Saturday, September 13, 2008

Is it already September???

Can't believe how fast the months are flying by! Here are some new pixs of the grandkids.





Melissa and the girls came for Labor Day visit and we had a fantastic time with them. The girls are the cutest! Kynleigh is 5 years old, Kaelyn is 4 and Peyton just turned one!







The triplets are almost three and so much fun! All so different! Aren't they an adorable family? Jenni and Scott have their hands full but do a fantastic job with Eli, Ali and Tegan.





Aimee and Justin's four girls are growing up! Ellie is 9, Bella is 7, Alexandra is 4 and Olivia just turned 1! I miss all my grandchildren!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Another doe sighting!

Some of you were wondering if the picture I posted of the doe was actually her. The answer is . . . no, sorry. I did not have time to run back to the house, get my camera and run back and hope she would still be there. BUT the good news is she appeared again this afternoon, around 3:30PM in my backyard this time, in the middle of the day, go figure! This time I grabbed my camera and took two quick pixs of her (while I was on the phone to my lifecoach discussing homework, so I was a bit limited as to how many I could take). Here she is! What are the chances I would see her again so soon? Of course this morning I did take some old moldy bread and put it on several tree stumps down near where I saw her before and when I checked after she left this afternoon, ALL the bread was gone! I think I have a friend for life!


Monday, July 07, 2008

A God Hunt


A few weeks ago I ran across a fellow lifecoach's blog that shared how she had gone on a "God Hunt" to see where she saw God in her day. I liked the idea and have been trying to remember to intentionally look for Him throughout my day and to record in my journal whenever I had a "God Find." The last few days I've not been paying so much attention to this, so today during my morning time with God I told Him I wanted "eyes to see and ears to hear Him."

A little while later (it was @ 9:40 AM by now), I decided to walk my "greens" out to the compost pile. As I approached the area in the back of our yard where we throw our compost, I looked up and at the same moment a doe looked up from where she was feeding on kudzu in a cleared part of our woods, but only 20 feet from where I stood. I think we startled each other and she jumped a few feet. I fully expected her to bound off into the woods but she just stood still, looking at me as if to say, "Are you dangerous? If not, I'll stay." I stood stock still, wanting her to stay and whispered, "I won't hurt you." She stared at me for another minute and then continued feeding on the greens closest to her, every now and then looking up at me to make sure I was safe.

We were just "together" for probably 3 or 4 minutes as she made her way slowly to the back part of the cleared area as she nibbled on leaves and bamboo. Finally she stepped behind a tree and began to make her way back into the woods until all I could see were her hind legs (that looked exactly like two little tree trunks). If it wasn't for the black stripe on her tail and the fact that I hadn't taken my eyes off of her the entire time, I would not have been able to spot her at all. Then, she took one step, and disappeared behind bits of bamboo and brush.
I put the watermelon rinds I was carrying on a tree stump as a sweet offering to let her know I appreciate dthe visit and in hopes that she would return and remember this was a "safe" place for her to feed.

I was amazed at this encounter with a deer so close to me and the timing of me walking out there just when the doe was there AND the fact that she did not run off when I startled her.
What was even more coincidental was the fact that this morning during my quiet time, I read a section called "Hawks" out of John Eldredge's new book Walking with God (which I absolutely am loving!). He spoke of a similar encounter with a hawk and how hawks, to him, symbolize God's presence, His freedom and beauty.
"The earth is the Lord's and everything in it. Psalm 24:1 God is speaking to us all the time. Sometimes He uses words. Other times He uses dreams. And He loves to use the everchanging, unfolding beauty, drama and presence of His creation." pg118

I wrote all this in my journal (BEFORE I saw the doe) and this as well: God speaks to John E. through His wonders in nature, just like He does to me! Thank you Papa-God for sharing Yourself through Your creation with us. It gives me eyes to see You more and more, everywhere, especially in Your creation! Not that I think they are You, just a symbol and that You are wild, untamable, fast, slow, free, lovely and so much more.

As I pondered what I had written just moments before my doe sighting/God Find, I thought, " How odd I would "happen" to read that in Walking with God this very morning. No, not odd, but how God!"

Go on your own God Hunt and just watch for how He might show up in Your day!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Spring is right around the corner!


Today it is gently raining and all the plants are smiling, I can feel it! It has been way too long since I've written so here is a quick update. I've been busy facilitating my monthly Day Apart with God retreats and they are going very well. In August I plan to teach a course in Spiritual Formation that will run through May, can't wait, should be so exciting. My lifecoaching class is going great and I'm looking forward to the workshop in VA Bch at the beginning of April. Rob is still loving 410 Bridge,what he does and the people he works for.
Last month I traveled to Barb Bollman's in NC and we colead a retreat at her farm. It was lovely and of course was so fun to be with Barb. She and I are kindred spirits for sure. The farm is so quaint, I could stay there forever. I feel so blessed to be part of the Bollman "family." Thanks Barb for inviting me.
Of course I have to add some pixs of the grandkids or my blog would not be complete. They are the loves of my life (after Rob of course).





More pixs to come of the Lawson girls!!!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Shack and other assorted news


I've really been meaning to blog, but things get in the way . . . sooooo here's what I've been wanting to say.

First of all, one of the BEST books I read all year was The Shack by William P Young. If you haven't read it, you must, it is taking the world by storm. I will say the beginning is a bit hard to read through because of the horrific circumstances BUT it is so worth the read to get beyond that part to the incredible encounter Mack has with God. It is a life-changing novel! Run, don't walk, to your nearest bookstore. Check out the website too. www.theshackbook.com

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And now here is another website you might want to check out as well, nothing to do with the book but some really great music and photo's and thoughts to reflect on.

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Just have to share a few photo opportunities from the holidays:
from Aimee and Justin's






from Jenni and Scott's







from Melissa and Patrick's








and one from my birthday: We went to Maggiano's in Raleigh.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Differences


Rob read this to me from Devotions for Men on the Go. I thought it was so humorous I would share it with you as a little Happy New Year "gift".

Loving the Fairer Sex
Here's a shocking news development: Men and women are drastically different from one another!

Consider these differences:

Nicknames: If Laura, Suzanne, Debra, and Rose go out for lunch, they will call
each other Laura, Suzanne, Debra, and Rose. But if Mike, Charlie, Bob and
John go out they will affectionately refer to each other as FatBoy, Godzilla,
Peanut-Head, and Useless.

Money: A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he wants. A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item she doesn't want.

Bathrooms: A man has six items in his bathroom: a toothbrush, toothpaste,
shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel from the Holiday Inn. The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man
would not be able to identify most of these items.

Arguments: A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says
after that is the beginning of a new argument.

Offspring: Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows
about dentist appointments and romances, best friends and favorite foods,
secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of short people living in the house.

We men have a tendency to become frustrated with the differences between us and the "fairer" sex. That's why God instructed us to treat our wives with love and understanding rather than impatience.
How do you typically respond when your wife does or says something you see as irrational, hypersensitive, or overly emotional? Do you become frustrated, or do you simply throw more love and understanding her way.

Jesus, give me the grace it takes to truly and unconditionally love the woman in my life!