Friday, December 31, 2010

A Brief Look at 2010

As I look back over this past year I am surprised at the many things that have transpired.
  • Bob took a job in February of this year in Kentucky. When he left there was at least 18 inches of snow on the ground. Thank you very much.
  • Ben and I started working on the kitchen in March, which still isn't done, by the way. Talk about patience - whew - I think I have the definition memorized by now!
  • Ben graduated from Wor-Wic in May.
  • Piper was born at the end of May.
  • Bob came back home in June.
  • He's had a couple different jobs since then.
  • He got laid off from his last job just before Thanksgiving.
  • Christmas was wonky this year - to say the least.
  • We are currently still unemployed.

I have survived. I will continue to do so. I may go a little crazy now and then, but survive I will do. On the flip side of all this, I have been richly blessed.

  • We got a huge tax return last year, thanks to our paying Ben's tuition. That allowed us to buy some things for the kitchen and it is keeping us afloat at the moment.
  • Bob was able to get unemployment - not a healthy pay check, but it keeps the creditors fed.
  • My sister and her family were generous to us this Christmas - God truly provides in the time of need - and I am eternally grateful for that and I am thankful for her.
  • Everyone is healthy (we don't have health insurance at this moment in time)
  • I have friends that pray for me and two gals that let me vent to the ends of the earth

I am not fearful of this coming year. It will be what it will be. I only have to "go with the flow" and keep my head bowed and my knees bent. I pray for: wisdom, strength, compassion, humor, creativity, and that ugly word, patience.

So begins a new year!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

As the Snow Falls. . . .

Two thousand ten debuted itself with snow upon the ground.
Well into February the white stuff hung around.

Now as the new year pushes nigh
Nature once more shakes her whiteness from the sky.

My thoughts are as this strange year ends
Snow once more will welcome a new year in.

A sleepy little town will sleep under a blanket of white tonight.
When we awake all will be crisp and bright.
We will start our day with great plans in store
For all that white stuff just beyond our door.

Friday, December 24, 2010

It's a Most "Cruddy" Time of the Year!

Yep, the crud has struck our household. Coughing, sneezing, hacking, chills.
Todd had it while he was home visiting with the girls.
Baby Girl has it - temp went to 103.1 yesterday. She is miserable. I am listening to her breath and moan in her sleep on the monitor. So sad.
Ben is getting it. I have been listening to him hack all morning. He told me last night that he had been "fighting death" all day. Ummm. How. . . . horrid.
Some think they are going to get it. It's amazing what power of suggestion will do.
My power is to suggest that I don't get it.
What a lousy way to begin Christmas Eve and slide into Christmas.

Just my "tidbit" for the day.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dear Mama. . . .

Dear Mama,

Thanks for the dipers, formula, and foood. I wil use it wisely. It came at a gud time. Things were gettin a little stinky in this joint. I will rashun the food and hopefully you put a pik in thar for me. I am not sure when I will be releesed from this place, but wurd on the blok is I cood be in here for the long hal. Probashun may not be a opshun, with you workin and all. They treet me gud heer. I git out in the yard sum. I do git lots of kisses. And i gess the hugs and sqeezes aint bad eether. I have inclosed a piktur for yu. Cum vizit whin yu can.
Yer luvin doter,

Piper #05252010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I've been doing a lot of ironing these past two days. Ironing, I found, is very therapeutic for me. I actually like to iron. I remember doing it as a young girl for my mom and when I started Junior High, my Home-Ec teacher taught me some of the proper ways to iron.

As I was ironing I began thinking about how this wrinkled fabric compared to my inner self. I use a hot steam iron to remove unwanted wrinkles from, in this case, curtains. Holding the iron on the wrinkles while the hot steam penetrates the fabric does two things for me. One - it removes the wrinkle - in some cases almost completely. Two - the smell of the steamed fabric gives me a warm feeling inside.

The downside of ironing is that while it straightens and flattens the fabric, if you aren't careful you can make more of a mess than you started with. There have been times I have actually ironed wrinkles into the fabric. And depending on the nature of the fabric, those wrinkles may become permanent. No amount of re-ironing will remove them. The heat has permanently set them in.

So how does this apply to me?

I am very wrinkled inside - in my spirit. I can "feel" these wrinkles. And just as wrinkles on fabric make it look dishevelled, so I feel dishevelled in my soul. The bad thing, or good, depending on how you look at it, is I can't iron my soul, my spirit, my inner self. I simply am not capable of such a task.

Just as fabric becomes wrinkled with normal use, so does my soul. It is life. It leaves wrinkles from the size of straight pens to the size of 2x4's on my heart. Most of the little wrinkles go unnoticed. But when the big ones pile on, I become "unsightly", especially to God.

He is the only One that can remove the wrinkles of my soul. His "iron" is far more powerful than mine and He is more cautious than me. He can remove any wrinkle, at any time. I just have to ask Him to "straighten" me out. And the best part is, He doesn't, I repeat doesn't, iron wrinkles into me!

So, as I am ironing, I made it my purpose to ask God to reveal my wrinkles and iron them out. One by one or two by two. I don't care. Just hit me with that steam. And He obliged. The good thing is He is starting out slow and small. I have a lot of deep wrinkles and the little ones need to be taken care of first and then on to the mama-jamas of them all.

The first wrinkle I felt smooth away - our employment situation. It may not resolve itself right away but my worrying isn't speeding up the process. I have a simple peace about it.

The second wrinkle - the rushed days and busyness of my mornings - how stressed I feel.

So to check on a sleeping child and see the peace on her face - with no worry of who cares for her or who loves her because it is something we freely give to her and she feels it - melts me. It stood as a reminder to me that God freely gives His love to all of us. He marvels in our peace when we let Him. I felt the wrinkle of the stress and busyness smooth away as I stared at her. She is just a small representation of the love I have for my whole family - a love that I can't even describe sometimes.

I can feel the wrinkles subsiding. It will take some time, I'm sure. It may even take a long time, but most assuredly, I am being ironed!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Happy Birthday, Nichole!

Where, may I ask, has the time gone?
17 years! You could at least have slowed the
hands of time a little bit?! LOL
Happy Birthday Little Lady!
I love you!
Aunt Crickett
(aka: the FB photo snatcher!)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Happy Birthday, Sam!

Well, I know you're a grown man and all, but I just can't help myself sometimes.
I hope I have only mildly embarrassed you! BTW - snagged the original pic from Bek's
FB album, so technically, you can blame her!
Have a wonderful birthday!
I love you
Aunt Crickett
PS - Congrats on the change in work status!

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