Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Something Nice





My mom always told me, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
So the way I feel today, I am not going to say anything. I am going to show what is nice in my life, and what I love the most.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Monday Morning Blahs

Well, it's Monday morning and I am having a bad case of the blah's. Ralph has gone back to work after 4 days of being home and us being together as a family. Madison and Laney have returned to school after a whole week of being out. Morgan is not feeling well and not operating at 100%. Blah, blah, blah. It's cloudy, but not raining yet.
I miss having all of my family here! Yes, sometimes it gets hectic and we get on one another's nerves when we are cooped up in the house. But I really enjoy having my family around me. I enjoy the conversation. I love working on projects - together. I am looking forward to the Christmas break. I realize that may put me in the minority of mothers, but I am not normal. Something my husband likes to remind me of.
My 2 school girls actually told me bye and they loved me this morning as they were getting out of the van to head to school. That is something I usually have to say first then they respond - grudgingly. I think that they will miss being at home today, whether they will admit that will be a whole other story.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Stories

Stories have always been an important part of my life. I have always loved to read. The first book I remember reading was a book about Pocohontas. Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of my favorite authors as a child. I love to read other's life journeys.
Now that I am older I am appreciating other's life experiences. Everyone has a story to share, whether it be a grand adventure, a sweeping love story, or even a tragic tale.
I had a chance today to share a pretty painful part of my life with someone who had heard of some things I had dealt with before. I am realizing that I used to let pain define me, but I am becoming more and more aware that pain allows me opportunities to share. Hurt has refined me. Letting go has freed me. Listening to others offers me the opportunity stop - in this all busy world. Listening to others lets me hear the story God is weaving in their lives, and maybe that is the miracle I am searching for........

Thanksgiving

Well, Thanksgiving Day is over and we had a relaxing day of eating and hanging out. My wonderful husband did a great job on the turkey - yes, he did the turkey. My girls were able to express what they were thankful for, and it was cool the hear in their own words what they were thinking of. We ate on our "good"china, which they were so excited for. I don't know why we don't use it more often?
Our youngest has started asking questions yesterday, about asking Jesus into her heart. Wow, she is 4 (almost 5) and she sees that her sisters have made the decision, and she wants to be a part of what they have. My prayer is that we are able to answer her questions in a way that draws her nearer. I am thankful for my kids and that they are searching.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Totally Random Thoughts....

Ok, here is what is rattling through my tired brain, and it's just barely 8:00PM.

- Why does it take a death for me to realize how important just sitting and talking with a good friend is? I have struggled before with just stopping, stopping to enjoy the little things in life. Like my child wanting to play a game, or my husband needing me to stop what I was doing and just listen. I am realizing I miss so much when I ignore the small things.

- Coffee and conversation are such a soul soothing mix.

- If I had a way to bottle all of my girls energy I would be a very rich woman!

- I have been reminded in the last couple of days of the statement "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." Ralph, do you need a pitcher and some sugar? :)

Ok, that is enough totally random stuff. My goal is to try and post something everyday. We will see how long that lasts!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Things don't always work out...

Things don't always work out the way you have planned. That's the thing I am learning on this journey called life. I always have in my mind the way I know it should work out, or at least how I THINK it should work out.
There is another disappoint that has happened today, but in the scheme of things is it really worth getting upset about? I had the conversation with my ever patient husband the other day on why even pray. God already knows my heart, He knows what I want, He made me for goodness sake. Ralph reminded me - it's the realtionship. God wants me to talk to Him, just like I want my children to talk to me. Yes, I know what my children want, but many times I require that they ask me before I give it to them.
There is so much running through my head this afternoon, lots of questions. I am choosing to trust God, and that He knows the plans He has for me and my family.