Friday, April 29, 2011

Lookin' For a Boy!

AHHHH - my computer crashed! Literally, just up and gave up the ghost! How do these things happens...and, better yet, why now - when I would so like to have access to the world:) So, I had to highjack a computer just so the world (or at least my little group of blogging friends) would know...Today is the Day!!!

Erica is at the hospital and labor is underway:) Hopefully, sometime this afternoon - Riley will be a big sister!!

Hope to find ways to share the good news - ie, pictures:) Have a beautiful weekend!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

The (Ugly) Truth About Memories

I hope that everyone had a beautiful Easter weekend.  The weather here was picture perfect!  We had a wonderful crowd at church yesterday morning and our little handbell choir even did a fair jobSmile  Yes, I play the handbells.  We are the “Dead Ringers” – ha!  We are definitely amateurs but we ring those bells with lots of heart!

I will have to admit that this holiday has been a difficult one for me.  I really do not know what has made this week more painful than some others but grief never does seem to be predictable.  Last week was also the “anniversary” of my dad’s death and funeral; perhaps my grieving has been compounded.  I’m not sure but I do know – for sure – that Easter and all that is means…Christ’s victory of death!….gives me real hope – and I try my best to cling to that hope during these extra difficult weeks.

I was talking with a woman at the store the other day who was brokenhearted for her friend that had just moved her husband to an assisted living facility.  He was suffering with Parkinson's and has Alzheimer's.  I hurt for this lady as well as her friend and her husband.  Alzheimer's is just such a devastating illness. 

As I thought about him later, I began to thank God for my memory.  Sometimes, I confess the memories can, indeed, be painful.  How I long for loved ones..and even for times that were precious but are not just a memory.  Oh, but the truth is…those memories are such a wonderful gift.  I treasure them and love to rehearse them in my mind.  I pray that I will have them with me for my lifetime – and that they will remain vivid and clear and real.

I also want to purpose to work at creating new – just as precious – memories.  As much as I cherish the memories of yesterdays, they are not today.  And there is much to cherish about today as well.  As a grieving mom, it is one more learning lesson – the perspective of memories.  It’s a tough one, no doubt, but I’m working on it.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Christ Conquered Death for Me

We are having our spring revival at church this week.  I do not remember the revival being so close to Easter before, but I have to admit the timing has been perfect for me.  What a wonderful way to prepare for Easter…….searching my own heart, being encouraged in the word and rejoicing to see others come to Christ!  It has been a good week.

Tonight, I am teaching the littlest guys in the children’s program while the service is going on.  (A bit of a bummer – although, I love teaching….tonight’s message is on prophecy which I would love to hear.)

I know the children have been learning the Easter story at home, in Sunday school and even in Junior Church….so, I thought I would teach the story of Lazarus – with a few references to Christ’s resurrections…..both similarities and differences!

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John 11:43-44….”And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.  And he that was dead came forth…..”

I Corinthians 15:3-4….”For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Crist died for our sins according to the scripture; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”

Praising the Lord, today, for victory over death!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Counting the Days

Just in case I haven’t mentioned it lately……it is almost time to meet our grandson!!

Mommy is 38 weeks tomorrowSmile  Everyone is healthy and we are just waiting……..

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Red Outside My Window

Not quite Monday morning but a Monday post nevertheless. And it wasn't that we weren't up early enough this morning either. In fact, we were up extra early (too early according to Hubbie....but that's his opinion!)

I mentioned last Monday that I had some upcoming tests - probing, prodding and biopsy type tests - this week...and they were this morning. I'll never understand why you have to be at the hospital at 7:00am for a 9:00am procedure. Anyhoo, all went very well and I appreciate the kind thoughts and prayers. As my mama used to say, I am healthy as a horse! (Is that a compliment??)

Being up extra early allows you to see the sunrise in all its glory - and this morning was no disappointment! The horizon was covered in bright orange and glowy red! We have in our bedroom a palladium style window over the bed. I have never really cared for this window. Actually, I have complained and moaned quite often about said window. (Really, it is a decorating nightmare!) But from this window we have the perfect views of, not only, brilliant sunrises but also gorgeous full moons and captivating night skies. Funny how I get so focused on the window - and miss the view itself!

But, sweet Hubbie, is always quick to point out the beauty outside the window. (I'm not sure he even notices the lack of curtain or other appropriate window dressing?!!?) This morning he called me over to notice the sunrise. As I drank in the view, I could hear my granddad's voice as clear as ever...."Red at night, sailor's delight. Red in the morning....sailor's warning."

He used the sky to get his weather report. So cool. And, did you know - its straight from the Bible? "...When it is evening, ye say It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is read and lowring......" Matthew 16:2-3

I love that. And I'm beginning to love my window, too!:)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

In Awe This (Thankful) Thursday

I have been thinking of Easter….

and new life

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and new mercies!!

“They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”Lamentations 3:13

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Boy Is (Officially) a Man

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Dear Jordan,

Happy Birthday – to my buddy!!  Truly, on one hand it seems like only yesterday you were the most adorable little tow-head toddler that charmed our hearts and filled our home with smiles and giggles and non-stop energy!  At the very same time, on the other hand, I am amazed – and proud beyond words – of the man you have become!

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But, it is true.  Today you are twenty-one!!  A man by any definition.  I suppose you have been “a man” in your mama’s eyes ever since that day you left for Texas…to join the Air Force – serving our country and beginning your own career.  Oh, but the memories of those years leading up to that point are my everything!  I am blessed beyond measure to be your mommy!!

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I must admit spending these special days so far apart is difficult for me.  Who made you a cake…or cooked your birthday dinner (what would you have requested this year??)…or even put up the balloons??  But I pray that you knew throughout the day how very much you are loved…and how very proud we are of you…..and how exciting it is to see what lies ahead for you!!

Yes, you will always be my buddy.  But you are an amazing man.  I love you the mostest.  Happy Birthday, son!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Daybook Entry on a Beautiful Day!

I am "late" posting this morning...not that there is a required time but I do try to get my computer time done earlier rather than later; however, it has been a totally splendid morning here and I have so been enjoying it - walking the dog, talking with the Lord, enjoying breakfast outside and even getting some cleaning done. Why do chores seem so much easier when the weather is so lovely??

Still wanted to get a daybook entry done - just to get my thoughts recorded:)

Outside my window...it is beautiful but I have especially noticed all the cardinals! Cardinals are very, very special to me - one was a specific gift from God once on one of my lowest days - and my heart always smiles and I immediately think of Tyler, of Heaven and of my savior whenever I see one. I usually see them one at a time but today I saw, at least, three! I will be walking on air for days!!

I am thinking...of very specific answers to prayers in the past. I know God answer prayers. I know that. Right now, I am in a period of waiting on some heavy-burdened prayers and I can start to forget that God is still working - even in the waiting. Counting blessings...and answered prayers...helps me to remember.

I am wearing...a white shirt - HA! (that is an old joke...sorry if you missed it.)

I am remembering....a special visit from our assistant pastor to Tyler when he was in Children's Hospital. So funny how these memories come at me...seemingly from nowhere. Last night at church, as I had my head bowed, Pastor T walked down the aisle. I saw his cowboy boots:) and - just like that - that visit came back to me as clear as if it had been yesterday. Tyler LOVED Pastor T! He was his hero. And as much as Tyler HATED that time in the hospital, he LOVED that visit from Pastor T!! I'll admit - those "out of nowhere" memories can really get me. And sometimes they hurt so bad - but I wouldn't trade them for anything and pray that I never lose them.

I am going...to a meeting at Children's tonight. It has been some months since I went to one of these meetings and some months since being back at the hospital. Not quite sure how I feel about it.

I am reading...Made to Crave and The End of the Spear. Both really good books but why do I have so much trouble finishing books????

I am hoping...cooler, yucky days are gone for good!!

On my mind...Tyler. Always. There is also an upcoming medical test I have to do next week that I do not want to do. At all. But I do need the results - so I can stop stressin' over it. Ugh.

From the kitchen...this really should be OUT of the kitchen. I am "purging" the kitchen of sugar. Having been on this diet, it is not too huge of a leap but a leap nonetheless. My biggest challenge is getting past "wasting" food by simply throwing things out. It would be very easy to convince myself that I'll go sugar-free as soon as I eat all this sugar in my pantry!! Probably not a great idea.

Around the house....are too many doggie toys!! What is up with that??!

Plans for the week....Someone special has a birthday tomorrow!! So wish we could be together and really celebrate - but we will make the best of it:)

One of my favorite things.....Coconut Milk Creamer. So yummy. I found this yummy treat for my coffee from Kris - THANK YOU!

Friday, April 8, 2011

A New Welcome

When I got up this morning my front door looked like this (pretty ordinary and a bit boring!) DSCI0580

But before I left for work, it looked like this….DSCI0581


So much cuter – and just with one word! Shannon introduced me to GroopDealz – and I’m already a bit addictedSmile This vinyl stencil was my first deal!


DSCI0582You need to check this site out – but I’m warning you…you might get hooked!!

Hope your weekend is full of fun – and happy moments!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring Is In the Air…and In The Yard

I love spring!  And I think spring just might have finally arrived here.  The weather has been a bit crazy…beautiful breezes and short-sleeve temperatures one day and the very next day will bring bitter winds, horrible rains or even sleet and hail!  But, despite the fluctuating temperatures, everything is budding, blooming and turning green!  And I am never awed by it all!

I come by my nature appreciation…well, naturally.  My family, on my dad’s side, is a long line of green thumbs and lovers of all things botanical.  My grandad had a gorgeous yard full to the brim with azaleas and other flowering plants.  My dad’s yard was no exception.  Our yard was always immaculate and sharper than a Tiger Woods golf courseSmile

Every season, Dad would ooh, awe and gush over the latest explosion of blooms.  “Look at those forsythia…or dogwoods…or redbuds.”  “Did you see those jonquils coming up?”  And on and on as if he were seeing them for the very first time.

And, now, I hear myself doing the very same thing.  Unfortunately, I totally did NOT get the green thumb gene…and I am more than a little disappointed about that.  But the love – the want to – is still there.  I especially love that all these buds and blooms remind me of my dad.  Oh, how I would love to have him working along side Hubbie and I as we attempt to work wonders in our own little yard.

The new buds also remind me of new birth – the promise of new life.  And that reminder makes Heaven even more real…and even sweeter as I know I will see, not only my Tyler, but also my dad, my mom and many others one day.  And, who knows, maybe soon!

Thanks for the Tip

I so enjoyed reading everyone's comments on my previous "return to blogging" post. All of you are so encouraging and, as I expected, have so many good ideas for time management - and all sorts of things! One blogging friend suggested a website that was new to me and I have really enjoyed it. Have you been to MoneySavingMom?? I have really only scratched the surface but this site is full of good ideas, advice, recipes, menu ideas and tools to help make life easier:) And I'm all for that! There are also freebies....and I'm all about that, too!! This morning while I was quickly looking around there I came across some of her posts regarding baking day - setting aside a day for baking in bulk and freeezing for later. (There was a recipe for whole wheat waffles...yum!!) I have also heard of this idea with regard to cooking - not just baking - but I have never tried either one. Would love to know if any of you have such a day ...baking, cooking or pre-meal planning?? Does it really work?? Although I don't do nearly as much baking or cooking these days, I am all about advance preparation and time management in the kitchen:) Have a great Wednesday. Just a note - as I type this...there are nice divided paragraphs and easy to read sentences. I sure hope they actually post that way! (Yes, I have gotten advice on tyring to avoid posts like Monday's post...but I had trouble with it. But, I'm working on it!)

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Fresh Beginning

Time to start posting again - and I'm excited. I have to admit I enjoyed the break...especially time away from the computer but that was not my real reason for a break. Not sure all of my reasons...or goals...have been accomplished but it is time to press on:) I will say one of my big struggles, at least right now, is time management. I suppose most folks feel they don't have enough time in their day. For me, I have the time - sometimes TOO much time on my hands - but I just don't seem to use it productively....and the way that God would have me to do. I would LOVE any tips/ideas/suggestions for help in this area. That is certainly one thing, among many, that I enjoy about blogging. There is much wisdom and very practical advice among my blogging friends. So, do share:) During the month of March: ** two of my very best friends celebrated birthdays - I am so thankful for the gift of life-long friends. God blesses us with all kinds of friends and each one is a gift; however, there are truly only a rare few that last a lifetime. I have several of these friends and I know am beyond blessed to have them in my life. ** I attended a really nice ladies' seminar at a nearby church. What a nice day that was - and the topic....Finding God's purpose in your life. Now there is a subject I think I could study and digest for hours. What about you? How do you seek His purpose in your life? **We have been really digging into the book of Matthew during my weekly Bible study. This study has been so much more than I even anticipated and I so look forward to Tuesday mornings.....and JOY in the mornings! **I went car shopping - and bought - a car with my daughter. (Uh, she bought the car!) That is always an experience....and one that I really do not enjoy but it was a great learning experience for her. Well, for both of us. **God has answered several prayers this month. He also has us waiting....and waiting still...for several major requests. I am trying to learn - and learn much - during this season of waiting but, I have to admit, it is not easy. What is it about waiting that is such a challenge?? I suppose the rest of March was filled with the routine:) And routine can be a good thing. And, now on with April. I always love a new week....a new month....and a new season, even!! Today is supposed to be spring!! Hope you have a wonderful Monday as well. Thanks for stopping by, friends.