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Blue Skies & Shaylah’s Eyes

  • 5:12 pm Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by Delilah
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I love fall! Perhaps even better than spring or summer… well, perhaps not better, but… Oh, who am I kidding? I love ALL the seasons!

September, after a very expectant spring and summer, brought me my first two children; Isaiah and Shaylah. I have to admit, I am partial to this month.

More aptly, what I love the most is the changing of the seasons. That certain something in the air that is signaling nature to be on alert, for heat, for cold, for rain, for long days or short ones; “prepare” that something says!

I enjoy watching our natural world make it’s [More]

Fall, Friendships, and Fettuccine!

  • 11:05 am Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Delilah
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On a recent Sunday my sister and I got together with an old friend, Kevin, who came to town unexpectedly on business.

Kev grew up next to us, he was a few years older than my sis, DeAnna, and a few years younger than me. His older brother, Dallen, was our brothers BEST friend. His “person” as I like to say. From the moment we moved into our home when they were 12, Matt and Dal were nearly inseparable. Dal was always our families “plus 1.”

Kevin, age 7 proposed to DeAnna, age 5, through an enclosed culvert that ran under our [More]

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

  • 5:04 pm Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Delilah
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I recently caught myself worrying…

I had a million things to do (like always,) school was starting, kids were asking (demanding) things of me, work was asking (needing) things of me, friends were feeling neglected, and there was still only 24 hours in a day.

I felt my anxiety rising, heard the sharpness in my voice, I realized I was “in my head” too much. Right about then, it occurred to me that I ought to take some of my own advice.

And that would be, you ask?

Stop worrying!

Worrying and stressing over things won’t change any situation. It won’t make a commitment disappear, [More]

I Meant to do My Work Today

  • 4:32 pm Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Delilah
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Good golly, I can’t believe it’s September already! Can you?

Every time I sit down to write the monthly newsletter, I find myself saying something similar, and feeling like my mother when I lament “Where did the time go?!” But it’s true, the days just seem to fly by and the pages on the calendar too.

The kids start school next week. My Zacky is a senior this year (gasp!) Thomas a junior, Antonio, our exchange student, a sophomore. Blessing is in 7th grade and Delilah Jr., the most enthusiastic of them all about this transition, is going into 2nd.

And to give [More]

Not Enough?

  • 3:55 pm Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Delilah
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Are you a “Not Enough” person?

Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough, don’t get enough, deserve more? Do you feel cheated, wronged, looked over, taken advantage of?

Do you cut yourself the biggest slice of cake, or sneak the last piece of candy from the community bowl? Do you hold on to your money instead of supporting a charity or cause?

Is life just unfair? Can you share in the joy of others accomplishments and successes or do you feel resentment toward them and secretly (or not-so-secretly) complain that they are undeserving?

I know people like this. Regular people. Good people. [More]

Love Is…

  • 12:29 pm Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Delilah
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Do you think love is a feeling/emotion or is it an action?

That’s the question I’m posing to you this week.

When you say, “I love you” are you conveying a feeling or promising an action? Wm. Paul Young, the author of my fave book, The Shack, says “Love is what and who you are in your deepest essence.”

Let’s think about that…

If our bodies are mostly water, we must drink water. Good, clean, pure water. In doing so we replenish what is lost through the motions of life, and we stay healthy and well.

If our souls are made up of love, then [More]

What’s Important?

  • 5:55 pm Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Delilah
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Another busy weekend has flown by!

I was blessed this weekend to be able to watch my daughter-in-law graduate from nursing school, with not only HIGH honors but a 4.0 GPA and as the president of her class! This mother of 4 has worked so incredible hard and her family has worked hard at supporting her. So very proud of her accomplishment and that she is dedicating her professional life to helping others.

I loved being there to cheer her on with my son, my beautiful, beautiful grand babies, and my sis.

Afterward, I caught up with my “baby” brother, who made a [More]

Community Rocks

  • 6:08 pm Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Delilah
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A few weeks ago I shared my love of crafting with you.

This week I’m sharing my community’s love of crafting, (perhaps this is more “arting”) and how the practice has brought our town together.

First, a little about my community. I live about an hour outside a large, fairly wealthy and healthy (economically speaking) metropolitan area. Step a foot or two over the city boundary however, it’s a different story.

Folks here are struggling. Jobs are scarce, resources are scarce, sometimes, hope is scarce. Not this summer!

This summer someone brilliant and talented created a phenomenal movement. It rocks!

Literally.

Painted rocks.

Everybody is painting rocks! [More]

To Every Thing There Is A Season…

  • 7:17 pm Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Delilah
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Tick, tick, tick… time marches on, and now it is August.

I love the sound of that word, it brings to mind images of heat rising from dry ground, feeling warm to my bones, the desire to rest, to watch bees buzzing about the lavender…

It is a time that whispers “go slow” but deceivingly, because August is really a time of great tumult and change. It happens just below the surface of our perceptions, but happen it does.

August is tricksy that way.

In nature, and specifically in my garden, where I look to find the truest truths in life, things have matured. [More]

Crafting A Soothed Soul

  • 4:50 pm Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by Delilah
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What kinds of activities do you engage in to calm and restore your spirit? I have a long list:

• Prayer
• Quality time with loved ones
• Gardening
• My animals
• Reading
• Cooking
• Walking and spending time in nature
• Drawing and Painting, and…
• Crafting

Crafting differs from drawing and painting because instead of starting with a blank canvas, or piece of paper, and pulling images from my mind, it generally means (for me) that I begin with materials that have been used for a different purpose or way and I’m giving it a new life by adding or modifying.

How does this soothe and restore [More]

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