Sunday Blessings

Sunday Blessings

This week, it’s back to school. Summer activities are transitioning rather quickly into tasks for school purchases.  Modern technology has made it easier for teachers to reach out ahead of time to the parents to set expectations, particularly for classroom needs.

For me, it’s all about trying out new Dad jokes while chauffeuring the kids to the stores. Let’s just say, some are hits, others receive groans, and yet I’m still the cool Dad.  Gotta love captured audiences.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

Sunday Blessings

Angel

Spent today with a good friend who battled cancer while in high school a few years ago.  While sitting at a Starbucks, she and I finally had a chance to catch up on her quest to become a nurse, as she says, to pay it forward and help others.

Too often we get caught up in our petty struggles only to realize there are some who deal with challenges far greater than our own.  It was only a couple of years ago where she was in the fight for her life.  Now, you could pass her on the street and never realize how close she came to losing her battle.

It is these moments that remind us to cherish the moments God gives us and to remind us to be grateful for all our blessings.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday Blessings

Angel

A friend of mine offered me some advice.  He noticed I was putting in a lot of hours and was certain I was getting close to burnout.   I never let on how I feel, but I had to agree with him that the aggressive timelines are not sustainable from a mental state.

“I’m sure everyone you work with will understand if you need some time off. You should take it before you reach a point where you’ll struggle. I think you’ll find they will be very supportive.”

When I mentioned it to the several customers I work for, all agreed I needed to take some time for myself.  So I let them all know I was taking a couple of days off this week and ensured they have sufficient backup in case of an emergency.

My general practice when I take time off is to turn off all work computers and devices. I’m looking forward to a few days of relaxing to recharge. I expect to make a few more blog posts over the next couple of days.

May you all have a wonderful week ahead.

Sunday Blessings

Angel

I’m not a hoarder.  Anyone who knows me understands that I’m not a pack rat or like to have a lot of “things”.  I’m not a big fan of clutter. This flies in the face of my former spouses who loved to fill storage spaces full of things that “may be needed in the future.”

I’m not saying that’s a bad thing; rather it becomes a problem when there are things I do use that end up in the “to eventually be used” cabinets and closets underneath all the things meant for a future that may or may never come. Searching for them under a nebulous inventory management system is frustrating.

This weekend, while looking for a hanger to put some laundry away, I became rather annoyed at just how many clothes I have that I don’t wear or need.  So what started out as putting away a few clothes turned into a “purging” event with three large trash bags delivered to the local Goodwill.

Some of those articles were hardly worn so another person will get the benefit of wearing practically new clothes at far less than what I probably paid for it. I’m good with that. I’ve bought from Goodwill or similar places in the past and they provide a benefit.

Now I have more hangers which means there will come a time to buy things to hang. Or maybe I’ll purge the hangers.

Wishing you all a week of many blessings,

Sunday Blessings

Angel

It’s been a great week for personal blessings.

I was able to spend time this weekend with all of my children either by phone or personally.  I am a very proud Papa to kids who have put up with my overbearing fatherly advice and yet still try half a smile at my Dad jokes in public.

Being a father during a divorce is not easy.  You have to learn to bite your tongue and accept certain outcomes.  Decision making between two people who were once in love but now struggle to find common ground is a difficult chore.

Children struggle with trying to be favorable to both sides.  It’s natural for them to play one against the other even when you are married.  More often than not, I’ve had to compromise the short term for the longer game.  The old  adage of “pick your battles” has become an art form to me.

In the end, the results are in the product.  They’ve turned out to be pretty good kids and continue to amaze me and their mother of their strength and ambition. I can’t say I’ve been a perfect father, but at least I know I have done enough to create good citizens.  Here’s to a bright future of smart kids!

Wishing all you Father’s a great day and to everyone a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday Blessings

Angel

I have safely returned to Arizona after spending the week in the Midwest with family and friends.

Despite having to work a couple of days while I was there, we had a good time despite temperatures that rivaled the desert.  I felt fine; others not so much.

I’m off tomorrow as I complete my recovery from the two day trek back home. During the trip, I managed to stop in a few small towns and had some wonderful conversations with the locals.

Met a man from Mississippi and his family as they were on a return trip from Montana. Despite the differences in dialect, we all share the same values of love, family, self-reliance, and being good people.

Things should ramp back up now that I’ve returned home.  May you all have a most wonderful week!

 

Sunday Blessings

Angel

This weekend we honor the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country.  Without their courage and bravery, we would not be able to enjoy the richness our way of life creates.

I am spending my weekend with family and friends in the upper Midwest. Looking forward to some walleye fishing and showcasing some new barbecue techniques.  No vegan recipes allowed.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and week ahead.

Sunday Blessings

Angel

If you haven’t read this thread, please do so

Congratulations to the bride and groom!  May God’s amazing grace be upon them as they celebrate their moments together.