Monday, September 19, 2016

goals & dreams

"For this is the will of God....
you sanctification."
I Thessalonians 4:3a

From yesterday's sermon.
Sanctification = Holiness.
Becoming like Jesus.
Life long process.
Hard work.
All that really matters.
Best Goal ever!!!

Until later,

ps....I will always be a dreamer.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

an afternoon at the beach

Hunting for treasures...
I wanted to bring this beautiful piece of driftwood home,
but it wouldn't fit in the car.
It was bleached gray.
I know I could have found a spot for it.
If Erika had been with me,
we would have found a way.

I promised Harry that we would go hunting for
shark teeth today.
We didn't find any of those,
but he did come home with 3 little hermit crabs
in a Chick-Fil- A cup
filled with sand and salt water.

Harry found so many oyster shells that he
named it Oyster Beach.

Love these last few days of summer.
I am always so sad to see them go.
Thankful tonight 
that we live by the ocean.
Thankful for the children too.
Seeing it through their eyes makes it magic!

Here comes a big ship rounding the corner.
making its way into the
Savannah River.
Our condo has the best view on Tybee.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Happy Birthday Harry Potter....

oops, I mean Harry Cleland.
You are
September 15, 2016,
we celebrated Harry's life with
and fun!

I love this dreamy-eyed little boy!
He is in Third grade.
He is almost finished with the first Harry Potter book,
He is a sweet, all boy, charmer.

He requested broccoli cheese casserole with
granddaddy's famous rice.
For dessert....
Grammy's chocolate surprise.
He got a big piece.

I managed to find a Harry Potter scene to go on top....
huge hit!!!!
The white candle was on his first birthday cake.

Each child got a Harry Potter wand....
they had to keep the white balloons in the air.
Once it touched the ground....
Your'e out!

The other game....
place the glasses on Harry Potter.

The results....
Lucy won.
she won the balloon in the air game as well.
but, because it was Harry's Birthday,
all got the same amount of prize money.

Harry had a lot of gifts to open.
New clothes, shoes, Legos, books,
a Harry Potter costume and HP glasses.
It was an amazing birthday.

Always...the big blow.
Nine requires a lot of forced air.
He managed well.

You are a gift from God, Harry
We Love you!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

lizard stress disorder

It was a day like any other day
except for the storm.
Something tropical formed outside last night
while we we sleeping
and dumped a good bit of rain
in a short amount of time.
Now she is gone.
Julia was her name.

I stayed home,
I cleaned,
I finished my book while I ate lunch,
 I ordered some garlic on line,
I took care of business
on E-bay.
I had a late afternoon appointment.

When it came time to get ready to go,
I was stopped dead in my tracks by a lizard
at the foot of the stairs.
He was just moseying by...
so completely happy to be inside out of the rain.

Stone cold fear set in immediately.
body temp rises,
inability to move,
unable to think straight.

Thankfully Bubba was home.
He was up in his room with the door closed
taking an afternoon nap.

What if he doesn't hear me?
What if the lizard disappears and we can't find him?
Worse case scenario thoughts began to form quickly.
I will have to move out until he is located.

I called, 
He answered groggily.
I asked him to come quickly
He did.

"Cathy....You need to go away right now."
I think he was expecting a complete meltdown.
I went into my room and closed the door.

Next thing I know,
there is a huge amount of commotion outside the shut door.
It opens.
The lizard has turned around and come into my room
under the shut door.
Bubba is not far behind.
He is wearing white socks and blue plastic gloves.
I thought he had come to do surgery!
The lizard has escaped and is heading straight for me.
Just in the nick of time,
Bubba puts his socked foot over the lizard.
I run into the bathroom and shut the door.

Finally the lizard is captured by a man with a blue-gloved hand and set free.

The big question is....
How did he get in and how many more of them have gained entry?

This fear of lizards is hard to bear.

Monday, September 12, 2016

for the love of reading....

I can always tell when the kids have been around.
I find books,
usually stacks of them,
in the bathrooms.

It's funny....
this one was left in position
to be picked back up on the next trip.

Reading is one of my favorite things.
I am so glad my grandchildren
cherish books as well.

Especially proud of Harry.
He is almost done with
Book # 1 of Harry Potter.
It has taken him a while,
but he knows all of the details.

When I finish a book,
if it is a good one,
I anticipate sadness as the end approaches.
All of the characters become very important to me
and I want the story to go on and on.
It takes me a few days
to let them go.

I love to read books.
I read when I'm....
going to sleep,
on a road trip,
at the beach reclining in the sun,
during commercials while watching HGTV.
I read to the kids,
Gus still loves it!

Pretty much sums it up!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

this & that

That's me up there.....
directing a children's game.
Once a teacher of children, always a teacher of children!

Thanks, all of you, for checking in occassionally!
In reality,
this blog is my personal journal.
I am honored that you stop by every now and then
to take a peek at my life.
I am thrilled when I hear you are blessed by it.
It is where I put my pictures....
It's where I write what's in my heart.
When I don't write for a long while,
I am either in a "funk,"
or maybe out of town.
Probably its the "funk" that stops me most of the time.

My life journey includes depression.
If you read regularly, you know this already.
It has been my companion on and off for over 30 years.
The last three, at times, unbearable...
but you have to bear...
there is no other viable option.

The road of depression is very precarious.
If you don't believe me read the book of Job in the Bible.
Throughout these past days, months, and years,
I have clung to God's word
as to a life raft in a stormy ocean.

When life in this weary world makes no sense,
When you are reduced to one prayer,
"God Help Me,"
He does.
He pours forth from His book 
all the help, 
the comfort,
 and the truth
that a broken mind and a broken spirit could ever need.

I have learned a ton.
I keep seeking and He keeps providing truth.
Sometimes it comes at me so fast I can hardly take it in.
I have to read and then re-read.
How kind God is to allow my mind to be sharp
throughout this ordeal.

It is as we suffer,
really suffer,
suffer long and deeply,
that we see our urgent need of our Savior,
 Jesus Christ.
The glory and the majesty of His Spirit
enables the sufferer to say,
Thank You Lord for this trial,
 without this suffering 
I may not have come to know You as I do.

And yes, He meets our needs.
He sends doctors,
and a beautiful, sweet someone to talk to,
and my church
and friends
and other books,
("The Gospel According to Job")
to name just one,
and children.
Oh yes, the little ones carry me on their love and laughter.
That's why you see so much of them here on this blog.
Thank you to  David & Erika, Amanda & Mark
for allowing me the pleasure of their offspring.

Just catching you up a little.
The journey of depression is not over for me.
I am working really hard.
Right now I am better,
Feeling good and normal and happy.
this malady will always be my "Thorn in the Flesh."
And, most likely, it will be with me until my last breath.
But then, Praise God,
I will be free to sorrow no more.

Thanks be to God for my faithful husband, companion, and friend.
He has walked this journey with me.
He is the one who understands.
He has lived it,
prayed for me,
held me up,
encouraged me,
and loved me.

Yes, God has given me all I need!
To Him be the glory for ALL He has done!!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

labor day weekend

Yes.....It started with a bang early Friday morning
with the arrival of Hurricane Hermine,
a hurricane party,
(see my last blog),
and Lucy spending the night.
It ended last evening when I fell into bed before eight o'clock
exhausted by it all.

By Saturday,
the storm was gone and an absolutely beautiful day emerged.
Lu and I spent three hours at the pool
swimming and playing and soaking up some sun.

Sunday was church and a little rest.

Monday was one of our much loved day trips to 
Jacksonville, Florida.
We (all eight of us) piled into our van,
hopped on I 95,
and made a bee line south for PF Changs.
We all ate like we were starving!!!
(We were)

Crab wontons,
street dumplings,
egg rolls,
Kung Pao Chicken 
Lo Mein,
and Garlic noodles
with all of their luscious sauces
made for quite the celebration of labor.

{I've never really understood Labor Day
but I accept it as a holiday and enjoy.}

After some shopping for the kids
and a stop at Trader Joe's
(which always is very exciting for me),
We headed north and came back home.
Which is when I fell into bed
and went to sleep before the sun went down.

Thankful for holidays,
beautiful days,
my family,
getting better each day!!!

God is so good ALL the time!!

Kids posing by the horse
outside the PF Changs,
Town Center,
Jacksonville, FL