Thursday, April 25, 2019


Grandma's mother

I think that my cousin, Janet Grace, was named for our Grandmother's mother, Janet,  for Grandpa's older sister, Grace, and also her mom's mom, Grace. See the above picture of Janet.  The picture below is of Grandpa's sister Grace, and her husband.

I always envied the childhood Janet and her brothers had in Spokane.  In their back yard they had tall pine trees. I think I remember a tree house.  Later they had a patio where they had barbecues including hot dogs, hamburgers with all the fixings, potato salad, and other goodies.  They had sidewalks from their house all the way across the South Hill.  They could ride their bikes to Comstock Park and swim all day in the pool. Their church, Manito Presbyterian, was a couple of blocks away.  I was invited to attend their youth group in the summers when we visited.

Janet kept her bedroom in perfect order.  I have never been able to do that.  Her mom, Jeanne, shopped and sewed for her.  Janet had plenty of clothes. They were always hung up or in the drawers.  Cousin Rinda remembered that she had an accordion.  She also had a parakeet name Blue Boy.

My parents exchanged pictures with the H.C.'s. Chris and others took a number of pictures also. Here are some of them. 

Janet 5 months

Janet 6 months

Janet and Richard

Richard, Roberta, Janet

Robert's christening day 1954

Easter 1958

Christmas 1961

Grandma and Grandpa's 50th wedding anniversary party

Grandchildren with Grandma and Grandpa

Mother's Day 1962-- Me, Grandma S, Grandma E., Dorothy, Janet

Janet and Evy 1965 dresses by Jeanne

 Janet and Alf's wedding

Baby shower

Thanksgiving 1974

An attractive family

Janet kept up the tradition her mother started of getting the relatives together

Holly Marie's home going

Janet fought the good fight and lived the best life she could in spite of her many illnesses. It was on April 2, 2016 when she went home to be with Jesus. Fortunately we were able to get together one day in the summer of 1999 for prayer.  I was staying in my son's college rental in Spokane for the summer.  She most of all wanted me to pray that her son would be a man of God.  

Monday, April 15, 2019


One of my favorite songs at Easter time is "The Easter Song."  Click on the link above to listen to this arrangement by the California Baptist U. Choir on You Tube.

Easter is a season of hope, renewal, Easter egg hunts, new clothes for church, family, and in the Christian religion-- Jesus -- He is risen!  Today I ran across a few old pictures taken on various Easter Days.  

This first one is of my cousin taken probably in the 40's.  He was an expert Easter egg hunter.

My brother always wanted to get married and have a bunch of kids.  He achieved the married part but not the kids.  Here he was on Easter with Samantha born in March 2005.  I have never seen him look happier.

A beautiful spring day for this hunt for my darling granddaughters.

She was so proud and obliging to pose for Pops!

Just collecting more and more.  The dresses were beautiful.

Granddaughter #2 made this for us

I'm so thankful that Jesus has made a way for the world to believe in Him and have eternal life.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."

Sunday, April 14, 2019


Guest book for 50th wedding anniversary party

My friend, Nan, said that the strongest marriages were those that had three strands braided together--husband, wife, and Jesus.  When I learned that a son of a friend of mine will be married this month I thought of Nan's advice.  After searching the Internet I found this poem:

I have one lovely woman in my life, but we have a marriage of three.
The life long bond of our marriage is my wife, Jesus Christ, and me.

This is not simply a well known cliché, a phrase, or a simple token,
For Solomon said that a cord of three strands is not easily broken.

And when I include in my life, my two sons, I have a family of five,
For in the center is Jesus Christ who helps my entire family thrive.

The church that we attend is not just men and women under a steeple,
For the power we derive from Jesus Christ makes us a special people.

Even when I find myself alone, the number present will always be two,
For the Lord Himself promised me, I will never leave or forsake you.

If you acknowledge The Lord in all you do, He will direct your path,
So believe in The Lord my friend and you can enjoy His Eternal math.

David said Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path,
For he knew the presence of God would deliver him from man's wrath.

You can have assurance of a new freedom in Christ without exemption,
For when He begins a work, He continues, till the day of redemption.

I am assured that Christ has put me on the one and only narrow path,
And when this age of Grace is over, I will be spared from His Wrath.

My friend, as the end draws near don't be filled with fear or strife,
For God is clear, if you draw near, He will grant you Eternal Life.

Copyright © 12/2002 

I plan to find a wedding card for this young man and his bride with this sentiment, or I will enclose a copy of the poem.

Ecclesiates 4: Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.