today is the 6-month anniversary of my dad's death. each day with him gone, means i have to let go of a plan i had for my dad. he will not play catch with the boys in the backyard; he will not watch the boys play football; he will not be there when the boys hit a homerun for the first time; he will not help design and build the boys a fort; he will not advise me on the tools i need to construct furniture; he will not fix my electrical problem in the laundry room; he will not be there when we build above the garage. i relied on his guidance and expertise a lot. i miss you daddy.
i finally sent in the paperwork for my insurance inheritance. i have no idea what i am going to do with it. ideas i am toying with are lasik eye surgery, landscaping our yard, family vacation on a disney cruise, savings bonds for the boys' college, adopting a girl...
-photography -pinesol -pansies and poppies -peaches -peppermint -police (THANK YOU for helping to keep our streets safe) -philanthropy and generosity -purpose -prayer -pedicures -pillows -perfume, specifically the smell of cashmere mist -praise
two things i despise: prostate cancer and pedophiles
-music -military (THANK YOU for your service to our country) -mushrooms (they make most meal better) -mashed potatoes -messiah -metal that i am not allergic to and can wear (aka my new wedding ring) -memories -midwest work ethic -moonlit nights spent on the back porch with bfp
-football (NOT the sport, my oldest son) -forgiveness -frogs (so many childhood memories involve these amphibians) -fairs (i love the carnival rides... and the fried food... and the craft booths... and the people-watching) -fireworks -fleece blankets -'french' anything (french kiss, french wine, french fries) -fridays
-CHEESE!!! (stop by my blog http://www.everythingisbetterwithcheese.blogspot.com for recipes involving cheese) -crisp fall weather -caramel apples -cherries -colors, specifically turquoise -calla lilies -church -certainty -card games -contacts (so i can see without wearing glasses) -chandeliers (and other thing sparkly, pretty, shiny) -cameras -clean houses -crockpot cooking -comfortable friendships (and furniture!) -cuddling with the hubster
-bfp -books (of course) -bible (which is technically a book, but i thought it rated its own entry) -blogging -balance (i mean the life thing, but not falling over is pretty nice too) -basil pesto -barbeque chips -bacon -butterflies (but i hate actual bees)
i got up this morning (reluctantly) and realized that it is already the THIRD of november. (no one can accuse me of not being quick!) i want to take the month of novemeber to make a list (me and lists, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g...) of the things i am grateful for. this list is brought to you by the letter 'a'.
-advent (it might be too early to bring christmas preparation into the discussion, but that's how i roll) -angels -artwork from my son, artist -adhesive (yes, i could just say 'tape' but that isn't as much fun, plus it starts with the wrong letter) -adoption -alphabet (yay for spelling! and words!) -adjectives -archs in architecture -aprons -asparagus and avocados -affection
one thing i am not grateful for and think may be evil: alarm clocks
A blog for me to thank and praise our Lord and Creator. I'm working at serving the Lord with gratitude, strength, joy, purpose, grace and wisdom.
Favorite Bible Verses
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." ~Psalm 19:14
"But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. My mouth shall tell of your righteousness and Your salvation all the day for I know not their limits." ~Psalm 71:14-15
"If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom." ~James 3:13
"See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is." ~Ephesians 5:15-17
"…to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another." ~Titus 3:2-3
I started writing this blog because of a New Year's Resolution to keep up with technology and spend more time in reflection. I pray it blesses you as you read it, and gives you one more thing to be grateful for. I pray that I am always grateful, even when facing life's trials, because having a relationship with my God is enough to be grateful for.
I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. I love my amazing husband and my often-frustrating children. God is so gracious to me!
I am a list-maker. I am not and never have been a morning person; if I ruled the world, nothing would start before 10 a.m. I like sun tea and all things dealing with food, especially the eating. :)
I can be totally obsessive about some things (like how the inside of my kitchen cupboards look) and completely unorganized with others (like being on time). My favorite color is brown and my favorite room in our house is my closet. I have a sunny window, hanging chandelier, comfy ottoman and framed art in there. Blissful!
You now know all the important things about me. The rest is just details.
that you will be blessed from reading my ramblings. that what i say will encourage and uplift you. that you will be an encouragement and uplifter of others. that you will be a light that shines in the darkness.