Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Chapter One ...

 Well, considering I shared a cool picture and thought about the 12 new chapters of life that 2018 represented, I think I will expound a little on that here.
January flew by - so many good and moving happenings in my world. Each and every week was filled with busy times whether just with personal family or the church. We got a few days of real winter weather and so hubby and I were able to enjoy being snowed in - that's always fun.
I actually did quite a bit of spiritual and mental work - good Bible study times, reading, meditation and prayer. I needed this. I guess I have sort of been reevaluating who I am and who I want to be. I am very thankful God's Word is filled with wonderful thought-provoking verses dealing with the ongoing transformation we experience in Christ. Sometimes I doubt that I will ever arrive. Just when I think I've finally grown up pretty well into a mature Christ-follower, I fall smack down on my bottom. I fall, God's hand reaches down for mine and I get back up. I stumble, Jesus let's me know He will light my path and I keep going. I question, and the Holy Spirit guides ... day in and day out. It's a forever and a day process and will last as long as I live.
Well, okay, nothing earth-shattering but, yes, all in all a lot of good stuff in the month of January which truly prepared me for February ... and my Chapter Two of 2018.
We went on a road trip - destination was our alma mater in Henderson, TN - and since we had to drive past their house anyway, we stopped going and coming back at our girl Jessi's home and got to spend some excellent time with that new grandbabyboy. We loved the time with his Dad and Mommy too - but I tell you what: there is nothing that quite compares to moments with these special babies.

  But, back to the destination - the Lectureship at Freed-Hardeman University. 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus were the texts under discussion for these days and I was able to just fill up on some excellent thoughts. The Ladies classes were a blessing. The singing was truly beautiful - just a taste heavenly praises. And of course, the renewing of friendships was purely wonderful!
It seems the time since we've been home again has been just as busy as before - the first few days should have been a catch up time but that is still in the process. I have had some super duper days with the grandkids who live nearby and that is always a joy. And that will bring me to today!!
It the celebration of Emily day!! Our first grand-daughter who brought me into the role of a grandmother ... one of my most favorite life roles!
That funny little beauty in the middle of all our joy!

You see how she just encourages her little brother? yep, she's really good at that - Great job Oldest  GrandbabyGirl!!!! and good going Little Guy!

Well, my heart is full and I am SO enjoying the chapter two of 2018. 
I hope you are too! 
Remember, you are the author of your days - with the help and guidance of the Heavenly Author, we can truly create a Masterpiece! 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year - fresh beginnings

Sometimes I think I will just stop blogging forever. Close this down, and get off the internet - totally, completely just turn it all off. And then I remind myself that this is our world now. Gigantic, yet so small and I realize I'm kinda happy to stick around.
I have been blessed so often in so many ways that I am often brought to tears in recognition of it. My number one fan in life is my sweet hubby - he is always and forever giving me gifts that are directed to my heart and talents. He reminds me that I owe it to myself to use these gifts wisely. And I have fun and feel fulfillment when I stop and take time to do just that.
So, for what it is worth, I am going to try my best to just stick to it and write on my blogs - share my story in the Lord, and hopefully scatter rays of Son-light on my journey.
Life is so full of heart aches, and pure sadness, and scary moments and times when anger and a questioning heart just keeps a person awake at crazy hours of the night. Crying, praying, walking the floors of a dark house.
Life is so full of wonder and sweet pure love, and happiness that takes your breath away, and joy that just runs right over the brim of your heart into the hearts of your loved ones around you. Praying and praising as you walk the floors of a cozy warm home.
Ah life. It isn't easy but all in all, I guess it's pretty daggum wonderful.
So, here we are - a new year smack dab full of empty pages that we get to fill up one at a time with the very best of what we have to give to life.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Flashback Fridays ... post #1

I love the little posting hashtags on Instagram and Facebook - I can do it on here too, right? So much has happened over the summer and it wasn't lazy at all! This post actually started out as Throwback Thursday but I realize how late it is and that it will probably be finished tomorrow .... which is now today and actually a week later than anticipated. ugh - what is happening to me? or not happening.
First of all, I have to say it has been crazy for me lately. In so many ways I have not been myself and then in other ways I have been my best self. Have you ever felt you lost part of who you are? Well, that is me. But, that is not what this post is about - it's about the last couple of months.
My home has been full and that is blessed thing. I've been on the coolest outings and adventures and am totally glad for it. It hardly seems the summer months have come and now basically are gone and many of the usual things didn't even happen - like a vegetable garden or a trip to the beach. However other good things did happen - like more flowers than normal for me. And like I mentioned, our home filled with others - meaning, more gatherings around the table, more laughter, some tears, some squabbles, lots and lots of prayers, just more living.
These little ones were present most days of the week - they are light and love and life itself! And I guess it is my age - but when they left at the end of each day I was basically done with my day. All I wanted to do was chill after supper ... books and Star Trek with my guy were about the extent of any longing to 'do'. I am super duper GLAD they were an almost daily part of my life - it was amazing! They were my focus and I learned that I am no good at multi-tasking priorities in my life - so, basically, I was on my laptop maybe 4 or 5 times all summer! say what?!?! and building my biz - nope, didn't happen. But, I am SO okay with that.

Here's the littles!

With them here so much I have a gazillion sweet photos but, suffice it to say - my heart was full to over-flowing with the pure joy of their little lives. I am a totally and completely blessed Grammy.
I alluded to feeling like I had lost part of myself, but in retrospect it may be that the part of me missing - the creative, gifted artsy part of me - perhaps it was just in hibernation; resting and gathering strength to come back even stronger than ever. I feel it waking now ... ever hopeful and trusting in all the beauty, drama, life there is still to share.

Monday, June 26, 2017

My Right Now

I am so excited about where I am right now - in just about all areas of life - my marriage, my family, spiritually and physically. That's a pretty good place to be, right?
 (well, quick sidenote here: I learned a lesson - which my son, Jared, has told me to do always - and that is, make sure I keep my posts in my laptop document files in case they disappear on here - I had a scheduled post of completed note from last night and it is somewhere in cyberspace - ugh!! now, to try and remember...)
And so, let's try this again - I love being a Le-Vel Thrive promoter - sure, it takes work to get the news out there, and I still must do the contacting of my favorite people but, it is so much fun representing a trio of products that make a definite difference in the life of so many!!
If you haven't heard of the Thrive experience, I am here to tell you now - it is amazing! Here is a short video on this major shift in plant-based nutrition ...  Honestly, you owe it to yourself to try this!
And guess what? if you are in the United States, I am able to get a 3-day mini experience to you through the mail just to try out!! I take orders daily and get paid through PayPal - and guess what again? for just making yourself a Free Customer account on my website I will give you a $5 discount!! It is the coolest thing ever to keep up with my clients and learn of their personal Thrive experiences. After that initial order (which we will set up at a discount, I will teach you how to Thrive for FREE - happens over and over!)
Truly, Thriving is as easy as 1-2-3 and you're done!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Out of the Blue!!

Figuring out what's best.
It's not always easy. I've been around a lot of years and still some days find me groping to do what will be ultimately best for me and my family.
Today is not one of the days of wondering - I decided change was needed and a new direction had to be taken.
Something that came to mind yesterday was a little family conversation that was repeated many times through the years - My Dad and Mom often told how they acquired my two sisters and myself .... oldest sister, Faye, was ordered through Sears and Robuck, sister, Jonell was purchased through Monkey Ward (Montgomery Ward Catalog) and me? well, they claim I just popped in out the clear blue!! These remarks always made us laugh - and I absolutely loved that I was a welcomed surprise - totally unplanned but completely loved!!
That is basically how I feel about my new business venture - it just came to me - popping onto my horizon out the clear blue, unplanned but thoroughly and completely appreciated!!
I am now Promoting Le-Vel Thrive - and along with that means my sweet hubby and I are Thriving and feeling better than ever before. He's 62. I am 61. Together we have a whole lot of living yet to do and we are so happy with our excellent health - a blessing we thank God for daily. With that said let me also express I am thrilled with the opportunity to represent these plant based, non-gmo terrific for you nutritional products!!
Come Thrive with Robin Lynn

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Old Dog (me) New Tricks

My April and then May have flown by in a flurry of momentous activities ... I am always up for adventure but some things do take me awhile to adjust to!! So, that brings me to the title of the post. Well, I'm not that old but, old enough for some stuff to just feel awkward - like, me running a shaved
ice stand?!?!  I thought of  Sadie-girl today as I was being taught, she's our dog who is twelve years old now, and I realize actually, she is still very smart and is retrained often to do what she needs - well, hmmmm, she may be retraining me to accommodate her elderly age. At any rate, that expression came to me as I was learning the ropes of shaving ice; it definitely takes a certain technique to get the end product at its best!  Yep. It will just be part time but, between my girl and I we will manage the one stand through this season of warm days. I will be the primary childcare person on some days and on others, she will have her kiddos and I run the stand.

So, what's up with my eating clean, walking, and taking good care of myself and then my selling these totally unhealthy but refreshing and delicious drinks to a summer crowd ... it's almost an oxymoron situation, right? Well, actually in the overall scheme of things I am totally okay with it!! You see, it's kind of like, all things in moderation - you know? And seriously, these Shaved Ice Goodies are delish!!