Thursday, 1 December 2016

Pray For Great Grandma

 
The past seven days have been a whirlwind of activity and inactivity. 
A roller coaster of emotions, hope giving way to despair only to begin hoping again.
Activities where you find that prayer and meditation are the only things open to you.
Then there is the  pain that comes when you were jarred from one reality into next.  
Believing things were getting better I relaxed into the chair beside her bed and prepared myself to sleep. 
Then the alarms went off  and the room filled with nurses and doctors.
Reality had  jarred me awake and it felt like a gut punch robbing me of air and doubling over in pain.
Great Grandma now has to want to do the work to live.
The doctors have done what they could and our family has come together.
It is now up to Great Grandma and God. 
Please keep praying
Grandma Snyder


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Thank You

Once she has recovered we will be back to blogging as usual.

Thank you for all the kind words and prayers

Grandma Snyder

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Always Thankful



What does being thankful mean? 

To answer this question, dictionaries tell us that being thankful is being pleased with something that you have received.

What are we to be always thankful for?

Colossians 1:16-20 set on the path of spiritual thankfulness by naming each of us as created by God and reconcile to God through our Father, the Creator’s love.

Colossians1:16-20 For by Him were all things created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him… 20 and having made peace through the blood of his cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself – by Him, I say, whether they be things on earth or things in heaven.
We are the children of God, and like children we are learning to become spiritual beings.  Learning to transcend our self centre natures and live through selfless love in service to others, following Christ's example.

For the most part we fail, 
we define the world through human knowledge, 
placing limits on God’s love for us.


Yet over and over again we are told we are forgiven.
 Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Even in our failures, we can be always thankful that we are forgiven.

As God’s creations we are never alone.  

Though people and/or happenstance may take from us all our human wealth, health and friendship, we cannot be separated from God’s love for us if we but quiet our minds.

Nothing and no one can separate us from God for this we can be always thankful.

Psalm 46: 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble

Always thankful that we are God’s children, beloved and cherished never to be separated from his love.
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Lectionary readings Jeremiah 23:1-6, Psalm 46, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Fast Beef Vegetable Soup


Late fall is upon us, the rain today was thick with the promise of snow, the weather wet and cold

 and coming home to a cold house what we needed was a hearty vegetable soup.

However, time was in short supply and short cuts would required. 

Here is our answer Fast Beef Vegetable Soup.

Ingredients:
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 cups beef broth (packaged)
  • 10 new small potatoes cubed
  • 3 cups of carrots cut into ¼ circles
  • 3 cups chopped mushrooms


Directions:
  1. Place the bay leaves and garlic in cheese cloth and tie off
  2. Add all ingredients including the cheese cloth bag into the soup pot and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the cheese cloth and serve.

From Our Table to Yours

Grandma Snyder


©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Monday, 14 November 2016

Closing Doors


We are proud people who spent our working lives garnering respect, trust, and building our personalities ~ building the facades that we project into the world.

Then we retire, our children move away and we hold even tighter to the facades until our bodies that betray us.

It’s not the wrinkles, the grey hair or even our stumbling gaits.

It is our bladders, our bowel, and the total ruin of our facade.  

We lock ourselves in our homes, our apartment, in our aging care rooms.

We don’t come out and we don't let them in we are embarrassed, we're ashamed 

we have come to believe that the facade is all that we are.

We have not prepared our egos to age.

Be mindful of the facades you are building and what they will mean to your ego as you age.

Keep all of the doors in your life open so that love, family and opportunity can come in.
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Steadfast Love and Faithfulness


Is human love steadfast and faithful?

Sadly no. 

Even Saint Peter out of fear and self preservation denied Christ, three times.

Our steadfastness and faithfulness on any given day is filtered through our disappointments, hopes, sense of wellness, love, desire, anger, self control, weariness, and so on.

Our steadfastness and faithfulness is all about us, it is not about other people or God.

God is steadfast and faithful to humanity to the point of sacrificing his son offering all out of love for us.
He will judge the world with righteousness, And the people with equity. Psalms 98:9

As with steadfastness and faithfulness only the divine is righteous and he judges all people with equity, with same love, care, and a desire to forgive us.

All of humanity treated equally by our creator, no one more worthy than the other.

God is steadfast in his love for us
and 
faithful to us all.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Lectionary readings: Malachi 4:1-2a, Psalm 98, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13,

Luke 21:5-10

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Remembrance Day

 

You stand proud in the centre of a community park where children are free play.

You kneel supported by your rifle outside the library and families relax inside reading together, free to explore the world through books with no cares for what is happening outside.

You carry a fallen friend forever holding him in your arms, while children laugh and run around the stone base upon which you will forever stand.

You stand head down in prayer as tourists sit on the steps leading up to your memorial exploring without of fear our large cities.


And you stand at ease hands resting on a stone cross remembering forever your friends lost in war.  While traffic moves freely on the busy street in front of you.

Your name is etched in these stone monuments, your sacrifice always present, in hopes that we remember the price that was and continues to be paid for our freedom.

Your heroism is thus remembered in communities large and small.

And

Today your name will be read aloud and we will remember you.


Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Monday, 7 November 2016

Engaging Our Children


What are grandparent’s to-do with their grandchildren anymore?!

We were sitting in our local coffee shop when we overheard this question being thrown out into the universe. 

We put down our papers and listened for the answer and to our utter amazement and horror no answer was forth coming. 

The table full of grandparents (or so we assume) went on to complain how all their grandchildren want to do is play on their electronics, and so on.

We wondered out loud to each other, what those grandparents are doing when their grandchild come to visit?

Watching TV?
Cleaning the house?
On their own computers?
Sitting reading?
Sleeping in their chairs?

The above activities are solitary play activities and when two people are in the same room engaged in solitary activity it is called parallel play.  Neither party is influencing the other nor are they learning from each other.


We think this is the question that was really asking. 

How do grandparents interact with their grandchildren anymore?

How do we engage our grandchildren in cooperative activities?

The first step is to know what your grandchildren or children for that fact are interested in and to get interested in that yourself.

We find that trips to our antique shops, museums are a good place to stumble upon some common ground with our grandchildren and talking to them about our childhood, what we enjoyed doing.

The library as Dr. Seuss illustrates is a wonderful place to find common ground.  In reading to each other and/or talking about books you have read hours can pass quickly in this cooperate activity.


We don’t think that the problem is electronics or the internet. 

We wonder if we all have become too comfortable with parallel activities when what we need to be mindful of is creating cooperative activates.

Doing things with our children and grandchildren
instead of doing different things in the same room or house.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls