Its Time to Open the Attic Door – Part One

My life as a daughter and a caretaker






 My mother was beautiful.  She was French on her father’s side and “Heinz 57” variety on her mother’s side.  Mother was petite. She had long, dark, curly hair, pretty eyes,
well-proportioned legs, slim ankles and small feet.  I wanted to look just like her when I grew up.  But I didn’t.  I inherited the German ankles, feet and legs from my father’s side of the family. I only inherited my mother’s overbite.


Mother was the oldest of five children. The 1920’s and 30’s were tough times because of the depression, so my Grandma Fleury did everything she could to keep food on the table including take in boarders. The beds were slept in around the clock because of different shift workers. Grandma was always cooking, and she believed in putting out a big spread.  My mother said she would put out empty dishes on the table to make it look like
they had more food.


When I was older I remember that grandma worked outside the house as a “Part Time
Parent”.  She would clean house and care for the children of wealthy people. 

I was able to go with her occasionally to entertain the kids.  I loved my grandma and always secretly thought I was her favorite.  She taught me many things and I knew she was always praying for me.


Grandpa Fleury worked odd jobs. One job he had was playing guitar at a local tavern with
a group of guys.  Grandpa was tremendously talented.  He built instruments and repaired them.  My mother kept one of his guitars in the attic until it fell completely apart due
to the extreme temperatures.  
Grandpa spoke very little but was fun to be around.  I remember that he would come over to sit at our kitchen table, running his fingers over the cool Formica top.  He would search for any food particle I might have missed after I washed it and point it out to me.  It was a game I enjoyed, and never won.


Mother did not enjoy all the responsibility placed upon her as the eldest of five siblings. One day grandmother sent her to buy school shoes and she came home with heels instead.  My grandmother was so mad that she made her walk to school in those shoes.
Mother said she learned her lesson.


The Fleury family went to church each Sunday.  They were taught about the love of God and His desire to be first place in their lives.  Mother’s heart was stirred and at the age of 16, felt called to be a missionary. I remember reading a letter she wrote to God, expressing her desire to fulfill that calling. That plan was interrupted when she met and married my father and that letter has since disappeared.


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You are loved!

Your friend, lanadee





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There is Power in the Blood – A Hymn written by Lewis E Jones

A classic Hymn, reminding us that nothing can wash away our sins

except the blood of Jesus.

My former Pastor is 89 years old and retired from the largest A/G church in town.  He is still hosting a Hymn sing once a month  and leads a Bible study each Sunday morning.  Sadly, many of us have a hard time just getting out of bed on Sunday.

This song was on the list from the last Hymn Sing.  I hope you remember it and sing along!  If you would like to see the video version of this song you can either watch it on my youtube page: Heavens Hymns YouTube or my facebook page: Heavens Hymns

Do you have a problem or situation you would like to talk about?

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Until next time, I remain your friend,




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This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna let it Shine!

We may think we live our lives in obscurity. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Our faith or lack their of, affects our families, our friends and even strangers.

In today’s devotional let’s look at the Apostle Paul’s trip to Rome. It is a good

thing that he knew the Lord. Things could have turned out quite differently.

Do you have a problem or situation you would like to talk about?

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Until next time, I remain your friend,



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HE is WORTHY of our Praise


He IS Worthy of our Praise!

There are times when we don’t know which way to turn.  By praising the Lord we put thing back in place.  Our burdens lift.  Our heart becomes light once again.

We do not serve an egotistical God.  As C.S. Lewis once said when researching this subject, ” HE is worthy.”  That is why we should praise Him.  So let’s take our eyes off the problem and place them firmly on Him.

Have a fantastic Friday!

your friend,


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His Unseen Hand – A Beautiful Old Hymn

Today I came across an old song. A song without any background information I could find at least. The words are beautiful and the melody stirring.

I hope you will listen to this song and remember, no matter what, HE loves you. No matter what you are going through today, HE is there. Sung by Charles Billingsley with the FBC in Jacksonville Fl.

What a fantastic LARGE choir! Makes me wish I lived in Jacksonville, I would want to join them 🙂 Have a fantastic Thursday!


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It’s Time to Open the Attic Door by lanadee

My reoccurring Dream


I never liked the attic. It was unfinished, small, dark and dirty.  There were two open areas and one room with a door at the end of the hall. The slanted wooden walls were uninsulated, and the attic was cold. The only heat came from the floor below and what could drift up the stairs when the door was left open. It was as barren a place as any attic could be.  I would venture up the steep narrow steps occasionally to see my brothers who slept there.  A small door in the back wall led to the space my father used for storage.

A short time before I left home for good, I had a dream.  I dreamt that I was in the attic.  I
opened the small door and to my surprise; I entered a completely different house.  It was filled with beautiful things and expensive furniture.  I was so excited! Somehow, I knew that everything I saw belonged to me. I slowly opened a drawer on the dresser but  before
I could see the contents, I woke up.

I had this same dream over and over for years. The location was different, but the theme was the same. The building and everything in it belonged to me but I would awake before I could see the contents.  It drove me crazy! I tried for years to understand the meaning of this dream.

Many years later I dreamed yet another dream. I opened that attic door once again and
finally understood what the Lord was trying to show me.

These are my memories

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A Walk Down Memory Lane – The Very FIRST dearlanadee Podcast Oct. 28 2007 Rev.

I’m getting all the bells and whistles working on my website.  I never thought I would get as excited as I have doing so.  If you like you should be able to comment now. I believe it is working :). Note: You will have to write a couple of words or sentences or the web will think you are a robot.

For all those who have faithfully followed my old website I thought I would post the very first dearlanadee podcast.   I have spared you the pain of all my microphone pops and my nervous repeating of the word well etc.   So this is the revised version.

Back when I originally began podcasting I did so because I thought, in telling my story, I could find peace and purpose for my otherwise, stressful living situation. You see, my mother had moved into my home.  This was my escape, so to speak. But everything had to be perfect before I could record.  And I had to be unavailable for the evening. That was difficult to accomplish.  Thankfully I can now put up a podcast in a few short hours.  What a difference 11 years make.

Until the next time we meet, I remain your friend,


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What Is It Worth To You? What Is HE Worth To You?


As I do so many times, I listen to the TV as I go to sleep.

I like to listen to “Mountain Men”. (well I do ha)  The beauty of the untamed land is breath taking.

But one episode didn’t help me sleep, it made me laugh. The purchase that Eustace made woke me right up 🙂  There are some things in life that we consider priceless.

While preparing for this Short Devotional I asked myself “What is HE Worth to me?” Is He worthy of our praise?  I think He is.   This, and several other topics are discussed in this Short Devotional.

We need to go to church because we need each other!

Is there anything you are going through right now that you would like to talk about?

Write me at:
I would be happy to talk with you and

pray for you!

Your friend,

lanadee   P.S. I thought I could upload a video but I can’t afterall…SO please note I mistakenly refer to scripture as coming from the book of EZEKIEL instead of the book of Ecclesiastes.  Sorry ha

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My Story


I am in the process of writing a book about my life.  I am doing so because the lessons learned during my lifetime  just might help you in some way.

I hope to begin posting soon.


Do you have a problem or situation you would like to talk about?

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Your friend, lanadee


Hello, welcome to my site!


I am excited to once again have my own website 🙂   I did years ago. 

At that time I focused mainly on telling my life’s story. I can tell you it wasn’t boring.

But now I have so much more I want to share with you as well.


I am a wife, mother and grandmother who has found purpose and meaning
in life through my relationship with the Lord Jesus.

Do you have a problem or just need someone to talk to?

Write me at:

You can also visit my dearlanadee page on Facebook for my past  Short Devotionals.

Or my Heaven’s Hymns Facebook Page, a place where I have posted Hymns and other Christian songs we no longer gt to hear.

your friend,


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Welcome Holy Spirit

I thought it only fitting to add the song
“Welcome Holy Spirit” as my first post in Heaven’s Hymns.

I am asking the Holy Spirit to please fill this
website with His presence. 

May His sweet anointing touch each one who visits
and give them hunger to know more

about our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus!


If there is a song you would like to hear please
let me know and I will

do my best to try and find it and post it.


Do you have a problem or need to talk to someone?

Please write me at:

If you would like to see the other songs I posted on my  Heavens Hymns Facebook page please do so!

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A “Mini Devotional – My first Post on my new Website :)

Once upon a time, a L O N G time ago my husband Michael and I served as Missionaries to the Navajo and Papago Indians.

We are no longer serving as missionaries. We are no longer pastoring a church. But you cannot take the “call” to minister out of my heart.

Each day as I spend time with God I get excited about the things I learn during my time with Him. So I share with YOU!

Keep your heart with all diligence;; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

Do you know Jesus as your Personal Savior? If not,  I would be happy to introduce you to Him!




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