Jimmy Isle sang a song called Billy Boy back in 1959. The song was actually written back in 1912 as a traditional folk song and nursery rhyme. (Just in case you wonder how old the woman is who cannot leave her mother is; she is 85.) Our grandson Billy turns two today! I added some photos of him to the song. I would like to Wish Billy a Happy Birthday and many more happy and good years.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
I have been blessed with many good jobs, good co-workers and so many good memories.. I have many nicknames mainly from co-workers. I have had- "Brew Ha", "Mayor", Denise (when I was a kid and being teased), and "Rubber Ball" in a previous job. Just last week someone said my new glasses make me look like Clark Kent (superman)- but that was a comment, not a nickname. We don't choose our nicknames, and Luckily nicknames have not stuck. Some of you may remember this early 1961 hit by Bobbie Vee- called Rubber Ball-it was his first real hit that launched him internationally For my going away party the co-workers all signed a rubber ball for me.....I am so thankful for my friends.
The worst job I ever had was as a forensicologist for the United Nations. One time I thought I'd come across the mass grave of a thousand snowmen, but it turns out it was just a field of carrots.
Once I pulled a job, I was so stupid. I picked a guys pocket on an airplane and made a run for it.
When you go in for a job interview, I think a good thing to ask is, if they ever press charges?
Sunday, April 19, 2015
I would like to wish my brother "Happy Birthday". We have had such good memories growing up and him being my big brother- all the way from winters in North Dakota, helping him on his morning paper route in Tacoma, picking strawberries in Puyullup, his many cars and motorcyles he has owned, his dog Tiny, the mobile home in Delano, moving his mobile home in Coulee Dam, vacations together both in Canada and North Dakota,.... I could go on and on- they may not mean anything to you, but they turn to Gold when I remember them. Here are some photos that may jog your memory of Tim as well. Happy Birthday Tim. I thank God for You.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
It seems only yesterday, Janice and I were married in Coulee Dam. We have so many good memories that are turning to Gold. I am so thankful for Janice putting up with me. I am so blessed having Janice as my best friend and helpmate. I am thankful for the many examples we had to follow, and the support, prayers and teaching we have had along the way. I am thankful that God ordained and created marriage between one man and one woman. This video was made a few years ago and the article below reminds us that no two people are truly compatible. It takes work and I owe so much to Jan for this Day of Celebration. You Are So Beautiful and I Love You so Much. Happy Anniversary Janice.
In generations past, there was far less talk about “compatibility” and finding the ideal soul-mate. Today we are looking for someone who accepts us as we are and fulfills our desires, and this creates an unrealistic set of expectations that frustrates both the searchers and the searched for.
In John Tierney’s classic humor article “Picky, Picky, Picky” he tries nobly to get us to laugh at the impossible situation our culture has put us in. He recounts many of the reasons his single friends told him they had given up on their recent relationships:
“She mispronounced ‘Goethe.’”
“How could I take him seriously after seeing The Road Less Traveled on his bookshelf?”
“If she would just lose seven pounds.”
“Sure, he’s a partner, but it’s not a big firm. And he wears those short black socks.”
“Well, it started out great ... beautiful face, great body, nice smile. Everything was going fine—until she turned around.” He paused ominously and shook his head. ”... She had dirty elbows.”
In other words, some people in our culture want too much out of a marriage partner. They do not see marriage as two flawed people coming together to create a space of stability, love and consolation, a “haven in a heartless world,” as Christopher Lasch describes it. Rather, they are looking for someone who will accept them as they are, complement their abilities and fulfill their sexual and emotional desires. This will indeed require a woman who is “a novelist/astronaut with a background in fashion modeling,” and the equivalent in a man. A marriage based not on self-denial but on self-fulfillment will require a low- or no-maintenance partner who meets your needs while making almost no claims on you. Simply put—today people are asking far too much in the marriage partner.
You never marry the right person
The Bible explains why the quest for compatibility seems to be so impossible. As a pastor I have spoken to thousands of couples, some working on marriage-seeking, some working on marriage-sustaining and some working on marriage-saving. I’ve heard them say over and over, “Love shouldn’t be this hard, it should come naturally.” In response I always say something like: “Why believe that? Would someone who wants to play professional baseball say, ‘It shouldn’t be so hard to hit a fastball’? Would someone who wants to write the greatest American novel of her generation say, ‘It shouldn’t be hard to create believable characters and compelling narrative’?” The understandable retort is: “But this is not baseball or literature. This is love. Love should just come naturally if two people are compatible, if they are truly soul-mates. “
The Christian answer to this is that no two people are compatible. Duke University Ethics professor Stanley Hauerwas has famously made this point:
Destructive to marriage is the self-fulfillment ethic that assumes marriage and the family are primarily institutions of personal fulfillment, necessary for us to become "whole" and happy. The assumption is that there is someone just right for us to marry and that if we look closely enough we will find the right person. This moral assumption overlooks a crucial aspect to marriage. It fails to appreciate the fact that we always marry the wrong person.
We never know whom we marry; we just think we do. Or even if we first marry the right person, just give it a while and he or she will change. For marriage, being [the enormous thing it is] means we are not the same person after we have entered it. The primary challenge of marriage is learning how to love and care for the stranger to whom you find yourself married.
Hauerwas gives us the first reason that no two people are compatible for marriage, namely, that marriage profoundly changes us. But there is another reason. Any two people who enter into marriage are spiritually broken by sin, which among other things means to be self-centered—living life incurvatus in se. As author Denis de Rougemont said, “Why should neurotic, selfish, immature people suddenly become angels when they fall in love ... ?” That is why a good marriage is more painfully hard to achieve than athletic or artistic prowess. Raw, natural talent does not enable you to play baseball as a pro or write great literature without enduring discipline and enormous work. Why would it be easy to live lovingly and well with another human being in light of what is profoundly wrong within our human nature? Indeed, many people who have mastered athletics and art have failed miserably at marriage. So the biblical doctrine of sin explains why marriage—more than anything else that is good and important in this fallen world—is so painful and hard.
No false choices
The reason that marriage is so painful and yet wonderful is because it is a reflection of the Gospel, which is painful and wonderful at once. The Gospel is—we are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared to believe, and at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope. This is the only kind of relationship that will really transform us. Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it. God’s saving love in Christ, however, is marked by both radical truthfulness about who we are and yet also radical, unconditional commitment to us. The merciful commitment strengthens us to see the truth about ourselves and repent. The conviction and repentance moves us to cling to and rest in God’s mercy and grace.
The hard times of marriage drive us to experience more of this transforming love of God. But a good marriage will also be a place where we experience more of this kind of transforming love at a human level.
Excerpt from THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE © 2011 by Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller. Published by Dutton, A Member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Excerpted with permission from the publisher. All Rights Reserved.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Let's face it, I am not the smartest on knowing Disney Characters. I made this video several years ago to a song called Cinderella, with photos of Caitlyn. We always have had so much fun- whether it be playing barbies, dress up, wrestling, hot tubbing, riding a trolley, legos, beads, coloring books, tic tac toe, or maybe even shopping or baking- I want to let her be Cinderella as long as she can, and both of us can be little for one more day. Time moves so fast and many of those things she has outgrown already! I think she is growing up and I am still the child.
Q: What kind of vehicles do Disney characters drive?
A: Minnie Vans!
Q: What's Minnie's favorite thing to wear?A: A Minnie-skirt.
Q: What did snow white say when her photos weren't ready yet?
A: Some Day My Prints Will come
Q: Why was Cinderella so very bad at soccer?
A: Because she was always running away from the ball, kept losing her shoes, and she had a pumpkin for a coach!
Monday, April 6, 2015
One week ago today, we were catching a 4am shuttle to airport to fly home, after we visited California Adventures/Disneyland park for 3 fun days. There were ten in our group, I am not sure who enjoyed it most or who was most worn out- but we all had the time of our life. I added a few clips of our 2 year old Billy enjoying the parade in California Adventures on March 27th. I added them to the Disney song called "The Tine of Your Life. It really was a fun time by all and so thankful for Darcie and Laura allowing us to join them on their vacation as well as Journey Travel for help and advice.
Where is Hank?
Dec. 25th, 2014 when we told the Kids about the trip
Sunday, April 5, 2015
It was 7 years ago today we experienced a house fire. It was around 1;15pm, I was in rear bedroom playing games (Chutes and Ladders) and giving the grandkids a quiet time. Jan, Darcie and Caitlyn had gone shopping in Cashmere. There was a knock on the door- a couple teens asked “Mr., Did you know your house is on fire?” I am grateful for those teens- I got my two grandkids out- yelled for someone to call 911 and waited for firemen. Actually, I did try to save the computer, but quickly gave up as smoke and noise rose. I do regret not closing more doors as I exited. I tried to reach the fire with a hose, but it was too short and fire too hot. This reminds me of what is important in life, and also reminds me of the many good people who helped us and we met. Pemco Insurance and France and Company were so good to us- six months to the day we moved back in same house. My daughter and her husband let us stay in their camper which was not only close to the house, but allowed us to visit with grandkids which helped all of us. Our family at Wenatchee First Assembly of God bent over backwards to help, my co-workers were so understanding, and our faith in God gave us strength we needed. I would like to pause and give thanks again for all who helped us 7 years ago today and afterwards. I certainly do not know what tomorrow holds for you or I. Shortly after the fire I made this video from a Bill/Gloria Gaither song called "Because He Lives, I can face tomorrow".. I think they wrote that song over 50 years ago and I first heard it as a child in North Dakota. God has never failed me. 0ur pastor reminded us that Immanuel means, "God with us." If you are having a tough time, do not give up! Don't be Afraid! Luke 1:37 is underlined in my Bible and reads, "God Can Do Everything. Because he Lives- I can face tomorrow.
These Four students took time to stop and tell me our house was on fire.
A few of the many cards from friends we received.
Darcie let us stay in her camper for six months- what a blessing!
We had a memorial service for our bird "Tica" who died in the fire.
The Cat was ok and had gone downstairs under the bed.
Friday, April 3, 2015
I have been to Disneyland only three times in my life- last week Darcie allowed us to Join her family on a quick 4 day trip to Disneyland. There were ten of us total traveling down together and staying at the Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel. First day was spent at California Adventures and final two days at Disneyland. We were treated to a Medieval Times Dinner Theatre on Sunday afternoon. Monday we had separate flights until we got to Seattle and then flew home together. I added some photos to the Disney song from Toy Story called You Got a Friend. I hope it brings back memories of your trip(s) to Disneyland as well or reminds you that you have a friend in me.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Three years ago today we got away for a short overnight vacation to Raptor Reef Water park. It's an indoor waterpark in Courdelane, Idaho and a tradition. We spent the night in Spokane at Quality Inn Downtown and then visited Chuck E cheese in the Valley on Sunday Night. Monday was a blast at the waterpark even with the extra spring break kids. we are so blessed to have such great getaways within driving distance like Raptor Reef and Silverwood and to have several great parks in our own towns. I think this was the first winter we did not make it to Raptor Reef in 5 years- Maybe this winter we can?
An old geezer, who had been a retired farmer for a long time, became very bored and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said:Dr. Geezer'ss clinic. "Get your treatment for $500, if not cured get back $1,000."
Doctor "Young," who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000.
So he went to Dr. Geezer'ss clinic.
This is what transpired.
Dr. Young: --- "Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth." can you please help me ??
Dr. Geezer: --- "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth."
Dr. Geezer: --- "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth."
Dr. Young: --- Aaagh !! -- "This is Gasoline!"
Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $500."
Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.
Dr Young: "I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything."
Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth."
Doctor Young: "Oh no you don't, -- that is Gasoline!"
Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back. That will be $500."
Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.
Dr. Young: "My eyesight has become weak --- I can hardly see !!!!
Dr. Geezer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so -- " Here's your $1000 back."
Dr. Young: "But this is only $500..."
Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500."
Moral of story -- Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can outsmart an old "Geezer " !!!!
Happy April Fools Day 2015