Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

No peace from the wicked

The things coming out of some people is frightening:


Some people believe in free speech as long as you agree with them? And if not, you deserve to die? That is NOT the four of our nation. A nation without God is a nation of savagery. 

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hurricane Maria... One Year After

Today it's been one year since H. Maria and we've still not recovered. How can we recover? There are so many tiny details that no one can cover and no one can make right again. Especially the horror we experienced and the suffering of so many. But we survived.
Lots of houses looked like they were sandblasted, and I'm not talking only about the houses close to the sea. Son #1 worked for Hotel La Concha, had to work during the hurricane and the sea surge was horrifying, flooding the lower hotel rooms and basement, he feared for his life. The windows were blown out and they had to be moved to another part of the hotel. The hotel's back-up generators failed. Our own generator malfunctioned and to this day is no good. We had to get a new one, and it arrived AFTER we had power again.

The trees had no leaves. It sounds weird to say that, but it means no flowers, so no crops, the coffee, banana and plantain crops were destroyed. Broccoli, lettuce, fruits, etc. Well, most anybody's crop was ruined. The heat was despairing. No leaves = no shade. And yet, we couldn't leave the windows open because one of the neighbors had an old diesel power generator that spewed awful fumes into our house. There was nothing we could do about it.

I almost lost my car, the water on the street kept rising and went halfway up the car, no safe food for me, trying to make it through another day in the heat with either no or either tiny battery fans. Trying to make food for my family that was palatable. Washing clothes by hand, towels, mom's soiled clothing and soiled bed clothing. Some people still don't have electricity and water. I live in the metro area. We got electricity some time around November. We sent water and food and clothes and supplies to family in the mountains. We knew God would provide for us and He did. Many lost their homes, but nobody will/can help. I can't really describe the horror of such a hurricane, the Island has never been the same. For all that people criticize PR, we have contributed many many soldiers to US wars since 1917 and now, with this hurricane, many many of our professionals have left: nurses, teachers, doctors, electronics specialists, skilled labor. They went to the States to find jobs and the island is now suffering that loss, too.

The mess about deaths... well, doctors wrote what the people were dying from, and didn't include "as an indirect result of the hurricane" so that death doesn't count. Like a heart attack and the patient dying a week later. Or someone who died two months later, but it all started September 20, 2017.

Attached is the dust cloud that came yesterday from the Sahara Desert. I got it from a site on the net, will put the link as soon as I find it. The sky looks gray all around, no blue in sight, and yet there are no rain clouds. Ick. I'm going to run the air conditioner in the living room tonight so they doggies won't feel choked and the house will be cleaner. It's a fine dust, like cement dust. As to me, I wait on the Lord... O Lord, in the morning, will I direct my prayer unto you and will look up. Amen.



1 Samuel 7:12 
12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.

UPDATE: MORE HURRICANE MARIA PHOTOS

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Eddie and the hutch

Ever since Eddie bought a new table and matching chairs, the old hutch didn't match, in fact, it looked dreadfully and irrevocably out of place. Eddie was going to throw it away, but he saw that it was only the sides that were water-damaged. So, he took it apart and bought wood, prepped it, and cut and made it into a beautiful new hutch and buffet, that all match because of the color. It matches the chairs now... I'm so happy. Many blessings, even in an old dining room set.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Amanda in her crochet sweater

Okay, don't know how to blur, but here she is. :)
I think she buttoned it up herself, and of course, she always has to wear her tutu.  :) Thanks for looking.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Finished Sweater!

Done done and done. I made a loom knitted hat, but don't know how to blur my granddaughter's face, so until I learn, this is it. Crocheted with the Red Heart pattern, but lengthened the sleeves and did NOT make the ugly crochet ribbing. I prefer this one.

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Liberty of Worshiping Almighty God

"The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights."

George Washington, 1789

Friday, February 9, 2018

Mindless crochet

Just something to do when it's late, but not early enough to go to sleep, or I'm waiting for Eddie to come home. It isn't for any specific baby. :)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Trying to Make This Sweater

I'm trying to make this sweater and having trouble with the sleeves:

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/fun-time-cardigan

So far I have this:


I don't know if I messed up and should have made it wider, or if I should attach at the yellow arrow and let the sleeve "rest" and sew the sleeve starting at the arrow and through to the wrist?

If this makes ANY sense to you and you have any suggestions, please enter it in the comment area. This is an old pattern with a new name, I don't remember the old name. Anyway, it's not a new pattern. Thanks for reading this.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Some Personal Thoughts about Christmas

Joy
Some are for celebrating it.

Some are against it.

For what it's worth, it's not a salvation issue, so I don't really care one way or another.

Halloween: I used to go to my bedroom, turn the AC on and watch TV and ignore anybody who came. Then I thought: This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it! So, do you know what I do? I buy candy, I buy Christian coloring books, I buy Christian bookmarks, pencils, pens, stickers. Kids might not go to other houses, but they ALWAYS come to mine. And sometimes I sing a chorus to the kids, after they sing to me. Yes, I ask them for a song. And I give the parents something, too: the Gospel of John. Why not? Why let the world hijack the day that the Lord has made? Ha! Double ha!

Christmas: So, Christ was not born in December. Many Christians know that. Probably born at the end of September or early October. God does not command us to celebrate it. However, the custom of people was that on Christmas Day, members of the church would go to their pastor's house and brings gifts of food for him and his family. Then St. Nicholas got in there at some point in history, I really DON'T care when that happened, but it certainly did.

I have two choices: Ignore the day and treat it like any other day. Or, I can celebrate the birth of my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

I choose: BOTH. It's a day like any other, because of the above, and I celebrate the culmination of the promise of God to send a Savior, God the Son. If the world wants to tell me Happy Jesus's Birthday in September, I'll say, "Yes!" And if they want to say it in December, I'll say, "Yes!" and give them a Gospel of John, too. I refuse to let somebody hijack any day of the year, whatever the celebration, and boycott "the day that the Lord has made."

In fact, I remember my son’s school, Calvary Baptist. This is their version of Jingle Bells. They used to have bells their little hands would ring, and the 4 and 5 year-olds singing it sounded very sweet:

Christmas bells, Christmas bells

Ring them out today!

Tell the world that Jesus came

To take our sins away!

So, there it is. Yeah, I'll put up some decorations, have the boys over for dinner, or whenever they show up. But here, in my house, Santa Claus has never been over, we've always had a cake and sung Happy Birthday to Jesus Christ and thanked Him for salvation through belief in Him as the Messiah, the risen Savior, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.

What's not to like?

Debaters: I don't debate. I won't argue the issue. I'm sharing my thoughts and our family history. I think a lot of us are going to be really surprised in Heaven. Some of us will be ashamed, probably most of us. I'm sure I will. But I'll be there, because I believed on the Lord Jesus Christ in 1982 and nothing can separate me from the love of God. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing at all.

Good night.
~Ambar
Joy