Lookoutlady’s Marsh


Spring Sprung, left and now it’s Summer
April 28, 2009, 10:19 am
Filed under: church, Family, granddaughter

Whew, spring left in a hurry!  The temps have been in the upper 80’s this week.  My pansies are getting really leggy so I will be getting my summer flowers this weekend.  Also need to get my tomatoes and peppers in my pots.  Just have not figured out the best place to put the pots so they get good sun and no breeze off the sound.  Found out last year, tomatoes do not like salt mist.

I kept my granddaughter this past weekend and the other grandparents keep HWS, so that their parents could have a weekend to peruse Old Town in SC.  Took her to church all dressed in pink and she just wowed her church community.  She commented the loudest during prayer, but in a happy way and I know the Holy Spirit understood her.

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Pride and Joys
December 17, 2008, 2:48 pm
Filed under: church, Family, granddaughter, grandson, Love

RJ, HWS

It is so amazing how love expands and grows.  The two lovies above are my grandkids, RJ is 8 months and HWS is 2.  They have not only expanded my love but now challenge my memory of childhood rhymes and songs.  They make Christmas all the more exciting.

RJ is crawling and pulling herself up on all things, taking those first tentative steps to walking.  HWS is learning so fast, and has so many new words(some of them I even understand).  His newest(esp. since RJ started crawling) is MINE.  This is an important idea to learn, because how do you learn what sharing is? unless you understand mine?

We have “Cookies & Carols” Sunday night at contemporary service, best I can tell is a cross between “Love Feast” and “Lessons & Carols”.  The praise team is singing 3 songs:  “Welcome to Our World”, “Breath of Heaven”, and “Christ Child’s Lullaby” then asking others to sing 5 carols with us.  I will be baking cookies on Saturday and have asked HWS to come help Grandma.



Let Me Rise
November 3, 2008, 2:25 pm
Filed under: church, Family, granddaughter, grandson

Let Me Rise

By Wendell Berry

When I rise up
let me rise up joyful
like a bird

When I fall
let me fall without regret
like a leaf.

Source: “Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer” from Collected Poems

Remembrance of saints, homecoming at church, dinner on the grounds after church, HWS(grandson)’s second birthday all occurred yesterday.  A mix of sorrow, welcome, feasting and unbridled happiness in the span of yesterday which thankfully had an extra hour.

I have pet names for my grandkids, HWS I call my “sugarbear” and RJ is my  “sweetpea”.  Their costumes for Halloween…HWS was a monkey(only because we could not find a bear costume) complete with the sounds that a monkey makes and RJ was a peapod. HWS was a delight even though he could not say “trick or treat” only wave and say bye.  RJ was not happy being confined in the peapod since she is newly crawling and is so delighted with her ability to move to something or someone as she wants.

HWS gives a one finger on one hand and one finger on the other when asked how old he is.  We had a cookout and of course an Elmo cake.  It was family for this BD.  HSW was surrounded by aunts, uncles and numerous grands….Granny, Grandma, Meme, GG, Grandpop and Grandpa…..that he keeps straight.



Money
October 16, 2008, 10:43 am
Filed under: church, economy, Life

stacks

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As Christians we are to be “anxious about nothing”, fear is what lots of folks are feeling with the markets tanking and decreased means to pay off debt(car loans, education loans not to mention credit card and house debt). I have seen more folks paying for things out of envelopes containing cash(Dave Ramsey Finicial Peace Unv.) in the past couple of weeks. Our gov’t. and Wall Street need to heed the lessons.

As a Methodist I have started reading some of what John Wesley wrote and even in todays post modern times, what he said is so revelvant:

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism said the following about money
“We ought to gain all we can gain but this it is certain we ought not to do; we ought not to gain money at the expense of life, nor at the expense of our health. “”Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then ‘give all you can.'”He said the purpose of earning and saving is giving and that you should then give to the following:
“First you should give to yourself–food, clothes, shelter–what moderate living requires. Second, you should give to your family and employees providing for their needs. Third, if there is still money left, you should give to the household of faith–other Christians. Fourth, you should give to all men in need.”
This is what he thought it meant to “lay up” treasure and reasons to set aside money:
To pay your debts for this is right.
To provide yourself the necessities of life.
To provide for your family is your duty.
Necessary investment to carry on business.
“When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.”

What more needs to be said?



Laughter
October 9, 2008, 9:40 am
Filed under: church, Friends, God, grateful, Life

fail owned pwned picturesYep, this has been my week.

We did have a good time at choir last night.  I sing tenor as do 2 other women and generally that is considered a “man’s” part.  The director of the choir will refer to the tenor and bass parts with a “ok, men now…”.  Last night we females used our music to hide the fact we had stuck mustaches under our noses.  The rest of the choir noticed our addition and were having a hard time singing, the director did not look up from the music sheet until about half way through, at which point we all dissolved into laughter.  I had tears of laughter in my eyes the rest of the way and when we had gone into the sanctuary to sing the song for Sunday, I messed up and sang send instead of tend in the “Here I Am Lord” arrangement, you know “I will tend the poor and lame.”  That so tickled the tenor next to me he could not get it back together to finish the song.

Thank you, Lord for laughter! 



Love God, Do Good, Do No Harm
April 25, 2008, 3:01 pm
Filed under: church, God, Life

I was listening to the live stream from the UMC general conference yesterday and the above title is what the different chairpersons were calling UMC’s to.  It is the Wesley tradition.  I think this will work better than the Open hearts, open minds, open doors campaign.  At church who tries, we did not post the sign–there was no problem with open hearts and doors, but there was considerable debate about open mind.  Did that mean we were to accept everything, even those things that were untrue and not faithful?

Just think if we truly lived “Do no Harm”  there would be no wars, no school shootings, in fact no gun shooting at others.  We could then work on being united heart to heart in prayer, creating a world of radiant life, overflowing abundance and lasting peace as we awaken to the power of Love within (paraphrase from the 13th Unity World Day of Prayer).

We would be even more BLESSED.



Holy Week
March 20, 2008, 4:31 pm
Filed under: church, God, grateful, Life

Today is Maudy Thursday and will be observed with communion and stripping of the church till all is left in darkness, even the Christ candle.  We will leave in silence.  I have a hard time not crying every year at this service.  That God should love us so much that His son died an awful death for us.

Last night, on Spy Wednesday or betrayal day, the choir sang two selections at the AME Zion church.  I was happy to see that more of church who tries members were present than were the AME folks.  As is the case, it started about 10 minutes late, but lasted until 8:30.  Ended with lots of hugs and God bless you.

Grateful for:

  1. Bradford pears in full bloom
  2. Azaleas starting to pot open
  3. Kindermusic and watching HWS dance
  4. Carolina in NCAA tourney
  5. March madness and Easter all on the same weekend