Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ten Years Later

It seems I blink and it's time for a new Little Things post!  I thoroughly enjoy documenting the little things in my life and it is nice to share them with you.  I can honestly say, since I began writing these lists, I've become more positive and grateful. 

I was thinking yesterday, as I talked with a friend about God and how He gives each of us gifts and talents, that I'm thankful that God has gifted me the ability to find awe and comfort in His little things.  Just ten years ago or so, I was a completely different person, battling depression and lacking hope.  My faith was different, too.  I wasn't sure what or how to believe as far as religion went, even though I grew up in a very religious family.  I wanted to know God, but to know Him, you have to believe Him and all He has promised for our lives--and I hadn't the first clue where to begin.  I had felt so sad and broken for so long, and believed that I was less for various reasons, that I kept everything that I'd learned about God at arms length.  How could it be--that He would love me, care about me, want the best for me?  How was I worthy of such unconditional love when I didn't even love myself?

Though I have much to say about the epidemic that is bullying, today it is about the little things, and the way God pours out his love in the surroundings and people of our lives.  The little things embody hope and happiness.  They are the things that make my life overflow in an abundance of inspiring and special moments.

Recent Little Things...

~My daughter's compassion for her father, and wanting to take care of him when he is sick.  Yesterday he had two wisdom teeth pulled and some other work done at the dentist, and before Husband returned home, Brooklynn had a bed made on the couch, an icepack, a heat pack, a cup and paper towels ready on the coffee table.  I think she even had the remote set aside for him!
~The surprise parcel of housewarming books from my dear friend, Ann.  I've spoken of her before, as I met her at the Olweus Bully Prevention Conference last fall. 
Her son didn't make it through his abuse before he took his own life. 
Even through the subject of bullying takes on a very personal meaning to Ann and her family, she is an ambassador of hope, and her kindness speaks multitudes of the very person she is.  She is a gift.
~The smell of campfire.
~A sunny Fourth of July forecast ahead!  It usually rains here in the great state of Washington on the Fourth.
Piecing together bits of our home and finding inspiration for the one-days...
~Camping.  I. need. a. camping. trip.

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xx, Cassie

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Anonymous June 30, 2011 at 4:48 PM  

Shocking! You seem like the kind of person everyone would be in awe of. I was teased too. I wanted to die for all of elementary and middle school. Eventually, I just stopped going to school. I am so sorry that you had to deal with that. I am glad that you are in a better place now.

Ana* June 30, 2011 at 5:35 PM  

It's ironic how faith can change everything around. I wish I had more of it, but I am working on it.

reading about your little girl taking care of her father made me smile, children are so precious.

Tammy July 1, 2011 at 8:44 AM  

Sweet Brooklynn. I love you and love what you shared. You are such an example to me Cass. I am so proud of you and love that you are my sister. Hope Nate is feeling better. XoXo

Bethany July 1, 2011 at 10:11 AM  

Alright. I just have to comment on that tent. I'm dying; it's too lovely.

Loredana July 2, 2011 at 3:12 PM  

My little thing for today-getting to read your post and feeling as if I get you 100% (especially about depression and God and where you used to be)

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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