Sunday, April 13, 2008

Jesus Loves Me

In Memory

Lynda Michelle Frein

11/14/77 - 4/13/00

Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.

Jesus loves me! This I know,
As He loved so long ago,
Taking children on His knee,
Saying, “Let them come to Me.”

Jesus loves me when I'm good,
When I do the things I should,
Jesus loves me when I'm bad,
Though it makes Him very sad.

Jesus loves me still today,
Walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live.

Jesus loves me! He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

Jesus loves me! Loves me still
Tho' I'm very weak and ill;
That I might from sin be free
Bled and died upon the tree.

Jesus loves me! He will stay
Close beside me all the way;
Thou hast bled and died for me,
I will henceforth live for Thee.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Saturday Scrapping

My personal sunshine is coming out along with the real thing. My motivation and creativity are returning! Today I made two small cards for sisters. They are only 4x6 inches so there isn't a lot of room to work with extra photos and embellishments, although it is amazing how much one can fit in a small area. Both are actually the same colors, but the second was taken under a florescent light and the first is natural sunlight.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


The most important thing in communication
is to hear what isn't being said.
Peter Drucker (1909-2005)

Although this may have been said by a management writer, I see the application of it daily working with my residents with Alzheimer's disease. In communicating with them I very seldom take what they verbalize as the whole of what they are attempting to communicate. Much of the time verbalization taken alone would have no meaning. One must watch every aspect of the resident to fully understand the message. Many of our residents have some type of aphasia. So what the brain is telling the tongue to say is not the same thing that is actually said. If I were to only listen to the words, no communication would happen and we would both become very frustrated. By observing mannerisms and posture, I can find a context for the communication. Then by using cues from the environment, I can further deduce what the resident is attempting to tell me. Often a letter received or something heard in passing can lead to a thought that one is unable to communicate. I find the more I know about a person’s life history and personality, the easier it is to read between the words. So before anyone moves into our home, I do a through assessment not only of their needs, but also of their life story. By being observant we can communicate needs and desires without necessarily having the correct words.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

This Little Light of Mine

For a while I posted a hymn every Sunday. I really like remembering the lyrics to some of my favorites from through the years. So, I’m going to try to keep it up again. This week’s is one that we sung often as children—complete with all the hand motions.

This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel, NO!
I'm gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel?
No! I'm gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Won't let Satan blow it out,
I'm gonna let it shine.
Won't let Satan blow it out;
I'm gonna let it shine.
Won't let Satan blow it out;
I'm gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Let it shine 'till Jesus comes,
I'm gonna let it shine.
Let it shine till Jesus comes,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine till Jesus comes,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Music & Lyrics by: Harry Dixon Loes (1892-1965) A Baptist church musician

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Getting Bigger

The puppies are getting bigger. Since we got them Indy has gained 1.25 lbs and is now 8 lbs. Han has gained .5 lbs and is now 5 lbs. Even though Han is the smaller, as the elder he has taken his place at the head of the pack. They are learning to sit and to not go under the dining table at meals. They love our residents and often get up on their laps and beg for petting. They greet all visitors (often quietly) and expect their due attention. They both love to be held and sit on us as you can see in the picture. Whenever Jeff is sitting down one can find Indy on his shoulder. Friday afternoon, Han was looking over my shoulder watching Jeff work in the kitchen. We are really enjoying them (other than an odd pain in Jeff's neck) and they definately help us miss Casey less.

Friday, April 04, 2008

The Bad Day Golfing...

is better than a good day at work!

And yesterday was not a bad day golfing. It was actually some of the best golf I have played ever. Do keep that in perspective though. It was still really bad golf. The new clubs did help and I really like the 460 cc driver. For me, a good day is not doubling par on any hole. Thursday, I didn’t double par on any hole, but I didn’t get any pars either. However, I did birdie! So, if you were at Meriwether Golf Course on Thursday afternoon and saw a crazy person jumping for joy on the South course’s 8th green, it was me. I hit a 6 iron off the tee at 125 yards onto the green for a long birdie putt. I read the green right even though it looked like it wasn’t going to drop at first. The ball rolled around the hole to the back then slowly dropped off the lip and in the cup. So, it was a great day of golfing!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Quote of the Day

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

~P. J. O'Rourke

And that is why the market was intended to be free. Why is it my responsibility to bail out home buyers and other people who made poor choices? When we purchased our current home to start our business, we went out on a limb. We could have lost everything. But it was our decision to make and our responsibility to make payments. We would not have expected anyone to bail us out. And no one should bail us out if we fail. It was our choice therefore our responsibility.