Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Dad

I have been meaning to do this for awhile. I was recently asked to speak at a teen conference called a YES Conference. It was about saying Yes to God. I was asked because the person who asked me was pretty sure I would say yes. When he introduced me, he talked about how often I say yes. Will you chaperone a teen all-nighter? Yes. Will you go pick up some pizzas? Yes...etc...

I talked about my call on my life and how I came to say yes to God and His call. I talked about saying yes to being an NYI president. I talked about saying yes to helping with a new start church. I talked about saying yes to the things God asked of me and saying yes to the little things like picking up pizzas, helping a neighbor and friends. I finished talking briefly about how I learned this spirit of saying yes from my dad. I told them my dad it seemed had held almost every position in a church but pastor. Then for a short time after his pastor left, the District Superintendent came to visit. My dad told them with no pastor, there were some decisions that needed to be made. The D.S. asked my dad what he thought the decision should be and then went with that one. Basically my dad didn't preach (he was petrified to stand in front of a crowd), but he was to be the "pastor" decision maker until the new pastor came. So that got me to thinking about all the jobs my dad has had. I wanted to list them here for myself and for future generations of his family who someday will learn the culture of saying yes to God.

My dad has been, in no particular order: board member, board secretary, NYI president, Missions president, Work and Witness Coordinator, Sunday School teacher (several times, different ages, mostly jr and sr hi), usher, head usher, money counter, church bus driver, church custodian, all around church handyman. He has been on multiple work and witness trips. The trip that he coordinated he took about 8 teenagers on the trip with them. People told him he was crazy, he told them the teenagers listened better than some of the adults. He also stayed retired when he was ready to go back to work to help build the addition to the church in Milford.

He was never one to stand up front. He didn't sing and he didn't preach. He would shake while at the pulpit to make announcements about the missionary society. But while he was the mission president the two years he was in charge of speakers for Faith Promise he managed to get Jerry Porter and Harmon Schmelzenbach. (If you are a part of the Church of the Nazarene, you know these two names.)

My dad said yes to all those postilions. I assure you, he was asked and didn't ask himself to do any of them. He said yes to helping people move, and drug his two older sons along to move the big stuff. He said yes to staying late and cleaning up. Growing up, I am sure it was not always true, but it felt like we were always the first ones there and the last to leave. Mom and Dad both said yes to vacuuming the floors and putting up chairs. They said yes to making food and visiting the sick. They said yes to my brothers friends moving in with us when they had no place else to go.

I definitely grew up in a culture of saying yes. A culture I hope I will continue to pass on to my girls.I know my sister has done a great job of passing that culture on to her children. Hopefully my dad's legacy of saying yes will continue for generations to come.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Check one of my favorite bands!!! The lead singer/ song writer is a friend of mine.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


We have so many role models in our Christian life. We have pastors, SS teachers, parents, professors… the list goes on. But every now and then we have a person who comes into our lives and truly shows us what it means to be a humble servant.
A person who offers to take food to people who don’t seem to appreciate it.
A person who works with kids who are not the easiest to work with for a living, then volunteers to work with even younger kids who are just as hard to work with when there is no one else to do it at church.
A person who continues to help the same people over and over and trusts that even though she is not going to see the fruits of her labor, that surely this is God’s leading and will continue to be faithful without knowing the end results to it all.
A person who for years and years continues to help the same group of people who have nothing to offer in return.
These people hunger to know more about God, they seek with everything they have to do the most they can for God, just because He loved us first.
These people when they are at the hardest part of their life, want only to know how you are doing and what is going on in your life.
Sue Riffle is this type of person. She is such a special person who will soon get the rewards she has never looked for, but so richly deserves!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

@ Schnormeier Gardens

Saturday, June 02, 2012

National Trail Day and just a great day!!

What a great day!!! Today was the American Hiking Society's National Trail Day. Last year I hosted an event. This year I settled for going to the Knox County Park District and the East Central Ohio Audubon Society's Early Riser Bird Walk. It was out at Honey Run Park where I helped make the trail. We saw 25 different birds, including the Indigo Bunting. I happened to be the one to spot it, about five times. It became the running joke that it was following me.

So after getting home from that, Amber went to scrapbooking and the girls and I went to the Farmer's Market and the Pink Cupcake. We bought a tomato and a head of lettuce, and a cupcake and some cookies. We enjoyed our treats at the PC. We came home and set up the tent and had a picnic out by the tent, picnic basket and all. We made turkey sandwiches and had our lettuce and tomato on it from the farmer's market. We then cleaned up quickly as the rain started to come. We relaxed for awhile inside until it was time to go the teen's bonfire at the Dubusky's.

The whole family went. We enjoyed hot dogs, chips, lemonade and of course smores. We played some capture the flag. (Anna cheated a little and actually held on to her team's flag the first game.) We came home very wet, sore and very tired. Overall it was a great 2nd day of June!!

Picnicing in the back yard

Our picnic is right outside our tent. #daytimecamping

Saturday at the Market and Pink Cupcake

Another Saturday morning of the farmers market and The Pink Cupcake. #funw/mygirls

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Parade

Ashlyn proud of "Old Glory" given to her by the Exchange Club.