Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CFS/FM Diaries: Relationships...


For those of you that are newer to my blog, I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. This year I began the CFS/FM diaries series as a way to easily see which of my posts will mainly be about how those health issues are going and things I’m learning from this health journey. I chose to begin doing that so for those of you who aren’t interested with reading about my health issues can easily skip over these posts and those that are interested specifically in these posts can easily find them.

With that being said today I’d like to write about some of the ways relationships have been impacted due to the changes and limitations that are brought on by chronic illness.

Relationships.

My health issues majorly impact my relationships.

My relationships within my “home” family have grown. They are different, but they have grown.
My relationships within my extended family have either grown or become more trying. Thankfully, most of my extended family is open to being sensitive and supportive of me and my health challenges.
My relationships with friends, true friends, have grown.
Some relationships have ended.
My relationships with acquaintances are well, simple hellos and goodbyes from time to time.

CFS and Fibromyalgia have been and are very trying when it comes to relationships. Not everyone understands that someone as young and healthy looking as me has so many limitations.
And, even my family doesn’t fully understand the complexities that I feel.
But, I don’t want them to if that means they have to feel it too.

What I really want to write about today is making new relationships and a future possible relationship.

My health issues have become my new normal. It is much like riding waves of good and not so good, but I’m learning the rhythm and how to make things less destructive by not overdoing.
But, it is always interesting meeting new people and possibly getting to know them more.
My health issues are my normal now and as crazy as it sounds sometimes I forget what the old normal was like. I have moments where I forget that not everyone has daily pain, or could crash if they tried to go run around playing sports, or that others simply have more energy than I. So, as I get to know people I’m sometimes caught off guard all over again by how different it is for most people to identify with my day to day life.

Some people just won’t get it. And, sometimes it is hard to know how much to share, how much not to share, or if I should even state exactly why I’m not able to do such or such. Thankfully, I'm still a person with interests, that lives creatively, and has beliefs and passions that tie me to others even though my life looks very different. I recently met a sweet and lovely heart gal and as we visited briefly over the weekend I was unsure of how much to share what is so hard to sometimes express in words. I prayed for guidance and a few days later I felt led to send her a link to the blog post I wrote in May that is about my health story. I wouldn’t do that with everyone. Because well, sometimes it makes people uncomfortable or like, “Why does she think I want to know this?” I have found though that when I meet people who seem to genuinely care it is really nice to be able to later give them a link that they can either read all of the way, part of the way, or not at all.
I continue to be thankful that I wrote out my story and posted it on my blog.

Chronic illness has changed how I approach and think about relationships, but it isn’t impossible to build them and keep them up. It just has new challenges. And, as selfish as it may sound, you really have to be wise in what relationships you invest in. When energy is limited there needs to be wisdom in even how many relationships you invest in. Though, I think even when I was healthy that was a lesson I could have better applied to my life.

I’m thankful for wonderful friends that have continued our friendship even in the midst of difficulties with my health, when I've cancelled plans, and for their taking time to try to understand little bits of my life now.
I love them and they are dear to me. I hope I’m a blessing to them at least as much as they are a blessing to me.


The last relationship topic I’ve been thinking about the past few months is if I’m ever blessed with what I call my “someone” someday. You know, that special guy that may be out there. (I got the idea to thinking of him as my “someone” from that song in the musical The Music Man.)

A few months ago a realization smacked me straight in the face-

When I’m in a serious relationship he is going to have to come see me on a very bad day.

Oy.

Now, I’m not all that concerned about the right guy coming along. I’m trusting.

But, that was a realization.
He will have to come spend time with me on a bad day. The sort of day where I might be hurting really badly, where the pain hurts so much I cry, haven’t showered in a few days, run a fever, and have a hard time talking because I feel so rotten. He is going to be a very special guy to learn to accept my limitations, symptoms, and come see me on a very bad day.

Now, who knows, maybe someday I won’t have any more bad days or I’ll miraculously be better.
I’m not ruling that out, but I’m also being honest with the fact that this may be my life the rest of the time I walk this earth. That I’ll have great days, not so good days, and just plain very bad days health wise.
I’ll live with limitations.
So, with the possibility that things may not improve it is important to think about.

If my “someone” is out there, he’s a super special guy. Actually, he’s beyond super special.
And, I trust in God’s perfect timing our relationship will progress and, friendship, love, trust, romance, apologies and forgiveness when we each make mistakes, marriage, and so much more would come to be. I’m trusting and I’m realizing that there are some special/different parts of that journey that would be a part of our lives due to my health issues. But, if it is meant to be, it will happen.

There you have the thoughts and ponderings I’ve had lately in regards to relationships.

I'll be writing a health update soon! 
And, possibly a post on lessons I'm learning about how to better balance during the holidays.

Simply,
Sarah

Monday, November 28, 2011

Magnificent Monday: Christmas memories...

Hello everyone!

I hope you are having a Magnificent Monday!
If you are like me this is an odd Monday of trying to get back into the regular swing of things after the holiday week before.

Today I thought I would share two pictures from our decorating this season.

First there are these lovely little snow angels...


My Momma has had that lovely trio as long as I can remember and we enjoy putting them out each year. They always put a smile on my face.

Then we have our lovely tree...


One thing I really like about our tree is that we aren't a "match-y match-y" bunch, the sort with ornaments that all go together. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) We're instead a Christmas tree of the memory mixture. Each ornament has a memory attached like a tag. I'll take that over matching any day.

As I type this my little brother is currently watching his third Christmas movie of the day and enjoying every bit of it. It's that time of year!

Do you have any holiday decorations up yet?
What are some of your favorite movies to watch this time of year?

Have a splendid rest of your Magnificent Monday!

Blessings!

Simply,
Sarah

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The meanderings of Monday-Wednesday...

Hello everyone!

Yesterday I shared about my lovely Friday with all of you and now I would like to jump back to earlier in the week and share about it.

Monday my family and I excitedly awaited the arrival of my Momma's brother Bill and his wife Brenda. Momma grew up in Alaska which is where they are from so it is extra special when we get to see spend time with them.
We were blessed to spend most of Monday night through part of Wednesday with them. It was a very splendid time!

(Uncle Bill and Aunt Brenda, if you are reading this, I'm thankful for both of you and the wonderful time we had with you this week!)

Here is a lovely picture of the two of them...


Tuesday we celebrated our Aunt's birthday. Dana  and I had secretly been plotting and planning some creative birthday gifts for her. Dana made her a lovely little jewelry set and I made a new hat.

Here are a few picture of those...


(For all of you crochet gals/guys this hat was a fun crocheted beret based off of a red heart pattern. I made it out of an echo-blend by red heart. To see the free pattern click: here. I had to make a few changes because the band of the hat was working up a bit too big. But, all in all this was a fun pattern! I'm planning to make myself one in forest green soon.)


Dana had a lot of fun creating these lovely pieces. Some of it is actually repurposed from broken jewelry!

We both enjoyed giving them to our Aunt and seeing her smile over them.

The day that they headed out all of us went and enjoyed a bit of fresh air.

Here are a few pictures from that day...

Busy bee.

Brothers enjoy the rocks.

My lovely Sissy.


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Enjoying the look of the trees.


Just simple little me.


Little buddy exploring.

Little buddy is our adventurer.


My sweet Momma.


Butterfly enjoying the blooms.
 And, to finish off the picture show and tell, a few creative shots...

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There you have my wonderful Monday through Wednesday.

I'm thankful for the lovely times with my Aunt and Uncle, new memories made, and the nice sunshine.
God is good.

Did you enjoy time with family this week?

Simply,
Sarah

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thankful for Friday adventures...



Hello everyone!

For those of you here in the USA I hope you are having a lovely week of Thanksgiving!
What memories have you made this week?
What things have you enjoyed?

As the picture above shows, I am thankful.
Goodness, I am so very thankful.

This week has been very blessed and a time with family, making good memories, singing, writing, praying, crafting, and a time of giving thanks. My heart is brim full with joy. Truly.

I can't wait to share with you pictures and stories of this lovely week and the weekend to come!
I'll take just a moment to share a few fun pictures of my Friday.

I didn't participate in any of the crazy lines today, but I did go do a bit of shopping and I even found a few great deals! I like to take my time and not stress about getting the items I'm shopping for. After all, it is only stuff, and though I enjoy stuff, it isn't worth stressing over.

Here are a few fun pictures from my Friday adventures...

First I wore a festive outfit...


Then of course a little jingle to my jolly jangle was in order...


I went off and finished most of my Christmas shopping and found this lovely coat at a marvelous price...


It even has a hood...


The hood made me think of a certain little red gal going off to see her Grandmother. Which of course meant a bit of pretend play was in order...


Then there was this lovely hat found too... I must be enjoying red today...


Then I grabbed a cup of herbal tea with my amazing Momma...


All in all it was a wonderful Friday filled up with lovely stuff!

I would like to add that today I'm thankful for...

God's blessings,
Family,
Christmas music during car rides,
A voice to sing,
Legs to walk,
Kind greeters and workers at stores,
Smiles on faces,
Bells ringing and coins clinking into red buckets,
Tea time with Momma,
Red,
Laughter,
Hugs,
Good talks,
Texting,
Pictures,
Helping others in small ways,
The outgoing little girl,
And so much more.


How did you spend your Friday?

I look forward to sharing more from this week soon!

Have a beautiful evening!

Blessings!

Simply,
Sarah

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's the week of Thanksgiving...

Hello everyone!

I hope you're enjoying a splendid week leading up to Thanksgiving! I'm enjoying lots of family time this week. My blogging will probably be a be light in quantity this week due to spending special time with family that is in town a few days and all the Thanksgiving festivities. But, in all honesty, blogging isn't a priority over family.

What are you looking forward to this week?

I'm looking forward to more quality time with family, yummy pumpkin bars, transitioning into the Christmas season after Thursday, and crocheting.

Speaking of crocheting, I'm going to have many lovely crocheted pieces/pictures to share with all of you wonderful readers soon! I've been hired to create a sweet little hat and scarf set for two little girls as well as I'm working on a few lovely gifts. I look forward to sharing the fruit of my creative workings!
I told my sister a few days ago that with how much crochet work I've been doing with my hands I feel as though I'm an elf off in a winter workshop.

Well, I believe that will be all for today. I truly hope that you have a blessed week filled with Thankfulness even in the midst of anything difficult. After all, it's easy to be thankful when things are great and grand; it's more than a little challenging to choose thankfulness in the midst of the hard and difficult.

And, dear readers, I'm thankful for you today. I'm thankful for those of you who follow, comment, read, and those of you who I know in person that have let me know you're a reader. Thank you for taking time to read the musings of this simple gal.

Blessings!

Simply,
Sarah

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My Mema, the songbird...

That is my Mema.

I spent a special time with her today at her group home. She doesn't remember me.
But, I don't let that overwhelm me. Instead, I treasure each moment, each smile, each squeeze of my hand, and each hug.

She and some of the other residents and family members had a spontaneous sing along today.
I sang too. My heart overflowing with the treasure of hearing Mema sing like a song bird again. My heart is full to the brim with joy. Her memory may be fading, but my love for her is not.

She still smiles.
She still sings.
She still breathes.
I still love her.

There was an older couple there today. The wife is losing her memories.
But, he still loves her.
Some people my age think it is gross to see two elderly people kiss, but I say it is beautiful.
That is love.
To love when the one you love is fading as memories slip away.
To say I love you many more times in a day since she will forget that you said it after awhile.
To kiss her and tell her she is your darling.
He helps her sing the hymns they once sung for many years.
His eyes are filled with love for her.

Oh, to have a love lasting like that. A love like that is more precious than any sum of money.
A love that goes beyond the "what makes me happy" mentality.
A love that goes beyond the way they physically look.
A love that is faithful and staying even though I know a part of his heart must be breaking each time he has to leave her again. But, he knows it is  best, so his love he will continue to profess and confess as long as he can.

My heart is brim full with joy as I tuck away these memories.
I'm so thankful for this time with her, everyone there, and my Daddy today.


I hope you are having a wonderful weekend full to the brim with joy.

Simply,
Sarah

Friday, November 18, 2011

Heart of thanks- days 16-18...



Day 16- I'm thankful for this home. This roof over my head, the warmth it brings in winter and the cool it brings in summer. I'm thankful for power and clean running water. I'm thankful for it. I don't care if it isn't in perfect condition or if there are imperfections. I don't care if there is a bit of worn paint there or chipped tile there- it is beautiful. I'm so grateful for this house that is a home because of the love of family.

Day 17- I'm so thankful for family. Family that makes a house a home. Family that loves, hugs, nurtures, and encourages. I'm thankful for family that isn't family by blood, yet we are still related. I'm thankful for my precious Mema that I'll see tomorrow, for my Aunt and Uncle coming to town next week, for the rest of the family that I'll see on Thanksgiving day, and the family that I won't be able to see such as my other Uncle and Grandma. I'm so thankful for everyone.

Day 18- I'm not married. In fact I'm currently very single.
But, I'm going to take today to be thankful for my parent's marriage. I'm so thankful for my parent's marriage. I'm thankful for the example that they set and for the commitment they have. It isn't perfect, it isn't a fairytale that ended in happily ever after, after the wedding, but it is special. By grace they choose to grow, to say sorry, to forgive, to grant grace, and to make needed changes. I'm so thankful for their marriage.

Thank You Daddy God for the many gifts and blessings You have blessed me with. I'm so thankful!


What are you thankful for today, friends?

Simply,
Sarah

Heart of thanks photo credit goes to Jen. If you want to join in the Heart of Thanks series click here.

Guest post: Thankfulness...

Good morning everyone! 

Today I want to share a guest post from the lovely blogger Sarah from on the brightside!  
I recently contacted her asking if she would be interested in writing a guest post on thankfulness. She sweetly accepted and I'm excited to share her lovely thoughts and picture with all of you. Enjoy!


I recently heard something that really stuck with me... "Giving thanks always produces joy!"

So often we only show our gratitude to God when life is going good... but as long as we exist on this earth, life will be great sometimes & other times not. True joy is not found in a perfectly happy life, but it is found in giving thanks to the LORD "in all circumstances". I have found that no matter what is happening, there is always something to be thankful for! Realizing how blessed we are & thanking God for those blessings will bring a spring of JOY to our lives! So, let's make a point to thank the LORD for what he has done for us, not just during Thanksgiving, but all year round. 


Here are a few verses that I have been meditating over the last few days, in honor of "Giving Thanks"...

Deuteronomy 8:10-11
"When you have eaten & are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land He has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God..."

Deuteronomy 8:17-18
"You may say to yourself, 'My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.' But remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth..."

James 1:17
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."


We have a beautiful reason to give thanks everyday, because we have hope & joy that only comes from the love of God!


Thanks again for doing this guest post Sarah.
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Unexpected kindness...

Hello everyone!

How has your Wednesday been?

Today I want to share of some unexpected kindness...


Today I ponder acts of kindness. 
Often, they are incredibly unexpected. 
I've been on the receiving end of acts of kindness recently. 
Due to my health issues I haven't gotten my drivers license 
And, with a permit in my pocket I had barely begun learning the art of driving at age 15. 
It's odd for someone my age who has once held a permit to not be driving yet. 
It caused the insurance company to need to check again why I'm not yet on my parents insurance.
The kind lady who called talked to Momma a little bit 
Listened as Momma simply shared a condensed version of this journey of mine. 
Momma spoke of the lady named Kathy and her kindness.
She told Momma dear that she would be praying for me. 
That's nice isn't it?
She took time to listen,
Said she would pray.
Wasn't that a lovely act of kindness in a simple way?

The story becomes even better...

She sent a Hallmark card in the mail from multiple staff members. 
They each took time to write me a little note, 
Let me know that they're praying for me, 
And simply say a few encouraging words.
This is an insurance company.
I've never met any of them.
My parents don't personally know any of them.
They simply lived out kindness.
It's incredible.
They are people,
Human,
And they took time to be kind.
In a world filled with people hiding secret wrongs,
Hearts heavy with worry,
And many broken things-
I'm reminded of His love and kindness,
And that there is still kindness being lived out by some human-beings.


When was the last time you lived out unexpected kindness?

May we all take time to shine light,
Take time to be kind.

Simply,
Sarah

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Heart of thanks days 11-15...


Taking time to post my days of thanks for November 11th-15th today.


Day 11- Mmm…Yes. I am thankful for Your love. Your love that is so far beyond our wishy-washy confused human love. Love that is more than “I love that purse” or “I love that movie” kind of love. Love that isn’t careless. Your love- I’m thankful for your love.

Day 12- Something simple…I’m thankful for the simple way that a soap bubble landing upon my hand placed a giant smile upon my face.

Day13- I’m thankful for this day, the newness of it, and the blessing of it. In an unexpected moment there could be no more tomorrows. Not to be morbid, but that is so true. So, thank You for the todays that turn into yesterdays and the living in the moment of today that I’ve been blessed to do.

Day 14- There are so many friends that I’m thankful for, but today I’m going to have to write again about Sara Beth. My sistershipping sister that travels along the oceans of life near my side. She is beautiful and I’m so thankful for our growing friendship.

Day 15- You are wise. While I see only a small portion of this picture called life, You see it all. Thank You for Your wisdom that is so much greater.

What are you thankful for today?

Simply,
Sarah

Heart of thanks photo credit goes to Jen. If you want to join in the Heart of Thanks series click here.

Some yummies for your tummies...

Hello everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely Tuesday! I'm looking forward to finishing up some more school work, crocheting with the yarn I purchased last night, and enjoying time with my family.
What are you enjoying today?

I wanted to finally share the recipe for some yummies for your tummies. (Yes, I know yummies isn't a real word, but it is certainly a pleasant sounding made up word!)

The recipe was originally over at Kelly's lovely blog The Pretty Bee, but I tweaked it with some changes to make it more to my liking as well as dietary needs. (I don't do well with white flour or white sugar.)
I hope you enjoy the pictures and recipe. They are very yummy pumpkin-chocolate bars!



-Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars-

Ingredients:

2 cups of wheat flour (Spooned and leveled)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 stick of unsalted butter melted or at room temperature
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup of brown sugar
¼ cup honey
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
2/3 package (8 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

2.   With an electric mixer (or by hand) cream butter, applesauce and sugar on medium high speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in pumpkin puree (mixture may appear curdled). Reduce speed to low, and mix in dry ingredients until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

3.   Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in pan.

4.   Lift cake from pan (using foil as an aid) Peel off foil, and use a serrated knife to cut into squares.  

You will have a hard time keeping others from getting their hands on them.

Yum, yum, yum!

My pumpkin-choco bar ready to eat. It was scrumptious.
Simply,
Sarah

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Authentic People: blog party...





Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…

As I began thinking about writing this post and joining in blog party over at the Authentic People blog party the song from the musical The King and I came to my mind. (Oh yes, I am indeed a partaker in the enjoyment of old musicals. Call it nerdy if you want, but I’ll keep on partaking in that loveliness.)

So, here I am listening to the song while I type this post. I type in hopes of getting to know other bloggers and for them to get to know me too.

My name is Sarah and I have been blogging since April of this year. To me, blogging is a lot of things.
It is a way to express, a way to connect, a way to share, a way to keep in touch, and a way to bless.
My hope for this little blogger abode is that I will build and stay connected with good relationship, share my heart and creativity, and that I will be able to in my own small way encourage and bless others.  

A few quirky and odd things about me are that I’m a musical nerd, I dance and sing rather of key a lot, I’m a tad obsessed with kid's shows, I consider an enjoyable action flick Cars Two, I'm not a big fan of socks so I don't have very good looking feet from running around barefooted, I'm a dreamer, I'm "let's look on the bright-side" sort of person, and I hate tiny spiders.

One of my favorite items in my house is a tea-cup that has the word nurturing in the inside and flowers with green accents on the outside. It was a birthday gift from a very special lady that has blessed me a lot over the years.

I adore animated movies!!! To name a few UP, Wall-E, all Toy Story movies, How to Train Your Dragon, Tangled, and many, many more!

My favorite household chore is sweeping or doing dishes when working/singing with someone else by my side.

If I were suddenly standing in line at a coffee shop I would probably order some form of hot herbal tea.
(I have to avoid most caffeine.)

My favorite pizza topping is zucchini.

I definitely enjoy playing games and a few of my favorites have to be spoons, phase 10, the last word, and Uno.

I’ve never dyed my hair and I don’t ever plan to.

I like hardwood floors to walk about on though carpet is dandy too.

The last thing to make me laugh would have to be a new inside joke that my family keeps bringing up.

The song that just popped in my head was Candlelight by Relient K.

Let's see...a few other odds and ends...
I've always been a word gal, I enjoy crafting of many different types, I wrote my about me page as an imaginative journey, and I seem to connect with people everywhere I go.
My Momma calls me  a mixture of an old soul and child at heart.
I truly enjoy bubbles, balloons, flowers, and spending time with family and friends.
I love musically worshiping outdoors.
My favorite flowers are daisies.
I write poetry.
Sometimes I write songs.
I'm saved by grace and not of myself.
I'm living a life unexpected, but filled with joy.

That is a bit about me.
If you want to get to know me more feel free to browse the blog, my "A bit about me" page, email me or comment with any questions.

I look forward to getting to know you other lovely bloggers that are participating in the blog party! 

Time to burst in song as I'm off to get to know the others that have joined the party.
Here's to getting to know you!

Blessings!

Simply,
Sarah

Photo Credit-Nic Pettersson.



Learning to dream spark again...

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re having a marvelous weekend so far!

A few days ago I wrote a post about dream sparks. (If you haven't read that yet, this post might make more sense if you read that first.) 


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Today I wanted to write a bit of what has been on my own heart lately when it comes to dreaming. At the beginning of this year my health was terrible. I honestly felt the worst I had ever felt before. From January to sometimes late this summer I honestly stopped dreaming. Part of the time I was simply too focused on surviving the daily issues and pain that I was experiencing to take time to dream. Then I became so focused on the loss of my old dreams. I had given Daddy God the desires and dream sparks that I had when I was healthy, but I honestly was mourning them. I've always been a planner and my plans seemed so set before I began this health journey. It was hard to set them aside.

Over this journey and time He has been helping me give Him my dreams. And, as the old dreams are placed on a sort of shelf where if He so chooses, one day I may have them again to spark and light reality candles. Or, those past dreams may never spark again. Yet, even in the midst of surrendering things that mean a lot to me, He is so good. Almost without my realizing it, He has begun to help me dream again!
He didn't just ask for the old dreams and leave me with nothing. After a season of grieving He is helping me to dream new dream sparks. 

I can't tell you how joyful I am! I'm so thankful for the new dreams He is placing within me and helping me fuel. I don't know how things are going to unfold. Tomorrow is a new day and not even guaranteed, but I am so thankful for the work He is doing in me.

He is helping me not be afraid of dream sparks that He grants.
He is helping me prayerfully consider reality candles.

Some dreams sparks may not end in reality candles being lit, but I'm trusting Him.  
He knows the desires of my heart yet He also knows what I truly need.
He sees the whole picture.

Proverbs 16:8 says-
"The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps."

So, though I plan and dream in my heart I ask and trust that as I seek Him, He will establish my steps.
As some of my dream sparks are fueled and tended I hope to share this journey of maybe even lighting reality candles.

I'm dream sparking again.  I'm so thankful that He is and has been helping me over the past few months dream spark new dreams again.

Have you ever set dreams aside and had new ones come and take their place later on?
Has it ever been hard to let go off previous plans or dreams?


Have a truly blessed rest of your weekend!

Simply,
Sarah

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dream Sparks...


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Dreams…
I can’t speak for everyone, but I would venture to say that most of us have them. We have hopes for the future, dreams we want to pursue, and ideas that we ponder and unfold.

I was reminded of that last week. A beautiful worker at a Goodwill store was checking out my purchases at the cash register. She and I are night and day by the color of our skin, but that doesn’t change her beauty, that we’re both human, and that we both have dreams. She noticed a plate and mug that I was purchasing and she mentioned to me that many, many years ago her family had owned that style too.
Then she said it-

“If I owned my own antique store I would buy all of that set and put it in the store.”


In that moment I saw it, a spark of a dream in her eyes.

Maybe someday she will own her own antique store and maybe that little dream spark will light the candle of reality. Or maybe another dream spark will occur and a different reality candle will be lit.
Most of all, I hope she keeps having positive dream spark moments where her eyes shine like they did then- may they shine even brighter.

Then I wondered, what about that young man over there? That wall of a man like my Daddy, he’s the one with a deep scar on his face.
What is his story?
Does he have dreams?
I wonder what they are.

I think most of us have dreams. I think we need to be healthy dreamers and healthy hopers.
I don’t think it is good when we constantly snuff out dream sparks, when we starve ourselves of needed oxygen and fuel, and when we don’t take time to dream or light the candles of reality.
Not to say that all dreams work out.
But, we should be healthy dreamers- of that I have no doubt.

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What are your dream-sparks lately?
What reality candles have been lit from dream-sparks that you’ve had?

And, have you ever stopped dreaming?

Simply,
Sarah