I read an article this week that really impacted me. The writer sat at a playground with a friend/acquaintance and they chatted as they watched their kids play. They had spent many hours at this playground on different days and yet they barely knew each other. I mean, they knew the superficial basics about each other but they didn't REALLY know each other.
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There is a beautiful blond 7 year old girl named Ana battling a brain tumor. She already fought it once when she was three and then was given a break until this past Fall when it reared it's ugly head again. Her parents are facing some very tough decisions regarding treatment and care. I love what her mom writes in one of her updates. (Elsa is Ana's little sister.)
Elsa taught us about our invisible bucket one day after school.
I live in Minnesota and we have had quite a wintry March. We had several feet of drifted snow everywhere we looked, and temperatures in the single digits as the calendar flipped past March 21 . . . Spring! It is hard to believe in the promises of Spring when Winter is still lurking all about.
But I had a friend remind me that things are not always what they seem.
This morning I woke up to a very dense fog. It was so foggy, in fact, that I could not see my next door neighbor's house. I knew that it would not remain like that forever but it sure was gloomy and difficult to get on with the day when I couldn't see past my front yard.
I knew the sun was still shining somewhere beyond the dense cloud cover. I didn't doubt it's existence or the power that it had to heat the day and light up all the shadows. But while the fog was sitting heavy it was very difficult to imagine a beautiful day.
Saturday morning my family and I awoke feeling very cold . . . our furnace was out, brrr! We checked into having it repaired and realized it would be better to replace it entirely. But the earliest day they could install our new furnace was 6 days out, so that meant we would need to rely on our fireplace to heat our home.
The January 2013 Orlando Legacy Retreat will kick off tomorrow! This year, we have 16 families from around the country including: Arizona, North Carolina, New York, Indiana, California, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oklahoma, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Similarly, our loving and servant-hearted volunteers are from Florida, Georgia, Colorado, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Maryland.
A snowstorm left my family and I stuck at home, which gave us time to put a puzzle together. As we sorted the pieces, I found myself wondering what we all must wonder when the puzzle is still completely fragmented . . . “How are these pieces going to fit together to make any sort of sense?”
Last week the amazing tree in Rockefeller Center was lit for all to see, decorated with 30,000 lights and a Swarovsky crystal star on top. Beautiful! The sight of a lit tree at Christmastime evokes a response in just about all of us. I was intrigued when I came upon this explanation of the origin of the tradition . . .
The calendar still says November, but most everyone’s attention has turned to Christmas. I love Christmas! Time together with family, sweet treats, beautiful lights, lovely music, and gift giving to honor the greatest Gift ever given . . . Jesus Christ.
But I find myself not quite ready to let go of Thanksgiving yet . . . there are so very many reasons to be thankful, the season deserves to linger. Even in the midst of really difficult times . . . whether it be health related, financial, relational or something else entirely . . . there is always something for which we can be grateful.