Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Catching-Up With My Exciting Life :)
"Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance." ... Psalm 16:5,6
So yesterday while Skyping with Tom, he began talking about his next trip to South Africa.
He's not even home from the first one yet.
But his company's already giving approximate dates of his African return trip and I told him, "Hey. Let's just see how this one goes, ok?" But then I said at least if he goes again, it'll be springtime and I can venture outside and play in the yard. Warm weather will change everything.
Yet on the other hand? Even during this current (second) arctic freeze, I'm having a lovely time with God, Grace and the cats and all of you(!) Really, the contentment feels palpable and I told Tom that yes, I miss him, but in a peaceful way.
He said he misses me in a peaceful way, too.
Honestly, he's having too good of a time, if you ask me.
I can't believe God's timing. I mean, He spent months preparing my head and heart for these weeks alone and He even kept me from watching Crossing Jordan on Netflix until a couple days before Tom's departure. Oh wow. Crossing Jordan is the absolute perfect tv series to watch at this time. Honest. I love the characters, the stories and well, all of it, and I'm grateful that I missed this show when it ran a decade ago.
But oh, I love Chuck more and on Sunday I cried through the final two episodes both because of content and because I didn't want it to EVER end. This was another show I missed the first time around.
So there's a lesson: just because we miss out on something, that doesn't mean we lost out. Perhaps we're meant to receive it at a more perfect time--later--when it would be treasured more.
And really? Don't even try to understand my love for Chuck. I only know that it delighted me and warmed my very heart more than any other show that I can recall in this Millennium. Can I explain why? Not really. It just felt as though the stories (the writer in me loves stories...deal with it) were written by kindred spirits with my same sense of humor and penchant toward sappy sentiment and the characters (who actually grew as people over the years) were perfectly cast.
And don't laugh, but on Monday, I began watching Chuck all over again. I'm not yet ready to let go.
Then yesterday I used most of my Christmas gift card to order dining room curtains, plain yellow ones since I've got a lot going on there and more paisley ones would distract me to nervous shakiness. I'm thinking I'll expand the (also ordered) copper rod way beyond the window frame so not to block one ray of sunshine while the curtains are opened. Every sunny day I sit at the table with my head back, face tilted upward absorbing pure, warm winter sunlight.
Naomi arrived home safely from her cruise! A grateful thanks goes to those of you who prayed for her. She sent me a quick email last night and said she'd call after she got caught up on sleep. :)
Oh, and if you heard anything about the Trace Adkins episode, yes, Naomi was on that cruise. Tom and I are currently praying for Trace.
Anyway, I took a birthday box for Naomi down to the post office this morning (it's sunny today, but just 5 degrees...) and felt blessed to see little grandmas sending boxes to--I like to assume--their children and/or grandchildren. (Or wait! Maybe they are Wild Ebay Grannies. Hmm. Could be.) I held the door open for one of them and smiled.
Life in Buffalo is oh so good, especially with an oh so good God.
"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." ... Isaiah 40:31