Rose's House-Musings and Meanderings

July 27, 2009

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It’s another Monday morning and the beginning of a new work week. We had a good weekend doing fun things with the kids- going to the Sweet Dreams festival, going out for ice cream, shopping, church, enjoying time together at home and now I’m planning for a week of productivity, learning and fun. And to start us off this week I wanted to share this wonderful blog I found. A Life in Focus – Content in a Cottage is filled with beautiful images, inspiring words and loads of creativity. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

July 3, 2009

Simple Pleasures

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As I’ve been spending time wiht the kids the last couple weeks I’ve been thinking how much I could learn, am learning, about finding pleasure in the simple things life has to offer. Here is a sample of some of the things that I have seen bring huge smiles to the kids faces recently.

A pretty flower.

A pretty flower.

Spending time with friends.

Spending time with friends.

Enjoying a quiet moment with nature.

Enjoying a quiet moment with nature.

Helping someone else keep their footing.

Helping someone else keep their footing.

Blowing dandelion fluff has to make anyone smile. Don't know why, it's just the way it works.

Blowing dandelion fluff has to make anyone smile. Don't know why, it's just the way it works.

A beloved pet.

A beloved pet.

Good food!

Good food!

A good book

A good book

And, while this dead centipede found in my bathtub difinitely did NOT put a smile on my face, it did put one on Austin's do I included it. I just hope I didn't take a bath with it that morning. Ugh!

And, while this dead centipede found in my bathtub difinitely did NOT put a smile on my face, it did put one on Austin's do I included it. I just hope I didn't take a bath with it that morning. Ugh!

Now the chance to do this WOULD put a smile on my face.

Now the chance to do this WOULD put a smile on my face.

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July 2, 2009

The Tree

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As the tree spreads it’s branches and reaches forth it’s leaves to absorb the radiance of the sun

May I also reach for you, oh God, and absorb the beauty of Your love.

And as the tree reaches out it’s roots deep into the earth for the nourishment to grow and live,

May I as well reach for and receive the strength and sustenance You so richly provide.

And as the tree in turn provides beauty, shelter and shade for many living creatures

May I also be a source of blessing and comfort to all those around me.

Some Thoughts on Domestic Violence

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The adult daughter of a friend was murdered last week and it has rocked a family who loved her to the core. While I did not know the daughter personally and do not know all the details, I do know she was killed by her boyfriend. She was taken from her son and and daughter and a family who loved her.

When her mother came to my house to tell me what had happened it was hard to believe i was talking to the same person that I see every day. The talkative, energetic woman I knew seemed merely a shell of her former self. She was trying so hard to hold herself together that she was not allowing any emtion at all to show. Her voice was low and monotone. Her face was sallow and expressionless. It ws as if the pain was so overwhelming that it had simply shut her down. She did cry a little when I hugged her, then pulled away and left.

And, once again, while I do not know all the details of this tragedy, it has made me think a lot about the sadness caused by domestic violence. And I wanted to say, needed to say, if there is anyone out there reading this who is in a situation of domestic violence-there is help out there for you. I know it’s hard. Iknow there is always the very real and well-founded fear of retaliation from the abuser for reaching out for help. I know because I have lived through some of that myself.  While not as severe as many situations, it was an issue and was rapidly getting worse. I know the fear of not being able to make in on my own with two small children.  And I know that when I let others help me I was able to come out on the other side.

If you find yourself in an abusive relationship please know this-

IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT.

YOU DO NOT DESERVE THIS.

YOU ARE A SPECIAL PERSON OF GREAT VALUE.

Please, reach out. Tell a family member, a trusted friend, a counselor or someone else you can trust. Take the first step. It is hard but not harder than living through the nightmare of an abusive relationship. Take steps to keep  yourself safe as well as you reach out for help. there are resources available to help you through this process and I am listing one of those resources below.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

1-800-787-3224 TTY for the deaf

This site provides options for help, personal experiences of others who have lived through domestic violence, and news items related to domestic violence.

Adventure

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Adventure

I’m feeling blessed this morning to have this day, this whole new adventure in front of me.

What new things will I learn today about the God who loves me, about other, about myself, about the world around me?

What new experiences will I have?

Who will I meet today, bringing whole new dimensions to my life?

Can’t wait!

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