Thursday, February 25, 2010
Excuse me? This is Grandma calling. Your favorite person, remember? I explained that Grandpa wasn't home right then. Dead Silence. I could hear the wheels turning...Grandpa's not home, it's early morning, where could he be? I often take care of the children if they're sick so they see me without Grandpa, but Grandpa without Grandma, not so much. "Where's Grandpa?"
Now this is a smart little four year old but I wasn't sure I could explain a weekly men's prayer breakfast so I just told her he had gone out to eat breakfast with friends. Again - Dead Silence. Wheels turning....breakfast out...we're not on vacation....what's up with that. So I offered a solution. Would you like for me to have Grandpa call you tonight? "Yes, tell Grandpa to call me tonight I need to talk to him." Fine. Just fine missy.
As you can well imagine Grandpa nearly busted his buttons when I told him, and he could hardly wait for night to come so he could call. She NEEDED to talk to him. Meanwhile, the birthday girl went to school where she talked to all her friends about her birthday, and had cupcakes for her birthday, and went to church after school where everyone said happy birthday, and then came home where by the time Grandpa called she had already talked to her other grandparents, aunts, uncles, and various cousins. I guess she got talked out because when he told her happy birthday she said thanks and handed the phone to her sister. And, once again, justice prevailed.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
2. Long lines at WalMart: Sometimes when I'm ready to check out at WalMart I just stand in amazement because the lines are so long. My basket is full and my ice cream is melting and I can see steam rising from some folks heads. The anger at the wait is almost palpable. It can be particularly frustrating when you see empoyees with walkie-talkies standing around watching. It makes you wonder what they're watching for - to see just how long the lines can get, to see if someone totally loses their cool and goes crazy, or to see if someone gives up and walks out with their cart full without paying? And then I remember that lots of people don't have grocery stores at all. Lots of people don't have food at all. I can walk in that store and buy whatever I want and feed my family both healthy stuff and decadent stuff.
3. Waiting for an hour at the doctor's office when you have an appointment you made months ago: I know doctor's have emergencies and I know sometimes one patient might require a longer time than they anticipated, but when time after time after time you go and have to wait that long something is wrong with their office management. I go to one doctor where I have never in all these years waited longer than 15 minutes. Why can't they all be like that? I know he spent a lot of money going to school but I'm just as important as he is. After all, he couldn't work if no one showed up! And then again, there are lots of places where doctors are nonexistent. People go for miles and miles and miles just to find one doctor. Sometimes they die before they can get there.
4. People who are always late: late for church, late for work, late for meetings, late for social engagements. I think that's disrespectful to others and shows a definite lack of planning on their part. Oh everyone is late sometimes, but not every time. Even when I had three small children we weren't late very often at all. Now if I'd had more than three....well, I'm just sayin' I'd probably cut that mama some slack! But why is it that some people just can't make it on time? Then again, God did make us all different, and He did give us all the right to make choices, and He did say we weren't to judge each other. Sigh.
I hate when I decide I hate something He always shows me why I shouldn't hate it and why I should be grateful instead. :)
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
He goes on to say "When you pray...." and teaches us how to pray. This is good because I pray and I want to know how to deepen my relationship with Him.
And then He says, "When you fast...." do it this way. Fasting...huh? Not IF I fast, but WHEN I fast. Me, not so much fasting.
Here's my question for you all: Do you fast? If so, how? If not, why not? If yes, why? I know, I know, that's more than one question. I want to grow my faith, that's a given. Where does fasting play a part in your spiritual life? Where are you on this question, bearing in mind that we are all different and none of us is wrong?
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
But this deep pueple one isn't a bit shy at all. :)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I have this great sweatshirt that simply says “Palm Beach” across the front. Very simple, very classy. I bought it in, guess where, Palm Beach. :) Let me tell you about my Palm Beach trip.
Several years ago one of my nieces was living and working in New York City. (Hi Natalie!) She had done an internship there while in college and was blessed to work for and live with a couple who became dear friends. They love her and she loves them and they are part of her family by heart. This couple has several grown children and several grandchildren, have been very successful in business, and are just the nicest, most generous people you would want to meet. They have several homes; one out from the city where my niece lived during her internship, one in upstate New York, an apartment across from Central park and a home in Palm Beach. Since “the season” in Palm Beach is in the winter they typically are not there in the summer so they offered the house to my niece for a week one July. She invited her mother and her sister to go with her, and also included me and my two daughters. Can you just imagine two sisters (my sister and I) and both of us with our two daughters getting to go to Palm Beach for week all together? It was a fabulous trip and so much fun for all of us.
The house when we arrived was so much more than I expected. It had seven bedrooms, I’m not sure how many baths, a beautiful Palm tree lined pool, was on the intercoastal waterway, beautifully furnished, and came with a maid even when no one was there. The owners kept clothes and makeup and all that kind of stuff in the house so that when they wanted to visit that home they could just get on a plane and go. No luggage to worry about. And they were so generous that they offered it to us for the week.
A couple of weeks ago I posted about a comment Kim at MommatoMany said about the view from the bathroom window (at this post) where she wondered what it would be like if your view from your bathroom window was all the world you ever saw. When I wore this sweatshirt last week I thought about that post. What if what you saw of the world wasn’t narrow at all, but instead was skewed in the other direction. Now please don’t misunderstand me – this is not a criticism of that couple, not in any way. In fact, just the opposite. What if you really had all that you ever dreamed of having? How would that have made you a different person? Or would it? I tried to think about what I dreamed of having and I don’t suppose I’m much different from any of you…the perfect house, cars that never break down, clothes that make me look skinny, a cook and a maid and a butler, and world peace. Don’t forget the world peace.
Joking aside, what if…money was no object and you could live anywhere in the world. Where would that be? What if you could work at any job you dreamed of, what would that job be? And how would you share that happiness with others?
To be honest I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather live than right here. With maybe new hardwood floors. I can’t think of any job I’d want other than the one I have…being a wife and mother and grandmother and follower of Christ. And sharing happiness-I hope I do that every day just doing what I do. There’s nothing profound about my life but thanks to Jesus it’s a life filled with joy and with love and with family and friends. I don’t guess for me there is anything more I could have dreamed of.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I made this table runner a week or so ago from a kit I picked up at my local quilt shop. It looks kind of long for that table but that's because the leaf isn't in the table. With the leaf in it ought to be the perfect size. Of course, the problem is I rarely ever put the leaf in. Why did I make it that long? That was a question folks! I haven't a clue!
I also made a new "Practical Bag" (the name of the pattern) this week. Flowers to make me think spring! I lined it with a yellow print because I hate dark linings - you can never see anything in there if it's dark. And I added some pockets inside which the pattern didn't have. But you can make it in a couple of hours. It's bigger than I envisioned from the picture but I'm kind of glad about that. If I don't use it as a purse, and I probably will at least for a while, it will make a great bag for carrying my Bible study stuff.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Anyway, thought I'd show you this table mat I embroidered months ago and machine quilted last week. That's just how I work....embroider and then wait weeks, months, years to finish. Wonder why that is. Cute don't you think? All three of those stars are black, I promise. That one, for some reason, looks pale in the picture. I probably gave it the stomach virus.
And yesterday I was craving toast but had no bread and no intention of going out to buy bread so I just made myself some. Just about zapped me but I did it. Wasn't it just gorgeous...it smelled like heaven and tasted better. Ever notice how when you're sick there's something you crave. It might be crazy but it's your own particular comfort food. Sometimes it's oatmeal for me, sometimes a scrambled egg, sometimes homemade bread. Sometimes it's an egg salad sandwich because my mom used to make those for me and I miss her like crazy. Do you have a comfort food?