March 30, 2005

A new column

After consideration, I have decided to place my column, Letters From Home, on my website. I started over at Hazel St., then pulled it because I submitted it to various publications for reviewal. So far, nobody has responded with a "yes" so I will be featuring it here.

Click here to read the first entry. Don't forget to bookmark!

Released Control

I admit it. I am a control freak. I am also a perfectionist. If you can't do it my way then I'll just do it myself, thank you very much.

Today I released my control to my daughter.

We had a mountain of laundry in the living room. When Emily asked me if she could fold it, my initial reaction was of horror.

'If she folds the clothes they'll be a sloppy mess!'

But something stopped me. Do I want my child to feel as though nothing she does is "right?" Do I want her to feel useless? Do I want her to think I don't like anything she does? Absolutely NOT!

So I smiled, hugged her and said, "You sure can, Punkin!"

The clothes were folded in disorderly fashion and mixed up, instead of sorted in neat piles like I do. But they were perfect just as they were. My baby is learning to be a great helper, and without knowing it, teaching me to release control.

March 28, 2005

Something fun today

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March 26, 2005

Happy Easter

For my special Easter wishes to you, visit Like Mother, Like Daughter.

Graceful Endurance

High station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
- Tennessee Williams

At times there are circumstances in our lives which require survival. We have to learn to exist through them and support ourselves to outlive the adversity. They include conditions that are beyond our control, such as: accidents, natural disasters, etc..

My life's mantra has always been "Everything Happens For A Reason!" I firmly believe that, and I have learned something else that I have added to that.

Life isn't black and white. Our experiences in life do not fall into only two categories (good/bad). Instead, they fall into a new category I made up--Life Lesson #(?).

To look at our circumstance as though it's either good or bad, blinds us to learning. If it's "good" we rarely even take a moment to reflect upon it. We just take it for granted that good fortune has been bestowed upon us.

In contrast, when something "bad" happens, we stay in that moment for days, weeks, years even! We ask, "Why?" when we should instead be taking notes for our test!

Life is a classroom. "Stuff" will always happen, and we have two choices:
  1. Fixate on the negatives and never learn our lesson

  2. or
  3. Survive with grace!

March 25, 2005

Here I am!

"Your children learn more of your faith during the bad times than they do during the good times"
- Beverly LaHaye

To the Faithful Few who continue to ask, "When are you going to post something new on your blog?" --here it is. ;)

Why I haven't blogged much lately
I reached a point where I felt like I didn't have anything to say. Then I felt like the things I did have to say were probably not very important to others. When I get down....I get DOWN!

The earlier part of this week was wasted, for the most part. I have been in one of my "I-miss-my-husband-and-want-him-to-come-home" phases. Yeah, you guess it. Crying. Whining. Fussing. Unbrushed hair. Unbrushed teeth. *yuck* Yes, it got pretty bad.

Something woke me up
Yesterday I received an email from Angela, in which she asked me to critique her reaction to something. As I replied back to her, something broke loose inside.

I realized that I really do choose my actions and reactions in life. No, I don't always choose the right way. I'm far from perfect. But the lovely thing is that even when I do mess up and make the wrong choice, guess what?? I can't start all over again, right from where I am!

Then I got the above quote in my email this morning. And what an eye opener it is! What am I showing my children? That God isn't able? That God can't supply my needs? That I stand alone in my trials and tribulations?

Oh no!! I need to show my children that no matter what I am going through, no matter what my mood is, no matter how big and bad my problem seems to get, I always have God on my side!

March 20, 2005

Take Two

Emily and I now share a blog where we will post our artistic endeavors. You can see it here at: Like Mother, Like Daughter.

March 19, 2005

Like mother, like daughter

For those of you with children, have you ever wondered what, if anything, you were handing down to the next generation? Sometimes I ponder this, asking myself if there will be anything learned and passed from myself to my chilren. Then there are moments when I know the answer to that question is YES!

Leo Lion
"Leo Lion" by Emily

rough sketch of dress
"Legacies" by Hope (rough in progress)

March 18, 2005

Cup of Hope

ANNOUNCING....Cup of Hope's new website!!

By popular demand, Cup of Hope now has its very own home on the web. You can
  • subscribe to the Cup of Hope magazine
  • purchase a single issue
  • read sample articles
  • subscribe to the FREE ezine
  • and more!!


March 14, 2005

The truth about words

Words seem to fill my thoughts lately. Not just my own words, but words from others as well. Kind words, harsh words, uplifting words, negative words, inspiring words...

I have been going through some sort of "shlump" lately. Feeling the urge to clean up things. A few weeks back I did a huge pre-spring cleaning. I threw away tons of stuff and donated even more to a local charity.

I even cleaned up my online living. Left groups I belonged to for a long time. Cut away the fat, so to speak.

And it still seems like it's just not enough. I have found myself searching, digging for truths that will lead me in the direction I should go. And all my exploring brings me right back to where I started from.

Am I being true to me?
Am I truly following after God?
Am I in the will of God?
What more could I be doing?
Why does it seem that the enemy continues to oppress me?
How can I be a greater overcomer in Christ?

Words are powerful. Words are the gas that fuels us into action. Words are mighty and strong weapons. I don't think I realized that until now. Are my words being utilized in the manner that they ought to be? Or am I just flinging words out there and hoping they'll return to complete fruition?

"May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer."
- Psalms 19:14 (NLT)

March 10, 2005

Lullaby and goodnight

What wishful dreaming! Elijah is sick--again! I am so tired of this. He was perfectly fine on Tuesday. When he woke up yesterday morning, he had a bad snotty nose and a cough. By mid-morning he started wheezing. I did breathing treatments on him all day, along with medicine and none of it seemed to help.

I think I might have gotten about 2-3 hours of sleep. Um...not consecutively either. Five minutes here. Ten minutes there.

Not only that, but Emily coughed her head off all night last night. When she gets up we are going to get ready and go to the doctor. I'm not even going to call. We will be there when they unlock the door this morning. This is getting ridiculous!

March 08, 2005

Here I am!

Several people have been inquiring of my whereabouts and why I haven't blogged in over a week. I wanted to give you the opportunity to purchase your copy of the latest issue of Cup of Hope before I added a new entry.

I must say that I am excited about where my magazine is going. We just published the third issue and we have new subscribers and the word is really getting out there about Cup of Hope.

If you don't have the latest copy yet, here's what you're missing:

>> God Isn't A Band-aid <<
>> Work Or Quit? <<
>> Never Alone <<

Plus scripture, funnies, and more!

Speaking of which, Cup of Hope now has its very own home on the web! I purchased the domain name last week and am building the website at this very minute. Check it out and bookmark us!!