Tuesday, November 25, 2014

On Being Thankful ~


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:  expressive of thanks <thankful service>
:  well pleased :  glad thankful
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thank·ful·ness noun
I, like many have used Facebook to be a part of thirty days of thanks. Posting each day something I'm thankful for.
I have to admit, every year that I type out the first thing I'm thankful for, I hear a voice in my head that says, "why do you only do this in November?"  Okay, I don't publicly share my thanks daily and perhaps I should. Perhaps it puts others in thought pattern of being thankful too.
 For some,
 thankful  when they might otherwise believe there is little to be thankful for.

Sharing what I'm thankful for, reminds me of what really matters in my life.  If I were to loose all material things, and have not a dime.......I would still have each of the things I have listed for the last 25 days. My family, my church/family, my beloved Bible and my awesome friends......so much thankfulness!
So for those that may be making that mental list of what you don't have....might I suggest you take a moment and make a list of what you do. That is the list of what really matters most.....

It's easy to become overwhelmed with what or who we've lost in our lives, especially this time of year. There are always people worse off to be sure, but it doesn't always make us feel a lot better in the knowing of that. I trust it's difficult because we tend to daily make the things, as the most important  in life.                           
  It's really the people around you, they are what matter.
 Large in number or small, they are what matter.

Praying for those who struggle at this time of year...praying you find a place of hope if you have none.. For me that is my faith, my awesome church and the imperfect people in it.  
We are community!
 Thankful for my fellow bloggers always!
Thankfulness is what echos from my heart daily. 
Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Monday Minute ~ OZ

Been awhile since my last post, but here I am with no promises of consistency in my future blogging :-)

Shoulder issues (possible rotator cuff) have slowed down everything so leaves little time to blog.
I've missed this community and hope to catch up with each of you!

Wanted to stop in and at minimum share the Halloween photos of Khloe and Ellery.

Warning, the cuteness is off the charts!

My love of The Wizard of Oz only added to the news they would dress as Dorthy and the Lion :-)

Told ya!

These beautiful little ones, no words to express the joy they add to my life.
It's what echos from my heart today....

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fresh on Friday ~ Encouraged!

Well our Women's Retreat was wonderful.
Highly recommend our speaker Carol Hopson, it's the second time she has spoke at one of our retreats.
She is amazingly sweet, wise and has a gift  to be sure. God is using her to reach others in a mighty way!

Several women made the decision to rededicate, several to dedicate their lives to God.
We sometimes face the fact that our way isn't working so well, or something is missing...
He is the better option....

Two standouts for me ~

God is sovereign, He knows what we will face before we face it.
He already knows the outcome.
I found it removes the anxiety when I know He has it...whatever it is!
So encouraged by that.....

Second, to those who never feel you've received an ample amount of sleep,
(like me my entire life).....
When I asked Carol if she had a good sleep she responded, 
"I got as much sleep as God wanted me to have!"
 He is all the strength we need, when we think we have none.

I now use the expression as though I always have. Smile ~

My Grands Khloe and Ellery continue to fill me up....

Khloe will often just blurt out, "Namaw, I love you." 
She is now the announcer of Stop Signs in our path....on a recent trip to Cost Co she announced,
" Namaw, you didn't stop at that stop sign"
(It may have been a rolling stop)
Yes I did honey...
" No you didn't Namaw."
Yes I did.
"No Namaw, you didn't."
"Okay, I will stop twice at the next one". Going to have to watch that, she obviously is!
Note to self and to readers.....they are always watching......

In the same trip as I turned a corner, it hurt my shoulder which I'm having trouble with.
I said "ow".
Khloes matter a fact response,
" Stop whining Namaw, you just lay in bed for awhile and it will be better."
I have no words to this response......

Yesterday she was saying grace before lunch,
after thanking God for her food, she said,
"and thank you for making me special.."
(Thanks Veggie Tales!)

Holding Ellery against my chest before nap time, she remains so still.
I begin to sing the  "go to sleep" song and I no more than got through the
 first stanza and she raised her head look up at me and began to applaud my song :-)

Guess who's walking ?

We can be encouraged by the words of a great speaker 
as well as by
the honest words or actions of a little one.

Both cause me to feel changed, different, once the moment is captured...
Change isn't always a bad thing.

Be an encourager and watchful of how others are encouraging you that may have
otherwise gone unnoticed!
It's what echos from my heart today.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Does Anybody Hear Her?

 This week the women from my church head toward the weekend of our retreat.
Off to Calvary Chapel Conference center, just thinking about this beautiful place begins to relax me.
We all come together as a group to connect and to learn.
Learn we will see we have more in common than just our faith.
We live in the same day to day world with common concerns.

We may discover that the struggles we have as individuals are not so bad.
 God will surely put someone before us that has a much more difficult situation....He does stuff like that :-)
It is then we can take our eyes off ourselves and be a comfort to one in need.

My greatest hope for us is that not one woman goes unnoticed.
That not one woman feel alone this weekend.
That we have eyes to see the one that needs comfort and support.

The song is entitled, Does Anybody Hear Her?  by Casting Crowns.
It's good  to consider daily...I hope you'll watch.
I hope you notice the one....it's what echos from my heart today.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Until ~

She was one of eleven children.
She faithfully sent nieces, and nephews, birthday cards (that's a lot of cards) each with a one dollar bill. 
When we reached a certain age the dollars omitted, the card still faithfully came to all of us.
She loved well, she lived her life fully.
She was full of humor and wit.
She loved God, and she is now in his presence.
How happy my parents must have been to meet her at the gate...oh, and her beloved, My Uncle Ray.
They were so in love....

My trip back to Montana was wonderful, all things considered.
Gathering with loved ones was so incredible.....so many cousins, so many childhood memories
that need reviewing each time were together.

The celebration of my sweet Aunt Wilma's life was so very special.  My cousins did an incredible job on all that it took to make it so!

 Above is the etching of the boat my Uncle and my cousin made....

Their wedding photo :-)

The 12th of September birthday of my Mom and my Aunt Marguerite her twin.  Several of us met for dinner to celebrate their birthdays which included some beautiful cupcakes! I think it meant a lot to my Aunt, who continues to remind us, " I always wanted a birthday of my own through the years, now I wish I had your Mom to share it with."  Just can't imagine the loss she must feel...

I spent sometime in downtown Bozeman where I was born.  I love it... it's such a beautiful town.  I feel so incredibly comfortable when I'm there... as if I belong.

Random photos from my trip ....smile ~

My sister Deanna and myself above :-)

This man played some beautiful  music for the  passerby's

My cousin Ray....also known as Santa to many every year ....

A final stop at the house of memories...once my Grand parents then my Aunt Wilma and Uncle Rays.

The back porch and cellar entry...this was the gathering place for our visits, so many conversations took place here...I can recall running down the "steep" incline off that cellar door as a kid....it seemed so much steeper back then.

Below a photo of what was they had hanging next to the door, if they missed you they would know you stopped by...I couldn't resist leaving one last note....

So many mixed emotions....all based on good things past and present..
Until we meet again Aunt Wilma...until.
The promise of reuniting in eternity, until then it will echo from my heart...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Destination Family ~ Under the Same Big Sky

The road to Montana feels longer than before...
My sweet Aunt Wilma will not be standing at her gate to greet me,
but many who loved her as I have will.

I'm struggling this morning to think clearly enough to get packed...
snow or no snow... a point of focus is needed  in this thought filled head to fill that suitcase..
I attempted to pack a balance, because it could be 80's one day and snow the next?
Varying degrees, much like the past few days emotionally.

Today I'm looking for a balance of my own.
Don't let the negative of this day be added to my baggage, I remind myself.
Today seems to be my day of saddness in regard to the loss my family is
dealing with. A bit more emotional as I prepare for my destination.
What is Montana going to be like without my Aunt Wilma?
Arriving without her there to meet me, the thought of it is like hearing the news again.
Only real, more permanent, final.

I'm asking God this day to fill me up, hold me up, to help me find joy in this day,
to have joy as I gather with my family to celebrate a life so well lived.....
I can sense Him reminding me now, it's only permanent and final in this world.
The real destination is called eternity, in heaven with Him.
She'll be there, yes, sweet Aunt Wilma will be at the gates to greet me when He calls for me to come!
Separation is temporary, I love that I know this to be true.

Destination, to my larger family, under the Big Sky of Montana where it all began for us.
There will be some serious hugging and loving going on, it's what we do....
A time of celebration,  in the midst of our loss and grief.
Despite it in fact, there will be a celebration!

No matter the emotion or it's weight, but God!
It's what echos from my heart today....

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

So I'm a Gatherer!

How does this happen, how do I have so much...excess crud?

I just laid down to catch a quick 20-30 min. nap and my sister Deanna called....she was cleaning out and getting rid of her crud..
Cleaning her office, bedroom and bath.  I failed to tell her  what we obviously have in common is "failure to stick to one room at a time" syndrome....
We quickly discussed our excess..such as our.purses, I have 7 total...generally use 2 btw.
This after getting rid of about 4 or 5 less than a year ago...uggh....

After ending our conversation, I of course had to get up and get rid of something!
Nap will have to wait.....
Started with my top drawer in the bathroom.
Here's what I got rid of;
Approximately 9 lipsticks I never use, and I kept  5 and use it maybe twice a week!
I know that's bad but I rarely leave the house!
 Deanna told me once, just because you caught the fish you don't quit using the bait!
I will put more thought into that later.
I tossed, 11 partially used mascaras???What the what?  Like was I worried the world may discontinue making it and then what?
I put mascara on about twice a week :-(

I threw out lots of samples, foundation, perfume, photos of hairstyles I like....for my hair, often in a clip is how I roll most days. Don't judge, it's been a dang hot summer!
Gathered about 6 pkgs. of floss, different brands and sizes... 4 almost empty travel size toothpastes...
Three pedometers :-) I do walk occasionally but, I would only wear one people....
Five tubes of lip balm with sunscreen...it's too hot to wear one....
 This all from a drawer in a bathroom. Very bad.

A long time ago I took everything out from under my sink. If I had duplicate products I got rid of them and that felt good, I'm happy to say it still looks good.

I think I may hit my closet tomorrow...I'm a little nervous about that..  It seems I go through it every couple months thinking, "there can't be much this time" as I fill  3or 4 bags of donations...

I really don't need all I have..... I don't.
This crud collection is much like my thoughts.....too many I don't needs...cluttering my home and my mind!

Small confession... it's bothering my right this minute that I have over 14 eyeliner pencils in the draw I cleaned out, and that's after tossing at least 5...all approximately an inch long...really? I'm wondering why I kept 14? It's only of 4 shades but I only use two of those shades? (when I put it on smile~)

I suppose it's a stretch but stranger things have been discontinued, like my favorite blush when I was 17.
My favorite perfume at age 42ish, true story. Okay, with those there were others of both to choose from.
Perhaps its made me a bit paranoid of possible discontinued items. ( did you just say, ya think?)

Hey, they do not make Jordache Jeans anymore! Fact!

Too much excess and still wondering why, and never got back to that nap, it's what echos from my heart today..