Thursday, April 22, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Allison - 2 years - wearing the traditional Dewey family two year photo "sailor" outfit.
Grandma, aka Carolyn Jo, - 15 months. That's quite a mop of hair for a 15-month-old!
Celebrating Allie's 3rd birthday, and my, well you do the math! Three candles for her, six for my decades!
By now, you know that I love to make cookies with my grandchildren. When they came for a visit in 2008 this was high on the "what do we do now" list. They will come for a visit this summer, so I'm sure we'll have more baking fun!
Giving the relay her all!
I couldn't tell you what this little gal was so pleased about but this photo makes me smile! It captures her very fun personality! We were at the Hillsboro Rodeo. You'd think she'd just roped a calf, or something. Gotta love it!
When I visited California in March, one of my highlights was taking Katelyn and Allison shopping for their birthday gifts. Since their birthdays are just a month apart, we combined them into one fun shopping trip. This is a tradition I started when Cole was just a little guy. Target is our place of choice until they get to be tweens, then I have to "up my game". Lunch and/or a snack is always part of the routine. Wendy's was a tradition for the Moorpark Dewey kids - have to get those yummy frostees! We had such a fun afternoon! The sad thing for me was that neither Katelyn or Allison remembered doing this when they were little. We moved in 2006 so they were just six and four for their last birthday shopping trips with Grandma. Since then it's been gift cards in the mail.
More than being sisters, Kate and Allie are such good friends. I love that!
Allison, Papa and I love you very much. Always keep Jesus in your heart! Happy birthday, sweetie - my special birthday gift!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
If only you could smell its sweet fragrance!
Dahlias, Sweet Alyssum and Herbs
In yellow, coral, yellow/coral mix, pink, white color blocks in our deck pots along with basil, flat-leaf and curly parsley.
We are loving this time of year!
"God saw all that He had made, and it was very good."
I guess that is true of the winter too!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
This was quite a process and required the hospital to make lots of special arrangements. He was placed in a room as far away from as many patients as possible. The door was always shut and he couldn't leave, so he was captive! In the room there was this heavy blue paper taped over all the floor, the bed, chair, counter top and I don't know what in the bathroom. Other items in the room were covered in plastic. Anything used in the room had to be destroyed, so there were three big trash cans for linens, fluids, and trash. The paperback and puzzle books he took in had to be trashed. So you can imagine how H.A.P.P.Y. he was to get out of there!
There are precautions we have to take all this week while his body continues to "flush" the iodine, like sleeping in separate rooms, using separate bathrooms, he eats out of disposal dishes, showers 2-3X/day with a new towel each time, his laundry is done separately and he's homebound this week. We are also keeping our little granddaughters away, just for their safety. Brett came over last evening for a wonderful chat but he was to remain 6' away from Rich.
Next Friday Rich will have a full body scan to check the results. Pray he is cancer free!
We went up to KU last week for Rich's three-month checkups with ENT and kidney surgeons. He had lab work, ultrasound of abdomen and x-ray and all were good. Docs were pleased and he doesn't need to go back for six months! Man-a-live, was that good news! It wasn't an easy trip as Rich came down with food poisoning very early Friday morning. He was so sick from 2-10 am, but was able to leave at 10:15 for the Friday appointments. I drove home in 2 hours 45 minutes and that was with a stop for gas! We were beat and just wanted to be home! Rich said only I could get home that fast!
What a year this has been!!! April 28 will mark the anniversary of this journey. We've certainly learned more about health and the body than we ever expected! We've learned lots about patience! And even more about HOPE and FAITH in our God. We've learned how much it means to be cared for and prayed for and just how precious LIFE is and just how precious are our PRAYING family and friends.
In my first blog on May 6, 2009, I ended with my favorite scripture, Proverbs 3:5-6, "TRUST in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your pathway straight." We know for sure that the Lord WILL straighten the crooked and bumpy paths!
Praise be to Him!
Monday, April 5, 2010
I did a lot of reminiscing about my years in the choir at our church, Calvary Community, in Westlake Village, CA, remembering all the long, exhausting hours of rehearsal, working out choreography steps, experiencing the exhiliration of singing before a few thousand people over several church services, while managing life, a job, and family. We always did a fabulous music and drama production on Palm Sunday. For our church it began Passion Week. We followed that with a silent Good Friday communion service and a truly celebratory Easter service. During the week, I always read the various accounts as told in the Gospels of this week in Jerusalem. This year I have really struggled. I didn't get my Bible reading in until Saturday. Palm Sunday was "just another Sunday", and I wanted so much more for Easter. Rich was on schedule to play the piano at church but due to his continuing lack of energy he determined he really wasn't up for the rigors of rehearsal and the three services. I suggested that we go to Brett's church, Hope Mennonite, in Wichita. I thought it would be really special to celebrate with him and Esther at this, their first Easter as Pastor.
Wow! What a marvelous service it was!
The service began where they left off on Maundy Thursday, celebrating the Last Supper and marking Christ's crucifixion. The service began as a "Gathering in the darkness". The lights in the sanctuary were dimmed, except for the light on the cross, which was draped in a white cloth. As the congregants entered they were reverant. No talking or walking about! It marked the solemnity of the events. Amazing! We were immediately "taken in". The piano played a prelude, an African drum beat like a heartbeat broke the silence, scripture was read from Matthew 27: 57-61, and then from the back of the sanctuary came this luxurious baritone voice which led the congregation in four verses of the spiritual, "Were You There?" Each verse built upon the other, with voices in harmony increasing on each verse. Another scripture reading from Matthew 28:1-10 and then the final verse of of "Were you There?", "Were you there when he rose up from the grave?" It was glorious! This is a church that loves to sing and to sing well. Mind you, this singing was all a capella - no instruments. More music, another spiritual by the choir, "Ain't no Grave Can Hold my Body Down", responsive readings, traditional Easter hymns, a children's teaching, more scripture reading, and then Brett's message, "With Fear and Great Joy". To say our hearts were over-flowing is quite an understatement. God's Word was preached without apology yet with love and passion. The last song was, "You Shall Go Out With Joy", a song which we sang years ago at Calvary, and what a joy it was to sing it again! The service ended with a "Celebrating the Feast", with banquet tables at the front of the church laden with tiers and platters of fruit and Easter breads and floral arrangements. The "Hopeful Blues", a quintet of Hope musicians played "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power" and other marvelous songs. What a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It was lovely to see people we've met on other occasions and to meet other members of the congregation. Everyone we met was so affiriming of God's call on Brett to be their Pastor. There's such a depth and excitement among the people. We were BLESSED!
My longing for "something more" was met in ways I couldn't imagine!
We came home and Rich napped all afternoon, while I prepared our Easter dinner for Brett, Esther, and girls. Rich has been on a low iodine diet since the middle of March, which basically means no milk, diary, eggs, commerical baked goods (so I am making bread!), no prepared foods, iodized or sea salt, fish, salted nuts, and more I've been asked what I prepared for our Easter Celebration. It was: herb crusted pork loin tenderloin, a hot potato salad, a corn salad, a bowl of cut veggies, with applesauce cake and chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert. It was a hit. I'll share a couple of recipes. Sorry no photos, I was just concentraing on getting dinner on the table for a hungry family! :)
In a small bowl mix:
Pour into tube pan sprayed with non-stick spray and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until pick is clean.
Combine corn, peppers, onion and celery in a large bowl. Combine sugar, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Pour over vegetables. Toss all together and chill for at leat 2 hours before serving. Serves 6.
Now we are truly enjoying this beautiful Spring!