Don’t Overlook The Joy

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I added more things to my Eucharisteo notebook today.

Things like:

*sparkling frost

*snow on the ground

*snow flurries

*belly laughs

*the ability to teach

*the jingle of Lonnie dogs collar

*Nikki (the cat) greeting me with a morning meow

*thank you

*piles of cookbooks

*leftover chocolate chip cookies

*finding new blogs that speak to me

*the smell of cinnamon spice coffee

*faith, in all things

*peace for right now

*abiding in Him

*knowing I’m never alone

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Enjoy your Saturday, my friends.

Don’t overlook the joy.

It’s there…

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.  Psalm 28:7  NIV

Feathering The Nest

Pumpkins, photographed in Canada.

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Okay people….I know it is only August 30th. I also know that regardless of the ACTUAL beginning day of Fall on the calendar, I consider Labor Day the time to begin decorating. The night temperature actually got down to 57 degrees here. This means that Fall is right around the corner. It had better be! After a long, hot summer, I am more than ready for the days ahead.

I’m ready to pull out blankets and fluff pillows.

Get out all my apple spice, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie scented candles.

I will begin dreaming of pumpkins and gourds.

Warm sweaters.

Cozy socks.

Cool days and chilly nights.

Harvest moon.

The sound of tractors as they move through the fields.

Corn shocks put up the old fashioned way by the Amish.

Meandering drives through back country roads.

Apple butter.

Bonfires.

The smell of wood smoke.

Walks through the woods.

Leaves in fiery shades of orange, red, and yellow.

Football games.

Hot chocolate or mocha lattes.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

 

Summer Afternoon

Chocolate ice cream

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Hot, sunny, summer afternoon in July.

A day for mowing grass, and working in the flower bed.

 

A day for rides on country roads, ice cream, and family.

A day for open windows, and curtains blowing in the breeze.

Time for sitting on the Adirondack chairs on the front porch, sipping iced tea and enjoying the view.

Summer time.

Summertime Memories

Porch

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Summertime Memories

Front porches, tree lined streets,

hometown parades, ice cream treats.

Lightning bugs, stars at night,

running barefoot, tea on ice.

Shucking corn, bumblebees

curtains blowing in the breeze.

Lemonade, country roads,

windows down, lawns need mowed.

Just washed linens smell like sun,

staying up late, having fun.

Coke in a bottle, feet in the sand,

old friendships, lots of plans.

Dawn Gibson 2011

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What Does Your Fridge Say About You?

New Refrigerator

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What says home more than the door(s) of your refrigerator? Come on, you know what I’m talking about! Some people are “nothing on the fridge” individuals, others are “children’s art work” on the door, and still others use the fridge as their personal Rolodex or photo album. What does your refrigerator say about you? If someone was going to profile you ( I watch WAY to many police/crime shows) by checking out your refrigerator/freezer…what secrets would it tell?

I’ll go first….. take me home Tuesday leads straight to my fridge!

Hmm, first of all…..this woman is family oriented.

Clue #2 She understands that she is not the one in control.

Clue #3  This woman commented on a friend’s broccoli salad, and now has the recipe. She must like broccoli.

Ah hah! Friends that have been married for 50 years. What does this tell about her? She is happy for her friends. She is happy she has friends. She likes a good party. I’m not sure. She hopes that she will be married to her husband for that many years. (it probably won’t be 50, she married him when she was 37…so, she’d be pretty old to hit the 50 yr. mark….and her husband would be 91. Just sayin’. )

Um….she has a sense of humor. She loves Geico commercials. She likes to freak out her family by having eyes watch them when they get in the fridge? (“I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me…….”)

Eucharisteo? Yes. Much to be thankful for. One of her new favorite words. What is the deal with the maps on the fridge? She either really digs geography, or she is a home school mom.

A perfect verse for the fridge….now where are those leftover nachos? Amen.

She likes books…and obviously by the date on the pink slip, her son has a HUGE late fine at the library.

She is not above using cartoon chip clips. She likes magnets. A lot. What else can she stick on her fridge?

According to the very precise science of refrigerator profiling, this woman does not appear to be psychotic… maybe just slightly odd. After all, if she likes broccoli and geography she can’t be all that bad.

Country Livin’

Barn

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I found this quote online and well…..it just summed things up for me on this July day in the country. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Thank you Adine Cathey for your thoughts…

“A MOTHER’S SMILE…RAIN ON A TIN ROOF…MARSHMALLOWS IN A CUP OF COCOA…FLYING GEESE IN OCTOBER…WILDFLOWERS ON A COUNTRY LANE…STRAWBERRY JAM…DADDY’S LAP…PICNIC…CORN SHELLER…LEMONADE…FIREPLACE…POPCORN…PURPLE VIOLETS…SUNSHINE ON DEW DROPS…PEPPERMINT CANDY…SANDBOX…BUBBLE BATH…A HOMEMADE QUILT…AN ATTIC…GRANDMA’S APRON…A GREETING CARD…FLANNEL SHIRT…A SPARE TIRE…AFTERNOON NAP…FINDING SOME BABY ANIMALS…SOME ONE TO SAY I LOVE YOU…CHOCOLATE CAKE…A LITTLE BOY’S ARMS FULL OF BOUNCING PUPPIES…A LITTLE GIRL’S HAIR IN BRAIDS AND A FRONT TOOTH MISSING…GRANDPARENTS LIVING ON A FARM…A RUSTY OLD TRACTOR…AN OLD PICK-UP TRUCK…PEACE ON EARTH…A RAINBOW…TOOTH FAIRY…PRAYER…MORNING SUNRISE…DUSTY CROOKED PATH IN THE WOODS…WILLOW TREE BY A CREEK…DADDY’S LUNCHBOX…FRESH APPLE PIE…A PICTURE STORY BOOK…LISTENING TO A BANJO…COUNTRY CHURCH…COWS IN A PASTURE FIELD…SEMI-TRUCK…FREIGHT TRAIN…SIPPING TEA WITH THE GRANDCHILDREN…STUFFING CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS…BROWN BISCUITS HOT FROM A WOOD BURNING STOVE…A RUSTY BARB-WIRE FENCE…A WOODEN FENCE POST…FEEDING THE BIRDS…A SOFT WHITE SNOW FALLING…GRANDDAUGHTER HITTING THE BASKET IN A BALL GAME…A BENT CROOKED NAIL FOUND IN THE BARN…FRESH HAY BALES… CATCHING LIGHTENING BUGS…WHIP-POOR-WILL CALLING AT DUSK…TIME SPENT WITH FRIENDS…FRESH CHURNED BUTTER…BABY CHICKS…COLORING EGGS AT EASTER…A BUTTERFLY ON A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER…BUMBLE BEES COVERED WITH POLLEN… Written 1991-1992….Happy Thoughts by Adine .”

Author: ADINE CATHEY

Down Home Blessings

Picking Strawberries Again

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Wow. It’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon and I am just getting around to blogging today. I’ve been busy…Mondays are always crazy.

I have my good days and bad days just like every other human being on the face of the Earth. And yet, I have so much good in my life…I am one of the blessed. Sometimes I forget that. In the grind of the every day, it is easy to overlook the best parts. The timeless, the priceless, the small moments. It occurred to me today that, hey, it’s summertime in the country!!! There is a lot to be thankful for……and you know what? There always is.

*My Country Living magazine came in the mail

*The breezy day blowing the curtains away from the windows

*Purple toenail polish

*Sweet Tea

*A new Daytimer/Organizer

*Favorite Dinner

*Kids that are healthy and happy (most of the time)

*Hearing my husband’s voice on the phone

*Traveling safety

*Family ties

*Community

*Friends

*Small town yard sale days

*For the friendly man in the truck that waved back at me

*Ice cream cones

*My son chatting with me online

*Hearing “I love you”

*The smell of lavender plants

*The air before a storm

*Running bare foot

*Sticky watermelon and juicy berries

*Waving flags

*Parades and fireworks

*Pick up trucks

*Riding with the windows down

*Hair blowing in the wind

*Country roads

*Walks in the evening

*Playing with the dogs

*Sunsets

*Sunrises

*Crisp Sheets

*And sleepy nights.

Yeah. It’s good. Really good.

When You Can’t See Through The Fog

Foggy morning/Hagley Park

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I’ve got a million things to do today…and not enough time to get it all done.

It’s very foggy this morning–like pea soup, foggy. There is sun on the other side of the fog. I see it peeking through in spots.

It reminds me of life.

Sometimes things can look “foggy”.  I wonder how in the world everything is going to work out? It’s difficult to see into the future. But, then the SON peeks through the fog…and things start to take shape. This is not to say that everything works out perfectly, at least not by my standards. At least not by what I know. I don’t (can’t) always see the big picture. I can only see what is right in front of my face.

That is where trust comes in.

Sometimes, that is all I have to give.

Trust.

And really, that is all I need.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6  NIV

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*beautiful sun through the fog

*another fresh, new week

*quiet, early morning

*reading the Father’s Day cards that the kids gave

*a happy heart

*a cold glass of iced tea

*anticipation

*opportunity

*freshly cut hair, doesn’t it always feel and look better?

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How are you blessed?

Happy Sigh

OISHI Green Tea

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Today is Friday. It has been a fun week.

My birthday. My son’s birthday.

Today is sunny, after all the rain.

Things are good. Happy sigh.

Some days I stare up into the heavens… I really see the beautiful sky and puffy, cotton clouds .I watch the stars sparkle.

I really look at my half made bed with the beautiful white quilt.

I really feel the arms encircling me in a hug.

I really taste the orange and jasmine green tea.

I really smell the lavender in the dryer sheets.

I really hear the laughter.

Some days my senses seem so alive. I wonder what I’m like on most days? Are my senses dulled to the world around me? Am I on autopilot that I can’t really appreciate what it is that I have?

I long to live this life…my life…with my eyes wide open. Open to all there is. All the things to be wildly thankful for.

As one of my favorite authors writes, “Life is not an emergency”. Yet, so many times I choose to live the opposite.

Why do I rush through my days? What am I racing headlong into? So busy, doing what? Don’t have time?

I need to live.

Now.

In this moment.

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Do you ever find yourself wanting to slow down? Do you ever take the time to just stop what you are doing, and give thanks?

All Thanks, Big and Small

the cloud and the rays of light

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Here I sit at my kitchen counter…on yet another Monday morning. A morning that is gray and rainy…again. It seems like the rain is here to stay this Spring. Even though the day outside is wet and drizzly, I have so much for which to be thankful. The light of yesterday breaks through the gray of today. Light shining into this world…light that changed the world forever.

Mondays are always a rough day for me, and yet these days are part of Multitudes On Mondays. A reminder to me and to everyone, that there is always much to be thankful for…in all things big and small. Life truly is a gift.

* Safe travel for my sons as they traveled with friends.

* Time spent with my daughter.

* Discovering that old is new again

* Laughing together

* Quietly working in the kitchen

* Family

* Knowing the TRUTH

* Chocolate peanut butter icecream

* Love

* Conversations with sons

* Helpful daughter

* A husband who is there for me

* Time to just breathe

* Groceries in the pantry

* Cold tea

* Beautiful clouds

* Rain

* An old, rugged cross

* Blood covered

* “It is finished”

* An empty tomb

* A Savior lives

*Redemption

* A promise that He will come again as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Amen and Hallelujah!