Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday's Scribbles

Good Saturday to you from the upper Midwest where the weather continues to remind us that we are having a wet and humid summer.  Strangely, our flowers are not liking it, but everything is nice and green and we cannot complain because we are not flooding here.....flood warnings once in awhile, but nothing like 9 years ago when our city lost 400 plus homes to flooding, and certainly nothing like Louisiana or the fires in CA!  Prayers needed for the people in those areas!

We have been watching the Olympics, mostly our favorite diving, gymnastics, some track and field, women's beach volleyball, and for me synchronized swimming. We can't mention the Olympics this week without the whole Ryan Lochete drama....but I will not give it much time here.  Just saying, his behavior is not a representation of all the athletes, but only a few.

Last Tuesday we headed up to the Twin Cities and visited my sister who raised me who continues to heal at the rehab center.  We met my sister Janelle at Gr. Jo's apt. where our son Mark helped Joel fix her bed headboard/frame while our grandson Noah helped Janelle with a few things.We headed home later in the afternoon and hit a pretty heavy rain storm that had us going down the Interstate at less than 30 miles an hour.  Yikes!

Speaking of kids and grands we had a short visit with our daughter Sarah and her son Jonas this week.  He is getting so tall.  And speaking of tall, we received a text photo of our grandson Eli, Kevin's son. He is starting 8th grade this year.  We also received a picture of our oldest grandson Evan who is starting his senior year.  I won't share that one here because his football shirt states where he lives and the world at large can read my blog, but he is one handsome young man.  We have another granddaughter who is a senior too.  In just 10 years all our grands will be 18 or older. Yikes!!  Time marches on!

Jonas age 8 with mom

Eli age 14

When we came home from Minnesota the tree guys had been here and removed the big limb and the dead apple tree that was way too big for Joel to go after.  Everything was all cleaned up tidy. Joel was disappointed to have missed all the action, but I was happy to not be around for their work.

We went to the deli and had supper with friends on Wednesday night.  Three hours later we headed for home, long after the deli quit serving. We had a lot to catch up on. God made us for relationships.  Not just with Him but with others.  We are not meant to be alone.

I have been reading a book called, "Forever Ruined For The Ordinary" by Joy Dawson.  It is about hearing and obeying God's voice.  Joy Dawson and her husband were New Zealand Missionaries, and she is a Bible teacher, and a conference speaker.  She is probably in her 80's and is quite a character.  The book certainly has my attention as Joel and I desire to hear more from God.  What have you been reading?

Until next time..............

1 comment:

Sharon said...

Again, Renee, a really fun read catching up with you! Your family sounds like such a blessing to you and Joel - isn't it wonderful?!

I just have to comment on the whole Ryan Lochte thing myself. I watched his interview with Matt Lauer, and it really irritated me that he kept saying that he "over exaggerated" his story. No, I kept saying to myself, you lied. It's so like us humans to downplay our shortcomings - how often have we called sins just "mistakes" or "errors in judgment." I hope he's sincerely sorry, and that he's learned a good lesson.