It’s Friday and doing the blogging I look forward to each week with Lisa-Jo on her blog, The Gyspy Mama and we are doing five minute Fridays.  She chooses a word and we write for Five Minutes.  I went over Five minutes, but not by too much. Thank you Lisa-Jo!

Once when I was young, we were playing at a swimming pool when I noticed a girl about my age jumping from the pool deck into her father’s arms.

I love this idea, and run to get my dad to do the same.

Into the water my dad goes as I instruct him as to the plan.

“Stand here, close to the side of the pool and catch me in your arms when I jump.  Hold your arms like this and don’t drop me, I don’t want my face to get wet!”

So I take my position several feet away from the edge of the pool where my dad waits patiently for me.

As I take my position I have a fantasy of everyone at the pool standing up and applauding this jump that I am about to do.

I take off running and just as my feet leave the pool deck, my little sister, in snorkel gear, comes up out of the water like a swamp monster, grabbing for my feet that are sailing over her head.

Now my arms and legs are flapping wildly trying to stop this jump that is in mid-air.

And my dad, seeing my full gallop towards him has begun to back up creating the space for my sister to enter the scene.

I hit my dad’s chest with my head falling down his back and him desperately holding the back of my thighs.

My face is wet and now my hair is sticking to my face…I am not happy!

As dad places my feet back onto the pool deck, my first thoughts are of how to ship my sister to Australia, and not caught, or get in trouble.

So many times we work and plan so very hard only to have an unseen disaster rear its head and destroy all of our hard work.

“It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He give to His beloved even in his sleep.” Psalms 127:2

This weekend, remember that you have worked hard for at least five days, use the sixth day to enjoy family, and the seventh to honor the Lord.

Give all your plans to the Lord, for He never sleeps or slumbers and can have it all worked out before you get up in the morning.

Happy Weekend friends! I’m  off to shoot another wedding for family.   I’ve loved my week with you; we’ll talk again next week.

Thank you, Victoria, for always allowing me to use pictures of your darling, to use in these blog!  Love you!

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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