Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Thankful Blues

I know this time of year can be a sad one for many people.  Maybe you have lost someone in the past year and are starting a series of firsts without them.  Maybe you didn't have great and happy childhood memories at the holidays.  Maybe life is and will be  just plain hard right now, economically, spiritually, or relationally.

I'm having one of those 'hard day'.  A blue day, if you will.  Now, I could list the 10 reasons why I'm 'blue' but I don't think that would do anyone any good.  So I decided to sit down and come up with 10 things I am thankful for.  Maybe by the end of the list, I'll be less blue.

1. My grandmother's gingersnap cookie recipe.  I have it on a 3 x 5 card in her handwriting and her vague directions (moderate over, 3-4 cups flour).  I love these cookies and they make the house smell grand!

2. My son's ability to be away from me.  He's driving with my parents to his great uncles today.  He's so excited!  Isn't missing me a bit!  I'm glad the kiddo has some wings and will be making great memories.

3. My country.  No matter what side of the political aisle you sit on, the United States is a great country!  I love the freedom we have and that we have men and women that willingly sign up to protect this great land!

4. PBS.  You know, my kids just love all the shows.  I'm glad to know there is something commercial free out there that helps them learn!  Mr. Roger's was the turtles favorite.  The monkey is watching (interestingly enough) Curious George.

5. My health.  After my recent scare, I'm blessed to be in good health!

6. My van.  Yes, it's 7 years old.  But I just feel grateful for having transportation, especially on a rainy evening.

7.  My church.  We've been going there for almost 11 years.  There is so much growth going on there that you can't stand still in your faith.

8.  My husband.  I love that we can talk about anything.  I love that he knows my friends and cares about them.  I am thankful that we have learned how to hang on in the tough times so that we can enjoy the good ones (which show up in the tough times too!)

9.  My daughter.  She really is a little monkey and just amazes me.  She is extraordinary to me!  She's a good little helper and loves everyone she meets!

10.  My God.  That even on days like today, when I feel blue, he's still here with me.  Every step of the way.

Ok, I feel better now!

Friday, November 19, 2010

There are only 3 possibilities

Some of my facebook friends (and real life ones) know part of this story.  Two weeks ago, I had one of those really tiring Mondays.  I was just plain beat.  I had no real reason to be tired (other than being a full time wife, mother, daughter, and friend).  The next day I felt fine.  On Wednesday night I started having eye pain and double vision.  I went to the eye doctor on Thursday.  He wouldn't let me leave until he found a specialist that would see me THAT DAY.  A neuro-opthomologist.  I didn't even know there was such a thing.  An hour later I was in this new doctor's office going through an intensive eye exam.  The second one of the day.  This doctor, in his oh-so-lacking bedside manner says, "Worst case scenario, you have an aneurysm."

I looked at him and said, "Hmmh, really?"  I'm not sure I can explain my reaction other than God was giving me peace.  The doctor went on to explain that I may also have inflammation of the eye muscles in my eye because of whatever infection I had on Monday that had me feeling poorly.  We decided to wait a day on the MRI because I didn't have many aneurysm symptoms.  He did give me his cell number and I left with a Rx for a strong anti-inflammatory drug and an appointment for the next day.

That night as I tucked my children in bed and kissed my husband goodnight, I knew that there were 3 possibilities for me.  (These are from Beth Moore's Daniel Bible Study.)
1. God would deliver me from this tragedy.
2. God would deliver me through this tragedy.
3. God would deliver me straight into Jesus's arms.

And I really was ok with any of those options.  My husband and I prayed (with tears running down our faces) and I went to sleep.  I know it was the peace of God that surpasses all understanding that let me sleep that night.  It was that same peace that helped me lie in bed the next morning praying for my sweet friend who was in surgery.  And it is that peace that I want to live the rest of my days with!

P.S.  My eye is MUCH better and the doctor feels like this is a one time occurance.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

links

I always have a growing list of projects that I would like to try.  There are such amazing bloggers out there who take WONDERFUL pictures and tutorials.  I thought I'd show you a list of things I'd like to tackle, soon!

1. Mobile Ironing Board - I am blessed enough to have my own craft room.  Of course with two little ones, I can go weeks without entering the room.  Of course since the ironing board is in that room, that should tell you how much laundry I do!  But this ironing board is so neat!  Since I'm reworking my craft room so it has more sewing space, this would be perfect!

2. Child's Apron  I can't seem to get the picture to link over but this is the cutest little apron and tutorial.  It's called a Montessori Apron because it is designed for the child to be able to put on THEMSELVES!  Brillant!

3.  Pillowcases for Charity  I love this idea!  It's a tutorial and information on an organization that gives fun pillowcases to sick children in hospitals.  If you ever wanted to try sewing, this would be a great project!



4. Zig Zag Fabric Boxes  These little fabric boxes are just neat.  It's amazing that they are sewn together this way.  I love any type of container and I think this would be a fun storage option.


5. Sewing table  And of course I'm going to need a new piece of furniture to add to my office/craft/sewing machine.  If you have ever looked at the specialty sewing furniture you know it is expensive!  Something like this plan would cost at least $600!  I will use it mostly for a cutting table and for a place to put that cute portable ironing board above.
Do you have any projects that you want to tackle of the web?  I'd love to see them!  Link away!