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I washed my car today.

Anytime I work on my car, interiorly or exteriorly, I always think of my dad.

He was an auto-body mechanic.

He was most respected for & specialized in exterior repair.

For a short period of time he owned his own automotive Garage:

Wally’s Auto-Body Shop!

Sometimes, (but not often,) my mom would let me hang-out at the Garage with dad.

I can still smell the primer, auto-grease and the over-spray of new car paint.

One day, while I was hanging around the shop, he taught me how to bondo!

Not many people know this but I actually was quite good at it.

My first car was an AMC Pacer that I purchased for $100.
Needless to say, it needed LOTS of bondo!!

My dad use to say, “the trick with bondo was to have just the right amount of confidence to push the putty around, but a light enough touch to end up with a smooth coat.”

I loved when he allowed me to work with bondo & often pretended I was a sculptor!

After doing it a few times with several disastrous attempts; he told me with surprising pride, “You’ve got the right touch. Now, stop staring & start sanding!”

Giggles.

I still remember how special that made me feel in his eyes.

There were not many such moments between my dad & I – our relationship was rather messy – but I suppose that is why he comes to mind each time I’m cleaning my car.

Just like the car dust, sticky grandchildren finger-prints, and any candy wrappers on the floor I’ve wiped up & thrown away – so too – the “mess” between my father & I has been equally discarded.

My faith has helped me to do that.

And the brave testimony’s of other people’s journey too.

The things they’ve learned and the kindness they have shown when taking the time to share about their own “messiness” is consoling.

We often find hope as we discover we’re not alone in our “mess” -that others have cleaned up, patched things together, sanded things down and been made new again, too.

This weekend I imagine I will have the opportunity to clean-up even more, as I attend the 138 Women’s Conference being hosted in my Diocese.

Two dynamic women will be speaking and there is no doubt I will discover something the Lord wishes me to improve – to push & smooth & sand my Spirit just a little bit more.

I know I will bee 🐝 made New in some manner, because the Lord’s got just the right touch to move through the words these wonderful ladies will be speaking.

And I can’t wait to hear how proud my Father in heaven will be…both of them.

hugs n’ blessings for the ways you are sculpting your life to be!

bUBBLY smiles!

it’s the monday giggles….

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“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”  Psalm 51:10

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Our youngest son celebrated a birthday recently.

And both Cuppycake & I were so very grateful he invited us to share this special day with him.

(At least we were invited to parts of it!)

Whenever we are together there are so many smiles to go around it is like a bathtub filled with bubbles!  And always one must check themselves at the end of the night to remember & take their smile off at the departure door.  I’ve caught myself, on occassion, wearing the same smile hours after we’ve left him!  (Removing a frozen smile can be a painful experience, although who can complain?)

I decided however, this time as we said our good-byes, to leave the smile in place for the  Monday giggles which were just around the corner!

So today I dedicate these special giggles to my tender-hearted-little-boy-now-turned-creative-young-adult-man and thank him for all the smiles he so generously provides to all whom he meets!

My dear son,

in honor of the bubbles you chase & those you create…

I feel so blessed God gifted you to our family!

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Never sing in the bath!  Singing leads to dancing.  Dancing leads to slipping. Slipping leads to falling.  Falling leads to Paramedics coming and seeing you have no dance-moves. So, don’t sing in the bath!

 

The following bath bomb products were created by our son & his business partner, who recently started providing these lovely products to others through their company,

“this is BOMB!” 

(You may find these and other soothing bath products at their website!)

I promise using or gifting  them will definitely make you smile!

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hugs n’ bubbly blessings covered in smiles!

let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean…and our bodies washed with pure water.”  Hebrews 10:22