Friday with Freda ~ Somethings You Are Never Too Old To Try

Since my Grandma Freda moved in with us last year, there have been a multitude of “firsts” for her. It started with her first trip ever on an airplane to move to Colorado with us. She still talks about the journey and hopefully it wasn’t her last plane ride! There are just some things you are never too old to try I guess.

Here is just some of the things she has proved you are never to old to try since moving in with our crazy family:

1. Jeff convinced Grandma to ride in his Jeep with the top off. She LOVED it, and can’t wait to do it again this Summer.

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One Word for 2012 ~ Steward

I saw this quote last week on the white board in the gym where I work out.

It reminded me of my One Word for 2012. The word I chose, or should say the word that chose me, back in January was STEWARD.

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Life and Leadership Reflections on My Birthday

This week I celebrate a birthday. I’m closer to 40 now than 30 and I’m surprisingly OK with this. Throughout this year God has taught me so much  in the areas of work and family. I have learned a great deal about myself and the woman who He is growing me to be. Here are just some reflections I have gleaned from this past year:

1. Life is too short for you to spend time reading anything in Comic Sans font.

2. The best food requires a bit of a mess.

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Friday with Freda ~ A Trip to the Beauty Shop

One of the things I have learned from my grandma is that even at 89 years old appearance matters to a girl. Every week she sets her hair with rollers. If someone is coming to the house she puts on her pretty lipstick and fixes herself up.

Freda's Beauty Bag

In a culture that has made it almost socially acceptable to be seen in public in pajama bottoms and flip flops Freda has taught me that a girl is never too old to get “gussied up”.

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Leadership Lessons: Allow Your Team To Work In Their Strengths

For three years now I have been blessed to work for an amazing ministry. It has proven to be the most challenging but most rewarding experience leading a team that truly believes in the mission 100%. I have never in my 17 years experience working with nonprofit ministries been apart of anything that has such internal support that drives everyone involved to external excellence.

I am often asked what is a key leadership lesson that I have really taken to heart since becoming the Executive Director of Family Life Services. My answer is simple:

I try to always always always allow my staff to operate in their strengths.

Early into the the hiring process  I ask potential staff members to take the Strengths Finder 2.0 leadership assessment by Tom Rath during their very L-O-N-G interview cycle and we share those findings with the rest of the staff.

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Images of the Easter Season

 

 

This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it.   Acts 3:23-24

Some ways the Abel family enjoyed life in HIM today….

Traditions

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Friday with Freda ~ Good Friday Time to Plant Your Potatoes!

Last year through some pretty difficult circumstances my Grandma Freda moved from West Virginia to Colorado to live with our family. I will be sharing more about these events in the future and what God is teaching me through my experience. It has been a wild ride having an eighty-nine year-old as a part of our very active day-to-day lives. At times it is difficult, but more often—it is filled with unexpected blessings. Fridays I hope to share insight and wisdom that she is teaching me.

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The Thaw. Thoughts on Grief

She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts. ~George Eliot

This time of year I refer to as The Thaw. The season when winter is almost behind us, and spring is truly trying to make her debut.

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