Wednesday, January 14, 2009


After Mom died, I saw an ornament in a shop in ES with my MIL. I think she actually bought it for me. The word 'JOY' continues to remind me of mom. I remember her homemade bookmark with the letters spelling JOY going vertical and the red and green yarn that topped it. She loved the acronym of JOY: J-Jesus first, O-Others second, Y-Yourself last. I remember looking at a book of her's after she was gone, that flipped open where the bookmark was. The topic was joy. Dad and I were not shocked, just quietly said, "Of course." While she loved the word, its important to point out that joy overflowed her life. And J-O-Y was how she lived her life. I hope one day joy fills my tree.

I was shopping on Black Friday and found wrapping paper that said joy, that of course I purchased. I was standing there with Katie and told her that I had a thing for the word JOY. She said she did too. It's her middle name. Mom would really like her.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Mom Song

I just got this on email and is a "must see".

Monday, January 5, 2009

Kailey and the Robman

The Robman runs a ministry called International Sports Evangelists (ISE) and in conjunction with Dad's church they have done a type of Bible School the last two summers. Kailey went this summer and enjoyed the Robman. We also got to see him on another occasion at Dad's church and even eat lunch with him. Kailey decided that she wanted to give her "Money for Jesus" to the Robman for his ministry. We sent it to him in our Christmas card. Kailey was so excited to get a letter in return. Thanks Robman!