You were driving along a seaway trail when something catches your eye briefly in the water. You slow down, turn around at the next driveway and return to this same spot.
You hope and pray to see whatever it was again. You wait one minute, two, three, and just as you start to shift and return to the car, you see IT!
What is it?
How come you "HAD TO" get your camera from the back seat?
Is anyone else with you? Do they see it too?
Once home, do you share the experience and photo with anyone or do you keep it private? Why?
Set a timer, see how much
Let's do some writing, are you ready?
Imagine you are traveling across the country with your favorite peeps, you need a place to stay.
This is the location chose -
where are You?
You have two things in your hands/arms -
what are they?
How far down the hall must you travel to get to your room?
The most memorable experience while staying here is...
Pick up a piece of paper and something to write with,
start typing or texting, and then share
your piece of writing with us all in a post below.
I'll even do this little exercise
but I'll wait to post my story
after a few have shared theirs.
Have fun and enjoy some time writing!
Although this isn't my typical mode of relaxation or meditation, I learned new techniques to help me chill and realized some of the things I do when stressed, are research based relaxation techniques. I think my favorite part of the entire experience was to see so many come together for different reasons, from different backgrounds, and religions to spend time with their kids and friends, and to learn how to relax in the midst of the craziness of our modern schedules.
At one point, we were asked to clear our minds and become balanced with the earth or space around us (or something like this), I'll be honest, I felt awkward but used this quiet time to talk to God. I thanked Him for the outpouring of support for the girls, for the fellowship with friends, and the quiet time of relaxation with our daughter. There was much to be thankful for, so I used this time of meditation to express my thanks to God.
It's important for us all to remember that because we share different beliefs than others, there are things we can learn from them and their beliefs. It doesn't mean we should try to change each other but instead, embrace our differences and build each other up. As Christians, it's a Biblical concept to "build each other up" and it's also a human need, to encourage and build each other up. With more positive encouragement to each other, imagine how our circle of control could be influenced.
just as you are already doing."
1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT
Do you have a strategy to share to enhance
one's personal meditation time?
As the summer winds down and the back-to-school prep gears up, remember to take time to have fun and make memories. It's the positive memories that get you through the tough days so make a surplus in your memory bank to pull out when your baby goes to Kindergarten, college, or moves in with their new spouse. Our job is to raise our sweet kiddos so they can be independent, so make memories to reflect on when the house is quiet or you are having a "mommy" or "daddy" moment.
What is your favorite part about this time of year?
We don't tend to give each other a lot of "gifts" per say but enjoy spending our birthday with family and friends, if it works out. To make memories with those we care the most about is a priceless gift no one can buy in a store. The pictures in today's blog are from our birthdays this summer - one thing is common for each, smiles and enjoyment.
I thank God for each year and day He gives me, and I thank him for these two goofballs that make life so enjoyable and fun. It's just a day and a number, soon I'll be 50 (well, not so soon as my husband tells me) and I can't wait. A sweet woman told me yesterday, "Don't rush it, I couldn't wait to get older and now that I'm older, I'd give anything to go back." As much as I look forward to joining the Red Hat Ladies, I'm going to enjoy the next five years because each day is a gift worth celebrating.
and he continues to do so, forty-five years later. Thanks Dad!
What birthday traditions or activities do you enjoy?
Over the past couple weeks a fog has lifted from my mind and heart. I'm able to see the light and good surrounding me. Don't get me wrong, I think I've stayed pretty positive and upbeat yet there are days when it's difficult to put my feet on the floor and get out, and active. After my sister's kidnapping, I chose to hide, so at least I didn't do that after my Mom passed away. Instead, I've kept my eyes and heart focused on God and taken it one day at a time. This is the best anyone can do, especially after the loss of a parent, right?
I anticipated feeling quite down at this time in August because of the anniversary of my Mom's cancer diagnosis, and the approaching departure of our daughter to her next adventure. BUT, I am feeling better than I've felt in a year, now will I have the same Polly Anna and cheerful attitude in a couple weeks? I hope so, but I won't make a promise I'm not sure I can keep.
This I do know, I'm feeling better because of The One, God, who continues to lead, help, encourage, inspire, and motivate me to be the person He designed me to be. God uses my family and friends, you, and those I haven't even met. You are his messengers, angels, and servants...thank you for the blessing you are to me. May His light shine through me, and you, as we get on the road again.
"My heart is bursting with a new song;
lyrics to my king erupt like a spring
for my king, to my king;
my tongue is the pen of a poet, ready and willing."
Psalm 45:1 Voice
What is your heart bursting with today? Are you ready and willing?
If you are brave, leave a comment so others can
cheer you on in reaching this goal and destination.
In life, we face so many difficult scenarios. Each bring their own pains, angers, and frustrations. While some are easier to move on from, others stay with you each day of your life. So many try to forget or pretend these events didn't happen. I'll admit there are choices and events in my life I'm not proud of, yet these are the very moments that help to shape me into the adult and person I am today. From every mistake I've made, a valuable lesson was learned. For goodness sake, our childhoods are full of trial and error when you think about it, each correction and redirect was life not getting easier, but us getting stronger, and wiser.
Of course, there are more serious things in life than the everyday trials of growing up. For instance, the kidnapping and presumed death of my sister won't get easier to accept BUT I'm a stronger person today than I was on April 3, 1994. This isn't a road or journey I would have chosen but it's the one placed before me so I have a choice. Every day I choose to live and attempt to be the best person I can. I live each day in hopes of having no regrets. I don't always succeed yet my heart and thought process is always there.
It hasn't been an easy year and there are days when the word "strong" or "strength" resemble the way I feel. Instead I feel broken and confused, lost in the midst of loss, BUT thankfully I also have a wonderful friends, family, and most importantly, an amazing God that remind me of the inner strength I sometimes can't see myself. This strength doesn't come from within but instead, from above.
God gives me the strength to go through the valley of "not easy". He is there and ready to do the same for you, do you know that?
He is with us as we walk through the valley and if we accept His help, He offers the tools and support needed to stronger than we were before the hurt, pain, loss, or situation occurred.
If so, this is okay, some losses and situations affected us so deeply,
we are forever changed BUT when we have our eyes focused upward,
God gives us the strength we need to move forward.
Will you share an instance of finding strength in the midst of a difficult loss or situation? Your words could encourage another reader.
Even though the scale doesn't show weight loss, my feet have thinned out and are sloshing around in my sneaks. I've tried band-aids on my heels, band-aids on the back of my sneakers, and even heel liners. Ugh...all I have to show for it, are two blisters getting worse. I soaked, cleaned, and treated with triple antibiotic but they were still not healing well. (Did I mention I didn't really slow my walking down too much, lol) I gave in and went to the doctor yesterday. Too many had me nervous I would get an infection or something. The good news, the doctor said I had done a good job of keeping it clean and preparing it to heal. She had me stop the nightly soaks and her recommendation, to stop walking for a week or until the blisters healed completely and then to get new sneakers.
I'm off to Fleet Feet once my blisters are ready to try on new sneaks. The ones I have are only six weeks new but they haven't fit right from the get-go. Anyone have a walking sneaker they love, or love to avoid? What about shin splints? Any advice or tricks of the trade from avid walkers and runners? My walking buddy struggles with shin splints and the exercises aren't doing the trick.
On one hand, I'm not working towards the goal of exercising and walking at least five times a week BUT I haven't given up and I'm dedicating time to healing up the blisters so I can get back to it, and plan on a trip to Fleet Feet as soon as I can. I miss walking in the morning and it's only been 2 days. Do you miss your daily exercise regimen when you can't do it?
Thanks for leaving some input on sneakers, shin splints,
and other walking/exercise tidbits.
You won't just help me, you'll help everyone
who reads this blog. Have a great day!
Graduation is a great accomplishment, considering that only 76.4% of the 2011 cohort (Class of 2015) graduated, the 2016 statistics aren't available yet. To graduate is a note-worthy and important milestone in one's life. We need to celebrate the milestones, our children need our encouragement, support, and recognition so they stay the course.
"The New York State Education Department today released high school graduation rates for the 2011 cohort (students who entered 9th grade in 2011). The overall graduation rate for the 2011 cohort increased to 78.1 percent, up 1.7 percentage points from 76.4 percent for the 2010 cohort. The data were presented during the Board of Regents meeting on Monday." To read the entire article, click here.
And with a milestone comes the grief and pain of remembering those who aren't here to celebrate with us. While this thought can be crippling, if we allow it, it's normal and healthy to remember those who have passed before us. These are the very people who helped us, and our kiddos become the people we are today. The important thing to focus on is that we are alive and well, as long as we have breath in our lungs, we have a purpose. What's your purpose today?
We always have choices, instead of focusing on the grief...
find the joy in each situation.
Where is your joy found today?
What were the weeks prior to your child's departure like?
Did you experience an empty nest or did you seize opportunities?
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