Newport Beach pier – Southern CA

Today I was reminded of this photo of my son and his best friend when they were littles. I can’t believe I found it in my mess of digital files. (and quickly) I got lucky. He is now a teenager, soon to be a man…and he is not happy that we moved to Central Oregon, where we have snow. He was quite content to be in shorts and flip-flops daily. Even when we lived in Southern, California – one of the best areas of Orange County – Summers near Newport pier, and they would boogie board and out of the group of kids, he’d be the one FREEZING after their play in the Pacific Ocean. So his bestie said, “Let me bury you!” And he was like WHAT?

He was so happy being below a pile of warm sand, like a blanket. But not too deep, still above the layers of the cooler base. I miss these simple, easy beach days.

SoCS challenge using either or both words BELOW / ABOVE

Snow & Sun

HAPPY SATURDAY! I’ve been shoving show the last couple of days, and then it snowed quite a bit last night. Interesting the sun is shining and snow is flaking again. The sun is brighter than this photo. I suppose at some point, I will need to be out shoveling again. The boys (hubby & son) are preparing to go skiing. My husband is checking the Mountain report and I’m drinking coffee & blogging – Have a great weekend guys!

Virtue – what’s that?

You Tube – Banarama original video

Today I was reminded of this 80’s Banana Rama Song: Love, Truth and Honesty – I just love it! How many of us have issues with any of these virtues?

  • Generosity (sure, if I have extras… just don’t expect my last stick of gum)
  • Honesty (No problem – I’ll tell you if you have broccoli in your teeth or if you have halitosis)
  • Gentleness (ohno love, ouch, okay finish making the cookies and we’ll take care of your burn!)
  • Contentment (YUP – I’m fine sitting all day blogging and drinking coffee)

When you have cash flowing, or plenty of a particular material, it’s easy to share. When you’re happy, it’s easy to be kind. Telling the truth is easy if isn’t going to affect you negatively. But what about when things are tougher and it requires sacrifice? If something was going to adversely effect you – give you the SMACK-DOWN, would that affect you ability to keep these virtues? Are you able to be content in what God has given you?

I stopped to ponder these as I was reading about John baptizing people, and after they would ask how to proceed. He told them to practice those Christian Virtues. The trick is being able to do them, all the time, But HONESTLY, as parents, when our teenagers are testing us…I’m a lot of things, but I don’t think GENTLE is one of them. #lotsaprayin’

11 … “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” 12 Then tax collectors also came to be baptized… 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.” 14 Likewise the soldiers asked him… So he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely and be content with your wages.”

Luke 3:11-14 (NKJV)