My parents are ALWAYS busy yet in retirement, it's a busy they chose. Whether they spend the day "puttering" (their puttering would put some of us to shame, they putter harder than most work, lol) here and there or enjoying a day of errands ~ their attitude is positive and joyful. Dad assures me that although it might appear they are "busy", in truth, they are just enjoying life to the fullest and doing the things they want to do, when they want to do them. So...wonderfully busy and peacefully relaxing!
Since the last day of school we've enjoyed hours on the deck relaxing, read a couple books, had a few book signings, scheduled another book signing (this Friday 4 - 8 at the Lewis County Fair), logged some pool time, shopped, prepared for upcoming visits with family and friends later this week, published a new book, and so much more. Although this has kept us busy, we are enjoying every minute because like my retired parents, we're enjoying the freedom of summer vacation.
Did you catch the news I slid into the latter part of my list? Yes, I have a new book coming out later this week. Encourage Others: One Day at a Time.
This isn't a novel, novella, coffee table book, or even a book of poetry. Instead, this is a tool to help you organize all the important dates associated with the people you care for the most. As a child I watched my Mom, Gram, great-aunts, and aunts dedicate time to send cards and share baked good with those needing a pick-me-up.
A name written meant there was a reason to pray and encourage someone on that date. In addition to prayer, tangible remembrance and celebration blessed them too on occasion. A tradition I pray to pass on to my daughter, grandchildren, and hopefully YOU This book is divided by the months of the year.
Each month then has four categories to organize your information. These are: birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Anniversaries of Death, and miscellaneous dates someone might need a little encouragement. Keep this resource with your address book, near the telephone, or in your purse. You never know when there will be cause to add a new life event and opportunity to bless and encourage someone else.