Sunday, August 30, 2009
I met with my cousin yesterday for a brief visit... too brief. Wish we could have visited longer, but alas I had another obligation to fulfill so we had to cut it short. Hopefully next time we can make a day of it! We talked about this and that as we tried to catch up on the years past. There was one thing that stuck in my mind. She mentioned that she and her husband had also talked about the high dollar homes and the people that afford them. Her husband told her simply, that there is a secret to wealth and that they just were not privy to that secret. I guess not everyone is meant to have wealth. Not real sure why, but it appears that my husband and I are also not privy to that secret. Another thing my cousin imparted to me... She knew she would never be a millionaire because she gives things away rather than saving for her future. She is a giver. The other side of that is that she reaps from sowing the seeds of giving. Bottom line, though, she is content and happy. She is waiting for her riches when she gets to heaven.
We have been a double income family in the past; and have enjoyed the benefits of such. We have also had to do with less. We have always had what we needed. I guess that is where we fall into realizing that we need to be content where we are. My cousin has the secret after all...
Philippians 4:11-13 (New International Reader's Version)
11 I'm not saying that because I need anything. I have learned to be content no matter what happens to me. 12 I know what it's like not to have what I need. I also know what it's like to have more than I need. I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. I am content whether I am well fed or hungry. I am content whether I have more than enough or not enough. 13 I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
One of my friends has said that I need to market myself. Maybe I should.... I don't know. Maybe I can start posting slideshows of some of my crazy functions on my website and see if it generates any business.
Yes, I may just check into trying to plan a few events.... I will have to really pray about that... In the meantime... I just want to take this time to thank God for the gifts and talents He has bestowed on me. I know that many have enjoyed the fruits of my labor and hope that I can do this for years to come. Thank you, God...!
Monday, August 24, 2009
When we take Mickey out to potty, sweet pea insists on going with us. I'm about to throw a harness on her as well! Mickey is going one direction, she is going the opposite! I try to get her attention, but I may as well be speaking martian because those words go in one ear and out the other. To say she is strong willed is a gross understatement! Thankfully Mickey is so small he is easy to scoop up as I go retrieve my little darling!!
As frustrating as she can be, she can also be just as loving. There is nothing more heart melting than when she looks up at you and gives you a sweet, sleepy smile as she nods off to sleep.... or that happy smiling face telling you "good morning"! Ah, I am a sucker for her! We love her so very much. Wrapped around her finger... yup....
As I was sitting and watching her start to wind down to go to bed, I thought about how we are often defiant and do not listen (or even hear) our Father's voice. He is always speaking to us, guiding us, asking us to trust him. Defiant and hard headed... tisk, tisk, tisk.... But you know what? He still loves us even when we are acting like two year olds! When we are not listening to him, we are holding Him back from being a sucker for us!
Much like us with our sweet pea.... Our Father wants us to listen to His voice so that we can follow His direction...
He wants us to rest in Him....
He is our provider...
He wants to protect us.....
He wants us to trust in Him..... not try to help him by coming up with our own plans (man am I guilty of that!)
He wants us to be still and know He is God.....
He wants us to believe Him
hmmm... How many blessings have we missed...?
Psalm 23 (King James Version)
1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
My health is good, my needs are met, I have a wonderful family, I have good friends, what more could I ask for?
There are many scriptures that refer to the words we speak...
I mentioned that my iPod turned up. On the Friday before I told Jenn that I felt my iPod was going to turn up and low and behold it did! Now, I'm not saying that was the only reason it turned up, but it sure could not have hurt! I am also not saying that just because you say it, it becomes true... but sowing seeds of a positive nature can't hurt, right?
From now on, (at least that's my plan!) I am going to work on what I say and try to sow positive vibes. I will speak life into positive thoughts and death to the negative ones and continue to be blessed and highly favored!
Psalm 141:3: "Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips."
Proverbs 18:21: "The tongue has the power of life and death...."
Hebrews 13:15: "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise -- the fruit of lips that confess His name."
Man... I just wanted to tease Linz about how I have her shower plans online... but SHE can't find them b/c I have them unsearchable... then here it comes again.... yup, a thump.... I can also access God's word anytime via that same handy dandy air card and notebook.... Sigh... I really have no excuse to not read and study His word. I do admit, I tend to get tunnel vision when I am working on a project (to the exclusion of everything else)... Point taken....
But still it is really cool!
.... gotta love a blog!!!
image from Google
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
<--- here she is at her wedding shower with her condom corsage! .
She is dying to know the theme of the shower and has even had the nerve to tell me that it is stressing her out and stress is not good for the baby.... LOL... I'll give her an "A" for effort!
Hey Linz... psst.... wanna know the theme???? I know that was just mean!
Lindsay has always been my "got to know" child. She can't sleep on Christmas Eve and tosses and turns in excitement. She is the first to rise (REALLY EARLY!). Her enthusiasm will be so exciting when her family grows and especially when Russell or Betty Ann are old enough to understand Santa, Easter Bunny, etc... We look forward to spending Christmas with her for years to come! .
If you know something she is getting and you tell her you know, be ready to enjoy watching her squirm as she tries to extract the info from you. She will follow you like a puppy looking for it's mother.... she will call you at random times.... she will bug you to death in an attempt to wear you down.... Sometimes I give in because I was just egging her on to begin with... other times I stand firm! (cause I can!)
I told her that I had decided on a theme for the shower. It has been a source of entertainment for me! It also ensures that she keeps in touch with me! LOL.... just kidding she's good about that! (ahem.. unlike her sister who does not call as often! ahem)
She will have to wait until the shower to find out.....
Sorry baby... it would not be fair to tell you and spoil your surprise!!!
LOL... I'm just kidding!
I have decided to humor her and let her know the theme. There will be things she does not know but it won't hurt to show her the yard display or the invitation..... I have a lot of ideas up my sleeve and I need to start now in order to get it all together. She will most likely try to show up HOURS early becuase she just can't help herself!!! But that's fine... I'll just put her to work!
A Baby Shower!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Both she and her friend are of like minds. They do not feel you have to go to a church to talk to God. I am inclined to agree with them. Oh, I understand the iron sharpening iron theory, and I get that you should fellowship with like minded people to help yourself to grow in the Lord. But, I'm sorry, just because you are in a garage, it does not make you a car... likewise, just because you go to church, it does not make you a Christian. That is just my opinion. Now, that being said... I am sorely lacking in my bible studies. I use to crack open that book daily and read it. Not so much anymore... I acknowledge I need to do more of that. At least if I were going to a church service, I would crack it open once a week..... Point taken, God... I hear you and I will work on that!
2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I don't know what I would do without my wonderful man. While I am at "the day job", he runs the home, takes care of the baby, basically runs the business(es) by taking the calls, making the deliveries.... When I get home from work, I can usually find dinner ready. I am truly blessed! I love this man more than anyone can imagine. He is my soul mate. He is my very best friend. He's the yang to my ying! He completes me!
If you know us, you are aware that we have been dealt a lot of challenges the past several years but those challenges have made us closer and closer. I thank God that He has placed this wonderful man into my life! He is kind, gentle, condsiderate, romantic, patient, funny, I could go on all day... so let me stop now!
I just want to say thank you, Buddy, for loving me and being the wind beneath my wings! I love you.
Friday, August 14, 2009
So... In my quest to document my thoughts, I go to google images and lo and behold... I AM NOT ALONE! It appears that may have already thrown a shower for new furbabies. I typed in "puppy shower" for idea on websites and received 2,510,000 results! Lots of folks are of the same mindset as me!
So, that being said, I think I'm going to drop some hints around my close friends and see what my chances are for a shower for my furbaby. I am betting the odds are ... oh, maybe ZERO! They humor me, but only to an extent! But... I do have some friends that have their own furbabies so.... maybe??
<---- look at that sweet face! How can you say no? His birthday is in April, maybe I should throw him a birthday party?
Puppy Shower image from google
Thursday, August 13, 2009
My new phone does way more than I will ever need and I have yet to figure out some of the basic stuff, but it is kinda neat, don't you think? It will help me immensely with texting (as my kids and a few friends are notorious texters, even though I have told them over and over again to just call me and don't text! But, now, I am not as against texting anymore because I have a keyboard at my disposal! YEAH!!! I have yet to figure out how to make the touch screen respond to my touch when I need to scroll. I often end up opening up the flap and using the up / down key manually, but I'm working on it! I'm determined to figure this out! I consider it my stepping stone to getting more technically UNchallenged! I plan on figuring out all the stuff this little baby can do! ... sure do hope my exploring does not inadvertantly run my phone bill up :o/
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Plus, come on.... how can you not give in when they give you that sweet little look that melts your heart? Or when they are pulling (or scratching) at you to pick them up so that they can nuzzle your neck. Sigh... it's a wonderful feeling to be loved!
Sounds like to me that the pot is calling the kettle black again... ahem... Jenn... Don't think I have not seen your little precious Tickles get her way... or that I've not seen her dressed up in cute sweaters... ahem... or that she has her place on your pillow.... Evidence!---->
<----Oh... and here is more evidence that I am not alone with spoiling! Ahem...I don't have a doggie carriage!
OK... yes, I admit it. Yes, I'm the weak link with Mickey. When he scratches to get me to pick him up, I do it without even thinking about it. And yes, I do have to admit that I am the weak link when it comes to Malia and Mickey. I can't help it. I was bad cop for so long with the kids that I just want to enjoy the moments in my golden years! When we were trying to break Malia from sleeping with us, she would sneak over on my side of the bed becuase she knew I'd give in. It was so funny to see Bah Bah sit up and point her back to her bed... she'd turn quietly, with her blankie over her shoulder (like Linus from Charlie Brown) and walk back to her bed.
They both know that I am the weak link. All Bah Bah has to do is clear his throat and everyone snaps to attention. I clear my throat and they don't even look my way! (Unless I deepen the sound and then I might get a sideways glance!) But I still love them!
As I was typing, a phrase came to me. Unconditional love, that's what it is! I love them and they love me!.. unconditionally! It made me think of our Father in heaven and how He loves us unconditionally. How he clears His throat and those who can hear him, will respond accordingly, but those who turn a deaf ear to Him carry on with what they are doing. But He still loves us.... unconditionally.
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."