Monday, October 12, 2009
It's been five days since my last blog. And if you haven't read it......spare me. Can you say "Mini-meltdown"? Okay, maybe not a mini meltdown exactly. More like just discouraged by having to post something I wasn't positive I had accomplished.
Well, I learned something from that. You think being discouraged can bring tears to your eyes? The responses to my blog and the show of encouragement made me cry again and again. You guys are amazing! Do you realize that? I can't believe what a great community being a sparker is.
It's hard to stay optimistic sometimes. I don't do so bad in that department, but sometimes I just have to let it fly. And then some very special people come along with encouragement, ideas, a swift kick in the behind, and more support than a person should be entitled to.
I am truly blessed. This is for you........
God must have known there would be times
We'd need a word of cheer
Someone to praise a triumph
Or brush away a tear.
He must have known we'd need to share
The joy of "little things"
In order to appreciate
The happiness life brings.
I think he knew our troubled hearts
Would sometimes throb with pain
At trials and misfortunes
Or some goals we can't attain.
He knew we'd need the comfort
Of an understanding heart
To give us strength and courage
To make a fresh, new start.
He knew we'd need companionship
And so God answered the heart's great need
With a CHERISHED FRIEND....like you.
Bless you all! Keri
Sunday, October 04, 2009
The Charles Schultz classic, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!, is my absolute favorite part of the season. When the kids were growing up we would carve pumpkins and watch this show. I admit I still do it, even though there are no kids carving with me anymore. And because this show is so beloved to me, I thought I would share with you what the show says to me.
It's not about trick or treats, candy, bobbing for apples, or even the
Great Pumpkin himself.......it says something else to me.
It's about two boys who are different than the rest. And from our vantage point, no one really knows why Charlie isn't accepted. Is it the fact that he is a bald little kid who is super sensitive to the fact that he's different? Is it that he seems older and wiser than his years and his friends know it? Is it that everything he does never seems to turn out the way he imagined? Or is it some mysterious back story that hasn't been revealed to us.
Then there is Linus, who follows the beat of his own drum. He doesn't care what others think of him. He will carry a blanket if he wants, he will suck his thumb if he wants and the most important of all.....he can justify it to you. Have you seen him use that blanket as a weapon???? And he has a magnetic charm that can pull people in.
So there are our heroes.....this story really lies with Linus, and his blind FAITH. The faith of a child as some would say. For some reason, he believes in the Great Pumpkin and what he does to reward good children....sitting in a sincere pumpkin patch mind you... Who told him that??? Don't you want to know?
His faith is contagious, and next thing you know, a little doe eyed girl has fallen under his spell and given up everything she believed in, because she got wrapped up in his faith.
Now fast forward a little......how bad did you feel for them when their faith failed them?
Compare this with every diet you have ever tried and failed........you get sucked in by someone elses faith and exuberance. Miracle cures, miracle pills, miracle operations, never feel hungry again, easiest exercise you will ever do and still lose all the weight. I think you know what I'm talking about.....we all have our stories. And we have the faith of a child that it is going to happen for us that same way. We wait like Linus....giddy with excitement....in anticipation. We are going to be perfect in the morning.....Perfect body,.....perfect habits.....perfect lifestyle!
How devastating when we discover that there is no quick fix. That it doesn't happen overnight, that it isn't easy, or that it just doesn't work at all. Maybe that is why Charlie is the eternal pessimist. He already learned that lesson. And I have too. Except I am more like Linus.....I have the faith of a child.... the faith that I am going to do this....
I know it won't be easy....so while I sit in this pumpkin patch....I'll drink my water...eat right....exercise and patiently await my reward from the GREAT PUMPKIN! Happy Halloween!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
If you haven't read episode one, you might want to back up so you get the entire picture.
So I told you about Friday night and my lack of dinner evening. Well, my Saturday made it even more comical.
On Friday afternoon, my boss told me that he and his wife had been part of a fundraiser where they donated a ride on our train along with a meal from Dells to Sioux Falls. He wanted to know if DH and I would like to ride the train back to Dells from Sioux Falls afterward. There would be leftovers and some other co-workers and their spouses. We would meet in Dells at 8 p.m. get in a limo, go to Sioux Falls and wait for the train. I said, "We are in!"
I have taken short trips on the locomotives before while they were doing switching but I've never had a trip on the train in the dining car. So we boarded the limo with 3 other couples and headed to Sioux Falls. We had two bottles of Champagne on the trip. Good stuff.
Now the part that makes this an episode is that I didn't know what to expect for food so DH and I didn't eat anything before. And all my boss said was leftovers.............
When the train pulled into Sioux Falls; all of the guests piled out. Then the 4 couples got on the caboose. We prepared for the trip back and even stopped on the falls. We got to get out on the bridge for awhile and admire the scenery. I had never been there in the dark before. It was amazing and beautiful.
Then we reloaded and headed towards Dells. Well .......let me tell you that leftovers consisted of some nuts, and tomato and cheese on a stick, and alcohol! Not exactly what we had hoped for. Needless to say, we went hungry!
But we stood of the back of the caboose on the way back. We couldn't see much in the dark but we went through our town along the way and enjoyed some of the scenery. It was a fun experience.
When I got home at 11:30, I had a bowl of cereal and went to bed! What a weekend of fine cuisine!!!!!!
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