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The Lost Has Been Found

Have you ever hidden something so well in your house that you actually hid it from yourself?  It seems to be a pattern with me over the last few years.  Most recently, I bought a package of Mike & Ike’s candy and teriyaki beef jerky for my son.  They were to be treats for completing his Algebra lessons.

Well, for the last week or so I haven’t been able to locate said treats.  Times like these, I feel like I’m losing my marbles!  Apparently, I’m just a good “hider”, too good.

Then, I opened the armoire in our bedroom and spotted a Walmart plastic bag beside the t.v., which I thought was odd.  😉  Lo, and behold, there were the treats!  I even had purchased another package of beef jerky as a consolation prize for my son – really it was to bide my time in finding the original treats!

I knew I would eventually find them … just wasn’t sure when!  Ha ha!

I’ve hidden Christmas gifts in the past … well past Christmas!  I’ve hidden the kids’ electronics that we’ve temporarily confiscated…well past the grounding period.  Ah, the list could go on.

What have you hidden so well that you couldn’t locate right away?

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The Smell of Rain

The sliding glass door is open leading to the small balcony off the master bedroom.  Rain has been steadily falling since early this morning and the scent is refreshing.  Nothing like the smell of freshly fallen rain, except maybe crunching leaves in autumn up north.  But, today, it is Florida’s version of winter weather – although fairly mild, of course.

The showers not only replenish the earth but invigorate the senses.  This is not our typical rainy season that occurs during our hurricane season from June 1st through November 30th.  It has caused some dead tree limbs to be strewn across the lawn and our swimming pool to be pretty full.  The creek that runs behind our house has become rather full with water gushing as it makes its way over the large rocks, creating a small waterfall.  It’s always so peaceful to look out at the waterfall.

Water is so soothing, isn’t it?  I think of the ocean with its waves that ebb and flow.  Visitors flock to it and find relaxation.  I also think of a warm bath to calm the mind and body.  Waterfalls in the mountains.  People will hike miles just to catch a glimpse of the beauty of majestic waterfalls.  Perhaps the most famous of falls, Niagara Falls, is the destination of thousands of visitors each year.

God certainly knew water would bring mankind peace and nourishment against life’s stresses.

Although it’s very overcast and rainy today, I am thankful for the precipitation.  Everything has a season and today’s season is rain.

Some complain when the weather prevents them from participating in outdoor activities or dulls their mood.  Instead, why not take advantage of a rainy day to do something indoors that you’ve been putting off?  I like to turn on the lights and play some cheerful music on days like these.  It sends a signal to the mind that we still have cause to be happy, despite the weather.

So, today I will enjoy the fresh scent of the rain.  Tomorrow it will be gone.  The sun will be out along with a few clouds, but the rain will be over.

Ah, to breathe in this invigorating fragrance is a beautiful blessing!  You see, there is beauty in the rain.  Yes, unpleasantness too.  Like when you step into a deep puddle.  Isn’t that life?  You take the good and the bad, mix it all together and it is a beautiful gift.

 

 

 

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A Little Update …

Hey there, friends!  Just wanted to let you know that our family was on our way home from visiting our older son and was involved in a car accident on Sunday night.  We had driven 1,000 miles over the course of two days and were just four minutes from home when we were hit by a drunk driver in a stolen vehicle.  A Chevy Tahoe (SUV) plowed into a Volkswagon Passat (sedan), which struck us and sent us into the minivan in front of us.  We believe the Tahoe was traveling at about 65-70 mph and made no attempt to stop.  We had been stopped at a red light for about a minute when we were hit.

My husband, two children and myself were all taken to the hospital by ambulance and later released after CAT scans, etc.  Two people were flown by helicopter to a hospital.  We were very fortunate that we were not injured worse than we were.  We all have a great deal of neck and back pain, but, prayerfully will be okay in time.  The kids have Dr. appts. on Friday and my husband and I have appts. next week.

We are so grateful for the mercy of God over our lives and know that angels were dispatched to protect us from what could have been a fatal accident.  Our hearts are so full of praise to our heavenly Father for His protection.  He is so worthy of all our praise!  We may never know why these things happen, but we are determined that somehow, some way God will receive all the glory even out of this unfortunate situation.

We appreciate your prayers, friends.

We’re on quite a bit of medicine so I won’t be posting as much during our recovery.

God bless!

~Amber

 

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Wanted to Say “Hey” to New Followers!

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If you’re a new follower to my blog, I just wanted to say “Hey” and offer a big welcome to theenglishrose2014 world!  They say “Hey” in the south a lot in place of the normal “Hello” or “Hi”, and despite the fact that I now live in the north, that catchy greeting remains with me.  So, “Hey”! 😉

Things have been a little hectic with caring for my dad lately (on top of attempting to juggle life with my own family) so I haven’t devoted as much time to my blog and checking out other blogs as I’d like, but I definitely plan to pop in and check yours out soon!

It means so much to know that you’re here!  So, thank you very much for your interest in my musings and hopefully you’ll find a good dose of encouragement as well as laughter around here!  Please make yourself at home.  I love making new friends and am interested in your input and comments always.

If you lived close enough, I’d whip up a batch of yummy banana pudding and pour you a glass of sweet iced tea.  🙂

God bless, my friend!  🙂

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Would you take a Quick Poll?

 

Thanks so much!  Your input is highly valued and appreciated, my friend!  🙂

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105 Followers!!

I just wanted to say a big “Thanks” to all who have followed my humble blog! You guys & gals are fantastic!  And if you aren’t a follower yet, what are you waiting for?!  Haha.  As I’ve previously mentioned, I’m a newbie here on WordPress and am open to any suggestions with formatting, etc.  I’ve still got goo-gobs to learn, but I’ll get there…  

As always, I love feedback!  So, please, be sure to leave comments.  I love to write and I especially enjoy encouraging others!  

Thanks again, friends!  It’s a blessing to know there’s such a great community of believers here!

“May the Lord bless you and protect you.  May the Lord smile on you and be gracious unto you.  May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.”  ~ Numbers 6:24-26

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My Kids Met the Duggars

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My kids have enjoyed watching the TLC show, “19 Kids and Counting” for several years now.  We’ve admired their unabashed witness for the Lord and the love that radiates from their lives.  My 16 year old daughter, in particular, was so excited to attend a recent book signing for Growing Up Duggar at a local Christian bookstore!  My 14 year old son was happy to tag along too.  (Now, if it had been the Robertson clan of “Duck Dynasty”, wild horses couldn’t have kept him away!)  The entire Duggar family was there.

The modesty the Duggar family displays is refreshing and a message that my daughter has wholeheartily embraced.  She only wears skirts as well and I’m most proud of her inward character qualities that are the motivation behind her decision.  She also would like to be a midwife, so she shares that interest with Jill Duggar.

My husband took the kids to the book signing as I was attending a “Mom’s Night Out” with some ladies from our church.  So, last week, apparently the heavens parted (not sure if you experienced that or not)  and my husband and kids shook hands, spoke and took pictures with the Duggar family!  Yes, they got their 30 seconds of fame, folks.  🙂

I am quite confident it was one of the best days of my daughter’s life…And guess what, folks?  My daughter, who can talk the paper off the wall, froze!  … I might have done the same thing.  But, it’s ironic that the child who likely talks in her sleep too, clammed up.  She did say a few words, mostly to Anna, wife of Josh, when she handed her a card and a crocheted necktie she made for baby Marcus.  Anna was very touched by her gesture.  Josh even got my daughter’s Instagram info. to tag her in a post, which I thought was very sweet.

Jessa had on a cute scarf, actually identical to the one that I gave my daughter for her 15th birthday.  So, they discussed that for a minute.  She spoke with Joy Anna, who is her senior by a couple months for a few minutes as well.

My son noted later that evening that his sister looked like a member of the press with her work badge still around her neck on a lanyard and a camera on her shoulder.  She just got a nice camera for Christmas, which was perfect for this big event.  🙂  I thought his observation was pretty funny.  The two of them waited in line for an hour and a half! …together… and were fairly patient about it all!  That might be the greatest miracle of the night! Yes, they’re getting older now and thankfully a little more tolerant of one another.  But, they’re a mere 20 months apart and polar opposites in just about every way.  They love each other deeply underneath it all, though.  🙂

It’s so important for those our children admire to exemplify Christ like character.  And I’m so thankful that the Duggar family is such a great representation of God’s love, especially for children.  Because they’re watching…

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On the Duggar website, they have a chart of godly character qualities for parents to instruct their children, which is awesome:

http://www.duggarfamily.com/content/character_qualities

You can even print out the pdf, which is handy.  This is an awesome resource for any parent or anyone, really.  A neat idea is to print it on nice paper and give it to a new parent.

I definitely encourage you to take a look at this chart as I think it will be a blessing to you!

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Time – Our Most Precious Commodity

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What is time?  It is the measurement of our days, isn’t it?  When we’re young, we think we have an endless supply, and the older we get, the more we realize we need to be more deliberate with our usage.

“So teach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” ~ Psalm 90:12

We spend our free time in various ways – playing sports, watching t.v., talking on the phone, reading, surfing the web, crafts, etc.  One thing is certain: We all operate with a finite amount of time.  Therefore, we must choose wisely the extra activities we fill our days with.

For me, watching t.v. is a total time waster.  Others may disagree, but I can always find more entertaining and constructive things to do.  It’s a great thing when you’re sick and need a diversion, though.  Yes, there are uplifting and educational programs on.  Just my personal opinion.

I’m all about being productive and having something to show for my time.  If I spend hours on end watching mind numbing t.v. shows, what do I have to show for it?  However, if I spend hours creating a quilt, for instance, what is the result?  A piece of me to hand down to my children = legacy.  And if I spend hours reading a good book, what have I gained?  I’ve further expanded my knowledge and vocabulary in the process and engaged my mind in a stimulating exercise.

As I mentioned in my What is Money? recent blog:

“You can make more money, but no matter how hard you try, you cannot create more time.”

Time is an irretrievable resource.  Once it is evaporated, it is gone forever.

It’s all about living with purpose.  It’s about asking yourself the questions, “What do I want to accomplish this month, this year, in my lifetime?”  Goal setting is an important component of living a life with purpose.

“If we fail to plan, we plan to fail.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Simplify is my word for 2014.  I’m throwing off every distraction and pursuing my goals.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”- Hebrews 12:1-2

Sometimes those weights that slow us down are not necessarily sin, but perhaps they are not producing anything of value in your life.  There are many good things we can do with our time, but we must evaluate whether the timing is right, if they are hindrances rather than benefits, and if there is lasting value in our choice.

Just as our vehicles require maintenance and evaluation periodically, so do our lives.  An assessment of how we spend our precious time is necessary in order to live your life with purpose.

What is slowing you down?  What is distracting you?  I don’t watch football, but I’ve endured enough games with my husband to know the classic scene:  Picture the running back sprinting down the field, running through opposition at every turn, and, despite all odds, makes the winning touchdown!  Sometimes that’s what our lives feel like, don’t they?  We’re hit with so many issues and situations, and somehow we keep going.  We can only do so if we keep our sights on the goal, though.  What’s your goal?  What are you going to do to make that happen?

Time for a fresh start!  New beginnings.  New mindset to keep focused on what’s really important.  Because at the end of the day, we’re all given a set amount of time.  What will you do with this precious gift?

 

 

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Vasovagal and me …

This morning, I went to the dermatologist to have a mole under my eye removed, and it wound up being a little more eventful than anticipated.  *Sigh*  Every medical procedure I’ve ever had has been more “eventful” than I bargained for, but I digress…

The nurse injected the area under my eye with a numbing agent, like lidocaine, and a few minutes later, the physician’s assistant performed the necessary procedure.  I thought I was fine.  I didn’t feel any pain, and life was good… So, I thought!

A few moments later, my head began getting fuzzy, my ears were ringing and the room was turning black.  And, I wasn’t okay.  The nurse had me lie flat and took my blood pressure a few minutes later.  It was pretty low.  She brought in another nurse, who quickly got me a cup of water and some crackers.  They were both very kind and patient with me and my crazy reaction, and we enjoyed pleasant conversation for a short while during my recovery.  Slowly, I began to feel better and my blood pressure returned to somewhat normal.  I was finally able to get myself together and leave.

Vasovagal response is a fainting episode, often times as a result of anesthesia, pain, perceived major stress, etc.  I had never heard of this until I had neck surgery in 2012, and experienced it firsthand.  They decided a great location for the i.v. was the back of my hand.  Who thought this was a great place??  I don’t know, but it is painful.  Anyway, I was still in pre-op and my husband was talking away when I felt the room growing very black and my ears were ringing.  I couldn’t respond to my husband and I remember wishing he’d stop talking because I couldn’t answer him!  Haha! 🙂  I recovered and then went into surgery…

I just want to know why it is our bodies do things on their own volition?!  It reminds me of my dental file that has a big label on it:  “Gagger”!  What a charmer!  I can’t help it!  It is yet another annoying reflex my body displays.  I often say that as we age, it’s as if our body betrays us!  Can’t we all just play nice and get along?

I like to think of myself as pretty resilient and durable.  I am a mother of three, after all.  I am Wonder Woman.  I can survive the toughest of trials.  But, in recent years, my responses are beyond my control…and I don’t like it!  🙂

It is comforting to know that God is in control, even when I am not.  I’m glad to know that in times of great distress, God is the Rock that I cling to.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  ~  Psalm 46:1

I can rest in the knowledge that no matter the circumstances I find myself in, God cares for me and protects me wherever I go.

 

 

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