Thursday, October 29, 2020

"KETCHUP TIME"


I’m once again behind in writing, so thought I would take this time to “ketchup”…get it?  Of course, you do!!!

I finally got around to decorating “a little” for Halloween.  Now that the grandkids are older I don’t do as much.  This was about the extent of it this year…along with a ghost on the door😊

 



This has been HOMECOMING week at our high school.  Sadly there will be no dance this year.  My granddaughter is in 9th grade and she was hoping for her first real date:)  They did have special dress up days each day.  Here she is in her Daddy’s old high school Letterman jacket for “Throwback Day”.  Then today was “Career Day” and she went as a teacher.  Made me so proud!  She’s wearing my lanyard and a teacher pin a student gave me.  I don’t know if she will stick with her plans to be an early childhood educator, but she would make a great one! 




We got hit with some of the rain from Hurricane Zeta today, but nothing bad like some areas got.  Guess they named this one after my cute grand dog.

 

 

Sadly I lost two more friends recently…one (a very healthy 70 year old) due to COVID; the other a special friend from my childhood who was also my 3rd grade (and favorite) teacher.  She has always been beautiful inside and out.  We have stayed in touch through the years.

 


I was finally able to get to visit with some of my VALLEY GIRLS.  (You can read about them in a very old post…HERE.)  Unfortunately, it was to attend one of the girl’s brother’s memorial service.  We spent two nights together and were able to catch up.  Three of us went on a MEMORY TOUR around our hometown.  Sadly it’s gone down and so many of the homes with it.  We did have a real treat though.  We took a tour of our old high school which is being renovated for an Assisted Living apartment building.  There was a NO TRESPASSING sign, but we got permission from some Hispanic workers who didn’t speak English!!!  Luckily Jerri spoke Spanish!  They are preserving as much of the original fixtures as possible.  Oh how I love my Valley Girls! Wish they all could have been there.



 

Life continues at a slow pace due to the pandemic, but I’ve learned (mostly) to adjust to it. 


 

And I’ll end with a story I recently discovered and shared as part of my most recent Sunday School lesson, although you may have heard it before.  When I first read it, I wasn’t sure it was true but I researched and found out it was.  My lesson was about MIRACLES.  I found this story (along with many other miracle stories) in Lee Strobel’s book A CASE FOR MIRACLES.  (If you have never heard of Strobel, you really should Google him…it’s a wonderful story!) 


A young black boy graduated from a predominately black high school in Detroit.  He graduated 3rd in his class and with the highest SAT score in any Detroit school in 20 years.  He could only afford the $10 admission fee to apply to one college…YALE.  He was accepted and received a full scholarship.  His dream was to become a doctor but at the end of the first semester, he was failing chemistry (which, of course, is a prerequisite for med school).  His only hope was to make an A on the final exam since the professor had said he would double the A.  The night before his exam he prayed, “God, medicine is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do, but please show me what YOU want me to do.”        He intended to study all night but he fell asleep.  As he was sleeping he dreamed he was in a big auditorium with “someone” writing chemistry problems on the board.  The next morning he went to class, and as he looked at the exam he realized that every single problem was a problem he had seen in his dream!  He aced the exam and passed the course.  And he said he told God He would never have to do that for him again.  In the end, he became a doctor.  Do you know who this doctor is?



Dr. Ben Carson.  What a wonderful story; what a wonderful man!  Years ago when my son was in middle school (he’s now 48), Dr. Carson operated on one of his best friends (Carl) for a brain tumor.  The operation saved Carl’s life.  Carl died back in August, and Dr. Carson called Carl’s sister (the only surviving member of the family).  Now that, my readers, is a class act! 

Do you believe in miracles?  I do!  And these days I am praying for a miracle that leads our country in the right direction so that we may live in peace and prosperity once again. 




20 comments:

  1. I sure do believe in miracles, I am praying too! What a wonderful man BEN CARSON! I enjoyed reading this story. Your Granddaughter is precious and I am sorry that the dance isn't going to happen. It is nice to get together with old friends even for a sad occasion. Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

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    1. Hi, Theresa. Thanks so much for dropping by. At least today the kids got to do a Homecoming Parade (of sorts) around the school. Both my grands were in it...grandson for Cross Country Team and granddaughter cheerleader:)

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  2. I feel bad for the kids, they really are losing out on so much this year. I hope things return to normal in 2021 and they can get back to the business of dances and fun. Take care.

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    1. So do I, Kim. They have missed so much and are living in such confusion and even fear for some.

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  3. I'm sorry for the loss of your friends. It's nice you were able to keep in touch with a favorite teacher all these years. She must have been happy to see you follow in that same path as I'm sure you will be if your beautiful Granddaughter does the same. She's a cutie and I do hope that by Spring the kids will be able to get back to activities and dances that make high school more fun. A vaccine will be the only hope I think. However, I do believe in miracles and the answer to prayers. I've had a few in my own life. Sometimes we don't always get the answer we want or at the time we think we need it but I trust in the Lord to know He has the big picture and I'm only seeing my life from behind my eyes that need glasses just to get through each day! Enjoy these last days of October and I hope your weather is good.

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    1. So nice to hear from you, Yaya! And such a lovely comment.

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  4. Oh, I think many of us are praying for a miracle and a healing for our nation. It's just such a sad state of affairs. Yes, Ben Carson is such a class act, so wish it had worked out for him to be our President. Your granddaughter is as cute as a button. Have a great Halloween weekend!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Lea. I would definitely have voted for Ben Carson...although come to think of it, he might have been too nice for the job! His life should be an inspiration to all young people, especially those who think everything is against them.

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  5. I know of Ben Carson and think he is a great man.
    Yes, I sure do believe in miracles.
    Your granddaughter sure is pretty!!! I feel bad for the kids during these time, they are missing out on so much.
    There are a several people from our church who are fighting the virus. We are all back to FB church.

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    1. We are back inside church too, but still many people are afraid to attend. We have pews taped off and everyone is in masks, no singing...and now our preacher has left. So it really doesn't feel much like church I'm sorry to say.

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  6. WOW that is a great story! Love Dr. Carson. Your granddaughter is lovely, as are your friends, especially the one you lost. My condolences. xoxo

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  7. Thank you so much, Jenny. Certainly a day of many emotions that day.

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  8. What a lovely story! So sorry for your loss! It has hit our family now with my brother in law testing positive. So far we have not had any cases at my school. Your granddaughter is beautiful. I have two grands in high school and I hate all they are missing!

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    1. Sharon, sure hope and pay your BIL gets through COVID as easily as possible. Our high school is trying to do as much for the kids as they can, but they are still missing out on a lot. How I hate this disease!

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  9. Love your Halloween decor. Looks so cute. Sorry about losing your friends. Its been a rough yr all around. I found out yesterday that a friend I worked closely with at the TBI lost her mom, then another woman from the TBI lost her granny and another that worked there at the TBI lost her life to cancer. All on the same day. I can't tell you how many cards I have sent out this year. Its all so crazy. Your granddaughter is so pretty.

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    1. Pam, I too have sent more cards this year than I think I've sent in the last 5 years total! So sorry for the loss of so many in your neck of the woods. It will be interesting to see if we see/hear any changes after the election.

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  10. So glad to see you post. So sorry about your friends passing too. I have several that I am praying for right now. My heart is saddened and yet at the same time, I find myself praising Him. He is so worthy of our praises isn't He? Wonderful pictures and that grandgirl is a beauty Cheri. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Yes!!!! I keep reminding myself...God is in control...no matter what!

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