Friday, July 24, 2009

Random Musings....

It sure does seem like I just don't have or take the time to blog much in the summer. I do miss visiting w/ my favorite blog pals as well as sitting down w/ my laptop and pouring out this heart of mine...

Summer seems as if it is flying by. Actually w/ the weather we have been experiencing in Indy it hasn't seemed much like summer at all. In fact, last weekend it was so chilly that I told Jim if it were Septemeber we would have had a fire in the fireplace.

I am becoming impatient w/ my garden. The cool days just aren't ripening my tomatoes. I am sure once they ripen I will have a boatload all at one time. *Sigh* Guess I will get out the canner. I love canning... by doing so I can have a bit of summer in the dark of winter. I won't complain however. I am not a hot, humind and hazy loving gal. Low 80's, low humidity and sunshine - that's what I call ideal summer weather.

Been on the bike a lot this summer as well. Last night a nice little downpour (which was not forecast) visited our ride. Pouring rain and rooster tails off the bike in front of me made for a wet, icky ride. I was glad to get home last night! Ride was good, hard and fast... I am getting stronger. Being only one of a very few girls it's hard to stay w/ the big, strong men. But they all take care of me and make sure I am OK. I am so thankful that Jim and I love to cycle together.

My strength and endurance class is still one I love. On Monday's and Wednesday's our instructor, Dodi, kicks our rear ends. I am thankful for her because I can see and feel the difference! I am also thankful that the Lord has given me the time and privelege to pursue a healthy lifestyle!

Work has been keeping us busy and we have definitely seen a nice turn-around in the market as of late. What a blessing it has been as I am sure this winter will be another slow time for the real estate market. I am thankful for how the Lord continues to bless and provide. He never ceases to amaze me! I will continue to trust in Him for all that I need!

My sister lost her dear mother-in-law last week. The Lord took Joy home after a nine year, courageous battle w/ cancer. (I hate cancer) She was a true imitator of Jesus by how she loved and how she gave of herself to others. She was a true prayer warrior. She will be missed by so many...

Jim's mom is doing well. It's hard to believe that it's almost been a year since Jim's dad passed away. Not too long ago she said to Jim "I am getting used to living alone." Thank goodness she might live alone, but she's not alone! She has the Lord and all of us trapsing in and out of her house! And of course every Sunday we are there after church for her yummy breakfasts!

My niece Stephanie has become engaged and will be married on 01/01/10! Yes, New Year's Day. Thank goodness it's New Year's Day Night... :) I am looking forward to seeing another one of my dear, precious gifts from God getting married. My niece Ashley just finished her first year of dental school. Jim and I couldn't be more proud. My sister's daughters are gearing up for High School. Kimberly will be a sophomore and Sarah a freshman. They continue to train hard in gymnastics. Kimberly will begin to be recruited by college scouts this next year. Sarah will tag along the following year. The boys have been busy w/ baseball and now football, yes football starts next week. Fall is coming isn't it. I can't complain... I LOVE FOOTBALL!

July has also kept me from really knowing what's going on in the world around me because the news almost ceases to exist. Le Tour de France is on the T.V. and the daily stages are re-broadcast many times a day. I know, call me crazy but I can watch the same stage over and over again. Lance Armstrong has made it exciting again!

Well, enough randomness. I need to let the dog out. I do believe he has all four legs crossed.

I hope this post finds each of you enjoying all the blessings the Lord has given you. If you are hurting or in a difficult time, may you feel His loving arms wrapping you up and carrying you through a difficult time. If this post finds you scurrying about in the "busy" ness of life... I pray you can take time to slow down and inhale all He is and all He can show you today!

Much Love!


Letters From Midlife said...

I enjoyed your random thoughts. I'm also looking forward to fall with cooler weather and football.

On Purpose said...

Hello Kristen...thank you so much for catching us up on your summer. Sounds full of life! Enjoy each moment!

Yolanda said...

I enjoy might like taking a peek over at Joy Comes In The Morning to see the canning I've enjoyed lately.

Love to you,

Ally said...

It's so good to see a post from you. I've missed you! Sounds like you've had a fun, but fast, summer. It was good to catch up!

Jennifer said...

Such an enjoyable post to to hear about God's goodness to other's lives! Your life does sound blessed. And I'm feeling inspired to give my bike a try....I just cannot run and I so do not enjoy walking! Great idea - the bike!

I have really enjoyed your blog since recently "stumbling across it"! Have a great weekend!

Rebecca. Harlan, IN said...

Weather up here in N.W. Indiana has ALSO been fabulous! Sounds like your family has been blessed with health and meaningful activity. Whether or not we're always posting/reading/camping on each others "blogsteps", it's comforting to know our sisters in Christ are united in heart's praise and commitment to Him. He is worthy! May He continue to woo and capture your heart daily.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

It does get hard sometimes to fit everything into our lives. We have so much going on! I am glad that you caught us up a little bit.

I hate cancer too. We need to all continue to pray against it!!