Friday, April 24, 2015

Trillium Caskets A Simple Grace

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I want to share with you what my nephew, Bruce Petersen, has created and is selling.

Yes, he has designed and produced these beautiful, simple caskets. The workmanship is superb and only the highest grade of supplies are used.  They are shipped, ready to assemble, with instructions that are very clear.  The hard work has been done and assembly is easy.  We have ours stored in their solid boxes, and when they are needed close family will help in putting them together.  When ordering a casket you are directed to choose a symbol of a cross, if you like, and there are many to choose from.

I'll let the web site speak for itself and give you the link.  Take a few moments to follow the additional links added on the web site.  They provide information that may be helpful. 

Here is the link to assembly: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHpX8CyDA20  Bruce is the narrator.

This is not meant to be morbid but to allow others to make a choice of how the end of life will be carried out, and to their wishes. 

It's important to me to be prepared and make these things easy for loved ones, when things aren't easy.  Over many years, when family members have passed away, it has been a stress to choose a casket, and now it needn't be that way.

Feel free to contact Bruce or Heidi if you have questions.  Their phone number and email address are on the web site.  And, one more thing....the caskets are very affordable!  That's a very good thing!!
 
 
The above photo was taken in our woods, on the farm we loved. 
 
 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Charmer of a book!

Books written by British authors fascinate me.  If the setting of the book is the British countryside, includes children, animals, flowers, fauna, poetry and art....I'm hooked. This book came to my attention about a year ago, and I just bought it this last week. 
 Where My Wellies Take Me....by Clare and Michael Morpurgo
Illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill




 Many of the illustrations are done in pen and ink.  Some are done in just pencil/ink and all are fun to look at. The subjects cover everything from a little girls countryside life on the Essex Coast of England.


Later in life the author set up a charity called Farms for City Children.  The lucky city children spend a week on a farm in Devon and near Gloucestershire.  They wear their wellies and tend to farm chores.  They also have plenty of time to play and explore the countryside.
 
 
Written as a childhood scrapbook with poems and pictures. There are some special touches to the pages that engage a child and tickle adults!



A Charmer of a Book! 


 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A simple JOY!

Recently(Easter weekend) our house was full of the big and little Grand ones!  We all went to church, ate, read, slept and played together.  It was busy, noisy and delightful!


 
I didn't begin to get enough pictures but these show the JOY I am talking about! 
 
 
What made your week JOY...full?
Until next time,
Julene  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

LaVina

Over the past three weeks our dear friend LaVina has been ill. She was in the hospital for two weeks and in a rehab facility for three days.  After that she went back to the hospital and passed away Friday, April 10th at 8:40 am.  Her husband of fifty seven years sat quietly with her. 

Today we drove up to Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon and she was buried.  Our pastor prayed and read scripture.  He also talked about LaVina's spirit being with the Lord.  It was a time of comfort and beauty.  This woman loved God, and knew Jesus as her savior. 
We like to think of her now and know she can breath freely.  She had bad lungs since a very early age and underwent the removal of a portion of her right lung before she and Louie were married.

Life is a miracle to me.  We are fragile and we are tough.  Our days are numbered and we can rest in knowing this.  There is peace. 

Thursday we will attend LaVina's memorial service and sing her favorite hymns.  It will be a sweet goodbye and great big "amen" to a life well lived.
 
In the Sweet By and By
Words by Sanford Bennett 1868
Music by Joseph P. Webster 1868

 
There’s a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.
Refrain:
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
 
We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blessed;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.
 
To our bountiful Father above,
We will offer our tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of His love
And the blessings that hallow our days.
 
 
Good-bye LaVina!  We love you and will see you again!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Holy Week
Holiday's tend to get cluttered with a list of things to do that blur the meaning of the season.
On my "to do" list is decorating the church with flowers.  It takes over a portion of my focus until it is done, and I am here to report that the largest part of the decorating is done. We also have our family coming to celebrate Easter! This is most exciting!  I've been cooking ahead and feel confident that no one will go hungry.  The beds are ready for the little ones and there are fresh towels in the bathrooms. Eggs are dyed, plastic eggs stuffed and little buckets await the kids egg hunt on Sunday afternoon.   
The children won't arrive until this evening which gives me this afternoon to just be. Sweet!
 
 I thank God for His gift to all mankind, Jesus.  He lived, He suffered, He died for each one.  He calls us to himself so that we might live in eternity.  I'm thankful for His calling, His love, and personal gift to me.  The scriptures I have read and meditated on this week are from Psalm 139. Take a moment to read it, and insert your name as if it is written to you.
 
My pastor read this to a very dear friend this week, while we visited her in the hospital. Her face lit up and she took in every word.  She has eternity to look towards, and it is not a small thing.  This is how God speaks to us by using David's words.
 
The text is taken from the New American Standard Bible on Bible Gateway.

God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience.
A Psalm of David.
139 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know [a]when I sit down and [b]when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You [c]scrutinize my [d]path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4 [e]Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in [f]Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will [g]overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even the darkness is not dark [h]to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
13 For You formed my [i]inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for [j]I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My [k]frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
19 O that You would slay the wicked, O God;
Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
20 For they speak [l]against You wickedly,
And Your enemies [m]take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any [n]hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.

Happy Easter! He is Risen!
Oregon Fawn Lily
from the Oregon woodland.