Wednesday, July 4, 2012
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY
I have been so absent from the blogging world, that for the first time I see how it is that people just suddenly stop, and you never hear from them again. I have NEVER understood it, but I kind of do now. To top it all off, I can't seem to work things here on my blog page like I did before the changes. My blog suddenly shrunk down to the regular sized screen rather than the wide. I have been able to figure out how to get it to widen, but no matter what I try I can't get my header pics to widen as well. I am sure I have to mess with the html and I realized some one did that for me before, and I have no idea how to do it on my own....sigh. And then (since I am on a roll complaining) the picnic picture thing is closed down and I am sure there is a new one you are all using, but I have no idea what it is. I am feeling left out and left behind. haha.
I have been sooo busy trying to get things done at my mom's and here to move her in etc., it has seemed to take up my every moment. But before I get to that, I will TRY to catch this blog up with what has been happening.....
The funeral service for my step dad went very nicely. Thank you soo much for your prayers and support. Melody and Mike and Sam did make it out for the service, and the baby just couldn't have been better. What a sweetie he is. He is getting soo big. Grandma loved on him and enjoyed him every single second she got. They did not arrive at our house until 9 pm with delays etc. and we left to take them to the airport at 6:30 am on Sat though, so they were not here long. My mom did well, and has had her moments of course, but she is moving along OK. James made it back from Israel in time for the service as well, and Jeff and I spent alot of time with him after church on Sun hearing all about the trip. I am sure there will be more stories to hear as times goes by, but I am soo glad we got to hear what we did. You can imagine my horror though when I heard that the first couple of days they were there, that the city they were in is getting fired on by rockets from the Gaza Strip every day. He literally had to run to bomb shelters a few times! He talked about how hard it would really be to live in such a way all the time. He met with and talked to some Christian families living there and heard their incredible testimonies. They are willing to live and die if necessary this way, and would consider it an honor to have done so. The Christians over there who are trying to evangelize both to the Muslims and the Jews are in real physical danger everyday. We must double our efforts in praying for God's chosen people. How blessed we are to live here in the United States where we are free to worship our God as we want to. We are not arrested for spreading the Gospel. We gather in our churches and sing songs of praise and worship without fearing we might be bombed. We can send our children off to school everyday, not worrying that they might not make it home due to an unexpected rocket attack. I love the 4th of July. It has always been one of my very favorite holidays. I am a flag waving, patriotic music loving gal who loves America with all of her heart. And as we gather all over this great country today with picnics, bbq';s, and awesome firework displays, I am praying that God will continue to bless the USA! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!
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