If you are like me, your mouth dropped open when you saw this dress. I’ll give you a few minutes to compose yourself before I go on. Insert the music from Jeopardy here. 🎶🎶🎶 Alright, now that I have your attention, let me tell you about this colorful dress that is perfect for Spring.
Hi, everyone!!! Are you getting sick of seeing my San Diego pictures? I actually thought I had more of them but I can’t find much more. It seems like you are taking lots of pictures when people are walking by staring at you. But, when it is time to put them on the blog there are not enough to choose from. I only have one more day of pictures from SD and then it is back to the boring porch. After seeing all the beautiful scenery and lush green it makes the porch look kind of blah.
How pretty is this??? We were walking to the Hotel del Coronado and I passed this little setting. I grabbed my sister immediately and told her we HAD to take pictures. It was the prettiest day we had while in San Diego with a high in the upper 60’s and it was perfect for wearing sandals and a sleeveless top. When we finally got to the hotel we walked to the restaurant area to eat. I was looking at my phone when all of a sudden I felt this whoosh of air go past me. I looked up and saw everyone looking behind me so I turned around. A huge hawk was circling and then this woman came running with a perch. There was some kind of event going on later that day at the hotel and they had hired this hawk to circle and keep the seagulls away. I don’t know how the seagulls liked the hawk but it about took me out. I am glad I was looking down because I would have panicked if I had seen this thing heading straight toward me.
I feel like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz this morning, “There’s no place like home!” I now need a vacation to rest up from being away from home but I know that my work is going to be piled high on my desk. Ugggh! I don’t even want to think about how far behind I am going to be. I will be sharing a lot of pictures on the blog this week that were taken in San Diego. The settings are gorgeous but we were so rushed for time that most of my pictures were taken after we had been in sessions all day and my hair looks like crap and my makeup might not still look its best. I am giving you the heads up now so that you don’t look at my pictures and think, “What in the world has happened to Tania?” Lol!
I am thrilled to be bringing you a look today that will work for you in a wide variety of settings. I know a lot of us are on budgets and we want our clothing to be affordable, practical, and memorable. Chadwick’s of Boston is a store whose clothing fits all of those criteria. I fell in love with the brand many years ago when I worked in an accounting office and needed to dress professionally. The classic styles the Chadwick’s of Boston offered worked perfectly for an office setting.
Today I am traveling back from San Diego, and then I am heading on to Virginia. Please say a quick prayer for my safe travel. I knew that I would be traveling and not able to post when the Lord placed Cindy in my path. She and I had messaged back and forth several months ago but we recently reconnected over a random FaceBook comment. Nothing is random, the Lord knows what he is doing. After a quick conversation, I invited Cindy to do a guest post for you today. I know you are going to love her.
Giving Our Kids Back to God
When my husband and I had our first baby we were over the moon. We thought that we would have this little person who would become a mini-me version of us. We would teach him everything. Little did we know that children are born with very specific personalities. We think that we are going to change them but they change us. All four of our children are as different as they can be.
The story of Mary and Joseph (Luke 1:26-56); Matthew 1:18-24) is one that we are all familiar with. An angel appeared to Mary and told her that God was going to give her a child and his name would be Jesus. Mary was afraid because she was engaged to Joseph and this was going to be hard to explain. Mary couldn’t understand why God would choose her to give birth to the Savior. She was just an ordinary girl. Joseph was a simple carpenter. He didn’t think he was anything special yet God had chosen him to be the adopted father to Jesus. They possessed no special skills other than they were obedient to God and they had faith. That’s all that was needed to have favor in God’s eyes. He knew that they would be the perfect parents to nurture this child while he was small, keep him safe, recognize his gifts and nurture them. In Luke 2:41-52, when Jesus was a 12 year old boy, He was found by his parents at the temple at the feet of teachers and priests asking questions and trying to learn all that He could. He had been missing for three days. His parents had been worried thinking he was lost. Over time, they recognized that this was part of The Plan that God had in store for Him.
As parents, we have hopes and dreams for our children and we can be disappointed when things don’t go as we envisioned. That is when we have to recognize that we must submit these children to God for His instructions for His Plan. We must exhale our own breath and inhale the breath of the Holy Spirit. We must give our children back to God. We then ask, “God, what do you want me to do? I am your servant; you are my master. Please speak to my soul. Please place people on my path to act as your angels to guide me toward Your Plan that you have written for this child.”
The story is no longer about us and what we had envisioned. The story becomes more about the direction that God has planned. We move forward in faith. The child is no longer viewed as an extension of us and is viewed more of an extension of God. The lesson that Mary teaches us is that raising children is a task that has been given to us by God. God gives the child to a specific set of parents who have the gifts, traits, and resources to move that child in the direction that God has planned. Sometimes these plans are interrupted by adversity. It is hard as parents for us to understand, but that too is part of The Plan. Our hopes and dreams have to change. We have to reassess whether those plans were ours or God’s.
We don’t mold our children. They mold us. Children are born with their unique personality, we are the ones who adjust. Of course, we can teach a child morals and how to live within the rules of society but they learn how to fit these to their own personality. It seems that the most frustrating moments for me as a parent have been when I have tried to bend a child in the direction in which they are not meant to bend.
I have learned that these children were never really mine. We have to give our kids back to God. It is an illusion to believe that they are ours. They are only a gift on loan from Him.
Peace and Love.
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Cindy Magee is a wife, mother, and blogger living in Jackson, Tennessee. Married to her husband, David, for 31 years, they have four children, three boys and a girl. Two of their sons are married and their daughter is in college.
She writes about life, death, grief, and recovery.
It is time to once again hop on the airplane and head back across to the east coast. It has been an exhausting week and I need to go back to work to rest. Lol! Holy Moley, I have eaten everything in site and have probably gained at least 10 pounds. I think I need to start a new blog called “Tania, Tania 2×4.” That works for me on so many levels, gained weight and work in a lumber company. Clever, huh? Haha!
Does everyone know about Murphy’s Law? It is an old adage that says, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” I bet many of you can relate to that message. There are days when it seems like nothing can go wrong and then there are those days when nothing can go right. In my case, it is more a matter of something going wrong while Joe and I both are out of town.
So this blogging and going to classes is hard. I am trying to take in as much information as possible and still do a normal blog post. I wish I could learn the art of scheduling posts ahead of time, but that is not happening anytime soon. Instead, every time we sit down to eat or take a break I grab the laptop and starting editing photos or writing. So much for putting the “social” in social media.
San Diego is beautiful!!! It is sunny and around 65 here today so not too hot or too cold. I am taking “on location” pictures that will hit the blog in the upcoming weeks. My sister is my photographer since I did not travel with a tripod and large camera. It is weird having someone else take my pictures even if it is my sister. All those feelings of “I look stupid,” “I feel silly smiling like this,” “Did you take a picture yet?” Do you feel that way when someone is taking your pictures? This is one reason I like the tripod, I know when the picture is about to take and I am not worrying about smiling or looking stupid.