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January 18 – Searching and Sorting

Today I didn’t take any new pictures. I knew that the timing would be difficult with my wife’s follow-up eye appointment today, so I decided to make today a day of searching and sorting through pictures. Only, it wasn’t bird pictures, it was pictures of my mom to get ready for the memorial service we’ll be having soon. I still have a lot of pics to sort through. I have three external hard drives to find. I’m grateful for them, though, because having had cameras and computers stolen in robberies in the past, I have lots of pictures to choose from.

Since I lived so far away from my mom, I don’t have as many as I’d like. Most have been from the last few times I’ve gone up when she’s been bedridden. I debated posting some of them here, but decided not to. Well, I may post a couple that I’ve made public elsewhere. These were pics taken at my mom’s 90th birthday party this last June.

 

My mom has been a Cubs fan as long as I can remember. At her party, the Cubs game was playing in the background. The Cubs jersey I’m wearing was a gift from my children. We gave my mom her Cubs jersey customized with her name (James) and her age (90). I can’t tell you how grateful I am that the Cubs won the World Series before she died. She got to enjoy that year as she celebrated the season and then the ultimate victory in the series. We had lots of fun discussing the games on the phone during and after the series. I should note that Cubs regalia was the dress code of the day…at the least people were asked to wear blue.

 

 

This next picture is of everyone in the family who showed up. We had a LOT of these pictures, because we kept messing up. We were enjoying each other’s company too much. Anyway, my mom’s caretaker patiently took as many pictures as needed. She had a couple of great caretakers these last three years and our family is grateful for them. They started watching over mom after the second time the family was called in because she “wasn’t going to make it.” That’s right, we had been told twice before that she wasn’t expected to live. They just didn’t tell her so she decided to keep on living. While her recent death is a cause to grieve, I knew that every minute we had with her was bonus time. She was the kind of person who exuded warmth and kindness, and while I know this isn’t theologically correct, I can imagine everybody in heaven right now sitting down and eating the egg salad sandwiches that she was known for. Going through these pictures has brought great joy as I remembered the times they represent and the strength and love she showed in all areas of life. I am stronger, my family is stronger because of her love and her example.

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March 30 – Moving Ahead of the Game

I began the day with my devotional – 517 words. It took me awhile to get it written. Then, I took some time to visit a bunch of your blogs in between times of taking care of our dog. When my wife came home from work, we ran some errands and spent some time together. After we got back home, I began editing hoping to get 4 days worth of devotionals done. I got a couple of days done, then took care of supper. I keep trying new things. Some work, some don’t. Tonight I made kabobs that were fair. We may try them again. Then, the Cubs came on and I edited during the breaks between innings. It turned out to be a 17 inning game and I ended the day with 6 days of devotionals edited. Tomorrow, I should begin editing the June devotionals. I hope to have them finished by April 8.

Starting Monday, I’ll include information about what I’m reading as well.

Today’s devotional – 517 words: March 30 – Grace In The Shadow Of The Cross

How are things going for you?

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March 29 – A Long Day, And Do I Owe People!

I finished my devotional a little later than I should have today and had to leave almost immediately to go to tutoring. This being the first day of baseball season, I wore my Cubs jersey. Living in Corpus Christi, the location of the Astros AA team the Hooks, I’ve become an Astros fan in the American league, but my first love is still the Cubs. After tutoring, I got money from the bank for the first half of April since we didn’t know when they would close. Then I went grocery shopping. It took me an extra 30 minutes because people wanted to talk about the Cubs. One of the workers pulled out her phone to show pictures she’d taken at Wrigley Field a few years ago. Then, I began some editing while watching a replay of the game. That evolved into cooking supper when my wife came home, and then more editing to get my quota for the day.

I owe people because a lot of you have stopped by and I haven’t returned the favor. I’m planning on doing that tomorrow. I do appreciate you stopping by.

This morning’s devotional – 501 words: March 29 – Fishing on the Other Side of the Boat

I only edited 4 days of devotionals today due to the busy-ness of the day. I’m up to May 23. I would like to finish May before the end of the month and get June done the first week of April.