Family Reunion September 2014

Family Reunion September 2014

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"Trey Tuesday" - March 13, 2018


We use the word, 'help' everywhere:  Information desks, books, movies, music....even the blue Walmart vests boast, "How may I help you?"
But why is it so difficult for us to ask for help?  Asking for help shows that you are resourceful and that you know how to find answers, right?  Then why do we view it as a weakness?

Children naturally ask for - and accept - help.
Older, and wiser, friends know their limits and when to ask for help.
So what is wrong with the rest of us?  We bite our tongues, dig in deep, and struggle all alone.  What relationships and blessings are we missing out on when we pridefully and fearfully refuse to ask for help?

Take a look at the attached picture.  Trey needed help in order to make the basket.  He and Jay look pretttttty happy working​ together!  

Try it tomorrow.  Ask for help.  And stir up a little joy!  :)

"let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works"  Hebrews 10:24

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

"Trey Tuesday" - March 6, 2018


Research shows that there is no angry way to say "bubbles".  OK, my research was Google, but try it!  :)  There is something about the word that sets your mind at ease!

There is so much pain and sickness and grief and fear and brokenness in our lives lately, I thought perhaps today we could focus on some happiness.

You know another word that is difficult to say in an angry way?  Grandma  <3

And the phrase, "You're right."

And of course I can't say, "Trey" without a sweet smile.

Bubbles won't take away the burdens of your heart, but they will refresh you, if even for a brief moment!  :)

"Those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away."  Isaiah 51:11

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"Trey Tuesday" - February 27, 2018

Gold Medal Winners!

The Olympics are over, the athletes can now rest.  They have fought their fights.
They have finished their races.

This past week, Billy Graham finished his race.  He can now rest with Jesus.  And with Trey.  And Poppi.   And Alice.  And Allan.  And Richard.  And Clarence.   And Joe.  And Helen.  And Jim and Patty.  And Bill and Nancy.  And Susan.  And Kathleen.  And Molly.  And Ellen.  And teeny tiny babies.  And many, many others!  :)

It brings me comfort and joy to imagine my loved ones together in the presence of Jesus!  Let's continue to paint the image of this joyful family reunion!

Who is your Gold Medal Winner now resting with Jesus?

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing."  2 Timothy 4:7,8

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"Trey Tuesday" - February 20, 2018

No Gold Medal...Yet!

Millions of athletes all over the world are striving to win a gold medal.  Children (and/or their parents) begin training at very young ages and invest a lot of time, money, and energy to follow the path to the Olympic podium.

Most of us, though, are not Olympic athletes.  Not even close.  

However, we all invest a lot of time, money, and energy in other things:  family, friends, neighbors, work, fashion, rest, play, yard work, screens, exercise, financials, decor, humor, etc....everything temporary....everything except eternity!  

How much time do you invest each day considering eternity?  Striving to follow Jesus?  Seek God?  Listen to Him?  Consider life and time beyond right now?

We will not receive gold medals this side of heaven....but the gold in heaven is  definitely worth the wait!  :)

"Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come"  I Timothy 4:7,8

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"Trey Tuesday" - February 13, 2018

Out of Control!

I was praying for our adult children the other day and I was reminding myself that their lives are out of my control now.  And then I was thinking about friends of mine who just had a baby.  "Wow!" I thought, "They can't control their child either!"
Aaaaaaand then I thought about myself...yep...I am out of my control!

This winter we have learned that we can't control (or predict!) weather.  Time marches on, ready or not!  And you only need to watch the news - or gas prices - for a minute to learn that we can't control the value of money.

Long ago, I memorized Psalm 46:10:  "Be still, and know that the Lord is God."   
Here is Psalm 46:10 in another version of the Bible:  “Cease striving and know that the Lord is God". 
I'll forever be striving to live out that verse.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

"Trey Tuesday" - February 6, 2018

Luke 6:31

"Do to others as you would have them do to you."
Yes!  It's true!  This Pittsburgh-born-and-raised girl donned a green and black jersey on Sunday to cheer on her now hometown Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl win!  :)
Why would a Steeler girl go Green!?  Because I love BOTH of my hometowns!  And I want to join with them in their hopes and dreams, battles and VICTORIES!  :)
Just like Team Mitlo One.  Many, many of you supported Jay and Rachel and the kids in Trey's battle.  You jumped in and joined the team, loving in word, in deed, in meals, in cards, in hugs, in prayer!  And even now, the wristbands and t-shirts are evidence of continued overflowing love! 

Overflowing love and acceptance:  Isn't that what we all want?

"Do to others as you would have them do to you."  Luke 6:31

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

"Trey Tuesday" - January 30, 2018

Just Saying, "Hi!"

Facebook shared a memory with me today that has made me laugh and cry and laugh and cry!  Seven years ago - 7!!! - Jay and Trey made a video while Trey was in the hospital, just 1 month after his stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

Trey, even in the midst of his battle, shared so much love and joy!  :)  In this video, Jay and Trey greet each family member one at a time, and simply say, "Hi!"  Each giggle and antic warms my heart!  <3

Be encouraged:  Your small words, simple gestures, and smiling face bring joy in ways you could never imagine every day!

"May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word."  2 Thessalonians 2:16,17