Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Little Penny

That Little Penny In The Parking Lot

Remember this every time you pass that little penny in the parking lot.

I always thought that it was for good luck, but I love this version better.

I found a penny today

Laying on the ground.

But it's not just a penny,

This little coin I've found.

Found pennies come from heaven,

that's what my Grandpa told me.

He said Angels toss them down.

Oh, how I loved that story.

He said when an Angel misses you,

They toss a penny down;

Sometimes just to cheer you up,

To make a smile out of your frown.

So, don't pass by that penny

When you're feeling blue.

It may be a penny from heaven

That an Angel's tossed to you.

So now pass this on to people you care about

And who you feel are Angels to you..

I just did...

An Angel is now watching over you.

Have A Great Day!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Here is some pictures of the river where we camp

We have a camper that we leave at a camp site all year we pay a flat rate for the year. Its so nice to be able to leave nonperishable food we leave clothes here and just wash clothes while we stay here. All we do is pack some stuff, stop by wal-mart to get food. Its a lot easier with the dog also they let pets stay here, a lot of places don't let pets stay.

We have a trailer and a porch attached to it. Here is a Pic. Of our place.........

Where we stay at had a flood from all the snow that they got in January and February 2010 first I will post a normal pic of what the water looks like during normal weather, then the ones that where taken in March (they where not taken by me) then I will post the pictures that my daughter took while we where here in July. They had not got any rain up here for a good month and 1/2 the water was so low that in one spot my kids (the little ones also) could walk all the way across to the other side. This is the first time I have ever seen the water this low (we have been here for 9 years) at least I did not have to worry about the kids going to far from the beach and going over their heads.

This is what it looks like normally.........

The 1st picture is of the sign by the beach in March during flood and the 2nd picture is where the water should be at ........

This first one is a picture of another section of the water that was high in March. the 2nd picture is what it looks like now. you can see almost the whole rock normally you can not see the rock at all put the very tip of it........

The next 2 pictures is where we went swimming at when the temp got to 104 and the ac froze up, after we went and got ice cream. you can see that there looks like a island in the middle of the water normally that is not there. the kids where able to walk all the way across to the other side. We where able to sit right on the rocks and still have enough water to go to our chest..........

Here is another picture that i liked............

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Friendship Card for you

Tough times never last, tough people do.

My Friend!

Thought For The Day
GOOD looks catch the eye but a GOOD personality catches the heart.
You're blessed with both!'

It's "Friends Day" -
Send this to all your good friends

Important Read

Got this email today and thought, this is totally amazing. I normaly would
not send recalls to my Family and Friend, but this one is important. Be
sure to read it, Talk about clever and to the point!!!


The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured,
regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and
central component of the heart.
This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named
Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all
subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed "Sub-sequential
Internal Non-Morality," or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is
primarily expressed.

Some of the symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental component
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is
providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct
this defect.

The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most generously offered to bear the
entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no
additional fee required.

The number to call for repair in all areas is: P-R-A-Y-E-R.
Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE
procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus,
into the heart component.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:
1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control

Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before
Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.
WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction
voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and
problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being
permanently impounded. For free emergency service, call on Jesus.

DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will
have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted
to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility. Thank you
for your attention!


P.S. Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important
recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by 'Knee mail'!

Because He Lives!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

"Great Military Story " Half Men - Half Boys - please read to the end!

1/2 boy 1/2 man

If you read this, you WILL forward it on. Please :)
You just won't be able to stop yourself.

The average age of the military man is 19 years.
He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who,
under normal circumstances is considered by
society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind
the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old
enough to die for his country. He never really
cared much for work and he would rather wax
his own car than wash his father's, but he has
never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average
student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old
jalopy, and has a
steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when
he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world
away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a
155mm howitzer.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he
was at home because he is working or fighting
from before dawn to well after dusk. He has
trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him,
but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and
reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite
to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use
either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a

He can march until he is told to stop,
or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation,
but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.
He is self-sufficient.

He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He
keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never
to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend
his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you
are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition
with you in the midst of battle when you run low..

He has learned to use his hands like weapons
and weapons like they were his hands.

He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay,
and still find ironic humor in it all.

He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his
short lifetime.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in
combat and is unashamed..

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body
while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to
'square-away ' those around him who haven't bothered to stand,
remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day
out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is
paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is
the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200

He has asked nothing in return, except
our friendship and understanding.
Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration
with his blood.

And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in
this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . ...

A short lull, a little shade and a picture of
loved ones in their helmets.

Prayer wheel for our military... please don't
break it Please send this on after a short prayer.

Prayer Wheel

'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for
us in our time of need. In Jesus name, Amen.'

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for
our ground troops in Afghanistan , sailors on ships, and airmen in the
air, and for those in Iraq , Afghanistan and all foreign

There is nothing attached....
This can be very powerful..

Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor,
Coastguardsman, Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.

I can't break this one, sorry.
Pass it on to everyone and pray.

Monday, July 5, 2010

In Memory Of My Dad

My dad graduated on January 26, 2009 and is now a resident of heaven.

He trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. He believed the gospel as found in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4
1Co 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 1Co 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; 1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:

He followed what the Bible says in Romans 10: 8-13
Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom 10:11 For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

My Dad was my hero. He was a World War 2 Veteran. Here is a little bit about my dads War experience.

He was a bonafied war hero. He fought in WW2. He was captured and sent to a camp. He was a good grandfather to my kids, and he was loved by his family. He is found in John Colby's book called "War from the Ground Up" there is a picture of him on page 393.

His outfit was the 90th Division, they where known as the "Tough Hombre's"

The 90th Division entered W.W.II combat in Normandy on D-Day and fought across Europe continuously until V-E Day.


The 90th Division entered W.W.II combat in Normandy on D-Day and fought across Europe continuously until V-E Day. During these eleven months, it served under six different division commanders; the first two swiftly proved themselves inept and were deservedly relieved; the next two were great combat leaders who were rapidly promoted to higher ranks as corps commanders; the last two were able, competent leaders who did well by the division.
In this process, the 90th achieved an impressive metamorphosis from a hesitant, casualty prone, ineffective outfit, denigrated by Gen. Bradley as a "problem division," to a battle-proven, proud division designated personally by Generals Patton and Eisenhower as among the very best.


The 90th was a standard triangular infantry division. Each of its three regiments was made up of three battalions, and each battalion had three rifle companies and one heavy weapons company. Each rifle company had three rifle platoons and one weapons platoon, and each rifle platoon was composed of three squads. A heavy weapons company fired 81mm mortars and water-cooled, .30-caliber machine guns. A rifle company's weapons platoon fired 60mm-mortars and air-cooled machine guns. A rifle squad had approximately 12 men: a squad leader (buck sergeant), an assistant squad leader (corporal), a Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) team of two men, and eight riflemen. This infantry provided the basic combat strength of the Division, but each regiment was directly supported by an artillery battalion (105mm howitzers); another battalion of 155mm guns provided heavier reinforcing fire.
In addition to these essential infantry/artillery units, the Division included sufficient support units to fight sustained battle alone. Support units included engineer, medical, signal, ordnance, and quartermaster battalions. Aside from this basic divisional organization, other combat units were often attached - tanks, antiaircraft, tank destroyers, and additional artillery battalions as combat situations required. The Division had been well trained, by the standards of its day. It was activated on March 25, 1942, at Camp Barkeley, Texas a few miles south of Abilene. During the summer and winter of 1942, it underwent extensive basic training, its men learning close-order drill, extended order drill, hasty field fortifications, field sanitation, military courtesy, map reading, potato peeling and dishwashing.

Normandy Campaign

June 6 - 8
The 1st and 3rd battalions of the 359 Regiment were attached to the US 4th Division and were part of the Utah Beachassault force on D-DAY, June 6, 1944. The 2nd battalion with the other two regiments, 357th and 358th, landed on Utah Beach on June 7 and 8. Fortunately, resistance was very light on Utah Beach. This is in contrast to bloody Omaha Beach where the US 1st Division met murderous resistance and nearly had to withdraw from the beach.

June 9
By the end of D+2 most artillery battalions and infantry battalions were ashore but it would be several days before the Division could be organized and deployed for combat. The first offensive action for the 90th, however, happened on June 9 with the 344th and 345th Field Artillery Battalions supporting an all-day attack across the Merderet causeway by the 82nd Airborne's 325th Glider Regiment at La Fiere, four miles west of St. Mere Eglise. Four miles to the South of La Fiere the 82nd Airborne's 508th Parachute Regiment fought to establish another bridgehead across the Merderet at Chef du Pont. These successful attacks removed critical choke points and allowed the 90ths' Infantry Regiments to move across the Merderet and attack westward on June 10.

June 10
The 90th's first attack took place this day with the 357th on the right and the 358th on the left. At 0400 hours, the 358th crossed the bridge at Chef du Pont, headed for Picauville, moving just south of Hill 30 and passing partially through elements of the 508th Parachute Regiment on Hill 30. Just beyond this point, the 358th was met with fierce resistance. The 357th, with the 2nd Bn. leading, started crossing the causeway at La Fiere towards Cauquigny at 0515. Both attacks found the going tough, with casualties heavy throughout the first day. Meanwhile, the 359th remained attached to the 4th Division

June 11
Both the 357th and the 358th Infantries continued their attacks with heavy casualties. The 357th on the right (north) made little progress toward Amfreville. The 358th on the left, with two battalions abreast, was more successful, moving through Picauville toward Pont l'Abbe. The 359th Infantry was released to the 90th and moved during the night from positions near Fresville south to the 90ths' sector. It was inserted in the line near Barneville between the 357th and the 358th. During the move, the 359th was severely shelled, which affected its readiness to attack the next morning.
The Normandy battle had just begun at this point and the 90th was very green. The 90th was an important part of the overall Normandy strategy: To fight across the Cotentin peninsula, seal it off while Cherbourg was seized, eliminate German resistance in the Mahlman Line, and prepare for the breakout (Operation Cobra). Although not widely publicized then or later, those six weeks of combat involved some of the most difficult, demanding and costly fight of the entire war. The battles at Beau Coudray and Mont Castre (Hill 122) ranked with the toughest. It was there that they faced and conquered, at great cost, the Mahlman Line, which was the German's main line of resistance for the peninsula.

Campaign of Northern France (The Breakout)

July 24 was spent mostly in preparing for the 90th's role in COBRA, which was scheduled to jump off on the 25th of July. In preparation for this, the 90th launched a coordinated attack on the 26th that instantly ran into heavy resistance on the Seves river, including extensive mine fields that made rapid advance south through the Seves "Island" area hazardous. During the night of the 26-27th, the enemy in front of the 90th pulled out, enabling the Division to move farther south to liberate Periers on the 27th and then St. Sauver Lendelin the same day. On the 28th, the 4th Armored Division passed through the 90th while the 6th Armored passed through the 83rd Division (to the left). The 90th continued to push some elements southward; however, late in the day both the 90th and the 83rd were directed to stand fast so the 8th and 79th Divisions could pass through and follow close behind the 4th and 6th Armored Divisions in order to exploit the breakthrough towards Avranches and beyond. It was during this brief halt for rest and reorganization that Gen. Landrum was relieved and replaced by Brig. Gen. Ray McLain. One day later, the 29ths', Brig. Gen. "Wild Bill" Weaver, came over to the 90th as the new Assistant Division Commander. On the 1st of August, the Division again got under way, this time by motor, and moved south through Coutance and Avranches with the mission of setting up blocking positions east of Avranches between the See and Selune rivers; to protect the dams on the Selune river; and to capture Louvigne and make contact with the 79th Division on the 90th's right.
On the 5th of August, the 90th was ordered to seize and secure crossings over the Mayan river, between Mayenne and Leval some 30 miles distant. To accomplish this, task force Weaver was formed. The 90th was finally gaining resounding success in battle. The opportunity was rapidly forthcoming, for they were to play a key part in devastating the German Seventh Army in the Falaise Pocket. It was the 90th's 359th Regiment that fought north and closed the Falaise Pocket by meeting the Polish forces that were fighting its' way south.

Battle of the Falaise Pocket

Hitler's order directing von Kluge's Seventh Army to attack Mortain and cut off the twelve American divisions that had passed through that area not only failed, it led the to the Seventh Army's virtual destruction in the Falaise-Argentan region. The Seventh was partly encircled by the American First and Third Armies, While British and Canadian forces slugged their way south in an effort to close the trap. Von Kluge, realizing his predicament, on August 21st ordered his divisions to make their way out of the trap as best they could. He then committed suicide. The major route of retreat was a road running southeast from Falaise through Chambois, twenty-five kilometers away. The road ran through a valley on both sides of which high ground provided excellent observation of any actions and movements the enemy made. In a period of four days, the 90th had taken more than 13,000 prisoners, killed or wounded an estimated 8,000, but itself suffered less than 600 casualties. More than 300 enemy tanks, 250 self-propelled guns, 164 artillery pieces, 3,270 vehicles, and a variety of other types of equipment and weapons were destroyed.

Pursuit Across France

After a few days of rest near Chamobis, the 90th was reassigned to XX Corps and the Third Army. The American Seventh Army and the French First Army landed at Marseilles in southern France on Aug. 25th, so the enemy was either surrounded or overwhelmed at every turn. The Germans were in a state of confusion.
XX Corps' mission was to proceed to Fontainbleau, 176 miles to the east, and to cross and secure the Seine river at that point. The mission was completed on Aug. 26th, and the Corps was assigned a new objective, the famous city of Reims. On that day, the 90th began to move. The 7th Armored Division spearheaded the attack towards Reims, with the 90th on its left and the 5th on its right. The 357th Infantry was chosen to lead the Division. The drive carried it through famous battlefields of W.W.I - the Marne, Chateau Thierry, and the Aisne - to Reims. Verdun and the river Muese fell to other units of the XX Corps.
On the 28th, the 357th crossed the Marne river at Chateau Thierry. Although the bridge across the river had been placed under artillery fire by the retreating Germans, French Forces of the Interior (FFI) had remained at their post around the bridge and prevented the enemy from destroying it. After completing its initial mission of seizing and securing crossings of two more rivers, the La Vesle and the Aisne, the Regiment moved through Reims on Sept. 1, covering the last 23 miles on foot. The 90th was in the Reims area until Sept. 6. The pursuit across France was over. The next task was to close up to the Moselle river and attack the Maginot Line.

Moselle-Saar Campaign

Continuing eastward against ever-increasing German resistance, this campaign involved several of the 90ths' most important and difficult battles. The greatest obstacles in their path were the Moselle and Saar rivers, backed by the Maginot and Siegfried Lines. Their successful surprise crossing of the Moselle near Thionville, at a point where the river was to expand in width from less than 300 feet to over a mile because of flooding, was perhaps the most renowned of all their operations. This was followed by the epic fight to seize Ft. Koenigsmacher, breaking the ring of defenses around Metz, and leading to the first capture of Metz in modern history. Then on to battles at the Siegfried Line, which involved a most difficult crossing of the Saar - without bridges. Further progress against the Siegfried was abruptly interrupted by the German attack in the Ardennes, the Battle of the Buldge.

Ardennes Campaign

The early success of Hitler's massive assault in the Ardennes caused a severe disruption in the Allied battle plans. Gen. Patton ceased attacks to the east and redirected the 90th's effort northward to cut off the base of the German salient. The 90th secretly withdrew across the Saar, trucked north over 70 miles of road iced like skating rinks, and then immediately engaged the Germans in bitter, brutal fighting. All of this was complicated by weather so severe that the infantry's losses from frostbite exceeded losses from wounds. Here the 90th experienced some of their toughest times, both in the form of opposition and weather, but they overcame them. After the German salient was eliminated, they resumed their drive to the east.

Rhineland Campaign

After the Bulge was reduced, the 90th regrouped for a few days and again turned east. having lost the bulk of their best troops in the Ardennes, the Germans' principal defensive troops now were Volksgrenadiers (folk-soldiers), but they made professional use of their defensive assets - the Siegfried Line, bad weather, and the Moselle, Kyll, and Prum rivers. The 90ths' veteran infantry overcame the pillboxes by valor and expert tactics (night infiltration, direct fire by 155mm SP guns, satchel charges, and massive artillery concentrations). Progress was spotty - sometimes slow,
sometimes rapid, but they cleared the Siegfried and crossed the three rivers to attain final destination, the Rhine.

Central Europe Campaign

The long-anticipated Rhine crossing was no problem at all as the 90th followed the 5th Division over its bridge, proceeded east to capture Darmstadt and cross the Main at Hanau, and then rolled up light German resistance toward Czechoslovakia. The 90th still encountered small groups of fanatical, vicious, unprincipled SS troops, but overcame them with light but regrettable US losses. Three memorable actions during this period did not involve combat: seizure of the German national treasure in the Merkers salt mine, acceptance of the surrender of the entire 11th Panzer Division at Hof, Germany, and liberation of the infamous Flossenburg concentration camp. These were fitting preludes to the unconditional surrender of the German armed forces at 0001 hours 9 May '45 (V-E Day has since been recognized as 8 May).


Medical units supporting the 90th showed the total number of battle wounds was 15,076. Total killed, wounded, and missing in action came to 21,371. In addition, there were 976 non-battle injuries and 9,936 treated for miscellaneous diseases and injuries. Adding, we get 32,283 casualties of all kinds. Previous combat taught us that
casualties are lumped primarily in the rifle platoons. For here are concentrated the handful of troops who must advance under enemy fire. It is upon them that the burden
of war falls with greater risk and with less likelihood of survival than in any other of the combat arms. An infantry division of W.W.II consisted of 81 rifle platoons, each with a combat strength of approximately 40 men. Altogether those 81 assault units comprised but 3,250 men in a division of 14,000. In an army of 350,000, fewer than one out of seven soldiers stood in the front line. In Theater, the proportion was one man with a rifle for each 15 men behind him. Some rifle platoons lost over 200 percent during the course of the war. That is, because of the replacement system, more than 80 men may have passed through a platoon's ranks during the eleven months of ground combat in the ETO.

The Unit Citation That Wasn't
Very shortly after the war, Gen. Patton was authorized to recommend to Theater 10% of Third Army for Presidential Unit Citation. His response recommended two divisions, the 5th Infantry and the 90th, and some separate units. This was returned by Theater because the total came to more than 10%. He then sent a shortened list which included one full regiment plus some smaller units of the 5th but repeated his recommendation that the full 90th be so recognized! Further research revealed the 90th was the only division recommended by Patton for this award. The 101st Airborne received it after the Bastogne operation but that was at War Department initiative, not Patton's.


Happy Birthday to my Hero In HEAVEN.

Today is a bitter sweet day to me. My dad would of been 85 today, we always celebrated his birthday on the 4th of July.

My dad passed away January 26,2009 it was a long 3 weeks before he passed. He died of bacteria Pneumonia it is a very bad way to pass. Will never forget those last 5 days of his life, But praise God I know he is in perfect health now that he is in Heaven and I now I will see Him again.

I will post a blog about my dad soon.

My dad was a war war 2 veteran. He loved his country, his Savior, his family and his KJV bible and church family. He always made us laugh was great to be around. My kids loved him dearly. The day he passed my 2 year old learned to say Grandpa. Plus my 6 year old asked
Jesus to save him. We talk about my dad often to the kids so they will never forget him. when he passed I made a album of pic of him plus all his war papers and stuff so the grandkids would no what he did for this country and how special he was. My husband did a search of every gun and other stuff he did in the war and made copes of it and that is in the book also.

Spend all the time you have with your family and love ones you never no how long they will be on this earth. My dad was in good health until he got sick.

He will always be my hero and i will always have him in my Heart and have lots of memories.


(You gotta believe a 6 year old)

Howard County Sheriff Jerry Marr got a disturbing call
one Saturday afternoon a few months ago.
His 6-year-old grandson, Mikey, had been hit by a car
while fishing in Greentown with his dad.

The father and son were near a bridge
by the Kokomo Reservoir when a
woman lost control of her car,
slid off the bridge and hit Mikey
at a rate of about 50 mph.
Sheriff Marr had seen the results of accidents
like this and feared the worst.
When he got to Saint Joseph Hospital ,
he rushed through the emergency
room to find Mikey conscious and in fairly good spirits.

'Mikey, what happened ?' Sheriff Marr asked.
Mikey replied, 'Well, Papaw, I was fishin' with Dad,
and some lady runned me over,I flew into a mud
puddle, and broke my fishin' pole and I didn't get to catch
no fish !'

As it turned out, the impact propelled Mikey about
500 feet, over a few trees and an embankment and in
to the middle of a mud puddle.
His only injuries were to his right femur bone,
which had broken in two places.
Mikey had surgery to place pins in his leg.
Otherwise the boy is fine.
Since all the boy could talk about was
that his fishing pole was broken,
the Sheriff went out to Wal-Mart and bought
him a new one while he was in surgery
so he could have it when he came out.

The next day the Sheriff sat with Mikey
to keep him company in the hospital.
Mikey was enjoying his new fishing pole
and talked about when he could go fishing again
as he cast into the trash can.
When they were alone Mikey, just as matter-of-fact, said,
'Papaw, did you know Jesus is real?'

'Well,' the Sheriff replied, a little startled..
'Yes, Jesus is real to all who believe in him
and love him in their hearts.'

'No,' said Mikey. 'I mean Jesus is REALLY REAL.'

'What do you mean ?' asked the Sheriff.

'I know he's real 'cause I saw him,' said Mikey,
still casting into the trash can.

'You did ?' said the Sheriff.

'Yep,' said Mikey. 'When that lady runned me over
and broke my fishing pole, Jesus caught me in his arms
and laid me down in the mud puddle.'



I asked the Lord to bless you
To guide you and protect you
As you go along your way

His love is always with you
His promises are true
And when we give Him all our cares
You know He will see us through

So when the road you're traveling on
Seems difficult at best
Just remember someones praying
And God will do the rest.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Grandpa's Hand's

Grandpa, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. He didn't move, just sat with his head down staring at his hands.

When I sat down beside him he didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if he was OK.
Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if he was OK.
He raised his head and looked at me and smiled. "Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking," he said in a clear strong voice.
"I didn't mean to disturb you, Grandpa, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK," I explained to him. "Have you ever looked at your hands," he asked. "I mean really looked at
your hands? I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down.
No, I guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point he was making.

Grandpa smiled and related this story:

"Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have how they have served you well throughout your years.
These hands, though wrinkled, shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life.

They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the floor.
They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back.
As a child my Mother taught me to fold them in prayer.
They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots.
They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent.
They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son.
Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special.
They wrote the letters home and trembled and shook when
I buried my Parents and Spouse and walked my Daughter down the aisle.
Yet, they were strong and sure when I dug my buddy out of a foxhole
and lifted a plow off of my best friend's foot.
They have held children, consoled neighbors,
and shook in fists of anger when I didn't understand.
They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body.
They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw.
And to this day when not much of anything else of me works real well
these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to fold in prayer.
These hands are the mark of where I've been and the ruggedness of my life.
But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out and take when he leads me home.

And with my hands He will lift me to His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of Christ ."

I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God reached
out and took my Grandpa's hands and led him home.
When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my children
and wife, I think of Grandpa. I know he has been stroked and caressed and
held by the hands of God. I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel
His hands upon my face.