Saturday, March 23, 2019

Five-Minute-Friday~Reward


It's like this weeks word was selected just for us!

Since I am writing from my bed at the beautiful Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, with a view of the harbor, taking advantage of the quiet morning, it was the perfect time to check in with FMF.

Timer set, and GO!

We wouldn't be where we are without relying on Gods direction. 

His reward for my faithfulness, is us being here, in beautiful San Diego to receive our 25 year Service Award. (I've mentioned hubby enjoys my faith, but he's not on the same page as me or in the same book. My book is the Bible, and his is Hot Rods, LOL! It's just how we roll, and God is all over it!) 

It's okay, cause I keep planting seeds in him, and over the years I have seen some pretty impressive growth, which always brings us closer. 

If only we had known during those hard times what the reward would be. 

God doesn't work that way though. We are to be patient, continue to be stewards of His words, share our journey, our hopes and even our hurts will bring the rewards. Until we take that path, experience it's purpose, can we look back and see exactly what God had planned and why. 

Even as we draw near to the end of this stage, I see His hands in everything. To see the energy our daughter has to take our business to the next level, excites me in a way that I continually am praising Him for this journey.

We wouldn't be where we are without Him.

Our daughter planted those seeds 30 years ago at the age of ten. Seeing her growth through a devasting situation, I asked to be introduced to Him. Being raised Catholic during the '60s and '70s never got me this close. I will always appreciate that early learning, my wandering to other churches because it was where this journey really began. Meeting my hubby at the peak of that craziness, was His doing, and I believe He put the love in us without us knowing.

"Thank you, Jesus" come out so much. For we don't get to the Father without Him.

STOP! 

It was a bit longer than five minutes.

There is a full day of break-out sessions, some sightseeing or castle building with the "Grand's," so it's time to get the day started...


See you next week!


Friday, March 15, 2019

Five-Minute-Friday~Place


I know it's not Friday, but this is what was happening at our place yesterday...TGIF!


It's was a stinky job, and I am so thankful they could find a place in their schedule for me! 

So, without further ado...

GO!

Around here, and at our daughter's, it's all about getting ready for fair, pageants, and the convention! While at the same time, getting ready for hubby's upcoming surgery. 

The granddaughter has six baby goats and two mommas to haul in this year. They all won't fit in the rolling cage grandpa built last year, so he and the grandson are going to make up another one today.

It's always a pleasure to watch these kids, who have worked really hard with their livestock, all that is left is the waiting to see how they will place. No matter where that is, they support each other with such encouragement it grows confidence in each other. These kids are the future. What they learn now, will only help them to achieve and succeed.

Next week is our convention in San Diego. I just love this place! There is so much to enjoy from the beaches to the restaurants! One thing that we will be experiencing on this trip is receiving our 25 yr award for our business. Which places us in a distinguished group of other owners, and I am so blessed that we made it to this point. Plus the banquet dinner is on the USS Midway, what an extraordinary place for this to be held. 

In a few weeks, I'll be looking for places to park, either at the fair or the hospital parking lot. Finding places to pause, pray, reflect, regroup or refresh from what could be some chaotic times, will be essential to my mental health. 

STOP!

As always, I am linking up with FMF.

I am not in the same place as some of the other writes, but I do believe I am in the right place to learn from them.

You can click the link above if you're interested in reading other FMF prompts.

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Five-Minute-Friday~More


Sorry for being late in posting, but we were out adding more adventures to our journey this last week.

Without further ado, I'll get right to FMF's prompt word, more...

GO...

What a great time we had!

I had my laptop with me with all intentions of getting some writing done. Only I never opened it until Sunday night to get a jump on editing all the photos I had taken. 

I always end up with more than I think I have.

I used to think I wanted more. 

More money. 

More clothes.

More accessories.

More furnishing.

None of which I really needed. 

What I needed was more memories and more time to create them. 

More adventures with those who make up my world.

And most of all, I wanted to learn more about what God wants of me, and what more I can do to honor Him. 

He has always been a part of my life, even when I ignored Him, He made Himself known. He wanted more of me during a time I didn't know which way to go let alone know what he wanted. Instead of moving further away, He was moving me closer to the life He has had planned for me all along!

I believe He loves that I want and need Him more!

STOP!

*          *          *          *         *

Yesterday I had one of those God moments that we all would love to have more of. They are always there, we just need to slow down to see them.

We had to come home right after the race got over Sunday. Having already packed up before we went in, all we had to do was basically hook up the truck. Hubby had tests the next morning, bright and early.

When I went to leave, to meet up with him at the doctor's office, I sat my wallet on the hood of my car while I ran back into the house for the keys. I came out, walked around the car, and left. When I noticed I was going to be a few minutes late, I went to grab my wallet to call Hubby, and instantly my heart started to pound!!!! 

I knew exactly what I had done!!!

I said so many prayers and in so many ways all the way from Ave B and 24th to Ave D and 8th Street. Racing at 70 miles an hour at one point, oops!!! Praying,  and hoping it fell off in the driveway. Or on the side of the road. Anything but being found by someone else. I prepared myself for all the scenarios. As I prayed, I also felt Him calm me and allow me to accept the fact that this might possibly be the time I will actually lose my wallet and phone. I prayed for patience to get through this and the strength to handle all of what it would mean. Losing my wallet would have been the worse and the last thing I needed right then. 


As I approached our driveway, I saw it, in the middle of the road. Oh God, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! It thankfully landed between the double yellow lines in the busy street right in front of our driveway. Had the yard guys left they would have run over it. If anyone decided to pass a slower car, they would have run over it too. (Double yellow lines which mean do not pass, are not followed on this stretch of the road. I honk at them all the time!) 

Though the phone did fall out of my wallet, it DIDN'T break!!!! Not even a scratch!!! (I don't have a screen protector or case on my phone.) Nor did anyone run it over!!! 

It was also chiming as it was the time I usually pick up my granddaughter, LOL! 

More and more, I notice Him watching out for me, saving me from myself, LOL!

He is the LOVE of my life!

He. Is. An. Awesome. God!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Five-Minute-Friday~Search


It's Friday!

You know what that means, FMF!

GO!

How was your week?

Around here, I've been searching for anything I can find to do to keep myself busy.

We still have our last four adventures ahead of us this month, all of which require some type of preparation, along with searching for those items that we need to pack. 

Add in hubby's surgery after this, on the 1st of April, I've been searching for the answers to my many questions. I've been on a roller coaster of thoughts, on my knees praying and doing anything I can to raise myself above my fear.

I even got the closet done that was torn apart when I broke my shoulder. Hubby and the nurses just put things away. I kept having to search for things that weren't in their correct place. Now was the perfect time to tackle it again!

One thing is for sure, this surgery has me flipping the Bible pages! Searching for anything and everything with the right message that I can hold onto. Creating a favorite file to click on while he is in surgery. I need His armor!

STOP!

I know God has this, but my hubby doesn't know God like I do. We do not pray together. I'm the Lone Ranger in this duo when it comes to the praying. It's my own War Room! Maybe he will find Him along the way through this. He is closer to Him then he has been, so perhaps he's having his own search going on.

Maybe, just maybe, God is working on something within him too.

Oh, how time will tell!

Monday, February 25, 2019

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ February


For Today:  Monday,  February 25, 2019


I guess in my case, it should be called The Month of a Simple Woman!

I've grown to like using her format for my monthly update.

Outside my window
...it looks about the same! Slowly I continue to putt around, trying to get some order under control, but it will take time!

That table came out of my bedroom. It once held all my Bible study books on it. Six years ago now, but last year I had to remove it for a new bed set. Going from a queen to a king size didn't leave room for a 4' table, but my old 36" side table worked great, taking its place. Only there wasn't the room for the number of books I have. So they are now next to my reading area.

Last weekend I put the outdoor chairs around it for the guys to eat lunch. They'd been working on switching out a service bed on one of the trucks. Covered in grease and dust, it was the best place for them to eat.

I am thinking...
...we are going to need another cage for fair!

The granddaughter's goats each had 3 babies this year. All six fit in this cage the weekend before last, but they won't by fair time. Amazon to the rescue. Ordered and has already arrived. 

Once in their pens at the fair, the cages are used to transport and store the alfalfa. Saves mom and her from carrying in a slice of a bale twice each day.

I think fair is going to be fun this year. 

I am thankful...
  • ...the doctors have figured out my hubby's pain, and a plan has been scheduled.
  • ...for the times I get to spend with the grandchildren. It's just GRAND!
  • ...for the seeds that have sprouted. Not just for the ones in my starter planter but also for the ones in the hearts of those I love. A new generation is growing right before our eyes. The littles aren't so little anymore. Dreams and goals are developing.
  • ...of our recent award for Yuma's Best 2018. Our daughter has worked hard this last year, growing our business within social media. Seeing just how much our customers appreciate us is overwhelming. We appreciate them just as much and more. 
  • ...for the last twenty-five years in our business. We wouldn't be here without the love of our God, our satisfied customers, the love and support of our family, and the long hours and hard work, that brought us to here.
  • ...for the next generation who are taking our business to the next level. 

I am still reading...
It's Not Suppose to Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst.

I was surprised to read what happened in her marriage. There was a time, I thought ours was heading in the same way. 

A bad fall, saved it all! 

Not totally true. It had already been heading in that direction for a while before I fell, but it did allow for those last pieces of our puzzle to fall into place. Perfect timing! God knew. He just needed both of us to see His plan, and it worked.

As I get through the last of this study, yep, I fell behind due to distractions beyond my control, I didn't give up, I just had to adjust my study times a bit. 





I am creating...
...time for the littlest grand to be creative with the Lego's.
...time for him to experience snow for the first!

...time to put the many things I had set aside into motion.

...time isn't easy, but when it works out, the memories made during that time, make it the best time!

I am wearing...sweatpants, a tee that says "Wake up & Smell The Campfire." My Sketcher's. Oh, and a lightweight jacket. 

I am hoping...I can get everything done that needs to be done!

March is going to be a hectic month. It's the end of our Forty Adventures and at the same time, the beginning of the twenty-fifth anniversary of our dealership. It was during a convention 25 years ago that brought us here. Celebrating it will last all year, and there is a lot to do! 

In my garden...
...it's a start!

Spring cleaning will be moving outdoors!

The rock should go down sometime in March so that the planters can be put back, fill them with dirt and it will provide a place for my starters. 

The new canopy for the gazebo needs put up.

The fairy garden needs to be cleaned up as well.



In the Kitchen...
...we have subscribed to eMeals for new recipes!

No meals come pre-prepped.

Each week I pick and plan my meals, send the ingredients to the grocery store, they shop for them, and I pick them up without getting out of the car or having to step foot into the store. Spouts even deliver which is the best part. It's only a matter of time before other stores join in.

It's a step closer toward the Jetson's era! (laughing)

One of my favorite things...
...is capturing these guys playing around in my yard.

I didn't capture as many photos of them last year. It's been nice to be able to get out and get some again. I love to make notecards with them for the grandkids, family, and friends.

 A favorite quote...
    Psalm 59:9-10 New International Version (NIV)
You are my strength, I watch for you;
you, God, are my fortress,
my God on whom I can rely.
Our best friends lost their 16-year-old daughter back in 2003. She collected frogs because God was a big part of her life. Every now and then she pops up in memories, especially when I see this quote.

I am so scared about the upcoming surgery my hubby has to have. I will be fully relying on God to get him through this! Anytime you have to work around the spinal cord, things can happen. God will make sure all will be well.

If you would like to write your own Daybook, or weekbook, or monthbook, the guidelines are here
Thank you to Peggy for hostessing The Simple Woman's Daybook each month.


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