Monday, March 29, 2010

What Color Is Your Tiger?

Recently we were seated at the table together, and my son was going on about colors and tigers and getting frustrated because no one was listening.  So I zoned Mom Radar in on what he was saying:  He was trying to get Er-bear to tell him what color her (imaginary) tiger is because his is blue with black stripes.  Not black with blue stripes.  Blue.  Black stripes.  Very important.  To sis?  Not so much.

I sensed an angry outburst with lots of tears and redness, so noticing the shirt he had on, I quickly attempted to diffuse the situation.  And straight-faced asked him, "Is your shirt light blue with dark blue stripes, dark blue with light blue stripes, or white with dark blue and light blue stripes?"  Pointing to each color as I spoke. 
I don't think he realized what shirt he was wearing, then he just looked at me with bewilderment.  Like that's not at all what he meant.  But it ended with laughter, and that's the important thing.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Quotes

"Finish every day and be done with it.  You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense:  This day is all that is good and fair.  It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

I had opportunity this day to share coffee with a lovely lady.  I'm learning to recognize these things, these times of stepping outside of what's comfortable and doing something different.  And when I do, it not only blesses me, but those around me.  I have had five wonderful days of discovering who I am without my children; that there is life other than just caretaking.  I realize that for this season I am a guardian over my kids, but someday they may no longer need me.  And at that time I'll need to know how to step into another aspect of Who I Am.  I believe I'm glimpsing portions of "what's next.'  And God is Good.  I love where I am, and I love where I'm going.

Here's to enjoying the journey.

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Lesson in Laundry/A Lesson in Thankfulness

Why is it when we buy cheap to save cash, we then can't wait to get "cheap" all used up so next time we can get the "good stuff"?

There's nothing wrong with this, it's just not my favorite.  At the time, the "good stuff" had gone up to $8.  This was around $5.  But every time I have to do a load of laundry, I catch myself counting down to when I can buy the "good stuff" again.  I guess the flip side of this would be Thankfulness.  Thank God I have laundry detergent so I can do the wash.  It was as I was writing this out, Father showed me how much I had been grumbling and complaining.  Yes, I am thankful to not be covered up in dirty laundry, and so glad that for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  Maybe there's a message in there somewhere...

From a freshly laundered (inside & out) Ozark Hilltop :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring Forward

I forgot this was the time-change weekend.  When it took me an hour to go from the bed to the computer, which is just a few steps across the room, I realized I had a problem. 
In need of more sleep...

Some quotes:

"Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time,
and always start with
the person nearest you."
- Mother Teresa

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."  Einstein.
"Most of our obstacles would melt away if,
instead of cowering before them,
we should make up our minds to walk through them." 
Orison Swett Marden