Sunday, August 31, 2014

When Unplugged = Re-Charging

 'In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.'
~   Isaiah 30:15   ~
 
 
Kind of odd, isn't it.  We've got to plug in our screens to give them more juice, recharge the batteries before they fade, and keep those omnipresent electronic lifelines in tip-top running condition.

And yet the exact opposite is true for us as human beings.

We've got to unplug from those very same screens to breathe deep in solitude.  To recharge our waning energy, to revive the depths of who we are at the soul level, and invite the creative juices to flow with more oomph.

Especially us introverts.  {Don't miss what Holley Gerth says about loving us well!}

And that's pretty much what I'm going to be doing the next few weeks as we nest at our little Cape Cod haven.  My Mom hasn't been well so I plan on spending as much time with my parents as they can take {oh, no, is she here AGAIN?!}.  I'm hoping for endless walks, searching for those ever elusive hidden sea glass gems along deserted shorelines.  I plan to fill those yet unclaimed journal pages with deeply seated words that are yearning to be spilled out.   Assorted family members will be coming and going and I can't wait to spend some needed downtime with them as we turn the corner into autumn's soft glow. 

I'll be dropping in online very occasionally.  'Cause responding to your comments has become a non-negotiable joy around here!  But then I'll be stepping back again to rest and read, putter and walk, re-imagine and re-create.  And maybe lean straight into an serendipitous adventure or two.  Without all that endlessly enticing online stimulation. 

Unplugged.

I'll miss you.  I bet I'll even have some withdrawal symptoms.

Because sometimes the gift we need the most can be the hardest one to receive.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Kate's Breakfast ~ The Giveaway Winner

dunkindonuts.com
 
 
The random winner of the

 WHAT'S FOR BREAKFAST GIVEAWAY

is . . .

KATE N.

'My favorite breakfast?  It depends, but in general I'd say oatmeal with cranberries and honey. :-)
Yeah, that or a delicious donut from our local donut shop.

Just happened across your blog from wearethatfamily.com. Nice place you have here. ;-)'


Enjoy your $10 gift card, Kate!  And welcome to Creekside! 
 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summertime's 5 Best Lingering Joys



I don't want summer to end. 
 
Period.

This has been the best summertime ever. 
 
And here's why : :

 the pleasure
Parking lot bench, sidewalk cafe, backyard picnic table, water's edge?  Doesn't matter.  Even the simplest food tastes extraordinary when the breezes are blowing and the sun warms you somewhere deep within.  And watching an owl swoop in close at dusk while we nibbled dessert with friends?  It just doesn't get better than that. 

the victory
This summer's greatest shock?  Rolling out of bed more mornings than not, donning my sneakers, and heading out the door to walk a couple of miles.  This is a 1st.  Ever.  Wish I could say that I've lost 10 5 pounds ... but the reward has been simply knowing that I'm taking decent care of my body.  It makes me smile.

the serendipity
Launching into a rousing rendition of 'Home on the Range' with grandgirl #5 as she rides her Radio Flyer horse like a crazy woman, dressed in a flowing cape and a battered white-brimmed Easter hat perched on top of a Red Sox cap.  Crooning a '80's Top 40 song in perfect off-key harmony, at a moments notice, with my sister.  Singing an ancient hymn with my Dad as we clear the table ... and an unexpected gentle duet of 'Everyone needs compassion, the kindness of a Savior' with Mom near the close of another day.  These are memories that will stay close to my heart.  Forever. 

the relaxation
I'm on my 10th 11th book this summer.  If you want me, I'll be on the back porch with my feet up, quietly savoring yet another unfolding saga.

the fun
Life can be a never-ending frustration as we try to fit square pegs into round holes and find that, once again, things usually don't work like we want them to.  So am I the first grown woman to sit on the floor hunched over hundreds of minuscule plastic pieces ... only to discover that within 5 minutes she's become hopelessly hooked on a Lego Friends barn-building project?  That satisfying silent pop as the teensy parts fit together {and the sweet shared moments with grandgirl #2} were just sublime.

Go figure ...

What are your lingering summertime joys, my friend?

 
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

One Scarred Hand to the Other

 
'He has removed our sins as far from us

    as the east is from the west.'
Psalm 103
 
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

What's for Breakfast? ~ A Giveaway

Maybe about once a month or so, we sleep in on a Saturday morning.  Late.  Then roll out of bed and head out to the old white pickup for a bit of a leisurely run into town, six miles away.  We might stop at the post office, then head to the dump to drop off the trash.  A quick drop in at the library might be in order and then we tool up the road to the hardware store {no pun intended}, where there's always something that the man needs to help him fix / paint / build / construct one thing or another.
 
And then the highlight of our lazy hour of errands?  Breakfast at Dunkin' Donuts.  I'm a cheap date. What can I say?
 


 
And this, my friends, is my newly discovered favorite breakfast sandwich.  Actually, it's the best homemade-tasting fast food I've had in forever ... a Southern Style Chicken Biscuit. 
 
Can you say yum?
 
We don't have alot of Southern style anything here in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley.  And yes, yes, it's a bit heavy on the fat and calories, but if you're eating healthy most days, you'll be ok and you probably won't even need to eat again til suppertime.  I loved it so much that after I savored every tasty bite, I headed back up to the register and picked up a $10 gift card to share with one of our readers. 
 
'Cause if we live too far away to meet for brunch, this is the least I can do.
 
So ... What's your favorite breakfast?  Leave a comment on this post by Thursday, August 28th at 9 a.m. {eastern} and you'll be in the running for this little gift.  {Sorry, US only.}
 
I can't wait to hear what you're digging into in the a.m.!





 
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

For When You Are Perplexed


You thought you had all your ducks in a row.  Everything lined up, ready to roll.  You really felt His leading.  And you couldn't wait to launch into a brand new tomorrow.
 
And then somehow, everything began to change.  Circumstances altered.  Drastically.  Unexpected surprises popped up.  And they weren't all that pleasant.  Doors that seemed open wide began to slam shut right and left.
 
One after another.
 
Perplexed?  That would be an understatement, wouldn't it.
 
If there's any good news in the middle of your head-spinning confusion, it is this.  None of this is a surprise to God.  He who orchestrated the creation of the planets that whirl in space is fully aware of your unfolding story.  He absolutely knows the end from the beginning.  Even though you haven't got a clue.
 
So go ahead.  Lean on in to Him.  Close.  Tight.  Expect Him to swing wide some brand new doors, some sterling opportunities.  He is crazy in love with you.  And, in the middle of all that's changing, He's inviting you to something glorious.

Hang on to the truths in His Word.  I'm praying for you ...






"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good
and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11

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