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Those three…

We are all in search for something.  The meaning of life?

Most would like to know the meaning of life and use every minute to ponder and wonder. Sometimes searching gets us exhausted and while searching, striving to find something, we miss out on the things we really need to focus on.  

God, family, friends...  We give up on those three important things to stay connected with a world that doesn’t really care if we are here or not when those three truly do.

God, family and friends love us, care about us, want us.

Watching TV, looking down at our phones, staring at a computer screen (like I’m doing now) or searching for things to entertain us limits us at times.  While trying to broaden our minds, we might find ourselves filling them with useless information when we could be experiencing something new, innovative or just plain fun instead!

My day today started out with sitting in a deer stand.  This wasn’t a new real life experience for me or something particularly innovative, but it was fun.  I’ve not done it in many years.  It’s not something I’ve ever really loved to do.  After today, I’m not saying I’m some deer hunting convert either, but I can say, it was nice being out in the woods, watching the squirrels and listening to my boy whisper about his friends and stories about school.  My husband wasn’t able to take him this morning, so I filled in.  I’m not the best fill in, of course, but I had to do.

So, I started off my day by searching for the camo shirt, searching for the keys, searching for the road to turn on, searching for the stand in the dark with coyotes howling in the background…

The search was on …then the wait was on … then he shot a sizable creature (I’m his witness–it was big) … then the search started again!

Like bloodhounds, we trailed the deer until for some reason, the blood stopped dropping. I know what frustration is today.  I know that sometimes, searching does not end in finding.  I know that we sometimes have to sit back, listen, watch, think, regroup and go home.  That is what we did today.  We searched and searched until I thought I was lost (I wasn’t!). The search came up empty, but the experience was something I don’t think either my boy or I will forget.

Let’s be IN SEARCH of memories we can make with others.  We need to focus on those three things I mentioned earlier.  I think our search for whatever we are looking for should start with those three.


 

 

 

 

WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT?!?

Lose up to 10 pounds in your first month. 

Walk away that belly. 

Take that first step.  Start your journey today!

Walk. Stair step. 

Drink these shakes. 

Take these pills. 

Start now. 

It’s easy!

Translations:

Your fat. 

Your ugly. 

You’re disgusting even. 

You shouldn’t show your face in public. 

People look at the size of your waist. 

Your smile and awesome hair means nothing. 

The way you look is the only thing that matters. 

Our society is obsessed with weight loss and you should be too!

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I’m all for feeling better about yourself. I’m in favor of being healthier.  It has been personally proven that exercising and eating right (or better) definitely helps the attitude. With this first day of the New Year though… WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT!?! 

Is it how much weight you can lose by January 7th?  

Is it how many steps you can put in before lunch? 

Is it the way your jeans fit or how people look at you?

I don’t believe it is. 

I know EVERYONE has that THING that they obsess over and for a lot of us, it’s the way we look. For others it’s organization or exercise or keeping the house clean (gag!).  But are any of those things what’s REALLY IMPORTANT?!? 

I don’t believe it is. 

I had a friend die of brain cancer just this morning.  Yes, first day of the year.  She is in heaven with Jesus!  No cancer, NO PAIN!  So, tell me, was losing weight, looking like society says we should, being organized or “perfect” important to her?

What’s really important? 

GOD, a personal relationship with Jesus, family, friends and knowing that this world is not our home!

I’m not trying to knock losing weight or feeling better about yourself.  I’m only saying…

WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT?!?

I hope you find the true answer to that question this new year.  

Happy New Year!

What a treasure!

You never know what you will find when you start digging.  Treasures lay there waiting to be found.

I found myself elbow deep in stuff today.  While I went through most of the things left in my brother’s house, I remembered when that house was my house too.  We grew up in that house.  I lived there for 21 years.  My brother lived there most all of his life.

I remember that my dad kept it a chilly 67 at all times –all seasons.  It didn’t seem like the ice house it was, I guess, since we were all accustomed to the temp.

I recall our kitchen bar being the hangout at so many different occasions.  It welcomed us for breakfast, after school snacks, studying and neighborly domino tournaments.  When my friends came over around the teenage years, it was what we all sat around and just hung out.

Today, as I dug through so many different items–some of which I had never seen and perhaps didn’t comprehend it’s rhyme or reason– I found treasures.  My friend who was with me through it all today, at times, gave me insight as to what exactly I as looking at.  There were a few items that baffled us both.

After everything was separated into piles of yes, no and maybe…

I found a few items I will keep and a million photos to go through, but the best treasure I found today was a Corningware dish.  Perhaps that sounds like it’s not much of a treasure.  I admit it wouldn’t really look like much of a treasure if you saw it either.  But to me… it is from a time when my mom and dad were happy.  It’s from a time when we would all sit down at the dinner table and eat together.  Mom would pull that big thing out of the oven full of her baked homemade macaroni and cheese.  (sorry kraft…it was better)  It reminds me of warmth, of love, of my family.

That treasure reminds me how treasured I felt as I grew up in that home.

What a treasure!

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#CRUSHcancer 5K

I totally finished that 5K today!!!

SOOO, I was pretty much last, but I did it.  It’s ok that I and one other gal were the only two on the track.  The rest of the group went the city course, but really, I didn’t want to hold up any traffic with my mad walking skills or awesome legs.  haha!

All kidding aside, we had an awesome event which made some nice change for the Texas Oncology Foundation.

Here’s a pic of most of the group…

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I loved doing this and am ready to tackle on another.  Well, I’m not ready to be the main organizer of one yet…I’ll wait another year for that, but I’m ready to go walk one again.  It was a lot of fun!

My whole family participated in it as well.  This is how my 10 year old felt in the end…

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BUT WE ALL HAD A GREAT TIME FOR A GREAT CAUSE!

Home Run The Movie

This was a great movie about restoration. Family movie. 

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http://youtu.be/RF2inat-A3w

SOMETIMES I FORGET!

Sometimes I forget all of the things I am blessed to be able to do.  God gives me the ability to do so many things.

I GET to make the bed, sweep and mop the floor AND do the dishes.  I GET to vacuum, scrub the shower and toilet AND dust.  (I detest dusting…so very much…but still I’m blessed that I CAN DO IT. SOMETIMES I forget.)

I GET to bleach the sinks and wipe toothpaste off the basins.  I GET to pick up shoes, clothes, basketballs, toys of various sorts up from the floor.  i GET to sweep out the garage and take the recycling to the dumpster.

I GET TO DO ALL THOSE THINGS!  I am so blessed!!!  …but…SOMETIMES I FORGET. *sad face here*

You may think I’m being a total sarcastic idiot right now AND IF YOU KNOW ME, you know sarcasm is one of my favorite tones at times.  It’s another gift God gives me, I think.  BUT HERE, I PROMISE YOU, I’M NOT BEING SARCASTIC.

Although everything that I’m listing isn’t the absolute funnest things to do and do get a little overwhelming at times due to the consistency that I have to do them….

I AM TRULY THANKING GOD FOR THEM…I thank Him that I am able to do them.  Sometimes I FORGET that it is a blessing.  It is a blessing to have a house to clean, to have a messy family to pick up after and to chase dust bunnies who seem to truly be ALIVE in my house at times.  They are all blessings.  …but…(whispering) sometimes, I …forget. 😦

SOMETIMES I FORGET!  Sometimes I hate that I have to do them.  Sometimes I feel stressed out, because I have to do them.  SOMETIMES I wish I could just snap my fingers and some kind of little crew would come in over night –like apparently the Elf on the Shelf does –and instead of reeking havoc as he does, they clean my whole house spotless.  AND WHILE THEY ARE AT IT, they can make lunches for the next day and create home made dinners I could just pop out of the freezer and warm up.  SOMETIMES I forget that being able to do all the things I do…IS A BLESSING.

I could be sick, depressed or even dying.  I could be disabled and not physically able to do these things.  I truly am blessed.

but…

SOMETIMES I FORGET!

God allows me to be able to do all I do.

…and I’m sorry, Lord, that sometimes, I forget.

Photographs of Relaxation

We are camping and it’s such a chill trip. The weather has been warm, but really perfect. The bugs have been few. The kids are having a blast. My husband has been able to fish and catch a lot. I’ve been blessed with friend chats, awesome walks and time to think.
Here are some photos (below) I’ve taken this far. We still have two more days to be here.

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Billy Graham Movie

We just watched this movie to end our date night. Bought it at Lifeway for $5. Definitely suggest it. It’s a great story of FAITH!

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The GRAND Scheme

Sometimes we get hung up on things at work, our children’s grades, what people say to us or the way someone even looks at us.  We make a big deal of something that, in the grand scheme of things, is very minuscule.  I will not begin to tell you that I never do this.

I have and I’m sure, I will again.

I remember one morning I spent sweeping and mopping the floors in our house only to have one of my children spill a whole glass of sweet tea or kool-aid, I can’t remember which, across the kitchen.  What was worse, they didn’t tell me they did it and TRIED to clean it up themselves with a hand towel.  Later, walking in to the kitchen, my socks stuck to the kitchen floor. I went crazy.  When I say crazy, I mean, not in my right mind crazy.

Looking back, it was unneeded, it was ridiculous and it will be something that my children may never forget.

Looking back, I also ask myself, did they MEAN to spill it?  Did they try their best to clean it up?  It’s just a floor!  Nothing was bleeding or broken or life-threatening.  I went coo coo for something that was not going to change the course of history or stop time in anyway.

I’m not saying I’m stressed out all the time, but I have realized this week, that I do stress over silly things sometimes.  I don’t mean to at all. I like to be laid back and calm.  Peace is my absolute favorite thing.  Peace, sometimes though, is something we must find within so as to spread it all around.

I know, others tend to bring to life the total opposite of peace, but the way we react to such things is what matters.  That is what allows us insanity or peace.  It goes right back to what I always say: It’s all about how you look at it.

So, as this work week ends and the weekend begins, I reflect on what is important to life in the, as I referred to earlier: GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS.

The List:

GOD

FAMILY

FRIENDS

((  Love from my Father above, love of family/friends and LOVE I can show to others.  ))

Even though we have deadlines, tests and other stresses on the list, this list above truly is the MOST IMPORTANT in the scheme!

May I please keep my life in this perspective, always.  Amen.

Reflection

Most of my written blogs are healthy reflections mainly of a realization or reaction I have to the things about me.

Today will not be any different.

I would like to reflect on the year of ’13.  It’s been a year full of blessings.   Without going through every single one of the, because that would be a super long list, I just want to concentrate on a few.

Our first big blessing was when our second child asked Jesus into his heart.  He has grown so much since that day as well which has been an amazing site to see.  Our first child asked Jesus into her heart about 4 years ago.  It makes me so happy to know that they are both looking to God.  I pray that continues through all of the times ahead.

We were so fortunate to be able to go with our church on a mission trip.  It was a trip where we met new people, but mostly where we were able to talk about what Jesus does for us–daily.  I love being able to share Him no matter where we are.  The mission helped both of my children immensely in their walk as well and I believe strengthened our family as a whole.

Disney.  The trip to Disney we were able to go on was a trip of many firsts.  From first plane rides to seeing the most magnificent fireworks display I’ve ever witnessed.  As they say, it was magical!  I know God allowed us to do this and I thank Him for giving us trips like these to enrich our lives.  He blesses us with so much!

I was blessed personally with so many different things that, as I said before, I’d be here all night typing about them all.  I believe the more I thank God for the blessings He pours on us, the more He rains them down.  Blessed, blessed, SO BLESSED!

As this day comes to an end and the new day, new YEAR is rung in, I just want to keep praising God for allowing it all.  No matter what 2014 has in store, I know that WITH GOD, it will be AMAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZING–with some extra ZING!  He promises us that through Him, we will do good works!  He’s got it all ready for us… I’m so excited!

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

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