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I have arrived

I have alluded more than once on this blog that 40 was out there, on the horizon. Well, today I finally arrived. I have entered my 4th decade.

That’s all I have to say about that.

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A friend of mine sent me an email stating “Merry Tossmas!”with a link to a video regarding the avoidance of “Christmas” by so many retailers hoping to make big profits from, umm, Christmas. It’s cute and makes some good points. But, I have a little different take on the issue. I received another email from a cousin that really resonated what I was thinking, but hadn’t articulated:

Dear Children,
 It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you’ve forgotten that I wasn’t actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival. Although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.
 How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.
 Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15:1-8.
 If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:
 1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.
 2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
 3. Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that you’ll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.
4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.
 5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
 6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless?  Since you don’t know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.
7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry Christmas” that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn’t make so much money on that day they’d close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families
 8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary– especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.
 9. Here’s a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don’t know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.
 10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.
 Don’t forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I’ll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember : I LOVE YOU, JESUS

And, one other the above “letter” does not address, that is mentioned in God’s own Word:

John 15:17-19 ~ This is my command: Love each other.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

So really, should we be surprised by the avoidance of celebrating our Savior by those that don’t know the Savior? I mean, honestly, are we expecting too much from the world? I certainly don’t think anyone is going to meet Jesus in us while we’re complaining about what they do with December holidays. Pray over that list above, maybe you can even add to it, and seek ways you can show love and introduce people to the Person you are celebrating at Christmas one person, one family, one sales clerk at a time. And, have a Very Merry Christmas! 🙂

 

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This is just too much. If you could use a good laugh, take a time warp back to the year 1977. I was 9, so have some vague memories of of that fashion-challenged decade. Before reading, make sure you take a potty break and remove any beverages from the vicinity. Yeah, you could laugh that hard.

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I haven’t been on in so long that my stats page lists posts and comments under “A while ago.” 🙂

Actually, I’ve thought about posting many times. But, G had been attending the 1SG course the past three weeks. He was home for a couple of days and is now off on his new unit’s AT (annual training). Let me just say that this past year at the Sergeant’s Major Academy spoiled me good. On top of that, G hasn’t worked with a reserve unit for many years.  For the past 12 years he’s worked admin, pretty much. All that to say that having 1SG course and AT back to back really stinks!

Alas, I really can’t complain knowing so many with their soldiers deployed over seas for a year or more. Buck it up, right?!  And I really think these next few weeks will be much better as B and I are starting to learn our way around and get to know some folks. That’s what was hard – brand new place with NO support network. Can I just talk to another adult for a few minutes, please???

Well, that is becoming a possibility now. We were invited to a playgroup this past week by someone we met at church. Bryan had a blast playing with the other kids and I got to know some other moms. Big sigh. We’ve also connected with a local home school group and will attend our second park day this week. Oh, and Tuesday is National Night Out, and one of the neighbors came by to invite us to a block party! Yeah! We’re going to be OK.

I have lots more to write. We’ve found the church of our dreams. I’m starting “school” with B on Monday. And we have lots of home projects – don’t you just love those. Guess I need to get back in the groove here before my brain boils over.

So, how’s life in blogland? I’ve missed you guys. 🙂

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Wow, three posts in one day. I’m on a roll. 🙂

But I felt compelled to share this. I’ve picked B up from VBS and we’re now having a little down time before heading out to the park. He wanted to watch a little TV. Well, can you guess what he’s watching? Not Bob the Builder, Not Sesame Street, or the Wiggles. He’s watching Tennis. That’s what was on when I turned the TV on. Then when I started flipping to see what’s on the kid’s channels, he said “No, I want to watch the paddle ball!” I went back to it and informed him it’s called Tennis.

Ha! Now he just said, “Mom, I want to be a soccer player.” Anyway, he’s not just watching, but commenting and informing me of what’s happening with the game. I can see it already – the sports mom. It doesn’t matter what the sport, he can probably play it. His favorites so far are soccer, baseball, volleyball, golf and paddle-ball (why he would call Tennis paddle ball). He has natural athletic ability and is drawn to anything that involves a ball.

Well, he must be finished with watching the Tennis as I’m getting, “Mom, it must be time to go! I think I’m weady to go!” So, I’d better load up the bike so we can go to the park. He has some new paddle-ball set that Grandmom just gave him he wants to play. It’s one of those with the Velcro, so the balls stick to the paddles. Well, I’m off.

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Whew! These past few weeks have been very full. My in-laws came for G’s college graduation. Be sure and congratulate G on that accomplishment. He’s actually talking about going on for a Masters. Wow! After that was the graduation ball where I got gussied up in a pretty dress. 🙂 Then we had B’s last soccer game – my folks came for that.  Then G graduated from the Sargent’s Major Academy – my folks came for that, too. After the graduation, B went home with my folks and we headed out to central TX to find a house.

We came home still not having a signed contract, it seems to be a seller’s market right now in central TX. But, Sunday, we finally came to an agreement with the seller of our third option (yeah, we’d tried for two other houses, first). Our Realtor emailed us the contract, we printed, signed scanned and emailed it back. Now we’re waiting for a copy signed by the seller. It’s a great house. It just has a few minor issues like broken windows and some very royal blue carpet throughout the main floor. It’s funny, all our parents think it’s beautiful. My mom’s trying to convince me not to replace the carpet. 🙂 Our first reaction when we looked at the house was to turn around and walk right back out the door. But we deciced to ignore the blue carpet and look at the potential. And it has lots of potential.

So, it looks like we’ll have a place to live. Now we’re back in the west and G’s serving staff duty for a couple of weeks at the Academy. I have brought B to NM for VBS at my folks’s church. So for three hours while he’s there, I actually have down time. I don’t know what to do with myself. So, here I am rambling out a blog post. Tomorrow I’ll go visit my brother, who also lives in NM. And I have some reading to do.

After this brief reprieve, I’ll step back into the whirlwind. The movers come to pack us up on the 19th. So there’s much to do to prepare for that. Once we get moved, there’s the unpacking and rearranging. G has to return to the Academy for First Sargent School (yeah, he got it backwards, usually that comes before the Academy) for his new position. When he returns his unit will be in the middle of some training exercises, so he’ll hit the ground running. I’m anxious to get B’s curriculum ordered and get started on a garden. Hopefully we can get some fall things planted in time this year. At the very least we’ll prepare for next spring.

I notice that my blog stats have taken a dive. But there are a few faithful folks still checking on me. So I want to say thanks to those folks. I did say in my last post that my posting would get spotty. 🙂 I’ll try to do a better job of keeping up. But know that when I step back in that whirlwind I may have a hard time getting to the computer. But I trust the whirlwind will die down once we get moved, and I can get back to business here.

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Wow, I seem to be having trouble getting back on the blog-saddle after my break. Not much has changed, except I’m finding it more challenging to findtime to think through things that are on my mind to blog about. Perhaps it’s because we’ll be going house hunting in a couple of weeks and have been getting house listings from our Realtor by email. So, instead of blogging, I’ve been drooling and dreaming over potential houses for our family. Following are some of my random thoughts over the past week.

I do have one more TV note. We finally had the big battle on Wednesday this week. You’ll recall that on Monday, first day after TV Turn-off week ended, B went the whole day without even thinking about it. Tuesday morning he asked to watch something and I allowed it. But as I pondered more about it, I decided that in the future we would not watch TV in the morning before our morning activities. I decided any TV time should be in the afternoon. Well, B did not like that on Wednesday morning and threw a great big fit. I find that rather interesting that he handled no TV much better than allowing TV with limits. Not that we didn’t set limits before – we’re just rethinking and adjusting those limits.

In my last post I mentioned having a wonderful, faith invigorating weekend. Amongst all of that, I began to feel some conviction over a lack of faith regarding foster care and our family. The last post on that subject really reflects a lack of trust in God, as well as laziness and unwillingness to stretch beyond my personal comfort zone. In response to that I prayed that it would be more than just my idea. In other words, G needed to also feel the same calling. Well, when I returned home, guess what G wanted to talk to me about? Yeah, foster care, in the context of selecting a house. So here I am now trusting, stretching, growing, once again. We’re still not certain, but are definitely feeling a pull in that direction.

During that same weekend, I attended church with my folks. During a prayer time, specifically to intercede for others, Stephanie Bennett came to my mind. Well, first I ran through the list of folks in my own family needing prayer, preparing to pray for them. It was as if God said, no, you need to pray for Stephanie and her family today. So, I did, and have continued to do so. That whole situation just breaks my heart. Faithful prayer warriors out there, I call on you to do the same. Please pray for the Bennett family, the “adoptive” parents, and the agency that is involved. I haven’t continued to blog about her case, but she is not forgotten.

As we’re gearing up for another move (mid-late June) my blogging may get spotty. I’ll post as I’m able. The next several weeks are likely to get a bit nutty. Once we get moved again, we intend to stay put for a good while. 🙂

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