Monday, February 16, 2009
My mom stayed with Gran at the hospital last night and she called me a little before midnight to tell me that Gran had taken her last breath. It was her time to go and now she is pain free. I laid down and did my best to go back to sleep and all that I could think is that she is dancing with God. This is what my mom always says when someone passes that they get to dance with God in perfect peace and love. But, what is great about Gran is that she was a dancer. That is how she and my grandfather (Gramper) met. He was in the military and she taught ball room dancing and he came in for a lesson and they danced! They were amazing dancers. I always knew that at any event where there was music that they would dance. She now has a perfect body that will not hold her back from dancing. She was Grandmother to 8 of us and Great Grandmother to 14 kids (plus one on the way). She lived a great life and she will be greatly missed.
Thank you for all of your prayers.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Another request is my Step FIL's father is also not doing well. He has been in the hosptial for almost 2 weeks. I think that he is in the same condition as my grandmother and it is only a matter of time. I just pray that he is not in pain.
Both of these grandparents have lived a great life and I lift up to Our Heavenly Father the families who are there for them in their final days. I ask that there is no suffering and that they will feel the peace of God as they enter into our Almight Father's wonderious kingdom. I appreciate your prayers for them and our families.
I hope that your weekend was full of love. Mine has been and I'll do my best to share more with you later.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Well, as before mentioned Sunday was the 5th annual Butt Off. The Butt Off started when Justin and Poe (Kevin 'Possum' Poe) wanted to know who could cook the best Boston butt. So, for the super bowl one year they both cooked and we (my parents and cousins) voted Poe had the best butt. Well from that point on it grew and grew. Justin and Poe are 'The Rules Committee'. They meet as often as possible and rules are discussed throughout the year. This year we had 8 cooks and about 20 or so judges - if you are not cooking you are a judge. The Patton's were kind enough to host this event at their house this year and it is always a day that is full of smack talk'n, lots of food eat'n and of course football watch'n. As you can tell from the pictures this has been taken seriously. T-shirts are printed, there is a winners trophy and a losers trophy (both decided by the judges). This year Jen kindly added official voting ballots, but in the past we've just torn off a piece of paper. The cooking started this year around 5:30am and butts were cut at halftime for the judging to take place.
It is so much fun, but I tell you that they bragging does now take place for the rest of the year. Congratulations to Poe for winning for the 3rd consecutive year - but I must brag and tell you that Justin's butt was awesome this year. It really was the best I have ever tasted and I'm not sure how he didn't win! He deserved it and it isn't because I'm his wife. As judges you really don't have a clue who's butt is who's you just vote and it was hands down for me that Justin's #7 was the best and certainly the best that he has ever cooked. All of the butts were yummy and they were very different tasting.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
The series that I am currently listening to is Living a Life that Matters. The one I listened to this morning was "Stop Talking". It was certainly focusing on our Children and the generation of our children. He prayed a prayer that knocked me to my knees. As a mother to be, for the first time, it set a fire in me to not only be praying for my child (which I do daily) but that I am called to pray for your children as well. I love to read all of your blogs and see what sweet mothers that all of you are - I also like to read about the reality of being a mother, joyful and hard as it may be. One thing that Francis emphasized in this sermon is the importance of praying for each others kids. I would love to pray for your children. I know most of their names (for the ones who I stalk your blog) but maybe some of you don't have blogs and just
Here is the prayer that Francis prayed. I think that it is a prayer that all of our children need: