Friday, July 18, 2014

Being Filled to Fulfill

After almost a week of being cooped inside the house with a fever and sore throat, dining on sandwiches and chips just wasn't cutting it anymore. My body needed hot (if not terribly nourishing) food. A quick dash to Jack-in-the-Box could solve that problem, but, alas, the dash didn't happen. Dead battery. Unhappy, hungry me.

After a few text messages and phone calls, a new battery was installed. One turn of the ignition, and life began again.

As I backed down the driveway, I thought about my car without a battery. It looked great. It sat great. Nice tires. An engine under the hood. Plenty of gasoline. Plenty of oil. A beautiful piece of machinery, but totally useless for all intents and purposes.

Likewise, if Christians are to fulfill their purpose in lifeto be the hands, the feet and the mouthpiece of Godlooking good isn't enough. We have to have the Spirit of God under our hoods, filling us with power to go, and do, and speak. Without it, we are useless jars of clay, offering nothing of value to our sin-sick world.

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God."
Romans 8:14

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mosaic Monday - FaceTime with the Grandchild

July 6, 2014

Thanks to my daughter's diligence, Audrey and I do FaceTime almost every day. Occasionally, I initiate the call, but since I don't know Miss Audrey's availability, Leslie usually calls me. I must say, it never gets old. Seeing Audrey's little face light up melts my heart and fills me with more joy than I can contain. Some days, we sing and some days we just "talk" and be silly, but every moment is a priceless memory made. I love her dearly, and I'm glad she loves me.

I'm linking to Mosaic Monday.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Salute to Red, White and Blue

I don't know about you, but I love celebrating Independence Day. I think it's the perfect day for embracing all things American, like hotdogs, watermelon, fireworks and Old Glory

And speaking of Old Glory...

Many years ago, when I was young and trotting the globe, I had dinner one evening in a charming home decorated in red, white and blue. It was love at first sight for me, and I planned to follow suit if I ever had a place of my own.

Since then, I've had ten places of my own, but not one room has been decorated in red, white and blue. I'm not sure why, but maybe I'll make it happen one of these fine days. Here are a few images I found online to inspire me. If you're needing a room makeover anywhere, maybe they'll inspire you, too.

Don't you just love this kitchen? So fresh and bright. I can almost hear birds chirping outside the window.

Emily A. Clark
The house I visited had red tulips planted in distressed white pots scattered about the room, but I love this more masculine look, as well. These red leather chairs are sensational.

The pop of yellow and the striped fabrics in this room whisper "cozy" to me.

And who said red, white and blue couldn't be elegant? Wowza!

Decor Pad
Don't you think this understated bedroom with a burlap headboard would be a great place for some afternoon ZZZs? Me, too.

Better Homes and Gardens
Now, this is my kind of space. Not only the colors, but the fabrics, the shapes, the textures. Everything about it says come on in and sit a spell.

And that, my friends, concludes my salute to red, white and blue. I think I'll go hang some flags now. I hope your holiday is safe and filled with love.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Happy birthday, dear Audrey!

It's hard to believe, but tomorrow is my granddaughter's 1st birthday. In the 365 days since she's been born, she has brought more joy and sunshine into my life than she could possibly know. No matter how tired I am, or how many burdens I carry, just a glimpse of her smiling face and the gray skies turn blue.

Of course, I have taken hundreds of pictures this past year, and I wish I could post each one for your viewing pleasure, but, alas, that would take a lot of time for all involved. Instead, I've created a collage for each month, and even THAT was hard to do, since I love every picture I took. Really. At any rate, Nonni had to reign it in, but I hope you enjoy the pictures I finally chose.

I love Miss Audrey more than words can tell, and I pray we have many more years together, sharing sunshine, sugar and smiles.

June 2013
(Audrey discovers America.)

July 2013
(Sleeping soundly and having sweet dreams.)

August 2013
(Admiring her blue shoes and mesmerizing Nonni with her blue eyes.)

September 2013
(Sugar and spice, and all things nice.)

October 2013
(Discovering her feet.)

November 2013
(A fun weekend with Nonni.)

December 2013
(Christmas Memories)

January 2014
(Sleeping peacefully in her bed at Nonni's house.)

February 2014
(Another fun weekend with Nonni.)

March 2014
(Being her silly little self.)

April 2014
(Sleeping Beauty. A special month in Aunt Dayle's loving care.)

May 2014
(A month of changes and chicken pox.)

June 2014
(Practicing her raspberries, and looking gorgeous in pink.)
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Happy birthday, my dear Audrey. I hope you have many, many more.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

May Ends and June Begins ~ Savoring the Moments

May was filled with more stress than I have experienced in a very long time. But God is still on the throne, and out of the thick clouds of gray, occasional rays of sunlight peeked through.
Miss Audrey was among the brightest of rays. Every chance I get, I soak up these fleeting moments of time.
Mother's Day weekend was lovely. I visited  my mother on Saturday and spent Sunday with my only child and grandchild.
Dear Dad celebrated another birthday. I am grateful for the sound of his voice in my life.
We celebrated Memorial Day with family members at my daughter's beautiful apartment. Guess who kept us laughing.
My niece turned 30. It seems impossible. I treasure the memories we share and am proud of the woman she has become.
I did a little gardening. Nothing big, but digging in the dirt among God's unique creation always soothes my soul.

I found an accent table at the antique mall that filled a spot I had been seeking to fill for a while. It wasn't exactly what I had envisioned, but it is filling the spot just the same.

And Mom and Dad celebrated  65 years of marriage. Wow. I'm so grateful they stayed together when times were hard. Loving each other till death is the best gift they could ever give to their three daughters.

Until next time, my blogging friends, I'm finding silver linings behind every cloud and counting my blessings. ♦

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My Beloved

These pictures of my beloved daughter and granddaughter take my breath away.
I know you'll be wowed. The magic was captured by

"Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had, and dealing with fears you didn't know existed." ~ Linda Wooten

Indeed, indeed. And I'm proud of the mother my daughter is becoming.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Audrey Update

Have you ever seen anything cuter than Miss Audrey in these pictures? Me neither. She completely melts my heart and fills me with overflowing joy.

She's growing so much and learning something new every day it seems. She says duck, and thank you and night-night. She is obsessed with books, and will sit for long periods of time while you read. Here we are reading last week.
She was sick last week, and for various reasons, I didn't get to see her much, but my twin sister (who has been Audrey's caretaker for the past month) took very good care of her while her mother worked. Dayle has been a real blessing to my daughter and to Audrey, which blesses me, too. I know they will all miss each other when they part ways.

And that will come next week, if all goes as planned, when Audrey will begin regular daycare. Nonni's heart is sadder than sad, but I've released her into God's hands, and I know he will watch over her while her mommy is away. ♦

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Jesus Christ. Risen!

Source: Google
"The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay." 

I'm so grateful to know Jesus Christ in the power of his death, burial and resurrection. I penned the words to this song a number of years ago, and I pray its timeless message strengthens your faith in God on this Easter weekend 2014.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Long, Gone Days of March

Can you believe it's April already? Me neither. Here are a few pictures (and a rambling narrative) of how March went for me.

My daughter moved.
I took some time off to assist her as best I could. Thanks to my beloved brother-in-law and twin sis for also pitching in. Nothing like family. On the final night at Leslie's apartment, with boxes stacked to the roof:

Miss Audrey plays without a clue.
(This photo makes me weak. Love the tiny feet and blonde hair.)

She gets a final bath in the sink.

And thrills us all in her towel.

She "helps" Mommy dismantle the drapes in the bedroom.

And entertains herself in her play pen.

And falls asleep atop her fuzzy bear, without a care in the world.

By evening, she would be examining their new place, complete with her own bedroom.

Here she is, checking out the closets. She has a "thing" for doors.

And a thing for this little duck.

Everything seemed to pass inspection.

My daughter gets a big promotion.
She's been on the job less than a year, but she's already impressed her bosses in a big way. Her new title is Executive Administrator. Several people will report directly to her. It was cause for celebration, and so we did at the Black Walnut Cafe.

I reunited with comrades.
In 2007, I attended a self-help seminar in Dallas called Discovery!. It was one of the most memorable weekends ever, and I made friends for life. On the 15th, a few of the Dallas and Houston alumni met up for a time of food and fellowship at the home of Melissa and Donnie Brown. It was a wonderful time of strolling down memory lane with wonderful people.

I got new windows.
Woohoo! I've wanted new windows since buying my house in 2008. Although it had been remodeled, the windows were original to the house, which is about 40 years old. As a result, Old Man Winter was hard to keep out, and a lot of cold air escaped during the sizzling months of summer, not to mention the noise factor from the neighbors and neighborhood. It was a sizable investment, but they look beautiful, and I have no regrets.

Audrey learns the spider song.
Just like her mother, she has been intrigued with music since her birth almost. The minute anyone sings, she is all eyes and ears. She loves songs with hand gestures, and her current favorite is "Itsy, Bitsy Spider." Here is her interpretation.

The azaleas bloomed and I went cruising.
Every spring, I look forward to seeing the neighborhood all abloom. The azaleas rarely disappoint, and this year was no exception. I also love bluebonnets, the official state flower of Texas. Sadly, they aren't as prevalent here as they were in my former home of Dallas, but you can still find them if you look. On the final weekend in March, I hopped in the car and went looking. MapQuest led me astray, and I only found a handful, but I still enjoyed the warm, sunny afternoon with the windows down, away from the big city.

And that's about it, my friends. April will be memories before you know it. Seize each moment and make it count. ♦