Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Fun Bloggy Game

Hi friend!

Every one likes to play games right? There are board games, party games, baby shower and bridal shower games. I remember some fun games from way back in the day that at Tupperware and Longaberger parties.

I've recently started following a blog written by a sweet gal named Melanie. She's written a couple of posts lately that remind me of the fun party games we play to get acquainted.  I'm not trying to steal her cute game idea. But, if you want to play along go on over to where she writes at   Only A Breath  and join in the fun.
{of course if you'd like to leave me a comment I wouldn't mind and I'm pretty sure Melanie won't either}

It's just that I've enjoyed the process and wanted to share the fun with you.
So here is a copy of my comment (with typos edited) to Melanie's prompts ~

Hi Melanie!
I love that you are gonna do this every now and than!

The best thing about 2011 was ~ me and hubby getting away for a whole week to Siesta Key. My aunt let us stay in her condo right across from the beach. We hadn’t been on any kind of vacation in seven years. We were so blessed the whole week with beautiful weather, just relaxing and spending time together.

In 2012 I would really love to:

1. start a small biz ( etsy, consign at shops in town, etc) selling quilts, pillows, and decoupaged items that I create

2. go to Siesta Key for vacation again (only if we have someone to puppy sit for us)

3. pay off our charge card debt

2012 is the year I stop ~
Oh where do I begin…… and what would I really want to write down and document in bloggy land…… ummmmm ….. how about I just think on this one a bit more. *wink*

2012 is the year I start ~
Oh where do I begin….. eating healthy, walking, blogging regularly, reading my Bible more, better church attendance, intentionally developing friendships…. yikes! if I keep going I’m really gonna sound like an unhealthy, lazy, backsliding hermit.

If I get a wild hair, I might just ~ apply for Wheel of Fortune in 2012. Yea, I know that may not seem very “wild” I guess. But I’d have to fly to CA and I hate to fly. I hate to fail and what if I got all “bankrupts” and the trip out there would cost more than I’d win. Oh my, what a risk.

So there you have it – hope it’s not TMI and I don’t seem too silly. I’m just being real and being myself.
BTW – I’ve never heard the expression “get a wild hair”. At first I was thinking of a wild gray hair that you just yank out. lol

Hope you and your family have a blessed New Year!!!
Debbie G

Well, friend hope this has been informative as well as a bit entertaining. If you want to get the full experience go on over to Only A Breath. 

Hoping you too have a blessed New Year! 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

It Is Enough

My most precious gift this year has been experiencing the grace of God.
This Christmas season I'm able to testify that:  His grace is enough!

These past ten days I've been sick with a head cold that kinda kicked my butt for a few days. When  I'm not 100% physically (whether overtired or sick or whatever) it makes it more difficult emotionally to stay joyful and have hope. Do you know what I mean?

So, with this being our first Christmas without my daddy here I was not in a holiday mood. In fact, about four days before Christmas I told hubby I only wanted two things this year:
1- to feel better
2 - to not bother celebrating Christmas

That second one sounds pretty horrible for someone who is a Christian doesn't it? I mean Christmas is one of two very special times we celebrate our Christian faith each year.

I was just having such a hard time imagining us around our table Christmas day without my daddy being there.......
In his red shirt.
Enjoying the turkey {no gravy}.
Teasing me about how I made the mashed potatoes.

There would be five instead of six.
This was gonna be so very hard for all of us.

Anyways, four days ago I posted on Facebook how I was feeling. How I wasn't even gonna make the homemade applesauce that daddy liked so much. Nope, not this year. Kinda my way of sticking my tongue out at .... well, I guess at "life".

But friend guess what!?

Soon after posting on Facebook I had friends praying for me and my family. And soon after they started praying I started to feel some better about Christmas. The next day I was feeling like the head cold wasn't beating me up any longer. By Friday evening me and hubby went to the mall and had a nice time doing a little shopping.

We called my mom on our way down to the mall and she mentioned how she was having a difficult time of it, especially during the beginning of the week. But, how by Friday she was feeling, for lack of a better way of explaining it - numb.

It wasn't until Saturday when she said it again that I remembered what a friend told me at my son's memorial service. She said she was praying for God's anesthesia to carry me through those first days. She had asked Him that so I wouldn't feel the terrible, crushing pain of my loss until I was ready to start healing.

It dawned on me - what does anesthesia do? It puts you to sleep or makes you numb.
Wow, it was God's grace protecting mom from the feelings of deep pain and sadness this first Christmas without daddy. To her it felt like a "numbness". Not a bad feeling, but kinda strange and not what she had expected.

Today is Christmas. It's been a good day. We - the five of us - were together for a delicious turkey dinner. No tears, well, almost a few once or twice. And I tried to talk louder when a Christmas song {we were playing some background music as we ate}came on about "missing you this Christmas".  {dumb song}And I had counted out six napkins while setting the table.

But, really, it was a very nice afternoon.....
We exchanged gifts.
We laughed & smiled.
We even had a few silly moments.
We still took our yearly Christmas pictures.

We felt God's grace getting us through what could have been a very sad and emotional day.

And even though....
We missed him.
We missed his teasing and making us laugh.
We missed not being able to give him a gift and get a hug in return.

We did make it through the day.
All because His Grace truly is enough.

So friend, I'm wishing you an abundance of Christmas blessings-
laughter, family, hope and joy.

And may you find His grace to be enough this coming year.

BTW~ I know it's been quite a while since I've spent anytime here at my little blog. So very sorry about that. My plan is to get started posting again much more regularly after the first of the year.