Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Random Ramblings #19

It's been awhile since I've done a rambling post - except some of you probably think I ramble all the time!

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!


Needled Mom said...

I'll bet that you must have been exhausted after having the little ones for three days. Glad that you got some rest yesterday.

The pictures are so darn cute. Big Sister looks so confident in her care of the little one. It doesn't look like either of the girls enjoyed getting dolled up for Valentine's Day. Won't it be fun to watch them grow up together?

Yes, the thoughts of what the world will be like for our grandchildren is scary. Do you think that our grandparents felt the same way about the world for us?

Lala's world said...

wow what an amazing family you have! the twins are so big already..yet still so little!!
I read further down about Sema's family... I have been to Kenya and I wish I had $ to send but I can pray! and I will continue to do so!
bless you

Diane J. said...

I think those little girls look a lot like their big sisters! I love those last pictures of the twins looking at each other.

I have no doubt that God is in control, but I often wonder how much longer He will let this evil world stand.

I know you're tired of the snow and winter, but I dread the heat and humidity of summer.

Hope everyone is recovered now so Grandma can rest up!

Love and hugs,


Karen H. said...

Good Morning Dawn,
"PRAISE GOD" that Fiesty is all better. There is just so much sickness going around. I feel like I'm coming down with something now. I hope not because I have to tend to our girls. Kate & Emma looks so adorable in their little Valentine's outfits. They are growing I can see. Care Bear looks very precious reading to them. I'm glad she likes to read to them. I know that Care Bear and Fiesty are big helps to their Momma in helping out with the twins. We are suppose to start getting some freezing rain here tonight and tomorrow. I just hope it doesn't get too bad and causes the power to go out. Us Christians do not know when GOD is returning. We must be ready for his return tho. I enjoyed your information about HIS return. This is a very sick world we are living in now. It really makes one do wonder tho just how much longer GOD will let this world go like this. "CONGRATULATION'S" on your very well deserved Award. You are most deserving of it. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours. My DH had a change in his trucking schedule yesterday and he is going to be going to Henderson, CO, later today.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Laura said...

ALWAYS love seeing baby pictures! Thank you for sharing them!

Robin said...

First - what adorable little babies Kate and Emma are! And what a blessed grandma you are to be so actively involved in their lives!
And I know what you mean about our scary world - my heart feels it too -especially now that I have two grandbabies coming! All we can do is rest in the Lord - He has it under control.
And I'm praying for your DIL's parents - keep us updated!

Tammy said...

Dawn, I just was scrolling through the last post as well as this one...those pictures are WONDERFUL! I think the ones you took in their outfits could, indeed, win an award! And the ones where their great-grandma is holding them is SO precious...I would want to frame that!

So glad Fiesty is feeling better...there's been so much going around lately! But I can just imagine the attention you got at the restaurant with the babies! :D

Barb said...

Such cute photos of the girls, Dawn. Obviously the bigger girls are going to a great help to Kristen. The babies are precious. Every time you post photos of them, I get excited about our new baby. Ten days!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Aww, thank you for sharing pictures of all of the girls - big and little!

The ones at the end of the little twins lying together under the blanket are just so sweet! :)

nancygrayce said...

Those babies are just so precious and so are their big sisters! Hope everyone is well.

Linda said...

They are just getting cuter by the day Dawn. I never get tired of looking at pictures. Just seeing them together makes it very clear why twins become so very close. I just love the ones of them looking at each other.
I understand how you feel about all the troubles we find ourselves in these days Dawn, but lately I find myself thinking "Come soon Lord Jesus." I will just scoop up my grandchildren and we will head for paradise together - forever. It sounds so very inviting to me at times.
Thank you so much for your encouraging comments. You never fail to make me feel uplifted. You are a dear friend.

Toby said...

Baby oil takes those tattoos off. Take that advice from a dad who likes to have tattoo parties with the boys!

Kathleen Marie said...

Simply Adorable! Are they identical? They look so much alike. I know Kate was bigger but they look so much alike! We had a baby shower at church last night and little Elijah just "talked" to everyone! So cute!

Nancy said...

WOW... you are full of information today and thanks so much for the twin pictures. I just love it and what a great big sister Fiesty has been. I need 2 extra hands like hers when I keep the twins. I can't wait until they can hold their own bottle. Thursday is my day so that's where I will be tomorrow... YEA!

I loved the update from Kristen. She is such a special daughter and how fortunate you are to have her so close.

Mimi said...

what a wonderful tired you must have felt when your 3 days of baby care were finished...
so much lovin and kissin and huggin...
lucky lucky you!!!

Midlife Mom said...

What darling pictures of your little twin angels! Just beautiful Dawn!

Nadine said...

You must be tired. Now what can I say about those twins...oh my...off the chart cute even when they are making faces.

Sharon Lynne said...

Enjoyed all the beautiful pictures.

The world IS scary. But there are 2 more lights that have just come in...to join the 3 others.

And you will be praying for all of them. They will grow up strong in the Lord!

Penless Thoughts said...

Those babies are so precious. I love the pictures with them on the blanket.

About the Lords return
1 Thessalonains 5:2-11 with particular attention to vs 4 "But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, THAT THAT DAY SHOULD OVERTAKE YOU AS A THIEF." The world will not "read" the signs, or be prepared, for His return but we will be. Praise God!!!

Theresa said...

Your granbabies are so beautiful! The twins look like they recognize each other.

Maine Mom said...

Your family is so blessed to have so many family members close by.

I'm glad Feisty is better now and Kristen's husband too.

I love the first picture of the twins. They look like they are repulsed by each other. Too cute!

Care Bear is so sweet to read to her sisters. What a great way to practice her reading!

Your weather sounds like ours, if you don't like the weather today, wait until tomorrow!

Mary said...


The girlies are so cute. I love their Valentine outfits and yes, they could win an award. They are darlings.

I'm not sure if anyone else has suggested this, but try a little lemon juice on that tattoo and it may come off. Be sure not to get it in her eyes. If that doesn't work, maybe a bit of vinegar or a baking soda paste.

Thanks so much for your comments on Michelle. I appreciate your kind words and caring.


Karen said...

It's not non-toxic but it works like a dream on stubborn tattoos: rubbing alcohol. Was that already mentioned? I didn't read them all.

The pictures are wonderful, as always. It's fun to see the big girls enjoying the little girls so much.