Sunday, March 30, 2008

Hymns for all occassions

Do you know there are hymns for people who drive on the highways? If you drive:

45mph......... God Will Take Care of You
55mph......... Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
65mph......... Nearer My God To Thee
75mph......... Nearer Still Nearer
85mph......... This World Is Not My Home
95mph......... Lord, I'm Coming Home
100mph........ Precious Memories

There are also special hymns for certain professions:

The Dentist’s Hymn:
Crown Him with Many Crowns

The Weatherman’s Hymn:
There Shall Be Showers of Blessings

The Contractor’s Hymn:
The Church’s One Foundation

The Tailor’s Hymn:
Holy, Holy, Holy

The Golfer’s Hymn:
There’s a Green Hill Far Away

The Gossip’s Hymn:
Pass It On

The Electrician’s Hymn:
Send The Light

The Realtor’s Hymn:
I’ve Got a Mansion, Just Over The Hilltop

I borrowed these from my preacher's sermon today, I am not sure where he got them from. Having a little better day today, I got a nap after church so that helped!

Looks like Tricia might have a new set of lungs, they are waiting to hear from the transplant team. Keep them in your prayers.

UPDATE: Tricia's new lungs were deemed unfit for her, keep praying that a new pair come available soon.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Hard Day

Today has been a hard day. I found some old e-mails from my Mom and they made me cry. I know she is better off now, no pain, no sorrow but I sure do miss her! Prayers would be appreciated.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Out Of The Mouth of Babes

This is going to be a long post, but stick with me....I think it will be worth it (if I tell it right!)

Okay, last week while Darling Daughter (DD) was on Spring Break with her paternal grandparents, the dog was a terror! She was into everything, including chewing a hole in the carpet of my family room. So one particularly trying day I sent the following text message to my hubby:

Me: Help me come up with a good story to tell DD because I am going to kill the dog

Hubby: Maggie was out chasing a squirrel....

Me: ...and she chased it up on the roof....

Later in the week after we got DD back, we were talking about that and DD said she did not "get it" so I explained to her the story....Here it is for those of you who might not have heard it or have just forgotten it because it is an old one....

A man asked his friend to watch his dog while he was out of town. The friend agrees to do this and after about a week, the man calls his friend to ask about the dog. The friends says "Your Dog Died!" The man says "WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU, BLURTING OUT THAT KIND OF NEWS!"

The friend say "well, how should I have told you?" The Man says well the first day when I called you should have said " your dog was out chasing a squirrel", then the second day when I called you should have said " your dog chased the squirrel up on the roof" and then finally the third day you should have said " I am sorry but your dog fell off the roof and died". That way I would have been prepared for the news and it would not have been so shocking.

The friend say "okay, I am sorry about that now I know" The Man says by the way.. "How is my Dad doing?" The friend says "Well, Your Dad was out chasing a squirrel!"

So we told DD that story and she loved it, she laughed and laughed about it, thought it was a great story.

This weekend, we went to see my Dad. First time we had been there since the funeral. We had a good visit with him. Went to church on Easter Sunday and then out to a cafeteria for lunch. There was a long line and we had to wait quite a while to get our food. There was an older man in front of us with his grandkids and kids. He struck up a conversation with DD. During the course of this conversation, the man asked DD if she was visiting her grandparents and she blurted out "My Granny died!" You could tell the man was a little uncomfortable but he handled it well, said he was sorry about that and they ended the conversation.

I was talking to DD and I said "you know, you shouldn't just blurt out that Granny is dead, that makes people uncomfortable" She turned around to me, totally straight faced with her hands on her hips .. "Well Mama, what am I supposed to say.....Granny was out chasing a squirrel?"

I just started laughing right there in the cafeteria line... My Mama would have loved it and been laughing the loudest of all!

Hope you all have a great week!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Easter Weekend!

These were all so cute I could not pick just one, so I put all three up! Hope everyone has an enjoyable Easter Weekend.

Much Love,
Aggiema (Michelle)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Life Continues!

Darling Daughter is spending a few days with her paternal grandparents this spring break week. I had thought I might go to my Dad's for a few days but have decided to wait and go for Easter so that Darling Daughter can come along. He always enjoys seeing the grandbaby! I don't know what I would do there except go through Mama's stuff and I don't think either of us is quite ready for that yet.

I have not blogged about my Mom's service yet so I thought maybe I would share a few things. The funeral was held in a wonderful old southern mansion surrounded by beautiful mature trees and a big porch that wrapped all the way around, it really was a pretty place. I had picked out her casket earlier as my Dad wanted the whole thing pre-arranged. My brother choose beautiful roses for the spray that went on top of the casket in various shades of burgandy and pink. I can't say Mama looked natural but she looked pretty good considering what she had been through the last few months and the amount of weight she had lost.

One of my good friends from my old church really came through for me that week. He is an elder in a church in La now and we keep in touch mostly by email now and then. He had been emailing me with encouragement right before my Mom passed away and found out almost immediately from the preacher at our old church when she passed. He emailed me that he was coming for the funeral and agreed to lead the singing as Dad wanted to have congregational singing. Mama loved to hear David sing, so it was such a fitting tribute to have him lead it for her service. The songs we choose were fitting for a Christian Lady like my Mom. We sang "When all of God's singers get home", "No Tears In Heaven" and "Won't It Be Wonderful There". All three songs speak of the joy that awaits us in Heaven. David also wrote me a beautiful poem that I will cherish forever.

There were so many people that came for the visitation and funeral. They all wanted to tell us how much they loved my Mom and what she had done for them. Mama was one of those quiet Christians, that goes about her life doing good works for people but never toots her own horn. So many people brought food and flowers and almost all of them said they were just repaying the kindness that Mama had shown to them. I hope people can say that about me when I am gone.

Need to go now and get busy, I want to use this time without the "youngun" to get some work done around the house. I have definitely slacked off on housekeeping these last few months. I hope you few that read this are having a great week. If you are able-- go hug your Mom and Dad and tell them you love them. We are not promised tomorrow and it CAN happen to you!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ever Feel This Way?

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
--Mother Teresa

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Mama would have been so proud!

I just got through Instant Messaging with my brother and I was asking him if he was busy at work this week because of all the time he had to take off last week for Mama's funeral. For those of you who do not know, my brother is the Fire Chief in my parents home town.

He said "well, things got a little exciting yesterday" and proceeded to tell me about it. He was out in his official fire department pickup and he saw a man with a crowbar breaking into a coin box at a carwash. He was observing him, waiting for the police department to show up when the man noticed him and took off. My brother is also a certified peace officer, so he gave chase. He chased him into another town and arrested him!

I told him that Mama would have been so proud and he said that he actually was thinking about that while he was chasing him down. There was a write up in the newspaper about it and I looked it up online. The town they chased him to is just a little bitty ole town and there was a quote from one of the neighbors. “I was about to watch my stories when I saw police outside with guns,” I thought that was a funny line!

My Brother, the Hero! Mama was very proud of him. Mama and Daddy would come here to SA to visit us and we would go out to eat or shopping somewhere and if Mama saw a policeman or a fireman, she would make a beeline for them. She would always tell them that she had a special place in her heart for Policemen and or Firemen because her son was Fire Chief and a Certified Peace Officer!

Since Mama is not around to brag on my brother, I will do it for her!

Something to think about!

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."– Virginia Satir