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The Trip Home

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I receive the following in an e-mail.

A pastor had been on a long flight between church conferences. The first warning of the approaching problems came when the sign on the airplane flashed on: Fasten Your Seat Belts.

Then, after a while, a calm voice said, "We shall not be serving the beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is fastened."

As the pastor looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive.

Later, the voice on the intercom said, "We are so sorry that we are unable to serve the meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us."

And then the storm broke . . .

The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightning! lit up the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash.

The pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him. He said, "As I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm.

"Then, I suddenly saw a little girl. Apparently the storm meant nothing to her. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat; she was reading a book and every- thing within her small world was calm and orderly.

"Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again; then she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were not in her world.

When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell with frightening
severity, when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid." The minister could hardly believe his eyes.

It was not surprising therefore, that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, our pastor lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time.

Having commented about the storm and the behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid.

The child replied, "Cause my Daddy's the pilot, and he's taking me home.

There are many kinds of storms that buffet us. Physical, mental, financial, domestic, and many other storms can easily and quickly darken our skies and throw our plane into apparently uncontrollable movement. We have all known such times, and let us be honest and confess, it is much easier to be at rest when our feet are on the ground than when we are being tossed about a darkened sky.

Let us remember: Our Father is the Pilot. He is in control and taking us home. Don't worry!

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HIKESHAPPY 6/29/2010 7:46AM

    Yvonne, great reminder that He's in control and we're in His hands:-)

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BOOKAYB 6/28/2010 11:37AM

  Loved this, Yvonne!! Thanks for sharing it - certainly couldn't predict what the little girl was going to say!

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TLROYER 6/27/2010 1:40PM

    Thanks for sharing and for the reminder. Have a great week! We are heading to Colorado in a week! Can't wait to get in some hiking. Terry

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MONTY68 6/27/2010 10:22AM

    Hi Yvonne

A beautiful reminder , It is always good to keep us focused on the real purpose of life.
Thank you for sharing.


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MOM1014 6/27/2010 8:32AM

    Excellent blog! And a good reminder that we know who is in control. Thanks for sharing.

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GRAMMAP1 6/26/2010 11:38PM

    That is sooo good. And the application is so true! Hugs, Jane

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BRAVEONE92 6/26/2010 11:29PM

    I truly enjoyed reading your Blog. It had a great message in it, for all of us to remember. emoticon

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    Great reminder!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Today is movie day. The Regal has free movies for kids on Tues. and Wed. Today we get to go with the GC. I laugh at the word "free". By the time we get popcorn and drinks it definitely isn't free, but we have a good time anyway. We are going to see Planet 51. Afterwards one of the GC will come with us and spend the night.

The Hospice Dr. came and saw mom yesterday. They are changing the Dr. visits from every other month to every month. She is sleeping a lot more than she was and they have had to double her diuretics. Her feet were swelling. She made the Dr. cry, good tears. She told her that she thanks God for her. I guess a lot of people think Hospice coming so much is a pain. One of the nurses told us a lot of people feel that way. I don't understand that. They are so good to mom and it takes a lot of pressure off of me knowing that we have professionals looking after her.

Mom has such a positive attitude and kids around with them - everyone else too. She is such a joy. She is setting a wonderful example for her daughter. Her love of the Lord shines through everything she does. We are so lucky to have her.

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CAROLYNVIL 6/24/2010 2:03PM

    My Mom is in a nursing home and has hospice nurses besides the nursing staff looking after her, I am so fortunate they are all great people. they are taking real good care of her. both hospice and the nursing home inform me of every thing going on with her care. I know how it is a great feeling to know she is being taken care of.They have been taking care of her for 3 years,and they are doing a great job.


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GRAMMAP1 6/23/2010 10:43PM

    I agree that Hospice is a very caring organization. Dad only had them for 24 hours since he was in the rest home. But they were so kind and helpful. George (DH) worked with them as a Pastor for a number of years and was glad for the opportunity.

I know it is hard to watch parents getting more critical, Yvonne, but you have those wonderful Grand kids as a distraction.

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TLROYER 6/23/2010 7:21PM

    My dad had hospice care before he passed away 6 years ago. Hospice workers are saints! I don't know how they do what they do but I thank God that there are people out there that can do it. It is wonderful that she has such a positive attitude. It makes everything so much more bearable. Take care! Terry

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MONTY68 6/23/2010 6:16PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mother seems like a special person.
I don't think people really understand Hospice unless they have had family involved in it. My Dad was under hospice care his last 3 weeks and what a loving staff they have. THey seem to get attached to the patients. I know that the night my father passed away, the phone call seemed to be as emotional for her as she told me the news.
Thank you for sharing this.

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BOOKAYB 6/23/2010 3:25PM

  Thoughts and prayers, Yvonne. Enjoy the GCs! emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 6/23/2010 2:07PM

    Bless you Yvonne for being such a good daughter! Your mother's wonderful attitude would make her a joy to be with, I'm going to remember that!

I have bad swelling of my feet and ankles also and it is not a great thing to have! It interferes with my every day life and can make it miserable at times. That's why I said I'll remember your mother's wonderful attitude! If I'm grumpy my kids won't want to be around me, will they? LOL

I think it's great that Hospice comes regularly. I have a nurse comes to bath my husband and that is a huge help. I want to try to do that now as he seems more capable and stronger. We'll see how that goes.

Enjoy the movies, popcorn, pop and all!

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JRIMM4 6/23/2010 1:11PM

    Funny how it really takes a lot of planning and thought to keep *free* thing free. So often they are lure to spend more in another area.

I'm glad you mother is keeping a positive attitude, it goes along way in helping those around you stay positive as well.


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TRACIEO3 6/23/2010 12:59PM

    Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us. My mother recently had a stroke, is still in a wheelchair and has a nurse came to the house 4 days a week, therapy too. Lately she has been telling me so much more how she loves me and the little things that she remembered about me as a child. She has suffered some brain damage and is a little child like herself but nevertheless she is in great spirits and still wants to kid around and have fun. I am a Buddhist and have never talked much about God and had lost some interest in Him, however, I have come to realize that God ( whoever he may be or the Him that I may see) has carried me a long way and my faith in Him has been renewed. Buddhist can believe in God too and maybe I had been fighting that belief for too long. We are lucky to have you too!

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Yesterday and Today

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Had a fun day yesterday. Took our 5 grandkids to the Lincoln Park to the playground. The 2 yr. old doesn't realize that he can fall off things and hurt himself. I had forgotten how the 2's are LOL. That memory just isn't getting any better. We had a great time and then met Mom at McDonalds for lunch. Love their salads with grilled chicken and balsalmic dressing. Makes a wonderful lunch for loosing weight and adds plenty of veggies.

Met at the museum for the walking tour of Grand Junction. It was 84' out and plenty warm in the sun. Thank goodness there are a lot of trees in town. We have a pretty main street. The tour guide, Zeulon Miracle (I like that name), had pictures of G.J. before anything was built there, the first house and many other old pictures. I didn't realize a walking tour could be so fascinating.

The Dalby-Wendland Bldg. was added on to many years ago and you can see where the building is coming apart at the seam. The original building was narrow and 1/2 block long. The addition is the same width as the original but only two rooms deep. Looking at it from the alley, they look like two different buildings.

Today I get my hair fixed and this afternoon we are going with a group to Montrose for dinner and then to Ridgeway for a concert with Dino. Dino is a concert pianist. He has a place in Branson. He has been to G.J. a couple of times many years ago. I have 4 of his "Peace" cd's. They have running water, birds singing and are very peaceful and relaxing.

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TLROYER 6/20/2010 11:01AM

    You certainly have a couple of great days there. Good for you. Enjoy today! Terry

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BOOKAYB 6/20/2010 10:40AM

  emoticon What a GREAT day, Yvonne! I would love to do the walking tour sometime. The Dalby Bldg - is that at 5th and Main? I worked in that building when it was First National Bank - the addition you see off the alley was part of the bank at that time, but the front part was - what WAS that? It was another business on the ground floor and the bank's Audit Dept. offices were above that. Wow - a reminder of how much time has flown!! Are you from GJ? Do you remember when Penney's was at 4th and Main (which later became the Dinosaur Museum)? The Chamber of Commerce has a few old photos, too - oh, and so does the Planning Dept (I think that's it) which is in the "old Courthouse" building on sixth between Rood and White. This town has history! Glad you had a wonderful day!

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CAROLYNVIL 6/19/2010 11:45PM

    sounds like a great time.

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GRAMMAP1 6/19/2010 11:20PM

    What a fun time! Exercise and interest all in the same action. I like Dino although I have only seen him on TV. I have him on a DVD with the eight top Southern Gospel Pianists. It is great!
Have a lovely Sunday! emoticon emoticon

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MONTY68 6/19/2010 10:36PM

Thank you for sharing your walking tour. It sounds like a nice place to visit. Wow those "Peace" CDs sound great, do you know if they are available on the internet? By this time I am sure you have been to the concert.
Again, thanks for sharing

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PAULAK863 6/19/2010 8:04PM

    Hi Yvonne,

You are one busy lady!! Thanks for sharing your weekend with us! May God's richest blessings be yours!


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MERRYMARY42 6/19/2010 5:26PM

    what a great day you had, sounds like a lot of fun, glad to read about it, Mary

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MRSJERRYBUSH 6/19/2010 5:22PM

    Goodness, that sounds fun! I would have enjoyed the walking tour about eight yrs. ago. My, has it really been that long? So glad you are enjoying! Tell us all about it.

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SUNSHINEGB 6/19/2010 3:29PM

    Wow, what a wonderful weekend Yvonne! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

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NANCYLEE46 6/19/2010 12:25PM

    emoticon sounds like a busy fun-filled week-end.
I am glad you are doing something for you.
Is DINO a christian pianist/singer.
We had one at my church about 25 years ago. He sang a song about an old violin - I will never forget.



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A True Story

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I was e-mailed this and wanted to share it with my Spark friends. You might have to copy and paste the internet address.

Subject: A true story

If this doesn't tug at your heartstrings nothing will ...


A true story. One day a son asks his father:
"Daddy, will you run the marathon with me?"
The father answers yes and both run their first marathon together.
One day, the son asks his father if he wants to run the marathon
with him again and the father answers yes.
They both run the marathon together again.

Then one day the son asks his father:
"Daddy, will you run the Ironman with me?"
(the Ironman is the requires a 4km swim, 180km biking
and 42km running).
The father says yes again.

This all sounds easy...but check this video...amazing!

What a great man...what a great father!

Click here:

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CAROLYNVIL 6/17/2010 7:41PM

    A very inspiring ,and moving story. csrolyn

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GRAMMAP1 6/17/2010 12:14AM

    That is so moving. Everyone should have a Father like that. And what is the motivation? LOVE emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYBASKET 6/16/2010 8:54AM


This certainly is an inspiring story. I too watched the other videos & how true it is that we "CAN do things if we make our mind to it. God Bless them both. emoticon

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HIKESHAPPY 6/16/2010 8:15AM

    Truly inspiring video, Yvonne. While I was there, I checked out a couple of others about them. It must be the father and son that a billboard is about around here. I didn't know their story.

I was in tears, but then I really broke down when I saw the bottom and thought about this in terms of us and our heavenly Father. How many times does He carry us when we are unable to carry ourselves? Thank you, Yvonne.

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SUNSHINEGB 6/16/2010 6:55AM

    The love and strength that flows from this father is awe-inspiring! And the joy on the son's face!
Yes, we CAN!

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MONTY68 6/16/2010 12:23AM

    Hi Yvonne
Thank you so much, what a tear jerker but beautiful. And a good reminder for those that say they can't

Thank you again for sharing


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NOTSPEEDY 6/16/2010 12:01AM

    I edited the blog and inserted the link. It should work now.


Comment edited on: 6/16/2010 12:05:11 AM

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MONTY68 6/15/2010 11:49PM

    Hi Yvonne
I tried to open this but it just kicks into search. It sounds like a must see video


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Loosin It

Monday, June 14, 2010

Well this plateau has finally been conquered - at least for now. I ended May at 169.3 and now weight 167.5. A loss of 1.8 pounds. That is almost a pound a week. I can hardly believe it.

I think the secret, at least for me, is more exercise. I'm doing pretty good on meeting my goal of 1000 fitness minutes for June. I've got 407 minutes through the 13th. I've been trying to get 5 miles a week on my bicycle and the rest is walking. Hoping to loose 2-3 more pounds before our trip. We leave for Disneyland on 7/8. I'm getting excited. I've never been there.

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GRAMMAP1 6/15/2010 10:16PM

    Good for you Yvonne. I am afraid since you lost it, I know where it went. And Disney Land is a great experience. Educational and fun, all in one packet. emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 6/15/2010 6:16PM

    Congratulations on being 1.8 lbs less Yvonne, that's fantastic!

I was at DisneyLand in '88 with Rolly and we had a ball! Only there for 1 day but packed in all the sites we could and took loads of photos, still got them!


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TLROYER 6/15/2010 11:54AM

    Plateaus stink! Glad you have figured out what to do to move that scale down. You are going to have so much fun at Disney. Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back. Terry

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BOOKAYB 6/15/2010 11:42AM

  emoticon Yea, Disneyland!!! What a blast! Yoy're doing it, Yvonne!! Way to go!

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HIKESHAPPY 6/15/2010 9:42AM

    Woo Hoo, Yvonne! Great job! There will be less and less of you to walk all over Disneyland!:-)

I was in Disneyland, but it was the year I was born - ha ha! So I don't really remember much of it, although I'm pretty sure we have pictures:-)

Looking forward to seeing you with that 1000 fitness minutes trophy this month! I'll be close - not sure if I'll get it (!), but we'll see:-) (I got a late start:-)

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ROC9612 6/15/2010 8:10AM

    Awesome job on the weightloss keep up the good work.

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BRAVEONE92 6/14/2010 11:40PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss. I truly believe the secret to losing weight, is lots of exercise. Your body is responding in a postive way to it.

Keep up the good hard work. I hope that you enjoy your trip to Disney World. You will surely get lots of walking in there. emoticon

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KFH3107 6/14/2010 11:15PM

    Congrats on your weight loss and your ambition to commit to the exercise. Obviously you are on the correct wave length and being rewarded accordingly. Good for you! Enjoy your trip to Disneyland and do relax as much as you can while on your trip. It will be wonderful I am certain.

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MONTY68 6/14/2010 11:14PM

Congratulations on your releasing 1.8 pounds. That is fantastic. I feel with your attitude and motivation that you WILL go to Disneyland with some more released weight.

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