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I think I have figured a few things out in the past 8 months and I am writing them down.
One of the biggest things I have figured out is that I NEED to write them all down in the same place and not on folded pieces of paper out of my printer. I am driving my own self NUTS doing this and I have got to get it together. You'd think I did not have a binder, a planner, a midori (or two) a Mamadori, a composition book, 3 Dylusion journals or a tower of blank journals.
I cause my own chaos and so today, I am going to start stopping that.
On May 31, 2015 I broke up with Diet Coke.
On June 12, 2016 I broke up with M & M's
What are you going to start stopping today?
The past few weeks have been very similar to a circus in our lives, or at least the circus music has been cue'd up and playing CONSTANTLY in the background. Sound familar?
Note To Self: I am not a fan of the circus.
Things have been up and down and all over the place, TRYING to be patient with this, patient with that, jumping through hoops, falling down, getting up, tripping over things, traveling and coming home, traveling again and then coming home and a whole bunch of this,that and the other.
We all have crap going on and really, all of my junk and details are not important to share (although I bet you are wondering what the heck I am talking about, huh??) What is important are the reminders and I am here to remind you (well, and really me) that NO MATTER WHAT...everthing works out the way it is supposed to work out. The problem is, when things don't work out the way we think or thought they would or should, we temporaily fall apart. (well, at least I do. You can admit that in the privacy of your own home) We forget what we tell ourselves when everything is in the air, in process...until things dont go the way we had planned, "That everything will go the way it is supposed to"
Note To Self: It is not about our plan..dang it! Another thing we forget to remember.
When you find yourself in that moment where things not coming together the way you thought they should, when you feel like prayers are not anwered the way you think they should or if and when you find yourself woozy from the motion sickness of going in circles, falling down, jumping through hoops and all the other junk that comes when your plans fall apart, there is good news to remember:
There is something way bigger, better and brighter than you could have ever imagined. Its the truth and it is a promise. You have gotta hold onto that truth as hard as it may seem at the moment. Cry about it for a little bit and then get up, brush off, use the middle finger emojii to flip off the devil and then keep going.
p.s. All of the above it exactly how I document my faith. I write it all down so that when the better happens, you know, HIS plan, I can look back and connect all the dots.
yay, thank you and amen!
I use the expression a lot that if something were inside of a fortune cookie, many would read it, share it, show it, put in on the mirror, tape it to a planner page, etc. I think you know what I mean. I am not trying to be sassy, but it seems that many would invest more time into what is in a fortune cookie over something that comes out of the Bible.
eeekkkkk...Am I being controversal?
If you know me, than you know that I am not BUT it sorta is true.
So how about it you cracked open a Fortune Cookie and read this:
“Anyone who is patient has great understanding, but anyone who gets angry quickly shows how foolish he is.”
It comes from Proverbs 14:29 and it is this weeks verse in Documented Faith. If you don't get my weekly blah, blah, blah, you can download the email here: http://conta.cc/29KfctW
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The Magnolia House is in McGregor, TX so we flew into Dallas, rented a car and headed the direction the navigation told us to. It took just under two hours but that was because it was Friday at 2:00pm and driving through Dallas was a bit congested. Once we got to the open road, we were on our way.
It is dang hot in Texas in June and the humidity made it even hotter so when we arrived at The Magnolia House and walked through the door, between the "Ohhhh mmyyy goshhhhh" of being there, the super cool air and the amazing smell of wood being intoxicating in the best possible way, I believe I said out loud, "I think this is what it is going to feel like when we get to Heaven!"
Dreamy is just not suffice.
Now granted, I am a huge fan of the show so I pretty much went silent after that and just took it all in but I am pretty sure that all of us at separate times but within the same 10 minute span said "OH! I remember that part when Chip held that up!" referring to the wooden corbel on the staircase. It is much bigger than how it looks in the photo. I wanted to take it home but thought that it would be obvious if it were gone, plus, that it stealing, duh.To the left of the photo above is a Magnolia House sign and within that same 10 minutes of being there, I took this selfie and posted it to Instagram.
We sat down for maybe 20 minutes and then with about one hour before The Silos closed (they close at 6:00) we jumped back into our sweet rental car and dashed toward downtown Waco and geeked out when we spotted the ALICO building. If you watch the show, you know what I am talking about...if you don't watch the show, WHY DON'T YOU? Anyway's we got there with about 40 minutes to spare and got this selfie on the way in:By the looks of the background in this photo, it didnt appear that there were too many people still there but we forgot about the tourbuses that were parked on the street and it was so hot outside that they were all inside.
Have you met me? I sorta shut down in places where there are too many people, becoming quickly overstimulated with lots to look at and being that we had traveled all day, starving and just dang hot, we did a quick lap (or two) around the store and headed back to our sweet rental car and went to go find food. We agreed not to return Saturday after the workshop because rumor has it that Saturdays are the most crazy and I told myself that on Monday it wouldnt be as crowded.
I bet people say that about Disneyland, too (I don't go there either)
We filled our bellys with traditional BBQ (we Californians do not know what real BBQ means) and got back to The Magnolia House right before the the dang tour bus we saw at The Silos got there.
We had already witnessed the constant stream of slow rolling cars with ladies hanging out the windows take photos and videos with their phones and people just "randomly" walking down the sidewalk as if to just "happen" to walk by, but a tour bus?? and let me tell you, it was a LOADED bus and everybody got out. I have to stop and say that there is a little black fence around the whole property so 99% of the people stay outside the fence, whew.
Now, my husband is a chatty social butterfly and apparently my brother in law is too because man, they were out there just chit chatting away with all the ladies..and their husbands..meanwhile I was almost peeing my skirt inside because I was a mix of giddy, overwhlemed, overstimulated and a tiny bit freaked out. I walked out on the porch for two seconds to get a photo of the chatty butterflies and then went back in and pulled the curtains.
Isn't that nutty??? Can you imagine being a Kardashian??? Anyways, all those sweet ladies and men were super nice and just excited to be there..so was I. Look at the lady in the backgrown waving at me!!! That is so funny! Anyways, I went back into the cool, clean, crisp, wood smelling, amazing home, put on my hoodie and jammie pants and pretty much smiled for the rest of the night..
we all did.
It was another one of those nights where I felt like I was a 9 or 10 years old on Christmas Eve and I couldnt wait to get to sleep so that I could wake up in the morning..I LOVE early morning quiet and coffee so the first thing I did after getting a cup of coffee was head right out the front door to get this shot:
and then walked down the sidewalk, out the little gate, turned around and got this shot stood there for a second in my jammie pants and hoodies, took it all in, realized it was already hot, and headed back in to sit and smile at the kitchen table. To be continued...