Locating old blog posts

postings

A little FYI…
I have kept some of the related articles from my blog. They are all under the category past postings. If you want to look into them or read them you can now easily locate them now.

Still in the construction phase of things, better things are in store for this blog. Until then, take care.
Kathy

From under the bubble wrap

eBay party

No, I didn’t get lost nor did I fall off the face of the earth. I am still here and breathing, praise God! Been busy, planting plants, lost about 14 plants in the harsh winter. Also as a family have been reducing and simplifying our home, so I have now been working on becoming an eBay expert. This has resulted with making multiple trips to the shipping store for boxes and packing materials.
My goal for this blog is to keep it up to date, and this post is just to do that. I am keeping you up to date with my life and goings on. Will post more tomorrow, but for tonight I am kicking back and in my PJ’s. Enjoy your Wednesday, as for me tomorrow will be my hubby’s Friday, the rest of the world sees it as Thursday.

Looking for happiness?

happiness

Happiness, this seems to confuse and befuddle even the best of us. We want it, but the more we seek it the more it avoids us. As a Christian even this avoids me it seems. But has my Pastor has been pointing out in sermons it isn’t a matter of what you have or what your situation is. But it is a soul matter that brings happiness to us.

Most of us think about happiness in two different ways:
1. That we need to seek out things/ people which will make us happy.
2. Our circumstances dictate how happy we are at any given time.

To deal with the first response to looking for happiness in a worldly way. Seeking out things/ people to make us happy will ether disappoint us when the object to our happiness fails us. This can lead to being co-dependant. Also this mind set will get the better of us, as we literally will have us wading through mounds of stuff. Such as in the case of hoarding things. Both can turn into energy and happiness drains.

Here is a quote from Pastor Dee on this sort of thing. ” If your joy level is dictated by our circumstances then you will not be happy”. He also mentioned that the problem is not the pursuit of happiness but it is what you believe will make you happy.

With this in mind, some people believe that seeking happiness is self-centered thinking. But as I have learned God has created in us the desire and want to be happy in life. No matter what is happening around us. So we shouldn’t try to resist the desire for happiness, but we should be happy in all things. Seeking out happiness in all things, and at all times.

How happy we are is a gauge of how we are doing in life. And the more we actively seek God, the more we will be happier in our lives. Following is a list of things you can do daily which will help you seek God and happiness.

1. Through out the day declare to God ” You are my joy” .. Psalm 16:2 ‘I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.”

2. Read the Bible daily … John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

3. Confess all known sin to God every day… Psalm 32:5 “I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin.”

4. Forgive anybody of everything and everybody of anything no matter how bad…. Hebrews 12:15 “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;”

5. Gather together with your church family regularly and often… Pslam 122:1 “I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

6. Worship God with energy and enthusiasm… Psalm 9:2 “I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”

I hope that this small devotional will help you in seeking happiness in all things. I know it has helped me. As the old hymn says ” It is well with my soul”. So it should be with us daily, our soul should resound with joy that God is with us daily and is our shelter.

The gift of being a Mom

Mom and child

Mother’s day is coming,and for me it is time to reflect. Reflect on the images seen on TV and in the greeting card ads. Compared to the reality of it all. The media would lead you to believe that it means breakfast in bed, or children trashing the kitchen while making pancakes for momma. As momma sits in her bathrobe waiting for the wonderful and child-like breakfast to appear. Or it is all about the Mother’s day buffets with the lines running out the doors, that families bring the mother to hoping she gets a break from the kitchen.

My reality is this, I never had the breakfast in bed when my children were young. As a matter of fact, I could never dream of having any meal in bed. As it reminds me too much of being sick or bedridden. Not to mention that the idea of having crumbs in my bed just isn’t my thing. And the buffets to me are busy, loud and the wait seems to take forever.

Motherhood isn’t about a special day for me. Motherhood is something I do daily. Even now, when my children are 26, and 22. Getting the quickly said ” I love you Mom” from my 22 year old son as he stumbles off to do something. Or as my 26 year old asks me for advice on relationships. Those are the moments that count for me.

Of course there was the bumps of toddlerhood and the teen years. But I never really lost communication with my two sons. It wasn’t the close relationships that some in media show. But it was a parent/child relationship always. When they ether tested the limits or asked for wisdom from me. My sons work well with me, we have worked in the garden together. As well as did the dirty jobs of life without huge fights.

I might not see eye to eye with them always. But I do love each son for who he is. And what his likes and dislikes are. They have been through a lot with me and my husband. From the beginning of my current marriage until now. Starting with having to scold the oldest boy over dumping orange juice over his brothers head. To the face to face knock down drag outs they have had now and then as adults. I am grateful they are able to speak with each other, and honestly be not only brothers but friends.

This is the gift that keeps on giving for me. To be able to see my children get along with each other. So it isn’t the hand prints on the pieces of paper that I had received in years past that stand out for me. But it is being able to see the values and wisdom I have been able to teach and guide my children in that matters. And as I have told my sons, they will always be my boys. No matter how old they will get.

So Happy Mother’s day to every Mother out there, just remember it isn’t just one special day that matters. But it is the daily parenting that means the most.

A Unique Name

The SNOGSE

Everything has a story and a name. Some names and stories are best left unspoken and then there are some which just beg to be told. Here is one of those stories and it involves a simple device that most people in America have. It is a car, and more importantly it is my car.

I have from the time I had my first car, which was a lime green Pinto station wagon, named my cars. Some had names that stuck out and others had generic names that were attached to more then one car. My first car was named Betsy, and I named several others that very same name. Then there was the Ford Explorer that we had until we moved to Oregon ( eight years ago ) which we called ” Billy Goat Guff”. And now comes my Toyota SUV, and it’s unique name.

I was asked this last week what the license plate on my Toyota SUV stood for once again. The plate says “SNOGSE” which stands for Snow Goose. The Snow Goose is a fairly rare goose which migrates from the northern parts of North America to Southern parts in the winter. Which is the base of this story.

When I was in High School I helped my parents do bird counts for a group which kept track of how many of the different species there are in a given year. This was year it was done in a delta area of the Puget Sound region of Washington State. And so hip waders and high boots were needed for this count.

I had the teenaged girl attitude and a younger boy was getting on my last nerves. So when he saw what he thought was a snow goose, everyone was excited except for me. And since God has a sense of humor at times, I was found to be volunteered to go and verify that it was what the boy claimed it was. And this was done by going out into the wetland area and mud to get a closer view of the goose. So then of course I got an attitude.

Groaning and having a fit as I made my way out there to see this supposed rare bird. Only to then find out that it wasn’t a rare goose, but a goose which some farmer lost to a flock of Canadian Geese. Needless to say this adventure stood out in my memories and I retold the story to my husband.

Fast forward to 2012, we needed a car as the one we had was on it’s last legs. We had an inheritance so were able to get a newer car, and not some lemon like in the past. So we visited a car dealership in the Washington DC area, as at the time we were breaking down my in-law’s estate. I was expecting to find a lower priced car but was shocked to see that my husband had found a car that was something I never considered.

Every-time he found something that would surprise me he would announce ” Look a snow goose!”. And this day was no exception to the rule. As in the middle of the lot, my husband stood by what now sits in my drive way and proclaimed that quote to the world. I think we blew the East Coast car salesman’s mind. As we were in our jeans, t-shirts dirty from cleaning out a house. And everyone else in the lot was dressed in business casual at the least.

So after the long drive from Washington DC to Oregon we had decided to name the car Snogse. Now in the small city were are in we get silly looks and questions about the name often. And I find myself recounting the story of the grey SUV often. But in all honesty I would not have it another way. As the name of my car is as unique as I am. And I hope it adds a sense of adventure to the day when people try to figure out what it means.

Have you a unique saying or name for something in your life? Is there something you do that stands out to people you met briefly in your daily travels? I would love to hear about the items you have named, or ways you stand out from the crowd. Please comment, as I am sure there is a unique story in your life as well.

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