Hello Again

A good friend commented to me that I need a new update, so I thought I would take a moment and tell everyone hi. I just celebrated a milestone birthday and had a wonderful time. My husband got us a most delicious deep-dish pizza, and he also got me a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

Tonight I chased a bat out of our house (really!), and I'm still wondering how it got in. I have never had such a close encounter with a wild animal that I could just tell wanted to eat me alive (except for mosquitoes). I will have my husband look for any bat guano tomorrow. I learned that word when we visited Carlsbad Caverns National Park many years ago.

I check my Pleo blog almost daily, and I hope you'll leave me a comment if you'd like to or need me to get back to you about something. I am looking forward to going out with Holly next week to a Corn Fest in DeKalb where they will also have many crafters.

Have a great rest of the summer!
  • joc
    Thank you so much. I don't do anything but Pleonast. Hope to see you back here at least once in a while.
    by joc at 09/30/09 10:30AM
  • granny
    So glad to hear from you. I like sharing with you.
    by granny at 10/08/09 11:49PM
  • fmr1222
    Anita, I received the gift today! Thanks so much, it's beautiful! I'm going to put it on my table in the LR and I'll post a picture.
    by fmr1222 at 11/14/09 1:12PM
  • preacherdavetx
    Have a friend going to Chicago and are looking for a congregation downtown. They will be staying at the miracle mile and don't have a car. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks and God Bless.
    by preacherdavetx at 12/21/09 4:30PM
  • nickkrumrei
    You are probably back home by now, but hugs to Sis and your folks. I hope you had a nice time. Funny about the clothes. We are having a sleet event, but the temps are a balmy 30 degrees. ABOVE zero, one of those Shnook winds. No I am the shnook, the wind is a Chinook. hahaha
    by nickkrumrei at 01/24/10 6:39AM
  • nickkrumrei
    Obtw, we may be coming through the end of March. You want to meet for brunch? Bring the ball and chain if you can.
    by nickkrumrei at 01/24/10 6:40AM
  • nickkrumrei
    "Have a great rest of the summer" ???? If you wait a bit more you will be ahead of the Pleo-curve on blog posting. But I did not stop by to give you a hard time, I stopped by for details on the Texas visit. I am starving for Texas info. I so want to get down for a visit. Like NEXT week. Ruth is dragging her heels. Crazy Ruthy.
    by nickkrumrei at 01/30/10 6:22AM
  • joc
    Just thought I would stop by and say hi! Hope you are having a wonderful day.
    by joc at 02/08/10 11:08AM
  • joc
    Thanks, Anita. She is a fun little girl. Our weather here was terrible last night. We went through a thunderstorm with wind
    and even a little hail, to get to our group meeting. About 50 very damp people gathered and it was worth braving the elements.
    One very elderly little lady on a walker got soaked to the point they had to find more clothes for her to wear.
    Well, I would love to visit you, but I don't know when I'll ever make it that far north again. Thanks for the invite, though.
    Hope to see you again when you travel this way. Sounds like a fun party you are planning.
    by joc at 02/09/10 10:16AM
  • joc
    Hi, How are things up where you are? We had a wonderful sunshiney day today. Can't believe last week it was snowing!
    by joc at 03/05/10 8:37PM
  • linda_g
    Hi Anita - I thought this was a new update until I read the reference to corn fest. Anyway, I'm not in hiding. I took Mom to Downers Wed night, and Heather and Don were sick. Don was at the ER last night because he's still suffering from colitis. Since Holly is unavailable to take Mom on Sunday mornings for me, I'm not sure when I'll be in Elgin again.
    by linda_g at 03/06/10 12:28PM
  • nickkrumrei
    We are thinking this friday afternoon (12th), we will call you when we are on the road and then again when we get close. We are leaving a day early this trip.
    by nickkrumrei at 03/10/10 6:16AM
  • joc
    Thanks, Anita. I am enjoying my great granddaughter's company today, as well. She keeps me hopping with one idea after another.
    by joc at 03/11/10 12:07PM
  • joc
    Thanks, spring inspires me to get out and take pictures of nature stuff. The pesky gnats got me today. There were clouds of them in the yard and boy do they
    by joc at 04/01/10 3:34PM
  • preacherdavetx
    Some day, the person who inspired me join may actually show back up on this here blog site :)
    by preacherdavetx at 04/24/10 12:26AM
  • alp1926
    Thanks. We think she's found a good one!!

    I sent you a message response on FB.
    by alp1926 at 10/21/10 4:30PM
  • split_rock
    Happy New Year!
    by split_rock at 01/01/11 5:44AM
  • aleta
    Thank you!
    by aleta at 02/14/11 10:29PM
  • alp1926
    This is funny. I don't know if you ever visit here anymore, but I came to your page to find that it was exactly three years ago today that you made this post. Miss talking to you!
    by alp1926 at 08/13/12 8:43PM
  • tryphena
    Hi! Just wanted you to know that you may be gone, but you aren't forgotten. FB is momentary, but Pleo is forever!
    by tryphena at 09/02/12 3:19PM

Rejoice!/The End of an Era

There is rejoicing at Elgin! Debbie Parrent was baptized tonight.

I received notice this past week that our local Bible bookstore is going out of business. I've spent dozens of hours in that store searching for just the right book or the right gift.

About 15 years ago, the elders at Elgin decided that we would write a three-year Bible curriculum for infants through adults, and a writer-leader was chosen for each class. I was chosen to head up the 4th-5th grade program, and at the time, I didn't have a clue as to where to start. Actually the first part was easy -- I spent time in prayer and in reading my Bible. Then, on a trip to Huntsville/Madison, AL, and the Houston, TX area, I was able to spend about a week with Jane Britnell, who had just finished writing a two-year Bible class curriculum for 4th-5th graders at the Gooch Lane congregation, and a day with Nancy Tomlinson from the Kleinwood congregation near Houston. She was one of the writers of Our Spiritual Heritage, which back then was being used for 4th-5th grade.

Secondly, I looked at materials that had already been written. The local Bible bookstore had loads of activity books for this age group, and there were lots of great activity books being written at that time. Not only that, but there was a really great teacher's store right next to the Bible bookstore so bulletin board ideas were easy to come up with. They even had a laminating machine and didn't charge very much.

When I neared the end of the three years of writing, the teacher's store went out of business. And 15 years later, I think I have accumulated enough study books, Bibles, attendance stickers, and boxes of Dayspring cards so that it is okay for New Life Bookstore to go out of business.

Though I do not plan to stop teaching anytime soon, I am content and will continue to enjoy the treasures I've collected from both of those stores. "For everything there is a season...." In hindsight, it is easy to see how God answered prayer and gave me what I needed at just the right time.

For those ladies who receive Comfort & Sharing, I am still in catch-up mode and it will be that way for three more months. I can only email two issues a month or else I have to pay my email service provider more because of the number of issues sent. I am now current through January 31, 2009. If you aren't receiving your emails, let me know. If you'd like to sign up, there's a link on the left. Have a great week!
  • on_eagles_wings
    Very nice post! It seems that we are the ones who get the most out of study that we do when given a project of this magnitude! I know when I have written material, I was the one who gained the most, I do believe! Yes, so many Bible bookstores are struggling and closing. Hopefully some will come back when the economy gets better!
    by on_eagles_wings at 05/23/09 8:15AM
  • w3jl
    He's still in a lot of pain, but the site looks pretty good (still bruised a good bit). He doesn't sleep well at night, so I don't sleep either. He sleeps during the day, but I can't do that. Maybe it will get better in the next few days. We took her to Cracker Barrel for dinner and she will have her party at school tomorrow and at home Friday night. She likes the idea of 3 parties!! Hope things are well with you all.
    by w3jl at 05/25/09 5:48PM
  • ncsuz409
    Great to see you over there! Ty :)
    by ncsuz409 at 05/29/09 6:34AM
  • didow
    It's sad when a store you love goes out of business. You should put those lessons online somewhere so we can all see them.
    by didow at 05/29/09 7:13PM
  • quincysmom
    by quincysmom at 05/31/09 8:14AM
  • w3jl
    Rejoicing here with Debbie!
    by w3jl at 06/01/09 6:13PM
  • preacherdavetx
    AWESOME!!! Please relay my congrats to Debbie. I don't know how I missed that when I read your post before. I was really hopeful. She was such an encouragment when I was there.

    I was really writing to thank you for the gifts. Melanie is beautiful in the clothes and Joshua asks me to read the books almost every night. I think David and Goliath is his favorite... because it has his Daddy's name in it.

    God Bless!
    by preacherdavetx at 06/03/09 10:43PM
  • dr_corndog
    Thanks. It was very enjoyable.
    by dr_corndog at 06/04/09 8:59AM
  • 23_bravo_7
    There is no scientific method to bowling. I can roll a strike ball and still not knock all the pins down. Then I can roll that same ball again and knock them all down.
    by 23_bravo_7 at 06/05/09 5:06PM
  • granny
    So pleased to hear about your new sister in Christ - and now mine. Please greet her for me. Your efforts to teach are encouraging. I've had to write my own material for more years than I care to recount -- AND without a bookstore nearby. So I am thankful for this gift of not only stores but the aid of other good teachers!
    by granny at 06/23/09 2:28AM
  • dawsonlover10
    hi. how are you?
    by dawsonlover10 at 07/14/09 12:56PM
  • preacherdavetx
    Your last post was on my wife's birthday. Miss you guys. Hope all is well. God Bless.
    by preacherdavetx at 07/15/09 12:11AM
  • dawsonlover10
    I will be a senior this year. I am so very excited. Yes, Mr. Kilgore is still over that camp. I hate the fact that I didn't begin going to this camp earlier, but there is nothing that can be done about that now.
    by dawsonlover10 at 07/16/09 11:58AM
  • 23_bravo_7
    You were at FC with Marsha McCort. She had the most bubbling personality. I remember her because she had a huge crush on my roommate and he wouldn't give her the "time of day". His loss.
    by 23_bravo_7 at 07/22/09 6:16AM
  • 23_bravo_7
    Yes, I remember Steve.
    by 23_bravo_7 at 07/22/09 1:51PM
  • w3jl
    Thank you.
    by w3jl at 07/29/09 10:56AM
  • flyonthewall
    I'm glad you had such a nice weekend! I must admit that with everything that has been going on around here, I did not get a snail mail birthday card out for you. However, you will be hearing from me on your special day :)

    No job news. Sr. has not had one call in the five months that he's been looking. Very discouraging. I have a second interview with the Madison realtor tomorrow afternoon. At this point, if I get a job offer, I will probably accept it. If my friend offers me a job a month later, I will have to re-evaluate. That would be a good problem to have, though. But what would be even better is Sr. getting a job offer....or at least an interview!

    Our refrigerator died Saturday, so we bought a new one yesterday, and it was delivered this morning. It's a side-by-side, black, Whirlpool. I think we got a good deal based on the comparison shopping we did. I've been hoping for a new fridge for a long time, but the timing is a bit off.

    Now I must go grocery shopping. Fortunately, we didn't lose much food. We took a couple of bags' worth to my in-laws.

    How's your weather? Is it really hot? We are smothering in this humidity. Even my dad's wife Nancy, who LOVES heat and humidity, said this is a bit much for her.
    by flyonthewall at 08/10/09 11:53AM
  • flyonthewall
    Happy Birthday!
    by flyonthewall at 08/11/09 8:10AM
  • granny
    You really need a new posting! How else can we make sure how you are doing?
    by granny at 08/12/09 1:38AM


Blessed are the Mothers who love God, for their children shall
not be ignorant of their Creator and His plans concerning them.

Blessed are the Mothers who love the word of God, for their
children shall know of the way, the truth and the life.

Blessed are the Mothers who love the house of God, for their
children shall enter there and sit with them in the presence of God.

Blessed are the Mothers who love to pray, for their children
shall feel the power of prayer and many shall find salvation.

Blessed are the Mothers who love to give to the cause of Christ,
for their children shall become supporters of the Kingdom of God.

Blessed are the Mothers who love the family altar, for they
shall have their reward in this world and in the world to come.

Blessed are the Mothers who love to speak kind words to their
neighbor’s children, for thereby they shall win
other boys and girls besides their own to Jesus Christ.

Blessed are the Mothers who love to be companions to their
children, for they shall be called understanding Mothers.

Blessed are the Mothers who love to fight life’s battles
bravely with a strong and steadfast faith in God, for their
children shall know where to find strength in time of need.

Blessed are the Mothers who, when they are old and gray,
can look back upon memory’s wall with no regret and can say,
“I brought my children up in the fear of the Lord.”
Theirs are the mansions in glory.


My computer is fixed, and my son has wished me a Happy Mother's Day. I'm looking forward to worshipping with the saints at Elgin tomorrow. All is well. I wish all the mothers here on Pleonast a very happy Mother's Day.
  • preacherdavetx
    Happy Mother's Day!
    by preacherdavetx at 05/10/09 1:04AM
  • jerzgirl
    Have a blessed Mother's Day!
    by jerzgirl at 05/10/09 6:25AM
  • quincysmom
    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! I love this poem!
    by quincysmom at 05/10/09 7:33AM
  • aleta
    Happy Mother's Day, Anita. This is a great poem and I will share it with "my ladies". Thanks!
    by aleta at 05/10/09 7:59AM
  • mladyman
    Happy Mother's Day! And thank you so much for this wonderful poem!
    by mladyman at 05/10/09 8:28AM
  • w3jl
    Happy Mother's Day, friend. Glad your computer is up and running.
    by w3jl at 05/10/09 10:44AM
  • textilet
    Happy Mother's Day!!
    by textilet at 05/10/09 11:18AM
  • frances
    Happy Mother's Day--my Illinois friend!
    by frances at 05/10/09 3:43PM
  • iloveponds
    I loved all of these, but the 2nd to the last one really hit home. This is what I tried to teach my kids this past year with the challenge of cancer facing us head on.
    by iloveponds at 05/10/09 9:40PM
  • chickadee
    Me, too! Just wish I could have it EVERYday!
    by chickadee at 05/11/09 4:31PM
  • holly_ann
    That is lovely! I hope you had a great mother's day. Thanks for the birthday wishes!
    by holly_ann at 05/14/09 4:02PM


Imagine a world without computers. (((((THINK, THINK, THINK))))) I think it would stink. I found this out the past couple of days because my CPU died yesterday. I have actually had to call people to find out info...GASP! I miss Bible Gateway.com. I have become very dependent on my computer. Now I look forward to not using it through the weekend because I have a ton of stuff going on (as well as just to see if I can).

Tomorrow a friend and I are meeting with the lady at Fox Country Day School to work out contract details for using their site for our Ladies Day, which is Saturday, October 3. Friday I'm teaching our Ladies Class on Being Friends With Yourself. Saturday I have two things going -- I'm meeting friends in Wisconsin for brunch and my hubby and are hosting our congregation's Group 3 get together here Saturday for dinner and a rousing, buzzing game of Bible Bee. If you'd like to join us, please come.
  • mladyman
    You are SO busy I marvel you even have time to get on the computer! All the above sounds wonderful. I like the topic of being friends with yourself; sounds really, really interesting!
    by mladyman at 05/07/09 6:02AM
  • linda_g
    We'll be there!
    by linda_g at 05/07/09 7:52AM
  • holly_ann
    I got the invite to the group meeting - thanks! Unfortunately I already made birthday plans with some friends :( I'm really sorry!
    by holly_ann at 05/07/09 11:02AM
  • meg
    The timing on the CPU crash may have been providential...
    by meg at 05/07/09 11:44PM
  • meg
    Thanks! I know I'm immensely blessed--I'm trying hard to treasure these times. (That's one reason I take so many pictures when I feel well)
    by meg at 05/08/09 3:36PM
  • dsh
    Can't imagine a world without computers! I really like what her button says. :)
    by dsh at 05/08/09 11:54PM
  • dawsonlover10
    i can definatley not imagine life with out computers... i would probably die or something...lol
    by dawsonlover10 at 05/09/09 12:24PM
  • frances
    Mark had my computer for 4 days this week, "cleaning it up", and I was beginning to have withdrawal symptoms.I appreciate Mark keeping me up-to-date.
    by frances at 05/09/09 10:00PM

Better Late Than Never

It is a lovely spring. We've gotten lots of rain so the greens are greener and the blooms are "bloomier." There are also several new babies I can't wait to get some quality baby-hugging time with very soon, and there are more to be born in the next couple of months.

Our Ladies Bible class officially began meeting twice a month (a change from monthly) in April on Fridays. We are studying Jane McWhorter's "Friendship: Handle With Care," and the thought questions from these lessons are quite challenging. After class this past Friday, I had the honor of spending the afternoon and evening with Faye from Sycamore and Roberta, a good friend from our Elgin congregation. Faye and I have known each other since she was in high school. Right after our Bible class, Faye presented me with my Pleo gift from the first-five-to-sign-up-get-a-gift. It was a quilt square made by her mother that Faye made into a pillow.

Pillow I made from one of Mom's quilt squares.
Anita & me.
For the five of you out there who will be getting a gift from me, don't hold your breath just yet. :)

I should have another issue of Comfort & Sharing out this week. Catching up is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I also hope to catch up on all your blogs this week. Actually I've read lots of them; I just haven't been commenting. Have a great week!

One last thing -- there has been a bird that sings the first four notes of "Here Comes the Bride"/"Faithful and True." I haven't seen the bird, but the singing is slow and beautiful. Any idea what kind of bird it is?
  • arsenal
    That is some beautiful artwork on that pillow.
    by arsenal at 04/29/09 3:38AM
  • arsenal
    Obviously, its a "Wagner" bird.
    by arsenal at 04/29/09 3:42AM
  • lovnprayers
    I enjoyed our day together so much. We will have to make an effort to do that again soon. Thanks for letting me know about the class. Mom would aslo be happy knowing you have one of her quilt squares. She really loved you. I Love you too.
    by lovnprayers at 04/29/09 7:31AM
  • tryphena
    I hear that kind of bird *all* the time! I'll try to figure it out. I had the cutest little blue bird (must have been a bluebird?) on my feeder yesterday. I was on the phone at the time, but ran for my camera and managed to get two shots of the bird, but in both, his head was hidden by the birdfeeder.

    So, which lady are you in the photo? I've never seen a picture of you. I'm not even gonna let you know my guess; I'll just wait and see.
    by tryphena at 04/29/09 7:37AM
  • rockymtnslover
    What a beautiful heart-felt gift. I love anything quilted!
    by rockymtnslover at 04/29/09 12:46PM
  • curlie
    I love you and Faye and that pillow. :)
    by curlie at 04/29/09 6:23PM
  • aleta
    That's a pretty pillow!

    I'm glad to oblige you the ideas, but I can't take credit. Those are maps and the time line that are with the curriculum we're doing: Bible Study Guide for all ages. Do you see the H to the left of Julia (in polka dots?). I made big letters that spell CHURCH and each letter is filled with photos of the members here. I "popped" them in on the computer. I made the letters in Power Point. Each letter is the size of one piece of paper.
    by aleta at 04/29/09 9:59PM
  • cdillman23
    Oh, as for the cakes being simple, I found that it is more my taste too. Simple seems to look more elegant to me.
    by cdillman23 at 04/29/09 10:46PM
  • mladyman
    What a LOVELY pillow!!! The study book sounds interesting; let us know what you think when you finish.
    by mladyman at 04/30/09 6:20AM
  • aleta
    I googled that image of the Ishtar gate and blew it up. Behind the boys, there's a big pyramid on Egypt, too. Have fun!
    by aleta at 04/30/09 11:26AM
  • rlumapay
    Pillow is nice gift because when they use it they can always remember you and if they hug a pillow, when they are alone they think about you:)
    by rlumapay at 04/30/09 8:26PM
  • kim_boo
    We are having a good time!! Well be very picky about who you choose....someone's gotta keep you girls in line!!! Miss you!
    by kim_boo at 05/01/09 9:54AM
  • iloveponds
    What a beautiful gift for a great friend! Enjoy.
    by iloveponds at 05/01/09 10:34PM
  • mladyman
    Thanks for the note - ha! Appreciate the offer! And thanks for the latest C&S -- as always, it is SO encouraging!!!
    by mladyman at 05/02/09 9:16AM
  • tucksmom
    I think I know your Faye!
    by tucksmom at 05/03/09 6:36PM
  • chickadee
    as opposed to here where I have to make a new comment to add the words "and like" after "noticed". I always have afterthoughts!
    by chickadee at 05/05/09 10:18AM
  • chickadee
    AND you can click and drag to rearrange your friends list. That is of less importance to me than the others, but it is still nice.
    by chickadee at 05/05/09 10:19AM
  • granny
    Three beautiful hearts in that picture -- three after reading that the mom surely loves you too.
    by granny at 05/06/09 12:00AM
  • homeschoolmomma23
    This is from Simon and Faith: Thank you for all the games and books in the package. I like to play the Need for Speed Carbon game all the time. I put the Notre Dame license plate on the front of the car. I really liked everything. They were good choices for me. *Simon. I can't wait to read the books. I thought the pet shops were really cute. I have been wanting them. I got a camping outfit for my turtle at BABW. I really like the jewelry too. Thank you for everything.
    by homeschoolmomma23 at 05/06/09 8:31AM