Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How to Get Back on The Horse....

I think I fell off the horse and I don't know how to start again.

One of the joys and pleasures of my life USED to be blogging. I spent untold hours writing and taking pictures and reading and commenting.

I stopped. Just stopped. It was gradual and slow. It was unintentional. One day I just woke up and realized that I haven't even opened my blog in weeks! That used to ALWAYS be open on my computer. I would check often during the day to see what others had posted on their blogs. I searched for new bloggers. I added new ones to my favorite blog list. I made new friends all over the place.

My blog brought much joy and pleasure and company to my life.

Today I missed it. I missed my friends. I missed sharing my life and sharing in the life of others.

Facebook took over the instant gratification for tidbits of life. But, for the deep meaningful relationships it takes more heartfelt sharing.

I had some things in my life that I did not want to share with the world. Things that were too private and personal to be broadcast on the internet.  So, I just withdrew.

I hope to be back at it...

I've missed you!


Yesterday I was carrying on a conversation with a friend on facebook about quinoa. I left and when I got home went straight to bed.

This morning when I got up, I checked facebook and found that my friends 15 year old son was in an accident and died shortly after our conversation.

I was shocked and horrified and saddened. Life is short - much too short for some! But, even after living to an old age, life seems short. I think of my mama. She was 88 when she crossed over to see the face of Jesus. It was certainly her gain - but our loss.

The same for Nathan. He is dancing on streets of gold and praising loudly as he did here on earth.

Not sure what my point is. Where my thoughts are going.... just thinking that friends and family are precious. Life is eternal. We should live each day as if it were our last. I know kind of cliche'ish.... but never the less.... true.

The Middle of August!

Well, here we are at the middle of August and the "end" of summer!  It used to be that summer lasted until September.  I loved those nice long lazy summer days!  I still do - there just don't seem to be as many of them!

This has been a glorious summer!  The kids have LOVED being in the pool this summer.  It has all connected and they have learned to swim and jump and play in the water.  That is a major break through!  Watching them play and swim and get so excited is what we dreamed of when we got the house with the pool. 

It is hard to believe that they start back to school already!  One starts tomorrow and 3 start on Friday!  We have 2 First Graders, 1 in Kindergarten and 1 in K-4! That leaves 3 that still are not in school.  It's nice to have them all close in age and living close to us. 

Summer meant travel.  Summer meant projects.  Summer meant lots of activity.

We put sod in the back and side yard AGAIN.  Since the last 3 years things have happened to destroy the sod, we figured we would replace it one more time!

Then "we" (as in Hugsum) resurfaced the pool deck with concrete and paint.  What was to have been a fairly easy, inexpensive job took a nice turn.  As my sister once told me, "When doing a project calculate the time and cost then double that and you will come close to about half what you can expect to spend" ... turns out to be accurate.

We also re-carpeted the patio area.  It is a nice covered porch right off the living room.  It sure makes it look much nicer.  When we moved here the rained caused a river to ran right through it.  Hugsum worked and figured and dug (a french drain) and now the drainage issues are solved.  The carpet that had been there was very old and dirty and rotten.  So, it's nice to have a clean area.

I think the next project will be to screen in the area.  That will make it nice in the fall and spring to eat outside.  Also, it will keep the leaves from blowing through to the pool.  What I'd LOVE to do is make it a sun room and put windows all around.  Then, we could use it year 'round.  What a nice addition that would be.

So many plans... so much we want to do...  so many dreams ...

This summer has brought it's challenges.  It has brought it's accomplishments.  It has brought it's fun and excitement.  It has brought it's rewards.  It has brought it's travel.  It has brought it's changes.

We have had much family time.  We have had a good summer.

Now I'm looking forward to fall - not to cold weather, but to what the future holds.

Father's love and His mercy and grace have abounded toward us this summer.  His goodness never fails.  His blessings are evident.  We are more than thankful!  We are overcome with gratitude!

What does the future hold?  Blessing!

What are you looking forward to the rest of this year?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Happy New Year!!! (a month or so in...)

WOW! Have we really already made it to 2012?`
What happened to 2011? and 2010? Well for that matter, what happened to 2000?

Obviously I have not been around the blog much lately! When I reconnect I realize how much I enjoy blogging and sharing. I love reading your blogs and comments!

Through the years I have made some wonderful friends who have enriched my life and I'm so thankful that those friendships have lead to facebook friends and even pintrest friends... Wonder where we will go next?

So, what has been going on in your life? I'm sure that there have been many many things - good and bad!

In my life, we have had life changing events. We have grown by leaps and bounds. We have reached highest highs and lowest lows. But, through it all we have found Jesus is faithful! He has not left us nor forsaken us. He has been our strongest strong one. He has been our high tower. He has been our hope and joy and peace.

In the midst of storms He is there. In the midst of celebrations, He is there!

Life is exciting. Life is good. Life is worth sharing.

Thanks for checking in on me again. I'll try to be more faithful to share.

Please let me know how your life is going!