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Little Moments

I can’t remember where I heard it – but I know it’s true.  Life is made up of many “little moments all strung together”.  We wait for the BIG moments to find us – or for us to find them – and we take a lifetime searching for and waiting for something to happen to us.  Something bigger than ourselves that will propel us into another level of existence.  Something that will preclude our present circumstances.  And all along – while we are waiting – we live our little moments – over and over again – unrecognized and insignificant. 

I have had many of these moments, though at the time – they did not seem like much – nothing to write home about, and nothing worthy of any attention – or worth mentioning.  However as I think about where I am today and the significant changes along my journey – they are because of many little moments along the way.

These frozen moments in time are unique and personal – and no one can live them for me.  No one can experience the joy and pain of being me.  No one sees things in exactly the same way – no one loves and expresses like I do.  God made me just the way I am.  And my “little moments” are special and just for me.

I had one of these last weekend at the close of “Bugsy Malone”.  I have been a musical theater director for the last 7 or 8 years at a local Christian School and this was my final production.  I did not know – but several Alumni were invited to come for the final production and all were given a single rose.  At the end when the teachers and those in charge came up to the stage for the final applause – the students started singing one of the songs from the musical, “You give a little love and it all comes back to you – you know you’re gonna be remembered by the things that you say and do…”  And they stood in the audience and one by one came up on the stage and presented the rose and gave a hug while still singing.  It was what I call a “little moment” in time.  Frozen in my memory forever.

I’ve had many such moments like this.  Here are just a few:

When I accepted the Lord at age 4

When my family moved to Seattle from Canada when I was 8

My first day of Junior High

My first day of High School

When I knew I was in love for the first time

When I met Greg

My wedding day

When both babies were born

When my friend lost her husband to cancer

When I had to say goodbye to a friend

When a struggle became a strength

Each one of my student recitals

Spending time with friends

Speaking encouragement into someones life

Living out a difficult family issue

These are some of my “little moments”.

What are some of yours?  How have they defined you?

God Bless

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Coldest April On Record? Parka, Anyone?

It's cold outside!

Image by Ennor via Flickr

Yup.  It’s official.  According to this latest article and weather video from Kirotv.com.  This is the coldest April on record in Seattle since 1891 – a year that weather was first recorded at the Federal building downtown.

1891?  Are you kidding me?  That’s One hundred and TWENTY years, people!!  What happened to global warming?  There was actually snow in April.  Unbelievable.

I am very warm-blooded, usually.  That is, I’m warm for my age.  My age being 50 and in mid-life.  And by usually – I mean that sometimes my feet get a little cold – okay, icy cold and frozen if you must know the truth – but only at night for some reason.  I keep a heating pad by the foot of my bed and have done so for years – just for those occasions when I need to warm up my feet before going to sleep.  I’ve gone through several heating pads in almost 30 years of marriage.  I used to just put my icy feet on Greg at night – and though he is a very patient man – he really did not like it.  It may have been the sudden scream that gave it away – I can’t remember – but I do know that the heating pad is better.  So I stick to that.  Plus – to tell you the truth – he is like a furnace and makes me much TOO warm if I sleep too close to him.  How can you be too cold and too warm at the same time, you may ask?  Hmmm.  I have no idea!

Yes all this confusion in my body temperature may be my age.  And I’m willing to own it – But it also may be this crazy cold weather!

Covers on?  Covers off?  It’s a toss-up.  Windows wide open and I’m still warm – then I’m cold.  It’s ridiculous. I love my body pillow – but that makes me too warm too – not fun.  Comes with being my age and female – it’s lovely.

And it doesn’t help that our spring has been just like winter.  Usually at this time of the year I am well into capris and sandals.  But I have had to wear reinforcements  Yes – an actual jacket in April.  That is not like me – ask anyone.

I froze yesterday at the Civic Theater in downtown Renton – rehearsing for “Bugsy Malone” with our junior high students from Renton Christian School.  Honestly the place was like a refrigerator – and when we had a break I took a little walk because it was actually sunny yesterday – not warm – just sunny.  It is very weird because I am NEVER cold in there – so I know it must be cold outside.  I brought a jacket and wore it most of the rehearsal.

Today is looking up though – May 1st and already sunny and a little warmer.  I didn’t freeze in the theater – actually wore capris and short sleeves and was comfortable.  Maybe May will be warmer!    My husband (the glass half empty guy) says, “not so – it will be cold and rainy the rest of the week”.  Oh Greg.  Where is your faith?

Where, Oh where is spring?  I believe.  I have faith.  I know it’s coming.  That wonderful time of the year when I can wear sandals and take a walk outside just to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin.  Where everything smells better and cleaner.  Where I hear the frogs in the nearby pond and see the cherry blossoms – and not worry that the frost will kill them!  I long to put away my hoodies, sweaters and jackets – my boot slippers and socks.  I long for shorts and tank tops.  But mostly, I long to not be cold all the time.  At least so much of the time.

The mountain was out today – and for all of you not from Seattle – this simply means it was a beautiful clear sunny day.  We need many more days like this now that it’s May – we’ve had enough rain this last year to last us several more and I’m not going to ever complain about the heat again!  I’m putting away my parka – for real this time.  You just can’t wear a parka in May.  It’s wrong.

Have a wonderful May Day!  Stay warm.

God Bless

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