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Lasting Leaves

posted Jul 20, 2016, 7:51 PM by Justeen Bond

    I was looking for a small travel iron today I did not find one, so if you would loan me one, I thank you. (Know ahead of time though that I tend to lose things). I went to Walmart to see if they had one and no they did not. Which was pretty good since I only had $10.00. Not finding the iron, I bought a birthday card for a daughter in-law, anti acids and band aids. It totaled $10.11. I had $10.00. The boy at checkout had a penny and looking around I saw an approachable young woman. "Could I possibly have a dime?" I asked. "I will never be able to pay it back because I might not ever see you again." 

"Sure. And you are right, I might not ever see you." She said as she fished a quarter out of her purse. She did not have a dime.

When I gave her, her 15 cent change, I asked her name and that I would pray for her. She teared up and asked me to pray for her dog Trudy instead, who was dying. She put her head on my shoulder as I prayed for Trudy.

So I ask all my friends to pray for Trudy and it's owner. What an adventure the lack of 11 cents brings!!!

 Find her and her ministry at this facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/Lasting-Leaves-607115715982532/?ref=all_category_pyml_rhc

The Adventure of Being Lost With Grandma

posted Jun 13, 2016, 4:17 PM by Justeen Bond

THE ADVENTURE OF BEING LOST WITH GRANDMA

A few years ago I had a much smaller Michael, Hayley and Andrew in the back seat of my car than they are now.  Their mom and dad were busy painting their new house and so were happy that their little ones were to be entertained by Grandma for the day.

The family had moved to a new city so even though I was in a strange town, I had confidence in my ability to follow the directions written down, and started out on "our" day.  We had a good time doing and going wherever the children chose to go.  You see, when I am with my grandchildren I love doing what they love to do.  I have fewer rules with them then I did when raising my 3 sons.  All that is expected is kindness.  Pretty simple, isn't it?

So, off we go and soon the day was coming to an end.  It was time to go see what progress mom and dad had made and have dinner.  After one of the children from the back seat called on the cell, (you see, I had not quite gotten the hang of using them) to tell Mom and Dad that we were on our way home, we started home.

As time went on and it seemed we were no nearer home than when we started there, one of the children said, "Are we lost, Grandma?"

"Lost?" I said.  "No, I am here, I haven't lost myself and you guys are all here.  We are fine.  We will just call Dad and find out how to get home.  This is an adventure."

We did get home the end of that day, and - the next day?  We had another day out.  Yes, those three brave children again climbed into the back seat of my car.  And after another fantastic day of going where they wanted to go and doing what they wanted to do, we started home.

When I again had to use the skill of one of my gifted grandchildren to call Dad to guide us home, one of the children said, "Going anywhere with Grandma is an adventure."

I laughed just recently when visiting this same wonderful family and the oldest child, who is now in high school, said, "I remember the "adventures" we always had when you took us anywhere, Grandma."  He wanted to go on another one.

These moments we have as grandparents can seem like chaos or high adventure, according to our attitude.  And the memory and life lessons passed on to the very important people in our life, change according to what we are teaching by our approach to the "adventures."

Skipping

posted Nov 10, 2011, 7:13 PM by Justeen Bond   [ updated Jul 23, 2012, 11:30 AM ]

God, guess what I am learning to do?  Skip!  Mommy says it takes practice to get good at it.  It’s almost like hopping but harder work.  Pretty soon I bet I will be a really good skipper.

Please help me to learn to do all these hard things, God.

Peas

posted Nov 10, 2011, 7:13 PM by Justeen Bond   [ updated Jul 23, 2012, 11:30 AM ]

We had those round green things again, God!  They don’t look bad.  They smell pretty good.  But, when they get all mushy in my mouth and I can’t spit them out cause Mommy gets mad, I hate them!  Daddy   says they have vit-a-mins in them so I have to eat them.  

Why do I need vit-a-mins, God!  Why do vit-a-mins come in those  round, green things that get mushy in your mouth?  Please help me find answers to all my “why” questions.  And –oh, thank you for milk!  It helps wash the mushy stuff away.

Snowman

posted Nov 10, 2011, 7:13 PM by Justeen Bond   [ updated Jul 23, 2012, 11:30 AM ]

My Dad and I built the tallest snowman in the world today God!  It was so high even my Dad had to stand on tip-toes to put its hat on.  It has a carrot nose, two coal eyes, a purple scarf around its neck and a red hat – the hat Dad had to stand on his toes to put on. 

Thank you God for giving me Dad for doing the hard things.

Warm Air

posted Nov 10, 2011, 7:12 PM by Justeen Bond   [ updated Jul 23, 2012, 11:30 AM ]

Mommy says the warm air that comes out our registers goes all through my house.  I put my hand over the holes and could feel the warm air come out.  But how does the warm air fill my whole house when the holes are so small?  And, how come I cannot see the warm air come out?

Mom says registers work like I do.  Even though I am small, I can spread my love all over my house.  Help me to have enough love, God!

Milk Is Sloppy Sometimes

posted Nov 10, 2011, 7:12 PM by Justeen Bond   [ updated Jul 23, 2012, 11:30 AM ]

I made a mess at dinner – again.  I try to be very careful after Mommy pours my milk.  But, sometimes I forget to be careful.  And then pretty soon all my milk is spreading all over the table.  How does all of that milk fit in my little glass?’  When the milk gets all over, Mommy jumps up fast and graps  a towel and starts cleaning it real fast.  Then, Daddy says I need to be more careful in his mad voice.

God, I get a scary feeling then and feel all by myself.  I do not like scary feelings and feeling all by myself.  Please help me to be careful God.  And, help Mommy and Daddy not to be so sad when the milk gets all  over.

Painting

posted Nov 10, 2011, 7:12 PM by Justeen Bond   [ updated Jul 23, 2012, 11:30 AM ]

Did you see my picture today God?  (Daddy says you see everything I do)  Does it look like my house?  Sometimes after I paint a picture Mommy asks me what it is, but you always know, don’t you God? My house is really white but I did not have any white paint so I painted it red.  But you still know it is my house, don’t you?

I Phoned Grandma

posted Nov 10, 2011, 7:11 PM by Justeen Bond   [ updated Jul 23, 2012, 11:30 AM ]

Grandma was really surprised when I called her today.  She says I am getting so big!  Mommy let me use my pointer finger to dial her number all by myself.  I only had trouble wit the 0  There are two 0:s with buttons.  Mommy had to show me which one to push with my pointer finger.

Grandma said it is easier to call you.  All I have to do is just talk to you!  Grandma says you don’t need to have a phone or batteries or anything.  Thank you God for being so easy to talk to.

It Rained Snow

posted Nov 10, 2011, 7:11 PM by Justeen Bond   [ updated Jul 23, 2012, 11:30 AM ]

The whole sky was white today, God.  It rained snow!  My friend and I stood with our tongues sticking out, catching snow flakes.  Then we made snow angels.  My friend had snow even on his eyebrows.  He said I had snow on my eyelashes.  My whole Yard was all covered up!  It looked like my sandbox was filled with cotton.

Thank you God for giving me snow to play in.  How did you know I would have so much fun?

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