Saturday, January 30, 2010

Going on.....

Life continues to circle around me. I have learned that people come and people go. A year ago we got a new District manager. He was a huge, bald man that A was extremely intimidated by. A once told me he didn't know what was going to happen to him with this guy as his boss. He made me nervous, and I tried to remain out of sight when he came to our store.
Fast forward a year. A got let go for dishonesty. It was a rough time. An exhausting time. One ASM running around like a chicken with her head cut off. One very negative and nasty. That kind of left me as the point of contact. J and I built a relationship. I contacted him with problems. He contacted me when he wanted things done. I was told that I was the only one with common sense. Now that is rather a shock!
On Thursday R found out that our district has been realigned. We now have a new district manager. Made me kind of sad. I was the only one R told so when everyone else found out, I emailed J and wished him well. I thanked him for his coaching and for supporting me. He emailed me back immediately thanking me and telling me I was the best. We came a long way........

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

How much Longer?

Whenever I leave Mike and Dryscha's, I see these three little faces looking out the window. How much longer before they no longer care about our coming and going? Sometimes when we get there, one of them realizes that they have company and pop, pop. pop - there they are - those three little faces that we so dearly love. How much longer?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Juliet's Celebration and a Blessing.....

Ah Juliet! I remember walking into the OR the day you were born. I knew then how special you would be, and you are. You are my brown eyed girl. My pixie. My great hugger. You are so loved - by your family and church family. And today you are three! My greatest desire is to see you grow up to be tender hearted, joyful, and willing to do the Lord's will.
The kids loved playing with the big ball! Unfortunately, Robert got in front of it when the rest were behind it. It reminded me of a snowball avalanche!
A precious answer to prayer was that William got to go to church with Jordan and Patrick and attend the party. We got to spend a few moments with him alone and give him his Christmas gifts. I don't know when the next time will be that I can hold him in my arms and tell him I love
him, but today was more special because he got to share it with us.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy Birthday William!

Lord -

Please guide these little feet. They belong to a child so dear to us. A child You wove. Please help him to grow knowing that he is loved from afar. Keep him in your care while we can't be there. Please bring someone into his life that will continue to share You with him. Someone who will love him and attempt to guide and protect him. I pray that someday we will get to be together again.

Happy Birthday Sweet William! I love you now just as much as the day I got to see you come into the world.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

a Child of Dust

"As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him; for he knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust." Psalm 103

And then the words to the song:

"Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend."

I have never thought of myself as a child of the dust. A frail child. A dirty child. A worthless child. A child that needs removing.

He remembers I am dust. He formed me. To HIM I am a valuable child. A child worth dying for. A child He has given new mercies each day.

Perhaps a child of the dust isn't so bad after all.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Snowin' in 'The Hood'

I really do enjoy snow. I especially love when it snows so much that we are snowed in. That didn't happen this time - at least not yet.

Snow is peaceful. It is pure. It is quiet in the hood when it snows. When we lived in Puerto Rico, my grandma would freeze snowballs for when we got home in the Summer. A childhood memory of someone who loved me.......

I love to be out in the country when it snows. A place where no one has walked yet. I see my footprints and think of God. He ordered my footprints. He allowed my footprints. I want Him to guide my footprints - to lead me to people I can minister to. Sometimes people here in the hood are scary. They are different. Yet, they need a smile. They need a Savior. They are the mission field He has given me.

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Dawning of a New Year

A New Year means:
A clean slate.....
Goals that have been set.......
New memories.........
Spiritual growth......
Aging a year!
New 'Hello's'.......
New 'Good-bye's' ........
New projects...........
New insights..........
New discoveries.........
New ministry opportunities......
New dreams.....

One year from today, I trust that I can sit here and have accomplished all of these. In particular, spiritual growth. I have struggled with that this past year. I have moved. He has not. I have been bogged down with everyday stresses and tasks. This is a New Year. A time to grow.