Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Ever feel like you'd love to escape to Mayberry where Aunt Bea bakes pies and Barney arrests jaywalkers and Sheriff Taylor, after another shuffling day, sits on his porch with Opie's pretty school teacher and strums his guitar?  Every evening the life of Andy and his family comes neatly packaged with a sweet little bow and all seems well in the fictional town I would sometimes love to call home...  No problems come up that can't be fixed within 30 minutes and that includes commercial time...
 While the TV is playing reruns we've been living a real life.  It' been a year full of everyday challenges, everyday imperfections, everyday successes as well as everyday failures.  
"Everyday Life" can be so, well..."EVERY-DAY" sometimes, can't it?  I sometimes find myself complaining about the mundane and all the unexciting hours in my life that blow in and out with the sweeping Oklahoma wind...
 This morning my Mr. AGPMan received good news from a Specialist about a chronic sore throat he's been having for the past eight weeks.  Truthfully I've been worried sick as nothing tried (or prescribed) was making him feel better...  During the day I thought of every horrible thing it could be and by evening's end I was exhausted from concern.

I'm a worrier I'm afraid....a big-time worrier.

People don't get sick in Mayberry, do they?
(Although I have always wondered where Opie's Momma was!)

As I crumbled in thankfulness over the missing "C-Word" in my beloved's diagnosis I was immediately overwhelmed with how incredibly lovely
can actually be.  I take it so for granted and yet in reality it is what I think I've longed for~

A simple EVERYDAY LIFE with nothing too difficult, too complicated, or too overwhelming to bear... 

My prayer today, for this EVERYDAY TUESDAY, is that I won't be so sidelined with the blessings around me to falsely believe that as long as I keep trusting, expecting and smiling that all will be well, stay well.  I was reminded once again this morning to be grateful and thankful for all things for at any given moment life can change.

Blessings as you continue to celebrate Christmas (and life) with JOY!

Love to you...


Unknown said...

Praise, God!!

Anonymous said...

Oh that is good news R, very good news indeed. On high he see's all our fears and finds the most simple of ways to quiet us. Though I live in daily pain, it could be worse, I can walk, I can see & I can speak. Those are gifts not taken lightly by me. I can create, complain and contemplate. OR, I can pray, be humble in His exsistence and learn everyday how to be & become a better christian woman. Mayberry? Well gosh, where is it I live then? BWaaaaaa. Hugs to you funny lady. Tammy

Anonymous said...

Wonderful good news for a wonderful ordinary Tuesday. When you leave for Maybuery, I'm going with you!


Sherri B. said...

I can understand your worry, what would we do without our dear husbands? Years ago my Mr. had a lump on his neck and I drove myself nuts with worry until we got the all clear..phew. - I love Aunte Bea and always thought how soothing to come home to someone like her..How nice to live in Mayberry, even for just 30 minutes. xo

Nancy said...

Great point, Rebecca. I am so glad you and your hubby got good news...Thank you Lord.....

Debra@CommonGround said...

I'm so glad it's nothing serious. I know how easy it is to "think the worst" in these kind of situations. Hope they can get him better super quick! Enjoy your sweet Tuesday, Rebecca dear! xoxo

Lavender Cottage said...

Dear Rebecca, in this era of so much of the 'C' word, we automatically think the worst, don't we? I am thankful this is not the case for your hubby and hope he can overcome his ailment to enjoy Christmas with the family.
Is that mistletoe I see above you two? :-)

Julie Marie said...

So happy to hear Mr. AGP is all ok... I know what a worry waiting for results can be... I love Mayberry, and often say I grew up in a Mayberry type of town... even to this day, it is still small town USA as is the little town next to it where I live today... I "create" Mayberry in my mind, by taking time to do the simple, everyday things that made the real Mayberry so wonderful... sometimes in the Summer, Jack and I even sit out on the back porch and he softly strums his guitar as we look at the stars... I will never, ever get to where I don't take the time to enjoy these simple, everyday pleasures... they are part of who I am as well... love to you, xoxo Julie Marie

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh Rebecca....I am so tearfully grateful that your worst worry did not come to pass....I hope that he will be 100 percent well soon.
Life can change in a moment. I have lived through 2 life experiences that have made me realize that too real!
We all worry....if I can't find one of my family when I think I should, even if I only have to wait 10 minutes I am near to a panic! Why don't they answer??? So I know what that worry can do to our days.
Praising God with you...enjoy your few days before Christmas!! Go do something fun!!

Donna said...

So glad your hubby is OK!
I would love to live in Mayberry! Every night at 10:30 Andy is on here in my house. I have always wondered what happened to Opie's mother too!
I have learned that no matter how much we worry that it is not going to change things. I know God has plans for our lives and enjoy the little things in life :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,

Bayberry doesn't ring a bell with me but your other dilemma sure does. It is true that often we worry way too much and it does weigh us down almost completely.
Sure this feels like an unexpected Christmas gift and we better continue to enjoy each special day together with loved ones.
Love to you girl and keep your pretty head UP.


The Polka Dot Closet said...

I'm a worrier too...So glad that tonight you will sleep like a baby!!


Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Oh Rebecca, I am so sorry that you had to endure this for so many weeks. It is frightening. I sensed that something was on your mind.

God loves us so much and he always wants us to continue to draw closer to him. It is confusing and frigtening when we have these challenges but we will always find our strength in our loving father.
Hugs my friend, Sue

Shirley said...

Hi Rebecca, I know exactly how you feel when your other half is sick and you are waiting for answers. I am a worrier, also. We are waiting to find out if my hubby will have an iron infusion or just what they are going to do to try to solve his problem. He has a blood disorder along with all of the many others, but we have made it through 12 years with god's health. I think about you when I hear of the bad weather. Have a wonderful Christmas and your cookie recipe sounds yummy. Your Missouri friend.

Ginger said...

Oh that is good news. I know you must have been so worried. You are so right, we overlook our daily blessings. I learned this morning a cousin died of a heart attack suddenly yesterday and was under Drs care. I am guilty of not noticing the blessings I am given daily. So glad Steve is ok.

Theresa said...

You are SO right! We can rock along in our daily busy-ness and not notice how great NORMAL is until something shakes our world! I am happy that you got the good news about NO "C" for the hubs! God is great all the time!

Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Di@Cottage-Wishes said...

Bless your heart, I know when I heard my husband had Prostate C it was unreal. No symptoms but with the Grace of God he is C free. I agree with you we need to treasure daily and not be comsumed with worry but I am like you a worrier. So glad everything is going to be good. Happy New Year, Merry Christmas. Di

KatyDidStitches said...

What wonderful news! I'm so happy to know that your beloved hubby is going to be fine. As a fellow worrier, I know how you must be feeling right now. Great big "WHEW," right?

We live in a "Mayberry" kind of town...6000 people...tree-lined streets...Victorian-style downtown. Life is good here. Your thoughts about gratitude are spot on. My little town and our simple life are two of the things I'm most grateful for...even though everybody knows everybody else's business and we don't have a Joann's Superstore!


A Southern Rose said...

What great news! Love the picture of you two also. Beautiful!

We watch that show all of the time too. Love it. I've often wondered about Opie's mom too.

You're so right about things changing so fast. I've seen that a lot over this past year. I've learned to never take things for granted.

Merry Christmas to you and yours,

Yasmin Smith said...

I am a BORN WORRIER!! Hubbs likes to tell someone if they are worrying about something, tell me and I will do the worrying for them
LOL.......anyway, I understand where you are coming from and am so
happy your Mr.AGPMan has something that can be fixed....
I hope you are beginning to slow down and start to relax and enjoy the holidays...they are almost upon us!!
We "roll out of here" a week from today and I am busy getting last minute things finished up. I made "rum balls" yesterday and they
turned out so yummy...today I will
begin my batches of what we call "Texas Trash" for different members of the family...my youngest
son thinks Santa's elves must have
this "goodie" on his sled, no matter how old son is!!!! HAHA
Have a blessed and relaxing week..
didn't someone just have a birthday Dec.12????? Hmmmn, Happy Birthday sweet friend.....
Love and hugs, Francy

Barbara Jean said...

What a lovely, and wise, post.
And great news. So glad for you all.

I will say, with the loss of my Dad just two weeks ago, I am learning, that in the midst of pain is where we grow. I am leaning to 'count it all joy as we suffer various trials', because through those trials we reach out more to Him, and He comforts us beyond words.
I am so glad to serve a God who always has our best in mind.

So, I'm thankful for every day life, and for what is important, life itself.

Sweet blessings dear friend.

barbara jean

Yasmin Smith said...

Dec. 15....No, your birthday is NOT Dec. 12, I did some snooping when nothing was mentioned, and I found a blog from a previous birthday....shhhhh! I won't tell how old you were!!!
Still looking as pretty as ever....
Hugs, Francy

A Rose Without A Thorn said...

Dear Rebecca, Please let your wonderful Steve know that Reubs and I are so thankful that it is not anything serious. You are both in our prayers and I hope that he will be fully recovered soon, blessings, Maureen.

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