Sunday, May 18, 2014

This happened… we (finally) moved into our new home! And we remember why people only move when they absolutely have to.. it’s been quite an adventure. We aren’t sure how long this house will be home, but we’re excited for this chapter.

Local friends, a BBQ is in the works. Stay tuned!

Dave Barnes in DC tonight, 4-11-14

Josh and I are seeing Dave Barnes play at The Hamilton tonight. (Note: the site is showing a few Standing Room tickets are still available for tonight’s performance.) It’s a venue worth checking out, and Barnes is an artist worth checking out. This is a rare recommendation, coming from a girl who has a generally agreeable approach to music – if it’s not rap, I’ll give it a listen. 

I owe all my Nashville-centric musician awareness to my dear friend Kristin Watson. As I always do when I attend a live show, I’ll send Kristin a picture – proof of my continued appreciation for the artists she’s introduced me to over the years.

Check the lyrics of Good, Barnes’ latest tune. A great message.

 

Good

As the sun slowly rises above the river
I look out over all that God has made
Listen as the day starts to awaken
I thank God for things that never change

I can hear her laughing in the kitchen
And the sounds of little footsteps on the stairs
I’ve got all I’ll ever need: a wife, a home, a family
And I thank God for all those answered prayers

And it’s good
I got more than I ever thought I would
I can finally see how all the wrong turns and the heartaches
The lessons in the mistakes
Help me count these blessings like I should
And it’s so good

Every day’s a gift that I’ve been given
Every breath feels like a second chance
And everything I’ve done heaven has seen
And God just keeps on forgiving me, and I
Do my best to change what I can

And it’s so good
I got more than I ever thought I would
I can finally see how all the wrong turns and the heartaches
The lessons in the mistakes
Help me count these blessings like I should

And it’s good to know that I have been forgiven
Good to have her laying by my side
I’ve been given more than I deserve
For a past so full of bridges burned
I couldn’t make this better if I tried

And it’s so good
I got more than I ever thought I would
I can finally see how all the wrong turns and the heartaches
The lessons in the mistakes
Help me count these blessings like I should
And it’s so good

DC-area folks: Honor Flight needs YOU!

p1671908292-o635283592-3It’s been nearly a year since I invited myself aboard the volunteer leadership team of the DCA Honor Flight Ground Crew. I’ve been blessed to meet (and hug!) some of our nation’s finest WWII and Korean War Veterans, and I’ve been humbled by the generosity of the local folks who give their time to this cause.

(Unfamiliar with HonorFlight? Watch this trailer.)

We’ve wrapped the 2013 Spring Season and are on a summer recess until mid-August, when flights resume faster than we can keep up.

One of my favorite questions:

How can I support the efforts of the DCA Honor Flight Ground Crew?

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Well, this isn’t a comprehensive list, but it’s a start:

1. Check the schedule of upcoming DCA Honor Flights and attend a greeting.
2. Tell your friends /neighbors/synagogue/quilting club about the opportunity to volunteer at a DCA Honor Flight greeting.
3. View the film, Honor Flight: One Last Mission, in a theater. Current screenings are listed here.
4. No screening near you? Host a screening!
5. Buy the film – currently $9.99 at iTunes and $12.99 at Amazon.
6. Buy more copies of the film. Gift them to the Veterans in your life.
7. Make a donation at HonorFlight.org.
8. Encourage folks who live outside the DC area to get involved with Honor Flight in their community.
9. “Like” the DCA Honor Flight Facebook page.
10. If you have an idea that isn’t listed here, or a suggestion, email me directly at DanielleSturgis (at) gmail.com.

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We have big plans for the current DCA Honor Flight website, so stay tuned. I’m starting small, by posting a FAQ here, along with other supportive information about how folks can help.

“That on the cross, my burden”

A friend posted this song to Facebook today, and I want to share it here. In my book, it’s truly one of the most moving songs, and I think it should be played regularly, and not just at funerals.

Lord, thank you for the many blessings you continue to bestow upon me. Thank You for my family and my friends and my freedom and my health. Thank You for Puggle, Lord, and for my shoes, and for Twitter, and for TJMaxx, and for providing me with more than I can ever deserve.

Lord, today and always, help us to remember how great You are – help us to stand in wonder of You, and to “consider all the worlds Thy hands have made.”   Amen.

How Great Thou Art, performed by Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill

Oh Lord my God
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds
Thy hands have made
I see the stars
I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout
The universe displayed

Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great thou art
How great thou art
Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art

When through the woods
And forest glades I wander
I hear the birds
Sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down
From lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook
And feel the gentle breeze;

Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great thou art
How great thou art
Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art

I think of God,
His son not sparing,
Sent Him to die,
I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden
gladly bearing He bled and died
to take away my sin

Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great thou art
How great thou art
Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art

When Christ shall come
With shout of acclamation
And take me home
What joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow
With humble adoration
And then proclaim My God
How great Thou art

Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art
Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art

Next up: Mother’s Day

As you may know, I’m obsessed with pictures (primarily of my pup, Puggle… but my new baby niece is quickly taking the spotlight). A supplemental obsession is Shutterfly, a site I use regularly for my Christmas cards. They’ve updated their iPhone app, making it easier for me to load my Instagram pics into my Shutterfly account.

Which means… magic. I designed Mother’s Day cards for the special ladies in my life. This one is my sister’s:

5×7 Folded Card
View the entire collection of cards.

So. Make a note: Mother’s Day is Sunday May 12. It’ll be here before we know it! A word to the wise: design your cards now (see Shutterfly’s selection of Mother’s Day cards here). And/or purchase your gifts now; stick both cards and gifts somewhere in your home or office or car; update your iPhone calendar with the exact location of said gift and also with the date you need to deliver or mail the items. Or is that just me?

Oh, and another reason to check out Shutterfly, if you’re not already a fan?  They constantly run fabulous promos and freebies. An example: through tomorrow, 4/2/13, get 101 free 4×6″ prints with code 101PRINTS. You’re welcome!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies in my life. I’d be nowhere without you. (Note to self: MORE ON THIS LATER. FOR REAL THIS TIME.)

And – while this is not a Bible Thumpin’ blog (not that there’s anything wrong with that) I wanted to share this little bit ‘o scripture, which I came across this past weekend. I read part of Proverbs 31 at my Grandmother’s funeral – “Her children arise and call her blessed” – how beautiful is that?

 

Proverbs 31:10-12 and 25-31
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Another skeptical view of “destiny”

Earlier today, I was Googling “The perfect is the enemy of the good,” because, well, you Google things before you go about plastering them at the top of a website, unattributed.

Anyway, I was Googling, and enjoying a few casual interpretations and arguments, when a random blog caught my eye. Titled “Italian Mother Syndrome,” the blog had a recent post that spoke directly to me, in light of one of my recent posts (written, like everything else, with the plan of expansion, perhaps in a later blogging life – hence this blog’s subtitle, the perfect is the enemy of the good. It’s all making sense, see? See?!)

Anyway. Check it:

 …A rant about destiny 

…If the Calvinists are to be believed, then we are all riding along in one big Driver’s Ed vehicle where we think we have control of the car, but really the instructor can hit the breaks from the passenger side at any point.

It’s not that I can’t do this alone. (Though let’s be honest — I probably can’t.) It’s more that Ishouldn’t do it alone. So I won’t. Because even if You do know where I’m ending up, I still have no clue what’s coming, so we might as well put the high beams on together.

Amen.

In conclusion… Praise the Lord for the Internet, for folks who write about their faith, and for the creativity and thought processes that such virtual sharing can inspire.

And, Julia? We could totally be friends.

Everything happens for a reason…

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My mother, bless her heart, has a way with words. Maybe that explains a little about me?

Anyway, she’s the product of a very Catholic family with a very Catholic worldview/perspective of causation. Basically, “everything happens for a reason.” And they do mean EVERYTHING.

This virtual postcard made me laugh. It sums up my perspective rather nicely. And I’ll likely write a little more about this later.

Lenten Promises

LENT e cardA lot of folks are writing about their Lenten plans. Well, I’m not giving up wine… or Facebook… or diet pop… or, heaven forbid, chocolate. I interact with a LOT of people on a daily basis, including the ones who sign my paychecks.  The way I see it, any such sacrifice would disproportionately impact those people. Not my relationship with the Lord, my overall satisfaction with life, or any other such quantifiable category. I know myself well enough to know this.

But. I love the 40 days before Easter. No matter how people choose to use this period, it has significance. I grew up in both the Catholic and Protestant church, so I can tell you a thing or two about the Lenten season and Easter. This year, 2013, I’m going to try something new – although the record should state that I don’t have the most shining history of successful Lenten sacrifices.

This year, I’m going to write every day. I’ve been procrastinating, big time, and that should change. I like to write. I finally got around to launching this darn site – never mind filling in all the details and blogrolls, just yet. The site is launched. You have to crawl before you can sprint, right?

So, check back. I can’t promise every day will be positive – have y’all seen the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge? – but I’m going to be here, every day, for 40 days. And it will be interesting, to say the least.

Under construction

family treeIt’s been a while, blogosphere, but I’m back.

Hold on to your seats, and check back soon.

xoxo

DLS