Friday, November 27, 2015

Worth a Look

*  I miss having a running partner, but I have enjoyed the chance to listen to inspiring messages and podcasts while I run.  I've been given so much to think about while doing so.  This week, I listened to this wonderful message about Pure Religion, and I was filled with a desire to do more to serve and love those around me.  I loved this story he shared:

The following experience was posted on a Christian website by a Hospice of Metro Denver physician:
I just had one of the most amazing experiences of my life and wanted to share it with my family and dearest friends: I was driving home from a meeting this evening about five, stuck in traffic on Colorado Boulevard, and the car started to choke and splutter and die. I barely managed to coast . . . into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck. It wouldn’t even turn over.
Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the “quickie mart” building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay. When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.
At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with three kids in the back (one in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95. I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying, “I don’t want my kids to see me crying,” so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to California and that things were very hard for her right now.
So I asked, “And you were praying?” That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, “He heard you, and He sent me.”
I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely and while it was fueling walked to the next-door McDonald’s and bought two big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little. She told me her name and that she lived in Kansas City.
Her boyfriend had left two months ago, and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn’t have money to pay rent on January 1, and, finally, in desperation had called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about five years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there. So she packed up everything she owned in the car. She told the kids they were going to California for Christmas, but not that they were going to live there.
I gave her my gloves and a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for safety on the road. As I was walking over to my car, she said, “So, are you like an angel or something?”
This definitely made me cry. I said, “Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people.”
It was so incredible to be a part of someone else’s miracle. And, of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car, it started right away and got me home with no problem. I’ll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic won’t find anything wrong.
Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings. [“Friends Are God’s Way of Taking Care of Us,”]
Does the Lord trust us to be an answer to someone else’s prayer? Can He count on us to follow the promptings of the Spirit? The more we follow the Spirit’s promptings, the more opportunities the Lord will present to us to be the answer to someone else’s prayer.

*  See inside the Tijuana Mexico Temple 

Made me laugh:


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sunset on top of the world

I'm feeling so behind right now, and once again, the blog seems to get last priority when my life is full.  I really do want to do more writing, and I have a post in the works with ideas about designing and building a house for a large family (I have a couple of friends who are in that exciting process), but I seem to end each day with a to-do list longer than it was at the beginning of the day.

Not complaining, mind you, especially since one of the reasons I'm behind is that my husband and I took some time out and flew to Maui with Allison and Benjamin.  It was a beautiful trip, and I'm sure someday I'll get through all the photos we took from it.

In the meantime, here are some photos of one of the most amazing sunset spots on the planet.

Mount Haleakala, Maui's highest peak, is 10,000 feet above sea level.  Most of the clouds hang out at around 8,000 feet, so the view is out-of-this-world amazing.  

Most travel guides tell you to wake up early (like 3:30 a.m. early) and drive up to the top for sunrise, where you and a couple hundred of your closest friends can pack the viewpoint like sardines and ooh and aw like it's a fireworks show.  

We did that, too, and it was amazing (pictures to come). 

So amazing, in fact, that we chose to go back for sunset on our last day in Hawaii.

Instead of the busy overlooks, we drove to a small pull-out at the side of the road, where we watched the sunset with just one other person.  

On top of the world 

 As the sunset progressed, we drove down the mountain, pulling over a few times to take a few more photos of the view through the mists.

So yeah, not complaining at all.  :)

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

One a Day, Week 42

Two Birthday Buddies.  Joey was so excited when he was six years old and Eliza arrived in time to be his birthday present (they are just a few days apart)

(Missed a day here, but insert mental picture of me taking Joey out to ice cream for his birthday)

This monkey is getting too big too fast.

Ready to head off to her preschool Halloween party!

Four of the girls ready for school parties, plus two of our friends.

Happy Halloween!!


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