Tuesday, August 30, 2011


These flowers came from my mom when
she was visiting!
Aren't they beautiful?
I tease Matt, our worship minister,
telling him that he "knows" the exact songs I
need, so he leads them just for me.

Last Sunday he led "Still".
I hope the lyrics bless you as much as they bless me.

Hide me now
Under Your wings
Cover me
Within Your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father you are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father You are king over the flood
I will be still and know You are God

[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/h/hillsong_united/still.html ]

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Dear Mandy

Since Jeremy was a teeny-tiny
baby, I prayed for God to provide
the perfect woman for him to marry.
As always, God provides above and beyond what
we can ask or imagine.
Mandy, from day 1, was an integral part of our family.
She was a beautiful bride.
She is an amazing mother!

All those years that I was praying for the perfect
wife for Jeremy, God had a tremendous surprise
in store for me. Not only did he
answer that prayer, but he answered an
unspoken prayer.
He provided a perfect daughter for me.

I love you Mandy!
Happy Birthday!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Girl's Week

David went to visit his parents last week
so he asked my mom (Sweetie) and sister (Kim) if they
would like to come and visit me, since he didn't want
to leave me "home alone" while I am undergoing chemo.
I had a whole list of things we were going to
do together, but it turned out to be a low
energy week, so we mostly just hung out and
enjoyed visiting with the kids and grandchildren.

However, one of the things that Sweetie really
wanted to do was to buy me another wig.
I purchased my first wig at a place that specializes
in helping women who have lost their hair due
to chemotherapy, but I had also heard
that Merle Norman had good wigs, so one afternoon
when I was feeling strong enough, we headed there.
Of course, when three women go into a wig
store, just one cannot have all the fun.
Isn't Kim cute in this little short modern do?
A blond bob for me.
An auburn bob for Sweetie.
Kim with long hair (a side view).
Front view.
Me with a sultry look.
Kim with a blond bob.
I promise, she looked good with every
wig she tried on.

Now, I know you are wondering what, if anything,
we purchased. Well............
you'll just have to keep wondering.
Official pictures later.....the wigs are in the mail!

Friday, August 12, 2011

"Toad" ally Cool Mail

When I went to pick up my mail today...
look who had hopped right into the mailbox.
No envelope, no box, just
Mr. Freddy Frog!
He had his own USPS Tracking Number.
My address and the sender's return
address were on his little back.
And even though he could not talk
aloud, he had messages for me.
Of course you can play with my
grandchildren, Freddy.
I'm glad you wanted to because you
probably didn't have a choice.
Is this clever or what?!!

The friend who sent this is one of the
most creative people I know.

If you'd like to guess who it is,
please put first names only
in the comments section.

If you guess the correct person,
that's great! If you guess,
the incorrect person, they will
be glad that you think they
are creative enough to come up
with this idea!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Reunion Garden

Mandy made the comment at our Family
Reunion that it was so much fun seeing
how each of my siblings showed their love
and support for me in different, special ways
while we were all together.

My brother, Lynn, is the acknowledged
gardener in the family. He not only has
a green thumb, he has one of the most
beautiful gardens at his home in Houston.
I, on the other hand, have a black thumb.
I am terrible at gardening even though I really
like beautiful flowers.

Since I was in the midst of cancer treatment
right before the reunion, I didn't feel like sprucing
up the front flower bed, but you know how it is,
company was coming and I wanted everything
just right. Well, inspiration hit.
I e-mailed by brother, Lynn,
and asked if he would "enjoy"
creating a flower bed for me while he was there.

I knew what the answer would be.
Of course he would. Now that's a great brother.
We had a gift certificate from a local nursery
that had been given to us by the elders and their
wives at our church when my daddy passed away
and it was just waiting to be used by a master gardener.
It turned out to be a Lynn Aven family affair.
Lynn and my nephew Matthew went to the nursery
and picked out perennial, native to Colorado
plants. None of those annual
plants for me. Lynn says I need something
that will come back up each year.
Does he know his sister, or what?
On Sunday afternoon, just before they
had to leave to go to the airport,
Lynn and Terry, Matthew and Emily
(better known in our family as Lady Em)
created a beautiful flower garden
for our enjoyment.
I got last minute lessons on the importance
of watering and deadheading.
Thank you Lynn, Terry, Matthew and Lady Em.
I am enjoying the flowers immensely.
And yes, they are thriving!