with You at its head. Now, we get looked down on, censored, sued or even killed if we talk about you! Why did people think that removing you from our lives was/is a good idea? I don’t understand! I know that some things I am not meant to understand but HELP ME understand better! I want to be a better vessel for you. Thank you, God, for bringing my attention to this Scripture today. This sums up my goal to get to know you better. If I really get this down deep in my heart, it is the key to the whole goal of learning to be more like you.

 From 2 Peter 1. (NLT)

Growing in Faith

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

10 So, dear brothers and sisters,[c] work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. 11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

If I and others lived more like this, a wave of faith and love would come over this planet that we have never seen before! It would make the Devil so mad! Boy, I’d love to see that – no matter what he does, his schemes are thwarted at every turn. I suppose this grand sweep of faith and love must begin somewhere Lord! I stand ready to start, let me tip the first domino as it were.

 I pray this in Your name, Jesus,

Your Daughter Eternally

Hero All – A Poem for 9/11/01

They took so many lives, fractured countless others,

They made us all weep.

In our collective sorrow, we came together and found our pride & faith deep.

As we face the very difficult days ahead, Let them remain in our hearts for keeps.

I pray for the rescue workers, the victims and the armed forces heroes all,

Nobody asked for this horror, but you stepped up and answered the call.

May God heal your hearts and minds,

Keeping you standing proud and tall,

You show our enemy and the world That we won’t give up, we won’t break & fall.

Jesus, Our Hope & Our Light

Jesus is our everlasting hope,

When we find we just can’t cope.

In Jesus our future is very secure,

Even when it seems we can’t endure.

Jesus, let me be a better light for you!

John 1: 1-14

The Word Became Flesh

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome a it.

6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Dingy Disabled Damsel’s Ditty

I rather like an occasional slice of perfectly prepared pumpkin pie,

with a dinky, delicious dollop of whipped cream on the very top,

I finished most all of the pumpkin to the crust’s very edge did I,

I scooped half the whipped cream on its edge to enjoy the last drop.

Just as I was about to cut into my favorite part of the slice to partake,

I was attacked by 3 vicious sneezes that forced my silly thumb,

the pie ended up cream down on my clean blouse – for pete’s sake,

No crust for me, no whipped cream either, stupid sneezes, so, so dumb!

Pumpkin pie American recipe slice with whipped crean and cinnamon from roasted butternut squash isolated on white background

With a Grandma’s Heart I Wish……

My first grandbaby was born on July 31st. In the few days that she has been on this earth, she brings back so many memories of a young mother in the late 1980’s. I looked at her with incredulous eyes as l fed her, burped her and spent time with her. She was a beautiful baby, just as her daughter is now. In those days, someone had to have a camera with film in it to snap a photo. However, the cell phone has made all those steps unnecessary for the amateur photographer. It is amazing how quickly a single invention can change culture. Yet, it is equally amazing how many things remain the same from one generation to the next.

Eliana, my grandbaby, has reminded me of so many things. For example, her needs are so basic, yet profound at the same time. She is usually happy and content; everyone has met her needs without fail. Before long, as her world expands out and away from home, she will be exposed to bigger problems that are not so easy to solve. But, I hope she is able to maintain the trust and faith of a baby and young child- that she is loved and cared for beyond measure because she is the apple of Jesus eye. He knew her before she was ever in her dear Mom’s womb. . (Psalm 139:14). She was hand-picked to come into the world We all were! May she always feel loved. Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26 Verse 27 says to look at the lovely lilies of the field. They did not do 1 thing to make themselves so beautiful, yet they are!

The second part of my message is that in the same way that Eliana is learning that her needs will be met because she is deeply loved, Jesus wants us, His children, to come to Him with the same sort of child-like faith and trust. Matt 19:14 says, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Child-like faith has been thought to mean that we accept Jesus without doubt or question because we trust the message and/or the messenger. However, most kids have any number of questions; additionally nowhere in the Bible does the term “child-like” exist. But one can understand why there is confusion!

When my daughter took the baby for her first stroll around the neighborhood, she woke up and seemed to be staring at the trees. Of course, her sight is not at its sharpest quite yet. But I wonder what she thought about them. This new world is certainly much different than the one she lived in for almost 38 weeks. May she have millions of chances to look at her life with love, joy, fun and wonder! I think this is what Jesus meant when He said, in Matthew 18:3, Mark 10:14, and Luke 18:17, where He teaches that the” kingdom of heaven belongs to little children.” May she be creative like her parents and goofy like Grandma! I love you, my Granddaughter for now & forever!

My first grandbaby was born on July 31st. In the few days that she has been on this earth, she brings back so many memories of a young mother in the late 1980’s. I looked at her with incredulous eyes as l fed her, burped her and spent time with her. She was a beautiful baby, just as her daughter is now. Here is a photo of a newborn Kristie, my precious baby girl. In those days, someone had to have a camera with film in it to snap a photo. However, the cell phone has made all those steps unnecessary for the amateur photographer. It is amazing how quickly a single invention can change culture. Yet, it is equally amazing how many things remain the same from one generation to the next.

Eliana, my grandbaby, has reminded me of so many things. For example, her needs are so basic, yet profound at the same time. She is usually happy and content; everyone has met her needs without fail. Before long, as her world expands out and away from home, she will be exposed to bigger problems that are not so easy to solve. But, I hope she is able to maintain the trust and faith of a baby and young child- that she is loved and cared for beyond measure because she is the apple of Jesus eye. He knew her before she was ever in her dear Mom’s womb. . (Psalm 139:14). She was hand-picked to come into the world We all were! May she always feel loved. Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26 Verse 27 says to look at the lovely lilies of the field. They did not do 1 thing to make themselves so beautiful, yet they are!

The second part of my message is that in the same way that Eliana is learning that her needs will be met because she is deeply loved, Jesus wants us, His children, to come to Him with the same sort of child-like faith and trust. Matt 19:14 says, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Child-like faith has been thought to mean that we accept Jesus without doubt or question because we trust the message and/or the messenger. However, most kids have any number of questions; additionally nowhere in the Bible does the term “child-like” exist. But one can understand why there is confusion!

When my daughter took the baby for her first stroll around the neighborhood, she woke up and seemed to be staring at the trees. Of course, her sight is not at its sharpest quite yet. But I wonder what she thought about them. This new world is certainly much different than the one she lived in for almost 38 weeks. May she have millions of chances to look at her life with love, joy, fun and wonder! I think this is what Jesus meant when He said, in Matthew 18:3, Mark 10:14, and Luke 18:17, where He teaches that the” kingdom of heaven belongs to little children.” May she be creative like her parents and goofy like Grandma! I love you, my Granddaughter for now & forever!

Please Don’t Infringe upon our Constitutional Freedoms and our Jobs

I am considering also creating a petition for President Biden and our V. P. Harris. Feel free to give feedback Link to petition: http://chng.it/Q6NVLy7mKD

Dear Gov. Inslee

 You mandated that all healthcare workers must be vaccinated against Covid -19 by October 18,2021.  This mandate puts those us who live in nursing home at even greater risk of neglect and death. Staff is already short of people and stretched to the limit i.e., on my hall, there is often a ratio of 1:17. Yet. No resident has had Covid-19 due to strict already in place: frequent testing, mask/ shield mandates within the facility, more diligent cleaning practices, and no visitors allowed inside. Many of the staff as well as residents refuse to take the vaccine. To institute this mandate will cause up to 40 – 50% of the staff to walk out and move to states where there is no such mandate. What will happen to me/us Governor? What will happen to the nearly 15,000 people in nursing homes in Washington State?  If all 50 states follow suit, that leaves 1.5 million in danger? (Kager Family Foundation, 2021). Those statistics do not even account for those who depend on in home workers. Again, there is a great shortage of these workers as well. For proof of this, please refer to https://www.carinacare.com/  This site focuses only on Whatcom County. You will see a great disparity of needed hours vs. available hours already. Just like nursing homes, this will add a tremendous strain to an already over- burdened system.

Sincerely,

Katherine R. Baker

2726 Alderwood Ave. Room 64 B

Bellingham, WA 98225

Source: from https://www.kff.org/other/state-indicator/number-of- nursing

KKF (2021) State Health Facts Retrieved -facility-residents/

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From Fun to Done

After the string broke and the ball went flyin’

,Mom spanked me until my butt was dyin’

To hold back tears, my best I was tryin’

I’d be darned if Mom would catch me cryin’.

Worst of all, I was ashamed that I had to tell Dad,

That I hadn’t obeyed Mom. I’d been been bad,

One day, Eliana will do something wrong and be sad.

How can this sweet, little face be anything but glad?