Friday, August 17, 2018

Three Angels Haiti Needs Your Help

I have mentioned before that I sponsor at child at Three Angels Children's Relief in Haiti.  If you follow Layla Palmer over at The Lettered Cottage you know that their precious son, Steevenson, was adopted through Three Angels.  I have sponsored a child at Three Angels for many years now and it is a wonderful organization.  They are a Christian orphanage and also a Christian school, totally legit, so all the money really goes to help these kids and all donations are tax deductible.

I recently received an e-mail from them asking for help.  It's back to school time in Haiti, and the kids need some new books.  I never thought about it until I read the e-mail, but schools in Haiti aren't air conditioned, so the oppressive heat and humidity takes a toll on books.  You can read all about the need on their website.  

Three Angels 

Please prayerfully consider either sponsoring an orphan, sponsoring a student, or making a one time donation to Three Angels.  I have no affiliation with Three Angels, other than being a sponsor.  If you can skip a few trips to Starbucks or one meal out per month, you can sponsor a student.  If sponsorship won't work for you, then please consider making a one-time gift.  All of the details can be found on their website . . . THREE ANGELS HAITI. 

They are 100% funded by donations and these kids need our help.  And James 1:27 is pretty black and white about our responsibility as Christians . . .  "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."  I can't go to Haiti, but I can send money to help.

So click on the website and make a difference in the lives of some really awesome kids.  I did.  

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Where Do I Go From Here ? ? ?

It's been two weeks since my mom gained heaven.  Two weeks since her faith became sight.  To say I miss her is an understatement.  I have shed many, many tears.  I tell her I love her and miss her every single day (no, she doesn't answer me, but it makes me feel like she's still here).  I've gone to the cemetery a few times and it makes me sad.  She's not there.  She is in heaven healed and whole and more alive than she ever was here on this earth.  I believe that with all my heart.  I feel selfish missing her because she was so sick and I'm so very thankful her suffering is over.  She fought hard to try to stay here with us.  But there is a hole in my heart that will always be there.  I will always miss her because she was such a huge part of my life.  I know there are people who aren't close to their moms and that makes me very sad for those people.  My mom and I were very close.  I cherish the memories I have of her.  She was wonderful and I am so very proud to be her daughter. 

So where do I go from here?  Frankly I had considered not blogging anymore.  Mainly because for the last two years the only thing I have blogged about is my mom.  I don't know that there are very many people who even read this blog anymore, and that's OK.  I blog for myself anyway and I still have things to share and stories to tell so I've decided I'm going to keep Down On The Farm going if for no other reason than I enjoy it.

I'm in the process of simplifying my life and I'm starting with my house.  We've lived here for over 20 years and we've accumulated a lot of stuff.  I'm not a spender.  I don't get up on Saturday mornings and feel like I have to go shopping and buy myself something.  But in the last 20 years our house has gotten really "full."  So I'm purging and donating and organizing.  I've cleaned out a small closet that had become the equivalent of a junk drawer and I'll be blogging about that soon and posting before and after pictures.  It's amazing what purging, and a few bins from Marshalls can do for a small closet!!  I cleaned out just one drawer in my bathroom but OH THE JOY of that one empty drawer!!!  It's the little things people!!!

Our daughter came by this weekend and took the final load of items from her old room.  So I'm going to do some switch-a-roos with closets and bedroom furniture and I'll be blogging about that as well.  Our interior walls need painted and everything just needs to be REFRESHED!  Nothing major.  Not knocking out any walls.  But we've really done very little to our house in the last 20 years and it's time for an update.  I'm looking forward to doing that and sharing the process with you.

My sweet grandson will be here in late fall and my goal is to be able to spend as much time with him, and our kids, as possible.  And NOT to be stressing about all the closets I need to clean out or all the drawers I need to empty.  I'm on a mission to get everything cleaned and organized by the end of the year.  And hopefully it won't take me that long!!!  My house isn't that big and I'm not a hoarder so there really isn't THAT much to do.  But I do have several drawers and closets that need to be emptied out and organized.  My theme is -- if I don't need it, use it or love it IT'S GONE!!!!  

I really do want to say thank you for sticking with me through the two most difficult years of my life.  Your prayers for me and my family and my beautiful mother have been appreciated so much.  It made a difference.  No, the outcome was not what I prayed for my mom, but I trust that God knows what He's doing. Knowing that my mother is in heaven waiting for me makes me smile through my tears.

So if you've come this far with me and you're ready to go a little farther please  keep visiting Down On The Farm.  There will be LOTS OF PICTURES of my new grandson (YES, I'M GOING TO BE ONE OF THOSE GRANDMAS!!!).  Pictures of "before" and "after" of drawers and closets and walls.  Stories about my mom and my husband and my kids.  Stories about my life surrounded by cows and turkeys and dust and mud and flies and manure.  Posts about my faith in Jesus and a few sermons cause I can't keep silent about His love for me!  Maybe some recipes and some funny stories and the day to day life of a 54 year old wife and mom and soon to be grandma trying to make the REST of my life the BEST of my life.  I want to be a better servant of Jesus, a better daughter, sister, aunt, friend, mom and wife.  I want to be the very best ME that God created me to be. 

Blessings from Down On The Farm!!!!

Monday, July 23, 2018

My Mom . . . . .

My mom passed away a week ago today . . . July 16, 2018.  I was holding her hand.

Donna Henley, 80, of Eldon, Missouri passed away Monday, July 16, 2018 at her residence in Eldon, Missouri.  She was born January 3, 1938 in Capps, Missouri the daughter of the late James Howard and Flossie (Barton) Hall.  On March 30, 1963 in St. Elizabeth, Missouri she was united in marriage to Robert Henley who survives of the home. 

Other survivors include,
Daughters, Robbin Griffith & husband Billy Paul; Rhonda Bottoms & husband Danny; Renda Fisher & husband Greg.  Grandchildren, Charity Lawmaster & husband Sheldon; Cole Griffith & wife Megan; Case Bottoms; Alex Wyrick & husband Cole; Caragan Fisher & Cade Fisher.  Great Grandchildren, one month old Great Granddaughter, Andersyn Rae Lawmaster &  Great Grandson, Ira Paul Griffith due November 2018.

Siblings, Wanda Chandler; Ronnie Hall; Alicia Atwell; Glenna Gardner; Jimmy Hall & wife Donna; Diane Blankenship & husband Fred; Kathy Willey & husband Dennis
Sisters in law, Rayma Jean Elrod & husband Gene; Ruby Dean Binkley
And many, many nieces & nephews.

Donna was a 1956 graduate of St. Elizabeth High School.  She and her sister, Glenna Gardner were the first female entertainers to perform on Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry.  She owned the Longhorn CafĂ© from 1971-1975, and the Burger Castle both located in Eldon, MO.  Donna was a very talented singer and musician, playing the mandolin, bass fiddle and guitar.  Her other hobbies included enjoying time with her children and grandchildren and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ as a licensed minister. 

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, MO.  Funeral Service will be Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM also at Phillips Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Reynolds & Pastor Ron Boyer officiating.  Interment will follow at the Eldon City Cemetery.

Memorials in her name are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Our Grandbaby Is A . . . . . . . .


 Our daughter planned the sweetest 
gender reveal for our son and
daughter-in-law this past weekend.

It was a great evening filled with food and family and the big moment finding out it's a BOY!

We are in love and can't WAIT to 
hold our first grandson.

Due date November 1, 2018.

Your prayers for a healthy baby and pregnancy are much appreciated!


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Updating You All

My mom needs your prayers.  She was running a pretty high fever yesterday.  Not exactly sure what is causing it but they put her on a broad spectrum antibiotic and she hasn't had any fever today.  Praise the Lord.

She continues to struggle with eating and drinking.  She is very frail and weak.

I'm so thankful that my mom knows Jesus, and that no matter what His plan is, I will see her again.  But oh my goodness, this is hard.
Harder than anything I have ever experienced in my life.

Our family needs your prayers.  We continue to ask for healing, and we know she will be healed . . . if not on earth, then in heaven.

We are celebrating the birth of my great-niece last week.  She is beautiful and we are all in love.

And this weekend we find out if our new grandbaby (due in November) is a boy or girl.  So watch for that announcement next week.  We honestly don't care which it is.  Your prayers for a healthy baby and an uneventful delivery are greatly appreciated.

So much to be thankful for.  We are blessed, and we sometimes have to remind ourselves of that, even in the midst of the struggle.

As I have said more times than I can count . . .

God is good, even when I don't understand.

Your prayers are much appreciated.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Could Sure Use Some Prayers

My mom has had a tough couple of weeks, and a really rough weekend.  She was nauseous most of the time and her appetite had decreased even further.

We changed up her anti-nausea medicine Sunday and that seemed to help.  She hasn't been sick at her stomach since Sunday and for that we are so thankful!!

She desperately needs your prayers.
 Her need is big, but our God is bigger.

He is the Healer and my mom needs His touch.

Please pray for my mom.  Her name is Donna.

Thank you and God bless you.