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Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Scribble and Scrambles - Saturday Musings Whilst I Wait

I'm going to a baby shower today. My family and extended network of people seem to be raining babies. Today we celebrate number three in the last seven months. This little soon-to-be-born-one is a male (I've seen the evidence -- ultrasounds are pretty cool.)What a miracle babies are, and what a sign of hope.

So while I wait for a very sleepy teen to crawl out of bed (yes, it is 12:39 p.m. as I type this and she is still in bed) and for adult working daughter to get off of work, I thought I'd share some random thoughts.

Wednesday night was a college age post-church gathering. (I have no idea why I was there...maybe they think something might rub off on me. ) Our interim youth pastor, the only male present, played on the putting green for awhile then joined the females for the food. The brownies turned out a little different than usual because they were baked in a convection oven. My daughter-in-law is an appliance expert so she explained the difference between convection and traditional ovens. The youth pastor listened, added a few words and then grew silent.

As the conversation moved on he leaned forward. "Hey, you know if you stand to close to a convection oven you'll feel guilty?"

All eyes turned toward him. "Huh?"

He smiled. "Oh, no, that's a conviction oven." Then he laughed.

I think I like this guy.

As we draw closer to tax day I'm finding it a little harder to embrace reality with joy and contentment. After shedding a few tears in a mini-meltdown last night, I've decided I need to focus on today, one day at a time.

So, today, I know the sun is shining behind the clouds. I know that God is in control and that He loves me. I know that He has solutions and plans that my mind can't even begin to ponder. Even though several things like foundering businesses and lack of steady money and big tax bills due are hanging over our heads, I'm trusting that God will provide. He has been for three months. Every bill we have has been paid even though we are lacking at least a third of our usual income. Trust me, this is a miracle.

Thanks, God, for the miracles You are providing, and thank You that you will see us through this thing that seems so huge but is in reality, compared to you, nothing. Thank you for laughter and for babies and for hope.

I hope you experience God's abundant blessings this weekend.


<---That Girl said...

yes indeed, things in life will overwhelm when we take them on our own or look at them with our natural eyes. It's too frustrating, too scary - too big for us. Without hard times why would we need a refuge? Oh thank the Lord we have Him, amen? He's our Refuge & Strength...the One who always causes us to triumph! I'm confident that God is working all things together for your good - Harvest time will come!

<---That Girl said...

hey, you gotta read this!
I think it will be right up your alley. (he's a friend of Jessica's)

Janet Rubin said...

We're in one of those funky not-nearly-enough-money-for-all-these-crazy-expenses phases here too. It is stressful. But what you said is true. God is good, and in control, and a providor and giver of good gifts. Happy baby shower. I love any excuse to eat cake.

Kim said...

Kelly -
Greetings from one who has to sign her life away to the orthodontist this week! And they are recommending oral surgery to boot! Only God is bigger than this!!

Counting my blessings! Thanks for a beautiful post!


That Girl said...

p.s. finished up Passion Most Pure...don't laugh that it's taken me that long to complete the only "to-read" on my list. I've thought about them all day! I'm so sad that I've finished reading it that I wish I could go back in time and read it all again. My question is, seeing that it's a series, will the other books have these same characters too?

Kelly Klepfer said...


Like my nickname for you? Ha. Girlie just seems so generic. If I'm not mistaken, Julie Lessman is planning to focus on Charity and the name of the younger, quiet sister which escapes me...in future novels. It'll be a trick with Charity because she was so spoiled and bratty!

That Girl said...

yeah... "Thatty" sets well with me. I approve *L*
Oh goodie! I'm so glad that the story isn't ending for good. That would really have stunk. I forgot the younger sister's name too because she was so undermentioned. I wondered why they even added her, but this explains it.
When Sissy's old enough, I'm giving her this book so hopefully she'll see the wisdom in it all and behave like Faith rather than Charity. When I was a teenager I was somewhere in between them.

So, how will I go on until the next book? Any other great romances/easy reads like this one that you can recommend? Now I'm starving for one. See what you've done?

Kelly Klepfer said...

Hey Thatty,

One of my all time favorites is The Cubicle Next Door, and All the Tea in China. They are both first person chick-lit style with romance and quirky friends and drama. Well-written, too.

Cubicle is current day but so cute!!! See the review here. http://novelreviews.blogspot.com/search?q=the+cubicle+next+door

And All the Tea in China is adorable and set in the late 1800's. See the review here. http://novelreviews.blogspot.com/search?q=all+the+tea+in+china

That Girl said...

they're so "mine" now. You're such a peach!

Kristi Herbranson said...

I feel sad that I missed the college gathering the other night. And David would have added another male body. However, he bought a house that day so we were rather distracted. And now we're out looking for appliances. I'll keep my eye out for a conviction oven!