Friday, February 18, 2011

Fridays Are Notorious for Fun!

Fridays are just like that – a relaxing day. The end of the work week, the start of the week-end, a day for delighting in Fun!
Many families I know have a tradition of a favorite fun meal on Friday evening – hotdogs, baked beans and chips, or fish and fries, or pizza night! Whatever, but is usually a more relaxed meal – a fun meal!
And then too, I know other families that reserve Friday nights to be the family movie-night or family game-night or it may be the night of the week the family goes out to dinner. Whatever the scenario, it seems that Fridays are just kind of special. They make you smile.
I love family traditions – they build up camaraderie, strength, unity, and a sense of belonging to something bigger than yourself – family. And another thing I love is activities in our home. I love that friends and family feel welcome and will come over to hang out, learn, enjoy and just be with us. Your home is a what it should be if people feel good about being there and can have Fun!
The family tradition for our time in Santa Rosa has become the Small Group Night – which means we have people from church in for a devotional and fellowship – and neighbors are invited. We don’t know from one Friday to the next how many will show up and we’ve been on break for awhile but tonight is starts again. It’s a fun night. Study, discussion, singing, food and just hanging out with some cool people. I love it.
Hope your Friday is fabulous and fun!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Marriage is Marvelous on Mondays but most especially when that day happens to be Valentines Day! What a wonderful day for the celebration of Marriage – not that you have to do any more than just be that best spouse that you can possibly be on this day.
I am not all about the commercialization of all these holidays that have sprung up through the years. However I do love and approve of little inexpensive ways of affirming ones love for the significant other in their life – whatever the day of the month or year. And every so often we do need reminders to set aside time to express the love we have to one another.
I remember with fondness the exchange of Valentines in school when I was a kid. It was fun the night before, going through the package and selecting just the right one for each friend and then, writing their name and signing yours just so. With the exception of a few years, our kids were schooled at home but they would still make sure friends had cards.
So, all in all this is a good day – a good day to share love, remember love, acknowledge the special ones in your own life.
Happy Valentines Day everyone – am praying your day is love-filled to overflowing!
Lowell and Robin - 32 years and counting on many more!
Lowell and Robin - 32 years and counting on many more!
Love is a miracle, sweet as can be,
That will always remain a complete mystery.
For though it is something that’s centuries old,
It cannot be purchased for silver or gold.
But instead must be given of one’s own free will,
And received with no promises it must fulfil.
And once it’s exchanged in this time-honoured way,
There’s nothing that love cannot manage to say.
No problems too great and no problems too small,
For love, like a miracle, conquers them all.
And leaves in their place such a feeling of peace,
That joy, just like love, cannot help but increase!
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Love is patient and kind;
Love is not jealous or boastful;
It is not arrogant or rude.
Love does not insist on its own ways;
It is not irritable or resentful;
It does not rejoice at wrong.
But rejoices in the right.
Love bears all things,
Believes all things,
Hopes all things,
Endures all things.
Love never ends…
So Faith,
Hope,
Love abide,
These three;
But the greatest of these is
Love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wee Bit Wednesday

My daughter, Jessi, has a great blog … Musings of a Renewed Girl. I love reading her stuff and seeing her photos! Jessi introduced me to Leigh Ashley’s blog and so, today,  just for fun,  I am taking part in her …

“A Wee Bit of Me” …

{one} ice: crushed or cubed? Crushed and/or Sonic ice… good stuff.


{two} what is your worst traffic pet peeve? People driving fast, weaving in and out of traffic thinking they have to ‘be first’ … scary!


{three} what room in your house best represents your personality? Kitchen – fun, colorful, relaxed and I get to ‘create’ every single day!


{four} do you save old birthday cards? Not usually, but thankfully, I saved the ones from my Mom and now that she’s ‘gone’ I can pull them out and visit with her!


{five} when was the last time you went on a picnic? Wow, it’s been too long – like last year with Lowell and the boys up in the NC mountains.


{six} do you regularly check your horoscope? No, never do.


{seven} when you’re home, what do you wear on your feet? Socks and shoes or socks and slippers – I hate cold feet!


{eight} what’s your favorite gambling game? Don’t know any.


{nine} have you ever written (or started writing) a book? Yes! And have 2 more in the works! See here!


{ten} what is your favorite musical? Hmm, this is tough … maybe, I could sit down and watch Seven Brides for Seven Brothers … or Oklahoma! (oops, was that two?)

That was fun! If you want to join in you can click below!

Monday, February 7, 2011

One Week

We’re one week into this new month of February. Where does the time get to anyway? I reflect on what I’ve done over the last week and realize that any number of my goals were not met. Life changes on a dime. I had plans written out. Ideas to bring to fruition and instead I stayed busy with activities that took me by surprise and before I knew it, here I am at another Monday. Is ‘time’ my friend or my enemy?
Some of my tasks are easy enough –
  • drill 4 holes in our walls at just the right spot so I can finally put up some wall hangings,
  • get pictures on a disc and take to the photo store,
  • frame and hang those pictures,
  • get my schedule going on each of the blogs I am responsible for,
  • check my status at the publishing company I use,
  • write the rough draft of January newsletter, (definitely last week’s job)
  • re-connect with my affiliates and make sure all is as it should be,
  • de-clutter and re-organize hot spots in the house,
  • complete sewing the curtains for our bedroom,
  • start Art with Jake – detailed sketches – yay!,
  • finish up the extra room and get the bathroom painted as well,
  • set up beds, ect in aforementioned area,
  • get the weed-eater fixed so we can tackle the front yard – it’s a jungle out there.
“It’s a jungle out there” kind of is how my mind feels – beautiful growth, gorgeous flowers and shrubs but lacking in control. A growing and spreading, totally undisciplined, hodgepodge, busy, dizzy array of stuff reaching towards the sun.
Besides all this and more I have on my to-do list, there are all the usual daily chores, and I know that not only will we be having guests into the house at several planned times this week but as usual, the inevitable, unplanned surprise visits will happen too – that’s a part of life here. These random visitors are good for me though, it helps me maintain the downstairs in a “company-ready” status and reminds me that people – relationships – are the priority in life, not the items on an ever present to-do list. But, hey, things have got to get done and I will not be content with it all left ‘as is’ for days ongoing. What’s a girl to do? I know …
All this array of tangled, beautiful stuff in my head​? … I am going to reach towards the Son … and ask for guidance, discernment and I am confident this week, I will be making some checks on that list. Yep, Mondays are always marvelous and I can tell already, these next few days are going to be wonderful. Time, what a beautiful, sacred gift – my dear friend.
One week.