Hi friends. I'm so excited. Tomorrow my nephew Jonas will be coming to my home for two full days and nights. He lives in Switzerland, where Matt is from. Yes, I married a Swiss man.

Jonas came to town on Tuesday night, and he's been staying with Matt. Yesterday Matt picked up Oliver, and the three of them have been having a good time it seems. It makes my heart gleeful to see my son having a blast.

Here's Jonas


My son is having a blast, I can tell, with a mouthful of somethin’.

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I guess I'd better be sure the camera battery is charged and ready to go. I haven't seen Jonas in a long, long time. We tried to get to Switzerland a couple summers back, but it just never happened.
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I'd like to thank all of you for your prayers and concerned emails about my cute nephew. He's still set to leave the hospital on Monday, altho he's been in a bit of pain the last 24 or 48. That must explain why all texting and fb posting has ceased. We all know that when a young 20-something stops texting, then somethin' just ain't right. :)

I'll keep you posted, and if you wanna say a little extra prayer for him, that'd be nice.

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My book study gals met tonight, and I just love my little group of women. We meet once a month. We’ve been reading a spiritual book, then we chat about it. It's basically an excuse to eat pie (or some other chocolate explosion), nibble on salad (you know, no one wants to get fat, right?) and talk about our lives.

There was a little blurb that was read tonight that I'd like to share with y'all. It's called, Just for Today. You may have heard of it, since it's been around for a long, long time. I relish this commitment to set aside the past and the future and live in this one day only.

With this intensely judicious, common-sensical point of view, I have succeeded in making it thru many of my days. Today compared to yesterday (months and months ago) I fear less about my future because I stay prudently focused on today.

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Just for today I will try to live through this day only and not tackle all my problems at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
Just for today I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that "most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Just for today I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my "luck" as it comes and fit myself to it.
Just for today I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.

So beautiful, helpful and it most-certainly works if one can exercise this type of restrained thinking. There are many trains that enter this brain of mine, but I don't have to get on every one of them. If I spend my time living in fear, I do not sit in a place of faith; if I live in fear daily, then I am not spiritually fit (as in physically fit). I'm worried, I cry, I sleep, I can't eat, can't sleep, can't do anything. My rose colored glasses have turned a dark, deep shade of gray and the whole world seems unappealing and painful. Not a fun place to be in, but luckily some of those kinds of days are in the past, and I only have small moments in fear.

Yes, I do have fears, but I cannot dwell on them. I've busted my butt lately to push aside those fears, hold my head up high, look people in the eye, enjoy my life, seek my blessings and be grateful for all I have which is more than I need, and build upon what has already been given to me.

I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. 

How powerful that statement is. I think that is true maturity, spiritual maturity, and it is what I am striving for. No more lamenting and sadness. Time to take my "luck" as it comes and fit myself to it.

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Here's one last adorable photo of Jonas and Oliver. After this I bid you un bon adieu.

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