Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Oh I just get a kick out of old photographs. This one is of my great grandparents-Joseph and Matilda Shafer. He was 20 years older than her and they had 11 children. I know that sounds a little sick....but that is the way it was. He was born in 1862 and she was born in 1882. He looks so much like my father that it makes me smile.
This brings me around to today's topic. My personality. I spent a fair amount of time tonight taking a personality inventory...which I have taken before. I always find them fascinating. It turns out that I am a ISFJ through and through! Just can't get around it. I have some things in common with ISFP...but overall...ISFJ wins!
I wonder what personality types Joe and Tilly had? Was anything passed down to me? I suppose so! I wish I had pictures of the other great grandparents!
Anyway...which personality type are you? You can read up on it at
Have fun! Let me know your results!
Sunday, February 26, 2006
This picture is in honor of all of Rachel's memories of camping. I'm the kid on the far left. Rachel is in blue...Martha red. That is our Mother and dog, Kate with us. Here are 4 of Rachel's memories from Martha's blog:
1. Dad heating water over a campfire and coming in the camper to wash our dirty legs and feet before we climbed into our sleeping bags.
2. Dad playing his harmonica or guitar as we all sat by a campfire and sang.
3. Mom saying lets go hiking to "Hodge Podge Lodge" and then having fun hiking through the woods.
4. Mom and us digging for spoons in the bushes when camping. People would accidentally throw them out with their dishwater, go home, and what they lost was our treasure.
-Yes. I believe that this picture was taken just before taking a hike over to "Hodge Podge Lodge."
Here I am with my big sister enjoying a fudgecicle. Yum!
In the background are the Webster water towers...which are now painted pale blue. Perhaps whoever decided they should be painted blue were hoping they would blend in with the sky. In that case...they should have been left grey.
Thank you for the pics, Mart!
Saturday, February 25, 2006
1. Martha and I sharing a room in the former attic and inventing a ghost friend named George. If we heard a strange creeky noise...we would say, "Oh...it's just George." (Later I shared the room with Rachel. He was still around)
2. Rachel rescuing me from Walter every morning on the bus (ok...it was high school...but anyway).
3. Throwing water balloons at Dan from the roof (and paying for it dearly).
4. Eavesdropping and tape recording Dan Muson on the phone.
5. George pouring the split pea soup into his loafers under the table (this was a hippo...not a ghost).
6. Making very long gum wrapper chains.
7. Playing in the mud...and mom letting us!
8. Playing 4-square every day.
9. Being tape recorded having a temper tantrum as a child (while singing "Jesus Loves Me" no less!) and having my family play that stupid tape for every soul that walked through the doors for the next 18 years! Thankfully that tape eventually wore out! (I'm not bitter about this, honest!)
10. Painting rocks. I believe this was the beginning of my "career" as a decorative artist.
11. Playing one of our favorite games with Dad. "The guessing Game"
12. Playing "The Queen is Coming"-a game my mother invented to get us to clean the house. It actually was fun and we sometimes asked to play it.
13. Back Yard Bible Clubs where our driveway would be packed with bikes from kids all over the neighborhood...and those ladies would come with their flannel boards and Bible songs! I loved holding the signs for the songs and I still have my prize for memorizing the books of the Bible in order (a metal ruler with the names of the books printed on it).
14. Gerbil population explosion!
Ok..It was 14, but I couldn't stop. Martha-please scan and send a picture of our childhood to me. I really want to put a picture with this.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Anyway...thank you for making me laugh out loud to the following people who come to mind:
Martha, Rachel, Beth, Ben, Hannah, Marla, Greg, Laura, Luke, Andrew, Kurt, Taryn, Natalie, David, Christine, my nephew Jim, "messy Christian",...oh I can't think of all your names! But anyway...even though I don't know most of you personally, you really are appreciated! And come to think of it, all the people I mentioned here are sisters and brothers in Christ! It's amazing! I have this huge family around the world! Isn't heaven going to be fun?! We are all just going to be laughing and having such a wonderful time! Real Joy! The people I mentioned here are from all over the place-New York, Illinois, Vancouver Island in Canada, Massachusettes, Asia...and I don't even know where else!
I've got the coolest family! Any of you who read this...even if you don't find your name...feel free to check in anytime! I'll leave the light on for ya!
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Today has been a fairly good day so far. I've been working on the cupboard I am painting roses on for a client. In between painting and allowing for drying time, I have been lurking around on the computer. I had a fun "conversation" with a stranger in New England who is a Young Life leader. Some of his blogs brought back great memories for me when I was a YL leader years ago. I really miss those days! I haven't set foot on a YL property in about 14 years. Great and happy memories and lots of laughing!
I think YL actually was a huge blessing from the Lord to me after I returned home from college in 1989. I was just getting over a major depression. I got involved with the ministry of YL which helped get my eyes off of myself and my broken heart and onto others and helping them. Not to mention all the laughing I did! Who could be depressed watching those silly program guys? I never laughed so hard in my life I think. Those Tuesday night dinners at the O'Leary's house and praying for club and kids, and then loading up in the van to go to club to hang out with a bunch of high school kids!
Life is good now too of course...but sometimes I miss those crazy, fun, laughing days. I still laugh...mostly at my children's antics. Yep. Life changes...but as I said earlier in the day, Jesus remains constant. Amen!
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
After 2 hours and 45 minutes on the road, we arrived at their home at approximately 10:20. Jessi was anxiously waiting for our arrival and greeted us even before we were out of the car! Took a tour of the house. It's really nice! We also got to meet their adorable 4 month old puppy, Chloe. The kids all dispersed into various parts of the house to play (7 kids in all...ages 10 and under). Jamie, Jeff, Amy and I sat and had tea or coffee and carrot cake. We spent lots of time catching up on eachother. Then they took us over to take a tour of the church they "live" at. Jeff is the worship pastor there and he showed us all the ins and outs of what he does. It looks like a great church!
On the way back to their house, Jessi asked if we could drive by her school so that she could show Audra...which led us to drive by Caleb's school as well. Back to the house. Lunch was served. More talking, more laughing, more playing. Wow! It was dinner time before we even knew it! All in all. We didn't do much besides talk and eat. But it was good!
We left around 9:30 and got home around midnight.
My only regret was that I forgot to bring my camera so I didn't get pictures. On the flip side...I think I convinced Amy that she needs to start a blog so I can keep track of her better. She took pictures which hopefully she will remember to send me.
Sunday, February 19, 2006
This past week at Bible study...the lesson was truly amazing. We are studying the period of time in which the Israelites return to Jeruselem after years of captivity in Babylonia and Syria. This week's study focused on scripture from Ezra.
Ezra 9:1-4 After these things had been done, the leaders came to me and said, "The people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the neighboring peoples with their detestable practices, like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites. They have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, and have mingled the holy race with the peoples around them. And the priests and the officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness."
When I heard this, I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled. Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel gathered around me because of this unfaithfulness of the exiles. And I sat there appalled until the evening sacrifices.
Our discussion turned to how the Israelites had been warned by God not to intermarry with the pagans because their hearts would be turned away from God. I got to thinking about us. Oh...maybe we are not married to Baal worshippers...or maybe it's not a marriage in the traditional sense ...maybe what we are married to is something else that is dragging our hearts away from God. I was convicted myself because I have to confess that lately I have married busyness and chaos. I have not taken the time to be still and quiet before the Lord. It has dragged my heart away.
Reading on in Ezra.
While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites-men, women, and children-gathered around him. They too wept bitterly. Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, ..., said to Ezra, "We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the peoples around us. But in spite of this, there is still hope for Israel."
I won't go into the rest of the story about what the Israelites decided to do to make themselves right before the Lord (you can read it for yourselves)...but I will say this. They took drastic measures! Praise the Lord that he is full of grace and mercy and does not give us what we deserve...but because of Him we still have hope. I am devorcing myself from the busyness and chaos of life and sending her away. I am going to be still and quiet before the Lord.
What are you married to?
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Went and had coffee with my friend Melissa today while Audra and Allen played with her Sarah and Sam. She is always so cheerful and upbeat. She just loves the Lord and it is contagious. Contagious Christianity! I've got the bug! Do you?
Friday, February 17, 2006
If you read my sister's blog today, you already know that it was a very windy day here in upstate NY. It was so windy that I felt the house shaking. I went downstairs and asked my hubby if there was school today. He was already on the computer bright and early. He said, "Yes." The kids all moaned and groaned and got ready for school. I send them out to the bus stop. A few minutes later they were back inside because Mrs. Castle had called out her front door to them that school had been cancelled. There are a lot of walkers and I guess there was concern for their safetly. And for good reason. A HUGE pine tree blew down in the yard behind ours. It just looks like a big mass of pine boughs in a giant heap on the ground. Luckily it did not hit a house. After that I kept eyeing the pine tree next to our house. Praise the Lord that it stayed upright!
I put the picture of the fire up because that's what I felt like being near all day. I do not have a fireplace. Perhaps my next residence will...if I ever move again.
Audra is on the swim team here in town and she's turning out to be quite the little swimmer. She was supposed to go tonight and swim to see if she could make state's. I guess her time on the backstroke is close. Anyway...all swim events have been cancelled. It's too bad because it is now 5:30 PM and the wind is completely gone. It looks very still out there. Now we have to have her at the high school at 8:00 in the morning to do this swim thing. I guess I won't be sleeping in in the morning.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
I have not blogged in forever. I was not feeling well for a few days and then I just got so busy. These are pictures of my father. Wasn't he cute? I don't know how old he was. Maybe 5 or 6? Anyway...they were taken circa 1937 or 1938.
I am feeling a little lonely today. I took the dog for a long walk. It is beautiful outside. I can't believe it is February. As I was walking, I was noticing some green poking up through the ground in one of the gardens I passed. Crocuses maybe? It's a little early for them to be coming out...but they don't know that. I stopped by my husband's work for a cup of coffee and a visit...but everyone in the office was quite busy. They had potential clients there and were showing them their portfolios. I didn't stay long because it was not a good time to visit.
Next week there is no school because of winter break. On Monday we will drive down to Jamestown to visit our friends. It is just over a 2 hour drive. We miss them terribly. They have kids the same ages as ours and Amy and I are very close friends too. She is like a sister to me. Our families used to share a house. We lived upstairs and they lived downstairs. We used to do everything together. That was back in the days when we had one car and so did they. Our house was out in the country...so it wasn't like we could walk anywhere. Amy and I would spend a lot of time together drinking tea and watching our little boys play together. Then we each had a girl. Neither of our families had much money so we would get very creative with what we had. Sometimes we would decide to pool our resources and cook dinner together...or plant a garden. We had such good times. Eventually we both moved from there but remained close...still hanging out often. This past August however, her husband Jeff got a new position at a church down in Jamestown...so they moved. This will be our first visit there. I can't wait!
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
This is a painting I did in my home. It is a small mural that is painted in an old fireplace mantle. No fireplace...just this mural. It matches the wall paper border in the room. I'm planning on putting this on my business cards when I have them made up. Do you think that is a cool idea? Hopefully next week I am going to go along with a woman who is in the art field I am trying to break into...and learning from her. God is really good to orchestrate this very willing contact! I'm also hoping to go to faux finishing school. There may be hope now that my husband is almost finished with school.
On Friday I hope to finish a cupboard I am painting roses on for a lady here in town. And by the end of next week...I hopefully will have the layout of a cat painting for a woman who has commissioned me to do that on a milk can.
Other than that...I am being the busy mom that I am. Yesterday Alicia lost her second tooth. As usual...in the middle of the night I snuck into her bedroom to replace the tooth with a dollar. This morning she triumphantly announced that she had seen the tooth fairy in the middle of the night. I said, "Oh yeah? What did she look like?" She had this amused look on her face and she pointed at me and said, "You, Mommy! I was awake when you came into my room!" I was amused but decided to play along. I said, "What? The tooth fairy looks just like me? That's amazing!" She put her little hands on her hips and said, "Mom! It was you. And I know it!" Anyway, the jig is up...but we are all enjoying ourselves!