Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Can't Plant Corn, So Let's Go Flying

Nothing says Springtime to a pilot like taking the bird up and poking holes in the sky.

And he's safer up there too! Just read the sign below!
This year with all the wet weather we had problems with fungus in the soil and our neighbor hired a crop duster.
And that's the latest story about Spring 2011 in Clark County, OH
Q4U What kind of spring are you having? What do you do to keep your spirits up in gloomy weather?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The MS Walk

Twenty-One years ago, on a cold December night our daughter Rebecca was operated on for a ruptured appendix.

And two days later her third child, Rose, was born prematurely. The doctor said she was too tiny to live. 

But our Rose was a fighter. She struggled to breathe.

She wants to live, the doctor said. We have to help her.

All the personnel from the small Bluffton, OH hospital gathered around. It was shift change and the old crew stayed on and the new shift joined them. They hand pumped with a special a bag to help Rose breathe until the ambulance could get there from Toledo.

And just a few months later Rebecca was diagnosed with MS. Now she is supported annually by many of her family members each spring at the MS walk held in Defiance, OH.
Rebecca with Wilbur, her father-in-love, and nephew Jed getting ready to walk beside her. 

Then husband lined them up for a group photo. (He should have gotten into the picture, but. . . he did come home with a cool t-shirt that proves he was there.

So here we have Hannah and Ross Brown holding Caleb Bowman. Wes, Rachel and Becca Bowman. Rose Rayle, the preemie, who is now expecting a little one of her own. Nephew Jed Mahin standing in front of Rebecca's husband, Sheldon. Rebecca on her scooter with her father-in-love Wilbur Bowman and her aunt Suzie Carder on her other side.

Q4U: Have you ever participated in a walk for a cause?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Starting a 50/50 Journal

By Kathi Lipp

I am a serial journaler. In my years walking on this planet, I have left an impressive number of three page-filled journals in the wake of my path. I am a  sucker for a cute journal—something romantic about a private place to keep my thoughts and dreams. Each time I’m at a bookstore I can’t help but peruse the journal section, dreaming about the beautiful things I’d write in that gorgeous black leather bound book—or maybe the bright orange and green floral journal with the matching pen. Oh—the possibilities.

That is how it went on the day that I met my new journal. With its dark red cover and Irish proverb on the front, it not only matched my mood, it matched my hair color and heritage at the same time. Love at first sight.

After purchasing the journal and a hazelnut latte, I curled up in one of the bookstore chairs to … what I didn’t know.

I didn’t want this to just be another started and abandoned journal. I wanted this journal to be different. I spent almost half an hour staring at a blank page.

If I knew I was going to live another 50 years, what would I want those fifty years to look like—what would I like to say I had done with that time?

So, I started to write everything down. I figured that if I was healthy and stayed out of the way of people talking on cell phones while driving, it was conceivable that I could have another fifty years on this planet. I wrote down fifty things I wanted to accomplish in the next fifty years. Somehow, this new journal seemed different than the ones I’d started before. This was not a daily recitation of deep thoughts that I had while walking on the beach. This felt big, important, and all for me.

I felt silly writing some of those goals down—getting my nails done once a week—that seemed less like a goal and more like self-indulgence. “Take a gourmet cooking class” seemed a little frivolous as well. But one of the things I promised myself was that I was going to be very free in what I wrote down—I would not censor myself because it seemed silly or trivial. I trusted that these goals were between me and God, and asked Him to bless me in the goals that were within His will, and to take away the desire for the ones that may not be from Him.

It has been fascinating to see God working in my 50/50 journal. About once a month, I update any progress made towards the goal. It can be as simple as buying a book on cross-country travel; I make a note of it on the page that has “Travel around the United States for a month without a schedule” as the goal. Any progress is noted and celebrated.

Kathi Lipp helps women renovate their life with projects for the soul. She is a national speaker and author who inspires thousands each year to take beneficial action steps in their personal, marital, and spiritual  lives. Her wit and wisdom will give you new ways to:
• Avoid settling for less than God’s loving plan for your life
• Develop new levels of warmth and tenderness with your spouse
• Return fun and flirting to your marriage
• Boost your confidence to follow God given dreams and goals.
• Create an environment of encouragement in your friendships
Kathi is the author of:
The Husband Project: 21 Days to Loving Your Man on Purpose and with a Plan
The Marriage Project: 21 Days to Reigniting Your Relationship
The Me Project: 21 Days to the Life You’ve Always Wanted
In addition, her articles have appeared in several major magazines, and she is an author with Nickelodeon’s Parent’s Connect Magazine.
Church leaders and women’s ministry directors rely on Kathi to help women move from living out of obligation to enjoying godly passion. She shares her cheerful humor and biblical insights over 45 times a year at conferences and retreats.
What leaders are saying about Kathi:
I love this book! This message is life-changing and will transform the way you look at your marriage--and your man. I will be recommending this book to everyone.
Shaunti Feldhahn ~Author of For Women Only
Wow! I can’t think of anything more powerful a woman can do for her marriage than The Husband Project. I highly recommend it for every woman. Shhh! It’s a secret, but I’ve already started on The Husband Project to bless my man!
Pam Farrel~Author of the best-selling Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti and Red-Hot Monogamy
I couldn’t put the book down. With great insight in to the heart, desires, and needs of men, Kathi Lipp has put together a can’t-miss guide to a better marriage. It has wit (I’m still laughing at the ‘Worship Macarena’) and wisdom. Now I’m going to put everything about this book out of my mind so when my wife gets it, I’m surprised (but hopefully not clueless).
Steve Jordahl~Producer, Family News in Focus, Focus on the Family
Kathi is available for Women’s Retreats, Writer ’s Conferences, Keynotes & Workshops,Women’s Conferences, MOPS & MOMS Groups, Parenting Conferences, Ministry Conferences.
Kathi and her husband, Roger, are parents of four young adults and live in San Jose, California. They are members of Church on the Hill.
Visit Kathi online at www.kathilipp.com  PHONE: 800-969-1603  E-MAIL: info@kathilipp.com
Renovate your life with a Project for the SOUL

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Winds of Change

This past week the wind and the rain blew through the little town near us, taking roofs and siding it its wake.
Blowing trees onto dwellings and doing untold damage.
We live on a farm outside of town and the wind and rain did a number on the poles and wires going past the neighbors house, taking out electricity down our road for miles. A bit of inconvenience. Well with deadlines a lot of inconvenience.

But instead of grousing we count our blessings. And pray for the people in our town, and for the state of Alabama where even greater damage was done, and lives lost.

Terrifying video reveals deadly size and destruction of massive tornado. I have posted a link to this second one per the video owners request.

Will you pray with me?

Lord be with your children, Your very own creation, who have lost their homes, their belongings, and some have lost loved ones. Hold them in your loving arms as they try to pull the pieces of their lives together again. Help them to turn to You, the God of all Comfort.

Give we who escaped the weathers wrath (this time) give us compassion for our suffering brothers and sisters. Show us how we can help and encourage them.

The very earth is groaning for You, Father. We need You. We need your peace that passes all understanding ~ Amen.

Q4U: What is the most terrifying weather you have ever experienced?