Sometimes we get reminded of how important perspective is. A few examples lately:
MJ is SO excited to “vote” tomorrow at school. Many (including me) take this for granted or see it as a chore or burden. My eight year old is looking forward to it, she did her “research” and knows who she is voting for and prepared to defend it! Many fought for this right for all of us and we should all see it that way! No matter your political preference or level of HAD IT with this election, I hope everyone has voted or will vote tomorrow!
I take MJ to school 99% of the time. I won’t lie and say that I don’t take it for granted. I am blessed to have the ability to do that. I have since she was in K-5. I took Christian to school for the most part until he was able to drive. This is something that some Moms would love to do. This morning, Mike was so happy to be able to drive MJ to school. He’s playing in a golf tournament today and made sure he planned his morning to have the time for his baby girl. It warms my heart mostly but it also reminds me that what one person might grumble about or not look forward to, another longs for. What one person sees as a responsibility, another sees as a JOY.
I guess it’s fitting that I am realizing this now…in this season of THANKSGIVING. Basically, I am hoping this reminds me to not take things for granted, to choose JOY and to be thankful for the blessings that the Lord has given me. Maybe someone else could use a reminder too. 🙂
Today’s blog: What is your favourite thing to do when you lose energy in your home and can’t use electronics?
This.just.happened. Last week, a transformer blew outside of our house and we were in the dark. There were no favorites, justsoyaknow…it was just whatever kept the kids quiet! We had all of our devices, 3 iPads, iPad mini, MacBook, 3 iPhones and a Touch…6 rechargeable candles…1 Mag-lite…and we were set! MJ watched Tangled w/ headphones as to not hear the wind…Mike and I talked…and slept. Christian chilled in his room, playing games on his phone…it was a regular night, actually….just darker.. 🙂
Mike won a gift from the Marriott in downtown Raleigh while playing in a golf tourney last year. That’s what we are up to. We planned out this night to take advantage of a free night here…
Very cool view…ice skating rink on Fayetteville. We are on the 17th floor! We had dinner at 42nd street and it was delish as always.
My heart though, is with my Sanford family and friends. We lost a great man this afternoon in Mike Moody. He was a special man and fought a disease that all too often wins. I feel for his family…for my Daddy, his buddy…I just can’t imagine the feelings they are all experiencing tonight. If you’re reading this, whatever brought you here, would you please pray for them?
I’m off now to enjoy the rest of this night with my hubby. I’m so appreciative of this time together. Being married to my best friend for the last 6.5 years has been one of my largest blessings. Night!!
We’ve already established that I’m not a superhero…but if I were…I’d have you call me – MOM. Thas all. Most of those are pretty superhumanish, don’t you think?
I’m not ashamed to admit that my almost 5 year old sleeps with my husband and I. Every night. I.Love.It. She’s my last “baby” and we have a king size bed. We also have a healthy relationship, parents that babysit and two grown boys that hardly even want to SIT with us. I am sure that because this August, she starts school and has to have more of a routine, we will begin to transition her to her bed. But for now, and for the last almost five years, it’s been a blessing to me. My 14 year old used to be my buddy but is “too cool” for me now…so this has been nice. I’m sure things will change and one day she’ll too think I’m not cool enough to hang with. I’m just enjoying this piece of her life right now and the place she’s at.
Even if it means a foot in my back every now and then.
I am so excited about the next three weekends. I can’t even contain myself!!
This weekend, I venture a short ride away and meet up with Victoria – a long time friend – for shopping, gabbing, catching up, eating…I cannot wait. LONG overdue and very much anticipated!!!
Next weekend, I venture to downtown Raleigh with my sweetheart to just getaway for the night. Getting dressed up and going to a nice dinner and spending the night in a nice downtown hotel. So excited to have some time for just US!
Weekend after that – VERY exciting…taking MJ, my mom, and my niece to Atlanta’s American Girl store for some shopping and fun! We are staying in a Marriott that does it up right – with doll beds for the AG dolls, milk and cookie amenities…it will be some great fun!!
I have some work in the middle of these weekends but I am so ready for them all – I love having things to look forward to!!!
I’m starting the Blog Challenge for January of 2013…this month’s theme is ENERGY..
So, if I think of where my energy comes from…it’s certainly not from MY mind or MY body or MY inner self…it is from Christ. Just read “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me” – Philippians 4:13. I pray if I’m having troubles. I pray if I’m not. I pray without ceasing. I pray because that’s what I’ve been instructed to do by His word. I also believe that the Lord puts people around you to motivate you. If I am having a hard time pushing through something, almost always the people I think of are my loved ones. If it’s a work project I’m dealing with resistance on, I think of how proud my husband seems of me when it comes to my job. When I’m having a hard time even THINKING of cooking dinner, I think of how much he enjoys his favorite foods. When I am exhausted and one of my kids asks me to play…I am absolutely stoked that they picked ME to spend a moment with! Our kids are so busy and getting older…if one of them actually thinks of me, I am IN! At the end of the day, it’s easy to be tired and lazy, but with the motivation from my family members, I feel like I can do anything.
Happy New Year!
I don’t like resolutions. I shy away from predictions. I am more of a “goals and objectives” kinda gal. In – SHOCKER – a list form! Here are some of my goals for the coming year:
- Read the Bible AT LEAST daily.
- Become more active in my church. Also, if I’m uncomfortable with that, find a church that I am comfortable with doing that in.
- Keep blogging. I love to journal and I love the feedback that I get. It’s not usually in comments, but rather in emails or direct messages that are from close friends. I appreciate that so much.
- Do more random acts of kindness. How about making them NORMAL and not RANDOM?
- Disney. Again.
- Make sure my teenagers know how very special they are…and then keep telling them. Every day. I see so much hurt in teens all over the place and I need to be SURE I don’t have that under my roof. Ever.
- Be more expressive of my feelings in person. I have a pretty hefty problem of expressing myself if you’re in the same room with me. Over blogs, texts, emails – I can rock out words a plenty. I need to get over it.
My heart is really heavy tonight. I’ve prayed, I’ve cried, I’ve read, I’ve watched…I’ve tried to comprehend the details and then shut my computer in dismay. I have hugged my children, absorbed in their scents, and thanked the Lord for my blessings. I feel so incredibly sad for the families of the little angels that lost their lives today. I feel so raw with emotion that I can’t even put into words exactly how it makes me feel. I am looking to my Lord. I am not asking for answers or understanding or even peace. What I ask is for more people to trust Him. More people to have the kind of faith that moves mountains. That heals hearts. That forgives. Those children were so innocent, so unfinished. Surely so loved by a parent or two….grandparents…great-grandparents..aunts..uncles…brothers…sisters. Those small little hands and fingers and toes….so small and yet so missed this evening. I cannot even imagine the hurt and loss that their families must be feeling. But, even so, I pray that they have faith. I pray that they look to Him. I pray that they would draw closer and nearer to the only one who can deliver them. I pray that they would know Him, love Him, trust Him. Only through Him will they once again see those small eyes and be reunited among streets of gold!!! I pray for comfort for these people, this town, our country. We surely need many things…but most of all, Him.