Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Can it get any more nutty?

I haven't posted in a while due to the fact we just got off a 3 week mid-west tour. We have kept one CRAZY schedule for the month of July and it's won't be over until August.  We saw 7 states in 3 weeks... my husband's, dad's side of the family, my husband's mom's side of the family, and my mom's side of the family.  Then when we got home and my dad and step-mom paid a visit.  I am not complaining....it was GREAT to see everyone, but I am tired.

Before we left town we started to have 4 new windows and a slider put in our house.  To do this we had to remove pictures, blinds, curtains, move furniture, toys and our life!  My dining room became the catch all for all the blinds, curtains and pictures.  These were piled in the middle of the dining table.  Then all my daughter's toys were moved to the dining room as this became the playroom as well!  My family room was off limits, as the couch was crammed against the entertainment center to make room for the new windows.  The kitchen table was shoved to one side of our kitchen nook to make room for the slider.  The kitchen sink could be accessed every now and again due to the window being replaced. The project was started on July 7th, continued on July 14th and 15th and finalized on the 18th!  Nice to have new windows, but any thoughts of construction on the house make me want to cringe.  MY HOUSE IS A MESS!  Dry wall dust has found it's way into every crook, cranny and crevice at my house.  Now if only I had a maid!

Our booth is barely surviving!  Not in a financial way....but in a content sort of way.  I am thankful it is thriving and people like what we have. So much has sold, that one of the ladies at the mall called me to let me know about a few large pieces of furniture that had sold over the weekend (we had family in town so we did not get to go visit it like we usually do) and said "It's kind of empty Kellie, you may want to get some new things here soon". GREAT!  The problem is....I have not been home for 3 weeks, I have nothing ready and it is REEEEEDICULOUSLY.......HOT.......OUT!  Heat index hit 112* here yesterday....and it suppose to be even HOTTER today and tomorrow!

Then to add more to our already CRAZY CHAOS....our washer is broke!!!!  I have 2 weeks of laundry and NO washer!  AHHHHHHHHH!  The repair man will be at our house tomorrow (Thurs).  I just hope he can fix it tomorrow.  Otherwise....we will have to go the neighbors to do some laundry.  We are running out of clean clothes and quite frankly....room for all the dirty laundry.

I'm tired! I need a VACATION....the kind were you park your rear end in a beach chair, have the cool ocean breeze blowing over you and not in a care in the world about what is going on around you.  Oh well!  I will do what I can do, and the rest will have to wait!
Friday, July 1, 2011

Don't Waste Another Marble!

   Yesterday, while hurrying around to get all my project that I had on my list for the day completed, (which by the way, my lists usually contain WAY more than any one person could ever accomplish in one day) I was listening to K-Love Radio via online streaming.  I was half listening to the DJ telling a story, half listening to my daughter and half concentrating on my project at hand. At some point in the story something made me stop and really listen to what was being said to me.

 It actually brought me to tears!  But in a good way. We spend way too much of our life worring about things that really AREN'T important and not ENOUGH time on the things that really matter.  How many marbles do you have left in your life?  How many are you going to waste?

by Scott
I have been reading John Maxwell's  book, The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player.  It is a great read and a book that is so applicable to everyone!  We are all apart of a team in one way or another.  In the chapter on living life intentionally John shared a story that friend had shared with him.  His friend Dwight Bain overheard a Ham radio broadcast one morning and what he overheard was some an advise an older gentleman was sharing:
"It's a shame you have to be away from home and your famliy so much," he said, "Let me tell you something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own prirorities.  You see, one day I sat down and did a little arithmetic.  The average person lives 75 years, so I multipled 75 times 52 and came up with 3,900, which is the number of Saturdays the average person has in a lifetime.
"it took me fifty-five years to think about this in any detail." he continued, "and by that time I had lived through 2,800 Saturdays.  I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of those left to enjoy."
He went on to explain that he had bought 1,000 marbles and put them in a clear container in his favorite work area at home.  "Every Saturday since then," he said, "I have taken one of the marbles out of the jar and thown it away.  I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life.  There's nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help you get your priorities straight."
The older gentleman finished, "Now let me tell you one more thing before I sign off and take my lovely wife to breakfast.  This morning, I took my last marble out of the container.  I figure if I make it until next Saturday, then I have been given a little extra time."
We can't choose whether we will get any more time, but we can choose what we do with it.  If you are intentional with what with what you have, then you will make the most out of the time and talent that God gives you.

Courtesy of K-Love Radio.

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