“Oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh, what a beautiful day….” And it is such a beautiful day “just over the hilltop” in Norwood. The sun is bright, the air is crisp, the phoebes are singing, and Dick’s van is repaired. He was able to get to work in his own vehicle after picking it up this morning.
Recently the fuel line broke and we were broke so we waited a while to call the garage. But now the van is running in tip-top shape again and Dick is working in Potsdam on household remodeling and new flooring. He also noticed that he has almost full range of motion with very little pain in his shoulder now and when he fell on the ice last week, I was afraid it might set his healing back. He wasn’t injured this time and the healing continues. It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since the initial fall and that it took the year to gain almost complete healing. We are grateful for God’s amazing body recovery.
Grateful for God’s amazing body recovery
Last week we were busy with guests and family. I am glad that God works all my days and schedules together to keep me from being stressed or anxious. The week went well and Eliot stayed again before heading back to Vermont. His and Eric’s time together and trucking across this beautiful country was special for them. It is also pleasant and satisfying for me to spend time with any of our children, especially a one-to-one visit. Eliot may even come back again to help Eric.
I don’t usually like surprises and prefer to organize parties and events even for myself. But last Friday I received a lovely surprise in the mail that had been delivered to our porch while at the bookstore. I am the grateful, humbled, and proud owner of a new keyboard for our sing-alongs at the bookstore or at Bible studies. A group of our friends got together and blessed us with this gift. Our God is an awesome God and we have some pretty awesome friends.
Meetings and quotes
Tonight we have a meeting with the bed and breakfast association of St. Lawrence County and there are several items of interest to discuss. We haven’t been to a meeting in a while and so we look forward to finding out how others are doing and encouraging one another in this hospitality business.
Responsibility doesn’t hurt no matter the age
Sunday evening, after taking a long nap from the week’s activities, we visited at Eric’s to catch up on the grandchildren and their life. They had the flu for several weeks and we didn’t want it, so stayed away on purpose. Too much to catch up on but we had a great visit and it seems as though the grandchildren grow fast when you aren’t watching carefully. They are busy with school and church and helping around the house when Eric needs to be gone. Responsibility doesn’t hurt no matter the age.
Well, I shall close for this week with a few quotes I’ve collected in honor of Presidents’ Day. “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand” Harry S. Truman. “Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong” Calvin Coolidge. “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be” Abraham Lincoln. “The sacred rights of mankind are not be be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power” Alexander Hamilton. And “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them” John F. Kennedy.
Have a blessed week and don’t be afraid to live a courageous, happy, determined, uplifting, and grateful life. I am working on it. Love, Sharon