Friday, December 30, 2011


Things are looking bad in Iowa for Newt but Reagan's son Mike is hosting 30- minute specials , 200 of them, all over Iowa and into Omaha and South Dakota where Iowa reaches. These specials will feature Gingrich for 30 minutes as the strongest candidate to follow Reagan. Newt is a man who believes that "President Obama's vision for America is a dangerous one and must be stopped and reversed." These 30-minute specials will explain how Newt sees America can be saved.

Gingrich will also get some some help in Iowa with 30-second commercials running often.

Betty G

Thursday, December 29, 2011


I am still for Newt for president.

He is being favored by conservatives all over. Now it's Ronald Reagan's son.
As for Ron Paul, he is said to be "more liberal or radical than Obama."
I can't imagine anyone wanting to legalize heroin as Paul does. Not even Obama wants this.

Than there is Romney, another choice. All I hear is pro-business. Fine, but there is more to our country than business, there must be intelligence in that. I see Newt's "Contract in America" intelligence's leadership that I will always remember.

Betty G


Tuesday, December 27, 2011


History of our country and how it got so corrupt in our politics get very open in our minds and can be learned from reading Newt's books.
The one I have right now from the library is new, written in 2010, named "To Save America."
Titled very well it will open minds and regardless whom you vote for will teach you things about America's government and how it runs that you just never realized would be possible.

Newt has written many books and I intend to find some more and read them.
So far what I have learned I hope to see change - for the better.

Betty G

Friday, December 16, 2011


I have made my choice for president and I don't intend to change it. I have listened and read and I know it is the right choice .
I didn't vote for Obama and it was the right choice then, Bush was my choice and he would have been the better man and I am sure people now believe Bush would have been the best man in so many ways. Now we have to work hard to get our country back on the right way.

I appreciate help from honest writers, people who know politics, who want what is best for us and our entire world, people who ask God for what is best, and who take advice and give us the best advice. I know of no other way to select a leader that will be the best.
Now if I could understand the many problems of politics like I did when I was younger I would not need so much help but I have to admit age takes away understanding and I have to rely on others for good minds.
So, I have to be thankful for them. But I have to be discerning with my choices.

My choice is Newt Gingrich. I do believe his "wild oats" are past and he is the only the best hope. I'll write about what he sees and what I see also, and how we can get our country back in good graces in our eyes and in the eyes of the world.

We have a country we should be proud of and we need to let the world know and our own country to know it and be proud of our people and what we can accomplish for ourselves . God is good and we have so much to be proud of and thankful for.

Now we need someone to remind us of this and remind us of how much God loves us and will be with us always.

Forgive my rambling. I was once an editor for a newspaper and I was proud of my work but my age has taken it away and so I only write for myself and the few who do read it. It is journaling and my thoughts for keeping.

Betty G

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


We have a new great-granddaughter out in Colorado, born late last night. Mother and daughter are reported okay but both need prayer.
I would appreciate prayer for them, Jeni and Ava Jean, and the new father, Eric.
Jeni's parents, Peg and Denny, are there and will be sleeping late this morning after a trying night.

Thank you everyone.
Much love,
Betty G

Sunday, November 13, 2011


This has been a year of seeing many friends die and of course it should be expected at our age. We are 85 and 87 and friends are in their 80's and one dear man who had been a friend of Dean's from childhood who was 90.

Allen Scott who no longer lived near us was widowed and lived with a daughter. That made it quite some time since we have seen him but we certainly hadn't forgotten him.

Allen was a dear Christian as was his family and lived by Dean for many years. Our children spent many fun times with Allen and wife Sally and their kids on their farm. Some of our kids speak of Allen as having "a twinkle in his eye." They loved to visit them.

We must appreciate them while they are here and say thank you for their loving friendship.
So I am writing this from our family.

Much love,
Betty Gumbert

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


It's about time I am beginning to get the bug for football.

I must have always had a place in my heart for the game, especially
when the Packers come on the scene. So Sunday had me at a picnic at daughter Betty's watching the Packers win again. It was a tense game but our hero Aaron Rodgers won again!

If you aren't a fan of the cool Aaron you are missing a super eagle-eyed guy who never gets nervous, he just puts that ball on the the line and whamo- it's where it is supposed to be and our hero wins again. Of course the receivers are all heros too so it is a win-win game again.

God's eye stays on him and his eye stays on God and I am yelling with everyone else!!!

Hey, they are the only undefeated NFL team out there!

Betty G

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


God has spoken to us by His Son. He has told us to listen to Him.

God spoke to the prophets and to the people at Jesus' baptism so I can be sure God is an intelligent person and does commnicate with me, especially with His Word, the Bible, and by His Son. I must listen and read.

I cannot see God. I know He is real. Jesus has given me an exact description of God - believe - remember.

Jesus did not "become." He always "was."

He whose head is in Heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.

Activities do not add to salvation. Believing and trust are salvation.

The world asks, "How much does He give?"
Christ asks, "Why does he give?"

May we never come to the Lord empty-handed, but let us "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise." -Psalm 100:4.

Millions of people have no church, no Sunday School, and no minister.
You have all these blessings right at your doorstep.
Are you thankfu for them?
Do you make use of them?

Betty G

Sunday, October 09, 2011


Remember this?
"This is My /beloved Son.....hear ye Him." Matthew 17:5.

He did not say..."Talk His ears off."

How can I show Jesus how much I love Him?
I am to watch my motives. Whom am I really serving?

Expect Jesus any moment of any day.
I am to be ready for a sudden departure.

Do I give unconditional love?
Don't wait for affectionate feelings to show love.

When Paul wrote his letter to the Romans this planet was overwhelmingly pagan.
Is it any different today?

Neither is there salvation in any other. Our modern society tells Christians they are narrow and arrogant, and argues that every religion is good if only the follower is sincere.
People forget that it's possible to be sincerely wrong.

Jesus didn't die to make me healthy, wealthy, or happy.
He died to make me holy.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011


You know how I loved my uncles when I was a little child in Memphis, because I have written about them so often. Well, I am now 85 and all seven are gone.

When their parents, my grandparents, were dying in the hospital several of my uncles gathered at their bedside and sang hymns that they loved as their parents passed from this life.

I always thought this was a loving thing to do. Maybe other families honored their loved ones this way but I didn't know any who did.

Now here in Eau Claire I am reading of choirs composed of women who know this as an "ancient tradition" of singing at the bedside of dying people to honor and comfort them. It's love and compassion at it's best.

Groups who visit nursing homes to sing and to cheer the ill and the elderly, continue this "ancient tradition" of honor and I must say, "Bless everyone of them."

Betty G

Monday, October 03, 2011


Whoosh! and the game was over!

I am not a fan for football games. Seems there are other things I'd rather do , like reading, but Sunday I watched the Packers against the Denver Broncos and I got just as excited as a any fan could. The Packers just walked away with the 49 to 23 win!
I loved it!

I do have to mention the pink things I kept seeing like boots and items some of the players, Packers, were wearing. I said "some."

Seems Senator Herb Kohl, an owner, was making us aware of the dreaded disease of breast cancer by spreading pink reminders, and for that we should thank him.

I believe it was our hero Aaron Rodgers I spied wearing bright pink booties after the game evidently to rest his feet. And after that win over Denver he probably needed them!

Hooray for Rodgers!
Betty G

Monday, September 05, 2011


Labor Day doings were quiet with our family. Bobbi was here for the weekend and some of us enjoyed a picnic at Betty's. It was nice just visiting and watching 3-year old Tyler make faces. He can make faces that keep me in stitches. He takes that angel face of his and screws it round and up and down and just keep me laughing and laughing.

Tyler is my great-grandson but I cannot remember any of my children or even grandchildren ever make these crazy, funny faces. I love it.

And I love him.
Betty G

Friday, September 02, 2011


I read something that should have not surprised me this morning re Martin Luther.
His favorite part of God's Word was the doctrine of justification by faith. J. Vernon McGee states this in his notes on Galatians of the New Testament. This is actually a well-known belief that Luther had no toleration for legalism.

There are many places in God's Word that stresses the belief of only faith for salvation. Some, Romans 1:17 and 4:5, Hebrews 10:38 and Galatians 2:11.

I remember well the verse for the Rev. James Kennedy's class I took at Salem Baptist Church several years ago that says, "Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving." It is Colossians 2:7. The study was "Evangelism Explosion."
The whole chapter 2 of Colossians expressed faith and its "fullness"of salvation.

This should be our understanding of the grace of God. On our own we can only see pleasing man, its human law. This is a study to make but with belief first in God's Word. When that comes first, comes understanding.

To shorten this post, first try understanding for yourself asking God to help you.

Betty G.

Friday, August 19, 2011


This is a special post for myself as a reminder, and for friends of Donna to let them know she has come through surgery with good results.

We have all been concerned for Donna for several years and now it looks like she is on the upward way to good health again. This is so much good news we are so very thankful to our God Who cares for us.

Donna we know you are thanking God for the news and you will get back to your busy life and we are also giving God the credit for finding the right care you are now receiving.

We are all happy for you and send our love to you.

Betty G

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Our Servicemen can serve 20 years and retire with only 50% of their pay.Politicians can receive full pay retirement after only serving one term. It does not make any sense to me.

I know how hard it is for some college students to pay back student loans and it baffles me to hear that staffers of Congress members are exempt from having to pay them back. If this is true this is outrageous.

From from what I read it is the politicians that get all the freebies, but it is the servicemen that keep the country safe for the politicians.


Friday, July 29, 2011


Dean attended a funeral yesterday of a dear friend of ours, Lucy Meier. I couldn't go as much as I wanted to, it was just a really bad day for me and he went alone.

Lucy was a dear person and to me she was a life saviour.

It was 1960 and we moved from the city to the country with five children. Lucy only had one. She wasn't sure if she was going to be happy with five lively children added to the serene living in the country.

But happy she was and we were a one big happy family.

Johnny was one year older than our youngest and their birthdays were right together so they celebrated birthdays almost together.

Lucy became my dearest friend and we did every thing together. She taught me of the wild flowers, went for swimming lessons and as a result I love to swim, and we went for painting classes together. It was always Lucy and Betty, even the garage sales which were new to us and fun for us.

Husband Holly was the newspaper editor and called on me for some writing and actually was why I became a newspaper editor myself but to a smaller newspaper . He died several years ago.

People like the Meiers are gifts from God and I will always be thankful for them. They made my life blessed and I will never forget them.

I am sure Lucy will greet me in Heaven someday.

Betty G

Friday, July 15, 2011


More surgery, this time for Dean. He had a cataract surgery for one eye this week and it is doing just great and he is feeling fine.

Today is his 87th birthday and the family will gather Sunday afternoon for a picnic.
Then begins the hunt for a new couch, one that makes a bed and is tapestestry, may be hard to find one I like.

Betty G

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Silly title but it is too early for me to think.

We are still trying to sell our house but no buyers. BUT we have so many people who want to come and tour it but don't show up it is maddening.

There is a good side though, we do get some picking up of the litter to be ready for them.
At least some of the litter! It could look worse!

Betty G

Friday, July 08, 2011


What do you do when you don't know what to do?
We feel that way much of the time.
Tonight the answer came. "See if Dean can still make fudge?"
So, since he was still up and I couldn't get to sleep, I asked him, "Do you still know how to make fudge?"
I couldn't answer that question for him, but he said, "Sure."

Soon he had rounded up the ingredients and had begun beating fudge. He was making fudge.

He used to make it when we first married, and that was 66 years ago. He was taught the recipe by his dad. N0w Dean will be 87 years old in a week so it is an old recipe. He may make it again for his birthday picnic.

In the meantime, I wonder if any of our children remember Dad's fudge.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011



ONE, SON BRYANT COMES HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL in Maryland, FIT AFTER SURGERY. He is doing fine and no problems. Nothing serious, a gall bladder problem.


Just wanted to spread the news!

Betty G

Saturday, May 21, 2011


I am asking for prayer for a friend of mine, she is a sweetie. She is ill with a brain tumor and that can't be very pleasant.

Dean and I have known Carolyn and Al and loved them for several years.
We spent some time with them in Florida, years in church together, and enjoyed time with them and Art and Lorraine.

Carolyn was my prayer partner for a time and knows what God does when we pray so you can be sure she will apprciate your prayers.

So we thank you for your prayers.
Betty G

Friday, May 20, 2011


Psalm 100:3"Know ye that the Lord He is God. It is He that made us and not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture."

God made us for Himself, we are His people.
Some may reject His ownership but it is not His fault, He made us to be His own.

The same way the sheep belong to the shepherd. Some may run away, some are too dumb to stay with the shepherd, and so go their own way. They then become lost.

It is the ones who stay with God who are his own, to stay in His pasture.
They will be saved, at home with God.

Simple but true !
Betty G

Monday, May 09, 2011


Mothers' Day was very pleasant for me. I hope other mothers can say the same.

Expensive gifts are not necessary any more for me to show love and appreciation. For me the visits and the long phone calls made my day.
I did get flowers and I do appreciate them. We are still having cold days so I haven't been shopping for flowers yet.

There was a big mushy card from Dean and I always put them away and keep them, I have a bunch of them. He makes sure I know he loves me after 66 years being married to me.

Also, he took a casserole recipe I have and made it Saturday night and set it in the fridge for overnight. Then after church Sunday he baked it and fixed lunch. I must say it was very good.
That was done with love, and he did the clean up too.

My report, thank you Lord for Dean and for everyone of our children. All are precious to me.

Betty G

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


I have a question.

Since our borders are not secure as they should be and illegal immigrants come from everywhere including nations declared terrorists, we are not a safe country.

Arizona can attest to this problem as does New Mexico, California, and many other states.

We used to winter in Arizona, until 1990, because we loved the state, especially its climate and its fun. We just walked through the big gates into Mexico and enjoyed its shopping and the beautiful items made mostly by the Mexican people.

People are not able to do that now so easily. The people on our side, the United States, are actually, I am told, afraid to cross into Mexico. There is not a welcome to either side. It is sad.

I would like to hear how it is now for tourists. Are there still celebrations with parades, dancing, and the like? I loved the dancers in their flamboyant costumes. Beautiful! I still love my parade pictures.
Dressed up sheriffs on dressed up horses, the dancers, some little tots, so cute, and there were the tumbling firemen from Mexico. Terrific!

It was always fun. Usually it was all for the "snowbirds" as we were. We loved them and they showed their appreciation.

I wonder is there is anything to compare with this now? We miss it.

Betty G

Monday, May 02, 2011


The National Day of Prayer this year is May 5 and will be the 60th Annual National Day of Prayer.

The theme this year is "a mighty fortress is our God," from Psalm 9:2, "I will say to the Lord, my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust."

This is just a reminder to pray May 5, specifically 12 to 12:30, noon, but anytime of the day, even of the week.

What we want to do is glorify God as a nation, of all faiths. We are honored to have a God who continues to bless us so I intend to tell Him, often.

Thank you too,
Betty G

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


"------don't ever forget that it is best to listen much, speak little____."
That is part of verse 19, James, chapter 1.

It is easy to read the whole book of James in just a few minutes, and easy to reread it quickly and often.
It is full of answers to the question,"a sin to avoid?"

Talking non-stop about myself is pointed out by James as a big fault of mine, especially the about myself part, and I can add bragging on our family.

I wonder if it is because I am old and the most important thing is our family? Or, am I just trying to excuse myself?

James adds "don't be angry."
Well, sometimes I talk and talk and I do become angry about some people. So, it is sin, not just "talking," but a sin to avoid.

I do intend to stay in the book of James. He shows me things I have to change in my life.
God wants us good. In fact, "He demands that we must be." James 2"20.

Betty G

Saturday, April 23, 2011


I read today of how South Dakota's legislature has passed a bill to provide more protection for unborn babies and their mothers from abortion.

Protection includes requiring a 72-hour waiting period between meeting the doctor and the actual abortion. That is 3 times longer than any other state.

They also require the woman to attend a pro-life center for information and it requires the abortionist to offer counseling.

The article I read said, "God bless these lawmakers for standing in the gap to protect women and their babies."

Betty G

Friday, April 22, 2011


The Book of James, brother of Jesus, is a short book and easy to read. I like the Living Bible for its simplicity. I know as I get older I do not get smarter so I need the Word, which is difficult to understand sometimes, to be simple. There are many versions? of the Bible. KJ is beautiful to read but sometimes not easy reading.

James is stressing trusting Jesus to lead us in life to be like Jesus. Remember God said we are to be holy because He is holy. That is to be our goal, not wealthy or famous, but holy. Only God can make us holy and we are to obey Him and He will.

Pretending to be good is dishonest. Living for God is our goal and that comes from God and believing and trusting Him to see us with Jesus, our precious Saviour.

I am rambling as usual. The Book of James is very important in explaining what God is accepts of us as believers and every Word is to be obeyed.

I love it and have no problem accepting it. Repeated readings bring confidence in God and His goals for us, to be like Jesus and God's acceptance and love for us.

Read it, you will like it!!

Betty G

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Easter will be here next Sunday. It is a day we can celebrate because we can know Jesus is alive after death as we will be if we belong to Him.
When we are His Own we should have no fear of dying. We will be where He is.

Now we can fear the pain or the leaving those we love. We can cry and those we love can cry. Jesus wept over Lazarus' death and He even wept when He knew He would soon die Himself.

This is natural for humans. I remember very well how hard I cried when my daddy, whom I loved dearly, died. I still feel as though he is still here, and he is still in his home in Little Rock. My mother died when I nine and I had had my daddy so many more years. I do believe he was saved by Jesus and I will see him again someday as well as my mother in Heaven.

It isn't easy to have someone you love die, but God's Word tells us death is evil so we do not welcome it, we cry, but we accept it.

I want everyone to see that, cry for your loved one understanding you will miss them. Also understand if you have Jesus as your Saviour the loss is only temporary. Jesus has prepared that for us. It is up to us to accept it and be thankful to Him for His love and plan for us with death as a begining with Him and our loved ones.

Written with much love,
Betty G

Monday, April 18, 2011


Our days are unsettling lately. We have had a lot of calls for our house but no one even comes to look at it. We did have a young couple come in and look, liked it, they had only seen a for sale sign outside. He is a young minister with wife and children and this house would house them all very nicely. But they haven't been back. Now we have this lady and she seems to be interested so we are hoping. Weather here just doesn't warm up. I shouldn't complain, there are so many terrible storms across the nation. Flowers are up but weather is down, not a good combination. Palm Sunday was cold so there wasn't any Easter Egg hunt outside for our great grandchildren. Maybe Easter weather will be much better. Special services and a breakfast at our church. Dean hasn't been feeling good so he plans to call the doctor tomorrow. I can only watch him and do what I can to hope he feels better. Take care, and remember to celebrate Easter, remember Jesus lives for us, so we will live too. Betty G

Friday, April 15, 2011


My e-mail has been gone since the 11th so I don't know what is on it. We got so disgusted witih AT&T we have switched to Charter but Charter can't bring back my e-mail. That means I have lost my address book and I don't know anyone's e-mail address. If you read this please send me your address to I will get another e-mail for an auxiliary address. Thank you, Betty G


My Aunt Margaret died April 14 after several years in a nursing home. She was 89. If you prayed for her and her family I thank you. She was a Christian who loved to pray for everyone so I am sure it is only natural there were many prayers going to God the Father for her health and for her family. Thank you, Betty G

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Newsnax printed the wisdom of President Reagan several years ago, and here are some of them. "Here's my strategy on the Cold War. We win, they lose." "I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress." "The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't take the civil service exam." "Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." "Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong." "No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." "I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens, no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting." Betty G

Monday, April 11, 2011


Please remember to pray for my aunt as she is so ill down in Arkansas. She has spent most of her life praying for others, many, many others. Now we are praying for her, peace, and for all her family and friends. She is my dad's sister, his last sibling, the last of seven children. Thank you so much for your prayers. Betty G


I don't like being on pins and needles with porkupines for company when bad weather is going 0n all around us. The storms Sunday afternoon centered on our little town and kept me on edge. It was tornados on a steady path and we didn't know what to expect next. We were waiting it out at daughter Betty's. Television came and went. Her kids gave her, I don't know when, a 7" screen tv, hand-held, for local stations, and she loves it. I do too so Dean went right out and bought one, it sure made watching weather reports easier. We finally came home, I wanted to go to bed in my own bed, and it was getting late. Things were getting peaceful and they stayed peaceful, so the tv weatherman declared the worst was over. Even had hailstones the size of baseballs? Daughter Bobbi's house was really hammered with them. First it was her eaves, then the siding, she was expecting skylights to go but they held out, but she didn't know how the roof was doing. She will know today I guess. And by the way we have three skylights in our roof, no damage here. I think we can declare spring has sprung and soon summer will follow. Hooray!! Betty G


Our son in Maryland called, all excited, it seems his wife cooked some pork chops, or cutlets, with a recipe for chicken that I had in my first cookbook, printed about 16 years ago, and it was delicious. He just couldn't say enough about it! So I decided to get some chicken legs from the freezer and put a panful in the oven. It had been a long time since I even looked at the recipe. So, I am printing it here and maybe someone will try it. It was originally from daughter Bobbi. "Oven-Fried Chicken" Coat with mayonaise and then crushed cereal. Put in single layer, meat side down Bake 400 - 30 minutes - uncovered Turn, meat side up - 375 - 30 minutes more. Sooooo easy. Betty G

Saturday, April 09, 2011


Somewhere I read where the Book of James is called a book of of the good life. Trust is the basic thought here, chapter 1. It is all about trust in God via Jesus Christ for all things in life, good or bad. When we trust God it brings the good life, verse 2, "with joy." Troubles can be used by God to teach us about ourselves, verse 3, "patience" revealing us as true Chrstians. I want to see myself as patient with God in all things, selling our house, getting stronger, seeing Dean's patience with me and my needs. James is bringing wisdom, verse 5, as another trust we have as true Christians. When we trust we expect Jesus to give us wisdom, as promised. I know I am rambling on. This is a real examination for me and it takes a lot of thought. I am enjoying it. Betty G

Thursday, April 07, 2011


60 degrees today but I have been marking for a thrift sale scheduled for June. Bobbi and Peggy are planning to help. Peg's trying to sell their house and Bobbi is going to be busy at school til June. There will be the usual activities with graduations and school out for another year, and the big happening, moving into a brand new 5-floor wing at Viterbo U. A brand new nursing section. And Bobbi is really excited. Lots of changes. New office for her. We have a sign out now, a for sale sign. This has been a nice home. Three bedrooms, two baths, three big walk-in closets, a beautiful kitchen, with everything including a dining area, a laundry room, a pantry where we put our freezer, a very nice living room, a jacuzzi in the master bath, nice, extra nice, window treatments, air conditioning, and the wonderful porch. It's covered and gets the morning sun, a perfect porch. Almost makes me want to stay here. Still there is that problem. I can't walk and can't master my scooter here. God must be working on me for patience. I must trust Him for my needs. I must enjoy the porch and wait. I havejust received a prayer request for my aunt. She is the last of my father's siblings. I think she is about 88 and has been in a nursing home for 2 or 3 years or it may be more. Today she was moved to a hospice with her cancer spreading throughout her body. Sad. We were keeping in touch until she became just too ill. She kept her computer busy, there were memories of when we were teens, and she sent pictures of my childhood. They are precious to me now. Remember her family and friends in prayer. Thank you, Betty G

Wednesday, April 06, 2011


Oh, how I love God's nice days like the one He has given us today. The thermometer was staying at 60 and I could sit in the swing on the porch and thank Him with joy. The trees here are big oaks and If I didn't know where I was I would think I was back in Memphis also sitting in a big swing on the big porch looking up at the big, even bigger than here, oaks all around me where the front yard covered six acres. Church , school, and Papa's worker's children in his plant-growing business were my friends and playmates daily and family made a loving family and now good memories. I'm still going through stuff and reading everything everything as I do knowing if we ever sell our house we will move, hopefully to assisted living. I do hate to leave the porch and the trees. It is like living in Memphis. I remember how special my uncles were to my aunt and me. Always special things like the wooden cleats up a tall tree, it seemed awfully tall to us, that we climbed and straddled a bag swing that they held to the tree with a long rope. It was on a cable by a pulley. When the uncles let it go we went sailing down to the ground over the tennis court squealing with happiness. One of those seven uncles went on to fly the Blackbird setting records that have never been broken. When we do move I will really miss the trees and the porch, and especially God's way fo keeping my memories. He has given me a world to thank Him with praise, we only have to open our eyes. God loves us. Betty G

Tuesday, April 05, 2011


Today, James talks of lacking wisdom. He says just ask God. He gives wisdom when we asks without doubt. Now, just what wisdom are we looking for? I don't know. Is it His will for us? Is it understanding? I know He will direct us to lost items but is that wisdom or just helping? Is wisdom just knowing right from wrong? I'm beginning to think I need wisdom to know what God wants from me. This will take a lot of meditating, I need a lot of conversations with God, and with other Christians. Betty G I am reading J. Vernon McGhee. He is Christian with wisdom from God and a help to me. He says "temptations" and trials are for a purpose. God tests my attitudes, no whinning no complaining, but acceptance that bring patience, which is to produce joy. McGhee reminds us of Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are called according to His purpose." James 1:4 is testing us to prove to us we are true Christians by our patience. As for wisdom, when problems come up we ask God for answers and then jump in and think we can solve them ourselves, forgetting God is ready to solve them for us. What happend to asking God for wisdom? This is really hitting me where it hurts. I must trust God and stop this forgetting Him. Betty G

Monday, April 04, 2011


This is journaling, a sample of my journals that I have kept for umpteen years, private journals. I have been seeing myself lately as useless so I decided to go to the book of James to see how I can change that. Right away James says to be happy when I am tempted. Now why? I don't actually want to be tempted, I want to be free of temptations. Knowing that I don't yield to recognizable sin should bring joy to me but I don't think that is what James is talking about. So, I began to think about my temptations. Since I stay in, at home, most of the time, my temptations fall to laziness, sleeping a lot, making me upset because I can't do what I would like to do like shopping, even attending church. I see the joy part is I should be more thankful Dean is so willing to do anything I ask. I am happy that I do recognize temptations and my feelings toward them This is a start at looking at life with joy toward knowing my motives and how I am to live the ways of God. I still need prayer with help to accept this look at my temptations and face it with God's help. Betty G

Sunday, April 03, 2011


I haven't been away again but it seems like it. I haven't accomplished much lately and that always makes me feel so useless. Tonight I read Mike Huckabee's Christmas book, telling practically his life's story and its ups and downs. It made me more anxious to see him as our president. So, if I get to it I might write about his life for my own pleasure. It is a book I could read over and over. It tells very plainly how God keeps His eye on us, directing our lives, and how we can obey Him and live the life we as well as God will be satisfied with. So, I am encouraged to live as God directs. It will take some doing for me because I am not always positive with myself. So, I will be praying for better living on my part, and I will appreciate prayers from all of you too. Thank you, Betty G

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Seems like all I ever get done is sort through papers and the like. BUT now it is sort with the hope of selling our house and moving.
Seems like I have read more this winter that I have in my whole life, and tossed most of it to clear out the house.

Something is always waiting in the clutter of stuff to come to light and I have to remember it for my own good. I am putting some of it on the computer and throwing the loose papers away.

Read it if you like, a lot of it is worth reading and keeping.
Here goes.

Prayer for the morning.
Father, I don't know what this day holds for me. I hope it is laughter and joy, but I know it may be pain and suffering or hurt and humiliation.
But whatever it is, teach me to accept it the way Christ Jesus did.
Your will be done.
Kids today learn a lot about getting to the moon, but very little about getting to Heaven.
It isn't so much how busy you are but why you are busy.
The bee is praised.
The mosquito is swatted.
You know you are getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
"I have a tender reliance on the mercy of the Almighty, through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ.
"I am a sinner. I look to Him for mercy, pray for me."
-Alexander Hamilton's last dying words. July 12, 1804.
Sin has to be paid for.
Jesus Christ has paid the penalty for sin.
Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Our home is just a little house, but God knows where we live.
Dear God,
Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident?

This poem must surely have been written for me for it certainly helps me to think on it.

Take it all to Jesus
If you're always in a dither
with far too much to do,
If your life's a constant hassle
and just too much for you.
If you're plagued and vexed with worries
and life's more than you can bear.
Why not take it all to Jesus,
silently in prayer?
He'll comfort, rest, and soothe you.
He'll help you to unwind,
and as an added bonus,
He'll give you peace of mind."

I can vouch for these words, God will do it all with love.

I probably have lots of these that I may get printed so I can always have them as helps.
I am a pack rat, a clutter nut, and anything else that comes to mind.
I have to clean out stuff, assisted living places may not have room for all the clutter this pack rat tries to keep.
Now, I do ask for prayer, asking God to sell our house and find the right place for us, and for continued happiness to live for Him, and to be of service for Him.

Thank you,
Betty G

Saturday, February 26, 2011


This story really made good sense to me so I am sharing it. It was anonymous.

A boy and his father were driving down a country road on a beautiful spring afternoon when a bumblebee flew in the car window.
The little boy, who was allergic to bee stings, was petrified.
The father quickly reached out, grabbed the bee, squeezed it in his hand, and then released it.
The little boy grew frantic as it buzzed by him.
Once again the father reached out his hand, but this time he pointed to his palm. There stuck to his skin, was the stinger of the bee.
"Do you see this?"he asked. "You don't need to be afraid anymore. I've taken the sting for you."

We Christians do not need to fear death anymore; Christ has died and rose again.
He has taken the sting from death (I Cor. 15: 55-58).

Betty G

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


We had a wonderful week of melting snow. The piles were dirty but oh, the snow was going down a little every day.

BUT, Sunday at 11 am, it began to snow and by Monday afternoon there was a new pile out in front of our house, 12 inches !!! It's still there but we are promised more tomorrow, goody, goody, more to get the snow blower out for and more to hunt for the car and get it prresentable again.

You know the joke about the couple deciding what to do with the car every morning after snow. The radio told them when and where to park the car every day, and after moving it back and forth on the street every night, the wife said, " Why don't you just park it in the garage?"

Lucky people. We don't have a garage so every morning after a snow we have to first find our white car, and then Dean clears the snow, but then the car usually just sits in the driveway and waits for the next snow!!!

Isn't Wisconsin wonderful!!!

Betty G

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Since I am almost deaf I watch almost everything on television by closed captions, so tonight watching a news program I saw the words Trip Polly.
I sat there trying to understand who or what was Trip Polly.
That is where the hearty laugh started, the word was Tripoli.

Now you can laugh,
Betty G

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Well this week so far started last Thursday.
Our grandson, wife, and precious little one-year-old son, drove up from Minnesota, to visit us and we had a great time with them.
We took them to eat at our favorite restaurant, in fact no. 1 in our town. The little cutie was talking to other diners while running around the tables. He was so well behaved the diners were enjoying him, and he is so cute.

I try not to post any pix of little kids on the internet so his pix is not here, you will have to take my word for it, he is a precious little guy, and all boy.
Grandson Russell told me it is dangerous to put kids' pix on blogs and he is an attorney and knows what can and has happened with them, so I trust him.

Saturday, the kids had a party for our grandson's leaving for the army. It may be Air Force as he is going to school for helicopter maintenance. I hate to see him leaving his little family but he has wanted to serve in the military sometime so I am proud to see him begin and I think he has chosen wisely what to do.
In World War II Dean and I were separated almost a year when he was in Germany so I know we must pray for him and his family, for it isn't easy for any of them. God will take care of him when we all send our concerns to Him and trust Him with them.

So, now we pray for peace more than ever and to come sooner and all these brave men finish their tour, and return to life with their loved ones.

Betty G

Monday, January 31, 2011


Yes, thank you Rick of The Ball Bounces, for his list of stories from the world over. I have been what I would call "ill" for several months now and sometimes just miss everything. I have a yen for politics, any and all politics, so I appreciate the listing Rick posted and read them at my leisure. And leisure is what I have had plenty of.

Dean bundled me up and took me shopping today. Bitter cold but I didn't really care. I was just happy to get into a store and fill up my basket. Two stores and I was ready to come home. One store was in my own wheelchaire, pushed by Dean, and holding a basket that belonged to the store, the other in a wheelchair with a huge basket that covered the front of the chair. It held a lot of groceries, of course it did, it belonged to the store and they wanted me to fill it up!

So, I enjoyed shopping, and Dean is an angel to take me. He has spent these months spoiling me and trying to please me constantly, and I must say I love him and appreciate his taking care of me. He had a dye-check job Saturday and he got everything ready for Bobbi to be with me all weekend. She lives in LaCrosse and gave up her weekend to see about my weekend and give Dean a worry-free time.
You can see these kids of ours are precious to us!

Bill Cosby said he wasn't boss at his house. He had seen what a boss of the house does, and he doesn't want the job.
Dean has the job of boss of our house, I pray he doesn't always have to have to be boss. It has been a learning job for him, BUT I think he is better than I have ever been.

Bettty G

Friday, January 21, 2011


These predictions are encouraging and are sent to us from Nebraska via a newspaper by an unknown person.

Here goes their top ten:
1. The Bible will continue to have all the answers to all the world's problems. It's up to us to find what it says.
2. Prayer will still be the most powerful thing on Earth because it is backed by God.
3. The Holy Spirit will still be moving over the Earth and God's people.
4. God will still honor His promises to His people.
5. There will still be God's preachers, preaching. Listen.
5. God's people will still sing praises to God.
6.God will still provide room at His cross for us when we go to Him.
7.God's people will still receive God's blessings in abundance.
8.Jesus will still love you.
9. Jesus will continue to save the lost when they come to Him.
10. God continues to stay in control.
"The Word of the Lord endures forever." I Peter 1:25.