I assume that seeing families say their blessing at meal time is becoming more and more of a rare sight. But oh the importance of this simple act of gratitude to God. Taking time to pause and acknowledge that God has, once again, provided for our needs. In 1996 I saw a guy bow his head in a crowded cafeteria at Middle Georgia College in Cochran, GA. Not only did I take note of it mentally, I also walked over to him and said something like, “I saw you say your blessing and that’s really good.” That guy was Josh Dorminy. When I told Molly that story, there was a pause accompanied by a strange look and then she said, “Well, that’s awkward.” Yes, it may have been a bit awkward, but it worked out well for me in the end! He actually told me that he had already noticed me before that time. So there. I want my girls to keep their eyes open for a guy who isn’t ashamed to bow his head in public, in front of peers and thank God for his meal. And I pray that Mack would be that kind of guy. An attitude of gratitude is an attractive, godly characteristic…..that’s my two cents.
Restless Sometimes I long to move to the absolute middle of nowhere where I don’t know a soul. I don’t understand exactly why that is. I do realize I am an introvert. While I don’t have any trouble being with people or carrying on a conversation, I recharge by chunks of time alone. I truly enjoy being by myself in quiet with no schedule. So maybe that’s why I sometimes long for the middle of nowhere. On the other hand, I love my friends. I enjoy the familiarity that comes with living in the same town for nearly 14 years. We have a phenomenal church! And Josh has two amazing jobs. The home school co-op we belong to is also a huge blessing. I know our librarian, the checkout person at Publix is usually someone I see regularly, and I live less than a mile from WalMart and have a Target at each end of the main road I live off of—not to mention three Starbucks within a five mile radius of home. We know and like all of our neighbors. We like our home…I don’t even daydream about a kitchen remodel anymore. I just want the thing paid off! So why the restlessness? Why is it when I see acres and acres of empty land do I paint a picture of a house and envision my family living there? There are definitely responsibilities and even callings I attempt […]
I am married to an extremely positive person. Josh can see the best in any situation. He was reading a book that referenced a book entitled Learned Optimism, and I told him he didn’t need to read that book…he could have written it! Always finding the silver lining. It’s a great quality; it’s also one I have painfully lacked over the years. But living with an optimist teaches a girl! I truly think I’ve gotten better. I can no longer tell you the absolute worst case scenario for any given situation in 3.5 seconds or less. I am tending to search for the positive and think on that instead of the negative. I need to start using Josh’s line: “The good news is…..” It can be quite astounding the things he comes up with to finish that sentence. This past week I was able to tell Josh that I really like who he is. I like how God made him and one quality,in particular, that I love is the way he takes the long view in life. He takes time to pause and think through how a situation might shake out. He doesn’t seem to react rashly. He doesn’t discount God’s activity in any situation. I verbally expressed what I often have admired about him in my heart and head. “I love how you take the long-view as opposed to being short-sighted.” We had a lovely conversation that I hope […]
Josh and I most definitely got a break from the winter this past week! The kids and Irvin/PawPaw?….not so much. We delivered the kids to him last Friday. Molly woke up sick, so we got her taken care of and she was taking medicine and feeling a bit better even by the time we were leaving to head back home. However, strep throat made its was from Molly to Ruby and then to Mack. PawPaw was amazing!!! He took such great care of each of them…checking their temps regularly, giving them medicine and checking on them in the middle of the night. All the while cooking for them too. GG brought pizza over twice! I am so thankful for them taking care of the kids. I felt so torn for the first three days of our trip since there was nothing at all I could do to help. Mack was pitiful and cried on FaceTime, whimpering out, “I just wish you and Daddy didn’t have to go on that mission trip.” Mission trip? Hmmmm….. We were, obviously, not on a mission trip. We relaxed. We slept. We ate. We laid by the pool. We planned and had some great talks together. We enjoyed time with friends. It was heavenly. This was my favorite morning: I got to my chair and read a wonderful book by Sally Clarkson, OWN YOUR LIFE. It’s challenging and encouraging. I journaled and did some praying. […]
Has anyone ever given you their two cents? You know, their opinion. Sometimes it’s welcome and sometimes not so welcome. I read that the phrase “my two cents” came from the phrase “a penny for your thoughts.” If you ask someone what they think about something, you may say, “a penny for your thoughts,” and if they give you a bit more than you bargained for, then it becomes their “two cents.” So on this here blog of mine I am going to start giving my two cents on a variety of topics that I choose. In particular, my audience will be my kids–Ruby, Molly and Mack. I have weird thoughts from time to time about me dying and not being able to tell them all the things I want to tell them. Morbid? Maybe. But the fact is, I don’t know when I may die. And neither do you. And I know God will take care of them and provide people in their lives to tell them important things. But while I am here, they need my two cents. Some topics will be light-hearted and maybe some will be deep. We shall see….. But for the first topic, let’s keep it simple and practical. This one is about manners and politeness. Ready for it? Sidewalk Etiquette I know. Serious business. But really, I value proper sidewalk etiquette. Whether in my neighborhood or in an other country, I am aware […]