Location: MICHIGAN, United States

Thank you for stopping by. It's my hope you find glimpses of my Savior interwoven thru my writings. I am the wife to one husband for over 25 years, a blessed mama to a dozen children, yes each born from me ~ two of which see Jesus face to face & ten at home, all of us yearning to see Jesus someday. We have been home educating for over 18 years with . . . well, another 15 years to go (the youngest is 3, the oldest 23!) I have walked through rejection, to continually learning I am CALLED, LOVED and forever KEPT by God - never, ever to be rejected by Jesus! (Jude 1:1) I've walked through deep sorrow to find that joy does come again, though the night may be long; I've witnessed God orchestrating miracles with my children still beyond my comprehension, & I am seeing new love forming as we begin a new road of older children finding life mates. My life has and is a journey, from the deepest, almost rock bottom pit, to stumbling through my faith and looking towards the ultimate climax of everlasting life in heaven. Will you be joining me here and there? ~ Loni

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

More Firsts & "420"

This was something Norm was dreading, yet, we like to do - barbecuing. Matthew loved to barbecue - and liked doing some cooking (had his own "secret ingredient" bean dip we miss). But during the summer months, like most typical families, we like to barbecue and eat outside. Matthew took over this for the most part, and Norm especially was dreading doing it, yet, we need to continue and start making new memories. He even talked about getting a new grill - because ours is old & we have had to buy several replacement parts for it, but yet can't justify spending the money on it. Norm did grill tonight & know Norm had that lump again in his throat. He never asked one of the other boys to do it - probably didn't want to see the pain on their face either. He made great hamburgs and we did have a good time outside. Norm was kinda quiet. Later we had a good conversation just with Stephen outside. It's neat as the children become "adults" and can have talks and share opinions and concerns, see how our children are growing.

We learned something new today. Maybe we are "too sheltered" and nieve with some things but Stephen keeps hearing the term "four twenty" at his automotive class, and thought maybe it was related to drugs. We were a little nervous what he was hearing, and privately did a websearch, concerned about what we would find out. Our search brought us to the about parenting teens website and shows how there's different myths with its, such as, there are 420 chemicals in marijuana, April 20th is National Pot Smokers Day, April 20th is Hitler's birthday, April 20th is the anniversary date of Columbine, 4:20 is a tea time for pot smokers in Holland, but this on the webpage summerized it well:

"Simply put, 420 is a symbol of cannabis and its culture. Today, April 20th events are international, and 4:20 pm has become sort of a world wide "burn time". It certainly doesn't matter too much where the term came from because for us parents, it's a flag, a warning sign that our teenagers may be into something that could harm their future. When you see the symbol 420, be aware of what it represents. "

Stephen has heard kids mention this 420, seen it written on walls, so it's another things to be aware of, if your children say, or hear others using this term. Wish we didn't have to know though!

Well, the thunder is rumbling as the much needed rain is approaching, so I better end this and get the computer shut off before the lightening does it!


Blogger Luke's Mom said...

Hi Loni,
Thank you for your openess in sharing the things that none of us parent's want to know, but things that we need to know. I was laying in bed last night praying once again for your family and your needs.
Yesterday the Lord reminded me that Jesus is always interceding for us. It is such a comfort to know that even when we don't feel we can go on or even have the energy to say another prayer, our Heavenly Father is willingly wanting to keep us in His prayers. It talks about this in Heb. 7.
I pray that you all have a good day today and that as you make new memories, God will continue to heal the deep hurtful wounds you have in missing Matthew so desperately.
Love in Christ,

4/20/2005 9:25 AM  
Blogger seeker of truth said...

Thanks for the info although I like 4/20 cause it's my birthday....I do appreciate your openness and regularly not only read your posts, but PRAY Barbarically ( I am a fan of Erwin McManus Barbarian Christianity) for you and your family....IN Christ becky

4/20/2005 4:39 PM  
Blogger Jeff H said...

Simply put, barbecuing is good. Mmmm...I can almost taste the smoky goodness sizzlin' up from the grill...

Good memories all around, Loni. And stay on top of the culture into which your kids will go. Too many parents don't want to know or be bothered with finding out. You and Norm are doing the right thing.

4/21/2005 9:33 PM  

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