This blog is a collection of stories on the ordinary days of today and a documentary of the days of the past. Thank-you for reading and allowing me to share. Enjoy your ordinary days and hopefully the bits and pieces of mine will resonate with the moments in your lives that bring you happiness.
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July 1, 2013: God's Grace
(The following is a guest post by Patty Johnson. In her preface she is referring to my June 23th blog post entitled "Fear")
I saw your blog today and wanted to share one of the
poems/prayer I wrote yesterday when Julian was sleeping in my arms. Written for all mothers:
By the grace of this sleeping baby, I know God's love,
Who is this little miracle that lights up my world from
morning to night?
Who does the cherub cheeks and silky skin, beautiful baby
His eyes so pure and smile so warm...
His love apparent...
My heart is saturated by the idea that I am needed by him
Why am I so blessed to mold a little person into a young
man some day?
Who is this creation of God? He touches me so deep within that my nightly
fears of any possible harm brings pain
so deep, I can barely breathe.
His breath is my breath.
His cry is my worry as forever it will be, his love is my heart and his
pain is my anguish.
Dear God. Thank you for this baby of blue eyes that are
like ponds and seas And red lips are like strawberries
Please God, let me never live to see him harmed or
pained, protect my baby and let him understand the depth of my love
someday. Teach me to care for him like
he deserves. And show him the way to a
life of your love.
In Dr. Seuss' language, my thoughts on the day would go something like this...
"You have a brain in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Unless someone truly cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
Well, I will just sum it up by saying that today certainly wasn't an ordinary day, but I will accept that. Life is full of changes, good and bad.
Sometimes the toughest part is figuring out if life shake-ups are truly a good or a bad thing. Personally, I have found my biggest life challenges have turned into opportunities. Doors opened to new people and adventures. A new chapter in life.
I am bullish in my view that this will be the case once again.
When the unexpected creeps into the door of normalcy, the best response is not one of self-doubt, anger, or fear. The best response is gaining perspective and self-awareness.
Time flies when you're having fun.
And when you're a little busy.
This morning Garrett asked me when I last wrote a blog.
"It's been a while" was my answer. Upon further review, it's almost been over a month.
I've had no reason for the delay, other than the combination of being busy and knowing the content of which I wanted to write warranted more time and thought than my more typical whimsical stories told. Although I have had an arsenal of stories that I have wanted to write about over the last month, I knew that this one needed to top my list.
A common question asked of me is in regards to my work life is "Sandy, what exactly are you doing these days?"
This is a valid question since I have been very open in sharing my work journey over the years through my blog. And I've had a career that has gone from very conventional to unconventional. It's much easier to say "I work for XYZ Company and my job title is Chief Do-Something-Spec…
A picture is worth a thousand words. But let's start with six...
"And they lived happily ever after..."
I bought this little sign more than seven years ago. It caught my eye at Target while shopping for milk and kitty litter on a weekday school night. The boys were in varying grades in school and I was single-handedly running my daily household.
Recently divorced, I was also dating a man from Denver. Garrett. Our relationship felt like forever, but the 550 miles between our homes was a stark reminder that our long-distance relationship was more like a fairytale than reality. We were reminded of this frequently by the people who knew us best.
"Guard your heart. Long distance relationships rarely work out."
"You are both good people, so be realistic in where this is going."
But the funny thing about love is that no matter how practical-minded or mature your mindset, your heart guides you to places that are scary to others, but quite comfortable for you…