Monday, September 12, 2011

Unexpected Blessings!

It wasn't my birthday!  It wasn't a holiday! But it was a blessings day! More like blessings weekend!

My hubby and I started our weekend off with a date of wine and munchies on the deck of some very dear friends home. 

On Saturday, we meandered to Luverne as my husband was going to help my dad install some landscape lighting. While my dad and hubby worked,

I was able to spend some time planning and designing for some changes I am making with my blog, etc.  I had moved my chair to the shade...but soon had to put a chair on each side of mine as my twin 3yr old niece and nephew wanted to sit by me while I worked.   I had my lap top, Caleb had my Nook, and Allie had my IPod....memories. 

That wasn't the only memory of the day.  Through out the day, I was able to visit and share some time with 5 of my six siblings, I had a nice walk with my mom, reconnected with my mom's closest friend, and chatted on the phone with all three of my children.  Great day of connection! (Oh, and not to be forgotten--lots of entertainment from the nieces and nephews.)

Something that touched my heart the most,though, was watching my dad and husband work together...generation teaching generation. Love shared through labor.

We topped the day off by sitting on my parents new patio, listening to the waterfall and enjoying the beautiful new lighting!

Now, Sunday morning, I was a bit tired...but so glad I didn't give in to the fatigue and miss church.  Our pastor's sermon gave me some much needed affirmation.  He was talking about a person's "calling." Pastor A explained how some people know they are "called" to do something. While others of us  just take small steps of obedience and when we look back, our "calling" becomes more defined.  Sometimes I struggle as I don't have a clear vision or direction for my life.  His words reaffirmed me as I am in the second group, taking the steps...pondering the results...listening for His guidance!

Did you have any unexpected blessings this weekend?

PS. A special thanks to my family and friends for taking the extra time to share and care!


Vicky said...

Gosh did we ever- that is exactly what it was. A new puppy for our boys! He has added a new level of activity and busy doesn't begin to cover it, but yes, feeling blessed. What a great weekend and the sermon sounds like the icing on the cake!

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

That all sounds so great. I've been thinking about that "calling" thing, too. Wondering. I like the image of taking small steps, following your heart, then, after time, you will see how far you've come, and how many lives you've touched.

Karen said...

Hi Kim! Great post to remind us all to take a break from our business and remember our blessings! My husband and I spent the weekend with another couple in Cape May, NJ. It was so good to dine out together, chat, reconnect, and even jump through the waves like kids again! Wonderful blessings all around!

Cora said...

I'm so glad I found my way here today! I, too, had unexpected blessings come my way. I wrote about it on my blog. As a breast cancer survivor, too, each and every day is a real blessing to me. But when there is icing on the top, then I really start to sing!!!!!

Robyn Campbell said...

WOW! How cool was that? *smiling* I'm glad you had such a wonderful time. You deserve it.

My unexpected blessing? Hubby started working on our sun room. WOOT! WOOT!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Kim, I have been thinking of you, and then you dropped by! I'm so thankful for the nudge that brought me over here, even though I'm a little late. Unexpected blessings of the week? An email from an editor who is reading one of my manuscripts. Made my day. :) I'm so happy you're searching for what God wants for you in this beautiful life. I think the search is part of what He's watching for -- just that we'll show up. Glad you've shown up! :)

Elayne said...

What a great post Kim! I am also enjoying your Friday posts as well :)
It is such a blessing to be able to sit back and just enjoy those special moments of life.
Thanks for keeping up on my blog...I enjoy getting your comments and appreciate your prayers :)
Your friend from Texas!

nancyspoint said...

I'm glad you had such a lovely weekend. It is special to see ones from different generations interacting like that isn't it? I love the way the project turned out. (Or maybe it was just lighting that was worked on) I used to have a pond and waterfall before we moved to our lake setting. Now I have my fountain and I love it more than the lake! There's something about the sound of running water... I'm curious about those blog changes???