Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wordless Wednesday (almost)

This picture of my sister, her husband and daughter was taken last November at our parents' 50th wedding anniversary. It is ironic to me that they are sitting under this banner because they will not ever celebrate 50 years together. Not because they don't want to. They do very much want to. He is losing a battle to pancreatic cancer. His last hours here on earth are imminent. As someone posted on their caring bridge journal: Barry is raw courage and Nancy loyal perseverance. Today's post is in honor of them.

With much love,

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Treasure Test

This weekend we had a friend from Croatia eat dinner with us. On Saturday, we met a new friend from Asia. They have reminded us of our blessings here in America. We can read our Bibles; gather together with friends at home; we can buy discounted clothing; we reap from a spiritual harvest from generations long ago.

I am glad to be reminded of things that are easy for me to take for granted because I have always had them.

We also drove around and saw some of the devastation from the floods last weekend. Two different families from church came out of their homes with the clothes on their backs. That's it. As my daughter prayed that night with the woman's words: "Things are things. People are people." They had the most important thing: each other. They survived the flood with each other.

We work hard to have beautiful things around us that can be destroyed in a moment's flood.

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21

May my treasure be in God Himself and His beautiful created people. May I enjoy the beauty that is around me and even work to make my home beautiful but not to the point of treasuring the things above the people that live here. When disaster strikes, we are reminded of the most important things -- which aren't things at all but people.

Thankful today for the gift of today and the people that surround me each day -- my children and my husband.

Have a joyful day,

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Hand Sanitizer, Paper Plates and a Lack of Laundry

Azaleas in our front yard.

What do hand sanitizer, paper plates, and not doing laundry have in common? They are part of what I am doing to conserve water after the weekend's Historic Flooding in Middle Tennessee. At least one water treatment plant has been flooded and so they have asked us to use half our normal water usage. So I figure we can use hand sanitizer a bit to wash our hands and more paper plates for a few less dishes. And I have a great excuse to not do as much laundry! I was trying to get away with not doing any. But that doesn't work in a family of six that includes dancers and ball players and your general-wearers-of-clothes.

But actually it is really good to think about NOT wasting water and using as little as I can. I should do it all of the time. I think of a friend living overseas who has only a certain amount of water all of the time. It gets turned off and on at random times for her. How much precious water I waste on a regular basis! I am thankful to think about conserving.

After two days of solid rain over the weekend, the sun has been out shining ever since. It is beautiful around here (like the pretty flowers above). God has given (the rain) and taken it away (so much sunshine!). The waters are receding, and the mess cleanup continues. Have you seen the Downtown Nashville and Opryland Hotel flooding pictures? Less available water available and less tourism, and we'll be feeling the effects for quite some time. Of course, those with the most damaged homes will feel it even longer.

But it is always inspiring to me how much neighbors help neighbors in times of crisis. People coming together to lend a hand. Most folks I know wish they could help more than they have (including me). It is good to get us out working side-by-side, reminding us that we need each other.

I am so thankful for the sunshine after the storm, a message that storms do end.

"This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

Monday, May 3, 2010

A Challenge of April --Blogging from A to Z

The day before April started, I saw a comment on Rachelle Gardner's blog about a blogging challenge. I linked over to Arlee Bird's blog who challenged folks to blog Monday-Saturday for the month of April which would include 26 days -- one for each letter of the alphabet. I had just been thinking that I needed to be more committed to this thing called a blog so in spite of a full calendar, I dived in to this everyday blogging challenge.

I began with the thought that I could do this even going out of town a couple of times. Write a few posts at a time and then merely make sure they post every day. Ha-ha! It could be said that I failed greatly since I entered 9 posts in the month of April. That falls quite short from the stated 26. BUT, I probably entered 9 more posts than I would have without the challenge.

I have learned how fun it is to have some new followers and followers that comment! Thank you Arlee, Ellie, Lisa, Melody, Deborah Ann,...and others. I know now how fun it is to make cyber friends. And thanks to all my In Real Life friends who have also commented (either here in the blog (Steve, Kristi, Steph & others) or have shot me an email -- like my dad)!!

I have also learned that I write better blog posts on a spiral bound notebook --- far away from computer land where distractions are too many to count.

It takes commitment to write--blogging or not. The writer's life requires a commitment to writing in the midst of baseball games, illness, historic flooding, missionary friends that we hadn't seen in five years, dance classes and homeschooling and being a wife and an aunt and a sister, family crisis 900 miles away where my heart is most of the time, ministry challenges in our church, teeth being lost (by normal growing children). It is easy to excuse NOT writing; it is much harder to be committed to writing and developing the gift in the midst of life.

These are the thoughts of a writer who could look like they failed but have NOT. For I am writing still and will continue...I press on.

Love, Kathleen
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