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Temporary

Here we are in a New Year, 2018, and things did not start out as they usually do in my life.

That can be good. But what usually happens is, my husband and I look into our future and talk and pray about what may be or what is in store for us.

This end of 2017 was different. First of all, we were in Edinburgh, Scotland. A dream trip. Three glorious weeks in a land that has been in our hearts for a very long time and three glorious weeks in the home and presence of our middle son and his wife – who just happen to live there for a season.

We did not get back to our home in the USA until the 8th of January. And we even came home with jet lag and a virus, so to bed we went.

By the time we recovered I felt that I needed to enter the New Year again. Can I have a do-over?

Now that I’m almost completely over this annoying sinus-type virus, I am beginning to reflect more on our trip and on this New Year. You see, three and a half years ago we moved to The Burg, a small mid-western town about an hour outside of Kansas City.

Rural. Farms all around us. Quiet. The town has a University smack dab in the middle of it. A USAF Base is just a few miles away. Plenty of activity, yet plenty of quiet. The best of both. And only a quick forty-five to sixty minute drive to “the city”.

We moved here temporarily while our other son and wife attended the University and we cared for our grand daughters while they were in class. A wonderful gift to be a part of their formative years. A bond with those girls that cannot be broken.

We rented this little house temporarily. It is small. It is neglected. It is challenging. It is a home.

Our son and daughter moved back to Kansas City and we decided to stay in this great little town. We have made precious, life-long friends and love the area. But the house. We really need to move to a better dwelling. We have goals and visions for the future and it does not include this little neglected building.

I have a friend who lives on an island. She sends me a text of encouraging words and prayers every day. She told me, just yesterday, when I told her of our need for a different house, “Not good. Always feeling transient.” She is praying for us.

Her statement,  “Not good. Always feeling transient”, took me into a reflective place. For three years I have felt transient. Knowing this house was temporary, yet never seeming to be moving on. It is not good. She is right. The definition of transient is this:

tran·sient
ˈtranSHənt,ˈtranzēənt
adjective
  1. 1.
    lasting only for a short time; impermanent.
    “a transient cold spell”
    synonyms: transitory, temporary, short-lived, short-term, ephemeral, impermanent, brief, short, momentary, fleeting, passing, here today and gone tomorrow;

    This explains a lot of my wandering in my head about where we will live. But as I wander over the last three years I always come back to this town. I just need to feel grounded, no longer transient, no longer temporary.

    I do hope this is the year to find that perfect dwelling. We’re not set on buying or renting or whatever. However it comes to us it just needs to be home. A solid, grounded home.

    He will not forget me and He will not leave me out of his plans for me and my desires on this earth.

    “I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29 The Message

    My son and I with our matching University of Edinburgh tartan scarves in front of his flat in Edinburgh, Scotland. You can see Arthur’s Seat in the back ground.

    Enjoy!

    Cate B

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Life’s Journey – Music and All

A movie or a TV show without background music can be rather dry. The music score sets the mood.

My life’s journeys are usually accompanied with music. You can chuckle here. I would like to share with you a couple of songs that describe my journey the past seven years. Notice how different they are and how I have come through that last leg of my journey in what I would call “Victorious”. Enjoy!

Seven years ago today, Groundhog Day in the USA, February 2nd, 2009, my husband and I along with our Siberian Husky and Grumpy Cat, arrived in Kansas City, Missouri with all our earthly possessions. The first song was my theme song for the next few years:

“New Soul” – Yael Naim

I’m a new soul
I came to this strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit about how to give and take
But since I came here
Felt the joy and the fear
Finding myself making every possible mistake

La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la…

I’m a young soul in this very strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit bout what is true and fake
But why all this hate?
Try to communicate
Finding trust and love is not always easy to make

La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la…

This is a happy end
Cause’ you don’t understand
Everything you have done
Why’s everything so wrong

This is a happy end
Come and give me your hand
I’ll take you far away

I’m a new soul
I came to this strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit about how to give and take
But since I came here
Felt the joy and the fear
Finding myself making every possible mistake

La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la…

La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la….

Now, after moving an hour southeast of KCMO, my theme song has changed to this:
“Home” – Phillip Phillips

Hold on to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave (wave) is stringing us along

Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble—it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

Ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo. Oo-oo-oo-oo [2x]
Aaa-aa-aa-aa-aa-aa-aa. Aa-aa-aa-aaaaaa [4x]

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

(Come on!)

Ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo. Ao-oo-oo-oo [4x]
Aaa-aa-aa-aa-aa-aa-aa. Aa-aa-aa-aaaaaa [4x]

And there you have my past seven years in a nutshell.  Life is good.  God is better. Enjoy the music videos …….
Cate B

A Peaceful Place

It is just about three months since we moved to The Burg.  Our house feels like home for us and the dogs and the grand girls who come Monday through Friday.

So, now what? Because of the schedule with the girls I don’t get out and about too much during the week.  So now that we are “settled”, well, what do we do now?  I is so easy to get too settled in the routine of life.  We need different stimuli.  We have met and friended a couple of people and it is always good when we get together and just visit.

Today we got out into the fresh autumn air at The Springs, one of my favorite places here.  The view is slowly changing through fall and soon winter.  This place exudes peace.   When I need to clear my head and heart and ponder……….a peaceful place is for me.  And this is it.

Please enjoy my photos – I know you’ve seen them before in summer view – I walked down along the lake and enjoyed the changing scenery.

 

Enjoy!

cate b

Mid West Journey

Here I am, just entering the second week of my new journey in The Burg.  The house is settling in and becoming quite the treasure.  I’m not one to run from a challenge.….. but I almost ran from this house.  If we didn’t have a perfect peace about renting this one, well, let’s just say we wouldn’t be living in it.

It’s an older house who really would love to have a make-over.  But instead, she has had to settle for being a temporary home to university students, etc.  Therefore, the owners, who own many houses and such, only put in the bare minimum of improvement.  Until now.

I do believe we came across a treasure.  Her simple all white outside and old hardwood floors and floor plan are just the surface.  But if you look with eyes of potential and hope you can see what lies beneath…….

I can do that.  It is one of my passions to see what lies under the surface of people.  Their potential in life.  And when their eyes begin to brighten with the revelation of destiny and dreams – I get really happy.

The same with homes and businesses.  So this little house on the prairie – sort of – has potential.  So, after many hours of scrubbing and tears and the desire to run away, it is becoming a home.

Now, I will say that they painted the walls……… somebody did anyway.  But after handing them a list and them hesitating and dragging their feet…..

Ta Da!  We had progress.  I was going to settle for the very old kitchen sink and faucet and the even older counter tops.  The rent is low – it’s OK.  But here we are waiting for new counter tops and sink – the owner’s idea.  Other things came along like that also.  Surprises to me and I am happy with that.

So, I no longer want to run away.  I am excited for what the good Lord has for us here in this leg of our journey.  So far, as I said above, a treasure.  This house is a treasure and this town is a treasure.  

We went exploring a few times this last week.  We found fresh raw milk just down the road and fresh brown eggs for sale.  Delicious.  And we found beautiful rolling roads and skies surrounding us.

Here are some pics of our exploring.  And yes, I did hang out the car window many times to take these.  Please enjoy them and join the journey with me.

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Enjoy!

cate b

Bring On the New!

I always love the end of a year and the anticipation of a new one.  As I reflect back on 2013, I don’t have too much to get excited about except for the birth of our fifth grandchild!  She will end this year at the ripe old age of  two months and ten days.

The last five years of my life has been anything but really exciting.  I mean that in a reflective way.  Not much has happened since we moved to the mid-west in the beginning of 2009.  What I mean by that is that I still feel as though I’m looking for “home”.  Understand that a greater amount of good has happened since arriving here.  My husband and I have met many wonderful people and some of them are now friends for life.  We have learned what not to do and can laugh about it and we have learned what to do and what we can do.  It has been very good.

So now that 2013 is rapidly coming to an end, what does 2014 hold for us?  I get excited.  I do believe it holds a lot of good.  It holds more hope and dreams coming to pass.  We are now one year closer to finding “home”.  We are closer to our dreams being fulfilled.

I have great expectations for our future and for you, dear readers.  Don’t give up.  Sadness and loneliness can strike at anytime and to any of us.  But choose to rise above.  Look around when the darkness comes and see who you can grab a hold of.  Look around and see who has come into your life’s journey to walk with you and at times push gently from behind and at times pick you up and carry you.  Those are the ones to surround yourself with.  Surround yourself with the ones – or the one – that see you for who you really are!

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Happiest of New Year to all of you!  Hooray for 2014!

Enjoy!

cate b

There’s No Place Like Home

I have the privilege and honour of being a care provider for my two grand daughters.  Lucy is 2 1/2 years old and Penny June is three weeks old.  I pack up and my husband takes me an hour away to their campus housing at their university.  It is an older apartment complex but not bad.  But I am without my Memory Foam bed and without my doggies and my warm house and my food.  Don’t get me wrong, I love doing this and I would do it over and over again.  Serving my children brings me great joy.  My son and his wife are moving forward in music related degrees and looking forward to their future.  I am needed.  There is no paycheck involved and that is fine.  They do feed me and give me coffee and an air mattress on the living room floor.  I think the insulation in these apartments disappeared years ago so the couch is warmer for me some nights.  The girls are awesome and I don’t mind being awakened to the cries of a newborn in the night.  I am really glad I don’t have to get up with her.  My husband and I hope to move to this small university town because we fell in love with it.  But until that is possible I go and I return four days later.

Sacrifice  can be annoying.  But that is up to us.  I chose to do this for the kids and therefore I will with a joyful heart.  It is challenging and my back aches and my shoulder aches – who would have thought a skinny eight pound baby could do such damage – and I miss the comforts of home.  But they are family, therefore, it is an extension of my home.  And it won’t last forever.  Who could resist this:

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Enjoy!

cate b