Thursday, August 20, 2009

I just can't stop looking...

There is a saying that my daughter will utter from time to time...something about someone or thing being so beautiful I just can't stop looking at it. Well, I am posting this blog to send you to my sister's blog, because my new niece is just soooo beautiful! I would also like to plug my husband at this point as he took these photos. His hobby has turned into quite a thing and I'm so proud of him! Check out the pics of baby C at minnahpeels

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Favorite Things

I woke up this morning with the song, "Favorite Things" stuck in my head. You know, the one from Sound of Music. I don't actually know if that's the title, but it would seem somewhat logical and obvious if it were. That having said (this latter phrase attributed to one my many educators), it immediately put me in a good mood when my mind fully wrapped around the words.

I was making coffee in my over the top coffee making that I think is both annoying (cause it is so overpriced) and absolutely transcendent (cause it makes the perfect cup of coffee with no fuss and in less than 3 minutes)! I began thinking of how coffee is one of my favorite things...and thus the list goes on.

I have so many little favorite things in life...

Coffee (lets certainly start there)
Spell check (because the coffee hadn't kicked in and I had a momentary lapse in how to spell "certainly")
my children!
the curls on W's head
the cheeks on M's face
my husband and the way I know him sooooo well
my SIL's cakes
my mom's gravy
my best friend Brooke (what would I do without her!)
my best friend across the continent Alyson (no one knows me like she)
Kidz Bop (lets face it, it's the only way I get to hear anything other than Wiggles or the ABC's!)
sales (if you know me, you know I'm very particular about frugality)
God (of course! and I realize He is in the wrong place on this list--no particular order here)
--how do people get through life without Him!
seeing my expressions in the faces of my kids
hearing my son jabbering (like right now instead of saying flower, he signs "tree" and says Wowowower!)

Of course this post could go on forever, but the point is to not let the day get away from you without stopping to remember, to focus on the good things, the "favorite" things. I know this sounds all touchy feely and not very spiritual, but I beg to differ. God intended that the life that he gives us to be abundant...and so many of us forget to even stop and notice that indeed, this IS the day that the Lord has made! Sometimes, the days are rough with stress and such, but God has given you a day of abundance. Don't forget to notice. Take a moment to be still even if it is a very short moment in between sips of you favorite coffe.

My life is full of uncertainties right now. I've been here before...this frustrating place of waiting and unknowing, so I could wake up each morning with angst and disappointment. But I choose to focus on the blessings and abundance that God has allowed me in the midst of the uncertainties. It's a daily renewing of the mind...something He reminds us about in Romans.