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.

Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Motherhood, Wifehood

Happiness – 101 Simple Things

Happiness is what we all search for. We look for it in everything we do, everyone we meet, and everywhere we go. Scale Simple created her own and is asking for other bloggers to create their own lists of 101 happiness’s in their lives.

Happiness 101 Simple Things Challenge rules…

  • Write 101 Simple things that make you happy

  • Tag 5 bloggers who you would like to invite to take part in this challenge

  • Mention ScaleSimple in your post!


101 Simple things that bring me happiness…Pretty much everything under the sun, but I shall credit each one individually 🙂

  1. Happiness is…Sunday Mass
  2. Happiness is…Wednesday Mass
  3. Happiness is…ONLY the very first fresh fallen snow of the year (i hate winter, but that first snowfall is beautiful)
  4. Happiness is…the first cries of a newborn baby
  5. Happiness is…glasses that help me to see the world clearly
  6. Happiness is…cool, crisp Dr. Pepper 
  7. Happiness is…smell of bacon in the morning
  8. Happiness is…squeals of a happy toddler
  9. Happiness is…mutters of an aggravated teenager
  10. Happiness is…the smell of my husband 
  11. Happiness is…curling up with a good love story minus the in-depth sexual details….Nicholas Sparks is my fav!
  12. Happiness is…the first rays of the morning sun….such a peace it brings
  13. Happiness is…loud crashes of thunder
  14. Happiness is…the smell of lilacs
  15. Happiness is…whines and complaints of my pre-teen boys
  16. Happiness is…watching my little girls conversate with one another….it’s quite entertaining.
  17. Happiness is…sleeping with my fan. every night.
  18. Happiness is…camping in a tent on a stormy night.
  19. Happiness is…the neighbor kids over to play in the sprinkler.
  20. Happiness is….noticeable improvements in myself and my loved ones.
  21. Happiness is…my daddy’s devilish grin.
  22. Happiness is…my mama’s cooking.
  23. Happiness is…getting together with my sisters, feeling almost like kids again.
  24. Happiness is…snuggling with my hunny bunny.
  25. Happiness is…my hair straightener on date nights.
  26. Happiness is…hosting a social gathering of friends/family in the backyard.
  27. Happiness is…my neighbors.
  28. Happiness is…God’s presence in our home.
  29. Happiness is…my husband being able to get home each night versus the once-a-week that it used to be.
  30. Happiness is…soft breezes.
  31. Happiness is…chirping grasshoppers.
  32. Happiness is…singing birds.
  33. Happiness is…croaking frogs.
  34. Happiness is…my favorite flip-flops.
  35. Happiness is…creating a quilt.
  36. Happiness is…putting the last stitch in the quilt.
  37. Happiness is…being on the water, near the water, or in the water (bathtub excluded)
  38. Happiness is…a 5-10 minute soak in the hottest bath I can stand.
  39. Happiness is…watching reruns of my favorite romantic movies.
  40. Happiness is…memories of my children as babies.
  41. Happiness is…memories of family vacays as well as the stolen getaways with just my hubby.
  42. Happiness is…the sights of a horse (wild or not) running freely, its’ mane flowing carelessly in the wind.
  43. Happiness is…having conversation with the pastor at my church.
  44. Happiness is…listening to stories of older generations.
  45. Happiness is…snuggling all night with a sick child. if you’re a mom then you will understand the reasoning behind this one.
  46. Happiness is…childhood memories.
  47. Happiness is…traveling.
  48. Happiness is…the beautiful flowers blooming in my yard.
  49. Happiness is…celebrations of any kind.
  50. Happiness is…giving to others without expectation of a return.
  51. Happiness is…lots and lots of laughter from adult and child alike.
  52. Happiness is…encouraging others in their own lives.
  53. Happiness is…Christmas, Easter, and the 4th of July.
  54. Happiness is…red hair dye.
  55. Happiness is…getting all dolled up for a night out with my favorite guy.
  56. Happiness is…one on one time with each of my children.
  57. Happiness is…Red Lobster.
  58. Happiness is…the color purple.
  59. Happiness is…witnessing someone in their enjoyments.
  60. Happiness is…the colors of summer.
  61. Happiness is…the feels of summer.
  62. Happiness is…the sounds of summer.
  63. Happiness is…the smells of summer.
  64. Happiness is…summer.
  65. Happiness is…freeze pops on a super hot day.
  66. Happiness is…capturing life’s joys through my photo lens.
  67. Happiness is…walking barefoot through a mud puddle after a heavy rain.
  68. Happiness is…falling asleep in the car as my husband drives down the road.
  69. Happiness is…to watch my children try and try and try until they succeed.
  70. Happiness is…seeing my husband pull into the drive in the evenings, even more so if he’s home early.
  71. Happiness is…heart to heart conversations with my loved ones.
  72. Happiness is…watching my children grow and change.
  73. Happiness is…the sauciness and know-it-all attitude of my 4 year old (once they reach 10+ that same attitude is aggravating).
  74. Happiness is…watching my son interact with his girlfriend.
  75. Happiness is…the day my son gets back home from his dad’s.
  76. Happiness is…playing backyard games with my kiddos.
  77. Happiness is…working together as family to accomplish our goals.
  78. Happiness is…sleeping in.
  79. Happiness is…writing in my journal or on my blog.
  80. Happiness is…the smells of rain.
  81. Happiness is…putting together a puzzle.
  82. Happiness is…perusing the fabrics in a fabric store.
  83. Happiness is…meaningful tattoos.
  84. Happiness is…sitting in peaceful silence every so often.
  85. Happiness is…watching the sun rise or set.
  86. Happiness is…catching a fish.
  87. Happiness is…winning at pull-tabs.
  88. Happiness is…chances to be creative.
  89. Happiness is…adding something new to or making a change in decor.
  90. Happiness is…the smell of clean laundry.
  91. Happiness is…reading my girls their favorite story.
  92. Happiness is…saying nighttime prayers with all the kids.
  93. Happiness is…singing my girls their only, most favorite, not anything else but this one song: Down in the Valley.
  94. Happiness is…George Strait on the radio/cd player
  95. Happiness is…thoughts of love, kindness, and encouragement.
  96. Happiness is…reading my daily devotionals.
  97. Happiness is…family prayer time.
  98. Happiness is…prayer by myself.
  99. Happiness is…taking the kids to the waterpark.
  100. Happiness is…relaxing on a blanket under my favorite shade tree watching my children play.
  101. Happiness is…babies, babies, babies.

 

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Can you name 101 simple things that bring you happiness in your life?

I challenge…

  1. The Richness of a Simple Life
  2. Shell’s Shizzle
  3. From Emma With Love
  4. Miss Mae’s Days
  5. Just Add Grace
Daily Encourgement, Life in General

It’s a Summer Thang

Hot, hot sun

Beaches and swimsuits

Water toys galore, boats of all sizes, and flotation devices abound

Popsicles and water-fights

Croaks of frogs and chirps of the crickets

Happy tweets of the birds

Squeals and laughter of excited children

Oh, the sights and sounds of summer are a beautiful and welcome change in the seasons. I am a SUMMER person.The heat is a welcome distraction and the water, whether in a pool, an ocean, a river, a lake, or just in a yard sprinkler is a sought after amusement. Oh, but the nice brisk chill of walking into an air-conditioned room after spending time in the heat is just as refreshing. The slow idleness of lazy days and the go-go-go on the busier day seem to balance themselves out.

Summertime is a busy time.

Lots of camping.

Many evening cookouts.

Meaningful celebration.

Summer is my favorite season.

 

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 ♥