Sunday, April 26, 2015

A highlight of this past month was that hubby and I flew out of state to attend a family reunion.  Our children flew out from their respective home states as well.  It was wonderful to see them and other extended family members.

One of my favorite things in all the world is getting to spend time with family.  That is something that I may have taken for granted years ago, but those times are precious to me now.

The photo below is from a family vacation that took place 10+ years ago.

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Sunday, March 29, 2014

After church today I found myself grumbling loudly to myself about our hot 90 degree weather which seems to be here to stay for the next six months…

After church today I also had a conversation with a friend about grumbling.  She told me the story of a friend who wore a bracelet for 21 days.  Every time the friend found herself complaining, grumbling, or criticizing, she would take the bracelet off and put it on her other wrist.  Her hope was to wear it straight for 21 days without having to change wrists and start over from Day 1.

Apparently the friend has worn the bracelet for awhile now and is still on “Day 1”.  I can relate.

I have so much to be grateful for.  I am about to leave my air-conditioned home (I have a home) … and ride in my air-conditioned car (I have a car) … to the air-conditioned grocery store (I can afford to feed my healthy family).

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

One morning last week I briefly stopped by my neighbor’s house to ask her a quick question.  Her table was nicely set for breakfast and she was busy cooking.

She mentioned that her grandkids “love it when I cook them this breakfast” and I was thinking to myself “who wouldn’t?”  I actually took photos which is a bit odd …

There is something about home cooking that creates a special warmth in a home.  I’ve never been much of a cook, and my family rather missed out on that.

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I’ve been dieting and reading different books on “healthy ways of eating”.  Some say meat and eggs are wonderful, eat low carbs (Taubes), and others say eat a plant based diet (Ornish).

One thing they do seem to agree on is that refined sugar is a no-no.  Sadly that means no more of these:

I’ve been gong to the gym and walking.  The azaleas are blooming now and are so pretty!

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My neighbor the cook is also a wonderful gardener.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

I enjoy volunteering at one of our local thrift stores that benefits the American Cancer Society.  This particular store tries to display their items in a more of a boutique-like setting, instead of just dumping everything haphazardly on the shelves.

Years ago I bought a beautiful desk at the store, and every now and then I buy a book or two 🙂

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Sadly, they had peanut butter filled M&M’s in the back room of the store today on the snack table.  I did not know such a wonderful snack existed – wish I’d never found out!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

When I pulled into the parking lot of a local public garden today there were so many cars there I knew the tulips must be in bloom – and they were!  The garden was full of lots of moms with strollers and that brought back memories of what seems like “just yesterday”  when I was there pushing a double stroller while chatting with other moms.

Kids sure do grow up fast.

One day about 26 years ago I was in line in a grocery store with two fussy toddlers who did not want to be there, and a cart full of groceries.  An older grey haired woman in line behind me said, “Honey, treasure this time because they will grow up fast.”

While I might have smiled and said thank you (I don’t remember what I said…), I was feeling quite harried and I remember thinking to myself that “it’s been a long time since this woman has had to deal with fussy toddlers in a store”.

And now that our kids are “grown and flown” I realize the truth of the old lady’s words.

Here are some photos from the gardens! 🙂

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

God is such a wonderful artist.  I walked to Whole Foods today and they were selling so many beautiful flowers in so many different colors.

I did not buy any but I did take a photo 🙂

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Our oldest daughter called today to tell us she has pneumonia.  The ER doctor gave her an antibiotic and her husband was walking to the pharmacy to pick it up as we spoke on the phone together.  I’m thankful she has him to take care of her.