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Friday, April 01, 2011

I do love changes -----I have moved a number of times. In Medford, as a single parent and while my children were growing up, we moved often. My Dad always teased me, "Oh, that place is dirty now so time to move on". And, as a child we moved fairly often - between Oklahoma and Southern California. Then when I was 7, we moved to Medford where I grew up. Now, I have been here in Pendleton and this apartment for almost 5 years. I am getting "ansy" again. But, will probably not be moving this time. I do love my apartment - just the right size, close to downtown, and a beautiful view of the river.

The change I am having a hard time with right now is the loss of our Youth Pastor at church. He was here for almost 10 years and so loved by the youth. I am so sure that where ever he goes, he will do well. I miss his "Good Mornings" over the intercom and just his presence in the building. I will certainly miss watching his son, Liam, grow up.

Change in our lives is inevitable but how we handle it is our choice. So, I am going to pray the very best for Pastor Joseph, Candace and Liam and know that God is in control. When a new Youth Pastor occupies the office downstairs, I know that I will grow to love him too.

There is a change in the air too this morning. Instead of the cloudy sky outside my window, the sun is shining so bright!! There are a few dark clouds overhead and there may be some rain, but I know the sun is still shining and Spring will soon be here. (I have some geraniums ordered from a friend at church)

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,....
a time to weep and a time to laugh.......

He has set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God ha done from beginning to end."
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, 11

What a good reminder for me that I have a choice in how I see my life and what I do with the time God has given me. A choice to stay overweight and feel sorry for myself because I am so "unloved"--------or know that God created me and loves me just as I am. And, with that I can go out and "conquer" my little world. I can make the changes I need to make to lose weight, eat more healthy, exercise daily, and smile at the world.

So now to my "7 for 2011" . I need to post them on my home page and get out my index card daily as a reminder!! I have been sorta working on them. Have definitely restored a relationship with my oldest son. But, I have a daughter in Salem that I have not communicated with for a few years. That one will take some thought as to how to proceed.

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MARTHA-ANN 4/2/2011 2:38AM

    Hope it all works out well for you Barb...you deserve it emoticon

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LOTTY711 4/1/2011 4:42PM

    Change is good.

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CAROLIAN 4/1/2011 11:31AM


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Japan's Earthquake

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Yesterday morning I had heard about the earthquake in Japan, but had not learned the extent until later in the afternoon. My sister lives in Brookings and I called her to ask about the extent of the damage there. She said the tsunami had destroyed the docks there and a number of boats were lost. There were a number of business in that area, but she did not know how much damage they had received.

I have been looking at the pictures and just cannot imagine what the people there are experiencing. But, I know that God is watching over them. Now, all I can do is pray for them.

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MARTHA-ANN 3/15/2011 3:17AM

    It was terrible Barb, with far reaching consequences for other countries too. The forces of nature can be terrible as well as wonderful.

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JTREMBATH 3/12/2011 1:39PM

    It seems alot of houses just crumbled under the Tusnami it looked terrable I feel and pray for those people over there, it was a bigger quake than the one we had here in New Zealand but what caused the damge here was that it was a shallow quake.

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God is Great!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Am reading "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day" by Matt Batterson and found this:

"God is great not just because nothing is too big for Him. God is great because nothing is too small for Him either."

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MARTHA-ANN 2/28/2011 3:34AM

    Very true.

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Still on Track

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

At the beginning of the year our Pastor told us we should slow down and learn to just say "No!". In December he had cellulitis in his leg - spent 4 days in the hospital - and was off most of the month. So he learned how important it is to just rest at times.

However, it seems like my life has gotten busier. Well, actually the things I am doing are adding so much to my life!! Monday evenings I am working on #3 of my goals for the year. (Restoring lost relationships). Am meeting my oldest son who had withdrawn from the family - again. This week we met with his Dad to celebrate my son's 49th birthday. (And I thought I was only 49!!) Oh, well. We had such a good time - just reminiscing and sharing stories.

Am walking a little more - slowly adding steps so my weekly average is going up. And, have lost another pound - even tho I have not been tracking my food intake. Actually, just do not have much of an appetite - except when I have gone out for dinner.

Have been spending more time with Jill, my 10 year old granddaughter. Will soon start our Bible study.

Have finished knitting a scarf for my Pastor's wife and have started another for me. Also, am hand-piecing a quilt for my oldest granddaughter who is getting married in March. The quilt however will not be finished before at least Christmas. (They had originally planned to get married in Sept.)

Am still sorting and tossing in my bedroom. Have discarded some books and taken a couple of boxes to the Salvation Army. Feels so good to have my closet cleaned out.

So, I feel like I am right on track. Just want to focus now on losing a couple more pounds this month. Better get with it!!!


Number Four Goal

Saturday, January 29, 2011

My #4 goal for this year is to study the life of Jesus with my 10 year old granddaughter, Jill. She is such a precious little girl, but she has some emotional issues. She can become extremely vicious with her mother and sisters when she gets upset. She is getting some counseling, but is not making much progress.

For Christmas, I bought her Sheri Rose Shepherd's book "His Little Princess: Treasured Letters from Your King (His Princess). Yesterday she was with me for a while and she said she is waiting to read it so we can read it together. I am hoping that we can together talk about some of the issues she has and find ways she can better relate to her family.

I had her yesterday from about 3:30. We picked up dinner and then came to my apartment. We watched a movie while we ate and then we played dominoes until her Father picked her up about 8 (her Mother was working) and she totally "skunked" me. Now will check with my daughter and find out what day would be best for me to have Jill - am thinking Tues. since that is one of the days Kathi will be working.

I have not listed exercise as one of my goals. This past week I started the 28-day Bootcamp - again. I am just doing what I can each day in the exercises she does - my goal is to just show up and do what I can. If I can do this EVERY DAY - I feel that will be a good start. My problem is that I don't always complete so I just quit!! NOT GOOD!! So, my plan is to at least check in EVERY DAY!! One week so far - and continuing.

Have a busy weekend ahead. Bake cookies for my Sunday School class - prepare to teach the little ones during their Children's Church ( I fill in occasionally) and our women's Circle of Sisters Sunday evening. For today, am doing some housecleaning and then a couple of errands. This afternoon I plan to put in a movie and do some sewing on the quilt I have started for Jonathan and Sami.

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MARTHA-ANN 1/30/2011 3:43AM

    Sounds like a busy time for you Barb...you know you love it!!
Great you can spend time with your grand daughter, hope she learns some life lessons from her gran emoticon

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