Thursday, August 18, 2011

Lazy, hazy days of summer - yeah, right!

I cannot believe it has been four months since I last posted!  God has an amazing way of humbling us, doesn't He?  I must own the fact that I have visited other favorite blogs many times and just been SO unable to understand why in the world they couldn't just post some little bitty blog.  Really, who doesn't have time to do that?  Obviously - I am now one of those sorry individuals who doesn't have the time! :)

Let's see, since April, I've gotten a new boss, said goodbye to two "old" bosses, hosted going away parties, moved offices twice, helped host the Mitchell family reunion, headed to Kentucky because my mom got pneumonia and landed in the hospital, helped plan and execute an outdoor wedding in AUGUST in VALDOSTA (if you aren't from the south, Valdosta is in South Georgia and must feel just a wee bit like Hell feels like - just sayin'), and finally, this past weekend headed to Athens to celebrate my sweet sister-in-law, Betty's 70th birthday.

It has actually been a good summer, but I am realizing daily that I am running on empty, really, really empty. I need to recharge.  Now I have to figure out how I'm going to work that into the schedule - and I need to figure it out fast because Labor Day weekend I'm flying to Chicago for a Hyatt Alumni reunion.  Oh yes, I'm going to slow down very soon.......... :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gratitude changes attitude

I am the author of that catchy little phrase - gratitude changes attitude! I penned it during my eight years working with middle schoolers who often times needed a reminder to be grateful. Of course, it is always easier to help someone else see what they need, isn't it?

Overall, God has helped me count my blessings on a fairly regular basis and it honestly does make me a much more upbeat person. I tend to see things on a pretty positive level although my boss (who has the letters "ph.d" after his name) will tell you that I actually start on the negative side at times, work my way around the circle of emotions, and land on a positive place! :)

Yesterday morning I was leaving the house a little later than usual heading for a routine doctor's visit. As I came off the steps onto the driveway, I noticed water beneath my shoes - coming from underneath the garage doors which is not really a positive thing....... I turned around, went back into the house and started down into the basement and heard water running. Again, not so positive. You guessed it, we had a hot water heater issue. I did what every woman does in a case like this, I ran over and looked at it! I ran back upstairs, called Mack to share the happy news. He headed home. I then ran to Stu's room, woke him up (always another positive moment), and asked for his help. Bottom line, we were able to get the water turned off, a plumber on the phone and we are now the proud owners of a new water heater!

As I headed into work a few hours later, the Holy Spirit began to show me the blessings (yes, blessings) of the morning and here is my top ten list of those blessings:

1. Because of the doctor's appointment, I was actually leaving the house in the daylight and so I actually saw the water running under the door.

2. There was enough water that I noticed it.

3. There was not too much water down in the basement yet.

4. The issue was with the pipe and not the tank itself so the cut-off value for the water actually stopped the water. (the heater is 21 years old!)

5. We had the money available to purchase the new water heater.

6. Mack had the days to burn so he was able to take the day off without issue.

7. I had enough medication left that it wasn't an issue to change my doctor's appointment to a later date.

8. I got to drive to work in the daylight!

9. We got a new water heater!

10. Because I was already late, I stopped at Martin's and got a biscuit and Diet Coke!

I'm in the process of reading "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp and it and those ten things listed above are all about a change in my heart that God is doing. Gratitude really does improve attitude.

Friday, April 8, 2011

This season during the journey

For those of you who have known me a while, you know that I absolutely believe in seasons during our lifetime journey. In 2003, I began a season of taking care of my parents who up until that time, had been perfectly able to take care of themselves. Dad was always active and healthy and even when his heart began to have major issues and include many hospital visits and procedures, he was still a "healthy" man who loved to live life. Mom was diagnosed with "sudden onset acute rheumatoid arthritis that year and it changed her life in a different way. It literally hurts to do just about anything, has attacked her heart muscle and sent her into congestive heart failure and the beginning of kidney failure. Oh yes, she found out she had breast cancer five months after we lost daddy.

Add to the fun, losing three of five brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law, and a nephew and by the end of 2007, I was pretty much done - functioning on a surface level, never going deep for fear that I wasn't going to be able to fight my way out of it. I simply needed rest, both physically and emotionally, and God in His mercy and His grace, granted both. Our lives calmed down tremendously, God shielded us from major challenges, and allowed us to rest in Him. It has been amazing, wonderful, and totally unmerited favor. Grateful doesn't begin to describe it.

Then, a few months ago, driving home one evening, talking to God as I often do, I heard simply "you are getting ready to go through it again"...... I teared up just a bit but whispered in return "OK, thank you for the rest you've given and the ability to know this time around that YOU are sufficient". Nothing significant happened for the next few weeks and I thought that perhaps I had not really heard what I thought I had heard.....

To be continued.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Having a "story" is a popular thing these days. In truth, we all have a story and that story definitely helps shape who we are and how we view life. Being a very private person (I didn't say quiet, I said private), I am not good at telling my story. I walked into The Whimsical Nest on Saturday and the first line of this plaque caught my eye. The word pink always catches my eye but it was what else it said that made me wonder if there was someone in the shop watching me. It tells my story, just like that, my story is out there for the world to see. What do you have close to you that tells your story?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It has been a crazy few weeks and so many thoughts have run through my mind. I recognize that when things are going well, I tend to believe that I can actually do life on my own and in my own strength. Don't get me wrong, I still send up severals "thanks" to God each day, I still see really, really apparent blessings that are in my path, and I, on occasion, will send a quick prayer asking for help for someone or something. If you ask me, I will quickly tell you that I recognize that only by His grace and mercy am I able to do what I do....and I believe it when I stop to think about it. Still, I continue on my merry way, pretty content with the way things are.

He reminds me how very wrong I am, how incapable I am on my own, and yet, grace and mercy still abound. Thank you God for gentle reminders, for not allowing me to fall flat on my face in my arrogance and pride. Please, please forgive me for that arrogance that just flows from me at times. Thank you that your love is unconditional and never failing.

Friday, February 11, 2011

You have to have a beginning

I've been thinking about blogging for about a year. I am an enthusastic reader of several blogs and I've learned so much from other women who are either where I am on the journey, on their way to that point, or have been there and done that. Most importantly for me though has been the affirmation of the fact that my thoughts, my past, what drives me, as well as what has haunted me, is not unique. How comforting to realize you are not alone.

I'm still figuring out exactly what I want this blog to be and I'll let you know as soon as I know!