Dog Days of Summer

It’s been pretty hot around here.  Thankful that it cools down when the sun goes down.  I’ve been busy dog sitting.  I had a puppy for a few days.  It reminded me that I don’t want a puppy … EVER!!!  LOL  Oh.  My.  Word.  “No Bite” was my vocabulary for all 3 days.

Then I had a Westi/mini poodle mix.  We fell in love with this little guy.  He was the perfect size and liked to cuddle.  Now I have a Blonde Cocker Spaniel.  As it’s hot outside and we have no a/c – I called his mom to get the name of their groomer.  He’s getting groomed tomorrow.  I hope that helps with his panting in the house.  I feel so bad for him.  He’s also been a joy.

A friend and I went to the park to visit.  On the way back, there’s a cherry tree, with a note that says, for 20 minutes,  pick all you can.  So we were picking cherries and piling them in our shirts.  It was fun and good exercise for my hands.

Can you believe it is already July?  I have to start packing now so I’m ready in 6 months!!

Our neighbors had a yard sale and hubby got me a Schwinn 5 speed cruiser bike for $10.  We just need to get a tube for the front tire and change a couple of cables and I’ll have wheels!!!  LOL   Now to see if I have balance!!  I’m excited and can’t wait to use it.   Hubby was happy as he was able to get a new full set of camping plates/kettle/etc.  along with table top propane heater and a propane lantern.  Big score at this yard sale!!

Since I haven’t been working, my nails have grown long, to the point that I cannot type.  LOL … I guess I had better think about filing them down.

Well, just thought I’d stop in and say hey!  I’m still here and doing good, considering!  Y’all have a safe and Happy Independence Day!!!

Almost Christmas

Christmas is so close.  I know the next couple of days will fly by as we have 5 Christmas Eve services between Monday and Tuesday evening.  Thankfully, we are closed on Christmas AND there are no services next weekend for Volunteer Appreciation Weekend.  It takes many volunteers to put on a service, not to mention an additional 5 Christmas Eve Services.  I’m not sure hubby will know what to do with a weekend off.

I wasn’t going to put up our little tree.  When I walked into the house Friday night, hubby had our little 2 foot tree up.

2013 tree.

He did a great  job.  I guess you can tell what movie I’m watching on the tele – “A Knights Tale”   HAH!

Yesterday, I went with a couple of friends to S4L’s house.  She had a class on Essential Oils.  I’ve  learned quite a bit and look forward to learning more!  Scleroderma has made a mess of my skin (among other things).  After 3 different oils rubbed into my hands and 2 different ones in my water, this morning my skin felt calmer and some of the weird scaly spots are not as bad.  The interesting thing the instructor had mentioned is that most auto-immune diseases are caused by an over abundance of Candida in the body.  What she said made sense and it would definitely be worth checking this out.  As I’m still within the 1st year of this disease, what if this cures it?   I’m all for that!!  I must say that I was exhausted when I got home.  Not sure if it was drinking information from a fire hose or the oils working in my body.  Today, I’m vertical, which is a great thing!

The new medication I started on Friday, can cause facial muscle twitches, seizures and more lovely neurological side effects that I’m not too thrilled about.   Plus another future medication is a mild form of chemo.    I’ll let y’all know the progress as I venture on this new path of Essential Oils

Later today we are going to S4L’s house for a gathering.  It will be fun, as this will be the last time I get to see her and her family before they leave to visit her family in Seattle.  It’s a potluck so I’m going to make Mac & Cheese.  LOL, hopefully it will turn out as I haven’t made it in quite some time.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas!!  Have a great time with you family and friends and hopeful in the perfect gift that was given to us over 2000 years ago!!

Love you all!

 

Melt Down

Yes, I finally melted down last Saturday night.  I was thinking of my longevity and started feeling unloved & unappreciated as I thought about my children and how they haven’t visited in a long time.  One did visit in March, but it was on the way to a funeral.  We did get to keep 2 of the 3 grandchildren overnight, which was great fun!!  With talk of returning sometime this summer, my hopes were dashed as summer is now over and the school year has started.

So, yeah, all the self-talk going on in my head just became too overwhelming and I lost it.  Hubby was so great at just holding me as I cried.  The next morning, he stayed home with me as I continue to cry uncontrollably.

I know my kids have their lives, which we’ve always told them that their immediate family (spouse & children) come first before anyone else, but one would hope all or any of them would visit more often.

As much as my husband was supportive, my son was just as much, with his words of encouragement and support.  He’s always been the one child that lets me into his life, whether good or bad.  It’s not favoritism, however, he is the farthest away, yet, he’s the closest, as he calls more often.

We’ve taught our children to be independent … It sucks that we did too good of a job!!

 

How ya doin?

I thought I would answer a couple questions, frequently asked in my comments.

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I start Tai Chi on Saturday – I just have to remember to get up out of bed for the 8am class.  I’m not sure where it is … so I had better leave earlier.

Is it me or is winter just a bit more wintery than it has been.  I know, I live in an area that has a change of seasons.  However, two to three storms a week is getting a bit much.  I haven’t been driving due to my eyes.  But now that I’m able to see again and I can drive, I won’t drive in snow and ice.  Yes, I’m a wimp, but not thrilled about it and I don’t want to!

Work is busy busy busy.  I’m loving it as I’m getting more involved in different events, but it does mean that my time is shorter to get my work done.  It’s hard to find a healthy balance when so many things are pending and in the air!

We are doing an I Do series at church.  Yes, it is geared for marriages and it starts this weekend.  One of the weekends we are having a comedy night.  I’ve heard the comedian before and he’s hilarious!  The weekend after that will be the Love & Respect Conference.  One of the best marriage conferences around.  It is not geared toward one gender.  They speak both genders language.  If you have a conference near you – take it, you won’t regret it.  If you are single – take it anyway, they give you tools to relate to the opposite sex.  It’s a good relational conference.

I started S.T.E.P. (Striving To Experience Peace) last night.  I’m re-taking the Anger Management class as I missed half of the classes last time.  I really enjoyed it last night and am looking forward to the next 9 weeks.  One of the things I love about our church, they care about helping people get over their hurts, habits and hangups by offering many classes.  I may have to take the Boundaries class again, as it goes hand in hand with Anger Management.  There are so many classes, it’s hard to choose!

How do you get over  your past hurts, habits & hangups?  Let’s face it, one has to recover from Life.  We all are broken and sometimes we can’t get better until we face our brokenness head on.  It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it!!

So that’s about it for me tonight.  I’m tired, as usual and ready to go to sleep.  Ya’ll have a great night!

 

Happy 2013

I woke up this morning wondering what is in store for us this year.  Then I saw a FB post about a jar and adding a piece of paper in it with the good things that happen during the year, as it happens.  On New Year’s Eve, take them out and read what went on for the year.   What a great idea!!!  I started my jar.  At first I had a jar with no lid, but I remembered I was given a jar for Christmas, it’s perfect – has a lid and all.  So my only New Year’s resolution is to make it a point to write down the good that happen for the day.  Yesterday, 12/31/12 was our 29th anniversary.  Today starts our 30th.  What a great way to look back on and celebrate our 30th year of marriage.

So, what to plan dream for the year.  I know better than to plan, God always laughs at my plans and then His will be done!  So I’ll dream and watch Him make my dreams so much better!

I hope you all had a safe and happy celebration welcoming the new year.  We did as we watched the ball drop in NY on the tele and had a glass of sparkling cider.

 

 

Honor

Yesterday, Early Evening, the admin staff honored our volunteers.  Without them, we would be busier and crazier than normal.  It was fun and intimate and the food was yummy!  We played Apples to Apples, Jr. Edition and had a blast!  I know the admin staff needed to laugh hard as well as the volunteers.

We get so bound up on what is going on in our own lives, that we forget, someone else might be going through something harder.  Not all the volunteers knew each other (maybe the name, but not the face) and not all volunteers knew the admin staff, so to end up laughing and having a great time, in spite of the initial uncomfortable feeling, is huge!

Who is the one that is there for you, no matter what?  Who will listen to you and not judge, no matter what you have to say?  Who does so much for you in the work place, no matter how busy you are?

Have you honored them recently?  Have you acknowledged them and verbally thanked them for being your support person, personally and professionally?

Think about it … isn’t it about time you did?

Happy Veterans Day!!!

Thank you to all that are serving and have served in the Armed Forces of these United States!  Because of your service and some, their sacrafice, we live in a country of freedom of speech, as well as freedom of religion.  So thank you all!!!

The past few months are coming back to me in bits and pieces.  In July, I had announced that our middle daughter was expecting.  Unfortunately, she lost the baby sometime before her next doctor’s appointment.  It broke my heart, not so much for me, but for her and her hubby.  I know she has been wanting a baby and to hear she was going to have a baby was such joyful news.  When they called to tell me what happened, I felt so sad for them.

She’s doing well now, but a loss can leave a scar so deep that it appears when you least expect it!

At the Women of Faith Conference, one of the speakers talked about losing a child.  Then she called those that had lost a child under any circumstances to stand.  It was quite comforting when I looked around and realized I wasn’t the only one standing and acknowledging the pain and hurt that goes with losing a baby.  Mine wasn’t due to a miscarriage, mine was due to an abortion.  Even though it was a choice, I think the part that hurts the most was that it wasn’t my choice.  The choice had been made for me by others, unbeknownst to the one I was dating.  Even though I’ve worked through so much of my past, I was surprised that just acknowledging what happened during this conference had my memories flooding back.  I’m thankful that it wasn’t a shameful memory, but a joyful memory that ended in sadness.

I’m Still Here

I know it’s been some time since I last posted.  I am still alive – YAY – and I’m still recovering.  Surgery was on July 10th and I survived the face down for a week.  I’m not sure my neck has.  It’s still sore and moving my neck is still tough, but it’s getting better.  A big thank you to my sister who came and spent 2 weeks with us while I recovered,  AND in a hot, no air conditioned house, during the Dog Days of Summer!  She was a trooper and helped us out quite a bit!!

This same sister went to the hospital on Thursday with a numb arm.  Thankfully, after several tests and a night at the hospital, all tests were good.  However, they did find arthritis in her neck, which could cause the numbness.

But this got me thinking – in my family my sisters and I  are the oldest generation.  Considering our oldest sister is 70; the sis I’m talking about is 63; and I’m 53 – we are the older generation.  That’s kinda freaky if I think about it.  The three of us have health issues and once we are gone, then the next  generation will be our children.  It’s the way of life, I suppose, but I never thought I’d be one of the oldest generations in my father’s immediate family (I’m still in my 20′s – at least that’s what my brain says.)

The oldest of the next generation (our children) is 47, the youngest is 31.  Wow … I do feel old now!!!

I was at a leadership summit and one of the speakers talked about honoring not just the older generation, but also the  younger generation.  Interesting thought – made me think, do I honor the younger generation?

Honor believes the best.  Dishonor believes the worst

Honor values others.  Dishonor devalues others

Honor builds up.  Dishonor tears down.

Respect is earned but honor is given

Show honor to those above you.

Show honor to those below you.”

Both generations must be intentional about working together and honoring each other.

Do you honor those above you?

Do you honor those below you?

Do you have work to do?   I know I do!!!

Really?

I’ve heard that God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.  However, that isn’t in the Bible.    Last year our lead pastor taught on this.  The verse really says:

1 Corinthians 10:13

New International Version (NIV)

13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be temptedbeyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

What we so mistakenly think the verse says is that through our own strength we can overcome.  In reading the actual verse, it says that God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  If you are tempted, he’ll provide a way out …

So why am I bringing this up?  Well I’ve got quite a bit on my mind, on my task list and in my heart.  Now I have more of those things, as I was in an accident today.  Everyone is going to be okay.   Right now, I’m experiencing the after shock.  I’m feeling like a zombie as it doesn’t seem real even though I know it was.

But as difficult as all this is, I was blessed with amazing people at work.  They were there for me once I finished my statement and all that had to be done.  They were there to hold me even in the blistering heat.  They were there to fold me into their arms to comfort me.  They were there with a glass of cold water and a cold towel to help cool down my body.  They were there ready to do whatever I needed or get whatever I needed, I just needed to tell them.  But the best part was they were there to pray over me.  To lift me and the other person up to God and lay us at His feet for His guidance, peace, strength, comfort, grace & mercy.

In my literal mind, I was in His throne room at His feet with all my friends around me interceding in prayer to our Father.  There was no temptation, however, I was suffering (maybe still suffering) from shock, sadness, guilt, but God had me encircled by these people who are not just co-workers, but close family.   This was God’s way out for me, so I could endure what I’ve experienced today.

I’m thankful that I have tomorrow off and have a day to settle down.  I have an advantage as I was given signs to look for  and tools to use when I’m spiraling out of control in my thoughts.

I not only love my job, but I LOVE the people I am privileged to spend 8+ hours a day with.  Thank  you God for all of them.

 

Small Group

Our church isn’t huge, however, there’s a total of about 1100 adults and children on campus for the weekend.  That’s 183 people per pastor.  Still a high number for each pastor to know and/or minister to them on the weekend.  So they encourage us to get into a small group.  Some churches call them growth groups.

This is a small group of people that meet on a regular basis, either at someone’s home or at a coffee shop.  There is one that even meets at a cafe for breakfast.  They can be couples, singles, people of any stage in life.  The purpose is to minister to each other in a smaller setting and be there for one another if one of the group members is struggling with something in their life.

Hubby and I belong to a couple’s group.  There are 5 couples in my neighborhood that meet twice a month.   We started our group in November of 2011 and we are still going strong.  It’s amazing how quickly we have become friends and look forward to our group time.

With our church’s layered learning of The Power of a Whisper by Bill Hybels, our group is meeting every week in March.  At first we weren’t sure it was going to work meeting weekly as we all have so many commitments during the week.  But with each week, we found ourselves looking forward to the next.

I knew we were short on small group leaders, so I started another small group for women of any stage in life.  Although there are only 3 of us in this group, it is still just as fulfilling as the couples group.  This Whisper study brought us together for the month of March, however, I think we will continue to meet on a weekly basis.   I wasn’t sure if it was a “Whisper” to start this group, however, with our first meeting it became clear that it was God who put us together.   They are such a blessing to me.  From now on, we’ve decided to make our meetings a pajama night.  No work clothes, just arriving at my house in jammies … lol … it should be fun, as we’ll watch our Whisper video, eat popcorn or chips and salsa in a relaxed comfortable atmosphere.  I am soooo looking forward to this.