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Life Is What It Is!

It’s been a while since I have written on this blog… lots of things have happened since the last time I wrote. First of all, my computer crashed and I had only my phone to communicate with on the internet. I am back now, though!

Another thing that has happened… my daughter was diagnosed with lymphoma, so I have made the trip from Oklahoma to Illinois to help her through her chemo and help with my grandchildren.

Staying in the city is a change from living in the country!  The city noises are strange compared to the quietness of our rural home, and it’s not easy sleeping with the different noises.

Ashley, Cooper, and I put up the Christmas tree last week, and together we decorated it. We also have crafted some nice decorations, too.

My daughter Mirandy and I thought it would be a wonderful thing if we did Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACK) this holiday season with Ashley (9)  and Cooper (4), to give them something positive to think about. We wrote twenty-four kindnesses on a sheet of paper, one for every day until Christmas.

Ashley rewrote them on gift size cards I had previously cut from construction paper. She decorated the fronts of the cards with stencils and colored pens, enjoying every minute of it!

When we awake in the mornings, we take turns drawing out of the big holiday bowl, which holds the cards for our kindness of the day! RACK has been a big conversational topic in this house, and my grand children are feeling good about doing these little things for others.

I didn’t realize just how much Cooper thought about these acts until Saturday evening while he and Ashley were in the bedroom watching a movie. Paul, Mandy, and I were in the living room getting ready to watch bedlam, (OSU vs OU).

All of a sudden Cooper comes running into the living room crying, “Grandma, Ashley is in here doing random acts of meanness!”

I nearly fell to the floor laughing! Well, he’s been told to use his words! 🙂

Have a great day, God bless you, and don’t forget RACK!

Catch you later, Evie! ❤

Socialization Rocks… Or What’s Your Story?

Third Grade, 9 years-old ~ What’s Your Story?

Friends, I would like you to tell me… what’s your story? Please comment at the end of the post. Share with me just what it is that you get from this social networking site we use online on our computers?

Playing scrabble with my friend Patty, from childhood, this morning transported me to pondering about life. As I was thinking about my friends, I wondered how different life would be if we didn’t have this tool.

For one thing, communication with so many of your family and friends would be next to impossible. With social networking sites, we are able to stay connected to many lives. In an instant you can pray for someone, rejoice with them, or congratulate a friend! You can send birthday greetings, hear sad news, see milestones happen, and so much more.

Here’s my the beginning of my story. I hope you will share yours.

Rewind: …to my preteens. Living in a rural area, neighbors are not a few feet away. Growing up, we didn’t have close neighbors.

As I recall, one day Dad went to our neighbor’s house for some reason. Don’t remember why. Some of us kids were with him, and when arrived he said we could get out and play.

This little blonde headed girl lived there, and we immediately became friends. Living in another school district, I had never met her. Long story, short! We were childhood friends, who through the years saw each only  occasionally. Through Facebook we have connected with each other and started right back where we stopped.

I love connecting with my family and friends playing scrabble and WWF on Facebook. With chat on the page, you can laugh with each other while you play. Kind of makes you feel like you are there!

Visiting with and getting to know my friend Barb better has been a blessing in my life. We love talking about our grandchildren and have a lot in common. She makes me laugh and sometimes makes me cry. I enjoy her friendship!

I admire her for her courage in the battle she has fought to survive cancer. It’s rejoicing to know that my grandchildren have wonderful grandparents to love and care for them.

I can go on and on about the connections I have made, but I would be here all day!

I think we should start a blog roll and share our stories on the blog.

Here’s some people who I connect with.

My children, sisters, sisters-in-laws, nieces, brothers, brothers-in-law,nephews, grandsons and granddaughters, cousins, aunts and uncles. This includes childhood friends from church and school, and people I have met in my life. There are students I have taught, teachers I worked with, my some of my scout troops from many years ago. Many of my friends through life are on here!

It doesn’t take long to scroll down through your news feed and stay in tune with your people’s lives.

This is time I give to my life and living it… me, time! We may not be able to comment on every post, or read every link, but only clicking the like button shows we are alive, well enough to be online, connected, and interested in what the other person is going through in their lives!

That’s the start of my story! What’s your story?

Are You Virtuous?

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines virtue as conformity to a standard of right; a particular moral excellence and more. To have virtue is to have a commendable quality or trait.
 
So I am wondering this morning just what we do to prove ourselves virtuous? Are we doing our best we can to behave in a way that is becoming to others around us? Is our daily conduct pure and full of good intention, putting others before ourselves? Or do we have the tendency to think about me before others? Do words come out of your mouth you wish you could take back?
 
From our partners in life, to our children, parents, siblings, family, and friends, do we behave according to the teachings of God? What about in the workplace, in traffic,  at the grocery?
 
Is patience a virtue? Yes.
 
Kindness? Yes.
 
Reflecting on my commendable qualities and traits, I realise I fall short in so many areas. My patience can get very thin when I hear negativity, and it tends to irritate me. I really need to work on this. But then, God’s still working on me! 🙂
 
Like I said in yesterday’s blog, we don’t always agree with what comes from someone else mouth or their minds.
 
In all honesty, I try to show kindness. Sometimes it is hard to do when people drive you crazy with the things they say and do. I want to mouth back and tell them to get a life. Well, they have one, and judging them is not a virtuous thing to do! It is putting me, right there, doing the same thing that disappoints me. I’m still working on this, too!
 
The spoken word is a powerful thing, and could have a blessed outcome, or can harbour ill feelings. Even a flippant remark can cause offense in an insecure person.
 
My grandmother had a saying that my Mom shared with me. I try to remember it when I get ready to run my mouth! “Taste your words before you spit them out!” Such wise words from two women that were as close to virtuous as most any I know.
 
Contentment…  with what you have, not what you want to have seems a virtuous trait, I would say. This is the one area I feel like I do okay with. I’m content with what I have. Okay, maybe I am not so content with the weather, but that is in God’s hands, not mine.
 
What does virtue mean to you? Is it striving to help your husband or parents as much as you can? Taking food to someone? Helping the needy, the sick, the downcast?
 
Here are a couple of things that aren’t virtuous… gossip and putting others down.
 
Would love your opinion. We can all use good advice to make us stronger, more chaste human beings. How can we strive as women to behave more virtuously?
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31-10
 
Okay, my husband said I should put this in here. He really thought it was funny! While I was proofreading and editing this post, my computer froze up and wouldn’t let me edit a word. That patience imperfection rose up and I growled.
He questioned me, “Did I do something to upset you?”
I bit my tongue, and replied, “No!” A few minutes later, I shared with him what was happening that frustrated me. He cracked up!
I told you, “I am still working on that! God’s not finished with me yet!”

Pulling on Heart Strings

Plant kindness, harvest love!

There are many reasons why friendships start, flourish, or end.

Everyone is different, and it would be a boring world if we were the same. Thankfully, we are not. The various personalities of people you meet bring something unique into to your life.

Maybe one keeps you laughing, another keeps you grounded. Could be you both share the same interests or hobbies. You might have a friend with a shoulder that you lean on, or you could have one that leans on yours.

Sometimes it might be a long distance move that keeps you away from each other, and you gradually grow apart.

It could be a spoken word and one gets offended, then a rift occurs.

We won’t always agree with what our friends think, or with the words that come out of their mouths. Our friends probably won’t always agree with us. That doesn’t mean we don’t care about each other.

I have a lot of friends from many places, races, different political views, and various walks of life. Some are almost destitute, while others live in fancy houses, and drive fancy cars.

I meet new people almost daily, make new friends, and reconnect with old friends quite often on Facebook. My friends are what make me complete, whether it is my sisters, friends, or sister friends. I need them in my life, I learn from them all. We all have difference of opinions, sometimes.

The one thing in common that I notice about my friends is this… they all have good hearts! If you have drifted from your friends, make the effort to reconnect.

If you are hurt by your spouse, a family member or friend, or have offended someone, try making the first step and reconciling that relationship! Both hearts will receive a blessing.

Send a card, make a phone call, go visit that friend!

Life is short, people are human and we all make mistakes!

To all my friends, thank you for being my friend, even though I am a weirdo!

I will leave you with a piece of advice that my mother told her children, and I instructed all the kids in my life!

“If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all!”

You might just save a friendship, by being silent and talking to God about the situation!

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