#hydratefortheholidays – Sacred in the Ordinary

h4u takeaway - looking For the most part, days are ordinary. My sister in law said it well earlier today when we were doing what we do – phone chat. We touch base almost daily. Not so long ago, my brother would go through the phone bill, get frustrated with the costly long-distance minutes and try to put the kabosh on our daily calls. Needless to say, we’re thankful for these days of cell phones & unlimited. Today, she was filling me in on her exciting times in Atlanta: a trip to Costco, taking a kid to tennis, rearranging her house. She’s always switching things around. And in the switching she started to get excited about having Thanksgiving at her house this year. So she decided to look for a few Fall decorations while she was out running errands. Apparently such decor was nowhere to be found. Christmas – yes. Fall – no. And she thought about

#hydratefortheholidays: Tip # 2 – Addressing Unnecessary Rudeness

Gentle Answer This morning I woke with a mixed heart. I had either had a dream or was praying – I’m not sure, but it involved one of my friends who is dying. I actually have more than one friend who, according to regular expectations in life, should not have that word a part of their vocabulary at their ages, so my thoughts are busy. It’s weird to contemplate and to watch and to live life with people who might not have many days left. They are solid in their faith in the One who is the Author of life, who has numbered our days, whose love and strength and presence and power rule in the midst of every and all circumstance(s). Yet it’s a struggle to know where to put all the emotion that comes with hope and suffering and sickness. Because it’s all there. So we travel the road together. And the last few weeks have made me so grateful for

#hydratefortheholidays: Why? & Tip #1 – Declutter

tree Christmas in October?! “Ahhhww!…” I couldn’t stop the audible groan. “I can’t believe it.” “What?” my son riding shotgun looks up. “Christmas lights. Already. Up and on!” We were on our way to pick up his brother from practice. “Wow,” even he was taken aback. “Has Halloween even happened?” “I don’t think so,” I reply, wondering. We didn’t forget – did we? I had to question. But realized that no – we did not miss it. But yes, this weekend is the last week of October. Looking at those lights made my head hurt. “I already need an extra week.” But since the year never doles out extra days, I’ve got to find a way to manage the onslaught of stuff without letting it take away from all that’s good and right with upcoming celebrations. So maybe I can see those lights

Warning Signs – More than a Safety Measure

Turn Around, Don't Drown The weather in Dallas has been a tiny bit crazy of late. Our summer had so much fun, it decided to stay way beyond it’s welcome, refusing to leave until recently. The third week of October was the first week of Fall without 90+ degree weather. Not only have we experienced record-breaking heat, we’ve had the least amount of recorded rainfall in a loooooong time. Until yesterday. The rains came. In force. Here’s what it’s looked like: Suffice it say, we’re wet. But life doesn’t stop. Carpools continue. Driving was done. Lots of driving. In the rain, at times torrential. Making my way to drop off one kid, I saw this sign . It said it all – and then some. And being the opportunistic mother that I am, I couldn’t stop myself from reading between the lines and dolling out a little life lesson
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