Tuesday, November 25, 2014

So This Just Happened.

Over this past weekend something really big happened in our household.
Even though my 16 year old daughter told me over and over it wasn't a big deal somehow my heart did not get that memo.


I tried to hold it together.
I really did.
But then this happened.
She pinned a flower on a boy. 
Who told her she could do that?
Oh wait, I guess we did. 
That's right it's all coming back to me now.
We were sitting at the kitchen table I'm pretty sure I had only one cup of coffee flowing thru my veins when she asked her dad and I if she could go to the JA dance with a "friend" who is a boy.
Now, in my defense I did say that I only had ONE cup of coffee.
Mom's cannot be held responsible for anything they say until the SECOND cup of coffee is consumed.

Obviously that rule didn't pan out here because,
WE said yes!
The plural word there being WE.
The operative word there being "SAID."
The debatable word there being YES.
We said it, but my heart didn't really mean it.
I mean .... 
What I meant to say is ...
NO.
NO you cannot go to any dances with any boys.
NO you cannot wear a dress so beautiful and look so stunning that it takes my breath away.
NO you cannot pin a flower on a boy when you were dressing up dolls like yesterday.
NO you cannot drive away in a car with that boy when you were just learning to ride your bike a minute ago.
NO you cannot grow up.
NO.
Can I do that?
I mean, can I take it all back?
That's a rhetorical question.
Sigh.
I realize that I can't turn back time and say no where I previously said yes.
I realize I can't stop this train, thank you very much John Mayer.
I just, well I just wish sometimes this life would give you a little warning before you witness big life events like this.
Daughters who become young women right before your eyes.
Please chime in all you parents who have walked this uncharted territory.
I have to share a song that Emma's Auntie Gina sent me that same week.
I'll admit it  did give me a little chuckle.
I hope you enjoy it 
AND 
Pray for me.
 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I want to be that kid up there

I want to be that kid up there.

The one who when faced with an ocean and a pair of very long jeans, just rolls up the jeans as he gets deeper and deeper in the water.
No fear of what the future may hold.
No thought of the car ride home and how sticky and wet and sandy I might be.
No concern for the cold wind that might be blowing my way.

I want to be that kid up there.

The one who screams with elated cries every single time the ocean water touches my feet.
No worry or concern for where I ditched my tennis shoes several miles up the beach.
Who plunges in the ocean water like moth to the flame.
So carefree.
So uninhibited.
So child like.

I want to be that kid up there. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fruit Cake, Fonts, and Funks

Hello There Beloved Reader-
I'm sitting here getting drunk on my Momma Nash's amazing fruit cake and drinking coffee. 
I should be crafting and creating getting ready for another Craft show tomorrow, but I'm in kind of a FUNK!
Are you familiar with the FUNK?
I tried taking a shower to wash it off but that didn't work.
I'm on my third cup of coffee hoping that the caffeine will kick in and that will help the FUNK find another home.
And currently, while eating this delectable fruit cake I'm hoping I can eat it away.

BUT...
alas, from previous FUNK days I know none of this will work. 

Maybe if I change the font on this blog post and have one more bite of this delish dish it will slowly work it's way out of my system. I suppose if I was an athlete I'd be going for a run right now, but I don't run, unless someone's chasing me, and even then I might just stop mid sprint and give them what they want to avoid running!!

That font wasn't happy enough.

Maybe I need a happy picture...

That did make me smile. 
I love the phrase too.
Seize the Day.
Carpe Diem.
I would be doing the EXACT opposite of that. 
Today I'm sitting here and the only thing I'm seizing is this damn good fruit cake. 
Which, I have to say now that I have had my self a healthy piece of it, I am starting to feel a little bit better. 
There is SO much LOVE in this fruit cake that my mom-in-love made us. I can almost feel her big warm bear hug coming through it. 
Along with Lots o Love it is also loaded with nuts, fruits, and some kind of strong alcohol that makes for one of THE best fruit cakes I have EVER had.
Did I mention I didn't even like fruit cakes until I had a piece of Momma Nash's fruit cake?
Man alive is that woman ever talented!!

Let's try another font shall we and maybe let's slant it a bit...

Because I'm starting to feel a little slanted.
Maybe it's the fruit cake or maybe it's words in different fonts, or maybe it's just being here with you but I actually do feel better now that I have bared my soul to you. 
Thank you as always for listening and for helping me fight the funk!!
Even though, technically you didn't do anything you listened, or at least it feels like you listened.
I'm reminded of You've Got Mail right now,

"Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life - well, valuable, but small - and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven't been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around? I don't really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void."

And with that I will leave you for now, maybe it's time for a tiny bit more of fruit cake?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pie Party and Some Other Musings

Every year for the past almost 10 years, (minus the 4 years we were in Washington in an 800 sq ft cabin) my family and I have been hosting what we like to call a pie party. 
I can't take credit for this AMAZING idea because that would be just wrong to my East Coast relatives who started it way back when, but I will say the minute I heard about a Pie Party I was all over it like Meringue on Lemon Pie.

I usually have it the second Saturday in November because to me it's a way to have Thanksgiving (minus the Turkey) with ALL my friends and family. 
It's also a way for me to get my favorite dessert!!
When I was preparing the prizes this year I got SO excited for this party I almost did a happy Pie Party dance. I'm pretty sure it would have looked a bit like Elaine on Seinfeld so I reigned in my excitement and got to putting together those prizes you see up there.
We give out prizes to 3 categories;
Best in Savory
Best in Show
and 
UGLY but it Tastes Damn Good 
aka 
UBITDG!!
While putting together prize baskets, I thought about all the families that would come with their delectable pies and my heart overflowed with gratitude for many reasons. The first reason that my heart was exploding with joy, was that I am so grateful to be back here in Nevada. That sentence up there... well it's one that even as I type it I still can't believe I'm saying it. It's taken me quite a long journey to get HERE, and I don't me here as in Nevada here, I mean HERE as in this place of contentment that has come over my heart regarding where ever HERE happens to be. 

I have to say that there have been countless tears shed and plenty of tantrums had, over not having that kind of an attitude. I'm happy to report though, that Jesus has done a work in this bratty girls heart, and it's a good work. A work I know I couldn't have done on my own. 
He has made me realize that it's not about the place, it's about the people. 


I now know that even if he called me to live in Texas(please don't dear Lord baby Jesus) I think I could manage to keep this grateful, contentment going. 

As long as there was Pie in Texas!
Psh... of course there would be PIE in Texas!!
Those Texans have got the right idea when it comes to pie.
I have heard they make a pie for just about every occasion... so yea I think I could manage, but for now I'm staying put with a happy heart right here in good ole Nev a duh!!

I do so apologize to leave you with  mouths watering ...let me  make it up to you with this quote that I feel fits just perfect with this here Pie Party blog and truly is a recipe for happiness. 

 "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with 
LOVE, GRACE, and GRATITUDE."
Denis Waitley


Thursday, November 06, 2014

Halloween 2014


Oh Goodness!
These two middles make my heart skip a beat. 
They are 14 and 13.
That's what their birth certificate says.
But somehow,
my mind and my heart has them stuck at around 3 and 4.


When and How and Why and Where does it happen that before you can even blink you have a full blown Pop - eye the Sailor Young Man on your hands?


Or a Baby Doll that might be "too sweet" for American Idol but not for this Momma?



Oh Goodness.
Oh Gracious.


And that Strong Man on the right... Well he has strong-armed his way into just about every heart that meets him!!
Hope you and yours had a very Happy Halloween this year.
Now on to some 
P I E 
=

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

H4Y

Hello There Beloved Reader, 
and a
Happy Fall Wednesday Morning to you!

I am beyond giddy to share some photos with you today.
Have you ever been SO excited over a photograph that you literally wake up first thing in the morning with nothing else on your mind (except coffee of course) but posting a picture for the rest of the world to see?

No.
Huh?
That's strange.

Well, that was me this morning and you are the world to me so you get to be the lucky ones to see what I'm talking about.
But before we get started with the roll of film that awaits can I just tell you something you may not already know?
My Giant and I every Wednesday get the privilege of hanging out with some amazing young people.

Here are 4 of those young people and 1 of those pictures that I couldn't wait to post.
Seriously, the moment I took this picture of these beautiful young ladies my heart went pitter, patter.
That doesn't happen to you?
Hmm..
So strange.


As long as I can remember, in fact even when we were young youthz(say that like Schmidt on the TV show NEW GIRL)My Giant and I have been helping out with some kind of youth group. I suppose we kind of really enjoy youthz... unlike Schmidt.


Would you just look at that bunch of world changers up there? 
How could we not totally LOVE each and every one of them.
Ok, in fairness 4 of those youthz are our own... but the rest... Although, I did not birth them (thank GOD) in my heart I feel a love for them that can't really be described.

Something else I really can't describe is the joy this picture brings me.


I couldn't tell you why the young man Jeffery on the right is laughing SO hard, but I have a sneaky suspicion it has something to do with that Giant in the Orange Sweatshirt.
LOL.
Seriously.

Every single one of these young men, young youthz(sorry I just can't help myself) will grow up to be our teachers, doctors, firemen, bus drivers, lawyers, tattoo artists, pastors, fathers, husbands...etc
I suppose that's what so exciting about working with young people, ya know kinda like Whitney Houston sang about.
We get the privilege, the great honor to teach them well.
I'll take a double portion of that please!

 
With a slice of goofy on the side!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Love Yourself



Good Morning Beloved Reader.
Let's start this blog off on the right foot, or I guess if you prefer the left foot that's fine too, but let's start by talking about a quote shall we?




 “If you put a small value on yourself, rest as- 
sured that the world will not raise your price.” 

I absolutely love the above quote. 
It makes me think of this scripture;

"Love your neighbor as you LOVE yourself"

We will come back to that later, because
It also makes me think about those two beauties in the above picture.

Why? You ask.

Well,
 I have noticed something, I'm not sure when it happened but my girls have turned into young women, and not just ANY young women. They are young women who walk around with a healthy dose of value, self worth, confidence, and wisdom.

It seemed like only yesterday that they were playing with dolls and giving each other rides around the house in the laundry baskets. 
And now they look like this;


The one on the left is only 14 people. 
FOURTEEN!!
The one on the right ... well let's not mention how old she's going to be in a few months!

Back to the one on the left...

I'm pretty sure I'm not going to let her wear that red lipstick anymore.
(Insert emoticon with a straight face and eyes wide open)
 Ahem... 
I'm also pretty sure I want her new favorite accessory of choice to be a brown paper bag with only the eye sockets cut out!!
It's a good thing her dad is a GIANT named Moses or I'd be really worried.
 
But, you know I'm really not that worried because back to that quote up there this girl, my girl Chloe, has a high value for herself that I'm fairly certain will keep her from most things that most moms would worry about with a 14 year old daughter that looks like she's 
TWENTY TWO!!

Yes, I'm raising two beautiful girls that not only value themselves but they truly are wise beyond their years. I know with complete certainty that this value and wisdom comes from their personal relationships with Jesus so I'm not about to take credit for it.

 
But I also know that this world works night and day to try and de-value them. The world and it's message to these young women is working over time to tell them they aren't skinny enough, pretty enough, athletic enough, rich enough, witty enough, smart enough, 
enough.
enough. 
enough.

I tire so quickly of that message. 
In fact every new day I need a new message. 
I need to hear that I'm loved, valued, appreciated, honored, treasured and so on and so forth.
 I know that my girls need to hear this as well.
And I would bet my 1966 vw buggy named Lucy Blue that it's a message YOU need to hear as well!

This message raises the price of my value by immeasurable numbers. 
This message is one I can find readily available to me at any given moment. 
It's also where I have read over a thousand times'
"Love your neighbor as YOU LOVE YOURSELF"

A few weeks back my friend who also happens to be a Pastor and a really great teacher, he spoke about loving yourself.
It struck a chord with me because I think that for me it's easier to love my neighbor than it is to love myself.
I don't know about you all but sometimes I need a healthy dose of self love.
Not to become conceited and narcissistic but just to bring back into line my true worth.
I really do think that ONLY after I receive that self love message am I able to truly go out and love my neighbor.

Did you know that you beloved reader were purchased with a price?


Raise your price today.
Love yourself.
Listen to the message that says this;

1 John 4:9-11 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Everyday Jesus sits waiting for us to listen to HIS message for us. 
He tries to speak to us in the trees of bright yellow, and the birds taking flight.
He tries to tell us that he made all of the beautiful things on this earth for us to enjoy and be filled with joy. 

I wonder, are we listening?




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