Praise God today … everyday

Giving God the praise … Today

Another week has passed … — May 22, 2016

Another week has passed …

I wasn’t able to get a lot of de-cluttering done this week either.  Back to work with my foot up at night.  Did get more digital de-cluttering.

The office is technically closed on Friday, so I worked from home. I also spent the day doing laundry and going through paperwork in my family room.

Today  ended up going to Battle Creek again to work on Dale’s mom’s house.  Scraping and painting a few door frames and a few window frames, fixing a few plugs, fixing a part on the water heater … hopefully that is all that we need to fix.  Cleaned another room cleaned. Unfortunately brought more stuff home, but not as much as we have in the past. This time we brought cleaning supplies, medical supplies, paint and other misc. things.

Along with the house work we had to find a notary. Never fun when you have to go travel an hour to get there.  Never helps when you don’t get an early start.  I called the bank near his mom and they said that notaries are at all of their branches every day.  We got there 5 minutes before closing.  Nope, no notary there. Another branch was open for a couple more hours.  We made it there.  Enjoyed lunch with Dale’s mom, spent a little time at her apartment and then went to get the work done. It did not take as long as I thought it would have. We were able to head home by 7:30.  Definitely an earlier night home from Battle Creek.

However I think I did too much on my foot today.  I am having a very sore foot tonight.

Hopefully I can get back to more de-cluttering this next week.

Decluttering Progress — May 13, 2016

Decluttering Progress

Progress has been slow.  Not much done.  I wanted to post pictures of what I have been decluttering.

I had foot surgery yesterday, so am laid up on the couch with the foot up.  So I am in the process of declutter my emails.  I am starting to declutter my “digital” world.  I started at over 32000 emails earlier today.  I am now down 1000, and plan on going further as the next few days while the foot is up.

Oh, The Stuff! — May 9, 2016

Oh, The Stuff!

Much to be thankful for … today I am thankful for another garage sale to be over.

We moved my mother-in-law to assisted living in November of 2014.  We have been working on cleaning out her house since then.

My husband and his brother were not in agreement on how to go about clearing out the belongings.  Should we have garage sales, an estate sale, give things away, let the house sit … Decisions, decisions.

Along with those decisions, I was giving the job of paying her bills, and managing her money. So I was aware of when we needed to sell the house.

She moved in the beginning of November of 2014.  My kids were home for Thanksgiving for their trip through the house looking for the belongs they wanted of Grandma and Grandpa’s.  A lot left that weekend, but oh the stuff! We found many of the hiding places where things were stuffed.

My husband’s brother piled his belongs in a couple corners … he said there wasn’t room at his house.  He had lived in his parents for a number of adult years and much of his belongings were still there.

I felt like we were taking truck load by truck load home. Our house was filling up.

His brother was not ready to give up his parent’s home (his childhood home). His parent’s had lived there since they married in 1953.

I talked my husband into have a garage sale at the house.  We needed to start somewhere.  We started to set up, and I got yelled at by my brother-in-law … that this was not my decision to have a sale or not.  The brother said that I wasn’t part of the family.  (We were married, 33 years as of last Aug 2015).  We put it off for a while and then just went ahead and did one. We did ok, but oh the stuff! More seemed to be coming out of the woodwork.

Over the course of last year, we did 4 sales and still had so much stuff. We did 1 at our house and 3 at hers. Mind you, her house is an hour away, so it was a lot of weekends going back and forth. A lot of time, a lot of gas, a lot of energy. My health had been compromised. My stress level was so intense, that I landed in the hospital with blood pressure issues … dropping to extreme low ranges.

As 2016 came around, I was unable to do much with the house until tax season was over. (I work in a CPA firm). Mid-March, I decided to look into estate sales. I didn’t feel like I could do another year of little garage sales.

Found a small business that came out and took a look around the house and two garages to see if we had enough value to be worth their time. Thankfully they agreed to do a sale for us at a 50/50 split instead of 65/35 split.  It still was worth it.  We just had to have all things out that we wanted. They went through things with the sentiment that the guys had.

We also decided to put the house up for sale at the same time. People at the sale could get a look around. Having both at the same time proved to be positive.  Within 2 weeks we had our first offer on the house.  Within 2 more weeks, we had accepted an offer. The estate sale brought in a reasonable amount of cash but still had things left.

Our subdivision has a neighborhood “Grand Slam” sale the first weekend of May every year.  We decided to bring remains to our house to sell in yet another sale.  This sale took place last Friday and Saturday.  Last week was tiring getting prepared for it.  Our garage had been overloaded since the prior year’s sale – with adding so many more boxes over the year with things we thought we wanted or thought we could sell online. Two nights back down an hour away to pick up more stuff and a bed.

Friday came … beautiful spring weather. Sunny, blue sky.  People kept right on coming.  Sold a lot that day. Closed up shop … ordered pizza for supper.

Saturday came … predictions of rain, but only rained for five minutes between 11 and 12. Sold a lot more that day.  The garage still looked full. The bed was the last thing to sell.

Knowing we were tired of this, we decided not to put any of it back into the garage. Packed up the truck with the remains ready to drop off at the thrift store. The truck looked so full, but after thinking of all the truck loads that we had brought home, it really was minimal.

There are still some things at the house to box up, but we are nearing the end. I am looking forward to getting my house in order.   It has been quite some time since I have had one room without any clutter coming from my mother-in-law’s home. I want just one room to be able to relax without seeing all that needs to be done.

Along with all that we have had to go through, I want to declutter my stuff so my kids don’t have to do what we have done.

If I don’t “forget”, I am hoping to post a picture each day or a couple times a week of my declutter for the day.  Today it is still all of the stuff in the truck.

Things we need to do to help with our mess: 1. Get a storage unit to store my mother-in-law’s furniture that she doesn’t need, but goes with her table and her bedroom furniture. 2. Attempt to spend 15 – 30 minutes daily to get rid of something, 3. ???

What things would you suggest us do to help us declutter and to stay on task?

Fathers Day — June 17, 2012

Fathers Day

Today is Father’s Day.  How thankful I am to have a Godly father and a great Christian upbringing.              Happy Father’s Day, Dad!Image

These past few months have been rough on our family.  My dad was very sick and had been in either the hospital or the rehab center for 2+ months. He was not good.  We weren’t sure if he would make it.  We are so very thankful to see how God had carried him through and brought him back home to us.  Praise God for his healing touch.

I found it very difficult being in Michigan, while he was in Tennessee.  I wanted so much to go visit him.  When he first went in the hospital, we had plans to go north for Easter to visit our son.  I had 2 weekends available before my scheduled surgery to go away, but no available money to go both ways – north and south.

We were trusting God for his healing hand for dad.   It took time and doctors, but eventually dad was able to go back home.

How thankful today that he is now back at home and looks great!  I look forward to the day when I am able to visit Tennessee and see both my mom and dad again.  How thankful I am for a God who walks beside us and carries us through rough times in our lives.

I praise God today for …

  1.  a God that brought my dad back to health..
  2.  a God who carried my mom through this difficult time.
  3.  a brother and sister-in-law who are close by and able to help mom and dad when they are needed
  4.  God allowing mom and dad to move from Texas to Tennessee shortly before this took place, which   allowed them to be close by my brother,
  5.  being an awesome God, who is always good and is full of grace.

Thank you God for my family and being close to us during difficult time.


Oh the Glory!! — February 21, 2012

Oh the Glory!!

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18

I was reading another person’s blog tonight … … it shared a story of a man’s favorite Bible verse.  This verse has such meaning.  Take a second and head on over to read the story for yourself.

How many times do we read the scriptures over and over and miss things.  I have read this verse many times.  It had never stood out to me like it did after reading this person’s blog.

This past year had been a lot of “suffering” in ways that just were not the normal me.  There were a lot of issues to deal with.  Today as I read this verse, I realized how futile the suffering really was in comparison to the day I reach heaven.  Yes, each day is hard and has its own things to deal with, but with knowing and being reminded that everything we go through on earth is nothing compared to the day we enter Glory!  The Bible gives us glimpses of heaven … I can’t wait to see it in its fullest.

Memories … — July 7, 2011

Memories …

Yesterday I picked some flowers while I took a walk around the building.  I like the comment someone made when I posted them to facebook.  “Hey, My Father made those!”  So true … God is the creator of all.  I am enjoying taking pictures of flowers close up.  Anyways … the memory that this brought to mind as I lying in bed last night ….

…. was of my daughter when she was in preschool.  I would pick her up at the end of the day.  Usually the kids were out on the playground.  Erin wasn’t playing on the slides, swings or other outdoor toys.  She was off picking flowers to bring home. 

Good memories … Praise God for good memories … what good memories do flowers bring you?

Here I go again …. — May 25, 2011

Here I go again ….

This past week as been extremely emotional for me.  I feel like all I do is break into tears. It seems as if something comes up and … here I go again … into tears.  Getting emotional and physically draining.

However … Here I go again … taking advice from my daughter. I have been writing in this blog off and on over the past few weeks. The reason I began was that I needed to keep my focus on God. I’ve struggled this last week praising God for things because of my funk in life. My daughter told me that I was more upbeat when I was writing this regularly.  I need to get back on track with praising God as my title says … Praise God today … everyday.  So here goes!

1. Praise God for the sunshine today.  Amongst the rain and dark clouds it made the day pleasant when we could look out and see the sun off and on during the day.

2. Praise God for my daughter and her willingness to tell me what she thinks I need.

3. Praise God for my husband who stands beside me during a rough time in my life.

4. Praise God for he is always faithful and will carry me through the dark clouds.

5. Praise God for his awesome love and that he is love and loves me in all things.

Ok, this was 4 days ago when I started writing this … so today … I’m praising God for allowing me to realize a few things.

1. As the funk settles, I realize how things were wierder than they seemed.

2. That despite how I feel about things, God has purposes for allowing things to happen.

3. That the lack of sleep in the crazy schedule with having to get up at 5:30 am and then work tax season, come home and deal with much different expectations than I had thought, and try to go to bed at a decent time (which never happened) was one of the primary reasons for the stress. You know how it is when you are tired …always on edge.

So I really to get to bed and get to sleep.

Praise God … for an awesome God!

Love is …. — May 13, 2011

Love is ….

Today I began my day with reading the Love chapter – 1 Corinthians 13.  Wow.  Considering the things I am dealing with right now, I began to ponder this.

1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

The last few months have been difficult trying to love someone.  I look over the passage and see that I possess very little of this love for this person.  Am I patient? Am I kind? Do I dishonor others? Am I self-seeking?  Am I easily angered or do I easily anger others?  Do I keep record of wrongs?  Do I always protect, trust, hope and persevere?  Going through each one makes me think of how I have error-ed in life. How I need God’s love to be shown through me!

When I was reading this today it hit me hard that I do not have love for this individual.  I struggle with that.  I’ve been praying for God to give me His love for that person.  Has he?  And why hasn’t he?  Worth pondering.

God is love and has love for each person.  God gives Himself to each of us.  God has given me love for this person. I need to exercise that love.  That is the hard part – loving the unlovable. I am so thankful that I have a God who is love. God is patient with me, he is kind, he honors us, he wants what is best for me not him, he does not keep a list of my mistakes.

How thankful for a God who is all the characteristics of love … because HE IS LOVE!

It is a good thing … — May 7, 2011

It is a good thing …

It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord – always.  I recall the song we used to sing based upon Psalms 92:1 KJV. This song came to mind when I began writing this today.

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord,

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord,

and to sing praises unto Thy name,

O most High.

Today has been a good day and I am so thankful to God for it. .  I am  thankful to have a day of feeling accomplished (with nothing in particular) as well as feeling energetic (somewhat) and that it has been just a plain good day.  We have so many ups and downs here at our home that when a really good day comes it really is an occasion to be thankful.

I am no longer required to work on Fridays until next October, giving me SO much more free time.  Last summer during this season, I found an exercise called Wholyfit.  Here is their mission statement …

…to inspire, enliven and heal through movement, worship and the Word of God, in order to build up the Body of Christ, protect the purity of the Bride of Christ and reveal God’s love to the world through Jesus, The Prince of Peace, to whom belongs all dominion, and power and authority on earth as it is in heaven.

I enjoyed it a lot last year so I wanted to do it again this summer.  This is the 3rd Friday of not working so I figured I had better get moving or I wouldn’t.  Wow, I had forgotten the moves to the verses that I had learned last summer.  I had  a quick refresher. Nothing like a good workout for me … that comes so rare.  Pray that I continue my motivation to go to class over the course of the summer months.

I did go to work for a couple hours … after taking the most relaxing time off earlier in the week, I had some work that had to get done today, so I figured a couple hours in the office wouldn’t be too bad.

I got home from work, Haile was home from school on a early release day.  We went to pick up her new glasses with the instructions to hang on to these ones. Afterwards we went to a lot of garage sales.  We were looking for Haile some summer clothes and hopefully a love seat hide-a-bed for the family room.  We didn’t find a love seat, we found a couple pieces of clothing and a bunch of other stuff.  For someone not wanting to go to garage sales, Haile sure found a bunch of stuff. We bought a few videos for her to watch.

The sun has been shining all day! Makes a beautiful day for garage sales. Tomorrow is the big grand slam and the weather looks like it will cooperate.

Being that the weather is so beautiful today, we grilled out.  Pork chops on the grill, baked potatoes on the grill and grilled cabbage.  Grilled cabbage sounds so weird but was actually pretty good.  Put the cabbage in a metal pan or foil and sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese on it.  Make sure to put butter in the pan as well. Pretty good recipe. Dishes are done, kitchen cleaned up and Haile and Dale are off doing Mother’s Day stuff.

So I can sit and relax … sun shining in the window … house quiet … with a heart of thanksgiving for the day God has given me.

Michigan Association for Foster, Adoptive and Kindship (MAFAK) Conference — April 30, 2011

Michigan Association for Foster, Adoptive and Kindship (MAFAK) Conference

Tonight I am praising God for the awesome opportunity to attend this conference.  Dale and I were 1 of 2 couples who won this conference and accomodations at the MAFAK conference.

This goes through Sunday.  We were in sessions all day today.  It has been awesome.  Motivational, inspirational, and very educational.  Alot of things to see how we can implement stuff into our lives.

Today’s topics –

1. Nurturing Hearts

2, Quality Visits

3. Believing in yourself

I wish I could implement everything overnight for dealing with foster care.  We are praying that some of what we learn this weekend will truly be beneficial.