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Happy Birthday Husband!

 

I love my husband.  This pretty W is in honor of him.  His name is Walter.  I call him Walder.

Walter is the greatest, like Muhammad Ali.

I baked him a Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting for his birthday.

carrot cake

We are going to Red Lobster later.  That’s his favorite restaurant.

A good day for a good man.  I thank God for him. He was meant to be my husband.  And, his love is better than ice cream.  Better than anything I’ve ever tried.  :)

Get back up on the horse

No matter what you are trying to do, life is a series of screw ups.  It’s full of triumphs too.  But when you mess up, get up, brush yourself off, learn from your mistakes and move on.

If you mess up, it’s not end of world. God doesn’t expect perfect. He expects you to keep trying.

 

An irrational sense of hopefulness

 

Stress and uncertainty give us an opportunity to become something more than we expect, if we are open to it.  Hope can keep us sane and happy.  I aim to be guilty of an irrational sense of hopefulness!

 

New Year’s Hope & Resolutions

I am pretty lukewarm on New Year’s Resolutions.  Maybe I’m cynical.  They don’t lead anywhere.  On the other hand, it is  good to have a plan.  Here are my loose ideas:

1. Clean the house more regularly: I am a tidier, which is good, but I need to actually clean from time to time.  I like things clean, I just don’t always do it.  Cleanliness is next to Godliness, remember? :)

2. Don’t waste so much time on the computer: that includes blogging, Pinterest, and Facebook.  I spent way too much time doing these things in 2012 and it didn’t exactly make me a better person.  It’s okay to do mindless stuff, just not hours upon hours of it.

3. Always leave them wanting more: more food, more talking, more ideas, more Facebook posts.  I have a tendency to over do it.  I talk so much no one is ever left wanting more.  Something to ponder.

4. Eat better: I know I love to eat, and I know I cook pretty well.  Enough.  Eat less.  Eat healthier.  Simple.

5. Worry less, pray more:  I say this every year.  Time to do it.  I say most of these things every year but I do believe I’m getting somewhere and that leads me to my last resolution:

6. Be hopeful!

Happy New Year!

Happy Birthday Sister-in-Law and Friend!

Dearest Luisa!

Dear Luisa,

On your birthday, I thank God for you.  I know you were meant to be my sister-in-law and friend.  Thank you for your letters, your calls, your laugh.  Thanks for your sweetness and your fierceness.  Thanks for being wife of my brother and mother of my nephew.  And aunt of my son.  :)

Enjoy your day.  I love you!

My favorite things

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This was one of my son’s favorite songs.  I love it too.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

In all things, give thanks.

Here’s a beautiful thanksgiving prayer my dear cousin shared with me:

May God our loving father bless and keep in his mercy all of the members of this family whether at home or away, whether living or at rest.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!  Have love in your heart and then give it away!

In all things, give thanks. (1 Thes. 5:18)

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Calm and even-tempered

 

I am working on becoming more calm, quiet and even-tempered.

This is not easy for me as I am naturally fidgety, talkative, and spirited.

A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.

Proverbs 17:27

Cultivating satisfaction

 

 

Imagine being totally satisfied with your life and everything you have.  See yourself feeling as if you don’t want or need another thing.  If you practice this you will be much more likely to find peace.

You don’t always get what you want.  But you get what you need.

~The Rolling Stones