Monday, May 16, 2016

Books, Books, Books!

I love to read. I love to write. Here, I wanted to share with you
pictures of some of my collection, plus some of my favorite

These little dears are on my bookshelf.
I found this at V-Stock. It's based on radio play
scripts voiced by Basil Rathbone and Nigel
Bruce, my favorite Holmes and Watson duo.
After reading this book and listening to other
uploaded ones on YouTube, it makes me
really wish they'd movies of some of them!
This is a great book for dog lovers. It tells true accounts of
dogs and how they've rescued people literally and figuratively.
It explains how God uses dogs to minister to people, and are
reflections in many different ways of how God directs His care
for us to us.
One of the best books I've ever read. It also has more plot
details that may not make sense in the movie, but they will
once you read the book.
This one is wonderful. I haven't read it all the way through yet,
because I want to get the full depth every time I read a chapter.
Ooo, yeah!! Only one more to add to it, then I'll have them all!
This is so one of my top favorite book series. They inspire, encourage,
and at times convict, but most of all, they encourage me! And I
feel like the characters are part of my life. Best thing about these
stories, they're all true! God bless you, Dr. Lesslie, and keep
serving Him.
My top 3 favorites.
This one had some great stories.
The best one yet! I got it for Christmas of 2014,
and this one was thrilling. Dr. Lesslie doesn't
just talk  about the physical side of the ER, he
talks about the people he works with, the people
who have passed through their lives, and the many
different and at times overlooked ways God has
used them in each other's lives.

December '15 in Pictures

Okay, so finally some pics from December. Maybe not
as many as you'd like, but some we're so I don't post
images of our foster kids on here.

Last year we got a new, smaller tree...for free again!
But hey, it still turned out pretty and took much less
prep time!
Our first Frozen cake for Adalynn's birthday.
Sofia's 1st birthday!
Our first Minnie Mouse cake
Police officer singing "O Holy Night" at a foster family
Christmas Party.
Yes, I need to do a blogpost about this-Jean Harris's memorial service.
We bought this sweater for Chloe. Isn't it sweet?
Dad surprised all of us by pre-ordering War Room!
Yes, new CD player!
This was our special gift to Mom and Dad: a It's a Wonderful
Life Hallmark ornament! I was thrilled in August when I
found it and couldn't wait to tell Annah about it. That is one
of our family movies, has been for years.
Off to the park.
A new mug to add to my Woody collection. The hat has
batteries and plays a small lyric from "You've Got a
Friend in Me"!
Lovely snow.

Friday, April 1, 2016

I'm Back!

Hi, everyone. Sorry for the lack of updates, but lately
life was quite hectic and felt kind of suppressed, but
here I am now. I just really didn't feel like blogging
while our other temporary foster child-who left today-
was here. I mean, I did want to, but I feel more free to now.
So, I'm back, and I do want to finish those Valentine-like posts
I was planning to do on unique couples to me. And hopefully
you'll get some updated pictures too.

Happy April everyone! Love, Rebecca

Saturday, March 5, 2016

John and Oliva-The Waltons

Okay, here's another post about unique couples. Let's talk
about John and Olivia from The Waltons show.

Olivia is the loving but dominate, red-headed, wise wife of John Walton.
When it comes to raising their children, she is usually the worrisome, strict,
direct parent while John is usually the more lenient one. But that doesn't
mean he neglects his duty or never guides his children! Yes, he's had his
share of being 'the bad guy' in their eyes too. Olivia listens to her children
about their goals, dreams, hopes, and many, many, many problems they
encounter as they grow up. She is always ready to give advice or at least
some comforting train of thought-unless they've done
something they shouldn't!-. John also listens to his children, most of the
time. In the above picture from The Honeymoon episode, John and
Olivia have gone alone out of town to celebrate the honeymoon
they were unable to have when they first got married. Yet, Olivia keeps
worrying about the children back home and John keeps trying to get
her to act like a newlywed.
John and Olivia live for each other's happiness to the fullest, but they have
 their share of arguments and stubbornness. One time, I can't remember
which episode, while working in the mill shop, John and Grandpa
got into a heated disagreement. John was ranting on Grandpa who
walked out and Olivia heard it all. Though she was angry with her husband
for what he said, she knew he had a deadline to meet and walked in
telling him, "Show me what to do." She was going to help him with
the wood work.
John, frustrated, angry, and a bit prideful, flatly stated, "This isn't woman's
Olivia's eyes widened and flared. "Show me!!" She demanded. He stared at her
for a moment and then gave her instructions.

 The above picture is from a scene in The Anniversary episode, one of my favorites.
As their silver anniversary approaches, Olivia surprises her husband with a
telephone that she'd been saving up for. John is grateful for the gift, but the
rest of the family are really excited about it. It bugs me at the dinner table
when the phone rings and John rants about how it won't run their family, and
threatens to take it out. What gets me is that when Olivia answers it, it turns out
to be John-Boy on the other line, and the whole family, including John,
are ecstatic to talk to him. If John had obeyed his impatient impulse, look
at what he would've missed out on! In the mean time, John is spending  a lot
of time up on the mountain with wood and gallons of white paint. He refuses to
let Grandpa help him with whatever he's working on. On the day of
 their anniversary, John takes Olivia up there and surprises her with a beautiful
white gazebo that he made himself! I thought that was a neat, precious gift.
As the time ticks by, the two lovebirds can't seem to drag themselves away
from it, and stay long into the night dancing. Grandpa and the children surprise
them with a party, then leave them alone all night. I really like the ending lines:
"Goodnight, Liv," John says lowly as they continue to waltz.
"Goodnight nothing." Olivia smiles. "I'm gonna dance 'til the sun comes up."
The World War II episodes portray the strength but also wear and tear on
their relationship as the Waltons like many others around the globe
struggle with the hearing or wars and rumors of wars. John-Boy has been
listed as missing in action while he was a reporter in Europe for Stars
and Stripes, and the whole Walton family struggle every day with feelings
of hope, dread, and anxiety wondering what has become of him.
John tries to comfort Olivia and she keeps on the Red Cross to spare no effort
at trying to trace their oldest son. But being in the dark about the facts raises
the worry level and soon it takes its toll on them. Yet, they still see it through
together, no matter how much they fight because the tense feelings, or the
constant worry they both silently share.
One of the saddest episodes to me is The Parting. Takes place during Season 7,
John and Olivia have both been driving themselves to a frazzle trying to
meet deadlines with the mill, running the household, and other issues. They
are both worn out, and decide to take a vacation at Virginia Beach. Olivia
thinks he should see a doctor, but he insists he just needs a break. She, on
the other hand, is appearing exhausted and weak. After being examined
by a doctor, the Waltons receive the sad news that Olivia has been
diagnosed with tuberculosis. They're told it's been caught early, but she
still must live in a different climate if she's to get better. 'Mama' must
leave her family and not be around her children for who knows how long
so she'll get well! To their advantage, none of the children are under 12
anymore, but it's still so painful. The ending scene where Olivia is hugging
and kissing them all good-bye is so sad! I'm starting to tear up writing this!

Just look at her face as she is driven away, even though she's not sure when she'll
be back! I have to wipe my eyes. I'm not kidding!
Eventually, Olivia does get better and returns home, then reenters her job at the
Red Cross. But she gets sick again and has to go into convalescence for even
longer. This scene is from Mother's Day on Walton's Mountain. Her oldest
daughter, Mary Ellen has just remarried, and after a car accident has learned that
she is now barren. Remembering Olivia's miscarriage plus when she learned
the same news, Mary Ellen travels alone to Arizona to visit Olivia. The
picture above is on Mother's Day and all the grown children are gathered
around the phone on Walton's Mountain shouting, "Happy Mother's Day,
John and Olivia Walton are a strong, stubborn, loving, proud couple
and have certainly endured through sickness and health, richer or poorer,
and better or worse!