We had heard about Calissa’s sweet smiles to her sisters and Mommy and Daddy, but this was the first time she shared with us. We loved it! And we love her, our precious 7th grandchild. She was dressed up in her cow-girl outfit today. Thank you, God, for Calissa.
We (Papa and I, Grandma Joan) enjoyed having Lynnette, Adam, Rich and Anne and all seven grandchildren over for a TACO LUNCH today. We ate on the patio. See the kids and Grandma Joan sitting at the kid-sized table?
Lesia, Luke, Kirsten, and Sam relaxed on the hammock while Annika and Max played the hammock-strings like a “harp.” Then all the children went with Adam and Papa for a golf-cart ride and run beside the cart.
Adam and the girls made brownies for our desert and the boys brought ice cream, chocolate syrup and chocolate chip cookies. Then all the men helped clean up. We had a fun day.
It’s Friday! Hope you have a great weekend.
I wanted to let all my Arizona friends know about this upcoming Relief of Imperfection opportunity coming on Saturday, October 4 in San Manuel, AZ southeast of Chandler. It’s a One-Day Retreat sponsored by Tri-Community Churches. It’s FREE–and you’re invited. It’s at the First Baptist Church San Manuel. Call Jan at 520-490-1998 for info and to register.
Enjoy meaningful alone time, fun interactive chats, poignant story-telling, and biblical insights, as well as give-aways throughout the relief-producing day on October 4 at First Baptist Church San Manuel, AZ at the corner of First Avenue and Nickols in San Manuel. For info and registration about this free retreat, call Jan at 520-490-1998.
The retreat is a reader’s digest version of my new book, The Relief of Imperfection. Trying-too-hard-to-make-it-all-just-right (yes, it’s a type of perfectionism!) has many faces, includes all personality styles, and cuts across cultural lines. It has to do with unreasonable expectations–how we belittle ourselves and others for having human (we translate that word as weak) thoughts and emotions, inconsistent faith or less-than-excellent plans, accomplishments, families, bodies or dreams. Yet we who sometimes get worn-out “trying too hard” can learn the exciting adventure of learning to relax and realize that everything doesn’t need to be so difficult and that some things can actually be easy, fun and smile-able. What a relief!
I’ve love to see you there.
What a riot!
I just got an email from a writer-friend who told me that there is a typo on the flyer I just sent to about 150 people! I had seen it before and meant to delete it, but I didn’t! Well, it just goes to prove that I’m covered with “imperfection.” And since I’ve made progress in my “trying-too-hard-to-make-it-all-just-right” journey,
I’m laughing here–instead of crying!
Someone helped me with the flyer initially and I’m so grateful. I would probably never have figured out how to make the book cover background! Still they used that word that means “celebrated and famous” and I was overwhelmed by that. But I forgot to adjust it.
Oh, well, again.
I actually felt the knots in my neck relax a little. Isn’t that ironic?!
Have a wonderful, imperfect weekend. With lots of relief.
It’s been a while since I posted a blog. So, where have I been? Writing a new book and welcoming a new granddaughter.
The new book, a devotional titled It’s a Wonderful (Imperfect) Life:Daily Encouragement for Women Who Strive Too Hard to Make It Just Right is due to hit your local bookstore shelves around Mother’s Day 2009. It is great companion book to my recently released book,The Relief of Imperfection.
The best part about this past summer? Calissa Jolie Rasmussen, our seventh grandchild and number four granddaughter, was born to our daughter Lynnette and her husband Adam. She’s a precious addition to their family of four sisters.
Here’s a few pictures of Calissa soon after she arrived on July 28, 2008.
More from Joan later.
Relief blessings to you today!
Joan C. Webb
Writing, teaching, coaching to empower and set free.