Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Six year old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents pancakes He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor.
He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of a cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury trail on the floor which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten.
Brandon was covered with flour and getting frustrated. He wanted this to be something very good for Mom and Dad, but it was getting very bad
He didn't know what to do next, whether to put it all into the oven or on the stove and he didn't know how the stove worked!. Suddenly he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and reached to push her away, knocking the egg carton to the floor. Frantically he tried to clean up this monumental mess but slipped on the eggs, getting his pajamas white and sticky.
And just then he saw Dad standing at the door. Big crocodile tears welled up in Brandon 's eyes. All he'd wanted to do was something good, but he'd made a terrible mess. He was sure a scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking. But his father just watched him.
Then, walking through the mess, he picked up his crying son, hugged him and loved him, getting his own pajamas white and sticky in the process!
That's how God deals with us.. We try to do something good in life, but it turns into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky or we insult a friend, or we can't stand our job, or our health goes sour.
Sometimes we just stand there in tears because we can't think of anything else to do. That's when God picks us up and loves us and forgives us, even though some of our mess gets all over Him.
But just because we might mess up, we can't stop trying to 'make pancakes' for God or for others. Sooner or later we'll get it right, and then they'll be glad we tried...
I was thinking and I wondered if I had any wounds needing to be healed, friendships that need rekindling or three words needing to be said, sometimes, 'I love you' can heal & bless! Remind every one of your friends that you love them. Even if you think they don't love back, you would be amazed at what those three little words, a smile, and a reminder like this can do.
Just in case I haven't told you lately... I LOVE YA!!!
Thursday, April 03, 2008
This morning I weighed 227 lbs for the first time in 23 years!!! If I wasn't about to die, I would be excited. I have definitely done these last 4 lbs the hard way. OK, enough whining and on with my story.
I came home from Texas last week with a sore throat. I put it off, saying it was nothing, until Monday when I could barely crawl. I went to the doc and sure enough, it's the flu. Yes, I had my flu shot AND pneumonia vaccine in October. Yes, I waited too late for Tamiflu. Seems Texas is one of the states that is growing a strain of the flu not covered in this year's flu shot. Whoopee!!! Damn!
I sit here this morning, after being in a comatose state for 2 days, drinking my hot lemonade ( WHERE IS THAT BOURBON!!?), and every time I stand up my pajama bottoms fall down. Hmmmm, maybe I should go weigh? (You notice even when I'm practically dead I'm still thinking about that scale.) Well, I weighed 3 times and YES, I weigh 227.1 lbs. We'll see if I can actually maintain this after I'm well, but for right now, I"M CLAIMING IT!!!
Now, let's get to the reason I actually blogged this. I need to remember this day. I'm tired, weak, hurt in every joint. I can barely walk. This is no fun. I used to feel like this every day! This is what my life was like 129 lbs ago. I'm never going back there. This is what I have escaped. When I get discouraged, when I start thinking this is too hard, I want to be able to come back and read this. NOTHING is worth going back!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Hi, I'm not sure this is the best way to do this, but I'm back from my trip and wanted to say hello to all my groups. I got in last night and just crashed. This morning I feel much better, I went to the gym for the first time in a week and was excited to see I lost 3 lbs. while I was gone. WooHoo!
I put a few photos in my photo gallery of my family and the nursery I painted while I was there. There were no photos of me on my camera, those are all on my daughter and sister's cameras. Will post some when they send them.
I got to have dinner with Weezie while I was there. She was gracious enough to drive all the way to south Arlington in the traffic after work on Wednesday and then I proceeded to talk her ears off! It was wonderful to meet her in person! Thank you, Louise. I will be visiting often in the future and I look forward to meeting others in the area. Easter week was not the week to do it.
I want to thank everyone that sent me messages and welcomes! I saw them and just haven't had a chance to respond. I need to read everything that has been happening and will start posting, probably won't be until Sunday though. My husband, college-age son, and a new puppy have been home alone for 8 days. The housekeeper was supposed to come yesterday, but didn't for some reason. It's not as bad as I expected, but it's not great either! I'm going to be busy for a couple of days.
For everyone else that is new, Welcome!, I'm looking forward to getting to know you.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Since I probably consume all of these on a daily basis,except trans fat, I guess I'm a walking time bomb. I thought you might find this article interesting.
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