Enduring All Things: October 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HallowThanksMas? Really?

Sorry I am just now writing about this, but as most of you know, my parents came to visit last weekend. It was weird for us and I know it was weird for them. I can only imagine how it would feel the first time you go visit your grown children. When we were walking up to the front doors of the church building on Sunday, Mom said, "This is weird, visiting our daughter's church." But we had fun. We went to the OSU game on Saturday and watched them beat Purdue in overtime. We went back to Lynd's with them because my mom wanted to go. She is like me and loves all the fun fall things like picking apples and such.

Last week we had a Halloween party with the Buckeyes for Christ. That was fun. We played lots of fun games and watched the Adams Family.

Today is Halloween but it doesn't seem like it. We aren't supposed to have kids come to our door because we live in an apartment. We don't really have any plans for tonight related to Halloween. Pearson and I watched Hocus Pocus at some point last week and I have recorded a bunch of other Halloween movies so maybe we will watch one. It is kind of sad that we have been celebrating Halloween all month but on the actual day, we have no plans.
BTW, this is me. I dressed as Minnie Mouse for Halloween at 3 years old.
This brings me to another point: Even though Halloween seems over before it is, that is no excuse to start celebrating Christmas in October!! Seriously, many stores and shops already have Christmas decorations up, have big sales going on and I have seen some "Holiday" shopping commercials on TV. I just walked by a huge display of "Holiday (Just because they can't say Christmas) Movies" today. This really grinds my gears! The only reason the "Christmas" season keeps growing and now covers 3 months is because we have gotten so materialistic. It is the companies that are starting the Christmas shopping season early. It is ridiculous. The point of Christmas is truly to remember the birth of Jesus and what God gave to the world when he gave us His Son and to return that spirit of giving to other people. It is NOT the spirit of spending a lot of money and buying the biggest and best presents to impress our loved ones. It is NOT the spirit of getting the best deals and fighting with whoever happens to be in between us and that number one gadget that is marked down half price for 3 hours only on Black Friday morning! (This is why I don't shop on Black Friday- My grandma had a sweater literally ripped out of her hands many years ago and ever since I have thought those people are crazy). But at least Black Friday is AFTER Thanksgiving! That is the worst part. I would like to ask the companies with Christmas decorations up already, "Hey, don't you know there is another holiday between now and Christmas? Do you know what it is called? Do you know why we celebrate it?"

Thanksgiving. A day set aside to give thanks. This holiday supposedly started as a harvest celebration when pilgrims came over to the Americas and they were thankful for this New World and for a good harvest. The holiday evolved quite a bit since then and in 1789, President George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide Thanksgiving celebration in America "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving). Don't you want to be thankful and acknowledge the plentiful favors of our Almighty God on a day set aside for just that? Sure we should do that every day, but this is a day recognized by our country to do that. We should take advantage of it and make it a big deal. You could very well argue that this is the most important holiday of the year. We have nothing without God. We are nothing without God and his blessings. The least we can do is be thankful, and frankly, many of us have trouble being thankful on a daily basis. So a holiday designed to make us stop and be thankful is needed. BUT, these days we practically skip right over it! Enough! Let's celebrate Thanksgiving and save Christmas for December!

Okay enough of my ranting. I really didn't mean to write that much about the matter but if you hadn't noticed, it bothers me a little. Now after today, I will change my decorations to reflect Thanksgiving. I can't love being festive for every holiday.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Delightful Day

Have you ever had one of those days where everything just seems right with the world? Those days seem to be few and far between. I don't know why but today is one of them for me. It is such a good day and I feel at peace and without a care. And I really don't know why or what did it.

This morning I listened to the rain some while working. Maybe that had something to do with it.

Since it stopped raining, I have been listening to Halloween music. Yes, Halloween music. Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. I like it better than Christmas... Shocker, I know. Pearson thinks I am crazy but I love acting and dressing up. I always have. I can truly express myself by being someone else (I know that doesn't really make sense but just go with it) with no shame and inhibitions because it is Halloween and is at least somewhat expected and accepted. I also just love scary things. Scary movies, haunted houses. I like the thrill. So maybe Halloween music and the fact that there are only 13 days till Halloween put me in a good mood.

My parents are coming to visit this weekend. They will be here tomorrow night! Wahoo! My mom has never been to Ohio and my dad only has once to help us move. I am excited to show them our home. Is that why I am so happy? It probably has a lot to do with it.

At work I have been reassigned back to a project I had previously worked on. The new stuff I had been doing was getting frustrating so this is a very good thing. Maybe the reason for this day being so glorious?

I have been talking to my brother today! We go days without talking, not on purpose, we are just busy. But today we have been texting all day and talking to him always makes me happy!

But, I think the main reason today is such a good day is because it is the day that the Lord has made. I know that sounds cliche but it is so true. God made this day and he allowed me (and you) to live to today and witness its blessings. How awesome is that? God has a purpose and a plan for each of us and today is part of that plan.

I have days when I think I won't make it. When the world seems to be crashing down. You know, like the complete opposite of today. But that is silly. When you have God on your side and rooting for you, what could go wrong, really? I mean sure life can be hard sometimes but whatever is going on in my life at a given time is NOTHING compared to God's Grace and Love. They are pretty awesome.

Now if I can just get myself to remember these things on those horrible days I would be okay...

Thanks for reading my random ramblings.
Mrs. Charlene Maugeri

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Festivities

So I recently stated that I wanted to do some fun fall things in October like picking out pumpkins and visit a haunted house and do a corn maze etc. but was afraid that it wouldn't happen. Well, my fear has been rectified.
Friday night, we went to a murder mystery dinner put on by the Murder Mystery Co. This one wasn't necessarily a FALL festivity but it was fun nonetheless. I found a Groupon for half price for 2 tickets. It was a 3 course meal and interactive show. It was really good and worth the money and it was only like 10 minutes away from us! The theme for this particular show was 1957 prom night. We dressed up like people from the 50s and we won best dressed!!
This was our "prom" picture.
This was our mug shot as suspects
This was our certificate for "Best Dressed"
If we ever go back I think we will bring other people with us. It would be more fun if you know more than just one person there.

Then on Saturday, I went to a ladies day at a Columbus area church because Ms. Tamera Holzer was speaking. She goes to Buford church of Christ where Pearson and I grew up but she grew up here in Columbus. So she came back this weekend and I got to see her and her daughter Jordyn. What a joy that was to hear a familiar voice and meet so many wonderful ladies and hear encouraging words from all.

Saturday night, we went to the Haunted Hoochie with some friends from church. Oh my goodness. This haunted house/forest was legit! It is said to be the scariest in the nation. Of course, my source is its own website, but still. We had a blast! The down side; we waited in line for literally 3 hours. It wasn't so bad though because we were with friends and they had a DJ. The wait was like a big party and it made the actual thing less scary.

On Sunday, Pearson surprised me with his mystery date for October. (Mystery date: one of us plans the whole date and blindfold the other to take them on the date. It happens once a month alternating responsibilities). We went to Lynd's Fruit Farm!

We picked a peck of apples:
We picked out some pumpkins:
We shopped at the Amish market:
We did not do the corn maze but I was happy anyway. :P I had such a wonderful time. I just love fall!!!

Then, and this one wasn't planned by either of us, we went to sonic for happy hour after our Lynd's adventure and when we tried to leave, the car wouldn't start... The engine wouldn't even turn over. Great. So we asked one of the workers if anyone had jumper cables and could give us a jump and two very nice men helped us out. We went straight to Advanced Auto Parts to get a new battery and the man who helped us was a hoot!! He spent over an hour changing our battery. He said I had a lot of corrosion on the battery- which we could see. And he spent so much time to make sure he got it all cleaned off and to prevent it from happening again. But while he did all this, he never stopped talking. He talked about his job and how he got there and how he had been working on cars since he was 9 years old. He talked about the military and both his uncle and his mother being in the army. He had a lot of military stories. He finally asked us about ourselves. He asked us if it was work or school that brought us to Columbus. When we told him Pearson was at OSU for grad school, he went off on his college experiences. He was a really nice old man and too funny! He made a horrible situation enjoyable.

Last weekend we went to Andrew and Deanna's wedding and then went home to Buford. This weekend we did all these fun things. And next weekend my parents are coming to visit!!! I like October. :D

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wonderful Weekend

This past weekend, Pearson and I went on a little road trip. We left Friday after work and drove all the way to Knoxville. We stayed the night there then Saturday morning we drove to Helen to see some good friends get married. It was a beautiful ceremony for the start of a beautiful life! We love you, Andrew and Deanna, and are so glad we got to be a part of your big day.
After the wedding, Pearson and I headed to his parents house for the night. We got to meet their puppy, Colbie for the first time, had dinner, watched a bunch of football (we won't go into details, this part of the weekend was very disappointing) and enjoyed some family time. Sunday morning we went to church at Buford for the first time in over 2 months and had lunch with both of our families (this includes my grandparents and aunt, uncle and cousins). We were a wild bunch and I bet Arby's was happy to see us leave. Then, after picking up a few things from my parents' house, Pearson and I hit the road for what would be a long 11 hour (we hit construction) drive home. We got home at 12:30 and fell into bed. I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow. It was a long exhausting weekend but totally worth it. We figured out that we spent 24 hours in Georgia (including 1 hour of driving from Helen to Dacula and about 8 hours of sleep) and about 23 hours on the road...

Anyway, all this to say: Isn't family great? I mean seriously. I got to see my in-laws, my parents, my brother, my grandparents, one aunt, one uncle, some of my cousins, and my church family all in one weekend. I missed them all and seeing them was so uplifting. They were so excited to see us and took care of us for the weekend. They had only compliments to voice. Isn't it great to know you are loved? I feel truly blessed to have such a great family all around. It is tough being away from them but coming home is so great. It is a refresher. We needed it. As I said, totally worth taking a weekend road trip.

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