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Stop! And smell the blessings!

Life goes by fast.

Too fast.

Everybody is in a hurry….to get from one place to the next…one job to the next with no time to just sit back and reflect on things that have happened throughout the day.

At least this is the way for me.  I get busy and sidetracked on the many things of the day that I rarely have time to reflect on all the things that God has blessed me with throughout that day.

Even though when I look back at my day I really have no idea why I was so busy.  In all reality I am far less busy than when I was working full time outside the home.

Basically I’m busy at just being selfish of the things that I want to do.

Too busy to play with my child because I want to finish my book.  Too busy to be creative because I get sidetracked with a game of “words with friends”.  Too  busy because I do these stupid little things throughout the day that I may say only take a minute but somehow manage to eat up my whole entire day.  Then before I know it…the day is wasted…gone…ate up by the lazy, do nothing monster.  (That’s what I’m calling him..and yes..it’s a him).

I guess I realized this tonight when I was tucking Little E into bed.  I was teaching him a “new to him” Sunday school song that I learned when I was a little girl.  “I’m inright, outright, upright, downright, happy all the time”.  We were having a good old time.  Then I told him goodnight and he started asking me to snuggle with him.  I told him  no, not this time and he proceeded to cry.  I told him that I would another night and that it was time to go to bed.

I know, it’s really sad but I’m not a big cuddler…even with my child (at night time) because I feel like I’m going to fall asleep and never get back up and then I won’t get the stuff done that I need to get done.  (It’s a vicious cycle..see above).

He kept crying as I walked out of the room.  I went to talk to hubby and he said “It’s only ten minutes out of the day…you know he’ll fall asleep…he just wants to spend time with us.”

So I went back in…feeling total mommy guilt and laid down with him.

He proceeded to talk really fast about just wanting to have a camp out with mommy and I said “Ok, I’m here now let’s snuggle.”  I rubbed his head and he was asleep in about two minutes.  But in those two minutes I had a chance to look in my little boy’s face and realize the blessing of the day.

He was right in front of me, in the perfect form that God made him to be.  He gets so crazy throughout the day that I gladly welcome night time but in that moment I realized “my oh my…what a perfect blessing God has given me!”  I can’t imagine my life without him.  What if he was never born, what would have happened if abortion entered the story instead of adoption?  (Not that that was an option….don’t get me wrong, but so many people out there think that way instead of the adoption way.)  So grateful for the choice of life in my sweet little boy.

With the blessing of my little boy comes many other blessings.  For example: A blessing of having a bigger family than we ever had before….family that isn’t related by blood, but by love.  A blessing of a little  boy calling me mom when even five years ago I wondered if anybody would ever call me that.  I still smile sometimes when I hear the word “mom” and know somebody is talking to me, about me.  A blessing of a wonderful example of God’s love for me and His perfect timing in all things.  A blessing of having laughter in my house at least twelve hours a day…oh that laugh…I don’t think I could live without it.

So, for about two or three minutes tonight….because I chose to go back and lay down with my boy, I had a chance to smell the blessings that God has given me today.

I smelled, I cried joy tears, I smiled, I kissed his cheek and then I put this memory in my mind hopefully for a long time.

Thank you Jesus for  my blessings!

Laura

I’d love to hear your blessing that God has given you today.

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Seems that all I’m doing on here is book reviews lately but really I’m just kinda relaxing this summer and catching up on some reading.  Ok well I’m not really relaxing that much as I am still babysitting…but even facebook has taken a second door to my favourite books lately.

I decided to review Cruel Harvest by Fran Grubb for this review.

Let me just start off by saying I could not put this book down!  This real life story is about the life of Frances Grub who went through hell and back in her personal life.  Her dad was not a nice man at all and that’s putting it very mildly.  From the very first word to the very last word Frances has you hooked on everything her life entailed and you feel her sadness, frustration, anger and once in a while happiness.

Frances father is a mean alcoholic who takes his anger out on his family…kids and babies included.  Through this book it is very clear that there is no love in this man’s heart for his family and he will stop at nothing to release his anger on them.

Frances, her sisters and brothers are moved from farm to farm to work almost all day in the cotton fields and apple orchards only to give all their money to their dad who blows it on alcohol…meanwhile they have nothing to eat for days on end and are sleeping on an old moth eaten blanket on the floor.  All the years she lived with her father and mother she didn’t have a normal life of freedom and play…the very things that all kids should have.  Instead she spent most of her life in fear.

This is a horrible book as far as what one family must endure just to get through life and it is also a beautiful book because it teaches about the love of Jesus Christ and about the joy and freedom of forgiveness.  Through all the things that Frances and her family go through I don’t think in the book it is mentioned that she questioned God once.  Instead she sought him out.  She reached out for Him and found Him later on in life.

If you need an extra Christmas present this year or just want a really good book to read…read this book!  You won’t be sorry that you did.  And, if you are looking for somebody to come speak at your church for a woman’s ministry…this might be the woman you are looking for!

Laura

I give this book a 5 out of 5 suckers!


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Tomorrow I embark on a journey.

A start of a journey that will take me on an even bigger journey.

A journey with three other women without any kids.

Yes….you heard me right.  We are leaving our kids and families behind and heading to a remote island.
Lol…ok maybe it’s not that remote…but it is an island and we are going for four days in total…and do you know what we are going to do?

Anything we want to!

That’s right!  We won’t have any kids saying “mom why are you eating that?  Can I have some?”  “Mom why have you been in that bathroom so long?  I have to pee!”  “Mom can you play with me?”  “Mom he’s hitting me…he’s not sharing!” “Mom, mom, mom!!”

And that’s just my kid.  🙂

And we are going to do anything we want…did I mention that?  ANYTHING!  I am most excited about the possibility of sleeping in past 6:30!

It’s the simple things people…I’ve told you that before.

Anyway…rabbit trail.

All that being said…I’m getting ready to pack.  I pretty much have all the things I want to pack but ever since I went on vacation last month at the beginning of the month I haven’t been able to find one shirt that I really want to take with me.

My bedroom is in shambles so I figured I would just do some extra hunting tomorrow and come across it…but in all reality I thought I left it behind on my last vacation.

Back to today.

I was doing some last minute laundry this morning…hanging it out on the line because let’s face it…nobody can afford to run a dryer these days…and I like to save money in that department and let the good old sun work for it’s money.

Just as I was bringing the last article of clothing in it started raining.  Everything was dry….but while I was in the laundry room (aka the basement) I had put another load in hoping to squeeze one more load in to dry out on the line.

The rain stopped that.

And then I kinda forgot about it.  Then I remembered again, then forgot again, then remembered again…and uh yeah now it’s 10:15 at night and I just remembered again.

So down to the basement I go, hating that I have to use the dryer…but know that I can’t leave my stuff in there or else it will just be gross tomorrow…and ya never know what the weather’s going to be like then.

I open the dryer and then VOILA!  I get giddy…really really really giddy.

Clothes!  My clothes that I have been missing for the last month!  In the dryer!  And there with them?  My favourite shirt!  YAY!!!!!!  YAY ME!!! (that was for Lisa).

Ok ok I know some of you are probably thinking….oh my goodness how could you not have know that your clothes were in the dryer for the last month?  (that friend would probably be Shauna)  🙂

Well you see…I put them in the night before we went on our family vacation (yup…a month ago) and haven’t used the dryer since.  See I told you…I hate using the dryer when the sun can do the work.

I was so giddy with excitement and I came up to tell my hubby and ya…he really didn’t care.

So I thought I would blog about my blessing for today.  It’s small…..but it brought me so much JOY!

How about you?  What was your small blessing today?

Laura

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