Tuesday, March 27, 2007


A.J. was sworn into the Navy today. He leaves August 23, 2007 for a 5 year deployment. There will be time for dusting when my children are grown and gone.

Living for the simple things in life: The Navy Recruiter

The moral to this story below isn't that there is dust on my tables or my house isn't clean. The moral to this story is take the time for your children and your family. Make life fun for them. There will be time for other things when they are gone. It comes in a blink of an eye! I promise, I know first hand.


"A house becomes a home when you can write "I love you" on the furniture." AMEN !!

And my house is sure a home!!

I can't tell you how many countless hours that I have spent CLEANING! I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect -- "in case someone came over." (Maybe this is a hyperbole for me).

Then I realized one day that no-one came over; they were all out living life and having fun!

Now, when people visit, I find no need to explain the "condition" of my home. They are more interested in hearing about the things I've been doing while I was
away living life and having fun. If you haven't figured this out yet, please heed this advice.

Life is short. Enjoy it!

Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better to paint a picture or write a letter, or do some Bible study, spend time with a friend bake a cake or plant a seed, go play golf, ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time, with rivers to swim and mountains to climb, music to hear, songs to sing and books to read, friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain.

This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind, old age will come and it's not kind. And when you go -- and go you must -- you, yourself will make more dust!

It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

Live well, Love much, Laugh often!

And when this world closes in on me,
let me follow the example of Jesus --
to ask my closest friends to keep watch,
and then go and find a quiet place to pray.


dot said...

I hate dust but I also hate to dust so mostly I don't!

lori said...

I know what you mean Dot! I hate dust as well but I really am trying to make my house fun for my children. I want them to know mom as a lady that always had time for my family not just yelling at them because the house wasn't clean enough. I live with a bunch of boy's, they would rather put me in a Chicken wing than clean their room. When they are gone in a few years I will have all the time in the world to clean.

Gwen said...

Hi Lori.
Very true we should always find time for family,believe me that dust will still be there tomorrow.
Stay Well Lori xx
P.S.Thanks also for your visit.

e-Mom said...

Did you write "Dusting!" yourself? If so, well done. If not, it's still well done! I have so many wonderful inspirational pieces saved that I found here on your site, and I'm adding this to the list. I hope you allow me to post a couple of them in the future (with proper credit to you, of course!).

Congratulations to A.J. That is a wonderful accomplishment Mom, and you deserve some praise too.

I've been out of town lately, so I missed a few of your recent posts. I'm caught up now. I especially enjoyed "Before I Was A Mom." Hugs!

Jim said...

Do a lot of dusting when you are crying just a little bit for A.J. It will keep your hands busy.

The 'Before I Was a Mom' is mostly true, isn't it?