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HOW DID WE SPEND OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY?

Sunday, July 04, 2010

While in church I have a lot of friends but go home alone. I usually stay after church to pray for people.
One friend on facebook came up to greet me with a brilliant smile. I told her I love her smile and she broke down and cried, something she said she never does. I asked what was the matter and her heart opened up to me and I prayed for her. You know people have problems we never see.
A young couple in the church who I have known before they were married and I used to pray for her while in school that she would pass her tests and who later became a teacher came up to me with their little miracle baby named Samuel. She could have no children but they wanted some. I prayed for her along with others I am sure and God did a miracle giving her a child. When they dedicated the child I stood with her father as the childs grandmother as her mother had died. Today she and her husband brought the baby to me. He will have to have surgery the end of this month on his heart. Poor little thing. I held him and prayed over him and cried as I prayed.
Then there was the man I have known for years who studied at Kingsway and also attended a church I visited when on my itinerary. He has no legs but travels over Latin America in a van especially equipped for him. Today he came to church and he has serious heart problems so I was able to greet him and pray for him along with others. Our pastor has such a heart of compassion
This is a typical Sunday for me after teaching my Spanish Sunday School class.
A wonderful way to spend the 4th. I, no doubt will be up late tonight as I slept several hours this afternoon.
How did you spend your independence day?
What does Independence day mean to you?

  
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IMAGINGPRO 7/9/2010 9:19AM

    Irene you are a very special lady. You sound like you would give the coat off your back to help anyone. You have a lot of experience to share and I am sure that God has helped and guided you through a lot of them.

I wish you the best and will be uplifted by your words. Please continue your journey without to many bumps in the roads.
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LAVENDERLILY 7/7/2010 8:10PM

    Dear Irene, What can I say? Your compassion and love of your fellow man shines out in all that you do. God must have a special ear for your prayers because they are so sincere and unselfish. Thanks for being you. Nadine

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HAPPYBASKET 7/6/2010 6:50PM

    -I Kept hearing, "What a way to spend the 4th of July" but it didn't matter, at least I was around a lot of people in the same situation. You see, we were all in the Emergency room for various problems. Being in Sun City it was all adults so it was quiet. I was getting my foot x-rayed. After shopping Fri the outside of it hurt quite a bit & then in the afternoon, my DH went to the store & I thought while the car was out of the way & he wasn't home(at 84 I don't want him up a ladder) I would go up the attic laddery & bring down our box fan . Coming down carrying the xtra weight my foot popped & hurt so bad that I sort of hung on tight & hopped down the ladder on the other foot. By Sunday the pain was no better & the foot was swollen & I thought that Mon would probably bring more people in to ER so I decided it was time to get it checked. After 2 hours, the Xrays were inconclusive but it didn't show a break?? ? BUT I should see my Dr. in 1 or 2 days. So between that & sitting with my foot up high & ice on it, I was glad that I had put dinner in the crockpot in the A.M while standing on 1 foot. I spent the time in ER sending out little prayers for those sharing the day with me. The saddest ones are those who are all alone & had a neighbor with them. This is so often the situation out here. So Sad.
I will be fine. It still hurts like sin (my Mom's old expression) but I can get in to see my Dr. tomorrow at 1:30. The Dr's asst. in ER said she thought it was torn ligaments so tomorrow, we will see. I am grateful, it could have been something much worse. emoticon

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JODIRICHARDS 7/6/2010 6:27PM

    Being out of the US the 4th seemed like any other day but independence to me means freedom to choose to be dependent on God not be told my government what I have to believe. As American's we are truly blessed and you are making the most of the blessing by choosing to use it to bless others. True freedom is in Christ alone and as you so excellently model, He is the best power house to tap into. You can always pray for me and I do pray for you. emoticon Blessings!

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DIDMIS 7/6/2010 4:34PM

    SPARKEE I tried to go to your spark page but could not. Maybe you don't have one. I do appreciate your kind words. Everyone is so kind and I appreciate my emoticon's

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CAMEY13 7/6/2010 4:33PM

    My son came over with his wife to cut bushes because dh had fallen of the ladder and had black and blue bruises all over his legs and cuts too. He also had hurt his ribs and back. I made hamburgers and hotdogs for the grandkids and cold cuts for the adults with salad. It was 93, but not too bad in the shade as we all piched in. It was a tiresome day for me going in and out with stuff. My back was hurting and my hips but tomorrow is therapy so hopefully will help relieve some pain.

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SPARKEE 7/6/2010 1:38PM

    Ms. Irene, thank you for your blog and reminding us of the important things. It's not just hamburgers and hotdogs...

God's eyes are upon you, as you spread and shine His Love through your gentle and compassionate spirit. May God bless you!



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MEWAJES 7/6/2010 12:30PM

    You are one special lady who is a blessing to many.

My daughter and family are here from Co. and we spent the weekend with them and son's family. Our 7 grandchildren. Fun!

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SONGOFJOY27 7/5/2010 4:54PM

    Isn't it wonderful serving a God who truly answers prayer? We have hope - an earnest expectation that He will meet our needs.
I spent the weekend with my daughter and her family. Breakfast at one of the local dairy farms on Saturday, church yesterday. We were rained out from the fireworks last night, but that was ok - the kids watched "Free Willie"; my daughter and I had our sewing machines out and worked on dresses for the girls for the Labor Day weekend wedding of my other daughter. They've headed home now, so I'm relaxing and enjoying the day off!

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JEANSHEP2 7/5/2010 3:19PM

    Irene, you are such a blessing to so many. If you had folks at home, you might never get the opportunity to be there for those you have blessed so richly. I was so touched by the stories you shared and know the Lord will bless you for your work.

Thank you for sharing and being an inspiration to the rest of us.

Hugs,
Jean

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CAROL3SAN 7/5/2010 1:03PM

    I had a beautiful independence day with my family....brothers, sisters, children, everybody. We met up together at my mom's house. I enjoyed the BBQ ribs and corn on the carb. I left the party a little earlier than usual so I wouldn't be tempted to do too much damage with overeating :)
I set on my patio later that evening and watched a beautiful firework display that was coming from a place very close to my house. I felt like I was part of the crowd :)
Independence Day brings to my memory of the battle our servicemen fought to win our freedom. The price that was paid; the lives that were lost. Today we are not only free, but we are also a rich and powerful country despite the setbacks we endured together as a nation.

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PLAYBLUES22 7/5/2010 10:18AM

    Sweetie you are the best emoticon

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GLORYB2014 7/5/2010 8:02AM

    God Bless you Irene, you are one special lady!

I live in Canada as you know, so no celebrations yesterday. We sat indoors with the A/C as it was so hot and humid outdoors but last night we went over to visit my sister and her husband and sat in their back yard to chat. He works hard on his yard and it's a big one and it looks like a luscious park with the dark green grass and beautiful flower beds all along both side and across the back, very enjoyable to sit there and very peaceful!
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MONTY68 7/5/2010 1:35AM

    Hi Irene
what a blessing your church has by you being there. I will admit that I had a few tears when you described what they were going through, they are fortunate to see you.
I spent most of the day here, ate my usual foods. I did go to the gym and got into conversation with 2 different people , gave them the spark website and showed both my after picture and supported their efforts. Both of course brought their ages and I looked at them and asked why age had anything to do with working on them selves. I pointed to man and said he is 89 and look at what he is doing. that gentleman inspires me.
So it was a good day, was able to see fireworks from my condo.
Irene, you are indeed special and the world is a little better from your efforts.

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MNNSAIDE 7/4/2010 10:56PM

    God Bless you Irene for the good person you are.

I went to the late mass (Spanish) - music was good but I did miss singing a Patriotic song as we do at the English masses. We have a visiting priest while ours is on vacation and at a mission retreat.. this priest is newly ordained and so spiritual with a beautiful voice. That was the highlight of my day.

Came home - napped too - so I will be awake

Made supper and ate by myself as my son has been with his friends.

Keeping pets calm with the crackling starting outside - hopefully I will catch a spark or two.

Do love watching the Boston Pops - stood at attention at times as I am a Military Brat and then conducted at other times.

God Bless the USA - Proud to be an AMERICAN! emoticon

Your RGV friend - and looking forward to our lunch this coming week!

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GRACEISENUF 7/4/2010 9:53PM

    I spent a quiet day with my family. Reading your blog made my day!
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HAPPYMOM8 7/4/2010 9:19PM

    We are glad you got to church, Irene, and was a blessing to all those who needed you. We miss getting out to church and seeing every one but that will have to wait .

We are still homebound with our daughter. She is doing great and her therapist agrees. she slept for the second night in a row (in a year) again last night downstairs in her own bed. She gets around on the main floor on her knee scooter but by scooting down the stairs on her butt she managed to get to her bed on one foot with the walker and to the bathroom also.

As for DH and I- I prepared the beef meat( the gift from 2 other daughters) and the veggies for the grill and he grilled them to perfection. No scorched veggies this time and the meat was done but juicy. Also had a tossed green salad made with fresh veggies from Farmers Market yesterday.Friends stopped by yesterday with a berry pie for us so that is what we had for dessert today.

Another daughter and a friend stopped by with a meal of pork BBQ for each of us from their celebration but we put it away for tomorrow.

We listened to and saw fireworks last night from our front yard.
We are deeply grateful for the freedoms we have in this country and the sacrifices made to get it.

Pat

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NELLIEC 7/4/2010 9:13PM

    I went to church today, and when I came home, my daughter and I had some "picnic" food, but inside. I will be watching fireworks on TV and trying to calm all my critters from all the fireworks going off in the neighborhood -- including my new feral kitty family of mom and 5 kittens!

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SHAWNASHEPARD 7/4/2010 8:53PM

  Im spending it with my family. Were having a big ol bbq...but gotta watch what i eat...lol...

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A NEAT STORE AND THE BEFORE AND AFTER OFALEX

Saturday, July 03, 2010

A friend of mine is a valued employee at a really neat store and restaurant along with a SPA in my town. She is a walking advertisement of the neat clothing and is quite a lady.
The store she works in decided to open a store at South Padre island on the gulf for the 4th of July. They moved a lot of things to the new store and my friend helped get the store all set up. Four days of work I believe with nights spent at the island.
Then Alex came along and no one knew just what would happen. So guess what? they had to pack everything up and bring it back. Now this week end here they go again as they expect the island to be in full swing for the 4th. Another 4 days and nights on the island for my friend but it is work, work, work.
What a neat place to shop when you reach your goal. Small sizes. emoticon
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It is a little expensive for my pocket book but I love to have lunch there once in a while just to sit among all the beautiful things.
We deserve to reward ourselves with something special sometimes.

  
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LAVENDERLILY 7/8/2010 10:41AM

    South Padre Island. this sounds like a place to go on my must see list. Texas has so many places that I would like to visit. Regrettably, I have never had the opportunity to travel in this state. Something to look forward to!

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DIDMIS 7/4/2010 8:29AM

    You who went to Renee's should call me. I live very close to them.

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LADYBUGRUNNER 7/4/2010 12:38AM

    I LOVE Renee's!! I've gone a couple of times to the cute store!



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HAPPYMOM8 7/3/2010 7:39PM

    At least they didn't lose all their valuable stuff! Try and Try again is the name of the game in life. Glad all went well and we wish your friend great success! Pat

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MNNSAIDE 7/3/2010 3:29PM

    Thank Irene - now I remember!!!!!

I once rode a horse with my boss's daughter on the island and dunes - maybe I didn't want to look terrified too much in front of my new boss!


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CAROL3SAN 7/3/2010 3:08PM

    Sounds wonderful. And it is good to reward ourselves with something good from time to time. I will be getting myself a laptop computer when I lose another 20 pounds. I can use the laptop now but I am determined to hold off until I reach that goal I set. emoticon

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DIDMIS 7/3/2010 2:51PM

    Marcy the name of the store is Renee's. My friend who helps a lot there and many other places is Marie Shirley.
South Padre Island is a neat place when there is no hurricane in the area.
Thanks for all of your comments.
Monty it is South Padre Island.
I have seen people riding the horses there and also the umbrellas but I don't do any of that. I mainly, you know what, EAT. I love broiled sea food and I also love to listen to the waves.


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HVMBRU 7/3/2010 2:45PM

    I enjoy being with good company and surrounding myself with beautiful things, too! I can almost feel the atmosphere. . .

Helen

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MONTY68 7/3/2010 1:19PM

    Hi Irene
The only way I am familiar with San Padre Island is through you and the news the other night. It is great that they got the opportunity to take their stuff back to the Island. The store sounds like a good place to visit and I am glad that you get the chance to surround yourself with all the beautiful things.
Thanks for sharing with us.

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MELLIL 7/3/2010 12:18PM

    I absolutely LOVE South Padre' Island! My daughter and I spent 11 days there about 4 summers ago --- what a BEAUTIFUL place! We rode horses on the beach... oh, it was just WONDERFUL!!! I would SO love to have a condo there! My niece and her hubby live in San Antonio and go down to South Padre' every summer. Color me GREEN! I'm glad the island was spared -- but sorry your friend had to do all that extra work - TWICE! Oh dear...

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MNNSAIDE 7/3/2010 11:41AM

    I heard about that on the news - trying to think of her name - my cousin knows them well - I would like to stop by next time I go to the Island but not for the small sizes!!!



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DIDMIS 7/3/2010 11:19AM

    Lotssss of work for my friend and her employers but nothing like it on the island.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 7/3/2010 11:10AM

    Sounds lovely, Irene.

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HAPPYBASKET 7/3/2010 11:03AM

    You are SO right. We have to like ourselves before much of anything will be a success. So a treat once in awhile is necessary. Just say, "I've enjoyed it & if I work real hard & meet my expectations, it will be time for another treat."
I am trying this approach & so far, I am happy with it.
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HURRICANE ALEX P.S.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

I was sad to hear that the hurricane hit the town in Mexico where I built two churches and a second story to another one and had ministered there a lot.
I don't know what damage was done as I don't keep in contact with them anymore
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DIDMIS 7/3/2010 10:09AM

    Thank you Gloria. I can always count on you being here emoticon

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GLORYB2014 7/3/2010 7:54AM

    Read all the comments Irene and happy to see everyone and the churches are okay!
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DIDMIS 7/3/2010 12:14AM

    It didn't rain today, sprinkled just a tiny bit but we sure got a lot when alex came in.

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REDBUD1 7/2/2010 11:41PM

    Glad they are all OK. Texas is still getting drenched from bands of rain, especially on the Texas coast. I'm 200 miles inland we've gotten a bit of rain. emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 7/2/2010 11:24AM

    I called Reynosa this morning and found out that everyone was ok and the church was ok also. Praise the Lord.

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CAROLYN0107 7/2/2010 2:04AM

    Since you don't keep contact with them anymore, is there a way that you can find out if they are ok, the churches and the people you know?

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CAROLYNVIL 7/1/2010 11:18PM

    so sad to hear about your churches,I hope they were spared.

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DIDMIS 7/1/2010 10:25PM

    Thank you for your prayers and Nadine I don't know if the churches suffered damage.

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LAVENDERLILY 7/1/2010 10:23PM

    emoticon So sad to hear that the churches suffered damage.

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DADDYS_GIRL6 7/1/2010 6:47PM

    Trusting the Lord to have His will and way with the churches where you formally worked." And we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to HIs purpose." Romans 8:28 Doesn't mean life is easy but at least we know we are in His will and "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee!" Hebrews 13:5

Love and you and they are in my prayers,
Daddy'sGirl

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DIDMIS 7/1/2010 5:42PM

    I am not still in touch with them as my work was finished there and I started working in Reynosa. It is a long way down there and they do not have a telephone.


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NELLIEC 7/1/2010 5:40PM

    That is sad! I will be praying.

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GIRLINBRAZIL 7/1/2010 4:21PM

    Hope you hear a good report about the church groups there soon!

Michele

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SUNNYWBL 7/1/2010 3:41PM

    Very sad, for sure. How come you are not still in touch with them?

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HVMBRU 7/1/2010 3:08PM

    How sad and devastating! Hopefully, your churches were spared.

Helen

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PAMAPPLE 7/1/2010 2:57PM

    Oh, Irene, I hope nothing happened to your churches and the people who live there. I'll put them in my prayers.

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HURRICANE ALEX

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Hurricane Alex moved on. He is going across Mexico the last I heard and then will turn north to arrive in Texas far west from us.
We are still under flood and tornado watch but right now all is well.
We must have had a calm night as I emoticonbefore midnight and emoticonwoke up at 8:00.
It is good I was not alone. Now don't get any ideas. The One who was with me is He who never leaves or forsakes me. My God, the great protecter of Psalm 91.
emoticoneveryone who prayed.
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LUV-BEING-NANA 7/2/2010 9:10AM

    So glad it missed you!!!

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DDCLEADER 7/2/2010 6:57AM

    All I can say in response is AMEN

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HAPPYMOM8 7/1/2010 7:44PM

    I am also happy that you got a good nights sleep! You were't doing that a while back. Pat

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HISOWN1 7/1/2010 2:31PM

    Thanking God for keeping you safe!!!

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SONGOFJOY27 7/1/2010 2:27PM

    Praising God with you for a safe night through the storm. And yes, I know who was with you last night ... I depend on him every night and day!
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SONGOFJOY27 7/1/2010 2:27PM

    Praising God with you for a safe night through the storm. And yes, I know who was with you last night ... I depend on him every night and day!
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DIDMIS 7/1/2010 1:53PM

    Marcy you took the fun out of it.

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DADDYS_GIRL6 7/1/2010 12:50PM

    So thankful Irene! God's peace is so amazing! What a blessing that you were able to sleep so soundly and so well! Praying for Mexicans in Alex's path.

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MNNSAIDE 7/1/2010 12:34PM

    Still dark here - and calm - good stats for those Tornados.
Invite your friends here to see the stats on Alex!

By the way I sure hope Monty knows who Alex is and who stayed with you last night! emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 7/1/2010 12:21PM

    Irene, we are so glad you dodged the bullet. But we continue to pray for your area and others that are threatened in Alex' path. God truly is a constant companion! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 7/1/2010 12:09PM

    Now Monty I hope everyone knows who Alex is. emoticon

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MONTY68 7/1/2010 11:59AM

    Hi Irene
Thank you for sharing your night with Alex, I think it is fantastic that you got a good nights sleep. Yes, there is a need to continue to pray and keep everyone in our hearts. The after effects with flooding , sometimes is worse than the storm itself. May everyone be safe.

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HAPPYBASKET 7/1/2010 11:58AM

    Who can believe that God doesn't answer prayer. So glad to hear everything is OK at the moment. I know how nature seems to play tricks on us sometimes. I will continue my prayers for you & your church. So much "Bad" going on down there. I am rather glad to know that I am too old to travel down there anymore.
God Bless you.
Happy

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PART FIVE OF A LITTLE OF MY LIFE

Saturday, June 26, 2010

In one blog entry I spoke of the grocery store and how you just went in and charged it. Didn't sign a paper or anything, just said put it on the account and paid when you got your pay check. That shows you how tough times were then and some still have tough times similar to that, living from pay check to pay check. It wasn't because we spent foolishly, we spent only on bare necessities. Maybe Saturday night they would have an old 10 cent movie at the town hall and if you were especially blessed you could have a 5 cent ice cream cone.
Our main entertainment was people watching. Everyone went to town on Saturday night and us kids would sit on the curb and we would just people watch. I don't know what was so exciting as everyone always looked the same, the men in their overalls, the girls and women in their feed or flour sack dresses.
I wandered down memory lane and got off on the wrong track. What I really wanted to tell you was how the kids would charge candy bars to the account at the grocery store. One day temptation overcame me and I thought why not me? In I walked and saw I could have one for 5 cents or 3 for 10 cents and they weren't little bitty things. Well I figured it was cheaper to get 3 for 10 cents (my mind still works that way) so picked them up and asked him to charge them. He did. emoticon I got away with it and ate all three of them on my way home.
So the next few days I did the same. One evening my dad asked about it. The tattle tale of the grocery man finally told him what I was doing. Oh Oh I thought I'm going to get a lickin (that is what we called spanking). But this time dad was very sad and told me we just couldn't afford to do that. No spanking this time and I had been spanked for less. Never again did I go in and charge something to the bill I wasn't sent after.
God bless you all. Hope you young ones are reading these. It will make you appreciate what you have.
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SLURAAS 7/6/2010 10:30PM

    Irene,

You look good for having eaten three candy bars a day, day after day!
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I enjoyed reading this!

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HAPPYBASKET 7/1/2010 12:54PM

    In this poor economy time, I too have recalled our early 30's years as we all knew it. I find it hard to feel sorry for the young ones when they lose their jobs or get a cut in pay. The Unions have a tizzy. My Dad worked at Syracuse China & when the early depression hit, The owners called all of the workers in & told them that they had a choice to make. They could take a 50% pay cut or they would close the factory! Wow! What a blow They all took the 50 % knowing how few jobs were out there.(sound familiar) My Mom & Dad had 2 of us by then & my parents were determined that they would NOT lose their house. So Mom went around to the 3 or 4 gas stations in town & asked them if she could do their books. They were delighted so they would bring their books etc by our house & then Mom could work on those during the day & then she took a waitress job from 4 to midnight. She worked fast & hard & with her very outgoing personality she did well with tips & with many arguments about what could be spent on what, we made it thru & do you know what? The factory never went back to the full pay but the raises continued on from where they were. The youn 'uns of today think that the world is unjust! LOL
.Our DD's family were given a bank account just as soon as they started mowing lawns etc . They had to save 10% for the church & they had to buy anything that THEY wanted. The parents paid for necessities & of course from such a young age they spent the first account & then something else came up & they just had to have it. So they WAITED until they earned some more money, & those kids learned very young to manage their money. How I wish Those parents could have raisedt their cousins. They are getting up in their late 20's now & still don't know how to establish priorities. I guess that is life & fodder for another Blog, Irene.

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MARLIZG 6/30/2010 10:49AM

    i used to shop for my mom but we didn't charge so i couldn't try that--i would've if i could've.

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ANNANN63 6/29/2010 12:31PM

    My mother firmly believed that children could do anything. We learned to work around the house really young. We had to stand on a chair to cook, wash dishes, and iron. The story that comes to mind reading your blog was the grocery. I was born in 1947 and before I was old enough to go to school my mother would send me to the store. We did not have a line of credit so she would give me a list and cash. At the store--which was 2 blocks away--I would give it to the cashier and someone would help me pick out the things on the list, then I would be given the groceries and the change and off home I would go. If the list was long, I would take my wagon to being the food home.

My mother always reminded me that the money was not mine and that I was not permitted to buy anything that was not on the list--no extra treats for me--and that I was to bring all of the change back to her. I never once even tried to spend any of her money on myself and I never once was given permission to use any of it for a treat for myself. Lessons learned early on--responsibility and how to handle other people's money.

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KOOLNANA5 6/27/2010 1:17AM

    Thanks for sharing ... so very, very true. I remember the 'good old days' so well! Our kids had the necessities, but not much more, however, our 15 grandkids & 3 great gk's are so used to having everything ... it makes me gag!! We appreciate everything we have because when we were kids in the 'dirty thirties', we had nothing! I remember my Mom taking apart her only coat to make me one to start grade one.
Can you imagine my/our grandkids wearing someting like that!
Not mine anyway! Whatever will happen when THEY have kids .. well I won't be around by then to see it .. lol I'm going to show your post to them .. maybe then they'll know that 'Nana' isn't making up stories .. lol emoticon

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MONTY68 6/26/2010 8:59PM

    Irene
It is nice to share the good old days, but looking back, even though life seemed harder, it now seems like it was simpler. I opened a little "convenience store " when I was 11, had bread, milk candy , cigarettes,pop or soda as some know it by and some other little items. Around lunch time, I would pack my basket on my bike and ride down the road selling to the road crew, The candy bars then were huge and now I think so small and 10 times as much I remember standing in line when my dad was out of work, to get our allotment of food, like beans some kind of wheat, peanut butter and probably other things, these were the days before food stamps. On Sats. we went to the "big" city to shop. very few movies. I use to walk the streets and pick up pop bottles and collected my 2 cents. I used the money to buy 2 chillie hot dogs for 15 cents. at home we played cowboys and Indians till dark, while my sister and friends played with dolls. Oh for the good old days. emoticon
Thanks for sharing more of your life.

Monty

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ANGELBELIEVER 6/26/2010 1:02PM

    There was a candy store right across the street from the elementary school where we would get candy for recess. Yes, all the penny candy and the jaw breakers. i remember the black and red licorice too.The big suckers too. Or the lime or cinnamon loli pops that lasted all day.

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GLORYB2014 6/26/2010 12:39PM

    And God bless you too Irene!
You have brought back so many memories and I hope the young'uns reading your blogs will understand a part of who we are, where we came from and will appreciate what all they have today.

I can even remember our next door neighbor giving me a list to get her a few groceries, I was REALLY young and the store was about 4 or 5 blocks away but off I'd go cause I knew when I brought them back to her she'd give me 2 pennies!! Now, I like that memory!
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DADDYS_GIRL6 6/26/2010 10:48AM

    Thanks for sharing Irene! This is the kind of history "our" children really need to hear! Life has always been hard in one way or another. It is hard for kids now because they don't have to experience the need of things. DH says if we have all we need, we don't feel the need of our Lord Jesus! How very true!

Thanks for giving us reason to think about all we have to be thankful for!! Blessings,
Daddy'sGirl

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PLAYBLUES22 6/26/2010 10:30AM

    Memories, are so precious and you can't have them taken away ,especially when they are fond ones emoticon

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LAVENDERLILY 6/26/2010 10:23AM

    Irene, Remember the big glass jars of penny candy! How long it used to take me to decide which one to choose and which one would last the longest! "Jaw breakers" was a favorite! Sweet dreams and sleep tight. Nadine

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DIDMIS 6/26/2010 10:20AM

    I wish more young people would read these. It would make them appreciate what they have.

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YJNANA 6/26/2010 10:02AM

    My how times have changed. I remember a bit of that too.
Pretty cute story Irene :)

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