Thoughts

Date Night ~ Paint Night

Blog Paint 001For my birthday one of my mother-in-laws gifted me with a Paint Night Gift Certificate for my husband and myself.

Neither.  Of.  Us.  Are.  Artists.  Not even close.  We can not even stay in the lines when we color with our three year old.

We quickly found out that we did not need to be artists to create something we actually liked; all the while laughing our way through a fun date.

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SO CAL BATON HAND OFF – IT’S MY TURN

So Cal Baton LogoIt’s been a while since I ran relay in track…
A. LONG. WHILE. 

However, like riding a bike you never really forget how to pass and hold on to a baton, right?  Scratch that.  Those handoffs do take a lot of practice. 

Fortunately, the baton I’m holding today is all about covering some Southern California ground while taking photos and posting them on Instagram…  SHEW!!

Julie over at Girl on the Move is hosting the SoCal Baton and today is my day to share some of the San Diego area via photos.  I plan to carry the SoCal Baton to two of my favorite locations to view America’s Finest City and maybe I’ll stop in at a couple other of my favorite places along the way.

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Five Minute Friday: “Messenger”

Messenger.  That is the word chosen this week by author, Lisa-Jo Baker, for Five Minute Friday.  And so the clock begins ticking as hundreds of bloggers participate in our weekly free writing flash mob…

snoopyMessenger brings to mind the great Pastors I have been blessed to know and receive the word from.

Dr George Tolman was the messenger of my childhood who was soft spoken, had an infectious smile, offered the best children’s sermon and had an impressive collection of Snoopy ties. He pastored my family through weddings, baptisms, funerals and everything in between.  Dr Tolman was a Godly man who shared a biblical message in everything he did.

The Reverend Frankie Oliver counseled me through a difficult adolescence. Her unwavering  love and most forgiving heart was one that my family counted on.  Frankie taught me to rely on God and helped me to truly understand and believe that ”with God all things are possible”.  She is a Pastor, a Counselor, and a Friend.

In more recent years my messengers have been two congregational Pastors.  Both with amazing gifts to share scripture through relatable stories and with engaging animation.  Pastor David Shirey was my Granddad’s best friend.  He dedicated and baptized my oldest son, baptized my husband, counseled my family through the loss of my Granddad, and officiated at our wedding.  And Pastor Brian Frederick-Gray dedicated my youngest son and continues to energetically serve our home church in Arizona.

These messengers have offered me weekly sermons, shared hugs & giggles, dried my tears and have been there in my life’s most memorable moments.

I thank God for these messengers.
– T

Summer 2014 Bucket List

This 2014 Summer Bucket List was created by both myself and my three year old;
the fluorescent pedicure is for Momma however if my tot has any say in the color I will likely have ten different neon colored toes!

bucket list summer 2014 disney california adv 1.  Visit Family
2. 
Make a Tie Dye T-shirt
3. 
Water Gun Fight
4. 
Find the perfect spot to view more
than one Fireworks show on the 4th
5. 
Go to Disneyland
6. 
Make S’mores
(and then make them again)
7. 
Pay for a stranger’s tea or coffee
8. 
Go on a Family Picnic
9. 
Visit three different beaches
10. 
Go to a Baseball Game
11. 
Discover a new Splash Pad
bucket list summer 201412. 
Build an Elaborate Sand Castle
13. 
Buy & Fly a Kite
14.  Bike Coronado Island
15. 
Run through the Sprinklers
16. 
Send a gift card & a drawing to
someone unsuspecting
17. 
Get a Florescent Pedicure
18. 
Skip a Rock
19. 
Watch the Sunrise
20. 
Create a new Dessert that
tastes like Summer

 

We were able to cross a couple items off our summer bucket list when my sister was here the first week of June.  We will continue to post photos on Instagram as we make more memories from our bucket list including my pedicure that may or may not make next summer’s list.

What about your list?  What fun summer plans have you made?  Comment to share!

Here’s to sunny days and memories made.
– T

Linking up:  Treasure Box Tuesday

Five Minute Friday: “Hands”

`It’s that time of the week when hundreds of bloggers log on to their computers to participate in a free writing flash mob hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker.

“Hands” is the word.  And the very first thing that came to mind when I read the Five Minute Friday prompt for this week was one of my favorite songs as a child, that I now sing daily to my little guy and one that I sang repeatedly to his big brother. 

Both my boys share my fondness for this song…


I washed my hands this morning,
O, very clean and white,
And lent them both to Jesus,
To work for Him till night.

Little feet be careful
Where you take me too,
Anything for Jesus
Only let me do.

I told my ears to listen
Quite closely all day thru,
For any act of kindness
Such little hands could do.

I told my eyes to watch them
About their work or play,
To keep them out of mischief
For Jesus’ sake all day.

 

02.11.2011  (2)At the start of each day when my three year old and I say our morning prayer we pray that we “make it a good day”. 

My hope is that me & my boys always remember to lend our hands to Jesus so that we may do good deeds for others which will undoubtedly make our days good

Might we remember the words in this song and share our hands & hearts for Jesus sake. 

And my hope for you, my readers, is not only that you be on the giving end of acts of kindness but might you also receive the giving works of others through their hands and their hearts.

Happy Friday.
– T

Note:  I copied/pasted the lyrics to the song above however I found two separate authors noted; L.M. Bateman & J.H. Rosecrans are both given credit for writing I Washed My Hands This Morning.