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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


44 = 22 × 11

a happy number--a number that eventually ends in 1 if the number is repeatedly replaced by the sum of the squares of its digits (yah right, so whatever that it means--it's a happy number!)

the atomic number of ruthenium

Vicks Formula 44 when you need a cough suppressant

Agent 44 in the TV show Get Smart

Interstate 44 runs from Texas to Missouri and Route 44 runs from New York to Mass.

Hank Aaron wore #44

Floyd Little of the awesome Denver Broncos was #44

My own 44...

My husband
My children--each one!
I try to be thankful for our family cat. (that's 9 reasons so far)
My home
in my town
in my state
definitely thankful within my country!  
Freedom is an awesome gift!  (14)
Van that runs well and has seats for everyone
A smaller economic car for my husband to drive to work in
a great job for my husband taking care of our family needs
plus freedom to create, innovate, and celebrate new inventions and ideas. (18)
A blog to share my ideas and flexibility to share my ideas when I have time.
Being a Home Engineer for all these years has been the best!  (21)
My family--Jon, Mom, Dad and Mel, Grandma, Grandma Max
Jason, Nick, Derrick, Dustin, Ember--
Sue, Kate, Ruth and families, sharing many nieces and nephews and cousins!  (35)
Neighbors and church families in this season of life and prior times that includes...
...amazing teachers like Mrs. Peake, Mrs. A, Mrs Ross, Mr. Boettcher,
and Mrs. Elliot, Mr. Louks-uh, Mr. Wine, Mrs. Wiebe, Mr. Mac and many more
making a difference that last a lifetime.  (that's at least 46...but I've never been great in Math)

Life is full of amazing blessings and challenges that make up each moment that we have breath. Everyday...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Not Taking the Little Things for Granted

I recently took a picture of our Amish-made table that can hold many to share the idea with someone. I went to delete the photo and then changed my mind.  I don't want to forget these days--even the little things like our table and all the chairs around it.  I don't want to take for granted the people whose faces I prayed for so many times I see in those places sometimes sitting...always active.

So I kept the picture and want to share it with you because you might want to snap your own picture of your kitchen table.

This table has been one of the best purchases we have made in our married life.  We can always pull up another chair and we often do.

I like many kinds of music and a bluegrass/country song sung by Ricky Skaggs comes to mind with this table talk.

Family Bible lyrics and chords

Family Bible song lyrics are the property of the respective artist, authors and labels, they are intended solely for educational purposes and private study only. The chords provided are my interpretation and their accuracy is not guaranteed.

Family Bible lyrics and chords are meant for your personal use only, it was recorded by Ernest Tubb and others. This is really a good song to play and sing, it has simple chords and it's easy to play.

Family Bible
recorded by Ernest Tubb
written by Willie Nelson 
G                C            G
There's a family Bible on the table 
Em                 A7      D7
Its pages torn and hard to read
        G      C            G
But the family Bible on the table 
     C          G      D7   G
Will ever be my key to memo-ries
              C                 G
At the end of day when work was over 
 Em                  A7       D7
And when the evening meal was done
          G       C                  G
Dad would read to us from the family Bible
         C              G         D7     G
And we'd count our many blessings one by one
  C          F                 C
I can see us sitting round the table 
When from the family Bible dad would read
                  C             G
And I can hear my mother softly singing 
             C       G    D7        G
Rock of ages rock of ages cleft for me
                  C               G
This old world of ours is full of trouble 
Em                      A7          D7
But this old world would also better be
        G         C             G
If we'd find more Bibles on the tables 
                    C       G    D7        G
And mothers singing rock of ages cleft for me
  C          F                 C
I can see us sitting round the table 
When from the family Bible dad would read
                  C             G
And I can hear my mother softly singing 
             C       G    D7        G
Rock of ages rock of ages cleft for me

Sunday, June 25, 2017


A stay at home mom (or home engineer) is not a slave at home mom.  Please take time to say thanks to your mom--whether she works at home or outside of the home, she is working for you!  She loves you and wants to give to you because you are special to her.  God gave you to her as a gift to watch grow and be all that He wants you to be in life and do all the plans He has for you as long as you live.

Mom:  take a break when you need a break.  It's ok to take time to yourself and rest your mind and body from the 24-hour role called motherhood.  A break can leave you refreshed and renewed, ready for the many hats moms wear each day.  Your skills offer success.  Your sacrifices offer an example of giving to others.  Your unconditional love is the spring board to face a conditional world with confidence. Even when the dishes pile up, the floor is a reminder what the kids have eaten today, the laundry gives birth to more piles, and nobody is applauding your efforts, the little and big things you do each day make a difference in your world and to the world around you.  The little seeds buried away today are being watered by God's purpose and plans and love and will one day bloom beauty.

"Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary." Galatians 6:9