October 05, 2007 - Msg 56704: Prayers for you, MERRI.

M-T

October 05, 2007 - Msg 56705: swish M-T!.........cough....SPOT

October 05, 2007 - Msg 56706: Opiemom ,Asa and M-T, Me and the boys will load up the truck and get the shotguns [bring a cane if ya aint got a gun] and come and get that critter whatever it is! dont you fret none!....Lunch will be open face hot roast beef sandmaches!..chips and a big pickel...and a Dr. Pepper.....moon pie....prayers Romeena dor your DIL...hope ya sleep good...I get off at 2 today and day shift tomorow and Sunday...and oh hot peppers too....Asa and pappa yall come on and lets head to Opiemoms...SPOT

October 05, 2007 - Msg 56707:
All that talk yesterday from Me-They about cleanin', so of course he swept the porch! (:
MDC

October 05, 2007 - Msg 56708:
Rev- D-backs -2 !!
MW- prayers your way.
back later,
"MDBC" (:

October 05, 2007 - Msg 56709:
Spot....I'll be looking for that truck. Thanks buddy.

MDC....Those D-backs are fighters.

Well porch family I may be gone for a few days. You all be good and take care of each other. I'll be praying for you all.
-REV.

October 05, 2007 - Msg 56710: Praise Jesus on High - decisions that needed to be made were made and things are on the upswing.

Please pray for a benefit that I am going to tomorrow that much money will be raised for the family and their medical expenses. Connie has aggressive MS and ins^urance only covers so much. Her husband is a custodian in a school near where they live so he can run home at a moment's notice. He is the sole source of income for the most part. Thanks all - you are the cats.

Praise again - it's thundering here with a few showers! Yee Haw!

hm

October 05, 2007 - Msg 56711: Romeena, I've been praying for your daughter in law, and will continue. Stay strong.
- Hazel

October 05, 2007 - Msg 56712: Evenin' Porch family:
Praying for all the family here. Many needs, too many to mention, but the Lord knows them all. Especially Mrs. Asa, hm, Ro, it's good to know that there is One in charge!
Rev- hurry back to us. I know you'll be spreading the good news while you're away.
What's for supper? I got a chicken in the crock pot, so who's bring the side dishes? Catch ya in a few minutes. Asa, shut the door! ~New Neighbor


October 05, 2007 - Msg 56713: Romeena - in the mix of my mind I forgot to ask how DIL is? I am so sorry - she has been on my mind and heart as I wonder what would happen to my family in that situation. Godspeed and Godbless!
hm

October 05, 2007 - Msg 56714: Prayers for you and your family, Romeena. I'm sure you must be terrified. Remember, if Jesus is in your boat, you have nothing to fear. Just hang on through the storm. I am wondering how the melanoma was discovered. Has she had the spots for awhile and the doc noticed them or was there a change that she sought out a doctor about? You mentioned her auburn hair...I am assuming that she is fair skinned, maybe freckled. Anyway, less her heart, I pray the Lord continues to give her peace through all she is dealing with and that He would give her doctors wisdom and guide her treatment.

Boo

October 05, 2007 - Msg 56715: Good evening, all. Brittney's surgery went very well, she came walking out of the surgery area with a big Ace bandage on her leg, and a goofy smile on her face from the "relaxers" she had been given. The news is "guardedly good". The doctor removed the entire area where the mole had been, with a margin of a full centimeter around and below it. This left a grape-sized hole in her leg, which was enlarged to a canoe shape about 4" long, in order to facilitate a smooth closure and minimize scarring. The doctor said the local invasion was .55mm or less, and they consider that pretty safe. A depth of 1.0mm or more is a very different story. Bottom line - he said he is 95% certain that he got all of it. As for the two much smaller spots on her abdomen, they're waiting for the results of the biopsies on them. If they turn out to be melanoma, similar wide excisions will be done next week on them. However, he did say that even if they are melanoma, it is his feeling that they're also primaries, not to be considered evidence of spread. So, all in all, for now the news is very encouraging. I cannot describe how relieved I am, and how grateful to all of you for your prayers, and most of all, how grateful to God, who heard them. Thank you.

Boo, to answer your question, she found the dark spot a few months ago, and finally called for an appointment, only to be put off for seven weeks before the doctor could see her. Argh. Her hair is a dark chestnut brown, her eyes are deep brown, but her skin is light, (I think) and she does have a lot of freckles. It's hard to say for sure on her skin color, because she has been a "tanner" for years - both natural sunlight and the tanning beds. Of course, both of those are now a thing of the past. To her credit, she's not beating herself up over it and indulging in self-recrimination. As she said, "It was dumb, I shouldn't have done it, but I did, I won't anymore, and now I'll fight whatever battles must be fought." You gotta admire that! No wasting energy on what should have been - just ready to face tomorrow. I love that girl!

Well, I think I'll go collapse. Slept poorly yesterday between shifts, about an hour this morning, and that's it. I'm a pooped troop. I think I'll eat a little fruit and cheese and call it a night. Blessings, friends! --Romeena



October 05, 2007 - Msg 56716: Great news, Ro, let's keep right on praying and expecting God to answer. It is too bad about the tanning but, like you said, it's great that she isn't blaming herself and feeling guilty. She needs all her mental energy to beat this thing, not beat up on herself. She sounds like a wonderful woman. Thanks for answering my questions. After what I went through with my melanoma scares, I became pretty educated on the subject and if something shows up on me, I don't wait. Even if the doc says it doesn't look like a melanoma, I want it off ASAP. The last one I had removed was one that they said looked "a little funny" so they decided to take it off. I'm glad they did because, although it wasn't melanoma it would have been in time, probably. It had some "funny" cells in it. I was told that I needed to really watch it. I don't use sunscreen as I should, though. I really need to work on that one. I heard a nutritionist on TV say that to avoid skin cancers, one should take omega oils to protect the skin from the harmful affects of radiation. I would suggest it to Brittany, along with some good vitamins and antioxidants...LOTS of broccoli, too. She should be avoiding meats, too. Maybe free-range chickens but absolutely no pork, processed lunch meats, NO shellfish of any kind, and she should severely limit beef....just what I have read, my humble opinion...and, of course NO ASPARTAME. And really, we should all eat that way to stay healthy.

Well, I think I will turn in early. We are having the baptism of the young people from the drug rehab tomorrow at the beach. I can't wait. It should really be beautiful. There are 32 listed for baptism. 22 girls and 10 boys.

Goodnight!

Boo

October 06, 2007 - Msg 56717: Romeena great news for ms B!..Rev you just keep looking for those Fed or UPS tricks brother!..well Opie [cat] woke me up climbing on me so I got for a moment..got to get back to bed ...work at 6am..hey miss boo!..hey hm,New N,dr p,possum,TOM,mdc,md,goober,miller,miss vickie,ray,asa mu buddy,mavis,mrs wylie,Opiemom did mine and M-T"s shotguns get that varmet out of your walls?...well breakfast will be as follows: 3 eggs your way,grits with real butter,hashbrowns with ham and onions and peppers chopped up in them,fried country ham [center cut],bisquits and GOOD white milk gravy with salt-n-pepper mixed in,pop tarts for the kids,h20,coffee,COLD milk and a tear from my roll of paper towels!...Auh20 will you park cars at breakfasr?...pappa hold the door for the ladys ok?...prayers ..SPOT

October 06, 2007 - Msg 56718: Thanks guys. No noises in the walls last night. DH is home today, yea!!


We're going to the Chocolate Festival today. Doesn't that sound fun!

Boo, Praying for your baptismal service. 32 to be baptized. That is wonderful.



October 06, 2007 - Msg 56719: Oops that was me above (56718) Opiemom

October 06, 2007 - Msg 56720: A Chocolate Festival? And you didn't call me? Well!! I could have just run myself right into a diabetic coma at a thing like that. I looove chocolate!

I think the robins must be migrating right now. Everytime I look out in the back yard, there are a couple of dozen of them out there. They're pecking and scratching around, and now and then I see one pull up a worm. I know there are billions of worms out there, because anytime I dig even a small hole to plant something, I dig up several. Just wondering - I put dry molasses on everything last week. Do you suppose that brings the worms closer to the surface, and that's why I've got so many robins? I just love trying to figure out what the wild things are doing, and why.

Well, off I go - places to go, people to see, things to do. For someone who is half-retired, I sure do stay busy. Blessings, y'all! --Romeena

October 06, 2007 - Msg 56721: Romeena hope you have a good day visiting...Boo great news!..I was saved and baptized at 12..wlll im still full from breakfast...lets have a cook out tonight..hotdogs and burgers and baked beans...big maude slaw..kool-aid...Opiemom glad the noises are gond and working for the power company we see a lot of varmets in the atic with overhead service but you said you had UG service so thats another story..well I get off work at 6 and will stop and get some charcoal for the cook out...Mavis,MDC,Rev,MD and all race fans qualify on sppe channel...toyotas doing good...tomorrow at dega will be a wild race with the COT"s...well let me get back to watching...Asa,Tom,possum,auh20,horatio,M-T yall check in...K...SPOT

October 06, 2007 - Msg 56722: Good Afternoon Porch,
How is everyone? I see we have some new rockers on our porch, welcome Vickie, Opiemom, and New Neighbor. Please make sure you keep the homemade ice cream and sweet tea in abudnance!
Romeena- I sent you an email. I'm glad that everything worked out for your daughter in love.
Spot- Did ya get your boat put up? Where's fall here in the peach state?
Vickie- Please give Millie's husband and children our blessings. If there's anything I can do let me know.
Rev- Will you be coming to the Atlanta area anytime soon?
Homemaker- Does goats milk such as Meyenberg have hormones?
Poor Horatio- How are you?
Hazel- I have a legal question. When a kid is old enough to decide where he wants to live can the other parent contest?
Boo- How are you feeling? Last I checked in you were feeling prety lousy. Have you considered seeing an applied kinesiologist or a naturopath? I agree with your diet recommendations with 1 exception. I think once a week we should have low mercury and wild caught fish and once a week grass-fed organic beef for iron. I am on a fat free diet and eat zilch meat. It's good for my stomach, but I have been feeling so light and fuzzy headed that I'm going crazy. I think my lack of protein and iron from animal products may be a contributing factor. How are the kids? Is your house coming along?
Tom- How long is your gum wrapper chain?
Mavis- Is married life still treating you well? Do your furkids get along well with the Mr?
Me-They- How's the Mrs liking her new job? Are 2 of yours in school now?
Auh20- I was thinking of your daughters today at an antique fair. I saw a hat like the ones on Little House and I know your daughters love that show. How's school going for them?
Sterling- I'm sorry you're having such a trying time. I think a Christian counselor would be great, however as they say it takes 2 to tango. Just keep praying and doing your job as described in Ephesians 5. Love your wife as Christ loved the church and make sure she's as precious to you as rubies. Maybe if you show her the love of the Lord than she will love and respect you and things will get better again.
Goober- How's your little girl doing? Any more on the horizon?
Mrs Wiggins- How are your kids? Didn't your daughter recently get married? How's John? I know he was going through a trialed time.
Our family is okay. Hubby is in Vegas this weekend (hence the time to write). Bryson's doing well in school although I think they need to push him some more in order to catch up with reading (conference next Friday). Nick is still giving us trouble. He's getting with the wrong type of kids at school and has built a reputation as a trouble maker. I've never seen a kid love to argue more. I told him this morning that he should skip high school and head straight to law school! His mother hasn't tried anything recently, though she claims to be moving down the road from us this November. We'll see. It would be horrible for Bryan and I, but good for Nick and Michaela would be back here for us to get to know better since they could easily walk between homes. I've had some problems with colds, reflux, stress, and just stuff. I can't seem to get everything together because I'm so busy. Well, y'all have a wonderful weekend. Hello to anyone that I missed above.
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy
Sorry about the long post. Lots of catching up to do!

October 06, 2007 - Msg 56723: Oops, I did forget Asa, just remembered.
Asa- I'm sorry to hear about your wife. As I mentioned to Boo, you should check out some integrative medical practices. Electrotherapy such as with a Matrix electortherapy machine does wonders. Let me know if you need anything, prayers already given!
Blessings,
~Lu

October 06, 2007 - Msg 56724: Hey Lucy, good to hear from you! I would love to find a good naturopath in my area, but haven't found one yet. There is one MD who leans that way but something about him smells of snake oil, if you know what I mean....I half expect him to be selling the Colonel's Elixir. Anyway, I have been feeling alot better since we left my parent's house. My stress level has dropped dramatically..and you know the affects stress can have on a body. Thanks for asking about us. The kids are ok, we are getting more help for Sean and I am reading a book by Ted Broer on ADD and nutrition...trying to follow some of that but it's always a battle with Sean. You asked about the house. Well, Bruce is still trying to get that fence up but he has been sick all week. We'll get there one of these days. Lucy, it sounds like you are dealing with alot of stress. Hope things work out for you and you feel better.

The baptism at the beach this morning was beautiful. God gave us the perfect day for it. It was warm and sunny, the water was calm and the sky blue! It was such a blessing leading those sweet young ones into the water to be baptized. I'll never forget it and I hope it's something we can continue to do every six months or so. The weather is warm much of the time here so it shouldn't be a problem.

Hey SPOT, you were saved and baptized at age 12. That's great. I know that most Christians come to be saved in their childhood or teens. Interesting, isn't it? That seems to be where the harvest field is. I know in my church we are seeing young ones coming in and praying to receive the Lord and are baptized. It's wonderful to see and there are 4 of us who have come together and formed a youth committee to disciple the news one and plan activities, etc. We have a discipleship weekend coming up next weekend that should be something the kids need. We stay pretty busy with them, between bowling and pizza, youth meetings, concerts and events. Getting to know and love all of them has been great.

You all remember praying for my friend Keith and his wife Linda who died with a rare lung disease several months ago. Keith is the one leading in the youth ministry and he has been helping me teach the girls at the drug rehab. I wanted to thank you for your prayers on his behalf. God has done amazing things for and through Keith and he just serves the Lord with all his heart. He always has a smile on his face and something to laugh about. To me it's a miracle after losing his dear wife, who was his high school sweetheart and best friend. He really is an inspiration. Wanted to give you that update, thought it would bless you to know.

Better go...talk to you all later,

Boo

October 06, 2007 - Msg 56725: Afternoon Porch Family:
Just got back from the children's Fall Festival and Auction Fund Raiser at school. The Lord gave us the most beautiful weather, and good donation/bidders, Raising quite a lot of money!
Nice to meet ya Lucy, but I'm not new to the porch. (Just took a leave of absence) Where's that Asa been? Asa, don't make me ring your phone! Well, got a house full of kids for the evenin' of movies and FOOD. I'll be checking in later. ~New Neighbor

October 06, 2007 - Msg 56726: Lucy the boat still needs to be winterized and covered...just been hopeing for one more fishing trip!Boo prayers for the Keith family Boo..Rev check in brother!..will send ya a grilled dog and burger in a bit...Tom where you ar buddy?..Asa?..pappa?..no rain here in Ga. but great weather..80 and sunny...good bike riding weather..well about quiting time for me, will get the grill fired up in a bit...prayers...Tenn. whupping Ga today..hey yall my old High School North Cobb HS is 6 and 0 this year and ranked # 2 in the state!..go warriors!....SPOT

October 06, 2007 - Msg 56727: Hello Spot-
We must've been postin' at the same time!! How are things in your side of the world? No rain here either. ;( ~New Neighbor- excuse me, gotta break up a pillow fight!

October 06, 2007 - Msg 56728:
"All hail to thee, sweet mayberry..."
Hi honeys and dears. Hope you weekends are going well.
APB for MARY Wiggins, TOM, and others.
Spot- the grilled burgers and dogs sound great.
Let's have a porch tailgate party, team of your choice.
Ya all git to preachin' tomorrow. Hope the beach baptisms went well.
God bless,
MDC

October 06, 2007 - Msg 56729: Ro,so glad Brittney's surgery went well and that things are guardedly optimistic. Prayers continue for her well being.

Hey Opiemom, when I was a teenager,there was some kind of critter in my bedroom closet walls. I would hear it moving around when I'd come home from school and sometimes at night. Everytime I ran to get someone to investigate,the noise would stop! It became a running joke about the "thing" in my closet.Well,one afternoon our housekeeper was ironing in the dining room and little white flakes kept falling down on the ironing board from above.We looked up(I happened to be in the room with her) and saw critter teeth chewing through the ceiling tile! She got a broom and beat at the ceiling and ran the critter off! I never heard the noise in my closet again,so I guess that was the "Thing" from my bedroom chewing through the ceiling. It left a small hole in the ceiling tile and my mom (who was the school nurse) patched it with some white surgical tape! Over the years,my sisters & I told the story of the "Thing" to our kids and made a game out of finding the spot with the tape on it! And to think,if I had known,I could've sent for spot and his posse to shoot that critter right outta the walls!

Yikes!I just remembered that I am a critter too!! I better skeedaddle before somebody takes a notion to jab at me with a long poinky stick or something!

*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock (hoping not to get smoked out!)

October 06, 2007 - Msg 56730: Possum- How scary! How are your kids?
MDC- You'd better be careful starting on school teams! How's the Mrs.?
~Lucy

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56731: Hi to you all--WHEW! What a long day. We were up at the crak o' dawn for gherkin #1's dance performance at a fall festival on our town square. It was pretty cute...they were dressed like Robins and danced to, what else? "Rockin' Robin!" Bless my oldest child's heart, she's an eternal optimist--her dance teacher placed her next to a girl who is literally twice as tall and more than twice her weight and this girl was shaking her tail feathers all over the place! It was a sight to behold and my poor kid kept getting smacked in the face with feathers or elbows or getting her little feet stomped on. She was even knocked to the ground but my little Robin hopped back up with her big toothless smile and pressed on just having the time of her life! My mom (Nana) was about to jump from her seat and save her grandchild but I convinced her that she can't go whompin on another 6 year old and besides, kids need to learn resilience and perseverance, or at least that sounds good! Boy, there was food, food, food everywhere and crafts galore. Somebody from around these parts set the state record for the biggest home-grown pumpkin--somewhere around 900 lbs. Can you imagine how many pies that would make? The only down side to today's festivities was that it was 90 degrees out--not real fall like weather but at least it didn't rain, I guess.

Well, I bought a blackberry pie, banana bread and cashew toffee brittle. Would you like some? Help yourself! I bought it from the Amish and oh lawsie, is it ever so good! Glad I walked what seemed like 10 miles in the blistering heat today! (Kind of like an i-n-s-u-r-a-n-c-e policy protecting my hiney from all those wonderful baked goods!)

Hope each and every one of you are doing well and I wish you many blessings!

Signing off ---Merri Weather

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56732: Good morning ya'll - the MS benefit was a huge success. Not sure how much money was raised but I am sure it will be a big help to the family.

Lucy - not sure about the goat's milk. I am not real familiar with dairy goat milk products since we are in the meat production. I would look online. I know people that prefer it to cow's milk.

I'll take a slice of blackberry pie with a dollop of ice cream on it please!

hm

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56733: Good afternoon, everyone. homemaker, I don't know much about goat milk either. I don't even drink cow's milk, let alone goat, but I do know that I just love goat cheese. Yum! Plain or seasoned with various things, it's wonderful on crackers and the like. Good stuff, and good for you.

Heading out to My son's today, to try to see that Brittney rests and keeps that leg elevated. She probably won't, but we can try. Her mom will be there, maybe between the two of us, we can at least keep her down part of the time. We can at least cook dinner - she won't try to stop us.

Well, I'm off. Have a lovely Sabbath day, friends. --Romeena

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56734: Why on earth did I capitalize "My"? My self-esteem is adequate, as everyone's should be, but that's ridiculous! Sorry. --Romeena

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56735: Not feeling great. Dealing with a difficult issue at our church. Pray for me and the situation. thanks, ANyway, I'll take a piece of blackberry pie and a nice long rock on the front porch.

Opiemom

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56736:
"Why Miss Peggy, this is just pure Gala!"

Hope all having a good sabbath afternoon,
MDC

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56737: Hey, Opiemom. I'm sorry you're having issues at your church. There seems to be a lot of that going around. It probably has something to do with the fact that the church is made up of people! God's people, yes, but people all the same. Just as physical families have differences, so do church families.

It has always helped me, to remember that God can take those differences and turn them to advantage. My own church came into being because a group fell into disagreement with a large Dallas church, broke away and started a mission out here in Irving. They started meeting in a donut shop, struggled for a while, then managed to call a pastor (with God's help) and ultimately built it into the wonderful church it is today. Many of those pioneers, silver-haired now, are still there in their place every Sunday morning.

Remember too, Paul and Barnabas had a falling-out over whether to allow John Mark to trvel with them. He had been with them earlier, but had suddenly left them and returned home. When he wanted to rejoin them later, Paul objected, thinking him to be untrustworthy. John Mark was Barnabas' cousin, and he held out for him to join them. The two men could not reach agreement, and split, going their separate ways. We know much about Paul's work, not so much about Barnabas' activities, but we do know that in later years, Paul sent for Mark, as he needed help and he obviously felt the younger man had the experience and seasoning to be valuable for the ministry. Point here - God used a division to create multiplication. The separation created two evangelical frontiers.

I don't know whether this applies in any way to what's going on in your church - just thought I'd toss it out there. Blessings! --Romeena

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56738: Make that "travel with them." Grr. --Romeena

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56739: Ro, I was thinking of Paul and Barney (alias, Barnabas), too. It's a good thing to remember when things just appear to be "bad"...look for what God can do with it.

Carpe Diem!

Boo

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56740: I like a good front porch

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56741:
Hey Folks

Boo-Finally! After four semesters of Latin, I have put it to use, gratias tibi ago!

Pax vobiscum!

auh20cus

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56742:
Lucy-The girls are doing great, thanks for asking. Schooling seems to come easy for them. They are the absolute joy of my life. My birthday was last week and the girls got me a couple of books, "The Summer of 1787" and "Revolutionary Characters" both about the Founders. I know you enjoy a good book. Glad to hear things are fine with Bryson. Sounds like all will go well at the conference. Take care of yourself.

SPOT-Sorry I didn't get back to ya but I was there parking cars. And, no matter what Me-They says, that scratch was already on the bumper.

Romeena-That is great news!

auh2o

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56743: Evenin' Porch Family:
Kinda slow and gentle day on the porch, just the way a Sabbath should be! That piece of pie and a bit of whipped cream should top off a perfect Sunday. Thanks. Prayers for all the family.~New Neighbor

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56744: Happy Sabbath Everyone!
Whew, cleaning is finally done. I hate doing all of this work on the Sabbath day, but I just told myself that cleanliness is next to Godliness! Actually, Bryan comes home from Vegas in the morning and he really likes a clean home, so the boys and I got to work. This is going to sound so awful, but I dread him coming. He's quite demanding and was already telling me things that I need to do tomorrow, sigh. I love him dearly, but it's always so much quieter when one member of the family is off somewhere, isn't it?
Auh20- I'm so glad that your daughters are doing well. Happy Belated Birthday! Did you set the house on fire with your candles, ha? I'll see if my library has those books you mentioned, thanks.
Opiemom- I'll be happy to take a piece of pie off your hands, thank you. My Grandmother is having problems with her church also. Right after the adults finished the Purpose Driven Life bible study the pastor has decided that he wants to be in charge instead of following the 150 year old charter saying the deacons have the final say. She's torn up about it all. An 88 year old woman who has been a Sunday School teacher for 40 years at this same church should not have to worry that it's falling apart.
MDC- How's your Mama doing?
APB Miss Peggy
Homemaker- Thank you for the goats milk opinion. Bryson was on goats milk for years because he was lactose intolerant. He does fine with cows milk now.
Merriweather- I'm sorry that I didn't welcome you earlier. I hope you enjoy your rocks on our here fine porch. The recital sounds adorable!
Boo- I'm sure you are super glad to be out of your parents house. That would drive me batty!
Well, I need to do a few things, surprised?, so I'll talk to y'all soon!
Blessings,
~Lucy

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56745: Auh20- Forgot to mention, I'm trying to talk my family into going to Jamestown for the celebrations this year. Since the year is almost over, it probably won't happen, but wouldn't that be great?
~Lucy

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56746: Auh2o, you're welcome and peace be to you, also!

Boo

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56747: Oh no, Lucy, the same thing happened to a large Baptist Church here in Corpus Christi. I think if you google Gardendale Baptist Church in CC, you might be able to read about it. It was a terrible church split in which the young pastor did the same thing. He gave member an ultimatum of voting his way or leaving, so many left. What was so bad about it was that the news media was all over it and it made Christians look rather un-Christlike.

Sorry that your hubby is demanding..I think we kind of got that idea from a few things you have said before. It's hard to live under that kind of scrutiny and pressure. Hang in there, prayers for you and your family.

Better go get Erin out of the shower and ready for bed.

Boo

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56748: Lucy, I did that Google search myself to refresh my memory and it all happened at the end of a 40 Days Of Purpose program. The pastor told the congregation that they needed to vote on whether they supported him completely or not. If the church voted against him he would leave. If they voted for him, those who voted against him would told to leave the church. 700+ voted for and 165 were ousted from the church.

Is that the kind of thing that is happening in your church? I will pray for your congregation.

Boo

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56749: ..or your grandmother's church, rather.

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56750: Opiemon, I grew up an Episcopalian and was involved in 1977 when two thirds of the church left. A few Bishops were trying to 'modernize' the church in a power play. It was nothing but a power play amongst men surly inspired surely by the devil.

Anyway, they were left with the marble and mahogany and from what I read, membership is still dropping. I still have a hurt in myself this happened, but the bright part is the splintered groups that left are now strong and still uniting thirty years later. God is with us, loves and protects those that live Him.

Prayers for all and know they are each evening. Don't post that much, but read all.
ray

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56751: didn't proof read....love Him
ray

October 07, 2007 - Msg 56752: Just wanted to clarify. The issue at my church really just involves me and an area I have been very involved in (music). I have been replaced so to speak by someone more qualified (and she is legitimately more qualified). I had suspected all summer and today I was officially informed. I really love music and so I'm a bit disappointed and a little hurt that it took so long to tell me. FOlks have been asking me where I've been and I didn't really know if I'd been replaced. So at least now I can say I won't be as involved as before.

Have a good night.

Opiemom

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56753: Opiemom, how sweet you are to adopt such a cooperative attitude about it all. I'm guessing you might be willing to function in an assistive capacity, and I'll bet that other person will be grateful for the help. She might be a bit defensive at first, until she realizes you really are accepting the change with good grace. If she has any sense, she'll accept help and be grateful.

I spent the evening out at my son's, and Brittney is doing great. The incision on her leg is 4" long, looks terrible to her, but to a nurse's eyes, it's beautiful. It's going to heal very nicely. I'm very encouraged.

I'm also very tired. Good night, friends. See you tomorrow! --Romeena

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56754: Hey auh20,boo,ro,ray,opiemom,Tom,Rev you out and about?..will send ya some breakfast...hey possum,lucy,New N,papa,mdc,md,horatio and all...breakfast will be at Shoneys b-bar...on me...at work now so let me get all theis stuff up and running...back in a bit...SPOT

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56755: Good Morning,friends.Thanks for breakfast, Spot,I love Shoney's. Hope you all are doing well, and your troubles are small and your blessings many.My youngest Tristan turned 26 yesterday,I sure feel old ,today.:)Well better take the dogs out for their mile and half walk,before it rains. take care PEACE Dr P

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56756: Ro, glad to hear Brittany is healing well. I thought about her last night when I visited my sister's church. The minister was speaking on James, about how we should react to hard trials and how they strengthen our faith and produce perseverance. I pray all that and more for Brittany (and your whole family).

So sorry, Opiemom. It might hurt now, but the way that you have handled your dissapointment (with grace) has not gone past God's notice. He will reward you.

Well, better go get Erin off to school...

Boo

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56757: Maude, I just saw the picture in the photo album of Belle. All I can say is she looks like a pup who knows what she wants! Such a serious little face. Cute!

Boo

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56758: Good morning all, hope everyone is well today. Monday morning again and another work week ahead.
Busy week end again. just stopping by for a quick hello and to tell ya lunch will be: tuna salad sandwhiches with sweet pickles, chips, and little debbie cakes for dessert. tea, lemonade to drink. see ya at noon. Big Maude

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56759: Good morning everyone. Itís muggy here, but still not rain. We really do need some, too. The leaves are just turning brown and falling off the trees. Itís not going to be a very colorful fall around here.

ROMEENA: Praise the Lord that your DIL came through okay. Continued prayers for a great news.

I donít mean to sound contrary, and certainly not demeaning in any way, but with all that talk about supplements, what not to eat, and treatments, it makes you wonder how us humans have survived for this long. Iím not discounting their effectiveness, mind you. We have to worry about so many pollutants today that find their way into our food supply. But God has made us omnivores, the Bible tells us that nothing God makes is unclean, and I believe, under normal circumstances, that if you eat healthy food and exercise you will be doing what you need to thrive. Of course, I still take a multivitamin .

SPOT: We both know who put that dent thereÖ

OPIEMOM: Sorry for your situation at church. But, like everyone has said, you seem to be handling it with Godly grace. Maybe God is freeing you up for something else? He does have a plan.

Itís a shame when churches are split over governing issues. And the solution is laid out right there in the Bible; it tells us the proper structure. Itís very dangerous when a church becomes a ďcult of personality,Ē too closely associated or run by one person, but it is no better when it is run like a democracy, or worse, a ďcabalĒ of deacons or other leaders.

Am I contrary today? I hope not, but I did have to get up early this morning with a sick son. It was out of my league, though (and it doesnít take much) so I had to wake up the Mrs. Anyway, sorry if Iím crusty this morning.

Me-They

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56760: Boo: Thanks for the nice comments about Belle. She is a such a sweet little dog. She loves my husband the best of all. It is funny to watch her when he comes home from work, that little tail wags as fast as it can and she can not wait for him to sit down so she can jump in his lap.
Se ya at lunch. Big Maude

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56761: Yea we do M-T..Big maude lunch sounds good..I will bring the jar of hot peppers...busy here at work...one of those days..2 tours have came through and im tired of talking!....SPOT

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56762: Just gave blood today - so I have had my cookies and my pop and ready, ready, ready - kerplonk!

A very nice weekend - spent they day yesterday doing nothing! It was great. . .cept for a couple loads of shorts!

My son's poison ivy foot is healing. It was so bad that it looked like it was severely burnt instead of poison ivy. Blister upon blister - I keep it wrapped in gauze and antibiotic ointment - it isn't itching now. I also bought him some fake crocs because his gym shoes put too much pressure on the foot.

Other than that! Nothing happening - suppose to rain tonite!

hm

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56763: HM: You mentioned poison ivy and now I've got it. Hope your son is back on two good feet soon.

Do you have my shorts? I was wondering where they got to.

M-T

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56764: Now you've done it, Me-They. You have really started a moulage with me concerning nutrition (she says as she peers over her obese abdomen at her computer screen)! hahaha....just kidding. Hope Chad feels better soon. Do you really have poison ivy or are you joking?

Been a busy day and still lots of laundry to do (big surprise). Karen's daughter Jill left her baby girl with me today while she attempts once more take take her GED this week. I immediately took the baby on a shopping spree and bought her some clean clothes. When she got here she reeked of cigaretts smoke. Her hair was tangled and the backpack and blanket she brought were filthy and smelly. I bathed her, washed her things (backpack and all), put some new clothes and shoes on her and brushed out her hair. She loved it (except for the hair brushing..she is almost 2 and doesn't say much...did manage to say "ouch" a few times, poor baby). Right now she is chillin' on the sofa with her sippy cup. I just hate to send her back home to her dirty, unhealthy home environment. Wish there was something more I could do.

Well, better finish my coffee break and get something done around here. I am supposed to be making lasagna and having my sister and her husband over tonight to discuss "the parents"...I may have to cancel and reschedule. Bruce has had that terrible cold and wakes me up all night with his snoring. He wears one of those sleep apnea machines but it doesn't even work when he has a cold. I'm pooped!

Boo

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56765: Boo, I am so glad you are being "grandma" to that baby girl. She'll remember that as she gets older. Grandma Boo! It has a good ring to it!

M-T, your shorts will be shipped out to you tonite - I need to buy some new starch so as I iron them, they will be neat as a pen! You will certainly stand up taller!

Send a pan of lasagna this way - I need as easy supper.


hm

PS - Be nice to me, I gave blood!

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56766: As long as it's not Grandma Boo-Boo. That has another connotation entirely. Cheers for you taking care of that baby. And prayers for her parents.

HM: Don't tell me you used starch! I may end up giving some blood myself.

I was just joking about the posion ivy. I'm just highly susceptible, and I'm all out of Miracle Salve (one of the kids has the mange).

I could use some lasagna, too. You ARE putting some beef in there, aren't you?

M-T

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56767: Hm no rain in site here...hope your son"s foot gets better...Hm we will have lasagna tonight!..I will bake up several pans for us...LOTs of beef cheese and all...[I really can make good lasagna]..big maude bring the slaw and M-T you brng the tea...lets eat outside...ya know how gossip goes HM you gave blood and by the time its at the end of the porch you will have had your arm cut off!..hee hee...well Asa,Romeena,TOM???...come in?..possum,lucy,ray,new N,big J??..Opiemom you can bring a big table cloth for the picnic table...well let me break out these tin pans.....SPOT

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56768: Did you hear HOMEMAKER got her arm cut off?

M-T

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56769: M-T, are having a sinking spell or something? Why don't you eat your Mr. Cookie Bar and lie down?

Boo

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56770: The way I hear it, HM was giving blood and when they went to jab her with the needle the nurses hand slipped and the needle ripped HM's arm clean off. She got a serious infection, which has spread to her legs; and since she already had poison ivy, there's just no telling what might happen now.
- Hazel

We don't gossip, we just pass along the news.

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56771: You are all just a bunch of nuts! ;-) And that's why I love you! HM, sorry to hear about your arm, can they get that sewn back on for ya???

BOO, my heart felt a pinch when you were describing this poor sweet little 2 year old and the conditions she's in. I have a 2 year old and I can't imagine her being in that kind of environment. It really just breaks a person's heart doesn't it?

OPIEMOM, you've accomplished what a lot of people can not--grace under disappointment. I hope things smooth out for you and you find your niche soon!

I made a lasagna yesterday for dinner and that thing weighed 20lbs.!!! We'll be eating lasagna for the next month but boy, it was delicious!

Well, got to get a thousand things done. Hope all is well with everyone! Many blessings and warm thoughts I send your way!

Merri Weather

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56772: Hi all,
Just checking in. Nothing good to report, but nothing real bad neither. Just same old, same old. But that's all I'll say about it for now.
But thanks everyone for all the prayers.

Well, one good thing is that two of my friends are here from Germany, and will be in town for a few weeks. He I knew from childhood and she, I got to know after they got married. The funny thing is when he met and got to know my wife(when we were just dating), he told me later that I should do like Forrest Gump and "run". So I tend to listen to his opinion more now, needless to say.;) I obviously didn't then.
Anyway, we spent some nice time together catching up yesterday and will see them later in the week.

Another nice thing that happened is that, well, I told you about Kai's birthday party at the roller rink. Well, there was this young sister(not the nun type) and brother(not the monk type) there then and the previous week that we went there, and they both took turns teaching Kai how to skate. We kind of included them in Kai's party even though no one really knew them, and they were really nice kids. They even gave Kai a present of a bracelet with wooden beads and a wooden cross(no it wasn't a rosary, I am quite familiar with those;)), and Kai wore it when we went back there this last Sunday. Pretty good kids.

Nice to see Pappa Bear posting!

-Sterling Holobyte

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56773:
Hello porch family...back home! Thank You Lord!

Lucy...I'm not scheduled in the Atlanta area right now. Came through there last night (early this morning).

hm....so glad the benefit went well.

Ro...I thank God for the great news on Brittany. Continuing to pray.

Spot....hey man....got those dogs and burgers. Good stuff!

Gotta run....check back later. Prayers for all.
-REV.

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56774: Evenin' Porch Family:
HM, so sorry to hear of your infection. That's such a shame when they don't use sterile needles when they take blood. Trying to cut corners and save a little money.
Boo: you have done a great deed for that precious baby. You have been a refuge when she needed someone to care. May the Lord give you more opportunities to help her. Keep your eyes open, they're on their way!!
Dinner in the yard, what a wonderful idea. NO CLEANUP if we spill. Thanks Spot.
Hey there Sterling- sounds like some friends in
the makin' for Kai!
Gonna go get ready for supper, --be right over Spot. ~New Neighbor

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56775: Well, hi and bye, friends. Just passing through on my way to work. I wouldn't have minded being cancelled, but it didn't happen. Seems we've got a pre-term labor patient who is bi-polar, very difficult, demanding and uncooperative, and the day charge nurse decided I was just the nurse to take her tonight. Something about her needing a nurse who would be kind but firm and not let her manipulate things. There are times when gray hair and experience can be a disadvantage. It's raining, and I'd sure like to stay home tonight. Oh well. My paycheck will look better if I work, so off I go. I still have a puppy to pay for! --Romeena

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56776:
RO- could you possibly check on Tom. Was he traveling? Seems like a few weeks since he last posted. Thanks. Prayers continue for DIL.
Boo- you have to go back and re-read your message 56764. After telling of all you did for that precious little one, you then said, "I have to get something done around here." You DID! (: Look at all you 'got done for that dear one." It just made me smile.
For Boo and AUH2O:
puer, pueri, puero, puerum, puero (:
HM- with that much starch, how am i going to give M-T a wedgie? ha
Lucy- you may not have heard, but my mom is now home with the Lord. But thanks for asking about her. 'Preciate it.One thing you could tell your husband is let's make a mutual commitment to start focusing on the positive of our marriage. Then watch a few eps of TAGS together, maybe even the one with the "honeys and dears", and get him laughing at himself.
Prayers for all porchsters and all in need of prayer. (I guess that is all of us.)
M-T likes his moulages with more plaster and Andy likes his with a little egg white.
Prayers for all.
MDC
Mayor Stoner: What release form do you use sheriff?
Andy: I dont use a form, I just turn 'em loose.


October 08, 2007 - Msg 56777:
Hey there MDC...how bout those D-backs! Man they are playing some ball.
-REV.

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56778: Hey Porch Family, anyone hear from Charlotte? It's been a while since I've seen her post...just curious. She's a sweetie, that one.

Listen folks, something serious for a second...a county police officer was killed yesterday in the line of duty and he was from my town. He left behind a wife, and two very little girls. If you could, I'd appreciate special prayers for this family. Well heck, let's all pray for our service people that put their lives on the line everyday for the greater good of their communities. (I think that includes wonderful people like ROMEENA who deal with sick people, sick in the body but also sick in the mind. That can be a danger, too.)

Thank you all! --Merri

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56779:
MDC- Ah, the declension of nouns (boy). It's been over 20 years but I can remember those. Palmarium! (I think)

Merri-That is a sad, prayers for the officers family.

I'm as beat as a Army mule, goodnight all.

auh2o

October 08, 2007 - Msg 56780:
Now auh2o...that's really beat! Have a good night.

Merri...I will surely be in prayer for that family. So sad. And yes...we should be praying for all our service workers that keep us all safe and well.

You all have a good night and know that I'm praying for all the porch family. Jesus loves you!
-REV.