Scripture Sunday, June 17, 2018 Father’s Day

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

Psalm 103:13

My father:

Walter DeHaas Chatham, Jr.

2/1/1921-10/2/1989

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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Memories Monday, June 11, 2018

My Uncle John was who you could call the family photographer. (Along with Aunt Margie) When James was a baby, we stayed with them for a few months. Uncle John loved him so much! He took one of his hats, placed it on his head, and took this shot.

Two years later, we had another extended visit, and since he had one of James, he had to take one of Junior as well. I love these pictures of my boys. They were so cute, and at that time, were such good boys. These memories make me smile.

What memories are you experiencing tonight?

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Scripture Sunday, June 10, 2018

And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free.

He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you.

Helaman 14:30-31

Book of Mormon

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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Wellness Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Dinner. A mixture of avocado, seeded plum tomatoes, and roasted red peppers on Eureka bread (kind of a store brand of Killer Dave’s) spread with hummus. And topped with lots of Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning. It was delicious, healthy, and filling!

We went for a walk after dinner, but I didn’t check to see how many steps I took yet.

What are you making for a healthy dinner tonight? I need some good plant-based ideas.

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Memories Monday, June 4, 2018

This is a rough month for me. Forgive me for not posting my regular Scripture Sunday yesterday. I just kept forgetting until it was too late! I’ll be back with a special one next week.

Saturday will mark the 27th anniversary of Junior’s death. Most of the time these days are good. It takes a lifetime, so I’m still learning how to live without him. But June weighs heavy on me. In two weeks is the anniversary of James’s death, but I’ll write more about that then.

I remember how totally and utterly lost I felt when Junior died. It was as if I was floating in space with no anchor, no foothold. So much between us was left undone.

But, as I’ve said before, I wouldn’t have changed the experience of being his mother for the world. He taught me unconditional love and acceptance. And I know this isn’t the end. I just miss him so incredibly much! There are no words. In any language.

Junior, you know the depth of my love for you. And I look forward to that joyful reunion to come.

Who are you remembering today?

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Wellness Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Had this chickpea salad pita for lunch today. Don’t have a picture, but I had a pita filled with avocado slices for breakfast.

The salad has celery and red and green bell peppers in it, and I made the sandwich with butter lettuce and yellow pear tomatoes straight from the garden! It was delicious!

I like using this brand of pita because it has no oil and minimal ingredients. Trying to eat a little healthier here!

Now it’s off to the grocery store for more scrumptious vegan food and to get my steps in.

What are you doing to improve your health today?

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Memories Monday, May 28, 2018

Today I want to honor my parents. My father was in the U. S. Army Aircorps which name was later changed to the U. S. Air Force. He was in both WWII and the Korean conflict. In WWII, he was a survivor of the Bataan Death March, the hell ships that shipped him (and thousands others) like cargo to Japan, and where he was about 50 miles from ground zero when the bomb was dropped in Nagasaki. He was 6 feet tall and weighed 89 pounds when he was liberated. Life wasn’t easy for us as children because of his severe PTSD which at that time wasn’t even a diagnosis. But he survived it all, and eventually became a good man.

My mother was his nurse when he came back. That’s how they met! And she served in the Army Nurses Corps until after their marriage.

I am proud to be the daughter of Walter DeHaas Chatham, Jr. and Janet Louise Henderson Chatham. They served their country with honor.

Who do you have to honor this Memorial Day?

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