Thankful Thursday

I am so thankful for my friends!  Truth be told, I find it hard to make and keep friends.  Thank God that He’s given me some good friends in recent years.  He’s also slowly helping me learn how to be one. I treasure my friendships.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
John 15:13

A wonderful new song from the Getty’s:

I’m also thankful for Kevin Vickers.  He’s a credit to Canada.

October 21, 2014

So hard to get up this morning! Work was something else today, also.

The good news is that as of this morning I officially have lost 40 pounds!

I ended up having only a pumpkin protein shake and a coffee for breakfast, then completely missed lunch.

We were going to head to Cambridge to check out a movie this evening, but we got caught up in a traffic jam. 😐

We spent 2 hours getting one highway turnoff away, then headed back home.

T had the choice of restaurants, and he chose Boston Pizza. Good choice, little man! They have 3 choices on the menu that look good and have calorie counts for them printed in the description. I can’t tell you how much easier that makes eating a a restaurant.

It’s getting late, but I hope to get some reading in tonight!


October 19, 2014



Potato soup for dinner.  Nummy.  You can find the recipe here. It’s really good with the Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish that I’m treating myself to.

G’s back went out and my lower back doesn’t feel too great, either. We did some running around this morning but all in all it was a quiet day.

Bible study tonight, chapter 6 of Romans.

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. 

What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.  

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6, ESV)

October 18, 2014

Wonderful day today!  We slept in (well, so far as we were able to), then we grabbed the dogs, my Mom, and my Mom’s pugs (remember Dementa and Grumps?) and took them to a vet’s open house.  Lots of door prizes, although it doesn’t look like we won one, and they took a pic of our dogs.  This is what my dogs look like:

IMG_7479-001Funny girl, isn’t she, messing that up?

We dropped off the dogs and had lunch (breakfast) at the Deli.  Took a bit of time to get the food, but it was good as always.

Next stop, Leaping Deere.  We had a ball though it was freezing out, and the little man got his exercise.  We watched the pumpkin cannon, ran around the corn maze, then watched the pig race.  We checked out the Animal Barn, then T went on a hay ride while we shopped and warmed up in the store.  We picked out one large pumpkin, and Mom picked up a nice white one that she’ll put a pug face on.

20141018_15103120141018_150843wpid-20141018_155748.jpgAfterward, we dropped Mom off at home and headed home ourselves.  My men headed out to the shop so they could put the mudflaps on red, finish painting her up and polish up her headlights.  I tried to load up the pics of the day on WordPress but wow, it was slow, so I put them up on Facebook.  Not my first choice but oh, well.

I thank the Lord for a good day with my family.

One last item for Mom:

puppy pug

October 17, 2014

A day off from work but a busy one nonetheless.  We only got one key with Red the truck and I had an appointment to get a new one today.  Just to give you all a heads up – if you have a newer model car (anything with a key fob at this point, actually) it costs mega bucks to get a copy of the key.  I expected it to be expensive, but it still floored me.  Don’t lose your keys!

The rest of the day was all errands.  I got Maya and Jack Jack’s microchip issue settled, did a bit of shopping around, had to stop by work, that kind of stuff.

Potato soup for dinner and Mom came by with Dementa and Grumps (not her pugs’ real names). The dogs played and were happy and we had good food and good company.

I did find a great video to share tonight – lots of talent.