I'm very thankful today that the family is home. Simeon had quite an adventure coming home from Chicago. He rode the bus. The windshield wipers wouldn't work when it started raining in Gary, IN. He had to wait for a new bus to come for them. It was a three hour wait. He helped change over the luggage and therefore had the last seat on the bus. Consequently he had a bad seat...in the back so it wouldn't recline...and next to the bathroom so it stunk. It was shoulder to shoulder people. They even had to turn people away in Chicago. He made it to Cincinnati at 1:30 and had to stay there until 6:30. He slept at the terminal. (I didn't sleep very well knowing he was on the road) The bus left at 6:30 to go to London, KY. He arrived there at 9:4o. Nate picked him up. It was another 1 hour and 15 minute drive home. I am very hesitant to advise someone to take a bus after what Simeon went through.
It's time to turn off the TV for awhile and get on my knees and take all this "stuff" to my Heavenly Father. Things that we hear and see can cause the heart to become faint, but Yahweh knows the end of it all. Getting on the knees and praying to Him brings peace, patience, and power. I pray for wisdom for our nations leaders.
I've been involved in a few big jumps today. One was while riding on one of the camp horses. There was a little time to ride today after going to town. We had to hurry before it got dark. I rode Spirit. His big and black and still learning. I always tell people who ride him not to be last with him cause he'll get excited and want to buck. It happened to me today. I stayed on. I gave him a big yell. He always rides better with horses behind him or right next to him. We did a few big jumps in the air. It's quite thrilling, but don't want visitors to experience that. We did end on a good note with a smooth canter through the field.
The other big jump was on the website. Wow! There were over 200 hits today. That's a big jump from 20. We've also put music on for people to listen to. Hope it touches hearts.
It's been an enjoyable day. There was work...trimming up the last of the children's book on the new cutter...speaking to a library club for about 45 minutes and singing a few Christmas songs and answering their questions...going to the horse pasture and riding the young horses, Jesse and Eve...and cooking supper, but it was very enjoyable work. Usually after supper, if we are sitting at the table and not in front of the TV, we get out the Bible and read a chapter. Tonight was different. We went around the table and each quoted a verse. We went around about three times. We had to say reference too. I enjoy those family times.
So I'm doing dishes today and as usual I'm staring at the wall in front of me. What do I think about while doing the daily chore? Getting the dishes clean? Making sure nothing gets broken? Not usually. I'm thinking about all kinds of stuff. Yes, shamefully, worries, and one-sided hind-sight conversations (what I would say about the certain situation). I realized what I had been doing for the past 10 minutes. I know it's stress causing and not good for the health. I decided to do something about it. Since I like to sing, I went to the music and picked out two songs I want to memorize. I placed them on the wall in front of me. "In Christ Alone" and "Blessed Be Your Name" are the two I picked. I know them, but not word for word. Chore- time thoughts have changed considerably. Good-bye fussing, hello to a good focus.
I went to the library the other day and came home with "101 Ways to Promote your Web Site" It has been very helpful...and overwhelming! I'm finding that I have to learn this computer language. What is a landing page? It's the first page that viewers see and it has to hold eye grabbing information that can be scanned with the eye. Internet readers do more scanning than reading when they hit a website. I have some rewriting to do. There are so many more topics in this book pertaining to promoting a website. I may be renewing this book....or buying a copy of my own.
I found out last night that my mother of 82 has to have surgery to get her retina reattached. She went into surgery this evening for two hours. I understand that the Dr. put a gas bubble in her eye and she has to keep her head down and sleep on her tummy until tomorrow when they go back to get it checked. My mother is fighting the whole thing. She would rather be blind than go through this whole ordeal. What do you do when things like this come up. You go though them...with lots of prayer and patience.
I don't know if I have enough to say to write on this blog everyday. I understand that it is good to keep up with it. Does it keep people coming back? Well, if that's the case, I better work on this website more often. It's a learning process for me. I feel I go around in circles trying to put things on, then finally I get it figured out. There is a verse in the Bible I like. It says that whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. I'll work at this website and put forth my best effort. Just remember....I'm really, really new at this. Any suggestions, comments would be welcome.
...doesn't quit writing, and when ideas come to mind they are written down, researched, internalized, and reformatted for readers.