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Finish This… Week #4

FinishThis--SMALL

1. ruggia0622c   I use my “green thumb” to…  try and keep a few flowers growing from year to year that were my Mother’s… A Red Rose who I call “Booker”… which was the last name of her friend that had given it to her… It has now been 15 years… and some Jonquils that she gave me when we moved to our home… which has now 26 years ago…


2. k13417798The secrets to life are… accepting yourself… Expect from others, only what you are able to do yourself… Give of yourself daily in some way… Love and have respect for your mate… Accept the Grace that the Lord offers… Keep family close!

3. k16327151 I get my money’s worth by… being thrifty in shoppping … planning ahead… being resourceful…

4. cha0008On a scale of 1 to 10, my level of organization is… never 100%… but, I can usually put my hands on most everything… Taking notes and keeping a calendar helps me immensely!

5. k4326467A gentleman always… treats a woman respectfully!

6. k7231294 Handwritten notes are… are the best way to convey thanks, appreciation and thoughtfulness!… It gives the receiver a feeling of being truly appreciated with the time/effort put into them!

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Sunday Grateful- December 1, 2013

I always thought of Sunday as a “day of rest“…

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Times have changed…

and Sunday has become as much a part of the work week as Monday…

Stores, business, restaurants, recreational areas, etc. …

are open pretty much 24 hours a day…k13787412

I also have found that with retirement…

Sunday is like most days that I have…

I actually can rest on any of the days of the week…

Stay in bed if I want…

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Eat a late breakfast…

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Read …

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Watch TV…

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Lay on the couch…

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I don’t know if we can get this pattern we have started

back in gear…

Things have changed so fast…

that even Sunday is just another day in people’s eyes…

I have to say… I think the Lord had it right…

Giving us Sunday for a “day of rest”…

a time to visit Him in a church setting…

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a time to have dinner with loved ones…

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a time to kick off our shoes and just sit and relax…

a time to clear our minds…

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a time to actually be with our kids/families/friends…

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and to have an actual conversation…

I’m thankful for Sundays!k13684818

and I hope to use them in the future the way the Lord intended!

Sunday Gratefuls: August 4, 11, 18, 25… 2013

Days slip slowly away…

Being busy doesn’t mean I’m not grateful

I see things every day and thank my Lord for them…

But, writing them down… sometimes doesn’t happen…

So catch-up time again!

August 4, 2013…

It is a bad week coming… My sister’s husband was going down fast… He had been sick for a long time…

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My sister is my Grateful… She shows such strength in doing her duties as a wife… but, mainly it’s her love that shows through…

Her love for her family… her husband and others…k3593382

Her love of her God… That has kept her going and not giving her more than she could bear…

August 11, 2013…

The day after the funeral of my sister’s husband…

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My grateful for all of the people who came to the funeral home… sent loving wishes… sent beautiful flowers… called… who gave of themselves…

What a blessing to see…

August 18, 2013…

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My grateful for a time to get away… laugh a little… cry a little… talk a lot… A day with my good husband who shows his love every day… and my sister a chance to unwind a little… because reality and every day life will seep back in quickly…

August 25, 2013…

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My grateful for my Little Family…

Visiting… eating together… watching a movie together… our chit-chat… catching up on weeks that had flown by without really seeing each other…

Gives my heart a full dose of love and fills me with thankfulness… that we care enough to want to be together…

So, I might be late in writing them down… but, the gratefuls are in me always!

Memorial Day: “Heart Feelings”

k10848218  “Heart Feelings”  by: Marilyn Griffin

I always begin with…

“I come to You in prayer, Dear Lord“…

My Heart Feelings to You poured.

 

I stand , sit or kneel…

I raise them up, Dear Lord…

My Heart Feelings poured.

 

Men, women and children…

I feel their loss, Dear Lord…

My Heart Feelings poured.

 

Daddys, Mommas, Brothers , Sisters  gone…

Lost in foreign lands, Dear Lord…

My Heart Feelings poured.

 

Memorials for this day…

Flowers, prayers, memories… Dear Lord…

My Heart Feelings poured.

 

Keep Our Country in your care…

Our Forces safe from harm, Dear Lord…

My Heart Feelings poured.

 

Feelings of sadness… loss and hurt…

Keep us staying strong, Dear Lord…

My Heart feelings poured.

 

Let us rejoice in Freedom that we have…

Keep us grateful, Dear Lord…

My Heart Feelings to You poured!

 

  

Daily Prompt: Mentor Me

Have you ever had a mentor? What was the greatest lesson you learned from him or her?

I guess you could say I was a mentor

I was a Teacher Assistant… later called a Paraprofessionalsps0427for 30 + years…

We were to instruct (teach) our Special Needs Students… under the guidance of the Teacher in charge…

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People asked me…”Why don’t you go back to school and become a teacher?”…

“You already know how to do most everything there is to teach”…

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and my answer was, “I like my position!”…

I like implementing the assigned work prepared by the Teacher…

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I like being able to give one on one instruction to our students

I liked following them to classes where they were mainstreamed into classes with the “regular” students…

I liked taking care of their needs… either physical or mental

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I liked the freedom I found with the wonderful teachers I worked with…

I liked the repertoire I had with the kids parents…x10724768

I liked that I was doing a service that all would not like… and even heard others say, “I could never do that!”…”That requires such patience!” vmo0891

I mentored by teaching these special childrenmath, grammar, spelling, reading, science, phys ed, art, geography, writing and training them in situations that they being… “special” … would encounter in their lives…

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The teachers became friends… not just co-workers

My mentors were the fantastic teachers I had the pleasure of working with… They taught me… as I taught the students in their class…

I learned so much!…

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Things I would never had been in touch with if I hadn’t been placed in my position…

I thank the Lord every day for my experiences I was taught at the hands of some very good teachers

and the smaller mentors (the kids I had the pleasure of working with)…

I tell everyone… THEY… these special kids

Taught me… as I was teaching them!…k0662770

They taught me…

self-reliance…

strength…

determination…

caring…

fortitude…

and love…k5113531

and I thank them in my heart every day for the lessons learned!

Surreal

I would have to say my mostsurreal moment was when I went to church one Sunday…

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I was sitting in the pew k3691160 … listening to the sermon… What it was about… I have no idea

We… being my husband and two little boys had been going to this church for a few months… u14290574

My cousin, her husband and little boy had been going too…

I had never actually belonged to a church before…

I had went off and on with friends and such…

As I was sitting there… a feeling of such calmnesscame over me…k12547323

I will never forget that!…

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I heard a voice… Not a voice of someone around me…

I say to this day… “It was the Lord talking”…

Surreal???… Oh, yes it was!

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I found myself listening to this voice as it said, “Give her time”…

I knew the voice was speaking of me…

I sat there and then… what seemed like someone literally lifting me up… almost trance-like… I was getting up and walking… I felt like I was floating

Down the middle of the church aisle that led to the front of the church… k4532912

All I knew… was that I wanted to profess my belief in Jesus

He had entered my heart… I must have finally let the barriers down… letting Him see me and me…  Him

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It was such a transformation!…

Yes, “surreal” is such a good word for this experience

I felt like I was in a dream-like state as I mentioned… and this feeling of pure joy abounded for weeks…

I was in a place of such peacefulnessI knew it was real!…

I had so many ups/downs in the years to come…

A son who was diagnosed with Bi-polar Disorder

A husband home from Viet-Nam with past memories flaring up…

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My job in the public school system with Special Needs children…

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Parents growing older… A dad dying…

A Mother (90) years old)… moving in with us…

A Mother passing away

A Brother passing away…

A Sister passing away…

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My husband’s family leaving us… one by one…

But, ever since that “surreal” happening… I have not been alone

My Lord has been there …

and now I picture my hand in His

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... if ever I need comfort… if ever I need strength… if ever I need love

and it’s so “surreal” …

Putting “My Hand” in “His”

Gift…

“For I am the Lord,  your God, who grasp your right hand.  It is I who say to you, “Fear not, I will help you.” Is 41: 13

through Him with Him in Him… has inspired me!…

Simple thoughts come through her blog… with the Lord’s guidance…

The thought of “My Hand in His”… is such an awesome feeling…

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How could I fail at any endeavors I try…

How could I have any fear…

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How could I not have the courage to go forward with things my heart is telling me to do…

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I hope to be able to tell you of changes that occur within me this coming year… and steps to journeys that have been locked within me…

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I will take His hand and accept His guidance…

Maybe our world will too!

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So SIMPLE!… it was there all along!

“Are You Ready?”

k7942552Am I ready?… I think so…

People ask , “Are you ready for Christmas?” … My immediate thought is …

Yes, I’ve bought presents sma0109for who was on my list… and they are wrapped… and under the tree…

Yes, I have most of the food k11492778I’m going to prepare…

Yes, the house is cleanpix0587… and extra dusting and sweeping has been done…

Yes, my personal hand-made gifts k5000305 have been mailed or given…

Yes, the decorations k11501125got up early…

Yes, phone calls k2392326and connecting to those out-of-town have been made…

and YES, I do remember WHY we are celebrating…

It’s my Jesus’ Birthday!..k2856122

Isn’t it wonderful that our Lord has shared his Birthday bwo0065with us!…

His birthday has brought Santa Claus u14039971for the young children… like the JOY in our hearts when He enters…

The gift givingk9904381 like Him… that is our gift from GodOur Heavenly Father!…

The beautiful Lights! x13376197… like Him… that has brought Light to a sinful world for whoever wants to Believe!…

The LOVE k11475327 that is bestowed on family members and friends… like His Love that was given through His sacrifice…

Special Hand-made foods and presents k6849846… that we cook and make with thoughts of the people who will receive them… like Him… who listens to our Prayers that we lift up to Him… with a yearning heart…

Our Homes k7896151that are so festive… Waiting for friends and family to enter… like Heaven‘s Gates standing wide open for all who want Everlasting Life

Our calls we make… our cards k7254442we send… our hugs and kisses we love to give and receive… like the open line of communication that is there with our Lord… if we just take the time to bend our heads and knees in prayer

The wonderful dinnersk2945120 that are prepared for the festivities we partake in… like the Dinner and Place that has been prepared for us in Heaven

Yes… I think “I’m Ready!”… Are you?

Not Giving Up!

I was reading a  by a fellow blogger about not giving up… I’ve never actually written anything about my son… He is private … and I have learned to  this… Private in that he hates the disease he was handed…

I hate it also!… It has been such a trial for both of us…

You see… he has bi-polar disorder 

Not something he asked for…

Not something I wanted for my sweet curly-headed little boy…

Not something we could quite put a finger on when he was growing up…

Not something that is pleasant

Not something as he has said… that I would wish  on anyone!…

Not something that is curable

Not something that goes away

Not something that is easily diagnosed…

Not something that others understand 

Not something that medications  always help…

It is something that completely destroys families  at times…

It is something that changes your moods … and is described as riding a roller coaster every day…

It is something that makes you feel like a time bomb  is inside…

It is something that builds up anger  in you at times…

It is so humiliating at times…

It is the worst feeling you can have…

It is never-ending

It is not understood  by others…

It is a trial and error  when finding the right medications that work…

It is a taking disease

It takes away your confidence

It takes away your chances for a happy life

It takes away your abilities to socialize

It takes away your want to live

Yes, we have been down a long road … 40 years of questions…

Not getting the help  that was needed…

Not finding someone who really cared …

Not finding someone who actually understood  the pain involved…

Not knowing from day-to-day what it was going to be like

Then a revelation!

I can’t fix this!…

I turned to God … and said,

“YOU have to take him!”…

“YOU have to lead us!”… 

“YOU have to give us answers”…

“YOU have to wrap your arms around us and give us some peace!”…

“YOU, Lord have to intervene… and “I” will step aside until YOU need me to help…

My boy… yes, he will always be “my boy”  even when I am old and gray and he is old and gray as well…

I admire the courage  he has had…

The love  I see emanating from him…

The caring heart

The funny side  that always surprises me…

The wise decisions he makes…

The helping hand he gives …

NO, I was not going to give up!…

This was my child

He was so worthy to have more, but we have done the best we could…

So I say, “Don’t give up… help that one person… and you will be truly blessed    in ways that you will never understand… You don’t have to change the world… just one thing or one person at a time is what God is watching and wanting from us…

I have learned! … You can make a difference with the Lord in your heart!

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Tempted?… Every day!

“Memory”… I will keep…

Have you been confronted with a question… and you had to decide to tell the truth or not?…

Have you ever kept something that you knew was not yours?…

Have you ever done anything you knew was wrong?

Have you ever looked the other way when an incident happens… that you didn’t like?…

Have you talked about someone behind their back… knowing you shouldn’t be doing that?…

Have you ever cheated while playing a game?…

Have you ever not paid for an item?…

Of course we have… if we are human…

My first memory of an incident like this was in the second grade

I’m still very ashamed of my actions…

I changed a grade on a test  …

Yes, I knew it was wrong… but, was so compelled to be as smart as certain kids in my class… I did it!…

and Yes!, my teacher knew it… I remember so clearly walking up to her desk as she said,  “This is not the grade I gave you.”

I felt so small… smaller than my 7 years…

She never mentioned it again… No talk with my Mom or Dad…

She seemed to know… by letting me know… that she knew the truth … was all that would be necessary

I think she felt my pain… my stomach ache … my shame

Another incident… still burnt into my memory

When I was still in Elementary School… a neighbor boy and I played every day and lots of times his Mom would fix us Alphabet Vegetable Soup which I thought was the neatest… Then, one day she had a package of Hostess Snowball Cupcakes for us to share…

Now if you remember... there was a pink one and a white one… I had never had such a treat… and loved the color pink… but, I noticed at the edge of the white snowball there was chocolate cake … I loved chocolate more than the color pink

I was asked , “Which cupcake would you like?”… and I hurriedly said , “I want the white one!” thinking mine would be chocolate cake and his would be white/yellow cake… That I had pulled a fast one on him!… but, to my surprise … Both Snowball cakes were chocolate cake with cream filling… and he had the pretty pink one to boot…

That’s what being deceitful and dishonest can get you… I had taught my own self this lesson … and just like the grade changing it has stayed with me to this day!

I’ve definitely had my share of shortcomings I’m not perfect!…

When I found my Lord… I thought I would follow His ways and never do things that were wrong

But, even now I keep being tempted

I do know… that when I have done things that aren’t right… I usually pay for it in some way many times over

So, now… I really consider my actions and have done that for a long time… Tempted???… Why yes!… but, my mind is stronger each time I fight the temptation

Evidently… I have taught my children these values

Because this is how an incident went down today…

I went to the Credit Union to withdraw some cash

I had made out the withdrawal slip and sent it in through the drive-thru tube

When the envelope came back to me… I handed it to my son… and said, “Count it”…

I don’t always do this… I’m pretty trustworthy… which is something I’m working on…

Maybe that’s why I asked Doug to count my money… He says, “$1000.00” I laugh and say… “You mean $600.00“… and he says, “$1000.00″… I’m laughing and I say, “You’re so funny!”… knowing that he is just joking me…

He proceeds to say it again, “There’s a $1000.00 in the envelope”… as he counts it in front of me…

I say, “You weren’t kidding!”…

He immediately says, “You have to give it back… She, can be fired for that”…

Of course I’m going to tell her and get this straightened out… as I look at my receipt…

I push the call button … and she says, “May I help you?”…

I say, “You’ve given me too much money… way too much!”…

She seems bewildered… I tell her, “I’m sending it back in”… and she is thanking me all of the time I’m doing it… I can only imagine the thoughts running through her mind…

She still seems in shock as she recounts the money … kinda mumbling that she remembers counting out that amount but, doesn’t have a clue as to why…

I’m thanked profusely over and over… and wished a good day…

My son is still explaining to me why we had to return the money… even though she may have never known where it went…

But, like my son… I know what is the right thing to do… My young… self-taught experiences keep me honest… and knowing I would disappoint my Lord … is enough for me…

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A day has passed and I have not quite finished writing this blogging experience to push the “publish” button… when an unexpected surprise came in the mail

I read the return address on what seemed to be a card… I didn”t know the namedidn’t know the addressWho could this be from?…

I open the card and begin to read

“If There Were More People Like YOU in The World…

…There’d Be More Smiles Like Mine!… Thanks!

The words Mine and Thanks were underscored in ink

and in a handwriting I also didn’t recognize was a note

There are not enough words to express how much I appreciate what you did!!

I’m glad there are still honest, moral people in the world!!

Thank you again!

C……. Credit Union…

( I didn’t want to share her real name or name of the credit union… so I have hidden it from view)

All of a sudden it was clear!… The card was from the girl at the drive-thru at my credit union… where I had the money episode

I was as flabbergasted by her actions as she was by mine!… To receive a note from this girl I had only spoken to through the speaker at the Credit Union drive-thru…

How awesome is that!

Another incident to burn into my brain!