Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Done. Just begun.

Completed. Accomplished. Finished. DONE.

I landed! From January 3, 2012 to December 18, 2012 - 50 weeks. A filled chalkboard.

118.2 pounds lost in 2012
This photo was taken last December 11, 2011. Size 3X
Today, December 18, 2012, same scarf just on size medium. (A bit fuzzy but you get the idea.) 

"It always seems impossible until it is done." I love that quote.
I'm grateful to God for helping this oh-so-ordinary sparrow. "Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me." Psalm 63:7-8
I'm grateful to my family who have had a front row seat in this journey of mine from food addiction to freedom. Your love has always been unconditional. Your support means the world to me.
I'm grateful to you, my friends. Your affirming words have cheered me on. Your patient following of my journey has been a gift to me. Many of you have prayed for me. THANK YOU!
So, what do I eat today? Same thing I ate yesterday.
There is time ahead to make adjustments. Today I am taking a mental break to enjoy this year's success before I pick up the challenges of what lies ahead.
Perhaps someone reading this could use a dose of Hope before this 2012 year closes out. Hope for a new relationship, maybe even the most important hope found in Jesus Christ? Hope for gaining victory over a bad habit, hope in establishing a good habit, hope in fresh starts?   
I will leave you and 2012 with this photo. If I can do it, you can too. Whatever it is, there is HOPE. (2 legs in 1. The one item left in my closet for this very day.)
Same heart, different sized-Sparrow.
Love & sweetest blessings from baggy-pants.
monkjo@live.com  Always happy to encourage, answer and share.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

come on in

Knock. Knock.

Since you are good friends, come 'round the back entrance.

Pick up a blanket and come sit-a-spell!

Morris & Boris are the official welcome committee.

Settle into a chair fireside.

Uh, sweetie, could you drill me some holes? I trekked to mom's woodpile and picked my project. In all its rustic glory it is beautiful when lit. Uh, thank you honey for being on board with every single project I dream of.

Look up! Enchanted Forest. This year's felt tree craft.

Woodland Creatures parade.

Mr. Grumpy made it to the mantel. I bought this book at an antique store this summer while visiting relatives in NY. On my 2013 reading list. Wondering about the plot?

Mr. Snowman patiently waiting... for snow.

And last year's craft tree sits atop silver.

Can I offer you tea? Coffee?

Always remembering Whom this season is all about. Jesus - the One and Only.

Chuck would like to share one of his popcorn balls with you.

Project #2. Hence Chuck's favorite sweet treat! Uh, honey, could you build me a box measuring this by this out of old barn siding?

Perfecto! Isn't he the greatest guy?

My Christmas centerpiece, titled Rustic Glam.

Turn to the right and find some big soft pluffy white mittens. What fun I had stuffing them to hang!

As you peek through these doors you will find Rudolph and Randolph prancing. They have been prancing with us since Year #1 of marriage when Chuck made them for me. Part of the family.

Time always goes by so fast when you visit with a friend. But I assume your calendar is loaded with baking, list-making, shopping, hostessing, caroling, attending, cleaning. In your busy day, thank you for stopping by. I'm honored you came.

But before you go, one most important utmost priority priceless treasure reason of all this season we call Christmas. Jesus' birth to Jesus' death to Jesus lives. God's plan of redemption to save me from my sin, and yours. If you don't understand what God has done for you, my email is happy to explain, and to pray for you.

One last greeting from 37460.

(I will share one very short post next week because I am down to my final little corner to fill in on my weight loss chalkboard. chirp chirp. This last number is where I land. Optimistically speaking. I smile.)

Much love to you. How I love your company!

monkjo@live.com  Always happy to answer, to share, to pray, to encourage.