Enduring All Things: April 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Family

I almost forgot to post a Thankful Thursday. Today for Thankful Thursday I am thankful for...
My Family

My family is absolutely amazing. I am so blessed to have them. God knew what He was doing when he put me in this family. I know they support me in everything I do. They always want what is best for me. They have always been there for me, praised me and been proud of me. They are my best friends and I know I can go to any of them for anything.

They really love me, but more importantly, they love God. My dad and both grandfathers are/were elders in the Church. My mom, grandmothers, aunts and uncles are all deacons, bible school teachers and leaders in so many ways. They are all great wives, husbands and parents. I couldn't ask for better Christian examples to model my life after.

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Mrs. Charlene Maugeri
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Our Sefety

Today for Thankful Thursday I am thankful for...

My (and my family's) Safety

This week has been very tragic for our country. First we had a terrible bombing in Boston. Three people were killed including an 8-year-old boy and 140 injured.
Boston Marathon Bombs on Monday source
Last night, in Texas when a fertilizer plant exploded, at least 15 were killed, 160 injured and dozens of houses were destroyed.
Fertilizer Plant Explosion in Texas last night source
Today, in 'middle America' overwhelming weather took over. Chicago had 7.25 inches of rain by 1 p.m. where the average rainfall for the month of April is 3.38 inches. The flood opened up a sink hole which could swallow up 3 cars. One man was badly injured and, no doubt, countless belongings and homes were destroyed.
Flooding in Chicago today source
Frankly, I am thankful that these things did not in Columbus, OH, Buford, GA, Searcy, AR or anywhere else that close friends or family of mine live. However, I know these places aren't, by any means, immune to disasters or terrorism. Therefore, I am thankful that we live in this country. I am thankful we have great healthcare professionals, policemen, firefighters and just civilians who are willing to help others. In these cases cases, people were seen going towards the scenes to do what they can to help. This gives me hope for our country's citizens.
I have been praying hard for everyone involved. I know God can heal physically and mentally. That is what these people need. This somehow makes my worries and problems seem small, how about you?

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Mrs. Charlene Maugeri

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Brother

So yesterday was National Siblings Day (if you didn't know, you don't spend any time on social media sites). This got me thinking about how truly blessed I am by my brother. So today for Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for..

I honestly don't even know where to begin.
Tyler, you make my life brighter. You have been there with me and for me through a lot. You were always my partner in crime, my best friend, confidant, and my annoying little brother. I wouldn't trade any of that for anything in the world. You know how to have fun and goof off and you have a very contagious smile. I envy your ability to make any situation funny and enjoyable.
When you were born I was so proud to be your older sister because you were so cute and you were MY brother. Later I was proud of you because you were a smart kid with a great heart. Then I was proud of your running and other accomplishments. Now I am proud of you because you have become a wonderful young man with the desire to do what God wants you to do. You love your major and are good at it. You do everything to God's glory.
But this post isn't really supposed to be about all that. This is a Thankful Thursday post. I am thankful for you because...

  • You believe in me and what I can do. You always have, even when I didn't.
  • When I was a mean older sister, you still loved me.

  • You really know make me laugh. We have countless inside jokes and memories. (The Potters! Camp, L2L, Christmas every year, Baseball and Softball games, making fun of Mom and Dad in general :P, musicals and singing together)

  • You keep in touch even though I am old and married and 700 miles away.
  • You still find it important to tell me about your life. I appreciate that so much.

  • You inspire me to be a better person just by your example. Isn't it supposed to be the older sibling who does that?

The list goes on and on but if I kept going, this post would get way too long.
I love you, Tyty, with all my heart! I miss you so much every single day.

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Mrs. Charlene Maugeri

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Spring time weather? Yes please!

The temperature outside got up to 75 degrees yesterday. In Columbus, Ohio.
The highs for the rest of this week are supposed to be in the 70's. In Columbus, Ohio.
I have been waiting for a long time for this. It has been a long, cold winter that I am not used to. Warm weather just makes me feel better. No more bundling up when I go outside. No more dreary snow. I can wear shorts and bright colored t-shirts. I can wear dresses and skirts without tights or leggings!
Pearson and I have been looking at patio furniture lately. (We moved here too late in the summer to even worry about it last year). I can't wait to start spending time outside! I am tired of being cooped up all the time.
I think I will run outside today. I want to take in God's creation; the smells, the sights, the air, the warmth. I just love spring time. It reminds me how truly awesome our God is. He created all of this beauty around us for us to enjoy and he created us. Amazing!
Now I just can't wait until all the flowers start blooming!

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Mrs. Charlene Maugeri

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thankful Thursday: He is Risen!

On this Thankful Thursday, I am very thankful that Christ humbled himself to come to this Earth, was killed on a Cross and...
He has Risen!
Sunday was Easter. This is when we celebrate the rising of Our Savior.
As with all 'Christian' holidays, I think we should be celebrating this every day, BUT having a specific day in the year when basically the whole country celebrates is pretty cool.
Think with me for a second about Jesus... 
He is God, but He came to Earth. Yeah, Earth is a pretty great place but it is NOTHING compared to Heaven. Jesus was with His (and our) Father in paradise but He left that to come and suffer as a human on Earth just like you and me. Why? Because He loves us and wants us to be free from our sins. 
Jesus was hated and persecuted in His life here on Earth. He was tempted but never sinned. He was arrested and executed. He was beaten, mocked, and hung on a cross; the most shameful means of execution of the time period. He hung between 2 criminals. He did not deserve it. He was perfect. He could have stopped it, but he didn't. Why? Because He loves us and wants us to be free from our sins.
Lastly, he arose from the grave. He conquered death. He defeated Satan. He gave us hope of rising again to be with Him in Heaven. Why? Because He loves us and wants us to be free from our sins.
I am most thankful for this sacrifice. He suffered all that you and I might live eternally. All our many many sins were placed on Him. He carried our burdens and still does so that we don't have to, because He loves us. Amazing!
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 ESV
"There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain.
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me.
For I am His and He is mine,
Bought with the precious blood of Christ."
-In Christ Alone by Amy Grant
We are very loved and very blessed. Let's never forget that.
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Mrs. Charlene Maugeri

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Larger Than Life

The theme for Harding University's Spring Sing show this year was "Larger Than Life". This theme was very fitting because this year marks 40 years of Harding Spring Sing (which is larger than life in so many ways) and because Dr. Burks, the beloved university president, will be retiring from his position this year and he is truly larger than life. I also feel the theme was very fitting for me in particular this year. The year after I graduated I came back to this larger than life place, saw larger than life people, remembered my larger than life experiences, and saw a larger than life show.

Here is a re-cap of the weekend because it was so marvelous and I know all of you want know all about it. (And sorry to disappoint you, but I am a horrible person and didn't take a single picture the whole weekend so this post will be mostly words- I will try to keep it short)

~Pearson and I packed the car before 7am in under 30 degree weather.
~We drove more than 11 hours to Searcy through farm country. Boring.... Especially since we hit construction and were stuck in stopped traffic on two occasions!
~We got out of the car in Searcy in 70 degrees. Glorious!
~We ate dinner with my brother and his girlfriend and while we were there, we kept getting texts from friends wanting to see us, so our table went from 4 people to 7 people before the night was over.

~Woke up and went to 10:00 chapel where we heard none other than, B. Chris Simpson speak.
         *Side Note: 2 years ago, I thought I was hearing B. Chris for the last time because he was graduating and I was really sad. I have heard him speak at least 3 times since then lol.
~After Chapel we walked around the science building and the student center and could hardly walk 10 feet before being bombarded by an old friend. This went on for hours. It was quite overwhelming.
~There were a few people we made a purposeful effort to go see during the day and we spent a good long while with each of them, including some very loved professors.
         *Sadly, I missed Coach Rags before he went home for the day. :( But there will be other opportunities to see him.
~Our 'cult' (ask Pearson called it) went to Kellum's house that night and had a pot luck style dinner. We laughed and caught up until almost midnight.

~Pearson went to Bobby's early with the guys while I stayed in bed. (They probably had a better time with only boys anyway, but I missed Bobby's!)
~We had lunch with Ashley and Taylor and Taylor's family.
~We hung out in the student center again and saw tons of awesome people. At least we were sitting down most of the time unlike Friday.
~We went to dinner with Tyler, Mary and Andrew (my brother, his girlfriend, and my cousin) before we saw Spring Sing.
~Saw a fantastic Spring Sing show. One of the best overall that I have ever seen.
~Hung out at Midnight Oil for the rest of the night with friends

~Went to College church of Christ for Easter Sunday service
~Ate lunch with Tyler one more time.
~Drove 11 hours home but we went through more cities this time so it wasn't as boring but still pretty bad.

About Spring Sing itself:
Congratulations to the Chi Sigs, Regina, OEGA, and Sig Phi show on winning first place! They did a great job and, in my opinion, completely deserved the trophy! Every show did really well and some were surprising. I was impressed with the couple clubs who did Spring Sing for the first time. It was a weird phenomenon to only know one of the hosts because I am so old, but they all did a fantastic job as well. And lastly, I am so glad, no matter how cheesy it was, that the finale number was centered on the Backstreet Boys song "Larger than Life".

To reward those of you who read this whole post... Here is the last part of the vocal flash mob that some of the Spring Singers put on before the show. Apparently I don't know how to work my phone's video feature so you only get to see the last song but you get the idea: more and more people kept joining the singers on the stairs and they did a really good job!

Thanks for reading!
Mrs. Charlene Maugeri

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