Slightly Tilted: The Right Dream at the Wrong Time

right dream wrong timeBy Jen Adair, Blogger at Slightly Tilted, Entreprenuer, Homeschool Mom to two fab kiddos

What is up with dreams? Aren’t they just the weirdest combinations of things you didn’t even realize entered your consciousness until you wake up in the morning wondering who hijacked your sanity? Take, for example, my weirdo dream the other night. It was about a fish. Not just any fish. A fish I saw a million times in my Facebook feed.

I never even read the fish story, but the headline said a guy caught a catfish that was something like 8 feet long and 280 pounds. I don’t know if it’s true. I just saw a big fish. Didn’t even think about it. Or, I thought I didn’t. That night I dreamed that the Game and Fish Commission wanted me to track where this fish fish catfishused to live. So…they hooked up ropes to the back of the fish and I held on while the fish drug me around a lake. The fish stopped. Apparently, the fish was circling me from below, tying me up in the ropes. All of a sudden, the fish sprang up out the water, hitting me square in the back.

I woke up on the floor in my bedroom, my back aching, and totally ticked off at a pretend catfish that had knocked me out of bed. (Please tell me this has happened to you.)

I’m full of dreams. Both the ones I dream at night and the ones that involve my real, awake life. Some are crazy, some are not. The thing about dreams is that they never come to fruition when you expect them to. This has been a hard lesson for me  — I’m very impatient. God has had to flat knock me out a couple of times to get me to slow down and wait for the perfect time.

Does this happen to you guys? You dream of a new house, a new career, a baby, the perfect man…and then you try to rush it and MAKE those things happen instead of just waiting for the perfect time for your perfect dream to become realized? I don’t mean that you’re not supposed to do things to help out the situation, but do you force something when the door keeps closing on you? I do.

I always dreamed of having my own business. Always. I didn’t expect to get to homeschool the two children I was told I probably wouldn’t even be able to have. And now…after impatiently waiting until they were a little older and the homeschool chaos is a little more under control, I have my own business. I have more than I ever thought I could have — it just didn’t happen in the way or at the time I thought it should.

And I’ve been stressed. And moody. And frustrated. And now I look back and think about how dumb I was and how much better it is that everything happened the way it did.

The dreams I have for my life were placed in me for some reason by someone who knows me better than I know myself. The fact of the matter is you have the right dreams, too. However, the right dream at the wrong time won’t really get you anywhere. Trust me. I have the bruises to prove it.

No, really. I have bruises…from being thrown out of my bed by a huge catfish.

Hey, some dreams are better than others.

jen adair3Hey. I’m Jen Adair. I’m an entrepreneur. Homeschool mom. CEO of organized chaos. Ok – it’s really not all that organized. Some days are great, some are not, some days I feel invincible, some days I can barely get out of bed. BUT…it’s my life and I’m living it. Browse my collection of random thoughts, humor (well, I think I’m funny!), images, links, whatever…at my blog Slightly Tilted. Sharing is caring, people! :)

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Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re a mom.

And chances are, if you’re a mom, your shoulders feel like they’re in knots. If you have little kids, your back gets a workout from carrying them around. If your kids are too big to carry, you can still carry the stress. Just being a mama is enough to make us feel like a human pretzel sometimes.

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Devotion in Motion: The Lloyd and Rose Scenario

lloyd and rose slider12 ¶ So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.  ~  Psalm 90:12 (NKJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

I’ve always heard that when their children grow up, married couples either get divorced or fall in love again. The latter must have happened in my case because this part of my life with Susan seems to me to be very, very sweet.

Susan and I have always said that we hope that things work out for us like they did for Lloyd and Rose. Lloyd and Rose were members of our congregation.  They were a married couple who stayed deeply in love for their entire lives. When they were in their 60’s they lived in a house together. When they were in couple on benchtheir 70’s, they moved into an efficiency apartment at an assisted living facility.

Finally, when they were in their late 80’s they were patients in a nursing home, where they lived in hospital beds, side-by-side. Their bodies grew steadily weaker, but, as ever, their love for one another grew stronger.

Today their bodies share a headstone in the little cemetery across from our little country church, and their spirits are alive in the kingdom of God. In my way of thinking, you couldn’t ask for anything more than a life like that.

Susan and I have talked about the “Lloyd and Rose scenario” for many years, with a wish that this would be our destiny in life. But lately I’ve come to a realization. Sometimes it works out that way, but not always. And if it doesn’t work out that way, one of us will pass away before the other one. And then the other one will be alone.

I don’t say that to be morbid or dark. If you read the Bible, it’s not a morbid thought at all. It’s just a realistic description of life in the world in which we live.  In some sense you can even call it “the will of God.” Even though it’s painful to think about, the sooner we think about it, the better. If you love Jesus, you’re going to live in the next life forever. But not in this life.

My realization of that fact doesn’t fill my life with dread. Instead, it fills my life with hope and the greatest joy. When I wake up in the morning, well, I realize that each day is limited time opportunity. Just like the infomercial says, if you’re gonna use this day, you’ve got to “act before midnight tonight” and “supplies WILL run out.”

And because of that, I’m trying to make each day a thing of joy and beauty — especially with Susan. And my children. And all the people that I love. I don’t always succeed making each day a glorious thing. But lately I’m having a lot more good days than bad ones.

In the scheme of things, this isn’t anything revolutionary or new.

I’m pretty sure we all learned a Psalm about this when we were children:

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

Lloyd and Rose just had the good sense to put it into practice.

Go thou and do likewise.

john l cashDr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 29 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. (On week days has a desk-job at a public school, where he used to teach Latin on closed-circuit-television.) He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in the parsonage next door to the Antioch Christian Church (where we had a “snow day” with no snow this week.) Their kids include Spencer (age 23), his wife Madeline (age 23), and Seth (age 20).

NWA Calendar of Events + Spring Break Activities: March 2015

TheUglyDuckling-MotherlodeWebAd_266x375The Ugly Duckling and Tortoise and the Hare

Lightwire Theater presents two cherished fables in a new and brilliant light. Full-bodied electroluminescent puppetry visually dazzles like moving sculpture in a theatrical experience that will delight children. In an age where television, computers and video games reign, Lightwire delivers classic tales in a visually remarkable way with an artistic musical score ranging from classical to jazz to pop. The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare are incandescent story-time adventures that the whole family will enjoy.

Date: March 1

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Beautiful Girls Retreat

This is a two-day, overnight getaway for girls and their moms/leaders on March 6th and 7th, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Bentonville. As a non-profit with a mission to create and host a teaching event that is truly community-based, interdenominational, and to inspire young women in character, identity, and self-esteem. The theme for 2015 will be “True Beauty”. Keynote speaker is Erin Davis, author of fourteen books on girlhood, purity, beauty, and parenting. The second day will be filled with creative breakout sessions, tea time, visual arts presentations, a fashion show, and more. This weekend provides girls and moms with a time to get away and be refreshed and encouraged. Please visit our website for details and registration at .

Date: March 6-7

Time: Varies

Location: Doubletree by Hilton

More info: Click here

Spring Break begins at Devil’s Den

Date: March 7-29

Time: Varies

Location: Devil’s Den, West Fork

More info: Click here

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph_TNEWOne of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.  Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including ”Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

Date: March 10-15

Time: Varies

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Father-Daughter Princess Ball

Date: March 13

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: NWA Mercy Family YMCA, Rogers

More info: Click here

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Tales from the South: On the road

Tales from the South, the unique, radio showcase of Southern writers which broadcasts locally on KUAF is returning. Host Paula Morell will choose local writers for performance, music by local musicians, and there’s a Southern Sunday Night Supper.  Presented with support from the Arkansas Arts Council.

Date: March 15

Time: 6 p.m.

Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale

More info: Click here

Midtown Men

Midtown_Men_TNEWThey’re BACK! The Midtown Men are returning to Northwest Arkansas with their unique Broadway flare and bravura, as they sing all the hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Jackson Five, The Four Seasons and more! These four talented entertainers shared the Broadway stage for hundreds of performances of the Tony® Award-winning mega-hit Jersey Boys before reuniting as The Midtown Men to bring their magic to audiences everywhere. By popular demand, the boys are back for 2 nights only! Act fast for tickets to this sure sell-out – this show rocks!

Date: March 19-20

Time: Varies

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Devil’s Den Rocks

It’s time to celebrate what makes this park special. Join state geologists along with park staff for a fun weekend as you learn about the special features that make Devil’s Den the rockin’ place to be.

Date: March 28-29

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Devil’s Den, West Fork

More info: Click here

Spring Break Activities:

mountain bikeCommunity Creative Center (Fayetteville and new location in Rogers)

Click here to see various art class options

Hobbs State Park

Click here for info on nature classes, March 25-27

Fayetteville Public Library

Click here to see times for daily kid movies and daytime lock-ins for elementary-age children

The Jones Center

Click here for info about activities scheduled for the week

Trike Theatre

Choose-your-own-adventure Spring Break theatre options

Crystal Bridges Museum

Click here for more info on drop-in activities daily

 

 

Good Gossip: Gaga getting married, Duggar newlyweds and more

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Yes, we do love a little celebrity gossip but we also know it’s not cool to do something we teach our kids NOT to do. It’s never okay to indulge in stuff meant to humiliate or hurt another person. That’s why we came up with the concept of “Good Gossip,” which is celeb news minus any mean stuff. Have as much as you want because this “dish” is all guilt-free.

As always, this feature is sponsored by Great Day Farms, a national brand based right here in NWA. Look for their products at the Walmart Supercenter. Click HERE to like them and get coupons on their Facebook page.

lady gaga ringWe’re still amazed over the incredible performance Lady Gaga gave at the Oscars last weekend, when she did a tribute to The Sound of Music and Julie Andrews. Gaga is recently engaged, too! Her fiance, Taylor Kinney, popped the big question on Valentine’s Day with a heart-shaped diamond ring that is SO gorgeous. The singer said that she is sure Taylor is the right guy, saying that “We complement each other’s weirdness.” Congrats to the happy couple.

jennifer aniston 2015Wow. Age 46 never looked so good. One of our favorite Friends stars, Jennifer Aniston, turned 46 recently and celebrated with fiance Justin Theroux and friends including Courtney Cox, Amy Adams, Jimmy Kimmel and Emily Blunt. (And did you see Jennifer’s dress at the Oscars last weekend? It.was.perfection.)

behtany hamiltonBethany Hamilton, a championship surfer who lost an arm when she survived a shark attack, will become a new mom in June. She and her husband Adam Dirks announced that they’re expecting their first baby, a son, early this summer.

jessa and ben sewaldIf you follow the Northwest Arkansas-based Duggar family and their TV show, you’ll want to check out the interview with Jessa and Ben Seewald in the most recent issue of People magazine. There are some great photos of the newlyweds who share some of the details of adjusting to life as a couple. They also talk about their wish to adopt one day as well as have biological children. Jessa’s sister, Jill Dillard, is pregnant and due to deliver a baby boy in the next few weeks. Jill is married to Derick Dillard.

Source: People magazine, Feb 23rd and March 2, 2015 issue

Good Gossip is sponsored by CCF Brands, a Northwest Arkansas company which makes Great Day All Natural Eggs. These eggs are produced by happy hens who are fed premium vegetarian diets with no animal fats, animal by-products, or antibiotics. Great Day Farms also offers hard-boiled eggs, which you can find in the deli section of the Walmart Supercenter. (Love the hard-boiled eggs because they’re peeled and ready to eat! Perfect in salads.)

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