Much Needed Time To Recharge And Spend Quality Time With Family

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I’ve been saving up one coin at a time for about eight months now.
So, why have I been saving??…

A (very nice) vacation. Hmmm, not quite sure on the “very nice” part though! However, we’ll see about that!

A lot of you are aware I went on a vacation/reunion for the past six days. 😉

Well, I was corrected on the (vacation) part of the above description.

This WAS NOT a vacation…just a family (cousin) reunion. lol

Although, mine was definitely a vacation, getaway for me! YEAH! 🙂 Furthermore, It was totally what the doctor ordered.

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Just a few word-phrases that quickly remind me, YES! It was an excellent getaway! AKA a Cousin Family Reunion <3

1) I’m extensively exhausted.
2) I’m bloated.
3) I’m somewhat broke.
4) Piles of laundry to get done.
5) I’ve yet to (totally) un-pack.
6) I’ve yet to get FULLY committed again on my weight loss journey…tomorrow people! lol 😉
7) My purse is over-loaded with “stuff.”
8) Some of my flowers are wilted.
9) I’ve got the BLAH blues.
10 Muscles are starting to jiggle.
11) My fur baby seems distant
12) I’m going through emails like nobody’s business! lol
13) My phone is overloaded with pictures.
14) Avoiding the scales for a week.
15) I need a nap RIGHT NOW!

Do any of these sound familiar to you!?? lol

What is Family

Family is considered “Blood relatives living in a caring unit.” However, there are many types of families in modern living. If you look in the dictionary, you’ll find many original definitions.

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* A group consisting of parents and children living together in a household
* All the descendants of a common ancestor
* The basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children
* A group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head: Household
* A group of people who are related to each other
* A group of related people including people who lived in the past
* A group of usually related individuals who live together under common household authority and especially who have reciprocal duties to each other

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Main Categories of Family

* Traditional

I classify this as the “normal’ family unit. You know…like the Archie Bunker type on television. lol
Though less common in today’s society; The traditional family type is Dad working to support the other members while Mom stays at home tending to the children and the home.

* Step

A group of people formed in a caring union through divorce and remarriage, consisting of children coming from separate parents.

* Foster ~~ From http://www.adopt.org/

What the foster care system is: a temporary arrangement in which adults provide for the care of a child or children whose birthparent is unable to care for them. Foster care is not where juvenile delinquents go. It is where children go when their parents cannot, for a variety of reasons, care for them.

* Adopted ~~ From https://www.scoe.org/files/ccpc-family-structures.pdf

A family where one or more of the children has been adopted. Any structure may also be an adoptive family.
Sometimes children (as well as adults) use the term” real parents” instead of “birth parents.” Be clear that the adoptive parents are the real parents because they are raising the child. Intervene if other children tease an adopted child with comments…such as “That isn’t your real mommy.” Do not automatically assume that any problems a child may be having are due to adoption.
This type of family shares legal bonds but not genetic ones. Two parents may adopt a child to whom they share no blood relationship, or one parent may adopt the child of the other parent. Adopted families can also be defined in an emotional or spiritual sense where no formal legal bonds are present.

* Pets

I have a special fur baby! My kitty, AKA Whinnie is definitely considered my family. <3 <3 <3

We’ve all heard of “Adopt a Pet.” Many people may adopt a special animal when having children is not a possibility, although many people adopt pets into a large living unit consisting of many children.
Pets are considered family members when they are loved and cared for. They are mourned just as much as children are when they pass.

My Version – What is Family

It’s not infinitely about blood relatives, let’s get that out there upfront..Number one! 😉

Family is anyone who supports, (emotionally and financially) one another in a group of people living together.

It could be grandparents permanently taking over the care of their grandchildren; it could be a gay couple adopting children; it could be a single parent loving and supporting their kids.

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It’s about being a good “quiet strength,” and truly listening WITHOUT judgment! And, all the while, giving advice (when it’s asked for). It’s about supporting and raising your children the very best you know how while lending a big shoulder to cry on.

It’s also about being there for a family member, (through anything) child, aunt, grandmother, cousin, spouse, etc. for comfort, financial support, emotional support, building self-esteem, sharing compassion, and expressing love and kindness.

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I came home from this reunion feeling a little tired; however, feeling awesome, recharged, and ready to apply myself through my goals and my everyday living. I’m ready to tackle whatever comes my way. <3

Thank you for reading! 😊

Happy Father’s Day To My Dear Sweet Dad

youngdad My dad was undeniably one of a kind. He ALWAYS went out of his way to spend time with me, teach me, console me, make me laugh, and raise me the best way he knew how.

Dad was indeed a profoundly special person in my life; I loved him dearly! I will miss him again this Father’s Day as usual.

Below are 12 things about my dad that made up his character 🙂

 


Dad was a perfectionist
Dad was a quiet man
Dad was tender hearted, and cried easily
Dad was consistently trying to make people laugh
Dad was quite shy; that is where I get my shyness 😉
Dad was not confident
Dad took extra care of himself
Dad always fought his inner deamons – depression and anxiety
Dad was a family man; when he felt good
Dad loved God
Dad loved me =)
Dad was loved (and is) loved by many

I searched this world over and could not find a better dad than MY dad! I got the best!

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Below are a few quotes I found that touched my heart

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again
– Enid Bagnold

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad. <3
– Anne Geddes

Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the god and the weight of her world.
– John Mayor

From:
http://quotations.about.com/

Graphic:
http://www.fathersday-2014.net/

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12 Prayers For Tuesday and More – From My iPad

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Good Tuesday morning to you! 🙂

Starting out with 12 Prayers for Tuesday – These are taken from my iPad (the daily prayers app) Absolutely love it! <3

 

 

Holy Spirit, thank You for living in me.

Dear Lord, help me to find happiness in forgetting myself and in trying to bring help and happiness to others.

Thank You, God, for all that You are and for the blessings that fill every moment of every day.

Dear Lord, thank You for all the positive influencers in my life today.

Dear Lord, I thank You for the gift of faith.

Lord, help my life to be well and whole, secure in the midst of danger.

Dear Lord, help me to understand that difficult times can make me stronger in the end, even though it may not always be easy to see.

Thank You, Lord for loving me so completely.

O Jesus, the Friend of the little children, bless and protect all the children of the world.

God in heaven, hear my prayer, keep me in Thy loving care. Be my guide in all I do, Bless all those who love me too.

Dear Lord, thank You for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life.

Dear Lord, I pray today that You help me to control my thoughts. Help me to not think any evil towards anyone or anything.

Amen… 🙂

From The Bible

Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.

1 Thessalonians 3:10

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

John 15:9-11

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

Mark 14:38

Prayer Quotes

(From http://www.searchquotes.com/)

He who interrupts the course of his spiritual exercises and prayer is like a man who allows a bird to escape from his hand; he can hardly catch it again. ~~ St John Of The Cross

Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are? ~~ Martin Luther

Have a great week!

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Bible Scriptures For The Week 10-31 Through 11-7

As I open up my Bible this morning, I opened it up to:

Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer

Luke 11: Verses 1-4

1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Matthew 6:9-13 The Lord’s Prayer – King James Version

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

The New English Version

Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be your Name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done,
On earth as in Heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins As we forgive those Who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, And the glory are yours Now and forever. Amen.

I will always be sharing scriptures with you from the King James version. 🙂

This week I’m seeking comfort through the Word and prayer…

Isaiah 40:1-9

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished , that her iniquity is pardoned : for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted , and every mountain and hill shall be made low : and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The voice said , Cry . And he said, What shall I cry ? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth , the flower fadeth : because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth , the flower fadeth : but the word of our God shall stand for ever. O Zion, that bringest good tidings , get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidingtidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up , be not afraid ; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

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I found the following scriptures quite powerful and comforting. If we ourselves are comforted of and by God, how much more that we can comfort our children, brothers, sisters and spouses? 🙂

2 Corinthians Chaper 1: 1-4

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Please feel free to share any scriptures with us that you find comforting. 🙂