Saturday, July 20, 2013

A good day so far..........

Penny went to Administer Justice's Funfest this morning as a volunteer to do face paintings for the young children attending (what a trooper considering how she is feeling after chemo yesterday). I originally was going to DJ the event, but my gout attack prevented me from committing as I didn't know what my condition would be this week (at the time they needed a decision). One thing that amazes.... is Penny's can do spirit to help others. She has sponsored a child for Compassion where she has sponsored a child in Haiti for over 3 years  (no matter how broke we have been, she refuses to not take care of this one child financially as best as she can). She does this without telling others (she would be embarrassed to know I have shared this), but I hold it up as an example of her heart and giving spirit. And it also fills the emptiness of her heart since we don't have any relationship with our own grandchildren or nieces/nephews (an unfortunate and long story which will have to be shared down the road).

I picked up a laptop from my brother's house yesterday evening that he left behind his home's screen door (one that he took from me to repair since my patience was "nada" while I was going through my gout attack over the past 6 weeks and also because he is intimately familiar with this particular laptop / issue). I am very happy with the results (and hope he reads this to know that I do appreciate him despite our fallout). I have been and always will be very lucky to have him as a brother (despite everything).

Today, the oppressive heat has abated to the low 80's (and less humidity) so I am hopeful I can go fix our minivan's brakes this afternoon.... which depends on any storms popping out of the west. I just have to go to AdvanceAuto Parts to get the rotors/disc pads and hope that my joints can handle my effort.

We are looking forward to church tomorrow (we need a lil Religion in our lives and Fox Valley Church never disappoints in that department). :-)

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11


  1. Ronda:

    "And early in the morning He came again into the Temple [see "My Father's House"], and all the people came unto Him; and He sat down, and taught them."

    "And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the Law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest Thou?"

    "This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him."

    "But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not. So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground."

    "And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst."

    "When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?"

    "She said, No man, Lord."

    "And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." (John 8:2-11 KJV)

  2. “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. ...

    Matthew 7:1-29 ESV

  3. "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

    Matthew 12:37 ESV

  4. 'Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

    Matthew 22:37–39

  5. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails ...

    1 Corinthians 13:4–8a (NIV)

  6. To the person who detests me so.....

    One does not claim Forgiveness while reveling in what one calls "Karma". Putting a "bow" on your explanation as if a present wrapped in Christianity changes things doesn't change the caustic hatred inside the package that you are presenting. I truly sin daily and admit to doig so (even though I try not to), and I have to deal with the repercussions of that. I ask for forgiveness from my lord (and pray that I am forgiven knowing such is promised to those who believe in Him). I work with my Pastor, my wife, and others within my support network. They know much of my background and where I have sinned. Do you think your plastering your venom onto the internet makes you any better?

    Your incessant need to batter me over the head with your caustic venom is quite curious considering I didn't argue with you (I argued with my brother while defending my wife). The fact you dragged this out despite not being engaged only shows just who may have started this whole problem (complaints off to the side about our family member and her children perhaps). In any of this diatribe you wrote on the comment section of this blog (that I deleted due to the personal attack nature of it), did I see anything about being concerned over anyone but yourself (and your needs).

    This family is under attack. I am unemployed. My wife is disabled and fighting cancer, and my step-son is losing hours at his employer and lost his battle for his own disability benefits. And then your pile it on even further with your agenda as if you are the arbiter of Justice, Peace, Christian Values, and Karma?

    I can only do this. Pray for you, and hope you find the peace you seek. I only ask that you never interact with us again until you find that peace (as we truly have enough to deal with). As for my relationship with my brother, only time will tell if we find reconciliation (and it is sad you hope that never to happen).


  7. And to the one who claims on my brother's blog that they are a "family friend".

    You are an internet troll (maybe even the infamous "anonymous"). I do not speak about my family in any detail with people outside of my own family (specifically my wife). You are pushing buttons hoping to further the drama. You should post on his and my comment section using your actual identity instead of hiding in the shadows of anonymity hoping to push this over the edge). The only person who enjoys your posts as "validation" is the very person naïve enough to believe you are a true family friend trying to be "helpful".

  8. Thanks for your kind words on my blog. I just checked this out and really enjoy it. Tried to follow it and the link is sending it to HTML instead of letting people join. Wasn't sure if you were aware so thought I'd let you know. I'll bookmark it and keep up that way though. Blessings, I'll add you all to our prayer list!

  9. Just to be clear, I am not involved in the family drama you mentioned in this comments section, just clicked on the most recent post to comment about your blog. I probably should have found a different location to post my last comment! Hope your day gets better!

  10. Erin, thank you for stopping by (and sorry you jumped on when we got entangled with such drama a couple of days ago). We try to be as positive as possible in our posts (and to talk honestly what we are dealing with). It is unfortunate, but from what I have seen..... symptomatic of families dealing with adversity (old wounds tend to open up... and people not inundated with chaos not understanding the pressure the family is under and "piling on"). What has surprised us, is how someone we know and who my wife trusts... thinks we are "milking" our situation to gain favor for help. It is the judging us portion that has knocked the wind out of our sails (and just reminds us how selfish some people are). I hope you continue to interact with us as we are winging it regarding our battle with my wife's cancer... and can use whatever feedback we can get to find the right road to take. God Bless. :)


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