Hi there! It’s been a long time hasn’t it? then again, maybe not. Maybe this is your first visit to the ‘ol Mel-ski-doodle blog. That’s OK, it’s my first time in a long time too. So, we’ll be new together.
Ever been on an adventure? A quest? An exploration? Well, that’s where I am, or, at least where i will be. I am embarking on a quest that will get me, and hopefully you, to the beginning of my quest, which, just so happens to be the catalyst to my first big exploration. I can barely contain my excitement as I type these words and it will all come together in just 6 months. (Hence, the name of the article and eventually, the blog) Within the next 6 months of my life the following things will be developing. Each thing, will be a topic for discussion in the coming weeks and months. Six months from today, September 14, 2018, I will be setting my feet, for the very fist time in “The Old Country” the “Emerald Isle” good old Ireland. I cant believe I’ve said it! It’s official and public! I’ve probably just jinxed it…. Good thing i don’t believe in that silly stuff. My niece, we’ll call her Peachy…cause that’s her name…sort of …. and I will make a trek that I never once thought I would be capable of. But it’s happening. So I intend to chronicle my research, prep, do’s and dont’s, great finds, new friends and weird encounters.
Also within the next 6 months, my first grandchild will turn 1. Lets go along that journey again together too. So far the hardest thing I’ve experienced is trying to mother my granddaughter’s mother. She doesn’t need a nag, she needs a supportive ear and someone to bounce ideas off of. She needs to hear that she’s doing a great job. Because she is. My favorite way to start any advice is, “can I tell you what worked really well with you?” I’m not the end all be all mom… and I’m probably not going to be the end all be all grandmother (Oma if you please) but I’d sure like to go down that path. Maybe answer some questions and discuss being a mom… and an Oma.
There are so many other things that we might travel down the path toward, I’m a recipe hoarder and might just start a local business from my home called “5 cakes” when that comes about you’ll know….trust me. I have just embarked on a journey with my mother in law who moved in just a few weeks ago and who maybe here for ever… which just tickles the snot out of me! I have an active military son, and another who is about to finish high school… so there are lots of things we can chat about.
But for today, I’m going to give you just a glimpse of insight to who I am by sharing with you the words that keep me going and help me keep perspective about who I am and what all this “life” stuff is all about.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. – New King James Version
That’s sort of me in a nutshell… growing my perseverance and character and hope. Because hope does not disappoint. I’ve had enough disappointment. But I will not be disappointed by hope. And that Hope is more exciting to me than 10 trips to Ireland or 5 grand babies. Jesus is it for me folks. Before trips or family or ANYTHING… there’s Jesus. I’m not always good at it, heck, i’m often a dismal failure at keeping up my end of this whole grace through faith thing. But i’m trying and I’m persevering and that’s all we are asked to do…our best. Jesus is worth it!
SO, it’s just six months… let’s see what it takes to get there!
What would one of YOUR hesitations be if you had the chance to travel to a new place in the world? What place would you want to go? Let me know, lets chat.