Monday, October 18, 2010

Happy Monday !!

This  is the top of my china hutch.  
 Down below is the updated Fall version!!

Happy Monday Sweet Friends,

Hope you are having a good Monday,
and that you also had a very nice

Ours was good, but very quiet, we got some
 paperwork and stuff done that needed to be
taken care of.

  The highlight of our weekend was watching
"letters to Juliet" Friday night, and then again 
on Saturday while we did the gazelle.  We
also played the new card games we learned
a few weekends ago.  We are quickly 
wearing them out too!!  lol

It was such a lovely movie we were eager
 to watch it again!!  If you haven't seen
it yet,  I would highly  ecommend it!!

Well, took our absentee ballots to the post
 office today.  Tryingto do our part of ridding
 our country of bad politicians!!
works for me!!  lol

Someone sent me this neat lil story thru
 email today and thought you might enjoy it 
as well.  It is thought provoking.....

Carrots, Eggs & Coffee! 

A young woman went to her mother and told her about 
her life and how things were so hard for her. She did
not know how she was going to make it and wanted to
 give up; she was tired of fighting and struggling.
 It seemed as one problem was solved, a new 
one arose. 

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three
 pots with water and placed each on a high fire.
 Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed 
carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the
 last she placed ground coffee beans....... 
She let them sit and boil without saying a word. 

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners
. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.
 She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.
 Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
 Turning to her daughter, she asked, 
' Tell me what you see.' 

'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied. 

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to 
feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were
soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take 
an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell,
 she observed the hard boiled egg. 

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee.
The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The
daughter then asked,
'What does it mean, mother?' 

Her mother explained that each of these objects had
 faced the same adversity: boiling water.
Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong,
 hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to
 the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg 
had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its
 liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water,
 its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans
 were unique, however. After they were in the boiling
 water, they had changed the water.. 

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter.
 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?
Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? 

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems
 strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and 
become soft and lose my strength? 

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart,
 but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid
spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship
 or some other trial, have I become hardened and
stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the
 inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and
hardened heart? 

Or am I like the coffee bean? 
The bean actually changes the hot water, the very 
circumstance that brings the pain. When the water 
gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.
 If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst,
 you get better and change the situation around you.
When the hour is the darkest and trials are their
greatest do you  elevate yourself to another level?
How do you handle adversity? 
Are you a carrot, an egg  or a coffee bean? 

My Thoughts!!
Think we all know being the coffee bean is only
 possible with the Lord's help!!

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet,
 enough trials to make you strong,
 enough sorrow to keep you human and 
enough hope to make you happy. 

The happiest of people don't necessarily have
 the best of everything; they just make the most of
 everything that comes a long their way. The
 brightest future will always be based on a forgotten
 past; you can't go forward in life until you let go 
of your past failures and heartaches. 


Jo Bear,  says bye now,
Thanks for stopping by


If you are participating in the 140 days of prayer
for our nation, today is week #16 and
 our scripture reading
is Psalm 139:13-16, and we are to
 pray about the killing of the unborn.

Hope you all have a Marvelous Monday
with friends and family and/or pets!!
Love, Blessings, and Hugs,


Cinderella Moments said...

Your weekend sounded lovely. I'm glad your going to kick those selfish politicians out! It's people like you that should be in office. People with a heart and compassion.

BECKY said...

Hi Sweetie!
Sounds like a good weekend and Monday! It's fun to hear what you two do!!

Neat I feel kind of like a wet dish rag...HA! But God has strengthened me and helped me to get some things done, and that is awesome!

Thank you for your love and prayers. They both mean so much to me!

Hopefully we can touch base tomorrow sometime.
Love you,

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Your story made me think. I think I'm all three, depending on the day. I still seem to be having highs and lows, but I guess that is normal after a loss.

I loved the movie Letters to Juliet. My dad and I watched it while he was here and we both really enjoyed it.

Janet said...

Hi Nellie

I have not yet watched Letters to Juliet but it is on my list. I am happy you gave it a good review.

I like your story. It is so true we need to make the best out of every situation. God will guide us through if we just open our hearts and listen.

Have a wonderful week!
Blessings & Hugs

Anonymous said...

Nellie, first, let me say thank you for doing your part. We need the Lord's presence and help.
Your decorations are so sweet.
Hope you have lovely week
Sweet blessings,

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Great story. I like to think I'm a coffee bean, but it's been a lot of hard work getting there. Most days I feel like the carrot then remember to get into the Word and find my strength there. So if I am the coffee beans, it's only because the Lord has given me the strength to handle all that's going on around me!

Love it!!!