Thursday, August 20, 2015

Milestones

Milestones in life...they use to be things like a baby's first tooth, first steps, first day of school etc.  Then the more time passes, the bigger they get.  First day of school, graduation, first car, first job, girlfriends, then a wedding...wow, can we ever keep up with the changes of life?  And I know there are still some great things to come.

Life moves quickly and monumental moments come and go in the blink of an eye.  I've shared and tried to practice the 'savor and enjoy every moment' plan, but life gets busy and so often special moments get passed by.

This summer, my youngest son and I stopped by his school to get his end of year report card.  As we were walking back out, it hit me, he is finished with his middle school 'career'.  He will be moving on to high school.  Then, I realized, this was the last of our 3 sons which have all attended this school.  So....it is really, goodbye SMS for our family!

No time to grieve, look back, wish we could have a redo...we gotta keep walking, keep moving forward.  On to bigger and better things.  More challenges, harder classes, things that make a difference in the future.

Kind of like life in general.  We pass through quickly.  Milestones get into our sight, are embraced and then become a memory. May we keep a heart centered on God, remember His blessings and be thankful, pray about these milestones, celebrate them, cherish them and pass along encouragement for those coming up behind us.
 
  

"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalms 16:11

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To Try This Week

This is 'back to school week'.  Time to get back on a schedule, get a little more organized, move quicker and be more productive!!  All because we have to - which is a sure fire way to get it done! 

I've been in somewhat of a summer menu slump....you know, where you cook the same thing over and over, nothing sounds appealing and there is no desire to find anything new in food to explore.  

Well...Pinterest send me a weekly email and instead of passing it by, clicked on it.  Would you believe the wealth of inspiration!!  Somehow from hopping from Pinterest Board to Board, I found one with some great recipes to try.  

I've done this before, found recipes,  printed them off and then let them sit in a folder to try 'later'!  Since this is the week to get it together, I'm printing them and posting them for a little accountability!!  

Here are a few recipes I'm planning, going to try this week!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Protein Pudding....to use up those chia seeds!

Teriyaki Chicken Casserole, since I love all things teriyaki!

Ham Fried Rice, since she shared the secret to making perfect fried rice!

I'll stop there to keep it manageable!  Will let you know how it turns out!!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mother's Day...A Little Late!

I love coming and logging on to my own blog!  Apparently it has been months since I posted.  It used to be such a part of my life, day to day activities were shared along with plans, dreams and encouragement.  Facebook has since become the day to day source of social media, but I love this blog to capture memories and milestones of life.

I even downloaded the blogger app to my phone to be able to capture easier things to blog.  In fact, these pictures were there as a sweet reminder of Mother's Day..back in May!!!  This was a different Mother's Day this year, sweet hubby had to work, oldest son was unable to come for the day, so it was a bit quieter than usual.  But a heartfelt gift of fresh picked wildflowers and the boys asking to take pictures (on their own, no prodding) made it a special day I want to cherish...

So here are a few pictures from a special Mother's Day 2015!

Friday, June 12, 2015

It's Friday...and It's All About Family!!

Family....a small word that holds a host of meaning.  Family is where we came from, who we have joined to in marriage, who we have brought forth.  It's our past, it's in the present and will continue in the future for many generations. 
 
We cannot choose the family we were born into. But, God in His infinite grace and wisdom, placed each of us exactly where we needed to be.  While there is no 'perfect' family, many of our characteristics, qualities and habits come from the experiences - good and bad from our family life.
 
This week, I've thought a lot about family.  The anniversary of my father's death was this week. I reflected on some ways his life and choices weren't always the best and many of them brought heartache and pain to our family. But in the midst of sorrow, the memory of his love and his words of wisdom ring in my heart clearly today. The love of family holds stronger than mistakes.  Every year, my brother, no matter where he is calls me on that day.  We remember and cherish the shared love of our dad.
 
A surprise phone call led to a family lunch with two of my favourite aunts.  Both of them are in their 80s, and we don't see each other nearly enough.  All through my childhood, these aunts have been a huge part of my life.  We celebrated the joys of everyday life and when hard times came, they stayed right alongside us, offering their love and whatever was needed to get through the crisis.  That is just what family does!
 
 
So as Friday is here, may it be all about family!  May we seek to appreciate, love and serve one another.  Love can cover up a world of differences, mistakes and bad feelings.  Family is forever and the effort we make to build each other up, will last for many generations to come!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer Bible Studay

 
 
This is the first week of summer vacation for school children.  Being a part time employee offers much flexibility for my schedule. So far this week, we have enjoyed sleeping in a little later and a few days of rest and staying at home.
 
Summer's slower pace is a nice change, the greatest for me is relaxing our morning routine some!  But, we don't want to fall into too much rest, relaxation and doing nothing!  We need to adept the routine some, keep our priorities in check and seek out opportunities to grow.
 
Love God Greatly is a woman's ministry that offers Online Bible Studies through the year.  Having participated in several of the studies, I am always challenged and encouraged by them.  A new summer Bible Study will begin next Monday. Here is the description...
 
The greatness of God’s Word is the theme of Psalm 119. Woven throughout this longest chapter of the Bible are beautiful character qualities of Scripture, reminding us that God’s Word is sufficient, truthful, pure, authoritative, and unchanging. But when we look beyond the words on the page to the living Word – God himself – we see how his character is reflected in this chapter as well.The study of Psalm 119 gives us a glimpse into the beauty, importance, and usefulness of Scripture, prompting us to walk away more in love with God and his Word, more aware of our sin, and more in awe of our great Savior and his sacrifice on our behalf.

This study can be done alone or with a group.  All materials are free to download once you register.  If you are looking for a fun, summer, spiritual growth, enroll today!!