Weekly Photo Challenge – Family Story

Our granddaughter Autumn is five and a half months old already. Even though we are 1,000 miles apart, we try to make frequent visits to watch her growth. Mercy and Will are grateful that they have a healthy and happy baby. It puts a big smile on my face every time I look at her smiling face. I’ll see her next Friday. I can hardly wait!


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Weekly Photo Challenge – Story


Weekly Photo Challenge – Beloved

I met my beloved husband Lynton in a church group for single parents. It was the last meeting before summer break. The group didn’t meet again until the following fall season. We exchanged phone numbers and that was the beginning of our twenty-four years of relationship.

One of our first dates was going to a Motivational Leadership Conference. I know, it wasn’t too romantic, but we both were interested in administration and management. When the conference was over, on our way to the parking lot, I thought, it would be nice to keep an admission ticket as souvenir. I turned my head and looked at him. Before I said anything, he reached out to his pocket and took out a ticket, asked if I would like to keep one. It impressed upon me that our antennas received signals from each other already.

Lynton has been supportive of me in many practical ways. I had the administrative credential seven years before we met. For various reasons, I didn’t feel I had the strength to hold an administrative job. An administrative job is a twelve-month, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. position whereas teaching is a ten-month, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. position. When I was promoted to the administrative position in 1998, I was ready to accept it because of Lynton’s support.

He was a great cheer leader when I decided to get my doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. I went to school full time in addition to my full-time job. All my evenings and weekends were spent on assignments and projects and dissertation in the final year. For three years, he watched television wearing a headphone. I worked on assignments in my office with the paper and books laying on the floor. And I did my reading in the living room where he watched television. At least I was in the same room with him. I dedicated my doctorate degree to him.

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We now both are retired, we go to the gym together three times a week. As I mentioned in the previous posts, he is doing all the cooking, doing dishes, and working on many house projects.

We remind each other again and again that it was a divine appointment in which we met. It’s His guidance and our respect for each other that sustain our relationship!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Beloved

SoCS February 3, 2018

The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “in other words.”

Last Saturday, January 27, 2018, I attended a Women’s Retreat. It was a day of reflection on our personal life in 2017. We spent the first hour leisurely charting the major events, the spiritual journey, and our insights. The following hour was sharing our charts and thoughts. The next hour was meeting in groups of three to pray for each other. We also had individual time to be alone doing the reading, meditating and writing.

The retreat was from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. held in a private home with plenty of space for small groups and individual time. The pace of the schedule was just right. I came away feeling very refreshed and peaceful, ready to face my new journey of 2018.

One precious thing I valued deeply was spending a whole hour with just three people sharing. We were not chitchatting superficial things. We shared our deep concerns and prayed with each other. It was a unique experience that I didn’t have before. It is so often when we meet, we talk about the busy events. If we don’t share our concerns, even when we talk for hours, we still go away feeling unconnected.

After the retreat, one lady and I decided to meet once a month not chitchatting but to share and listen. In other words, we want to be caring friends to each other.

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Linda G Hill’s SoCS February 3, 2018


Tuesday Photo Challenge – Decay

Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Decay

My husband and I joined my sister Yolanda and her husband Patrick to go to China several years ago. Patrick’s dad had Alzheimer’s disease. Patrick wanted his dad and his uncle got together before his dad’s memory faded any further.

His uncle and the family were relocated by the government to a nearby village. The former village was demolished and transformed into a giant cement factory. His uncle was assigned a two-story small house that included a courtyard with a well and a patch of vegetable garden. They raised chickens in three cages. It seemed like they were given just enough to live a self-sustained life.

The decayed and crumbling walls and roofs of the houses received no attention or maintenance. I saw older people sitting around to wait for days to go by without going anywhere. Kids on the dirt road entertained each other with a few pieces of rocks they could find.

The visit was a great experience to make me think of my life in the land of plenty and be grateful for the freedom I have, something not to be taken for granted.

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The cement factory in the distance

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Lynton joined the kids to play rockets (firecrackers)


Share Your World – January 22, 2018

Cee’s Share Your World questions and my response:

List 2 things you have to be happy about?

I need the help of all the fingers and toes when I count my blessings.

I’m happy to have my daughter Mercy, her husband Will and now my granddaughter Autumn in my life. They have brought so much joy to me. I’m delighted to see Mercy and Will strive to grow individually as well as together. I was touched to watch them day by day, learn to be loving parents. Autumn is an adorable baby with good temperament. Mercy said, “This little girl melts my heart every day.” I’m privileged to share the same joy with her.

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I’m thankful for my husband Lynton. Now he is retired and enjoys cooking every meal for me and doing all the dishes. Even when he is fasting occasionally, he still cooks for me. He enjoys so much working on the home projects one thing after another. I feel good that he takes care of things before they become problems.

I’m grateful to be alive, surrounded by longtime friends, able to serve others in counseling, and can learn new things every day.

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry?

I collected rocks for many years. I am showing a few pieces of amethyst that I got from different trips. They are inexpensive, so they don’t have too much purple color. When we went to Australia, I bought many pieces of black opal. Three of them were set on pendants and a ring. I still have four pieces not set on jewelry.

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

I’m a big hugger. I like to hug with my arms around with a little squeeze and a few pats. My family and Lynton’s families are huggers. When we have family gatherings, everyone goes around to hug everyone when arriving and leaving the party. All the children grow up doing the same thing. Of course, we would do it with discretion in social settings.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Last week, Autumn had her first coughing and stuffy nose. I happened to call Mercy and we had a nice talk about that. Autumn probably picked up some bugs from the daycare. She didn’t have temperature or infection. The pediatrician said it might take two weeks to go away without medication. I seem to have a strong emotional connection with Mercy. A little bird always tells me to call her in the right timing. I wouldn’t want to miss talking with her about Autumn’s first cough and stuffy nose.

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Debbie’s Forgiving Fridays

Cee’s Share Your World – January 22, 2018

Weekly Photo Challenge – Growth in Relationship

This is the 4th day into the new year of 2018. It’s an open book. What memories do I want to fill into this book?

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I do not know about tomorrow. I face each single day with my mind open to learn, my heart open to love and accept, and my hands open to give and receive.

With that mindset, I pray for growth as an individual, as husband and wife, as well as a family. I pray that my husband and I will grow deeper in loving and caring for each other, learn to be considerate and thoughtful parents and grandparents.



As for Mercy and Will, I pray that they grow in their love, respect and admiration to each other. Every day brings new learning and new joy as parents with their precious baby Autumn. Autumn is now 3 months and 1 week old. She found her fingers and loves to put them in her mouth. She is laughing, cooing, and grabbing objects with both hands. She would love to play board games as much as her parents and grandparents.



This new year will be a great growing time for all of us!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Debbie’s Forgiving Connects

White Christmas 2017

I have problem with my new laptop, was not able to do anything with my blog for days. I feel like I’m cripled. The battery stopping charging right after Christmas. I had to wait until coming back to California to take it back to the store. The laptop is only two months old, so it is under full warrenty. I’m using my hugsband’s desktop computer.

I have some backtracking to do.

We had a white Christmas. When we were still in the air on Christmas Eve, looking down to Portland area, we saw a blanket of snow. I was so excited, because I haven’t had a white Christmas for 30 years. The snow only last for one day.

We open the gifts on Christmas day. Mercy and Will got many new board games from Autumn. She knows mommy and daddy love to play games. My husband and I learned one new game each day while we were in Portland for the whole week. My daughter went back to work after maternity leave. I had a chance to watch Autumn all days on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday was Mercy’s birthday, so we went out in the evening for dinner and had cakes and pie for dessert. Then went home to play a game.

Mercy had Thursday and Friday off becuase she only went back to work part-time. During her days off, she went to the gym and started working out and getting back in shape. Friday evening, Lynton and I watched Autumn so that Mercy and Will could go on a movie and dinner date. They had such a good time.

We left on Saturday, but in the future years, we’ll go back to see the baby every four to six weeks. It’s such a joy watching her growing up, learning to grab things with both hands, looking at herself in the mirror and smiles, and started cooing and laughing. We don’t want to miss any of these precious moments.