Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Renee and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas!  

Today we celebrate Jesus' birthday - that precious baby born in Bethlehem.  

May the richest blessings and peace be upon you this day and as we head into 2015.  

From our family to yours...

Renee & Roslyn - Christmas 2013

Roslyn enjoys holiday decorations

Sunday, December 21, 2014

I'm Not Sure It Will Be a Merry Christmas


Christmas is days away and there are many of us excited about spending time with family and friends.  The anticipation of receiving gifts, eating holiday favorites and laughing over old stories make this time of year my favorite.

Today however, I was reminded of those that might not be happy this holiday season.  Over the course of a year, my husband has suffered the loss of his mother and one of his best friends.  In the midst of a joyous season, I know he will miss their smiles and conversations. 

He's not alone.

There are so many experiencing their "firsts" without loved ones.  First time holiday shopping without them.  First Christmas.  First dawn of a new year without their warmth and love.

They are members of a club that no one wants to join

What about those sitting in a hospital this year while they watch their family member cling to life? 

What about the parents waiting for their children to return home after they've gone down a path of destruction?

What about the divorcee without his/her spouse this year? 

There's so many that might not have a merry Christmas. 

We wish you a Merry Christmas and blessings in the New Year!

Roslyn and I are praying for each of you.  We are trusting and believing that God will make your load lighter.  We know the pain of losing a parent and walking through our own seasons of "firsts".  There aren't words to make the agony of living life without the one you love any easier.  Only God in His precious timing can comfort through the journey to healing.  Here's our prayer for you:
God, we thank you for being sovereign.  Thank you for being mighty enough to heal pain and sorrow.  Thank you for the promise of comfort and peace.  Psalms 30:5 tells us that your favor is for life and although weeping may endure for a night, joy comes in the morning.  Thank you that every person reading this prayer WILL have their joy restored.  Blessed are those who grieve, for they shall be comforted.  We declare a season of peace, reassurance, and encouragement as they head into the holiday season.  In Jesus name we pray.  Amen! (Posted by Renee)
John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 16:33
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Philippians 4:6-7
 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”



Sunday, December 7, 2014

I Have No Voice

I am sure some may think this a political statement but it isn't.  For the past three days I physically didn't have a voice. A wicked virus affected our entire family.  A sore throat soon catupluled into a bad case of laryngitis.  I knew the only remedy was vocal rest and lots of fluids.

The only problem with that plan, I work in the retail industry and the month of December means me being in stores selling products to consumers as they complete their holiday shopping list.  I had out of town visitors and I greeted them with no voice.  As I met people who were speaking at a normal tone, I just had to smile and point to my vocal chords using sign language to inform them I had no voice.

I had SO much to say during their visit but I physically couldn't. 

No one heard me. 

I could just sit and observe the conversations happening around me.  Honestly, a very humbling experience. We ate lunch and there was normal chatter, dialogue, solutions given to problems and itineraries discussed, but all I could do was listen. 

When I tried to speak, it was only a whisper. People leaned into hear what I was saying.  They would nod their head as if they agreed, but I knew they didn't hear or understand me.  

My boys, on the other hand, enjoyed the silence in the house.  

I couldn't yell my usual messages - "let's go, close that refrigerator, turn off that tv, or go take your bath."  A mom sick and not able to be heard meant kids making up their own rules. 

Thankfully, my voice has slowly returned. I'm still hoarse and sound nasally, but I have a voice. Guess what, so do YOU

Whether politically, in your home, with your siblings or at work, you have a voice. Once you learn how to use that voice, you can evoke change, encourage, teach or articulate problems and resolutions. 

Your voice is powerful. 

As they say, I didn't miss a good thing until it was gone.  I hope you realize the mighty tool and weapon you have all wrapped up within you. But be careful, your voice can also be dangerous if words are spoken with malicious intent. 

A wise proverb eloquently sums it up:  Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill OR nourish life.  ~Proverbs 18:21

Choose wisely! (Posted by Roslyn)