Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Monday, November 18, 2013

You Know What They Say About a Full MOON?

We were headed home from making the apartment ready for our daughter and new grandson.  I looked up into the sky and saw the most beautiful autumn moon.  Then I started to giggle to myself and I cried out loud, "Okay Sarah it is time!"  I quickly stopped the car to text to my daughter-in-law, 'Go outside and look up into the sky."

Every excited bone was ignited as I choose to go to bed at the early time of 9:00.  I was woken by  the sound of my phone ringing.  I yelled for Bill to grab the phone as I shot out of bed, jumping in excitement...I knew.  This Grand Mommy has done two happy dances over this pregnancy.  The announcement while I was at church and now the announcement that labor had started.   We grabbed the keys to meet them and take Joshua.

My midwives always said there were more babies under full moons.  Well this Grand Mommy has had two grandsons in two days.

My son's first hold with new son!

 Maverick (haven't decided) Wright
(independent, non-conformist)
update - November 19th
Liam Maverick Wright
(strong-willed warrior, a form of William) (independent, non-conformist)
7 pounds 8 ozs.
21 inches

First born son and his wife - Kenny and Sarah Jane

After years of infertility and surgeries my daughter-in-law's prayers were answered.  I think almost all her heart's desires were answered.  She had a water birth.  He is extremely healthy.  They are both doing fine.
Joshua now has a baby brother.

Back to my Grand Mommy Break!!!!!!
Can you believe this?  God is just soooooooooooo good and has a sense of humor.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Grand Mommy Break

David Malachi Wilson
(Beloved, My Messenger)
Born November 16, 2013

5 pounds and 10 ozs

18 inches long

Grand mommy was there for the birth!
Daughter and Son-in-law did an awesome job.
God showed His faithfulness mightily.

Baby is doing wonderful and expected to come home on Monday.

Son and daughter-in-law are due any day
with another grandson.

Happy Thanksgiving, while our family recounts all the wonders of this last year, and rejoices over  new life....I will be on Grand Mommy BREAK.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nip It In the Bud!

If you know this saying..."Nip It in the Bud", then you are showing your age.  Must of us can hear the voice of Barney Fife echo through the annals of television history.
Others say, "Just Do It!"... "Yank it!"...  "Put One Foot in Front of the Other".....all reminding us to "Take the Bull by the Horns!" and "GIT 'ER DONE!"

This worn out chair was the pride of all who have sat in it and may I say...there was a lot of sitting.  All seven of us house-bound people competed for the right to sit in the BIG CHAIR.  I taught more than one school lesson while in the comfort of it's cushions and many hours of devotionals and children's stories were enjoyed in this seat-and-a-half chair.  But all things deserve to be given new life after they have served you well.

It was time... I had P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-E-D far too long.  What started out with "all guns a'blazin'" came to a rapid intimidation-factor stop.  The longer I looked at the unfinished project, the BIGGER it GOT!  Time passed... and passed... and passed... and passed....................you get the picture.

I couldn't do it...I had "bitten off more than I could chew."  

So I did what any wise woman would do............I hid it!  Yes, I pushed it into the teen room.  Wrong place to hide the unfinished project.  Now every teen boy on our side of the planet used it to prop his feet...ate his chips...do what teen boys do...used and abused my unfinished project.  It was time to give in... "Nip It in the Bud."

I pulled that large mammoth out of the teen room and put it in full view... Right in the middle of the game room, half blocking the television.

I finished it.!
It has been brought back to life.  Benjamin crawled up in it to read.  It's destiny has been restored.
What a lesson to me..............things are rarely as hard as our minds have us believe.
"Just Do It!"

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Young Serve

The note came  from school.  Anyone that has a family member that has served our country, we want to honor them on Veteran's Day.  We were asked to send a letter, etc. telling about our family Veteran.

I dismissed the request.  I knew of our older family members that had served.  I rehearsed the stories of all of my husband's uncles that served in WWII.  My thoughts went on how to tell Benjamin about their service.  I thought about personally doing this at home.  To be honest...my "to-do" list was too long and I couldn't place one more thing on my list.

But as God would have it, out of the mouths of babes came a very startling request.  As we read about the service of honor that the school would hold on Veteran's Day and how Benjamin could wear his Boy Scout uniform, he looked up at me in horror.  "Mom you did turn my stuff in for Veteran's Day, didn't you?"  Who was he talking about, who did he remember served?  "Mom, you did turn in a letter on Michael?"

My heart sunk. I hadn't thought about all the young men of this time that had served.  My mind had gone back to WWII, not present day war.  Here was my youngest reminding me that his brother-in-law had served and I had forgotten him.

Today I want to honor all Veterans, but I also want to remember how many are still serving and how young so many of these men were when they enlisted.  My own son-in-law enlisted at a very young age and has served our country in tours of duty.  So have his grandfather, brothers and many other family members, who have served before and after him.

Thank you all and your families for keeping us safe.  Thanks to God for the reminder that came from the mouth of my seven-year-old....may we not forgot those who have and are serving our county all over the world.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Not Yet a Habit

I can say that fall has brought many changes in our household.  As I watch the leaves change, the autumn temperatures cool, and the days shorten, I know that I too am in the fall season of life.  My fall season is about adjusting to new habits.  To say that I haven't quite adjusted to the "new habits" would be an understatement.  Now there are parts of our routine that are starting to be familiar but other parts are just a "beating," as my son says.

My horror of all horrors is watching the clock!  On a visit to my mother's house years ago, I went from room to room, which all ticked away with "millions of clocks".  They made my skin crawl, probably because I was just coming out of the full-calendar phase of clock-watching schedules for four super-busy teenagers...and I was tired. I just hated the reminder of time.  As I tried to adjust to "watching the clock" 24/7, I went down and bought a watch.  Oh, I just hated buying that watch... but guess what?  Somehow, I lost that watch.  I still think that keeping track of every minute of my day is exhausting.

As I continue to try to make this new journey of life a "habit," I noticed that I am in phase two. Yes, there are phases to new adjustments and newly-formed habits.

  • "The Honeymoon Stage" - Now this one just blew me away, because a honeymoon is something you want to be on...I didn't pick this honeymoon, so that phase passed very fast.

  • "The Fight Through" - NOW THIS IS WHERE I AM 
"Inspiration fades and reality sets in. A person finds himself struggling with the positive habit completion and old habits seem to be right around the corner. The key to moving to the third phase of habit formation is to win 2 or 3 'fight thru’s.'"

Here is where I find myself.  I am trying to win 2 or 3 of the "fight thru's".  I am starting to adjust to my business with God, who is so graciously giving me some days off.  I had to really "fight thru" this morning when the weather started out cold...I am sooooooooooooooooo not a cold-weather person. I will be "fighting thru" to get out and going this winter.  

I have won on getting up, but lost on getting up early enough each morning to have quiet time by myself. I see that starting the day running with the "to do list" and rushing with the CLOCK makes for a very discouraged Janette.

I have fought through Benjamin being at school.  God has so graciously answered EVERY one of my prayers for this adjustment.  He loves it!  He is doing great!  My job allows me to be there at the end of his day, go on school field trips and even be the home room mom.  I still get to be involved with his schooling.

Adjusting to my body being tired after big cleans is still a "fight thru" battle that isn't won, nor having a good meal on the table by 6 or making bedtime each evening. I am hoping by December I will have won a couple of these battles.

All in all...I am on my way... winning more each day... watching God's faithfulness during some very big adjustments... delighting in the Lord bringing more "Rachel" jobs during the midst of my "Leah" jobs...  rejoicing over an assistant for some of my jobs...she is a joy, an encouragement and great teammate.

  • Second Nature - Not there yet!!

In the midst of all the changes, I am so enjoying my grandson.  He was brought into our life almost a year ago.  They are waiting for the final papers before the law makes him their child legally, even though in our hearts he has been theirs for almost a year.  When they finalize the papers, I will re-post the beginning of this wonderful story.
Here is our pregnant daughter [due Dec. 8th] with my mother-in-law, who is 98 years old.  Along with my oldest son's pregnant wife [due late November], these two new grandsons will add two more great-grands for my mother-in-law's other four great-grands.  These two grandsons will also add to my grandmother's tally of great-great-grandchildren.

Both pregnant women are ready "to be done with this"... their words, not mine!  I so remember thinking it would never come to an end, nor would my body ever stretch that far.  Well, six times it came to an end and six times my belly did expand that big!  The same will be true for both of them as we enter the countdown this month.

As I continue to make things "second nature," I know that just about the time I think I have it down, there will be another curve ball.  That is life......................which means...............I am still alive, but not making my blog post very regular, nor reading blogs.  I am missing it...so I hope to be back to this "habit" very soon.
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