Memorial Day Thoughts!

     We grew up in South Alabama where we celebrated Mardi Gras instead of (the Yankee holiday) Memorial Day. Well, the school system did. At our house we remembered those who served. My dad was an oringinal BEACH BOY! During WW2 he hit every beach in the Pacific while fighting the Japanese. 4 years of hardship. 2 more in Korea. He saw many die and always remembered. He taught us to honor them and to serve. All four of his sons served in the military. My brother George just retired after 30 years. Other family members served also.

     Many didn’t come back from Europe and the Pacific, Korea, Vietnam and now, the Middle East. We have the privilege of  freely enjoying life, work, worship…..because of these men amd women who serve.

      Today, thank a vet for your freedom.


Laura Ingalls Wilder on Mother’s Day

Laura Ingalls Wilder on Mother’s Day

The relationship that children share with their mother is unique, to say the least.  Laura’s relationship with her mother was no exception.  They spent countless hours together as they lived together with the rest of the family on the prairies of America.

Later in life, after she lost her mother, Laura reflected on that relationship as she wrote these words:
“Reading a message from my mother, I am a child again and longing unutterable fills my heart for Mother’s counsel, for the safe haven of her protection and the relief from responsibility which trusting in her judgment always gave me.”

“When to realms of boundless peace, I am waiting to depart
Then my mother’s song at twilight
Will make music in my heart.
“Hush, my babe, lie still and slumber;
Holy angels guard thy bed.”
And I’ll fall asleep so sweetly, Mother’s blessings on my head.”

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

May you be blessed with sweet memories of your mother.  The Old Man in the Bib Overalls

Happy Mother’s Day!

     This is to all you mothers…..Happy, Happy Day! Thanks! You are awesome!

     A long time ago (1959) in a land far away (Birmingham, AL) a single mother gave birth to a 5 lb infant at the Salvation Army Shelter. No relatives or friends were there. The father had split. The grandma had put the girl out of the house. So, a baby was born with nothing but a drawer (in a chest) for a basinet…coulda been worse, I guess. It wasn’t the back seat of a greyhound bus!

     I think my mother did her best with what she had to work with. I appreciate that! The times were not kind to single mothers. But she chose to keep me….she chose life! what a long, strange trip it’s been!

     Long ago in another strange land a young girl gave birth in a stable….He turned out pretty good too!

     Come back this week for a guess article by a single mom, Monica. ….check out the coming events….and…..

Happy Mother’s Day

May Flowers!!!!!!!! (And things to do)

      Spring has finally secured itself here in the Northeast (thank goodness)! The skies are blue and the grass is green and the temperature is staying above 50!!! Time to clean and paint and powerwash!

People tell me that they are bored! Check out the upcoming events! Retreats for singles abound. Opportunities to serve (for all) abound. New friends are waiting to be met and old ones are ready for a hug! Get out there and do something!

  • Have a good time! Need an example? A group of us will go listen to the L’ Angelus Band play the Big Apple! We enjoy supporting this sweet and talented foursome family Cajun band from Lafayette, LA! Not in the area. Get a group together and go see Holly Shelton in Pensacola, the Southern Gentlemen in Alabama or YOUR favorite band in YOUR town!
  • Do something good for your community! Our project is to PAINT a BARN in NJ! You might do something similar in Tennessee, Florida or Michigan. Send pictures!
  • Plan a Friend and Family Day at church. Invite the unchurched, not just people like you. Serve lunch after. Don’t know who to ask? Try this recipe: invite a Muslim or Hindu, a person with piercings and tattoos, a homeless person and the mayor. Why not? You never know what window God has opened for you until you check.
  • Encourage! Encourage! Encourage!

God is good all the time! And all the time…..God is good!