Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Deed is Done

What: I have been mulling over a few changes that I wanted to make in the near future. I need to simplify in order to be more productive. I have been considering combining my blogs, which to the casual blog reader may not seem like a big thing but it actually will involve combining several years of notes. Can I even do this? I’m not sure but I think there is a way to import… I guess it will be another time of learning for me. Maybe Reflections will just become a book. Hmmm…

Why: My reasons for having separate blogs seemed at the time important and I really thought I’d be able to reach a all-encompassing audience with having the 2 sites – I started Reflections when I was sitting at the bedside of dear, sweet Jonell and it was my heart talking – then I got into internet marketing and I felt compelled to develop a less-religious oriented blog … I had hoped to draw a more diverse audience and offer something that they may be looking for. I think I have come to the conclusion that I just have to be me in both the styles of and topics of my notes – I find that the 2 blogs are becoming entwined – my every day more random self is a very religious self.

When: Well, I had actually thought of coming to this decision with a little advice from a few readers here and there and then decided I needed and wanted to just ‘do it’. So, it happened today. Whew, the deed is done … almost … I have to post this note and make it official.

How: Road to Abundance is now Robin’s Road – a combination of Abundance and Reflections. And I changed my theme to be more a reflection of me – a nature-loving, ’stop along the way and smell the flowers’ kind of woman.

Where: We’ll sure enough be heading towards abundance … and along ‘my road’ you’re going to be more apt to find me wandering along on side staying awhile here, visiting there, wiggling my toes in the grass, maybe even watching a few butterflies … you know, we’ll probably be forced to travel through some dark and gloomy spots as well – that’s how life is afterall but always and forever I will be traveling on to and along side of abundance.

Who: I’m still Robin – no matter what the name of the site – I am just glad you stopped by and hope you’ll come again and again. My tag line in Reflections has been – life is a series of choices, choose the magnificent! And that my friends, is what life is all about.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Friday in May

Friday the 20th … Celebrate!

I am celebrating the birth of our first-born! It was 30 years ago today that our lives were changed forever. We became less selfish, more motivated, gained a deeper understanding of what unconditional love meant, and realized we’d better grow up and fast!

I don’t rejoice in any one of our children over the other but with each one, our life changed in sometimes big, sometimes sublte ways. With Janna Lynn a new and different kind of love was born. The love of a Mother for her daughter – nothing else in life compares to it. Before this I didn’t know a heart could hold so much love.

The years have streamed by in such a blur of colorful emotions – amazing adventures, terrible tales, happy moments to cherish forever. I am so happy we have boxes of pictures and videos to commemorate precious times … someday I really do need to make each of the kids their own book! But in the meantime, I just observe with joy that Janna came into our lives, made such an amazing difference and that she grew up into the wonderful woman she is today.

I love you, Janna Lynn, and am happy God chose you to be our “first-born” 30 years ago today.


Our Beautiful Janna! Happy Birthday!
Our Beautiful Janna! Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

wee bit Wednesday and a Smile

In reverse of title but had to share ….

Sometimes you just gotta smile …

Jacob yelled, "Mom, where's the camera?"
Jacob yelled, "Mom, where's the camera?"

take a look at these cows … they walked the little road in front of our house.

there was a mess of them!
there was a mess of them!

That evening we had to walk up the road 2 blocks -

the neighbors came out to watchthe neighbors came out to watch

Lowell kept having to tell me to watch where I was stepping!


finally, they made it up over the hill
finally, they made it up over the hill

As I am writing this little post I hear the garbage truck coming to get our trash.

How do I know?

They broadcast this song as they’re making their rounds!


Too funny.

Hooray for life in Santa Rosa!

Now for …

Wee Bit Wednesday

Here are today’s Wee Bit questions! Grab a button below, and linky on up, friends!

Happy mid-week to you!

{one} what profession have you always admired? Well, this may seem a little odd but I have always admired ministers/preachers – whatever you want to call them… my Dad was a preacher and I loved and admired him always! And then, my husband, after years in a secular job chose to be a missionary/minister – what can I say?  They make the world better. There is also hospice nurses … we had the best for our loved ones … a special ‘breed’ of human beings.


{two} what would the title of your memoir/biography be if it was written today? “This world is not her home, She’s just a passing through” …


{three} how far do you commute to work? I guess I ‘work’ all over our little town, but home is my domain


{four} are your earlobes attached or detached? detached  (isn’t that a silly question? I had to feel my earlobes to see what it meant!)


{five} do you eat the unpopped kernels of popcorn at the bottom of the bag?We pop our popcorn on the stove, so it’s the bottom of a bowl but I am very careful since I broke a molar on one of these treasures …


{six} what is the strangest gift you’ve ever received? Wow, you’d think I could think of something but my mind is blank except maybe – a rock – my kids gathered rocks for me – I had them ‘in order of delivery’ in a glass cookie jar and one day our youngest son emptied the jar to ’study’ them … no more ‘in order’! But it was fun taking a look at them.


{seven} what is one tv show that you wish hadn’t been cancelled? MONK!


{eight} what is something that you are saving money for right now? A trip to the States for our son, Jake


{nine} what hobby would you like to take up? I long to get back into my art – drawing or painting – it is a time-consuming hobby, though


{ten} how many times a year do you get really dressed up? 3 -4 because of weddings mostly – but also, for special dates with hubby – I love a good dress-up day! It does the heart good.

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Silliest thing EVER – I did last week’s wee bit wednesday …  and to keep up, I will do  a double dose … ah, this could be too much information!


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Let’s try this again …

{one} do you watch the history channel? if so, what’s your favorite program?

I do like the History Channel but we don’t do cable here in Santa Rosa, so I don’t even know any shows on now…

{two} what is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

Read a good book, listen to it from indoors, drink hot tea!

{three} what does your dream house look like?

A farmhouse with gables and a big front porch with a porch swing and rocking chairs – and it’d be good to have a little farm to go with it!

{four} what state were you born in?

Ohio.

{five} do you have a change jar? if so, what do you use it for when it gets full?

Nope, but it’s a great idea –one of my friends who worked in a bank told me about a lady and she had a coin jar for each of her babies – cashed it in when they turned 18 – each one totaled over $4,000!! (she had 4 kids and my friend was ‘handling her youngest!) (True story!)

{six} what’s the first website you look at when you get on the computer?

My email and facebook run pretty even.

{seven} what is your favorite breakfast?

Bacon, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy!

{eight} what’s the most memorable trip you’ve ever taken?

Wow, there has been so many trips … but, maybe the trip to Nigeria when we went through London and did the double decker bus –

still had all 4 kids with us and it was fun!

{nine} do you prefer your coffee black or with cream/milk/sugar?

Creamer… or real cream if it’s around.

{ten} have you ever done a professional photo shoot?

Nope.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday - but it's a Friday Post

Friday the 13th … Oh No!
Or, for me, one could just as easily say – So What?
This is the first time I’ve been able to sit down and write this month … already 13 days into it? No way! The days have been occupied with some really good happenings here in Santa Rosa. My emotions continue to be on a roller coaster of ups and downs. Why? Because, I know that although my life here is going on in a pretty normal haphazard way, life in my dear beloved South (USA) has been through and is still going through massive devastation. My heart hurts for so many that have lost and are in the process of losing their homes, farms, their businesses. But I rejoice in the out-pouring of love I see in this city and that town … so many are standing up to help and give in what ever way they can. So sad but happy, too. We continue to pray.
And here we have today – I’ll have you know, I had plans for today – the first day in weeks I was actually going to be at home in my own house with no reason to go out for anything! What a gift! And then, as I sit in my reading time in my chair downstairs I hear the upstairs computer make the horrendous sound that indicates the electricity is off. This is early – not even 7:30 and that means it is probably off for the day. So what that it’s Friday the 13th? I have a good amount of battery power on this laptop and it’s a lovely day in May! I love today!
In my seasons of seasons, springtime is just about my favorite! And May … I love May! Did you know…
May’s flower is the Lily-of-the-Valley.
I have always loved Lily-of-the-Valley as a flower. It reminds me of my childhood and I can still hear my parents and the congregation singing the old hymn – He’s the Lily-of-the-Valley! It continues to be one of my favorites.
This is the month our first-born, Janna came into our lives. The 20th of this month she will turn 30 years old and in some ways it seems like only yesterday we brought her into our home and hearts forever. I don’t feel like 30 years has gone by since God gave me this precious gift … with Janna, Lowell and I learned so much about ourselves … but the biggest thing was how great and vast is the love a parent has for their child. For the first time I came close to understanding the momentous sacrifice of the Father’s gift of his only begotten Son.
Well, I may be able to sit here in my own house but it didn’t ever mean it would be a ‘lazy’ day – I have company coming over at 1:00 for the afternoon and then although Lowell is out of town, our small group meets here tonight so, I have to prepare for 12 – 15 folks to enter and be refreshed, Lord willing, spiritually, mentally and physically. I love our Friday night small group!
So, just for the record, I may not have the gift of electricity in my home, but I am here and it is a good day … yep, I am loving Friday the 13th. Hope yours is outstanding as well.
Maybe the power will come on at some point today I can get this posted. If not, tomorrow is another day…
Well, make that MONDAY!! (the week-end was not what I expected, but very good indeed)