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SUMMER IS A’COMING

The Sons of the Pioneers will soon be here for their fundraiser performances on June 21st and I can hardly wait!  So many good old songs to enjoy!  A person might have a tendency to make the decision not to attend because of the $50 price of a ticket;  however, when I mulled the matter over in my mind, and considered the cost of attending the same show or others in Saskatoon, it was a sure thing that it was going to cost much more than that to drive to Saskatoon and back and enjoy these oldtimers and the old songs AND SEE ROY ROGERS JR. and the other performers in person!  We do not get to hear such good old music in person any more…  Plus we get to assist them in raising money for the Rose Garden Hospice in P.A. and Ronald Macdonald Houses in Alberta…  In the last year a very dear friend of ours in Kelowna spent her final days in such a Hospice in Kelowna with her family around her, and our attention was brought in full force to realize what a blessing this was compared to spending her final days in a hospital!

Our garden is starting to pop up.  Along with weeds and dandelions!  I cannot remember a spring when we mowed the grass one day and it grew so quickly it practically needs to be mowed AGAIN the next day! 

The lilacs are winding down after blooming in full force and providing a wonderful fragrance in our yard!

We are trying to find a smaller camper unit to rent for a weekend next month.  Our friends are getting married and we hate to miss some of the festivities because we have no place to stay and have to come home when everyone else is still partying…the wedding is a distance away.  Rental units are not easy to come by. 

Hopefully in August we will be able to make a trip out to Heritage Lake and visit the people who do the Bible Camp there.  They are friends of our special friends down south, who we really miss.  It has been way too long since we have seen them!  I called our friend, Ollie Ann, in Texas this week to see how she was doing since her husband passed away last month.  She and her husband came on a holiday trip to Canada several years ago and these other friends, who are very active with the Camp at Heritage Lake, took them on a tour all across western Canada.  It may be that she would be able to make a trip up to see us some time this year and that would be awesome!  However, we were shocked by the news she had for us – that all of their family members (who each live on acreages just down from the Camp of the Hills, where we had stayed when we volunteered there) have decided to move north, lock stock and barrel, including the oldest son who has been the Pastor at Smithwick Church for many years, and his wife.  The Pastor is retiring!!     Lots of changes down there!

I have been thinking of Miss Clara, a widow lady we bonded with at that church, who lives in Marble Falls but considers Smithwick her ‘home church”.   We had met her husband before he passed away, and when he passed away, she was so devastated that she could not bring herself to come back to church again!   Although we had not been close friends before that, I was moved to go and visit her at her beautiful home in Marble Falls.  She was thankful for the visit and I told her how much we and the Smithwick congregation missed her presence.  Although it was not easy for her, she arrived at church the next Sunday and sat with us and has been attending with her church family ever since!  I am so very blessed that I listened to that “nudge” – not the first time the Good Lord has brought me to a soul in need!

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