Prayers needed this Christmas… (Dec 20, 2013)

My sister is a nurse… (and a post about her will come another day)… as the sister of a nurse and the wife of a fire and rescue volunteer I am often found praying for accidents before others know they happened.  Jacki will shoot me a text or call and ask if I can take her kids because she is in the ER.  The pager goes off and I hear the call for my husband to move quickly and take the jaws of life to the scene of an accident.  And so many times, the fear races through my mind… “What if it is someone I know?”  Not that every single person doesn’t deserve equal amounts of prayer, but the thought always goes through my mind.  As I sit and write, my husband races off for another call.

Yesterday was one of those days. A text comes through at lunchtime for me to pick up Jacki’s kids after school because she will be in the ER.  Knowing this is a three hour time frame, the ER patient(s) must be very serious.  And, as usual, I begin to pray for the person(s) involved.  And because my sister is a nurse and my husband is a fire and rescue volunteer, I am often one of the last to know if it is or is not someone I know since they are not able to talk about the incidents they are involved in.

As it turns out, there was a head on collision on a corner just a few miles from another corner where last March a family lost their daughter due to icy conditions, two corners that have taken lives on more than one occasion and I pray do not take anyone this holiday season.

I am asking for my friends, family, and any other readers who may come by this post, to please say prayers throughout the day for my daughter Olivia’s friend, Mija, and her parents.  Based on the information I know at this time, Mija, Ron and Michelle are in the hospital in Bismarck being treated for injuries related to the head on collision yesterday.  I have no details of the injuries or condition of Ron, Michelle, or Mija.  I just know being transferred to Bismarck is a good indication that the injuries were severe and will require a great deal of recovery.

Ron is the pastor at Bowman United Methodist Church.  A church that has taken my daughters under their wing and welcomed them as their own.  Chad and I are so grateful to have such amazing people looking out for our girls and their Faith journey.

BUMC

I pulled this pic of Mija off the web and based on the date it is two years ago… She was helping decorate the tree at the church where her dad, Ron, is the pastor.

Mija

Please join me in lighting a candle today to help us shine a light and emit a warm glow of love and prayers for Mija, Michelle and Ron.  Draw a small heart on your hand or a sticky note to remind yourself each time you see it to say a prayer for the family, the medical staff, our community and the church family in the coming days.  The Olson Family lifts others in prayer day after day and now it is our turn to grow our faith and trust that our Heavenly Father will ease their pain and help them through this difficult time.

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I will do my best to update my post as I hear how the family is doing.

I am going to ask for a few additional prayers for my daughter, Olivia this week.  She and Mija are very good friends and the uncertainty of Mija’s condition is very difficult to grasp for her at this time.

Prayers needed this Christmas… (Dec 20, 2013)

My sister is a nurse… (and a post about her will come another day)… as the sister of a nurse and the wife of a fire and rescue volunteer I am often found praying for accidents before others know they happened.  Jacki will shoot me a text or call and ask if I can take her kids because she is in the ER.  The pager goes off and I hear the call for my husband to move quickly and take the jaws of life to the scene of an accident.  And so many times, the fear races through my mind… “What if it is someone I know?”  Not that every single person doesn’t deserve equal amounts of prayer, but the thought always goes through my mind.  As I sit and write, my husband races off for another call.

Yesterday was one of those days. A text comes through at lunchtime for me to pick up Jacki’s kids after school because she will be in the ER.  Knowing this is a three hour time frame, the ER patient(s) must be very serious.  And, as usual, I begin to pray for the person(s) involved.  And because my sister is a nurse and my husband is a fire and rescue volunteer, I am often one of the last to know if it is or is not someone I know since they are not able to talk about the incidents they are involved in.

As it turns out, there was a head on collision on a corner just a few miles from another corner where last March a family lost their daughter due to icy conditions, two corners that have taken lives on more than one occasion and I pray do not take anyone this holiday season.

I am asking for my friends, family, and any other readers who may come by this post, to please say prayers throughout the day for my daughter Olivia’s friend, Mija, and her parents.  Based on the information I know at this time, Mija, Ron and Michelle are in the hospital in Bismarck being treated for injuries related to the head on collision yesterday.  I have no details of the injuries or condition of Ron, Michelle, or Mija.  I just know being transferred to Bismarck is a good indication that the injuries were severe and will require a great deal of recovery.

Ron is the pastor at Bowman United Methodist Church.  A church that has taken my daughters under their wing and welcomed them as their own.  Chad and I are so grateful to have such amazing people looking out for our girls and their Faith journey.

BUMC

I pulled this pic of Mija off the web and based on the date it is two years ago… She was helping decorate the tree at the church where her dad, Ron, is the pastor.

Mija

Please join me in lighting a candle today to help us shine a light and emit a warm glow of love and prayers for Mija, Michelle and Ron.  Draw a small heart on your hand or a sticky note to remind yourself each time you see it to say a prayer for the family, the medical staff, our community and the church family in the coming days.  The Olson Family lifts others in prayer day after day and now it is our turn to grow our faith and trust that our Heavenly Father will ease their pain and help them through this difficult time.

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I will do my best to update my post as I hear how the family is doing.

I am going to ask for a few additional prayers for my daughter, Olivia this week.  She and Mija are very good friends and the uncertainty of Mija’s condition is very difficult to grasp for her at this time.

Christmas is coming… Let’s just enjoy it… (December 18, 2013)

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I love the someecards.com images that go around.  Some make me laugh so hard.  Some are just plain crazy.  Some are the opposite of what I believe or view in life.  But in general… these things are so funny.  I have even gone online and created one myself.  I don’t remember what it said, but it was for Jodi.

Anyway, yesterday I was talking about how I love Christmas and I love finding the gift that someone is going to love to receive.  I also mentioned that gifts don’t have to be something you buy from a store didn’t I?  Well, if I didn’t.  I should have. That is a key to remember this time of year.  So often we think we need to outspend others for some reason.  Or buy gifts beyond our means when in reality, spending time with someone may be enough (unless it is kids… then find them a present… even the tiniest of gifts can make their day)… unless the ungrateful shits… and in that case sometimes we just have to shake our heads and then figure out a way to teach the lesson that is involved in the gracious acceptance of receiving (like yesterday’s post).

As the days go by and I still don’t have a tree up, not a decoration in sight (except the damn elf… Gary)… I still whole heartedly confirm my strong love of the Christmas holiday and season. 

I am slow at the shopping thing, slow at the decorating thing, slow at all of it… but I get done what needs to be done.  We get where we need to go and we have a pretty nice time.

Some traditions are forming at our house and tomorrow I hope to talk a bit about traditions, their importance, and how sometimes it is okay to let the traditions go for a bit and come back to them again in time…

Short and sweet today…

Looking for a great way to finish it all off but it just isn’t coming.  So…

Peace out!

Christmas is coming… Let’s just enjoy it… (December 17, 2013)

Gracious acceptance is an art, an art which most never bother to cultivate.  We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be harder than giving… Accepting another person’s gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you. ~Alexander McCall Smith

So much of the holiday season has turned to the Christmas Wish List.  I have one.  I make a wish list in my mind every year.  As the year goes by, I pay attention to the things people I care about are talking about.  Things they may want or need but won’t probably get for themselves.  I listen and pay attention to what the little kids are dreaming of getting as a gift. 

Do I have my head in the wrong place?  Maybe?  People are often complaining and upset about the cost of Christmas, the shopping, the busy stores, the online chaos, the shipping, the wrapping.  All things I strangely LOVE. 

Some families do gift exchanges and draw names.  Some don’t exchange gifts for people over a certain age.  Some focus only on the children.  Some try to make sure to give to charity in place of buying gifts.  Some families have crazy and over the top piles of gifts that turns in to total chaos and others have one or two gifts for each person and that is all.

Is any one way or the other correct or the best way to have Christmas.  Nope. 

Do we have to give a gift to anyone who bought one for us?  If we don’t, should we feel guilty about it?  I’m going with nope on this one as well.  A big huge NOPE in fact. 

The quote I chose today covers how I feel on the giving and receiving of gifts at all times.  I am not the best at giving gifts for birthdays or random times throughout the year, but when it comes to Christmas, I love watching people open presents and seeing the joy on their face as they find something inside that tells them how much someone else cares about them. 

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.  ~Mother Teresa

Learning to be accepting of and thankful for a gift that is given is sometimes really tough.  We want to reciprocate and make the giver of the gift feel appreciation by giving back.  But in reality, when the thought and love and kindness that went into the original gift can only be reflected back through a gracious acceptance of the gift.  That is all that the original giver ever really intended in return.

Take some time this year and think about someone you have given a gift to (no matter how big or how small) that was so much appreciated by the recipient.  Think back to that moment and remember how it felt to have the person open/receive the gift and remember to show that sort of gracious acceptance this year as you receive gifts and kindness in the coming weeks.

Here is a quote printable designed by Crystal Wilkerson of www.crystalwilkerson.com (her website has been down, but I am linking anyway so she receives proper credit for designing the page).  I love love love her work and pray her page comes back again someday so I can learn from her journal prompts and challenges.

Thanks

Christmas is coming… Let’s just enjoy it… (December 17, 2013)

Gracious acceptance is an art, an art which most never bother to cultivate.  We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be harder than giving… Accepting another person’s gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you. ~Alexander McCall Smith

So much of the holiday season has turned to the Christmas Wish List.  I have one.  I make a wish list in my mind every year.  As the year goes by, I pay attention to the things people I care about are talking about.  Things they may want or need but won’t probably get for themselves.  I listen and pay attention to what the little kids are dreaming of getting as a gift. 

Do I have my head in the wrong place?  Maybe?  People are often complaining and upset about the cost of Christmas, the shopping, the busy stores, the online chaos, the shipping, the wrapping.  All things I strangely LOVE. 

Some families do gift exchanges and draw names.  Some don’t exchange gifts for people over a certain age.  Some focus only on the children.  Some try to make sure to give to charity in place of buying gifts.  Some families have crazy and over the top piles of gifts that turns in to total chaos and others have one or two gifts for each person and that is all.

Is any one way or the other correct or the best way to have Christmas.  Nope. 

Do we have to give a gift to anyone who bought one for us?  If we don’t, should we feel guilty about it?  I’m going with nope on this one as well.  A big huge NOPE in fact. 

The quote I chose today covers how I feel on the giving and receiving of gifts at all times.  I am not the best at giving gifts for birthdays or random times throughout the year, but when it comes to Christmas, I love watching people open presents and seeing the joy on their face as they find something inside that tells them how much someone else cares about them. 

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.  ~Mother Teresa

Learning to be accepting of and thankful for a gift that is given is sometimes really tough.  We want to reciprocate and make the giver of the gift feel appreciation by giving back.  But in reality, when the thought and love and kindness that went into the original gift can only be reflected back through a gracious acceptance of the gift.  That is all that the original giver ever really intended in return.

Take some time this year and think about someone you have given a gift to (no matter how big or how small) that was so much appreciated by the recipient.  Think back to that moment and remember how it felt to have the person open/receive the gift and remember to show that sort of gracious acceptance this year as you receive gifts and kindness in the coming weeks.

Here is a quote printable designed by Crystal Wilkerson of www.crystalwilkerson.com (her website has been down, but I am linking anyway so she receives proper credit for designing the page).  I love love love her work and pray her page comes back again someday so I can learn from her journal prompts and challenges.

Thanks

Christmas is coming… Let’s just enjoy it… (December 16 – 2013)

For it is in giving that we receive. –St. Francis Assisi

The holiday season (starting in October with Halloween) has brought me to a strange place in this world.  In fact, I am feeling a little “out of place” this year. 

I was in a bit of a ‘mood’ at the end of October and lots of things were getting under my skin and frustrating me.  I was letting the world bring me down and I needed to find a way back up.

This post is going to be a bit disjointed and I apologize in advance.  What happened is this…

People were all over social media complaining about all the hustle and bustle of Halloween and how the candy was such a problem.  Some people switch the candy out for a toy, some people toss it in the trash, some people just don’t take their kids trick or treating because it is like ‘begging’ for candy.

Well, here’s where I am… It’s Halloween and it is fun for my kids.  We eat the candy and then we toss some a few weeks into November.  Why do I have to hear about all the world and their disgust with sugar, candy and the chaos of Halloween.  Well, truth be told, because I was choosing to hear it by reading it on social media. 

Then comes Thanksgiving (or did it).  The commercial side of our world stole Thanksgiving from so many of us with the moving of Black Friday to Thanksgiving Day.  While I love a great sale and had fun going out one year for Black Friday, I really just enjoy reading the newspaper ad and making lists that I will never fulfill.  But, because people want to get out there sooner, the stores open sooner.  Does it impact my life… not really.  I feel for the people who have to work on the holidays, but there are some people who would prefer to work on those days.  I have never had to do it and hope I never do.  I want to be with my family.  But, am I going to whine about all of this and make it the focus of my Thanksgiving… nope.  Just had a nice peaceful day at the farm and LOVED it. 

Even before Thanksgiving ends, people start the chatter of Christmas preparations.  Are you ready?  Are you done shopping?  Are you exchanging gifts?  Do you have a spending limit? 

All questions to get ready for Christmas.  What bugs me this year though is the negative attitude toward the holiday season in general.  People are griping and complaining all the time about being busy.  Not having the budget to make things work. 

Well, guess what… we don’t have to do it.  We don’t have to be so busy.  We don’t have to spend so much.  We need to step back and realize that just the simple act of shoveling someone’s driveway is going to make a difference. Sharing a smile or a small chat with someone we have not seen for a time.  Sending a letter to an old friend (not cards to the whole world).  Putting a snapshot on your card instead of the photo of the year taken by the photographer of the century. 

We need to slow down and take the time to give of ourselves.  Grab some unused items from your pantry and get them to the community food bank.  Give blood.  Find something small and meaningful to give as a gift instead of trying to out purchase the gift you got last year.  Just celebrate the season and the holiday in happiness without all the chaos and crazy.  Just let go… Just let go…

Just let the wonder of the season be present in our days and nights.

It is my intention to blog each day now through the New Year.  I may post just a picture, just a quote or I may go crazy and share my soul.  Regardless, I am going to do something to spread holiday cheer and try to stop some of the negative and disgruntled thoughts that surround me each day.

-God Bless You

RobinChristmas 2008 Robin (49)

Christmas is coming… Let’s just enjoy it… (December 16 – 2013)

For it is in giving that we receive. –St. Francis Assisi

The holiday season (starting in October with Halloween) has brought me to a strange place in this world.  In fact, I am feeling a little “out of place” this year. 

I was in a bit of a ‘mood’ at the end of October and lots of things were getting under my skin and frustrating me.  I was letting the world bring me down and I needed to find a way back up.

This post is going to be a bit disjointed and I apologize in advance.  What happened is this…

People were all over social media complaining about all the hustle and bustle of Halloween and how the candy was such a problem.  Some people switch the candy out for a toy, some people toss it in the trash, some people just don’t take their kids trick or treating because it is like ‘begging’ for candy.

Well, here’s where I am… It’s Halloween and it is fun for my kids.  We eat the candy and then we toss some a few weeks into November.  Why do I have to hear about all the world and their disgust with sugar, candy and the chaos of Halloween.  Well, truth be told, because I was choosing to hear it by reading it on social media. 

Then comes Thanksgiving (or did it).  The commercial side of our world stole Thanksgiving from so many of us with the moving of Black Friday to Thanksgiving Day.  While I love a great sale and had fun going out one year for Black Friday, I really just enjoy reading the newspaper ad and making lists that I will never fulfill.  But, because people want to get out there sooner, the stores open sooner.  Does it impact my life… not really.  I feel for the people who have to work on the holidays, but there are some people who would prefer to work on those days.  I have never had to do it and hope I never do.  I want to be with my family.  But, am I going to whine about all of this and make it the focus of my Thanksgiving… nope.  Just had a nice peaceful day at the farm and LOVED it. 

Even before Thanksgiving ends, people start the chatter of Christmas preparations.  Are you ready?  Are you done shopping?  Are you exchanging gifts?  Do you have a spending limit? 

All questions to get ready for Christmas.  What bugs me this year though is the negative attitude toward the holiday season in general.  People are griping and complaining all the time about being busy.  Not having the budget to make things work. 

Well, guess what… we don’t have to do it.  We don’t have to be so busy.  We don’t have to spend so much.  We need to step back and realize that just the simple act of shoveling someone’s driveway is going to make a difference. Sharing a smile or a small chat with someone we have not seen for a time.  Sending a letter to an old friend (not cards to the whole world).  Putting a snapshot on your card instead of the photo of the year taken by the photographer of the century. 

We need to slow down and take the time to give of ourselves.  Grab some unused items from your pantry and get them to the community food bank.  Give blood.  Find something small and meaningful to give as a gift instead of trying to out purchase the gift you got last year.  Just celebrate the season and the holiday in happiness without all the chaos and crazy.  Just let go… Just let go…

Just let the wonder of the season be present in our days and nights.

It is my intention to blog each day now through the New Year.  I may post just a picture, just a quote or I may go crazy and share my soul.  Regardless, I am going to do something to spread holiday cheer and try to stop some of the negative and disgruntled thoughts that surround me each day.

-God Bless You

RobinChristmas 2008 Robin (49)