FAITH: A Face-to-Face Reminder


No, this isn't me! It's good to be able to breathe uninterruptedly at night, though, even if I do have to go to the pulmonologist.

I don’t mean to be a problem child but I am.

It’s been two years since I’ve seen my pulmonologist and the only reason I went on my day off was because I was having technical difficulties with one of my supplies. I walk into the DME office – that’s medical lingo for durable medical equipment. Yes, I am a user.

 Sleep apnea has its own set of supplies and well, I needed some new ones. Here’s the kicker, though. I’ve been a frequent flyer in the office long enough to know a friendly face when I see one. There she was – Keitha. Her eyes always gleam with what seems like an internal happiness. She’s a good listener and she was going to help me get a few replacement items.

“What’s your last name?” she asked.

“Lemine,” I responded.

“Cheryl?” she said to my surprise.

“Yes and can I have a few of your memory cells?” I said jokingly.

Man, I was amazed. She hadn’t seen me in two years and she knew who I was.

Aside from Keitha’s extraordinary eyes, which were beautiful, I almost dropped my chops when she pulled my first name out from nowhere. Either I had made a REALLY bad impression on the staff in years past and had a rep OR she has a REALLY impressive ability to remember. No matter the reason. My little brain said, “It’s about time you got back to the office and got what you needed and see – someone there really knows who you are.”

Now pardon me if you think I draw too many spiritual conclusions from not-so-random encounters but after my business was complete with Keitha, I left thinking, “She reminds me of Jesus. He NEVER forgets a name.” I’ve been especially glad the last few months that Jesus really does remember my name and that I’m important to Him. No, I don’t have the corner on closeness, but I do know that YOU are equally as important to Him.

Scripture says He numbers the hairs on our head (that’s taking less time as years go by if you know what I mean!); He knows our comings and goings; He is close to the brokenhearted. I could go on and on but I think you get the idea. It’s just like Jesus to use an ordinary interaction to put a physical expression of His love straight in my face!

I’m glad Keitha was at work that day. She taught me an important lesson probably without even realizing it!

Just wondering:
What are your thoughts? Tell me how Jesus has inspired you through an average interaction.


2010 in review


The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 58 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 74 posts. There were 95 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 40mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 1st with 74 views. The most popular post that day was FUN: Of stickers, raisins and graduations.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cheryl lemine,, lemine, shrek neon marker cereal, and

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


FUN: Of stickers, raisins and graduations April 2010


About October 2009


Family: More Ties and More Love September 2010


FUN (not): Don’t Count on Donkey July 2010


Guest Post: Family, Faith, Fun and FINISH LINES! July 2010

Fun: Shuffling Along


Any suggestions for my Shuffle?

Except for the five fun colors part, I thought the “solid, sleek, durable – and the perfect fashion accessory” description could apply to my husband – but I was wrong! Instead, these glowing words pointed toward a 1” square metal music machine with which I have now entered the 21st century.

Finally! I can look good while I listen to music. A problem for years – you know – listening to music and not looking quite right – has been eating at my core. As an added bonus, I can now listen to music longer than I stay awake because the battery can last 15 hours!

There’s more!  Its “clickable, control pad” boasts an 18 percent increase in size from previous models so now I can not only see but use the music controls. Hip Hip Hooray! No reading glasses today!

My spontaneous side – microportions still do exist – can now safely cohabitate with the side of me that prefers order because – newsflash! –  my Shuffle does not have to shuffle. I want that option when I hit my 60s or 70s! But back to today, if I want to listen to music, podcasts or audiobooks (and yes, I know what the latter two are!) in a predetermined fashion I can and I WILL!

For my foreign music – this crazy little contraption can even tell me the title and artist in one of 25 different languages. I’m hoping English is one of them!

Now to assemble an eclectic, personalized playlist…  Things were simpler when I grew up. I just listened to music in whatever order a radio disc jockey wanted to play it. Now I am the DJ! How does that “synch” with mom and middle school teacher on the ole’ resume?! And for the musically challenged, The Genius Mix feature finds songs that sound great together. No more clashing music. Ahhhh.

And no excuses either for loneliness! If I “friend” the company on Facebook, I can have 9.7 million other friends! Yippee!