It looks like it's actually going to make it! I was doubtful at first, but that gloxinia now has at least three buds and apparently will bloom soon.

Different things in our lives can be like that, too. We make wonderful plans for our lives, and sure enough, something comes along and disrupts them. Sometimes, it really turns things upside down.

My plans, early on, were to become a doctor. I just needed to be accepted for premed, and win that scholarship. Got the college acceptance - but my best friend won the scholarship.

I became a wife and mother of six instead - and went to nursing school when No. 6 went to kindergarten.

So I still ended up caring for people, just in a different capacity. One never knows - and now I volunteer at the hospital, and write this column. You just never can be sure how it will all shake out!

But through all those changes, one thing was the same - my faith. Oh, at times it was stretched pretty thin, until I realized that I had to really hang onto it good and tight. Then, no matter how frustrating things can get, it still goes better!

andbull; Bethel Christian Center will welcome back senior pastors Santos and Alice from Las Vegas for a special day of ministry Sunday.

God has called Pastor Alice "to bring restoration to the broken-hearted and to set the captives free. He has equipped her with a prophetic mantle, and put a song of deliverance in her heart."

The congregation of Bethel invite you to come and let the words of God be spoken over your life, leaving you "changed, refreshed, and renewed."

Sounds like an inspiring service to attend!

andbull; Looking for another musical event? Cornerstone Church will host "American Idol" contestants Phil Stacey and Chris Sligh for a concert on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

Tickets will be available at Del Norte Office Supply, and General admission, $10, VIP $20, and VIP Plus, $35.

andbull; Rabbi Les Scharnberg will continue his class on the 613 Commandmentsin Brookings at the Curry Coastal Pilot building this morning at 10 a.m. Look behind the building for the red doors - it's not too late to join the class. For information, call Jill at 707-954-2017.

The annual Harvest Festival and 10-cent Carnival at Grace Lutheran Church will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 - a safe alternative to trick-or-treating.

Carnival games, face painting, prizes and a full dinner available, Rene's Bingo Bonanza Area, and tons of candy.

andbull; I know I sound like a broken record, but come Halloween, we do need to be extra careful - there will be a lot of precious little people running the streets of our neighborhoods. Let's all work together to keep them safe.

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email