I had a wonderful 3 days with my son, daughter, grandson, son-in-law, and his family. It just did not last long enough. I felt as if it was time to leave and we had just arrived. On our last night there, they decided to have a water balloon fight. I was the photographer, and they had a blast. It was fun to just sit back and watch your loved ones enjoy each other's company. Isn't that what life is all about ... God first and then family? I am very blessed to have the family I do, and I thank Him for everyone of them every day!
My son starts behind the wheel on Monday. The last step to him becoming a licensed driver. I know I have said this before, but this moment in life has to be one of the scariest for a parent. If I truly thought about it, fear would over take me. I can remember when my daughter pulled out of the driveway for the very first time. I walked the floor until she returned. Now I get to do it all over again. All part of being a parent!
As some of you may know, I have become a Mary Kay consultant. At our last meeting, we were given the challenge of getting 30 orders in 7 days. Well I met the challenge, but I have to admit I was a bit surprised at the people who stepped out to support me and the ones who did not. We are funny creatures at times ... so unpredictable and unreliable. I like to think that I support all those that I can as I so enjoy watching others fulfill their dreams and obtain their heart's desires. If I can contribute to that in any way, I am all for it. I do not think it is this way for a lot of people, and to be honest, it would probably not be this way with me if it were not for the love of Christ living in me. When I look around at the world and all which is happening in it, I ponder how people survive without His love. Where is the hope for a better tomorrow? Where is the defeat of death? What would we have to look forward to if it were not for Him? I just know life is difficult enough as it is, but to try to navigate it without Him in control is beyond my human comprehension.
Got to visit with my brother this past weekend also. It is always good to spend time with him as it is a very rare opportunity. We had to laugh because right now he has only one tooth in the front of his mouth on top. Needless to say, we did not get our picture taken together.
Well, I do not have much to share this morning. Work is good ... family is well ... striving to fulfill my heart's desires and see my dreams come to pass ... working ... in good health ... loving my children more than life ... missing my grandsons whom I never get to see ... and on and on! Life is good! Not perfect but good, and what more could we ask for?!
As I close, here is another excerpt from the book my mom purchased for me in 1978 entitled To Be A Woman:
If you can live each day with the assurance
That "a girl" is something wonderful to be
If you can find a way to meet your problems
With courage and with true maturity
If you can be attractive and in fashion
Yet never swayed by any vulgar style
If you can choose the finer things life offers
Rejecting what is worthless with a smile . . .
If you can guard the principles you live by
Hold fast to truth and honor all life through
And stand for right in every situation
No matter what the world may say or do
If you can try to offer hope or comfort
To those who seem to need a helping hand
If you can do some little act of kindness
Or say a word that shows you understand . . .
If you can take delight in little children
And be a friend to older folks you know
Can give your warmth and deepest understanding
To fill the lives of those who love you so
If you can practice all the arts of giving
With gracious kindness and with real integrity
You're bound to be a happy person, always
And the lovely woman you were meant to be. (J. Kyler McManus)
Have a blessed day! Say a prayer for me and I promise to do the same for you!