Throwback Thursday – Snow Day

Hi and Happy Thursday.  Today, January 25, I wanted to post a Throwback Thursday photo of Ian playing in the snow.  He was about 2 years old when this was taken.  He loved the snow and playing in it then and still does today.

We had a few snow days recently and had time to play in the snow, throw snowballs, and take a walk.  It was wonderful and just as precious as the day of this photo. We have been blessed by this wonderful soul who continues to amaze us each year.  We continue to be thankful for our family.

Today I am also thankful for:

  • Snow days with nowhere to have to be
  • Hot chocolate and giggles after playing in the snow
  • Toast with avocado for breakfast
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup
  • Movies at home on the couch
  • Days in pajamas and no makeup
  • Messy hair and extra cuddles
  • Working at home
  • Hot tea, hot coffee, and hot chocolate
  • Reading a favorite new book in three days
  • Library books
  • Family photos and memories
  • Time with friends and family
  • Laughter with loved ones
  • Walks home from school
  • Time to play
  • Time to relax
  • An active imagination
  • The wonder of childhood
  • The blessings of childhood
  • My family who taught me about respect, love, and kindness
  • Songs we love to sing
  • The love of learning and discovery

Hope you have a great day!  Hope you have time with your loved ones and stay healthy!  We know a lot of sickness is going around so we pray for health, rest, and quick recoveries.

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Happy Birthday Dr. King

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the most eloquent speakers ever — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  He taught us the importance of love, peace, equality, and being kind to others.  He spoke up about the things that matter and fought for them in peaceful ways.

He knew the importance of treating all people the same and as equals. He had dreams that his children would be treated fairly and that all peoples would be. (I found this photo on clip art. It is from the Hulton-Deutsch Collection according to biography.com.)

We can learn a lot from this amazing man.  We can learn how to treat one another, that love is so much more important than hate, that all men are created equal and should be treated as such, and that we can fight for what we believe in without violence and harm to others.

He knew this and he lived it.  But sadly he was gunned down for it.  And that is heartbreaking and should not have happened.   I will never forget the day as a young person that I saw the man who killed him.  I still cannot believe that it happened.

We were doing prison ministry at the time with my parents at Brushy Mountain Prison.  We were visiting other inmates at the time and James Earl Ray was in the same room.  He was across from us and looked like an old man to me.  At the time, I didn’t realize who he was.

Sadly, I later learned what he had done and who he had killed. Very sad and something I just didn’t understand.  I was surprised that someone could hate another person enough to want them dead.  The innocence of the young, right?

My parents taught us to love all people, to be kind to everyone, to not see the differences as bad things but instead as something to learn from.  And, they taught us to treat others as we want to be treated. I was so fortunate to grow up with my parents and siblings and know these things.

I hope that we can treat others as Dr. King did — with dignity, respect, kindness, and love. Let’s never forget what he stood for and how he tried to make changes. He is someone to admire and to learn from.

So on his birthday, I want to say, thanks Dr. King for what you taught us and the man that you were. Thanks for your stirring and beautiful words, your passion for what you believed in, all of your work for civil rights, and your faith.

Here are a few of his quotes:

  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  • “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
  • “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
  • “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  • “The time is always right to do what is right.”
  • “I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
  • “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”

Happy New Year 2018!!

Hello and Happy New Year!  On the second day of 2018, I am amazed that we are in a new year. Last year seems like only yesterday, or two days actually.  LOL.  They say that time flies when you are having fun. The end of 2017 sure did.

We had fun time with friends and family over the holidays.  So many generous gifts, great food, lots of laughter, and fun conversations.  It was a blessing to have this time with loved ones as well as some much-needed down time.

The older I get, the more I need time to rest, to process what is happening in my day, and have time to just relax. Now that I am in a new decade, I suppose that is to be expected, right? LOL!  Last night, I fell asleep on the couch watching TV.  The night before staying up until 12:30 a.m. was too much and I was more tired than I realized.  Can’t do that anymore like I used to. Oh well, it was still worth it to see Ian’s excitement at the start of a new year and to celebrate with Kirk and Ian.

This year I am going to try to write more regularly. I cannot believe that I only did two postings in December. The month was super busy so I didn’t get to it.  I do, however, love to write and want to do better. I have some topics in mind that will help and appreciate your input on any ideas. We’ll see how my plan to write more goes.

I am also going to work on daily exercise. Even if it is for 30 minutes, I want to do something and then build it up to more time. I want to feel good and not be sore and uncomfortable. I also want to stretch and try some yoga poses. A friend of mine is having great success with that. She is an inspiration.

This new year we will be welcoming new loved ones into the family with babies and weddings. I am excited about the new lives and the engagements over the holidays.  What blessings and fun times to celebrate.  It is exciting to think that at next Christmas, we will be celebrating baby’s first everything, even though they were there this year.

Today on this last day of winter break, I am thankful for:

  • A new griddle for making delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and pancakes
  • Ian having the chance to play with several friends
  • A full day of fun with dear friends
  • Time with my parents, siblings, our spouses, and all of the kids and Kirk’s side as well
  • Early dinners out with my guys
  • Watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi with Kirk and Ian — great movie
  • Sleeping in when we can
  • Messy hair and days in our pajamas
  • Prayers before meals with loved ones
  • Returning to our routine
  • Reading a new book
  • Listening to a new CD
  • The gift of photos
  • Hats, gloves, and scarves on a cold day
  • The beauty of a cold and sunny day
  • Heaters than work and hot coffee, tea, or chocolate
  • Time with family to chat, laugh, eat, and enjoy being together
  • Hugs at bedtime
  • Saying I love you and hearing it back
  • Family traditions
  • Church music
  • Our church family
  • Our school family
  • Our neighborhood family
  • Our friends who are family
  • Our immediate and extended family

We have had a wonderful Christmas holiday and hope that you have as well.  We wish you a very Happy New Year as you return to your normal routine.