Life in General

Lord’s Day Sunday Post #3

Message of the Mass this fine Sunday:

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said,
“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law?
How do you read it?”
He said in reply,
“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.”

He replied to him, “You have answered correctly;
do this and you will live.”

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus,
“And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied,
“A man fell victim to robbers
as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road,
but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place,
and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim,
poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.
Then he lifted him up on his own animal,
took him to an inn, and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
‘Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.’
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”
Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

In other words, be helpful, kind, merciful, and loving to everyone every day. The acts that we commit each day do not secure us a spot in the heavenly kingdom, but allowing God to show His love through you is what He’s asking of each one us. The most important part is that God is asking us to be all of these things despite how another is being in return or when another’s lifestyle, beliefs, actions, etc are different from our own.

The other day, my hubby and I went to someone’s house to help tear down and haul away an old, delipidated building that is a hazard to the property owner, her family, and others in the community that may visit her home, invited or otherwise. He’d agreed to removed the building quite a while ago, but hasn’t had time to get to it. While we were there it seemed as if this individual was upset at us about the building so my husband and I decided to leave and not worry about the building. I mentioned to him in frustration later in the evening that if said individual wanted to be so rude and ungrateful for the help that we offered then after the building is completely removed then the individual and her household can do the clean-up of the remaining rubble. I was quite frustrated with that situation. Today’s message reminded me in order to show my love for God and God’s love for me (for all), then my attitude has to be one that says, “Okay, we will get the building removed and then continue to help with the clean-up.”

I am eternally grateful for the wisdom of the Lord.

Anything Goes, Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Motherhood, Wifehood

I Am Exactly That Girl……

Who I am now is not exactly who I used to be, but I Am Exactly That Girl.

I am exactly that girl who will stand up and take the side of the little guy even when the little guy is wrong just because he/she is the little guy. And everyone picks on the little guy!

I am exactly that girl who will fight for what I believe in even when it means proving that I am in the wrong because admitting our faults is (or at least should be) commendable.

I am exactly that girl who will love another with all my heart and soul through most anything. I say most because I haven’t been through everything that one can go through.

I am exactly that girl who will admit that I’m wrong after fighting for minutes or hours just to prove otherwise.

I am exactly that girl who will say what I think because thinking comes later although I am getting better at thinking first and controlling the urge to say exactly that.

I am exactly that girl who forgives over and over and over again only to forgive again. I can’t fathom a life in which forgiveness is withheld. They say to grant forgiveness to another is to make oneself feel better, more at peace. But (and it could be skewed), in my way of thinking, I forgive another not only because God forgives me, but also because –in some small way — it gives the other person the ability to grow the relationship. For instance, if I wrong my husband in some way for him to grant forgiveness to me, he is opening his heart to the Lord, but it also opens my heart to him again as well as to the Lord. Does that make sense?

I am exactly that girl who may not offer the most eloquent advice to another in times of need, but I will offer the kindest piece of advice that I can in hopes of making said person feel better. I am not knowledgeable in the ways of the world so my advice will seem like the small state of Rhode Island as akin to the large state of Alaska, totally dwarfed by more worldly people than myself, but you can bet whatever I do say comes from deep within my heart meant to make the other person feel better and aren’t just words to fill the void.

I am exactly that girl who will argue over absolutely nothing if I feel that another is trying to pacify me, but is not really hearing me. Oooh, that’s so frustrating.

I am exactly that girl who will get the stupidest grin/blank stare on my face, or just giggle at another in moments when I don’t know what to say in response because no matter what I say, it’s not going to do any good. Ask my husband, he will tell you. And it drives him nuts!

I am exactly that girl who will cry with happiness, laugh with nervousness, and get angry with hurt feelings. It’s all backwards!

I am exactly that girl who enjoys dancing in the rain, sitting outside in 90 degree heat, or listening to country music. All. Day. Long.

I am exactly that girl who looks at my children in awe that God blessed me as their mother. To explain, they are the blessing that I received.

I am exactly that girl who looks at the world with a child’s innocence, seeing everything with excitement for the first time. For example, my husband and I traveled to St. Louis a few years ago for a short stay and during this trip, I got to see Denver for the first time (a quick layover). And I was like a child in a candy store! Being in a city that size was exhilarating and eye-opening.

I am exactly that girl who makes a hasty decision which often times goes bust and is considered strike 1, or 2, or 10 until lesson learned. 10 may seem like a lot, and it very well may be, but sometimes, 10 is needed. No examples right off hand though 🙂

I am exactly that girl who carries more in my heart than anyone close to me will ever really know. What I am saying out loud is probably not even half of what is actually in my heart (feelings, thoughts, dreams, hopes, etc).

I am exactly that girl who may say a whole lot at times, but not really be saying anything at all or vice versa.

I am exactly that girl who will try to avoid confrontation with others (this doesn’t always pertain to family — I’m more mouthy with them).

I am exactly that girl who is shy until I get to know you then you can’t get me to shut-up.

I am exactly that girl who can be silly and weird, but serious and stern when needed.

I am exactly that girl who thinks the push, the fight for women’s rights has taken or forgotten the very heart of what makes us women, the very heart of what separates us from the male species to make us the equal of that same population. We are not meant to be a man’s equal in the way that it’s pushed. Women and men were created differently because the roles each sex fills requires the strengths or weaknesses of the sex it applies to. God created all humans equally in terms of His likeness, but He created male and female in order to populate the earth and to live the relationship of and as such as that of Christ and the Church. Quite simply, the two roles are not and not meant to be interchangeable. Appreciate God’s wisdom and gladly accept the role you’ve been given as you are the only one that can fulfill the duties of that role. Women are not less, women are not more than their male counterparts. They simply fulfill the demands of their given roles, as do men. If male and female roles were meant to be interchangeable then God wouldn’t have seen to it to create a male and a female.

I am exactly that girl who, through devotional readings and daily prayers, strives daily to be the kind of person that God created me to be, the very best version of myself.

I am exactly that girl who digs in her heels at the most inopportune moments for reasons that make no sense to another, but make all the sense in the world to me.

I am exactly that girl who is easy to get along with but just as hard to deal with once in a disagreement with.

I am exactly that girl who lives every aspect of life with the same gusto: emotionally charged and mentally relaxed. I am an intelligent person who can hold my own when needed, but excitement of me is not found so much in my intelligence as it is in my emotions. There are few things in this life that get me riled and most all of them stem from my relationships with others (the more important I consider the relationship, the more riled I get).

I am exactly that girl who is loyal to those closest to me. If you are someone I hold close to my heart (friend, family or even foe depending on nature of being foe), I am loyal to you regardless of how loyal you may be to me. My loyalty stems from my own beliefs of you, my faith in God, and of myself. Your loyalty to me has no bearing on that.

I am exactly that girl who keeps most, if not all, commitments that I make. I hate to let people down and I hate not following through on my word. If I have any doubt as to whether or not I can or will do something, rest assured I will not say that I can or will.

I am exactly that girl who will take what is said to me with a grain of salt from someone who doesn’t know me. I firmly believe that those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter, but more importantly, God matters at all times so what He minds always counts.

I am exactly that girl: that woman with all them kids, that friend who shows up unannounced just to make you feel better, that wife who is not perfect in any way but loves her husband with all her heart, that daughter who needs her mother during moments of heartbreak, that sister who will tell it like it is because sometimes that’s how it needs to be said, that child of God constantly asking for His forgiveness while seeking His love, and that girl who appreciates kind words, big hugs, and quiet time.

Yes, I am exactly that girl.

 

 

 

 

Life in General

Meaningful Monday: 4th of July

Just so happens that this Meaningful Monday is also the 4th of July so I guess it’s a double dose of meaningfulness 🙂 but it is probably the only day of celebration that everyone (or most everyone) in America can and do agree on (that might be questionable these days). I hope each and every one of you is having a wonderful celebration of our freedom. But, it is

As we focus on the day itself, how we celebrate with backyard BBQs, parades, town gatherings, and of course, it wouldn’t be the 4th without the Fireworks! I pray that everyone is still remembering what it really does mean to be free.

I hope that everyone will take moments throughout their day to look around at your loved ones and friends in thanks yes for the freedoms we enjoy, but also for the cost of those freedoms.

On this day especially, remember to be safe. Fireworks are awesome for everyone to enjoy, but take care of yourselves and the ones in your care so more celebration can be had down the road.

In celebration of today, here are some songs to enjoy

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July.

Daily Encourgement, Exciting & Fun Creations, Life in General

OMGoodness, It’s Finally Friday!

I think I may have missed a Friday, maybe two even.

Oh well, here I am.

Today’s Fun Photo – Campfire Cooking

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Cooking over the campfire is one of my husbands’ favorite things to do while camping. Here, he is featured cooking bacon as part of our first morning’s breakfast during our most recent camping weekend. No bells and whistles for us. We sleep in tents and cook over the flame. The only amenity we enjoy is the air mattress because there’s no way this mama will be sleeping on the hard ground, tent or not. Oh, and I always choose a campsite close to the shower house and/or bathroom. 🙂

What are some of your own camping memories? Don’t be afraid to share.

As always, comments are welcome, encouraged even.

Life in General

Thankful Thursday: Peace & Playfulness

Today, one of my children had an appointment in town so we were up there for about 4 hours. After the appointment, we got a bite to eat and then drove back home. When I say town, I mean the bigger town that we go to quite a bit that is 60 miles away. It’s quite a hike. With summer here now, the road crews are out in full force. At least half way to town is under road construction and has two different stops (one lane traffic). These stops, I swear, take 10-15 minutes of waiting, if not longer. The ride home was quite. I only had my girls who were sleeping in their car seats. So, it was me, the radio, and miles of blacktop.

I couldn’t help but think on the ride, how thankful I was for the peace and quiet. Time in which I could just focus on my driving and nothing else. It’s amazing how much one can notice of his/her surroundings when your mind is at ease and peacefulness envelopes you. As I drove, I noticed as we got closer to home, storm clouds were darkening the area. It sprinkled here and there. It didn’t downpour or anything, but it was enough to need the wipers.

I love a good storm and where I live, we don’t get the storms like down south where I’m from. And I miss them.

When we arrived home, I got the kids in the house and settled down. They are always extra rowdy after the long drive….bundles of energy stored for the moment they jump out of the vehicle. For about half an hour, I just kept repeating:

  • close the door.
  • stay off the road.
  • quit running in and out.
  • close the darn door!

Finally, I got them inside with a snack and settled for a short movie, which the two youngest watched for only about 5 minutes and they were off again to find the next burst of trouble they could get into.

My time of peace had been replaced with energy….lots and lots and lots of energy. I totally wish I could bottle that energy and save it for myself 🙂

And then I looked out my window to notice my kids’ bike in the neighbors yard. I opened the door to go outside and it was pouring. Hard, heavy rain. I giggled to myself because I still had to get that darn bike.

Then, suddenly, I just felt a giddy kind of peacefulness all over again.

I called to the girls to come outside because we were going to play in the rain. When only the two youngest came outside, they didn’t want to step outside but they laughed when they seen me dancing goofily in the rain. Finally, I was able to draw them both out for a short moment or two…very short-lived.

I stood out there in that rain, letting it drench my clothes, and danced like an idiot.

But, you know what?

I didn’t care. Not one little bit did I care about how silly I must have looked because I felt such joy and it made my children laugh with happiness and silliness.

And what more to be thankful for than the giggles of two beautiful little girls. It’s these moments in life that remind me of the great Love of God and how thankful I am for that love.

Exciting & Fun Creations, Life in General

And It’s Friday!

Okay, so I’m late. It was Friday….now it’s Saturday!

But, as promised, Fun Photo Friday!

I believe I’ve said this already, but I LOVE photos.

And I used to take pictures of EVERYTHING!

I used to practice my photography skills on anything that could fit in the focus of my camera.

Kids.

Buildings.

Landscapes.

Flowers.

Trees.

Bugs!

I’m serious. Everything.

Until, the two-fold sad day that turned out to be what I will forever claim to be a miracle. Here’s the story:

One summer, I had my children at the river fishing. And my children love water. A lot. Who doesn’t? My boys were fishing while my girls and I were playing along the edge of the water. My camera was hanging around my neck (which is common for most people that like and practice photography). All the sudden, splash! My daughter fell in the river. Without a thought for my camera, I did as any parent would do, and I jumped in after her. The two-fold sadness: my daughter fell in the river (and we know how that could’ve ended) and my camera was toast. The miracle: my daughter –except for being scared — is absolutely fine and she was even that day. No water in her lungs, no scratches, scrapes or bruises afterwards. I checked her from head to toe before we left the river. Upon getting back into town, I had her checked over by a PA (physician assistant) who said my daughter was fine. That day, I witnessed a miracle.

Anywhoo…no more camera for me. Now, I use my cell phone camera. It’s not bad, but it could be better.

Today’s Fun Photo goes to: Biking

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As I said, cell phone and not the greatest picture, but the sight before you is a beautiful portrayal of childhood and all the fun that that implies. I can recall a picture in my mom’s photo album from when I was a youngin. In her photo, there are a few neighborhood kids with my sister and I on our bikes, much like this one. When I took this picture, it brought to mind that photo. I love to see the children playing with their friends and the camaraderie that is so evident in how the subjects so unknowingly, yet perfectly positioned themselves. A totally unexpected capture -albeit poor quality – that thoroughly depicts life during childhood.

A reminder to us all to enjoy life’s greatest, usually the smallest, joys to be found in our own backyards or, as the picture shows, the middle of a small-town, sleepy road. Traffic is scarce and children are aplenty 🙂

This is a memory to be treasured.

Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Motherhood, Wifehood

Family Quotations

I am so excited! I have been nominated to do the 3 day quote challenge and I think it’s going to be tons of fun. I love quotes because they so eloquently put into words exactly what I am thinking or feeling at any given moment, much like a song.

Since family is so incredibly important to me, today’s quotes will focus around family. Words are used as encouragement, to express most any emotion, and to just hold conversation. They can build a person up, tear a person down, and can have connotations beyond the understanding of some while others catch the meaning rather quickly.

Before I start with today’s quotes, I’d like to thank Good, Beautiful and True for the nomination. When I got it in my inbox this afternoon, I was super excited! Good, Beautiful, and True is a very inspiring blog that focuses on incorporating fitness into her life along with her family and her faith. Again, thank you for the nomination.

Without further ado, here are my 3 quotes of the day:

As I said, since our lives are led by God and we live in a Christ centered home, my first quote goes to God. Without him, nothing in our life is possible.

God is in the sadness and the laughter, in the bitter and the sweet. There is a divine purpose behind everything — and therefore a divine presence in everything. – Neale Donald Walsch

Beyond God, family is the most important thing in my life and since I happen to be a wife, my husband is the focus here. He’s my friend, my lover, my childrens’ father, and the leader of our home.

A home with a loving and loyal husband and wife is the supreme setting in which children can be reared in love and righteousness and in which the spiritual and physical needs of children can be met. – David A. Bednar

My vocation as a mother is what takes up most my time and as to be expected, the kids get all of my attention during the day. So, this quote if for them.

We aren’t perfect people, but with the grace God supplies, we’re doing our best to raise our children in an atmosphere that is heavily seasoned with grace, mercy, compassion, structure, wisdom and love that we believe find their source in Christ. – John Stange

Such words of wisdom and truth that encourage me to be the best I can be in each of these areas: Child of God, Wife, and Mother.

My 3 nominations for today are:

366 acts of random kindness

Shell’s Shizzle

FINDING OUR WAY THROUGH THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLINESS OF MARRIAGE AND PARENTING. WITH GOD’S GRACE AND LOVE, WE CAN CONQUER IT ALL!!!

Side note to the nominees: Please don’t feel obligated to participate if this isn’t your thing. It’s fun, but not required.

Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Motherhood, Wifehood

Coming Soon

Hey y’all. I hope everyone is having a marvelous day!

With all the changes occurring in my life, I would like to start making a designated post for each day. These posts will consists of different things from throughout that particular day. For instance, Meaningful Monday will focus on all the meaningful things that happened in my life, the life of my family or how something contributed to my life or that of my family most recently.

The following shows the name of each of the seven days. I am hoping to spice up my routine a little bit and draw more readers. If you already follow me I hope you continue to do so. If you don’t please join…things here will hopefully be a source of entertainment and encouragement for you.

Here goes it:

  • Meaningful Monday
  • Testimony Tuesday
  • Whatever Wednesday
  • Thankful Thursday
  • Fun Photo Friday
  • Scrabble Saturday
  • Lord’s Day Sunday

Beings we are a Christian family, Sunday will be more of a day for religious focus. However, each day will include some faith and God-centered appreciations.

As I said, if you follow me now, tag along with me. If you don’t then I hope you join.

Life in General, Wifehood

For Fun

The other day, I ran across something on Facebook (yes, an avid follower, I am) aimed at husbands and/or wives, a game of sorts. It looked interesting and fun and I thought, why not?

So, last night as my husband and I sat in the evening for our time together without the kids, I brought it up and he participated, much to my surprise. He doesn’t normally do these type of silly games with me.

Here goes it:

WITHOUT any prompting, ask your husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend these questions and write down EXACTLY what they say. It’s great and funny. The outcome can be hilarious… Or brutal…..

My husbands answers are in bold. The other thoughts are mine or the correct answer

What is something I always say?
I don’t know — Well, that shows how well he listens to me 😉

What makes me happy?
I do —yes he very much does 🙂

What makes me sad?
I do — yes, at times he does 😦

What was I like as a child?
I have no idea — how could he, he didn’t know me as child, although he has heard stories

How old am I?
35…no wait, 36 you just had a birthday!— correct

How tall am I?
5’1 or 5’2 –correct

What’s my favorite thing to do?
play on the computer— nope, i love spending time with him

What do I do when you’re not around?
I don’t know….–um, how could you not know. I have 6 kids at home! who do you think looks after them?

If I became famous, what would it be for?
tv show…. — okay and it would be called “The Madhouse on Montana Street”

What am I good at?
design — obviously he knows i love creativity 🙂

What am I not good at?
controlling your emotions — spot on!

What makes you proud of me?
you’re a good mother — aww, be still my beating heart ❤

What is my favorite food?
Dr. Pepper, it’s not a drink, but whatever — very good, husband 🙂

What do we do together?
raise kids and play in the hay —hmmm, maybe 😉

How are you and I the same?
we’re the same age — and that’s all you could come up with?

Where is my favorite place to eat?
Red Lobster — he’s close…a toss up between red lobster and Kobe’s Japanese steakhosue

How old was I when I met you?
22 — umm, nooo, I was pregnant with Mr. D and I was 24, but hey you were close

When is our anniversary?
June 23 — excellent job dear hubby ❤

If I could go anywhere, where would it be?
Hawaii, anywhere there’s a beach — again, well said 🙂

Do you think you could live with me forever?
yes — good answer, husband, good answer 😉

How do I annoy you?
when you don’t listen to me when I know I’m right — which 99% of the time he is :0

Life in General

Things to Accomplish in May

May is quickly approaching which means Mother’s Day, birthdays, end of the school year & graduations, upcoming summer vacation, upcoming change in my work schedule, and did I mention summer?!?

Beings that summer is MY MOST FAVORITE season of the year, I have decided to set some goals for May to get the summer off to a wonderful start.

First Goal: A March for Babies walk and a week later, A Walk to Cure Arthritis.

  • This is pretty cut and dried. It’s a 3 mile walk and I walk that most days in the summer so I’m pretty comfortable with this goal.

Second Goal: get a reunion BBQ planned that’s scheduled for the middle of May.

  • make the guest list  √check
  • clean the yard and house
  • decide a menu
  • music or no?
  • BBQ will be pretty laid-back so no fancy planning as far as venue, dress, etc. etc

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Third Goal: do some volunteering at the hospital as well as donate some items such as a quilt or blanket. I am currently waiting to hear back from the Volunteer Coordinator.

  • gather information  √check
  • pinpoint what I’d like to do
  • gather needed supplies for choice volunteer activity
  • set up dates and times

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Fourth Goal: I am the process of making one quilt, but by the end of May, I would like have 2 or 3 quilts completed. I have about 5 quilts that I have bought the material for, but haven’t started.

  • decide on patterns  √check
  • gather needed materials  √check
  • set times aside each day to work on the projects
  • step-by-step process: cutting, ironing, sewing, ironing, so on and so forth

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Fifth Goal: Spend some time getting to know my neighbor.

  • set up a play date for the kids
  • invite her family over for BBQ

All of this sounds pretty easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy, right?

But with 6 children in the house, although attainable the goals are, we will stop at 5 just so I’m not taking on too much at a time beings I still have a month of home-school left as well as my job (only part-time). Plus, my older children have schedules to keep so I have to sometimes drop what I’m doing to meet their schedules. It’s okay though, cuz they are definitely worth it ♥