So many things I want to write about and yet life continues to be a whirlwind of activity. So this is just a random crazy rambling that contains many of my “all over the place” things I want to share with each of you. So grab a pumpkin spice latte my friend and let’s share some time together.
Life is often just a matter of perspective
Have you ever noticed that when you are gaining unwanted weight…the number on the scale in the morning makes you crazy, mad or depressed! And yet when you are losing weight …that exact same number is a cause for rejoicing?
Thinking we should realize that through all life’s twists and turns (or ups and downs like the scale) we should keep it all in perspective…just down the road a piece what we see now as maddening or depressing could look pretty darn good!
There was a major chemical plant fire in my #2 daughter, Amy’s college town of Waxahachie, Texas. Daniel while watching the live feed of the fire says: “I hope Amy doesn’t get fired!” Then looking quite stressed out he continues with intensity…”I need to tell Daddy about this!” (I respond – “Daniel…Daddy is in Texas with Amy!”) Daniel jumps off the bed and says “Oh good then Amy won’t get blown up”…and he runs off to play without giving it another thought.
Don’t you just love it that he thinks his Daddy can take care of it all just like any superhero?! (hmmmm…perhaps we should become like a kid with our heavenly Daddy and rest in the fact that He’s got it covered!)
In this day and age where we have multiple amazing avenues of communication….why did I have to call my daughter in Texas to have her send a facebook message to my next door neighbor to ask her to knock on my back door and tell my family to please call me because I was stranded on the side of the highway in the pouring down rain an hour away from home?
Why? Because after calling the house phone (which apparently they could not find…curse those cordless phones that are not attached to the wall…some technology really has not helped us) and my husband’s cell phone (which he apparently left in the car…why even have a cell phone if it is not with you?) multiple times (read here 20 times each phone) I finally got creative and figured out a way to personally deliver a message to my family when it really was an actual emergency!
Next time I am traveling with a carrier pigeon…
Movies – When it Rains it Pours
Typically before the monthly “date night” with my love….I do a “once over” on the movie review page and decide there is nothing playing worth wasting my valuable time or my limited resources. But lately there as been an abundance of really GREAT movies! (and not enough date nights!)
The Help — ummmmmm loved this movie! Funny, Moving, Passionate, Angering, Endearing, Inspiring…. So many “take aways” that could be life changing for you. While most of us who saw the movie shared our outrage over the treatment of those of a different race or ethnicity I wonder if we realize how many of us think of others who are not of a certain “class” (be it educational, social, financial, religious or even racial) as lower than we are. Even if we are not overtly treating them as “second class” citizens…our thinking is probably coming out in some of our actions no matter how small. What would happen if we got as disgusted with ourselves as we did with the racist characters in this movie and changed even our thinking about those who somehow we view as “below” us? Something to think about….
Courageous – If you are a Dad….if you have had a Dad….if you have ever wanted a Dad – that is right everyone of us needs to see this inspirational action packed movie about failure, fear, faith and fathering. Bring a pack of kleenex because you will cry! You will also be convicted! And hopefully you will be challenged and changed. It is currently #6 in the box office after two weekends running…GO SEE IT!
Seven Days In Utopia – first it is rated G….love that! Although it is about golf (not my favorite subject) this movie is more about forgiveness and mercy and grace. Love it when I can go to a movie and leave with great life lessons learned and positive messages. (reminds me of The Ultimate Gift…another GREAT movie!) It has been out over a month so if you don’t catch it at the theater be sure to look for it when it comes out on DVD.
Machine Gun Preacher – so I haven’t seen it yet and there are probably many things that will irritate & greatly offend me about this movie (mostly the excessive foul language)…I am pretty sure I will go see it! Why? Because I love the fact that it is exposing the atrocities of how children are being horrifically treated in Sudan and perhaps it will ignite some “righteous justice” in those of us who are content to sip our lattes in Starbucks while simply talking about the injustices in the world but never getting off our fannies to actually do anything about it. My college age daughters have both already seen it because they live in our near BIG cities where it has already opened. Besides it’s a great couple movie as it has lots of guns & violence for the guys and the emotional tug of precious children being rescued for the gals. (PS – No I won’t let my children see this one)
Speaking of date nights…lately I have found myself sharing tidbits of advice to couples who are committed to their marriages but find themselves struggling with different challenges. (not too mention the fact that the all time number one blog post visited on my blog deals with overcoming marital problems…it must be something we all need help with)
One of the things we often do on our date nights when we are having fun, at peace and enjoying our relationship (in other words not in the middle of a disagreement or intense conversation) is to ask each other this – “What is one thing I can change or do better that would really be a blessing to you?” The rules are –> it can only be ONE thing (we can all handle tackling one issue at a time), that I won’t argue about it and that I will make an honest attempt to change or do what is asked.
You need an example? Ok….so usually my sweet husband answers with…”hmmmm (then a pause to think), no I’m good Beth, I can’t think of anything. (HA! I know all too well how hard I am to live with…he is just a wee bit easy going. And of course I always have something that he can do or change that would bless me) But a few years ago he did come up with something. He shared with me that it would really bless him if I would be on time for church. (according to his idea of “on time” – 10 minutes early…not my idea of “on time” – right at the starting time and up to 10 minutes late) So even though I was comfortable in “my way” of doing things and I didn’t really see the big deal…I agreed to do this because it was a big deal to him. And because I love him I am willing to change and I want to bless him!
That is just one small example of something that can really help you on your road to marital bliss! So next time you are out on a date night (you are going on date nights right?)…make this one sentence a part of your wonderful evening.
Oh where in the world is Virginia Elizabeth?
In case you missed the reference to “Oh where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” (and you would if you were not a kid or raising kids in the 90’s or early ‘oos) OR you have no idea who Virginia Elizabeth is…the comment is from an educational video game & television series exploring geography & history. And since “Oh where in the world is Beth“….doesn’t have the same ring or pizzaz as Carmen Sandiego…I used my given name…Virginia Elizabeth (fancy huh?) Did you know that my real name is Virginia and I actually go by a nickname of my middle name. Strange huh? Even my own dear mother can not explain why they did this…and it has definitely been a challenge in a day and age where identity is so crucial. As a result I have named my children exactly what I have called them, without even nicknames. It has also been humourous at times having several “real” names….but I digress. What I really wanted to tell you is that I have been traveling or going on out of town excursions A LOT in the last six weeks!
- from the beach in Santa Cruz, CA with dear friends
- to Waxahachie, Texas where my second daughter has begun her freshman year of college at SAGU
- to Lorton, Virginia to spend time with and help my mother out while she has been experiencing some challenging health issues (bonus: my Micehelle took the bus down from NYC to see me and celebrate her 22nd birthday!)
- to our annual Apple Hill fall family day trip…love this! (you can read about this tradition here)
- and finally I just returned yesterday from my 16th Croptoberfest Retreat weekend in Toulomne, CA with close to 100 women who were happily relaxing, scrapbooking, eating & enjoying time away from it all with dear friends.
- Oh wait….I also have driven to the Oakland airport & back six times in the past month as my family has been doing their fair share of traveling as well (and last week the car I was driving lost its transmission on the way home and I got a lift back home from the tow truck driver…that was a first)
If you love pictures & want to see more of my last six weeks in full living color…click here! I am officially home for the next three weeks until I fly off again for a combo 16th birthday/college visitation/time with Michelle trip to NYC & Boston in November.
Inspire Ministries….am I speaking & writing?
Hmmmmm….a year ago I announced that the Lord was moving me in a direction of beginning a ministry that would involve using my gifts and talents in speaking & writing to inspire people to live a life of purpose, passion & praise.
Soooooooo….have I been doing that?
Well the writing is sporadic with a constant nagging in my mind that I need to “get on it”. And yet here I am not even consistently blogging, let alone actually working on a manuscript. Yes I am “busy” (HATE that word). Yes, I have 8 children to care for. Yes, there are a dozen legitimate excuses. And yet excuses are just that excuses for not doing what you say you want to do. If we really want to do something, we will do it. Period. End of story. Which means what I need to say is that it is just not my priority (not important enough to me at this time). Admitting the truth is often the first step to change…we will see if I change.
Speaking…I have “officially” had 6 speaking engagements this past year. (and 2 additional invitations that I had to pass on due to conflicts) They have ranged from women’s luncheons to retreats to conferences. They have all gone well with the Lord using me to speak His words of life through sharing my life stories and insights. I love it! My goal was 6 this past year and 12 this coming year. The problem with speaking (unlike writing) is that you have to be invited to do it. So after a good first year start I am staring at an empty calendar except for a lone Moms Fellowship Group in January. Now I do a lot of “one on one” speaking assignments and I simply love these too! (could these be called counseling or life coaching? Funny, I find myself often saying the same things I say in a group setting with just a bit more personalization)
Perhaps you or someone you know is looking for a speaker for their event, conference, luncheon, meeting or retreat. I would love to come! And while I do not have a website up & running yet. Let me share some of the many topics I feel confident to speak on (I am sure there are more…this is a quickly drawn up list):
- Marriage Topics – Nurturing a healthy, happy & holy marriage, Becoming the best wife you can be, Preparing for a life long marriage, Overcoming challenges on the road to marital bliss, Love languages & personality teaching
- Parenting Topics – Raising children of faith, Purposeful parenting, Family traditions, Bringing up good girls in an X-rated world, Mommy lessons from having 8 kids, Building your child’s confidence
- Personal Growth Topics – Knowing who you really are to God, Trusting God, Help for the control freak, Living a balanced life, Letting the Lord be enough, Living a life of purity, Goals, dreams & visions, Discovering & using your gifts & talents, Married & wishing your were single OR Single & wishing you were married, Taming the tongue
- Working at Home Mom Topics – Running a successful home based business, Balancing Family & Business, Building a God honoring business
I have often tailored a message to a groups theme or purpose as well. If you have an idea and I feel like I can meet your need, I am willing to do it! I appreciate your help in spreading the word for me, as well as your prayers or words of advise are always welcome! I am trusting God to open the doors He wants me to walk through.
Ok, my latte is all gone…would love to hear what you have to say!
Until next time…..