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The Dash

The Dash Many of us have heard of the analogy of “the dash”; but when you experience a loved one taken home, you think about it a lot more. My sweet mom in law, Lena went to Heaven and it was completely unexpected. She had already bought her plot and her name was engraved with her date of birth, the dash, and the blank area ready for her date of death. This is a thought-provoking analogy asking what you will do during  “your dash”.  Now it resonates a little closer to home. Ecclesiastes 3 Ecclesiastes 3 talks about there…

Wednesday, Hump Day, 12 days til Christmas

We Wishing My Life Away I am not preaching to anyone but myself. Why do I tend to live for the next event instead of enjoying today?  I say things like, “I’m going to take a quick shower, go to the restroom real quick, run to the store, pay bills real fast…”. You get the drift. I truly don’t know if I ever say, “I’m going to go take a long, hot bath, or go leisurely stroll the mall, take a nap in the hammock, organize the bills and get a budget set.” Why?? Do I…

🌅Sunrise to Sunset to Sunrise…🌅

📷:⬆️bluebonnet in San Antonio Sunrise in Texas We moved to Texas in 1985 before out first daughter, Rachel was born. We struggled along finding our way to make a living. Some couples do things the “right way”. They finish college, save money, get married, buy a house, have children and live happily ever after. We on the contrary met, fell in love, got married, and fought for every milestone along the way. I realize how much more we appreciated everything back then. When we bought our first washing machine we both watched the spin cycle so proud and…

🖤Be Our Guest🖤

  We moved away from family in 2012 and it tore a little piece of my heart. Our oldest granddaughter, Audree was 9 months old at the time and four more sweet granddaughters have been born all stair stepped in age since. (Audree 6, Hallee 4, Ruth 3, Ivy 2, and Hazel 1) I love their visits and count the days in between. We have also enjoyed hosting many other family and friends in our home. I must say one advantage of being away is that the visits are so much more intimate with 24/7 togetherness with our guests…

🎀It’s the Little Things🎀

  Don’t Ask Speak Your Mind Nurture Love Is All You Need When we are faced with a crisis our first reaction may be to wallow. It is best to let the person that is hurting tell you what they want and below are a few ways to tell. These are just a few examples of how my friends and family showed me kindness when I fought cancer that I will never forget. These apply to how we treat a loved one in any situation when we are close to someone hurting from loss, trial, or illness. Don&#8217…

Rain, Reign.

Umbrella In Case It Rains Umbrella When It Rains Rain or Reign? 2007-2017   Umbrella In Case It Rains Do you open up an umbrella to cover your head every time you step outside just in case it rains?  This is similar to filling our mind with worry about bad things that may happen in our lives.  Our thoughts dictate our attitude and even impact our health; as well as relationships.  If we spend our waking hours worrying about events that may happen, we are not present in the moment and are unable to enjoy life.  We don&#8217…

Picture Perfect

I came across this quote by Howard Hendricks about marriage, but is so true about all relationships and how we see life in general. “…people get married with a picture in their minds of a perfect marriage. Then after a few trials, they discover they aren’t married to a perfect picture, but an imperfect person. When this realization occurs, they will either tear up the picture or they will tear up the person.” Marriage (📷:1985) When we are dating, it is all about impressing each other and an extra effort to make one another happy. We dream of…

Calm During Chaos

So….I love to run for fun and when I am visiting the grandkids, that is just what I do! We made it back to South Texas this afternoon and finally sitting down at 8 PM to look through the pics I took and reflect on the precious memories.  We take turns staying with each one of our daughters during visits and this time it was Molly’s house.  This is where she, my son-in-law, Tyler, and four granddaughters live in the small town of Valley View in North Texas.  This visit was to celebrate Audree…