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Small But Very Wise

posted by dhanny

Proverbs 30  tells us, “There are four things on earth that are small,  but they are very wise.  Ants are not very strong, but they store up food in the summer.  Rock badgers are not very powerful, but they can […]

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Not Ready

posted by dhanny

As I look outside at the trees with their leaves turning red,orange, and yellow; I just want to cry.  I am so NOT ready for winter.  I want the flowers to keep blooming and the sun to keep warming my […]

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Blessed In The City And Blessed In The Field

posted by dhanny

You hear many Christians complaining about paying their tithe to the church.  They also hesitate to give offerings and alms, for fear of not having enough to pay their bills.  My husband and I have been tithing for over 25 years […]

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Winter’s on Its Way

posted by dhanny

Depending on where you live the weather can changed drastically during the changing of the seasons.  If you live in Hawaii or Florida the changes will not be so dramatic.  Since I live in northern Ohio, I get to enjoy […]

Who Can We Believe?

posted by dhanny

I really know very little about politics, but I know I’m sick of all the negative TV adds and the unsolicited phone calls regarding everyone from senators to the current presidential candidates.  Why can’t they just tell the truth.  For […]

Transition

posted by dhanny

Webster defines transition as a passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another.  We all make many transitions during our lifetime.  They are not always enjoyable, but they are necessary  to grow and live in to world day’s.  […]

Why Do Trials Come?

posted by dhanny

Why does it seem the harder we try to please God, the more tribulations that follow us?  The Bible tells us that tribulations will come. Jesus tells us in John 16:33,”These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me […]

Tthe Beauty Of Flowers

posted by dhanny

Another thing we really enjoy at the county fair is the flower competition.  They have so many varieties; mums, dahlias, sunflowers, roses,.zinnias and some I’ve never seen before. I love most flowers, but some are just plain ugly.  I think snap […]

Prizes To Be Won

posted by dhanny

Another big attraction at the fair  is the game strip.  There are all kinds of games from Basketball toss to knock over the milk bottles.  They also usually have one where you race cars and one where you throw darts […]

Fair Food

posted by dhanny

Every August the Sandusky County Fair comes to our town.  Nothing changes much from year to year accept the grandstand shows and the prices.  One of the major attractions for us, senior citizens, is the food.  I love the waffles and […]

The Moving Wall

posted by dhanny

Several years ago we went to see the Vietnam memorial in Washington, D.C.  It was quite an emotional experience for my husband, Rich, as he is a Vietnam vet.  He was wounded over there in 1968.  Like most men and […]

The Games People Play

posted by dhanny

We were recently at the county fair and walked down the row of games.  They used  to cost a quarter and you could win a nice prize.  On this day, I spent $10, broke 7 balloons and won a tiny little […]

An Empty Ride

posted by dhanny

We went to the county fair last week and got there before the rides opened up.  There sat the lonely Ferris-wheel spinning around without anyone on it.  It was being faithful to provide the ride it’s passengers desired, but alas […]

Touch Through Me

posted by dhanny

There is a song my son used to perform mime to named, “Touch Through Me”.  It spoke of ways that we can allow God to touch others through us.  It carries a powerful message of faith and hope to all […]

Bridges

posted by dhanny

Bridges are a good way of getting from one place to another.  Usually they cross over water, or train tracks, traffic patterns, or maybe just a small stream.  They can be composed of everything a board over a ditch to […]

Back To School

posted by dhanny

As a child, I was always excited and more than ready to have school start in the fall.  It’s that time of year again.  By the first of September, millions of children and young people will be “back in the […]

Where Did God Go?

posted by dhanny

There are so many bad things happening around the world and in America.  Some people would blame it all on God.  Over the past few years, we have experienced devastating hurricanes and tornadoes which have taken many innocent lives.  We […]

Homemade is Always Best

posted by dhanny

Have you ever gone to a family reunion or church potluck and found that half of the food came straight from the store?  These occasions used to be a time to share and taste each other’s recipes.  We had a […]

The Wearing Down Of The Saints

posted by dhanny

Have you ever felt so sick and tired of being sick and tired, that you just wanted to give up?  When one has been a Christian for a long time, the enemy of our souls knows a frontal attack will […]

No Water Needed

posted by dhanny

Why is it that the weeds seem to grow in our yards and gardens, no matter what the weather conditions?  Most of our country has been in a terrible draught this year.  Ohio isn’t as bad as some other states, […]

Economic Crisis

posted by dhanny

Everything we see and hear on the news tells us what a bad place we are in.  The unemployment rate is up, the job possibilities are down, more people need food stamps and other financial assistance.  Life is horrible and […]

Sand Castles

posted by dhanny

A few weeks ago we took my son and his family to East Harbor Beach on Lake Erie.  Our grand-daughter, Erin had never seen a beach before because in St. Louis, where they live, she had only swam in pools.  […]

Wherever I Go

posted by dhanny

I am reminded of a chorus I sang as a teenager; shortly after I met Jesus.  It said, “Wherever I go, Lord; whatever I do;Lord keep me ever conscious of Your almighty presence. Wherever I go Lord; whatever I do”. […]

To Be Or Not To Be

posted by dhanny

“To be or not to be ” is a famous quote from William Shakespeare.  My topic is not Shakespeare.  The question is, “Today to be or not to be like Jesus”.  We choose each day whether we want to be […]

Forever Yours

posted by dhanny

Forever yours is a common way people sign their cards and letters to friends and family.  We would like to think that we will always have these people in our lives and that our relationships will always be good ones.  […]

The Ride Called Life

posted by dhanny

I just finished teaching VBS at out church last week.  The theme was the Amazement Park.  Throughout the week I was reminded of how much our lives can be like a roller coaster ride.  We have really high points and […]

Replacement Parts

posted by dhanny

As I looked out the window at my husband, Rich, weeding the flower bed, I was again reminded that “where there’s a will, there’s a way”.  Last year Rich had a complete hip replacement in June and a complete knee […]

What Happened to Freedom of Religion?

posted by dhanny

In August of 2011 President Obama put into law a ruling that has caused the Catholic Church to be concerned.  In his attempt to overhaul the health care system in America, he put into motion a law that requires all employers […]

Home Sweet Home

posted by dhanny

Summer is traditionally the time for vacations.  We spend a lot of time planning where we will go and what activities we want to do.  We make our motel reservations, check our airline schedules and decide which relatives will have […]

Back to the Original

posted by dhanny

I have some beautiful hybrid roses.  One of them is a gorgeous purple and the other is a lemon yellow.  Last year the purple one began to have red roses on one side of the bush and purple on the […]

Wearing PJs in all the Wrong Places!

posted by dhanny

Have you ever been walking through Walmart or Krogers and saw someone in their PJs and slippers?  Since when is this the right way to dress?  There are signs posted in many stores and restaurants stating, “no shoes, no shirt…no […]

Finding Jesus Everywhere

posted by dhanny

I just came from buying groceries.  I have spoken several times to one of the cashiers about our church food pantry.  Today she asked if she could make a cash donation to me to buy food for the pantry.  Finding […]

When Relationships Fail

posted by dhanny

We all have many types of relationships in our lives.  Everything from marriage, child-parent,  close friends, relatives, co-workers, church people and many more.  Whenever there are two people in a relationship, there is the possibility for failure.  We don’t like […]

After The Rain

posted by dhanny

As I sit listening to the rain on my roof, I am reminded of how fresh and sweet everything smells after the rain.  Our gardens really need a good drink from Heaven.  Often we feel hot and parched in our […]

The Difference Between Ignorant and Stupid

posted by dhanny

Do you know the difference between being ignorant and being just plain stupid?  I don’t make a practice of calling people either one, although I know those who, by definition, are both.  According to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary one who considered ignorant […]

The Lady Next Door

posted by dhanny

We have a neighbor lady who is really quite interesting.  She has worked every job from sales to nursing.  She has terrible mood swings, so I never know which way to approach her.  She is very nice and a good […]

Everyone Likes to Play

posted by dhanny

During a recent visit to the Toledo Zoo, I had the rare opportunity to watch both the elephants and the giraffes at play. The most recent baby elephant, Louie, was having quite a time throwing hay at his mother.  Then […]

Going Ape Over You

posted by dhanny

When God created all the animals, He certainly had a good imagination.  And how did He come up with all differences for them.  Adam must have had quite a time when he set out to name each one.  What exactly […]

We All Need Some Lovin’

posted by dhanny

The other night a friend of mine came home from work after dark.  When he got to his back yard he saw his white cat and began to pet her.  The more he petted her the more she rubbed against […]

Pruning Can Be Painful

posted by dhanny

Imagine these lovely roses being cut and chopped off.  Do you think this is an enjoyable experience?  If plants felt pain, I bet it would hurt.  Try pressing a pruning shears against your skin and see what it feels like.  […]

Water Is Good

posted by dhanny

We all need water to live.  We can only last a few days without it.  Our gardens and flowers are the same. God’s word says a lot about the cleansing effect water can have.  We take showers to get clean […]

Independance

posted by dhanny

Today we celebrate the winning of our independence  from England.  We all know the history here, the declaration of independence, the unfair taxes placed on the colonies, the Revolutionary War that finally brought us our freedom.  Today we enjoy the holiday […]

The Eagles Are Back

posted by dhanny

The American Bald Eagle was near extinction in the 1960s, but they have made a remarkable recovery in the state of Ohio.  They have now been removed from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered and threatened species roll.  In […]

Living in a Box

posted by dhanny

We have a fundraising event called “Box City”, to support our area homeless shelter.  The idea is to give people the experience of being homeless.  Many church groups, businesses, and youth organizations participate.  Each person get sponsors like one would […]

New Growth

posted by dhanny

New growth isn’t always pretty.  Look at this bush.  All those fresh little leaves do not make the bush attractive.  In fact it makes it look a little unruly.  However, without the new growth each year, the bush would stagnate […]

Whispers of Hope

posted by dhanny

Sometimes when I’m teaching my Sunday School class, the children get a bit too loud for me. I can’t really teach because they are talking and not listening.  I will begin speaking in just a whisper and say things like, […]

Crazy Daisies

posted by dhanny

We have all heard the saying, “the grass is greener on the other side of the fence”.  I think my daisies have decided that, “the dirt is browner on the other side of the yard”.  They normally are only planted […]

Do You See What I See?

posted by dhanny

Often we see things in part and assume the rest of the story.  That can be a very dangerous habit to get into.  I was taught to believe nothing of what I see and only half of what I hear.  […]

The Puzzle of Life

posted by dhanny

Life is a puzzle and sometimes we have difficulty getting the pieces to fit properly.  Little Erin was worn out just trying to put Strawberry Shortcake together.   She really was just going to rest her head for a minute and […]

Strawberry Fields Forever

posted by dhanny

The strawberry season in Ohio is just coming to an end.  What a sad day that will be.  I love strawberry anything.  We recently went out to Polter’s Berry Farm and bought some berries.  When our kids were little we […]

Like Father, Like Son

posted by dhanny

Yesterday at church, our assistant pastor was posing for pictures with his four year old son, Samuel.  They had both dressed in matching suits, ties and shirts.  Samuel thinks his daddy is the best thing since jelly donuts.  It was […]

Some Fathers Fail

posted by dhanny

It will be difficult for me to write a positive blog about fathers.  Both my father and my husband’s father were both abusive alcoholics.  Therefore, I will have to look hard for good things to say about either of them  […]

Loving John Deere

posted by dhanny

Some people love cars, some boats, some like lots of clothes or collect bells or magnets.  My husband loves anything John Deere.  He was raised on a farm and drove a 1946B tractor for years.  When his family didn’t farm […]

Your Secret Weapon

posted by dhanny

Did you know that you had a secret weapon?  God gave each of us one and its very easy to use.  It doesn’t cost any money to activate it and not much personal effort to put it to good use.  This […]

Dancing Girls

posted by dhanny

These little girls all attend my church.  Most of them have been in my Sunday School class at some point in time.  It’s amazing for me to watch them as they grow in their own relationships with Jesus.  Some think […]

Thank God For Volunteers

posted by dhanny

Last summer my husband had a total hip replacement.  Then in the fall, he had a knee replacement.  As a result, our yard and flower beds were terribly neglected.  It was all I could do to take out the garbage […]

Our God Is Awesome

posted by dhanny

In my Sunday School class this week we learned what it means to be awesome.  Webster says to be awesome is to express the attribute of awe.  Awe is said to be a state of wonder that is inspired by […]

Strange Bedfellows

posted by dhanny

Smugde and Noodles have been my four legged, furry children for over 10 years now.  Noodles was here when my kids were still at home.  She will soon be 16 in people years, that’s 119 in kitty years.  She doesn’t […]

I See Dead People

posted by dhanny

Over the Memorial Holiday we made a trip to the family cemetary.  It’s where all my family are buried.  In fact my great-grandfather donated the land for the church and cemetary in the early 1800’s.  My maiden name was Gruver, […]

Summer Vacations

posted by dhanny

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer.  The kids are out of school. The swimming pools open up, and most people start thinking of their vacation trips.  Where will you go this year?  Will you travel by plane, train, […]

A Time To Remember

posted by dhanny

Memorial Day is a day chosen to remember all those men and women who have given their lives for our freedom.  From the Revolutionary war to the war in Afghanistan, we have continued to sacrifice the lives of our best people.  […]

Walking In The Darkness

posted by dhanny

Have you ever had to walk somewhere in total darkness? It can be a bit un-nerving.  I remember as a child when the construction workers were working on the road in front of our house, they used smudge pots to […]

All God’s Creatures

posted by dhanny

I love to look out my windows and see what the nature world is doing in my yard.  This fat bunny comes almost every day to find what he can under the bird feeder.  Sometimes I put cut up fruit […]

How Can We End Homelessness in America?

posted by dhanny

I’m sure I don’t have all the answers for that, but if we each try to make a difference in our own community and work together with others of like mind, I believe we can make a difference.  I live in […]

The Bigger Picture

posted by dhanny

Margaret Weisz has been the director of the Liberty Center of Sandusky County for 14 years.  She began working as a volunteer years before that.  The Liberty Center is the only homeless Sandusky County.  Margaret and the Liberty Center belong […]

Binding Us Together-The Olympic Games

posted by dhanny

A wonderful thing seems to happen as people from around the world gather to compete in the Olympics.  This year’s Summer Olympics will be held in London, England.  What is it that makes us gather to support the young athletes […]

What Every Mother Wants To Hear

posted by dhanny

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, many of us are looking for the perfect gift for our own mom Should we send flowers or buy a box of chocolates?  Maybe a new blouse for summer or a nice pair of sandals.  […]

10 Qualities of a Good Mother

posted by dhanny

1. A mom will always be there for her children, even when they are grown. 2. A mom thinks about her children long after they have “flown the nest”. 3. A mom supports her children’s dreams, even when they seem […]

Don’t Desire What Isn’t Yours

posted by dhanny

This is the last of the Ten Commandments, “You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbors”.  The word covet is one we don’t use much these days.  Basically it means to desire greatly enough to try to make […]

No Lying Allowed

posted by dhanny

Bearing false witness or giving false testimony are just other ways of saying lying.  One of the prblems with lying is that we have made it into a degree measuring unit.  Some ‘little white lies’ are acceptable.  Things said in […]

Don’t Steal Things

posted by dhanny

When God gave this commandment, I wonder if He knew how people would twist its meaning.  Of course, He did, He’s God.  I always imagine some child stealing a candy bar or a teenager shoplifting a sweater they can’t afford […]

Be Careful Where You Look

posted by dhanny

“You shall not commit adultery” is the 7th commandment.  We all know what that means.  When you are having an intimate relationship with someone to whom you are not married, you are breaking this command.  It is sad to realize […]

You Shall Not Kill

posted by dhanny

This is possibly the easiest commandment to explain.  We all know what it means to take someones life and that it is something we should not do.  I suppose the exceptions would be during battle in he military and when […]

Honor Your Parents

posted by dhanny

Sometimes honoring our parents can be a real challenge.  Parents are somewhat like church leader or politicians, they deserve our respect just because of who they are.This is the first commandment that comes with a promise.  Exodus 20:12, “HONOR YOUR […]

Keeping The Sabbath

posted by dhanny

The fourth commandment is “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”  Wow, what does that means by today’s standards?  In the Old Testament there was a whole list of things that couldn’t to done on the Sabbath.  The Jewish […]

Don’t Misuse God’s Name

posted by dhanny

The third commandment is, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.”  This really doesn’t need a lot of explanation.  For some people the names Jesus Christ and  God are only heard as curse words.  They are […]

Make No Idols

posted by dhanny

The second commandment is, “You shall not for yourself an idol in any form of anything.”  In biblical times people worshipped many different things, from golden and bronze statues to cows and monkeys.  Some worship toads or the sun and […]

No Other Gods

posted by dhanny

Today I will begin my series on the Ten Commandants and how they relate to today’s society.  The first command is pretty straight forward.  “You shall have no other gods before me.” Whether you call Him Jehovah, I Am, the […]

Remembering The Holocaust

posted by dhanny

The sinking of the Titanic isn’t the only memorial being held this month.  On April 22 there will be a memorial celebration for those lost in the Holocaust.  The Holocaust is a horrible part of history, well documented with testimonies, […]

Remembering The Titanic

posted by dhanny

Sunday was the 1ooth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.. It was a dreadful accident that amany think could have been prevented.  1500 people lost their lives when she sank.  People from all walks of life; the very wealthy […]

Volunteer Week

posted by dhanny

This week is National Volunteer Week.  Volunteering is a wonderful way to serve your community and make a difference in the lives of those around you.  Jesus did a lot of volunteering, but He called it ministry.  Have you ever […]

Tax Day

posted by dhanny

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; tax time.  This is when ‘we the people’ get to give a portion of our hard earned money to the government.  Then they will spend it on all sorts of stuff.  Not […]

Worship Through Dance

posted by dhanny

Many churches think it is wrong to dance at all, especially in church.  Our church welcomes the freedom to worship in dance.  We have an adult team and a children’s team.  On Easter Sunday the ladies group performed a beautiful […]

The Beauty of Spring

posted by dhanny

I am a flower nut.  One of my favorite things in the springtime is to look at God’s beautiful creation through His gift of flowers.  There will probably be more flowers than words in this blog, because there is nothing […]

Too Much Candy

posted by dhanny

With so many Easter baskets full of candy, it will be hard to not to over do the sugar high that comes along with marshmallow eggs and chocolate bunnies.  If you don’t like sweets, you are truly blessed because most of […]

Do You Believe In The Easter Bunny?

posted by dhanny

Easter, much like Christmas was introduced as a way for Christians to celebrate and enjoy holiday festivities at the same time the pagans were.  Because there is no way of finding the actual dates of things like the birth of […]

Spring-A Time For New Life

posted by dhanny

It never ceases to amaze me how all the drabness of Winter turns into beautiful new life in the  Spring.  All the old deadness and ugliness suddenly changes with the hope of warm weather.  These weeping cherry trees show the […]

Does It Really Matter What Church You Attend?

posted by dhanny

With Easter just around the corner, many people are questioning just what they do believe.  Does it really matter, as long as we believe something and hold to that belief?  There are millions of churches around the world.  There are […]

Feeding The Hungry #3

posted by dhanny

The Scripture tells us in Matthew 25:35-40 that if we have given food or drink to a stranger, it is the same as if we have given it to Jesus.  Jesus had a real compassion for the poor of His […]

Feeding The Hungry #2

posted by dhanny

Many of the people who come to our food giveaways feel like they are the only one in that situation.  They tend to believe that Christians have wonderful, stress free lives and don’t have the same difficulties as the rest […]

Feeding The Hungry #1

posted by dhanny

Many people in America have been  placed in desperate situations because of our  failing economy.  Even those who receive government assistance usually are scraping the bottom of the barrel by the end of the month.  When the food stamps run […]

Don’t Get “Puffed Up”

posted by dhanny

Once you have found your destiny in God, it is not difficult to get “puffed up”.  You may think you are the best at this ministry and deserve recognition for all your accomplishments.  Recognition is not a bad thing, but […]

Passion + Giftings + Ministry= Your Destiny In God

posted by dhanny

God is so wonderful when it comes to pulling things together.  Things that we think are just a mumble jumble of experiences, He can use to create a powerful ministry.  We often ask children, “What do you want to be […]

Allow Yourself To Fall In Love

posted by dhanny

Once you have found your place, allow yourself to fall in love with it.  Teaching children is my passion.  I love doing it.  I have been doing it for almost 45 years.  I taught kindergarten at a small Christian school […]

Try New Things

posted by dhanny

In our pursuit of our destiny, we must be open to try new things.  How else will we know what is our passion is and what talents and giftings we have?  A person who goes to church every time the […]

Finding Your Destiny

posted by dhanny

I believe that God has a purpose for each of us.  There is no child born without a God-given plan for his/her life.  It is our responsibility to learn what that purpose is and pursue it with all our heart. […]

Sports for Homeschoolers

posted by dhanny

There is a bill currently before the Virginia General Assembly that would allow home-schooled students to try out for and play on public school sports teams.  It has been nicknamed the “Tebow Bill” because apparently that’s how Tim Tebow was […]

Sleeping Children

posted by dhanny

Even the most rambunctious child is peaceful and quiet when sleeping.  It does’t matter what kind of mischief they have gotten into during the day or what level of frustration you have reached; when they sleep they are adorable. My […]

Serving God With Excellance

posted by dhanny

I think we all start out with the intention to serve God with all our hearts.  We make a commitment to yield ourselves; body, soul, and spirit.  But something often happens as we pursue our dreams and ambitions, and we […]

Celebrate or Be Depressed

posted by dhanny

I was volunteering at our local homeless shelter last weekend and learned that Valentine’s Day can be fun for everyone.  I took some craft supplies with me and one of the younger residents helped decorate the shelter and made some […]

Children Love Valentine’s Day

posted by dhanny

   Sometimes we think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday for adults, for people who in love with each other.  I have learned over the years of teaching that children love Valentine’s Day too.  Many take cards and treats to […]

How Well Do You Know Him?

posted by dhanny

     With it being an election year, we are bombarded with new faces in the political arena.  We hear each one say how great they are and why they should be our next president, and in the next breath they […]

The Perfect Love

posted by dhanny

    The month of February is all about love and Valentine’s Day.  There are so many kinds of love that sometimes it’s hard to figure out just what kind of love we have for certain individuals.  There is the special […]

What’s For Lunch?

posted by dhanny

    Why is it that our national leaders have time and energy to figure what our children should have for lunch, but they can’t agree on budget issues.  Why do they even care what these kids have for lunch?  Is […]

Fire From Heaven

posted by dhanny

     A few nights ago we experienced the largest solar flares in over 8 years.  These solar storms travel at 4 million MRH.  When the geomagnetic particles meet with the Earth’s atmosphere, they create a beautiful sights in the skies.  […]

7 Ways To Guarantee A Happy New Year

posted by dhanny

The new year is upon us and we each have our own dreams and aspirations as to what that year will hold for us.  Life really comes with no guarantees, but here are some simple ways to make this year […]

Paula Deen and Diabetes

posted by dhanny

     Celebrity chef and Food Network star, Paula Deen, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 3 years ago.  She chose to keep that knowledge to herself until she could find a way to help others with the same diagnosis. […]

Making Choices

posted by dhanny

Every day, sometimes every hour we have to make choices that concern our lives and well being.  A few months ago I watched as a group of children tried to make wise choices regarding their candy selections.  When I was […]

The Chill Factor

posted by dhanny

     Here in Ohio we often have enough wind during the winter months to measure a wind chill factor.  That isn’t the actual temperature, but rather the temperature that it feels like to our bodies because of the wind.  Today […]

Whiter Than Snow

posted by dhanny

    We finally have the first snowfall of the winter in Ohio.  Is there anything whiter than new fallen snow?  I don’t think so.  I doubt if God would have used that as an object of comparison regarding our sins, […]

His Mercies Are New Every Morning

posted by dhanny

   With the coming of each new year comes the notion that we have a new beginning.  Of course, this quite true, but not only with the coming of a new year.  God’s Word tells us in Lamentations 3:22-24, “It […]

It’s Broken, But How Can We Fix it?

posted by dhanny

     Aren’t you tired of all political ads on TV and the political phone calls and fliers in the mail?  I sure am and we still have months to go before the 2012 Presidential election.  I wonder what would happen […]

God Doesn’t Make No Junk

posted by dhanny

I often drive by this junk yard and wonder what has happened to put each item in the heap.   I guess I am just naturally curious;or maybe I just have an over active imagination.  I hear so many people say they […]

New Beginnings

posted by dhanny

The new year always offers us a chance to erase the errors of the past and have a new beginning.  Thank God!!  We all make so many mistakes and often fail ourselves and others.  Every January we get a fresh […]

Christmas in Northern Ohio

posted by dhanny

This IS NOT a normal Christmas in northern Ohio!!!   Where is the snow? Where is the ice?  Where are the big gray clouds?  Where are the freezing temperatures?  It was 43 degrees when I took these pictures.  The sun was […]

Homeless at Christmas

posted by dhanny

Being homeless is never an enjoyable experience, but it can be especially tramatic over the holidays.  Families with children seem to suffer the most.  The little ones are afraid that Santa won’t find them at the homeless shelter.  The older children […]

Survivor South Pacific

posted by dhanny

Last week they concluded the 23rd year of Survivor.  Many times this season one would find the cast members were  having a prayer meeting, instead of playing a game.  Even Jeff Probst mentioned that he had never seen a year […]

A Secret Santa

posted by dhanny

We hear about a few ‘secret Santa’s” every Christmas, but this year in northern Ohio, we have had a bunch of them.  They just want to give someone merry Christmas without creating a fu over themselves. We have had  a […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

posted by dhanny

I always thought “The twelve Days of Christmas” was just a goofy song to sing at Christmas time.  What in the world do leaping lords and swimming swans have to do with Christmas?  Then someone sent me this explanation for […]

Keeping Your Focus

posted by dhanny

     Do you ever get distracted?  I sure do.  When ever I have something important to do for the the Lord, there are twenty other things demanding my attention.  Our society moves so quickly, that before we know it we […]

The Secret of Christmas

posted by dhanny

We make Christmas to so many things that it is not.  It can become the most frustrating time of the year instead of the most wonderful time of the year.  But, Christmas isn’t candy canes and popcorn put on strings.  […]

A Loss Over The Holidays

posted by dhanny

Losing someone you love is never an easy thing to bear, but it is even more difficult when it happens near the holidays.  I lost my sister, my last sibling, last year a week before Thanksgiving.  It was totally unexpected […]

The Forgotten Sacrifice

posted by dhanny

We usually think of Jesus’ sacrifice for us at Easter time.  We recall His willingness to submit to His Father’s will and endure the agony of the crucifixion.  Indeed, that was a great sacrifice which bought us our eternal salvation, […]

Too Much Family Fun

posted by dhanny

This is Joshua and Jesse after their afternoon at the ice skating rink.  They were “too pooped to participate”, in anything except a nice long nap.  I think we all wanted to take a nap, but only the little ones were […]

The Ice Adventure

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We have an ice rink about three blocks from us and my kids have always been skaters.  This year we had the wonderful experience of having both of our sons home at the same time.  So, they decided it would […]

Early Christmas

posted by dhanny

Most people haven’t even finished their Christmas shopping yet, but we have already had Christmas with two of our grown children and their families.  I really had to scramble to get everything bought and wrapped so early. It sounds crazy, […]

The Last Rose of Summer

posted by dhanny

     I love my roses, especially the sweet smelling ones.  Often when they try to make hybred types, like purple and black roses, the flower loses its fragrance.  I like the unusual colors, but the fragrance is what is best. […]

A Holiday Solution To Going Bald

posted by dhanny

I am always looking for new ways to bring joy into our lives.  This blog is more about laughter than true joy, but maybe I will get you to chuckle a bit.    My oldest son, Matt, and his family usually come […]

Trimming The Tree

posted by dhanny

This year is the first time we haven’t had a real tree.  All our growing up years and all our raising children years we always had a live tree.  But, since neither of us can get down on the floor […]

Frosting Cookies With Grandma

posted by dhanny

I have great fun while frosting cookies with my grand daughter, Erin.  She is only 5 and still thinks grandma is the greatest thing since sliced bread.  Last week we had to make some Christmas cookies early because we had […]

One Happy Grandpa

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This is the face of one happy grandpa.  Some of these children he hasn’t seen for a year and a half and it has been quite a year for Grandpa.  In March he started noticing that his hip hurt.  It […]

Thanksgiving At My House

posted by dhanny

Thanksgiving is always a special time for us because we get to see some of our children and grandchildren.  Both of our sons and their families were able to come this year, so we had  a double blessing.  We used […]

Holiday Shuffle

posted by dhanny

     With Thanksgiving over, now we begin the countdown to Christmas.  There are so many things to take care of; shopping, wrapping, cooking, party planning, the church Christmas play, and sending Christmas cards.  Plus, the array of festive Christmas cookies […]

Black Friday

posted by dhanny

     Black Friday, what an awful way to describe one of the most enjoyable days of the year.  That is if you like to shop till you drop.  I know the retailers have a reason for this name, I just […]

The First Thanksgiving

posted by dhanny

     In 1620, when the Mayflower sailed from England to the New World, the pilgrims had no idea what to expect in this new place.  They had brought only a very few items with witch  to start their new lives.  They […]

T-H-A-N-K-S-G-I-V-I-N-G

posted by dhanny

     Let’s see what we have to be thankful for: T- is for all the teachers, who have made a difference in your life. H- is for your home and all the warmth it offers. A-is for your animals, who […]

Holy Potato Chips

posted by dhanny

     We have a company in nearby Tiffin, OH, that makes the best potato chips in the world.  They are the famous Ballreich’s  chips.  Many people who move away from the area, actually  order these chips and have them delivered […]

Some Bunny Loves Me

posted by dhanny

Have you ever had a pet bunny rabbit?  They are so soft and cuddly.  I love to rub my cheek over their warm fuzzy coat.  Bunnies are special little pets who give lots of love to their owners. There is […]

One of Those Days

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  Have you ever had a day when everything that could go wrong did?  Well, I have had that kind of week.  My husband had knee surgery a few days ago and is in a rehab center now.  He probably […]

There Is No God

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     As I look out my window at the beautiful colors of my trees and watch the leaves float down in the afternoon breeze, I wonder how anyone could not believe in God.  My happy little squirrel is stealing bird […]

7 Ways to a Happy Thanksgiving

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     With Thanksgiving only a few days away, many of us are getting ready for out-of -town guests.  We have 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren.  They all live several hours aways from us.  Matt is in St. Louis, MO, […]

Patience is a Virtue

posted by dhanny

     Yesterday I spent 71/2 hours waiting in a hospital waiting room while my husband had a knee replacement.  Patience may be a virtue, but it isn’t my area  of strength, unless it’s regarding children.      I am grateful that […]

Hunger in America

posted by dhanny

     Can it be true that in this land of promise and plenty there actually are people who do not get enough to eat?  Statistics show that one out of every six people are hungry.  One out of four are […]

Fast Forward to Christmas

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     Now that Halloween is over, let’s be getting ready for Christmas.  The stores are already decked out in Christmas style.  As the Halloween items go on the clearance racks, the Christmas goodies come out.  Around here some stores had Christmas […]

Season of Fear

posted by dhanny

     Halloween is a time when ghosts and goblins roam freely across our nation.  Most people have little or no knowledge of how it started or what they are celebrating.  We know it is called Satan’s holiday.   It has always been […]

The Pediatric Pumpkin Patch

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To the far right of the jail garden lies their pumpkin patch.  They call it The Pediatric Pumpkin Patch because of what they do with it.  This is the largest plot of land , except maybe the sweet corn, that […]

Trust Me, This is Good For You!

posted by dhanny

When an individual chooses to break the law in Sandusky County, I’m sure they are not imaging themselves planting cabbage and snapping string beans.  That is  not typical behavior for someone incarcerated.  However, Kyle Overmyer is not your typical sheriff. […]

Chicken Poop

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To the far left of the garden we found a chicken coop and run.  The inmates have been raising their chickens and butchering them in 2010.  Last year the chickens produced 600 pounds of meat.  The inmates don’t get much […]

Behind The Fence

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Behind the building that houses the Sandusky County jail stands a big fence.  It’s very tall and topped with barbed concertina wire.  You definitely know you are at a prison. My husband and I went out to take a look […]

Youthful Wisdom

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Kyle Overmyer is the youngest sheriff in the state of Ohio.  He is only 38 years old, but that doesn’t mean that he lacks motivation or wisdom.  When he took office he was told to “trim” the budget.  He found […]

Eat Your Veggies

posted by dhanny

I would much rather eat a piece of homemade carrot cake than eat a raw carrot. I would be more likely to choose chocolate as a treat, over a radish.  Most of us would rather have ice cream instead of […]

A Work In Progress

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We recently did some remodeling in our bathroom.   My way of handling it was to run away with my friend and go shopping for 2 days.  The house was a mess, with tools and dry wall all over the place.  […]

Qualities of a Teddy Bear

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I have a teddy bear collection.  I simply cannot resist their adorable faces.  I used to have hundreds of them in 3 rooms of my house.  When we moved to a smaller place 3 years ago, I had to downsize.  […]

From Death To Life

posted by dhanny

We had the most beautiful red maple tree when we lived out on the farm.  It was just gorgeous in the fall.  I noticed a few months ago that they had cut it down.  Apparently it’s  branches were too close […]

A History Lesson

posted by dhanny

I understand that World War I wasn’t really the first world war.  In the early 19th century, France and England were fighting throughout the world.  England was trying to stop trade between Canada and the young United States.  At the […]

The Merry-Go-Round

posted by dhanny

Does your life ever feel like you are riding a merry-go-round?  Your emotions go up and down like the horses on the poles of a carousel.  Your spirit soars one day and you are in a valley the next.  Your […]

Pecking Order

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We used to live on a forty acre farm that my husband was born and raised on.  During the time we decided to raise some chickens so we could have fresh eggs.  We usually bought about 10 chicks, because we […]

Can Scrapbooking Be a Ministry?

posted by dhanny

     I love to scrapbook.  I do it whenever I have a few minutes to spare.  I have all kinds of punches, stickers, ribbons, button, brads, and numeruos other tools.  To me scrapbooking is a great way yo relax and […]

Going to the High Places

posted by dhanny

Have you ever noticed how cats love to climb up to the high places in your house?  Mine will even jump up to the top of the fireplace or refrigerator just to check out the view.  My husband gets quite […]

The Captain of Our Ship

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I have never been much of a boat person.  Maybe because I get motion sickness very  easily.  I was always fearful on the small boats on Lake Erie.  I wasn’t sure the person handling the controls was really capable to […]

My Rock

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One of the neatest things about the shores of Lake Erie is that there are many places where one can climb up on a big rock and just think or pray.  There are lots of these huge rocks near the […]

Sea Birds

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These seagulls look as if they are all lined up to see a concert or watch a play.  I don’t particularly like these birds, but they are fun to watch.  They like to poop all over the place, including on anyone […]

The Waves of Life

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Lake Erie is one lake that is known for fast developing storms.   It may be smooth and clear when you leave port, but in a few hours you might be dealing with 10 foot waves.  Isn’t that just like our […]

Tomorrow May Never Come

posted by dhanny

A friend of mine once told me, “Life is what happens while we’re busy making plans”.   That is so true.  We spend much of our time planning what we will do next, instead of what we are doing right now.  […]

The Lighthouse

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One of the most beautiful places on our Lake Erie shore line is the Marblehead Lighthouse.  Not only is it a lovely spot to picnic and watch the boats come and go, but also quite a tourist attraction.  People can […]

Fix Your Barn

posted by dhanny

As we travel around the rural area where I live, there are hundreds of barns to see.  Some are top of the line; huge, with fresh paint and a new roof.  Others look like they have been neglected for years.  […]

I Don’t Need a License

posted by dhanny

     What is it with all the licenses we need to have in order to live our lives?  How many do you have?  Do you have all the important ones?  Who decides what is important enough to need a license? […]

Gender Selection

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     I recently read an article in our local newspaper that told of a new blood test that women can get to determine the gender of their baby before it is born.  The test can be done as early as […]

The Power of the Tongue

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     Proverbs 18:21 tells us that “…..The power of death and life is in the tongue.”  And James  tells us that “…..The tongue no man can tame.”  Those are pretty strong words.   I think sometimes we don’t realize what power […]

That Old Time Religion

posted by dhanny

     In 1967-68 I attended God’s Bible School and College.  This school is still going strong in 2011.  They have added new buildings and new people, but their religious stance remains the same.   It has been over 40 years and […]

Inside The House

posted by dhanny

     They say you can’t judge a book by its cover.  I wonder if one can tell a house by its exterior design and landscaping.  This beautiful house is located in my home town.  I have always admired it’s beauty […]

His Eye Is On The Sparrow

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     I have always found it hard to believe that God knows how many hairs we each have on our heads.  I know it is true because God’s word says it to be true.  I cannot even imagine knowing this […]

God Will Provide

posted by dhanny

     Our world is becoming a scary place to live.  There are earthquakes and hurricanes, tornadoes and floods.  Even droughts and extreme temperatures are becoming more common.   That’s only in the realm of weather patterns!      We look at our economy, […]

Summer’s Almost Gone

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     Labor Day is just around the corner and with it comes the traditional ending of the summer season.  Although the calendar doesn’t say it’s officially fall yet, for all practical purposes summer is over.  Many local pools and tourist […]

Where Have All The Children Gone?

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     Where have all the children gone?  I don’t see them walking to the pool or riding their bikes down my street.  I can’t hear them laughing and argueing on the corner.  I haven’t seen them with their skateboards and […]

The Romantic

posted by dhanny

     My husband is a hopeless romantic.  He has always been that way.  He loves flowers and I know he loves me.  I used to travel a lot when my first book was released, he always had a fresh bouquet […]

Sowing and Reaping

posted by dhanny

     It’s amost harvest time here in Ohio.  Some things have already been harvested, like the wheat, hay, oats,  rye and barley.   The cabbage is coming off now and the tomatoes have begun to turn red.  We have fields of […]

Summer Delights

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     I love the summer time, when all the lovely flowers bloom.  I have flowers that start when there is still snow on the ground and some that bloom right up to the first frost.  I like all kinds of […]

Camels In Ohio?

posted by dhanny

     Imagine my surprise when I drove past our fair grounds last week and saw a bunch of camels roaming around near one of the horse barns.  What in the world?  Then a few days later I drove past and […]

No Speedos For Roy

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          Roy Lester, a 61 year old lifeguard from New York, lost his job for refusing to wear a speedo during a speed test.   He had been a lifeguard at Jones Beach, NY since 1966 and swimming was his passion.  […]

The Truth At Any Cost

posted by dhanny

    A few weeks ago I wrote a news blog about Americans becoming a bunch of liars.  My source was the CBS Early Show.  This week they have had an incredible story about honesty.  It seems that the Smith family […]

Doctor, Doctor

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    As children we used to sing this little tune, ” Doctor, Doctor can you tell what will make poor Jimmy well?  He is sick and going to die.  Doctor, Doctor tell me why.”   Back then, most families had one doctor.  If […]

Porterhouse Steak or Pork Loin

posted by dhanny

     Have you ever met anyone who didn’t know that difference between a porterhouse steak and a pork loin?  I have, my husband.  Well, he does now, but when we first got married 42 years ago he didn’t.  The first […]

Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother

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       Exodus 20:12 is said to be the first commandment with promise.  It says, “Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God hath given thee.”  We would say, […]

What Were They Thinking?

posted by dhanny

      Have you seen the recent television commercial for AT&T movie downloads?  It shows a family, parents and two children.  The children are both under 12 years old, or so it would seem.  They sit on the sofa listening to […]

Too Much Stuff

posted by dhanny

     People in America seem to think that we are entitled to be happy and satisfied all the time.  We buy bigger houses, faster cars, new clothes and furniture, and so much more.  We just have to have the latest […]

Hot Dogs & Cancer

posted by dhanny

    Physicians  Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in Washington, DC believe that there is evidence that hot dogs can promote cancer.  They claim hot dogs should come with a warning label similar to cigarettes.  Processed meats, like hot dogs, can increase […]

Rock Stars in the Making

posted by dhanny

     A few weeks ago we had almost the whole family together and the cousins were having a ball playing together.  They range from 18 to 4 years old, but that doesn’t matter when you are family.  This is especially […]

Pure and Holy Ways

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     “Pure and holy ways”, that’s what polygamist, Warren Jeffs, says about his lifestyle.  In 2008 the authorities raided their compound in Eldorado, TX.  This was amidst allegations of young girls being forced into polygamist marriages, many to men who […]

The Runaway

posted by dhanny

     Today, in New York City, people got a surprise as they walked down Fifth Ave. Way up high on a swanky apartment building sat a peacock.  He remained calm, cool, and collected as he surveyed the New York sky […]

The Correct Position For Prayer

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     What should be the proper position of our body when we pray?  This is a question I posed to my Sunday School class a few months ago.  They are kindergarten and first graders.  The unanimous answer was….we must bow […]

Junk or Treasures?

posted by dhanny

     One of America’s greatest past times is  going to garage sales.  In any given week there can be up to 100 sales just in our small community.  This activity seems to be popular with both men and women, although […]

Root Beer Floats

posted by dhanny

      We have an old fashioned Root Beer Stand in my home town; complete with car hops and hanging trays.  The food is fabulous and the atmosphere always takes you back to the sixties.  My fist job was as a […]

Truth or Consequences

posted by dhanny

     Today on the CBS Early Show they had a feature about the epidemic of lying that has swept our nation over the last 20 years.  It seems that no one wants to speak the truth and accept the consequences […]

The Mystery of Food Stamps

posted by dhanny

      If you have ever had to use food stamps, you will understand my purpose writing this blog.  It has been over 30 years since we used them, but some of the same rules apply.  I watched is disbelief at […]

Don’t Bother Me, I’m Napping

posted by dhanny

We all like to take a nap once in a while.  That is a good thing.  It has been medically proven that a short nap during the day increases our productivity and sharpens our thinking.  My son-i n-law takes a […]

La Cucoracha

posted by dhanny

     There I sat in a low-income apartment in the red light district of Cincinnati.  The only  thing that wasn’t moving was me.  The walls were crawling.  The furniture was making me see double.  The floors were pulsating like waves […]

Believe It Or Not

posted by dhanny

     What people believe can cause a lot of controversy.  We all believe in something.  When we meet others who have the opposite belief or at least a different belief, it can spark  an argument.      There is sometimes a vast […]

Sunflowers

posted by dhanny

Sunflowers are beautiful to look at as they grow in the backyard.  They make a nice fresh flower arrangement for a table centerpiece.   The sunflower design is used very often in home decor.  My kitchen is done in sunflowers and […]

Stepping Stones

posted by dhanny

     Is there anything more precious than watching a small child worshipping God?  We have a children’s dance team at our church called Stepping Stones.  Many of these little girls are also in my Sunday School class, so I have […]

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