Always on a Learning Curve

The last couple of days I have been reading up on the
 Ketogenic Diet by Dr. Eric Westman, recommended by Dr. Steve to Ron and I last week when I saw him
for a follow up on my diabetes.
The good news is my A1C was 6.6, 
down from 7.6 taken in July.
6.5 is average!!!
What I like about Dr. Westman’s diet plan is that it is not an all or nothing plan,
it is 5 days on and 2 days off.
I have been checking out recipes and meal plans
I do so much better if I have a plan to follow
so I am learning lots of new things.
I struggle a lot with “having quiet time with the Lord”
and on Monday at Forever Friends I was encouraged 
when Carolyn shared she was talking to God while making the beds.
WOW…just talk to God whenever I want
and wherever I want.
Yes, I know God is always available
but feeling like I have to have designated time to be alone
to pray, read and talk to God…yes that’s important
but talking to God freely as I go through my day,.
time to relax and talk more to God!!!
And this morning with my devotional,
being reminded its not enough to just talk the talk
but walking the walk is so important.
God’s Word is truth and I need to fill my mind with His truth,
not necessarily only by reading, but listening, singing,
giving praise to the Lord.
And I struggle with feeling like I am so NEEDY
I am always asking God for things,
take this away from so & so, or help so & so with ?
And then I was reminded 
that my prayer should not be “take this or that away”
Protect and Love on 
our children, our friends and myself
That it is okay to ask God for things but 
more importantly
So today
my goal is to 
Praise the Lord
through all that I do
and while I tackle my To Do List.
Hope y’all have a great day and find reasons to give thanks to the Lord.

Remembering our son, Royce

This past week has been a bag of mixed emotions.
We celebrate the birth of our son, Jamie
Shown w/daughter-in-love, Suzanne.
Who turned 37 on August 8…can’t believe he is that old already~I keep asking him how he can be that old, 
when I am so young!!!
And we think often or our son, Royce,
Jamie’s twin brother,
who died when he was 3 days old.
We have always made Jamie’s day his day
and then do something to celebrate & recognize
Royce on August 15th
(the day we laid him to rest).
This year we couldn’t do that until August 16th.
Sometimes I find a cemetery and find a little baby 
that has been buried there and leave a small balloon or flower arrangement
along with a card for the family.
And anytime we get to Las Vegas
we make a special trip to the cemetery
to see his marker.
So this year we let off balloons
(a tradition we have done for many years)
For Royce

For Royce from Brandon and his family.
For Royce from Jamie and his family


From Mommy & Daddy
And then we drove over to a little place along Lake Taney-Como
Walking down to the lake.

Such a quiet and peaceful place.
Letting them go, one by one,

Looking back towards the dam
Looking up the lake towards town
Admiring the sunflowers as we quietly
walked back to the Jeep.
There is always a talk of what our life would have 
been like if Royce had lived, asking the what if’s?
But we always come back to 
God is Good
He knows the plans He has for us
Knows what’s best for us.
We know that Royce has no pain,
no health issues,  or sadness
that he is being loved on by
all four of his grandparents
and safe in the arms of Jesus.
And we are truly thankful
for Jamie & Brandon,
two strong healthy young men
with sweet wives
they have given us 5 wonderful grandchildren.
Thank you Lord for the many blessings you have showered on us.
For those blessings here and now in our lives.
And reminding us that 
God is Good All the Time!!!