Good Morning and what a beautiful Sunday Morning it is. I managed to sleep in a little, but holy moly, getting older is unpleasant sometimes isn’t it? The mind and the spirit are the same as they were in my twenties, but the body seems to have a way of changing and aging against my wishes. There was a day I could easily have slept until noon (granted, I was back in high school at the time), and bounce out of bed feeling refreshed and ready to go. Now I sleep until 7:00 and the back aches so badly it’s hard to get moving. What’s up with that? Is this why my Grandpa was always up by 4:30? And Grandma not much later than that? Did their backs feel like their beds were beating them up in the night? My goodness! So far, after moving around for a bit, things loosen up and are fine, but I dread the day that it takes longer.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the blog, and about the changes that it is going through – I can’t wait to show you! – but it got me to thinking about what I’d like it to be once it’s all grown up. The silly celebrations are fun, and they will continue, but I want more for the blog, for myself and for you, my faithful readers. Face it, eventually we will have all celebrated the silly things over and over again, and it will get a little dull! I can only “glamorize” National Bubble Wrap Day so much before everyone just starts to skim over it! I’ll be adding features, like activities that we do that I’d like to share with you, such as hiking, camping, trying out new foods and adventures. There will be sections of health related topics that are in the news or that I find to be fascinating that I’d like to share with you, and then there will be the “thoughts” that I’ll share. Some may be political, some made be about faith. It will always be about my thoughts and feelings though – and I will always be faithful to myself and to you with my honesty about those feelings. I will be working with the technical folks who are putting the new site together later on today, sorting through which posts I want to transfer from THIS site to that one, as well as some from my other two blogs that really are about my feelings and thoughts. All of those won’t be coming over, but a few will, and as various special days come up, I’ll be bringing more of them over to share with you and to find their new home at the new site. It is all very exciting to me, and I’m truly happy you will be here to share my happiness with me.
Holy Humor – Joke of the Day –
The Cleaning Woman – There was a little old cleaning woman that went to the local church. When the invitation was given at the end of the service, she went forward wanting to become a member. The pastor listened as she told him how she had accepted Jesus and wanted to be baptized and become a member of the church. The pastor thought to himself, “oh my, she is so unkempt, even smells a little, and her fingernails are not clean. She picks up garbage, cleans toilets – what would the members think of her.” He told her that she needed to go home and pray about it and then decide. The following week, here she came again. She told the pastor that she had prayed about it and still wanted to be baptized. “I have passed this church for so long. It is so beautiful, and I truly want to become a member.” Again the pastor told her to go home and pray some more. A few weeks later while out eating at the restaurant, the pastor saw the little old lady. He did not want her to think that he was ignoring her so he approached her and said, “I have not seen you for a while. Is everything all right?” “Oh, yes,” she said. “I talked with Jesus, and he told me not to worry about becoming a member of your church.” “He did?” said the pastor. “Oh, yes” she replied. “He said even He hasn’t been able to get into your church yet, and He’s been trying for years.”
** Some jokes aren’t necessarily funny, but sadly true. How long as Jesus been trying to get into YOUR church, or YOUR life? **
Scrabble Day – I love playing Scrabble. Usually I play with my Mom because nobody else really wants to play. She is the master of double and triple word scores, and making the best use of those s” and blank tiles. She wins most often, though I can hold my own pretty well. It’s fun though. We laugh our way through the game, most of the time with Mom celebrates her leading score enthusiastically throughout . . . until she beats me with an astoundingly high score. Scrabble was created in 1938 by Alfred Mosher Butts, and it is sold by Hasbro, Inc. The best way to celebrate this one is just dust off the old board game, and play a few games.
Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse – This isn’t a celebration, rather it is a call to action! More than 300,000 children around the world are sexually abused each year – let that number sink in . . .many of these are abused by people they know and trust, like relatives or family friends. Experts say that one in four girls and one in six boys will experience sexual abuse by their 18th birthday. Look around at all the kids you know . . . then think about this statistic. Then add to that that the majority of these victims are under the age of ten. This isn’t something new, but from statistics and the testimony of the co-founder of The Innocence Revolution (a non-profit whose mission is to combat child abuse worldwide), it is increasing at an alarming rate. To combat the global child sexual abuse crisis, The Innocence Revolution was formed to educate the public and to gain global support. In 2013 they held the very first global event of its kind. There were flash mob events in London, road races in Kenya, D.C. and Florida, and an outdoor music festival in India with a clothing drive to clothe the naked children in the streets. The whole idea, world wide, is to make some noise around the world, to stop the silence about this devastating issue, and put a stop to the abuse to our most vulnerable and innocent.
Thomas Jefferson Day – Today we celebrate the birthday of Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States from 1801 – 1809. He was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for promoting his ideals of Republicanism in the United States. Two major events during his presidency include the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Jefferson was a political philosopher and knew many intellectual leaders in Britain and France. He distrusted cities and financiers (smart man), favored states’ rights (again, pretty smart) and a strictly limited federal government (smart? how about GENIUS?). He also supported the separation of church and state, and was the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. In his pre-Presidential life Jefferson practiced law and served in the Virginia House of Burgesses. He wrote a Summary View of the Rights of the British America in 1774, which was intended as instructions for the Virginia delegates to a national congress. The pamphlet was a powerful argument of American terms for a settlement with Britain and helped to speed the way to independence. It actually marked Jefferson as one of the most thoughtful patriot spokesmen. Jefferson, considered to be the best writer in the Declaration Committee of Five, wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, which after a few alterations, remained largely his work.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Peach Cobbler Day – Pie dates back to the Middle Ages, but cobblers were invented by early settlers in the American colonies, who cooked them in pots over open fires.
Well, between the happy, the sad, the fun and the tasty, we have plenty to celebrate today. Turn off the news – with it’s sad and frightening events – and head outside to enjoy this amazing sun, blue sky and the day the Lord has made for us! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!