Saturday, November 22, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 22 - Make a difference in a child's life - for $20

Today, I'm grateful for friends who strive to make a difference in the lives of children in need.
So Kathie...this post is for you!

For less than the cost of four grande beverages at Starbucks (or another coffee shop); four Happy Meals; about the cost of two movie tickets, and a drink/popcorn combo; and maybe the newest hardback book.... can provide a Christmas present for a child in Costa Rica.

A writing friend in Costa Rica is working to raise $2o per child, 33 children in total, to provide Christmas presents - gifts to include things like clothing, shoes, school supplies, toothpaste, shampoo - things kids in the states take for granted.

Here's the original blog post about Share the Blessing 2008

Here's the update -

I took pictures today for the Palmer family Christmas Cards. More scenes are on my photo blog.... This was my favorite one!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 14

I'm a bit behind...ok, I let life pile up on me....and well, I haven't been posting.
I'm finding though, the days I take time to post something - at least one thing I'm grateful for - my attitude improves greatly.

So today, I'm grateful for second chances.

I'm also grateful that I believe in a God who provides second chances - we just have to be willing to ask for help.

If you need proof, check out the second chance God gave Saul/Paul in the New Testament....

So, I'll "back post" some other things I've been grateful for this week and haven't journaled about. I think it will help improve my attitude about life. (Especially on this rainy, gloomy day.)

Here are a few quotes I found, related to second chances...

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. ~Harrison Ford

Things do not change; we change. ~Henry David Thoreau

Our only security is our ability to change. ~John Lilly

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 13

Yes, I'm back posting....but pretend I wrote this on Thursday...

Today, I am thankful for friends and small gestures.

I met up with one of the parents (of a student from the children's ministry) at the Middle School Adopters Chili Supper & Auction and spent the evening listening to some of my middle schoolers sing in the honors choir and play in the band.

I also tried to win a few prizes in the school's silent auction. Note: I am not good at silent auctions.
Shannon's sister kept out bidding me for the tickets to something at the Walton Art Center. Since I knew she would just keep bidding against me until the end, I conceded before the table closed.

Oh well, it was a lot of fun. I'm glad Conner's mom suggested I come - it gave me an excuse to go (I don't always like going places "by myself.")

So again, with the friendship's a quote to go with this post....

Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things. ~Author Unknown

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 12

Hum....another back post....still getting into the habit of this....

Wednesday is my busy day at church - the small group/discipleship groups for the children's ministry meets on Wednesday. It seems like I can never get everything finished on Wednesdays - not enough hours in my day.

But one thing that helps on Wednesday is remembering why I do what I do on Wednesdays - the kiddos.

Tonight, I'm grateful for Riley. He's one of my preschoolers, who always has a smile for me and a hug. He's still a bit shy/clingy to his momma on Sundays, but he's starting to "get his wings" and feel more comfortable in church.

Riley's been fighting a bad case of pneumonia - it even put him in the hospital for a few days.
(When I visited him in the hospital, he told me he was spending his time watching cartoons/commercials to see what to put on his Christmas list.)

Anyway, Riley had a huge hug for me on Wednesday night - he was back after being gone for two weeks. He was his happy, normal self - which makes me very thankful.

Here's Riley, from a recent church event....

Here's Today's Quote

While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 11

(Back posting.....)

Tonight, I spent time working on my notebook for Jessica Sprague's Stories In Hand Class.

I loved this quote - one of the many she is sprinkling throughout the class assignments.

I also spent time working on my "big" Christmas present for several family members - a recipe collection (created digitally as 4x6 cards) which includes recipes from my grandmas, aunts, mom and some I've collected from friends.

This project has made me realize how many stories in my life weave in and out of food.

Take this recipe, from Cydni for example.

(I'm using Melanie Colosimo's Recipe Card Templates from
& Punchbuggy kit from Jan Crowley - Queen of Quirk - now at 2 Peas in a

Cyd gave me this recipe during my first year at Asbury Seminary (1994-1995), when we were suite-mates in Orleans House (the on-campus women's housing). It was an easy recipe to make - only four ingredients - and we could bake six cookies at a time in my toaster oven in our third-floor kitchenette.

There were several nights when we - my floor mates and I - would bake cookies, and as quick as we could take them off the cookie sheet, the guys would eat them.

I would also bake cookies when I was stressed, eat a couple, then leave the rest out on plate on the table in the lounge - the next morning, without fail, the plate would be empty.

Anyway, I still find myself making Cake Mix Cookies when I need an easy cookie to take to a dinner or event. It's a "keeper" when it comes to my recipe stash.

Here's a quote, I found that kinda sums up what I've found about this recipe project

Food is so primal, so essential a part of our lives,
often the mere sharing of recipes with strangers
turns them into good friends. That's why I love this community.
~Jasmine Heiler, about

Monday, November 10, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 10

One more back post...

Ok, honestly, I'm not sure what I'm not sure what I was grateful for on Monday.
It was a long, gloomy day.

But life is a good thing to be grateful for on any day.

Here are a few quotes related to life...

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me." ~Erma Bombeck

Life is simple, its just not easy. ~Author Unknown

I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it. ~Charles Schulz

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. ~Danny Kaye

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. ~Grandma Moses

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 9

(Back Posting)

I spent part of Sunday hanging out with the youth (and several families) along the river, having a late-fall season bonfire and hayride.

It was fun spending time with the youth group - even though it was a bit cold ... um A LOT cold - since this was the first full weekend after the time change.

Here's a couple pictures from the bonfire...

In this one, we turned around and realized Lawson had climbed into the tree that several youth were using as a coat rack, and was just "hanging out..."
Lawson and his brothers (four in all) always make me smile....

Tanna was sitting next to the fire, trying to get warm - while eating her supper.
I just thought this was a cute photo of her....
She was one of my middle school small group gals last year.
I'm not leading the group this year, but still hang out with the gals when I can.

Here's a "fire" related quote...
The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness.
~Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 8

I've spent most of today in bed. This cold/upper respiratory thing is kickin' my booty.

So, today, I'm grateful I can rest - and sleep.

Before I sign off, here's a quote about rest...

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish Proverb

I've had both - a good laugh thanks to a friend I ran into at Wal-Mart (while I was picking up the script) on Friday, and a long sleep - most of today! That and several glasses of water seem to be helping a lot!

What are you grateful for today?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 7

Today, I'm grateful for doctors, insurance and medicine.
I'm a bit under the weather, and finally listened to my mother - you should always listen to your mother - and went to the doctor.

After a week of steadily getting worse, I finally went to the doctor. I ended up with an upper respiratory infection - not quite bronchitis, but almost....which might have gotten worse...yes, I am glad I listened to my mom.

Fortunately, I have insurance. Because of this, the script was only $15 instead of almost $50....and I was able to get the other med over the counter.

So, that's my gratitude thing for the day.

I was looking for a quote related to health, and found this one....

“If you lose your wealth, you have lost nothing, If you lose your health, you have lost something, But if you lose your character, you have lost everything.”
Woodrow Wilson

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 6

(One last catching up post....)

I'm grateful for Facebook.

Initially, I resisted getting on Facebook. It was "one more thing" to do on the computer. Sometimes I feel like I spend a lifetime on the computer.... (Yes, I've spent most of today catching up on-line digi scraping stuff and other things...but I've also been resting...a bit under the weather...)

But, I digress. I'm thankful for Facebook because it's allowed me a chance to re-connect with tons of friends - from Asbury, from Heartland Covenant (in Springfield) and from friends from around the state.

I love that I can message friends - even when I don't have their current e-mails, I can chat with friends -without having to download yet another program or file on my computer, and I can share photos and other things with people.

I'm grateful that some college students in my life - Stephanie it's all your fault, lol - talked me into making my account. It has been a blessing in disguise.

Here's a quote for today...
Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship,
you really haven't learned anything." - Muhammad Ali.

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 5

(Yes, I'm still catching up....)

Today, I'm grateful to live in a country where on the morning after a major, national election, we do not awake to riots and bloodshed, but instead, simply wake up to headlines like this....

This picture also represents how I get news....
Yes, I'm a nerd, my homepage for my laptop is The New York Times.
One of my favorite Sunday activities (pre-children's ministry) is to get up, pick up a New York Times at Starbucks and sit and devour the entire edition. I could read a Sunday Times for days - it's so huge....(of course, I don't live near a Starbucks, to do this on Sunday right

I also get my news from reading the Arkansas Democrat Gazette - the biggest paper in the state. If I was still in Mo, I'd read the Kansas City Star - but here in NW Ark, I have to stick with the Democrat Gazette.

Here's a funny quote for ya, concerning national elections.... (not necessarily about this one...)

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? Robert Orben.

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 4

(Yes, it's late, but I'm catching up...)

Today (I wrote this in my head on Tuesday) I'm grateful that I have the freedom to voice my opinion and vote in the presidential election.

I'm also very grateful for the women who helped make it possible for me, a woman living in the United States in2008, to vote in this election.


Lydia Chapin Taft was an early forerunner in Colonial America who was allowed to vote in three New England town meetings, beginning in 1756.

In 1848, at the Seneca Falls Convention in New York, activists including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott began a seventy year struggle to secure the right to vote for women. Susan B. Anthony, a native of Rochester New York, joined the cause four years later at the Syracuse Convention.

Women's suffrage activists pointed out that blacks had been granted the franchise and had not been included in the language of the United States Constitution's Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments (which gave people equal protection under the law and the right to vote regardless of their race, respectively). This, they contended, had been unjust.

Early victories were won in the territories of Wyoming (1869)[16] and Utah (1870), although Utah women were disenfranchised by provisions of the federal Edmunds-Tucker Act enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1887. The push to grant Utah women's suffrage was at least partially fueled by the belief that, given the right to vote, Utah women would dispose of polygamy. It was only after Utah women exercised their suffrage rights in favor of polygamy that the U.S. Congress disenfranchised Utah women.[17]

By the end of the nineteenth century, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming had enfranchised women after effort by the suffrage associations at the state level.

National women’s suffrage, however, did not exist until 1920. During the beginning of the twentieth century, as women's suffrage gained in popularity, suffragists were subject to arrests and many were jailed.

Finally, President Woodrow Wilson urged Congress to pass what became, when it was ratified in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment.

While the ability to vote was a national trend forming since the progressive years of Republican President William Taft, Woodrow's predecessor, Taft's appointment as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court in 1921 was seen as the watershed moment for equal-pay legislation. Taft's dissenting opinion in Adkins v. Children's Hospital in 1923 was a progressive move and called out a maximum-hours law was equivalent to a minimal-wage. The Supreme Court overturned the decision, to agree with Taft, in 1934 permanently ruling separate hours/rates for women and men as unconstitutional.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 3

I'm not feeling full of gratitude's been a particularly long day for a variety of reasons....

I was uploading pics to my Facebook gallery from the youth football breakfast, and well, I ran across this one, from the trip to the corn maze....

I love Shannon's expression - and how she took joy in something small - a "sand box" filled with corn.

It kinda goes along with a quote I found today, on Ali Edward's blog....

And while it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage to find fulfillment in being ordinary. For the joys that last have little relationship to achievement, to standing one step higher on the victory platform.

What is the adventure in being ordinary? It is daring to love just for the pleasure of giving it away. It is venturing to give new life and to nurture it to maturity. It is working hard for the pure joy of being tired at the end of the day. It is caring and sharing and giving and loving…
Marilyn Thomsen

So, maybe this is part two....finding gratitude in the ordinary. It is daring to find the gratitude in the small things. It is celebrating the small miracles and small wins - it is having the courage to be ordinary.

They don't write books about the ordinary, but it's the ordinary, small things that can make a life-long impact.

Maybe I need to remember that - that the ordinary, the small things I do in the ministry are what make the most difference.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude ...Day 2

Today, I'm thankful for the ordinary....

Learn to write about the ordinary.
Give homage to old coffee cups, sparrows,
city buses, thin ham sandwiches.
Make a list of everything ordinary you can think of.
Keep adding to it.
Promise yourself, before you leave the earth,
to mention everything on your list
at least once in a poem, short story, newspaper article.

-----Nathalie Goldberg

Photo taken on Saturday along the banks of Beaver Lake, near the War Eagle area, in NW Arkansas.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude...Day 1

I've watched some friends do it, so I'm going to try it this month....
Try to have an attitude of gratitude....

What am I grateful for today?

Here's a pic of Carl & Denni and their crew (G and K)....I love the fact that the entire family dressed up as characters from the Wizard of Oz....and how they let me hang out as Aunt Kaylea.
Today, I'm thankful for the Palmers. I think I'd be lost in NW Ark without them...
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