Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lizzy learns to swim

Surprisingly my sisters and I were never great swimmers. My grandparents had a pool and my mom grew up by the ocean.  So Katie thought it would be a good idea for Lizzy to learn how to swim.  I am not sure she is a fan of it just yet.

last picture I saw of her she was passed out, dead asleep in my dad, Papa's arms!  Love this girl...maybe she can offer me some swimming tips in the future!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Does God Care Who Wins the Super Bowl

(from six years ago on my fb page)

I heard about the article on the way to work on Friday, does God care who wins the super bowl?

I don't know that is the right question...of course he cares, but more importantly he already knows who is going to win and who is going to lose, and the effects it will have on all the key players their teams, their family, coaches, etc...

Reminded me of this commercial!

It also made me think of my favorite book quote from Mitch Albom, in the Five People you Meet in Heaven:

“There are no random acts...We are all connected...You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.


God is big, he created each and everyone of us, he put us and our hearts into motion.  While we ask big things from him and expect big results...truth is he works in ripples through us causing big results in small waves. 

If you steal something that doesn't belong to you...it matters.  If you over tip your breakfast waitress it matters. If you flip someone off in traffic it matters.  If you stop and talk to a stranger it matters.  If you win or lose the supper bowl it matters...because it ripple effects into everyone around you.  And God know how and what you are going to do...and uses our actions to accomplish bigger things.  

What ripples do your actions spill out into humanity... the super bowl, or our own personal life game... it matters!  



Sunday, January 31, 2016

1st Adventure of 2016

We got out of town.  Weather was warm.  Sunroof was open.  I was free.  The kids were with me.  We left for the day to visit a favorite spot, but new places this time.

 Cotton Candy Graeters's Ice Cream. 
 Carese Tower
 Findlay Market

 Who rode this bike?
 Views from Tower

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Thrive

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.  In any and every circumstances, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  Phillippians 4:11-13



I love this verse!  The apostle Paul wrote it from prison.  PRISON!  This attitude that he has I strive and yearn to have myself!  While I would be crying and dismayed with the circumstances, Paul was at peace.  He didn't know what the future held for him.  His conditions were not looking so great, yet he was contented with his eyes and heart focused on things unseen. 

It has kind of grown to be an inside thing or sign between God and I...winter leaves still holding on to their trees' naked limbs.  I feel like the brown crumbling remints of sunnier seasons.  Weathering the winds, rains and cold, and hanging on. 

I was thinking of this today as I ventured to the back yard to find a single crumpled brown leave that was still hanging.  I had to wander awhile and I found this!  It's January... It's green... it's growing. It's thriving. Hang on I am reassured, just hang on so that you too can thrive.  You and your family will be blessed. 

Paul's attitude is my prayer.  If I wait for all the conditions and aspects of my life to meet my desired expectation I might just miss out on all the good things that are right in front of me.  To be contented in all circumstances, to thrive in all seasons.

Monday, January 25, 2016