Happy Halloween!

Today is the last day of October, and I’m wrapping up the 31 for 21 exercise.

Get It Down; 31 for 21

And I have just committed to participate in November’s National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo).

All for the sake of discipline.

Meanwhile, I think I’m going to cheat bend the blogger code of ethics and add some pictures to the posts made while in PA.

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Ga- goo-goo-goo, Ga- gah-gah-gah….Is all I want to say to you

One more day

Get It Down; 31 for 21

I had just started this blog when a friend led me to the 31 for 21 commitment to raise awareness of Down Syndrome. Not being one to tread lightly, even in dangerous waters, I jumped right in. It’s no surprise (to me, anyway) that this exercise has proven to be a huge blessing in my life. I’ve made new friends, I’ve developed a new discipline, I’ve found folks I admire, I’ve (so far) avoided being sucked *too far* into the vortex of addiction (losing hours to the inifinity of fascinating blogs written by others)….. I have no doubt that this exercise is the handrail I need as I transition roles in my other life (the one that pays the bills).

Coincidentally, or maybe not, I also started attending Adult Christian Education (aka Sunday School) about a month ago. We’re studying Ecclesiastes. Starting with “Everything is meaningless,” there is a very powerful message regarding priorities and attitude.

Everything happens for a reason.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Reinvented

It’s been a day of spoiling our daughter, son-in-law & grandson. An early Christmas. It was snowing when we woke, so the stage was perfectly set. We “hooked them up” with such items as diapers, a microwave, a “Pack ‘n Play,” a winter coat, a few tools & various and other sundries. We also hit Goodwill and found a used coffee maker, ceiling fan and popcorn popper (3 items! Not an all-in-one). We bought them a 1-year Sam’s membership. We bought baby clothes, baby toys. And – they may not know it yet, but we bought pre-paid credit cards. Spoiling, spoiling, spoiling. We are shameless. We miss them, and they’re missing out by not living locally. We told them this is an early Christmas for them.

But…we drew the line at a high-end baby-gate. It’s a long story and a couple’s argument about a 9-year-old dog that she doesn’t want and he “can’t part with”. The $20 gate wouldn’t do because the dog could jump it. The $40 gate wouldn’t do because it’s hard to open (they know someone who has one). The $60 gate would be perfect. We volunteered instead to give them the $100 for the pound to take the dog off their hands. OK, we’re in-laws. They live in a small apartment with a big dog and our precious 4-month-old grandson. They’re almost barely getting by.

Anyway, this round of spending is about wrapped up. Tomorrow – I’m cutting M’s hair (at her request). They mentioned watching a movie. There will be much more in the way of goo-goo-goo, gahgahgah conversations with our grandson. And we head home.

Now to balance your judgment, read here to see what’s going on in my “regular” life. I’m being reinvented.

Coffee stains and spit up

It’s the end of a long day. I’m wearing coffee from a mishap on the flight and spit-up from my precious grandson. I couldn’t be happier. When I’m able (more time/energy), I’ll elaborate on re-inventing relationships.

It’s good to spend time with M again. She’d cleaned and fixed a home cooked meal – everyone at the table was proud. Well, James (precious grandson) was mostly interested in grabbing my plate and playing with the stuffing, but I’m sure he would have been proud (given the proper awareness). Tomorrow promises to be a busy day. I’m glad we’re getting to enjoy our role as grandparents.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…and Reinvent

This is the first in a series….

Today’s story: Reinvention. It’s an easy tale to tell. It starts with me purchasing a couple of t-shirts I hadn’t tried on. When I tried them on at home, I was uncomfortable with the amount of “me” on display. The scoop was wider than expected. I had the bright idea that I could crochet a collar and wear the shirt over the collar. A bit of reinvention, eh?

Here’s a picture of just the collar:

And, we had the added benefit that I was spending time next to my loving hubby (rather than in the other room blogging).

I enjoyed making this so much, I was thinking of joining in the give-away game (Pass it on!). I’m wondering if you’d rather win a doily. Or a Christmas tree ornament?

I’m off to Pennsylvania in the morning, but hopefully I’ll be able to log in while I’m there. Although I expect to be highly pre-occupied in goo-goo, gaa-gaa discussions with our precious grandson.

Receiving and Giving

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” You’re hearing this from me 3rd hand. Paul attributes this quote to Jesus in Acts 20:35. From my own experience, the pursuit of tithing (giving 10% of our income) has been a challenge because the greater our generosity, the greater the blessings we’ve received. Maybe it was just timing, or good fortune, but our reality has been a life of increasing comfort. We’re not wealthy, but we’re comfortable. In these times of financial uncertainty, I would be foolish to assume continued good fortune is guaranteed.

On a day when Jesus was healing people of evil spirits (demons) he commented “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.” I don’t want to take what we have for granted. I do not want to become greedy. I want to remain generous. I have not forgotten the days of living below the poverty line.

This is on my mind because we’re talking to our 14 year old about giving part of his “allowance” as a tithe offering. We waited waaaay too long to have this discussion. I encourage everyone to be good stewards and to raise children who are good stewards. Don’t wait until they are teens.

Everything that I have is a gift. Everything you have is a gift. Pass it on.

Blessings,