So we had some unexpected dinner guests tonight...our church had a flag football game this afternoon and Jodi's brother was playing in it and well he broke his collar bone so as Kari was taking him to the emergency room, Jodi brought their 3 kiddos to our house. They were full of energy as always - they chose our house instead of Grandma and Grandpas cuz "they wanted junk food and pancakes for dinner (a standard kids dinner at my house).
Keith just took vicodin before he got to our house - looks like he's gonna have to find a clever way to use his mouse or learn to be left handed :)
So while the Olsby kids were here - I still had to get some work done in my office so I'm sitting at my computer working away on some designs (with my back turned to the room) and Noelle came up to my office to play up here with me. Well I was obviously distracted - I turned my chair around and this what I found :) Good thing at Auntie's house anything goes!!
My nephew is turning 4 yrs old on Feb 15th - I can't believe how time is flying. His "girlfriend" Lauren turns 4 on the same day so they're having a joint party and I was blessed to be asked by my sis and Lauren's mom to make the invites (she better not ask anyone else!!) :). Well my nephew paid me the biggest compliment ever so I must be really good at what I do :).......
I'll admit I need a little affirmation about my designs (I think this is true of most creative beings). I emailed my sis the digital version to proof and approve and when we talked that night she said "I printed out the proof and showed it to Marcus and he asked if he could take it to bed with him and sleep with it cuz he loved it"....ahh that made my day!!! Biggest compliment ever.....I love that little guy!!
My first week of 365 and I'm lovin' it! I hope to get in a groove soon with it so it's not just "another added thing"! I'm excited that Tracie and Brenda are going to do it now - YEAH!! Can't wait to see your weeks in progress! Cheers!!
I have an amazing love for sunsets...I have for as long as I can remember. I can honestly say that in my life here on earth it is probably my most favorite thing that God gives us as a gift every single day. I think about them everyday, what they are going to look like, will I be somewhere that I can see today's, etc. They are always a precious "moment away from the world around me" where I can sit and soak in The Lord. The world can take away so much but one thing in my day that will always be - there will always be a sunset every single day. I can tell you each afternoon if it's going to be worth the watch just by how the sky looks that day - are there clouds, clear skies.....whenever there are lots of patchy clouds I long for that time to watch the sun set - this is why I love where I live! Somedays they are memorable - others days not so much. I had never really thought past the simple fact that somedays they stop you dead in your tracks and others it's "oh that's pretty". The days where the sunset is amazing is because of CLOUDS!! We give clouds a bad name, we don't tend to seek out clouds.....yet what are sunsets without them??!!
Well the other day my friend Nicole sent me a daily encouragement that was a huge blessing to my heart. I never thought of sunsets and clouds like this before nor could I put it into words the way Van Walton did. Van is referring to her love for sunrises, much like my love for sunsets but what we crave and desire from each of them is the same:
"Have you ever risen early in the morning with one purpose “ to watch the sun rise? I especially like to take time for sunrises, so I purposefully chose to rise early each day during my vacation. One morning I found myself sitting on the dock facing east, looking for the sun to rise up over the lake. Another morning I sat on the long veranda of a century-old hotel gazing at the Ohio River, waiting for the golden glow that would announce the sun's arrival. Days later, toward the end of my trip, I wrapped myself in a heavy blanket and curled up in the glider on the front porch of the cabin where I had spent the night. Peering over the Utah landscape, once again I searched the horizon. Soon a bright orange blaze appeared, forcing me to close my eyes because of its brilliance. In a few seconds, with wide-opened eyes, I continued my search for the morning's drama, only to see a half globe sitting on top of the mountains. I kept watching, not wanting to miss the spectacular sight. Then, in another blink of an eye, the sun lifted itself from the peaks, and hung there in the sky - a perfect golden circle.
That was it. It went so quick. The sun had come up, creeping into the day, and now it simply dangled “ a yellow ball in the air, surrounded by blue, looking like a child's simple drawing. For a few minutes I pondered my disenchantment with this particular sunrise. Is there such a thing as an incomplete, imperfect sunrise? At that moment I believed there was. I had just experienced it. And, I remembered others like it, somewhat lackluster.
Why had the sunrise not impressed me this day? Where was all the drama I had expected? Then I realized there is no drama in a sunrise without clouds. Clouds - they've been given a bum rap, but all along, these predictors of bad weather, these symbols of negativity, sadness, blues, and gloom really serve to expand light, reflect color, cast dazzling rays, and paint incredible scenes in the sky. A sunrise without clouds is like a life without trials and hardships. I do all I can to avoid challenges and difficulties, but the fact is the so called "clouds" in my life can cast me in a certain aura of God's splendor. A life free of complications and struggles can resemble a bland sunrise … little contrast, seemingly dull artistry, and little context in which I can reflect the Son. " Soooo beautifully put!!
Today I am thanking God for the clouds - some days I have more than my share, other days I have none but the clouds bring out my character and show the richness of the journey I call my life! I'm so thankful for my loved ones that walk with me through my stormy and my sunny days!