28 September 2006

Just a little kindness

Today I was at Target doing my normal errands with Rachel. They didn't have everything I wanted so I packed her and our other stuff into the car. Then I looked to the other side of the parking lot and saw Party City. I thought they might have what I wanted so I decided to go over there.

When we got inside there was just so much fun stuff to look at and touch that Rachel was going nuts. She wanted to take all the packages of plates off the shelves and bring me every color. I tried to get her to hold my hand but she wasn't cooperating. Then I said I would pick her up if she didn't stop (she hates that!). Well she didn't so I carried her around the store following the guy that was helping us.

This led to a melt down as I was looking at the stuff they had. Eventually I decided that what they had wasn't what I wanted and decided to take the screaming, whining kid in my arms back to the car. On the way out the door, one of the workers asked Rachel if she wanted a balloon. This made her day; changed her mood 180 degrees.

I was so grateful to this nice lady. Instead of giving us dirty looks for having an upset child in the store, she helped make the situation better. Just a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

16 September 2006

I am blessed

I’ve just been so impressed lately how good I have it. I have so much in my life. I have a loving husband, a beautiful daughter. Both my parents are alive and healthy. My brother, sister and I are all on good terms and we speak on a regular basis. So many people don’t even have this.

I had never been to a funeral until about a month ago. A man that Spencer and I respected greatly passed away unexpectedly leaving a wife and 6 kids behind. It was a beautiful tribute to an honorable life but still bitter sweet. It is sad that those kids won’t have their daddy with them on this earth anymore. I love my daddy so much and he is such a huge part of my life that I can’t imagine not having him with me.

I went to another funeral today. My uncle Bob passed away on September 11th. He was married to my dad’s sister. Here is another family that has lost a husband and a father. He was a good man who loved his family and learning. My young cousins will not have their father at their wedding or when their first children are born. My one cousin said the family prayer at the funeral home and you could just feel how much he misses his dad. How could you not miss someone who has been such a huge part of your whole life?

I don’t mean to be depressing; I’ve just been hit with hard reality lately. On the other hand these two experiences have made me think a lot about my life. They have made me more grateful for the small things that I otherwise would have taken for granted. I have become more aware of how good my life really is. Life is a fragile thing. It can be taken from us at any moment. Those of you surrounded by family-whether it be only our immediate family or your extended family as well treasure the time you have with your family when you have it. You never know how long you have.

11 September 2006

5th Anniversary

Today is the 5th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Like I even have to say that. Five years seems like a long time, but in reality it isn't. The pain, the shock, the anger, as well as the respect, love, and reverence for those lost, they are all still so fresh.

I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing the morning I found out. I will never forget that day. One thing that really struck me during this emotional time was on the National Day of Mourning a couple days later. We all gathered in our church building and sang and prayed and remembered those who lost their lives and who showed so much honor and courage. The last two verses of America the Beautiful sum up how I feel perfectly.

Oh, beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!

America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.

Oh, beautiful for patiot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!

America, America!
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown they good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
Thank you to all those heroes who proved themselves on that fateful day and still prove themselves each day to preserve mine and my family's freedom. So today say a prayer for those who lost loved ones, pray for the military who are fighting for our freedom and hug your family. They are your most treasured possesion.

09 September 2006

Why?

Why do you feel discomfort but you are uncomfortable?

Why can't we feel uncomfort or be discomfortable?

Why????

06 September 2006

A Little Update

Labor day has come and gone and with it marks a change. Kids go back to school, the summer is over and the weather starts to change. Life is different for everyone....including me. A lot has been happening in the "J" household recently. Because of all the busy-ness around here I have not been blogging as much as my 6 daily visitors demand. For that I apologize, but I have good reasons for neglecting the blog. Here's my short list:

First as you all recently read, I am trying to become a computer nerd. I started this on-line class to learn HTML and it takes up a lot of time! I spend most of my evenings working on the assignments that are given in the book. Here's my webpage so far if you're interested. It's nothing really to look at--just assignments, but I'm proud of it! This class is cool because it's so hands-on. I love that with HTML I can make things happen. Like for instance before there was nothing there, but because of something I did, there is something. That's just plain cool.

And second, I am working again. I know I tried this before and I bailed out quick. It just wasn't right for me then, but this time I think it will work. I'm doing some work for my brother-in-law on a regular basis. It won't be near as much time as the last job and much more flexible. I've been training for a few days and quickly getting the hang of it. The problem is I can't really dive in fully until we move next week and the lady that does it now is anxious to be done.

Lastly (and this is purely an update, not a reason not to blog) the move was delayed. We went to sign our lease on August 30th and they told us our building will not be completed until September 14th. Great. Everyone else on the property can move in on the 1st, except us. I felt like they said "Here are your keys, everyone, except the "J's." Then they look at you kind of uncomfortably and say, "Um, why don't you just stand over there..." Thankfully our current complex let us just pay 15 days and stay here. Consequently we have boxes crowding our living room and our bedroom anxiously waiting for that blessed day when they will meet their new home.

All in all I have to say I'm busy for good reasons. Plus all these things are answers to prayers--well maybe not the schooling. We were praying to find a place that is cheaper than where we live now and we got it. We were praying for a way to bring in more money each month and we got it. I wanted to take this class and luckily it's paid for. God is mindful of us and our situation and we are truly blessed. I couldn't be happier!