Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Daughter back in college, headed for Fiji in about 4 months. Son, in high school and with a new job. Me, back to work after summer break. And when I'm not at work, I'm taxiing the boy around - or visiting my girl at school. She has a bunk for me. I hope to go next weekend.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
First, I cleaned - really cleaned out my refrigerator. Washed everything down, including the top of the refrigerator, and threw stuff away. Whew, that was a long time over due!
Secondly, I painted my entryway. It's just a few walls, not a large space, but it's sure freshened up!
I am glad to have completed these few project this summer. The rest can wait until rainy autumn days and winter days when it's too cold to do anything else.
Hope you appreciate your blessings!
I just want to reflect on my son's dinner here for a minute. He made all the crepes from scratch and he makes them well! On the table setting, he used cloth napkins and even put lemon slices on the rims of our water glasses.
This really blesses me!!
Blessings to you!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
It was there that I spotted this bench:
I thought it was the coolest thing ever :)
On Monday, we spent most of the day at the beach on Lake Superior in Wisconsin Point. Usually the lake is much too cold to swim in, but today was perfect. While the water was certainly 'cool', it wasn't uncomfortable. I love that the water is so clear and clean.
That evening we were invited to the home of my daughter's co-worker/boss. He grilled us a great dinner, we played a frisbee game, and capped the night off with great conversation around the fire pit and smores!
Before our departure on Tuesday, we ate a late lunch at The Anchor Bar. They serve great burgers!
As short as it was, this was one of our very best vacations. Even my 16 year old son agrees.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The Limits of a Parents - John Mark Ministries
I gave you life, but I cannot live it for you
I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn
I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you
I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it
I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe
I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot decide for you
I can buy you a beautiful garment, but I cannot make you beautiful inside
I can offer you advice, but cannot accept it for you
I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you
I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you unselfish
I can teach you to respect, but I cannot force you to show honor
I can advise you about friends, but I cannot choose them for you
I can advise you about sex, but I cannot keep you pure
I can tell you the facts of life, but I cannot build your reputation
I can tell you about drinking, but I cannot say no for you
I can warn you about drugs, but I cannot prevent you from using them
I can tell you about lofty goals, but I cannot achieve them for you
I can teach you about kindness, but I cannot force you to be gracious
I can warn you about sin, but I cannot make you moral
I can love you as a child, but I cannot make you walk with God
I can teach you about Jesus, but I cannot make Jesus your Lord
I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
When I stopped at Home Depot yesterday morning to get the ceiling paint, I checked the OOPS paint section, as I always do. I figure, for $5 a gallon, if the color is even close to something I'd been considering, I'll snap it up. I'd been looking for a sort of spa-greenish color for the bathroom, and there on the OOPS shelf at H.D. was a color very close to it.
I was so excited when I got home, that once I finished the ceiling touch up, I got right into the bathroom and started painting. It's much darker than what I wanted, but it kind of has a vintage-y feel to it. Close to an avocado green. I like it enough - and for $5!!! When you use less than a half gallon of paint, it doesn't pay to spend $25 for a gallon. My philosophy.
I have to state here, though, that I can't stand Behr paint. The paint that I got yesterday, is Behr, but I can't stand to paint with it. It's like painting with pudding, YUCK! Oh, well, again only $5. So this morning, I'll be finishing the bathroom paint project, along with the loads of laundry, in between.
Checking projects off the list. So happy :)
Blessings to you!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I'm spent and tomorrow I am taking a break from his room. Back at it on Thursday, I guess.
Oh, yeah, AND I think I've found all of my missing dishes and silverware :)
Love and blessings!
Monday, June 14, 2010
When I returned home, I started the task of cleaning my teenage son's room. Let me tell you, this has been no small feat. This undertaking necessitated a few breaks, or I would be seeing the undertaker!!! 10 hours later -- and I'm not done -- I made a huge dent. Tomorrow I should be finished enough to use the Rug Doctor and finish the job. I'm going to predict another 5 hours, not including the carpet cleaning.
Now, in the midst of all of this, I had to take time out to take our precious pet bunny to the vet. She decided yesterday that she wasn't going to eat, drink or poop. $300 later, we learned that she has GI Stasis, which is a stomach blockage. Who knows what may be the cause, but it could be a hairball. So now, I'm medicating, feeding, watering, nursing her every four hours to be sure she's getting nutrition to move that stuff through! She did eat about a cup of mixed greens tonight. And that's a good thing :)
Blessings to you!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
This morning, I am sitting at a community center, administering GED testing - my 2nd paid job. Getting up this morning was difficult, but I can't believe how good I feel. It's amazing that being productive .... giving me a job to do, makes me feel alive. I guess this is my incentive to get something done each day at home. I'm going to use these upcoming rainy days to work on some projects around my apartment. I'll post my progress, and may include photos. Ha! That would be a really brave move on my part.
Love you - be Blessed on This Day!!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13
Love you - Tracey
Monday, May 3, 2010
Below is Kym’s speech that she gave at the event:
This morning on several of our university and High school campuses across the twin ports, people of all races, nationalities, religions and creeds are gathering or marching in response to an act of racism. We here have come together to say enough. We are standing up for a new day and a new way of thinking. We are here today to say NO we will not tolerate or accept racism, racist remarks or attitudes in our UWS home.
As a mother, grandmother, student, and woman of the 21st Century I encourage you to teach your children the value of humanity. In this great nation of ours where men and women throughout the years have fought and died in the name of freedom, we must teach our children the value of diversity. When as a people we can all come together like this to say no more, we are teaching the world's children the value of solidarity. These lessons though painful to those victims of racism and its effects are invaluable to the future generations of leaders we are raising.
I stand here today because someone stood up to end racist policies that would have kept me from gaining a better education. I stand here today because those before me struggled through racism and discrimination to attain the American Dream. I stand here to day to say ENOUGH!
Racism cannot be allowed to flourish its head on our campuses. Rascism cannot be allowed to interfere with the educational process. Racism cannot be allowed to tear down all that we have achieved for ourselves, for our families, and for our humanity. It cannot be allowed to destroy the future. Racism ENOUGH is ENOUGH!
As I take the hand of the person next to me today I vow to always stand up for what is right, ethical and will promote our humanity. I stand here today to proclaim ENOUGH! There is no room in my heart for racism.
I say, MARCH ON!!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
There were the usual, normal sights you'd see at any expo. Friends gathering together around all things horses. Enjoying the food! Hi Liz and Elle :)
Horses on parade and display.
The arena "zamboni". Growing up watching LOTS of hockey, this cracked me up. Reminiscent of the ice rink zamboni.
But this? I couldn't resist taking this photo - it just looked so unnatural to me!
Enjoy each day! Find one thing that strikes you as funny. Love you!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Honestly, I forgot about it. I intend to check out as many blogs as I can throughout this week. Checking in at the Blog Party site, I have to say I'm overwhelmed. There are soooo many places to visit, and just not enough time! Oh, well, sounds like life to me.
Hope you're all having a great party anyways!
Lots of love ...
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Son: joined the high school Track and Field team; beginning a new high school alternative program - one more step toward success; starting to take regular showers!!! *More Smiles* *Smiles* *Smiles*
Much Love to you!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.
I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation
And I love you!
And I love you!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Because I made a comment on one of her postings, I won these beautiful booties! Aren't they the cutest? I'm paying it foward and gifting them to a colleague who is expecting her first grandchild ... it's a girl ;) Go to my "Shop" page to find out where you can get yours!!
And today I learned that another local news reporter, Darcy Pohland, passed away. While I was watching a tribute, I witnessed these two news casters show their emotion to losing their colleague and friend.
Today I saw humanity - the joys and sorrows of being connected. I pray for those that have lost loved ones and I pray for those that getting ready to welcome loved ones into the world!
With much love and blessings ~ Tracey
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
p.s. - concussions add to the lack of energy and thought, sheesh!
Friday, January 8, 2010
There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. (V.22)
The next part is so wild:
Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.
Metaphorically speaking, the same thing can happen to us. When a shadow overtakes our lives and the light dims nearly beyond recognition, we may not see a single evidence of His arrival in our crisis. Sometimes we're in such blackness, we may go weeks or months that we don't sense God right by our side or feel the presence of His abiding Spirit within us. Those are the seasons when we make the choice whether we'll go by what we see and feel, or walk by what we know to be true. These are the places we learn what it really means to walk by faith and not by sight. To sow the seed of Scripture in our tears. It's often not until the crisis begins to dissipate that we look back upon the outstretched horizon and see God's hand prints all over it. No, we do not see His face, because, as Scripture says, our mortal bodies are not equipped to bear the sight. But, in a beautiful sense, we do indeed see His "back.' As the season draws to a close, we see that He took every single step we did.
We are quick to assume that all darkness is demonic but sometimes maybe the shadow over us is the hand of God covering us while His glory passes by.
I wonder if any of you can glance back over 2009 and see the "back" of God. Maybe you didn't see His face. Maybe you weren't even positive at times He was there. But now, as you look over your shoulder at the months behind you, the fog clears and you get a glimpse of His back, leading the way to your exodus. (reprinted from Beth Moore)