I had this dream last Wednesday, but then I left for the beach for the weekend so I haven’t written about it yet. I tend to have strange dreams and I can pull in random people into strange situations. It’s usually an interesting look into what I’m thinking about at the time. Anthony has some scale he judges my dreams by and lets me know how weird they are. He says this one isn’t that strange but it felt weird when I woke up.

I dreamed that I was at my dad’s house talking with his wife Judy and my aunt and cousin. Someone else was with me, I think it was my sister Nancy or Anthony. It turns out that Judy had my dad’s body laid out on a bed or a counter. We didn’t see anything strange about this and sat around him having our conversation. Then he started mumbling something in response to our conversation. At that point we all got up to go. Now, we weren’t leaving because we were spooked or scared, but because we thought Judy might want to be alone with him. (This is totally how I felt every time I visited him the hospital. I also have issues with not wanting to impose on people. Therefore, this action makes total sense to me.)

After my aunt and cousin headed to their car, I decided to head back in one more time just to see if Judy needed anything. She was helping Dad get up, apparently they go for a walk every afternoon. I noticed that his hair was black, like it was a few years ago before the chemo. They asked me to stay so we three (or four?) went for a walk in the yard and talked (not about anything in particular).

Then I woke up.

I guess I miss him.

Love you sis.

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Reading this week

I finished Everlost by Neal Shusterman. It came up in a review by Orson Scott Card. Actually, I was reading his more recent review of Antsy Does Time by Shusterman and he mentioned Everlost. I checked both out of the library and started with Everlost. OSC gives a great description of the plot and many of the themes that come up in the book.

I am usually in agreement with OSC’s reviews of movies and books so I trust a recommendation. He also has a wide range of likes so he draws me into unfamiliar territory. I don’t read very many young adult books (there are so many books to read and I just don’t have time) so I tend to let OSC winnow through them and let me know which ones I should make time for.

This is turning into a review of OSC instead of Everlost. That’s not bad, it’s a good thing to spend sometime at Hatrackand see what all he has to say.

I did enjoy Everlost. The concepts were introduced well so you learned what you needed to know as it came up without feeling like the rules kept changing. It also has good topics such as how someone determines their purpose and how they face challenges to that purpose.

Note: I edited this post because I learned how to do the Amazon image and text links and wanted to add that in here.

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There are lots of different sneezes. Some people have those dainty little sneezes that make you wonder if they are even really sneezing.

Then there are those who leave no doubt that a sneeze has occurred.

There is also the number of sneezes (my dad ALWAYS sneezed 3 times so it was a waste to say “bless you” before he was done).

Then, there is the baby panda sneeze…


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I just found out about Art*Music*Justice while surfing this Piper Family blog.

Now I’m bummed because I found their Facebook entry and it says they were right here in Cornelius 2 weeks ago. I was happier not knowing what I was missing.

Oh well. Maybe next time.

Here is Sara Groves


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What’s on my nightstand this month?

It’s that time again. I went back and looked at last month’s entry and I am happy to report that I actually got some books read. I finished 4 Elizabeth Goudge books, The Grand Weaver, and At Home in Mitford. I am reviewing Battling Unbelief and preparing for the beach retreat in one week!

So, what have I added to my stack to read this month?

Antsy Does Time and Everlost by Neal Shusterman. I picked those up after reading Orson Scott Card’s review this week.

I have requested two books by David Servan-Schreiber, Anticancer and The instinct to heal. A friend at work has breast cancer and has been reading Anticancer.

Now that Anthony is through reading it, I am going to add Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp.

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Train a child up…

I’ve done most of this over the weekend while Connor was at home with his dad. But I need to find a way to explain that on the one side, people send cards and flowers to express love and provide comfort and sympathy, and that is why we have received these:

And for each one of those, plus the visits, the flowers, and memorials… we send these:

And the time spent doing this is not drudgery spent over a chore, but a time to cherish the love of others and the memories of a loved one.

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How Firm a Foundation

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

In every condition, in sickness, in health;
In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth;
At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea,
As thy days may demand, shall thy strength ever be.

Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

Even down to old age all My people shall prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

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Update on Dad – he’s gone

I am really late with this blog entry. I obviously got busy and blogging wasn’t on my list last week.

Dad passed away last Tuesday, October 14, 2008.

One more picture:

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I found this blog post and found the rules for gaining contentment to be very encouraging.

* Allow ourselves to complain of nothing, not even the weather.
* Never picture ourselves in any circumstances in which we are not.
* Never compare our lot with that of another.
* Never allow ourselves to wish that this or that had been otherwise.
* Never dwell on the morrow; remember that this is God’s and not ours.

Plenty of food for thought here.

I struggle the most with the first one. I could quibble over a statement of fact versus a complaint, but I know which is which.

I also struggle with the last one and wrote about my latest struggle here.

Occasionally I’ll spend time wishing something had been different. I often agree that the Omega 13 device from Galaxy Quest would be great, so many things that I would change the instant they are done. But they can’t be changed and they pile on top of the things I realize later I really should have done differently. Then add in the things I had no control over that I wish had been different. However, I’m too practical to spend too much time there and usually stop wasting my time on what-might-have-been and just move forward with what-is.

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