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Nancy Balmer

Handling Administration, Music, Web coordinator and Children's Ministry

Saturday July 7

Posted on: Jul 07, 2012 at 11:19 - comments
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Packing everything for travel. Secure all items and doors. Say goodbye to friend Lee who came to see us off. Stopped at landlady Tweeda's to say goodbye. Received good wishes for safe trip. Stopped at Harold's for propane saw several people from church there. First situation: motorhome wouldn't start. Heard us trying to start and Worker came out and started it with starting battery. Found out cable was loose in battery connector. On to IGA for fillup. Now on the road north. . Wow. What was that we just heard a loud bang. BLOWOUT!! We. We drove off the road to check and yes inside tire lost it's rubber down to the steel belt. Drove it slow about a mile and half and there is a service station. What we were on the wrong road and broke down near a service station. God sure is good! Stopped in market side to find out tire guy, Kevin was just leaving. Should have already been gone. Tire store closes

july 6 Friday

Posted on: Jul 07, 2012 at 11:04 - comments
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Delayed leaving for our tour due to help a friend in a medical situation. Praying for Lee to have good results for her biopsy on July 17.

From Now Until The 4th of July

Posted on: Jun 30, 2012 at 03:29 - comments
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                                                                                                     I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG,OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ,AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTYAND JUSTICE FOR ALL!   KEEP IT LIT!! KEEP IT LIT! For all of our other military personnel, where ever they may be. Please Support all of the troops defending our Country.   And God Bless our Military who are protecting our Country for our Freedom.Thanks to them, and their sacrifices, we can celebrate the 4th of July. We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be eternally grateful.   I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze.

LET IT SINK IN........

Posted on: Jun 27, 2012 at 04:21 - comments
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Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America - If you remember, she's the wife of Todd Beamer who said 'Let's Roll!' and helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was heading for Washington, DC back  on 9/11. She said it's the little things that she misses most about Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as he came home, and her children running to meet him. Lisa recalled this story: 'I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack. About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there. With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, ' Class is over, I would like to share with all of you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important. Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end. It can be taken away at any moment. Perhaps thi

TANK - A DOG STORY

Posted on: Jun 21, 2012 at 02:58 - comments
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   They told me the big black Lab's name was Reggie, as I looked at him lying in his pen. The shelter was clean, no-kill, and the people really friendly. I'd only been in the area for six months, but everywhere I went in the small college town, people were welcoming and open. Everyone waves when you pass them on the street. But something was still missing as I attempted to settle in to my new life here, and I thought a dog couldn't hurt. Give me someone to talk to. And I had just seen Reggie's advertisement on the local news.      The shelter said they had received numerous calls right after, but they said the people who had come down to see him just didn't look like 'Lab people,' whatever that meant. They must've thought I did. But at first, I thought the shelter had misjudged me in giving me Reggie and his things, which consisted of a dog pad, bag of toys almost all of which were brand new tennis balls, his dishes and a sealed letter from his previous owner. See, Reggie and I didn't really hit it off when we got home. We struggled for two weeks (which is how long the shelter told me to give him to adjust to his

When God Created Fathers

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 03:06 - comments
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 By Erma Bombeck When the good Lord was creating fathers He started with a tall frame, and a female angel nearby said, 'What kind of father is that?  If You're going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put fathers up so high?  He won't be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without a lot of stooping.'   And God smiled and said, 'Yes, but if I make him child-size, who would children have to look up to?'  And when God made a father's hands, they were large and sinewy.  And the angel shook her head sadly and said, 'Do You know what You're doing?  Large hands are clumsy.  They can't manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony tails or even remove splinters caused by baseball bats.'   And God smiled and said, 'I know, but they're large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets at the end of a day...yet small enough to cup a child's face.'  And the angel nearly had a heart attack.  'Boy, this is the end of the week,  all right,' she clucked.  'Do you realize You just made a Father without a lap?  How

Whispers

Posted on: Jun 04, 2012 at 09:34 - comments
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The man whispered, 'God, speak to me' and a meadowlark sang. d But, the man did not hear. So the man yelled, 'God, speak to me' and the thunder rolled across the sky. But, the man did not listen. The man looked around and said, 'God let me see you.' And a star shined brightly. But the man did not see. And, the man shouted, 'God show me a miracle.' And, a life was born.  But, the man did not notice. So, the man cried out in despair, 'Touch me God, and let me know you are here.' Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man. But, the man brushed the butterfly away .  and walked on. I found this to be a great reminder that God is always around us in the little and simple things that we take for granted ... even in our electronic age..  So I would like to add one more: The man cried, 'God, I need your help!' And an e-mail arrived reaching out with good news and encouragement. But, the man deleted it and continued crying .Don't miss out on a blessing because it isn't packaged the way that you expect.  My instructions were to send this to people that I wanted God to bless and I picked you. Won't you please pass this to people y

Cookie Delights

Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 06:16 - comments
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  A HUG DELIGHTS AND WARMS AND CHARMS,    IT MUST BE WHY GOD GAVE US ARMS!!!       On this Memorial Day Weekend, hug a Veteran or active soldier!          -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Fake Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes Ever have one of those 'Ah-ha!' moments? I happened to me yesterday when I was lamenting the price of those very convenient Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes. I remember when they used to only cost $1.00 each in Walmart and now they're $2.50 each! Who says there's no inflation? Anyway, I usually just tell myself that I can make cookies from scratch anytime with the plentiful ingredients of my pantry, but then it came to me...Why can't I make cookie pre-mixes and keep them in ziplock bags for use at my convenience? It's a similar idea to those beautiful Cookies In A Jar gifts, but just not as fancy! Fake Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies: 1 Cup Flour 1/4 Cup White Sugar 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda 1/2 teaspoon Salt 3/4 Cup Choco

My Feet Are Off The Ground

Posted on: May 16, 2012 at 07:51 - comments
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'From Tyler Perry: Writer and Actor     This morning I awoke and was so frustrated about all of the stuff that I'm dealing with in trying to get this studio open.I was about to open my mouth & start complaining, when I remembered something that happened to me a year ago.I was walking to my car when this woman, who appeared to be homeless, started walking towards me. I'm ashamed to say this, but I thought, 'I don't feel like being hustled today.' Then I got quickly convicted. I felt guilty so I started digging in my pocket for some money. As she got closer I noticed that she had the kindest eyes that I had ever seen.   As I was reaching into my pocket she started to speak. I thought, 'Here goes the sales pitch'. She said 'Excuse me sir, I need some shoes. Can you help me?' My eyes filled with water because I remember being out on the streets and having only one pair of run over shoes. I was taken aback for a second.I took her inside the studio, and had my wardrobe people find shoes in her size. As she put the shoes on she started crying, praising God and thanking Jesus, and saying, 'My feet are off the ground! My feet are off the ground!'

When God Created Mothers

Posted on: May 12, 2012 at 09:40 - comments
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When God Created Mothers by Erma Bombeck From the hilarious columns of the late great Erma Bombeck in my homilies. She was a very funny lady, a gifted writer, and a devout Catholic. The following column was her Mother’s Day column for May 12, 1974. It was so good that I just used it as-is. Erma, we miss you! When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into his sixth day of “overtime” when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.” And the Lord said, “Have you read the specs on this order? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; Have 180 movable parts... all replaceable; Run on black coffee and leftovers; Have a lap that disappears when she stands up; A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair; And six pairs of hands.” The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands... no way.” “It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord. “It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.” “That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. The Lord nodded. “One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks