Friday, June 30, 2023

Things I Learned This Week

 Did you know . . .

Silas helped Peter write the book of I Peter?  (See I Peter 5:12 NIV - KJV calls him Silvanus (Greek name))

This is a picture of a tardigrade:


Tardigrades, also known as water bears, can live 30 years without water!  It is only about the size of a grain of salt or the period at the end of a sentence.  I first heard of this creature at the soccer camp I helped with this week.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Looking Forward to Soccer Camp at The Church at West Creek

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings this week, The Church at West Creek is sponsoring a mini soccer camp for ages 5-13.  I am looking forward to helping with this especially because it will be my first children's ministry experience at this church.  I am kind of anxious to see how this one compares to the other sports camp experiences I've had at Parma Heights Baptist Church.  

Most of the campers are from the community and are pre-registered.  We are expecting 30 - 40 kids so check-in time is only 10 minutes.  They can start kicking the ball around as soon as they are checked in and then they'll be divided into two groups as evenly as possible by age.  Each day they'll have about 40 minutes to do four different drills.  At 7:00 they will get a light meal and a devotional with a gospel presentation.  After that, they will have a scrimmage game for about 20 minutes before pickup time at 8:00 p.m.  

I will be helping with set-up, registration and the meal so right there my role is different than in the past.  This camp is evening instead of morning or afternoon, and it's only three days instead of five days.  Obviously, it's only the one sport as opposed to 4-6 sports going on all at once.  They don't have any giveaways, but give the kids a meal instead of just snacks.  Everyone will be together for the devotional time.  The rain plan is to play in the rain as long as it's not thundering or lightening.  The forecast looks good though so hopefully it will be dry!  I think it will be a great time!  Still time to register ahead at

What are you looking forward to?     

Related Posts About Previous Sport Camp Experiences you might enjoy:

We Need a Vacation to Recover from Vacation

Soccer is Harder Than I Thought

Sunday Sharing:  How To Avoid Becoming Useless

On Vacation--Sports Camp

Being Flexible

Things I Learned This Week of Sports Camp

Share a Photo That Best Represents Your June

Sunday, June 25, 2023

How God Saved Me and What Difference It Made

On Sunday, May 28, 2023, I officially became a member at The Church at West Creek.  They asked that I share with them my testimony of how God saved me, which I wrote out as the Pastor suggested, and I'd like to share it with my blog readers as well.  Three of us joined the same day.  We were asked to step out of the members' meeting and the Pastor shared some about us.  When we came back in everyone applauded and I never felt so welcome in my life!  Below is the testimony I shared that day:

I grew up attending the Brooklyn Christian & Missionary Alliance church regularly since I was about 2 years old until March of 2000 when my husband and I switched to Parma Heights Baptist.  When I was about 7 years old, on an Easter Sunday in Sunday School, the lesson was on “Who Killed Jesus?”.  I realized I killed Jesus; because of my sin  (Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:8-9), he died and rose from the dead (Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9 & 10; I Corinthians 15:3-4), taking the punishment I deserved so I could be in heaven with God someday  (John 3:16, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Romans 6:23, I Peter 3:18).  That day, I experienced God’s amazing love for me, a shy little girl, and that all he wanted from me was my love and to live my life for Him.  So, I prayed silently during that class and asked Jesus to forgive me and come into my heart and save me.  I trusted Jesus Christ to be my personal Savior that day and became a follower of Jesus (John 1:12, Romans 10:13, I John 1:9, I John 5:11-13, Revelation 3:20).  I did it again before I went to bed that night just to make sure.  Right away I had a purpose in life--to please Jesus and live for Him (Matthew 7:21; II Corinthians 5:15, 17, 18; Galatians 2:20)!  

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Two Things I Learned This Week

 Did you know that . . .

(1) You should never throw cold water or put a wet towel on the back of an overheated dog?  Instead, first give lukewarm water to drink, then cool the soles of the feet and chest/lower abdomen with a damp towel. Then put the dog in the shade on a damp towel!! (Source: Facebook post by Cathy Moore)

(2 ) Washing clothes in cold water is just as effective as getting them clean with warm or hot water. Also, is cheaper and better for your clothes. (Source: WKYC news on 6/18/23)

Please leave a comment sharing something you learned this week.

Friday, June 23, 2023

Feline Friday--Watch a Video of Life With Bear

Below is a video Bear and I made together about a year ago to show what his life is now like after being sprung from the shelter.

So, what do you think about Bear's life now?  Please leave your comment below.  Bear is eager to see them!

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Joining in Feline Friday sponsored by Messymimi's meanderings.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Let's Try This Again--Bloodwork Take 2!

I put on My Grumpy Old Bear
shirt and did a FB post
Any Medical appointment stresses me out and our annual checkup is no exception.  Yesterday, the technician tried three times to take my blood with no success before giving up.  Not only that, but it hurt too!  She blew two veins and made a scratch on my hand when she yanked it out.  Then, she put a stretchy bandage on my arm and hand so I couldn't even move my arm much.  I took those off as soon as I got home and replaced it with normal band-aids.  I missed playing pickleball because of this appointment so I wasn't happy to begin with, but this got me mad because now I have to try again today at the lab at UH Hospital so have to fast again!  I gave thanks to God that this is my biggest problem, compared to what other people go through, this really is no big deal--actually just a huge inconvenience.

Fortunately, I am also thankful that: 

(1) UH Hospital is very close to my house.

(2) Their lab for bloodwork opens at 6:30 a.m. so I drank 4.5 bottles water after I got up and arrived at 6:33.  I was back home at 7:03 and ate breakfast--Yay!  

(3) I didn't have to wait long at all. 

(4) The Lab person was sympathetic and nice about having to do extra work by calling my doctor's office for a new order because the technician there screwed up and put the labels on the bottles before actually getting the blood.  Consequently, it showed as already being done in the system.

(5)  She got blood expertly on the first try without any problem; moreover, it didn't hurt at all!  Not even a little when she put in the needle.

(6) The whole experience gave me a blog post.

4 1/2 Empty Bottles before 6:30 a.m.
They say it helps to drink water before the blood draw so I drank tons of water this morning before I left, even more than the 2 1/2 that I drank yesterday.  I wanted to do whatever, to be sure they could get it this second try.

This is not the first time this happened.  It happened once to my husband and once to me before so next year, I will ask the doctor for the order and go right to UH that same day to get the blood drawn by the experts there.  Since that's what they do all day, they are way better at it!

Thus, my verse of the day is I Thessalonians 5:18 which says:  In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  

Related posts you might like:

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Come on Over!

Friends from the Sr. Center, Gary, Phillis and Mary Ellen

It's been quite awhile since we had company.  Before I got married, I used to have the youth group from church over every week just to hang out after the Sunday night service, but that was a very long time ago.  A few weeks ago, the sermon at church was on I Peter 4:7-11 which included a verse on hospitality which says:  Welcome people into your home and don't grumble about it. (contemporary English version)  The NIV puts it this way:  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

I tried to think of who I could invite to come.  The Sr. Center would be closed for Juneteenth, Monday, June 19, which is normally when a group gathers for Pinochle.  I thought I could manage that size group, the most we ever had was 16, but normally it's been running 12 or fewer.  The Friday before, I invited everyone to come play at my house that day hoping that at least two would come.  Actually, three came so we were able to play 4-handed on the front porch which was nice because it was a warm, sunny day with a slight breeze.  My husband was kind enough to take our picture and we had a nice afternoon together.  

I hope to have this again some time and maybe some more could make it.  I'm trying to come up with what other small groups I could invite to come.  Leave a comment below telling how you show hospitality and who you invite to your home.  

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Switching Churches Can Be Refreshing

Brooklyn C&MA

Over time, things change, including churches.  I grew up in this church, got married in it, and served the Lord for many years in Hobby Club, as a Sunday School teacher, Youth Director, AWANA worker, Bowling League secretary and Church Secretary. We left the Brooklyn Christian & Missionary Alliance church because every week something seemed to bother me.  I came home upset and at times, even angry.  This should not be!  It was hard to leave but was time to try somewhere else.  

          PHBC is so sprawled out, I couldn't get the whole thing in one shot!

Since my sister attended PHBC, we tried there first and stayed.  When we first started attending Parma Heights Baptist Church ("PHBC"), we were very impressed with it and enjoyed the services.  Soon I started teaching Sunday School there and joined the puppet team with my husband.  It's a very big church which was quite different from the one we left which took some getting used.  We liked the preaching, the music, the cleanliness, the adult Bible study class, the opportunities for service and the fact that there were a lot of people who volunteered for things.  PHBC has a wonderful children's pastor and a top-notch children's ministry.  Special events such as VBS, Sports Camp, Summer Shake-Up and the Fall Festival brought lots of kids from the neighborhood.  

Friday, June 16, 2023

5 Fun Facts For Friday June 16, 2023

I used to post what I learned each week at the end of the week and it was pretty popular so decided to continue along those lines and do Friday posts with some fun facts, but not necessarily learned in just the past week.

Did you know . . .

1.  When a flag is torn and faded, it is disrespectful to fly it.  It should be taken to a VFW post or the American Legion post to be disposed of properly.  We had to take our flag in on flag day.  I knew it was worn out but didn't realize it was being disrespectful to still fly it until I checked on Google to see how to dispose of it properly.  

2.  Octopuses have three hearts and blue blood?  (source:  March-April All God's Creatures devotionals)

3.  The 30th president of the USA, Calvin Coolidge, had  a pet racoon! 
(source:  Explorers, Presidents and Toilets by Dan Gutman)

4.  The Jordan River doesn't flow into an ocean, but rather goes into the dead sea and stops there.  The dead sea doesn't run over because the valley is hot and the water evaporates as fast as the river flows into it. Pretty amazing! (Source:  Book of Life, Book 2, Bible Treasures, p. 26)

5.  Our dog, Roxy weighed in at 71 pounds today at the vet.  Her comprehensive exam plus vaccines cost more than my husband's and mine annual checkups combined!  ($271)

Please share a fun fact of your own in the comments below with me.

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Thankful Thursday: Fresh Air

I am thankful the windows are open today so I can enjoy some fresh air.  I like being an indoor only cat, but like the feel of breeze on my fur and watching birds and squirrels.   Visit Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

I Can Still Bowl--Yay!

I finally joined a bowling league last year after not being in one since breast cancer hit the summer of 2009.  I was unsure if I could do it, but used to enjoy it very much so decided to give it a try.  I did carry a 150 average, but when I cam back ended up with just a 137 average.  However, I managed to have one super day in Jan. of this year which I bowled my best game ever--226!  That proved to me that I did still "have it."

I was nervous and kept taking deep breaths to try to relax.  I tried to focus on bowling and not look at the score at all along the way.  I knew I was doing really well and didn't want to lose my focus.  I didn't talk much to anyone during the game either, just kept my head down and waited for my turn trying not to be distracted.  I managed to bowl the whole game without any open frames and put together three strikes in a row twice!  It was such fun!  My first two games were only 138 and 130.    

It was a strange league though.  It was a group of seniors that bowled Thursday mornings but without teams.  I never heard of a league without teams, but it was fun.  We had six lanes and bowled with different people each week.  Each bowler was assigned a number and between games a number would be randomly drawn.  The winner received about $10!  Also, they played another money game where at the 5th frame, a guy would go through and sort pairs based on their scores.  Highest score would be paired with the lowest and on down.  The pair with the highest total pins would win a few dollars.  

The day I bowled the 226 I was paired up with Carol and we won total pins that game!  She took my picture afterward and a few weeks later surprised me with a big trophy for bowling such a high game.  I'm not sure if the trophy was from the whole league or if she just did it on her own, but I thought it was very nice!    

Do you bowl?  Share about your bowling experience in the comments.

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Welcome Bear, Our Newest Family Addition--Happy 1st Gotcha Day!

This post is really late because we got our new cat a year ago--June 6, 2022.  I was not in blogging mode at the time and considering stopping blogging altogether but now have decided to continue doing it.

I really missed having a cat after our Spunky Doodle died September of 2021 and couldn't stand it any longer so went to the Parma Animal Shelter to see what was available.  Lo and behold, a tabby that looked just like our Manny Boy named Bear because he's a big boy!  He was so friendly and even came on my lap at the shelter.  They let us have him for a trial period, but after two days, I was all in.  

He is so affectionate and likes to play pounce games and chase the string on a stick.  He comes on my lap to watch TV and read with me.  He generally prefers to sleep on his cat tree or a chair but comes on the bed in the early morning hours to lay with me until it's time to get up.  Bear is an awesome, affectionate cat that I love very much.  I'm so glad I got him!

If you have a hole in your heart from losing a pet, I suggest getting another.  It's the only thing that helped me.  We know our pets don't live forever, but it's extremely hard to say goodbye to them and not miss them terribly.  There are plenty of animals in need of a loving home.  Just go check at a shelter near you and see what's available.  One might actually adopt you!  

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