Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May's Lavish Gifts

Gratitude floods me deep, fills me to overflowing ...
 

1.  The blog forum series blew the roof off this little space.  And the best part wasn't all the new visitors and fun comments.  It was giving away coaching sessions to those who wanted to take their blogs to the next level.  To pick up the phone and hear the voice of an online friend for the first time?  Just too incredible.
 
 
2.  And if that wasn't enough, I savored some incredible heart-to-heart time with a sweet faraway blogging friend ... face-to-face.  It was more than I could of asked or imagined.  Add a local blogging sister and our three men, and it turned out to be the most amazing evening ever.  A few days later we celebrated by doing a syncroblog together.  Just too fun. 
 
 
3.  I actually hiked.  Twice.  Kent Falls in CT and Bash Bish Falls in NY.  No, I'm not ready to invest in professional gear.  But both short climbs were gradual and forgiving graces for this out of shape novice ... and the energetic company along the way distracted me from whining about my aching muscles.  Victoriously reaching those rocky summits and soaking in the pounding sound of cascading water made these weekend jaunts worth every step. 
 
 
4.  I'm trying to be more conscious of living in the moment.  Let's hear it for closing down the laptop when not in use.  Turning off the radio when driving down the road.  Enjoying every nuanced sight and sound, every fragrant splendor that an outdoor walk provides.  Looking our loved ones straight in the eye when they're talking to us.  Allowing God plenty of margin to speak in the still whispers of solitude.  And slumbering deep through the night because we're not writing yet another post in our sleep. 
 
 
5.  I've just wrapped up a 2 day visit with my sister.  I don't know that we've spent that long together by ourselves.  Ever.  We laughed loud and often.  Dined outdoors at every opportunity.  And worked our household tasks side by side.  We took long, leisurely back roads drives, savored desperately needed ocean breezes, listened to each other well, and launched into song together at a moment's notice.  When all was said and done,  I felt closer to her than I have in years.  And I love her more than ever. 
 
 
=   sharing my gratitude over at Kristen's  &  Emily's  &  Leigh's   =

32 comments:

  1. What wonderful news in #5. It sounds like a wonderful time, and I'm glad it was so special!

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    1. We just plain had fun. Pure and simple.

      ;-}

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  2. Such beauty May gifted you. Sister time is rare for me anymore, but like you, I treasure each moment. I'm with you on shutting down/turning off. I'm so addicted to doing all the time. Sometimes I just need to be!

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    1. We never appreciated or enjoyed our sister time when we were little. We were just SO different! Now, I'm thankful for every chance we get to put our feet up together. Sounds like you've heard me well, Pamela. I am glad you're here.

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    2. What a wonderful thing to discover!

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    3. Better late than never!

      ;-}

      And it's good to see you around here again, Jonathan! Truly.

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  3. I loved our time together Linda, but you didn't mention the man dressed up in the chicken outfit outside the restaurant holding a sign "Eat More Pork" as he waved at the cars driving by! I don't think we have laughed that hard in years! It was a special weekend!

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    1. How could I forget? You KNOW that if he had still been dancing when we left, we would have somehow gotten our picture taken with him ...

      What a sight that would be. Yikes!

      ;-}

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  4. So glad you had some special sister time both with your biological sister and some blogging sisters! Good stuff.

    I'm trying to more consciously stay in the "now" as well. I read "The Power of Now" earlier this year and it really made an impression on me (along with other sources as well). So let's enjoy this day, this hour! :)

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    1. Yay! I knew I couldn't be the only one who really wants to focus on the present! I think that's why I love TO DO lists, because once I've written something down, it's out of my head and I can turn back to what matters NOW.

      And then when it's time to go through the list, I can buzz right through it 'cause all the tasks are front and center and I don't have to try to remember what needs to be taken care of.

      And the JOY of crossing each thing off as it's accomplished? Sublime!

      So glad you're here, Lisa ...

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  5. What blessings for May!

    Mine too, having the chance to speak with you. You lifted me up.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2014/05/married-to-mercenary.html

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    1. You've blessed me with your kind words, Andrew. Thank you.

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  6. Well, aren't you the sweetest bloggy friend ever!! You've just let your ever-lovin' encouragement roll on and on! I'm so grateful for that time we had, sweet Linda! And I'm really trying to do number 4 but it's been something of a challenge lately. After I wrote that post on brokenness, my microwave (on Monday) and my grill broke tonight! I seriously need to put on that full armor of God! And as far as getting together with your sister and enjoying each other's company for a few days--sounds heavenly! I'm so glad you had that chance! Love ya!

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    1. Sometimes when it rains it pours. A bit overwhelming, I know! Hang in there, sweet friend. Better days are coming! And meanwhile, it sounds like your man just might have to take you out to dinner every night!

      ;-}

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  7. You are so right, we need to live in the here and now without being so distracted. I do love my radio though. :)
    So glad you got to see your sister. Sisters are the best!

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    1. Yes, yes, to music for it touches something deep within that needs to be stirred. And yet sometimes, silence is a most beautiful gift ...

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  8. Love, love, loved your Creekside post this morning about May's Blessings! Very encouraging!!

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    1. I loved sharing a bit of my gratitudes with you all! Too often it's easier to focus on what's not going right, what we've lost, or are searching for. But I love making that choice to be thankful. God has blessed us all so abundantly.

      I love Him so!

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  9. So many wonderful blessings this month! Just reading your list makes me smile and makes me want to make my own gratitude list. It's wonderful you got to spend some quality time with your sister.

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    1. Jotting down what we're thankful for is such a healthy, wise way to end each day. 3, 5, 10 sweet blessings? Such a great re-calibrator, even / especially in the middle of sorrow or transition or uncertainty.

      Ann Voskamp has done a wonderful job in guiding us there ... her book ONE THOUSAND GIFTS is must reading ...

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  10. Sounds like an amazing month, Linda! So encouraging to read about how the Lord has blessed you. Isn't that the way God is though, blessing others through blessing us, who bless others, because we ourselves have been blessed by God - what a beautiful circle to be in! I, too, am trying to be more intentional {my one word 2014} with my time. Setting the timer on the laptop and heading out of doors! Have a blessed Friday, my friend!

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    1. I love this circle of blessing you have drawn, June. It's not about us. It's about lavishing Him with praise, it's about pouring out blessings on the ones He brings onto our paths.

      And may that circle be unbroken ...

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  11. I loved every minutes of our 30 minutes together on the phone. You are such a blessing, friend. Looks like a beautiful month for you. I need to follow suit in terms of living in the moment. It's on my heart more and more to just get out and disconnect. Happy end of May! Seriously...the end of the month makes me smile BIG now. I'm ready to hug my man. Much love. xoxo

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    1. Coaching is so proactive, so forward looking, so fun! And it often ends up accomplishing more than a client can imagine when she first takes a deep breath and jumps in. I'm grateful that our little session worked for you, Beth.

      And I loved hearing your voice ...

      :-}

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  12. I'm not a super athletic person but I do enjoy hiking. I think I'd do it more often if it involved the kind of views you experienced!

    Thanks for linking up with What I'm Into!

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    1. I hear you, Leigh! Never did, never will have an athletic bone in my body! But walk, maybe a bit of hiking? That I can do ...

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  13. Oh, I absolutely love hiking, for this very reason--"Victoriously reaching those rocky summits and soaking in the pounding sound of cascading water made these weekend jaunts worth every step." It's always SO worth it!
    And #4...Just, yes. I think as a society, many of us are coming to a tipping point with technology. There's only so much saturation we can stand, and I think many people are trying to consciously pull back and find some balance. I love how you put it.

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    1. I love how you put that, Naomi ... there is a tipping point, a saturation level. And if we weren't so absorbed / mesmerized / addicted to the keyboard and the screen, we'd hear our body whispering, 'enough already, enough.'

      Thanks for sharing in this conversation ...

      And now, to close the laptop for awhile, get a decent dinner on the table, and enjoy my husband's company.

      ;-}

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  14. Yay for sticking with your goals. Hiking is a wonderful hobby

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    1. Sticking with the goals is alot harder than making them which is so much fun! But I did get a 2 mile walk in this morning before it got too hot, so I'm free to now put up my feet!

      ;-}

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  15. I love this list... it makes me all kinds of happy! I am visiting from Emily's place for the What I Learned in May link up!

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    1. Doesn't Emily throw the best end-of-the-month party ever?

      So glad you dropped by today, Karrilee ...

      ;-}

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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