Great-Grandparenting

I have some news and it is fabulous. . 

First,  I want to say that being a grandparent is a fabulous season in my life!

I absolutely love all of my grandchildren so much it is truly a love like no other. .  I have no words. .  I would do anything for them (please do not tell them that as I still have to be around them
Anyway,  Kourtlyn,  William (by proxy),  MaKayla,  Courtney, Jewel,  Jazzy,  Natalie,  Jaxson,  Anthony,  Jayden,  and Kaitlynn are the most amazing people ever! . Christian, beautiful and handsome,  smart, like scary smart!!,  funny,  talented,  hard workers,  ballers, fantastic sports players,  creative, artistic, one is a great homemaker, they all are very respectful, they love to play hard, they love to work hard, and they all are just amazing people (without being my grandchildren)

I am so in awe of how much I love them more every single day!

So all of that to say, I am going to be a GREAT –  Grandmother.  

My child is going to be a grandfather!  I do not think I could even think this through to begin with, however, when I sat down and realized the impact, I became a blubbering baby.  Those feelings that I have felt all these years, he now gets to feel.  He will understand just how I love his children so much!

So yeah, that’s our news, 

We are going to be great grandparents and my beautiful granddaughter is going to be a mommy and she will be amazing.  She is so great with children and I admire her so much.

I cannot wait to see her as a parent and begin this journey she is taking!  

No pictures except this one, because of privacy, and respect for my grandkids (who are, mostly at that age, of please don’t post my picture because I look horrible) 

BUT 

here is this one!

here’s my little peanut!!!

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To say that we are over the moon with excitement is just the tip of the iceberg.

I cannot thank God enough for entrusting our family with this new little one, and especially K&W  

They are going to be amazing parents and I am so incredibly proud of them as a grandmother and cannot wait to see what God has stored up for them and this precious little peanut!

Power Of Prayer

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(*all the  medical abbreviations are clickable to see what they mean)

When things go wrong, oh and they will go wrong…  You have to do a couple of things

1.  Either let it all go to God and trust that He will handle it,

2   Or deal with Satan’s outcome…

Dead-serious here.  

Let me give you some back story first. Since 2001, I am type-2 Non-Insulin-Dependent- Diabetes or NIDDM

Recently it has become insulin dependant  IDDM (in the last two years).  So not only have I been dealing with many doctors appts but at some place on either foot for the last two years, I have had a diabetic ulcer.  This happens because of a break down of the skin, inconsistent blood sugars daily, infections, and just a myriad of reasons how it can happen.  I have also had osteomyelitis twice in my right foot.

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Because of this, my right foot has been very susceptible to diabetic ulcers, and starting this past spring, I got a very small I mean we are talking extremely small blister between my pinky toe and the next one on my right foot.  In doing so, I learned a lot about what can and can’t happen.  In a matter of days, this very small sore, turned into a sore that was 1 cm x 8 cm and it tracked all the way to the bone (the deepness of it)

This was in February.  I changed dr’s during that time, from an Internist PA to a full-blown Podiatrist and Endocrinologist, so that I could get more aggressive about my care and prayerfully come back off of insulin and as many other complications that went along with the ulcer, and the high sugars and the bad A1C .  

Because of this, I have been to the Podiatrist, every other day for the last 4 mths and have also had a minor surgery where he took some bone out, so it wouldn’t be rubbing up against my other foot, which was part of the problem to begin with.

After the surgery the surgical site, being so stinking small, healed so quickly, we were all so surprised.  However the ulcer didn’t heal.  Dr.’s, Wound Care nurses and I were just bumfuzzled about what to do.  We kept treating it with Silver Alginate, we used a WoundVac and many other things.  This kept going on, from Feb until the first part of June, and I have finally had enough.  I had been in a DH Walker boot or a surgical shoe for almost 2 years for one reason or another from diabetes ulcers. Also off and on for almost 4 years on one foot or the other for some reason.

The ulcer I had kept getting bigger, and bigger, never losing any tracking and never getting any smaller, only bigger, no matter what treatment we did.  I even stayed up 3 days in a row because they put a woundvac on it and the woundvac wouldn’t stay plugged in.  So I had to hold the plug into the machine just so it would stay running.  We didn’t realize this until we went to plug the machine in on my foot.  So anyway, it has been an ordeal over the past few years.

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I was on many prayer lists all over the country and I KNOW people prayed for me, close and far away.   They prayed on Facebook, in Text, in email and called me and prayed with me, and then prayed in person.   I can’t tell you the number of people who prayed and I knew God had this under control!!!

So all this being said  My son was getting married in Seattle on June 13th.  Of course that meant a plane ride (actually 4) and going and going.  I just wanted to make it till then.  The dr and I came up with a plan of action before I left, and he had one more trick up his sleeve and then I made a very conscientious decision that, included amputation.  I was ready, made peace with losing a body part and knew after I got home from a 8 day vacation, I was going to lose a toe (while it’s just a toe) I’m pretty attached to my toes!!!  

It was a spur of the moment week while we were up there, and if they called to do something until the wedding day, it was one of those, be here in 30 min or so. I did NOT want to deal with wrapping, unwrapping, explaining and all the other stuff that goes with having a sore on your foot.  I did use my scooter while I was up there.  And I went from pushing myself in a manual wheelchair using my feet (which made everything worse) to using the scooter, so that friction of pushing with my feet was gone and that was a major plus!!

DISCLAIMER:  i DO NOT RECOMMEND WHAT I AM FIXING TO JOURNAL.  IT IS NOT WISE, IT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE STUPIDESET THINGS I HAVE DONE IN MY LIFE MEDICALLY SPEAKING.  DO NOT FOLLOW MY WAYS, AND PLEASE SEEK YOUR DRS ADVICE FOR EVERYTHING.  THIS ISN’T ABOUT MEDICAL CARE IT’S ABOUT THE POWER OF PRAYER

Well during that vacation, I took a very minimalist approach to the care of my wound, for one thing.  I was just flat-out exhausted to doing anything with it.   i kept it clean, I kept it covered in silver and a band-aid.  and I prayed, I prayed hard.  I prayed to God for several things,

1.  Please let me have the strength to dance with my son at his wedding (had prayed for that one for months)

 2.  Please God if it’s your will, do not let the amputation go through, but heal my foot.

3.  Please just give me good blood sugars and to stay under control during this time.

okay.  now the wedding.  We left TX on June 10th, for 8 days.  When we get to Seattle, it is okay temperature wise, but quickly rises up into the high 80’s low 90’s.  i had just hit TX weather in Seattle.  So not only did I have to worry about my foot, but my breathing also.  When it is very warm, I can’t breathe at all.bandaid

My shoes that I brought to wear up there are leather tennis shoes.  They don’t breathe at all.  So right then and there, I decided to let my foot stay unwrapped and put the silver alginate on it with a band-aid. 

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I wore flip-flops to the wedding and really did nothing to protect my toe other than just keeping it clean and taking my antibiotic.  LITERALLY “Less is more” way of thinking.  The result was the same.  It was getting amputated.  Or it was getting well.

Because I believe so much in the power of prayer.  I once again prayed to God for His will to be done, for Him to heal me, completely or to make it abundantly clear that amputation was the way to get a healthy foot.

Well, you heard that old story, tell God your plans if you wanna make Him laugh..  He did a big ole belly laugh and said “watch this”  

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When I went to the doctor this friday afternoon.  My foot had almost healed itself!  from a hole in my foot that tracked bone deep, and at least 1 cm wide to practically healed, I was so blown away.  I was honest with my DR and told him EVERYTHING.

The only thing I didn’t do is go in the Ocean while I was there.  I figured that would even be pushing God’s limits a bit!!  But I did go in a hot tub for a few minutes, and wore my foot open most of the time, unless I was going to be in public, then I covered it with a band-aid mostly so it couldn’t be seen.  1b84d57b0877e655165c1978dcb453d8

By the time we got home, my feet were swollen with fluid because of the long flights, I didn’t take fluid pills and my toe was very red indeed.

I knew I needed to rest my foot, keep it propped up and get the swelling down.  I did just that for two solid days, took my fluid pills and proceeded to rest in my way.

I get to the dr on Friday afternoon and as they are cleaning the wound, the nurses are just talking about how good it looked etc, and then Dr. A came in.  He was so surprised! Especially after I told him, I did the less is more option.

Here are just a few of the amazing things God has done.  

1.  The sore no longer tracks to the bone.

2.  It has shrunk.

3.  AMPUTATION IS OFF THE TABLE

4   God, in His almighty, infinite ways, has answered all the prayers for this one ;little toe.

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I had a great vacation, and even though I didn’t walk much thanks to the convenience of a scooter, I did pretty much what I wanted.

and I DANCED WITH MY SON AT HIS WEDDING!!!

(sorry for the crappy picture, but this is the best we have)

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What an amazing gift God gave me in doing so.  I used to pray, God keep me alive till my kids are older, God keep me alive till they graduated High School, etc, etc, and always a new goal.

Now I pray God, I don’t know what you want me to do, but let’s go, I am game!!!  I know God has some amazing plans for me in the future and I am not sure what they are.  I am SO ready to see what He does have in store for me.

and I tell you this, 

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1Thessalonians 5:16-18 16  “Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”

Thanks for reading this far and remember If he can heal one sore foot, think of what he can do for your heart!!  If you want that same healing in your heart.  

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read this.  God will help you also!

Question: “What is the sinner’s prayer?”

Answer: The sinner’s prayer is a prayer a person prays to God when they understand that they are a sinner and in need of a Savior. Saying a sinner’s prayer will not accomplish anything on its own. A true sinner’s prayer only represents what a person knows, understands, and believes about their sinfulness and need for salvation.

The first aspect of a sinner’s prayer is understanding that we are all sinners. Romans 3:10 proclaims, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” The Bible makes it clear that we have all sinned. We are all sinners in need of mercy and forgiveness from God (Titus 3:5-7). Because of our sin, we deserve eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46). The sinner’s prayer is a plea for grace instead of judgment. It is a request for mercy instead of wrath.

The second aspect of a sinner’s prayer is knowing what God has done to remedy our lost and sinful condition. God took on flesh and became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1,14). Jesus taught us the truth about God and lived a perfectly righteous and sinless life (John 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus then died on the cross in our place, taking the punishment that we deserve (Romans 5:8). Jesus rose from the dead to prove His victory over sin, death, and hell (Colossians 2:15; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). Because of all of this, we can have our sins forgiven and be promised an eternal home in Heaven – if we will just place our faith in Jesus Christ. All we have to do is believe that He died in our place and rose from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). We can be saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Ephesians 2:8 declares, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

Saying the sinner’s prayer is simply a way of declaring to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ as your Savior. There are no “magical” words that result in salvation. It is only faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection that can save us. If you understand that you are a sinner and in need of salvation through Jesus Christ, here is a sinner’s prayer you can pray to God: “God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”

Did you pray the sinner’s prayer and truly understand and believe what it teaches?  Please comment below so I can pray for you also!  Start reading your Bible!  If you don’t know where to start, either start at the beginning and read it like a book, or the the Book of James or the Book of Luke.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and rejoicing with me!

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Let God Speak Through You – Review

Disclaimer:  I received an advanced reader copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?  –

What God Wants Us Tp Hear When We Talk To Our Kids by Rachael Carman

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I took 4 of my grandchildren on a mini-vacation this weekend.  Sortof.  The joke was on me.  The ages of said grandchildren are 12, 11, 10 and 9.  the oldest three are girls.  Two sisters and then a sister and brother.  Let me tell you, I had a truly eye opening weekend.  Through no fault of their own, these kids have been through some major trials in their young lives. 

But they are all Christians, they are all straight A-B students, great behavior, excel in things like Music, Basketball, UIL, Football and just about anything they touch. 

Their personalities, are 1) perfectionist 2) slob 3)wanna be the boss 4) and is the boss (as long as I let him think he is)

Anyway, that being said.  There were 6 of us in a hotel room that was about 300 sq feet.  Less than 24 hours.  Let me just say, a 30000 sq ft home would not have been big enough 🙂

I’m telling you all of this because when I came home, I came home in tears at my behavior to them.  My “reactions” were horrible.  There was yelling, crying, so many things that were inappropriate for them..  I was abusive with my words.  I am appalled at my actions, and very embarrassed.

After lots of prayer and then reading a book called How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You; I KNEW I had to apologize to these beautiful children. 

These kids are my life and my heart.  While that doesn’t excuse their behavior this weekend, I know my words were horrible.  I listened to myself in retrospect, and I am so glad that my heavenly father does not talk to me the way I need to be spoken too.

Or I would probably tell Him what they told me,  “we don’t want to go anywhere overnight with you anymore”

Talk about straight to the heart.  But they are right.  We do this to God every single day.  Until you listen to him, and I mean really listen to Him, your voice (general voice) is going to sting.  Sometimes, you need to just keep your mouth shut, be still and let Him do the talking to you.    Let HIM say the words.  Let HIM speak through you. 

Rachel Carman goes through this in her book How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You

With a heart to heart with God and a heart to heart with my grandchildren, I pray that my words will be soft, gentle, loving, and be words that God talks to me with.

I love these kids so very much.  I have apologized face to face to them.  Now today is library day and church and my day to pick them up after school.  I pray that my words are kind, loving and respectful.

I am off to write some apology letters and put the words in writing so that they can see and not just hear me talk.  They heard enough this weekend.  Now they and I need to hear God and come back to a place where we are  walking with the King together. That means, our words to each other should be our best.  If you can’t talk your best to your family, who should you give those loving words too.  God gives us so many words to say and the love behind it.  We must follow his example and mold ourselves like Him.

So when I go to them today, please pray with me that they get my best, because they deserve every single bit of respect I can give them.

 

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When Church Hurts – What Do You Do?

(this is a reblog of something I  Published on: May 8, 2014 @ 6:03 of last year) it seems very fitting again

Psalm 15 depicts the marks of an authentic Christian. It says,

“He casts no slur on his fellowman…. but honors those who fear the Lord In any given troubling situation we need to honestly ask ourselves, “Am I making choices that allow God to be in control here or am I taking control?”

I know I am trying my best to allow God to take control… what do you do when church members do not do the same.  How do you react?  how do you minister to them?  DO you minister to them?

Sometimes relationships at church can be some of the most hurtful ever.

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Satan has a way of doing that.  Hitting us where it hurts the most.  Our families, our jobs, our church….

When things are going bad and they sometimes will… when you put a lot of different personalities in a setting where they make decisions, and they decide things based on emotion, feelings, reactions, etc.

How do you react.

Turn the other cheek

 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.  Matthew 5:39 ESV

Do unto others,

For every action, there must be an equal and opposite reaction (Newton’s Third Law)

But seriously:

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(quote by Anthony Robbins)

Whatever happens, YOU must pray, first, you must pray.  You must change your heart.  You must witness to that person.  The best way you can.  IF you can, sometimes that is not going to be an opportunity.

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.  If he listens to you, you have gained your brother  Matthew 18:15

Whatever happens, YOU must pray, first, you must pray.  You must change YOUR heart.  You must witness to that person.  The best way you can.  IF you can  Sometimes that is not going to be an opportunity.

So you seek forgiveness within yourself, from yourself and for that person.  You talk to God.

However I MUST ask , how many times do you turn the other cheek.  How many times do you let someone run over you in the name Of Jesus.

Because church hurts, even though desires for church to be a safe place and a sanctuary, sometimes that is not going to happen and you MUST deal with the situation, not brush it under the carpet.

If you do that, resentment builds, distrust builds, and lack of “love” for God’s people happens…

So forgive yourself, love yourself, love the other person, the best way you can, and know that while it’s probably going to happen… You are the one that must be the change.

 

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Grandparents Change

I have had the privilege of caring for 4 of my grandchildren this week since Thursday morning, and we have been in VBS this week so we have had a LOT of time together.  I asked for this pleasure, I begged for it, (because I had been sick) and my son was (rightly so) scared of leaving the kids with me, and me getting sicker..,.  I LOVE my children with all my heart.  They are the most amazing children in the world.  They have the most amazing children in the world.  My SWEET beautiful, talented, gifted, brilliant, smart, helpful, mischievous, (did I say amazing) grandchildren.

Knowing that I was 100% responsible for their well-being for this period of a time, and with their parents so far away, terrified me in a way, I was never terrified as a parent.  I was confident as a parent, I was strict, I was over strict (with one) and too lazy with the other, and just down right, flat-out wrong

I found myself, very “un”confident, very second guessing, very “guilty” about every word, every action, every reaction, and every choice that was made.  Was it right, was it wrong, did I screw them up forever, did I do something special that they would always remember, or could they just have fun…  (they didn’t 100% of the time) and ya know what… That was OKAY.

I don’t have to make everything perfect for my grandchildren all the time, I don’t have to be “on” 100% of the time, 100% of everything being, going, doing, planning, playing, talking and or that Disneyland grandparent (without the benefit of Disneyland)

i CAN BE OFF AND IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY.  I can apologize and let them realize that I am not perfect (trust me, they knew it anyway, but I was clueless) and that life sometimes with grandparents will be NOT fun and games, and NOT about doing something “fun” or “planned” or whatever…..

It will be rules, and it will be discipline and it could be hard… But it can still be fun…  and that’s okay….

I hurt each one of them’s feelings in some way this weekend, somehow.  I made them obey (oh my gosh) and they even had to help at home, and  shocker, I know, they even back talked (Brian and Amilia, please don’t freak out, because that’s NORMAL for children to do, and while it’s not necessarily the norm for parents) it’s okay as their grandparent to let it happen.  Because that’s how they stand up for themselves, become independent, have a voice…sometimes, it’s okay for them to be wrong, and it be okay… (with me) I need to remember that they aren’t little adults, they are KIDS, with KID feelings, KID emotions and KID hearts. (even the teenagers)   (Just please know these kids aren’t disobedient) they are KIDS!!!)  It may seem like they are being just unruly and whatever else, but please know that it is JUST the opposite!!

Those hearts, so big, so amazing, and they LOVE their grandparents (all of them, we discussed YOU ALL this weekend) and that all of their grandparents are super grandparents.

I get to be in their lives more than most and for us, it is a routine, Church, Library days, every week something fun (at least once) and they are part of a routine with me, and they are AMAZING!!!   They have learned to give my insulin shots (I can do it, they choose too) they help with my oxygen and my wheelchair and, oh my gosh, there is NOT enough words that I can say to say to them, thank you…. for being so amazing.

You 4 kids have helped me so much this weekend, not just “physically” but emotionally and spiritually and in ways, that you may never know.

I have realized, exactly HOW HARD it is for your parents and realize that they are incredible, awesome parents,  (even when I think they are too strict)  Because sometimes strict is what is necessary to teach.

I cannot express my love for these 4 kids (and the rest of them) in words.  There are no words.

But know, that you have taught Memaw so much in such a short little time, that I pray, and I am praying hard that each day with you from here on out will be incredibly different.  Not necessarily different in things we do, but different in expectations of your behaviors.

I expect you to back talk, I expect you to “have wiggles” and suck the water bottle in ’till it scrunches, and to fight with your brothers and sisters, and argue with me, because

that’s what kids do… 

doesn’t make it right, but it makes it okay…

and discipline (the right way) isn’t a bad thing, trusting you that your choices and your actions are okay…..  And knowing that because you have a life with God, you are going to still make bad choices, but that you already know when you have done something wrong.  You KNOW, because you have that conviction of God’s heart.

I have also learned that way too much, is WAY too much…. Down time, is a good thing… Just sitting around reading a book and not being “on” is okay… (well, I knew it was anyway) but the “entertainment factor” is changing.   I do NOT have to entertain you 100% of the time that I am with you…. YOU can entertain me, with your strength and your wisdom, and your choices (because you all make awesome choices most of the time) and your just being who you are.

Who you are, is, my SWEET beautiful, talented, gifted, brilliant, smart, helpful, mischievous, (did I say amazing) grandchildren, this also goes for the rest that weren’t with me this weekend.  I think you all are so awesome and all the above too…

Just know that there are gonna be some changes.   You may not like some of the changes coming up, but just know that the changes in me are gonna be there.  Because you all deserve the best.

 

2 Timothy 1:13-14  “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.  Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”

 

God has blessed me with these amazing grandchildren, and I am so honored to be their grandparent…   I pray that he can give me the strength, and the wisdom to do what is right by these amazing children.  (a couple that aren’t children, but teenagers)  They DESERVE the most amazing life ever!!!!  Don’t even think that there will be more things  more things happening and more “going”  (it will probably be less) and that there will be more discipline, just different discipline.  No more of the thinking you have to be perfect all the time, but more of the knowing that you will be kids and going to be some things happen that well, you probably need to be disciplined for.  But know now that the discipline, probably will not like any discipline you have ever received before.  I’ve tried, but I know I am very inconsistent, and I will promise you that God will bless our relationship 100% more than he has already has and because of that, things will change…

Yes you must have manners, yes you have to not hit your brothers and sisters, and yes, you even have to clean up after yourself, that doesn’t change.

You do get to have fun, you do get to know that when you mess us, that it’s going to be okay.  You do need to know that no matter what you do, I am never going to stop loving you.

No matter what you say, I will NEVER stop loving you.

I didn’t think it was possible to love you any more than I already have, but I do.

Thank you for this wakeup call….

Memaw needed it.

Thank you again, Brian and Amilia for being the BEST parents for these children.  I am so proud that you are the parents of my grandchildren and honored that you trust me enough.  I pray that you will see the change also, NOT in the kids, because they are and have done exactly what they should have done, being kids and learning about life.

They are awesome, and you both have done an incredible job raising them.

Isaiah 46:4  “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

What a promise.  HE will rescue me.  I am so ready to be rescued!  Oh yes, God, please rescue me, please take me to a place that only you can.  I NEED to be rescued from myself.  From that grandparent that sees everything as “if you show them fun, they will love you” to the grandparent that if you show them love, they already love you… I don’t have to show them fun, I have to show them respect.  and love.  That’s IT, with those two things, then the rest will come.

God please give me the love, the understanding and thank you for the blessing to be the best grandparent I can for these children, because they deserve the very best.  I thank you every day for them and for the gift of their beautiful lives!  Thank you so much for gifting me with their parents also.

Here are some pictures from our week.  I didn’t get many, but here’s couple!

Five Minute Friday – Grateful

Grateful

adjective

1.

warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful: I am grateful to you for yourhelp.
2.

expressing or actuated by gratitude: a grateful letter.
3.

pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable or welcome; refreshing: a grateful breeze.

Origin: 
1545–55;  obsolete grate  pleasing (< Latin grātus ) + -ful

Grateful

 

I am so extremely blessed by the gifts that God gives me every single day.  To the “huggies” and “lovins” my puppy gives, to the text messages from  my grandchildren, just to say I love you, to my health (even though it’s bad, because it could be so much worse)

God has gifted us with so many things to be grateful for in this life and you must learn to cherish each and everyone of them.  Including the bad things.  The good, right there along with the bad, teach you so many things that God tells us in the Bible.,

Turn the other cheek, Love your neighbor as thyself,  etc, etc.  there are a LOT of verses on gratitude

But also when you are going through trials, they can also deepen your gratitude to a level so unexpected, that it becomes habit

being cured of cancer

knowing that your child is ill, but so many have it so much worse off etc, etc

just remember, getting through those trials, should make you grateful

It’s so easy to remember to be grateful in the good times.

thank you God for healing me, the new job, new house, etc, etc.  But how hard is it to say THANK YOU LORD for giving my child the illness that he has, because who wants to thank someone for a sick child.  But that child is alive….   That child may be bringing you closer together as a family

or whatever 10000 things can be though of (this is just an example of things that can go wrong, and they will, and you MUST be thankful to God for everything) good and bad

Being able to make a gratitude journal was the best thing that ever happened for me to help me be able to be thankful for good, great, bad, hard, easy, all sorts of things

One of the best books I have ever read about this subject has been 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp

here is a link to her weekly gratitude journal.

http://www.aholyexperience.com/2011/04/when-youre-feeling-a-bit-broken-free-weekly-gratitude-journal/

However, 1000 Gifts also has an accompaniment journal…. Or you can choose a photo a day with gratitude, or a post a day (a lot of people do this at Thanksgiving) but do it everyday…

Why just be grateful at thanksgiving

It doesn’t matter what you use, whether it is the accompaniment journal or a composition book, a store bought journal, or an app… I just typed in Gratitude Journal in my app store and there are lots of apps, paid and free, to help you with this.

But remember, no matter how you do it, remember not just the good stuff.  Being grateful for the hard blessings also, will make you appreciate the good blessings 1000 times over!

 

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

(this is from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Blog that explains FMF)

So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.

We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.

Your words. This shared feast. It’s easy to join in, just:

Check what the prompt is on my Lisa Jo Baker’s Blog.

Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.

{And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post} Link over to Lisa’s blog and invite friends to join in. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url

http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ } Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of Lisa’ Five Minute Friday post enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!

Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it

Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community

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