Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Not Being Idle in September

Welcome to the first week of September!
It's a very busy week for me so I am grateful Joyce didn't give us any really soul-searching questions that need pondering.  Thanks!
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1. What's on your September calendar? Anything fun? 
As I have mentioned before, Hubby and I are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on the 4th and hosting an Open House for family and some close friends on Saturday the 5th.  We are so excited about having all these special folks here at one time.

Son who will be flying in on Saturday from Indiana, so early Labor Day morning, he, Hubby and I will head north for a couple weeks with the rest of the family.  Can't wait since we haven't been there since Christmas.  While there we will have time with the girls by ourselves and hopefully see a play at the Round Barn in Nappanee as well as see grandson play football in Kalamazoo, MI.  Lots to do and loving to catch up on.

I will have plenty to blog about when we get back.

2. You might be described as a natural born _____________________?
Handler of details and sequential planner

3. September is National Courtesy Month...what one act of courtesy would you most like to see more of in your home, town, or the world at large? 
I think on an overall basis, kindness should be expressed more.  Just be kind to each other, whether that means opening a door, smiling, speaking a kind word, showing gratitude for things great or small.  Acts of kindness that say, "You are of value" would go a long way in reconciling ethnic, racial, political and religious differences all around us.

4. Eager beaver, chicken out, clam up, or let the cat out of the bag...of the phrases listed, which one have you related to most recently?
Eager beaver.  When I hit a snag with the food prep for our open house, a dear friend stepped up and said, "Don't you worry about a thing, I've got it covered!"  And she does.  She has taken this project and like an eager beaver has run with it and all will be well.  Thank you JeanAnn!

5. What's your movie theatre snack protocol? Do you chow down on snacks during the previews or wait until the movie begins? Do you buy snacks or refuse to pay those kind of prices? What's the last movie you saw in a theatre? How many thumbs up would you give it?
It depends on whether we are going out for dinner before or afterward.  If it is a matinee, Hubby and I will share a big box of popcorn and a large drink.  I do eat most of it, by the way.  The prices are ridiculous, aren't they?

The last movie was last Friday night when we and two other couples saw "War Room."  It definitely gets *****!  This movie was so well done and the message is important for every Christian.  I read where it pulled in 11 million over the weekend.  "Raise um up Lord, raise um up!"

6. Henry Ford is quoted as saying, "Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind." Agree or disagree? Why?

Agree!  The mind must have stimulation and the body must be exercised and kept active.  Idleness breeds contempt, dissatisfaction, depression and a haven for evil thoughts.  It can be Satan's play ground.

Proverbs 31:7She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
7. What's the last job you completed or task you performed where you had to 'work like a dog' until it was finished?

I haven't had any of those recently and really can't remember the last time since retiring. Of course when I worked there were events to be planned and carried out, manuals to be written and reports to be completed and submitted by a deadline.  They all got done but it did take working like a dog.
There has been much to get done in preparation for our event, but I have been able to pace myself and get it all done in a timely fashion without stress.  See answer to #2!  Of course later this week when those last minute jobs need to be done, it may be a different story.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
Today is Hubby's 75th birthday!  My goodness where have these 50 years gone?

You have been my rock, my friend, my lover and my encourager and I am so grateful God saw fit to bring us together 50 years ago.
Happy Birthday
Happy Anniversary! 


  1. Awe, loved, loved those two pictures! What a week, two big milestones, 75th birthday and 50th anniversary. Can't cram much more than that into a week of celebrating.

    So sorry we cannot be at the celebration. I know it will be so, so lovely and I will look forward to reading all about it right here.

    Blessings abundant at this most special time!!!!

  2. Well goodness where to start?! First of all CONGRATULATIONS on 50 years! How wonderful and rare and inspiring to those who know you that must be! Soo glad you are going to have a nice big event to celebrate! And then a wonderful trip right afterwards....sounds soo fun. And then...Happy 75th birthday to that handsome hubby of yours! You both look SOO amazing! Not that I think YOU are 75, you can't be!! you look WAY younger then that. But you are both obviously so happy and so healthy and blessed you are! ENJOY that celebration this week=end!

  3. Forgot to mention that we saw War Room too!! Wasn't that wonderful? We laughed and cried and enjoyed every minute. And the theater was pretty full too! Soo inspiring! OK, I think that's it!

  4. War Room is on my list to see. I've heard it's very well done, so looking forward to it. Happy birthday to your hubs! Mine just celebrated a birthday too.

  5. Congratulations on your anniversary.

  6. Your party sounds wonderful, enjoy each moment! I wondered about War Room, I'm happy to hear that you liked it. Happy Birthday to your husband and Happy Anniversary to both of you.

  7. I love seeing those photos of "then and now hubby" -- he's a keeper! Have a great week!

  8. Happy, Happy Birthday to your hubby, Liz! You two are just the cutest! Hope y'all have a fun celebration on the 5th!


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