Sweet Encouragement & Stolen Change in the Offering
November 10, 2011 by bluecottonmemory
If you were a neighbor, I might drop by with this
or even this
I have long since decided that instead of bringing by pies, cupcakes and cookies, friends in the blogahood give awards. What a sweet, southern kind of thing! What deliciously wonderful gifts! And, just like my mama taught me, the neighborly gifts are returned. Yes, they take a little time to prepare. Good things usually do. But it is part of what keeps the community cohesive, friendly and feeling like home.
Amy at Sunshine Sentiments stopped by and gave me The Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you Amy for your hospitality! Your thoughtfulness blessed me at a time when I really needed blessing!
And, like any good thing, there are, sigh, rules!
1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic!
4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.
And, like any good southerner,
when you stop by,
your’re served a story or two with your slice of pie
washed down with a nice glass of iced tea or a scalding hot cup of coffee.
Seven Things to Share About Myself:
1. Once a year, at Christmas, my husband and I go on a shopping date where we lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. Over a Club Sandwich, a cup of coffee and fries, we read the Wall Street Journal, talk and take our time. It’s one of my very favorite times of the year.
2. When I was little, one of my favorite reading places was on a limb in a pine tree.
3. All our animals are named after literary characters. Dickens (Charles), Cozette (Les Miserable), Cleo (Cleopatra), Figaro (Pinocchio), Copper (Fox and Hound), Nana (Peter Pan) – the name of the dog we had for 3 weeks, that my teen “bought for free” from a lady at the hospital? Layla – Eric Clapton’s song. Sadly, it looks like the history of our literary names for pets are devolving from classical to pop culture. Sigh. . .
4. Suspense torments me. I read the ends of books first. However, raising my sons, I am learning not only to have faith in the endings but to find peace and joy in the unfolding journey. I guess that is patience – learning to find joy and contentment in each chapter of the waiting – and that it is in the waiting where the most important living is.
5. I am so loving my sons right now by doing a Family Read and Discussion of Ethics: An Early American Handbook, a reprint of an 1890 original. The first chapter was Truth; we’re in the middle of Obedience now. We add scripture stories to drive the points home. Everybody reads. It has been a real eye-opener to the boys, has made them squirm and confront real truth and real obedience. They classify levels of each ethic, providing exceptional down-to-earth examples. I recommend it as a must-have for the family library. My boys would concur that sometimes love is not comfortable! LOL
6. When I was little, one Sunday morning, I found a bag of change. It was tucked down in the back of my grandmother’s white Lazy Boy. I was so excited. I thought God had just put it right there for me to find. I now had a jangly bag of change to give God during offering. I stuffed it in my winter coat pocket, and waited. Anticipation welled up during Mass. When the offering basket went by me, I pulled my bag of change out of my coat pocket and plopped it in the basket. The heads of my mom, my aunt, my grandmother and my brother all turn toward me – kind of like the wave but with heads – all surprised, all assessing, one stewing. Believing in fairy tales and miracles didn’t persuade my brother that I was innocent of putting his money stash in the offering. I think he’s still miffed about it today. I felt guilty for years, until I realized that the $14+ dollars I had to spend to fix my bicycle he took apart a few years later when he decided he wanted to be an engineer and couldn’t quite put back together probably evened our unintentional sins out.
7. I Love Cherry Cordial M&Ms.
Please stop by and visit some of my new and old friends in the blogahood that I’m passing this award along to. You will be blessed!