Blessings

{Photo 306/365}  Today is Wednesday…it’s Mom’s In Touch — when I’m in town, I make every effort to go.  When I walked into the school this morning, I saw him looking at me with a BIG smile on his face.  He loves his teacher — she is such a blessing.  This school is a blessing to our family.  The love, encouragement, support, and faith is priceless.  I love to see him smile.  What a GREAT way to start my day.  blessed.

Scary Day?

{Photo 304/365}  Halloween is not my favorite holiday — actually, if it didn’t exist, I would be VERY ok with it.  SO, the last thing on my list after traveling this month was preparing for this day.  I am grateful to my parents who stepped up to the plate for this little guy.  As I was driving to drop him off for the festivities at my parents church, he asked me, “Mom, isn’t Halloween supposed to be scary?”  I looked at him and responded, “Yes, I guess traditionally, it IS supposed to be scary.”  Then he said, “Mom, I don’t even have a trick-or-treat bag or bucket, why? and Mom, we didn’t carve pumpkins.”  I looked at him, realizing that he’s figured out I did absolutely nothing to make this day memorable for him and said, “I’m sorry sweetie…I know I didn’t make this holiday special for you.”  He looked at me, smiled, looked away and then said, “It’s ok, mom.”  My dad greeted him with a smile and a hug — they had a blast at the church — he came home 3 hours later with lots and lots of candy to share with his brother; he had a great time.  Today I’m just grateful for my parents — I so appreciate how they step up to the plate for me when I need help.  It’s a true blessing for the boys and for me.

The Relevant Conference

{Photo 300/365} I had an EARLY flight — when I got to the airport…sitting at the gate — I thought I recognized @Gussysews {that’s a twitter name, her real name is Maggie} It was her; we discovered that while tweeting back and fourth sitting at the same gate.  It is this strange weird world that the internet and social media creates.   It was a true blessing to meet @gussysews, she is ONE talented woman making fun sassy unique bags.  BUT this was just the beginning, I had a lay over in Detroit — there I met @funkyfaithgirl and @MySoulReflects and several others…it was a gathering of kindred spirits, it was sweet to meet so many fabulous women in real life that I’d only connected with 140 characters at a time.  When I arrived in Harrisburg, PA — I looked for this sweet friend @Erika_Dawson she’s an amazing writer, an special woman — not only have we tweeted, we’ve skyped!  I love the friendships that I’ve made online, I know God strategically places people into my life.  So excited to see what He has in store for me this weekend. Happy to be at #Relevant11.  Blessed to make new friends.

Twin Cities 10 Mile

{Photo 275/365}  It was a BEAUTIFUL day for the TC10, I look forward to this race each year — this, I believe, is the 7th time I’ve run it.  The course is vibrant with fall colors, I LOVE IT!  My goal has always been to have fun and just finish, each year I accomplish that.  I’ve never been concerned about my time and I typically just run it alone.  When I see my biggest fan {my husband} I stop, chat for a bit and give him a kiss, then get back to running.  I don’t take it too seriously. =) It was an AMAZING, FUN, FABULOUS, day….

Time

{Photo 249/365}  Last night, Brent brought his dad to the ER.  He’d been sick all day and finally (men can be so stubborn) my father-in-law chose to go to the hospital.  When I asked him how he felt, he said, “Like a wet rag.”  I guess that’s pretty bad…so they went.  He had a heart attack — the doctors don’t know specifically when, but the count of whatever was in his blood was really high.  He’s feeling a lot better tonight, fluids, blood sugar level, temperature, rest.  But tomorrow, they are going to do an angiogram to explore and check everything out.  I’ve been praying, I’ve invited others to pray.  I believe he’s going to be ok, in my heart I do.  As I sit in this room, in the ICU, I’m amazed by the technology.  I’m amazed by all the computer monitoring, everything hooked up to him that lets the nurses know in an instant what’s happening.  As I sit in this room, I’m deep in thought about time, our time, my time — life on earth.  Life is short.  I love my father-in-law — we are grateful to have him so close and a part of our lives.  Grateful for life.  Grateful that he’s feeling better.  Our days are numbered, I want to be sure my time here has purpose.

Water Park

{Photo 238/365}  Zach’s hockey tournament just happened to be where my friends were meeting for a play date at the water park.  I love how things work out unexpectedly.  We all got together and enjoyed hours sliding, rock climbing, rope swinging, laughing, and connecting.  We could not have asked for more perfect weather.  Zach had a blast entertaining this little guy, he loves babies and playing with the younger kids.  So sweet. What a perfect end-of-the-summer gathering for all of us…3 mammas and 8 little nuggets!  fun!

 

Every Detail

{Photo 223/365}  I’m just so incredibly impressed by the creativity and attention to detail that is in every hotel in Las Vegas.  Of course I’m into frogs, so I snapped this picture as we were walking around this morning.  Look at this…the plantings, the lily pads, the water.  I don’t know exactly where this was located — somewhere between the Venetian and The Wynn.  The colors were beautiful, the frog looks a little scary, but I love the uniqueness of the “sculpture” if you want to call it that.  I just wonder where people come up with the wild and crazy ideas that I see uniquely every where.  I love it.  There is so much beauty in details.  I love how God cares about every one of my minute details. blessed.

Our Special Visitor

{Photo 213/365}  We’ve been looking forward to today for a couple of months now.  The boys were waiting patiently for her flight to come in from Canada.  She could’ve picked any destination to vacation to and she chose to come here — we feel lucky to have this opportunity to spend time with her.  It’s been several years since I’ve seen her.  Thanks to social media, we’ve been able to keep “connected” but that doesn’t compare to face-to-face time.  Looking forward to creating memories this week — my niece, their cousin. quality time.

Listening In

{Photo 211/365}  He found us, my friend and I, watching the sunset in the sun room.  There were other places he could be, playing with his brother and friend, but he enjoys talking with adults — asking questions, learning, and being a part of adult conversations.  I was the same way growing up.  I can remember always wanting to spend time with my parents and their friends, even when the “fun” was happening elsewhere.  Of course there are times when it is not appropriate, but tonight we welcomed his company, his insight, his laughter, and his curiosity — listening in.  ”Whatever they grow up to be, they are still our children, and the one most important of all the things we can give to them is unconditional love. Not a love that depends on anything at all except that they are our children.” - Rosaleen Dickson

Let God Chisel

{Photo 203/365}  Refine.  Mold.  Change.  Rearrange.  This weekend is the Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference and tonight I had the opportunity to hear Lysa TerKeurst deliver this powerful message –> Let God Chisel.  Consider these questions:  What if the hard things in our life were actually good for us?  What if they were a tool in the hand of God used to shape us and mold us?  What IF?  I asked myself these questions and my answer is, BRING IT!  Whatever it takes God, use it as a chisel in Your hand to FREE me to become who You created me to be.  It’s not always easy.  In fact, it can be pretty ugly and painful at times — BUT moving through these “chisel” experiences brings joy on the other side.  She blessed us with this little gift, a keychain to serve as a reminder with the words “chiseled” on it.  So thoughtful.  I learned SO much from her talk, but this is just one nugget I wanted to share.  truth.