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Learning to Live , Again, On Purpose.


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Five Minutes with The Gypsy Mama…Home


 Today we join the gypsy mama and we write, without worry. No editing, no correction…no concern that what we have written is not just right!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
 2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
 3. Get a little crazy with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.

Click through the five minute picture and hook up with the 5 minute community…there is encouragement, love, friendships and giveaways…Best there is just women who write about real life everyday…just like us.

Now give yourself the gift of 5 minutes of journalling your heart. Share with us your …

Home …. Go!

I almost suggested this very topic a week or so ago. At the time I was feeling warm and fuzzy about my home in Hutchland!

Wisteria Watercolor

 Actually I always do, but Spring had come and things were budding and all my men were home…

HOME…

Cluttered and loud…pets everywhere and now we have 5 puppies! The boys are now adults and the excitement of pups is not quite as it would have been…but if you quietly enter a room you’ll find a full grown man cuddling the tiniest little pup in his huge paw of a hand, whispering baby talk softly in the furries little ears!

James' Hands

Incredible to me is where we are today from where it was we came. Comfort and security were not a thing I would have envisioned for the lives of my sons and I. 

Yet by the grace of God…here we are, HOME safe and secure and twenty years older.

They say HOME is where the heart is…and they are so very right. Even on the most difficult of days. Even when the tough love is necessary for my prodigal or a bill is going to have to wait we have a HOME.

So much more than some, frankly more than many. And for those I pray right now…that very soon they will experience HOME.

STOP.

(forgive me some extra time as I add some photos of HOME here…the writing was within the time limit though) 

🙂 Blessings Loves  ♥

 


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Dear Andrea…Trust 30


Five Years by Corbett Barr

There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be
each honest and natural in their hour.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What would you say to the person you were five years ago? What will you say
to the person you’ll be in five years?

(Author: Corbett Barr)

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This has been a difficult prompt, and should have been written yesterday; June 7th…

What to say to my 41-year-old self…which is much easier, in its difficulty, than speaking to my 51- year- old self…

51…Fifty- One…the realization that FIFTY-ONE is so close is amazing! Can someone tell the 16-year-old Andrea, who remains in this heart, that she is going to be 51 soon, because she doesn’t believe me!!

So here I go…

Dear Andrea 2006,

I wish I had known what I know today, I could have helped you avoid some of the more difficult situations in this life we – I – live. You are blessed, though in that there isn’t much to regret.

You are aware of the fact that choosing God has improved this life we (have) live. The good news is that you, very soon, find that you and Don are on the same page, and life becomes full of blessings. You will all of a sudden, seemingly, understand the things of God. Yet you will stand amazed.

You are about to embark on the changes that occur in a woman. It’s going to be hard. That being said, there is nothing you could have done to avoid that, however…

When you are 45 you will face your health. I wish I had this laptop earlier to tell you to exercise and eat well. To take better care of us…but you – I – was convinced that we were healthy, just overweight. What I know now, which I wish you knew then, is that in our ignorance we were dying, We weren’t well…but, no regrets, right. I promise you that I am taking care of me – us much better now, so no worries.

Andrea, your future me is blessed! A boy in college, the other out trying his very best to live a right life. Happily married, 9 years at this very writing, to the ONE!

Truly…except for the loses…Grandpa, Uncle Lee and Uncle Wes…life from 2006 to 2011 has been a good life. A good life…If I could change anything in that time period…if I could stop or start something in hindsight, I don’t think I would. After all you did the best you could…you walked the path God put before you well. I know, I’m here now and it’s all good!

Love, Me and You!

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 Dear Andrea 2016,

Wow! How did we – I get here?? Is life like it is on the Jetsons yet?…hehe…guess I can’t tell me that! 🙂

What to say to you. Today is your – my anniversary. 9 years…when you get this it will be 14 years! Man we did well in this area.

Now, today as I write this in 2011, I have no idea what to say to you. Really.

We – I live life day to day. As much as I – we detest the concept…living in the day is the only way for us to survive. I am doing the best that I – we can, so when you get this I am confident that we will, still, have no regrets.

So this is the plan…I desire, for us, and God’s Word says: Seek first the Kingdom of God and then ask what you will and you shall have it…

Hopefully…

Your – our contribution to this household, family and the world will be in written form. You are a writer, an author, and I dream that by now you have become confident in this call. I am doing what I know to do to accomplish this.

Our – my boys will be happy and successful. They are striving to fulfill this as I write you. If you look back you will see how hard they have strived and how they are good men, like their Dad.

I hope that life is grand. However, in this dying world, it may be a bit tarnished around the edges. Yet, since we don’t participate in the decline of society I hope that you have the courage and faith that I – you profess, now, to have and are out there finding and bringing home the wanderers. You had better be answering the call I feel on our – my life now. There is work you should have accomplished by now.

Yet…day to day, right. I believe that if I – we continue the way I – we live now nothing can stop us. Remember it is not really about you – me…it is about the call that we feel in our spirit. I hope you are still waking in the morning with praise singing in your spirit and thanking God for the day. I hope the very best for us – you.

So eat right, listen to the docs and remember to thank God each day for His blessings. Remember to love your men and all those that God has blessed you with, and tell them you love them! Tell them! It’s one of the most important realizations you had here in 2011…because life is short and she waits for no-one.

Love, Me

Well that was hard…and if I don’t stop right now I will continue to change this…even while not knowing what should be said!

No regrets…today this is what I would say to me…tomorrow, well that would be different…

What would you say to you…in the past…in the future?

Blessings Loves ♥


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In the next few days….


I posted today that I have joined the #Trust 30 which is a Writer’s Prompt initiative: http://ralphwaldoemerson.me/.

I plan, over the next few days, maybe 2 weeks, to catch up with the six prompts that I missed. I see that a few of those who began participating after the start date are doing the same; like Elizabeth at I Face the Sun, here on WordPress, seems to be doing.

I appreciate the thought provoking prompts, and I believe I am going to enjoy the community building that seems to be built in!

So…in an attempt to catch up…and to write more, here goes the catch up; in random order, as I am inspired and or find them…

This was Trust 30’s #2 Prompt:

Today by Liz Danzico

Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. The force of character is cumulative. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance


If ‘the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks,’ then it is more genuine to be present today than to recount yesterdays. How would you describe today using only one sentence? Tell today’s sentence to one other person. Repeat each day.

(Author: Liz Danzico)

 

A Yellowing Canvas

This is the day the Lord has made…I will rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24

This is the sentence of the day, and most days, for me. It works on both the good, and the not so good, of my days.

I have a saying, that quite frankly drives my love mad: “Happiness is a personal choice! Choose it!” And this morning, like some mornings, I had to choose it.

No!  Happiness did not greet me this morning with a steaming, rich cup of coffee! I had to get up on this damp, dank Jersey Shore morning and hit the GO! button on the machine, all by myself. Thus beginning my day and the task of waking up  the  “Anti-Morning”  love of my life.

And I hear in my head….this is the morning the Lord has made…

and I say…I will rejoice in it.

That rejoicing consisted of petting my dachshunds, as they happily greeted the groggy, where is the coffee me. Calling out lovingly (a choice) to my hubby, that it was time to get up. Opening my yogurt while I booted the lap top and began to read my devotional e-mails…

I rejoice each morning by choosing to spend quality time with God, during the “Good Morning Wake Up” hour, here in Hutchland…and for the most part I am Glad in it.

I enjoy a good life, regardless of how I may greet and spend each day, with blessings abundant.

Thinking Positive On Purpose sets a certain tone to one’s day to day living. It causes one to see that life does what life does, yet we can, we must CHOOSE to enjoy the experiences, the good and the challenging, for what we gain in them, moment to moment.

One sentence today…This is the day the Lord has made…I WILL rejoice and be glad in it!

Blessings Loves ♥


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A Moment of Inspiration


I was inspired, just now, by Lysa TerKeurst’s post: The Moment. Please take the time to go and read her blog post today. It will bless you.

Home Coming...My Love

My love and I have been together for 22 “Wonderful” years. There are many moments throughout our day that would cause deep heartache if they did not occur. If for some reason they ceased. Like Lysa, the mere thought causes my heart to contract with an ache so deep, at just the thought…

♥ actually the “Wonderful” after the 22 is also one of these moments. Without a relationship with God early in our relationship, we now know that God was forming us into who we are together! We began, without any teaching about the biblical Covenant of the Marriage (while living together, I might add.) that this was forever…that it was a “death do us part” deal. Somehow we knew. Then there was the rearranging of how we handled each other, even during the fights and disagreement (by the way there, blessedly and miraculously were not many; in fact I believe we are still only at maybe 5 that are memorable and more than a simple spat! Yes! in 22 Wonderful years!). We made an effort to speak positively, even before hearing and understanding “speaking those things…”, as scripture tells us.

Even in a strained conversation when I would begin (it’s always the woman who begins with this…) with, “We’ve been together ### years!!!” My loves response would be…”that’s ### WONDERFUL years…you forgot the wonderful!:” and then we would…

laugh… 🙂

So I bet you now can imagine … what that one moment in a day, if missed,  that would leave an eternal echo in my heart, should it not occur…even just once, let alone ever again…

After 22 “wonderful” years…there are so many…but I’d have to say…

It would be the laughter in the morning…

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.  ~e.e. cummings

Most times this man of mine and I, even on the not so pleasant mornings (My love is NOT a morning person, though…God…), somewhere we laugh!

When I take one of those mindless surveys in an e-mail or on facebook…you know the one where your friends want to know more about you…the one you begin out of boredom or stress and realize half way through some thirteen year old developed it…there is always, ALWAYS this questions:

What is your favorite sound?

and my answer is always…the SOUND OF MY MEN LAUGHING…

On the off days, and though I know they have occurred, I cannot recall one at the moment, that there is no morning laughter the day just isn’t the same until that  MOMENT in our life, for that day, manifests. We are blessed to say, that even in the hardest of trials we have enjoyed laughter…

ENJOYED…

IN JOY WE HAVE LAUGHED, each day of this Wonderful 22 years! Seriously!

Like the caress Lysa and her husband share while turning down a collar; Our laughter is like that caress. Truly touching our hearts and marking a true “I Love YOU!” in the heart, on the day.

Psalm 126: 2-3

Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

A MOMENT between the two of us…that is so intimate that I cannot explain it in words.

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.  ~Victor Borge

We all have these moments in our day…in our lives…There are those who do not realize that these moment occur in their day, even to the point of  denial, believing that these moments do not happen for them. I ache for these sad ones and I say to them…Focus, yes, focus on your day…what little moment with your love; be it a husband or a beau or just a friend…what is that…

INTIMATE MOMENT that you have with this person that defines your love?

And when you find that MOMENT…treasure it, mark it on your heart…find scripture that speaks it to your memory and leads you to creating the moment, on purpose…

I hope this and Lysa’s post inspires you to find, or today CREATE, a moment, a thing between you and your love that becomes an ingrained practice in your relationship.

The one thing that when there is trouble…when the world tells you, you should just end it…walk away…your spirit says …

BUT WHAT IF I NEVER HEAR…SAY…SEE…FEEL…THIS WITH MY LOVE AGAIN…what if…

Don’t let that happen. It is these moments that create the foundation of a strong relationship!

PLEASE SHARE WITH ME AND YOUR FELLOW READERS/FOLLOWERS WHAT THAT MOMENT IS IN YOUR DAY, WITH THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE…we would love to share this with you!

Blessings Loves


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Friday’s Hero and Rockin’ Robins…


Yesterday…May 20, 2011, was a rough day. Closely following a sleepless night and it’s following rough day!
Infact, I believe I would not be remiss in saying that the last two weeks have been rather rough.
 
Yet…not without blessings! Many blessings!
Rather than recount all of the events of the last two weeks let me just tell you the blessings…
 

Grandma came home from the hospital and went directly back into her routing. My mom, aunt and uncle were, miraculously the answers to many prayers! They are stepping up to do what kids should do when their parent begins that NEW SEASON in life that involves quality of life…independance and personal care issues. Not easy, and something I would have bet they (the siblings) would have avoided until her death!

My Honey Had her pups…

Honey's Expectations..

…and while we lost our “Little Guy” 26 hours later; we have 5 robustly healthy and happy Dachies…:)

Then, in the midst of Terrible Yesterday, Friday’s Hero was born…

First thing in the morning of the last day of the world (today was supposed to be judgement day according to some crackpot radio host…) while the sun beamed lazily through my lace curtains my son, James came down streaming great complaint!

“What’s your problem boy?” I asked

“There are birds in my room!!” He answered sleeping still, yet iritated! He continued on about how they started chirping at 5 am and wouldn’t shut up! Didn’t I hear them??? He asked, grumping.

I didn’t hear them, and our day went along it’s seemingly distructive path…

#&* My passenger window fell off it’s track, while open, with a rainstorm on the way!

#&* Little Guy was passing away…

….what else could go wrong I was thinking when I heard the noise!!!

Birds, loud and sounding distressed…

JAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I called out…Jaaaaaammmmmesssss…

…and down he came with a baby bird in a shirt of his. “MOM! What do I do???”

We thought and I said, well put him outside and see if the mother comes….”and first bring in the serial cat!” (we have baby cat, she is quite the serial predator! Killing, seemingly for sport.) Baby Cat, safely in isolation we remained unsure of what to do…

So I called Lanoka Oaks Veterinary Center, where a friend of mine works. I was referred to Carol…who I was told handles baby birds fallen from nests…

as I called James went to check that their were no more orphans in the closet…and with that he brought down two more, angrily chirping baby birds…

There feathers simply fluff…their pinions not yet feathered, except for beautiful brown tips…and bright yellow open mouths. These babies were very hungry…

She asked some questions, and we came to the conclusion that since there didn’t seem to be any sign of the mother bird (at the time I had no clue what kid of birds these very noisy babies were) that we would bring them to her and she would raise them.

Orphan Robins

James took the birds to Carol…but not before I shot these:

Feed Me..

Resting...or Angry???

There you have it…Terrible Yesterday (May 20th) had it’s many blessings.

While we experienced great loss…

Little Guy

We also enjoyed great blessings…

Blessings Loves…

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New Life…In a Few Words…♥


Let My Words Be Few...HoneyHoney

Good Thursday Morning!

<< This photo here is linked to Thursday’s page with the rules, if you can call them rules…go and take a look. I hope you join us!

First let me apologize that this post is kinda late, in the latter parts of the morning. I was up all night with my Dachshund Honey…
       She is about to have pups…and it is now morning and the Dachshunds Mid-wife is weary and excited…

Honey

My post today was going to be on new life…the kind God‘s provides when we choose to believe…
          In His Son, Christ Jesus…I have these awesome pictures of my Wisteria adorning a ancient and near dead tree in my back yard.
I was struck this week by how God took this skeleton of a tree…very little greenage, except for at the very top, and made it alive with vibrant color and beauty for spring.

God gives us NEW LIFE when we choose to believe in Christ Jesus.

ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! Isaiah 60:1 

New Life

Like my near death tree…God gives to  us…

comfort for all who mourn and provides for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty 
instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.  ~Isaiah 61:2-4

God definitely displayed His Splendor in this photo…

God is good…

So share with us, if you’d like, what new life has God shown you this week?

Write your blog post…or simply leave a comment, and I will link you up!!

Few Word Thursday Partner Links. Please click to their sights and have a read…and show the Love.

1. Holly…my faithful partner @ Withoutado…She has found NEW LIFE in rest!

Blessings Loves


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One of These Days… … …


Because of and inspired by a wonderful writer I know…My favorite Miss M; please hop on over to her blog Quips and Quibbles… and show her some love…

I am here to consider, quickly, right off the top of my heart, what I want…desire… and strive to do…

One of these days… … …

I am going to understand…

Be more than okay with me…

Write the book, the history, the biography of a life like mine…

Be a real writer without the angst of whether or not I am good enough.

Visit Ireland with my Love and learn fluent Gaelic

Be the mother of the groom(s)…

See my children prosperous and happy…REALLY HAPPY!

Be the best grandma on the planet…

Know that I have pleased God…

One of these days I am going to look back on this life and be pleased with my accomplishments, know that I have made a mark and a difference…

One of these days…I will tell stories of the JOY experienced, here in this, MY life…

OK…so it’s 11…but I was never really good at math…

maybe one of these days…hehehehehe

Tell us what you are going to do …

ONE OF THESE DAYS… … …

Blessings Loves ♥