ironmen…unite!!

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I’m under the one year mark now of joining the half-a-century young club!

I’ve watched as several of my

friends

and family

(all dearly loved)

have found their membership sooner than I.

(And) I have loved celebrating with them!

(And) watching as they, themselves, have transitioned into this phase of their life.

(And) how they have each handled their new membership in a unique and individual way.

One constant I’ve watched is how reflective they all have been.

How each have taken “stock” of the first-half-century of their life.

Reliving memories, grateful for the blessings they’ve been gifted, and making

informed choices on what they desire to carry with them

into the completion of this century they have more than half-way begun.

What has this taught me?

Lots.

But most especially that through each person’s life (as with my own) what speaks MOST to everyone is

Relationships.

This is what we all cherish.

This is what has helped us to stretch and to grow

into who we have become

both

through joy and with sorrow;

and who will help us to evolve into what we’ve yet to

be.

I call these relationships,

these people I cherish, who challenge me to be the person God has built me to be, my

“Ironmen!”

Photo Courtesy of Marvel
Photo Courtesy of Marvel

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  Proverbs 27:17  

This is my community.

Who keep me in check.

Who  cheer me on along the way.

So that one day, (when all is said and done)

He will smile when I meet Him

and say,

Well done.

My Ironmen come in various shapes and sizes and many recite the same Creed I do each Sunday (but not all and that’s okay too!)  I love them all and wouldn’t trade one out for the other, no matter the age or the shoe-size!  I’m immeasurably grateful for the ones who have remained with me the longest, (but more about them another day.)

Recently, I met a few of my friends out for a Special Rendevous of Fine-Dining!  These friends and I had just completed working a Retreat together several weeks earlier and we missed the comaraderie we shared being together.  When we first met, without their even knowing (but much to my delight,) they began to claim our Retreat-Working-Group as “The Ironmen!”  That’s when I knew instantly They were destined to be imprinted into my heart for always.

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Through them God showed me that I will continue to collect Relationships!  The one’s I’ve already made will always, through His grace, remain strong; but He will continue to bless me with New Ironmen (for always) along the way!

And oh, how very much that makes me giddy-with-excitement to jump into the next half-century of my living!

(because every Ironman loves a good hot-dog)

these hot-diggity hugs n’ blessings go out to you!

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What Do We Believe?

“Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything.”      -the CCC, no. 198

hello, is it me you’re looking for?

I celebrated my one year bloggity-blog-say-I space Anniversary recently!! WordPress sent me a lovely little notification, which filled me with nostalgic memories of the trepidation I felt

right…

before…

i hit…

SEND (on the registration page) for the WordPress Blogging 101 course, held at their online Blogging University!  cropped-seal_v2-042I couldn’t imagine myself sitting in their cyber-space classroom, a pupil all overly-older than most.  But I am so glad I did!   You can re-read all about it if you click on here: Blogging 101.

And the loverly-lovely Anniversary Con-grat-YOU-latory message WP sent, has so inspired me to be tippity-tap-typing through the course yes…… again!  (Mother Mary, Pray for me!75059_475938559114964_2008898797_n

I’ve done this on a whim, very muchly like last time but THIS time around I know it will be fine.  The “Happiness Helpers” at Blogging U are fan-tab-u-lous!!  And I just knowingly-know I will stretch my writing and bloggity-blog space in new ways.  (Hopefully, I will be inspired to do some personal aerobic exercising as well….stay tuned for that comical potential!)

As a repeat student, (this does not mean I failed the first time,) I’ve been challenged on this first assignment to:

“(a) revisit what you said when you first started blogging, (b) take stock of what you’ve accomplished and what more you’d like to do, (c) lay out some goals for your next six months.”

After revisiting my About Page (which I’ve linked here, so that you may hoverly over and find, or scrolly up to my menu and clickity-click there) I believe my manifesto has remained the same!   What is written About Me remains true to “who I am and why I’m here.”  (Imperfectly as I may remain to be. At it.)

  I am appreciative of what I have accomplished this past year!  And I am pleased with the development of my cyber-journaling, (I think my stock is a good investment!) I did not quite knowingly-know that my world was about to go topsy-turvy down shortly after the enrollment.  (The two are in no way connected and I do not hold WordPress accountable as they all live-up to their title of: “Happiness Helpers!”)  However,  what I can attest to is this:  The blogging helped me to turn-it-all-side-waysly, upside-up again; which was a much needed blessing!   Sometimes the writing served as a distraction from the drama being lived out, while other times it was writing about my experience that helped me to “care for the Spirit” which dwells within me.  And today…ONE YEAR and some pluses later…life has smiles again.  Perfect ones?  No. But I will try to be braver at sharing when/why/if everly the smile goes topsy-turvy down again.   th

Please Lord, if it be thy Will, I prefer laugh lines instead of the worried ones!”  The Dawn

I’ve learned a lot from fellow bloggity-bloggers this past year; most especially how there is often a moment, when that magically  “ah-ha” occurs; to discover “someone else is experiencing something similar/samely as I.”  The scariness softness and I don’t feel so a lonely anymore!  Shared experiences do that.  I will try to be brave enough to share mine more.  My rule will remain, as it does with my effort for living:  All things in Love.  Love does not destroy.  Love does not harm another.  So my writings will always be my lived-experience...and if another has gone down a similar/samely road as I….I welcome you on my path!  May we learn from one another.  And love kindly as two, (or more.)  Knowing God gathers there with us… 577207_506633402712146_2070071519_n

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.  Colossians 3:17

My goal for the next 6 months will be similar/samely as before (with a little hula-hip-flip of a twist!)

Quite simply:  All that I write I try desperately to show you the face of my God, Who is all of Love imagined.  His face. Not mine.

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The flip-twist is:  I mostly reflect on how my God helps me in my manners of living but what about the tools He has given?

I’d like to Sharpen Some of Those together…with you!

(By showing you what tools He has given me…and how I “to do” it!)

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As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

I do hopely-hope you’ll stop back for another visit.  I promise when/if you do there’s always….

a hug n’ blessing to go with it!!!