#16 Making Moments When There Isn’t Time to Breathe

Uncategorized Apr 17, 2018

 

Do you feel like you are running ninety miles an hour, trying to do so much in so little time? Life is crazy and filled with chaos. You keep trying to figure out how you can fit one more thing in your day.  In reality, we all have 1440 minutes in each and every day. What if you could find a way to” just breathe” in the moments you already have, to help you make meaning in some of those chaotic moments? It could be like finding an extra day or two!!  Seriously!

As I watch my daughters run my grandchildren to all their school events, sporting events, church activities and friend times it almost makes me dizzy. We all seem caught in this rat race of life that, at times, we really do feel like we hardly have time to breathe and we feel the clock ticking away!  Have you ever left church leaving one of your children behind…..because you were so busy on your way out of the building that you forgot to take a headcount!

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#15 The Beautiful Magic that Happens When a Canner Blows Up In Your Face and You Live to Tell the Scary Story!

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2018

Overwhelmed is a feeling we all feel at one time or another.  There are some days that just seem to be filled with more than we care to handle, but we have to figure out how to get through the day…..somehow.  We may have just received an unexpected overdraft notice from the bank, or a late notice of a payment you forgot to send. Maybe you are dealing with multiple health issues that you aren’t finding answers to and you are fighting depression.  You need to find a way through the messes of life.

Let me share a very personal story from my own life.  True story! It was a summer day outside, I had picked a bucket of fresh green beans and needed to can them for the winter. The day was a normal kind of day with our nine month daughter and I’m four months pregnant, but still processing through my mom’s death less than one year.  So I’m grieving, I’m a new young mom who has just recently lost her mom and pregnant! To think I...

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#14 Birthdays, Hayrides and Halloween: Little Moments Leave Lasting Impressions in Relationships

Uncategorized Apr 04, 2018

We all love the big moments in life….the weddings, the graduations, the birth annoucement times, but let’s be real.  The big events happen usually just once in a lifetime and usually cost a lot of money. In reality, every day we have ordinary moments that can allow for extraordinary memories. Right now, just think about a special moment in your life that wasn’t anything big, but it was meaningful and memorable.  One of my friends recently shared with me of something so simple and insignificant but it brought her to tears in minutes! Her brother was mimicking the Donald Duck sound that her uncle always made, and it had been five years since she had heard that familiar sound. She said almost instantly she felt her eyes filling up with tears remembering her sweet uncle that always made that sound. What little moments can you create that will leave a lasting impression?  It is usually the simple, small moments in life that happen instantaneously that...

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#13 What to Do When Sentimental Moments Turn into a Discussion of Poo

Uncategorized Mar 27, 2018
 

Expectations!?!  We all have them, don’t we?  Sometimes we don’t realize we have them but if you are honest with yourself, I think you will agree with me.  Let me tell you of a very simple expectation I had one day.


Small personal story from your life or  that has impacted your life


Isaac, my three year old grandson, and I were having fun spending time together and since I love being intentional to capture special moments with each of my grandkids, I decided to take a few fun moments together to capture some of Isaac’s innocent answers to some questions I would ask him on a video.  In my mind, this would be a fun video to keep for legacy purpose, to show him what his thoughts were to my questions as a three year old. However, I guess I forgot to think the way a three year old thinks…..because I had some very different responses in mind. My little Isaac came up with the same simple response to every single question I posed to him!...

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#12 Being Present in the Presence of the Moment

Uncategorized Mar 20, 2018

It is so easy to NOT be present of the present moment.  Have you ever been driving and you just realized you do not even remember passing a certain street or a business?  Maybe you thought you were listening to someone until they asked you a question and then you realize you don’t even remember what they were talking about because your mind was somewhere else. That is what I mean when I say that it is easy to not be present.


Let me share a story with you that has left an impact on me.  My three year old grandson and I were playing and doing puzzles one afternoon. It was a lot of fun. He got tired of that he decided he wanted “us” to sit together on the couch. We turned on something to watch on Netflix when he asked me to sit right next to him.  Fortunately, I listened and sat right next to him. He nestled close to me and I put my arm around him. Several times he would look up at me and just have this sweet smile of enjoying the moment together....

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Dear Seventy-something and beyond, Post #11

Uncategorized Mar 13, 2018

My daddy is 90 Years old. I feel like I am just starting to get to know him. How did this happen? I made a photo book about his life. I learned so much!!! 


Taking time to listen to my dad share his stories from his past has enriched my understanding not only of who he is and why he does things the way he does, but it has helped me understand myself better!  It was fascinating to learn of his intense work ethic at such a young age, no wonder my dad worked so many hours in every day. Little did I know that at eight years old he began working on the family farm.  His sharp memory of people, places and events are a gift to me as we continue to make our next memory book for our family on all the places he went with work! I’m reminded of Dr. Seuss….Oh The Places To Go….well just think about all the places you have gone by the time you reach age 70+!


"To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old." Oliver...

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Dear Sixty-somethings, Post #10

Uncategorized Mar 06, 2018

Dear Sixty-something

Do you  believe that your sixties could be the best decade of your life?  I do! I just spent a week in Florida with a good friend who told me that her 60s were some of her favorite years. One of the joys of getting older is the increased level of confidence you have gained.  You are less bothered by what people think. Things that bothered you when you were younger don’t really matter as much to you anymore. Now I know why women aren’t so concerned about the most stylish shoes to wear, comfort becomes the most important concern, because it doesn’t matter as much to you.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to look stylish, but comfort has become a higher priority!


Life experiences often brings wisdom, and you become more in touch with what does or doesn’t bring you joy.  You begin to make time for those things that make you happy and make you feel worthwhile. There are many joys at sixty.  One of them is the joy...

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Forty-somethings Post #8

decades series Feb 20, 2018

(Beth continues her blog series addressing how to connect with your loved ones during different decades of life.)

Dear Forty-something

It can’t be!!! I can’t be 40 already??!!

I remember turning 40.  It wasn’t as big a deal for me as I thought. My forties encompassed a lot of memorable moments!  Lots of sporting events and watching our children excel in school.  Then the big day came for each of them to graduate from high school.  The college years happened. We learned to let our kids fly and live on their own.  But the big one for us was watching each one of our children marry the person of their dreams (yes, that is my family in the photo above)!  I can’t leave off becoming a grandparent for the first time either, now that’s a monumental moment!

Happy families are built memory by memory, story by story,  and gift by gift, throughout the seasons and years of our lives.  While in the forties, it is such a great...

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Thirty-somethings Post #7

decades series Feb 15, 2018

(Beth continues her blog series addressing how to connect with your loved ones during different decades of life.)

 

Dear Thirty-something,

You are feeling more confident, maybe more exhausted.  You may be just beginning your career, advancing or excelling in your career  or possibly switching your career. Your finding out how big the world is and at the same time how small it can seem.  You may take this time to travel or take your family on their first big vacation.  You may just be beginning to move into parenthood.  You may have saved enough money to get a bigger house and find your dream home. Life is feeling really good.

When I was in my early thirties, I began my own business.  I pursued and accomplished completing my insurance license and passed my security exams to get my Series 6 license. BB Investment began in an infant state.  Little did I ever dream that thirty three years later I would still be involved in the same career and...

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Twenty’s Questions

decades series Feb 07, 2018

(Today, Beth is starting a new blog series addressing how to connect with your loved ones during different decades of life.)

 

Dear Twenty-something,


For most twenty year olds life is good.  Life seems full of new discoveries at this age. You may be feeling your first time independence of living on your own.  You may have just completed college graduation and now you are entering a new field to master your new career.  You are gaining confidence, strength and excitement as you go out to conquer the world.


When I was in my twenties life looked completely different.  I faced my mom’s death when I was just twenty-one.  Our two daughters were born within that year and we began a new business venture.  My world was filled with grief, first time motherhood without my mom’s guidance, and learning to navigate a world that did not look like I thought it should.


Learning from someone else’s regrets is a beautiful way to save yourself from...

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