Sunday, April 8, 2007

Happy Easter!!!


As a Christian, Easter is the highest holiday of the year.  It is the culmination of the prophecies of the Messiah resurrecting to save our sorry souls.

It's a quiet, cold Easter morn with snow on my car again.  A local church service is on tv in the background with some awesome music.  Becky and Joey are in Pittsburgh; Megan worked until midnight last night.  She came home; we talked and watched tv.  I need to get her up soon for church.  We are meeting later at my mother's today for dinner.  Of course, my brother and SIL will be there but that doesn't matter anymore.  I'll take some pictures.

It is the small things in life that count.  The reaching out and touching of others who lift our spirits and support our heartaches. 

I went into my archives and read some entries from last year at this time.  I had been bitterly disappointed at the loss of a huge promotion not realizing that within a month, another huge promotion would be posted in another division, and I would get it.

Megan would be diagnosed with cervical cancer; only to have it miracualously disappear and turn into mild dysplasia.  She would also test the limits of the law.  Through my trials with Megan in the past month, I have heard from two old friends; one from a message board and a journaler who gave up her journal a while back; both whom I've missed so very much.  A simple e-mail from a long, lost friend can make all the difference in the world.

My agnostic, scientific Becky has found her faith.  This has totally blown my mind.  This child absorbed absolutely nothing; I mean nothing, in all her years in church and Sunday school.

My dear Joey who has struggled with jobs and interviews found out he loved welding.  He took the Steamfitter's Union test which was extremely difficult.  He says he failed but really 200 took the test.  They interviewed the top 50%.  He only missed the cut off by 9 people.  Pretty darned good, if you ask me.  How did he find out what he scored?  He called the testing coordinator which was a huge step on his part.  Very few, if any, pass the test on the first go round.  I continue to pray that Joey will recognize his self worth.  Joe, I know you're reading this.  I'm very proud of you!

I continue to pray for those in Jland who are suffering right now.  There seems to be an epidemic of illnesses running rampant.

My I'd forget it, hunh?  I found out something from an AOL tech, of all people, yesterday.  The McAfee pop up I'm getting is actually from McAfee, not AOL.  I was led to a stand alone program by Avert, which is McAfee, called a Stinger.  Lord have mercy, this program is for viruses that the virus scan misses.  I couldn't download the latest version because it's a weird zipped file.  I'm biting the bullet and looking for a pc geek.  I'm also dumping AOL's security center, which has served me very well but not anymore.  All I can say is free is not always better.  I'm dumping the 10.95 a month.  I can't see the purpose in continuing to pay for substandard service.

Anyway, I hope that all of you who celebrate Easter have a beautiful day with friends and family.  Also, wishing my Jewish friends a Happy Passover.

Blessings!  Ending with the words to one of my favorite old time hymns.  The purple words bring me to tears continuously and were words I lived on during the dark days of depression.

I know that my Redeemer lives;
O the sweet joy this sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
he lives, my ever living Head.

He lives triumphant from the grave,
he lives eternally to save,
he lives all-glorious in the sky,
he lives exalted there on high.

He lives to bless me with his love,
he lives to plead for me above.
he lives my hungry soul to feed,
he lives to help in time of need.

He lives to grant me rich supply,
he lives to guide me with His eye,
je lives to comfort me when faint,
he lives to hear my soul's complaint.

He lives to silence all my fears,
he lives to wipe away my tears
he lives to calm my troubled heart,
he lives all blessings to impart

He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly Friend,
he lives and loves me to the end;
he lives, and while he lives, I'll sing;
he lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.

He lives and grants me daily breath;
he lives, and I shall conquer death:
he lives my mansion to prepare;
he lives to bring me safely there.

He lives, all glory to his Name!
he lives, my Jesus, still the same.
oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives,
I know that my Redeemer lives!






queeniemart said...

What a lovely entry. I hope you have a blessed happy Easter day. I think i will get a lot out of church today. I am so proud of Joey. He WILL pass and be able to do what he is passionate about....just dont give up!!
I hope the PC issues are gone soon for you. You are a precious, wonderful friend. Lovely person and treasured person, i love you.

my78novata said...

yes you have ahd many blessings this year. some bad things but good came out of them for sure. Im glad you found out about the aol stuff. YOu know I pay 4.95 and I got ten hours free dial up and I have tech support. so you may check that out at AOL. its worth it as I hear those on free aol well its always messing up. I seem to have done well with aol security for a good while now. passover is over for us but the past week is unleaven bread. I cant wait till monday to be able to eat bread again. OH I have so missed my regular food. I hope you share some Easter pics of family. I cant wait to see them. and I Hope you have a wonderful day even if COLD!!!!!!

jlocorriere05 said...

I too like to look back in my journal, I find it useful with my diminishing memory! Lol! I do hope you can sort out the PC problems, they seem never ending for you! Have a great Easter. Jeannette xx  

pippa1116 said...

happy Easter to you also Chris!!!!

jeadie05 said...

Chris all the things you were talking off I cant believe that was a year ago ,Idont know where that time went ,mind its easy to lose a few hours here isnt it ,have a blessed Easter Jan xx

chat2missie said...

Happy Easter to you and your family!!

ally123130585918 said...

Chris a Happy and Blessed Easter Sunday to you and yours ~ Ally x

lisa41076 said...

Chris, Happy Easter to you and your family, Hugs Lisa

lanurseprn said...

What a beautiful entry Chris.  Joey did good. He is blessed to have a Mom that tells him so.
You've had quite a year.  We all have.  So have a Happy Easter and lets make this next year a good one!
Hugs and Love to you,

springangel235 said...

Happy Easter to you and your lovely nice to go back in time...looking at past Easters...and how far we have come.  Beautiful entry...many hugs and love,

ajquinn354 said...

Chris, a very deep felt journal writing today.....fromyour words you do have a lot to be thankful for with your family....Happy Easter dear...Arlene (AJ)

jckfrstross said...

Happy Easter:)


princesssaurora said...

A great entry, Chris.  So much in life that is more important than all the 'stuff'.  Loved the hymn too.  Thank you.

be well,

astoriasand said...

Have a very Blessed Easter Monday Too Chris.Loved the words to the hymn.
Take Care God Bless.

penniepooh said...

Happy Easter - I hope you had a lovely day. This entry brought tears to me eyes. Nice to see your children growing up and doing well. I know they are such a blessing to you, even through the tribulations. And reconnecting with old friends can be such a great thing!
Love you xo

am4039 said...

hope you had a great Easter.

chevyz71gurl74 said...

Beautiful Entry....
Happy Easter (late)

siennastarr said...

I'm glad that you have touched base with some old friends.  That is always such a blessing, and comes at a time when we most need it.

You have been through much this year, my friend.  As have I.  It's been a real Merry Go Round of dilemmas.. and a rollercoaster of emotions.  I am praying that things get better for you (up to, and including your computer)!  

I just read where Joyce's mom passed away tonite.. :(   I feel so bad for her..

Miss you much my friend...

Love you

xxroxymamaxx said...

Hi Chris.  I see it's been a while since you made an entry too.  I have been neglecting my journal so bad lately.  Hope to hear from you soon!  love ya and have a nice weekend!  Shelly

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

My dad makes good money he is a welder...wishing Joey luck and will keep all of you in my prayers and thoughts!Hugs,TerryAnn