Posted: 5:28 pm Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
By Staff Writer
All month long we’ve been discussing the concept of Anticipating Greatness. It seemed to be a good time to do so what with all the graduation and wedding planning going on.
When you think of future happenings, anticipate all the wondrous, marvelous, miraculous, fun, fulfilling, and exciting things… too many of us are addicted to gloom and doom, predicting nothing but everything that can go wrong.
Are you on a journey? Is a new chapter opening up for you? Are you one of the many graduates or someone that will be exchanging nuptials this summer? Maybe you’re starting a new job, retiring from an old job, buying or selling a home, maybe you’re becoming an empty-nester, or have a child returning to the nest… or maybe you’re becoming a first, second, or third time parent (it would take an entire paragraph if I went all the way up to my 13!)
The point is, life is constantly changing. Embracing the change, even if it wasn’t of our choosing, is a life hack too many of us have not mastered. Give it a try!!!
At the same time, I want to encourage you not to rush it! Whatever chapter you are currently in, live it fully. Take notice of the people, the places, and the experiences that are part of the here and now.
My daughter, Blessing, is 13 but she looks 18. Not because she tries, she is just very mature in appearance. Perhaps because people make the mistake of thinking she’s older, she desperately wants to be. She is soooo eager to be 16 and get her driver’s license, to be old enough to wear makeup and to date. She want’s to be in college right now and is taking courses on line – at 13!
I encourage her to sloooow down and enjoy the moment, that things will come in their due time, and that she’ll never get back today.
Oh how I wish someone had given me this advice many years ago… Who am I kidding? I’m sure plenty of people did, but as the saying goes, youth is wasted on the young, and I didn’t listen.
I moved away from home the day I graduated; on to bigger and better things than the hum-drum of my family, high school, and part-time employment.
What if I’d spent a little time realizing that I’d never be a part of a school assembly again, or a play (as shown in the photo,) never wake up in my childhood bed to hear the sound of my mom in the kitchen making coffee or my dads steps down the hallway…
I know I’m not alone when I look back and think, “What happened?!”
Use this time, the present, the gift of now. Don’t squander it rushing toward tomorrow.
Great Summer Reads | Finding Gobi & Wonder
This week I’m giving you a quick glimpse of some upcoming Book Club picks. I know I’m jumping the gun a bit, but if you’ve already read through my other suggestions, Finding Gobi, and Wonder, are the books to add to your collections.
Finding Gobi, by Dion Leonard, is the story of a determined little mutt that found Dion when he was on a personal quest to run a 6 stage/7 day ultra marathon across the Gobi Desert. The bedraggled stray ran the second half of the 250km race, facing the tough conditions with Dion and forming an unbreakable bond…
Order Finding Gobi HERE
Wonder, a true story by R.J. Palacio, is about a courageous child with facial deformities who feels quite normal on the inside but is often treated as anything but by the outside world. This inspiring story has been turned into a major motion picture that will come out in the fall. It stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, and Jacob Tremblay as the brave Auggie.
Get your copy of Wonder HERE
Angel Tree Camping | For Kids of Incarcerated Parents
I’ve recently learned about an amazing group called Angel Tree Camping, a program of Prison Fellowship®, that supports the 2.7 million children who have incarcerated parents. Can you imagine what it’s like to be an innocent child whose parent or parents are in prison? It makes me cry just thinking about it!
Angel Tree Camping gives these kids a chance to do something “normal” in the summer; go to camp!
Remember summer camp? Going on adventures, tipping your canoes over, building, crafting, singing, experiencing all of God’s wonders beneath the canopy of trees and stars? I loved my camp days and am so happy to hear that an organization is doing what they can to make sure that this under-served population of innocents gets to experience it too!
Angel Tree Camping, a Christian ministry, will gladly accept your donation to help kids of prisoners have an opportunity most of us take for granted.
Please consider making a Donation HERE.
Smoked Sausages | Cookin’ It! With Kix
Oh hey! Speaking of Book Club, have you been leafing through the pages of Cookin’ It! with Kix? It’s chock full of some amazing recipes for your summer grillin’. Here’s a simple but deeelicious one, perfect for your Memorial Day weekend.
• Soaked Wood chips (soak in water, beer, or wine)
• Sausages of your choice
• Barbecue sauce, grainy mustards & condiments of your choice
• Heat a grill or smoker to about 225 degrees, with one burner ON, and one burner OFF.
• Place wood chips wrapped in foil smoking pouch on the side of grill with the burner ON.
• Place sausages on the side with the burner OFF.
• Close the lid and let the sausages smoke for 30 to 40 minutes.
• Remove the wood chips and continue cooking sausages (yep, still on the side with burner OFF) for another 30 to 60 minutes (will differ depending on size and type of sausage) until the internal temperature is AT LEAST 160 degrees. (Cooked through!)
• You can sear the sausages at the end of smoking by moving them onto the direct heat (burner ON) and letting them get hot and crispy to your satisfaction.
Pair sausages with your favorite sides like Smashed Tater Salad, from page 109, Roasted Corn, on page 113, and Jalapeno Corn Muffins, on 149.
Back on pages 213 through 242, you’ll find cocktails and libations to go with every occasion.
I’ve never sat in on a legislative session, or whatever they’re called, when a federal holiday has been created but I doubt the conversation goes like this,”Hey, let’s make a up a holiday that doesn’t mean anything so people get another day off work.” No, I’m sure there is much, much, more to it.
Memorial Day, for instance.
Yes, this 3-day weekend kicks off the Summer Season, and I, like you will be making the most of it! Grillin’ and having fun! Yet I urge you to remember what it’s ALL ABOUT – A remembrance day for all those who gave their life in service to our country.
Let’s BBQ, spend a day in the sun, at the lake, with friends and family, and let’s ALSO stop for a moment and bow our heads in prayer, giving thanks and honor to those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we did not have to. We owe our heroes that much!
Check out local resources and see if there are Memorial Day activities you and your family could participate in also! You never know what new experiences, people, and connections you’ll make!
Have a safe and happy holiday, and remember to LOVE SOMEONE!