Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Life as I see it...

 Slowly am I coming back into productive life. I was so tired since Thurs. My stomach failed me. Hurting. I struggled to get myself out to buy groceries. One stop instead of two on Friday. Stayed in town instead of going elsewhere. It's all good....got something accomplished. Shopping next day at a different grocery store to pick up my free meal for Thanksgiving. We get one each year from work. Ham, turkey, 5# potatoes, can of green beans or corn, olives,turkey, gravy mix and cranberry sauce. This year the store gave a free gallon of milk. Since I'd already bought milk day prior, I gave my freebie milk to a mom with three children in line behind me. Felt good to be back home. Figured out where to rest the turkey in the fridge. It's frozen so just thaw it slowly til Thursday.
I worked on printing photos late Sunday. As usual I'm behind in getting my calendars assembled. It's a process but it's my way of being creative and great Christmas gifts. My boss expects one every year!! A nap prior to photo printing has helped me catch up with sleep.  I've deprived myself. Got my stomach issue under control.  Now I'm more ambitious. For the most part. Still am tired after a day at work. I don't feel so dejected like a few days ago. Now I need to make pie crust. Make the pie tomorrow night. I first had to find out what happened on Life Below Zero on National Geographic channel.  How did Susie survive her accident? I won't tell ya!
It's been so cold lately. Friday through Monday have been so cold. High 40s. Lows in 30s.  Rain yesterday. Bought a new coat to wear to and from work last night after work. Sure glad I had it tonight. It was chilly as there was moisture in the air. Thankful for heat and cozy blankets. Pulled a few plants into the garage to winter them over last night.
On that note, off goes the tv. Another reality tv show that seems interesting. Nope. Not going to get mesmerized by it. Have a good week and a blessed Thanksgiving to all my American friends. Back with you soon. Hugs!!

This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Chalkboard Scripture

Saturday I was out and about. One of two places I stopped at was a retirement party for our city's chief of police. I saw this writing on this chalkboard in the hallway.  I immediately knew I needed to take a picture of it. Chalkboard art is a favorite of mine. This scripture goes well with a policeman's profession. As well as any one else's life walk. Including mine as a cashier, a woman of faith, a mom, grandma, sister and an avid photographer! No matter what God calls us to do, we do it to the best of our ability. "With all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace....." Ephesians 4:2-6
Live life well and stay the course.  A stumble comes before the fall.


This badge display is really nice. Look at the achievements of a man of faith. Such a blessing to have him and his family in our community. Fun time at the party as well. Cake and laughter and a bit of sharing time.   As one man said that there's a certain amount of police officers to keep us safe. We in turn need to have their backs. Support of them is critical and thankful quite a few are Christians.  So thankful God brought us to this city where it's grown bigger in the 25+ years we've been here. Even though there's never a perfect place to be, we make it better. Each day. For someone else and in turn we are blessed, in one way or another!
Have a blessed week, my friends!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

My Story on Veterans Day 2015

I have decided to share my military story this year on Veterans Day. It's all my words and photo. All in a book that was published by the veteran admin in Oregon a few years ago. I decided to submit my story and was happy one of two photos was included with my story. Not alot happening then but I still served alongside many other people as well. Never knowing what could happen. I wasn't as good of a writer then but it's hard to put down all in words what covered 4 years of my life in minimal space.

 Enjoy the story and I'd like to give a shout out to all the veterans and active duty soldiers...a happy veterans day and God bless you and thank you for your service.

Disclaimer.....All words and photos are mine. Do not share or copy.

Becky Lowmaster: “I got to serve God and my country.”


Growing up on a farm outside of a small town in Oregon with my parents, three brothers and a sister, I was raised to respect and honor the servicemen of our country. Going to the Veterans Day parades in Albany always was a highlight for me. I loved seeing all the veterans in uniforms and hearing the music.
When I was older, I joined the United States Air Force to serve my country, which I love. I knew it would be hard work, but it was something I wanted to do to.
I went to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. When I got to the San Antonio airport, I learned my luggage hadn’t made it yet so I waited around for a few hours. Waiting with me was a young man who was going to basic training as well and he didn’t want me to stay by myself. My luggage finally came. I think we rode the same bus to the base as well.
Basic training wasn’t a piece of cake, but believe it or not, my TIs (training instructors) weren’t too bad. Somewhere near the end of basic, when men and women both were getting their training orders, a young man came up to me and said, “Hello, do you remember me?”
At first I didn’t because he had no hair. Then he explained to me that he was the young man who had waited with me at the airport. I thought that it was kind of him to come over and talk to me for a little bit. I never saw him again.
My training for material facilities specialist (supply) was at Lowry AFB, Colorado near Denver. Just prior to the end of this training I got my orders to my first duty station. I was so excited, because I got orders for the Royal Air Force (RAF) Bentwaters, in Suffolk, England. I couldn’t wait to go! Before I left, I had to qualify to shoot the M-16. I had never shot a gun before so that was quite an experience.
I first arrived at RAF Lakenheath, England, and later rode a chartered bus to RAF Bentwaters. I was there for two years, working in the warehouse assigned to the 81st Supply Squadron with the 81st TAC Wing. We supported flight operations for F-4 Phantoms.
I met a lot of nice people on and off base. One I liked so much I married him; another airman who worked in missile maintenance. After we were married, we lived off base in Felixstowe. We lived in the bottom floor of a house that was made into two flats (apartments). The landlady lived upstairs. She called us her colonials.
Leaving England behind, my next assignment was Holloman AFB, New Mexico. My husband and I flew out of RAF Lakenheath, December 1978. I was then assigned to the 4449th Mobility Support Squadron at Holloman and worked in the inventory section. We were the squadron that would have been the first to mobilize and set-up a base in the event of a war. We never went anywhere, but there was one scare. In January 1980 (a month after my daughter was born) we signed paper work in case we had to be mobilized.
My enlistment ended in August 1980 and I processed out as a Senior Airman. I am proud of my experience in the U.S. Air Force. I grew as a person, got to see the world, and to serve God and my country.

God Bless America! Thanks for stopping by to read my story and so thankful for all of you!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Book & Necklace Giveaway! -- NEW winner announced!

.turn into sentences which turn into pages....chapters...a book!
 A concept I enjoy since I read when I have a chance. "Every Little Thing" has been in my blog posts lately. couldn'tthe latest post, maybe the last, but hope you don't tire of goodness!   I've been motivated by Deidra's words, about her life and how God meets her/me in the journey. We learn from our mistakes and we grow as God guides us through our life. Our involvement with people we meet in our lives, strangers, friends, family, customers at work, our church family, to name a few, is our appointment. Being kind is such a part of it. Sometimes it goes deeper into some type of help needed. I work on being helpful to customers that I meet each day,at the hardware store.... at the register. Taking their money, asking them how they are, telling jokes...I work at  having a positive attitude and hopefully it makes them feel good!!  We have quite a few Hispanic people that come in, some don't speak English well and I accommodate them, offer assistance, smile, direct them to a co-worker that does speak Spanish. Some I know as they come in frequently, have become better acquainted. Recently I heard it said that sometimes the little things are the big things in someone's life. We don't know what kind of day they are having. They are tired, someone they love is sick, lost a job, just need a bit of encouragement. It's amazing what God brings to your life when you have eyes open to the world outside your window! 

I've had the chance to be on the launch group for Deidra Riggs' first book "Every Little Thing". It's been fun and a blessing to be in this group.  We helped Deidra out by promoting her book on social media. Writing reviews. Then on Monday, I jumped on board to host a giveaway that's hosted by Dayspring!

What do you win? A pkg deal includes the book written by Deidra, that I know you will enjoy, even if I say so myself. And a lovely Everlasting necklace! All you need to do is leave a comment on my blog! 
Winner from  USA and Canada only and NO PO Boxes. (These are the terms since I'm not the sender.)

(only showing you what the book looks like and reviews...look for mine, too!)

I will close the giveaway on Nov. 2 and announce the winner on Nov 3. 
If you're not someone that's commented here before, make sure I have a way to get in touch with you! Blog or email. Remember USA and Canada only and NO PO Boxes. On your mark.get set.GO!

 God bless you and thanks for your sweet comments and prayers.


Winner of book and necklace is
Jill F.
please comment on my blog 
or email me at snapperbeckatgmaildotcom
other winner never replied...sorry!

Liza K.
Congratulations! Reply by leaving a comment below with your address and email. It will be seen only me.
Sorry there could not be more winners!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

I Used to Think......

A blog prompt from Sarah Bessey (link)

I Used to Think.....I was doing fine in my faith walk and now I think I've got much more to learn than ever!  
Life is full of learning experiences. So is the journey with the Lord. I guess I was just at a comfortable level in my life. I don't need to grow. But I was still happy in Him and serving Him. But there's that nudge from the Holy Spirit that proved me wrong. I chide myself for thing the way I did. But I know God has a plan for me and we walk it out. Daily. Sometimes moment by moment.
I learn quite a bit in reading the word, when I really made myself open the Bible.  I like finding underlined passages of scriptures from past readings.....sitting and pondering their meaning. Teaching children in Sunday school tends to make me dig deeper into the story in the Bible. Not just the curriculum that is handed to my husband and myself. 

I've been going to church forever! From a baby into adulthood, every where I went, even while serving in the military. If it hadn't been for going to the chapel, maybe I wouldn't have met my husband! (On Christmas eve.)  It's knowledge that grows deeper as I read and listen. 

Just this a.m. while washing dishes, that should have been washed last night, Casting Crowns Thrive CD was playing. The last song really made me stop and think!  "Waiting for the Night to Fall"  Just listen to it...and the lyrics come. Scary! I need to move on into daily living and abiding in Jesus!  One reference on cd sleeve with lyrics of song is 1 Corinthians 10:12-13  "Therefore let any one who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." (RSV) 
 I need to rise above my sluggishness and keep running the race...for the prize. I want to finish it well, not falling. If I do, I get up and ask for mercy and forgiveness from God.  
A marked verse section in John 15:14-17 is one of my favorite spots. I gives me hope. Why? Jesus calls me his friend! Amazing and he prays for us before He was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane.  How sweet is that? Enough to keep me on the right track of living a life worthy of Him....daily...home, work,shopping,driving,eyes on the prize! Eternal life! Jesus is coming again, as He's prepared a place for us!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fun Family Reveal and Flock/Fiber Fest

On a late September Saturday Phil and I met up with our son and family at Burgerville in Canby for lunch. We had a good time with our grandchildren Owen and Melody. They had fun coloring their dinosaur pages.

Here's Owen with his Captain America sweatshirt and little did I know there was a face mask that's attached! I bought for him a few months ago. Can you see his smile?
Once we were filled with burgers, fries and shakes we headed over to the Lego Bricks and Minifigs store. Here Melody stands by car window cling stickers.
Owen is picking thru making a mini fig. While we were digging thru, at the beginning, Justin said "he needed to make three of them."   Phil thought one for the two grandkids and Justin. Then Justin said "we need to find a baby face."

I looked up and said "could you say that again?"  Then he said they are expecting baby number three in May!!  Surprised we were and excited!! Justin and Erin help look thru the bins as well. What a great memory for this Lego building family. The legacy continues.
Display of castles and ships by front window.

Melody and Owen by a display rack. Ronald Reagan wall display done all in Legos. These people have great building skills. Melody is sitting very still behind table where I positioned all our mini figs . They fall over if you touch the table. Mine is one to the far left with shovel. It took me awhile to find grey haired piece. The shovel is the implement used to clean our living room when the grands leave. They have gotten better at clean up lately.
Back into the cars we go. Headed over to Clackamas County fairgrounds for the Flock and Fiber festival. Erin and I like to go and shop and we all like the animals as well.
We always have to find each other again since we get separated. This time we had to wait on a train. Met up with them then looked around to meet up with my blogger friend, Teresa, and her husband, Dale.  We got to chat a bit and I introduced her to my family and she was the first of my friends I got to share about the new grandbaby!  Off we went and Erin and I went looking at various yarn and fiber exhibits while Justin and Phil watched the children.

In the rabbit barn we saw lovely rabbits of various breeds. One of my favorites. I had a rabbit years ago growing up. Often thought about getting another one but haven't yet. At least they don't bark! My favorite is lopeared rabbits.  I enjoy this festival as it's my fair of the year!
Erin and I were looking at fibers and we both loved this beautiful shawl. I'm sure it's warm and of course it's got my favorite color--purple!!!
I was really close to buy one of these braided fibers for a holiday decoration. I could make it into a wreath. Not sure how it would hold up, I decided against it. I found out later it would last quite awhile. The colors I really liked were too expensive so it didn't happen. These need to be spun into yarn before it can be knitted or crocheted. I like a blend with merino wool if I'm going to knit with it.
Outdoors were lovely dahlias in bloom in the heat of our dry year here in Oregon.

Into another building and I meet up with GB I know from where I work...so we took a photo. He likes to weave on a loom!
Erin, my daughter-in-love and me. I like the background. It's so hard to not want to buy all the lovely yarns. Where would I put it all?  Erin knits alot more than me. I need to tend to my knitting again! I used to knit when I was growing up then got away from it. Then I started cross-stitching and that took a back burner as well. Now it seems I work too much and blogging consumes my time as well. I guess a bit of knitting at a time will help my projects get done faster!
Outside in the big open grassy area a lady had this wooden spinning wheel she'd bought a couple years ago. She has painted it and each side is different. Yes, I was allowed to take photos of it. Miss C, from California, was here again this year for this festival. It was fun to talk with her a little bit.

We met up with rest of our little family and toured the other animal barns before we headed out of the day. Here's a goat that poised for me. And a spotted llama.

Owen was lagging behind and he wound up holding grandpas's hand and then he was a swinging little boy. And then Miss Melody had to get into the swinging action as well. We didn't stay in this barn long as the odor of animal was way too much for Erin. It wasn't a pleasant smell.at.all!

Melody by llamas. We had a fun afternoon but we were all ready to head home.
My first baby gift I bought for grandbaby 3 was this flannel bib with a pocket. Erin liked it and so I decided to get it and a good remembrance of the news of the day.
Again I was good this year. I looked for deals. I found a good deal with this yarn that was all in one pkg...odds and ends this store had packaged as a deal. I can see me making scarves from it. I also bought a scarf pattern to use with this yarn, from another booth. Erin found a few things to buy as well. I enjoy all the creativity there is out there in this world. Amazing fibers from animals that God created to clothe us and keep us warm.   God bless!

Not entered the book and necklace giveaway?  Hop over as Monday Nov 2 is final day!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Life and Circumstances

 My week has been interesting to say the least!  On Sunday our youth pastor spoke briefly at both services, telling the congregation that he had resigned his position at the church. I'd known as of Thurs that this happened. We will miss them and their adorable children. It was a hard time for me but I won't go into the circumstances.   A couple other things happened over the weekend that made it less than happy as well...nothing to do with us though. Anyway, come Monday a pkg from my sweet blogger friend Betsy arrived in our mail box. She crocheted this cozy scarf for the upcoming chilly weather in our area. Little did she know what I was going through. It was also for first below 50 degree night. So I wore it when I went on a walk with Phil that evening. The prayer journal is just what I need right now as well.  What a blessing you are, Betsy! I've worn it two more times already in our 40 degree nights and the heat is set to 65 at night. Baby it's cold outside!  Needless to say, I am feeling better mentally tonight and am thankful for answers to questions I had. 

 Tuesday evening I met up with Phil for his second round of Toastmasters humorous speech competition.  It is always a good evening with these competitions. This time I got to stay for the whole program. But to our dismay he didn't place in the top 3. He was 4 out of 5, which we thought was a bit odd. Oh well, it was good anyway and people laughed.

 Our son, Justin, joined us for the evening. Good to have him there. Justin is in Toastmasters as well. He is the one that got Phil interested in it 5 years ago.
 Phil and I with his participation certificate.
Speakers interview. It was funny as the mc was asking funny questions that pertained to speeches that were given.  The man in the middle won 2nd place and 1st went to man on the left. There were more people but I didn't take a good foto of all them as there were people in front of me.
 Wednesday evening was a wacky time and Megan and I decided to go out to Dennys once we got off work. We both ended up ordering the holiday skillet, It was so good. It was funny as I thought it was about time for them to arrive when all of a sudden I heard a sizzling noise. Our waitress appeared with them! They are really hot and we sat and waited a bit for them to cool. I did manage to burn my mouth a couple times as well! I forgot to check it with my lip, like we used to tell the kids!!

Today, I woke up and was checking my email and Facebook on my smart phone.  My day off so I lay and read a bit before getting up. My daughter in love, Erin, wrote on Facebook that 2 of their hens and 2 of their little chickens were killed in the night. Most likely raccoon. In town. She woke to a mess in their back lawn. Oh my! I tried calling her, but she didn't answer. I decided then and there I'd go see them after I bought groceries and headed home via their house north and east of us. Sigh! She called Justin at work to come home and clean up the mess. He didn't know anything about it before he left as it was dark nor heard anything! All she heard, when she woke up was the little chicken squawking. Of course the grandchildren saw it all as well. Nature lesson! I didn't know what to expect. But they are doing good. I just had to be there for them a bit and took them food. Loved on the grandchildren a bit. They were sad their chickens were gone, especially ones they really liked. So prayers for the remaining 4 hens and one lone chick who has no mother hen. Other hens aren't accepting it. Prayers it won't happen again and for protection of their property and good sleep!!

 Once I left their house, I stopped in at the nursing home where my mom used to live for nearly 6 years. I felt I needed to see some people. I stopped at the front desk and Crystal was still there and she warmly welcomed me. I'd not been back but a couple times after my mom died in 2014. I walked further in and down the hall in search of Keenan. He's activity director. and we always had good times together and he enjoyed my mom so much! We went to the hallway of horror that's decorated every year. One of my mom's favorites. So I took a selfie of us!  Overhead lighting makes me whiter than I really am but that's ok cuz it's a scary place in there! The hallway links nursing home to assisted living area. The decorate nicely for Christmas as well, which I like so much better! Not so scary!
 I was thinking just a bit ago that this kinda matches how the day started...a bit of horror. I'm thankful I didn't see it but I can only imagine what Erin felt when she saw the scene. This long ago farm girl has seen sad things as well.

 Once I got out to the car, I felt the need to eat some of these crunchy, delicious chips I bought at Trader Joes. I know Phil doesn't like sweet potatoes so I won't have to fend him off. It was hard not to eat just one. Megan thinks they'd taste good dipping them in hummus! I hope I can find them again before the season is over! I only bought 2 as I didn't know how good they would be and gave one to Erin.

 This evening Megan carved this pumpkin for a harvest festival that's coming up at the church she attends. She decided to do something different. No face but Jesus spelled out.
 Inside are two battery light candles. The one S isn't the best but sometimes it's just hard to carve period. She did a good job.   

I'm looking forward to a better day tomorrow and good things. We are having mid 60s temps during the day. Clouds. Some rain earlier this week. Moving on and letting my old wound close and praying for people who are hurting and need healing. So thankful life is temporary. So thankful for Jesus in our lives. An added plus to the end of this day and close of week. Life's not easy. But I move on through  hard times, learning to grow and feed on His word. It gave me peace this week midst the trials. 

"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels or principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."  Romans 8:38-39