Thursday, May 25, 2017


This morning I received this report from the National Day of Prayer chairman--Anne Graham Lotz. Click on the link to open:  I'm praising God for His answers.  I'm adding this to my supplications for the Church:

Pray for the Church:
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, 27 so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:26-27

Here is a heartfelt song about turning to King Jesus for all our problems including terrorist attacks, floods, fire, and all the murders these days in our country and in the world.  May God bless us once again as we acknowledge Him and obey Him.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


One of the houses Grandpa built

Scotch, Irish, Dutch, and Yankee--that is what my grandfather, Ira LeRoy, my mother's father, told us about our ancestry.  We have been able to find some Scotch, Dutch, and Yankee but have not been able to trace any Irish ancestors.  My grandmother, Grace Belle,  told us to just mark our ancestry as--English.  After all we can trace our family lines back to England on both sides.

My mom's parents both started life out in Iowa and both ended up in Spokane, WA.  Grandma arrived in 1884 when she was just three years old.  Her family is considered a pioneer family.  Grandpa arrived in 1910 when he was about twenty-nine. 

Grandpa worked at various jobs while he was in school before coming to Spokane.

Grandpa as a young man

I don't know what the occasion was for these photos of Grandma and Grandpa.  Maybe these were high school graduation pictures.

Grandma and Grandpa were married On August 13 or 16, 1913.  

They traveled to Seaside, Oregon for their honeymoon.  Grandpa invented selfies.  He attached a string to the shutter of the camera and took their pictures.

By 1917 they had two daughters.  Their last daughter was born 9 years later.

This was the house in town that Grandpa built. Photo taken in 1967.

All three daughters moved to far off places because of their husband's jobs.  It was difficult to come home for reunions but they persisted and were able to get together over the years.

Grandma and Grandpa traveled to Mexico about 1940

Grandma and Grandpa along with Aunt Evelyn and Dorothy visiting in CA.about 1945

Grandma and Grandpa with more family in about 1952



They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary

Grandpa retired

Grandpa built two homes for his family.  He farmed 15 acres of wheat and an acre truck garden. He could play the fiddle by ear.  He taught his girls to type. He made sure his girls had private lessons in elocution and piano.  Aunt Ruth took voice lessons to hone her exceptional talent. Grandpa worked on developing a new strain of pop corn. 

Grandpa made it to Alaska to visit his daughter and her family.  He also made it back to Virginia to visit his second daughter and her family.  I believe he made it to California to visit his youngest daughter and her family.  He did some writing.  I will attach his theme--"Some Important Events in my Life" at the end of the blog. He passed away at 84.

Grandma was always willing to cook us a big meal with all of the garden fresh vegetables and a fresh chicken or rabbit.  We could count on her to have a chilled watermelon for dessert.  Grandma was a wonderful gardener using organic techniques like planting marigolds to keep away the bugs.  She put wooden stakes in the ground with a tin can over each stake.  Each morning she would take a kettle of boiling water, lift the can, and pore boiling water on the earwigs.  Aunt Evelyn said that she planted 1/3 of the garden for the bugs, 1/3 for the family, and 1/3 to sell.

We could count on her for a song.  We loved driving home from Spokane after a day in the city because she would sing "See the sun is setting in the golden west." Below are the words as we remember them:

I loved my times on the farm whether it was sleeping in the downstairs bedroom with several beds and usually a crib.  Or sometimes beds would be put in the attic for sleeping dorm style.  Or sleeping until noon in the sun on the sun porch off of the living room. Uncle Beanie would take us on long walks to the mailboxes, dump, or apple trees across the road.  I especially liked drinking cold water out of the well across the road.  We used the rusted tin cup left there. The water tasted like pure spring water into which a little rust had been mixed.

Grandma had a pain in her toe.  I kept taking her to the doctor but all he would do was to give her pain pills.  She could not tolerate them so she didn't take them.  She was admitted to the hospital by a podiatrist.  She had gangrene.  She died there.  She was 88.  Below is the obit:

Some Important Events in my Life--by Grandpa
Page 2 is missing the last sentence.  If I find another copy of this essay I will rescan that page.

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Baby Claude 1879

My grandparents on my father's side lived from the time of the invention of the airplane through the development of  Commodore 64. They must have been amazed at everything from color TV to sliced bread! Some other events in 1879, when Grandpa Claude was born to Henry and Sarah in Orwell, New York included the first artificial ice rink opening in New York City.  President Rutherford B. Hays signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue before the Supreme Court. 

Isabel and Mae Wisconsin 1899

In 1899, Grandma Isabel, and Aunt Mae were living in Wisconsin.

Isabel third from left third row 8th grade Wisconsin 1901, 

Grandma was in 8th grade in 1901.

Grandma got her hair caught in fly paper in 1909. She then lived in Vancouver, WA.

I think it was about 1909 when she participated in a beauty contest.
This one must have been taken around 1909 also.

Grandma and Grandpa were married in 1910 in Spokane.  She had been his secretary.  He promised her that she wouldn't have to do wet wash. They chummed around with Grandma's brothers Archie and Will and their wives Mary and Teena.

Claude and Isabel with their 3 boys.  She wanted 6 granddaughters. 

In 1938 or 1939 all the boys had wives.

The United States in 1938 was in a depression with 19% unemployment.  That year  “The War of the Worlds” by Orson Wells on broadcast radio caused a panic.  Nazi Germany’s escalation gave reason for concern.  German troops invaded Austria.

In 1939 the United States began building armaments.  This helped end the great depression.  A World’s Fair was held in New York.  “Gone With The Wind” premiered in Atlanta. 

Grandma kept many diaries over the years.  In her 1938/39 diary I noticed that Grandma and Grandpa managed to take in 2 or 3 movies a week--usually a double feature.  Grandma would ride the bus downtown and meet Grandpa for a matinee.  After TV stations were built they were content to stay home and watch their stories on TV.

Grandma also was very good about visiting sick friends.  She notes their progress in her diary.   One story my mom told happened during WW II when my mom lived with Jay and me in her folk's house on the north side of Spokane. Mom's folks lived on their farm in Four Lakes.  Mom was very ill with flu.  Grandma rode the bus over from the south side to check on her.  She noticed that her bathrobe was open exposing her chest so she took a safety pin and pinned it closed up around her neck to keep her warm.

Grandma was often asked to help with auditing the books for the many organizations to which she belonged.

Sunday, September 3, 1939--Grandma writes in her diary--"England declared war on Germany.  Back still aches."

Friday, September 8, 1939--Grandma writes--"Ernest and Emily's wedding day.  It was a perfect day from beginning to finish. The church wedding, reception in the garden at Huntington's, and the swell dinner at the Grand Hotel.  I've met so many wonderful people."

Saturday, November 25, 1939--Grandma writes "The weather is very mild. David's wedding day. It was a beautiful wedding at 8 pm in St. Paul's Methodist church.  He had 5 ushers.  There were 4 bridesmaids and a maid of honor. Ruthie Edson sang. She has a lovely voice. Between 150 and 200 people attended the reception in the church parlor."

The boys and their wives all had children in 1943.  Grandpa worked at the downtown Post Office.  I thought Grandpa was the Postmaster General.  I learned that superintendent doesn't mean that. 

Grandpa retired in 1949.

Not sure of the date on this.  Maybe 1950?

Grandma ended up with 4 granddaughters.

Grandpa raised African violets.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Grandpa lived to age 97.  Grandma lived to age 92.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


You Tube by Anne Graham Lotz about the National Day of Prayer

Did you know that there are Christians in North Korea?  They are very careful to hide themselves in plain sight.  Instead of praying with their eyes closed, and head bowed, they pray with their eyes open. They do not mention the name of Jesus.  As a replacement for His name they call Him Our Dear Leader.  Kim, the cruel dictator of North Korea, considers himself a god.  Citizens are instructed to call him their dear leader and to worship only him.  

In the United States we can pray openly and anywhere we choose to pray.  We can talk about Jesus anywhere we choose to talk about Jesus.  Every year on the first Thursday in May we have the opportunity to pray as a nation.  Please listen to the You Tube above and plan to attend an event in your area for the National Day of Prayer 2017.

Monday, April 10, 2017


On Easter, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  He set the example and promised us He would come back for us.  So we set aside the Sunday after Passover to rejoice with song and the Word.  Here are some of my favorite Easter songs on You Tube.  Maybe they are yours too.

Christians evangelize by word and deed. We tell others that Jesus loved us and died for us but in the end those who do not accept His free gift will be judged!  Judgement may scare some into heaven!  We are supposed to encourage each other by looking to that day when Jesus will come back and we will have peace on earth because the government will be on His shoulders!  The details are ours to know of His second coming so that we may encourage one another!

The Day of the Lord
1 Thessalonians

Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord [a]will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then [b]destruction [c]will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you [d]like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as [e]others do, but let us be alert and [f]sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be [g]sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore [h]encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

Also in II Peter 3:3-6

“Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation. For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the Word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.” 

So rejoice Christians and let others know that they too can be saved by putting their faith in Jesus!

Fast breaking world news is interpreted here by 2 Christian pastors.  this is 30 minutes long.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


The latest cover from Time Magazine imitates the cover from the 1966 Times cover asking, "Is God Dead?"  Instead it asks, "Is Truth Dead?"  Many are concerned. It appears that truth is dead.  Truth is suppressed just as it is spoken about in Romans 1.  Philip Haney, a former Homeland Security Officer, tried to expose the lies, but was stopped by negative forces within the government. Today, on the"Understanding the Times" radio broadcast, Philip Haney describes how, as a homeland security official he discovered that our own government employees had been influenced by The Muslim Brotherhood.   "Muslim Brotherhood-linked leaders in the United States were forcing changes to national security policy and even being invited into the highest chambers of influence. A policy known as Countering Violent Extremism emerged, downplaying the threat of supremacist Islam as unrelated to the religion and just one among many violent ideological movements."  Check out his book, "See Something, Say Nothing." I can get it on audio from our library.  Here is a blog on the power of prayer!  Warriors--pray!