Posts Tagged ‘life’

July 20 Daily Quote

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

A home without books is a body without soul.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Everybody’s soul is little bit different just as everyone’s home is a little different.  In our home mystery and love of children’s literature abound.  Dr. Seuss rhymes here.  Imagination soars with each new book that has been read.

Other homes have a different kind of soul.  There are the homes where the thirst to learn new things is evident in the reading material on the shelves.  There are homes where the love of nature is found.  And there are homes where depravity lives.  It can be seen in the reading material on the coffee tables and under the beds.  What kind of a soul do you want your home to have? Don’t be fooled into thinking that what you put into your mind is just a form of relaxation.  It is also an expression of the soul of your home.

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  • July 29 Daily Quote

    Monday, September 30th, 2013

    A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.
    Spike Milligan

    If a certain part of your life is more than you can handle,

    August 6 Quote of theDay

    Friday, September 13th, 2013

    The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.
    Ben Stein

    Do you feel like life is passing you by? Does it feel like life is hard? Do you wish that things could be better? Maybe the problem is simply that you have never taken the time to decide what you actually want. Define your goals.  Look at each factor of your life and ask how you want it to be.  Then sit down and make a plan for getting just what you want.

    Life’s Little Twists and Turns

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

    Several years ago, my mother introduced me to what has become one of my favorite movies – While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock. In the beginning of this movie, she is telling about her childhood and her father. She tells how her father tried to explain that life doesn’t always turn out the way you planned. In the movie and in real life, I have found this to be true.

    As my husband and I reached that time in life where retirement promised fun-filled travel visiting children and grandchildren and exploring places we had never had the time or income to do before, we got a little side tracked.

    Our youngest daughter had a beautiful baby girl. As a single mom, she needed help.  As the grandparents we loved giving it. Eight years later, the little one still lives with us and has grown to be a Princess who truly believes in her royalty. So much so that she is often referred to as a queen – actually a drama queen but whose quibling? She loves animals, outdoors and anything allowing her unending activity. Her body, her mind and her mouth are in perpetual motion causing her to get into all kinds of trouble when not carefully supervised.

    About a year ago, we met another single mom who needed a home where her little one could live while she got her life organized. He is a developmentally dsabled little boy whom we call ‘Nature Boy.’ We call him that because he despises clothing and removes it whenever no one is watching. Naturally, in public, we keep a close eye on him. At home, he is often found happily watching Blues Clues completely in the buff. Sometimes he’s outdoors on his tummy on the swing with his little butt in the air. Thank God for privacy fences and older girls who call to inform me, “Grandma, Nature Boy is naked again!” He’s a happy little guy enjoying the world around him and somehow being able to get through to us what his wants and needs are even though he doesn’t talk yet.

    Nature Boy has a little brother just 2 months old now who also lives with us. The Little Guy has blue eyes that study the world around him solemnly. Only occasionally smiling but when he does his whole face gets involved. He sleeps through much of his day and, thankfully, has begun to sleep longer stretches through the night. Lack of sleep was forcing me to recognize my age limitations. We aren’t technically the grandparents of the two boys. They just call us that because Princess does and we allow it because we consider their mother our pseudo-daughter.

    We met another single mom around the same time we met Nature Boy’s mother. She has two little girls who are now just 10 months and 20 months. These little ones don’t live with us but we help out mommy on the week-ends when she has to work and needs a sitter. The two little girls come to stay with us on Friday nights and stay through Sunday. We enjoy watching the 20 month old as she dances through the house to any music available whether it be radio, television, Grandma singing or her singing to herself. She has little, happy feet that never stop moving unless she hears the sound of the word ‘no’. Then it becomes obvious that she is approaching the terrible two’s. She does a Jekyl and Hyde transformation that is astounding. Those happy feet do a quick transformation from dancing to stamping that is accompanied, not by music, but by a scream that is heard throughout the neighborhood. Her younger sister is a calmer, quieter child. She loves being rocked and cuddled.  When no one is available to rock her, she plays quietly with her toys, studying everything she sees with her big, beautiful blue eyes. Part of her studying things involves eating anything that she might find on the floor that has been left there by the others. She isn’t a a picky eater which is good when mealtimes come but not so good when chalk, crayons, Polly Pockets, matchbox cars and toy soldiers are left lying around.

    It feels somewhat like my life is a ‘do-over’ today. While the biological children and adoptive children have grown and blessed me with many grandchilden, things just haven’t turned out the way I planned. I have retired but haven’t started the trips around the country visiting grandchildren and adult children. I haven’t taken the time to plan trips overseas or cruises on ships. On the bright side, I don’t have time to sit around discussing my health or my latest ‘procedure’ with the other retirees I know.

    My life hasn’t turned out the way I planned.

    I could, of course, sit and complain about all of this because I truly miss having the opportunity to visit the grandchildren who live out of state and I feel that I am missing a great deal of my children’s lives that I wish I could be there for. I wish I could be there for the tough times they experience, to help them when they need an evening out without the children, and to just be there to laugh with them and to talk to them.  I love those I don’t get to see every day. I also love those I do see every day. In choosing not to dwell on the negatives, I have been blessed with the joy of having little ones to hug, whose smiles light up their faces when they see me coming (unless they are coloring on the walls which means I will be seeing their little backs running down the hall). My life is good. Not what I had planned but very good anyway.

    So why am I talking about this? I’m trying to encourage you to realize that not everything in life has to be neatly organized nor does it have to come in logical steps. Don’t spend time regretting what isn’t. Do spend time embracing the life you have been given and recognizing the good that you are blessed with.

    Rescues

    Sunday, September 1st, 2013

    The Little Guy is three months old now. The world around him is becoming very intriquing to him. We hung little toys on the bars of his swing so they were just barely within his reach. At first, he just watched them in fascination. But lately, he’s begun to try to reach for them.

    His little hands fly up above his face as they reach for the toys. This distracts him because he hasn’t quite fully realized that those hands are attached to him.

    He watches them fly around above him, getting more and more excited the faster they move. Suddenly, one of his little hands makes contact with one of the toys. As his hands do with anything they touch, they grabbed the toy in a death grip. Now, not only were the hands moving but the toys were moving as well. His excitement knew no bounds. The more excited he became, the faster everything moved above him. At first, this was cause for a giggle. Then it got kind of scary. Everything was moving so quickly and he didn’t know how to stop it. His little fists had been taught to hold on and now, when he needed to, he didn’t know how to let go. He needed rescuing.

    As adults, we face a similar situation in the habits we form. At first, they are fascinating. So we grab hold and start swinging. These little habits bring us so much joy, sometimes making us feel really cool. Any teenager who ever started smoking knows that ‘coolness’ factor. Finally reaching the age of 21 and being allowed to drink is a milestone many wait for eagerly. Some even sneak in early to that milestone because it makes them feel soooo very sophisticated and suave. There are other more insidious habits like illegal drugs, even some legal drugs, pornography addictions, and many other things that destroy the fabric of our lives when we hold on to them too tightly. Sometimes we need rescued.

    Remember this if there is a habit in your life that is hurting you and you don’t know how to let go. Seek out the ones who do know. Sometimes it’s in support groups with people who have been there before you.

    Sometimes it’s in counseling. Sometimes it’s as simple as reaching out to the ones you love for help. Whatever it is that is making your life less than what you want it to be, find a way to let it go.

    May 22 Daily Verse

    Saturday, September 29th, 2012

    John 10:10

    I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

     

    Lord, bring us Your life.  Right now we are alive but we don’t have life. People chase happiness and life but it eludes them. Even many of those called by Your name live but need life. Bring us life, Lord. Lift us from depression, sadness and the feeling of futility.

    Make us know that our lives are precious to You.

    July 12 Daily Verse

    Saturday, September 29th, 2012

    Matthew 3:8 Amplified Bible

    Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance [let your lives prove your change of heart]

     

    Father, change doesn’t always come easy for us.  Even when we are truly repentant, we have a tendency to fail to show it. Forgive us when we continue to miss the mark on tasks you have given us. Help us do better. Send reminders with each new day. We love You, Lord, and want our lives to reflect that.

     

    July 17 Quote of the Day

    Monday, September 17th, 2012

    All parents believe their children can do the impossible. They thought it the minute we were born, and no matter how hard we’ve tried to prove them wrong, they all think it about us now.  And the really annoying thing is, they’re probably right.
    Cathy Guisewite

     

    Trust your parents opinion of you. You can do the impossible. All you have to do is try. Reach out for what you want in life. Find ways to accomplish those things people say can’t be done. The faith your parents have in you is justified.  So long as you trust in their belief in you, you will soar.  You may never reach the top of the mountain they thought you could conquer but you will, most certainly, get farther than you would have otherwise.

    May 9 Quote of the Day

    Sunday, September 9th, 2012

    If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.
    Calvin Coolidge

     

    Worry about the future will only give you ulcers.

    You can’t possibly avoid every single problem that life will throw at you. I am reminded of the ‘Temors’ movie where the survivalist, Bert, bemoans the fact that he had prepared for nuclear war, World War III,anything catastrophic that he could think of but he hadn’t prepared for underground monsters. Those he just had to find a way to defeat with what he had available. And he did with the help of his friends. You, too, should prepare the best you can but don’t worry that you can’t prepare for everything. If life throws something at you that you aren’t ready for, improvise! Don’t worry about all those troubles you can see.  Most of them will be gone before they get to you anyway.

     

    May 8 Quote of the Day`

    Sunday, September 9th, 2012

    Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.  It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
    C. S. Lewis

     

    For a moment, I wanted to disagree with him. ‘Friendship is unnecessary?!!” How untrue. Without friendship, you lose so much joy in life. Then I understood. As Jesus said that man does not live by bread alone, C.S. Lewis was saying that there were some things that simply weren’t necessary to live but were necessary to have a life. If you can eat and breath, you can be alive even though you have no arms and legs. But if you want to truly live you must have more than air and food.