A Taste of Winter / Monday’s Musings

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday!  It is hard to believe that it’s already the last week of January.  Seems like the new year just started.

Saturday’s photo challenge was A Taste of Winter.  Here is a photo that I took a few weeks ago when we had a little bit of snow.  I like this holly bush in my yard. I meant to post this then but then got busy on a few things. You know how that goes, I am sure.

Part of this weekend was cold but then it was warmer than it’s been.  However, a cold snap is coming later today for the next few.  A much colder winter this year than we have had in a while. We still haven’t had much snow though, which is probably just as well.  I know of several people who have been dealing with a lot of it.


Mondays’ Musings is something I may start on Monday mornings if I have a variety of items to write about.  I may not be using the word musings quite right but it sounds fun.

**This weekend was a good one and we had some down time, some time with friends, and then some time to play and get out of the house.

We went to dinner on Saturday night with one of my best friends.  We hadn’t seen her in months and it was so great to catch up.  She had been quite sick and thankfully, she is feeling better.

It was fun to hang out and visit and just be together.  I had truly missed seeing her and was so glad we were able to work it out.  Thank goodness for dear friends!

**On Sunday, we went to church and heard a great sermon about love and living like you are dying.  The pastor was talking about what true love is and that not only is it important to tell people we love them but also show to them.  He also wanted us to remember to be really and truly thankful for each and every day.  He mentioned that we are never promised tomorrow.  It was a thought-provoking sermon and one that was really well given.

I hadn’t realized how closely Ian was listening until he gave me a note just before bed.  He had asked me to write a few words down for him, but I didn’t know what he was working on.  It was the note, which states, “To Mommy From Ian.  Mommy, I will love you forever.”  Wow, how amazing and sweet is that.  I have to say I teared up and told him “I will love you forever too.”  He then kissed my hand and gave me a hug.

The love of a child — there is nothing like it.  So pure, and honest, and unconditional.  It is given just as Pastor was saying love is supposed to be. I was truly moved and was amazed at my son.  He truly is a blessing!

**Last night was the Grammy awards telecast.  I had seen some ads about it but then when the time came for it to come on, I was interested in other shows.  Two of them I watched were Downton Abbey and Sherlock, both on PBS.  Both of these are amazingly well written, clever, and full of amazing and rich characters.  Just like a favorite character in a great book, these are so rich and well-drawn that you almost wish you could meet them.  Well, at least I do.

The writing, dialogue, and acting are wonderful.  As a writer, I am inspired and in awe of the talents of the people who bring us these shows.  I laughed, cried, and laughed some more.  One of the funniest lines I have heard in a long time was, “He’s clueing for looks.”  I don’t want to mess up the plot if you haven’t seen it, but it was perfect for the situation and oh so funny!

***Those are a few of my musings for this morning.  Do you have any musings you’d like to share?  Please do! Hope you have a great day!

We Are Special!

daisyOver the weekend, I rewatched some of the final episodes of the 2nd season of the wonderful “Downton Abbey.”   It was fun to see the storylines again!  And, I cannot wait until the new season starts in January!!!

This is a great show about Lord and Lady Crawley, their children, other family members and friends, and their servants.  It has “upstairs” characters and “downstairs” characters.   Have you watched it?  If not, you should tune in when PBS starts the new season next month.

One line that I heard on the show gave me pause.  Daisy is the kitchen maid and on the bottom of the totem pole in the downstairs staff.  She is often treated very badly and like the bottom rung person that she is.  That in itself is sometimes hard to watch.

Although she is treated so poorly, she proudly and honorably does her work as all of the downstairs staff does.  They all seem content to be at their station in life, although she is ready for some changes and tries to make them happen.

She said, “I have never been special to anyone.”  Isn’t that sad?  I know that it is a character giving a line but I couldn’t help but think there may be real people out there who feel that way.  That truly made me sad.

Everyone is special and should be treated as such.  The Lord above gave each and every one of us unique gifts and talents.  I hope that you know that about yourself!!

For many years, the word special has been used in a more derogatory meaning or as a joke.  Like the Church Lady on “Saturday Night Live” used to say, “Isn’t that special?”  That was funny but has changed the meaning of the word.

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, “Special” is defined as “distinguished by some unusual quality; especially : being in some way superior <our special blend>: or held in particular esteem.”

We use the term “special needs student” for a child who learns a little bit differently or may need extra help with school work or reading.  And there are the Special Olympics, which are an amazing opportunity for students to compete in sports and feel what it is like to be on a team.

I am fortunate to have parents, aunts and uncles, and grandparents and other precious adults who told me and showed me that I was special.  I always felt that way as well as loved.  That is something I am truly grateful for.

Now that I am a parent, I am teaching and showing Ian that he is special.  Actually Kirk and I are doing that together as his parents.  This is important to us as parents that he learns that he is loved, cared and provided for, and special to us.

I hope and pray that you too feel special!  Please remember that all of us are special to Jesus.  He loves us and wants us to know what it is like to be loved and truly valued.

My prayer is that you too feel special and loved and valued!  And, I also pray that we help others in our life realize how special they are to us!  Let us share that love!!