Archive for February, 2007



While we were at ladies’ retreat having a great time, our son Jeremy and his dear old dad were at the Toyota dealer in Davis checking out Rav 4’s.  About an hour after I arrived home from the retreat, Jeremy pulled up in a brand new 2007 charcoal Rav 4.  Boy was he jazzed!  This is his first car purchase.  His old Honda that we had bought him for college 6 years ago, bit the dust the weekend before when he was driving home from a trip to Bear Valley ski resort.  It’s a good thing he just turned 25.  This will definitely help his insurance rates.  We’re all looking forward to going to Yosemite this summer in Jer’s Rav 4, which we have affectionately dubbed, “Ravioli”.  Way to go, Jer!  I don’t envy your car payments though!


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This year’s ladies’ retreat was incredible for me in so many ways. As mentioned in my earlier post, I had the unexpected privilege of meeting one of my favorite authors, Lynda Allison-Doty.  I also got to meet some of my blogging buddies, Tena Valenti, Ronda Hurst and Jana Allard, for the first time!   I saw many of my old friends there and made some new ones.  I enjoyed Sis Buxton’s breakout session, “Fortress of Friendship”. Every message spoke to my heart, and I truly was blessed by Bro. Ron Mulling’s anointed preaching.  I left that place full inside, and I hope to be a blessing to someone else this year.

blogging-buddies.jpg Blogging Buddies


 roommates.jpg Cynthia my roommate


  retreat-019.jpg   Mom and Sandy

   sissies1.jpg     Sissies

retreat-011.jpg      Eva & Mom


   retreat-010.jpg    Dionne, Elaine & Susan


  retreat-022.jpg     Cynthia our invincible D.O.Z. leader

 retreat-013.jpg  Sweet Desiree


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sis-doty.jpgThis past Thursday-Saturday, I was blessed and privileged to attend the 24th annual Western District Ladies Conference held in Sacramento at the DoubleTree Hotel.  Mom and my sister Carol also attended.  It was a wonderful time of worship, fellowship and encouragement as over 600 sisters in Christ came together to uplift Jesus.  The music and the speakers all ministered to my heart, and I left with a feeling of gratefulness and a full spirit.   I think that for me, one of the hilights of this meeting (And there were many!) was getting to meet Lynda Allison-Doty in person.  Lynda is an author, counselor, and ordained minister.  I have been blessed, not only by her books, but by communication with her via e-mail.  She has especially been an encouragement to me this past year.  I never dreamed that I would get the chance to ever meet her.  What a blessing that was!  Lynda has a website for women that are hurting or in need of encouragement.  Here is the link to her site:  www.awpministries.org .

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Book Recommendation: Bait of Satan

bait-of-satan.jpgI am an avid reader.  In addition to reading the Bible, it seems I always have a book in my hand.  I recently finished a good one called “Bait of Satan” by John Bevere.  I highly recommend this book to everyone.  It’s about living free from the deadly trap of offense.  Every one of us will be hurt or offended by someone sometime in our lives.  This book is a valuable tool to help overcome offense and the bitterness that often accompanies the hurt. 

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kiki-bday-2.jpgEvery year for about 46 days, I go on a chocolate fast.  There is nothing spiritual about this.  It’s just an exercise in discipline that I choose to do to prove to myself that I can abstain, because I like chocolate so much.   The fast starts on January 1 and ends 46 days later on my birthday.  The past few years, my two sisters, Carol and Ann have joined me on this fast.  The difference this year was that I also fasted from cookies, cake, candy and sweets in general.  I am proud to say that I survived and even lost a few pounds. On February 15 at about 9:30 am, my sister Ann and I broke our chocolate fast together.  I partook of a homemade, decadent bonbon that was a mix of dark chocolate and mint.  It was sensory overload for me, and I experienced a euphoric chocolate high for about 5 minutes.  In my state of delirium, I did not recall what Ann ate.   

That night, my family celebrated my birth with me and I had more chocolate.  Since that day, I have been eating a piece of dark chocolate daily.  I think there may be some benefits to doing this, but to me, the taste itself is benefit enough!  Thank God that he made something we have to do to survive (eating) such a pleasurable experience!


Mom & me     Mike & Jer     Tommy & Me

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I ran across this article in Streams in the Desert about Abe Lincoln and thought I would post it in honor of  the anniversary of his 198th birthday.

It is good for me that I have been afflicted.  (Psalm 119:71)  

God seems to ask greater depths of experience of us as we go along the heavenly pathway.  First the water of trial is ankle deep, then knee deep, and later loin deep with waters to swim in.  Swimming on top of trouble would never be possible in ankle deep waters.  How good that the Lord graduates our trials, which though severe all issue well.  –W.M. Wadsworth, D.D.

One man, upon entering the national scene, was an expert in experiencing defeat and failure.  Had it not been for his determination to serve his fellow countrymen and his God, history would not have recorded him as one of the greatest American presidents.  His failures were his victories.

Abraham Lincoln met his first political failure when he lost the seat in the Illinois Legislature.  Friends persuaded him to venture into business.  Failing at this, he spent nearly twenty years paying off debts.  His next failure was the loss of the young woman he was to marry.  He later married a woman who proved to be a “thorn in his side”- another failure for happiness. 

Congress was his second political goal.  Not only did he miss it, but the United States Land Office, and the United States senate both were claimed by opponents.  Most men would lose their courage after so many defeats.  But. Mr. Lincoln pursued even higher attainments.  He believed he could gain the Vice Presidency in 1856.  Failing to take the office, he tried once more in 1858 and lost to Douglas.

One failure after another-severe and disastrous failures.  Who has not heard of Abraham Lincoln?  Yet he is a man not known for his failures!  –M. Taylor

 “In all things we are more than conquerors through Him that loves us.” (Romans 8:37)

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As of Friday, February 9, we are officially parents of a 25-year old young man.  Our dear son, Jeremy added another year to his life here on planet Earth.  It’s hard to believe we have a son who is a quarter of a century old!  We’re not even 50 yet.  But we started young as parents. I was almost 22, and Mike was almost 23 when Jeremy made his grand entrance.  As parents, I have to say that we are very proud of Jeremy.  Proud of the way he is living his life as a young man of integrity.  Jeremy has been teaching Sunday school now for over a year.  And the kids love him.  He also helps with operating the sound system and multi-media program at our church. And Jeremy has been a big encouragement to his friends when they’ve needed uplifting.  But most of all, we just love Jeremy for who he is and the love he has for God.  He can relate to just about any age group.  He’s comfortable with who he is and does not to my knowledge, wear a façade.  He’s quiet sometimes, but still waters run deep.  He’s also sensitive and tender hearted.  Oh, we could go on about our boy!  No, he’s not perfect.  We still have to get onto him about cleaning his room.  But we all have our flaws.  God’s still working on each of us.

Jeremy does not like to be fussed over, so we had a low-key birthday celebration at our home that night with the Connells and Jer’s two friends Cliff and JJ. Afterwards, he, Cliff and JJ went down to the church to do some jamming.  Cliff plays keyboard, JJ plays drums, and Jeremy has a saxophone.   Here are some pictures of the event.



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