Saturday, July 26, 2014

Patience, Thanks!

Just saying thanks for your kind comments and prayers in the recent loss of my mom. I've been busy, tired. I have photos to share but I just been slow at getting them downloaded to my computer. Last Saturday, Megan and I went to Hood River for a lavender festival. Nice day, fun. Stopped at a farm and bought some fresh fruit. This evening I pitted a bowl of cherries, from last week. They've been in the fridge all week. Still good. Phil repaired our front step today and primed it this evening. So we used the back door. Paint another day.
        I will be back with you soon...maybe Monday.  Thanks for your patience and understanding!

photo by Becky Lowmaster 7/2014
Selfie of Becky and Megan last Sat., Hood River Lavender farm. There were flowers
amongst the lavender. (Cell phone foto)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Glory Revealed

I started writing this post a couple weeks ago. I just couldn't finish because of the pain of loss of my mom. But I feeling a bit better. Relaxed from a much needed getaway yesterday. I hope these words bless your heart!
The week's been challenging to say the least. The scripture verse was one of my mom's favorites.  I wrote on this photo of the sky we saw as we walked out our front door for an evening walk. A walk to relieve stress of heavy-heartedness when one loses their mother. Even though we knew she was bound to die soon, it is still hard when the phone call comes in the early morning hours from the nursing home. I started shaking while talking to the nurse. One last trip, this time in the darkness. One last time to see sweet momma. But it was so different. I prayed to Jesus and commended her spirit to Him.....last time to ever see her again on earth.  But so thankful for the promise of heaven, because Jesus loved us so much. He died to save us. He will be returning for us.

The sky was full of interesting cloud forms the evening of the early morning my momma died.  There were 3 lenticular clouds, one sandwiched between the two other's, resembling a moon pie....remember those?  Photo above is back at our house....near sunset.....lovely, cool evening.   It never ceases to amaze me how God's creation is so beautiful. In sad times, it speaks to the hearts of those who are grieving. Yesterday, my daughter and I were enjoying His creation in Hood River...a needed get away. The beauty of the Columbia River as we were coming home, near sunset. Peace like a river!      I want to share the song by Chris Rice (see link below) as well. The words of the song " I will rise when you call my name, no more sorrow, no more pain, I will rise on eagles wings...."  came to me after the phone call.  Momma is at rest in Jesus. She was ready to go. Had been ready for awhile. Just waiting for Him to call her home. Let's be ready when He calls us!

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Remembering Mom

Yesterday was my mom's memorial service. Pastor Don  officiated at the church where my mom attended before she went to a nursing home. Six years ago. It was a bittersweet service. It was almost surreal to me. It was my mom's service, not someone else's  memorial service. I was sitting in the front row with the rest of the family. Kleenex handy for tears.   My husband, Phil, gave the eulogy. It was good.  Good music and good sharing time. So thankful mom loved the Lord. She taught us to love Him, too. What a great legacy! 

My friend, Beth, was there as well. We've been friends since 1st grade. Oh so last century. She travelled over an hour to get there! It was good to see her and share a few memories. She's older than me! Three days older!

Family photo....Phil, my husband, Tyler, my nephew, David, my brother, me, Megan, my daughter and Kerri, my sister (who drove about 3 hours to get there.) She came down last week to help me clear out our mom's portion of the room, the day portion of the "day" mom died. (Mom had two other room mates.) (Megan and I are wearing necklaces that were mom's.)    By evening time yesterday, I was done with stuff. All I wanted to do was curl up and hide!  After I figured out how many death certificates I needed to order, clean up a few things,  I went to bed.  Then I curled up and pulled the blankets over me. There! That's just what I needed!  Then Phil had to prod me out of bed this a.m.  My body and spirit just wanted to stay there! But he said that I needed to go be grandma today...yes, the date had been set to watch them for a few weeks.    I actually started to feel better an hour later after we got to our son's apartment. Being with grandchildren made me feel better!  But that's another story.  Thanks for kind comments and prayers, my friends.  It's been a long week. I worked all 4 days and did some things for the service.....I'm having down time today and it feels great!  Staying cool as well, since it's been  90 degrees for all week. Hope you are having a good summer, so far! God's blessings to all of you!

Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4, 2014

Today we celebrate our freedom as a country!! America, home of the free and the land of the brave....those who have fought for our freedom in the years past and some gave the ultimate sacrifice, their very lives. For that we are truly grateful. I'm thankful we can still worship as we choose in this country. Never forget our God who has blessed us in the past and in the present. Our prayers for our leaders and our military personnel and veterans. Many people  enjoying the day off.    It's rodeo time as well! I'm excited. We bought our tickets in April while there was a good choice of seats! It's a respite from the week we've had. My mom died earlier this week. So my sis and I cleared out mom's space in the room she lived in at nursing home the following afternoon. Now we are making plans for her memorial service, late next week. I will be back with you in awhile. Much to do. But I'm gonna go have some fun, at the rodeo, with Phil. 

 So enjoy yourselves, be safe
 and God Bless America!!! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sharing a wee Update

This evening I was out watering my plants. It was quite warm today and tomorrow is to be even warmer. High 80s today, Tuesday {allegedly} temps into 90s! No complaints! I needed outdoors anyway, It was my first day back to work after having 2 days off last week. It was a good week. I will fill you in later.  These  hydrangeas are so lovely in the evening sunlight.

A new one from last year, the wedding dress hydrangea. I put it in a bigger pot this spring and she really perked up. New home, wouldn't you? 
My daughter had a good week at camp. The laundry is just about done. Just a sleeping bag to shake out and clean. She is now working a temp job at an attorney's office. She's a receptionist for 4 attorneys, answering phones and taking mail to post office.  We were all tired yesterday. Didn't do much in afternoon. Long week for all of us. Phil worked extra hours almost every day but Sunday. I had a great and amazing time at the Oregon Christian Convention. Blessed by the messages I heard. Will hold them close to my heart and revisit my little notes from program.   Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Just Chillin'

Just a bit of vacation from blog work....back with you in a few days!    {Photo taken in Hood River behind motel we stayed at for a couple nights! I liked the lights!}  Be the light of the world wherever you go.  Take care, my friends.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Song in the Night

I woke in the  middle of the night. These words were singing in my head.  I have not sung this song for many years. I remember singing it when I was growing up and later in my early adult hood, when people still sang from hymnals.

Obviously God had it there for me. I really like this song. The words are special to me.

Jesus is my friend. Maybe it's His way of saying to me that He loves me and cares for me, when I'm sleeping, awake, shopping, working, blogging, out photographing, praying, eating, reading his word, walking, planting, in church, daily tasks.....I love how He loves me. Grants me mercy when I need it.  "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer will I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you."  John 15:14-15 {NKJV} 

Tools of the day:  Camera, Bible and old church hymnal from the church I attended while growing up. Photo taken on my cell phone. It's hard to take a photo of my camera when I want it in the photo that I saw as I laid them down by my desk this afternoon! Have a blessed week, my friends and thanks for stopping by.  
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