an American Tourist! You can identify the species by the funky hat, the sunglasses, the camera and the bottle of water in his pocket. However, it must be noted, thatRick does NOT have on the usual baggy plaid shorts because, he told me, he wanted to leave “room for improvement!”
Everywhere you look along the ocean side the baby ground squirrels are exploring their world. Except for a run over to mama every once in a while, for reassurance I guess, they seem fearless and would often scamper over and check me out.
The Monday Bible Class at the Nocona Hills Community Church in Nocona, Tx sent me this shawl…and this message. “This shawl was made just for you…To bring comfort…to know you are loved…to share in your joy. This shawl is to wrap you up when you are cold…when you’re hurting…when you need to snuggle. This shawl was crocheted with blessings, with love, with prayers.”
What a wonderful ministry! This is a ‘tangible’ blessing. One you can hold on to when you need a bit of strength and the care and prayer that went into it comforts you. It is the spirit of Christ at it’s best. Thanks to my dear friend Jan Anderson and the ladies of the Monday Bible Class. You warmed my heart today!
”Young lady, do I have a deal for you! For a paltry $50 dollars you will receive a beautiful leather album and every 6 months a photographer will come to your home and photograph your dear children for the unbelievable price of only $5 dollars per child.” I ask you…What mother could turn down that deal? When Rick got home that night he said “Fifty dollars? Are you out of your mind?” Ouch! It was just possible in my enthusiasm I’d forgotten what a huge amount that was to us. (To put it in perspective…several months later I got a job for the grand amount of $1.97 an hour!) But I had signed the contract and there was no backing out. The years passed and the album slowly filled with priceless memories. And what had once been a HUGE case of buyer’s remorse became one of the best bargains I ever made. We can’t always see the ‘big picture’ when we’re in the middle of the situation can we? Life is funny that way….
It’s such a busy world…the days just fly by and sometimes, in the hurley burly of our lives, we forget the little things. How much a kind word means, a pat on the back, an encouraging smile, a helping hand, a simple gesture…just remembering to let someone know you care about them! I’m lucky in how many dear people I have in my life that don’t forget. Believe me, I would be lost without this reminder that I somehow matter.
What a different world it would be if ‘everyone’ did their part to reach out with love and do the little things that make such a big difference in another person’s life. It simply boggles the mind!
On Nelson St. between Magnolia Ave. and Brockton Ave is one of Riverside, California’s best kept secrets. It’s called the Backstreet and it’s a little garden deli that serves the best deli food we’ve ever come across. Rebecca, the little waitress in the picture, has served us for 28 years! She gave us each a smooch when we were there the other day…she says she loves to have the ‘old time customers’ stop in to say hello. There is live music and the soft sound of a fountain and stained glass and flowers everywhere. It’s a magic place and full of sweet memories. If you are ever in the neighborhood stop in and enjoy….