Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Blessings...

I was truly blessed this Easter to be able to work with the youth at our church in presently an Easter drama. I am so proud of all of them for the great job they did.

After church we headed home and prepared an Easter dinner of turkey and all the trimmings for all our family. It was a gorgeous day here in Tennessee and we enjoyed the day, the meal together and our family being all together. Praise God for sending His Son to die on the cross for our sins.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Is Here...finally!!

After thinking spring would never get here, it finally arrived. This has got to be my favorite season of the year with everything in bloom. This year our dogwood tree was just covered in blooms and beautiful.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Words of Wisom...

I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I'm spending more time with my family and friends and less time working.

Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them.

I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the first Amaryllis blossom.

I wear my good blazer to the market. My theory is if I look prosperous, I can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries. I'm not saving my good perfume for special parties, but wearing it for clerks in the hardware store and tellers at the bank.

"Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on my vocabulary. If it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now

I'm not sure what others would've done had they known they wouldn't be here for the tomorrow that we all take for granted. I think they would have called family members and a few close friends. They might have called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles. I like to think they would have gone out for a Chinese dinner or for whatever their favorite food was.

I'm guessing; I'll never know.

It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew my hours were limited. Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I intended to write one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my husband and parents often enough how much I truly love them. I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives. And every morning when I open my eyes, tell myself that it is special.

Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God.

Even those are not words I wrote myself, they are very true. Thank you Bettye for sending this to me...we should all heed this advice.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Looking Back...

As I was sitting here thinking of the beautiful weather here in Tennessee today, it made me think back to April 10, 2009, when we had a terrible tornado roll through our state. The devastation was so widespread and two lives were lost...although they certainly are not forgotten.
As we walked on the greenway a few weeks ago we came across the spot where the tornado crossed the trail. They have put in a memorial marker that tells about that terrible storm on that day and it will always remind us of how blessed we are each and every day. Sometimes we forget to thank God for our everyday blessings.
When God pilots your ship, you need never fear storms.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cousins and Friends...

Cassidy is so excited she will be gaining a new cousin in just a few more weeks. Of course, she's not the only one...we are all very excited. Although many changes come about in our lives, one thing is for sure...God will take those changes and turn them into something beautiful just as he has done in this case.

Monday, April 4, 2011

It's In The Jeans...

I just couldn't resist posting this picture of Anna Grace in her first pair of jeans. We went to a dinner at church where we all dressed western, so Melodie just had to get her a pair of jeans to wear. I guess I might be a little prejudice, but I think she is just the cutest baby this side of Texas!!