Saturday, July 01, 2006


What a week - trying to get back into our routine after a week of company & two weeks of alternate child care while our Auntie Jeanette was cultivating the harvest in Peru. It's an exciting time for me considering the re-connections I've made this past month. I've enjoyed the company of my friend, Tina (& family), TWICE in one week...very NICE!

My college roommates are kicking up the dust at Jellystone Park in Eureka Missouri in a few weeks~Our first roomie reunion with all FIVE of us long?? 1997 or 98?? I can still remember the human pyramid right there in the middle of Val's living room! GAD~ We are so excited - to quote one of the roomies "I could just Pee!" Of course, I can't be that close to Robertsville & not see my very first non-monster college roomie- AMY! Don't you know I'll be sparkling up the Saturn for the Mr. Speakes inspection? No doubt Amy will have a list of job openings in the surrounding school districts & a couple of potential homes to check out while I'm there. Tempting...

Just thanking God recently for re-connecting with my old friend, Lauri - I've missed you & I'm really glad God restores in His own time - it's always just the right time~ Thanks for loving on Gracie the past couple of weeks. Thanks to Caitlyn & Elizabeth for sharing your toys! We'll keep working on returning the favor. :o)

It's interesting the things that bring re-connection. I got an email this week about a musician that used to play with the Servants of Praise.Paul was hospitalized for pneumonia & then decided to have some heart surgery while he was there. Paul is from Jamaica - HOW do you spell that...regardless, he's far from his family. Now, I've been in the hospital while the ocean separated me from my friends & family- that is NOOOOO fun! It's time to re-connect with that guy! Gracie is ready - we've spent our fair share of time in a hospital -so much so, it's a regular part of her pretend play. "Gracie, where are you going in those high heels & cutie purse?" More often than not, she's "goin' to the hospital." Goin' to see someone we here we come, Paul! AND if we could, Tommy - we'd be strollering up to your room as well! Take good care way out there in California! We're praying for you~

One of my favorite scriptures is found in Ecclesiates chap 4, beginning w/vs 7:

The Advantages of Companionship
7 I observed yet another example of meaninglessness in our world. 8 This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, "Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?" It is all so meaningless and depressing.
9 Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. 11 And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
Let's face it - we need each other! God described the church - not the building but the people inside - as the BODY of Christ; each with our own place & role to fill. Doesn't matter how good or strong of a pinky finger I may be, if I am not CONNECTED to the other four digits...I am likely to shrivel up, unable to function properly if function at all. I'm no good to anyone, without the rest of the BODY. This, folks, is from personal experience. When you are out there, lone rangering - whether you meant to be there or not - you're in danger without the warmth or strength of companionship that will hold you accountable or help you when you fall or mount a defense beside you.
We work better together says the Creator. Remember, He fashioned us out of a heartfelt desire for companionship Himself. I believe He KNOWS lonely! I remind Him often that it was His idea that I should have a companion & thank God for my true blue friends, but ya'll know what I mean! No, that's a another blog & besides, I have very Grace FULL days as it is. But, we do need fellowship & it usually takes some effort in this busy world we live in with kids to raise, businesses to run, playgrounds to build, blogs to write, grants to write, reports to type...if you have friends, it's on purpose.
So reach out & touch someone. Re-connect with an old friend, make a new one or BOTH! Make some ice cream, grill a burger, borrow a back yard for a get together or visit the hospital. No high heels required but ya better bring your smile. ~:o)
PS~ The photos above: I had to take a picture of Gracie sleeping this morning sunny side up! & there's Gracie snuggling on baby Emily's quilt I made. :o)
PSS: Gracie said her first spontaneouslGerman words last week. As we were going inside for the evening, Gracie called "Bis Morgen" to the neighbors, meaning "until tomorrow". Too coooooool!


Emily said...

I used to sleep the same way! Thanks for the updates...I really love reading them! And thanks for a great visit today with great food, wonderful people and delicious ice cream!

Anonymous said...

Em/UR - it was our pleasure! Hey! No wonder you kept that bread all to yourself - it was delicious!

Emily said...

Hey Carmen...when you get a chance, could you email me the recipe for your delicious chicken salad? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

You have such an interesting life. I do hope you move back to the St. Louis area one day. We could have a blast. I will be looking for speech/language pathologist jobs and cool property sites. Mike of course will be checking out the saturn on your visits. He got a new truck. Isn't summer great!!!!

kristin said...

Hey, Forever Friend . . .

When are you coming up to sit under our gazebo and squint at the twinkly lights?

Where would we be without our friends? Thank-you for your prayers for Tom.

I love those photos of Gracie . . . I wish I would have thought to take shots of my kids back in the day when they slept "sunny side up" . . . You just sort of think that they will always sleep that way . . . and then one day their legs get too long and they never are seen sleeping in that position again.

Simple joys!