I’m sitting up in my bed on this cool morning, listening to Second Chapter of Acts sing “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” and watching the clock for the time to go wake up Daddy. It’s nearly time, but I’ve been looking at this blank page for 15 minutes wondering what I’m going to say this morning.
Most of the time I have no problem talking or writing. If I just start typing, the words begin to flow and off we go! This morning, though, I am determined to avoid the depressing, and concentrate on the many great things going on in my life! And there are many great things. I just have to cut through this heavy cloud that’s been hanging over me in order to see them! So…..SCALPEL!
I realize I am mixing my metaphors here, but we all know that the “cloud” I’m dealing with has another name – my FLESH. (Definition of the FLESH by John Piper – “the flesh” is the old self-reliant, faithless me) So, a scalpel is the necessary tool here!
Okay, so first great thing that comes to mind is actually an activity. This Tuesday, Bill and Dannye are signed up for a Sandy Puc “Power of Passion Tour” workshop/seminar. Sandy Puc is a “nationally acclaimed photographer and businesswoman who shares her wisdom and techniques with photographers at all stages of their careers by traveling and lecturing nationally and internationally at seminars and schools.” Bill and Dan attended one of her seminars last year, and were so impressed, not only with her expertise as a photographer, but also with her helps and encouragement in the business side of the photography field.
Bill has wished I could have attended that last seminar so much because I handle the majority of the business side of Petty Family Photography. When this year’s tour came up, none of us even thought about me going. We purchased Bill and Dan each a ticket, and they made arrangements to pick up a couple of photographer friends, and everything was set. Until last week when Bill mentioned that the seminar is on a Tuesday night. My wheels began turning…. Tuesday and Wednesday are my brother Dave’s days off. I wonder….
Sure enough, Dave is more than willing and able to come over to sit with Daddy so I can go the the seminar with my family! I am truly more excited than I can say! I’ve been trying to find things to stretch my brain a little bit lately, and this will definitely be a stretch for my lazy mind! I will have to put my ears and brain into high gear in order to take in as much as possible!
We are really working on our business, in part because it will soon be Dannye’s only source of income, but we are also hoping that one day Petty Family Photography will provide income for after Bill and I both retire. So we need to get busy! The Lord has been sending more and more photography opportunities our way, and I believe He will make the business successful.
Now, on to the next great thing – Family Day. Yes, we’ve been having Family Days for more years than I can remember; but we’ve recently had a new addition to our Tuesdays. My sister, Bettye, her hubby Scooter, and my nephew Marty (the daddy of my precious godchildren) have been joining us on Tuesdays! We have just LOVED it! Bettye is almost like another mother to me – her firstborn and I are just a day apart in age – so having her around more has been like ointment on my hurting heart!
Scooter is a very quiet man, but something I’ve noticed about him is how loving he is to my Daddy. Tears spring to my eyes even now as I mentally picture him shaking Daddy’s hand while giving him precious words of love and comfort. Sweet, sweet man!
Marty (or as we “kids” always called him – Marney) has probably been as much or maybe even more of a blessing to me on these Tuesday visits. Marty is so enthusiastic about our time together. He makes us all remember what a gift we have in our family. He loves us, enjoys our simple day, and brags on our food! Marty is a musician, and I am hoping when the days are milder, we can sit on the porch and sing with Marty’s guitar accompanying us. It makes me happy just thinking about it. Marty indulges my love of sappy folk tunes! Marty also very much reminds Jeanne and I of our brother David, and Dave hasn’t been able to attend Family Day much here lately, as he has had other important irons in the fire. Okay, now I’m ready for Family Day! This week we are having ham, Au Gratin (or scalloped, can’t remember which) potatoes, salad, and some wonderful dessert! Y’all come!
Well, I’d better got off here. I’ve already gotten up and tested Daddy’s blood sugar, but I know he will be ready to stir soon. I think I’ve at least begun putting my thoughts on the “sunny side of life” and I am ready to face the week!
God bless your day!