August 23, 2008
A blog created to show how much I am blessed each day.
Looks are often deceiving- this looks like the perfect photo opportunity ... a beautiful butterfly sipping the nectar from deep inside a fuchsia pink Mandevilla bloom. Instead it's a dead butterfly, stuck inside the bloom! So stuck, that when the bloom dies several days later and falls from the vine; the dead butterfly remains firmly trapped inside the bloom. A perfect specimen of the ill fated butterfly, ends up on the ground long after the pink color fades from the flower. The bloom decomposes into the surrounding dirt and the butterfly still retains its original beauty. You are probably thinking, what a blessing for me to witness God's creative handy work in such a unique way... and I AGREE! However, it's a double blessing because the very same thing happened to another butterfly just a few days before this and I didn't get a picture of it. So what happened to the butterfly... did it get stuck and die? Did it suffocate? Was it just time for it to die and it happened to be in the flower when death knocked at it's door? Was their a spider hiding inside, waiting on it's prey and slowly sucked the life out of the butterfly? I have no idea but it reinforces a concept my Dad taught me... "keep your eyes peeled" or you may miss the magnitude of God's perfect plan for every living creature and that is a BLESSING indeed!
The bigger the kid... the bigger the toys! This is handsome hubby on one of his toys... and he has lots of these big toys, with different names (names I don't even know), all designed for a different task. He's the happiest man, in on the land, when he is playing on his big toys. Don't even think this is work and feel sorry for him! :) He's preparing this road (mud) for pavement, in a new housing development (gorgeous property), which is one of his business investments... but he is loving every minute on this big toy. How do you separate business from pleasure when you are passionate about your work? Loving what you do, and doing what you love is a BLESSING indeed and the man with the most BIG toys when you die- is the WINNER! It looks like we may have a winner here.
Flamay, the flamingo puppet was a huge success during our Vacation Bible School. My arm got a great workout during the week... singing, dancing, acting and staying up in the air, covered in pink fur, while doing all of those antics. Of course, it was a BLESSING in so many ways, just look at the next picture!
Okay, I admit it, I'm a "slacker stacker"! And what's that, you may ask? It's a person (like me) that puts paperwork into stacks, upon stacks, upon more stacks, as an organizational tool. My term ("slacker stacker") resurfaced in the comment section of my previous post, as I thought about Ben's immaculate desk. I used this phrase more often when I taught Kindergarten because out of necessity and time, I would make stacks of current folders, in various places around the classroom so they would be "readily reachable" (like current finger plays, seasonal art, current events, current lessons, office memos, schedules, etc... ) Now my stacks are "readily reachable" and visible so that I will not forget them (old age). There is a method to this "slacker stacker"madness and that is a BLESSING. There's a stack for mail that needs attention, one for bills, one for currently going on activities, one for a notebook to write down messages, one for a smaller notebook to write down things that need to be googled, one for receipts that need to be dealt with immediately, and each stack is turned in a different visible direction. Of course, new stacks can be added at anytime, as long as they are turned in another direction (neatly). I do have files but once they go in the file folder and to the file cabinet they are out of sight- out of mind and no longer need attention. Well, this "slacker stacker" confession makes me feel much better (thanks for listening- I mean reading)... and that is another BLESSING for this day! Now, I'm off to take care of my "slacker stacker" stack of bills.