Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hertzler Doings~Jan. 1-14, 2017

I've been writing little notes down on a calendar. So I will write little notes down on the blog.

Jan. 1-Sunday-Good service. Watched movies with Susan and Daniel. Girls Just Want to have Fun and Pirates of the Caribbean. S and D went to her work party in the eve.
2-Did wash. Made food with Susan. Vegetable soup, etc. Watched Murder She Wrote. Raining.
3-Bedroom. Desk. Raining.
4-Nathan here while Alli at appointment. Family Anointing Service at New Life. Significant time.
5-To town with Susan. Visited Judy. Went to Tractor Supply, Healthy Living-where we ordered a 'teriyaki' chicken sandwich-wow!, Food Lion, etc. Talked with Naomi.
6-Happy Valley with Jessica. Nathan here for several hours while Alli worked on his comforter. Vacuumed and washed floors. Daniel and Susan didn't go to rodeo. Snow starting. We watched Sully and some more murder mysteries.
7-Snowed all night. Susan and Daniel made food to freeze for his lunches.
 Watched Oceans 12,13. Did some wash. Philip played with Nathan and his train.

8-Home church. NL cancelled.
9-Cooked with Susan. Michael butchered deer that Philip shot him.
10-Susan worked swing shift. Phil worked on books. I cleaned appliances.
11-Went for massage in Concord. Met new friend, Trish, at Babcock House. Went to Walmart. S and D had lunch at the Health Nut in Lynchburg. Phil and I to Financial Peace class in eve.
12-Watched Susan make more kombucha and helped her make cashew cheese. Delicious. Made some garbanzo bean cheese myself later. Visited Margaret G. after taking load to the dump.
13-To Farmville. Haley's put in a headlight in new car and Janelle and Micah picked me up. We went to see 'Hidden Figures.' Excellent movie and more than that. Inspiring and Insightful. A must see. Watched Diagnosis Murder in eve with Susan and Phil.
14-Sat.-I forgot to mention that it was minus 4 several days ago and 70 not long afterwards. I cleaned the house-vacuuming, washing floors, etc. and cleaned out old Cadillac. What a mess. Went to vacuum it but the power isn't there. May have hurt the line when they put insulation under the double wide. Susan worked. Michael and Jess went to Natural Bridge for the weekend. Philip brought us duck meat and showed us the ducks he is going to have mounted. He told us lots of stories. Phil cut firewood to last for a week and fixed a frozen pipe leak. Now we are going to settle down for supper and watch a Clint Eastwood.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December, 2016-Hertzler Doings

Well, life has been busy.
I want to write down about our Christmas this year and then hopefully,
next year, I'll be more consistent with writing.

Our immediate family celebrated Christmas on the 18th.
We got together at 1:30, after church, and had homemade zucchini yeast rolls
and made sandwiches with a turkey and ham I cooked.
We added cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and onion.
We did this last year too, I think, and everyone likes this.
Later, we had cinnamon rolls-just baked, and caramel popcorn.
Daniel, Susan's boyfriend, was with us.

Michael read the Christmas story and then we went around and sang our favorite Christmas songs.
It was pure torture for Nathan for some reason. He had his head bent down and he was looking sideways with his eyes. At one point, he laid down on the floor, face down.
After awhile, I got a tablet and markers, and sat on the floor and started drawing while we sang.
He soon joined me and then sat on my lap with his fire truck.

We gave each other our pulled name gifts and then we gave other gifts. It was a wonderful Christmas.
(Michael and Jessica gave me a book a day or two later which had kind words from many lovely people. I couldn't stop crying and it made me want to be like the person they were writing about. I especially appreciated the words from our immediate and extended family members.)
We watched Home Alone together.

Christmas weekend, we went to Pa. Some went caroling. We had lunch at Joe and Karen's Christmas Day and had a nice time visiting. On Monday, we went to my brother, Abe's, for lunch. There were 3 new babies there. Oh, what fun. The kids played 'Now you have it, Now you don't.' We left there around 4 and got home by 9:30.

I'm leaving many details out but mostly, I want to say, that I am so thankful for family.
Our family, Phil's family, my family.
We love each other.
We are not perfect and all relationships are not perfect
but we love each other.
And I wouldn't want to be anywhere else or be part of anyone else's family.

My sister-in-law, Linda, told me she noticed that my blog was stuck on Politics and Burn Out.
So, now it's not stuck there anymore.
Thanks for reading, Linda.
And thanks for reading, friends.

We missed the Bantons this year but exchanged gifts via the mail.
I'm looking at a pillow cover that Lindsay made.
Black checked with a green Christmas tree. It covers a pillow on the glider-a gift from Happy Valley friends.

God was with us, is with us, and will be with us.
I am thankful.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Political Burn-Out and "Family"

For nearly a month I have read numerous political posts a day.
 I can't seem to help myself. It's like I've become a political conflict junkie.

One thing I read makes me feel justified.
Another post I read makes me feel shamed.

And in the Church realm there are those saying, "If you are a Christ follower, how could you vote for him?" Or, "She is evil. How could you vote for such wickedness?"

I have people I dearly love who are happy or grieved. I've been on an emotional political roller coaster ride and I want to get off and I don't know how.

Until now.

I just read something that I think is my exit strategy.

Brennan Manning, in his book, "The Wisdom of Tenderness" says,

'To say, "Abba, Father," in the Spirit is to say that we're children.
It's to acknowledge that other people are our brothers and sisters in the human family.

This understanding affects our lifestyle because it implies acceptance of others
and responsibility for others: we do our best to give family members whatever they need.

This familial relationship is to be taken literally for it's a thing of flesh and blood in the bond
of the Holy Spirit. True Christian community is the realization and actualization of
"Our Father, who art in heaven."

So, I think that my 'family' doesn't need me to read and empathize with every opposing news flash or viewpoint that comes along.

I think my family needs me to pray with Jesus' His ageless words,

"OUR Father,
who art in heaven.
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give US this day, OUR daily bread.
And forgive US OUR debts as WE
forgive OUR debtors.
And lead US not into temptation,
but deliver US from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.
Such wonderful words, "OUR, US, WE."
Not, "Us" and "Them."

"THINE is the kingdom, and the power and the glory,"
reminds me of Who really has us in His care.

To be "Delivered from evil," is all of our hearts cry.
Praying this prayer is the best way I know to be 'family' in a divisive situation.

It is the best way I know how to protect the people who are being attacked on both sides.

It is the best way I know to empathize and see the big picture.

It is the best way I know how to love.