Friday, October 1, 2010

Editor's Letter October

Last month I was “challenged” by computer problems. Ultimately the experts found that I’d used up all the memory on my old computer, and that’s why it was giving me problems. Thankfully, they had a refurbished computer, with four times the memory, that was within my budget. I was very happy that they (“they” being Chopper’s Computers in Columbus) were able to transfer everything from my old computer, to the new (new to me) computer. The only thing I was unable to access was all of my accounting records, meaning I had to re-enter them all. I’d printed out all of the records just a few months ago so was able to get them all re-entered in just a few days. And my new computer works great!

Ecclesiastes tells us that ”There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). September seems to have been my time for breaking things. I was surprised to walk into our laundry room a few weeks ago into several inches of water…thankfully the washing machine just needed a minor part replaced.

Almost as soon as the washing machine was back in working order, the microwave made a scary “BZZZZT” noise and stopped working. We got by for several weeks…until the stove made a similar noise, followed by a “POP” and a little whisp of smoke…unfortunately the repair man said that there is no “repair” for the stove. I briefly considered challenging myself to cook for my family using only the George Foreman grill, griddle, and crock pot…but I think my family would quickly grow tired of that. We got a new microwave yesterday, and will be getting a new stove soon. (If you have any recommendations as to what brand to get, please let me know!)

One friend suggested that maybe the appliances breaking was my sign that I was supposed to take a break from laundry and cooking. Another friend, who was on a trip when all of this happened, texted me that she was glad that I wasn’t on the airplane with her as she was returning home!

I don’t know if there is a message in all of the things that have broken…but I do know that every time something works as it’s supposed to, I’m thankful!

Cody came home from college last weekend and we were all happy to see him. I’m not sure if he was happier to see us, or his cattle! He’s enjoying college life. Morgan has been very busy with her school activities and taking care of Cody’s cattle. The AK-SAR-BEN cattle show is this weekend, and we are all looking forward to it!

I really enjoyed putting together this issue of the Nebraska Family Times! The article Chocolate Covered Grace shows us all how God’s grace can cover all of our mess-ups and sins. Loving and Lumping reminds us that our actions can influence what others think of Christians.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. Neither of these topics are uplifting, but they are issues that are relevant to us all. I hope the articles in this issue of the Nebraska Family Times will increase your awareness and encourage action when needed.

Please continue to share your ideas for “Keeping Christ in Christmas”! I will share your ideas in the next two issues of the paper, so you can consider including some of them in your Christmas celebration.

May God bless you this fall!

It will be with relief that I click “Send” and get this last item of the paper sent in…and I hope that nothing else breaks for at least a few months!

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