Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter at the farm

We celebrated Easter today on the Graber side. We first stopped at the home at Pretty Prairie to see Grandpa Bill (Al's Dad). He doesn't really say much, but I think the girls entertained him a lot!

I took this bunny cake along. When Sophia first saw it, she said "Yook! Nana's bringing me a pahty (party)!" Sophia LOVED the bunny cake!

After supper, we hid some eggs outside. Unfortunately, the dog found the first egg. So, Uncle Sid had to come and hold the dog while the children found eggs.

We forgot our Easter baskets so we used plastic sacks.

How many eggs have you found Sophia?

Aunt Gayle said the farmer on the next farm had some foals.

We jumped into the back of the pick-up to go find them.

We found cows....

but the foals were in the middle of the field and we couldn't see them
but from a distance.
The farmer the next mile over did have horses who came over
to the fence to watch us.

Kansas sunsets - goreous!
Sophia said "Yook!! A heyicopter!"

Thanks for the fun ride, Aunt Gayle!

What a great time with the family!
Happy Easter!

Christ is risen - He is risen indeed!

Friday, April 2, 2010

My brother Doug

My brother Doug died this past week. Very unexpected - a heart attack.

Brothers Dave and Doug

The next collage is of Doug's children - Nichole, Brandon and Chelsea and his grandchildren, Layla, Natalya and AJ. Last Thursday through Saturday morning, my heart was heavy for them and I spent earnest time in prayer each morning. Little did I know why the Spirit had led me to pray for them. What a difficult time they are going through now.
Lighter moments

Dad has these two false teeth that he can pop out.
It always brings a needed laugh!

Flowers from brother Dan who could not come; a bonsai and painting of Van Gogh from the Derksens. Doug and his friend Rick shared a love for this artist.

We were thrilled to have Rick Derksen drive from Lancaster to share the day with us. Rick and Doug were classmates. (Rick is on the far left and Doug is 4th one)
He also brought greetings and condolences from the Japanese churches and fellow Japanese missionaries.
Myself, my brother David and Rick

Cousins Brandon and Josh (our son)
So glad Josh could fly out to be with us!

Thanks to all who have given us comfort through hugs, words and cards.

"The storms of sorrow through bereavement are intense, but they are one of the Father's ways of driving me to Himself. His purpose is to softly and tenderly speak to my heart in the secret, hidden place of His presence." Streams in the Desert
Our life is fleeting; "each man's life is but a breath" (Psalm 39:5). We never know when Christ will call us to Himself. May He be our guide to the end and may we remain faithful to Him!