Tuesday, July 26, 2016

One Last Thing...

I know that I already signed off but I have something that's still bothering me that I need to address.  This really isn't blog material so I will only be leaving this post up for a short time and then deleting it.

I've been blogging for a long time.  This is actually my third or fourth blog, but with this blog I have found myself in completely new territory.  It's much more personal than any of my other blogs have been and I guess I'm still in the process of trying to figure it out.

Sometimes I reference a person to make a point, but a lot of times I don't think it's appropriate to actually name them. Of course this leaves a lot of ambiguity, which is the point, but that also doesn't excuse me from saying bad things about anyone, and it leaves the door wide open for misinterpretation about who I'm referring to.  Because of this, I'm pretty sure that I have hurt some people who I would never in a million years want to hurt. I just couldn't figure out a way to fix it without making a bigger mess of my mess.

A break will be good for me, but I'll be back at the first of the year.  This has been a huge learning process for me and hopefully I have learned my lesson, but I'm sure that it won't be the last time that I screw up.

Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas!  And I'm praying for God's richest blessings on everyone.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Signing Off

This has definitely been one of the strangest years of my life.  Nothing has been as planned.  We're still settling my mother in law's estate and it's time for me to spend more time with my own mom.  My blog has become pointless because cooking seems unimportant. In fact, a lot of meals are simply frozen dinners right now.  My sewing room is filled with things from my mother in law's house, so I haven't even touched my sewing machine.

I'm going to take a break from the internet because the cyber world is becoming more stressful than my real life.  I'm sure I'll still shop on Amazon but I've had enough social media to last for quite a while. There's so much controversy, so many insults, and then I do my fair share of screwing things up and causing misunderstanding.  I'm sorry to anyone I may have offended or caused concern.  That is never my intention.

I think it's best for everyone if I just step away.  Maybe I'll be back next year.  I don't really know right now.  I'm just going to take some time to try and smell the roses while they're still in bloom.

Signing off ...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Love Is the Golden Rule

Mark Lowry had this posted on his facebook page.  Just thought I would pass it on.

Performed by Chip Davis. 
Written By Reba Rambo-McGuire, Dony McGuire and Chip Davis.
Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Celebrating Uniqueness

I was reading one of my favorite passages this week - Psalm 139:13-14 The Message.
"Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother's womb.
I thank you, High God - you're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration - what a creation!"

My own kids are the first thing that I think of when I read these verses. I think I have two of the smartest kids I know.  I'm not biased or anything. They are marvelously made even though they struggled through school because they didn't fit the mold. They're unique. My son took more summer school classes than I care to count. It isn't that he isn't smart enough, he just doesn't like school. He's very social and he surrounds himself with an extensive network that will help him get through anything.  That's where he thrives, even though he continues his education. We finally just took my daughter out of school so she could be home schooled. She's very talented and has a strong business sense that just isn't a part of formal education. On her 18th birthday she started her own business and it's still going strong. Most school systems celebrate the standardized, and there's a place for that, but God also celebrates the unique.

I have two completely opposite kids who are ready to embark on life's journey in their own unique way.  They're both still trying to figure it out, but I think most of us spend our entire lifetime trying to figure it out. I started in the business world, then became a 2nd grade teacher, but when my oldest was 4 years old I chose to be a stay at home mom. And who knows what the future will hold?  It's a journey. And we all have a unique journey.

But it isn't just about my family. Every person who God created is unique and marvelously made, and we need each other. One person's strength is another person's weakness.  A perfect complement. I'm better when I'm together with others. It's exciting to see what happens when multiple people put their heads together toward a common goal, but I'll be the first to admit that it can be hard to work together.  Sometimes we misunderstand each other, or just plain disagree. God loves my uniqueness, but what He requires from me is love. I'm not perfect, but this is what I strive for. I hope that I can celebrate the differences, and find common ground in love.  That's when great things happen.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

National Cherry Festival - Traverse City

I went to the National Cherry Festival with my mom and my kids.  This festival is a big deal!

Travis is getting his Mountain Dew sample.

Grand Traverse Bay

Everything cherry everywhere!

Travis and his grandma sharing a Double Chocolate Cherry cookie.

Now this was just scary!  I think that guy is wearing a wolf head.  He's scaring the kids!

A quaint downtown.

A fun day up north!