A Sense of Accomplishment!

Often times there are many things on my to do list and many times things do not get done!  This summer I had 2 projects that I really wanted to complete.  I wanted to paint the master bedroom and make it feel more like a retreat for Jim and me.  The other thing I wanted to do was to get the store-room straighten and organized so that maybe this fall I could work on crafts and/or scrapbooking.  The space is shared between the two things.  I am so happy that I was able to get both things done…Jim helped with the painting.  Thank goodness, we are realizing it was much easier to do in our “younger” days.

The wall behind the bed is a dark green accent color which is also on the above the shelf on the wall opposite of the window.  The other walls are a lighter khaki color.  I hung a curtain in the window seat area to dress it up, but to also add some privacy when I have the shade up which is most of the time because I love the light coming through the window.

Everything is now in a tote and has its own place.  I am most excited about the fact that I can walk into the store-room without having to step over things.  My goal is to keep it this way even if I am busy scrapbooking and/or crafting.

Tips for an Exceptional, Superb & Powerful Life!

I was decluttering things while unpacking at work last week  and came across this list of things.  I thought it was worth posting since I am feeling not quite myself…maybe if I put some of these into practice my attitude and out look on life  will get better:)

1.)  Take a 10-30 minute walk every day.  And while you walk, smile.  It is the ultimate antidepressant.

2.)  Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.  Buy a lock if you have to.

3.)  Buy a  Tivo(DVR), tape your late night shows and get more sleep.

4.)  When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, “My purpose is to_______today.”

5.)  Live with the 3 E’s–Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

6.)  Watch more movies, play more games, and read more books than you did last year.

7.)  Always pray and make time to exercise.

8.)  Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

9,)  Dream more while you are awake.

10.)  Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods that are manufactured in plants.

11.)  Drink green tea and plenty of water.  Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds and walnuts.

12.)  Try to make at least 3 people smile each day.

13.)  Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.

14.)  Dont’ waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you can not control.  Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15.)  Realize that life is a school and your are here to learn.  Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class…but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16.)  Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17.)  Smile and laugh more.  It will keep the energy vampires away.

18.)  Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

19.)  Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

20.)  Don’t take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.

21.)  You don’t have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree.

22.)  Make pease with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

23.)  Don’t compare your life to others’.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.

24.)  Ladies–Go on and burn those “special” scented candles, use the 600 thread count sheets, the good china and wear out fancy lingerie now.  Stop waiting for a special occasion.  Everyday is special.

25.)  No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26.)  Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27.) Forgive everyone for everything.

28.)  What other people think of you is none of your business.

29.)  Time heals almost everything.  Give time, time!

30.)  However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31.)  Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends will.  Stay in touch with them.

32.)  Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.

33.)  Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.  God provides remember?!

34.)  The best is yet to come. (in Heaven.)

35.)  No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

36.)  Do the right thing!

37.)  Call your family often.

38.)  Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:  “I am thankful for______.” and  “Today I accomplished_______.”

39.)  Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

40.)  Enjoy the ride.  Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass.  You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride then make sure you are on your way to Heaven and will receive a new body in Christ Jesus!

First Day of School

Today was the first day of school and I realized how fast they are growing up while reflecting on other first days of school.  It almost becomes overwhelming and if I think about it too long, I might start to cry!

Erik headed off to 5th grade.  I remember taking him into his kindergarten classroom in Emporia and the last 4 years he has headed off on his first day with his dad.  They have been at the same school since we have lived in Newton.  This morning I dropped him off at the door way by the gym where he waits for school to start.  It was a strange feeling to see my little guy walking in all by himself.  I know he will have a great year because several of his soccer buddies are in his class and he really enjoys school.

Elizabeth walked in the doors at Newton High School this morning as a freshman.  I also remember taking you to school on all of your first days at Logan Avenue in Emporia.  You also went with your dad after we moved to Newton, I don’t even think I checked in on your days of walking across the parking lot to Chisholm Middle School.  The principal reminded us the other night at the parent meeting that in 3 years 9 months we will have a student ready for graduation.  I hope to savor every moment because you are growing up and doing it with grace.

A birthday rocket

Erik got a rocket that needed to be assembled before it could be shot off for his birthday.  Jim and him worked on it for several weeks prior to its launch.  One afternoon, when the wind wasn’t blowing too hard we ventured to an empty lot near our house and he launched it.  Erik was able to find the rocket after the launch so there will be at least one more opportunity to shoot it off.

The recovered rocket!

God is Good!!!

This is how the rain was celebrated at our house.  Erik wanted to know if he could go out and play in it.  The mom in me said “sure”, but when it starts lightening you must come in.  They had a grand time for about 5 minutes.  It was a short lived rain, but a drink for the parched plants and a welcome drop in temperature for the rest of us.

Maisy watching from the front door--she doesn't like to get wet.

A Look Back

In June, it was cool and rainy on the first 4 days/nights Erik was scheduled to have Baseball.  If only we could have some of that weather now.  It has been well over 100 degrees for the past two weeks here.  They are saying it is the 5th hottest summer on record!  We have been spending time indoors to beat the heat, but here are some pictures of those cooler days we long for again.

Erik played machine pitch this summer and took turns with his team playing at various posititons during the game.  His favorite position is second base.

Happy Anniversary

Wow…It is hard to believe that we have been married 18 years today!  This picture was taken the last day of our trip with the NCCC in Branson.  This year we chose to spend time at home while Elizabeth and Erik are spending time with grandma.

We have had many good times and some challenging times, but together we have made it through.  This verse was in church a couple of weeks ago and I thought of us….we have tried to make God the center of our marriage and raising our children and because of that I believe we have gotten through those tough times and the positive things have outweighed the negative ones.

“We shall steer safely through every storm so long as our heart is right.  Our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God.”

I am hoping for many more…. I love you!