Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mom’s Birthday

Last Saturday was my Mom’s 79th Birthday.  Shh don’t let her know I told you.  She doesn’t want people know she is getting close to 80!  It worked out for all of us Colorado kids to get together for dinner and to honor Mom.

My niece Nicole, Robin, Me, Wally, Dad, the Birthday Girl, Terry and Scott

We had dinner at 730, a little restaurant in our new neighborhood.  They were having a bit of a tough night  between the kitchen and wait staff, but we had plenty of entertainment to keep us happy…ourselves!!  It was so nice that Nicole was spending the night with her Dad and came along to dinner with us. We don’t get to see her a whole lot!

Nicole, Robin, Sherry

Dad and Mom

I am very blessed to have a good relationship with my Mom and to consider her a BFF. She won’t know what that means but she does it very well.

I remember Mom----

  • curling my hair for church in front of the Lawrence Welk Show every Saturday night
  • teaching JOY club in our basement
  • cutting out flannel graph figures for Sunday School
  • humming in the kitchen after a long day at work,
  • staying up late at night to sew for us girls
  • Saving her change in a sock in her drawer
  • frying chicken and making potato salad for a picnic when we took a drive in the mountains
  • canning pickles…other things too but that big pan of pickles sat on the counter soaking… it seemed like forever!
  • and many other memories

In addition to warm childhood memories, my Mom has given me the example of a Godly woman.  She loves the Lord and has always encouraged  me to trust Him!  I know she is also faithfully  prays for her family.  That’s the best thing a Mom can do!


Happy Birthday Mom!  May God grant you many more years to Enjoy!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Editor’s Note:  When I am reading blogs if I come across one that looks kind of long, I skip it or skim it pretty good. This is one of those blog posts and it will not hurt my feelings if you choose to do the same!

Ever have a day when you are just thankful that it is over?  Let me replay for you a few events from yesterday…

Wally had to go back to Aurora early yesterday morning to get some tools.  The maintenance men were putting together a fence.  He also thought he’d get some donuts for them and how nice…a Starbucks for me!  I was really looking forward to coffee.  It arrived…and just as Wally was opening the door the entire cup hit the pavement. (Can I just say that this is about the third time he has done that in recent weeks!)  I think I handled it pretty good, (better than Wally) even though it smelled so-o good evaporating on the cement!

Thursday is my big cleaning day.  I clean the shower rooms in the pool area and hot tub area.  My plan was to hit it right after the Ladies Water Aerobics was over.  I had a lot to get done and I wanted to get it out of the way early. Until the ladies vacated, I would work on my Bible study.  I was doing just that when Wally called…he had to go into one of the ponds and fix a bubbler that was not working.  Did I want to ride along for moral support?  Sure!  I like these outings in the golf cart.  It was a pleasant venture.




But I never got back to my Bible Study.  I took a quick look at email when   I returned to the office. Was there really going to be a meeting in the clubhouse at 2:00 by some of the board members? I needed to get that room ready. It was covered in papers from meetings all week between Wally and our boss, putting together the budget for 2012. Actually, I needed to get Wally to collect his papers…a more difficult task!

The Ladies Water Aerobic class had departed.  Cleaning here I come…my parents called.  Their credit union is nearby and they were going to stop afterwards. I always enjoy that.  Dad had new hearing aides he was sporting, fresh from the VA (He had made his appointment back in January if you can believe that).  It’s always fun to chat with Dad.  It is just so much better when he actually hears me and we have the same conversation!  I fired up the laptop and showed off the latest pictures of the grandkids.  Wally was leaving for most of the afternoon and my folks got on their way.  Finally I was going to get on the cleaning. 

I put on the old earphones and tuned into one of my podcasts and I was cleaning away, making good progress even,  when I got a phone call.  It was Wesley.  I have learned that when Wes actually calls and does not text me, it is generally not good. He was on his way to the ER with a pretty good gash above his eyebrow.  Yep, not good.  He had been playing some football and chunked heads with someone who has a harder head than he does!  He did follow this call with a text, a picture of his split eyebrow.  

Back to cleaning.  Another phone call.  A resident was calling to report their neighbor’s garage was up and she just found out that her neighbor has been in Europe for a week.  She was sure it had been up for 24 hours.  I quickly finished cleaning the floors and put the hose away and then jumped into the golf cart…Rescue Ranger is on her way!  I could tell by the amount of leaves not in the garage that the door could not have been open for very long. I was relieved.   While I was out I thought I would grab the mail for another resident who is out of town for a couple of weeks. I pulled back into the parking lot about 1:30, plenty of time to finish my cleaning and change my clothes before I greet those coming for their meeting.  Can you believe it?  I am locked out!  One thing I cannot get used to about living here, you need to have keys for everything and always have the keys with you!

This part I am very thankful for…Casey, our grounds manager has been here for thirty years.  His knowledge is so valuable.  Especially today as he knew a way to get in…I cannot tell you how because I was sworn to secrecy!  A couple of more phone calls came in and I never did get changed out of my cleaning clothes before the board members began arriving.  Oh bother! 

I thought my day was pretty well on the down hill side.  Surely most of the interruptions were past.  Okay,  just one more to end my day.  A resident called to say she wanted to stop by the office and get a sticker for her new live-in boyfriend.  Sometime between  her call and her arrival  I spoke to Wally.  He informed me the stickers were only for homeowners and family, not roommates.  The president of our board was at the meeting.  Wally told me to confer with her.  I did so and was told the resident could not have the sticker.  So when she arrived I had to tell her no.  And yes, she was not happy! 

So ended my Thankful Thursday.  I can remember when I used to listen to Elisabeth Elliot on the radio years ago.  She would often begin her broadcast with the admonition that “any interruption in your day could be your Gateway to Joy, (the name of her radio program), if you offered it to the Lord.”  Do you ever feel like saying to the Lord, “Here, take them.  They are all Yours?!”  I’m quite sure that was not the attitude Elisabeth was encouraging me to have.  But it was my attitude yesterday.  I had so much I wanted to get done. Looking back I certainly did not see how any of my interruptions had any spiritual significance in my life or another's.  I believe that is just how it works though. We do not always get to “see”.  But we can always trust that our circumstances come from the Hand of a loving, all-knowing God who is working in all those circumstance something of eternal value.  That is my attitude after a good night’s rest and as I head into my Friday.

“…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

I Thessalonians 5:19

Sunday, October 9, 2011

This MIL is a NIL

Kenny called me the other night.  He had a cooking question.  He was fixing dinner for Becky who was one her way home.  It was her Birthday.  Yikes!  I had just recently been thinking, “It seems like Becky has a fall Birthday.  I better ask Kenny just when it is”  Too late!  I now have Becky Godby added to my Birthday calendar for October 6!  Next year, this mother in law does not want to be a big zero.

Kenny and Becky were married June 4 of this year.  She is already proving to be a wonderful helpmeet to Kenny.  She is a gifted pianist…and Kenny is the music leader at their church.  She is young and energetic… great for a youth Pastor’s wife.  Best of all she loves the Lord and has desires to serve Him.  I think that is the best quality any son could look for in his wife!  Thank you Kenny.  It certainly makes it a joy to welcome a new daughter to the family! 

I think I have said this before, but we feel very blessed to have Becky in our family. I think my only regret is that they live so far away and we cannot spend more time together. We’re so glad Kenny caught ya’ Becky.

Becky has a blog called Our Life in the Big City.  She shares a lot of their life and experiences there.  She also enjoys DIY projects and crafts and shares that as well.  If you visit, you can see for yourself how blessed we are!

Happy Birthday Becky!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011


I have a new ring tone on my phone.  It is of a robin chirping.  It is a ringtone for when my sister Robin calls.  It went off the other night and I kept wondering where was that bird sound coming from?  Then it dawned on me, Robin was calling.  (Note to Robin: call more often so I get used to that ringtone!)  One of the nicest things about my sister is that we do go for quite awhile between phone calls.  But when we do call we pick right up as though no time has passed at all!  She was calling for a recipe and I wished her a Happy Birthday, a day early.  We were all caught up! 

Birthday Tea

Have you seen one of those cute plaques that says something like…”I’m smiling because I’m your sister and there’s nothing you can do about it!”  I would change it to say “I’m smiling because your my sister and I’m very blessed by it!”  Robin is my sister and my friend!  The first thing you see when you meet her is her smile.  It is often followed by a big laugh!  I think I have mentioned on this blog how we laugh a lot in my family!  Maybe it began with Robin and trickled down to the rest of us.

Christmas Eve 2010

Robin was already getting married and having babies when I was in high school.  I loved having a big sister to talk to.  She always made my stupid questions make sense and I always felt more confident after talking to her.  She helped me learn to drive a clutch in her little yellow VW bug.  That was fun!  When I  got engaged, Robin was the first one I called to tell.  (After Mom and Dad).  When I had questions about cooking or babies, Robin was a great resource. I can remember talking to her from a phone box in the little English village where I was living, and she helped encourage me in nursing Andrea!  And I always thought it was nice of Robin that when her two boys were getting up into the teen years, she had two more boys to keep my Kenny and Wesley company as they grew up!   So thoughtful of her!!

I admire my sister for many reasons. She has always worked outside the home and I know she has been very tired on many of our get togethers.  Yet there she is, always smiling and walking in with something good to eat!  And lots of hugs for everyone!  She has taught Children’s Church at her church for umpteen million years!  She has a handicapped young adult son and I know she is up early to help him bathe and dress for work.  She never complains about it…she just gives him the same special care that she gives to anyone whom she meets!

Now that we are years down the road and I don’t have quite so many questions, Robin is still my best friend…she has cried with me and prayed for me and we have shared a lot of laughter!  A lot of laughter!  And I am so very thankful that my sister is my friend and has blessed my life in a countless ways. 



Bet you thought I forgot!  Nope, I just didn’t have the internet!


Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

Proverbs 31:29-30

Blog?? What’s a Blog??

That is the question I have been wondering about for some weeks now!! Whatever happened to my blogging days?  I have missed being able to blog.  I have blogged several posts in my mind.  But unless we can do a Vulcan mind meld (for all you Trekkies!) they will never be read!  One of the biggest hindrances for me has been the fact, that in all this moving we are doing, we have absolutely no internet.  It’s a long, sad tale I can tell you about some day.  For now just know that Comcast is a dirty word to me!  Unbelievable what they have done and what they have not done!  We are hoping to be up and running with Century Link this week.  Then I should feel like we are getting settled into our new digs!

This weekend I am at hotel for a scrapbook retreat.  And I have internet service!  So I thought I would do a couple blogs while I could.  Hope it is okay with you all that I digress a bit…I have not been able to really blog since August and we did a lot in August!  So hang on, you will feel caught up with the Godby’s in not time!


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