Category: family


rif raft, is that a word?
not quite sure but it came to mind so I wrote it.
🙂
None essential things is basically that I have nothing new to share.
life is good for the most part.
I have a few quirks here and there that I need to deal with and iron out
but for the most part everything is A OKAY
🙂
my husband, children and grandchildren are all healthy
my siblings all are struggling with issues but nothing so out landish that they aren’t doing okay as well

My heavenly Father is forever gracious to me and blesses me every single day

what more do I need?

I will always want more money and I really need to lose weight, but….I’m working on both of those so……..
life is good.

bearandroses

today

a lot of things have changed in my life, since I was on this and actually wrote a blog that had substance.

the biggest is my grandson was born two and a half years ago.

he is exceptional and wonderful and a true love of my life.

I lost my sister Linda almost a year ago.

she died from complications from a massive stroke.

I was with her hours before she died and it was painful to see her so ill

I think she knew who I was and that only made her cry more.

it was awful saying goodbye to her, but I do believe she is in a better place now.

My children and grandchildren are all healthy and doing well.

My husband is retired now and working part-time

life is good for the most part.
I get down sometimes and maybe even a bit depressed and often wonder “is this all there is in life?”

but I try to be upbeat and happy

life can throw curveballs, and we have to be prepared for that movement.

but overall God has blessed me with a good life.
🙂

invisible strings

as I sit here reflecting on my day and thinking about summer and warmer temperatures I have to say that the highest point of my day was two different things.
both affect my heart-strings and the overflowing love I have for my youngest daughter and my two younger grand daughters.

the first high point (it is a tie, but this one happened first)

was when my youngest daughter who is almost six months pregnant text me and was saying how her son was moving around inside of her so much that it looked like he was playing ping-pong in there.
It warmed me so much because for one thing, we were told my daughter may never be able to conceive like a normal woman does (look how wrong that doctor was!) and because this is her first child and therefore it is all refreshing and new to her.
Therefore I get to live it all over again in her.
it  is wonderful to be able to share the joy of motherhood with her.
My eldest child, aside from the fact that she has disowned me, will never have a child, so sharing all of this with my youngest child, is extra precious.

The second thing that happened today was when my grand daughters came home.
they both are thrilled to see me and I get hugs and smiles and just so much joy in being their nana that it is almost indescribable.

The invisible strings are there constantly when it comes to being a parent and grand parent.
those strings tug at my heart in every way and makes life a true blessing to live.
Thank you God for this good life I live

🙂

Pass me a biscuit

when I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast for dinner, now and then, and I remember one night in particular when she made breakfast for dinner after a long day at work

on that evening not so long ago, my mother placed a plate of eggs, sausages and extremely burnt biscuits in front of my father

I remember wondering if any of my siblings had noticed!

yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit and smear it with jam and eat it with a smile on his face as he asked me how my day at school was.

I don’t remember what my response was but I do remember him eating every bit of that burnt biscuit!

Later as mom was doing the dishes I heard her apologize to my dad for the burnt biscuits and I will never forget what he said, his reply to her was “Honey I love your burnt biscuits”

Later that night when he was tucking me into bed I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burnt.
he wrapped me in his arms and said “Your mother put in a hard day at work today and she was really tired.  Besides a little burnt biscuit didn’t ever hurt anyone!”

Life is full of  imperfect things and imperfect people

I am not the best at anything

I forget birthdays and anniversaries like any one else.
But what I have learned over the years is this

learning to accept each others faults and differences is one of the most important keys to a successful, growing and lasting  relationship

and that is my prayer for you today
that you take the good, the bad and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God, because in the end He is the only One you will be able to give a relationship to where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal breaker

we could extend this to any relationship
A parent and child, a sibling to a sibling, a husband and a wife!

or simply a friendship

“Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket, keep it in your own”

God bless you now and always….

And pass me a biscuit
🙂

my daughter sent this to me yesterday.
I don’t know where it came from but the message is quite good.
God is all-powerful and without Him life is empty
With Him everything is possible!!!
God Bless!
🙂

we are approaching the middle of January already!
Where does the time go?
Seems like it flies by so swiftly.
Not sure why that is but I was once told the older I get the faster time flies.

Still don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.
Anything that will bring me closer to Spring and warmer temperatures is fine by me.
I love winter.
I do.
I love the crisp cold mornings and the freshly fallen snow.
I love the way the state more or less comes to a grinding halt as we struggle through the frigid months that make up winter.
It isn’t my favorite season, in fact of the four it ranks fourth.
first is spring with a very closely almost tied second of fall, than summer although I do hate when it is hot and humid for days on end.
And last winter.

Today however it is supposed to get to 35 which in itself will seem like a day in paradise since we have suffered through freezing temperatures since before 2010 came into view.
It will be nice to see some of this snow melt.

 still I have no complaints.
I don’t even mind being at work today.
Because in being here, my family (especially my grand daughters) are healthy and life can continue as the norm.

Tomorrow my youngest son is turning 24.

Hard to believe but since I am aging quite quickly it is only expected that my children get older too.
🙂

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday
Peace and may the love of the Lord be with you each and every day!

sitting on go

ever feel like all you do is sit and wait?
I am at that feeling today.
I can’t wait for warmer weather.
I feel so boxed in and almost frantic with this cabin fever I have been experiencing of late.
😦
I know spring is coming.
It is January after all and we have about two and a half if not three more months of winter before it will all start to thaw and the trees will start blooming again.

I’m also waiting for my son and his wife to find a place to live so I can have my house back.
Living with them is great in some ways but not so great in others.
The best part is I see my girls every day.
The worst part is living on top of each other.
I feel like I can’t even clean properly because everything is so congested and messy with their dogs, cat and their girls toys every where.
I don’t mean to complain.
I love my grandchildren more than I love my life, but it does get tiresome to have nowhere to go to get away from it all.

still I am trying to look on the bright side of things.
It is January, not October, so spring gets closer every day
And I do get to see my grand daughters every day, which is wonderful.

The Lord sees me through every day almost carrying me at times.
And I am very grateful for Him and all of my blessings.
🙂

Iowa 2010

it is the second already!
Where did yesterday go?
I took a nap, that is where it went.
🙂
It is bitter cold here.
And by bitter I mean, no one is happy with twelve below zero temperatures.
I know this is Iowa and this is what we are supposed to expect but damn……it is cold.
Can even tell it by being inside our house.

The drafts seem more prominent for some reason.
🙂

No great plans for 2010 except my new grandchild in May.
I still think about going back to school, taking a class one at a time but I need to do some studying too before I even take the test to get into college.
my algebra is really bad.
So if nothing else I need to brush up on that.

Every year as the new year comes in I wonder what it holds (as I am sure everyone does)
Will we lose anyone?
How many new babies will there be?
What will change?

For me there will be at least one baby and our finances should be in better order by the end of this year.
Heck by March they should be improving nicely as we get a few bills paid off.

 my sister and I are supposed to go to Utah in April, which I hope we make that trip.
I love that state and can’t wait to visit there again.

Maybe we will try to get a family vacation in some time too.
That would be nice.

All I really want for 2010 is for my family to be healthy and happy and that we all turn to the Lord for our problems.

May 2010 be wonderful for you!
🙂

well in four days we will be into the year 2010

Amazing if one thinks about it.
I find it hard to believe.
Doesn’t seem that long ago that we were just about to turn to the year 2000

where does the time go?

I am not going to make any New Years resolutions because ninety-five percent of the time I end up breaking them anyway.
I am however going to become a new person.

I am giving my life to God.
To do with as He sees fit.
Everything I do regarding any other human being is going to be due to my Lord and the precious life He has given me.

I am going to be a better wife
I am going to be a better mother.
A better sister and friend.

I am going to walk with God in my Heart and God by my side.
With my Lord anything and everything is possible.
Without Him, I would be a tumble weed blowing in the wind.

So as I look into the year 2010 and wonder what it will hold in store for me besides a new grand child….I give it up to God.
For He is everything to me and HE is responsible for all the gifts and blessings in my life.
🙂

My Christmas Wish

well here it is two days before Christmas eve and I have been thinking a lot on what I actually want for Christmas.

So here goes

First and foremost, I want people to believe in God and realize that He is the reason for everything!
That Christmas is actually about God and Jesus and not about giving lavish presents and trying to buy their way into people’s hearts.

Secondly, I wish for complete happiness and health for my children and their significant others and spouses
For my grand children as well, may they have long and happy and healthy lives and this goes for my little peanut due in May and any and all other grandchildren I may have.

Third, I wish for my husband and siblings to be happy and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas and bask in the wonder of family.

Fourth, I wish to always remember that I am nothing without my Lord and the wonderful gifts He has given me which is  my family and His never-ending love.

Fifth, I wish for those who have lost a loved one through disease, war, divorce, estrangement, murder or suicide…..that they know to turn to God to find comfort and solace.
and for those who are losing a loved one as I write this, to hold on to God and find comfort in Him.

Sixth, I hope my siblings who are traveling do so safely and that they get to their destinations with little or no trouble and then safely home again after the holidays.

seventh, I hope the few friends I have will have a wonderful Christmas with their own families

eighth,  I wish for peace and an end to war

ninth,  I wish for myself to remember to be kind and considerate and not be so quick to judge or criticize others.

tenth, I wish for every person I know and for every person they know to have a very safe and healthy New Year and that we all live to see many more Christmas’ and New Years in the future.

it is in my Lord Jesus Christ’s name I pray
Amen.

peas and carrots

I’m sitting here trying to think of something to write about and it dawned on me that things go hand in hand.
Winter and cold, summer and heat, tea for two, peas and carrots, smiles and happiness, frowns and bitterness

my life is all about peas and carrots
what affects others is so much a part of me and who I am.

Take for instance my sons.
I tell them every single year at Christmas and Valentines day to show their wives that they love them and appreciate them.
My youngest son is better than my oldest, but even he has a hard time with it at times.
SO last night I bought a necklace for my older son to give to his wife.
He doesn’t get the idea of being romantic (he is like his father (sigh)

and I will give it to him to give to her on Christmas.

WOMEN NEED TO BE ROMANCED

why don’t men get that?

Even my own husband whom I have been married to for 27 years has lost all concept of being romantic.
if he ever was to begin with.
Yes he was, but he has lost it.

Anyway back to my peas and carrots thoughts……what I do or don’t do go hand in hand with how my children, grand children and husband react and I take it from there.
I live my life for all of them.

Like peas and carrots we go hand in hand.

Is it ideal?
No, but it is my life and I am obligated by my own conscience to live this life because I chose it.