All posts by MaryEllenNeitz

Wake up

It is dark but behind me a sunrise is beginning to threaten the world with promises of light.I’m uneasy as if it were a storm not a light show. Relax now! Whatever the day brings I will embrace.

Wake up to the morning . Wake up to the light. Wake up to the day.

Wake up to December. There is much to do.One day at a time. One thing enjoyed then another.

Wake up to beginnings and endings. Prepare your soul. Open your heart.

Wake up brain and organize yourself. New day coming!

Wake up body! Head to toe. Breathe!

Wake up and go about your day. Peace and love!


Shine on!

Where do you put your gratitude? Too busy I’ll post tomorrow or do you express it and cross that off the list?

Or do you put it in your pocket to carry it with you available but easily lost?

I absorb mine. Take it into myself and then shine.

Open eyes and senses alert I add to the embers.

Happy Anniversary Carol and Tom. Carol,I love your ideas. Through giving that we receive.

Shopping for children I don’t know ,imagining the light in their eyes.

Crystal’s advice to Glow through the Holiday season.

December brings a series of events. It can exhaust you or stoke the fire of your soul.

Shine on!

Prayers and hugs.

My brother-in-law had a  massive stroke and I have decisions to make when he leaves us but the decisions my sister is making are harder.

Grateful to my niece for keeping us updated but sorry to see his decline.

He is in Hospice and in a strange place between life and death.

Where is the gratitude in this? Grateful for his steady presence all of my life. His subtle humor. Good man.

Watching the outpouring of love to my sister and my niece. So many prayers and hugs. So many well wishes.

Emailing often with another sister and protecting another. I play many roles.

Grateful I was not the guest speaker yesterday at Church though it means I will have to restructure my message. I believe God wants me to say something else.

The mighty trio at Laughing Club. We have some good memories.

Whisper a prayer and gather a hug!


Thanksgiving Eve

Tomorrow we will give thanks for the big things. Today let’s think about small things.

Finding a Baby Jesus to be in our Search for the Christ Child Nativity. A miracle blew by and I am in awe.

A just right picture because one small toddler brought us together.

Warm socks, gloves and mittens!

Clean crisp sheets and fluffy pillows. Snuggly blankets.

Toilet paper,tissues, paper towels and baby wipes.

Recyclable grocery bags. So bright and beautiful!

Recipes written in handwriting that is familiar. Sometimes smudged with food from the past.

Keys,cell phones, bank cards and cash and being able to find them.



Don’t sweat the small stuff.(And its all small stuff.)

So some is pretty big and pretty overwhelming but bend (and breathe.)

Grateful for the ability to be flexible. (Mentally at least!)

Buying food for Thanksgiving # 3.

“Now Thank We All Our God” sounded good.

Double booked on sermons next Sunday mine will wait till December 31st.

Laughing at myself and unusual situations.

Praying for those who have confided in me that they need prayers.

Keeping calm so I will be truly grateful on the thankful day!


The Grateful Season

Preparing for three meals. A dish for after Church. A community meal and then ours on Thursday. Thanksgiving 1,2 and 3!

Turkey,turkey,turkey! I love turkey!

Predictable side dishes. Old standbys that comfort and bring back memories of other Thanks givings.

The tables at Church will be filled with everything imaginable.

Last year we were visiting with my daughter. Her husband makes mac’ and cheese so I made that for Church.

Allowing myself a dessert.

Thanksgiving napkins add a festive touch to the community meal. Turkeys, leaves and a cornucopia.

Pausing to reflect on my many blessings. Grateful for those in my life who make it easier!

Thanksgiving -More than a day!

My message is coming along. I chose one of the topics and that gave me peace and clarity.

Judy offered to do the Children’s sermon the Sunday I speak.

Thanksgiving starts this weekend with two dinners at Church Sunday.

Outreach is ready to provide for the families.

A picnic supper at 9:30 at night at the end of a busy day.

Laughter at choir. Wonderfully talented fill in organist!

Anthony is taking a break. His voice will be missed.(His presence will be missed. My left hand guy!)

Choosing songs only to find songs had been chosen. Breathe and insist on one song.

Grateful for all the little things I take for granted.




Grateful for this new day. Now let me get it together and get things done.

Returning a library book I loved. Amazing that you can check out books honor style.

Mailing a birthday card. The variety of cards . The fact that you mail it here and it goes there.

Hanging a sign at Church. Come to the meal on Sunday. It will be a feast.

Living out the scripture I was reading. When I was hungry you gave me to eat…

Putting gas in the car is usually all it takes to get from point A to point B.

Point B. My job for the day. Thank you that I can work.

Meeting tonight. Time to consider Christmas. Grateful for all who make things possible.

Choir. Now Thank We All Our God in four part harmony.Believing we will achieve this is faith.


New day

Trying to write a message for Church service on the 26th. Grateful for so many ideas.

Grateful for this new day. Confident that I will settle down and zero in on a few ideas.

Grateful that the pastor will help if asked.

I found out that two great grandkids  from Church that a  church friend  brings were left homeless in  a house  fire.

There is a two year old too. Glad all are safe. Comfort and prayers.

The response from our women’s group was immediate.

Grateful for this house.

And the snoring Hubby.

And the demanding cats.

Things can change quickly. Forgive me that I am not more grateful!




Finishing a really good book. Not happily ever after but satisfying like ending of a symphony.

A long but productive meeting at Church. We are planning Christmas but looking towards Lent.

Accepting an opportunity and beginning to frame and refine it. Seeing harmony.

The voice in the night that leads me onward.

Sharing with ever caring Kathy. Sister-of-my -heart!

Listening to the music for Sunday over and over till I can feel the harmony. Singing with it.Reaching for it!

The amazing gifts Chuck has brought to the choir.

The amazing thing that someone I need to talk to emails me. Synchronicity!