Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sister"s Choice

I’ve been working on a new quilt this week for a friend. The pattern is called Sister’s choice. I like to write a poem or story to go with my quilts, so I’ve   been fooling around with different story ideas about sister’s making a choice. This morning I sat and wrote a poem.


Today I choose
To bring a smile
To someone lost in pain.
Today I choose
To walk a mile
For someone else’s gain
Today I choose
To give my heart
To help someone in need
Today I’ve made the sister’s choice
I am God’s child in deed.

What kind of choices do we make in our lives each day?  What shall we wear? What shall we eat? What do we read or watch or listen too?  Are we happy, or tired, or angry? In making our choices are we aware of how our action may affect the lives or those around us?
How do you feel when your boss yells at you, or your friend gives you a smile and a cheerful greeting.
Today, with a prayer in your mind, with a song in your heart seee a positive choice to make a difference in someone’s life.
“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” -Wayne Dyer

"Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them."_W Clement Stone

"Any person who recognizes this greatest power... the owner to choose begins to realize that he is the one that is doing the choosing and that friends, although they mean will, cannot do his choosing for him, nor can his relatives. Consequently, he develops real self confidence based upon his own ability, upon hes own action, and upon his own initiative."-J. Martin Koeh 

A man either lives  life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away."-Gene Roddenberry 

p.s. "It was my sister's choice. We took turns every week and this week it was her turn. The suspense was almost unbearable; she'd managed to keep all the details to herself.... "

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Celebrating 13

I always liked the number 13. So many happy things have happened to me that I associate with 13. My sister was born on the 13th. My little brother was born on the 13th. My first date with my husband was the 13th. We got engaged on the 13th and got married on the 13th. So many people think 13 is an unlucky number but I don’t. So I think 2013 is going to be a great year. But it’s going to be a hard year full of new adventures.

I was looking on the Internet to see what things were listed on the 13th year of several centuries. I guess most of what is recorded tends to be bad news; wars, deaths, etc.
 in1713 Galileo may have unknowingly viewed undiscovered planet Neptune
In 1813 pineapple was first planted in Hawaii, and the first performance of Georg F. Handel’s “To Deum “ & “Jubilate” was made.
In 1913 the first modern elastic brassiere was patented by Mary Phelps Jacob , The French painting “Nude Descending a Staircase" was displayed in New York City; and the first prize was inserted into Cracker Jacks boxes.

Since January is traditionally the time to look back on the past year and decide what goals we would like to make for ourselves in the coming year, I thought I would jump right in and plan to do 13 things-13 times. I will celebrate 13!
Since we will be moving. Some of these will be necessities. Others will be continuing what I have been doing and enjoy. Some will only start with 13. Some I will do 13 in one month and others I will have to stretch out.
This is my list:
1.Make 13 new friends
2.Make 13 quilts
3.Read 13 books
4.Contribute to 13 charities or 13 times
5.Paint 13 paintings
6.Write 13 poems
7. Pack 13 boxes
8.Do 13 acts of service
9.Finish 13 started projects
10.Clean out 13 Cabinets or closets
11.Unpack 13 boxes
12.Write 13 short stories
13. Learn to play 13 hymns on my piano. (I haven’t learned how to play the piano yet)

Other people may choose lose 13 lbs. walk 13 miles, go to church 13 times, try 13 new recipes, have 13 dinner parties, invite the missionaries over to meet 13 friends; go 13 places you’ve never been before. The ideas are endless.
I hope you will join me in celebrating 13! What would you choose?
Have a fantastic! Exciting! 2013