As adults we often make many choices for our children and know from our experience that we would have enjoyed it or we wouldn’t make them try something new. But just imagine each child and what they are thinking on their first sledding experience! To them it is like a bobsled crazy ride, brisk air and no car seat! Kids are so adaptable if you think about it, some more than others. Which one is scared, excited, mad, glad, bored?
My bucket list has been put on the back burner while caring for family and dealing with the realities of life lately. But somewhere in California there is a migration of the returning Monarch Butterflys October through February and I’m thinking that this woman is going to travel light with my honey and my camera and enjoy the beauty God made. What would you like to do…something that you have dreamed of seeing or doing that you never thought would be a reality? Think about it. What is stopping you? Is it yourself, the planning or money. I think you can do it. Focus on it, plan for it, work for it. Get ready, get set, GO!
I give is a great way to be a good steward of your shopping money. The company will give a certain percent to your favorite charity each time you buy online at their store. If you don’t have a favorite charity then please consider mine, the Calvin’s Hats who provide tiny knitted hats free of charge to parents of babies born too soon.
Being a Good Steward is something every American should think about. A good way to realize just how fortunate you are even in these times of economic struggle is to start a list. On that list you can divide it into 3 categories. 1. Food 2. Objects like bed 3. Products like Toothpaste. In 3 minutes quickly write all the things you used/touched today. For example: This morning I turned off the Alarm Clock and got out of bed. So you would have Alarm Clock, Night Stand, Bed, sheet, pillow, pillowcase, blanket. I walked to the bathroom so you would have carpet etc. and there I used the toilet, toilet paper, water… or you can just make one long list. Do not include live beings like people and cats…
Think about it…Some people have a dirt floor and the clothes on their backs…and yet in America we have the sickness of hoarding things! Here is my list for today!
Bed, Pillow, Pillowcase, sheet, carpet, alarm clock, night stand, cpap, phone, power outlet, electrical cord/charger, glass, water, lotion, toilet, toilet paper, flushable wipes, linoleum, sink, toothbrush, toothpaste, shower, towel, shampoo, cream rinse, leave in conditioner, shower spray cleaner, floor mat, hair band, deoderant, panties, socks, cami/bra, jeans, shirt, jacket medicines and suppliments, yogurt, brewers yeast, craisens, chia seeds, spoon, bowl, rice, glass, water, pain pill, sofa, tv, roku/netflix, table, markers, card, computer, dishrag, dishwasher, kitchen sink, washing machine, laundry soap, liquid fabric softener, dryer, sheet fabric softener, waste basket, flip flops, car, special gluten free mix and brownie mix, knitting needles, yarn, scissors, zipper bag, wallet, purse, another purse, eye drops, measuring tape, taco, dr. pepper, napkins, straw, hot sauce, lawn chair, grass, concession stand, bottle of water, camera on phone, greenhouse plants kale, flowers, Cannon digital camera, shopping cart, lens cleaner, lenses, camera case, public restroom, paper hand towels, restaraunt table, menu, plate, bbq chicken, corn, potatoes with gravy (gave to sister in law), potatoes without gravy, basque bread(gave to my husband-special diet), iced tea with lemon, sweetener, iced tea spoon, salad bar (lettuce, carrot, cole slaw, 3 bean salad, olives, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, tomato, chair, table, hand lotion, pajamas, scrubby, gluten free shampoo, water/tub, towel, heel balm, socks, cpap machine, water for cpap, electricity for cpap, internet bible lesson, printer, facebook, blog.
I have a closet full of clothes and a dresser full of clothes. Once a year I give away many clothes to thrift store but by the next it is full again. I have probably 10 pairs of shoes and 20 pairs of socks. I had several jackets to choose from today. I played games on my iphone and did my Bible reading by listening to a Bible app on my iphone then my lesson plans off the internet while laying on my comfy clean bed. Beside me is a cpap machine and a glass of water and lotion which my husband rubbed into my feet.
If you only had 5 things out of the list that you could have today what would you pick? I’d love for you to comment and tell me. It is so hard for me to choose. I’d have to go with 1, taco 2. water 3. clothes 4. bed 5. toilet
It was hard to choose between car and medicine or toilet! Then if you got a little money from scavenging at the dump and by selling something what would you buy next?
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A site I know said to copy and paste this to my blog…didn’t say where. So I am just trying my luck to see if this will work. How many times in life do we just jump in with both feet when we really don’t know what we are doing? I can think of several big ones. 1. Marriage. Boy that learning curve is big. Being married is way different than what you think it is as a child. 2. Raising children. Wow, too bad we didn’t have many parenting books much less the internet with all its articles and advice on everything from potty training to teaching character. So, lets see if this link works. 🙂
Lately with so many sad or tragic or stressful situations in our personal life I have really focused on what my faith in God, the creator of all, the one and only God, the one who sent a saviour means in hard times. Reading the words of this young woman or I should say mom when talking about loss makes me realize that I do trust that God has stepped in and made a bad situation into one that He can work in and bring love out of a fractured world with broken people. Listen to her thoughts.
Psalms 55: 1-3 Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in their anger.
How many times have I read about God caring for me and others in the Word and not paid attention to what it was telling me. Reading this blog helped my understanding of the connection of his voice and his Word in my life. Read on I think you will enjoy the next link.
Halleluia! Just got word on the stressful situation that has been going on for 9 months. Mercy prevailed!
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
Eating healthy. I know what is healthy. I have healthy food in my fridge. Why would I choose a hot dog to eat for a snack? Last night had a wonderful, healthy meal and the recipe is in my new cookbook, The Healthiest Meals on Earth by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S. We had Thai-Spiced Mango and Prawns on rice (white and brown mix, basmati) and it was wonderful. Afterwards though I was hungry later. I am a snacker!
I LOVE kids books. This is a list of books that build character in kids. Now I have a goal to read all these books and if they are really great read them to my grandkids whenever possible. I get to spend lots of time with two of my grandchildren and soon get to be with three little boys and I love to sit with them all around me and read to them. The two older ones read bigger books than I do. But I do hope to inspire them to read the Bible and listen to the God of Creation and Messiah as fortold in the scriptures. One of my goals on my bucket list was to write a childrens story and I did! I entered it in the MeeGenius story contest for online books and even though I didn’t win (it was fun to do but not all that great) I loved the fun and hard work of it. Sometimes pursuing a hard goal can build character too.
Death is such a huge concept to understand and be comfortable with. It wasn’t until I got some years and experience with family and friends and pets dying and with maturing in my faith that I stopped fearing death and meeting the creator of the world. I still am sad and cry at the loss for myself but don’t worry about it anymore. Thankful to Jesus, the Messiah who paid the penalty and rose on the third day as was foretold. Palm Sunday is almost over but I will praise Him everyday.