61 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-11+12-19

  1. NOT FAIR to say “First” and “Good night” on the same post.
    Good night Jo, and Cheryl and Donna.
    Good morning everyone else.
    It’s weird. I got up this morning was dressing when I noticed that it was only five o’clock.
    Don’t know what I was thinking. I went back to bed.
    But I’ve been worrying about a guy named Cody” most of the morning. Off and on while trying to get back to sleep.
    Thing is: I don’t know anyone named “Cody”.

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  2. What a beautiful pastoral photo. Nice and peaceful.
    Chas, obviously someone named Cody needs prayers.
    I have been awake since about 4 but tried my best to stay in bed. Little Missy has a spend the night with MiMi and Grandpa.
    Yesterday I put her in the stroller and took a long walk through the neighborhood. She was tired and cranky and she isn’t my first girl. We stopped to talk to a neighbor about the workmen who were digging up the street, forcing water underneath and generally making a mess (later in the evening the City pulled their permit and had public works out trying to stop the damage). Anyway, the neighbor told me my daughter was beautiful, I thanked her and explained I was her grandmother. She said, “She has your eyes”. I took that compliment and didn’t bother to say there was no possible way.
    Later we went to dinner at the new Greek restaurant in town. Missy charmed the staff and we discovered she likes tzaziki and spanikopita.
    She and grandpa are still asleep.

    Have any of you read Out Where the Crawdads Sing? It’s next up on the reading list.

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  3. Crawdads sing? Learn something every day.

    Plumber coming this morning, or so he says. He was supposed to come Wednesday, but we never heard from him until yesterday. “Lots of emergency calls” he said. How long does it take to call us and say he’s too busy and will come when he can? Why do plumbers not take the time for customer service?

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  4. Peter – Last night you mentioned Blue Bloods. I have it recorded to watch later. Should I dress nicely for the wedding? 🙂

    This is one of those silly little things that can make me cry. Hubby and I had just a few TV shows that we watched together when he had time (I recorded them). Blue Bloods and NCIS (the original) were the top two favorites. When something significant happens with the characters (like Tim and Delilah having twins, or Jamie and Eddi getting engaged, and now married), I feel sad that he’s not watching with me, knowing he would have enjoyed those episodes.

    Of course, I know he really isn’t missing anything where he is, and I know it’s silly, but that’s just one of the little things that get to me sometimes.

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  5. Kim – My mom had my brother when she was 16 and unmarried. When Dad married Mom, he adopted Brother (who was seven and a half at that time), and became his dad.

    Mom, Brother, and I all had/have brown hair and brown eyes. Dad had blond hair and blue eyes. When Brother and SIL’s daughter came along, she had blond hair and blue eyes, and looked very much like she could have been Dad’s biological granddaughter. At least one person did mention something about her looking like him. 🙂

    (Niece was crushed when she found out that Dad was not her biological grandfather, but he had a sweet talk with her, and assured her that she was just as precious to him, and just as much loved, as my girls were.)

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  6. Morning! What a lovely pastural scene up there….cows and sheep? At first I thought perhaps those were dogs lazying around the pasture but dogs don’t protect cows do they? 😏
    The sun is shining and there are no clouds in the sky…temps are predicted to be in the higher 50’s…bring it on Spring!! Snow is melting and there seems to be green stuff underneath…

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  7. Eye colour is not so straightforward as dominant and recessive. My maternal grandparents were both blue eyed, my grandfather with intense dark blue eyes, my grandmother with watery light blue eyes. They had six children, four of whom had blue eyes of varying shades, one with eyes that range, depending on the light, between hazel, green, blue, and grey; and one with hazel eyes. There was no reason to suspect the parentage of any of them. Rather, eye colour is not binary, with brown being dominant and blue being recessive, it is in fact a spectrum determined by at least ten different genes, making it possible for two blue-eyed parents to have a brown eyed child: https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/traits/eyecolor. One thing I find fascinating, in watching films from other countries, is how varied eye colour is in Middle Eastern, particularly Kurdish, and Central Asian populations. The picture of the green-eyed Afghan girl on the front of National Geographic became famous, but there are many in that area of the world with even more unusual shades of eye colour. Europeans may have more varied hair colours than other parts of the world, but Middle Easterners and Central Asians have more varied eye colours.

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  8. I like Blue Bloods and actually watched it ‘live’ last night (sometimes I pick it up later in the weekend on On Demand if I’m too tired to stay up Friday). I liked the way the commissioner described the family the new bride was trying to enter into as “half wolf pack.”

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  9. And yes, the wedding at the end was shown to go off beautifully, they all looked lovely, even the men, and the church was packed. And it didn’t go on and on, they left it with the bride’s arrival at the altar with everyone beaming.

    I’ve wondered if the bride converted to Roman Catholicism (must have, being married in the church proper like that). She didn’t seem to share the family’s faith from what I could tell through earlier episodes.

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  10. Speaking of brides, this story tells about a situation that has arisen from the population control policies of China and the resulting missing women of China, and how it impacts the Christians of Pakistan: https://apnews.com/87aad5d8b8f648949b9bbc8a2b35ebf2
    “Muqadas Ashraf was just 16 when her parents married her off to a Chinese man who had come to Pakistan looking for a bride. Less than five months later, Muqadas is back in her home country, pregnant and seeking a divorce from a husband she says was abusive.

    “She is one of hundreds of poor Christian girls who have been trafficked to China in a market for brides that has swiftly grown in Pakistan since late last year, activists say. Brokers are aggressively seeking out girls for Chinese men, sometimes even cruising outside churches to ask for potential brides. They are being helped by Christian clerics paid to target impoverished parents in their congregation with promises of wealth in exchange for their daughters.”

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  11. Well, who didn’t know that would happen when everyone in the US was adoption girls from China? We have a large population of women of Chinese descent in my town.

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  12. As noted, we had dinner with our former pastor and his wife. He said pornography is the biggest problem in the church these days.

    😦

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  13. Stuck at Charleston airport after AA cancelled our flight. Now rerouted through Philadelphia.

    This is going to be a very long day.

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  14. Kim – During China’s one-child policy, abortion of girls was common, as parents wanted boys to be able to work and care for them in their old age and such. That’s probably also why there were so many girls for adoption. 😦

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  15. Two children and a son-in-law here for Mother’s Day eve pizza. Two children and a son-in-law (with the 5 grandchildren) out West. They’re sending pictures and will probably call tomorrow.

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  16. It’s been a busy two days. Yesterday was shopping along with going out for my brother’s birthday, and today I had the writer’s critique group. It’s been nice to be out and about.

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  17. Oh, Ki-im?

    Problem: Flush mount only will work and the base has to be 13-15 inches across to cover the recessed “hole” from last bulb set-up. I want a Spanish-looking fixture, black/iron/bronze, and one that gives out a good amount of light …

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  18. Good ram. One of his ewes had her head stuck in a fence and he stayed right with her, even though I was clear on the other side, feeding the other sheep. He does that, watches over them, well.

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  19. There is a wide selection of formulas. Daughter and grandpa changed up grandson’s formula when he came here to see if that would relieve the gas and constipation a bit but when I looked at the ingredients, number four was sugar and number one was corn maltdexron or some such. It made him rather frequent. We are changing again to one that has milk, he is back to tooting. Choices

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  20. Happy Mom’s Day to everyone.

    Kare, thanks, who knew? — I had the LampsPlus installation guys come out just before Christmas to give me a free assessment of installation issues on the porch and they were the ones who told me I’d have to get a wide-based model, no mention was made of another way to deal with that hole. That’s been a while ago now, though, and I can’t remember all the details of that visit and they didn’t provide anything written, from what I remember. It just took me longer to “get here” than I thought it would (in terms of actually getting around to maybe putting a fixture in).

    I’ll probably go back to the LampsPlus store w/some photos & measurements and ask again about options.

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  21. I called one of my out-of-state cousins (Missouri) yesterday, we talked for about an hour. He’s 10 years older than I am and he lost his wife 6 years ago so he just seems really lonesome, watches a lot of TV and has had some health challenges. His wife, who was older than he was, already had 3 (?) young children from a previous marriage when they married (and they never had any of their own) so he’s somewhat still in touch with them in the area but it doesn’t seem like it’s a very close relationship.

    He has a computer (his wife’s) but he barely knows how to do anything on it — he can look some things up but has no clue how to even set up an email (I’m going to suggest he ask his step-grandson to help him with that) and he still has a flip phone w/no Internet (or if it does have Internet, he wouldn’t know how to use it for that). Not that there’s anything wrong with that 🙂 but … it does really limit communication and other options in today’s world.

    For example, his high school reunion is coming up and he really wants to come out for that but doesn’t know when or where it is. I told him I’d look it up for him on FB — most high schools have alumni pages where those events are posted. I found the information, including the phone # he needs to call, so will call him back again today to pass that on to him. I’ll also send him a print-out copy via snail mail so he’ll have it in writing. The reunion is in August so he has time to plan, but I’m not sure he’ll physically be able to make the trip. Seems like money isn’t an issue for him — he and his wife designed and built the house he still lives in — but I don’t think he flies and while our families were old hands at making the West Coast to Midwest trek by automobile back in the day, it’s a long stretch unless maybe he can find someone to make the trip out with him. He worked for Ford for years and then as a truck driver for a while before retiring.

    Even if he can’t come out, at least he’ll be on their “list” so maybe he can get the reunion book or other mementoes sent to him.

    FB has its issues, but scanning his high school’s alumni page yesterday made me think he might really enjoy being connected to something like that with people sharing all the old memories about the school and hometown. But maybe not.

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  22. He’s one of the cousins I’ve not had much contact with at all until now. As kids they were older than I was so while we saw them, I was closer to my cousins on my dad’s side of the family.

    Last time I saw this cousin would have been probably 15+ years ago when he came out for his mom’s funeral. But the whole family was so estranged, he and his brother hadn’t so much as talked to their mom in years (the daughter tried, but it was never an easy relationship). It was always very distressing to my mom to watch that family unravel like it did. 😦 Now he’s the only one of the 3 “kids” left.

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  23. I only had one cup of coffee before church. Now I need more caffeine.

    We had a great sermon from the.book of Amos. It was about the church
    becoming complacent. Life group time we covered the second half of Ephesians 1. We only have six people, but that means it makes for interesting discussions.

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  24. Kizzie is correct. The one child policy meant that girls were aborted so that the parents could have a son. As a result, tens of millions of girls that should have been born were not. Others were born but then promptly given away, some of whom ended up being adopted. There are also girls who were born, but their births were never registered so that the government did not know they existed – their number is estimated to be in the millions. The natural sex ratio at birth is 105 boys to 100 girls. China’s sex ratio at birth began to rise in the 1980s, after the one child policy and by the year 2000 it was at 120 boys to 100 girls. With such a skewed ratio, the parents of the boys cannot find wives for the sons they wanted to care for them in their old age.

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  25. Our sermon was from 1 Thess. 5:14, “Encourage the Faint-Hearted”

    Our pastor is on a 3-month sabbatical so some of our elders will be filling the pulpit over that time which began today. My former retired pastor was on hand to preside over communion. He and his wife have had some medical setbacks in recent years, he’s now on oxygen and can’t stand for long periods, but his voice was as strong as ever as he spoke of the love of Jesus and the mystery of the Holy Spirit.

    Our church will be taking part next Saturday morning in the 32nd annual Walk for Life at the beach, donating our support via pledges to the Pregnancy Help Center.

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  26. It is pouring rain here. I have cleaned up puddles in the kitchen. Ha! Fun Mother’s Day when I am thankful for Bounty paper towels. Wesley just called so that was nice. We were given some cute little homemade cookies. They were cream filled,but overly sweet for my taste. I have heard complaints from some who rather receive flowers. It is not really necessary to receive anything, but it is the only ‘gift’ I got today.

    I hope this pour down is passing or else I will need a bunch more paper towels. It slacked for a moment and now is growing heavier again.

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  27. Chas, I posted on Rants and Raves a little bit ago about a Cody I know. (I read that thread before this one.) I’ll paste here what I wrote:

    Chas, we have a young man in our congregation whose name is Cody. He is 17 or 18 and has cancer. His mom has had cancer in the past, and many relatives on her side have died of the disease, a lot of them at tragically young ages.

    Cody will be having cancer surgery on May 17th. He (and his family) could certainly use prayers.

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  28. Today our synod observed Good Shepherd Sunday. We had one piece of special music for this observance — a work for vocalists, keyboard and string quartet. The following video uses the same musical arrangement, though we changed things up a bit, using piano instead of organ, a small group of children [3 in early service, 4 in late service] instead of a child soloist, and a choir of 6 adults instead of a large group.

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  29. Our new pastor was also installed today. So we’re back to three pastors now. It’s been almost a year that we’ve only had two pastors, when one of our previous pastors retired last summer.

    Our current senior pastor will be retiring in November, so I hope it doesn’t take as long to find a 3rd pastor again after he leaves. We may get a seminary graduate assigned to our congregation, though, when the graduating class gets their first calls.

    The pool of pastors is quite small, though, and it’s entirely possible we won’t get assigned a pastor from the class. I think it’s more likely they’ll get calls to places where the need for a pastor is greater. Some congregations have trouble even getting one pastor, or two for bigger congregations. For us to receive a third pastor might be less of a priority to the synod. I don’t know.

    But we do have over 1,000 members, and are the 13th-largest congregation in the synod. It really is a big job for just two pastors.

    May the Lord’s will be done.

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  30. Interestingly, our church provided hanging pots of flowers to all mothers. Several of the mothers were not there today so there were many extras. I mentioned to daughter that she is a mother, though the baby is only three months old, so she ought to pick one up. She was told by the woman who brought them and told us they were for all mothers, that they were only for the regular attenders so she should not take one. Had I heard it, I would have returned the one I received.

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  31. That was uncool, mumsee. 😦

    I just came in from watering all my hanging and potted flowers but had company – Gambit, the puppy from next door, was out again so the entire time he was biting the hose and playing in the water.

    Whenever I come in, he tried his hardest (and almost succeeds) to slip inside which would not be a good thing considering Tess’ lip is curled when she sees him. This time I tossed an empty cardboard box out at him to distract him. He played with that for probably 10 – 15 minutes in front of the glass front door, with Annie watching from the inside.

    Later I spotted Gambit in his own driveway with a long piece of the brown packing tape stuck on his face.

    If he survives puppyhood it will be a miracle.

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  32. All the women are given long-stemmed yellow carnations on Mother’s Day as they enter the service. Usually some of us singles will just collect them and give them to one of the nearby moms so she’ll have an actual bouquet.

    But today I wound up sitting on mine, it had slipped behind me at some point during the service and was between my back and the chair.

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  33. Movie recommendation for those into post 9/11 spy themes:

    Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit — It’s on FXM so maybe also is available on netflix or other platforms; made in 2014.

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  34. Oh our young men have just now left….two of them came for lunch…the other three had previous engagements…so I only fed two mountain men….and sent a goodie bag of food home with them 😊 what a delightful time we had.
    I was given chocolates from Hannah…she said she knows I don’t particularly like the day but she was giving me chocolate anyway…and she thanked me….for being her Mom. ❤️

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  35. Mumsee- You should contact someone at the church and tell them what rudeness that was. Then give the potted flowers to your daughter.

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  36. And tonight I received a private message on Facebook from my “foster baby”….she said she loved and missed me and wanted to wish me a Happy Mothers’s Day….I vividly recall that day, bringing her home from the hospital when she was a day old…and she lived with us for 6 months…she is 27 years old now. Our Lord is so gracious to me… ❤️

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