Monday, October 7, 2019

You Can Do Something

Hello world. :D

I say hello world, because I don't know who will read this. Sometimes I address these posts to my "dear friends," but the truth of the matter is... my friends probably don't remember this blog exists. I have been out of blogging and tell no one when I do occasionally write. However, I have never met a person who I did not like. I'm sure we can be friends! ;) Whoever you are, welcome! :D

I am super happy this morning! :D Life is GOOD!

It has been A LOT of work. And a struggle for me to balance work, medication, and play (and everything else for that matter!) I am really trying (to do more than work!. And God knows this. He knows that I am doing all I can. And that sometimes I need help... So He keeps sending it. In his own way. In His own time. I don't determine that. I just patiently keep moving forward the best that I can, having faith that things will work out. And they do. :)

Yes, He has sent another miracle to our home! :D

For the past several/many years we have lived with concrete floors. Our dishwasher flooded years ago, destroying our carpet. We didn't have the money to replace it, and didn't think of insurance until we pulled the carpet ourselves, making it impossible for insurance to know it really was an accident. So we never contacted them. We just kept on living, knowing that one day the floors would be near the top of the priority list, and we would have the money for flooring. And, this summer, we purchased tile! :D Only, we were still so busy working we couldn't seem to find time to lay it down.

Then our good bishop found out about it. We were in a hurry to do it so we could have the house well enough off for a home inspection worthy of a refinance loan, and he knew it. So he told my husband he wanted to send someone over to help with the project. The man he sent over did quite a lot. We did the prep work and he laid tile in our main living area, dining room, and hall. Miles felt strongly that we should do the kitchen now, as well, so he worked hard to remove two layers of laminate and glue. I am now tiling the kitchen, and we are working together on repairs before grouting. Though it is not done, it is beautiful! It will be done very soon. Here are a few photos taken during this process. I will post again when it is done...

The help given has made it possible for us to finish the work before winter so we can refinance. All this work, these miracles, the new flooring... they are all going to help us have more time and money and a better environment, so will help us socially (we will have an easier time inviting people over, lol), as well as financially (home refinanced).

Our Father in Heaven has been so good to us! He always has been. He doesn't take away our trials, but He gives us the support and strength we need to work through them and to learn to be happy in the midst of them.

I feel I have no room for complaints now. The past couple of days I watched General Conference and a video that reminded me of all the real suffering in the world, and of how truly blessed I am. I don't think I can ever complain again. Because I know that if I look for the evidence, I will always see that He is in my life. He mourns with me. He suffers with me. And He helps me to endure. He  comforts me. And in time, and after many beautiful and refining moments, He relieves my suffering. And He does this through others who are each willing to do something, too.

I think this beautiful video will portray this better than I can...

We often hear the phrase, "How can ___ do nothing, when there is so much hunger, pain and evil in the world?" Do we expect others to do something? Or do we expect it of ourselves? God does SO MUCH for each and every one of us. He inspires and enables so many charities and support groups. He comforts, heals, and strengthens. The REAL question we should all be asking ourselves is this, "What am I doing to relieve suffering?"

20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a aremission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his bSpirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with cjoy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to aimpart of the substance that ye have one to another.
22 And if ye ajudge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your bcondemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life cbelongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done.
Mosiah 4:20-22

I feel SO BLESSED, and I'm really excited to do MORE, to help my Father in Heaven to answer the prayers of others, and to bless them as He has blessed me. I think I'm going to make it a habit to go to Latter Day Saint Charities.orgJust, and other sites, to be inspired and find more ways to serve. And to be consistent in praying to notice and meet needs in my neighborhood and community. I'm so inspired! :D I hope you are inspired to serve, too!

Happy Serving!
Corine :)

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Keeping the Faith. Keeping the Vision. EnJOYing Life Amidst the Chaos! :)

July 21, 2019 Sunday afternoon

Dear friends,

I love you and I miss you!!! :D I know we have been really busy and you may be wondering what has been going on in the Moore house...

So here is a quick update of what has been going on in our lives. And more importantly, an effort to reach out to you and let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and that we care about what is happening in YOUR life. Please feel free to call, write, or come by, ANY TIME! :) We love you!

As you probably already know, last year we began working on improving our home and making major adjustments to our business so we can improve our financial situation. We still need to get organized, but we did the hard part of beginning to lay the infrastructure! :D

We really did have great success with that! Though I sometimes seem to forget the progress, allowing myself to miss out on finding joy in all we have accomplished while foolishly focusing on what still needs to be done. I was reminded today of how much better it is to step back and look at what has been accomplished, and revel in and admire the progress! For Pete's sake, find joy in the journey!! :D

Hey, good idea! :D So here is a moment to revel a bit more. ;) Last year, we also began the process of making our home a little more recreation friendly. We got a new BBQ pit, and a Bad-mitten set! In addition, a reliable car with which to go places and take vacations! And for around town, fixed bikes so everyone has a bike to ride. :D Aren't these wonderful blessings! We feel so blessed! :)

I feel so blessed and relieved to realize that again this morning! You see, we have been sort of drowning in work for the past couple years, and this year, in January, we were told we have an audit to add icing to injury. Due to computer crashes, moving the business, etc. etc., we had to start from scratch, digging and searching for the required documentation, and quite frankly, it sucked so much time and energy that we were busy with that rather than on finishing the work we began last year. The goal we had of finishing getting our house and business in order in the early spring was put on hold. Summer is upon us, and we still have all that work to finish, in addition we are still working on the audit. But hopefully close to finishing. Having huge work protects before us has gone on so long that at times we have stopped looking at all that was accomplished, and became very overwhelmed with all that was still before us. Whenever we would do this, it took a lot of joy from our hearts and lives and at times, brought in a lot of stress and tension as well. 

I wish it was better at remembering and keeping my focus, but since this has been a struggle, the Lord just keeps waking me up and helping me to re frame or refocus my life and my thoughts. Rather than continuing to feel so overwhelmed with “all I have to do” and failing to make/take time to socialize; I am continually empowered with the truth that there is enough time and to spare! This mental change doesn't happen fully until I act in faith, and just DO the most important things, even if it seems I don't have time. Each time I decide to go ahead and try the “impossible,” our loving Father in Heaven makes the “impossible,” “possible,” and gives me eyes to see... As long as I continue doing what I can, I continue making progress in my goals and the Lord sets miracles in place to help me accomplish them. This is a huge relief! I am SO thankful to Him for blessing me with faith and courage to act in faith! Only then can the miracles come; "faith proceeds the miracle." 

Yep! :) I finally decided I am DONE waiting for some big project or event in life to get behind me to LIVE with purpose and passion, and to acquire a social life! :) I finally realize that life will just keep being busy. The type of busy just changes. I can't let being busy keep me from doing things that make life happy and good.

So, I made some decisions. I know things won't change all at once, overnight. But as my mind and habits change, so does my life. So I decided...

I am visiting friends again. 
I am inviting people to my home again. 
I am starting another aspect to our business, now instead of later. 
I am choosing a school to attend to continue my education as a Holistic Nutritionist. 
I am living/enjoying life, now, not after the next big project is finished. 

I'm no longer waiting for life to feel less busy to get on with doing the things that make life joyful.

Rest assured... Every one of my big important tasks on my "to do" list, will get done! And, NO, I'm not going to list them here. I'm done micro-focusing on that!

Rather than focus on the big "to do" list, I'm choosing to focus on the mental visions I desire to create in life. There are many. I will share one, less important than many, but simple, pleasant, and wonderful all the same...

  • I WILL one day find myself sitting on a hammock in my beautiful yard while reading; and enjoying bad-mitten and BBQ's with friends! :D It really will happen!

No matter how busy life may be, we DON'T have to miss out on the things that matter most! There is time enough, and to spare, for scripture study, prayers and meditation, exercise, wholesome recreation, service, and socializing... among many other things! Life is about Faith, Family, and Friends! :)

So please, dear loved ones, count us in when planning social outings and activities! You matter. We matter. Our relationships with God and with each other matter.

I pray God opens up the way and that we let nothing keep us from living productive, faith filled, meaningful lives.

Rather than focusing on our “to-do” list, and all the distant goals and assuming joy is to be found in the final destination, I purpose we relax, and Enjoy the journey! :) We can be happy NOW, TODAY, and in ANY circumstance, as long as we strive to align ourselves with God's will, and allow ourselves to see, and focus on our blessings, and on being thankful for them in whatever shape they come in. Since many blessings at first appear to be curses, I just keep remembering to apply the scriptural advice to, “thank the Lord in ALL things.” ;)

I know I can do this! We can do this! We are children of God who loves us, and created us to be happy! :D  So I'm just going to "keep on keeping on" and enjoying life! :D I hope you are happy and keep your focus on Christ and the good things in life so you can feel happy, too! :)

I pray you have a very blessed day and life! :)

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. :)


BELIEVE... "All things are possible to him that believth."
Mark 9:23

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Meet the Robinson's (And the Moore's)

Hello world! :D

I know I haven't been here in a VERY LONG time. So, I don't know if I have any followers after 3-4 years of inactivity. But, I saw my blog today, and it made me want to watch "Meet the Robinson's." And then I felt like writing. So, for whoever finds this... here I am! ;)

I feel happy! :D

So, yes. I just finished watching “Meet the Robinson's.” 

It is such an inspiring movie, that always makes me appreciate my life, including the things that happen that I would never wish for. It makes me realize that our past, even the parts we cringe at the thought of, in all their seemingly ugliness - is what make the beauty of the future possible. :) 

"Keep moving Forward" became my motto, and "Keep Moving Forward! Meet the Robinson's (and the Moore's!)" became my email signature several years ago when this movie first inspired me. It has gotten me through some really rough times, and I'm so thankful for it!

And of course, I'm not saying my past is ugly at all. It is just, that there is so much of beauty and ashes in each of our lives. What life looks like, really depends on what we focus on. What becomes of us and of our lives, really depends on what we focus on and what we make it.

For the past few months, I have focus too much, on the parts that I could, wish were not there.
  • The 4 year audit that I still need to finish preparing for after a computer crash.
  • The work that still needs to be done so we can have more than just concrete for floors.
  • The garden that isn't planted.
  • The shed that needs organizing. & the closets, and rest of the house and business supplies. Lol
(I could go on and on and on, really!)

Or I could focus on all that has improved in my life. All I have learned. New opportunities. A future I get to create. All I can become. And the people that I love and who love me, now and in the future...

THAT is what makes life good. Zooming into view the small moments that give life meaning and joy. The small things that make life what it is and what it can be!

I'm taking life as it comes now. That is what I decided tonight. I'm not going to worry about the list of to do's that seem so big. I'm going to just prioritize, and do the things that matter most, while attacking that list of to do's during my designated “tackle the list of to do's” time. :) 

The rest of my life is mine for the living! And I choose to take so I can make it! I hope you do, too!

All my love,
Corine :)

PS. I think I will begin writing here again. :) 
I like writing and socializing. :) 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Making Life Bliss, WHILE You Have "Way Too Much" to Do!

Good morning! :D

I have been doing A LOT of work the past couple or few months, and I am re-learning some important principles...

One. When you have a lot to do, DO the LITTLE things FIRST.

So often, when we have a lot to do it is easy to ignore the little things that make us healthy and happy. Like exercising, taking time to unwind and relax, reading our scriptures either alone and or with our family, praying to our Father in Heaven, and any other thing that we do on a daily basis that is important to ourselves or our families... (like reading to little ones or to yourself, helping kids with homework or mission preparations, preparing meals and eating with our families, and even doing work around the house to keep it clean and tidy).

Time and money have some things in common.
  • If you do the big things first, you will never find time or money for the little stuff and will have the stress of never having enough.
  • If you budget the small things first, you will find the big things get done by and by and there is always enough.
And one more thing...
  • ALWAYS take time to enjoy life and take care of yourself with food, family, fun, friends, exercise, and sleep! If you do, you will feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the world!
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If you work AND play, and CHOOSE to be happy RIGHT NOW, with things EXACTLY as they are, WHILE STILL STRIVING FOR MORE... I promise you, life will be a lot happier! :) Helen Keller said it better...

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That is what I keep learning. I was letting the house get a mess and trying to focus on all the big projects with the mess around me. I found it hard to concentrate and felt melancholy and a little discouraged as it seemed I had SO MUCH MORE to do than I could possibly find time to do.

But when I switched gears and decided to get back to living TODAY, rather than putting life on hold until I accomplished certain goals. When I tidied my house, took a break and had fun until ready to work again, and then did many small things that needed to be done – Suddenly, my list of things to do didn't seem so overwhelming, and in my nice environment I had more mental and emotional energy to keep working! I felt lighter and happier. And no longer felt like I was drowning with no end in sight. I could see that I was making headway, and everything was OK.

Well, I still have a lot to do, so I better get moving! :) Miles and I are gathering things we don't need from home and from work, to go to the dump and to drop off at a thrift store for others to enjoy. And I have more of Levi's mission supplies to purchase and gather, and the Fun To Sail store to finish organizing. Sigh. :) And more. Much more. Painting to finish at home. Pictures to put back up on the walls after painting and outlet covers to put back on the walls etc. It won't get done overnight. But that's OK! :) We ARE making progress! And all of our hard work IS paying off! Even now, while in the thick of work, our lives are blessed by it! 😊

I pray your lives are blessed, too!
Happy day! 💖

Corine :D