Family Reunion September 2014

Family Reunion September 2014

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - May 23, 2017

Hockey and Football - Man's Excuse

Experts have determined that there are 5 Love Languages.  Words of Affirmation, Receiving Gifts, and Quality Time are a few of them.  Physical Touch is another.  
The first few sound wonderful to many!  Accolades and presents!  Sounds good to me!  :)

Physical Touch in social circles makes us squirm.  Hand shakes are OK, but don't linger.  High fives work, but please just touch and go.  What about a hug!?!?  A  long lost friend hug is OK.  Even a joy induced hug.  Anything more than that might not be for you.  But....a hug is soooooooooo good for you!  :)

Watch any football player!  Tackles are merely hugs in disguise!  Most guys keep their distance until they play football - or definitely hockey - and then it is hugs all around!

This life is hard.  
Ask Jay and Rachel.
Or Joe and Bella.
Or Manchester, England.
Or those battling addiction.
Or fear.
Or financial stress.
Or managing a child with special needs.
Or job loss.

Offer a hug.  Receive a hug.  No, a hug won't make the problems go away, but it may offer a brief moment of distraction, comfort, and a reassurance of love.

"Be devoted to one another in love."  Romans 12:10

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - May 16, 2017

Trey Mitlo:  Young Warrior

warrior: a person who fights in battles and is known for having
courage and skill

Trey was called our "Young Warrior" from Day One of his diagnosis of neuroblastoma, but God created Trey to be a warrior long before that fateful day.  Trey was not your typical child.  He loved going to the doctor!  His nurses were his friends!  He giggled while in the hospital!  He never ever, not for one second, knew that he was sick.  He fought his battle with great courage and skill.  Yet....sometimes his warrior-hood spilled over....over on to his sweet Grandma, "No, Grandma.  Don't sit by me.  You sit over there!"  Never with intent to harm or disrespect, but always with intent to...well....boss us around and show us who was the Warrior!  :)  Trey was a warrior, through and through.

What about you?  How has God carefully crafted you?  What are your strengths?  Can they also be seen as your weaknesses?  Consider how you can use those strengths to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  (Ephesians 4:1)

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."  Ephesians 2:10

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - May 9, 2017

I Love My Toothbrush!

What a sweet way to start my day - with its gentle bristles and the minty fresh toothpaste. Throughout the day I revisit it and it takes good care of me. But sometimes after a bowl of popcorn or an order of ribs, a gentle encounter with my toothbrush isn't enough to fix my problem.  I have to work a little harder. I may even have to call in some reinforcing floss!  But, oh, what a relief it is when I am set free!

Trey was a sweetheart!  :) Aaaaaand Trey was a stinker!  :)  God used Jay and Rachel to help Trey learn and grow every day of his life....most of the times with a gentle "brushing."  But even Trey needed to be corrected, and be told that he shouldn't sigh out loud while a General in the Army was speaking!  (And they told Trey that riiiiiiiiiiight after we all stopped giggling!)  :)

You know, my toothbrush reminds me of a teeny tiny portion of the strength of God in my life. You see, God refreshes me in the morning, He encourages me throughout my day. Sometimes/often! God needs to get firm with me!  He digs in a little deeper, getting in the tight areas....but once He has worked the sinful attitudes and habits out of me, I am set free!
Isn't it time for you to "brush your teeth!?!?"  :)

"Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!"  Psalm 4:1

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - May 2, 2017

Hopeless?

Unemployment?
Divorce?
Bankruptcy?
Heartache?
Fear?
Depression?
Addiction?

Many scenarios in our lives seem hopeless.  Dead end.  No way out.  From our human perspective, yes indeed, things seem hopeless.  But how can we gain hope?  How can we turn our circumstances around and experience the hope-filled, confident life that God promises?

When Jay and Rachel received Trey's cancer diagnosis that dreadful Christmas Eve, everything seemed hopeless.  They were desperate for answers.  Little did they know the tremendous journey of faith, love, and yes heartache, that awaited them.

Today's Bible verse walks us through an interesting progression taking us from suffering to.....hope!  "we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. "  Romans 5:3,4 

Hope begins with suffering.  Never suffering alone, but in community.  Beside others.  With God's power.

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And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love."  Romans 5:5

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - April 25, 2017

Gifts!  :)

Trey's Grandma's birthday is tomorrow!  :)  And in honor of her special day, our family celebrated by having a Talent Show for Grandma.  What a joy it was to watch everyone pour out their love in various forms.  Each person offered their time and talent in order to show Grandma just how much they love her.
 Some told jokes.
Some did tricks.
Some sang.
Some danced.
Each one gave the gift of a perfect expression from him/her to Grandma.

God has given you a gift to share in order to reflect His creation in you.
Is it the gift of laughter?
The gift of giving?
The gift of tenderness?
Listening?
Speaking?
Building?
Design?
Music?
Don't hide your gifts - give them away to someone today!  :)

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace"  I Peter 4:10

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - April 18, 2017

Mental Snapshots

Looking out the window this week provides a breathtaking postcard image of spring time in full bloom!  The pink and white tree blossoms accented by the clear blue skies are quite the contrast to the gray/brown views we saw just last week!  Take a mental snapshot today in order to savor this wonderful season longer - even on rainy days!

Precious newborn babies and cozy toddler hugs seem priceless....while the children are sleeping!  Take a mental snapshot in the quiet times to carry you through while the children are awake!  :)

Late night texts and confidential talks may be a lifeline close friends share....occasionally or probably rarely.  Take a mental snapshot of the sweet togetherness to encourage you when you are apart.

Memories of Trey are oh, so precious.  I cling to the mental snapshots probably more than actual photos.  Trey's voice, his squeeze, his love....

Easter Sunday was a wonderful celebration of God's HUGE gift of love for each one of us.  We rejoiced in His Victory over death!  But then Monday comes...and bills...and car repairs...and sicknesses...and life rolls right along.  Where is our mental snapshot of Easter?  How can we press on?  A Bible verse, a devotional, a calendar, a prayer, a song, a sermon, a friend....God's Hand is everywhere reaching out to support you and remind you of His Gift of Love.  Look for Him!  :)

"This is how God's love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him."  I John 4:9

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - April 11, 2017

Passion

Yes! Passion!  Like a love story!
The greatest love story ever!

Holy Week, also called Passion Week, is the week before Easter, beginning with Palm Sunday.  The days unfold the most intimate love story ever told - and lived - and died!  A true story of God loving you so much that He would sacrifice His One and Only Son for your sake, to satisfy your deepest, aching need for love, significance, worth, and satisfaction.

Trey lived and loved with great passion!  Passionate right up in your face! :) And we wouldn't have had it any other way!

What are you passionate about?  These last few days before Easter, please make some time, even just a few seconds right now, and consider the overwhelming, sacrificial love God has for you. Yes, you!

"God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  Romans 5:8