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Friday, November 28, 2008
We usually spend Thanksgiving with Chris' family. His uncle Peyton closes his restaurant and cooks for all of us. It is such a good time for the family, and I know it must be stressful for him, he and his wife Gayle. Being a part of this family has really taught me about relationships and service. Thank you all!
Then after we left that family, we went over to some friends of ours that have become a part of out extended family over the past year. The McCammack's had us over for an after Thanksgiving feast and game night. We ate left overs from the dinner that Ed had made their family earlier in the day. The kids played very harmoniously with very little incident, and we drank wine and played games. Emily, however did come home with marker all over face, but what can you do? Ben stayed and had a sleep over with Cadence.
My camera was not charged up for the occasion, and for that I am very sad. I would have really enjoyed posting some pictures for everyone to see.
So you are probably asking yourself what I am truly thankful for? Relationships! The older I get the more I realize that life is all about relationships. It is our relationships that define who we really are.
Now I must finish getting ready to stimulate the economy by going out at the ridiculous hour of 7:00am to go shopping with my mom-in-law and Cher. These are two relationships that I treasure. However, I do worry about my mom-in-law's sanity because she wanted to get started at 4:00am, and just called to say that she has been out since 5:00am. Sheesh.... :)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Have you ever just felt grumpy? There really is no reason for the feeling, but you have it anyway. I am definitely having a grumpy day. Days like to today I can really sympathize with my preschoolers. It does not make me feel any better, but I do understand why they are sometimes just grumpy. It's a beautiful day, and I have a lot to be thankful for. However, I can't seem to shake this grumpiness. I find myself wanting to bite every one's head off even though they have really done nothing wrong. I keep telling myself to snap out of it, BUT...
So I post, maybe this will make me think of something cheery. The only thing that keeps coming into my mind is the kid's memory verse that we have been practicing. We practice it every time we get in the car, when we say our prayers, and during dinner. They know it so well.
In everything give thanks. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Should I give thanks for the grumpiness? hmmm...probably not! I think the point is probably that I need to give thanks for what I have and it will cheer me up. So hear goes...
I am thankful for my family and friends.
I am thankful for my health.
I am thankful for my husband.
I am thankful for my relationship with the Lord.
There is so much more I am thankful for, but I do feel better so I will end here for now. Enjoy your day and remember:
In everything give thanks. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
One of the blogs that I read is an organizing blog. This blog is written by a professional organizer and she offers her services through her website called Clutter Diet. It is in my cool stuff list over on the right if you want to check it out.
Anyway...I totally digress. (this is a big problem for me, btw) Her last post was called discretionary burdens. I was totally intrigued. She quoted yet another blog from someone who had written a story about discretionary burdens. She talks about how she loves to carve pumpkins on Halloween, but on the particular day that she had planned to do it this year she had had a very full day and was looking at this activity as just one more chore. Here is a quote:
"There are all kinds of tasks and experiences that will take a certain amount of time no matter what our frame of mind: traveling to a business engagement, attending a community meeting, visiting an elderly relative, even carving a pumpkin.
But the nature of our experience depends on whether we approach it from an overburdened sense of duty and obligation or with a lighthearted sense of joy and service."
So today on the way to work I started listing the things I looked at as discretionary burdens:
taking the kids to school
picking up the kids from school
monthly bunco game
making christmas gifts for people i love
reading trade magazines for work
posting to my blog (yes sometimes this feels like a burden)
playing games with the kids after a long day at work
my writing time everyday
my quiet time with the Lord
WOW! My challenge for myself this week is to start looking at things as a blessing instead of a burden. I get to do all of these things.
If you want to read the full article you can go to:
From the e-zine, 'PAUSE '. Copyright 2008 Patricia Katz, Optimus Consulting. (877) 728-5289 or www.pauseworks.com.
Do you have any discretionary burdens?
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
This is Ben at about 6 months. Wanna bite? It might make you feel better mom, it always helps me!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
- Strother Marks (Grandaddy Marks) - he fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII and came home after he had his feet frozen and was never able to drive again.
- O.D. Glass (Grandaddy Glass) - he packed parachutes in the Philippines during WWII.
- Anna Louise Glass (Granny) - she was a nurse on an army base during the war and treated soldiers getting ready to leave and coming home.
- James Millard (Uncle Jim) - Drill Sergeant in the Marines and did two tours of duty in Korea, and three in Vietnam, and career military.
- James Harris (Uncle Jim) - Navy, rumored to be in the Seals, but no one knows for sure. He was in Vietnam, and career military.
- William Harris (Uncle Bill) - Air Force in Vietnam.
I have tried to remember them all, but I know that I probably forgot some. If I did and you read this, I am so sorry. Please know that I value your sacrifice just as much!
Remember to say thank you to all the veteran's in your life today and say a little prayer for those that are over there fighting for us right now!
Monday, November 10, 2008
- My grandma rolling out dough to make noodles on the back porch.
- My grandma's African violets growing on the other side of the house.
- My grandpa sitting in his shop working on his airplanes made out of aluminum cans.
- The smell of their house in the summer time.
- The way my skin looked under the lights in the kitchen as we played cards into the wee hours of the night.
- My grandpa telling me to NEVER change horses in the middle of the stream.
- My grandma's hands as they used a paring knife to cut up an apple for me.
- Watching my grandma hang clothes on the line as I handed her the clothespins.
- Listening to my grandpa snore in his chair as he watched the baseball game and then say, "I was watching that!" when you tried to turn the channel.
- Eating soup every day for lunch during the summertime because that is all my grandpa knew how to cook and grandma was working at Bonanza.
- Getting up at 5:00am to go to work with my grandma at Bonanza after my grandpa retired.
- My grandpa coming home before he retired and giving me a "spanking".
- Grandpa mopping the floor to surprise grandma when she got home from work.
- My grandpa teaching me how to "fight".
- Always feeling loved and welcome as soon as I turned down their street.
- Both of them teaching me about love and life.
My grandparents were married for about 60 years before my grandma passed away. I remember when we got to the house after grandma died and he was sitting in the kitchen at the table crying. I had never seen this man who was a giant in many ways, cry. Even when I think about it now it makes me want to break down. He was never the same after she passed away. Then eighteen months later on my grandma's birthday my grandpa passed away. The two of them made me who I am today. Their forgiveness showed me how to forgive. Their faithfulness showed me how to be faithful. But most of all, their love showed me I am loved.
This post is dedicated to the memories of my grandparents, Collis and Ruth Harris. I love you both and can't wait to see you again.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Here is what our Turkey cookies will look like when we are done. Yeah, right! :)
Here are Ben's turkeys. What a great pose!
Emily finally got to eat her cookie because it took her so long to eat her lunch. You will notice that Ben and Lilly have left to play in the window.
Friday, November 7, 2008
I don't have much to say this morning so here is a picture of the kids last Halloween. Check out our little kitty cat and Buzz Lightyear! Aren't they just adorable?
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
By Robert Lee Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I fell in love with this poem the first time I read it in high school. I remember using it in a speech when I was a junior in high school. But, when I read it today it has a totally different meaning to me. It is amazing how our lives are made up of these defining moments. We must choose one road or the other. Not ever knowing for sure which is the right way or how things will turn out. My hope is that one day I will look back and know that I took the road less traveled and that it has made all the difference.
What are your defining moments?
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
No matter who we are voting for in this election it is perfectly clear that we feel there is a lot riding on this election. We are worried about the economy. We are worried about brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers that are half a world away in a war that most of us do not understand anymore. We are worried about our education system and the changes that will be made during this administration. And most of us feel like the person we are voting for is the answer to all these worries, and continue to have hope for change and a better future for our children. I, like you, have all these hopes and fears.
Yesterday many of my friends and colleagues lost their jobs at the company that I work for. We all work for an educational publishing company and it is feeling the economic problems of our country like everyone else. They had to let go of about 30 of their finest people in order to cut costs and keep the balance sheet in order. I, luckily, still have a job for the time being. Uncertainty has permeated the morale at our company today and it is tough to continue being productive when the person sitting next to you is no longer here. There is definitely a grieving process on both sides.
However, in the midst of all this uncertainty and sadness I was reminded today that I am not in control, and for this I am thankful. You see whatever is going to happen today we can have hope and peace in the sovereignty of Our Creator. On the way to drop off the kids at school we always pass this pond that we like to walk around and have picnics at. I was waiting by the light at the corner and noticed that all the trees around the pond were changing colors. And they were the most beautiful browns, reds, yellows, and oranges. At that moment I realized that He is in control of that, and if he can turn all the leaves into beautiful colors at the same time of the year, and somehow keep our world spinning in orbit, surely He can take care of all our uncertainty and give us hope in the midst of all the real worries that we face each day.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. (James 1:2-3)
Monday, November 3, 2008
she had to pose with her "cute" outfit.