Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week Four - The Greatest Task I was Given in this Life.

Week Four


A week of Reflection and Gratitude




"Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you've done will have mattered as much.”
~ Lisa Wingate


This moved me beyond the use of words to explain.

These children I have raised into adults, with the mistakes.  The poor choices.  The worries.  The stress.  The "I don't know how I'm going to make this work"......

I know I was never alone.  Not the company of any one person, but the blessings of the Creator.  The guidance of Spirit Guides, that back then, I hadn't even acknowledged yet.

They are all grown now.  Each and every one of them.  No more babies for me -- just grand babies that are truly the greatest joy in life.

And what do I see when I look at each of them?  Do I see a messed up person due to dysfunction?  Do I see sadness.  Weakness.  Unkindness.  Cruelty.  Shallowness.  Selfishness.  Greed.  Hatred.  Violence?

No.

Not in one of them.

Not in one of them. 

 Not in any of them.


I see young people with Love in their lives.  Loyalty.  Strong work ethics.  Faith.  Determination.  Stubbornness.   Closeness.   Forgiveness.  Happiness.   

People who know who they are and who are working every day....living every day with good in their hearts and faith in their souls.

There have been times that I felt maybe I failed them as their mother in many ways. 

 but I look at them... all of them.

And I know that I have not failed at all.  Not in even one of them.

They know Love.
They know Hope.
They know Faith.

They share this knowledge with their own children and in their everyday lives.

We are not a family of religion but by the grace of God, we are a family of Faith.

My greatest accomplishments are my children.  Those I gave birth to and those I did not.

My greatest reward is seeing them as they share faith hope and love.  Whether it's with their children, their friends, their family or with strangers.

I live my life every day.  I work.  I travel.  I write.  I read.  I laugh and sometimes I cry.  

But what matters the most?  

They do. 
And in all I do, I have succeeded in the best way I could ever succeed.

And as the days shorten.  A hint of fall fills my humanness.  Some lines come to my skin and white blends with my dark hair...

I am blessed. 
I am blessed because I have succeeded in the greatest task God gave to me in this life.

I still have plenty to do while I'm here, but truly, the greatest is done.






There is no obstacle that True Grit and Amazing Grace can't overcome.
-Sarah ban Breathnach



Gratitude is the hearts memory.
-French Proverb



No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made.  Destiny is made known silently.
-Anges deMille




A photo that I have shared this week...

Two of my precious grandchildren... Patrick and Anna.


They represent the hope in tomorrow. 











Recipe Share

One more from my Holiday Recipes


Corn Pudding

5 Eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 Tbsp cornstarch
1 can whole kernel corn
2 cans cream style corn

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a 2 quart casserole dish
In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs.  Add melted butter, sugar and milk.  Whisk in cornstarch.
Drain whole kernel corn
Add corn and cream style corn.  Blend well.
Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish
Bake for 1 hour.











My Meditation stone this week is the Clear Quartz Point


Clear Quartz is known as the "master healer" and will amplify energy and thought, as well as the effect of other crystals.  It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy.  Clear Quartz draws off negative energy of all kinds, neutralising background radiation, including electromagnetic smog or petrochemical emanations.  It balances and revitalises the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes.  Cleanses and enhances the organs and subtle bodies and acts as a deep soul cleanser, connecting the physical dimension with the mind.  Clear Quartz enhances psychic abilities.  It aids concentration and unlocks memory.  Stimulates the immune system and brings the body into balance.  Clear Quartz (Crystal Quartz, Rock Crystal) harmonises all the chakras and aligns the subtle bodies.




Poetry - Past, Present and Future


The Tea Cup



Sitting here, relecting on today

The tea cup rattles lightly as I place it back on its saucer

A full day, a blessed day..

A gently breeze ruffles the leaves nearby

The song of a bird fills the air

Blessed?

Yes, I am blessed

A full life, people who love me, who need me...

Joy?

Yes, I have joy

I call them grandchildren, 

giggles and smiles

being called Nana..

As the day draws to an end

the sun sets behind the tallest mountain.

As the world darkens 

my life shines within me as a tiny flame

The light, the love

the blessings, gifts

I take a sip of my tea, 

silently thanking God for it all

the tea cup rattles lightly 

as I place it back on its saucer.

©Deborah Mitchell




I like living.  I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
-Agatha Christie





The candles burn to light the darkness.
The candles burn for those who have lost part of their heart, for those who need comfort
and for those who simply need the Light.

Thanks for visiting and see you next week. 







Sunday, January 18, 2015

Project 52 - Weeks 2 and 3 - Dying of Thirst

Hello there,

Sorry for a week delay in publishing.  Week two of 2015 was filled with sickness for me.  I missed an entire week of work....and my life.

But all better now :-)  Grateful.




The focus of this post will be Week 3.


I thought I'd start off talking about the crochet I have been doing.  That was one thing I could do while I was sick....

Sharing some thread crochet bookmarks I have finished





and this one in a new style that I am still working on.



Here's where you can find the free pattern to the one above...







I have 2 little granddaughters that are close in age.  Anna is 1 and Kaidyn is 2.   For Anna's fifth birthday/Kaidyn's sixth birthday the goal is to have a American Girl Doll for each and a trunk full of handmade doll clothes for their dolls.

So, I am beginning with the crochet parts.   I have many many sewing patterns for this size doll as well.   Anna's mommy is also going to be making doll clothes for this project.

For Anna, we are going to do a trunk style container for all of her doll clothes and her doll.

I think for Kaidyn, I'm going to find a vintage suitcase, gut it out and fix it up for hers.

So far I have the hat and a scarf done and the sweater is over half done....













Every morning when we wake up we've been given a wonderful gift - another day of life - so let's make the most of it
-Sarah ban Breathnach




Happiness is not a possession to be prized. It is a quality of thought - a state of mind.
-Daphne du Maurier



Happiness that the world cannot take away only flourishes in the secret garden of our souls.
-Sarah ban Breathnach



In my lifes chain of events, nothing was accidental.  Everything happened according to a inner need.
-Hannah Senesh



My family is what really matters - and the love I have in my life.
All else is trivial.
-Me





This week's Great Find....


What a worthwhile cause to give to -- or even just to read about.

Wounded Warrior Project










Recipe Share


Sausage Balls

these are one of my family's favorite around the holidays


2 lb sausage, uncooked
1 1/2 cups all purpose baking/biscuit mix
16 oz sharp cheddar cheese (4 cups shredded)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Shred cheese (or buy it already shredded) and mix all ingredients.  Form into 1 inch balls.  Bake 15 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet until golden brown.
Sausage cheese balls can be frozen - uncooked.






Poetry in Motion - Past and Present


The Smile of a Child
written in 2006

The smile of a child
the echoes of giggles
The simply joy
from an armful of wiggles

Precious moments
slip away in a flash
Cling to them now
before they quickly pass

Each priceless day
and every kiss goodnight
I pray will remain
locked in my mind good and tight

To pull out and remember
when babies grow to men
To never-ever forget
each and every little grin.

©Deborah Mitchell1




My photo share for the first and second weeks of the year.



Taken less than 2 weeks ago.  



The meditation stone for both these weeks has been the Amethyst.  




The Amethyst is such a stone of the spirit and I chose it before I got sick.  I had no idea at the time how much I would need it.


Amethyst is a stone of the spirit. In general, the beautiful purple color of this crystal is the color of the spirit and spirituality. Amethyst is also a crystal of protection, selflessness, nobleness, spiritual consciousness, meditativeness, balance and inner peace. One very important feature of Amethyst is to serve as a stone of transfiguration and transformation, bringing harmony and peace wherever needed.





Through the Simple Abundance daily readings, I was introduced to the song that is playing....
Standing Knee Deep in a River - Dying of Thirst
performed by Kathy Mattea.

Watch the Video Here

The song really touched my soul. 

How often do we do this?  Searching.  Wanting.  Waiting for someone, for someThing.  Thinking all will work out tomorrow....hoping that Next year will be a better year..................

and in most cases we were already 
Standing Knee Deep in a River - Dying of Thirst.

The lyrics to this song can be found below

Lyrics Here

I encourage you to read them.



Search your own heart.  Your own life.  Are you standing knee deep - and dying of thirst because maybe you should look around.   Look around slowly and realize what you have in your life -- who you have in your life -- already a flowing river of love, of faith, of hope.....
No reason - except in your own thoughts - to be dying of thirst.




And sadness touched a dear friend in one of the worse possible ways.  She lost her husband. There are no words to comfort her pain -  just sending her all the love that I can.

Betty - this candle is for you my friend.





Have a great week and I will see you next Sunday.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Project 52 - Week One

Hello and Welcome to Week 1 of Project 52. 


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!  Ours was fantastic and I am grateful.


I began the New Year without resolutions.  Only aspirations this year.  One of them is to successfully complete the 52 weeks of this blog.  During the year, I will share family stuff -- of course.  They are the utmost important to me.   Also some poetry.  Some of my readers know that I have written it for many years.  There will be some new writings here as well as some old ones.  

Also, this year, once again I am journeying through the Simple Abundance daily readings.  I read this book for the first time in 2000 and have completed it several times in the last fourteen years.  I knew it was time to experience it once more.  

I own the hardcover but this year I purchased the ebook version.  It's available on many ebook sites at around ten dollars.   You would have to play catch up just a little, as the journey begins on January 1st, but I highly recommend it.

Simple Abundance
by
Sarah Ban Breathnack


Here is her website





Every Sunday, not only will this blog be updated, but a photo will be taken from the same place at close to the same time.   These photos will be displayed here on the blog but they will be in a album on my personal facebook page as well as my nature photography page.   That way, at the end of the year, the changes in season etc... will be fun to view.    The time of day I have chosen for this project is around 5pm.

Today, Week 1 - January 4, 2015  5:00 pm



and the sky at that moment....


If you would like to check out the Nature Photography Page, and keep up with these albums... here is the link.






Another aspiration for this New Year, is to read the Christian bible through once again.   I have done this several times in my life.   Those who know me understand that I don't attend church, it's a personal choice.   I find my Creator/God/Great Spirit out in nature - among the trees and fields as Jesus himself told us where he could be found...

So once again, using today's technology that I love, I have a Bible app on my phone....and it keeps track for me, pulls up my daily reading.  I love it. 

The app is called YouVersion


Since Christmas, I haven't picked up my crochet hook too much..... but that will change as the year progresses.   I will share with you my latest projects and links to some wonderful patterns....

This year, I have aspired to spend more time in prayer and meditation.   It's kind of crazy how busy I can allow my life to become that I forget how important this is to my soul.  Prayer is talking to Spirit -- Mediation is listening.   This is my belief.

This first week of the year, the stone I am using for mediation is the Tigers Eye.



The holistic meaning of this beautiful stone....

Tiger's Eye is a stone of protection that is also very stabilizing and grounding.  It enhances integrity, willpower,  self-confidence, practicality and correct use of  power. It is a stone that enhances good luck, and brings prosperity, often in the form of money. Tiger's eye is also a very protective stone which is especially protective during travel. It can also help one see clearly without illusion. Tiger's eye brings a special boost to the solar plexus chakra and to one's personal power.



Her eye, her ear, were tuning forks, burning glasses, which caught the minuest refraction or echo of a thought or feeling....She heard a deeper vibration, a kind of composite echo, of all that the writer said, and did not say.
-Willa Cather



...in a time lacking in truth and certainty, and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back to the world, through her work, a portion of its lost heart.
--Louise Bogan





The Month of New Beginnings!

And now, let us welcome the New Year -- 
Full of things that have never been.
-Rainer Maria Rilke




Some of the poetry I have written over the years were done in a Series.   The first one I am sharing with you this year if from the Sea Series.

This poem was written in 1991


The Pirate

Standing proud at the helm
his cape whipped with the wind
One hand on his sword
he was no man's friend

One eye wore a patch
one tooth made of gold
A silver cross hung from his ear
and his stare was always cold

He saw many die a heartless death
by his own hand in a duel
Never once was he considered kind
always ruthless, mean and cruel

The sea was his lover
the ship, his companion
He loved the thrill of the chase
coming out always - the champion

His eyes were hard like cold blue steel
his hands were strong and coarse
His pride was like a solid brick wall
he took what he wanted by force

The Pirate - they called him
terrorizing the seas
The Pirate - he was
and will always be.

©Deborah Lynn





And for my picture of the week.....

This was taken New Years Eve.   I got to spend it with 2 of my daughters and three of my little grandbabies....

My daughter Becky was playing with a computer photo taking and editing  website and she took this picture of us.




My personal message to all this week is...

Love IS the message....
Love IS the power...
Love IS the strength.





Have a wonderful Week and I will see you next Sunday.