Monday, August 31, 2015

A Spirit of Gratitude: August 31


Trips to the library
Reading to the grand baby
Books arriving in the mail
A surprise gift
Snuggling with the grand baby
School supplies
A fresh salad
Not missing the bus
The grand baby saying "thank you Oma, for making me pancakes"
Fresh cut grass
The Man of the House picking the male offspring up from guitar lesson
Open windows
A deer at the bus stop
Grilled steaks
Dark chocolate
Sleeping in a little
Fresh ingredients for gumbo
Goals met

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Friday, August 28, 2015

A Weekly Reality Rewind

I started this week thinking I was experiencing a hard core allergy flare up.  Perhaps enhanced from being tired; as I was not ready for the school day schedule to start back up on Monday.  But after a solid week I feel pretty sure what I am actually dealing with is a late summer cold.

Sounds like a big negative.  But on the bright side - since I didn't feel like doing much, I did a lot of sitting on the couch and getting plenty of work done for my Etsy shop.  So, that's a big win!

The female offspring went back to work and school this week.  Which means lots of grand baby time for this Oma!  That kid is exhausting!  And while my living room looks very much like a toy box threw up all over the floor, he makes me laugh everyday.  And hearing him say "thank you Oma for making me pancakes" one morning just made my whole week!

I signed up for a new Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study which begins September 8th. It's "Taming The To Do List", and y'all know me and my To Do lists!!  I've already started my master list for September.

I also registered to attend two events next month being sponsored by our local  community colleges small business center.

Our weather has been giving us the tiniest preview of fall.  While Temps are still right around 80 degrees, it is much less humid and breezy.  Much more bearable to this gal!  I say, "Bring on the Autumn"!

And, that's pretty much my week in a nutshell.

I'm looking forward to a weekend filled with a trip to the farmer's market, watching some NFL preseason football, and plenty of resting.

Have a good one!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Reality of Work

Everyone in our home has chores to do.  From doing dishes, to cleaning bathrooms, to vacuuming, mowing the grass or helping in the garden.  Everyone is expected to do something.

It helps keep things running smoothly.  Keeps things nice and tidy and moving along smoothly.

Why should I expect my life as a daughter of God to be any different?

He gives me daily tasks.  He makes me a part of His plans.  Not because I have to earn His love, acceptance or approval by doing things for Him.  But because as part of the church family I should work to help keep things in order. To keep His kingdom running smoothly.  To care for this home He has given me.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Last Back to School

Yesterday was the official start of the school year for our county.  And while every first day of school is bittersweet in its own way - this year was a little more so for me.

You see, this was the very last back to school day for our family.  My "baby" boy began his senior year of high school this week.

I know parents say it all the time - but the time Really. Does. Fly.

It doesn't seem possible that it was an entire 12 years ago I was taking that sweet little boy to his first day of kindergarten. But it's true.  The years have passed. Just as they always will.

He's a young man now (who still mostly acts like a kid).  Somehow he has managed to get older, while I'm pretty sure I have stayed the same. He has gone from that little guy with the pinchable cheeks to the one towering over me with his scruffy sideburns. 

Oh sure, there will still be "back to school" days of a sort as he moves on to college in future years.  But in a more real way - this was the last.  The end of an era.  Marking the start of a year which will be filled with endings and beginnings.  For all of us.

And while I am so very excited to see what the near and distant future holds for him, you will have to forgive me if I take a moment to pause and indulge in a little mommy nostalgia.  As I wipe a tear away so I can more clearly see him continue to grow and mature and move forward with life
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Monday, August 24, 2015

A Spirit of Gratitude: August 24

This Week I Am Thankful For:
Constant Comment tea

The male offspring brought me lunch
The Man of the House working on coasters
Feeling better after battling sinus problems for 2 days
Running errands
When things go easier than expected
Going to bed early (compared to every other day this week)
Completing an order
Mutsu (crispin) apples from the Farmer's Market

The Grand Baby "reading" me a story
Making weekend plans
Fantasy football draft day

Getting an early start
An evening out with the Man of the House
New glass storage canisters

Smoked brisket
Back to school

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Really Dazed and Confused

You ever have those moments which make you shake your head at yourself and wonder what you were thinking?  Or whether you were actually thinking at all?  I certainly have more than my share!

Take last week for example:

The Man of the House forget his phone and asked if I would bring it to him when I took the boy to work.  Sure, no problem!   Happy to help out that handsome man of mine.

Pulled up in front of his building.  Sent the male offspring in.  Grabbed my phone and started composing a text letting the man know that the boy was bringing his phone to him.

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YEP.  'Nuff  said...

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Monday, August 17, 2015

A Spirit of Gratitude: August 17

Sister road trips
Singing along with the radio

Crossing the Mississippi at night
Old hotels
Hotel breakfasts
Walking in Memphis

Long heart to heart talks
Teapot Museum
Funny street signs

Train station converted into a hotel

First visit to Nashville
Music Row
Discovering old local diners

Time with the nieces
Long heart to heart talks
Silly roadside photo ops

Coming home
Celebrating my dad's birthday
Jasmine tea
Summer peaches
Afternoon tea and cake
Quiet time
Peach nail polish
Wax lips and mustaches

Rainy nights
Netflix when I'm up late working
Potential new customers
Yellow lip balm holders
Patty pan squash and cue ball zucchini

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Spirit of Gratitude: August 4

Early, early morning flights
Watching the sunrise from above the clouds

People watching
Visiting my sister, brother in law, and nieces
Playing with their new kitten
Sightseeing in Route 66

A visit to Pop's
FaceTimeing with the family
Touring Oklahoma City
Crazy (gross) ice cream flavors

Goodbye kisses
Road trip planning
A trip to Hobby Lobby
Long talks with my sister and niece
Rainy mornings
Texting with the Man of the House

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