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Saturday Morning from The Heart

In appreciation, Inspirations, My Boy #2, My Photos on August 31, 2009 at 12:36 pm
I had just been grocery shopping the day before, and here we are on Saturday morning with one pot of coffee’s worth left in the container. The boys and I were going to head to the library and to the farmer’s market, but that was the only plan for our Saturday morning. Ray was planning to go pick up the woodstove with his dad.

The morning began with children who seemed as though they’d had no sleep the night before, like they were run down and cranky (unusually cranky) but it wasn’t halting me at all to the thought of going to the library. Normally when they act this way, going to the library helps to rest us all; because, well, they’re not suppose to act up there, fight, be loud or argue, right?? That is the rule in the library, isn’t it? HA!! I think they left their memory at home. It wasn’t a peaceful setting for me, well it was for the first ten minutes anyway…then it went down hill. But we all managed to find some books that we like…well, they did and I found children’s books for Lucien and I. It takes me much longer to find a book that will interest me…therefor, mommy found none.

After the library, we headed to the store for the coffee. While in the store, I suggested that they get a bag of the candy corn candy to share…for the table at home and to snack on a few before arriving. My middle son, Joshua, had one dollar in his pocket.

This is the child in the family that always wants something different than the rest, wants to be individual and is quite verbal about it usually. He was hoping to spend his one dollar on something just for him, not to share. Honestly, this is the kid that would give YOU the shirt off of his back, if you needed it…but something about sharing with his brothers because he has to, does not bring out the best in him.

Begging through the store to buy himself something, just for him and me telling him no; we found ourselves a little frustrated at the counter but, again, we managed. He wasn’t too terribly upset about it. He just has to try, and I admire that in him. The Lord once reminded me very clearly that I have not because I ask not. There were things in my life, for our home and family that I wanted but always felt that it was selfish to ask for. I’d pray for provision, if it be His Will but something held me back from asking because “I wanted it”. Then there was a day when The Spirit clearly spoke those words and I began writing in my journal, the things that I truly desired. Since that day, looking back…I see that He has, over time, blessed me and my family with those desires. And yet, I still forget to ASK.

Anyway…that’s not the reason for my writing. BLAH-I know, I do that alot…get off of the subject but that’s how my mind works. One things leads to another. Hey, it keeps you interested, right? It can’t be all bad…well, as long as I eventually get to the point.

So, we were walking out of the store discussing what? I don’t remember but the buying something with one dollar was over with. When we first went into the store, I noticed that there were little tables set up on both ends of the outside doors. You know, like you have to walk by these tables in order to get into the store. I also noticed that at one end were two men talking and at the other end there was just a table all by itself. I parked on that side…I know, the shame of it. I’m just not comfortable with solicitor’s. When we walked in, I glanced at the table but didn’t really catch what it was all about. I was hoping to get in and out of the store quickly with these three grump’s in tow.

So…I need to mention that I am not one who carries cash on me. I want to be, I just don’t have any most of the time; especially during the summer months. I use my debit card for everything – it works well for me.

We were walking out of the store and as I looked ahead of me, there was the table with a bright blue eyed young man standing behind it looking at me. He sensed that I was ready to go, but quickly asked if I would like to donate to Teen Challenge. TEEN CHALLENGE??!!! My heart dropped. YES, I do want to donate to Teen Challenge – was what I was thinking. I told him that I LOVE Teen Challenge, and would most definitely donate my money but I didn’t have any on me. I mentioned that I do share when they come to church (because I know that they’ll be there, in advance).

I didn’t see Joshua’s face but he must have been listening intently. Before I was finished talking, he had tried to put his one dollar bill into the donation box – and the man held his hand in waiting. It felt as though time slowed down to a halt for just a few moments. The man looked at me and said, “Is this okay with you, mom?”

{tears in my eyes}

Of course, it’s okay with me. We continued on our way and I gave my middle man a tender hug.

I love these moments 🙂

Teen Challenge is a life transforming center that reaches out to addicted teens and full grown men, it is a program that can be found all over the United States. I’ve seen the transformations, heard the testimonies of many that have found truth in their life and purpose for living, freedom from addictions and hope beyond it. These men come to our church every so often with a Presence that you can’t find everywhere. They are strong and have found their strength through the One who Saves. It is a beautiful testimony.

They Are All Beautiful

In flowers, Matthew, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Rocks, Scenic, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported, Water on August 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm
The Amen! of Nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin;
yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Matthew 6:28 NIV

Little Thoughts for Today

In Amused, Just Rambles, mothering, My Photos, Quotes on August 29, 2009 at 11:26 pm
All of us collect fortunes when we are children. A fortune of colors, of lights, and darkness, of movement, of tensions. Some of us have the fantastic chance to go back to his fortune when grown up. ~Ingmar Bergman

Hope

To See

Freedom Feet

In The Distance

Refreshed

His Footprint Emerald of Color

Purity

I’d love to offer some of the MANY thoughts on my mind these last few days, but as usual my house is full of laughter, annoyances, wild and craziness, bouncing and loudness…boys; there is no room for thought right now….and I share what little I have left with you 🙂 – Aren’t you glad? hahaha

In The Spirit of Love

In 1 John, Art and Paintings, Henry Drummond, Love, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported, Things and Stuff on August 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm
You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you really lived
are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19 NIV

Wonderful Adventure

In Children, Mary Dunbar, Psalms, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported on August 27, 2009 at 11:26 pm
We are each gifted in a unique and important way.
It is our privelege and adventure to discover our own special light.
Mary Dunbar

Swing Away

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.”
Psalm 32:8 NIV

Friday Photo Shootout "Incongruous"

In FSO-Friday Shoot Outs on August 27, 2009 at 9:30 pm

This week’s shoot out theme was chosen by Mary at Traveling Hammer. The theme is INCONGRUOUS: Meaning out of place, ridiculous, inconsistent or contradictory. Be sure to pop in to see her today. You can also visit more from Shoot Out members if you take a look at my sidebar list.

So, I thought I’d begin with a photo that was taken last winter. I know, I know..this doesn’t share “my town” necessarily but it shares what you might find in your house, in my town..if you’re not careful. Some of my friends might remember him.

This next photo is one that I took a few month’s ago and can be seen while traveling on our Interstate, just to the side of the road:

Whale Tails off I89

These two are actually quite a shame. As the boys and I were hanging down by the river, I noticed something hanging from the tree. I actually thought that it was a “real” dead minnow but after seeing the photo up close on my computer, I realized it was a lure. Somehow, someone managed to get it stuck in the tree. It wasn’t a good spot and not easy to reach, which is probably why it was left there….but it’s still dangerous to the environment.

Hanging from the Tree Fishing Line in the Tree

If found this next one just the other day, while the boys and are were down by the lake. It looked so soft! I couldn’t believe my eyes, nothing I’ve seen before…so I touched it. It must be some kind of fungus or something because when I touched it, it poofed with dust {bluck}…but it was soft 🙂

Fuzzy Wuzz on Tree Roots

And the last one I’m sharing today may not seem all that incongruous to you, but is for me. When leaving the lake the other day, these little buggers were flying everywhere. As we headed across the parking lot to the car, we found them all in little groups amongst the rocks. They’d gather and then all fly off at once…then gather and fly…gather and fly. It was a wonderful treat to watch. If you look really closely, you’ll see that there is one facing the bunch – almost like it is the leader of the group – army style 🙂

Together

Oh, might I mention to all of my photo taking friends that on Wednesday’s, I host a theme based photo fun thingy called Wordless Wednesday’s. Check it out at my sidebar and stop in this coming week.
And…I’d like to share another blog, Soaring Through The World in Pictures, where you are invited to share your photos based upon a weekly theme. Submit a photo a day or one a week, but it’s nice to have the different views from all over (similar to Friday Shootouts but all together on one page). So stop over and see if it might be something you’re interested in.

HAPPY FRIDAY FROM VERMONT, EVERYONE!!

Back To School

In appreciation, changes, Just Rambles, My Boy #3, My Photos on August 27, 2009 at 9:00 pm
Well, I’d like to say that I have a funny story for you today but I don’t. What I will say is that it feels really good to be back on the bus and back onto a schedule.

I must say that I like it all, though…the changes. I like the beginning and the end of it all; the seasons, the school year, the growing and life in general. Well, I haven’t personally reached the end of life yet, but I’m absolutely sure that I will like that moment when it ends and my new life begins. It’s the in-between’s of changes that aren’t always the greatest….you know, when things get to be the same old same old? Maybe that’s the A.D.D. in me talking, getting dull with the dull.

Really, that entire paragraph was not intended for my post…but it’s there and, well..it’s there :).

Love

So, I like changes, right? Well, I thought I’d share with you one that just came about yesterday afternoon. Lucien will begin preschool in a few weeks and it’s been all set up for the afternoon class. Now, in the beginning, I wasn’t to thrilled with the thought of an afternoon class because he gets SO tired in the afternoon.

But, I spent a lot of days talking that over with The Lord and decided from the start that whatever placement Lucien would have, would be His Plan…God’s plan, not my own. By raising my arms and handing over those things that are not in my control, I’m able to live peacefully. Sometimes, I need to hand thoughts over often…but eventually, they stop pounding my mind and cannot find a spot to rest.

So, anyway. We’ve been talking up afternoon preschool with Lucien for a few weeks now. That was the placement that came about and we would trust it to be the best plan. Lucien is VERY unsure of being away from me unless it’s with someone familiar, but he’s like mom – he wants it to be all good and will do what he can to manage his emotions…up until the time comes :). We talk about going to school, I share what he might expect to find, we’ve visited the classroom and thought everything was going to work well…EXCEPT for the bussing part in the afternoon. I kept wracking my brain, trying to figure out how on earth I would go pick up Lucien in the afternoon. Technically preschool wouldn’t be over the same time that I would be lining up with the bus in the afternoon. I can not leave the bus. I can’t park it outside and run in to get him, in a decent spot at a decent time either. So..that was a big issue for me.

Now, I know most people would have the teacher or a helper bring him out to the bus for me, but you don’t know my children or me, if you think that would really be okay for him. We are close knit, call me mother hen or overbearing but I deny it. I am just a loving mom that really cares about how my children feel. I was cared for in this way by my mother and it nurtured my personal feelings about life in general and created me to be strong in this sense. It’s a good thing.

So, most people would drop their child off and let them cry it out…not me. Maybe a time or two, but no – that doesn’t work for me. That’s just the way it is and yes, I can have it that way :). Hope that I haven’t offended anyone with that strict comment of feeling but, again, that’s the way it is.

Okay, so back to the message here.

Yesterday, my oldest boys went back to school {yay}. It was SO quiet in the house without their continual picking and arguing with each other. They also like the changes, going back to school and having vacations. We’re all pretty much alike around here. Lucien and I had a great morning. We cleaned together, I got my rug shampooed in just a little over an hour. He dusted the wood with a smile {good little helper, he is}. We played cards and spent some one on one time together. It was great, then we had lunch. Shortly after that, he got bored with me…AND SO TIRED.

Almost There Cutest Toes

His little eyes were SO HEAVY and he had all that he could do to keep awake. Just before it was time to get ready to go, he was turning on the couch to take a nap when I noticed. Little bugger, he couldn’t fall asleep then…I needed to get ready to head to the school for the afternoon run; not to mention that I had to pop inside for a minute to bring my oldest his soccer things that I thought he had forgotten {he actually had chosen something different and had it with him…but I didn’t know that}.

Luey's Little Lady

So…I wriggled him and giggled him and gave him a popsicle to keep him awake. But about an hour before that, I received a phone call. It was the friendly lady calling to ask if I’d like to switch Lucien to a morning placement instead. We talked it over and as I listened, I noticed how weary Lucien was becoming on the couch, with his heavy eye lids and I felt a confirmation within me…and out of my mouth came a sure fire “YES”. I explained how tired he was and how perfect I thought the morning placement would be, she agreed 🙂

He's Catching Up

My little man is catching up with his big brothers, isn’t he? I’m feeling so much more calm about his placement – at peace. Things will work out well this way and even though I’m still unsure about the initial feelings of leaving me, I know that The Lord will also work out those details with time and love; just as He always does.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

It’s a New Day

In Psalms, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported, Willie Dixon, Windows on August 27, 2009 at 10:19 am
Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.
Willie Dixon

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Psalm 143:8 NIV

Wordless Wednesday’s

In Wordless Wednesday Theme on August 26, 2009 at 5:28 pm
Let’s not forget that Dixie was the original Wordless Wednesday Hostess and keep her in our hearts, visit her often and keep her in prayer for continued blessings 🙂

So, here are the rules (not too many)…just to keep them fresh in our memories:

1. Post a picture on your blog that best shares the weekly Wordless Wednesday theme. Because this is called “Wordless Wednesday”, NO WORDS ALLOWED except those directing readers to the WW Host site. (If you join another meme with your WW post, it too should be Wordless… I know… sounds mean… but that’s the way it is…)

2. Be sure to link back to this host site with your posts, to allow friends the opportunity in sharing our fun. You may copy & post the Wordless Wednesday button on the top of your blog post or to your sidebar (linking back to http://www.simplyheathersblog.blogspot.com so that friends will know you’re participating.

3. Link via Mister Linky by entering your name and the link to your post, (not your whole blog). To create the link, click on your blog post title, then copy all the info from the http: line and paste into Mr. Linky below your name.

4. Visit other bloggers who are also posting on Wordless Wednesday by clicking on their name.

5. If your link has been removed from Mr. Linky, please re-read over the guidelines before re-posting, or e-mail me with any questions. I normally would not remove anyone’s link unless I have found ill mannered photos or subjects.

Have fun, be blessed and get ready for next Wednesday 🙂

OH and PLEASE REMEMBER to keep your post WORDLESS {thank you}

The Simplest of Things

In Dale Carnegie, John, Leaves, Rocks, Scenic, Simplicity, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported on August 26, 2009 at 10:20 am
Let us not get so busy or live so fast that we can’t listen to the music of the meadow or the symphony that glorifies the forest. Some things in the world are far more important than wealth; one of them is the ability to enjoy simple things.
Dale Carnegie

Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.”

John 14:27 (NLT)