Saturday, June 23, 2007


Oh the anticipation of it! Do I have everything done? Is the laundry done? Is the house cleaned up? Did I remember to freeze the water so we'll have cold water? Are the maps printed out, and are they in the car? The Car! Oh, Lana took care of that. It is all serviced, tires rotated, and ready to go!


We are leaving tomorrow, and there is so much to be done! We will be gone for about 10 days.

This morning we got our nails done, and our hair cut. We do want to look nice for our family. It is going to be so nice to see our siblings. It has been a long time since we have all been together.

Jim and Barb, and Dave and Regina will be flying. We are driving!

We are going to California to Christie's wedding. She is getting married at Disneyland! She is going to be a princess for a day! She is a sheriff's deputy, so she carries a gun in her job, and is probably ready to just look pretty for a day!

The trip takes us through the mountains, so we should see some beautiful scenery! The desert has its beauty too. We will go out on I70 and we will probably drive into Los Angeles on Thursday. Sherry is expecting us, and is so excited about our coming. We will be staying at her house, because they are all staying at Disneyland.

I hope we won't forget to live in the present and not the future. We need to learn to live today and not spend too much time in anticipation for tomorrow.

I'll probably not be able to write while I'm gone, but will post when we get home.

Another day on the journey of our lives!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Sights, Sounds & Smells of Harvest

As we were sitting on the deck last night we could hear the combines and tractors going down the road. Wheat harvest has begun! We will be hearing the combines going until late into the night. The dust will rise and settle in my house! It does that all during the year anyway, but more so during harvest!

We see mostly the big green machines, but there are some red ones out there too. The colors are varied, as are the people who do the job of cutting this beautiful crop. It reminds me of the many different people that make my world so wonderful. I'm so glad we have colors, and not just black and white!

As we drive down the road, we can see the fields with the wheat. It flows like the waves on the ocean. It is so beautiful!

The straw smells so good. The farmers have big smiles on their faces as they anticipate getting the grain into the bins. They hope they can get it in before rain and hail have a chance to beat it down.

This time of the year reminds us of the passage in Luke 10:2..."The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that we would send forth labourers into His harvest."

How thankful we are for the labourers that are willing to get into the fields and bring in the harvest for the Lord.

The Monster!

Vern discovered Sudoku! It didn't take him long to get the hang of it!

I think we have unleashed another "monster"! I am going to have to hide my books! We even bought new pencils to work the puzzles! It is good that they have erasers!

The Lord has taken care of the "monsters" of our lives. He has the best eraser. He has erased our sin in the blood of Jesus! He has all the puzzles figured out, and we just need to trust in Him. We may not know what is coming in the next "box", but He does, and it all adds up just the way it is supposed to. His pencil is always sharp, and He doesn't make mistakes!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Our Trip to Denver

Well, we made another trip to Denver. It seems to get longer every time we go! We had to go for dental appointments. Sure do wish Paul would move here! He is so good, though, we still wouldn't get in to see him.

It was a hot day. Thank goodness for air conditioning!

Guess we'll make the trip again next week. Gotta' keep the tires hot, and use a lot of gas. Sure hate the high prices!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

After the BIG Weekend

Well, this is the first time I'm posting to my blog! We had a big weekend with a family reunion, the Franz-Goossen families! There were over 200 people there, including all our children and grandchildren. We have 5 grand-daughters, and 3 grand-sons. We had so much fun!

It was so neat seeing so many different family members. We have such a neat family, and such a rich heritage. Both sets of Vern's grandparents were dedicated Christians, and so many of their family are too!

It is such a blessing to hear about Grandma's prayer to raise up workers for God's kingdom, and then to meet all the missionaries and pastors, as well as regular "church" workers in the family. The sun doesn't set on the family name. We have workers around the world!

Next time, in three years, it will be our turn to host the gathering. The kids are already excited about it, and I hope the enthusiasm will continue until we have a wonderful gathering planned.