Two Days and Family

So for Sunday and Monday, here’s the scoop, just in case someone actually cares about meditation. I know some of you do. I’m not all alone here. So I’ll post in the thought that, if not only now, in the future, someone will need to know some benefits that daily meditation can bring.

And for those of you wh0 are reading this currently, thank you, and I hope you are gaining something from these posts.

So without further ado…

  1. Great sleep
  2. Boost endorphins
  3. Improve memory
  4. Mind-body connection
  5. Tolerance
  6. Consideration
  7. Be one with the universe
  8. Discovery life purpose

And that’s it for today, folks.

____

On another note, my family and I went on a photo shoot for Hallie’s senior casuals and some family shots about a week ago. The one I posted is my fave of the three of us, though there are about 500 to choose from. That’s me on the right, Mama on the left, and Hallie in the middle. These are the greatest loves of my life. And they are so beautiful inside and out. Thank God for these girls!!!! Just wanted to show you what family you are a part of.  😀  Welcome to my silly little family.

Love you, guys! Have a lovely evening.

xoxo

Thank you, Jesus

My second thank you letter in my 365 Thank You Letters project.

_____

My dear, sweet, loving Jesus,

jesus

How very special you are to me! I can never thank you enough for always being close by, guiding me, along with our Father’s help. Thank y’all for the employment of God’s many angels, for all our many blessings and most of all, for saving me from my sins so that I can be with you and my family in heaven one day, hopefully far, far from now. No offense. I surely will be so very happy to see you again. I just want to be around on the earth for a while so I can spend more time with my two favorite girls, witness my daughter graduate high school, then college, then her marrying the right guy, my playing ‘Nonnie’ (otherwise known as grandma) to my grandbabe(s), witness my mom turning a happy and healthy 110+, and witness so many more blessings.

Thank you for showing up at all the right times when I needed you most. I know that was you. I felt you sit on the edge of my bed and soothe the pain in my soul. You lulled me to sleep that night. Thank you for getting me out of all those bad decisions and almost bad decisions, for loving me in spite of my many weaknesses and stupidity and anger and meanness. Thank you for your forgiveness and for going to our Father on my behalf.

jesus2

When I think of what all you went through for me (for all of us), I can’t help but cry, sweet Jesus. To go through so much torture, cruelty and torment, it physically hurts my heart and body. I wish it could have gone a different way. I wish you could have saved us from our sins without going through such pain and suffering. But you did do it. And you did it for us. Because you love us. Because you’re strong and brave and your love has more courage, strength and power than any physical abuse you could have ever experienced. I know you are healed and feel no physical pain now, but my heart still aches when I think of those six hours you spent on the cross and the torture leading up to that.

Please forgive me for my sins. Please wash me as white as snow. Wash those sins away and renew me in you, sweet Brother. I belong to you and to our Father and I always will. Please help me to be more like you, fill me with your love and compassion and friendship and kindness so that I, too, can spread that love and goodness like you did and still do. Help me to be courageous and strong in spirit. Help me to have confidence so that I can do whatever it is you and our Father wish for me to do. And fill me with your strongest faith, Jesus. You are my truest hero and I will never love anyone as much as I so deeply and truly love you!!! Thank God and YOU for your beautiful soul!!

Love forever and ever till the end of time (if there is such a thing),

Carol

 

Images courtesy of http://www.akiane.com/ and photobucket.com

365 Thank You Letters – Day One

cra

(WARNING:  A couple of expletives are in this post, so beware… – I’m just bein’ real, people)

Call me crazy. I had an idea last night and thought oh, what a lovely idea to thank different people throughout my life who have helped me in some way (whether directly or indirectly), and post a thank you on my blog, so maybe they’ll see it, maybe they won’t, but I’m putting the energy and positive vibes out there so the thank you is out in the universe. And, if nothing else, it might help you to accept some things that are seemingly negative that have transpired in your life and maybe this will help you see it in a different light, because I believe everything does happen for a reason. I mean, of course, I cannot make sense out of a lot of things, which I won’t even bring up, because I don’t want to get depressed, nor get you down, so…

On with it.  Day One of my 365 Thank You Letters (via blog).

By the way, this is in no certain order of importance. One person is not more important than another, except everyone knows Mama and Hallie are my number 2 people in life.

_____

Dear Sweet Beloved Heavenly Father (some of you may know him as God),

Hi. It’s me again. I’m sure you know me well from the many times per day I chat it up with you. I can imagine your eyes rolling from the many times I bug you about some of the stupidest, unimportant things I talk about. Or maybe you gently smile, just being happy to hear from me. I’m sure you’re not always happy, because you know this girl can go off and I always seem to direct my anger at you. Sorry about that. Again. Really, really sorry. You know I have anger issues. I’m trying to work on it. But it doesn’t take much sometimes to set me off. You don’t deserve the stuff I say. Again, sorry. Please forgive me. I’ll try to improve.

sadpup

I also want to thank you again. For everything. Yes, even the bad stuff. Maybe it seems like bad stuff at the time but sometimes, even years later, it turns out to be a good thing. Like the break up with him, and him, and him, and all those hims. Thank. You. God!!  I am sooooo blessed not to be with those guys anymore. Thank you for the friends I no longer have, too, because I realized what crappy friends they were. Self-serving, never encouraging, never supportive – just neglectful, selfish, angrier people than me. And that’s saying something. So thank you for even the bad stuff.

It seems when something negative is going on, my mind plays tricks on me and for some reason, I think everything is shit in my life, like all I have is bad, bad, bad, and I can’t focus on anything good. I’m really sorry about that. It’s only when I’m angry or depressed but I know my mind is being tricked, because it’s simply untrue. I have more good in my life than bad. I can’t say it’s always been that way (my life was pretty crappy before Hallie was born), but I certainly feel my life is better now than it ever was before. I have so many blessings, I cannot even count them all. No, we don’t have a ton of money and can’t afford to buy a newer car, but I can afford to put food on the table, clothes on our backs and our cars are running.That’s what’s important. And more importantly, we have each other. My girls and I are close, best friends, hang out often with each other and laugh and dance and sing and have such a great time together, we have homes, we have land, we have furbabies, we are healthy, have jobs and a good school, Hallie has a couple of sweet, good quality friends who care about her, and it doesn’t have to get better than that.

joy

I won’t take up much of your time. I know there are peeps out there who need you more than I do right now. And I know you can do everything and be everywhere at once, but honestly, I’ll cut you a break and let you tend to more important events that need your strong attention. And with that, I’d like to pray for all those lost souls who desperately need you. They are full of hate, anger, piss and venom and there’s probably nothing anyone can say to give them peace. You know they struggle. You know the reasons. I know you love them. Be there for them, Father. Help them. Ease their pain and suffering. Give them comfort. Help their hearts feel love and joy and to know laughter and happiness. And hope and faith. Let them know there is hope. Let your angels whisper in their ears like they do in mine. I used to be that lost soul, Father, as you well remember. I know we are all weak. We all fall. And I pray we all come back to you before all our hope is lost.

praying

Thank you for listening to me ramblin’ and for loving us and taking such good care of us and for your forgiveness, for the good stuff, the bad and the ugly, because it all helps build our character. I mean, I’m still here, even after I didn’t want to be here anymore. I am. And again, I ask you to use me as you have before. Use me however you wish. I belong to you forever. Even when sometimes I may not act like it, because I get pissed off for 20 minutes or an hour. I always come back, stumbling over my stupidity, but I come back. Thank you for having me, for never turning your back, even though sometimes I accused you of doing just that. I realize, at times, you have to feel a million miles away. I do know you have good reasons. I’m sure part of it is to test my faith. Wow, you’re really good at that. Seems I’m tested daily. Well, some weeks are better than others. Thank you for the good weeks. And I guess thanks for the bad ones, too, because they make me grow in different ways, building strength. I’m still here, so maybe I’m doing something right.

Anywho, I’ll close for now. You go help those peeps who need your shoulder, your ear, your gentle but firm hand. And most of all, your love.

kisses

I love you, Daddy. Thank you for always being the true Daddy I needed.

Love always and forever,

Carol

Jumping With Joy

girl-jumping-in-the-air

Sorry, I believe I missed last week, but today is Thankful Thursday for this week, so without further ado…

I am soooo stinkin’ thankful!  Thankful for everything!  For my family.  My wonderful daughter on this #NationalDaughtersDay and every day.  My beautiful mother.  Friends that I love and love me back.  Sweet true friends that my daughter has that believe in her and lift her up.  For my generous, loving Jesus.  For my forgiving, faithful God.  For working from home with work and clients I adore.  For this new adventure I’m starting.  For words.  For film.  For good health.  For laughter.  For music.  Cooler weather.  Changing seasons and the color of leaves in the Fall.  For our home and land.  Our furballs that make life fun and funny.  Wonderful food.  Coffee.  Lots and lots of coffee.  Wine and cheese.  Chocolate.  Lots and lots of chocolate.  Road trips to our favorite places and adventures to new ones.  Mountains.  Hiking.  Baking.  Cooking.  Photography.  Writing.  The sunrise.  Sunsets.  Babies.

Ah, life is sooo good!

I’m not jumping for joy, as if joy is something I can grab out of the air, somehow out of reach, up there above me.  I’m jumping with joy.  I’m filled with joy, with happiness.  I’m so filled with joy, I can’t help but jump with gladness.

I know there’s so many more blessings I can count but I’m livin’ by a schedule – ain’t got all day!  😉

Y’all have a beautiful, wonderful, amazing, prosperous, fun, humorous, thankful and fabulous Friday Eve!  May God bless you and your families!

Love ya!  *smooch*  xoxo

What are you thankful for on this Thankful Thursday?

 

 

(Photo courtesy of gracecomesbyhearing.BlogSpot.com)

Blessed, Even Though I Roll My Eyes

eye roll

Hmmm…  Another Thankful Thursday.  What should I be thankful for today?  This morning, my teenager was acting like a… well, a teenager.  I don’t wake up grumpy.  I let her sleep in.  But only on the weekends when we don’t have to be somewhere.  Most of the time, we have to be somewhere.  She has good mornings.  She has bad mornings.  I guess it’s that way for everyone.  I’m not a morning person myself.  It was nice dropping her at school and saying goodbye to her for the entire day, though.  I needed a break from her.  She’s a rude dude with a bad attitude.  I roll my eyes (where she can’t see) A LOT!  I know I’m not fun all the time either.

So, back to my question.  What am I thankful for today?  Well, everything really.  I don’t like her attitude sometimes but I do love her, and like her the majority of the time.   Thankful for working from home.  Thankful for jobs I absolutely love with clients I adore and respect.  Thankful for my mom who lives next door.  Thankful to have Hallie’s backup vehicle since mine is sick right now.  Thankful for our home.  Thankful to have land to run on with the dogs and plant gardens, even though I haven’t had time for that this year.  Thankful for our good health.  Her good school.  Being single/divorced.  It’s a great thing!!!  For family.  For friends.  For upcoming exciting projects.  For writing.  Even for stepping outside my comfort zone, which scares me to death but it’s good for me and good for my growth.  Thankful for courage and for faith.  And though I may get irritated with God from time to time, I’m thankful for him and Jesus and all they have blessed our lives with.

So I’m thankful for a lot!

What are you thankful for?

Fighting to find Thankfulness

thanks1

Okay, so here we go with Thankful Thursday again.  I actually found a lot this morning to be thankful for.  Then, I took my car to the shop since it’s been parked for about 2 months, because of a scratching sound, to find out I need a new drive shaft or something dealing with the back end of my car – I can’t repeat all the lingo.  $1100 to $1200.  I don’t have that money laying around.  I mean, honestly, I’m a divorced/single mom of a busy teen, paying for half of academy tuition (thank you, ex-hub), paying all the bills, etc. and now I have to come up with that.

Well, all the ex-friends of the family thing and all of that issue finally simmered down and is chill now.  Thank you, God.  Yes, I’m angry with You, but I’m still thanking You, because that was a rough situation for the fam.  Well, one family member in particular but when you mess with one, you mess with us all.

Now this.  So I brought the car back home.  Thank God that Hallie has a little 2-person truck we can use till I can save up enough to fix it.  It’s just one thing after the other.  So now I just want to cry.  I’m tired and I’m stressing and depressing and angry and sad.  Tears might make me feel better.  I’m out of wine.  *sniff*

Still, this is about being thankful.  So, even though I’m a bit irritated with God, I will exercise my thankfulness, because as we all know, it can be heaps worse, and if we look for the good in the situations, we can most assuredly find some positives.

I’m thankful we can use Hallie’s truck to get her to school and home and youth group and everywhere else I need to get her off to.  I’m thankful we can use Mama’s car to go get groceries (she’s right next door).  I’m thankful we have a home and land and good school for Hallie to go to.  I’m thankful for our good health.  For people who are actually our friends and love us and defend us and the truth.  For Jesus.  For Hallie.  For Mama.  Friends.  Writing.  Working from home.  For living my dream (or part of my dream).  For all my dreams to be answered but one, which is a ton!  For having amazing, awesome clients, who I love and adore and I love the work I do, which doesn’t even feel like work.  I know I’m blessed.

So now I realize how much I have instead of how much I don’t.  I need to focus on all the good.  Being ever mindful.  I lost it for a moment.  I forgot myself.  Forgot my tons of blessings God has showered us with.  So I’m good now.  I suppose next time when I feel the need to vent, I’ll write down every good thing I can find about my life, ’cause then maybe I won’t feel like venting.  I’ll be filled up with goodness and thankfulness and appreciation and love and adoration for all He has overflowed my cup with.

Thank You, Father!  You are the biggest blessing of all.  Your love for me – for us.  I know you love us.  I feel it in my soul.  Thank you for all these reminders and more.  Oh, and sorry for stressing and depressing.  I still might cry just to get this tension out of my muscles if you don’t mind but I’m better now.  Never stop your whispers.  Sorry for being angry with you.  I know you give me more good than bad.  Thanks for all of it.  The good and the bad.  You use it all.  I love you, too.

Okay, so what are you thankful for today?  Or for this past week, so far?

 

(Photo courtesy of prima.typepad.com)

Counting Blessings – I Triple Dog Dare You!

count

Okay, instead of having a pity party on all that I don’t have or don’t have time for, I will instead count my blessings and be glad in each one every single day:

1.  Jesus loves me.  This I know.  For the Bible tells me so.

2.  God loves me.  Because He gave me Jesus.  Because He gave me Hallie.  Because He gave me Mama.  And soooo  much more!

3.  I have the world’s best, most loving, most compassionate, hilarious, intelligent, beautiful daughter, who’s my best friend.

4.  I have the world’s best, most loving, most kind, understanding, silly, fun, gorgeous mother, who’s my best friend.

5.  Thankful for my closest friends that I’d be lost without.

6.  Thankful for the friends I’ve made through the blogosphere.  I’m better for knowing you.

you

7.  Thankful for humor, for without it, I would have already lost my mind.

8.  Thankful for time to write when I actually have time to write.  I know I’ll receive some free time soon.  Hopefully soon.  I love to write!

9.  Thankful for work, for without it, I’d be po.  Well, I guess I am sort of poor but I can afford to send Hallie to a good school (with help from her dad) and I can pay our bills and we can eat and buy a gift or two at Christmas, so I guess we’re not too po.

10.  Thankful for being able to work from home so I can spend much more quality time with my babe and be there for Mama when she needs me to help her with something (most of the time).

11.  Thankful we are healthy.

12.  We have a home that’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer and we can enjoy life chatting and sitting in our front porch swing.

13.  We have a little land so we can run and frolic with the dogs and/or walk down to the pond to meditate/contemplate.

14.  We can always find something to laugh about.

15.  I have a car that runs and gets us where we need to go even though the air doesn’t work.  At least the heat and defrost does!

16.  I have an ex-husband that makes time for Hallie and wants to spend time with her.  Her dad loves her.

17.  No matter how I may mess up in my life from time to time, I know my Father will never leave nor forsake me.

18.  I’m saved!  Thank You, Jesus.  Thank You, God.

And so many more blessings to be thankful for – too many to count.

 

Do you have more positives than negatives?  I know I do!  I triple dog dare you to come up with at least 10 positive things about your life or good things/people/places that are in your life.  What are you thankful for today?

Love you!!!  *big squishy hug*

-Carol

 

54-66 of the 5,000 Question Survey

Day 5 of 365 days of the 5,000 Question Survey – the next 13 questions (if you’d like to join, please see the link in my post from Sept 18th or just the link:

54.  How many TV’s are in your house?  We have two tvs.  There’s one in the livingroom and one in my bedroom.  We mostly watch the one in the livingroom.  The one in my bedroom only comes on if one of us is sick and in my bed.  It was on a lot after Hallie’s knee surgery and she had to keep it propped up constantly and get pain meds every 2 hours around the clock.

55.  What is your favorite thing to do outside?  That’s a hard one.  I love to walk/run with the dogs as well as with my daughter.  I love to roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire pit when it’s chilly out.  I love to mow.  I love to work in the yard when it’s not stifling.  I love to play frisbee and badmitton and other games with my kiddo and her friends and have picnics when it’s not too hot out.  I love to take my laptop and sit in the porch swing to work or write or just sit and sip on coffee or hot tea. All of those are my favorites.  I guess I’d pick the ones where I’m spending time with my family as they are my favorite people in the world.

56.  How do you feel when you see a rainbow?  Loved and forgiven and remembered.  God doesn’t forget his promises.  Even when sometimes I doubt him or shout at him, he has not forgotten.

57.  Have you ever dreamt a dream that came true?  Dreaming while asleep, I don’t believe so.  I’ve had many dreams and visions while awake that have come true.

58.  Have you ever been to a psychic/tarot reader?  No but I think it would be entertaining.  I believe some psychics have the true talent/gift but others are fakes.  I did go with a friend to a tea leaf reading once and it was quite hilarious.  She was a flake.  I also went to a group psychic thingy and that was filled with a bunch of nut jobs.  Like I said, I believe some of them are real but I’d say most are out of their minds crazy and some of the peeps that go to those things are insane as well.

59.  What is your idea of paradise?  Ultimately?  Being back at Home in heaven with God and Jesus and everyone that I’ve ever truly loved and continue to love.  This includes all the furbabes I’ve loved.  I believe there will be lush trees and soft green grass and beautiful rolling hills filled with lavender and beauty everywhere you look.  It will envelope you.  On Earth, paradise for me is being with my daughter and mother, especially on a road trip traveling around the U.S., although I’d like to see other countries (besides Mexico as I’ve been twice).  For living, I’d like to be closer to the mountains, less humidity, in an old 2 story house with a porch swing (I do love my old houses and porch swings), and a wrap around porch filled with hanging plants, rocking chairs, small tables to sit our cups of tea or cherry limeade or what have you, a nice spacious yard with lots of privacy and flowers and trees and just space to walk and breathe.  Oh, and central air and heat, more than 1 full bath and at least 2 nice size closets that we can fully access (I live in a house built in 1939.  When they built some of these houses, people only wore a couple of outfits and didn’t need the full closet so part of mine is most difficult to access).

60.  Do you believe in god and if so what is he/she/it like?  I most definitely do.  Too many miracles have happened in my life to not believe in God.  He is my Father.  He is loving, is jealous for my love and devotion, is forgiving, can get angry, can be disappointed like any father, but always believes in giving endless chances.  He believes in me and has faith in me.

61.  Do you believe in Hell?  I most certainly do.  I believe I’ve walked through some of it here on Earth.  But the real deal is far worse than anything I can imagine.  I do not fear it, because I know I won’t be going there.  I follow Jesus.  I’m not perfect or even good.  I love Jesus and follow him and this is why I’m going to heaven.

62.  What one thing have you done that most people haven’t?  I don’t know that I’ve done anything that most people haven’t.  Some people find it unusual that I was in the Air Force and that I used to climb mountains and rock (without cables and ropes).  I’ve earned medals in martial arts tournaments.  I had my daughter through natural childbirth without drugs (she was 9 lbs 13.5 oz).  But honestly, I don’t find any of that to be particularly different or special or doing things that most people haven’t.  Many people have done those things.

63.  What is the kindest thing you have ever done?  I don’t know that I should say as I feel it would sound like bragging.  I believe the nicest things you could ever do for others should be a secret between you and God.   I do nice things for others not to hear, “Oh, you’re so nice or giving or generous or whatever…”  I do those things because they are the right things to do and because I feel God calls me to do those things.  I do not need recognition.  I only need my Father to smile at me from time to time.

64.  Are you a patient person?  Om, no.  I would say I’m probably one of the least patient people on the planet.  I’m less patient with myself than I am others.  But I’m not very patient with others either.  I’ve become more patient after having a child but I could still use a ton more patience.

65.  What holiday should exist but doesn’t?  I don’t know that we need any more holidays.  I think we probably have enough.

66.  What holiday shouldn’t exist but does?  Oh, I’m sure several exist that we do not need but it’s not for me to say.

14-26 of the 5,000 Question Survey

Day 2 (a day late) of 365 days of the 5,000 Question Survey – the next 13 questions (if you’d like to join, please see the link in my post from Sept 18th or just the link:

14.  How do you handle a rainy day?

With an umbrella.  Duhr.  🙂  I love rain.  I love to crack the windows just so I can hear the drizzle or storm better.  It gives me a clean soulful feeling as if God is wrapping me up in his love and presence.  That’s the only way I can describe the feeling.  Rain and storms and the oncoming of the storm clouds make me feel closer to God somehow.  I love how the dark stormy blue backdrops the vibrancy of the trees and grass in the foreground.  It’s so brilliant how the angry sky lights up all that green!  I just prefer to not drive in the rain when it’s dark.

15.  Which is worse…losing your luggage or having to sort out tangled holiday lights?

For sure losing my luggage!  I’ve never lost my luggage but I would imagine that would be 100 times worse than sorting out tangled holiday lights.  I mean, seriously?

16.  How is your relationship with your parents?

With my bio-father, I don’t know that I’d consider him a parent.  I mean, it takes a certain skill set to be a parent, don’t you think?  And he has none.  Haven’t seen him since ’92 and I’m thankful for it.  My step-dad was my dad and he was a joy!  What a loving man he was!  He respected my mother and loved her with everything he had. He treated me like his flesh and blood and we miss him every day.  He journeyed to heaven Valentine’s Day 2002.  I’m thankful my daughter was able to know him for her first 2 years.  She still remembers him (thank You, God) and I know he watches over us and pays us visits.  My mom lives just next door and she is one of my very best friends.  I’d be lost without her.  She’s my rock.  She keeps me grounded.

Will you miss them when they are gone?

Indeed, I miss my dad every day.  I do not want to ever imagine my mom not here.  When she goes, much of me will go with her.  I love my leeetle cutie patootie.

17.  Do you tend to be aware of what is going on around you?

At times, yes.  I try very hard to live in the moment, be present and mindful each minute.  Other times, I believe myself to be oblivious.  I’m working on this.

18.  What is the truest thing that you know?

That God and Jesus love us with an unending and unlimited  and unfailing love and they want us to follow them so we can, one day, all be together at Home again.

19.  What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a wee one, I remember wanting to be a super hero, a hairdresser and an actress.  When I was about 6 or 7, I wanted to be a writer/book author and a secretary and I was already a storyteller.  I would sing and tell stories that I made up to my dolls and stuffed animals.  Now that I’m grown, my daughter has called me her hero a few times, so I guess I can claim that.  I’ve cut her hair and mine, so I guess I can claim that.  I got over the actress thing real quick.  I am still a writer and forever will be. And I was a secretary for many years.

20.  Have you ever been given a second chance?

Yes, and a third and a fourth and…and…and…

21.  Are you more of a giver or a taker?

Not sure about this one.  Maybe equally a giver and taker?

22.  Do you make your decisions with an open heart/mind?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no.  I’m protective of myself and my family and I’m pretty guarded, so sometimes I make decisions out of fear, which I know is not the best way to make decisions.  At times, I can be open.  Maybe not as often as I could/should be.

23.  What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you?

Physically?  When my daughter or mother has been hurt or are hurting, it hurts me physically.  I suppose the most painful thing I can recall (much of my childhood has been blocked from my mind) is when I had mononucleosis.  I was in the hospital and couldn’t eat or drink.  It felt like someone was constantly stabbing me in the throat with blunt knives.  I remember crying and begging my mother to kill me, to please smother me with my pillow.  I just didn’t want to take that pain anymore.  Compared to natural childbirth, labor and delivery is a breeze.  And yes, I had Hallie naturally and wouldn’t change a thing.

24.  What is the most emotionally painful thing that has ever happened to you?

Losing my daddy.

25.  Who have you hugged today?

My mother (she paid me a visit this morning) and my daughter.  Oh, and my dogs.  One of our dogs hugs back.  He is the sweeeeeetest thing!!!!

26.  Who has done something today to show they care about you?

My mom, daughter and dogs.  My mom and daughter hug me, kiss me and tell me they love me.  They smile at me.  They wave at me, even if we are just crossing the yard. My dogs kiss me and one of them hugs me.  The dogs also lay there watching me.  They always have love in their eyes (Mama, Hallie and our dogs).

Where Does Your Heart Reside?

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

– Matthew 6:21

__________

Where is your treasure?  What is your treasure?  I have many, many treasures.  The first that come to mind are the most loved people in my life; those that make life worth living, worth waking up in the morning, worth smiling, worth struggling — those are the ones that I love more than the air that I breathe.  Hallie and Mama.  My two best friends in the world.  I can go anywhere in the world and I’m home as long as they are both with me.  They make me want to be a better person.  And they make me feel loved every day of my life.

And then, there’s Jennefer, another best friend.  It’s so nice to have a friend that knows me and likes me anyway.  We understand each other because we have many of the same things and life experiences in common.  We are both Christians and believe in strong family morals.  There’s nothing I can’t tell her.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a friend quite like her.  She’s the kind that hears you, gets you and doesn’t judge you on what you say.  And we are uplifting and encouraging and supportive with everything that the other does.

More treasures would be our furbabies!  Life is not complete without furballs around us!  We love our Buddy, Lilly and Tiger!

And tea!  Oh my goodness, I love me some hot tea and honey.  Right now, my favorite is this mixture I found at Teavana when we were (I think it was going through Knoxville, TN) on vacation.  It’s a mixture of Pineapple Kona Pop and Blueberry Bliss.  I call it Blueberry Pineapple Pop.  It’s heaven in a cup!  The fragrance alone is worth spending 5 minutes breathing in its deliciousness.  If you love tea, I highly recommend.

And creative writing!  That is something I pray I can live off of one day and that alone.  Right now, I have writing contracts but it isn’t the kind of writing assignments I dream of.  Plus, I have other contracts which I truly enjoy and my clients are awesome and amazing people.  However, writing books is where my heart lives.

Oh, and reading.  I love to read.  Especially J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, H. G. Wells, J. K. Rowling as well as many others, but I do love fantasy/sci-fi/adventure the most and that’s also what I love to write.

I have so many treasures in my life.  These are just a few that are at the peak of my huge mountain of blessings, treasures and loves.

What are some of your best treasures?  Where does your heart reside?