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Day 30 of 30 Thankful Days in November

In 30 Days of Thanksgiving on November 30, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Whew…what a long month. I’m just kidding. Today we had our first “real” snow for the season. It began on my morning bus run and kept up for quite awhile. After Lucien and I made some very berry milkshakes (you can see those in the post below), we put on our coats and went outside….

And she still managed to find some mud to splash in 🙂

Did you know that the more often you find things to be thankful for, the more often you’ll feel joy in your heart? How about seeking the good in life and actually lifting up a thank you to God for all that He blesses us with? If you can’t find something in your life to be thankful for, try thinking about the ability to breath and feel with your heart. This was a long month of posting my thankful’s but never too long to continue praising God for His goodness…not ever will that be too long for me.

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We made some very berry milkshakes this morning!

In My Boy #3 on November 30, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Some of my secret thoughts revealed….

In Just Rambles, Odd Me on November 30, 2009 at 12:20 am

Some thoughts that weave their way in and out of my mind, on some days and not others are:

* It seemed easier to be a mother when my children were babies. They only needed me to care for them, love them, hold & cuddle them. Discipline wasn’t an issue then, thinking about every single response I make to them wasn’t an issue then – it was easy. I look forward to their growing years but I know that they will not be easy for me.

* Some day, I will be a grandmother and I will welcome that transition with open arms. Even though I am still in the middle years of growing children, I can see a future of love and warmth, of the ability to give my all to my grandchildren….and then send them home with their parents 😉

* I wonder if anyone else has a difficult time reading my words, as I do theirs sometimes. I mean that I am not big on reading lengthy postings but I know that I do write some. Either way, I bring myself back to the true reason I am here sharing and here you have it.

* Even though I so often share that I’m not much for fancy clothes, make-up and high heel shoes; I wonder if I would be if they were comfortable on me (not the make-up). Sometimes I just want to show the world how beautiful I could be, in their eyes, if I fashioned up just as they do but I am reminded that the real beauty of who I am is inside of me….and really, I’m not SO bad to look at anyway.

* How many people really think that they’re “all that”? How many who appear to be so absolutely confident are truly insecure on the inside? I admire the strengths that I see in others, the ones that I feel I do not have but I wouldn’t trade any of my own for theirs, even if I could.

* There are times when I see expressions that appear to be cold or hurt, but when asked of those people, “How are you?”, they respond that they’re fine or good or even great. How many people share one expression on the outside and another on the inside? How do I appear most days? People tell me that I’m always smiling, even when I don’t feel like I am. I’ve been told that they can see The Spirit all around me when I approach them, even when I am not feeling so full. How is that?

* There are moments of weakness when I feel a failure for not pushing myself more and times when I hear that enemy voice telling me that I have no business thinking that I could become ant more than I am…like a published Writer. This one secret revealed, is one that attacks me often…but I fight it and The Lord is quick to my defense, everywhere I turn.

Big Hilda is obviously not my own photography or art. 
She comes from Penniwig’s
I just like her and had to fit her in this post somewhere 🙂

* I often wonder if friends get bored with me, or think that I am too predictable. I used to tell my mother that she was predictably unpredictable. Do you understand that? I do. I understand it more and more as time moves forward.

* I feel so often that I carry a few extra sense’s than most people…not sense in the meaning of knowledge but in the understanding of intuition. I began the blog, The Intuitive Writer because I can place myself in a story as it is being told right through my finger tips. I don’t need to have experienced everything to write of it. Is that odd? I also pick up on many areas, being sensitive to observing without even having to – things that others just don’t see. I know that these are of The Spirit, they have to be. Oh, and by the way – if you began following that blog, I am sorry but I’ve changed my mind. I can’t possibly keep up with it and have deleted it.

* I annoy myself when I do things like that; things like say I am going to do something and begin on a roll and quickly become overwhelmed or get bored with it. I know that others do this and it’s not just me only…but sharing in it doesn’t really make me feel any better about it 🙂

This is some pretty intense stuff, huh? Sorry for that. I’ve just been wanting to write…write something unusual, out of the ordinary for me. Hey, I told you in those wee hours this morning that I could feel the winds of change blowing through. It’s a warm wind, you know….the kind that you can just release yourself into.

mmmm-hhhhmmmmmm

Day 29 of 30 Thankful Days in November

In 30 Days of Thanksgiving on November 30, 2009 at 12:19 am

It’s not that I’m getting weary of being thankful, not at all. God knows my heart and my talks with Him throughout the day for all that I am grateful, but I am finding myself thankful that this is the second to last posting I’ll write specifically for the 30 Days. Does that sound horrible?

The thing is that I am more of a -on a wing and a prayer- kind of writer. I like to share what’s on my heart, what is nudging it’s way out of me and not be stuck to a specific schedule.


(This mosaic is made from photos taken this week passed – a simple time to walk or ride, to believe and find beauty in the smallest of things; also moments to be thankful for.)

We enjoyed a boiled ham dinner this afternoon for my dad’s birthday. He, the boys and I went to church this morning and came home to celebrate him. We indulged in a German chocloate cake with that dreamy coconut, pecan frosting…mmmmm.

My heart is truly thankful for time spent with my family and that we’re able to celebrate my dad’s 69th birthday with him this year. If only I could do more…

Time to Rest

In Animals and Birds, Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes Quotes, Matthew, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported on November 29, 2009 at 8:19 pm
There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
-Bill Watterson-
Writer of Calvin and Hobbes

But Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)

Yes, this is good.

In holidays, Inspirations, My Faith on November 29, 2009 at 6:09 am

It’s pretty late for me right now, being 12:45 a.m. but it feels so good in this quiet house. I don’t want to go to sleep yet, I want to breath and rest in the peace while I embrace the warmth of this place in time.

I came down the stairs and boiled water for a cup of Orange & Spice tea; I just had the taste for something different tonight. That taste has been on my tongue for a little while now…

the taste for something different

the hinting of a need for change

simple change

good change

joyful change.

So, it begins with my blog backgrounds, I suppose. I’ve found the colors that I will keep this blog for awhile, atleast through until the New Year; do hold me accountable to this, okay?  I know I seem to change things often, especially my blogs but there is One that will remain unchanged within me, no matter how often I change things.  Ray and I were talking yesterday about my inability to find things when I search for them in the house…and I said it with my own mouth; how often I change things around.  By golly, if only re-decorating was as easy as re-doing my blogs….we’d really have trouble.  Yet, as I said…through all of the changes that I might make in this home, The Spirit within it will not be changed.  My home has invited The Spirit, not just in the air or within these walls of our cozy little house but also within. Within each one of us, The Spirit dwells. Our bodies hold the most treasured of all special gifts that Christmas could ever bring. What gift?

Love.

Hope.

Peace.

As I sit here tonight in this quiet home, I want nothing more than to offer you this same peace that I hold. If I could give a gift from my heart to yours, it would be the gift of Faith. To Believe.

You can’t imagine the quote that I found this morning in that book…the one that I’ve shared in the post below. It’s so similar to what I wrote of last night…about hope, believing, being young and full of wonder.

Here it is, “Youth” as written by Samuel Ullman:

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.

And with those words of wisdom, I shall turn out the lights and rest.

Day 28 of 30 Thankful Days in November

In 30 Days of Thanksgiving on November 29, 2009 at 1:32 am

I came home from the library today to find that my husband had a burst of energy. The floors were the first surprise, he vacuumed them. I then proceeded into the kitchen to find him at the sink, washing dishes {chin dropping – eyes bulging} and then I begin moving some of the things off of the table to place them on my desk when I see a ten dollar bill resting underneath my monitor!! He had even taken the bottles back to the store and shared the wealth with me. WOW!

Energy produces energy and once he was out with the bottles, coming back in to find the mess I left behind this morning – seemed to be the right kicker to get him moving in the house. Loved it. It’s rare but it happens every now and then. Thank You, Jesus! It’s always nice to receive a helping hand from one who loves me.

So, today I am blessed by my man and I am thankful!! Lord, I am also thankful for my dad and his birth, may He feel Your presence with him tonight as he rests.

This book is a keeper, although it’s not my own. I borrow it from the library atleast twice a year, having to review you again and again – thought I’d share it with you 🙂

Happy Birthday to My Dad on this 28th Day of November

In my dad on November 28, 2009 at 9:46 pm


There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.
-John Gregory Brown-

A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend.
-Author Unknown-

I love you!

Friday Photo Shoot Out – Faces and Smiles

In FSO-Friday Shoot Outs on November 28, 2009 at 12:36 am

Okay…I couldn’t resist in sharing these faces with all of you 🙂 – Please visit the Friday Shoot Outs link(s) at my sidebar and do visit Sarah, as she chose this week’s theme.

Just so you know, this is what happens

when I spend too much time at the computer

working on Friday Photo Shoot Outs.

Of course, I’m only kidding (just a bit) – they found the Halloween makeup while I was (yes) working at my computer…but not on the shoot outs 🙂

Happy Holiday Leftovers and Happy Friday, Everyone.

So, don’t count me out of the weekly shoot outs. I just can’t stay away 🙂

Day 27 of 30 Thankful Days in November

In 30 Days of Thanksgiving, Mosaic Monday on November 28, 2009 at 12:05 am

(I have chosen to share this post with Mary at the Little Red House for Mosaic Monday this week, even though it was originally done this past Friday – I couldn’t resist).

The boys are rowdy in the living room, while a basketball game is playing on the television. Everyone’s belly is full and I am thankful for this lazy, yet productive day. How did I manage that one, you ask? Lazy and productive? Well, I took moments to be lazy and moments to accomplish. It works well this way, I think.

Today, I am thankful for simple joys, balanced moments in my life, the warmth of a loving embrace and goodness, pure goodness….

…and as I said I’d do, earlier in the day; the Christmas Tree is up, all the lights are sparkling and so is the atmosphere. The Spirit is here ♥