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A Beautiful Lesson To Be Learned

The cheerful little girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them, a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box.

“Oh mommy please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?”

Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl’s upturned face.

“A dollar ninety-five. That’s almost $2.00. If you really want them, I’ll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself.. Your birthday’s only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma.”

As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.

Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere, Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.

Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night as he finished the story, he asked Jenny, “Do you love me?”

“Oh yes, daddy. You know that I love you.”
“Then give me your pearls.”

“Oh, daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess, the white horse from my collection, the one with the pink tail.. Remember, daddy? The one you gave me. She’s my very favorite.”

“That’s okay, Honey, daddy loves you. Good night.” And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.

About a week later, after the story time, Jenny’s daddy asked again, “Do you love me?”

“Daddy, you know I love you.”

“Then give me your pearls.”

“Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper.”

“That’s okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you.”

And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.

A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian style.

As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek.

“What is it, Jenny? What’s the matter?” Jenny didn’t say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she finally said, “Here, daddy; this is for you.” With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny’s daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny… He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her the genuine treasure. So it is, with our Heavenly Father. He is waiting for us to give up the cheap things in our lives so that he can give us beautiful treasures.

God will never take away something without giving you something better in its place.

Happy New Year

On the last evening of 2011, a few miracles occurred.
But let me back up a little.

For almost one month, my oldest granddaughter was living with us.
It’s been a little rough for her and her immediate family, her mother recently gave birth to their newest daughter. They have 5 (officially) now with another youngster they are raising and hoping to adopt. We all hope for the best with that.

The difficulties of raising such a busy and full family are – shall I say – more pronounced when you have teenagers to contend with. (I finally understand this even better now as I am the oldest of 6 in my own immediate family.)

So, long story short, my oldest granddaughter moved in with us in order to give her family a chance to ease their strains and burdens for a bit. (Who am I kidding, for as long as necessary?)

Without elaborating on too much detail, suffice to say it’s today’s combination of adolescence, mental growing pains along with anguish, the internet and (grand)parents who keep saying no, not yet. I know that can get rather boring and totalitarian on the receiving end as a teenager (since I was one once – eons ago).

Last night was New Year’s Eve, your not so typical party night of all party nights. And our granddaughter wanted so much to join her friends for it. You can imagine her angst when the (grand)mothers said no.

Finally, it came down to me. What happened next even surprised me when I shut down their conversation (ahem) and talked with our granddaughter. (No specifics now.) And I explained how and why we got to this point. After all that, I told her to call her friend and invite her here to meet us and take her to the party and bring her back.

I found out later, so she told me, that her friend didn’t call her back to make these arrangements and it looked like the party plans were off.

Sometime after that, she asked me to take her to the movies. We went for a quick dinner (for her), 7:10 showing and didn’t get home until well after 10:30pm.

As I said earlier, I am quite sure a few miracles occurred last night.

I feel pretty sure this is going to be a Happy New Year. My granddaughter asked me to the movies.

Cause And Effect

Thanks to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

The following information is almost one year old.
But, it shows how many people have jobs working for Apple as of last year at this time.

Just think, two people, in a garage, started all of this:

SAN FRANCISCO | Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:53pm EDT
(Reuters) – Apple Inc said it has raised its employee headcount by more than one-third from last year, as it warned again that it expects its gross margin to fall in coming quarters.
Apple said it has 46,600 full-time employees as of September 25, up from 34,300 a year-ago and 32,000 in 2008.Most of that increase came in the retail segment, where Apple now has 26,500 employees, 10,000 more than in 2009. Apple has 317 retail stores, up from 273 a year ago.

Thank you, Steve & Steve.

Anybody with an Apple product, should thank you also.

Steve Jobs Passed Away

ABC News reports, Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died, Apple said. Jobs was 56.

A true entrepenuer, along with Steve Wozniac, began the personal computer industry building the first Apple computer in a garage. Today, we have amazing technology because of Steve, and Steve.

He will be missed.

Never Forget These Heroes Also

From a friend,

Never Forget

10 Year Anniversary of 9/11/01

I am moved deeply, after watching and listening to this beautiful speech by President George W. Bush commemorating this event of our Heroes of Flight 93.

It is the best speech I have ever heard.

Freedom and Liberty

Lunch Served In The WH By Tapper

The lunch itself was Jay Carney.

Excellent job, Jake. Wanna run for President? We could really use a guy like you.

The transcript is here. A fantastic read.

h/t Don Surber