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Are You Looking Up or Down?

It’s time for a personal confession. I have been unsatisfied with myself now for about five years. Normally one would think that as time goes by, those feelings of dissatisfaction would go away or at least slacken, but no. They have been getting stronger and stronger over that time period.

You see, the more I see how far off I am from what God wants me to be, the more dissatisfaction I feel. I now feel like it can only get better from here (at least I hope so) because I have been introduced to a new mentality.

You see, I am on a journey up a mountainside that ultimately leads to Heaven. I have no idea how far up the mountain I am, but I know I am not at the bottom. I know this for a fact because I am constantly looking down at all the places I have been.

When I take a wrong step, I am so busy looking at the footprint that I just left, that I am likely to miss where to take my next step to resume my hike up the mountain. In fact, I am very likely to make a circle around that single footprint trying to erase it, never realizing that I am making even more misplaced step.

The problem here is that I am focusing on myself. My thoughts are constantly, “Oh, I messed up…..again!” And let me tell you, I am a pro at messing up! But what I keep forgetting to consider is that God is used to dealing with professionals, and He happens to be a pro at forgiving.

Unfortunately, if you are looking down the mountain instead of up at the glorious Heavenly Father, who is the ultimate example, you forget what you are striving to be. You forget that the focus of life should not be “me, me me” but “God, God, God.”

Now I am working to change my focus from how awful I am to how awesome God is. And let me tell you, any God that can change me for the better is a pretty awesome God. That’s a tough job!

Are you making the same mistake I am? Are you looking down at all your mistakes, forgetting that you must look up the mountain to God in order to accomplish the things He has planned for you? It’s not too late to change your focus! Just give it a try and LOTS of prayer and dependence on God!

This is my submission to Robert Hruzek’s “What I Learned From a Mountain Top” group writing project.

Tabetha’s Tidbit 2008-06-04

Ever scrape your fingernails on the metal dryer filter while getting the lint off? Tonight I discovered a way to prevent that from happening (at least most of the time). I took the dryer sheet that had come out of the previous load and used it to wipe the lint away. It worked like a charm!

Of course, if you don’t use dryer sheets, you would have to come up with another solution. Let me know what you come up with!

Naturally Sweetened Tea

After dropping sugar from my diet recently, I had a hard time finding a hot tea that I liked. I tried tea after tea and couldn’t help but wonder how anybody ever could handle it unsweetened. Then I finally found one that was good and that actually had a semi-sweet taste to it.

The name of this wonderful naturally sweetened tea was Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice tea. After reading the ingredients, the only one that was unfamiliar to me that might possibly be sweet was roasted carob. So, I did a bit of research on google and discovered that, sure enough, carob is a naturally sweet ingredient that was a blessing to me in my unsweetened tea.

The funny thing is that I can drink and enjoy regular unsweetened tea now that I have trained my mouth to taste the slightest sweetness! You have no idea how big that is! Me? Unsweetened tea or any other drink? No way!!! Guess there are still plenty of opportunites in this life for surprise…and change! Thank goodness for that!!

Another Man’s Treasure

I am not quite sure how it happened this way, but somehow I have always lived in a college city. I am used to it, but apparently I am not used to students in Rhode Island at the end of the school year.

You see, here in Rhode Island it is common practice to set any furniture or useful things that you have to get rid of on the curb outside your house. That way it can be “recycled” by a passerby who has a need for the item(s). We have set things we no longer needed out on the curb several times, and it was taken within a few hours!!

Graduation at Brown University was this past weekend. We happened to drive by the college yesterday and ended up bringing home a whole van load of brand new looking furniture! And I must say that it was just in time, since my mom just moved here, and we needed a bit more furniture to accommodate her.

The best part is that while we were looking at the furniture “displayed” on the curb, one of the college students came out and asked if we had use for a desk and chest of drawers. After I agreed that we could use them, he went inside, took the pieces of furniture apart, and brought them out to us to load in our van!!

So, here we sit enjoying our “new to us” furniture! I am sure we will be returning the favor to passerbys of our house in the near future! And the recycle continues on and on and on and on and………….

Tabetha’s Tweets 2009-05-24

  • I am ashamed to admit that I am about a month behind on my husband’s blog!! 🙁 #
  • Lost 9-10 pounds so far on the south beach diet!! Woo-hoo!! #
  • I have 1000+ unread items in google reader! Did I mention that I am just a teeny weeny bit busy lately? #
  • I now have google reader down to 138 unread posts!! Yes, I deleted some that are not urgent, but don’t worry! None of them were tweeters! #
  • Considering buying a hair kit for cutting a man’s hair. Anyone know which ones are better than others, & which to definitely not get? 🙂 #
  • Are you willing to help a nonprofit organization without paying a penny? #
  • Here’s simpler explanation. Please read. #

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Tabetha’s Tweets 2009-05-17

  • I think my 15 month old has finally adjusted to going down for a nap without her pacifier! Now to get her through bedtime without it! #
  • Anyone know how to remove inkjet printer ink from a shirt? #
  • Now, thanks to @stretchmarkmama, I can do this!!!! ★ ♫ ♥ ☆★ ♫ ♥ ☆ #
  • Just found a really cool site for online and/or printable worksheets!!! #
  • @lgedeon You could always tweet it in reverse reverse chronological order! 😉 in reply to lgedeon #
  • 10 years after getting my cast iron skillets, I think I might have them seasoned correctly! Now they keep that shiny black look. #
  • Just enjoyed a bowl of unsweetened oatmeal with raisins (therefore technically slightly sweetened) for the 1st time in my life! #
  • How could I ever have disliked raisins? How?! #
  • Oh cool! I can’t wait to try this out!
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  • I cooked 14 pounds of green beans and 3 pounds of onions today!! That is definitely a first!!! #
  • me to 9YO, “You should always try to make sure that only positive words come out of your mouth…aw man! I forgot to spice the green beans!” #
  • @simpsonsparadox It would “seam” that we have the same anti-“seem” issue. 😀 in reply to simpsonsparadox #

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But Don’t Sock Up!

I have always been weird about my socks. I don’t like it when:

  • I sleep in them
  • they get wet
  • they get wrinkled or twisted
  • the heel slides down in my shoe
  • the seam is against my little toe
  • the top is too loose or tight

I did mention that I was weird about my socks, right? Do you believe me?

Well, take it from me, the picky sock girl! I have found socks that have none of the above problems. Introducing the cool and comfortable fuzzy socks!!

These socks are SO cool! They don’t wrinkle or fall off, yet they don’t cut your circulation either! They seem to repel water (to a reasonably degree…don’t jump in the pool to check them out). They are comfortable alone, yet they feel very soft and comfortable with shoes.

If you have that urge to try something new in this area, you should give these a try! Of course, you should not stock up because you are not me, therefore you may not personally like them, and if you do like them, you still won’t be me because that is impossible (for anyone except my hubby).


Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
– Philippians 2:14-15

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
– Philippians 4:8

I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
– Philippians 4:11

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
– 1 Corinthians 10:31

But godliness with contentment is great gain.
– 1 Timothy 6:6

Tabetha’s Tweets 2009-05-10

  • Who is this? And what did she do with my 3YO?! My 3YO does not NOT eat raw broccoli – even if it IS dipped in dressing! #
  • All 5 of my kids ate unsweetened oatmeal for breakfast! We are actually getting somewhere with this “no sugar” thing! You should try it! 🙂 #
  • @NatalieGrant Skip the pullups. There will be a few messes at 1st, but they’ll get the idea quickly. I trained 4 this way. in reply to NatalieGrant #
  • @NatalieGrant 1 more thing. They WILL regress right before the end & start having accidents. Don’t give in! It doesn’t last long. Good luck! in reply to NatalieGrant #
  • @roberthruzek You don’t even like broccoli covered in cheese?! That’s the only way I used to eat it, but now I like about any ole way! 🙂 in reply to roberthruzek #
  • @RelevantMom Good for you! I am just now making a list for my 4 oldest ages 9, 7, 5, and 3!! I’m a bit behind! in reply to RelevantMom #
  • @DanielleBean What?! You mean your kids are actually quiet when they color? Or did you mean quiet in camparison? in reply to DanielleBean #
  • @roberthruzek Oh wow! You won’t believe how long I stood there trying to figure out what ICK is an acrostic for! 😐 in reply to roberthruzek #
  • Wanna reset your taste buds & taste food like you never have before? Drop sugar! You will be amazed!! #
  • Just drank my first cup of hot unsweetened tea! Amazing! #
  • @stretchmarkmama Hey! I’ve been dying to know how to put that cute little musical note up on twitter! How’d you do that? 🙂 in reply to stretchmarkmama #
  • Brilliant!! I think I have a lot to learn!! 😉 #

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