Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28th

Last Tuesday, I went to St. Anthony Hospital-Shawnee to volunteer.  I was surprised to find my mother's friend on my chart.  When I went in to visit Marjorie Robinson, she looked so frail that I almost didn't recognize her.  Mom led her to know Jesus a few years ago in her Bible Study Class.  Then, she was one of 3 ladies who came to Mom's apartment every Thursday to play board or card games.  It broke my heart to see her looking so ill.  She knew me and held my hand.  Before leaving her room, I sang, "Jesus Loves Me" and she closed her eyes in sleep.  I later learned that she had passed away that evening very peacefully.

On Wednesday, my cousin, Joanna Storm drove from Norman and picked me up.  We went to Mom's new apartment and then took her to Taco Bell for lunch.  Mom decided that we should also go to Braums's and get ice-cream.  Yum!  When we finished our dessert, we visited my other cousins, Ruth and Laura who are in nursing homes.  It was fun to sit and listen to stories about family.  Joanna rushed me home so that I could teach 2 piano lessons at 4 p.m.

Last night,  Bill and I helped Mom hang pictures.  Then, we took her to IHOP for dinner.  Noel and Janice had given us $25 gift certificates as part of Christmas and we used it.  Our bill was $24.90.  I was in shock because I had expected to add to the card since there were 3 of us eating.  After taking Mom home, Bill and I went over to Galen and Sondra for just a few minutes.  They have invited us to come back tonight for dinner.  They have all new leather furniture and their apartment looks really nice.  I really love having Mom living 3 doors from Galen and right across the street from Noel.  We have never lived so close in our adult lives!  In fact, I lived outside the USA for 21 years, and Noel was gone for many years with the Navy. 

This afternoon, Bill and I finally went to Walgreen's and chose the pictures we want made for our book on Kauai, Hawaii.  Maybe tomorrow, I can put some on my blog.  For lots of old pics, please check Noel's facebook page. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Don't Put the Gloves Away/End Times

Saturday, was gorgeous weather.  Just like Spring!  However, I know to keep my leather gloves nearby because the polar air is coming in again this week and some snow showers are predicted.  After all, it is just February.

I am still feeling a bit tired after my bout with the stomach virus and the busy week schedule.  As well as teaching 5 piano lessons, I helped Mom unpack.  I am so happy for her in the new apartment!  We also went to get our nails done together.

Friday morning, we skyped with Keri and Kevin and the kids.  They are in Nairobi, Kenya for a couple of weeks getting their visas renewed.  Keri had visited Bill and me when we were teaching there.  At the time, she was a journeyman in Istanbul, Turkey.  She was having a great time showing her family the places we had been together.  They had also visited the elephant orphanage.  Sofia wanted to adopt one!

Friday night, the family went to Studio Wok to celebrate Sondra's birthday (Galen's wife).  They do have good Chinese food!  There were 13 of us.  After dinner, we all went to the FireLake Bowling Center.  I wasn't up to it, but Bill bowled very well!  Galen's son, Jason paid for the occasion.

Saturday, we went to see, "The Monument Men" with George Clooney and Matt Damon.  It was interesting and quite inspirational.  On the way out, we saw Galen and Sondra coming in with Mark.  I have always said that art and music set man apart from animals.  My grandfather was not a monkey! 

This morning, I taught my Bible Study Class.  My class was split when they started a new class for young adults.  So, there were 9 of us.  We had a great time sharing.  The topic was, "How Do I Know that God Exists".  The Bible says that if you seek Him, you will find.  God will never hide Himself from anyone!  Chuck and Victoria recently had their grandson in Children's Hospital in Iowa.  Four churches in the Shawnee area were praying when things looked hopeless.  Within hours of the emails, the tiny baby turned a corner.  It reminded me of our experience with Ezekiel!

Pastor Mike preached on Revelation 17 this morning.  He is a student of end times, and we learned so much.  Christians who know their Bibles can see the world shaping up for the anti-Christ to take over.  It was pointed out that Satan loves religion and always has.  It can be distorted so easily and has been used to kill those who don't agree with a prescribed doctrine.  Being a true Christian is not a "religion".  It is a relationship with a Christ who reached down to save us.  We cannot force conversion.  Loving and serving God must come from the individual heart and be voluntary or it is worth nothing.  Tolerance for Christians is coming to an end, and the church is going to suffer far more persecution.  Obama's administration has no use for the Bible and views Christians as people getting in his way.  Freedom in America is coming to an end as we have known it.  Many people have their heads in the sand and choose not to see it coming. In the end, there will be a one world government and a one world religion.  Putting fear into the hearts of people is the only way to get them to follow a man on this earth.  Christians will be put to death before Christ comes back for the rapture.  In the end, Christ and His church will win!!     

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Bill and I returned from our trip to Hawaii via California to see Kirk and family on Monday evening.  We unpacked everything and then ithe virus hit me in the stomach.  Did it ever!  Early the next morning, Bill drove me to ER.  Noel and Galen joined us there.  I had a blood pressure of 217 over 80 due to dehydration.  After 3 hours, I had been treated and went home to sleep the rest of the day.  The next day, Bill had come down with the same illness that I had been given on the plane.  I have been thanking God that we got home and unpacked before it all struck.  I have also been thanking God for family that cares.

Kirk called, and his family is perfectly fine.  I am so glad!  We enjoyed seeing their new home.  It is a sprawling 4 bedroom 3 bath, 2 living areas ranch style house.  What I loved most about the backyard is that there are eucalyptus and pepper trees bordering the pool.  That is so California!  And, Ezekiel was such a happy little toddler!  He is like a little parrot and repeats everything.  He remembered us and came straight to me.  What a miracle child he continues to be!  

Kirk took us to his new office at the Inland Empire Baptist Building.  He's done a great job of decorating.  We also went with him to one of the new churches that he is mentoring.  It was in a new theater on the Riverside Plaza. The church is only 2 years old, and  I was surprised to see well over 100 people there.  After the service, the people were coming in for the afternoon movie showings.  Tamra had gotten off work at Riverside Community Hospital at 1:00 a.m. and had slept for a few hours, then met us for lunch at the Market Broiler.  It is like Red Lobster and we enjoyed birthday dinners.

The night before, my brother, Roger, came over to Kirk's for dinner.  His wife, Julie, came also  with their son Daniel and his fiance, Audry.  Bilal who is engaged to their daughter Jennifer also came.  (Jennifer was working and couldn't come.)  Bilal is from India and we enjoyed getting to know his culture and hearing his Christian testimony.  He is very handsome and charming.  Kyle, Kirk's stepson, made lasagna from scratch.  At 17 years old, he is a great young cook!

We loved Kauai!  It is the prettiest of all the Hawaiian islands by far!  It is a lush tropical rain forest with waterfalls, steep mountain cliffs and white sand beaches.  And, it didn't hurt that we stayed at a fabulous condo resort overlooking the sea and the sharp mountain peaks.  I will write more later and get Bill to help me post some pictures when we are feeling better.   I wish that you could have been with us!