Compassion

I still think that one of the best things that God ever did to allow me a better understand of his heart was to allow me to be a mother.  God loves us and is hopeful that we will choose good things.

Sometimes I give my kids a directive.  And I let them go.  I see the child that may not be doing what I asked.  And perhaps I don’t say something right away.  Then I have another child telling me about the non-obeying child.  I tell them ok.  I don’t need to explain myself, I’m mom.  And then I watch the actions of the non-obeying child break down the attitude of the obeying child who told me what  they saw and expected me to act instantly.  It saddens my heart.

I never tell the children “no tattling”.  That has bothered me since I was a child.  You are basically leaving a child feeling powerless against wrongs and sending them back to play with.  I do tell my children to come to me.  And then I tell them to trust me to handle it.  There have been many times that they don’t feel that I am acting quick enough or hard enough.  But there are many times that I can see something that they don’t.

This is how God sees us at a much, much greater level.  He sees his children doing good.  He sees his children doing bad.  He tells us to come to him and tell him the things that bother us.  But then he tells us to TRUST him that he can handle things in the best way; with knowledge and understanding that we don’t have.  And just as a child has difficulty when their sibling is doing wrong and not immediately punished; we, as adults, have difficulty when we don’t have a front row seat to watch God handle someone else.

The Bible is very clear.  God is the one whose job is to handle the wrong things.  Our job is to love one another.  Our job is not to be doormats.  Our job is to be prudent, watchful, compassionate, set boundaries, and first and foremost to love one another.

Tonight I am thankful that the blog that I started to write is not the blog that I wrote.  I want to whine a little.  I want to bring people to light who are choosing petty paths and twisting facts.  But, that isn’t my place.  And that isn’t my job.  So I will pray for them.  And I will pray for forgiveness on my first reaction here.  My job is to love.  My job is to love with compassion and wisdom.  I can do that . . . with God’s help I can do that.

Small

I’m just not a good broken person.  Because this fracture wasn’t horrible, I didn’t need a cast.  But I was told to keep this brace on.  I don’t.  It gets in my way!  Then I keep hurting myself.

As a result, I’ve been a little extra tired, a little extra cranky, and a little extra whiny.

Tonight I am thankful that this was a small fracture.  I am thankful that I didn’t need a cast.  And I am thankful that this will heal soon and I’ll be back to normal!

Yay!

Real estate appraisers are considered essential under the governor’s orders because they support bank loans.  I’ve been going in to empty houses only.  With more and more information coming out about how long the virus can stay in the air, I’ve been wondering if that is even a smart move.  Sometimes homeowners are just going out in their back yards or sitting in their cars.

I have multiple masks here already.  We do a good deal of house renovations.  And I go in to severely moldy houses on a regular basis.  But, with the way this virus acts, I needed different masks.

A friend has been making masks.  I saw this a few days ago and wanted to give her some elastic.  Turns out I didn’t very helpful elastic.  And I didn’t really want to ask for a mask.  I mean, I’m helping people with their homes.  I’m not a nurse or a doctor.

My sweet friend let me have two masks today!  I can have one to wear one while one is in the wash throughout the week!  I am so happy!

Tonight I am thankful for my wonderful friend letting me have two masks!  I am so thankful!  🙂  🙂   And, aren’t they pretty?  🙂

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Hi

My grandma lives with my parents.  With the COVID-19 concerns, grandma hasn’t been leaving the house.

My mom, who learns more about technology every day, has watched how I’ve taken videos with my phone.  She tried it with her phone and she did it!  Then she sent the video to her sister in New York.  And she explained to her sister how to play the video.

I wish I could have been a fly on the wall.  She said she is going to wear her phone out playing the video of her mommy saying Hi and waving ❤

Here’s what I know about this whole COVID-19 thing; it would be a much worse scene without technology.  Technology has kept people working at home and able to earn an income.  Technology has kept loved ones in touch.  Technology has alerted people to who needs help and how to help them.

Tonight I am thankful that technology can help in so many ways.  But tonight I am thankful that it helped send a video of my sweet grandma to her daughter several states away ❤

Wonderful!

The sunshine today was amazing!!

The warmth was amazing!  I was wearing a sweater and even got a little sweaty from the warmth!  Don’t worry I wore deodorant!  I didn’t get stinky 🙂

Today I am thankful for the sunshine.  It was so nice to see after these overcast days!  And I am thankful for the warmth!  I loved not wearing a coat when I went outside!

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Hoarding

There are six people in this house.  We have 3.85 teenagers – the fourth child is not quite a teenager yet.  We go thru a lot of food.

I used to go shopping with two shopping carts.  With the kids a little bigger now, I can stop at the store more often.  So I only end up with two carts a few times a year now.  I stock up when things are on sale.  I use coupons.  I buy clearance finds.  And I just buy lots of food because there’s lots of people here!

People’s looks at my shopping cart don’t phase me anymore.  But, with everything going on in the world right now, I keep feeling like I need to apologize or explain to people that I’m NOT hoarding food and supplies!

Today I stopped at Sam’s Club.  By the time I got to the check-out, my wrist hurt from pushing the heavy cart and picking up all the jumbo sized containers.  I decided to use a cashier instead of the self-checkout.  I needed help.

Tonight I am thankful that today I got the nicest cashier at Sam’s Club today!!  I told her I had four kids at home.  She asked if I got enough food or if I needed more 🙂  She was super nice and helpful.  I wish I could clone her and take her shopping with me again! ❤

Thank you Shutterstock for the cute picture below!

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Inspiration!

There are some things that a person just needs inspiration for.

I am happy to report that this staying-at-home time has inspired my daughter to cook!

Tonight I am thankful that I was served breaded chicken with two different kinds of pasta, in sauce as a late lunch today!  It was delicious!!

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