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FULL

This is my picture of the day:

pig

I was so blessed to be able to accompany my daughter and her FFA chapter to the Fort Worth Stock Show today.  I also get to spend time with my teacher friends since it is the chapter from the school I teach!  Yay!

This was my favorite picture of the day for so many reasons:

  1. Little piggies are just cute (they stink, but they’re still cute).
  2. It reminded me of the work a momma does.
  3. It made me smile big thinking of all those satisfied babies.
  4. It’s just a sweet scene.

I entitled it FULL, because they are FULL!  As a pig, they are exactly where they want to be.

Being full doesn’t always mean just having your belly content and pleased.   For us, it’s being comfortable with who we are.  It’s about being loved.  It’s about knowing we are wanted and cared for.  So, for me, this pic didn’t just make me smile about those happy satisfied piglets and their smiling momma (look close, she’s smiling!)… it made me smile thinking about how awesome the moment is when WE remember how FULL we are.

Be blessed…Be FULL!

Momma

I’ve had dreams about my momma the last two nights.  I would love to have her here especially at Christmas.  I know there are many others that feel this way during the holiday season.  I also know some who have such animosity and hatred towards their mother (or other family members) that they couldn’t care less where their mother spends Christmas.  So sad.  If I could just tell those–hatred is ugly and it only eats on you…and definitely does not prepare us for Heaven.  Hatred kills our souls and makes us want revenge which is usually carried out by lies we conjure up or even horrendous acts like ignoring our loved ones at Christmas.  We should want to make our mothers happy and want to honor her, no matter what relationship–close or otherwise–we have with her.

“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.                     -Deuteronomy 5:16

(I want it to go well with me!)

A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother. -Proverbs 10:1

A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the mother who bore him. -Proverbs 17:25

My mom was a sweet soul.

She was soft-hearted.

She loved Jesus and loved her family.

She also loved to tell everyone about whatever was going on in her life.  Sometimes that part of her drove me insane.  We would be in a public place, around people we had never met and she would start to tell them about some circumstance as if they knew her all her life.  I’m unsure why she did that, but the impulse to do it increased as she got older.  Looking back, I sure wish I had never felt embarrassed about those times or even worried about who she would bend the ear of on any particular day.  No one else really got upset about her stories.  I do admit that some of her stories might of been a little personal and it felt awkward, but really it was just me who felt that way.  Most people would smile and some would even start with a related story.  I hope Mom was never aware of the anger I had in those situations.  I have asked GOD for forgiveness so many times for it.  I know I only have to ask once, but when you feel guilt, you tend to ask for forgiveness numerous times.

My mom was a “patter.”  She enjoyed giving you “love-pats” as she would call them. I am a hugger and do love a good ole bear-hug, but patting made and still makes me feel weird.  I’m unsure why.  I’m sure some shrink could let me know their opinion, but either way, I just find it a little annoying.  I’m not saying I would shun my mom’s love, but at times, it was excessive.

When I was little, like any child I believe, I would crawl up in my mom’s lap and just love to be loved.  I loved the security her lap made me feel.  She and my dad both always had rocking recliners and she would always rock me when I got in that lap.  When I got some older we would even recline back and just lay there together watching TV.  I remember watching the Wizard of Oz in her lap–especially thanks to those stupid flying monkeys.

When I got married, my parents were both awesome about scheduling family get-togethers so Bobby and I could be there.  They wanted to have the entire family together and if that meant doing it on a different day than tradition, that was fine with them.  I so appreciated them for doing that.  I married into a huge family that had several events and for my family to take that into consideration, meant so much to me.  I’m not sure I ever told either of my parents that.  Always tell your parents why you appreciate them!  There comes a time (like today for me) that it’s too late.

Here now, as an adult and mother myself, I miss my mom.  I would listen to any of her crazy stories, allow her to pat me as much as she wants and would love to watch the Wizard of Oz in her lap again.

…I know there will be a day that I will long for my own children to be in my house together especially at Christmas.  I know I will get on their nerves with something I do and maybe one day I will tell stories to complete strangers that embarrass them too…

I pray most of all that no matter what… our relationships can always be good ones… no matter how much I love them or annoy them.

DON’T BE SELFISH AND HATEFUL…

Don’t let the time pass …don’t let your mom pass …

without letting her know that you love her, appreciate her and will miss her when she’s gone.

Grocery Store Bragging

While in the grocery store today I saw several people I know.  At two different parts of the store, I was blessed by being able to chat a bit with two older men who are dads to friends I went to school with.  In both instances, I was greeted with big smiles and them letting me know how pretty I am.  How sweet, right!?  Lord knew I needed that!  ((AND I have NO MAKE-UP on again today!))

What I realized after thinking about it, in both encounters, besides being happy to see me and making me feel great, they really bragged on their kids.  I thought how sweet that was!  I could tell they are both very proud of their children.  It was nice to hear their short synopsis of their grown children and a bit about their grand kids as well.  It’s great that they were able to speak freely about the love they have for them.  BOTH of them used the word “BLESSED” in their descriptions–LOVE THAT!  I believe that is what this world needs more of—Blessings being ACKNOWLEDGED and LOVE BEING SHOWN.  Not in the kissy touchy feely sense (gag, SAY NO TO “PDA”), but in the genuine kind of love for each other that we should have.

I started to think of my own parents and how I don’t have them here to brag on me.  I know, that seems a little selfish, but I don’t mean it that way.  I just thought and wondered if they would both be as proud of me as these dads were of their children.  I sure hope they would be!  I hope they would be able to brag a little bit anyway.

I’d like to take this time to brag:

My older child is a beautiful young lady who can talk your ears off, yet even when she is babbling like there is no tomorrow, she is most always speaking with tones of love and is very caring.  She is a sweet child.  When she was little I called her my “sweetbaby” and she really has developed into a sweet young lady.  I’m so proud of her athletic ability and her love for God and for people.

My little man is a witty thing.  He says stuff out of the blue that gets me to giggling even though he doesn’t really show that side to other people.  He wants to be a hunter just like his daddy and loves to watch THE RIFLEMAN!  The fact that he likes vintage westerns really cracks me up.  He loves to create stuff even if it’s just drawing a robot.

I have no HUGE aspirations for them to be doctors or lawyers (unless they want to be).  I just want them to be happy people who have good character.   And I don’t want to be one of those mommas that goes on and on about their kids and has no life because they live vicariously through their children.  I want to be a proud mom that guides, supports and helps her children grow into GOD FEARING, responsible, family loving  individuals who I’ll always be able to brag on– even if it’s only for about 2 minutes in the middle of the grocery store!

ODE TO MOM

PART I

Listen to this song.  Really listen to the words.

“Now, I’m 83. ”   When I first heard this song, that made me for real, surprisingly, laugh out loud.  It’s so true.  I look back and think about all the times I wasted.  We have only a certain amount of moments here in this world and we can’t let things just slip on by.  We have to make things count.  I hate the fact that I waited so long to truly love the Lord.  I wasted time playing and doing things that can only be described as “of the devil.”  That is my biggest regret.  Other things creep up when I start thinking about–I wish I had…  but I know that I cannot bring the past back. I cannot change the past.  I can only look to the future and pray I become closer to God and better at this life.

Thinking about my mom today, I wish I had been more patient with her and told her I loved her more often.  I know she knew it, but I wonder if she ever doubted my love, because of my attitude.  We should all treasure the time we have with each other.  Don’t allow it to slip on by.  Don’t allow things to go unspoken.  Hug people!  Smile at others.  Don’t let another minute slip on by –another moment that you could be telling others about JESUS and the great things you have in life because of the many blessings that shower down on you daily.  Don’t let it slip on by!

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PART II

My sweet baby girl brought this video to my attention just a few minutes ago.  This kid is hilarious!  And speaks such truth.  As mothers, let’s never forget that we are LOVED and we are APPRECIATED even though we feel worn out or even defeated at times.   Our babies do love us even though their attitudes cause us to doubt sometimes.  Remember, God made us to be servants and we should always feel honored to do the will of God!

“If every mom in the world knew how awesome they were, all the problems of this world would be fixed!” <—my favorite quote from this video!  GO KID PRESIDENT!

 

In honor of my mom, Julie: 1942-2008

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Morgan and Nana

 

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