Showing posts with label blessings

Winter Weather Closes Schools in middle Tennessee

in , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

We watch the evening news, hoping the bad weather will be close enough to warrant the happily awaited call from the school district announcing school closings. But, bedtime comes and the call still hasn’t come in, so the girls put on their PJ’s inside out and hang a sock on their bedroom door in an effort to bring on their heartfelt desire for snow!
The sleet starts tinkling off the roof and deck by 11pm- but still no call. The children are nestled all snug in their beds with visions of snow balls dancing in their heads- but the snow didn’t come. Just rain, sleet then ice.

At 5am, we get the school call that my husband and I knew had to come because we saw the icy sheen on our road before we finally fell asleep.
We turned off the alarms and snuggle down for some precious, indulgent sleep-in time. Secure in the knowledge that as small business owners, we only answer to ourselves if we don’t make it into work on time.

We are blessed in that way- and we know it. I still remember clearly working for a boss who didn’t care how treacherous the commute – if he could make it in, we were all supposed to make it in. Ditto, my husband’s boss, who had a big 4 wheel Jeep that could have made it through any type of weather.

As we watched the news this morning and saw all the wrecks from people spinning on ice not just here, but all across our great Nation- I stopped and said a prayer for all the Moms and Dads who had to be out in this mess for their job.  Our wee bit of ice is rapidly melting in the sun, but I know by the evening commute- some of our country roads will be slippery again.

I pray and think “But for the Grace of God go I.” I know that could easily be me out there, along with my husband- slipping and sliding and worrying our way to a job we have to get to if we want to eat.

I pray for everyone’s safety.

As I look over at my beloved children- safe and warm with me, while I hear my husband working in his shop, I tear up a little- overcome with my Blessings. 
Getting the call that schools are closed are no big deal here for us, we welcome them! But I know, for some families they are a hardship. I feel sorry for each and every one of them and vow again- not take this moment or my life for granted.

This post- although very heartfelt- is part of my job. Is there a guaranteed paycheck waiting for me on Friday? No. 
But- I wouldn’t trade being home safe and warm for a paycheck- unless I had too. And then I would hope somebody would pray for my safe return home too.

I bid your safe travels and warmth and happiness on your return home today and if you are blessed like me to be at home- stop a moment and take it all in. Capture the moment and enjoy!

Please tell me in comments what winter weather do you have today!

Lighting a candle for America

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, April 19, 2013

The news... I had to turn it off.

My heart breaks for everyone who has lost so much in this wonderful country of ours this week.

God Bless the people of the United States right now and help us through.

We will light a candle again tonight, and pray and try to make sense of all of this ugliness.

We will remember that today, as we breathe in and out together is a gift and shouldn't be wasted on anything but love and kindness and all good things.

Blessings to you and yours from me and mine.

Candle of Hope

Spring Break

in , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy Monday, Happy Spring! This is just a quick note to let you know I am taking a break from blogging so that I can fully enjoy the season and to give my JAFRA business my undivided attention. 

Sometimes to move forward we must stop. Will I return to blogging? That remains to be seen, but I know I will find myself and the answers outside, digging in the dirt with warm sunlight on my face. 

So I'll close with Good Day and Blessings upon you and yours rather than Goodbye! 

Dear Stomach Bug… Thanks

in , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Good Tuesday morning dear readers! I have been wanting to post for several days, but honestly didn’t feel well enough to string coherent sentences together, let along remember to spell check.  I am so happy I woke up feeling great this morning!
I have been recovering from a nasty stomach bug.  My abs still cinch up just thinking about last Monday night… and the better part of Tuesday, when finally the tossing of my cookies portion of this sickness subsided.
 Speaking of abs, you never know how strong ( or not) they are until you are using them while praying you will be able to stop and catch your breath before you pass out! I had that panicky feeling in the wee small hours of Tuesday, but thankfully, blessedly, my best forever friend, my husband was right by my side. 
All week long he and my daughters nursed me back to health. I have been loved and doted upon and simply made to feel treasured and revered in a way that I’ll not soon forget. 
See, I had been feeling just a bit, oh, I don’t know… taken for granted? Okay, a lot a bit!  Like I was just the maid, like my voice didn’t matter, like I was Charlie Brown’s teacher;  all incoherent blah, blah, blahs and nags.
 Don’t forget the nagging. The endless: hang up your coat, rinse your dish, put away the brush, and do your homework, nit-picky stuff.  
Ever felt like that? Sort of resentful that all the drudge and “grunt” work is on your plate? Oh, yeah I had a bad case of the “nobody appreciates what I do around” here-isms! 
Then, I got sick. Really  sick.
Not just a head cold and I can press on sick, but down for the count sick and that’s when my sweet family stepped up, stepped in and showed me by thought and deed that all my hard work is appreciated, that I do matter most assuredly and that yes, they do listen, even if they choose to act like they aren’t sometimes.  
So, thanks stomach bug for laying me low, I needed it! And the 8 pound weight loss? Just another blessing in disguise, although I wouldn’t recommend this particular weight loss method to anyone!

Blogger and my Milestone

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, May 06, 2011
Today is a great day! It's Friday, the sun is shining, butterflies are landing on my Peonies,  all the people I love in this world are safe and for the most part happy. The Lord is Good and has blessed us with safety and health.


 Sure, we could all use a little more of this and that ( money, time off, new shoes, peace of mind). BUT, this glass - is- half- full lady is counting her blessings and doing a happy dance because of my blessings and this lil' blog that could!

You see, My WAHM Plan has reached a milestone! Sometime in the last 24 hours I got a new follower that put me at 100!! I am so happy and excited and.... what?
 I can't actually see my followers on my blog? I see the magic number on my dashboard, but nothing on my front page. Can everybody else see my followers??

 Arrggh... So off to Blogger help I go, I do all they suggest:
Remove and re-install Followers, clear my cache, rub my stomach and head at the same time... okay I added that one for a bit of levity because according to Blogger help, this has been a HUGE problem for quite some time here in blogger world.

Arrggh... I love my blog, I want her to succeed, so should I move her? Probably.
Will I?
It makes my palms sweaty just thinking about a Move of any kind. House, blog... yuck. Then of course there is the money thing. Free is good for me right now!

Maybe I have overlooked the solution and this snafu will work it's self out. Or maybe I should just use another follower platform!
That might be the ticket because I don't like moving, period!

Do you use something other than Google Friend on your blogger blog? If so, please leave me a comment and I'll check out your link.

If you are my 100th follower, please comment with a link back so I can come say Hi and thank you.

Remember to smile, it makes the world a better place and when you feel you are at the end of your rope, tie another knot!