Welcome to Anybody Home!

Here you will find scattered pictures from my point and shoot camera, random thoughts from my little world, treasured memories of days gone by, hopeful dreams of the days yet to come, and a bunch of ideas - because I've always got ideas!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Yesterday THIS Happened!

Oldest Grandson, Jonge, GRADUATED from the 8th grade! 
It's sad to think of all the exciting things he was looking forward to that he has had to miss.
No 8th grade camping trip to Mackinac Island with his class.
No baseball.
So many unwanted losses.
Yet on the bright side, yesterday he also learned that he has been accepted to the Grand Rapids Aviation Academy! 
So PROUD of him, and his parents!
Also very thankful for the SEVEN teachers and staff who are showing up at students homes to offer their congratulations! 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day!



Quarantine Mother's Day was different.  Over here we are adjusting to "different".
Staying snug at home isn't difficult for me at all.  No businesses are suffering because I am not out and about.  But what I DO miss is hugging my grandchildren.  The younger three, still in the single digits, are still great huggers and cuddlers and I miss that more than words can tell. 
But even though this is hard, we can do this!  I hope you can too. 
I've never been more thankful for the technology that keeps me connected to them, and for those visits through the window!  I shall be leaving the hand prints on the glass.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Today at My House

So, this is what's been happening at our house.
And today?  Today we have babies!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A Rerun From 2007 Which Seemed Worth a Second Look

Have you ever wondered what's it all about?
I have.
In the past couple of weeks I have been totally annoying THGGM by demanding that he tell me what's it all about.
I've been spinning and twirling and dancing the dance of the perplexed.
The part that has become confusing to me is that I look at the people who would bold face tell me what's it all about and I am not convinced at all that they have a clue.
Not a clue.
So far, this is what I've come up with:
If one wants to know what's it all about one really needs to turn to someone who has just been given a death sentence.
Yes. That is right. Without much variation, those people will tell you that it is all about spending time with those you love. Oh, they might all word it differently, but it seems to simply come down to that.
Not more busy-ness.
Not a full calendar.
Not a career change.
Not money, success or fame.
None of that AT ALL.
But why is it that only the dying have a clue?
WHY???
If one has learned these things and still seems to have many good years ahead, what good is the knowledge that the dying give to us - if we do not take it?
I spent a very good portion of my life running around in a frenzy of 'good' activity. If it was a 'good thing' I felt I HAD to do it. And, I did - very well, I might add.
But, hindsight has taught me - along with the words of very dear people who have died - that being busy doing just any good thing is NOT what's it all about.
Who am I? What was I put here to do? Who are the people God has placed right in front of me, for me to love?
In the recent past, when I would fall into this crappy funk I'm in, I would stop and ask myself:
Am I loving God with everything I have? Am I loving my neighbor? Am I seeking justice, loving mercy, walking humbly?
That seems to be what the dying understand.
They understand, or so it seems, that the people they are in relationship with are the ones they are to love. Dying people rarely go out and seek new people to love. But, by the nature of their loving, people are drawn to them.
Why is that?
I do not know.  But, I will continue doing what I know, and see where He leads me.

Friday, April 10, 2020

A Blessed Easter To You And Yours

I can't seem to get these to post in the correct order, but it's fairly easy to tell what the order is!
THIS is what I shall be missing on Sunday.
Celebrating Easter without these lovely people, and all the rest of my family.
But clearly it is still Easter, so we shall all observe the holiday in our own homes, just like you.
He Is Risen!
He Is Risen Indeed!









Sunday, April 05, 2020

Quarantine BIrthdays Are Weird

Youngest Son Celebrated his birthday today!  At our backdoor.  With Hertsje and Broeder.  We all sang Happy Birthday and watched him open his presents.  Quarantine is weird.  I believe it is totally necessary, but it still feels weird.