I’m feeling tired Pretending to be normal Can be exhausting
You know it’s more fun To let your quirkiness show And lots less tiring!
How weird can you be And still be considered sane? Who needs sanity?
May your smile be wide Normal is overrated Let craziness reign
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done?
Some folks thought the craziest thing I did was to quit my teaching job mid-year and marry a guy I hadn’t even seen in six months and take off for Germany with him. They said it wouldn’t last. That was nearly 58 years ago!
Can you recall a time when you did something that made others say, “You’re crazy?” How did it work out?
Today is the day in the USA when the first of the public viewing of hearings related to the possible impeachment of our president are occurring.
However, even though he promised to “Drain the swamp” when he came into office, his slogan is not what my title is referencing!
Instead, I am referring to a text from my cousin, Cliff. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I have asked for prayers for Cliff and his healing. Cliff had esophageal cancer and his esophagus had to be removed. We’ve been praying that yesterday he would be able to go home to his dear wife, Nurse Janine, for continued recuperation.
But, today I received this text from Cliff, “Tuesday: After 9 hours in the ER figured out I have fluid at the bottom of my right lung so…they kept me at the hospital 🏥 for the night 🌌 and they will drain the swamp this morning 🌄!”
Please join me in prayer that the “swamp” is successfully drained – and Cliff can return home in God’s perfect timing.
Thank you 🙏🏽 dear God, for hearing our prayers. And thank You, Jesus, for Your intercessory prayers with us.
I posted the video below on my FB page a year ago and reposted it today. Every time I see/hear it, I am moved to tears and inspired to want to go out and make a difference.
Our day will be better when we make someone else’s day better. Go out and share your love now. Make your corner of the world a little bit better just because you are in it! Recite after me, “I can do anything!” Yes, you can!! You can make a difference right where you are.
Yesterday our friend, Hailey, invited Bob to be her “Guest of Honor” for the day – and come to her school. Her class was celebrating Veteran’s Day by inviting a loved one to share lunch with them. Hailey’s mom took this darling picture of Bob holding the poster Hailey made for him.
I think Ennis was a better place yesterday because of all the people who honored our veterans – and all the veterans who stepped forward to be recognized. God bless them all!
If you are in the USA, what did the people in your community do to recognize veterans yesterday?
If you are from another part of the world, tell me what your country does to honor those who serve (d) in your military to keep your country free and your citizens safe.
Thanks for visiting JanBeek. Now – what are you going to do today to make your world a better place?
Last night we attended a dinner celebrating the 244th birthday of the United States Marine Corps and honoring our veterans.
The gentleman on the left in this photo is Don Bowen, a Marine veteran. He and his wife, Toni, invited us to attend. Don and Toni are the realtors who had our house built. They lived in it for the first 6 years before we bought it. I have a special spot in my heart for this couple.
The birthday cake was cut by the oldest Marine present (91) and served by the youngest one (42). I thought that was a nice tradition.
All branches of the service were recognized with a toast to their service to our country. Bob served in the army when we first were married.
That opportunity to live in Germany while Bob served in the military got our marriage off to a wonderful start. I was stripped from my comfort zones: family, friends, language, culture, job… and placed in a “strange land” where I needed to rely on my husband, my inner core, my faith, and my ability to learn and adapt.
I landed a job (by God’s Grace) teaching first graders on the army base – it was mid-year, February – so it really was a God-thing!! And we became life-long friends with the Schallers, whose chalet we shared. Ah memories!
On this Veterans Day, I think back to those years of service and I remember all who sacrificed for our freedom. I live in gratitude – forever thankful for all who served and who are serving in our military today.
In a perfect world, we would need no armies. We would just love one another, and we’d all live in peace. Ah, I long for that day. But, I’m afraid it won’t come til Heaven. Nevertheless, I will strive for that peace in my life.
When I posted this, it was supposed to be a tribute to a fellow blogger who shared Maya Angelou’s poem, “Continue.” But, when my post aired, the poem was missing. I have since tried to find it, but to no avail… until now.
I wrote, “I love this Maya Angelou poem. I had not seen it before. Have you?” And then, there was no poem for you to see!!
One thing I did find during my search was this quote by Maya Angelou, “My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.”
This is our month on JanBeek of gratitude and kindness… and Maya’s heart and talent surely expand the love this blog is meant to share with you.
I continued my search for her poem titled, Continue, and finally found it!! It was on Phil Ebersole’s blog with a sub-title of, “Thoughts about politics and the passing scene”