A Letter to Friends

Hi Friends!

If you've been checking-in on the site to catch updates, you'll see that the "Arranger" in me has been busy.  The site is still very new and very much a work-in-progress.  And,  it may look a little, or a lot, different each time you check-in until I settle on a layout that makes sense.  My husband mentioned that considering I've finally settled on "Letters" as the blog page title, it would make sense for me to start leaving letters in addition to pictures.  I know he's right but, with so many ideas, topics and random stuff floating around in my noggin, it's been a bit of a challenge getting started again.  Hopefully, those of you that know me well will continue to find my random way (communication style) amusing and, as a bonus, will find a sprinkling of helpful information when you visit.   

Like most people, I'm dealing with a ton of stuff in my life right now.  And, my posts will likely be random, lengthy blurbs about that stuff.  Luckily, thanks to my husband, children, Dad, good friends and Dr. J. Vernon McGee, I've been thinking about life and this stuff a little differently these days.  

If you are stumbling on this site for the first time and are just getting to know me, or we've been out-of-touch for a while, you may be wondering who the aforementioned are.  Well..my husband is the Fleur de Sel in my life.  He is a brilliant, patient and supportive man.  I like to think he brings out the best in me.  And, as much as I would like to,  I won't ramble on about all of his great qualities or go into detail about the day he listened to my input during an executive meeting and saw value in what I had to say.  He listened and he heard me.  What did I tell you?  He's a brilliant man!  Let's just say, that was the first time I really got a taste of what was a' brew-n.

Unfortunately, unlike my husband, I can't seem to get my children to listen to a word I say.  At least it feels like it the majority of the time, regardless of the "Yes, Mom.. I heard you" coming from the other room.   Maybe they do hear me and they're just taking their time processing what I've said.  (smile)  Parenting is an amazing adventure and my children are the curry in my life - truly amazing, very unique people that have added an abundance of color, flavor and sweetness to my life.  They help me see this world differently and because of them, I am getting to know myself better. 

My Dad is known by those closest to him as "a good man" and also, by his very direct communication style.  He's a "what you see is what you get" kinda guy (no filter, now you know where I get it).   And like black pepper, he's always been there.  It hasn't been easy witnessing that change over the past year.  My Dad is in the midst of a unique season of his life and his family is right there alongside him.  Because of my Dad's Alzheimer's, I am inspired to live life differently.  And, I am learning about the immeasurable value of having and maintaining a good sense of humor!

If you're still reading this, you're likely a cinnamon, a Hungarian smoked paprika, a ginger or..a ?  Look at this website as just another way of keeping in-touch.  You know who you are, and hopefully, how much I appreciate you and thank God for you.  And, even though our lives have taken us in different directions and we are all so very busy, hopefully you can sit down with a cup of tea from time-to-time and my ramblings will make you chuckle or bring a smile to your face!

Who's Dr. J. Vernon McGee you ask?  Well, he is, and has been, my tour guide on the "Bible bus" for the past 4+ years.  (insert Antje Duvekot's "Long Way" here)  The day started like any other.   I was in my car, on my way to work just going about life minding my own business when I decided to change the radio station.   I started pushing buttons and oops, I accidently pushed the wrong button.  Before I knew what was happening, I was listening to a very charismatic, funny old man talking about God.  You see, the wrong button was actually the right button.  And, because he is such a great teacher, I plan to make my way through the bible by the end of the year.  He and I may not always see eye-to-eye, and as he put it (James 1:19-22, Prog. #5008) something like.."for goodness sakes, let's don't fall out with each other because you don't cross your T like I cross mine" but darnit if I don't really like his style!  If he were still with us today, I would write him a letter thanking him for helping me accomplish this.  Thank you Vernon- you're fabulous!

So, the stuff..will always be there.  And, I've started using the porcelain just because.