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R5F – Easter

1. As a child, I was deeply conflicted that we called this day “Good” Friday.  I learned in Sunday School lessons what they did to Him.  How was that good?  It was years before I could disassociate chocolate eggs & ham dinner from suffering.

2.   I’m off work today. Yep, up early with no alarm, coffee sipped, laundry done, chores started.  Birds are singing, the sun is shining and I am luxuriating in the day.

3. Grands are coming tomorrow, and so is Great-Grandpa. We’ll have 4 generations together.  Chocolate eggs, ham dinner, no suffering.

Mr. Bun Bun visits the family across the street every Easter; here's our grandson being overwhelmed at the meeting!  2010

Mr. Bun Bun visits the family across the street every Easter; here’s our grandson being overwhelmed at the meeting him in 2010

4.  Cleaning the house is simply more enjoyable with tunes.    I don’t mind scrubbing bathrooms and wiping down counter-tops when I’ve got Elvis, The Bee Gees, Al Green and Journey to accompany me!

So true!

Isn’t that the truth?  Google.images

5. Being home today allows me time to prep for tomorrow. But that’s not all. It’s an opportunity to step away and to reflect on the significance of this weekend.  To swing between the sorrow of the sacrifice and the joy of the gift.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life

related: I love you this much

 

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Categories: Attitude, Beauty, Faith, Family, Grief, Growth, Holidays, Home, Personal, Relationships | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Worth it

Every so often, another writer’s post touches my heart in such a way that I think about it long after I’ve stopped reading.

This one did.

It’s one man’s story of faith.  Of love. Of moments that matter.

Moments of grace and humor and serendipity.

One man’s story.

Read it here: http://richripley.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/the-touchstones-of-our-heart/

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He’ll understand why bacon is here! Google.images.com

Categories: Beauty, Blogging, Faith, Family, Forgiveness, Grief, Growth, Home, Life, Men, Personal, Relationships, Thoughts, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

A family of families

Dianna, of Sunsets and Sundaes, presented my blog with two – count ’em – two awards a few weeks ago.  I’m a little behind in accepting, so today I am feeling the love and saying “thank you, thank you very much.”

That's all right Mama ..

Elvis has nothing to do with this post and that’s all right Mama ..

The first award is called “Best Moment” award (moment in time) and accepting this one requires me to answer a few questions:

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Who inspires you?   I am inspired by people who are passionate – about their families, their relationships, their golf game, whatever.  Passion. Passion inspires me.

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What is the hardest part about blogging, if any?   I wish the “Publish” button was just a little farther away from the “Preview” button.  There have been a few not-ready-for-prime-time posts published before – oops!

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What is your favorite quote?  “To Thine Own Self Be True.”  Know who you are and own it. Don’t know?  Find out.  That’s where adventure lives :).

..:: read it ... learn it ... live it ::..

..:: read it … learn it … live it ::..

What is your favorite dessert?   I’m not a regular dessert eater but I have never turned down pie.  Ever.

one end of the pie table.

one end of the pie table at the hometown fall supper.

What skill do you wish you had taken the time to learn when you were growing up?  I wish I’d learned to love gardening like my sisters do but years of weeding cured me of that.

:: image from Pinterest ::

:: image from Pinterest ::

What is the one activity you wish you had the time to pursue?  I’d enjoy traveling more … for fun, not just for business.

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If money was no issue, where would you like to travel?   I’d be very happy to drive all over the U.S. States and Canada, England, Ireland and Scotland, stopping along the way to sing some songs, drink a few beers and eat pie :).

The other end of the pie table ... What to choose?

The other end of the pie table … What to choose?

What is your favorite holiday?  July 4th for purely selfish reasons.

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image from photos.igougo.com

What is your favorite pastime?   Spending time at home: listening to music, cooking, reading and hosting special gatherings with friends & family.

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I love it when the patio is filled … L-R Uncle Terry – Hubbs – and my FIL John. In the background, son #1, Auntie Karen with baby MJ on her knee. 🙂

What book are you currently reading? I just finished reading “Waking up in Heaven” by Christal McVea.  It’s chock full of hope and redemption and it made me cry more than once.  Good books do that to me.

An excerpt:

There is so much I want to share with them, so much I want them to know. You see, my story is one of hope and forgiveness and salvation, and of the glorious healing power of God’s presence. It’s the story of what I saw and what I learned when, during a hospital stay, I left my body for nine minutes and went to heaven and stood before God. And it’s the story of how, when I came back to Earth, my life was profoundly and permanently changed— changed down to the very core of my being.

Do you play a musical instrument?   Yes, I plink away at the piano and still play guitar.  A graduation gift, my guitar still has the price tag on it, and youngest boy plays it now.  Hearing him play my guitar makes me grin.

Dianna also nominated me for the WordPress Family Award.  (She’s generous like that).

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From what I understand, this award is “… is for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family.”  The award was started on the basis that the WordPress family has taken us in and shown us love and caring as only WP folks can.  You know what I mean — the way people take time to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition.  Source — Shaun at Praying for One Day.

This award has no questions to answer but it does ask me to nominate at least 10 others in my blogging “family” — I’m asking you to visit those folks whose faces and blog symbols appear along the upper left of my blog — after  nearly 3 years of writing, they always make me feel included and appreciated as a family should. These are the folks whose thoughts I enjoy reading and the ones I’d love to sit down and sip coffee with … over a piece of pie, of course!

And since Dianna is a a “Barn Charm” gal, here’s one for just for her collection — my Grandpa’s barn.  Home to Belgians and Herefords, alley cats, bats and puppy dogs; home to the lazy days that housed this prairie girl’s childhood.  Thank you again sweet friend!

... Grampa's barn ...

… Grampa’s barn …

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I love you this much

I’ve been lost, weak and confused.

I’ve felt flawed, anxious and full of heartache.

I’ve tried not to judge but known that I did.

There were times I’ve excelled and times when I’ve failed.

But still, I pray.

Still, I think.

Still, I wake, toss and turn.

And in time, I remember to turn to Him.

And I laugh when I realize it really is just that simple:

“Step out of your way, girl, and come to Me.”

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We asked … How much do you love me? And He said “This much.” And then He stretched out His arms and died. For you. For me. For us. For them. For the good, the bad, the weak and the sad. For all of us.
He loves you this much.

Please watch the video by Jimmy Wayne ( below ),  I love you this much. 

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