Friday, August 28, 2009

Are You For REAL??!!??

I attended a funeral this week for a man that I deeply cared for. Distance has kept us from becoming as close to him as we would have liked, but we did love him.

It grieved me to watch his family deal with the loss, but they did so with grace and strength.

As usual, when I attend funerals, my thoughts drift to when it will be my own time. I am hoping I still have many years left. Although I don't think I will have as many grandchildren as he did, I would like to live to enjoy the ones I will have.

But, heart longs for home.

And I thought while I was sitting there listening to others describe this man's life, "What will be said of my OWN life when it is over?"

What is the most important thing I want people to remember about me?

I, of course, want them to remember that I was once a young girl, with young girl dreams...and that some of those childish dreams came to pass.

I want others to remember that I was a wife, although not the best one on the planet, I have loved the same man for almost 25 years. And I'm planning on continuing that tradition for many more.

I want others to remember that I was a mother, and I want it to be known without being said how very much I love my children.

I want to be remembered for my career as a nurse and how much I enjoy caring for others.

But, above ALL of that, I want people to say that I loved the Lord. Really....Really

Because it is through my love for Him that I am a decent enough wife that my husband has not run over me with the car (yet).

It is through Him that I am the kind of mother that I want to be, even in my failings, and there have been many.

It is through Him that I can excel and become the type of leader that I need to be.

And, hopefully, through Him, when that day does come (and it will) there will be those sitting out there that will say, "She won me to the Lord. She gave me a Bible Study. She prayed for me. She inspired me."

When it is my turn and I have passed from this world to my Home with Him, when this body is lowered into the ground after my family has said their final goodbyes, when my time is at hand, I want someone to think "she loved the Lord with everything that she had."

I want people to know this is REAL for me, not something I do on Sunday's or when I am in public...

I am in love with this love with my Savior...

What about you? When your time comes what will those you leave behind be thinking?

Are YOU for Real??

Monday, August 17, 2009

Long Distance Relationships

Growing up it was always "us 5 and no more." We lived in a variety of places, and only for a very short time in my existence were we in the same area as family. It was always my parents, my brother, my sister and me. And we became accustomed to life that way.

I have lived away from my brother and sister since 1990. I moved with my own little family to Troy, Alabama in September of that year, just 2 days after giving birth to my son. We have been apart every since.

My parents moved to Douglas back in the beginning of 1990 and after I finished college we came here (in 1995) so that we could be closer to them.

Now my parents are moving back to Louisiana and will be living next door to my sister.

And here we are, in Douglas.

It was always just us growing up, we relied on each other. We were our own friends, our own entertainment, our own family. One of the hardest days of my life was when my Mom loaded up and pulled away moving to Georgia. Denise was 2 and I started crying as they pulled away. One of my tears hit her arm and she looked at her father and said, "Mama spilled on me."

My family has always been a source of strength for me. But there has been a cost to the distance between us. So many things we have missed out on....

Our children have all grown up without really knowing each other. And we have missed so many events, graduations, and in my case, births. I have 2 great nieces now that will probably never know just how much this Aunt loves them.

It's not only the miles, that can be overcome. It's life that gets in the way, creating the biggest gap of all. It leaves a chasm that cannot be crossed between me and those that own my heart.

Oh, how I would love to have a nice Sunday Dinner after church with my brother and his family, or go camping with my sister. Wouldn't it be wonderful to spend the afternoon babysitting one of my new babies?

If I could change one thing, this would be it. I would be surrounded by my family. I don't want it to be "us 4 and no more" here in Douglas. I want to have a relationship with those that mean so much to me.

And so it is in my walk with God. Sometimes I let life get in the way. And before I know it there is a chasm between me and the One who means more to me than ANYTHING.

So I am changing things because although I cannot change the physical distance between me and my family, I can change the spiritual distance between me and my Father.

I can bridge that chasm on my knees, I can touch Him through His Word. I can know Him by spending time in His presence.

Because the distance between me and Him is in my control. And I want only to be at His feet.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sno 2 Geaux (go)

In case you did not know, we have a new venture at the Boulet House. We are in the Sno Ball Business!! Growing up in South Louisiana I ate a LOT of snow cones, or snow balls as they are referred to in New Orleans.

I WANTED a good snow cone, and NOW I can get one!!

Most Saturday's will find Sno 2 Geaux at the Farmer's Market here in Douglas serving up such flavors as Cajun Red Hot, Cookie Dough, Buttered Popcorn, Nectar, Tidal Wave, and MANY more!! But we also do some special stuff. We will be at the Wiregrass Arena in Nicholls on August 22 and also at Budget Car Sales on the same day!! That's a lot of ice!!

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Who knows where we are geauxing to be next!!