it’s finally over

by admin on July 30, 2014

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Bye-bye July!

July, that is. It’s not July’s fault that it is so difficult to get through. After all, a month cannot be blamed for its events, its sadness or grief – but, nevertheless, those things shape it for all time.

At least, for me.

I have to live July with intention.

To plan joy.

To not give in to sorrow and sadness.

To be on prayer watch.

To turn up my perception and discernment meters!

To be extra sensitive and compassionate.

I don’t write much in July, instead I fill my blog posts with photos, favorites, recipes and invite 25 girlfriends into our home on a rainy Saturday for lunch, silly prizes, fabulous fellowship and food!

You see for me, and the pretty young reflection in my mirror (my daughter), July was stolen from us 12 years ago by a senseless murder, a road trip to hot Texas for a funeral where our tears were joined with the 150% humidity, a memorial service of raw memories and affections, rental cars, more road trips, house guests, grief, sorrow, and a big fat void in my faith.

July lingers with a cloud.

But.Over.The.Years.

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Faith was restored. Hope was renewed. Grief surrendered. Tears dried.

Because we serve a faithful God who wrote this down so we’d remember it:

 …His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30.5

So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…Joel 2.25

 

See you in August!

xo

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summer 2014 soireé

by admin on July 23, 2014

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G.I.R.L.F.R.I.E.N.D.

That’s what the banner spelled out!

It was a mid-summer celebration of girlfriends! About one month ago I sent an email to about 25 women I consider a good friend, asking them to hold July 19th open for a gathering. I received an overwhelming response…

“Count me in.”

“Marked my calendar.”

“What do I bring?”

“I’m all in.”

July 19th arrived and so did my girlfriends! We had had our grandson, Simon, with us for the week and he served as our valet parking attendant – he showed everyone where to park and since it was raining, he held the umbrella for each lady as they walked to our door. What a guy!

The dining room table soon filled with salad dishes – each person brought a salad to share. This soireé was on the economy budget! I had three different teas, coffee, and dessert for everyone! And, then we gathered, held hands and blessed our meal.

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This is me with my “mystery guest”, Merry Geary! Merry & I were over-the-fence neighbors back in the early 70′s when our children were toddlers. She and her husband have a summer cabin about 90 minutes from us and I couldn’t have been more delighted that she was able to come! That gal & I have a lot of memories!

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This is my daughter, Marni, the mother of our valet attendant, Simon!

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And, here is Simon (with the hat on) – as a surprise, I told one of our guests to bring her son so they could hang out together. And, because our hen party needed some male influence (just NOT grown-up men)! Girl, I am wild about this boy!

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And, this is our granddaughter, Hannah, an awesome server!

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And, here she is again. Man, I love this girl!

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How cool is this panorama shot taken with an i-phone? This was right after our drawing! Everyone was asked to bring a 99 cent item that reminded them of summer. We put the item in a brown bag, numbered them and then each person drew a number out of the basket and received the same numbered gift. Lots of creativity: a grass skirt, a pair of flip-flops, a summer spritzer, seashells, a fly swatter, Lavender soap, and not one duplicate in the mix!

Although it was a rainy, chilly day nothing dampened our spirits. We laughed, we prayed, we talked, we were ministered to, we shared – it was glorious – and I believe every single lady there went away refreshed, renewed, and encouraged.  Hope you enjoyed sharing in my summer soireé!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5.22-23

xo

Wednesday Linkup’s:

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Three Word Wednesday

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summer 2014 favorites

July 16, 2014

Tweet One of my least favorite things is that I don’t have a camera and I have to use Google images to convey what my favorite summer things are! But, here we go. This blog is about as SHORT & SWEET as it gets, it’s July remember? Enjoying the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. […]

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summer food

July 9, 2014

Tweet My summer blogging efforts continue with the K.I.S.S. method (Keepin’ It Short & Sweet!) This week I want to share a few tried and true EASY dishes and one that looks so good although I haven’ t tried yet! Taco Salad Years ago when I was a busy, working mom there were times after […]

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free

July 4, 2014

Tweet I love this video of the whale being set free from the bondages of the tangled fishing gear – the first time I saw it I thought how much this reminded me of the freedom Jesus Christ gives us. I’ve been entangled by the ravishes of sin and just like this film, the messy […]

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summer reading

July 2, 2014

Tweet   (and some, not-so-much)   The other day my memory was stirred by a Facebook friend in a post, in which was mentioned Susan Branch. I have always enjoyed Susan’s artwork and I have one of her early books. I was first introduced to her artwork in Country Living magazine, years ago. Her art […]

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…and the living is easy

June 25, 2014

Tweet Summertime and finding white space in a world of go (this is a link to a podcast with Bonnie Gray). I am inspired by Bonnie Gray’s new book  (this is a link to the book on Amazon) and this summer, and for the rest of this year, I am going to stop striving and enjoy […]

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parenting

June 18, 2014

Tweet Note: This is a repost from 2010; however, as I prayed for single mom’s, raising their children without a dad, this past Father’s Day, I was reminded how much prayer these warrior women need. Single parenting is definitely one of the “hard things.” For the past several weeks we have been blessed with a visiting […]

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for this

June 11, 2014

Tweet It was Communion Sonday. The elements were placed neatly on the altar table. The message had been given. The piano was gently playing. “Now, take a few moments of personal reflection to confess and repent before we disperse the bread and wine.” Sinner me, I bowed my head. Immediately, recent “stuff” was revealed to […]

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the joy of the lord

June 6, 2014

Tweet is my Strength! My husband and I have put our mini-farm on the market…again! We did this once before in 2005 and the Lord did not sell it. Our plans to move back to Florida were thwarted; however, it has become very apparent that it was not God’s good acceptable and perfect will for […]

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