Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Z is for Zowie!

I used to love watching episodes of the classic Batman TV series. I must confess, while I have seen a couple of the movies, they just don’t cut it for me. There was something pretty cool about Adam West as Batman/Bruce Wayne. I remember laughing uncontrollably when the fight scenes would start up…
And then there are some of my most favorite classic lines from the different characters!
Catwoman: I’m not just pussyfooting around this time, Batman!
Batman: I’m just going to hang around the bar. I don’t want to look conspicuous.
Robin: Under this garb, we’re perfectly ordinary Americans.
The show held a perfect combination of mystery, intrigue, suspense and humor. I know that I still use the phrase ‘Holy (insert anything here) Batman!’ quite often.
And just like that, I have officially completed the A to Z challenge, and I was only 25 days late in doing so. Oh well, at least I can say I finished it. And in perfect time too…I now have a computer at home again (thanks to a friend from church) so I will be able to get back to blogging more regularly and visiting all of you as well.
God’s blessings to you all!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Y is for You Alone

I have just come from an amazing retreat weekend with the women at my church. God completely filled me and fully equipped me with His Holy Spirit, armed and ready for all that is before me. I feel renewed, refreshed, revitalized and completely in awe of the greatness of our God.
Early Saturday morning, I had some quiet prayer time and was sitting in a little room at the retreat center, with big picture windows overlooking the beautiful grounds. I had just finished reading a devotional book and was starting to journal and just praying for God to break through all of life’s ‘not so great’ circumstances….I looked up and outside just as the wind was starting to pick up. As the wind blew forcefully through the trees, carrying the branches to and fro, I heard God whisper to me ‘Even the wind cannot blow without Me.’ Tears began to fall as I was immediately humbled and questioned ‘Who am I’? Who am I to question God’s faithfulness, His promises, His sovereignty over all? Without Him, I am absolutely nothing. He continued to remind me throughout the retreat weekend just how very big He is, that there is NOTHING that is beyond His reach.
For You alone are God, You alone are good.
God’s blessings to you all today!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

X is for Generation X!

Apparently, I am a ‘Gen Xer’…since I fall within the guidelines of those set forth for Gen X.  I did a little homework on the origin of Generation X and, courtesy of Wikipedia, learned that the term was coined back in the 1950’s. My generation is referred to as the ‘baby bust’ due to the drop in birth rate following the baby boom (my parent’s generation). I don’t necessarily feel that I relate to, or resemble many of the character traits that have been set forth for the Gen Xer’s. Here are just a few:
-          a group of young people, seemingly without identity, who face an uncertain, ill-defined (and perhaps hostile) future.
-          A generation of teenagers who sleep together before they are married, were not taught to believe in God as ‘much’, and don’t respect parents.
-          Often the children of divorced parents, change is more the rule for the people of Generation X than the exception.
I am happy to be the exception to that last one! My parents have been happily married for close to 45 years now! So, I guess I don’t really identify myself with the characteristics of a Gen Xer, but technically I do fall right in the middle of the time frame.
Sorry this was kind of boring…still trying to finish this challenge and I was really stuck on the letter X!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

W is for Wishful Thinking

I am winding down the home stretch of the A to Z challenge. Of course, the whole idea of this challenge was to post every day (except Sundays) throughout the month of April. Clearly, I did not accomplish this, but I just can’t quit before I reach the end of the alphabet. Call it persistence, call it stubbornness, call it perseverance, call it what you will…but I am going to finish! And now I am one letter closer.
W is for wishful thinking. As we have just celebrated Benjamin’s 1st birthday (still hoping I can get some pictures posted here, somehow…sometime), I am continuing to watch him grow and learn new things each day. I could swear someone handed him a book on his birthday when I wasn’t watching, that was titled something like ‘These are the things you have to do now that you’re 1’. He is started to try to repeat words and sounds that I say more often now. He is getting closer every day to taking that first step. I am amazed, when watching him play with his new toys, at how quickly he is catching on to how they work. His little mind is just going a mile a minute. So that’s where the ‘wishful thinking’ comes into play. It has always been my dream to be a wife and mother. Beyond that, I have also hoped to be able to stay at home with my children. Unfortunately, that is not a card life has dealt me at this point. While I am definitely proud to be a working mother, supporting my child the best I can, my heart always feels like it is split when I am at work and Benjamin is at day care. I feel this especially now, at this busy time in his life, where he is learning so much, so quickly. My heart just breaks that I cannot be with him. This week especially has been very busy. We have had something going each night this week, which leaves little time for snuggling or playing when we get home. It’s time to hop in the bath and get ready for bed. Then, the morning comes and I usually have to wake him before we leave. Change him, dress him and we are out the door again. There seems to be little time for quality time. Tonight I am looking forward to a quiet evening with my beautiful son, to play, cuddle, sing and dance. I will never get these moments back…and I plan to soak them for all they are worth!
God’s blessings to you and your families today!

Monday, May 2, 2011

V is for Vroom!

We celebrated Benjamin's 1st birthday yesterday! A fun time was had by all. I only wish that I could share some pictures with you but, alas, I am unable to upload them to my work computer and am without one at home. I fear the best I can do is try to scan the pictures I have, which will greatly compromise the quality. So, I will likely have to wait until I have somewhere to save the pictures and will just have a picture extravaganza at that time!

Benjamin was thrilled with his party and thoroughly enjoyed his birthday cake. He picked up his whole piece and squished it in his hands to start out with. Then, when he discovered it was something he could eat, he REALLY dug in. It was priceless! The theme of the day seemed to be 'Vroom'. Let's just say, there was no question that this was a birthday party for a little boy (I'm saddened I can no longer call him my 'baby). He got a car with a nice long handle for mom to pull him around in...he loves it! He also got a little fire truck and fire hat that he can sit in and move with his legs. He got a little farm tractor and also a school lots of transportation for this little one. He also got his first laptop computer and toolbox! Now, if only mommy could save the pictures to his
V-Tech laptop, we'd be good to go.

It was a wonderful day and I am so blessed to have my little light!

God's blessings to you all!