Friday, July 29, 2011

“If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”~Winnie the Pooh

Day 1 : 7/28

Today we left Florida at 5:30am. I drove until we got to North Carolina, which was about 8 hours of driving for me. I didn't mind it though, because I like to drive. :) . All of us kiddo's travel really well, but we sure were glad to get out and stretch our legs! We were all glad to be released from the prison of our van. We had a great car ride. Our van was filled with giggles, silly stories, and an occasional snoozer. :) We arrived at my cousins house around 7:30pm, we chit-chatted with Taylor and Jordan for a while, while Mom and Aunt Brenda ran to get some burgers.

In Virginia, there are grocery stores called "bloom." And, I approve. Ever since I began working for Publix, I have maintained  high standards for where I shop. (or even dare to walk into :P) Unfortunately, northern stores don't have the best reputations for --well being Publix! ;) But bloom is different, and very nice :) There is a Harris Teeter near by also. I have fond memories from a grocery store, it seems as if  I was almost destined to work at a grocery store. Harris Teeter is unique among the myriad of stores, because they have miniature shopping carts for happy-mommie-to-be's-with-a-baby-doll shoppers like myself. :) I took my doll, Lulu, whenever Mom would go to Harris Teeter.

Day 2 :7/29

Taylor turned 16 today! Happy Birthday! :D

We went to Burke Lake, a lake where it was illegal, forbidden, I tell you, to swim in the lake! All 11 of us had a great time in spite of no swimming opportunities. We walked around some of the trails and took turns canoeing around the lake. After walking some more, and working up a sweat and an appetite, we headed to the ice cream parlor. =)

Today has been a good day so far! We'll be with Aunt Brenda and Uncle Gregg until Sunday. I really would like to go to the Marine Museum while we are up here, but we don't have firm plans, so who know's what we'll do.

Psalm 30:11-12

 11You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
   you have loosed my sackcloth
   and clothed me with gladness,
12that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
   O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

Trevor's form of occupying himself.
Bloom's welcome :)

Chocolate ice cream with sprinkles!

Kennedy at Burke Lake

*Pictures from my phone, sorry for the poor quality*

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Life in Limbo

*Deep breath*

Where do I begin!? Every component of life has been jam packed lately. Dad still doesn't know if he'll be travelling to Japan, so while he is here, he is working Japan time. Our life has been revolving around his schedule so we all can spend quality time together :)

I have been working quite a bit, long shifts, but not everyday. It all adds up and some days I just have to say no to certain things to get some shut-eye! 2 weeks ago I spent 4 days with Miss Lindsay W*., we had a great time! The Saturday that I was with her, we went to a local park to have a picnic (which didn't end up happening). I am benefiting tremendously from working with Lindsay. I have a new appreciation for people with disabilities, from temporary to permanent. I've been able to witness God's grace through her. People are people are people, who have life in them, who can communicate--even if the communication is not that of which you are comfortable with or used to--and, if given the chance, this person will bring joy to your life. All those words strung together say : Show compassion. Don't think it. Show it. Live it. Prove that your thought process are more than travelers in no-man's-land. These days, the world devalues human life. It's a pretty strong statement but, it's true. If life was not devalued at conception, it would appear to me that more and more individuals would appreciate people for who they are.

Hillsong United says it best : "Show me how to love like You have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks Yours"

Those are just my thoughts for now that are related to Spiritual things.  

Now that I've gotten my thoughts out about life-- WHO IS WATCHING THE WORLD CUP?! I know I am, the USA Women totally killed it yesterday, in an intense battle against Brazil. Now we're on to the semi-finals against France. Let's do it : D

Concluding statements : Kick France in the pants!

Psalm 103:11-14

11For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
   so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12as far as the east is from the west,
   so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13As a father shows compassion to his children,
   so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
14For he knows our frame;
   he remembers that we are dust.

* Lindsay W is a young disabled friend of mine. She has a chromosome impairment that confines her to a wheelchair. Our families met through church, and I am the family's extra help :) *