Friday, June 26, 2015

Five Minute Friday: Dream

It's Five Minute Friday when I get to link up with Kate Motaung. She gives us a one word prompt and we get to write for five minutes flat. Our word for today is DREAM.

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I tend to dream most when there are changes happening in my life. When I'm struggling with decisions, I find myself dreaming more. I usually write down my dreams if I remember them in the morning.

My most memorable dream occurred many years ago. And it is one I will never forget.

I dreamed that God was inside me. I was looking through His eyes at the world around me. I recall how different everything looked. I kept rubbing my eyes. Was this happening? Everything was brighter. I don't recall specifics but the general message seemed to be a different perspective.

I awakened sobbing. This is so unlike me. My husband immediately woke up and asked me what happened. I told him I had a dream like no other. He asked me to share it before I could forget it. He knew this was something important.

I'm not someone who makes a big deal out of dreams. Sometimes I think they've given me insight into something I'm going through. But other times, they just don't make sense to me.

At that time in my life I wasn't walking closely with the Lord. I wasn't a church goer. I had wandered away. But I still prayed (when I needed help). I considered myself a Christian.

I would love to say that my life changed overnight after that dream. But it didn't. It took me several years later before that occurred. But I believe God was stirring something deep inside of me.

At my grandmother's funeral, I felt the Holy Spirit speaking deep in my heart. There was nothing audible but a deep sense of awareness. I needed to grow in my faith. I needed to find a church family that would help me to grow. And so the next week my spiritual journey began.

As I grew and learned through Bible teaching, I began to see my dream coming true.  My perspective was changing. The world looked so different as I viewed it through His eyes of love.

STOP

Blessings and love,

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Where Have I Been Lately?

Where has Debbie been lately? I just realized I hadn't posted as often as I normally do. And I have to say my fingers have been itching to write. But I've been very busy!

My last day of teaching my Mini-Mustang class was on a Friday. The very next day (which was Memorial Day weekend) I had Summer Camp training followed immediately by the first day of camp. So it's been a whirlwind.

I am the official photographer for our summer camp so I'm rarely in a photo. One of our counselors grabbed my camera and shot this photo. But of course, I wasn't ready and had my mouth open. Oh well! At least you can see I'm having fun since I get to spend time with these precious little ones each day. :)

It's always a challenge at the beginning of summer camp. I'm the Site Leader for our camp and so I have many responsibilities. I always try to do my best so I focus my whole being on what I'm doing. But by the third week, I usually get to relax a bit and start to enjoy myself.

Once I take a breath and take a long look into these children's eyes, I realize how much I love each one of them. It makes such a difference. And then I truly begin to enjoy myself.

Our camp has a special mascot named Ozzie. The children have such fun with him. He talks in fist bump language. Since he hadn't visited our camp this week, the campers wrote letters to him. So of course, Ozzie had to show up to thank them. Such fun we all had!

My family received a very special blessing this past week.

My niece Kristin and her husband Kevin had a baby boy named Kameron. Here is a photo of big sister Kenzie with her new brother. I can't wait until I have the opportunity to visit my family in Florida. Kameron was born on Uncle Greg's birthday which was very special.

With my busy schedule and all the running around I do each day at camp, I've been LOSING WEIGHT!

I've always been consistent in my weight most of my adult life. However, in the past five years with the life changes and stress I put on extra pounds. I've tried exercising first thing in the morning. But getting to work each day about 7 am doesn't leave me much time since I enjoy my morning quiet time.

So here's what I've been doing lately:

  • I eat steel cut oatmeal with fruit for breakfast.
  • I eat a mid-morning snack which is a fig bar.
  • For lunch, I eat a Santa Fe salad that I buy at Costco.
  • I have grapes as an afternoon snack.
  • I started buying My Fit Foods dinners. They are individually packaged with calorie counts.
  • I am constantly walking around campus. I wish I had a pedometer as I'm sure it would be about 10 miles. 
  • I lift light weights every other day in the evening while I'm watching TV.
So far I've lost 6 pounds. I hope to continue this routine throughout the summer. My goal is to fit into my Worth Collection clothes!

So where have you been lately? 


Blessings and love,

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Enjoy the Moment


Enjoy the moment.

I've heard it and said it so many times. I try to do this in my daily life.

But I have to admit there are times when I think back and realize I missed out on the joy of a moment because I allowed worry and anxiety to take over. And often the issues I worry about never end up actually happening.

I've been looking back over photos from this school year. Since January I began teaching the youngest class at our school called the Mini-Mustangs. These are children who are aged 2.75 to 3 years old. You would be surprised at how much these little ones can learn. They surprised even me!


One thing that reminded me to enjoy the moments was something that happened when I came home after work.  My husband Greg would ask me to sit down with him and tell me how my day went. He didn't want to hear me say 'fine' and that was it.

Greg loved to hear the stories. How fortunate I am to have someone who really cares to listen. He'd give me his undivided attention so he could hear about what Vivaan, Gabriel, Lacey or ILI said or did that day.

I'm realizing more and more how rare that is.

When I go out to a restaurant, I'm amazed at how little face to face conversation occurs. Couples are texting. Parents take photos of their outing to share on Facebook. While I am not being critical of social media in general, I think sometimes we simply need to put our phones down and ...enjoy the moment.

Lately, I've been hearing news of people I know and cared about dying. It's sobering to realize how fast time goes by.

My dad drove with me when I moved to Arizona

It seems like only yesterday when I was moving out to Arizona as a single gal, driving my red Corvette. It actually was more than 30 years ago but it still seems like yesterday.

Time goes by so quickly.

Bill Leonard fixed my car up to be sure it was safe for me to drive cross country. And recently my dad called to tell me Bill died.

The talented pianist at my church died suddenly this week of an apparent heart attack. Every Sunday I would see Connie faithfully playing so beautifully.

Time goes by quickly.

Enjoy the moments.

Treasure the moments.

Give your entire attention to those moments.


Take time to smell the roses.

Do you enjoy the moments? Will you make the choice to savor and treasure those little moments each day? It can make such a difference in your day.

Blessings and love,

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Am I a kid or what?

Am I a kid or what?

I love this place...Carmel, CA

I love this place...Carmel, CA