Sunday, June 27, 2010

It's a Hot House!

If you walked into our family room,
you'd soon realize that there is a heated competition.
Germany, England, Brazil!

The competition is heating up at this house....
Would you believe that we could not even watch
the Germany versus England game together?
But we know one is in and one is out!
Who will it be?

By the time most of you read this...
the results will be out.
Go Germany Go!!!!

And then the rivalry will begin with Brazil
Yes, we switch teams and someone will always cheer for the underdog.
That's the name of the game.
Who are you cheering for?

Twelve hours later......
The final score?
Germany 4 ~ England 1

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Smiles from Today!

A freshly cut field.

What's wrong with this photo?

Making a Joyful Noise!

Picking fresh raspberries.

Cutting up and freezing a fresh flat of home-grown Strawberries.

Posing in front of my office window,
was a cyclist, with a baby cart, being pulled by two dogs....

This hot car got my attention at a red light signal.
What era does this represent?

Finding therapy in my garden.


Friday, June 4, 2010

One Day at a Time!


Right now I'm in the midst of change.
Is it possible to fit in the care of a person
with serious health issues, who has loved our Papa?
Is it possible to fit in the care of an aging
Papa who can no longer care for his dear wife?

We must say to ourselves and to our children,
There is never a series of little packages of time given to your life labeled:

TIME FOR A WEDDING,
TIME FOR TRAGEDY
TIME FOR ILLNESS
TIME FOR CRUSHED RIB MUSCLES,
TIME FOR CHICKEN POX,
TIME FOR DEATH,
TIME FOR DISAPPOINTMENTS.

Unless we realize, there is never a convenient time set aside for joy or sorrow,
protected by neat little walls so that two things will not mingle
and spoil each other.
Life has to go on, and we can only do the best we
can in the melange, the mixed up nature of what there is to be done.

We need to comfort ourselves by saying,
"I am limited, I am finite, I can only do one thing at a time.
I know what would be the perfect care for this person,
but I can't do it all.
I'll give as much of the ideal care as possible."
Edith Schaeffer

What a blessing to be able to pray for God's wisdom
in the choices to be made and God's strength
to be made perfect in our weakness.

A dear friend paraphrased this poem for me this week,
and I thought I would give it back to all of you,
who also experience challenges along life's journey.

"Lord give us the grace to accept with a sense of calmness,
the things we cannot change,
the courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the wisdom to know one from the other,
and enough strength sufficient for only today,
for today is the only day you have given us."


Thank-you, to so many of you who join me in my blog world,
who have shared many journeys with me.
I may not peek in as often or post as often,
but I will continue to keep you alive in my heart.


One Day at a Time!