Monday, December 1, 2008
Christmas Eve 2005...Beautiful!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
As I came through the living room doorway, I heard, “Hi, mom! What’d ya think?” Standing there was my 7-year old wearing my glasses.
“Nice!” I said…glad that she doesn’t need corrective eyewear but secretly thinking how cute she looks with them.
Later, as I thought about the afternoon’s events, it hit me. What if by placing those glasses on her face, she had really seen things from my point of view? Would she have had my sometimes negative, critical and pessimistic outlook?
Then, it REALLY hit me. What if things were turned around and instead I viewed life through her eyes…the eyes of a child? How different things might be if seen from her big, innocent, hazel eyes that radiate life and see the wonder and beauty of the world around her.
Glasses, contacts or 20/20 vision…blue, green, or brown eyes…no matter what the physical factors of our sight, we can make the choice daily of how we view life, our circumstances and the situations we face.
I desire to take the time to notice the beauty and recognize my blessings.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Here's one of my favorite pics from the day...
Hope you are enjoying autumn as much as we are!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
She almost did some "Mutton Busting" aka sheep riding...they called for any interested children to come down and give it try. She immediately wanted to go so we went down...she was a bit confused about what it actually was. She thought that she was just going to have a nice "controlled" sheep ride like a kid's pony ride. When she saw the first boy go and fall off the sheep she had doubts in her mind. She later told us, "I said to myself...what was I thinking!?!" But, she decided she'd give it a go and was aboard the sheep in the pen, but HE decided not to go out the gate. Instead he went and hid in the corner giving her the perfect opportunity to rethink her decision and get off. We're proud of her for making an attempt and she says, "at least I got to hug a fluffy sheep".
After the show Em & Ben went on a couple rides and then she did a bunch of kid rides by herself. And of course we feasted on some good ole fair food...fried dough and fried oreos and took sugar waffles and a candy apple home with us.
Then, Saturday evening Em and I had a "girls night out" to the movies for Kit Kittredge: American Girl. I'm so glad I took Em to see it. It was fun spending some time together (just the 2 of us) and the movie was excellent.
What a fun weekend...just what we needed after a hectic week!
For the next couple of days he anxiously awaited coming home from work to news that the "brown truck" had finally arrived with the package. As we opened the box of goodies we were like kids at Christmas...in July!
So now I've got a new read and we've both got some new tunes. And I must say that Third Day's "Revelation" is awesome!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
All in all it has been a good, busy weekend, but I am so ready for him to be back. I've come to a new appreciation in regards to his helpfulness with household and family duties and have realized how truly thankful I am for him in my life. I guess absence really does make the heart grow fonder...
UPDATE: He's home! Lots of hugs...daddy/daughter laughter...some pizza...now he's reading bedtime stories in her room. Life is good!
The bright yellow ones just seem so cheery (especially when I recall my fondest memories of great big hand-picked bouquets of them from my sweet little daughter)...
But I've been quite attracted to the ones that've gone to seed...they seem so significant and represent so much...
My inner child's thoughts often wander to all the wishes I've made over the years or could make as I gently blow the seeds away and watch them drift through the air... My spiritual nature envisions spreading the seeds of faith and watching the "new life" that results... My motherly instinct can't help but recall and ponder the joy of new life as it comes through a newborn baby...And just like the seeds are blown, land in various locations and then grow and bloom, so too can we bloom where we're planted when the things of this world seem to "blow us away" and leave us in new, unchartered territory.
Additionally, I am learning how beneficial and refreshing it can be to take the time out to notice the little things around us and find the hidden beauty in things that may at first glance seem to be unattractive and undesirable.
What "hidden treasures" have you noticed lately?
Monday, July 21, 2008
Here's one of the pics I took of the falls while we were there (with all the afternoon rainstorms we've been having lately the water was really flowing)...
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Well, last week was a bit different...as I sat at work Friday morning I felt like we needed to meet and I couldn't stop thinking that I should contact them and see if they were free that evening or the next. NEVER before have we rescheduled to a different night if we couldn't meet on Thursday. So, it was a bit out of the ordinary but I had missed our time together, felt a strong urge to do so and decided to give it a try.
Before I left my office for home, I sent a quick text message asking if they were available. They were and we ended up meeting at our favorite place for some tea & biscotti (lemonade for the non-tea drinker).
After we gathered, we realized that we had been "summoned". What started out to be "about us" ended up becoming an opportunity to witness to someone in her time of need.
Lately I've been seeking to know what it is the Lord would have me do...when the ladies mentioned that I had received a prompting from the Holy Spirit to get us there that night, I felt encouraged in my quest for a greater purpose.
Don't get me wrong...it's been a good busy but still just as tiring.
After we returned from our "camping trip" we got right back into the swing of things with church, work, errands, vbs, karate...
Even through these chaotic times, I have been trying to "be still" and spend a few moments reading a good book, praying, thinking of all that I have to be thankful for, etc. and I have noticed it having a positive influence on my attitude about certain things.
I have also been working to get our ladies group back on track and re-connected. We seem to let life get in the way of taking time out to be together and encourage one another. We so need that time with each other and with the Lord. (Last week's meeting was a good one and if we're able to gather tonight I have a feeling that it will be quite meaningful...separate posts to come!)
Sunday, July 6, 2008
It was so nice to "disconnect" for a couple of days. No watch...cell phone off...no computer, no television...no radio... We stayed in our pop-up camper and Ben's brother and his wife pitched a tent (that in itself was quite fun and entertaining...that's a story for another day). Some highlights of the two days we were there... A lacrosse game with the dog...
LOTS of tasty food...YUMMY s'mores...live music...lots of laughter...4 hours sleep (realized I'm too old for that now)...DELICIOUS breakfast at "Anne's Diner" (aka my mother-in-laws kitchen)...some more fun & laughter...a back deck mani/pedi session with the "girls"...an MG ride with my hubby...a visit with the sweet neighbor lady...and a family road trip to our fave ice cream shop for some freshly made waffle cones.
We all had such a great time. It was nice to "just be"...to not have a schedule and watch the clock trying to keep to it. I guess I hadn't realized how much I needed to get away from things...to disconnect from the buzyness and distractions of life and instead "plug into" my family for a "recharging of my emotional batteries."
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
So here's 33 things that make me thankful and happy (in no particular order):
1. My loving husband
2. My precious daughter
3. My parents, sister and other family members
4. My Lord
5. Daisies (especially handpicked by blessing #1 or #2)
6. Dandelion wishes
9. Sunrises (YES, I have gotten up early enough to see a few…and while on vacation no less!)
10. Home mani/pedi with Em
12. A cup of tea
13. Ice cream (my BIG weakness)
14. A good book
16. Bedtime stories & snuggles
17. “Secret” goodbye handshakes
19. My “Box” (XB)
20. My 30th birthday gift! (BMW)
21. Our furry family members
22. Receiving mail (that isn’t a bill or junk)
23. Smores ‘round a campfire
25. Mediterranean pizza from our favorite pizza shop/café
26. “Leaf days”
27. Apple picking
28. Fresh donuts and hot cider
29. “Refrigerator Art”
31. A neat and tidy desk (though it doesn’t happy often at home…when it does it makes me very content!)
32. The scent of a summer afternoon rain shower
33. Starry nights
And an extra...Snow Angels
P.S. I am also SO VERY thankful that Em seems to be finally over the nasty virus that hung on for a full week.
Monday, June 30, 2008
When "the girls" arrived back from the store we were directed to a rubbermaid tote "tank" where the turtle was residing with some water and a large stone. After a brief visit, our guest seemed to be rather agitated and unhappy with his accomodations. We decided it was best to take him "home." So we found a pail for him to ride in, packed everyone up in the car and headed for Mill St. Pond to let him go free.
Though she was a bit sad that he couldn't stay, Em released him knowing that she was doing the right thing and making him "very happy"...here's to a good life at the pond, little guy!
P.S. While we were at the pond we had fun watching a pair of ducks and saw lots of pretty dragonflies.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Today as I reflected on how much fun we’d had, my thoughts turned to the hand-carved animals and the “selection process” of choosing the perfect one to climb aboard for our rides…each so unique and so beautiful.
Then it hit me…how alike we are to those animals. Each crafted by the master’s hand…Each unique…Each beautiful.
Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful…”
As the carousel rotates, some horses go up and down, but each animal stands firmly in place on the platform. If we are willing to stand firm on our foundation and remain planted in faith, He bring us full circle through the ups and downs in this “merry-go-round of life” even when it seems to be spinning out of control at a rate we can’t keep up with.
2 Corinthians 1:14 “…because it is by faith you stand firm.”
The best part is that He doesn’t choose just one that strikes His fancy at that moment… He has chosen each and EVERY one of us and is holding the reins for the “ride of a lifetime” …are you ready to see where it takes you?
*Photo courtesy of Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society: http://www.eldridgepark.us/
Saturday, June 14, 2008
-by Loren Eiseley
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach
and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man,
and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out, “Good Morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied, “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
“I must ask then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Just so happens that last night at TGI's there was a magician...so he got dinner & a show (right at the table)! Under strict orders we kept quiet about his birthday so the magician geared his performance towards Em...she loved it and we had lots of fun, too.
It was nice to celebrate...he's a great husband and a wonderful father and really deserves to be celebrated!
And the fun continues...
Tonight is birthday part 2. His mom is cooking his annual birthday dinner at her house!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
After several days of extreme heat, some cool rain began to fall from the sky...I decided to take advantage of nature's sprinkler and make a memory with my daughter....
Mommy: "Want to go run in the rain with me?"
Emmy: "YEAH! I'll do it!"
So off we went...
Emmy: "Twirl with me Mommy!"
So we twirled in the rain until we were dizzy (and wet)!
Emmy: "How 'bout we go get our pjs and snuggle."
Mommy: "YEAH! Let's go!"
Pjs...Snuggles...and Bedtime stories...A GREAT night! :)
Monday, June 9, 2008
Some of the activity at our house during the heat wave:
Air conditioner made horrible noise and died 3:45 am Friday morning...
Shopping trip for new air conditioner...6:30 pm Friday evening...
Alternating periods of hot & sweaty daily tasks, hiding in the air conditioned bedroom and playing in the water. Gotta love slip n slide...
At one point Em stated, "thank God for Moms...and water!" Oh if I could have her innocence and cheery outlook...especially in this sweltering heat. She makes the best of a situation and usually ends up having lots of fun and truly enjoying the moment. I should follow her example a little more often!!
P.S. I did run through the sprinkler with her!!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
As I often have a glass "half empty" attitude and see the negative in things, I have decided to challenge myself to create a list of things that I appreciate and am thankful for. Here's a start...
1. My sweet and thoughtful daughter who brings in the mail (often with some freshly picked dandelions)
2. My husband who went grocery shopping Saturday afternoon in the pouring rain (while I took a nap)
3. Cuddling with my daughter while she reads to me
4. Modern medicine (as I deal with a sinus infection...again? still?)
5. An upcoming long weekend with a parade that'll pass by the end our our street
6. Blooming Oriental Poppies in my flower garden
Stay tuned for more...
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I am so proud of Em! She really works hard.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Since last spring I have been leading a ladies group at our church. We meet weekly for bible study, fellowship and encouragement...and best of all lots of fun! This past Thursday, the weather was cool, damp and gloomy. When we gathered at the church there was a definite chill in there and we decided to go in search of something to warm us up a bit. One of the ladies works at the local mall and had been telling us of a new tea shop there that a couple had recently opened up. So off we went to try it out! (I think I have discovered my new favorite place!)
With too many flavor choices in front of us, the owner suggested a brief question and answer session after which he made some recommendations. Once the perfect flavor was selected, we sat down to partake of our tea and some chocolate covered biscotti...YUM!
We began chatting and soon one of the owners decided to join in our conversation. She immediately "fit in" and we talked like we had know each other for quite some time. She began sharing a little about the struggles and heartaches that she's experienced. This is where it gets good!
We were able to share with her from the scriptures and let her know that Jesus loves us the way we are, right where we are at, and that even in times of trouble and hurt He never leaves us. Though we struggle He is with us and is ready to guide us and get us through if we'll seek Him. As Christians, there is no promise that things will be easy, but He has promised to walk beside us each step of the way. If we let Him!
What started out as a trip to warm our physical bodies became the perfect chance to warm anothers heart and faith just a little. Praise the Lord for taking us to the right place at the right moment and letting us enjoy a little "ChristianiTEA".
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
So, I've been wondering whether we should charge the tooth fairy rent for all the time she's been spending here lately or if we should help her to file for bankruptcy because she's going broke paying for my child's teeth. We keep joking that one of these times the tooth fairy is going to leave a bill instead of money!
So now that the tooth fairy has come again and we've celebrated the dog's birthday we are anxiously awaiting the Easter bunny's arrival tonight while we're sleeping. Hopefully whatever candy he leaves can be easily eaten with 4 1/2 missing teeth!
To kick off the celebration, his pre-party apetizer was some starburst fruity jelly beans. I think lemon was his favorite flavor.
Party pics of the birthday beagle...
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Here's a great song from Mark Harris...
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Here's a pic of her 1st tooth ever...look closely and you'll see it!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
As I reflect on the morning events being stuck in a rut (literally), unable to break free and having to call for help, I can't help but think of the bigger picture which I have been reminded of a lot lately and the "ruts" of our lives that we so often find ourselves in, unable to break loose from the hold they have on us until we are willing to admit that we can't do it alone, surrender control and "call" for help. The best part of it all is that when we call upon the Lord we won't get his voice-mail...he's always there to answer and come to our rescue if we'll let him.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
Some of the birthday fun...