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January 4, 2013

This week’s Bench Message is:

SmileBenches: Smile, copyright SnipeWife 2013

I’m going to do this in all my stuffy red-nosed glory. I have to wear a smile inside and out. Overlooking the fact I have had some strange illness–all the symptoms of a bad cold yet none of the true markers like nasty phlegm or a fever–these have been some blessed days.

New Years was amazing having a house full of people, cooperative children who helped with the burden of cleaning AND cooking, great food, relaxed conversation … you get the picture. Though I sure missed the Chief.

I’ve been working on resolutions and starting new projects. I’ve been inspired by some awesome women.

The cold, or whatever it is, is getting me down. And some of the post holidays let-down is creeping in. I have to watch for SAD. I know I need sunlight but I haven’t been able to muster getting out of bed in the morning. And someone has poked at an old but healing wound. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. I will put on my smile till then and grin and bear it.

I like reading about the stories some are sharing about trying to smile more at strangers. Or at the person who makes their coffee or provides some other usually anonymous service.

So I will smile. To lift myself up and to be kind to someone else. Tomorrow will be a better day–have some errands to run. I will smile to get through it and maybe I’ll just surprise myself at how much better I will feel. I don’t want this blessed feeling to end.

I started these Bench Posts when I was working on Project 365. I abandoned both during a very stressful period earlier this year when I almost gave up on this blog. I’ve only been back at this for a couple of months. I hope to blog the entire series of Bench photos. For the original posts, check out the following:

Project 365: Week 9

Be Funny

Be Fearless


Empowering and Powerful Women

January 3, 2013

I am cautious about who I “Like” and “Share” because of the implication of association. Personally for the Chief’s job I have to be careful to never mention his company, etc. Other times, yeah, that picture maybe the funniest thing out there but don’t you see the profanity in the source name? I’ve had to out of necessity accept friend requests from scout parents and therefore need to watch these things (because I’m social network unsavvy–just NOW realized I could have created an entirely separate FB profile with my scout e-mail address for all those parents to friend–duh! I really need a face palm on this one!)

A great deal of the time those “Likes” and “Shares” also connect you with people and organizations that while that one picture was funny may on the whole have views and agendas quite contrary to your own. Again, I have to make sure the Chief is not associated with things. Whether you agree with that or not, believe it is an infringement of rights or totally agree–it is in his contract. Those are the rules. So I live by them. And I live by my conservative religious beliefs too–or try to as I often fall so short!

But I am going to share with you three projects and organizations started by 4 very strong and amazing women. All three projects were launched on New Years. While I don’t always agree with some of their views or political stances, the good they are doing and will do is by far the most important thing.

The Eleanor Project: We Are All Beautiful
We are two women — mothers, wives, daughters, friends — who want to change the perception of what is beautiful. We don’t buy into the ideal of beauty pushed by Hollywood and glossy magazines; not when there are so many incredible women all around us.

Christian Aid Network
The Christian Aid Network is committed to making a difference in the fight to end hunger, homelessness, and hardship by empowering people through nutrition, education, resources, and support while encouraging self-sufficiency. *Currently only on FB but give her some time!

365 Days of Random Acts of Kindness
While there are a few groups with the same name on Facebook, this is the one started by Hillbilly Debutante. She is encouraging everyone to share their Random Acts of Kindness, not for praise but for inspiration. If you’ve read HB’s first book, you know that she was subjected to the worst in humanity and yet she has risen above that and the generosity of her and her husband is truly uplifting.


Naming the Year

January 1, 2013

For the blog that inspired this, please visit Staying Sane and her Dec. 31st post.

What would you Name your year? What was last year? What will this year be?

If I had to describe 2012 … The Year of Answers. The answers weren’t always the ones I wanted either. Some were delivered by flying bricks while others came in a still, quiet Voice.

And 2013?

I like the number 13. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. 18 and 30 as well … and I guess a few other years. I’m hoping it will be a good year. I’m ready for a good year.

But what would I name it?

Here is my reply to Staying Sane:

This is a good one … and a tough one. What do I want 2013 to be? T2 finishes
elementary school and starts middle school; T1 begins her last year of middle
school. I want Mom to be healthy. Those are big things … but I think this has
to be the Year of Listening. There is a still, quiet voice I think I’ve been
resisting, and I think there is something I’m supposed to do. Question is, will

The Year of Listening.

I’ll let you know if I do.

What will you name 2013? Share here and go visit Staying Sane to tell her too.


Happy Anniversary Ramblings….

January 7, 2012

DH and I celebrated 16 years yesterday. We actually started dating 2 and half years before that (8/93) but in these 16 years as husband and wife we’ve probably only lived together 8 of those. It is the life!

So where were you 16 years ago? Were you hunkered down or thankful you weren’t anywhere near the East Coast?

From Jim Duncan NBC 12 Weather Facebook post

It was a good anniversary. I can’t really explain how much at peace I am right now. Am I still anxious and insecure? You bet. Otherwise I would tell more people about this blog. But I am letting more things roll off me or just letting go of things. Some of it is growing up. Some of it is being struck by bricks from God. I’ll have to post about this soon.

Still recovering from my tooth extraction, DH and I just opted for a movie date during school hours. We even (unintentionally) left our cell phones at home and lived on the edge for a few hours. Then in the evening though I had initially said we’d take the girls with us, we went out to the Pub. T1 is trying to pay us back the $15 she owes us and to earn more money for her new mall going activities. She can earn money for watch T2 for us. So DH and I had a quiet evening by ourselves before the evening rush and stopped at a craft store for some odds and ends.

Today I am in the process of undecorating from Christmas. Normally I would leave up my vast snowman collection but with the adoption of two greyhounds taking place next Saturday it is probably best just to get it all down.

DH and I also finally got plate hangers and some picture frames for some pieces that have got to be hung up. I’m tired of seeing them leaning up against the wall. The plate hangers are for the 2002 plates my MIL finally located to complete my collection of plates–we have one for each year DH, T1, and I were born in, as well as 1996. But we never found 2002 for T2. Yeah, finally complete! One of the picture frames if for the 20×30 art print I created out of the photos from our 2010 family photo shoot for our 15th anniversary. Nothing like waiting a whole year to put it up. (In my defense, I may have been waiting because each of the pictures in the print has Cassie in it.)

I’m wanting to hang things… and to take things down. My tastes have changed from my newlywed days and even from the days when we moved into this house 8 and half years ago. The wreaths and bouquets from my wedding just don’t fit any more. I want a little more polished look. We had a painting that while was pretty and went with the nautical feel of our living room has no sentimental value because I cannot remember who gave it to us. DH has come home with more prints with his ships on them and an “owner’s plank” plaque that need to go up… so the one must go to make more room.

I’m even looking at the decorations and wondering want can go, what should stay. Wow. DH is going to be so proud of me.

I just feel like I’m changing and evolving this year. And I can’t imagine doing it without the most amazing husband standing beside me and two amazing children giving me joy and inspiration.

Here’s to many more years, DH. You are with me even when we are apart. Thank you.

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