First of all, thanks so much for all of your kind thoughts and words and checks for Sema's family. It is really a sad situation over there. I am working with the district leader of our missions program to see if we can do something on a large scale.
To answer questions from the last post - the great grandma picture is DC's mom. I need to take one of my mom holding them, too. They're so blessed to have two great grandmas and a great grandpa within 4 miles of their house.
Thank you also for your concern for Feisty. She is "all better" - then her daddy got sick, so I ended up having the girlies for 3 nights. The weariness hit me yesterday afternoon. But I think I did pretty well for being the grandma! I was rewarded last night with a smile from Emma. We really got to know each other well in those many hours of cuddling and feeding.
I'm happy that you enjoyed my stories about the two towns I've lived in that have distinctive titles. Someone asked if many couples come to Loveland to get married as well. I read that Loveland, Ohio gets a lot of couples marrying on Valentine's Day. Here in Colorado, many couples go to Loveland Pass,which is a ski area, to get married on skis.
I tried to take some pictures of the twins in their Valentine outfits - it didn't go so well - they'll never win an award!
Care Bear loves to hold, feed, kiss their heads. She also loves to read stories. She claims Kate as "her baby", but she'll take care of either. Poor Feisty couldn't love on them for 3 whole days!
No, that isn't a bruise on her forehead. Nor is it left over from Ash Wednesday. It's a little flower tattoo that absolutely refuses to let itself be washed off! ANy ideas on something non-toxic that we can use??
I just love the way they interact with each other. I have a feeling that Kate will dominate the conversations!
On a different subject -- about time, eh?? Spring is coming! Care Bear and I were talking about how nice it was today - 60 degrees. She was hoping to go to the "duck pond park" without a coat. I told her that tomorrow it is supposed to snow again. She said, "Warm, snow, warm, snow - it's a pattern!" She's learning about patterns in kindergarten math.
The days are getting longer - since I'm not going to work so early now, I can actually see the sunrise. And it stays light until after 5:00. YAY!!
On a more serious note - today I was listening to the radio, as I always do on my way to work. They were having a discussion of the scripture from Matthew and Mark about "wars and rumors of wars" and the other signs of the end times. Sometimes I get so distressed when I listen to the news. I often don't. But on the Christian station I listen to, sometimes I hear things that are so troubling about what is happening in the world from a Christian's point of view.
Sometimes we are certain the Lord is returning because of the wars and rumors of wars, the earthquakes, the floods and fires, famines . . . This scripture reminds us that "these are the beginning of birth pangs" - we do not know and cannot know and will not know when the end of time will be.
The scripture has a phrase that I hadn't noticed before --
Mark 13:6-8 (New International Version)
6 Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and will deceive many.
7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
It feels like the world is so out of control. We want things to be better for our children and grandchildren. It is scary. But then we have to remember that He is in control. He knows the end of the story. He sees the back of the tapestry - to us it looks like a tangled mess of threads. But it is making a beautiful picture on the front. It is hard for me not to be alarmed. I want to see my grandchildren grow up, but I fear for the world they will grow up in. Even so, Lord Jesus, COME!
Kristen finally had a chance to do a post - some of you haven't had an opportunity to read it yet - check it out!
Diane honored me with her first created award today. Thanks, dear friend! I can see it when I right click!