Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
I have proof.
His doctor said this would never happen.
His physical therapist said they could no longer help him.
But they didn't know who they were talking to…..
This is a man who has run over 30 marathons.
This is a man who never gives up.
And they said this would never happen! from Jill Shelley on Vimeo.
Thank you to his excellent care giver, Tom!
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Last Sunday during singing time with the 8-11 year olds, the
chorister was teaching the kids different ways to sing familiar
songs. Just after she announced, "Now this next song I want you
to sing as loud as you can, without yelling." ….the little 8 year
old boy sitting next to me said, "I think you might want to cover
your ears because it's going to be very loud in here."
I do have a bad ear so I said, "Okay, I'm going to go step out into
the hallway. You take care of the class for me while I'm gone."
And out I went.
After it was over I came back to sit by that same boy and I said to
him, "That was so kind of you to give me that warning. But how
did you know I had a bad ear?"
He sat up straighter and seemed so proud as he told me, "I know
because all old people have problems with their ears!"
So serious he was.
This reminded me of just 4 days earlier when I was giving a lesson
to fourteen girls ages 8-11. We were all sitting on the floor as we
talked together about service and ways we can help other people.
The lesson was going along just fine and then suddenly one of the
girls said to me, "Do you know you are wearing two different
I looked down in shock. How could I have done this? I quickly
removed the shoes and sort of threw them under the table. I heard a
few little giggles. Then I told the girls how embarrassed I felt. The
room became quiet as those girls sat there with endearing
sympathetic looks on their faces. Finally one girl said, "I've done
that before." She was trying to make me feel better!
Tonight before I went visiting teaching, I read through the message
the monthly message. It was about trying to be more Christ
like….how we need to strive to be more like little
children without guile: innocent, honest intent, with pure motives.
I'm thankful for the little people in my life. I want to be more like
Friday, April 10, 2015
I hope you will excuse this self centered post as I tell you about my birthday last week.
First I woke up to this from Washington:
(I love it when Richie asks me if I have any kids!
Thank you Karen, Tyler, Rich, and Leo!
I knew her from my childhood. I've known her son Terry since he was in the stroller.
And Terry's wife, Debbie, since she was only 4 years old. Lots of history.
My mom would bring us 4 girls, plus sometimes Grandma too, for hair cuts at Betty's salon. It was an
all day event. We would bring our lunch and often swim in her pool before returning home!
….so one time she gave me a gold crown in to wear in my hair, and it did cheer me up.
I often wondered why my busy Mom would drive us 30 minutes from our house so Betty could cut our
hair. I learned later in life that everyone loved being around Betty.
She attracted people to her.
(thanks to Krista and Paul for taking us there a few years back)
So we got on and we have no idea why, but Dennis appeared this way….
Grandpa returned to normal. Fortunately for me.
Loved all the phone calls, texts, cards and messages.
I feel so blessed with so much love in my life.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
it was early enough not to interfere with Violet's nap.
But after all the previews, etc…
the movie got started later than I thought! Not good.
of it nap time struck and she was DONE.
closer"….and took off running all the way up to the screen.
(I was stunned by her ability to label her feelings!)
I said, "I'm so sorry. I know what that feels like!"
"I'm glad you enjoy having me here."
In other words, she recovered, and she knows I love her.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Saturday, April 4, 2015
our new relatives had to leave before I remembered
The other little one, Harvey, was inside.
At 7 months old, I guess he's thinking he will wait till next year to join the group.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Or I think he gave me a hint when he said,
"Do you see that sign?"
especially love on the shelf underneath that sign.