Posted in change, Christian, Faith, God, home, Legacy, travel, Vision

No Place Like Home

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As you know, we have just returned from the mountains.  While we were out and about we looked for potential retirement locations.  As you can see, the area we were at was absolutely gorgeous. But…nothing really screamed at us.

We are listening for the Holy Spirit to speak as to whether or not we should move upon retirement.  Just the fact that both of us will entertain the idea is a monumental feat. At any rate, I have learned that you should keep doing what you know to do and not make any rash changes until you have a very clear answer from the Lord.  So we will stay put and serve right here at home.

I can say that traveling to southeast Kentucky and northeast Tennessee reminded me what an awesome God we serve!  He is the Master Artist.  I don’t understand how people can truly believe that “nothing” exploded and created this beautiful world that is perfectly suited for life.  I’m always amazed to see our great country’s landscape from deserts to mountains to lush green views like above.  Creation really does cry out that there is a God! Just  like the Bible says it does.

So, friend, if you are a fellow traveler remember, there’s no place like home!

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”   Psalm 19:1 ESV

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Posted in change, Freedom, home, Legacy, travel, Vision

Mountain Vacation

My husband and I are headed to the mountains tomorrow.  We are meeting up with my sister and brother-in-law for the week.  We have rented a cabin on a lake so the men can do some serious fishing while we girls have a little R&R.

As we drive about the country side, my husband and I are looking at the lay of the land for possible relocation after retirement (not many years from now).  So my thoughts are:

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a cute house in the middle of a lot of acreage.  Peaceful and serene with great Internet service, four seasons but not too cold and centrally located to wherever our adult children make a home.

My husband will be looking for something totally different.  His thoughts are:

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plenty of wild game.  Funny as that’s what he thinks about here at home, too! But then, I like our cute house in the middle of some acreage that is usually peaceful and serene.  I refuse to talk about our Internet service or the lack of four seasons.

For us, it will be fun to look around.  Usually, when we really look at other parts of the country, we are reminded of how grateful we are for where we live.  This may be much the same.  No matter, we are excited to be “getting away for it all” for a few days.

Blessings!

How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”         Isaiah 52:7

Posted in balance, home, Legacy, office, work from home

Working From Home

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Is this your idea of working from home?  If it is, you may not make it working from home.

I started working from home last November.  I was so scared this would be me and that I would have lost the great job I had prior to the work from home one as well as the new one.  My biggest fear was that I’d sleep in and/or become distracted by all the household things that need to be done. So I thought I’d share with you what works for me.

First, let me set the stage for you. I don’t have children at home.  I don’t have indoor pets. My husband is an out outdoors man, so when he’s not at work (every 3rd day), he is rarely in the house to distract me.

My routine – routine – routine – is as follows for the work week.

6 am – up and dressed then out the door to walk

6:45 am – settling into my comfy chair for my quiet time

7:20 am – breakfast

7:30 am – clean up and dress for work (now it’s jeans!)

8 am – online at my desk upstairs in my home office

I try to accomplish 2/3 of my day’s work before I stop for lunch and then the last 1/3 after lunch.  And, yes, I do take breaks during the day for a refill of Diet Dr. Pepper and  running to the bathroom.  Sometimes I throw on a load of clothes or fold a load of clothes.  I even manage to cook lunch or supper or both, too.

Can I just say, I LOVE WORKING FROM HOME!  For someone who has wanted to work from home for the past several years but was afraid to try it,  I’m so glad I did it!

Working from home is not for everyone, but if it is something you’re considering, go for it!

Posted in balance, change, Christian, Faith, Goal, God, home, Legacy, Motivation, Values

Clean or Cluttered?

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I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage that “a cluttered space means a cluttered mind”, haven’t you? Yet, many of the most well known brilliant people were known to be, well, pretty cluttered and disorganized. So what is it for you? Does cleanliness and organization bring clarity to you? OR,  can you only function in chaos?

I think I have been a bit of both in my life.  In the past, my mantra was “out of sight, out of mind” so EVERYTHING stayed in sight.  I’m telling you, if I put a work project in the desk drawer because I had to do something else at that time, I would slap forget about it until it was a crisis in my face!  If I packed a crock pot away at home because I rarely used it, I would later find that I had 2 or 3 because I had gone out and bought another when I needed it.

As I’m getting older, I find that my mind has more lolling around in there than I can possibly deal with.  And while I have always been a list maker, now I depend on the list in order to remember things.  And being surrounded by clutter has started making me somehow nervous or anxious.  I think this may be the case with many people these days as I see more and more about “brain dumps” once a week so you can stop “worrying” about things and still get it all done.

Suddenly, the question that comes to mind is, “Who decides what “it all” is that needs to be done?” Am I backing myself into a corner trying to please people who don’t care, get things I don’t need and miss out on what really matters?

If you’ve read the last few of my posts, you’ll know that I am decluttering and getting better organized.  I am not doing this to make an appearance or show to those who may pop into my house (which I love guests, by the way) or to be in on a minimalist fad.  I am doing this because, today, it is bringing peace and calm into my once very frenzied life.

 Blessings!

                                        “for God is not a God of confusion but of peace”                                                                                                     1 Corinthians 14:33

Posted in Christian, craft, Faith, God, home, Legacy, parent, Values

Babies are Blessings

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Don’t you just love babies!  They are so sweet and cuddly. And I love making baby blankets for them. This is one I just made for a cousin in Hawaii.  It’s a crocheted shell stitch, which is one of my favorite stitches.  It works up so easy.  I also made a headband to match the blanket.  I hope the mom loves it…

Whenever someone announces they’re expecting, it makes me think back all those years ago when we were expecting ours.  My how time flies!  It’s so hard to believe that our sweet ones are now 27 and 23. I can hardly believe that much time has gone by!

One thing I would tell every new set of parents is “enjoy every moment”.  I remember thinking it was hard raising them or that something they did was the ‘end of the world’, but it goes by so fast.  As I get older, I understand what the Bible means that “life is just a vapor”.

Enjoy the journey of parenthood and grand parenting!  The relationships we have with the ones we love is only preceded by our relationship with Jesus.  So make every moment count!

Blessings!

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;” Psalm 127:3-5