October — My Favorite Month

I cannot believe that tomorrow is the last day of October.  This month has gone by quickly, has been busy and a good one, and is my favorite month. It is the time of football, the World Series, fall leaves, cooler weather, and pumpkins.

It is also a time for celebrations.  My husband and I got married in October, our son was born this month, and we also celebrate the birthdays of both of my parents, three nephews, and several friends, and the anniversaries of a few friends.

We also had our fall break this month and some down time to enjoy the leaves changing and the cooler weather.  Although at the time of the break, it was still pretty warm.  It is still nice to have a break to enjoy ourselves during the hustle and bustle that school has become.

This was photo was taken a few falls ago in North Carolina. Don’t you just love the colors of those leaves? I sure do. I like the vibrant reds, yellows, and golds.

Along with a lot of fun and happy celebrations, we have also had to say goodbye to some loved ones this month.  I found out that over the weekend, one of my pediatricians had passed away and one of my friends from MOPS also died.  So sad to lose both of these wonderful people.

These losses are bittersweet since they leave behind family and friends and those who loved them so very much.  Both made the most of their lives and I have learned from them.

This month, we also had a school field trip to an interactive STEM museum and a historical center.  Both were fascinating and we learned a lot.  Ian and I enjoyed the day very much, as did his friends.  So many fond memories that I will cherish.

Also in October, I usually end up with a sinus infection or cold.  It seems to happen each year because of the ragweed and changes in temperature.  Sure enough, it did again this year.  I am finally feeling better after a week of being sick and on medication.

On this next to last day of my favorite month, I am thankful for:

  • Warm sweaters and socks
  • Homemade chicken noodle veggie soup
  • Hot tea and hot coffee
  • Naps on the couch
  • Library books
  • Time with my guys
  • Sleeping in on the weekend
  • Family time
  • Birthday parties
  • Lunches or dinners out with friends
  • Family photos
  • School field trips
  • PTO members and activities
  • Halloween candy and costumes, but nothing very scary
  • Hugs and messy hair in the morning
  • Late breakfast on Saturday
  • Watching the World Series
  • 19 years of marriage
  • Our 10-year-old son
  • All that my parents taught me
  • My family
  • My friends
  • Meals and laughs with family
  • Movies at home
  • Ian’s school and all of our friends
  • My many blessings

I truly enjoyed October.  I wonder what the next month will bring?  I am sure a lot of fun activities and more time with loved ones. We cannot wait.

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I Wonder: Is Life Still Precious?

With the things I keep seeing in the news and reading about online, I wonder and ask myself, do we think that life is still precious? Do we value one another as I was taught to do? Many people do but some sadly don’t. That truly makes me want to cry and ask a lot of questions to understand how little our lives seem to matter.

I recently heard a story that an NFL player received a death threat for kneeling during the National Anthem. That shocked and saddened me that someone thought so little of that man’s life. You may disagree strongly and think it is wrong, but to threaten to kill someone over it?!  That seems extreme to me.

Then the shooting in Las Vegas shocked me as I woke up on our son’s birthday. The numbers of dead and wounded were bad enough that morning. But today, I heard that 59 people were killed and 527 people were injured. Heartbreaking and hard to fathom.

I cried since Las Vegas was an important and valuable city in my family’s life. That place means a lot to me and I am devastated. It is a great city with terrific people and many great venues of entertainment. This tragedy occurred when people were out on a lovely evening enjoying a concert and should have been safe.

The weapon used in this shooting seems to be designed for nothing but killing. The shooter took a piece purchased separately and added it to the gun to have the ability to shoot more rounds of ammunition. Why? Seems he was hell-bent on as much destruction as possible.

Sadly he succeeded. I heard there were 200 rounds of bullets in 4 minutes. That is an average of 50 bullets per minute shot into a crowd of tightly packed people listening to artists who they love. What else was there to happen but multiple and senseless deaths and many with life-threatening injuries?

In my opinion, this man didn’t value the life of any of these victims. How could he when he plotted to harm so many? What happened to have him think this way? What happened to him to then take action and carry it out? And what can we do to ensure this never, ever happens again?

I don’t understand why these weapons are legal. I have family members and friends who own rifles, revolvers, shotguns, etc. and are strong supporters of the 2nd Amendment. While I may not see eye to eye with them, I respect the right to bear arms. However, this weapon of mass destruction in my opinion is an entirely different beast and matter.

I want to know why anyone other than the military or police officers has access to them. It makes no sense to me at all. The two pieces of his weapon cannot be bought legally together but can separately. Why is that okay? I don’t get it.

The founders of our country and the writers of the Constitution had very different weapons and guns than we do today. Think about it, they had gunpowder and each round took quite a while to load. They also had cannons and other weapons that were equally as slow. Now we have 50 shots per minute. Chilling and in my opinion should give us all pause.

If we truly value life, let’s do more to protect it than just during growth in the womb.  Let’s help so that each child can then grow up and have a long and productive life. Let’s ensure safety for all people throughout their lives.  Let’s teach our young people to be careful and respectful of their bodies and each other. Let’s ensure we all can afford medical care for both children and adults with brain cancer, leukemia, the common cold and flu, and any other disease or ailment.

Let’s protect and assist the teenager who is being bullied. Let’s help the pregnant teenager by loving her and being there for her, rather than kicking her out of school or church.  Let’s assist those who lose everything in a fire, a hurricane, an earthquake, a mudslide, a flood, a natural disaster or an accident instead of causing them more harm. Let’s protect the elderly in nursing homes from items that can harm them.

Let’s show compassion, kindness, love, respect, consideration, and love.  Let’s encourage safe remedies when we are frustrated, when we feel at the end of the rope. Let’s reach out to our loved ones before and while they are in peril. Let’s help each other so our loved ones don’t feel as if they have no choice but to do something bad and harmful.

Let’s work to keep people away from opioid drugs. They are destructive and harmful and anyone can become addicted. Let’s encourage discussion with others and listen to those we don’t agree with. Let’s stop slamming and harming others and talking about them with so much hate and malice.

Let’s consider each other and take care of each other. Let’s love as Christ taught us to – fully and without condition or anything in return. Let’s remember that each and every life is precious, is valuable, is worthy of love and help when needed, and is worthy of respect.

Let’s be the people who our children can look up to and learn from. Let’s not be the warnings to them of how not to act. Let’s live in the best way for ourselves, our families, our friends, and strangers and those who we meet. After all, each of us has something we are struggling with, so let’s also remember to be kind and to always, always love.