Share 4 Somethings…March

Sometimes, never as often as I intended, but occasionally, I would link up with my online friend, Heather, for her once a month SHARE FOUR SOMETHINGS gathering.

I think about writing much more than I actually write, but my life is simplifying. Excuses might just be fading into the distance behind me. Link-ups serve as a welcome anchor. so when Heather decided to step back and Jennifer decided to step up, I put the thought in the back of my mind to participate.

Then forgot.

Today, the final Saturday in March, I remembered…and so I am sitting down at the computer to type things out for just that reason: TO REMEMBER.

I’m grateful to be pondering the four somethings this new-to-me host has chosen: Something LOVED, Something READ, Something LEARNED, and Something FED.

(Actually, it is something ATE, but decades of reading Dr. Suess compels me to rhyme.)

Something Loved

I loved the city of Chattanooga.

I have a friend who lives in the beautiful neighborhood of Lookout Mountain just outside Chattanooga, and I have visited her twice with an old long-time Bible Study friends.

My husband and I were looking into real estate investments for my father and potentially my special needs daughter. For reasons that are boring, we needed to look outside of East Texas and I felt the connections I had in Tennessee would give me a good place to start.

We decided on a Wednesday night to go look, began driving Thursday morning, and pulled in late Thursday night.

We’re not fast.

It’s a delightful city. We saw historic sites, looked through several neighborhoods, and ate scores of delicious food. I can’t wait to go back.

Something Read

I finished ATLAS SHRUGGED several months ago, but find myself thinking about it often. I will probably re-read it again soon.

I want to live in Galt’s Gulch.

It’s a slog of a book…for a person like me who doesn’t read a whole lot of fiction, it took me longer to read than I anticipated. It is, however, a must-read, ESPECIALLY for the times we live in.

Beth Moore’s memoir, ALL MY KNOTTED UP LIFE, however, is not hard to read. I zipped through it.

She’s a great story teller and has lived a very complicated and colorful life. I often want more of the story than she wants to give, but enjoyed the book anyhow. She gets to be the boss of her own memoir.

Something Learned

I learned that I am still difficult.

This is a surprise to no one who knows me, but I find myself a tad bit disappointed that it is still true.

For multiple reasons, that are kind of dull, I haven’t been to Bible Study in many months. So, when the church we think about going to but never actually go to (having a special needs child who is now too old for children’s church has complicated things for us) was starting a spring study, I signed up.

I love studying the Bible.

But when one of the other ladies asked about a verse, and someone gave their answer, I completely disagreed. And, of course, my brain wouldn’t just leave it at that.

Noooooo. That would be easy.

Instead, my brain created the ESTHER 8:17 Evangelism Strategy in the drive between Bible Study and counseling–my Wednesday routine. Someday, I’m sure, it will be a big hit.

Something Fed

A few weeks ago I hosted a CARE DAY For The CAREGIVERS.

My 85 year old father requires round the clock care. He is in Assisted Living, but also has private caregivers 24 hours a day. It is hard and holy work.

Taking care of them takes care of him, and I have grown fond of them, so I made arrangements at a local spa for a private event.

They began at a ESCAPE ROOM for a team challenge, then joined me at the spa. They got vitamin IV infusions, a massage, and a choice of several other spa treatments.

I made signs hoping that 2023 is a year of HEALTH and HAPPINESS. For the HEALTH portion I had homemade veggie juice, fruit kabobs, and a delicious salad. For the HAPPINESS portion I had lobster Mac and cheese, steak, bread, and dessert. I made a citrus cake with blackberry curd filling.

It was all delicious. It was made with so much love for people who make my life and caring for my father work.

It’s a gift to be able to say THANK YOU. It’s a gift to take the time to recognize and remember…so thank you to all4boys for giving me the moment to do so.

9 thoughts on “Share 4 Somethings…March

  • March 26, 2023 at 2:23 am

    Looks like a good month overall! Of course, I am now endlessly curious about your Esther 8:17 strategy and how it resulted from a disagreement at Bible study! LOL Have a blessed weekend! Visiting from SFS#12

  • March 26, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    We moved to Ohio in November and when I saw a local church was doing a Beth Moore study I immediately signed up. It was WAY out of my comfort zone to walk into a ladies’ house I had never met, not knowing anyone, but I love Beth Moore’s studies! My MIL just gifted me this book last weekend and I look forward to reading it. I have heard the audiobook is awesome too because she narrates it! I may have another new experience listening and reading at the same time, LOL! I took special needs classes with my undergraduate degree, but that has never been my gift. I have always said it takes a special person to work with special needs, and it does. I have no idea what kind of needs your daughter has, but thank you for caring for her, I imagine it can be a difficult, lonely job. Anyway, I am sorry for rambling. Have a great week and thanks for visiting my blog earlier.-Cindy

    • March 26, 2023 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! It doesn’t feel like rambling, it feels like chatting.

  • March 26, 2023 at 8:10 pm

    What a lovely thing to do for the caregivers! Years ago I merely brought some flowers to the assistants at my doctor’s office, and they were so pleased. We take their service too much for granted, I need to keep that in mind.

  • March 27, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Difficult is not a word I would used to describe you-a passionate woman with convictions is better. You can venmo me the money you just saved on therapy. You’re welcome

  • March 27, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    Oh I love that you felt compelled to make the topics rhyme! Now I am going to think of these prompts this way each month. Your care day for caregivers sound wonderful and I am sure that they felt so appreciated and pampered after that.

  • March 27, 2023 at 9:48 pm

    Robin, what a wonderful way to care for your dad’s caregivers! I just got Beth Moore’s memoir from the library today, so I will have your words in the back of my mind as I begin reading it. 🙂 I’ve never been to Chattanooga but I would love to visit someday. Hope the rest of March goes well for you.

  • March 30, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    Wow -what a special day you arranged for the caregivers! Such a blessing! And, where does one go to get vitamin infusions? Cool!

  • March 30, 2023 at 10:04 pm

    My friend’s daughter lives in Chattanooga; they really like it! I started Atlas Shrugged years ago but never finished it. Congratulations to you on completing it. I have All My Knotted Up Life on hold at my library but it may take awhile before it’s my turn. lol.

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