One Happy Centipede…..

Sunday, my hubby and I started out right after our AM service and headed for Higgins Lake where our son, Kevin and his wife Carolyn with their eight children, Kevin M., Taylor, Kristi, Luke, Jacob, Nicholas, Zachary, and Josiah minister.

We arrived in time for the evening service with about 45 minutes to spare.

It was a joy to be able to meet some of their dear people as we attended their service and were privileged to join in their communion service.
It was also a blessing to see those eight children (big and small) spread out across the church(with out running) º¿º … doing little helpful jobs, like collecting the communion cups, cranking the windows closed (it reminded me of a centipede the way they scurried around).

Kevin M. helped with the sound system and powerpoint.

Kevin M. is the pastor’s assistant, doing the church bulletin and follow-up and other helpful jobs to give Kevin more freedom to do other ministry jobs and Taylor is the church’s custodian.

The next day (Labor Day) Nicholas brought a little game of cards and asked me to play with him before everyone was ready for breakfast…. before we had passed out the cards there were about six children to join in and play the game until breakfast time.

After breakfast, with everyone doing a different job we finished up the breakfast dishes. Then the men and all the boys, except Nicholas, went on an errand and picked up some sherbert on the way home for our lunch.

While the men were gone I was doing some knitting and I asked Kristi if she would like to learn to knit and after working with her for a few minutes she mentioned that Aunt Melony had taught her to crochet and had given her a nice beginners crochet book and she told me that she had made a dish cloth but had not yet learned to follow a pattern.

We dicided to abandon the knitting and learn to read the crochet patterns.

After looking through her book she chose an easy pattern of a neat little heart pin cushion and set out to learn to follow the directions.

Kristi caught on very quickly and I began doing my knitting again while she crocheted.

All of the time that I was helping Kristi with her directions Nicholas watched from across the room while sharpening some colored pencils and as soon as he noticed that I wasn’t working with Kristi he came over and asked, ” Can I learn too?”… so I started teaching him to make a chain stitch.

I enjoyed so much watching their dogged determination to learn and after some big sighs and pulling out and re-doing they both succeeded to the point that Kristi finished her first heart for her pin cushion and Nick produced a long enough chain so that he could wear it around his neck which made him quite proud.

I suggested that Kristi could put a scallop around the heart rather than the trim suggested in the book. So I proceeded to show her how to do it, thinking to myself that maybe I had “bitten off more that she could chew.”

After having dinner, with Grandma at one end and Grandpa at the other (so that we would not have to climb into the benches on the sides and almost needing binoculars to see to the other end of the big table). we again cleaned the table and did the dishes.

Then Kristi went back to her crocheting and Grandma to her knitting (which I had to pull out several times to correct errors that I made while supervising the other projects.

During the meal, Kevin had mentioned that they needed my advice on fixing a hole in the arm of their otherwise very nice couch, that the Lord had provided for their family room.

So while the guys were out working on Kevin’s Jeep I decided that I would go check out the couch.

When I got up to head down stairs Kristi put down her crocheting and followed me down stairs and that is when I came to the realization that there was a “centipede” in the house in the form of all those children, scurrying around eager to help. When I got to the bottom of the stairs they showed me the bad place on the arm of the couch and when I saw that they had a couple of cushions I suggested that we use one of the cushions to patch the hole and I set out to repair it before we had to leave for home.

Just like when we were playing the game before breakfast, there they all were, wanting to help get a chair for me and Kristi ran to get needles and thread and then a piece of scrap material to help stablize the padding.

While I worked for about an hour or so on the patch the whole family came and sat around while Kristi and I sewed. I worked on the big patch and I showed Kristi how to do a smaller spot nearby so that I would be able to finish up in time for Grandpa and I to get home before dark.

I could see that she was getting tired but as soon as we finished the job she grabbed up her now completed heart and was trying to match them together to finish them.

I quickly showed her how to crochet a scallop and did two for her while she watched and then she did one by herself, and as Grandpa and I headed for the car I suggested she might want to just do the trim suggested in the book if it seemed to hard for her.

As we pulled out and headed down the street we heard our families’ traditional……”Byyyyyyyyeeeeee” ….. as we drove away”. (Something that all of the children have done for years).

When we got home and unpacked our luggage, grandpa turned on the news and I went to the computer to check email and their was a little note from Kristi…. Check this out and her link to her new blog….

Check it out and I will not need to say any more than what a blessing our families are to us.

Praise the Lord for those “Happy Centipedes”.

A Child of God….60 Years Today –

Look at My testimony link…

My Saviour, My Dearest Friend, My Strength, My Shepherd, My Provider.

Thank you Lord for saving me as a small child… For protecting me from a life of sin that I know I was headed for even as a small child.

For changing the way that I thought and talked as a young child.

Then for saving my parents and sibblings.

God Is So Good…



O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Samuel T. Francis, 1875 (1834-1925)

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me,
Is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward
To Thy glorious rest above!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth,
Changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones,
Died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth,
Watcheth o’er them from the throne!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Love of every love the best!
‘Tis an ocean full of blessing,
’tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
’tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory,
for it lifts me up to Thee!

This song is so precious to me…

I praise Him for His presence in my life and the strength that only He can give to carry on.

It has been such a blessing the past few weeks to have our daughter, Melony and her family in our church services… It is such a joy to be able to hear her lovely voice in the small congregation…to have the hopping little feet of Andrea as she tries to walk on he heels in her nicely polished white shoes in her pretty little Sunday dress, hair all neatly arranged and her happy little face… to have Andy with his sweet disposition as he often snuggles lovingly up to me… to have Seth who listens so intently in the Sunday School class and is able to quote Scriptures from the Bible Memory book and to have Tim helping with handing out song books and ushering when he isn’t with his dad, Jim, who has been preaching in Ohio and finishing up with some of the loose ends in Ohio and also doing his driving job to keep food on the table.

Lord, I thank you for allowing me the joy of having them close at least for a while.

I always prayed for my parents when we were away in the ministry, that He would send someone in my place to minister to them and their needs and he did that in so many wonderful ways.

I also pray for my children and grandchildren that they will have people in there churches and ministries that will do things with them that I wish that I could do, and I have seen that prayer answered many times.

God is so good.

I lift up my hands to the Lord in Praise.


Everyday we have the privilege of lifting our voice in praise, which can be a form of Prayer..

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.” I Thessalonians 5:16-19

You say, “I can’t sing!”
Psalm 100:1 Says… “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD.”

You can read good hymns and commit them to memory. You can quote or read Scriptures.

You can also do as I did when I was a small child… I used to make up the tune myself and if you have read my testimony you will see that I used to lay the hymnal on the ground and lay on my tummy in the swing and sing. Often I had to make up the tune because I didn’t not know what is was.

We who know the Lord can and should have a song in our hearts and if we don’t we are “Quenching the Spirit”.

My heart was blessed this past week when one of the young ladies in our church called and wanted my advise about her special number. She had a hymal at home and was working on several songs and she really did not know the tune, but she had practiced and studied the words and sang as unto the Lord.

What a blessing it was for me to listen to her do her best to sing His Praise. God will bless her efforts.

Are you lifting your voice in praise to your Saviour?

Try it, you will be blessed and others around you will also be blessed.

“Amazing Love, How Can It Be”