It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Chapter 7, Page 2, Book 09

Hot July brings cooling showers,
apricots and yellow flowers,
firecrackers, flags, picnics and parties
that help us herald the birthday
of our country.
Author Unknown

I love it when my 5 day work week becomes a 4 day one. Tomorrow is a vacation day and I’ll be off to my camper now til Sunday evening.
I do miss my computer when I’m gone, but there is just no connection there for me. Of course I keep busy with many other things anyway and there would be very little computer time to use even if I could connect.
Hopefully I’ll remember to take pictures for you all to see. It should be a good weekend weatherwise and peoplewise too. Last year at this time we were able to have my entire family together. It was one of the rare occasions that everything worked out and they all made it together at the same time.
I’ll miss having them together this year though. Out of my 7 children there will be only 3 of them and their families there. The other 4 have other plans and that is fine. Fine for them but not for me for sure.
As they’ve grown apart, scattered here and there, home doesn’t always have the draw that it used to. That saddens me but you know, I look at it this way, they are all healthy and working, and have lovely homes and a good life. There is always lots to be thankful for.
Have a great weekend and remember you’ll all be in my thoughts and prayers.

Slow down; God is still in heaven.
You are not responsible for doing
it all yourself, right now.
Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past.
Rest there. Each moment has richnessthat takes a lifetime to savor.
Set your own pace.When someone is pushing you,
it's OK to tell them they're pushing.
Take nothing for granted:watch water flow,
the corn grow, the leaves blow, your neighbor mow.
Taste your food.God gives it to delight
as well as to nourish.
Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set.
They are remarkable for their steady pattern
of movement, not their speed
Quit planning how you're going to use
what you know, learn, or possess.
God's gifts just are; be grateful
and their purpose will be clear.
When you talk with someone,
don't think about what you'll say next.
Thoughts will spring up naturally
if you let them.
Talk and play with children.It will bring out the unhurried
little person inside you.
Create a place in your your your heart...where you can go for quiet and recollection.You deserve it.
Allow yourself time to be
lazy and unproductive.Rest isn't luxury; it's a necessity.
Listen to the wind blow.It carries a message of yesterday & tomorrow- and now. NOW counts
Rest on your laurels.They bring comfort whatever their size,age, or condition.
Talk slower. Talk less.Don't talk. Communication isn't
measured by words.
Give yourself permission
to be late sometimes.Life is for living, not scheduling
Listen to the song of a bird;the complete song.
Music and nature are gifts,but only if you are willing to receive them.
Take time just to think.Action is good and necessary,but it's fruitful only if we
muse, ponder, and mull.
Make time for play - the things you like to do.Whatever your age, your inner childneeds recreation.
Watch and listen to the night sky.It speaks.
Listen to the words you speak,especially in prayer.
Learn to stand back and let others
take their turn as leaders.
There will always be new opportunitiesfor you to step out in front again.

Divide big jobs into little jobs.If God took six days to create the universe,can you hope to do any better?
When you find yourself rushing& anxious, stop. Ask yourself "WHY?"you are rushing and anxious.The reasons may improve
your self-understanding.
Take time to read.Thoughtful reading
is enriching reading
Direct your life with purposeful choices,not with speed and efficiency.The best musician is one who
plays with expression and meaning,not the one who finishes first.
Take a day off alone; make a retreat.You can learn from monks and hermits
without becoming one.
Pet a furry friend.You will give and get the gift of now
Work with your hands.It frees the mind.
Take time to wonder.Without wonder,life is merely existence.
Sit in the dark.It will teach you to see
and hear, taste and smell.
Once in a while, turn down the lights,the volume, the throttle, the invitations.
Less really can be more.
Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest
thing to do - but often it is the best.
Take a walk-but don't go anywhere.If you walk just to get somewhere,you sacrifice the walking.
Count your friends.If you have one, you are lucky.If you have more, you are blessed.
Bless them in return.
Count your blessings -one at a time and slowly
Author Unknown
‘On Ya’-ma


Hollie said...

I know what you mean about your family not getting together like they use to. Our's doesn't either. As long as everyone is okay though. Have a wonderful 4th. I hope you get pictures to share.

Scrappy quilter said...

Our family doesn't get together like they use to either. They now have their own families and friends and that's okay with me. I think that's the way it's suppose to be. I love your Thought for Today...great words of wisdom. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs..

Cindi said...

Anytime your togther with your family is a holiday...Who cares what the calendar says!...that's how we approach it...take care enjoy the camper this weekend...looking forward to pics!

Joyful Days said...


betty said...

enjoy your Fourth with the family that can join you, Ma. Even though it is hard to be away from all your family, I know you will be glad to spend the time with those who come up; can't wait to see new pictures if you take them :)


Rose said...

Enjoy your long weekend!

I'm alone and sometimes that's o.k. Of course, I would love to be with my children in New England instead of the hot humidity of Florida!

Hugs, Rose