Sunday, November 30, 2014

Starters and Cheerleaders

I've learned some important life lessons.  One is that even a short trip to see loved ones is worth the money. 

To prove it, feast your eyes on a recent trip to see my son and his family.  I was only there for 2 days but it was so worth it--our granddaughter is growing up fast!

A more recent life lesson is the incredible importance that positive people play in my children's lives--both "starters" and "cheerleaders."  I've always recognized the importance of mentors--the "big players" like relatives and Godparents and coaches who are super involved in my kids' lives.  Those relationships are the mortar that helps hold their lives together.  It means so much to my kids to have other adults who love them unconditionally and take the time to be involved.  My recent life lesson is that something as simple as sending a postcard or a text adds up to make a big difference.  It's the on-going "I love you, and I'm thinking about you, and I'm here for you" communication. 

And I've recently truly learned the incredible importance of the "cheerleaders"--every small kindness adds up.  Kids (especially teens) need lots of fans!  My friend Suzy is an example.  She is one of those people who is always positive, but unfortunately we don't spend time together outside our annual campout.  Yet even though we aren't close friends, Suzy makes herself well known to my children--she is one of their greatest cheerleaders on Facebook where she can be counted on to make positive, encouraging comments on a regular basis.  Cheerleaders like Suzy make my kids' lives richer. 

Every kindness counts.  And every single adult who takes time for kids means SO MUCH!  Thank you to those who take time for my kids and make the world a better place with their involvement in young lives. 
My hope is that I can work a little harder to be both a starter and a sideline cheerleader to all the kids in my life.  One person can AND DOES make a HUGE difference!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thankfulness Brings Joy

When life gets overwhelming it is so easy to lose our joy.  And what's interesting is, at least for me, I can't always see it dissipating.  And then one day--BAM--it hits me like a ton of bricks!  
And once it's gone it seems so elusive to get back.  What I've found this time around (or perhaps once again) is that thankfulness brings joy.
I'm re-reading Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.  I blogged about it long ago and it's just what I needed.  Not only does it help keep my worries at bay, it helps me find the joy in each and every day; each and every moment.  I look around and praise God for all the small delights in life. 
I am reminded to keep smiling--and keep trusting God.  I am reminded to truly keep thanksgiving in my heart, which seems especially meaningful this week.
"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
                                                  Thessalonians 5:18

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

All He Wants For Christmas Is . . .

His two front teeth!
After years of some incredible scooter stunts (and a few wrecks) one landed especially badly.
After nearly knocking out his two front teeth, breaking one, and being rushed to an emergency dental appointment-- followed by many others--Paul might just get his two front teeth back.  It's included posts, root canals, and crowns.  Not fun.  His scootering days might just be over. 
Luckily he was wearing a helmet! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Auction

The Holt auction is always a very special event.  And this year was no exception.  Many happy memories!  I will never forget the gift and presence of some special people and also Tink's hysterical race to get our dessert!
 Photos courtesy Holt International

Thursday, November 13, 2014


It's been awhile!  Whew!  I think it was a lifetime ago!  It's has been up and down and all around, but God is always good and it's amazing how He orchestrates life!  I'm learning a whole new meaning of Carrie Underwood's song, Jesus Take the Wheel!  Lots of topics to blog about.
I'm off to taxi kids to evening events, but I wanted to stop in and tell you all hello!  I miss blogging and hope to add more soon.  For now, here are pics of Mei Mei's birthday.  She was SUCH an excited birthday girl!
And while I'm catching up, some pics of Halloween--Harry Potter, a cat, a Minion, and can you guess who was Gru?  LOTS of candy and a fun night.  (The other kids all decided they were too old for trick-or-treating this year--my babies are growing up!)
More posts coming soon to a blog near you.