Monday, December 30, 2013


Here's the road I believe God has me on for 2014...

Love deeply, believe the best, take no offenses.

It really can be summed up in I Corinthians 13.  Are there moments you come to in your life and you think, "This may be what God has brought me to through all those other moments in my life?"  I think this is that moment.  God's been teaching me, training me, speaking to me, correcting me, shaping me, exhorting me to come to this.

Love deeply, believe the best, take no offenses.

This is golden.

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Accident

Our move was going so smooth a week ago today.  It was the last thing on the truck...our king-sized mattress.  Matt & Andy were getting it off the truck and Andy was backing it down on the ramp.  The wind caught the mattress and Andy fell off the ramp, hitting his head on the fence, his knee and hands on the ground, twisting his ankle.  I'd been taking pictures and had my back to them but heard everyone yelling.  By the time I turned around, Andy was telling everyone he was ok and was standing up.

That evening, we were pretty tired and hadn't been to the grocery store yet, so we went to The Grill here in Groom to eat supper.  When we got home, it was dark...and Andy tripped over a 1-2 inch rise on the sidewalk and began hopping around on the foot he'd hurt earlier.  He came into the house wanting to bite nails.  We immediately got ice to put on his ankle and I began looking for some Advil.  He was moaning and sweating and trying to find some relief.  My stomach was in knots.  We both knew it was broken...and we had no insurance.

I went over and laid my hand on his leg and prayed, asking God to heal Andy's ankle.  I went to our bedroom (across the house) and got my phone and texted my kids, asking them to pray for healing.  I then texted some friends who are prayer warriors and asked them to do the same.  I went back to Andy and he was already worried about preaching the next Sunday--he didn't think he'd be able to stand.  I got more ice and kept praying.  Friends were offering to get an inflatable cast for his ankle and we were trying to figure out how to meet to pick it up.

Within an hour, the pain was gone.  Completely gone.  And Andy was walking without a limp.  It never did swell or turn colors...unlike his hand.  The next day, we went to Amarillo to do hospital visits and some Christmas shopping.  Andy walked all day on that ankle and it never hurt.  (Andy never shops all day without his feet hurting but they never did that day.)

Of course, we never had an X-ray so we can't prove it was broken.  We can only go by the intense pain.  But even if it wasn't broken, God healed Andy pain and no residual effects.  We were amazed and wanted to share what great things God did that night!

Thursday, December 26, 2013


Christmas was so different for us this year.  We began our move to Groom, Tx on December 19.  We only moved the things we had with us in David & Lindsey's house.  The rest is in storage and will come later.  So we're living bare bones in the parsonage at this point--but we really wanted to be here sooner rather than later. Christmas decorations.  And I delivered all of my gifts to my mom's house in Pampa where we all planned to meet on Christmas day.

Zach & Shanna called us and told us they were coming on Christmas Eve to our candlelighting service.  They were going to surprise us, but they didn't know what time it started.  So they gave us a call and I was able to cook supper for them.  As we were dishing up food, Matt rang the doorbell and walked in the door!  We were definitely surprised!!

Shanna got a photo of all of us with the timer on her phone before we walked over to the church.  The parsonage is right next door to the church.

Dax with two balls he found to hold.

As we were getting seated, my mom, my sister and her family all walked in!  I was so surprised!

Teri Williams (Chris Coffman's sister) from Pampa also showed up!  She said Chris had told her he drove more than 30 minutes to his she could drive to Groom.  Their grandmother helped build this church in Groom.  It's such a small world!

Before the service started, my brother, Gary and his wife, Amy, walked in--from Amarillo.  It was so special having my family with me on our first Christmas Eve in Groom.

The praise team did an amazing job.  We sang 4 Christmas carols together and then they sang, O Holy Night.  It was awesome! 

It was also my first time to play piano at our new church.  (Matt caught me in action)

Barbie Bowen read The Tale of Three Trees to the children.  Dax joined them on stage (his back is to me in this photo in the gray jacket)--holding two balls he'd been playing with.  He sat so still and really listened.  He told me what the story was about later.  "Trees...and Jesus."

Andy gave a gift to Garrett--a young man who is truly a servant in our church.  His message was that we have to receive the gift of Jesus in order to actually have Him.

And then we had the candlelighting.  Andy started with his one candle and it grew as each person passed the light until the church was full of light.  It was so special.  After the service and after we had hugged necks and wished everyone a "Merry Christmas", my family joined us at the parsonage.  Mom had cooked and brought supper for everyone and we sat on our few folding chairs and enjoyed one another.

This is the beautiful scenery we saw as we drove from Groom to Pampa on Christmas morning.  It was amazing!

 Mom's tree was loaded with gifts!

Dax found Granny's train and was perfectly content playing with it by himself.

Gus took a nap on Granny's water bed.  I think his mommy had to wake him up a couple of hours later to eat.  That bed has kept many a child asleep through the years!

We have a Sanders tradition of letting the kids open their gifts first and then going around the circle and opening gifts one at a time.  (It's a lengthy process!)  Ryan, Addie & Benjamin were elected to hand out the presents this year.

This was the first kid to open a gift.  Uncle Matt gave Dax this drum.  He immediately put it on and never took it off.  We asked him, "Dax, do you want to open another gift?"  "No," he said.

My mom is in the center of the photo.  She wins the trophy for the holiday!  She worked like a horse to cook for all of us and make the day so special!  (Although my sister contributed a lot!)  Andy's mom is to the right in the photo.  

Both my mother-in-law and Sandra's mother-in-law joined us and were a part of the day.

Addie wanted a Jesse doll for Christmas.  Her other grandmother got Addie the cowgirl hat.  What a perfect match!!  Ryan & Benjamin were playing hard all afternoon and I missed getting a photo of them.

My sister & I had recently hit the antique stores in Pampa.  I had admired these glasses (looked at them twice!) and told her I wanted to start collecting 1940-1950's drinking glasses.  She surprised me with these!!  I was so excited!

My mom got me this enamel covered cast iron pot.  I love it!  And it was so needed since my pots and pans are in storage.

David sent us all this photo  Christmas night.  Our last Christmas for our family to own 512 Crockett, Borger, TX.  He & Lindsey are selling the home to buy a farm between Borger & Fritch--which is their dream-come-true!  This house has served our family well for the past 21 years.  I love this house and it's so full of Dietz memories.  I'm hoping a sweet family fills it again.  
What a blessed Christmas...and how blessed I am.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

And the page is turned....

Andy & I are moving to Groom, Texas!  
We were at First Baptist Church in Groom this past weekend with Andy in view of a call as pastor and the church voted for us to come.  Believe it or not, we're moving this week!  
It's been an 8-month process for Andy & I....knowing what God had for us and where He wanted us.  There's no doubt in our minds this is it.  He's confirmed it over and over.  

This is the house we'll be moving into at Groom...very cute.  It's the church parsonage.  
It is a 3 bedroom/2 bath home.   

This is the house we owned until last March.  Now our son and his wife, David & Lindsey, own it.  We've been living in the basement the past 8 months.  I think it's interesting that there are so many similarities in the two houses.  If this house didn't have a full basement and attic bedroom, it would be very much alike.  Since FBC Groom is going to remove a wall between the living room and dining room in the parsonage for us, we'll only move the furniture we now have in our basement.  After the remodel, we'll move the things we have in storage.  Since we'll be downsizing, it will be a a job to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of...not one I'm looking forward to!  But downsizing is a good thing!

This is First Baptist Church, Groom.  Groom is a small farming community off of I-40 about 40 miles east of Amarillo.  You can read all about it here.  But what that article won't tell you is about the great people who live there.  That's what I'm so excited about--people with BIG HEARTS who have said they are willing to grow and change.

Isn't the auditorium beautiful?  Andy said it reminds him of a Christmas chapel--even when it's not Christmas.

This may be what you know about Groom--the 19 story cross with the Stations of the Cross surrounding it. 

As I get to know Groom and the people of Groom better, you'll be hearing more.  But I just wanted you to get a glimpse of where we'll be.  We already love the people and can't wait to get started!

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Merry Christmas from the Dietz's!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Thanksgiving Family Photos

Photos Courtesy of Shanna Dietz

Andy Dietz Family

Matt Dietz

Jay & Amy Wright Family

David & Lindsey Dietz Family

Zach & Shanna Dietz Family



Andy's Mom, Liz/Great-Grandkids

Becky's Mom, Wynola/Great-Grandkids

The Gang

A Road Less Traveled the 2nd


Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Road Less Traveled the 2nd

This is what you've all been waiting for....a band photo of A Road Less Traveled the 2nd.  They're hot...they're amazing...they're loved!  You can tell they're good just by the photo.

Left to Right:  Ryan, Olivia, Isaac, Addie, Josiah

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ministering to Problem People in Your Church by Marshall Shelley

If you're new to my blog, you may not know that I review books for publishing companies.  This is a review of Ministering to Problem People in Your Church; What to Do with Well-Intentioned Dragons by Marshall Shelley.

I've always heard that if a young man desires to go into ministry, you need to try and talk him out of it.  If it's a true calling, you can't talk him out of it, but if he's not called...he better get talked out of it!  This book could do that.  Even after being on staff in churches for the past 33 years, this book was discouraging...but honest.   Marshall Shelley uses real-life experiences of pastors from every denomination (names changed to protect the guilty) to show that the largest battle we face as a church is from within.  Very sad.  There are dragons within the church--people who either don't know how to articulate what they want and just cause trouble trying to get it or are control freaks who want to usurp authority and take a church hostage.  These real-life stories may shock the layman but anyone who has been in church work very long will have stories of their own to add.

The encouraging part of the book is in the last four chapters.  Mr. Shelley, again using testimony from pastors, offers solutions and ways to tame the dragons...or to at least habitate peacefully with them.

If you're a pastor, about to become a pastor, or someone who loves your may want to read this book.  I'll warn you:  you might become discouraged to know the state of the church.  But if you're a pastor, you can learn a lot from people who have gone before you.

I'd give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  It's informative and offers solutions and is an easy read.
Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Road Less Traveled the 2nd

Our Thanksgiving was so much fun.  As most of you know, Andy & I don't have a house.  We're living in the basement of our old house which David & Lindsey have purchased from us.  And they were gracious and asked the family to join them for Thanksgiving this year.  It was different for all of us.  Amy's family stayed with my mom because it was the half-way point between us and Jay's mom and dad in Briscoe.  Zach & Shanna stayed with Shanna's parents and Matt was at Andy's mom's house.  So it all worked!  We were all together on Thanksgiving day which was lots of fun and filled with good food.  Matt fried 2 turkeys and everyone else brought their specialties.  It was great.  It's always so much fun catching up with each other.  But one of the greatest blessings for a grandmother is watching the cousins play.  Eight of our ten grandkids were here and they all had someone close to their age to play with.

Everyone came back Saturday so that the guys could all record on Matt's new album.  So while they were in Fritch recording together, the cousins formed their own band (which includes dancers) and named it A Road Less Traveled the 2nd.  (In case you don't know, their Uncle Zach was in the band A Road Less Traveled.)  It was so cute.  And it's so fun to see their musical talents and to see the love of music perpetuated in the next generation.  So I thought I'd share their music with you.  I think you'll be surprised at how good they are!  I can't wait to share their band photos with you later.