Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Rachel's Tea Party

Rachel and Rosanna are in town ... time for tea ...

cutie pie

cutie pie with handsome gent



touch of spring


soon to be filled

Sunday, March 21, 2010


His reply brought such joy to my heart

I wasn't expecting it ..

At times,I am random with questions.

Once in awhile I just blurt out an investigative, or maybe it is just inquisitive ...

(Ashli would correct me on this) ... question about something ...

We were tucked in bed, our jammies on, with covers pulled up to our noses,

I could hear his breathing begin to deepen

which usually means, "too late for conversation" not a good time for getting a


I felt daring so I

boldly blurted out, "What are you most thankful for? I mean what do you feel was the

best thing that has ever happened to you in your whole life?"

I am ashamed to say, I wasn't expecting his answer ... my mind just wasn't on it at

the moment ... I thought he might say, "The day I met you!" or "The day you became my

wife!" Yep, that is where my mind was at! I confess! At that moment, it was all about


It didn't take him very long to reply ... seconds, perhaps ...

I will treasure the word he spoke to me in that precious moment for the rest of my

life ...

Tenderly, beautifully, sincerely, appreciatively, assuredly he said,


The perfect answer ... beautiful ... it stirred and convicted my heart.

It was if my own gratefulness for my salvation had been measured and left wanting.

Speechless, I lay next to him in awe of his answer as his breathing moved in time

with the rhythm of my mind. A rest settled over me, peace, sweet, satisfied peace.

His reply continues to echo in my mind ... If salvation is the most treasured

of all things to him... the thing he is most grateful for, then I feel safe with him.

I feel sheltered, I can rest, trust, and lean on him, not as Lord, but as

friend, spouse, beloved.

He went on to sleep, while I rose up to praise. Oh, I didn't leave his side, but my

heart began to rejoice, not only for his salvation, but for mine. Baptized in

gratefulness, I lay beside him pondering the gift of my salvation and the gift that

his salvation has been to me. The gift of the journey, yoked with the one I love who

is yoked with the One we love. Together, together on our way through life with

eternal life on our minds.

Grateful meditation beckoned me on to the place of sweet dreams.

So, random question for you ... what is the best thing that ever happened to you in

your whole life! I pray your answer is salvation. That is the perfect response!

Romans 10:9 "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Luke did not even know that I was out of town. He was at his college home. I had decided to go with my friend at the midnight hour which barely left me time to pack much less notify my next of kin that I would be gone for a couple of days.

Regardless, a wandering thought had entered his mind the night before ...

"Mom, is going to call me from an antique store and is going to say something about an accordion."

Next morning the wandering thought repeated itself.

Hmmmm ...

I did not know this.

So back to the antique store next to the Lemon Drop Tea Room that I spoke of in my last post the other day, to that part of the story where I left you hanging ...

They was a child's accordion for sale. It was an antique, in a case, in good condition ... very cool. Renee' and I were completely intrigued with it.

Luke inherited my great aunt's accordion a few years ago. Luke loves music ... he picks up an instrument of any kind and within a measure of time is making melodies with it. He is gifted from God!

I pictured his future child playing this instrument, making harmony with their big daddy, Luke someday.

It was a bit on the pricey side and I wasn't positive that he would like it. I was about to make the purchase when I completely chickened out ... "Wait, would you let me call my son first?"

"Sure" ... the cashier was hoping that Luke was up for the deal.

I got him on the first try! Miracle!

"Luke, I am in an antique store and they have a child's accordion here, would you ..."

He breaks in, "I knew you were going to call me about this."

I say, "WHAT????" so that everyone in the store turns and looks to see what I am up to.

"I knew you were going to call me from an antique store about an accordion today. I didn't have a dream, I just had that thought before I went to bed and then again when I woke up this morning."

I stood staring in the face of the cashier stunned. She couldn't wait to discover the reason for my shock.

"Luke, I don't know if you will like the accordion or not, but because of what you are telling me, I am going to buy it."

Luke and I were in harmony.

The lady taking my money was a little uncomfortable with my story. I was too amazed to care.

Pictured above is the little accordion on my new chair.

Actually the base part does not work ... but perhaps can be fixed.

Luke was not into my vision so much ... the one about a little he/she making harmony with their big daddy, Luke. He's just not thinking about that right now. He thought a little niece or nephew might be okay to teach. Guess we need to hope for him to have another wandering thought that will bring about more harmony ...