Saturday, December 16, 2006

CHRISTMAS CARD 2006




CHRISTIE, DAVID & NICKIE, BARB & JONATHAN

This last year has been a year of blessings and changes and we give all the glory to God Barb’s Mother went home to be with the Lord, on April 27th. She wanted to go so we
considered it a blessing. All three of her children were with her and it was an amazing time for all of us to connect! We comforted her, sang her favorite hymns, read Scripture to her, and kept her as pain free as possible. We found a station that had her kind of music. The kind where George Beverly Shea sang. It was awesome!

Barb’s son, David, married the most wonderful woman, Nicole Marie Moore, on June 24th! She is from Lansing, Michigan and the wedding was held outside at the English Inn, in their spectacular English Garden. Her father married them. Dave is employed by L-3 Communications and Nickie works as a Project Mgr for Fidelity. They live in Cincinnati. Nickie is every mother’s dream daughter-in-law!

Jonathan moved to the Denver area after working in Bolivia for two years. He had to come home due to a case of Hepatitis A. He is doing much better and we are encouraged that he now has more ups than downs. Christie lives in Wheaton and continues to work with the UK’s National Express Group – US division of Durham School Services. Barb continues to teach piano, work with Treasured Promises at Church and be involved with her small group Bible Study of 12 years.

We love you all and consider it a joy and a blessing to have you in our lives.
Merry Christmas! Love, the Watson’s

Saturday, December 02, 2006

2006 RECITAL

Another year, another piano recital! Everyone was very excited about performing this year and played beautifully. Performing were those 5 years old up to 80! This is always exhilarating for a teacher and reinforces my love for my job. I love these kids and love seeing them progress.

I have also added a new venue to my job. It's a group class called Music for Little Mozart's It provides appropriate classroom music instruction for four, five and six years old. It is a comprehensive approach to music learning that includes singing, listening, structured and expressive movement, rhythm activities, playing classroom instruments, and visual representations of notation. Each of the three books in the series includes ten lessons. Here are the children in my present session:

Sunday, October 29, 2006

WINTER & MY ROSES



The worst thing about Winter is that my Roses go into hybernation. I enjoy taking care of them so much and now have to wait for about 6 months. This year wasn't the best for blooms but I am showing you two I particularly liked. The Red ones are called FAME and the white ones ICEBERG. Fame is a very sturdy rose and lasts a long time when cut and brought indoors. Iceberg is very showy and at times blooms profusely.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

OUR FAMILY IS A CIRCLE OF STRENGTH AND LOVE, EVERY BIRTH AND UNION MAKING THE CIRCLE STRONGER




My son,David, married the most amazing gal, NICOLE MARIE, June 24th in Lansing, Michigan. She in turn, got a wonderful young man, DAVID CHRISTOPHER, for a husband!! The wedding was held at The English Inn in their spectacular English Garden. It is the crowning glory of the grounds and made for a romantic, outdoor setting for their ceremony. Nickie said it was her "Dream Wedding!"


The lovely wooded banks of the Grand River and the beautiful Pergola offered the ultimate in outdoor venues for their ceremony. Surrounded by a breath-taking white wedding garden and the symphonic sounds of the Grand River, the Pergola helped create a wonderfully memorable ceremony that her Father, Dennis Moore, performed. It was exactly what they wanted....short, to the point and meaningful, sharing the Christ Centeredness for a Christian marriage! It was emotional for everyone, as he made personal comments and exhortations about marriage.



Here is Dennis with his wife Sandy, Nickie's Mother. She is a 4th grade Teacher, and a good one too! Nickie has two Brothers, Derrick and Nathan...both awesome guys.


































Here is David's Family.

Christie, David, Barb, Jonathan

Saturday, May 06, 2006

IT STAYS HERE

'For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?' (Mark 8:36 NKJV)
When John D. Rockefeller died in 1937, it was generally accepted that he was the richest man in the world. There were an enormous amount of people at his funeral, including family, friends, and employees from his many companies. There was also a large gathering of photographers, journalists, and newspaper reporters. One young journalist caught sight of Rockefeller's chief accountant and asked him after the funeral, 'Weren't you Mr. Rockefeller's accountant?' 'Yes, I was,' he responded. 'Tell me,' the journalist continued, 'how much did he leave?' To which the accountant wryly responded, 'All of it.'
The accountant's answer proves an important point when it comes to our material possessions: whatever we gain here stays here. As the saying goes, 'You can't take it with you.' A person can have all of the world's wealth and riches, but it's only temporary. Life is rapidly passing away, and no matter how big the bank account or how valuable the vault, none of it will count in the eternal world to come.
And yet so much of our lifetime can be wasted by trying to accumulate and keep wealth. When we get caught up in what we can lay our hands on here, it's easy to let go of the eternal truths we need to steer us through this life and lead us into the next. What an unwise decision to invest in the temporal rather than the eternal. Jim Eliot profoundly pointed out, 'He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.' You can't take earthly wealth with you, but you can send it ahead by sharing and giving toward kingdom causes that have eternal value.
'But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.' (Luke 12:20–21 NKJV)
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Monday, May 01, 2006

A TEAR



Last Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 4:35 pm, my Mom went from earth to eternity to be with her savior, Jesus. She was 92. Her name was Beatrice..(she made sure you pronounced the a: ah!) Her husband, Floyd, called her "honey".

Her three children watched her die for 5 days. We comforted her, sang her favorite hymns, read Scripture to her, kept her dry and as pain free as possible. We found a station that had her kind of music. The kind where George Beverly Shea sang! It was awesome.

One of the times I read Scripture to her, she opened her eyes and was really concentrating on the words! It was a precious time.
She loved God's Word and never neglected to spend time in it. I will always have this image of her with the Bible on her lap.

My Mom loved to go to Church. She played the piano at the Churches my Dad Pastored. She diligently served with her husband for 60 years. Yup.... six zero. That's how many years they were married.

Yes, I will remember all that.
But, I will remember something else too.

One of the Nurses told us she has observed three things in a person when they are ready to die. Mottling, breathing from the chest and a tear.

If this was true, I wondered, maybe it only happened to those who are going to spend eternity apart from God.

But NO!
Right after she died, I looked and lo and behold...........
there it was....
a little pear shaped golden tear, hanging on to the edge of her right eye.
And we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she went to Heaven!!

Mom.......I cry for me.
For you I rejoice!!
I love you....now and for eternity.
And, I will see you soon.
I can't wait.

And, Mom, did you know that your Grandson, Steve and his wife Erica, had a baby girl on your birthday?! They named her Anna Grace and I'm sure they will remind her of you often, especially on May 3rd!!

If you can pray in Heaven.......pray for Me, Christie, Jonathan, David and Nickie,
Gil, Janice and Mark, Dann and David.

You have an IN!!



COMFORT FROM GOD'S WORD




2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (The Message)

“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.”



John 14:1-6, 27 (New Living Translation)

“Don't be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father's home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know where I am going and how to get there. “No, we don't know, Lord," Thomas said. "We haven't any idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid”



1 Peter 1:3-6

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”



2 Corinthians 5:1-5 (The Message)

“For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we'll never have to relocate our "tents" again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what's coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we're tired of it! We've been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what's ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we'll never settle for less.”



Psalm 34:17-18 (New Living Translation)

“The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.”



Psalm 46:1” (New Living Translation)

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”



Psalm 121:1-2 (New Living Translation)

“I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made the heavens and the earth!


OTHER LINKS

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

TWO KINGS




Spring is my absolute favorite time of the year! To see which plants made it through the winter is very exciting! I love getting my hands in the dirt and help them poke their way back into a different year! It is exhiliarating for me. Last year I got interested in Roses! My neighbor, Mary Mehaffey is largely to be credited with this. She has at least 50 bushes of all varieties. She has walked me through all the stages from thinking, buying, planting, pruning and enjoying! She recently subscribed me to the Americal Rose Society and this just makes my mouth water! It is said that "a rose is a rose is a rose" They are the King of all flowers as far as I'm concerned, in more ways that one. As I was pruning off the dead branches yesterday, and repeatedly getting stabbed by those ugly, sharp thorns, I was again reminded how much Jesus suffered for me! I just can't imagine having them shoved into my head. King of Kings! What love! I am going to try to find thornless roses to work with because I'm not into pain. I will post my most beautiful specimens. Right now I have 6 bushes but hope to expand this number considerably. A Quote : A life with love will have some thorns. But a life without love will have NO roses ...(author unknown)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

ROOMIES




This past year two more people have joined my life!

Maza is from Ethiopia and rents a room from me. She is a sweetheart and very easy to live with.

Then in December, my son David proposed to his sweetie of 3 years! She said YES! and we all feel so blessed to have Nickie in our lives. I, however, am the most blessed because she lives with me!!
Another easy-to-live with gal. They are getting married June 24th, Lord willing. The wedding will be at an English Inn so it should be quite lovely! .

David works for Oracle, teaching SQL and Nickie is a Math teacher.

OK.....I'm going to upload some pictures.