The Traveller and Friends

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Right now I am facing a hard trial. Except it isn’t a trial, it’s a blessing, but one that makes me both want to jump up and down for joy, and bolt all at once! Most of you would think that I would not hesitate for this chance but I am, strange is it not? Then again you do not know what this blessing is. So let me write a poem to explain such a blessing:

Traveller:

I have prayed a prayer

I have sought Your face on this matter

I have petitioned day and night

While at the same time been afraid that You

Will or Would not hear

I don’t know which I would be afraid of more

Until one evening the Most High answered

and said:

“This prayer has been granted for your sake”

What am I to do

Such a prayer I have prayed for years

I do not know what to do

with such an answered prayer

 

Friends of Traveller:

Such an opportunity

Such a blessing

We have prayed the same prayer

since you were young

We thank the Father for such a blessing

 

Traveller:

A blessing it is

An answered prayer it may be

But I am terrified to take it

Yet I am terrified not to

 

Friends of Traveller:

But you must

For this has been an ongoing prayer

that has finally been answered

And to be terrified of such a thing

Is preposterous

For there is more security in this life

Than in the one you are living

 

Traveller:

While what you say is true

there is one thing that is not

In the way I live there is a security

For that is the only way of life I know

For in taking this blessing

What if He takes it away

I do not want to go through that

That is what I fear most of all

That He shall take it away

Once I am settled in this blessing

 

Friend of Traveller:

There is naught to fear

For it is all a blessing

You shall now be like us

And have a life

that you have missed

until now

 

Traveller:

I shall take this blessing

But it is not with out fear

For what I fear may come to pass yet

It is not that I fear it in the long run

But that I fear

That once He sees me as established

He shall take it all away once again

I fear that He will be angry with me

I fear I will become unworthy

I fear all this and more

 

Friends of Traveller:

But that is silly

He would not be displeased with you

For something He chose to give

For He knows that if told no

You would have stopped asking

He knows that you would not go against it

He wants to bless you with such a thing

Just keep Him in the center of it all

You can’t go wrong there

For if He tells you time to go

You shall

For that is your nature

And that is why He has trusted you

With such a gift.

 

Traveller:

I see that you are right

I will go forth in this

I will pass this fear

And I shall keep Him in the center

For life would be bleak and empty with out Him

Tree and Me

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Have you hugged a tree today?

though it may seem silly

it’s quite therapeutic

It gets you over a fear of seeming silly

Quite true

It can ignite a conversation

or it can lead people to thinking you quite loony

But have you hugged a tree today?

 

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Growing up

Small I may seem

But big I will be

Don’t let my size fool you

I’ll be big before you know it

Don’t look down on me

Because I’m not as big as you

One day I’ll be as tall as you

When I grow up

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Family

Family that’s what we are

Solid as a tree trunk

With many different branches

Some more nuttier than others

But all still come from the same roots

You are and Family you shall always be

Because the nut never falls far from the tree

And when you’re on the ground you’re closer

To the roots than where you began

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Different

I stand out, I don’t fit in

While everyone else is wearing dull colors

I’m wearing all bright

But that’s alright

You are you and I am me

We don’t have to be the same

There’s always got to be someone different in the crowd

 

This is dedicated to some dear friends of ours who introduced us to tree hugging. Sorry but we’re missing one, as my brother didn’t want to pose for a “hug a tree” photo.

Our Little Kitchen Friends

This afternoon Mom was doing the lunch dishes, and she commented on how old our spatula was. Then we got on the topic of our other kitchen utensils, so I decided to do a very special post for our hard working, devoted, long suffering kitchen utensils.

So here they are:

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Let us begin with the oldest, we have had this knife who will be known in this post as Mr. Broken Nose. Now his story is a little tragic, he’s been a faithful knife ever since Mom brought him home over seven years ago, and has been her best knife since.

We took him on a camping trip with my newly married Aunt and Uncle. Now he didn’t have a very good introduction to the rest of the family, as while cutting tomato’s he accidently sliced my Aunts thumb. Nothing serious, but she didn’t handle the sight of blood well and my brother and I didn’t help by sprouting off facts about blood, and how to slow down the bleeding so you don’t bleed to death so fast. I suppose the only good thing about those facts are that my brother and I knew a bit about first aid? Anyway after that not so good first impression on my extended family, he has provided very good service.

He has gone from a house to van and trailer, to house, to tents, to apartments. A very long life.

Now he has not always had a broken nose, actually in his younger days he was quite a sharp young thing, and through the years he has kept in shape. Until the sad fateful day a few months ago when my brother was using him and his nose broke off. It was really quite sad, and since that ill fated day he has slowly been in decline and has been considering retirement.

 

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This is Ms. Fiona, we are not quite sure when she came to live with us, it is like she has always been here. But, we think it was around five years ago give or take.

She has been indispensible in the kitchen and will not be looking at retirement in the near future. Unless her back breaks then she will be immediately retired (once a replacement is found). So much has she been involved in our daily lives we can’t even imagine of how we would manage without her.

 

 

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Ms. A-peel-ing, is a-peeling her life away. She as well has been an important part to our kitchen. We at one time thought she should retire and hired a replacement. But, she was right and alas, the replacement was not reliable and was let go. Much to her relief as she did not want to retire anyway. She has been with us for about the same amount of time as Ms. Fiona.

She has taught many hands how to peel and is not in the least picky on whether its carrots, potato’s, or even your average squash. She loves a challenge. But, one thing you learn quickly enough is that she will only peel forwards, for she has a fear of going backwards and cutting someone, unless you’re peeling a potato, that’s different.

 

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Mr. Potbelly, was adopted, he quickly became a much needed member. His short stumpy stature was very important indeed, and has been in the family for around five years as well. He has been faithful and has not let us down. Though because of his shortness he feels that he lets us down a lot. But, we assure him that this is not the case but, that it is because if his size that we agreed to bring him with us instead of giving him an early retirement.

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Mrs. Flat has been with us for 3 years. She was always very frail and constantly had a fracture of some kind in her leg until the day came that it finally broke. We would have had it fixed but it was too long gone so she had to have it amputated.

She doesn’t let that slow her down and works just as hard as the rest of them. Being younger than Ms. Fiona she is still learning all Fiona’s techniques.

Mrs. Flat has been patient and has been adjusting well to her new handicap. But may be looking at an early retirement depending on her health.

 

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Mr. Flipper has only been with us for two years and does the job but will be let go as soon as we find a replacement.

He was a last minute decision and we have partially regretted it ever since as he keeps mucking up on the job. Even the easiest such as scrambling eggs he cannot preform to an adequate level.

Even Mom who has had years in the cooking department cannot keep him in line.

 

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This is Sparkle, she is Mr. Broken noses apprentice and eventual replacement. She hasn’t been with us long only about a week. When Mom brought her home we were so happy, we think it has something to do with her color as well as her personality. She was immediately accepted into the family.

She’s doing well and learning quickly, she hasn’t cut anyone, and over all has a wonderful personality and lets everyone know where she is. We are glad that she comes with a guard as she has a sharp temper when upset, but, is trying to control it.

Other than that we will be looking forward to working with her for years to come. If she does as well as Broken nose has through the years we will be very happy and she won’t be looking at retirement any time soon.

 

So now you have met our kitchen friends, heard their stories, and laughed. I hope you enjoyed their stories from grouchy old Broken nose to shiny new Sparkle. We wouldn’t leave home without them.

Joyful Thoughts

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Just as we thought

On this day

Yahushua is waiting for us to

Finally call on Him

Up there He hears us and

Listens to us even if we don’t make any sense

Tough though it may be to believe that

He listens when even

Our family and friends think of

Us as nuts and questions our sanity

Goodness coming from their

Heart they try to understand but

Try as they might no one can understand as our

Savior can.

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quick news update

Yesterday a bomb exploded on a bus in Tel-Aviv, 10 people were injured.

Israel and Hamas declared a cease fire last night after 8 days of fighting.

Openness

Mom found this video a couple of weeks back. Watch it, it might explain some things about our family. Such as our openness during some conversations.

 

I know that our bluntness in conversation, blog postings and other things, have disturbed people, so has many other traits we have. Like when you talk we look you in the face. I know that annoys hearing people A LOT. I’ve had people ask me why I’m staring at them, I just reply that’s how I was raised.

There has been several times when my siblings and I get talking, and I would say 75% of these things would disgust people who aren’t used to it. And there’s usually someone there who doesn’t know ASL, so of course they want to know what we’re signing about, and, I usually tell them you don’t want to know. As usual curiosity, or my sibling, I end up telling them. They’re usually totally disgusted or at least try not to show that they’re disgusted, but that all depends on the conversation.

These conversations can range from the toilet, to guts, to animal facts, to nature facts, to facts of any kind, or just anything in general. It could be a general plain conversation, or one that you wish you’d never asked. And the great part is you never know… until you ask.

Which now brings me to our table manners. Now we have tolerable manners at the table, knives and forks, plates, etc, etc, no worse than the “kid next door”. But, when it comes to table conversation, we gross our relatives right out! Not that its not fun, at times we’ve even done it on purpose! It’s fun to see how long you can go without them totally losing their appetite or someone telling you to stop. Which ever one comes first.

We don’t do it often for that purpose, that’s a rare special organized occasion (so consider yourself special if its happened to you). Most of the time its just normal, and it just happens. Usually we keep it to ASL but, the laughter gives it away. There’s times that its just harmless story telling.

The four of us are used to, -when among other people, because most are adults and don’t like our sense of humor-, doing that. It’s a habit we picked up years ago. I know that our humor isn’t humor that some people appreciate. It seems to be one-of-a-kind Davies humor. BUT, don’t fear, it just seems to have affected us, the rest of the family’s safe.

ITS… wait for it, wait for it

DEAF CULTURE!!

 

Now don’t get this wrong, there are Deaf people who are more reserved than others. And it has varying degrees.

So next time you’re wondering why, where, or how we got this open, its how most of us were raised. It’s a good thing and it can be a bad thing. My friends have had to learn over the years. My moms parents have learned when we say “do you want to hear a fact?” at the table, you say “NO!” unless we clarify and say its not disgusting.

Its funny, those conversations don’t ruin our appetite. But, it took Dad awhile to get immune.

Speaking of food its nearly time to get supper ready

Bon-Appetite!

New Friends

We have some new friends! Ok, so they’re cats…. but they’re still cute, even though they are feral.

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There are more, but Panther is almost always around in the mornings and late afternoon. Patches comes when she’s around. The others are less friendly, and came latter on.

I know, once again we’ve got cat friends. We seem to make them where ever we go.

I guess it’s a substitute, because with all the traveling we can’t have pets. And cats will continue on life once we aren’t there anymore, where dogs become loyal. That and I don’t think our parents will let us make friends with a stray dog. Probably smart.

One day when we settle down I would like to get a pet. But that’s all up to my Heavenly Father.