Archive | February 2012

Gentle Giants No Match for This Fast Bundle of Energy!

The Maine Coon is also known as the “Gentle Giant” and it seems this title is correct.

As you may remember, we brought tiny Alice home last week. Yesterday was her one week anniversary! Although she weighs less than five pounds, Skippy (sixteen pounds) and Miss Ruby (a whopping 18 “fluffy” pounds) seem to fear this petite adopted sister.

A "safe place" for Alice until she becomes acclimated to her new family.

Our master bedroom has been Alice’s domain most of the week. Yesterday, I brought her large cage into the living room so that she could get to know her surroundings better. We have walked around the house with her in our arms every day and I discovered with delight that she enjoyed watching The Waltons with me at lunchtime – either while sitting on my lap or in her small carrier.

Today, we decided that “today is the day” to give her freedom. Being an overprotective “Mom” I was afraid that Skip and Ruby might hurt the “baby”.  Ha! She has them on the run!

Ruby has always been shy so she watches everything from afar – often in hiding.

Alice loves playing “peek-a-boo” and “catch me if you can” and she wins every time! It looks like Skippy and Ruby will get a lot of exercise from now on. Alice is a natural physical trainer!

The funny part is seeing our huge Maine Coons running from this tiny ball of energy. They look at her the way I may look at a tiny mouse – jumping on the highest safe spot. Hopefully, they will get used to this little cutie and include her in their play and even allow her to snuggle with them. I will continue to share as our saga unfolds.

You know, we are much like Skippy and Ruby. The Lord allows us to meet new people who may be lonely or hurting. People who need Christ. Because of our selfishness or fear, we just walk past them, watch from a distance or hide.

At least Skippy is making contact – following her around from a distance, showing a little interest and running when she heads his way. (She jumped on him once. It happened so fast, he was stunned!) A reminder to me that an opportunity to share the love of Christ can turn into an attack from the enemy. Perhaps not physical but surely, spiritual.

Until next time,




Today, I was delighted to receive a phone call from a dear friend from college. What a wonderful way to brighten my day! This friend and her husband have certainly served the Lord many ways. Teaching, writing, flying, packing shoe boxes, cooking, sharing. Two words come to mind – laughter and hospitality!

They are currently living in Texas where he is instrumental in a university aviation program and she finds many ways to keep her hands busy for the Lord. On Sundays, his students come to Church and know they have a home to go to for a good meal and fellowship. Last Sunday, there were two groups of boys that showed up for lunch. Never fear – he stopped and picked up Chicken since there were so many guests and then the second group showed up with boxed lunches from DQ!

It’s not the fancy dishes, table cloths and spotless house that make people feel welcome and at home. It’s the love and caring. Hospitality – that’s my friends. She never forgets birthdays or anniversaries and sometimes, it’s an unexpected email that says, “I’m praying for you today!”

From my first days in college when she welcomed me and made me feel at home, to sharing an apartment and singing “I’ll Fly Away” in the car on the way to work, to driving all the way from TN to Roanoke to attend our wedding after he had worked all day and including us in their precious, talented children’s lives. We have many such “old friends” like a rare piece of gold…  I am thankful for every one of you and you know who you are!

My apologies

I checked out my blog from another computer to see what you are seeing and was horrified to see an ad with the I Stand Redeemed video. I did not approve this ad and am appalled.
Please accept my apology. I hope no one clicked on the video for a blessing from the Lord and found smut from the enemy as well. I am trying to have it removed. Thank you for your patience and forgiveness. In Christ alone,