Life Is Good!

Oh My Golly…. So very tired, but Life is Good.  I just finished up, 3-Back to Back, 14 hour shifts, I am thinking that maybe I am to old for this…. But Life Is Good.  As some of you know I started a new job back at the first of May.  A  job that I have dreamed about for a very long time (actually since 2006) took  me the last 3-1/2 years to land.  WOW !!!   Life Is Good!  

During the first month I wasn’t sure I could do it.  My brain was on such overload and times that I didn’t think there was anymore room in there for anymore information.  But I surprised my self and by the Grace of God, made it through.  Then I had to go through another 2 months on probation and again by the Grace of God, I made it through.  Live Is Good!

Next thing I knew my 4th month of employment was here and I had my opportunity to start moving up within the company. Oh My Golly…. I made it through the interview process and was offered the position.  But before I could move on I had to make it through another training and testing.  Again, by the Grace of God, I got 100% on my test.  Yippee Doodles…. I had done it.  This old Gal had it in her.  Life Is Good!

Sometimes the good things don’t come until we let go and let God take the lead.   God has been watching out for me my whole life, but so many times I  slip back into thinking that I need to make things happen.  He has a plan for me and now I am in a space where I don’t have to worry about what is next.  He has provided me a job that is giving me a livable wage, great benefits and a future.  Life Is Good!

For me, these last few months have truly been a blessing.  I had been so worried about having to move to find better, stable employment and loosing my house in the process.  The reality of being stuck out there “On The Road Less Traveled” was becoming very scary.   Now me, Daisy and Sammy can settle in for the Winter.  It is time to pick up my pen and reconnect with all of my blogging friends.  Time to relax and not worry how I am going to exist,  but rather share my thoughts on the existence.   Life Is Good!!

I hope everyone has a “FRANTASTIC” Friday.

Until we meet again, On The Road Less Traveled,

~Oregon Smiles with Franny

Header Photo provided by Tracy Louise Photography

Renewable Resources

Since I have been so distracted with my new project, my blog and my home have taken a back seat.  Today in my quest for a topic, I have realized we are surrounded by renewable resources.   Some living here in Oregon, who may see the rain and our weather as a hindrance, for me it is what keeps Oregon green.  I am not speaking of Green as environmentally friendly, such as recycling though Oregon is big on recycling, but Green because of our color.  The weather here definitely make for some very good conditions for Renewable Resources.

For me the Renewable takes on many venues. Be it the Laundry that comes back day after day,  The dirty dishes that seem to stack up and it’s only me in the house and then there is my yard.  The grass  is definitely renewable,  It seems just like yesterday that I mowed it.  With the rain we been having, it has renewed itself, Back are those tall blades of grass blowing in the wind.  Dandelions, which have now gone from pretty yellow flowers, to the little round puffs of seeds that as children we would pick and blow to the wind, making a wish.  Little did I know then, why the neighbor disliked us doing that.  Blowing new  little Dandelion seeds into their beautiful landscaped lawn.

My flower beds are full of renewable’s as well.  The weeds we pull for hours at a time, clearing out to see the beauty of the garden, are now back in full force.   Some of the weeds look very nice, but they can take over all to quickly.

Intermission…….

 ……. Back from the brief interlude,

actually it has been a couple of hours.

It started to sprinkle outside and I needed to take care of some of my Renewable Resources.  Yes,  I got out and mowed my lawn.  My furry companions, decided that they would rather be in the house and not outside in the rain, but for me it was very refreshing.

While I was out working with great vigor, finishing before the big downpour, I thanked God for what I have.  Thanking him that I have a lawn to mow and that I live in Oregon where the refreshing rain keeps us green.

Some may see it as a big chore taking care of the renewable resource that comes with that rain, but then there are some that would give anything now to see the rain and green.  I prayed for those that live in Colorado, that have lost it all.  Prayed for those that are on the front lines of the fire, working so hard to save Humans, Homes, Wildlife and Nature.

Next time you think that it is such a chore taking care of those renewable resources that surround you, remember to not take anything for granted.  Be thankful for what you have, for there are those that would give anything to have what you do.

~Oregon Smiles with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled.

Thank you Tracie Louise Photography, for sharing these wonderful photos from Queensland, Australia

Staying The Course….

“It takes both Rain and Sunshine, to make a Rainbow”

Life is never filled with only good things, anyway it hasn’t been for me, there will always be the down times as well.  Times that we go through struggles, times that seem like nothing good is going to happen to us and times when it seems so bad, there is nothing to live for.  I can truly say that by the Grace of God, I have made it through those dark times.  Those are the days of Rain…..

Then there are the days of Sunshine……   A Warm loving support network of Family and Friends.   The Lord watching out for me and showing me that misfortune’s can turn into great opportunities.  He has given me a roof over my head and food on the table.  Blessed with 2 wonderful sons, a beautiful grandson and most recently my dream job.  My tribe is growing and I am making some wonderful new friends, that will lead to new, great memories and sunshine.

The Galahs on the Fence…

Through the many trials of life, I have continued to laugh at myself and the world around me and kept the smiles coming.  Yes this road less traveled has it’s share of  bumps and holes, but I wouldn’t change it for anything, it has made me who I am.  I know there are still rainy times ahead, but I am here, I am now.  Things are good,  standing here in the sunshine of the Rainbow of Life.  Thank You Jesus!


~Oregon Smiles with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Thank you Tracie Louise Photography for the beautiful photography you have blessed me with.


Bad Moon Rising

Excerpt from Bad Moon Rising

by: John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival

I see the bad moon arisin’
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today

Don’t go around tonight
Well, it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise


Wow does that ever date me….. Got to love the Music from the 70’s.  When I saw this picture that my friend Tracie Louise Photography took, a couple of weeks ago, it reminded me of this song.  Don’t get me wrong the photo is amazing.

Sometimes we can surely feel this way.  That life is like a Bad Moon Rising, that there is trouble on the way.  No matter what we do something is going to go wrong.  Things just aren’t going to work out for us.  We ask God why?  Why do these things always happen to me?  Can’t I ever get a break in this life and things finally go right?

Recently such as life is….. We have been graced by one of those wonderful occasions, someone stole my son’s car.  Like wow, great…. now what are we going to do?  He is off at school working so hard to finish up his degree in Civil Engineering,  far from home and now not able to come home if he could.  Again, I worried and worried as a mom does, wondering what and how we where going to get him through this.

I know that this wasn’t the work of God, he doesn’t do things like this.  But he does give us free will and those bums that took his vehicle used their free will wrongly.  Then it came to me, Opportunity.  We can use this bad as an opportunity to have something good come out of it.  Like when life gives you Lemons, make Lemon Aid.  It may not have been God’s doing for this to happen, but he is now creating an opportunity for us to have something better.

Oh how wonderful life is.  Yes there maybe some bumps in my Road Less Traveled, but we can turn this around and make sure they don’t turn in to pot holes.  Not sure the road will get paved on this one, but it will be a smooth ride in the end.  So next time you see that Bad Moon Rising, coming up around the Bend, tell it to just keep moving along….. I am drinking my Lemon Aid.

Oregon Smiles with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled.

Thank you Tracie Louise Photography of Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia for the wonderful pictorial inspiration.

 

From LAST’S to FIRST’S

My last couple of days have been filled with LASTS….  the Last time I did this, The Last time I did that.  Some of the Last’s where sad, but some of the Last’s have been glad.

Since I am a girl that doesn’t look at the glass as half empty or half full, but rather Thrilled that I have a glass at all,  I see these Last’s as the opportunity for my new FIRSTS.

Last’s don’t have to be a bad thing….  When God closes one door, He opens up another.  Tomorrow when I wake up and that door opens, it will be full of First’s.

It will be a day of,  First for this and First for that. Oh how exciting and what an adventure On The Road Less Traveled, full of FIRSTS.

Honey Eater, Australia

~Oregon Smiles with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled.

Photography provided by Tracie Louise Photography, Queensland, Australia

Good Friday

Thank You Jesus

Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day Christians commemorate the passion, or suffering, and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross. (For a more detailed explanation about Christ’s death, see Why Did Jesus Have to Die?)

The biblical account of Jesus’ death on the cross, or crucifixion, his burial and his resurrection, or raising from the dead, can be found in the following passages of Scripture:

Matthew 27:27-28:8

Mark 15:16-16:19

Luke 23:26-24:35

John 19:16-20:30.

~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Header Photography provided by: Tracie Louise Photography

Hakuna Matata

It is so easy to worry about things that come along our way.  Life is so unpredictable that if we let it we could worry constantly about one thing or another.  Sometimes we even take on worry for someone else and that can cause more un-needed stress.

I have learned to ask myself,  “What good does it do to worry?”  Is it going to help something happen quicker or be better in the end.  No, there are so many variables and usually they are totally out of our control.  That is when I let go of the worry, I can relax and go about my day with things that are far more important.

Hakuna matata was a passing Swahili phrase that is literally translated as “There are no worries.” It is sometimes translated as “no worries”, although is more commonly used similarly to the American English phrase “no problem”. Timon and Pumbaa tell Simba in the Lion King movie , to move on from their troubled past and forgetting their worries.  To just live their lives in Hakuna Matata.

We can pray for god to help us, but unless we let go and Let God take over, we will continue the worry.  We need to turn our worries over to God. He tells us “Therefore do not worry and be anxious….that he knows what we need”  So we need to just cast our worries on him.

Make Hakuna Matata your life motto.  What will be, will be and there isn’t a darn thing we can do about it. So take a deep breath, cast your worries on the Lord and smile while he takes care of things.

~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Photography provided by Tracie Louise Photography

Spring Has Sprung

Oh how I love Spring and I think maybe it is getting closer to us here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  We had snow last week, with the Daffodils and Crocus poking their little heads out of the ground, but in Oregon the weather never lacks in surprising us.  It is very unpredictable up until summer.   I remember spending many a 4th of July with it raining.  But as a Native Oregonian and growing up in Astoria on the Oregon Coast, you get used to it.

Waking up to the sun peaking its head out of the clouds, giving the neighborhood a nice glow, really gets one re-energized and makes me smile.  There is just something about the sunshine that makes you want to get outdoors and start all of those projects that you have thought about since Fall.  My goal has always been to do one major yard project each year, but for the last few years other life obstacles have taken priority and projects put on hold.

When my friend over at Luv and Light posted at the end of last year about crossing over the bridge and leaving all the old baggage behind and starting anew, that is when I knew that 2012 would be a good year.  Oh how I thank Daisy for sharing that with us.  It has given me some long-lost energy and life renewal.  Life changes and challenges have a never looked better than when that Sunshine greeted me the other morning.

So as the seasons change once again, I am dusting off those ideas, dreams and projects.  Looking forward and enjoying this Spring to come, with some old and new friends. Sharing my new-found creativeness and continuing to thank God for everything that he has given me.

~Oregon Smiles …. with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

In the Rear View Mirror….

Sometimes it seems like we are going round and round in a circle, stuck in this never-ending rut.  I have been there, stuck in that rut for so long that it was my comfort zone.   Afraid to move in any direction because it was comfortable there.

Our comfort zone isn’t always a good place for us, but it is all we know.  There are times that we might take one foot out of the rut and go back in.  There might even be a chance that we will get totally out of the rut for a time.  Sometimes our ruts are so deep from years of repeating the same things, thinking and believing the same negative things about ourselves that we go back in.  We don’t know what to do or how to handle the outside world.

 It takes Baby Steps.  Thinking positive thoughts and believing that we are worth good things.  It took me surrendering my life to God and knowing that he is with me always.  That I am never alone and that I can do anything with him at my side.  By stepping out of that rut and trusting in the Lord, I am able to start moving toward my dreams.  I know that I may come to that fork in the road,  but I choose The Road Less Traveled.

Are you stuck in a rut?  Just step out and follow your dream.  Forging ahead and building your road, following your dreams just like the pioneers before us.

Traveling The Road Less Traveled, Oregon Smiles with Franny