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Investing Time Wisely

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ahhhhh! days off! I am so ready for some R and R . We are going to Albuquerque for the 200th Eagle celebration of my husband's old Boy Scout troop. He also is an Eagle Scout and they are planning a big celebration. It is important to maintain some ties to our past. Not all of them are good and some need to be laid aside and never revisited. Yet all our experiences make us who we are, good and bad. Becoming an Eagle Scout is one of my husband's proudest moments. Boy Scouts made him, in large part, the man he is today. He has so many fond memories of hiking trips and camping with family. There were some negatives with his relationship with his dad, but they all seemed to be erased when they were camping and spending good, quality time together. His biggest regret is that, as a father, he never seemed to have the time to make this a reality with his own kids. Our youngest son told him the other day that he could have been an Eagle Scout as well. I think it kind of hurt my husband. I was so busy with soccer and Girl Scouts and 4-H that I did not have the energy if the boys didn't want to go to Scouts because they too, were tired. That was his time with them in my mind. Still they love to camp and each does so frequently.
Sometimes we do not realize what is most important to us until the opportunity is past and that is when we live our lives with regrets. When we are too busy to live life the way it was meant to be lived, then something is lost in the process. Finding balance is difficult, but necessary. Spending time with family is never a wrong choice. Taking time to relax and get away from it all occasionally is also necessary. We need to invest wisely. If we do the returns will be beyond our wildest dreams.
I imagine there will be some sadness in my husband this weekend at opportunities lost, but also an immense deal of pride as he remembers his own eagle court of honor. We will also see our son and enjoy getting to love on him once again, and feed the poor college boy! All a reminder of what life is really all about.

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IUHRYTR 10/20/2010 3:14AM

    It is somewhat sad that more people do not appreciate or understand the enormous amount of work young men put in to attain the honor of Eagle Scout. That is an impressive and imspiring achievement. I never made it that far when I was in Boy Scouts but I, too, have many fond memories of the lessons I learned. -- Lou

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/16/2010 5:35PM

    Enjoy the celebration, the renewed friendships, the time with your son -- may God bless you in each area this weekend!

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3CATSLEP 10/15/2010 7:55PM

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful time and safe travels!

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Hard Times

Thursday, October 14, 2010

There are so many things in life that we swear we would not, could not do and then when faced with certain situations, then we find out we can do them. We really do not know what we are capable of. When faced with difficult times, we find out just how strong, or weak, we really are. We can either learn from these times or wallow in them. One of my favorite sayings is we can either become better or bitter with what we are handed in life. Life truly is what we make of it. It is our choice. The only fools in life are those who refuse to learn from their own personal history. Many of us will shut ourselves up to avoid pain rather than learning what it is in ourselves that caused the pain to begin with.
Another of my favorite sayings is ...but for the grace of God, there go I. Nothing makes us immune to difficult times. We should not be so proud to think that we are too good for tragedy or difficulties. We also should not judge others for the difficcult times they are facing. Though some of them are self imposed, again education is the key. Remember, too, that love covers a mulitiude of sins. If we will love the difficult people in our lives, we may be used to be the catalyst of change for them. You can never go wrong for loving without conditions or expecting paybacks. Sometimes the greatest act of love is loving with no hope of return.
Though I do not enjoy the difficult times I face, they have made me who I am. They do not last forever if I choose to learn from them. I will live my life humbly knowing I am next in line for hardships, yet I will not live in fear of them. I will enjoy the good times because they temper the bad and do not last forever. I will cherish today as though it is my last, because it very well could be.

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MISSOURI_RAIN 10/15/2010 8:35AM

    Nice blog :)

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ANDI571 10/14/2010 2:34PM

    Good blog. I also like the saying, And this to shall pass. Good times and hard times come and go. It's our reaction to them that make us or break us.

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TIARAG03 10/14/2010 1:30PM

    This is an emoticon blog!!!!! I say this to people all the time when they are having a bad day. "If it is not really that bad don't make it that way. The bad things are coming, so enjoy all the good ones." Life is far to short to miss out on the good days!!!!! I love your attitude!!!! Well said!!!!! emoticon


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KANSASROSE67 10/14/2010 1:04PM

    I often remind myself of that very saying, "There but for the grace of God go I." It's so easy to judge others but until you're faced with their circumstancs, it's impossible to fully understand. Maybe I would act the same way and make the same mistakes in that situation. Great blog!

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So Tired

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I am so very tired today. Two nights ago was rough and I was ready to go home by 9pm. Could barely make it until midnight. Then yesterday I worked a 13 1/2 hour day. I am so ready for my paycheck and my days off. My hubby is out of town, which makes it easier to sleep in and I am sitting her with my kitty listening to him purr. I don't have much brain power left functioning today so this is about as good as it gets :)


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3CATSLEP 10/13/2010 3:40PM

    Get some zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/13/2010 12:57PM

    Can't imagine those long hours! Do take care of yourself! God Bless You today with Strength for whatever tasks MUST be done, and give you wisdom to let the others wait! emoticon

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SISTERDEAR 10/13/2010 10:54AM

    What are you doing up? Go back to bed and get some sleep! emoticon

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Times of Trouble

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I feel the suffering of others deeply. I am one of the first to want to alleviate the suffering too. I have suffered in my life and have not enjoyed it at all. I am overwhelmed again this morning, but this time at the pain that my fellow Sparkers are feeling. One of my favorite quotes is from A Walk to Remember. It says we learn compassion from the things we have suffered. So true, so true. We have people who are dealing with cancer in loved ones and they suffer as they watch their lives slip away. My daddy and grandmother were both taken from me by cancer. I am reminded of Daddy this time of year because this is when he died. I miss my daddy. I also hear the pain of rejection singing loud and clear in the voices of my fellow Sparkers. We fear the judgment and condemnation of other's thoughts. We don't have to know their thoughts to know what they are thinking, perhaps because we too have heard those thoughts race through our own minds about ourselves.
It is my hope and prayer that they all find the strength they need to face what is before them today. Our roughest days can be some of our best. We never want to repeat them, but can be glad for them. I am stronger because of what I have suffered. I would not be where I am had I not suffered. I know more how very well the love of God can carry me when things get rough. I know through them that He will never leave or forsake me. I have seen His power in my weaknesses so that it is far easier to depend on Him the next time. I am more convinced of His love for me and His ability to care for me because of the trying times. It is my prayer that each of you will find this same strength in your times of weakness. May God be with you, my friends.

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LINDABENEDICT 10/14/2010 12:00PM

    Thanks for this blog !

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/12/2010 8:55PM

    Your heart reflects HIS, Cindy -- thanks for letting God care for others through you!

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3CATSLEP 10/12/2010 5:42PM

    I can't think of where the verse is right now, but it tells us to suffer patiently. Thank you for sharing another wonderful, heart-felt blog.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

I am overwhelmed with peace right now. I am at peace with who I am and who I have become. I know that God is pleased with me and there is no greater satisfaction. To know His voice and to hear His words of love towards me are what give my life meaning and purpose. Without it there is no satisfaction in this life. I have walked on both sides. As long as I know that He walks beside me I can walk anywhere. I can walk through anything, even death without fear. I loathe anything that takes me from this. I do not desire it because all I want is more of what I have right now. There is so much more that awaits me. I have only just begun to discover the wonders of His love for me. I cannot begin to comprehend how limitless it is. It will take me everywhere I want to go and to places I never imagined existed before He showed me. I cannot ask for more.

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/11/2010 8:32PM

    I love it, Cindy! Thanks for sharing your heart!

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NJMATTICE 10/11/2010 4:43PM

    Filled with the Spirit. Enjoy.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 10/11/2010 4:31PM

    What a VERY, VERY special testimony of the LOVE that can only be found in Jesus! He is the only One that can fill the inner longing and cravings of our souls. Thank you so MUCH for sharing this!

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PURPLELVR7 10/11/2010 4:24PM

    Awesome, God has truly blessed you

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3CATSLEP 10/11/2010 4:13PM

    You are truly blessed sister! I love those overwhelming moments too!

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IMREADY77 10/11/2010 3:23PM

    Thats awesome!!!!

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