Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hugs

Hugging. 
Are you a hugger? 
 Did you know that there is more to a hug that what is seen on the surface?
 We know that a nurturing hug from a parent to a child offers a sense of safety...

...but did you know that a proper hug can actually strengthen you immune system?






















The hugs we receive as children are imprinted in us on a cellular level and boost our self esteem as adults.
 
Hugs are like meditation in that they help us let go and be present in the... well...present.

Hugs can help alleviate loneliness and anger by the immediate release of oxytocin.
Research shows that hugging (and laughing) can help in the healing of sickness, depression, anxiety and disease. 
The entire article takes just a couple minutes to read and can be found here...
It also states that 4 hugs a day are needed for survival and up to 12 for growth. 
So, get going. 
 Let's hug more and be happier and healthier...it certainly can't hurt.




 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

17? Already?

Lollipop Pop turned 17.
I seriously do not understand how that happened. 
I mean it was yesterday that she entered our lives.
  She has always had a strong will and independent spirit. 
She drove boats and motor homes at the age of three but has yet to get her driver's license.
She is a loyal friend who cares and feels deeply.
She is a big sister who Sugar Plum Fairy adores and a little sister to who tolerates Shaggy's  older brother-isms.
She is the first granddaughter on both sides and was and is cherished.
She is a daughter who has always had her Daddy wrapped around her finger and who actually likes her mother!
She could not make us more proud to be her parents and I think we may keep her.
Happy Birthday, my sweet girl. 
I love you.
 



Monday, April 21, 2014

They are Here

Late last summer we lost our agriculture well. 
The pump was pulled and there she sits in all her rusty glory.
Well drillers in this state have been booked solid and we have been on their lists ever since. 
Their services are in extremely high demand.
 
They don't give you a date as to when they will come. 
They don't always tell you how many wells are "in front of you". 
You don't call and hound them fore those details. 
You trust that they will come as soon as they can.
And they do. 
Last Friday, the rigs and trucks came.
Today, the drilling begins.
By the end of the week, we pray, there will be water flowing and giving our trees their first drink of the year.  

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 
 

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,   for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  

 
 

When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Colossians 3:1-4  
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easters of Past

Easter as a child was always extra special spent together as a family.
My first Easter
My sister and I usually had new, homemade dresses and patent leather shoes.
My sister and I in our new dresses. 
What a great place to grow up! The grass...the sidewalks....perfect for kidnicks.
I also vividly remember reaching into some lily type leaves in front of our house in Upper Lake and locating a toad instead.
Yup.
I think my folks may have laughed...uproariously.
I wonder what memories our kidnicks will have from their Easters.
Easter 2005
Easter 2012
Hopefully with smiles.

Friday, April 18, 2014

An Easter Tradition

Several years ago, I made Resurrection Cookies with the girls.  
My blogging crush/inspiration LemonadeMakinMama shared these and it has become a tradition in our home. 
Each year, as we prepare each step, we talk about each step Jesus took.
The ingredients and process is simple.
The message is powerful.
The memories are priceless.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Moon, A Campout and 2 Scaredy Cats

Did you stay up to watch the Blood Red Moon on Monday night?
  The girls and I did. 
We gathered nearly every blanket in the house and set up camp on the trampoline. 
I took one single picture at the beginning and decided I didn't want to be bothered. 
I think we were all a bit disappointed that it didn't appear, to our naked eyes, more vividly.
Lollipop Pop's chemistry teacher explained it had to do with the cones and rods in our eyes.
The girls sang the soundtrack to Frozen and we had a great time laughing and just enjoying each other. 
 Hubby came out a couple times and peered into the sky but wanted no part in the tomfoolery.
Lollipop Pop had school the next day, so she left us after the eclipse became full, but Sugar Plum Fairy and I decided to stay out all night...until the dog started growling and barking at something.  Coyotes, more than likely.
We are big babies.
We grabbed the flashlights and our pillows and went inside.
Quickly.
Even though the moon wasn't what I expected fully, seeing the eclipse and spending this time with our girls is a memory that we will always share with smiles.