Monday, August 13, 2018

Show and Tell ~

I remember those school days long ago
when we were given the opportunity before our class-mates
to "show & tell" of our treasured items.
My thoughts ~ I believe show and tell may have been a fun way
of getting students out of their comfort zone
and up in front of others speaking without even realizing it was a teaching tool.
I looked forward to sharing with my class-mates,
but I'm not real sure it helped me in overcoming  my shy and quiet spirit.
It wasn't until High School when, at a Christmas dance my best friend and I 
stood up against the wall looking like wall flowers, both very much shy and quiet
that I had a little talk with me, myself and I.
'Debbie, is this really how you want to be for the rest of your life?!
Unless I decided to make some changes, I would likely remain a wall flower.
Soon after my little talk I was employed by the ski resort as a chair lift operator.
During my interview I was told that I was given the job
because of who my dad and his business partner were,
and that I would be hired on a trial basis.
I had to prove myself, speak to the tourists and be friendly, after all, 
it was the tourists that brought in the business for the ski area.
That was the turning point in my life,
and the shy, quiet Debbie never stood as a wall flower again.
Making conversation was... well... I could talk to a stump if I had too.

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While I have nothing to show you here in this post sweet friends,
 I do have  some happenings to tell you all about.
Remember a year ago July 2nd mom had a massive heart attack,
then Urosepsis, followed by a fall in the Rehab Center due to the O.T.
leaving her wheel-chair unlocked causing a brain bleed,
followed by brain surgery.
After two "Flight for Life" helicopter rides, months in the hospital,
extensive rehab and tberapy mom has graduated.
After her visits with the Doctors this past week
mom will travel back to Arizona knowing all is good and well.
Mom had some mitro valve clips put in and they have secured themselves perfectly.
While mom will always have heart disease we stand in amazement 
over the short time it took for her to make strides.
She made it back to her home in Arizona last March,
has private help looking in on her, and is driving.
Yes, driving!!
God's grace and mercy, your faithful prayers and mom's determination
is why she is a walking miracle.

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This past week I landed on a bit of a ripple climbing my "sand dune".
I think it was the weepy ripple, I was warned it would pay me a visit.
At the drop of a hat, I was weepy.
While at one of my therapy sessions, my therapist asked "how was I sleeping?"
Tears began to roll down my cheeks as I shared that going to bed in the evening
was dark, dreary and depressing.
Hooking up to the ice machine, being surrounded by pillows, sleeping on my back
all played a factor in why I didn't look forward to my bed at night;
so my dear therapist told me it was time to change things up.
Now I ice only during the day, no more pillows except for one,
and I can sleep under the covers like a human being.
I was told to take a few days off from major exercising
as I was over doing it causing some bruising underneath the skin.
When my therapist told me I had fluid around my knee 
and that it could turn into scar tissue, I freaked out!
I have such a fear of NOT doing things right with my exercises,
but overkill can be just as harmful.
Lesson learned!
After four days of nothing but rest, ice and sleep, I'm back in the saddle again.
My precious therapist knows me very well, 
she has treated me with my three other minuscule knee surgeries and with my
vestibular/labyrinth balance issues, so I know she is looking after me well.
She continues to remind me that it is still quite early and take it slow.
Slow is a foreign word with me, but, I'm listening to my orders.

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Over these past weeks I have been greatly blessed by the love
that so many dear friends and family members have showered upon me.
There have been meals, cards, gifts, flowers, phone calls, 
encouraging text & e-mail messages, visits, drivers, errand runners and lots of hugs.
Thank You!!
I have had the joy of being treated like such a lady from my grandsons
who are becoming quite the gentleman.
This Gamma has been blessed beyond!
"Children's children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the glory of their children."
~ Proverbs 17:6 ~

Life is sweet, even on those days when it seems like we may be going backwards,
and that sweetness comes straight from our Heavenly Father's heart. ❤

~ Debbie ~

Monday, August 6, 2018

God's Glory ~ My Joy

 It was the day after a beautiful rain as I sat in the swing
enjoying God's perfect beauty that surrounded me.
In the distance I could hear the birds singing sweetly over 
the sound of the water in the creek nearby.
Just to my right on the hillside beside our home was a young
buck with his fuzzy antlers feasting on the berry bushes
without a care in the world.
As I looked up to the heavens our Rocky Mountain blue skies were magnificent.
I sat there gently swinging with my surgery leg resting
to the side of me while my precious Donatella sat near the swing
enjoying the fresh morning sunshine with a little butterfly resting on her head.
My mind and heart were at peace as I pondered on the goodness of God in my life.

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"The work of righteousness will be at peace,
and the effect of righteousness, 
quietness and assurance forever.
My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, 
in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places."
~ Isaiah 32:17~18 ~

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As a child of God, He is right now preparing "a place" for us to live forever with Him.
"In my Father's house are many mansions,
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go and prepare a place for you."
~ John 14:2 ~
Such a promise we are given from Jesus Himself.
As I sat in our back yard looking at my home and the surroundings,
there was a reality that flooded over my soul ~
God wants my home to reflect His heart and grace,
where the presence of Christ is felt, and
a place where His Word is read and honored.
My morning was a quiet place of reflection, and as always, 
my God was right there beside of me filling my heart with His joy.

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My heart is once again singing the praises of our Lord,
as today marks four weeks since my knee surgery.
I know that I am doing as well as I am because of your faithful prayers.
God is certainly hearing and answering YOU!
How I love and appreciate each one of you dear and faithful followers.
This past week I had a bit of a scare with my therapist.
She said my knee was full of fluid and I needed to diligently work to move it,
or otherwise, I would be left with scar tissue.
My bend wasn't as good as it had been due to all the fluid
and that concerned me greatly.
Every day this past week I faithfully and diligently massaged my knee
with vitamin E oil working the fluid up towards my heart.
On Fridays therapy session I passed with flying colors,
and though there is still some fluid most of it has moved,
and, my bend is up to 115!
Little details of our lives, like a bit of fluid, 
is looked after from our loving Heavenly Father.
He is concerned and cares for us with love and compassion.
I'm still not driving, but my dear daughter Stephanie and her little guy
* who by the way is a little gentleman *
have so graciously taken time from their own lives to drive me to therapy.
I'm thinking anytime soon I will be behind that wheel again.
I continue to press forward climbing my "sand dune"
knowing that I still have a long ways to go,
but as I climb one step at a time my eyes are focused on Jesus,
and I know, without a doubt, that He will never leave me or forsake me.

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O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!"

To God be the Glory!
~ Debbie ~

Monday, July 23, 2018

Choose Happiness ~

* Wild flowers picked from my husband *

Happiness can be defined as a feeling of spiritual contentment 
that will carry us through the triumphs, pitfalls,
or even heartaches of life with calm stability, 
peace of mind and tranquility. 
Worry can compromise our joy.
Think on the wonderful word, tranquility 
doesn't it bring soothing peace to your heart?
There is a calmness that comes with it, giving one a sense of joy and happiness. 
Happiness is an act of the will ~ Psalm 144:15 ~
"Happy are the people who are in such a state;
Happy are the people whose God is the Lord"
We all have things in our lives that give us reason to be unhappy, 
but we have the power through Christ to make our own response 
to those happenings and choose happiness. 

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As believers our total commitment to the Lord will result 
in a Christlike response to various happenings as they occur.
We have the tools God has given us
~ His Word and his indwelling Spirit ~
so that we are able to pursue happiness. 
"Happy is the man that finds wisdom, 
and the man who gains understanding."
~ proverbs 3:13 ~
Happiness is enjoying everything the Lord has given us
and not fretting about the things that have been taken away our withheld from us.
It is trusting in God's sovereignty and omniscience.
God knows everything!
Our happiness will come as we daily live in obedience and faith in the Lord. 
Today and every day ~ choose to be happy!

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Heavenly Father, 
cause us to daily, seek first, your kingdom and Your righteousness.
May we be reminded of Your word, 
in that, all things work together for our good, 
to those who love God, and to those who are called according to your purposes. 

  Be happy!
~ Debbie ~

Two weeks today since my knee surgery 
and I am feeling great and exceedingly grateful! 
With each new visit in therapy a few more exercises
are added to my home-work notebook.
My eldest grandson was with us for the first two weeks
and he was such a tremendous help 
as my little nurse, dog walker and water boy for my flowers.
Having him here to look after the things that I know would have bothered me
made it much easier to rest and allow my body to heal.
It is with a grateful heart, that I am once again, 
thanking you for your up lifting prayers
and encouragement. 
God bless you!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Up-Date on my knee ~

Parker Adventist Hospital's Mission statement ~
We extend the healing ministry of
Christ by caring for those who are ill
and by nurturing the health of the
people in our communities.
We have Christian Care Ministry as our insurance
and the orthopedic surgeon I chose to use was in Denver
3 hours away,  but oh my was it worth the drive and time
to have this knee replacement done with my orthopedic Doctor
and through the Adventist Hospital.
I was quite impressed with every aspect of this hospital. 

This picture greets you as you enter the doors to pre-op.
When I saw it, I felt surrounded by the peace of God
as I looked upon Jesus holding the hand of the surgeon.
Many of you were praying that the Great Physician would direct
the hands of the Doctor and it was as if God was visually showing me those prayers
through this beautiful photo.
God can touch our hearts in ways that we least expect.
The evening before surgery I received a message from a precious
Blogging friend.
She said ~ "I know He will command His angels to watch over you"...
I was so wrapped in the arms of my Precious Savior
and had an amazing peace throughout the whole ordeal,
and still do.
Our God cares!

This is me...
No lipstick, face cream, perfume, lotion, powder, hair styling products, jewelry,
just the bare necessities, and I mean bare.😉
Every nurse who looked after me was gentle and respectable
with such compassion and loving care.
Thank you Jesus!

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My dear friends...I am without words really,
as I express my hearts gratitude for your love, care, concern
 and especially your prayers.
Through prayer,  supplication,  and thanksgiving we can realize
a "peace"... which will surpass all understanding"
and will know that this peace "will guard our hearts and minds."
"Be anxious for nothing,  but in everything by prayer
and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, 
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. "
~ Philippians 4:6-7 ~
Thank you for thinking of me with your letters, cards, e- mails,
prayers, love and concern.
My heart is truly blessed beyond...
Because of your faithful prayers I am doing GREAT!


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Home and Blessed ♡

Welcome Summer!
When my husband and I left for Canada at the end of May
there was not much in the way of beauty gracing our yard,
but upon our arrival home after nearly four weeks of being away
everything is in full bloom.
Surprisingly, our grass didn't burn up with the lack of moisture.
We were told that it was a dust bowl around the property
until God sent a good down pour just days before we arrived home.
One good rain in nearly four weeks, unbelievable, while other states
are getting an abundance of moisture.
Whatever God gives us weather wise, we can look forward to every day
with a spirit of joy and expectation of good things to come,
because as Christians, we can find joy even in unpleasant wet and dreary days.
After unloading the motor home and putting everything away
I was anxious to get my hands in the dirt and plant my flowers.
I knew that I would be better able to press forward
with all the tasks at hand before my knee surgery
if those lovely flowers were gracing our window boxes and yard,
and I was right!
Flower gardening is my therapy, and I can't help but find great joy
in the beauty of flowers.
God's wonderful blessings!

Speaking of my knee ~ I'm scheduled for my knee replacement on July 9th
at 9:30 in the morning, arriving at the hospital quite early (6:30).
It's hard to believe that this is actually going to happen
after 3 1/2 years of putting my knee on hold to look after my parents
and their many health needs.
My husband and I had to attend a class regarding my surgery
and we both found it quite informative. 
The nurse who led the class had me picture a sand dune
that I would be climbing following surgery in the days ahead.
Sand is not easy to walk on, let alone climb.
My personal goal is to reach the top without giving up while
focusing on what it is that I am striving for.
I found it to be quite emotional as I pictured my goal ~ a simple goal actually.
I long to enjoy my days in the simplicity of life without pain.
To do the ordinary every day happenings,
 run with my grandsons, ride my bike, hike and
 walk a long distance with my sweet Donatella.
My baby girl has been deprived of her long mountain walks.

~ This photo was taken on Georgian Bay, quite windy. That tree is permanently leaning ~

 The nurse informed us that climbing that sand dune was not going to be easy,
there will be discouraging days, blue days
and days when we will want to give up and stop therapy all together.
I'm thankful that I have Jesus on my side,
and I know that He will be right there with me through out each and every day.

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Our trip to Canada was fast, furious and full with little time to sit alone with God.
This year my husband and I found ourselves working more than resting,
but worth it all because it was a tremendous help to my father-in-law.
While I was hoping to sit on the beach alone with my Jesus, in quietness,
He had other plans for our quiet time together.
There was a whole lot of "quiet time" with Jesus as I sat pulling weeds!

How easy it would have been to allow the devil to steal my joy
and prevent me from enjoying life.
Though I had plans of my own, God's plans are far greater 
and walking in the will of God brings abundant blessings.

My husband and I took the last week of our trip
and made a mini vacation out of it.
We enjoyed going home through Northern Canada around Lake Superior 
and doing some camping in Canada's Provincial Parks.
God's amazing beauty in the landscape, numerous lakes and rock formations
kept us in awe with each new day.
The granite rock was amazing!
Now I see more clearly why there is different colors in a granite counter top.

We both found great pleasure in looking for rocks to bring home
and put in the rock tumbler.
I of course, wanted tiny stones of all colors so I could polish them,
then I will place them in a pretty crystal dish adorned on a lace doily.

Oh! I nearly forgot to share about the crokinole championships.
Don't tell my husband I nearly forgot. {{Smiles}}
After three years of working for 1st place in the Recreational  Doubles
my husband and his dad took First this year!
What a delight for everyone!
I think everybody was delighted for these two
because if you remember, last year my father-in-law became ill with cancer 
and was not able to play.
My father-in-law was the oldest player again this year ~ 90 years old.
Watching these two play was heart warming.
A BIG congratulations to them both!!

For years my husband has asked me to play and participate in the tournament,
but it was something I never really wanted to do,
maybe it's because there's a huge crowd. 
This year there were 120 crokinole boards set up for players,
that's a little intimidating to me.
 I was asked to play as a partner with a gentleman
who was without a partner. 
Sigh...poor could I say no.
With a little persuasion (plus I felt bad for the guy) I said yes and entered.
While my partner and I didn't take 1st we were 53 out of 90 contestants.
Not bad for a Rookie.
I'm hooked, even purchased some pink discs to practice with
for next year's tournament.
God knew I needed to take the plunge and get over my fears,
so He worked it out making it hard for me to say no,
and I'm thankful he did!
Did I have a great time?
I certainly did!

We were able to enjoy the beautiful sunsets

Canada's many Lakes and Beaches

Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay at a Provincial Park
These falls were amazing!
Such mighty power!

This train is a painting on the front of an old building where furniture was made
and is now a Market where you can purchase furniture
and just about anything else.
The illusion of this painting makes you think as if the train is coming out of the building.

One of my favorite things to do while we're visiting family
is spending a day out with my friend/sister-in-law 
Kelly, who blogs over at Homespuns'nHayfields
Kelly and I have always enjoyed shopping together
and she knows all the right places.

We can't forget our numerous visits to Tim Hortons.
We barely cross the border and that's our first stop!

My dear friends ~ thank you for swinging by and saying Hello!
Your visits always, and I mean always, bless my heart ♡
This was a longer post than I had planned,
I do hope you enjoyed your visit.
Enjoy the beauty and glory that surrounds you,
praising God for His many blessings.

~ Debbie ~

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