Wednesday, October 31, 2012

We got it all done

Our scheduled tasks for yesterday were completed successfully and we are glad.  It was a busy morning and afternoon but everything was accomplished.  Today promises to be another big day and we will tell about it in tomorrow's blog. The rains persist here but we live on high ground so are not plagued like others in the lowlands. It really does make a difference where your house is built. Thank you friends for praying.  

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Property taxes

We had not planned a trip to town but I remembered that our taxes are due.  We will combine that trip with other stops to get some essentials before returning to Ferndale for an afternoon appointment with the chiropractor.  Yesterday we did quite a bit more on our Brazil book deal.  Margie proof read several articles that I wrote.  At some point we are going to have to call it quits and then get serious about getting the book published. The title of the book is important and we haven't got a brainstorm on that one yet. Thank you for praying about all this.  We appreciate it. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Much rain

Sitting in my office I can hear the heavy rain.  Our summer was so special and now the rains.  It's all Okay and in God's plan.  We are grateful Margie slept well.  We were blessed to be able to attend church yesterday and have our son and grandson join us at our home for lunch.  Today I have a dental appointment. Margie has started listening to the letters I recorded (thanks to software that reads the letters we wrote to our folks years ago).  This information will help as we conclude our book on Brazil.  We thank you for the prayer support. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Church today

We look forward to this day when we can attend services at our church.  For years Margie was not able to attend Sunday School and the Worship service but now enjoys both.  We are thankful. Our son and grandson are here with us and I just made a latte for each one.  We will spend a quiet afternoon here at home, listening and watching programs on the radio and TV.  Thanks again for praying. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bible Class

The Bible Class was well attended yesterday. If any more come, we will move to the dining room of the Center.  That would be good.  As usual we had a busy day and even made an unplanned trip to town.  As always, it was good to be back home.  Our son, Rawlie arrived around 7:30 PM and we had a nice visit.  Due to illness and remodelling problems we hadn't seen him for about 3 weeks.  Thanks for keeping us in your prayers,  It is appreciated. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

One day at a time

Margie is getting over a cold that was accompanied with a nagging cough. We pray she is at the end of that process.  She plans on attending the Bible Class with me this morning.  She also went to prayer meeting last night for she is not in the contagious stage of this ordeal. She had a good night last night once the bodily pains were attended to.  We thank you for your prayer support

Thursday, October 25, 2012

On the move

Yesterday Margie had a physical therapy session in Lynden, WA and after that a doctor's appointment.  We had lunch between the two then went home.  We managed to work in washing drying and ironing clothes and some house cleaning also.  Margie is doing a lot more these days and no longer I have to do it all.  Thanks for your faithfulness to us in prayer. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Another busy day

Margie has two appointments today which will keep us on the road and in the offices for the good part of the morning.  Yesterday we had a quiet day at home.  I kept busy, and so did Margie with paperwork and other important matters.  I was able to record several letters with our software so Margie can listen to it and help with suggestions for our Brazil book.  Margie had a pretty good night and we thank you for praying. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hard start - smooth sailing

Margie had trouble getting to sleep but then did well the rest of the night.  Yesterday Margie had a medical appointment in the morning so we took advantage of it to get some shopping done while in town.  We were home by 12:30 and had a good afternoon at home. I downloaded a temporary program to help me scan to OCR some of the letters we wrote years ago to our folks when we were missionaries in Brazil.  Margie will review (listen) to those letters on the other software I installed, that "reads" the letters back in a nice woman's voice.  This way Margie can do the research for ideas for our book on Brazil.  Thanks to each of you for your prayer support.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Quiet day

Except for the trip to church in the morning, we had a nice quiet day, reading and watching Christian programs on the TV at home.  I am also working on a system for Margie to review our journal without having to read them.  I have researched several possibilities and now have more than 25 letters in digital format which are fed into a text to speech program and all she has to do is "listen" to the journals.  It makes it much better for her because of her eye condition.  Thankfully last night Margie had a good night.  We are leaving this morning for an appointment she has in Bellingham.  Thanks for your prayers.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thoughtful son

Our son and grandson were scheduled to be at our house this weekend.  Rawlie developed a cold and decided not to come.  He did not want to expose Margie.  It was thoughtful  of him.  Margie and I together this time prepared stuffed peppers for their arrival.  We froze them and will enjoy them on his next trip here.  Margie had a good night.  She is still suffering reactions to whatever was in the gluten free bread we recently purchased. She took an allergy medicine which got her through the night.  Thanks for your prayers.  

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bible Study Class

The third Bible Study Class was held yesterday with a good attendance.  It is encouraging to have those interested in this study, attend the class. You are welcome to drop by and see what a good time we have.  Friday morning at 10 AM at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center.  Margie and I kept busy the rest of the day around the house taking care of things that needed our attention.  We had another good night last night. Thanks for praying

Friday, October 19, 2012

Grateful for a good night

We are very thankful for a good night after having two that were not very pleasant.Sleep is vital to one's health and we do not take for granted this fact. We look forward to the Bible class this morning at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center.  It is a joy to teach the book of James.  Our family should be coming today and it will be good to see them after a two week absence from Ferndale.  We don't take YOU for granted and thank you again for our prayers for us. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Our car had regular maintenance and some other things done to it yesterday.  The water pump was replaced, rear end brakes and all the other checkpoints they do on maintenance day. We used a loaner van to get Margie to the physical therapist in Lynden. We made it through the day even though tiredness was evident due to the sleepless night before. We are glad last night was a little better than the other one.   Thanks for remembering us in prayer.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Allergic reaction

Margie had a medical appointment in the morning so we took advantage of the trip to shop.  We were home by noon and it was nice to have the afternoon free for other duties we wanted to get done.  We discovered a new gluten free  bread which Margie could eat but unfortunately it backfired on her during the night and the allergic reaction was not good.  We both made it through the night but with a lot of sleeplessness on the way.  Someone else will eat the bread, that's for sure.  We appreciate the prayer support our friends give us. It means a lot to us. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Yesterday Margie baked some special cookies, very delicious and worked on organizing the shopping list for our trip into town this morning.  She has an appointment and we will take advantage of this to pick up some items nearby.  The rains subsided and bright sunshine appeared for a good part of the day.  It was nice.  We are rejoicing in Margie's better days.  Thanks for praying.  The Lord is answering. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Quiet Sunday

We had a nice time both in Sunday School and the morning service at our church.  Margie has been unable to attend both for a long time but now is starting again.  The afternoon was leisurely spent watching and listening on TV and radio to messages, and reading. We have no commitments for appointments today which is unusual and we are glad. By the appearance of my study, I think I better do some "house cleaning" today.  Thanks for your prayer support.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Misc projects

Our time yesterday was spent doing miscellaneous projects.  Margie had a "ton" of papers she wanted to go through and sort. She got it all done.  I helped a little by making another "set" of stuffed peppers.  Our family loves them.  I learned to make them when Margie was in the hospital.  I also received the new photo sensors for front porch lights that allow us to use CFL florescent bulbs.  I got them all fined tuned thanks to my brother Harold's help.who lives in Anchorage.  Google Talk enables us to communicate as much as we desire and the connection is as good as a phone. Margie had a wonderful night and thanks you all for your prayers.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Bible Class

We were pleased when all the chairs were taken in the Bible Class yesterday and another table was set up to accommodate those who
came a little later.  We remember when we had this same class about 14 years ago  before we started working with Shepherds Ministry.  What a joy to go teach the book of James. At home after the class Margie made sauce from rhubarb, plums and nectarines.  Very delicious. A slight rain came to our county - the first time in 80 days, we are told.  That's quite a dry spell for this part of the country. Our son will not be up this weekend because their dryer went out and they are shopping for another today.  Thanks dear friends for praying for us.  

Friday, October 12, 2012

On the move

We are grateful we can be busy around the house, doing things that need to be done.  Margie is taking a larger part of this now.  I tell her I should be doing this or that, and she just says she wants to do it.  The Lord has helped her so much and we thank Him for His touch upon her.  Thank you for praying.  Today we are going to the Senior Center Bible Class here in Ferndale.  I am glad I can have this ministry. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Physical Therapy

Margie had another physical therapy session for her right shoulder.  Her surgery was May 8 and she is doing very well in therapy. All say she is doing okay.  She does her "homework" also by going through a routine daily here at home.   It has paid off that's for sure.  Our day yesterday was very busy because in the afternoon we both had dental appointments.  And because we have had surgeries, it is law that we take antibiotics before each dental appointment.  So this plus other chores at home kept us pretty well busy until bedtime.  We will be on the go again today also.  Thanks for our prayers,

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Quite a schedule

We had a busy schedule yesterday, stopping or shopping at 12 different places throughout the day.  That should be enough to tire anyone out.  Margie did fabulously well. At some stores she stayed in the car and I did the shopping.  That worked out very well. We had not been in Bellingham for necessary shopping in a long time. Today we are off to Margie's physical  therapy in Lynden, WA and back to Ferndale for dental work.  We are grateful for your faithful prayer support.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Appointment & shopping

I am taking Margie to another appointment this morning then we have several things we must pick up at stores in town. The weather change this morning to fog and cool breeze reminds us winter may be on the way.  Margie slept well, awakened early and was ahead of me in getting up. That is a switch. Your daily prayers for us are being answered and we are truly grateful. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Slept well

Margie had a good night.  Today we will be busy taking care of some legal matters and for the rest of the week she has several appointments with doctors, etc.  There is never a dull moment and I guess that is good.  The weather here is unbelievable.  The warm days just keep coming.  We are amazed. I remember before our Brazil days, I painted houses here in Ferndale and can recall painting in the month of November.  It looks like we are returning to those days this year. We never tire of thanking you for your prayers. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Last Sunday of Missions Conference

We are looking forward to the Missions Conference at our church today.  This is the third week and it is always a blessing to hear the missionaries give reports of their ministry on the field. Rawlie and his family were with us yesterday for lunch and it was a delight having them here.  Margie did well yesterday and last night and we are thankful.  Equally thankful are we to YOU who pray. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Senior Center Bible Class

I had the privilege of starting the Bible class after being away for several years when we worked with Shepherds. The gentleman who led it had to give it up due to poor eyesight.  Our first class yesterday filled all the chairs in the room we use at the Center.  They are going to rearrange things to get more chairs in for next Friday. It was special for me because Margie went with me and will be helping in the class with roll call, paper work, etc.  Our son and grandson arrived last night to spend the weekend with us while working on one of their rentals here in Ferndale.  It is always nice to have them.  And it is wonderful that Margie is feeling well.  Thank you for praying. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

On the go

Margie has done very well these last two days since her "setback".  We are grateful to the Lord for her improvement day by day.  She had an appointment yesterday and that went well.  She had her hair done in the morning.  Today is the start of the Bible class that we both attend and I am the teacher.  Thanks dear friends for your help in prayer. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

PHysical Therapy

Yesterday Margie started her physical therapy again.  She had used all here allowed sessions and we were awaiting a  new request from her orthopedist.  That is now in place and she is happy with the Lynden facility where she has had therapy for years.  Margie had a good night and we are praising the Lord no more seizures plagued her last night.  Thanks so much for praying. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Need for prayer

Since Margie's hospitalization and subsequent allergy testing, she has had fabulous days.  They all came crashing down last night when she had 3 serious seizures in a row.  On the first I called 911 and they were aware of our needs.  Please pray. We need it and appreciate all you have done for us already in this. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


We are pleased Margie is getting good rest each night.  Yesterday she prepared our lunch using a self-made gluten free recipe. It was good.  She also lined up dental appointments for us.  She made another appointment for a test the doctor ordered.  We keep busy even though retired.  I am also putting the final touches to my new ministry of teaching the Ferndale Senior Activity Center Bible Class which starts Oct 5 at 10 AM. We are looking forward to this. 
Thanks dear friends for your prayer support.  k

Monday, October 1, 2012

Missions Conference

We attended Sunday School and morning service yesterday and were blessed by John Sircar's presentation of the ministry in Bangladesh.  We were impressed with all the Lord has allowed him to do in that needy mission field.  We were blessed to have our son and grandson here for lunch yesterday.  Gina and the other two grandchildren returned to Stanwood earlier.  Margie continues to feel well, for which we are so thankful.  Thanks for praying.