Tuesday, August 30, 2011


It seems while all of Richmond was talking about the earthquake Hurricane Irene was headed our way.  It was supposed to pass east of us and we were only going to get rain.  Ha!  It turned out that the Central VA area actually got worse winds that Virginia Beach.  Our power went out at 5 pm on Friday and it just came back on tonight.

I will have pictures to post tomorrow but we are all safe and happy to have electricity again!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Unusual Day

Yesterday at 1:51 pm while I was in an art store buying supplies for Julianne the ground began to shake...and it kept shaking.  The clerk and I looked at each other and I said, "This is an earthquake"; we then walked out of  the store along with everyone inside.  (Which I hear from my CA friends is a no-no, but what do we know here??)  It was a little disconcerting; I mean, the ground shook a lot to the point where stuff was moving on the walls and a few things came off the shelves.  

The worst part was that cell service was completely out and I couldn't get in touch with Michael or the kids.  It took about 45 minutes to get through and for me to find out that everyone was safe!!   What is really strange to me is that we have had 3 aftershocks, though I only felt one of them.  I associate those with large earthquakes but apparently they happen after any kind of quake.

As the news winds down about the earthquake, we are preparing for Hurricane Irene to possibly come near our area. Last I heard, it was heading mostly east so we might only get rain...which we need.  Oh, and today you can sometimes smell the smoke from the Great Dismal Swamp fires.  These are strange times, indeed!!

I have seen some good verses posted after the earthquake but the one I posted on my FB wall was this:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.  (Psalm 46:1-3)
The earth might shake but God is ever-present.  What a comforting thought!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

God is Faithful...

...even when I am not.  That fact was made clear to me (again) last Tuesday morning.  The first Tuesday of every month our church serves a homeless meal at another church in the city.  We have four teams, made up of 5 people, who serve on a rotating basis.  This month was not my rotation but I was filling in for someone else.  On Monday night I received an email from the team leader telling me that they were going to be shorthanded.

Did I take a moment and pray about it?  No, I immediately started thinking what "I" could do to fix the situation. I sent out an e-mail to a bunch of people asking for volunteers.  When I woke up the next morning and checked my messages...nothing.  Did I pray about it?  No!  Again, I started making plans...thinking that "I" had to fix this!

But God is faithful...always.  I went ahead and drove to the church thinking that we were going to have to do this with just 3 people.  But while we were in the middle of preparing our meal, I get a call from a member of our church, Barry.  He heard we needed someone to help and he was on his way!  Earlier I had mentioned my plight to my husband, who "happened" to mention it to our church secretary, and Barry just "happened" to stop by church and heard about it.  God was (and still is) in control.  He was planning this all along for my good and His glory.  He showed Himself faithful and true.  He showed me that He is sovereign.  He showed me that I can't do anything without Him.

Lord, help me to turn to you first whenever I need help and not to rely on my own strength.

Monday, August 01, 2011


I had decided to put all my vacation pictures onto a separate page but I messed something up and they all disappeared so I will have to try again...but not this week!

I am on the "craft team" for our upcoming VBS and we have been busy preparing all the crafts.  This week we have two prep days plus all the stuff I'm doing at home.  I am taking this material:

and cutting it into these squares--ALL the material!!

Thankfully I have a rotary cutter and the material is thin so I can layer it.  I have about another hours' worth of cutting to do!!

Besides the two VBS prep meetings, I am feeding the homeless tomorrow and going to our church's baptism in the evening.  Wednesday I'm getting my hair cut and prep meeting that evening.  Thursday during the day I am free and will probably do chores but Thursday night we have a deacon's meeting.  Friday the exterminator is coming over because I keep seeing ants in my kitchen and Friday night I'm going out to dinner with a friend.  Whew!

My weeks are not normally like that; it just happened that everything fell into place this week!  I'm thankful that my days and weeks are usually much quieter.
I have been having trouble with my eyes not focusing well for close-up reading when I first wake up.  I like to do my devotions in the morning and it has been very hard to do that.  This morning I started listening to John MacArthur's sermon series on Philippians on my iPhone.  I think this solution will work very well!
My girlfriend, Trish, and I signed up to go The Gospel Coalition's 2012 Women's Conference.  We're so excited.  I'll be able to fly down using the vouchers I got when our flight was twice-bumped coming back from my sister's in NV.  Can you imagine a whole weekend with all those wonderful speakers?  I know the Lord will have a lot in store for me!
That's about all from here.  It has been thundering for about two hours now but no rain.  I know a lot of the country is in a similar situation.  We need relief from this heat and help for our plants!  I hope you all are able to stay cool wherever you are!