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Potpourri

5 Aug

Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions,
give it all you’ve got, be resolute,
and love without stopping.
I Corinthians 16:13
The Message

Most of the time, life seems like one great big blur, filled with everyday routines.  Each day is different, depending on the day of the week, the weather, and the schedule.  Just like the other night.  I was at the kitchen sink washing the dishes … all the while peering out the window watching the huge moon rise into the evening sky, it’s fullness being a beacon of light reaching out to everyone all at the same time.  The moon, a hot summer afternoon thunderstorm, a visit to a restaurant, time spent with family, and more … the potpourri that helps bring special moments to the mundane of the everyday blur of life.

I think it’s safe to say that no matter where YOU are reading this from, it’s been a hot summer.  Summer is the season for hot weather, but for some locals, the hot dug in deep with not much intention of leaving.  And not much rain.  For some, that is.  Here in our area of the world, we have been blessed with sufficient showers and thunderstorms that have kept our crops healthy and our yards green.  In fact, our plush green lawn has bluish gray streaks all through it … Google says it’s called slime mold, a symptom of hot temperatures and high humidity.  As the season changes, this oddity will automatically clear up and go away.   In other parts of the country there is drought with lost crops, dead lawns, and thirsty rivers and creeks  … and here there is thick green grass and slime mold…crazy!  Oh!  And the bugs!!  We have a friend who lives in Denver … he made the comment once that due to their near perfect climate, there are “no bugs in Denver!”  I can’t imagine!  Due to our very mild winter that blurred right into a very hot summer with lots of moisture, we have a gazillion bugs!  As I mow the yard each week, I day dream of mosquito netting and how nice it would be to be wrapped in some.  Oh well, this too will pass  ~  in our everyday blur of life, we’ll be shoveling snow before we know it.

If Tim and I were supposed to list a favorite hobby, we would have to say that near the top of the list is eating.  As we get older and our bodies are reminding us of that fact, we have become more conscience of eating healthy.  We have gone out to the u-pick fields this year and brought back lots of tasty strawberries and blueberries, freezing the majority of our finds so we can enjoy them all year long.  It is now peach season … nothing like a bowl of hot fresh peach cobbler with ice cream!  I know…not so healthy.  But the hour of workout at the gym helps to offset the tasty treats!  The Food Network Channel is also another favorite – watching competitions, food preps, and our all-time favorite, Guy Fieri with Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.  In a previous blog post, I told all about our DDD trip to Philadelphia.  Well, we have recently been to three other places in Baltimore, another breakfast joint outside of Philly on our way to the shore, where we also ate at 10th Ave. Burrito in Belmar, NJ.  More potpourri in the everyday blur of life.

Cole Michael at soccer camp

Soccer camp for three-year olds … what fun!  One hour, every evening for 5 days.  Mimi and Papaw drove down in the middle of the week (freshly baked blueberry cobbler in hand) and watched with the parents as Cole ran, kicked, tossed, chased, laughed, and burned off a lot of energy with 19 other little people.  The intention of signing him up for this slight taste of organized sports was to get an idea if he (and they) were really ready for the focus, understanding, and the commitment of time which would be involved in an entire season of the sport.  The conclusion was no.  This week was fun and made for some really good memories, but all of that older-kid stuff will come all too quickly, with the everyday blur of life.

One of Cole’s soccer mates was a young lady whom Cole accidently knocked down.  As soon as he realized what he did, he went over to her, told her he was sorry and kissed her.  What a testimony of love and care this little guy has been taught at home … which now the parents realize needs to be tweaked just a bit.  Kissing his classmates at school each time he needs to apologize to them will not go over very well.   What a blessing it is to be Mimi and Papaw to two precious little lives.  At three months old, Lillianne just went to the doctor the other day and now weighs 13 lbs and 5 oz.

Mimi and Lillianne

Wildfires in Nebraska, Aurora Colorado shootings, the Olympics, Chick Fil-A …  news and happenings that contribute to the potpourri in the everyday blur of life.  Today’s headlines will be old news next week, for life doesn’t slow down for anything or anybody.  We’ve all heard the saying … “Seize the moment!”   I think of that often in the busyness of life, as a reminder to not be SO busy that I miss out on the blessings that are hidden and only revealed if we slow down.  Just a couple evenings ago as Tim and I were sitting down to supper with Cole at the head of our table, he was his usual distracted and pokey eater.  After taking a bite of my own food, I was just getting ready to turn to him and fuss at him to start eating his chicken nuggets.  As I looked his way, I quickly noticed that he was already very intent at watching me.  Instead of opening my mouth to speak, I simply sat there and smiled at him.  His little face lit up in the biggest grin as he reached over to lovingly hold my hand as he began to eat the rest of his dinner with the other.  I would have missed that very special moment with my grandson had I not been paying attention and had just swooped in to hurry him along.

Today is a potpourri day of birthdays in our family.  My husband turns 51 and our daughter shares his special day by turning 29 years old.  Born an hour and 45 minutes before our daughter Kim, was our niece Joanna.  Tim’s baby sister, Becca, also shares in the occasion of August 5 by turning 36 today.  Mimi and Papaw are celebrating this year by having Cole and Lillianne with them at the beach in New Jersey.  Oh … their parents are along, too!  We are enjoying sunshine, ocean waves, sand, tasty food, and the blessings of family … on this on-purpose, not-so blurry day of life.

Won’t you join me in not allowing the blur to detract and take away from embracing as many moments as we can? … for there just might be a smile to melt your heart and a hand to hold.

Until next time,
Debbie

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith;
be men of courage; be strong.  Do everything in love.

I Corinthians 16:13
NIV

 

Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions,
give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.

I Corinthians 16:13
The Message

 

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Distractions

18 Apr

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith
Hebrews 12:2

They are everywhere.  I find them lurking around the corner or out in plain view.  Some are quite intentional and are by choice, while others catch me off guard.  Seasons seem to always attract them, as do holidays and special occasions.  I can almost always count on time crunches to reveal them, but then so does a lazy summer afternoon or a cold blustery winter evening.  The sight of something familiar will trigger their appearance, or a glance at the calendar and a specific date or a particular time on the clock will take me to another place and another time.  They can bring a peaceful diversion or a stormy interruption to a calm soul.  They can be quite untimely, causing disappointment to my expectations.  Some lend to our sanity while others seem to steal any good sense we might have left.  They can brighten a dark situation or leave a cloud that hovers over a sunny day.  Sometimes they get very loud and noisy, drawing attention away from the immediate, while other times their silence is so deafening that it pierces the quiet. Some are good.  Some are bad.  Some are a blessing.  Some may lead down the wrong path.  No matter where you and I are, there are distractions.

Cole's haircut

Just recently, Cole was spending the weekend at our house and needed a haircut.  We got out the trimmers, the little stool, a bath towel, and a clothes pin.  Once he was settled and ready to go, Papaw turned on the clippers.   Hair began to fall on the towel that was draped over Cole’s little body, with a few wispy pieces tickling his face along the way.  He started to get antsy, so I grabbed my iPhone for a much-needed distraction.   Knowing that our grandson loves to watch himself on videos, I quickly flipped the switch and began to catch his little antics as he sat there squirming.  Mimi got an idea and asked Cole to sing his ABCs … then to count.  This ploy was a great success as his busy little mind was diverted away from having to sit still and instead to enjoy singing and performing for the video camera.  Needless to say, he has pulled up this clip and sang along with himself many times.  You also can click below and sing and count along with Cole.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QMbQBpbkeI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

An ice-cold can of Cherry Coke instead of a healthy bottle of water.  Family pictures scrolling across the computer’s screen saver.  A text message alert on the cell phone disrupting the present moment.  An afternoon of playing in the crisp fallen autumn leaves instead of raking them up and disposing of them.  Making mental lists of things to do the following day instead of focusing on the disagreeable at hand.  Going to the grocery store when hungry and buying far more than what is on the list.  Santa bringing gifts or an Easter bunny hopping in to leave baskets filled with tasty treats and little trinkets … and absolutely no emphasis on Jesus, His birth, death, and resurrection.  Reciting the alphabet and counting to 20 instead of squirming during a haircut.

We can all come up with our own list of distractions, and that list would not only be endless, but different from person to person.  The one common denominator between your list and mine is our focus.  Our focus determines the level of interruption that is allowed in our thought processes in order to truly define the distraction and its purpose.  Some things we only see out of the corner of our eye so they never become the distraction that is potentially possible … good or bad.  This is because our focus is already set and committed.  Obviously, distractions take place a gazillion times every day … but won’t you join me in keeping focus where focus belongs when it involves the important things of life?  Whether the distraction is a blessing or a hindrance … Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith!!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles,
and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men,
so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1-3

Until next time,
Debbie

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**  Blog photo of a spring tree ~ April 2012