My thoughts and prayers are with family in Indiana today. My mother called last night to let us know that my great uncle Harold had passed away. He lived a wonderfuly full life, reaching 100 years of age!! As a child and young adult, we attended the same church as my maternal great aunts and uncles, so I knew them just as well as my own grandparents. One of the fond memories I have, was watching Uncle Harold and Aunt Goldie walk hand in hand (or hand in crook of his arm) down the sidewalk to church. They were a sweet couple ... he called her "mama". :) :) Uncle Harold was also quite a talker and could tell story after story to prove his point on any subject. I was always a shy girl, so I'd listen to him and nod politely at certain intervals. He loved children and would often chuckle aloud at their antics. :) :) He was a very sweet man, and will be fondly remembered by many.
I received an unexpected phone call from my husband yesterday ... a family we hadn't seen for eleven to twelve years were on a trip thru our area and were stopping to see us (I had a half day's notice for the overnight stay that my husband offered)! I (of course) rushed around the house flustered, not at all thrilled with what was taking place. My children were witness to my gradual attitude transformation ... :) :) God was faithful to show me the ugliness of my selfish heart and how this particular family needed hospitality and friendship. Right at first I thought it was impossible to get the house and food ready/prepared in time. However, everything fell into place --as it usually does. When will I learn that it's not all about me and all about sharing Christ's love with others.
Well .... the "Managers of Their Homes" charts (creating and maintaining a family schedule) are working wonders for our family!! I think I have finally found something that works for us. :) :) Just had to squeeze in that bit of free advertising. Have a wonderful July day!!! :) :)