Thursday, January 1, 2015

eyes fixed

And just like that, it's a new year!

And I've already failed the sensitivity test!  (Might as well get it out of the way early...)

I was talking with a friend yesterday, and, as is the case for many this time of year, I could tell she was flirting with the melancholy.  She was feeling all The Big Feelings and thinking Many Big Thoughts associated with year-end.  

Now I tend to veer quite far from melancholy-ville, and (unfortunately) my response was to Reign it in, Sally!  There might have been a "Danger, Will Robinson!" thrown in* for good measure as I blithely reminded her that New Year's is "just another day."  (And while that's true, I'm pretty sure I was zero help to her at the time.  Oops!)

Yes, another(!) year has come and gone, and yes, there was a fair amount of hard and it looks a lot like nothing much has changed.

Here we are at 2015 and there is still precious little money, energy, or time.  The hard things are still the hard things.  Treasures lost are still long gone and "triumphs" sometimes seem few, so when we sit down and analyze the previous 365 days they can look more "eh" than "yippee!!"

However, in my humble opinion, we just need to look through the right lens :)

Alas, there is still precious little money, time, and energy, but I'm here to tell you that every single day God provided every single thing I needed...

...and yes, I suppose being alone could lean toward lonely, but, well, I wasn't :)  Because every single day God plopped down beside me & pulled me close.  He listened to me bellyache about this & that and he forgave me for my many trips & falls along the way.
 What He never did was leave me all alone.

Of course I get tired, and I wish 2014 had delivered a new car, and I hope that 2015 will be the year for that Very Awesome Vacation (#fingerscrossed!)...and I certainly have twinges of regret for all the projects I failed to complete, the people I failed to love properly, and the person I failed to be, but through every single failure on my part He remains faithful.  

He is enough.  

He is everything.

(And He loves me!)

So this I know, through firsthand experience...Resting in Him, relying on Him, and praising Him for all He does and Is, through each of my days, makes for the very happiest of years! 

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 

Happy New Year :)

*name that show!

Monday, December 29, 2014

msm: the in between

This last Monday of 2014 was a lot of this.

Rain, and fog, and dropping-ever-so-gently temps. 

Morning started off on the warm side but it's feeling appropriately wintry this afternoon.  As it should.

The people who are supposed to know about such things are saying we might get a smidge of snow tomorrow.  I've learned here in Carolina a smidge is all we should dare hope for...

I also have this niggling feeling that the lights should come down from my railing since Christmas has passed, but they've barely been there a week so I'm hanging with them until after New Year's...or maybe February ;)

Y'all stay warm out there! 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Silly Six on the Last Sunday (2014)

1.  It's been so long since I used my big camera & uploaded to my laptop that I forgot how.  Like I literally...forgot.  I don't even know what to say.

Except this is exactly why for the first couple of years of blogging I was downright militant, MILITANT, I say, in my getting her done every single day.  My kids mocked me but WHO'S LAUGHING NOW??  No one, that's who.

2.  My girls hooked me up with Taylor Swift's new CD for Christmas.  

I know what you're thinking and I couldn't agree with you more.
When am I going to start acting my age?  

Well I'll tell ya.  I don't know.  

However, I am starting to feel a bit concerned.  As I was zipping down the highway earlier today, chowing down on McDonald's french fries and a large Dr. Pepper while simultaneously car-dancing*/singing hollering off key with T-Swift, I was struck with this fundamental truth; I am a terrible excuse for a grownup.

3.  Boo Flu!!  It's been raging through my family (and apparently the world at large) for weeks now & frankly I'm over all the hand-sanitizing & chicken noodle casserole-making.

On top of that, my brother & his hooligans drove up from Tennessee for our annual Christmas gathering/sleepover shenanigans, and our entire North Carolina contingent missed the festivities.  

It's all fun & games until I receive neither a brotherly hug nor my dirty Santa gift.  
(Not to mention Mom's Basket-O-Goodies!)  (Waaaah!!)

4.  In a delightful turn of events, however, I discovered a FIVE-DAY-LONG Marathon of all things Monk.  He's no brotherly hug or cup of Christmas coffee, but spending time with him makes the loss a little more palatable.

5.  My grandchildren have grown approximately 3 feet since I last blogged.  This is both a travesty and a blessing as they're all wonderfully healthy (excepting the aforementioned flu) and happy.  I suppose it's possible I could be biased, but I feel certain they're the funniest, smartest, most beautiful children ever to be.**  

They look a bit peaked in these pics but that's only because did I mention the flu??

6.  Y'all.  So here's the truth and I'm not even kidding - I've really missed you!  Life has been rushing by like a freight train this year & spare time has been at a premium.  Sigh.  But I'm really hoping to carve out some space & regain my momentum over the coming weeks.  So...that being said, see you soon!

Happy Last Sunday of 2014!


*It's my specialty.  It's a thing!  Honest!
**Well, since their mamas, anyway ;)