Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bursts of Yellow ~

Right now the aspen trees around our home are bursting 
in bright yellow color!
I'm able to walk the mountains now with my sweet Donatella
and I am in awe of the beauty God affords me on each walk.
No matter where I take my daily walk, I am surrounded by
these bright yellow beauties.
Not only have I enjoyed my walks, but I have been strong enough
to take the four wheeler out to some higher sites 
where I can see for miles and miles ~ it's breath taking!
After a dry Summer, surprisingly the colors are gorgeous
and I'm taking full advantage of enjoying them for this short time
while becoming a sloth with my inside chores.
The way I see it...I will have all Winter to dust and clean.

~ ~ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ~ ~

Enjoy some of the splendor that God has blessed us with.

"I will extol Thee, my God, O King; and I will bless thy name forever and ever"

"Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name forever and ever"

"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable"

"One generation shall praise thy works to another, 
and shall declare thy mighty acts"

"I will speak of the glorious honor of thy majesty,
and of thy wondrous works"

"And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts;
and I will declare thy greatness"

"They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness,
and shall sing of thy righteousness"

"The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; 
slow to anger and of great mercy"

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My husband and I were able to take a drive to the
Rocky Mountain National Park
where we enjoyed a relaxing day away surrounded by beauty upon beauty.
While we practically followed the Colorado River
on our entire trip we didn't see quite the bursts of yellow with aspen trees,
but certainly enjoyed the masses of mountain terrain.

"The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over his works"

"All thy works shall praise Thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee"

"They shall speak of the glory of the kingdom, and talk of thy power"

"To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts,
and the glorious majesty of his kingdom"

"Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations"

"The Lord upholedth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down"
~ Psalm 145:1-14 ~

Amen and Amen!

To God be the Glory!
~ Debbie ~

Monday, September 10, 2018

Its a Day at the Spa ~

With each passing day, and eight weeks behind me
I'm adding more and more to my daily life.
While I still must be very careful, and trust me, I am,
I am finding it much easier in making strides as I achieve little tasks.
This past week I was able to accomplish a lot, and I felt great doing so!
In fact, I was caught out in the rain one afternoon
while walking my sweet Donatella, and found myself running home
without even thinking about what I was doing, and you know,
my knee handled the run with no problems.
I will tell my therapist what I did when I see her this week, and though,
I may very well get scolded, she really is a gentle sole when she scolds me.
~ I'm not to run for three months ~
I'm feeling stronger with each new day
and I can't help but praise the Lord for His watch care over me 
during the passing hours of my day.
God loves to hear our praises given unto Him.

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A couple of weeks ago my therapist recommended that I treat myself to a spa day.
Having never gone to a full fledged spa and with a tiny bit of reservation 
I asked her just what kind of spa was she suggesting?
"You pick the type of spa day that suits you, she said.
Would you like to sit by the pool and view the mountains, enjoy a Jacuzzi,
sit in a sauna, have a facial..."
I believe it was God who chose the Spa day for me ~
The words " Its a Day at the Spa" was all it took to get my attention.
As I was reading our local newspaper my eye caught an ad for 
a monthly special at one of the oldest and most respected spas in North America.
The Yampah Spa vapor caves are natural underground steam baths.
Hot mineral waters flow through the cave floors at 125 degrees F.
to create natural geothermal steam baths.
The brochure said that the Ute Indians who originally inhabited this region
visited these caves for centuries, and regarded them as a sacred place
of healing and rejuvenation.

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This hot springs and vapor caves is practically in my own back yard, and yet,
I have never had the nerve to enjoy all the healing benefits that are offered.
The monthly special for just 135.00 included ~
A raspberry body wrap ~ A private natural thermal bath ~ access to the vapor caves ~
and a neck, back and shoulder massage,
which I desperately needed!
Two and a half hours after my early appointment I walked out of that spa 
feeling relaxed, energized and alive all mixed together.
Oooh I felt good!!
For the rest of the day all I could think of was ~
'what an amazing experience!'
That was the best thing I have done for myself in a very long time,
and it was certainly money well spent.
I'm hoping to continue this treatment at least once a month,
why not when they offer such a wonderful monthly package.
My knee felt amazing that afternoon and the days that followed.
They say that the caves purify the body as they soothe away aches and pains.
So...if I'm going to choose what type of spa day is best,
seems like Yampah Spa will meet my needs.
God gets the glory here.
 I believe God knew exactly what He was doing when He directed me to that ad,
which by the way, I never pay attention to ad's.

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My therapist is amazing!!
She was a God send in my life years ago when I was looking for a new therapist,
 she takes the time to know you and your needs in a personal way.
I'm grateful for my therapist, and she certainly makes it easy
for me to listen, obey and do all that she suggests and instructs.
Thank you Heavenly Father!

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"To God be the glory, for great things He has done"

Sweet friends, what has God been doing in your life?
What are some of the things you are praising Him for?
God loves us dearly, and He is always working to change us
so that we may become more like Him.

God's Glory!
~ Debbie ~

Monday, September 3, 2018

Labor of L❤ve ~

 "Give her of the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise her in the gates."
~ Proverbs 31:31 ~
Raspberry jam is one of the jams I make every year, it's my husband's favorite. 
Last year with my ordinary days being filled up with hospital visits, 
rehab visits, long drives to look after mom with all her health concerns, 
I missed out on making any jam at all. 
This year our raspberry bushes were amazing,
 though we ate them as fast as they ripened, 
I was able to save a few to add with my store bought raspberries for jam. 
Fresh from our own patch adds that extra special goodness.
I know that many of those jars of jam will find their way 
into the homes of others for their enjoyment.
God would have us to encourage and minister to one another,
and what better way to do just that, than with a jar of homemade jam.
"For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love,
which ye have showed toward his name,
in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister."
~ Hebrews 6:10 ~
My grandsons have come to enjoy making jam with their Gamma,
so I try and make this special occasion a time of passing it on.
My prayer has been that these moments together would provide
a storehouse of happy memories for these young boys 
to hide away in their hearts forever.
I believe the influence of grandparents in forming values and character
cannot be underestimated ~ the privileges and blessings of the role 
of grandparents provide untold blessings.
I know and believe that as grandparents, our labor of love will not be in vein.
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vein in the Lord."
~ 1 Corinthians 15:58 ~

It has been a beautiful Labor Day week-end here in the Rocky Mountains,
I trust you can say the same in your little world
where God has placed you.

My love be with you all in Christ Jesus!
~ Debbie ~

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Focused and Optimistic ~

Hello to you my dear friends and faithful followers!
I trust your week is off to a great start,
filled with the joy of the Lord, and goodness straight from His heart
My heart is overflowing with Joy!
Yesterday was my six week post-op check-up on my new knee
and with glee and delight I'm doing a bit of a happy dance. 💃💃💃
I had one terrific uplifting positive visit with my Doctor!
He was quite pleased with my progress, and the x-ray technician 
was amazed at how I was walking and getting around.
I told both him and the Doctor that the credit goes to my wonderful therapist,
but they were kind in their replies reminding me that what I do as homework
exercises is what will make or break me.
I have shared with you from surgery up until now,
and if you remember right I had a bit of a scare over the fluid around my knee,
freaked out just a little ((smiles)) and over exercised for fear that the fluid
would turn into scar tissue.
I laugh now.
Seriously though ~ I have heard more people tell me of new knees turning out
not so wonderful and for various reasons, but especially because of the lack of 
exercising and not obeying orders from their therapist.
I was concerned that I too would have issues with my bend especially,
but keeping my eyes on Jesus, resting in your faithful prayers, staying focused, 
having a positive attitude with my exercises and being optimistic through out my days on this journey as I climb my personal "sand dune" 
has brought me to my six week check-up
with good, positive results.
Thank you Jesus!

~ The right knee is the new knee ~ Isn't it beautiful! ~

"I will speak of the glorious honor of thy majesty,
and of thy wondrous works.
~ Psalm 145:5 ~

"Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord,  and greatly to be praised; 
and his greatness is unsearchable."
~ Psalm 145:2&3 ~


For Mother's Day my daughter Stephanie gifted me with the sweetest book on flowers.
The pages of this sweet book communicate to the readers beyond the
limitations of words the Victorian language of flowers selected
to convey a message of celebration and cheer, then, the book is
transformed into a bouquet of lovely flowers.
I took the book with me as reading material yesterday while on our
5 1/2 to 6 hour roundtrip drive to the city for my Doctor appointment.
I've read this book a number of times, but once again I was
inspired by the sunflower "Helianthus" the flower of strength.
A great reminder to turn our head and heart towards the "Son" Jesus Christ, 
and stay focused.
"The sunflower turns its head toward the sun throughout the day,
following its path across the sky. It's  hard to imagine this brilliant
and sturdy plant as anything less than a symbol of true optimism.
It encourages us to be hopeful, to keep looking up,
and to stay focused on our goals."


Keep Looking Up!
~ Debbie~

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 ~
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