Tuesday, November 9, 2010

God's Awesome Creation

There is just something about being in nature, in the prime of God's great creation that makes me feel so close to Him, so blessed and so grateful!!
I went to a Women's Retreat with my life long friend (my sweet cousin) at Mt Hermon. It was such a blissful weekend. I had never been there before and now I want to be sure and go there again some time soon!
The conference center is situated amidst the redwoods, and beautiful trees that are sportin' their fabulous fall colors. There was a creek running through whose sound was soothing to the soul.
We ventured out on a few walks around the area and just took in the serenity and brilliance that surrounded us. There was a different view from each spot we were in.
I am so thankful for the many different "scenes" God has created. From the mountains with the towering trees, to the ocean and it's refreshing breezes. They are all fabulous to me. Each one a reminder of God's brilliance, His power and majesty. He created every bit of it and every scene is a gift for us, all we have to do is open our eyes to see it.
We spent many years living in the "desert" where there is not much beauty to behold, besides oil pumping units, sand, and tumbleweeds. We lived in an area where I could venture out on my daily walks on a back road. It was an uphill walk towards a cluster of pumping units. There was really not much to behold, just lots of empty land, besides the random tumbleweeds. I remember one day when I got home my husband had asked me how my walk went and I said......"Oh the view was beautiful today!" He looked at me with a puzzled expression and said "what view?" To which I explained that when I reached the summit the view was awesome, with the sun setting...the colors were glorious, it was just gorgeous. His reply was "Only you would say THAT was a beautiful view!!".
I have come to learn that it is all in how we CHOOSE to SEE! There is always a view to behold, a scene unfolding before us, whether it is bright and brilliant or a little ordinary and simple. If we are looking for the best we will find it.
I pray that you will SEE with new eyes today, whatever YOUR view is, I hope you find the beauty in it. Take a minute and look for it.
I would love to hear about YOUR view!
Love & Blessings!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thanking God....

Today is my "baby boys" birthday!
He really is not a baby, obviously...but he will always be my baby.
(this is him and his sisters when he was promoted to Staff Sergeant last year)

Our son arrived this day 26 years ago and was warmly welcomed by his mommy, daddy and two big sisters. I have told him all his life that he "completed our family".
He is an amazing man!!! He has served our country since the day he turned 18 years old as a US Marine.
He is an incredible daddy to two precious angels.
He is an awesome baby brother!
He is a most amazing son!

We don't get to celebrate his birthday much, not because he lives miles away in Arizona (because we are known to jump in our car and drive the 7-8 hours to see him and his precious ones in a heartbeat!), but because he has been "out of the country" in Iraq or Afghanistan or Japan or Okinawa or ...... on many of his birthdays!
But this year he is HOME!
He is celebrating with his angels today and next week he will be here with us and we will be able to celebrate HIM!!!!! I am so thankful for that.....for sharing precious moments with our family.

Today he wrote me the sweetest message....remembering some of the sweet times growing up and the things we did to celebrate each one of our kiddos.

So, in honor of my son.......to those of you young moms (and dads) I thought I would share a few things that we did as traditional birthday fun that created precious memories in the hearts of our children. It is my firm belief that if we take the time and make the effort to do these kinds of things for them, that they will grow up knowing full well their worth, the love we have for them, their value.... Creating a strong foundation upon LOVE.
That is something that they will have for the rest of their lives!!!!!

For each of our kiddos' birthdays (for as long as I can remember) I would sneak to their bedroom doorway the night before their special day and DECORATE IT. I would hang streamers, balloons, signs, whatever. When our son was a big football player in High school I even created a breakthrough banner...like the players run thru at the beginning of the game....he had to "break through" in the morning to get out of his room! He loved it!!!!!
He said he always loved waking up to his doorway being decorated!!!

Then when they came out for breakfast, there on the table would be their baby book for us to peruse during the day and reminisce, usually telling the story of the day they were born. The dining room would be decorated with more streamers and balloons. Of course they would get their favorite breakfast, lunch and dinner! THEIR CHOICE!

It does not take a lot to create these precious memories. It is in the little things...for one day you will realize that they were the big things!!!!

I miss decorating doors and dining rooms for birthdays, but now I am happy to share in the joy as we create new and wonderful memories.
It's a new season.

My point is this: enjoy the season of life you are in!
If you have little ones still at home...do what you can, while you can, to celebrate them and make them feel special and wonderful!!!! Truly they will remember and treasure every precious moment, every effort you make!

Love & Blessings!