The Saga of the Yellow Sand Shovel

yellow sand shovel

In July our adult granddaughters and their families spent a week vacationing in the Outer Banks.  Aaliyah, our almost-three-year-old great-granddaughter, loved playing in the sand and water.  She especially enjoyed digging in the sand with her yellow sand shovel.  Everyone was having a marvelous vacation until her little yellow sand shovel was left lying too close to the water.When her yellow sand shovel was swept out to sea, Aaliyah considered it a loss of monumental proportions.  She even claimed that she no longer liked the beach because it stole her yellow shovel from her.  She has a flair … [Read more...]

Happy 45th Anniversary, Larry & Mary Lou!

Sweet Treats Table

In July, this happy couple celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.  This happy couple just happens to be my sister Mary Lou and her husband Larry. Just last week, we celebrated their anniversary at a party given by their two children. The room was filled with friends and family gathered to honor Larry and Mary Lou--a couple who has weathered the storms of life together for forty-five years.  That's something to celebrate! The meal was catered, but the desserts were provided by various guests who brought sweet treats to share.  The sweet treats table was a huge … [Read more...]

The Sisters Visit Big Valley


This summer is flying by at lighting speed, and I've been enjoying it more than I usually enjoy summer.  One reason for that is the cooler temperatures we've had this summer in Central Pennsylvania.  Another reason that this summer has been a great one is that I've gotten to spend time with lots of people I love.  My three sisters, Lois, Joyce, and Mary Lou are among those ones that I love. Every now and then, we like to get together and spend a day together.  Tuesday was one of those days.  For our sister outing, we decided to head over the mountain to the Big Valley--one of the most … [Read more...]

Moving From Intention to Action


I've been in a bit of a funk lately.  I think it has something to do with the fact that I'm fifty-six years old, and I'm still battling the same issue that I've been battling all my life. The issue to which I refer is my near-total absorption with food. I use that word "battling" loosely here, and I know it's not exactly the right word for what I've been doing.  Battling implies action.  It implies war.  I haven't really been doing much battle.  What I've been doing is planning and intending to do battle. I seriously enjoy making plans!  I love writing up New Year's resolutions, lists of … [Read more...]

Scripture Memory Challenge: Verse Ten


Mid-June is past, and we are enjoying our blooming annuals here!  Summer is such a wonderful time to witness the creative genius of our Creator God. I'm continuing my Scripture memorization in Psalm 63.  The verse I've been working on for the last half of June is verse four: I will praise you as long as I live,    lifting up my hands to you in prayer. When I gaze on God's power and glory, my only possible response is to praise Him! … [Read more...]