Wednesday, December 31, 2008
When she entered our family, there was not too much that was known about her condition. People told us to put her away and forget she existed. Daddy told us we could not tell anyone about her, but we would keep her. We prayed for her to live and God answered our prayers and blessed us beyond any blessing one could imagine. Daddy came to terms with the fact that he had fathered a child that was not "Perfect." She wrapped him around her little finger and she thrived.
When she was about five years old, she finally learned to walk and talk. When she was seven she started school. She graduated when she was 21. She learned many things and she was wise beyond expectations. She loved to read and spent many hours reading Brides magazine and Louis Lamour books. She did not want us to know she could read so if she thought we were watching her, she would turn the book upside down. She knew if we knew she could read we would expect more from her. She had only one job in her short life. It lasted one afternoon. When I asked her why she was fired, she told me it was because she took too many coffee breaks.
She loved to go to the movies and out to dinner. After daddy died, she and mama would go out at least once a week. She always asked mama to take them out with the promise that she would pay. When the check came or when it was time to buy the movie tickets, she would conveniently forget her money. Little did she know that the check mama wrote often came from her account.
She loved to dance and dreamed of one day being married. She was going to marry Tom Cruise or Elvis or Tom Selleck. We would tell her that it was her job to stay home and take care of mama. She did. Every night as soon as the sun would go down, she would go though the house and turn on the lights and close the curtains. It was like clockwork. You could not convince her to leave the lights off or the curtains open if the sun was down.
Sometimes she reminded me of Rainman. She had to be home at 5 o'clock every evening because that was what time Judge Wapner came on the TV. It did not matter where they were or what they were doing, if it got close to five o'clock they had to stop and head home. She knew exactly how long it would take to get home from where ever they were.
She was the delight of all of our lives. I miss her terribly. She is the favorite sister I mentioned in 100 things about me. ( I am crying. I thought I could do this.)
She is mama's and daddy's 12th child and my baby sister, Megan Marie Higgins.
This is a poem my brother wrote to her after she left us.
Oh Missy Meg, Our Meg-A-Loo
Our hearts are sore and missing you.
You snuck away and left us here,
But as you left, we heard you cheer.
"I'm going home, at last I'm free,
And God will hold me lovingly.
No more contraptured, bound and lame
No "Rhino-Runt" in Daniel's game." (don't ask me to explain this)
"I am alive, the earth is dead.
I hope you get that through your head.
You all suffer, whine and groan
But I am at your true love's throne."
With hale and fullsome happy heart,
I've left you all, I did my part.
I am now really truly His.
I am now where forever is."
Wait for us, sis, we will be there soon and then we will be family again.
I love you and miss you.
Monday, December 29, 2008
socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holidays,
practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the secular practices, religious persuasions, pagan beliefs
or atheist dogmas of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others,
or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset
of the generally accepted calendar year 2009, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures
whose contributions to society have helped make America great. (Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country, nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere.)
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To my conservative friends
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Ronnica used to post as Tales of a Kansas Girl. Since her graduation she has moved to the above address. To celebrate her new address, she is having a great contest. You have to go over to her blog to see what it is, but I promise you will not be disappointed if you do. Hurry over, you only have until the 9th of January to enter. Just remember, I want to win!!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Yesterday while Olivia and I were out shopping, I stopped at Costco. We walked past a display of Santa costumes. She saw those and looked at me with the most incredulous look in her eyes and said, "Grandma, look where Santa buys his clothes!"
Later in the evening I was sitting on the couch knitting and singing Mary Did You Know. She was playing on the floor beside me. I had just sang, Mary did you know that your baby boy would someday walk on water. Olivia chimed in, "Mary did you know that your baby boy would someday disappear?"
If you were to analyze a four year old's rationalization, you would know she would think that anyone she knows would sink to the bottom if they walked on water, so why not Jesus?
Just gotta love their beautiful pure innocence.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My house @ midnightTaken @ midnight also, but with a flash.
My granddaughter Alysa earning $20.00
Monday, December 15, 2008
See you all soon.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
All the gifts will be made and posted out 'sometime within the next year'.
What you need to do in return, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
This Exchange is only open to those with active websites or blogs.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PROMISE TO POST THE SAME PAY IT FORWARD PICTURE AND THIS MESSAGE ONTO YOUR BLOG, WHICH MUST BE ACTIVE IN ORDER TO PLAY. YOU WILL PAY IT FORWARD TO THREE PEOPLE WHO COMMENT ON YOUR BLOG.
H/T: Ora et Labora
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This hand carved chicken was presented to me. When they gave it to me, the finish was still wet. It now sits in my kitchen.
The women make these straw bags. They would like to have a way to market them in the U.S.
A Millipede. Easily five inches long.
That is a quarter above this moth. Just to give an idea of it's size.
Friday, December 5, 2008
How leading retailers’ messages rate
Last updated: 12/2/08
We welcome your use of these ratings in your shopping decisions. As an additional way to help you communicate with the retailers we evaluated, we are providing the convenience of a petition which you can sign by visiting focuspetitions.com.
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"Christmas-friendly" retailers — prominent acknowledgment of "Christmas"
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Linens 'n Things
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The Home Depot
Toys "R" Us
"Christmas-negligent" retailers — marginalized use of "Christmas"
Barnes & Noble
Dick's Sporting Goods
"Christmas-offensive" retailers — apparent abandonment of "Christmas"
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
These are the rules: Pass this on to 5 blogging friends. Open the closest book to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56. Write the 5th sentence, as well as two to five sentences following that.
So here goes: The book closest to me was my journal from my trip. That is because that is the one I am working on right now.
While we were at Nyaragusu Camp yesterday, they received word that the government will be closing the market outside the camp. This is just the beginning of the forced repatriation by the Tanzanian government. Next they will close the schools, cut off all other food supplies and their wood supply, thus starving them back across the lake and into the Congo. We also heard yesterday that the rebel leader Laurent Nakunda had overtaken a couple of government troops in Goma. This is what these people are being forced to return to.
I am going to tag:
You go girls!!
Friday, November 28, 2008
They surrounded our car and welcomed us with singing and clapping
I was so overwhelmed I had to stay in the car for a while. I did not want to intrude on Msoshi and Rebeka's time. Msoshi came and got me from the car.
Look at this sea of people. There were 2700 at this church service. They held it outside because their church was not large enough to hold everyone.
Msoshi and Rebeka addressing the congregation.
Msoshi holding a grandson during the church service.
This gentleman was in a group they call the Infirm.
This lady wanted to be sure I got a picture of this little orphan girl. After several tries, this was the best I got. She kept putting her hand up in front of her face.
Just me and a few new friends.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I do not know why I did not take pictures of Adults at this camp. Maybe because I was still reeling from my day at Nyaragusu. Maybe because I can still see hope and light in the Childrens eyes.
We drove about 1 1/2 hours down the road to Kasulu to stay at a Catholic guest house. We will return to Nyaragusu on Sunday.