Monday, December 15, 2014

Daybook: 12.15.14

FOR TODAY, MONDAY, DECEMBER 15th

Outside my window... rain, rain, rain. I would say rainy days and Mondays get me down, but that's not really true. I will not let the weather determine my day!

I am thinking... of three families who lost loved ones this week and praying for their comfort during this holiday season. 

I am thankful... for old friends. We got to see Bro. Terry and Barb Eaves last night - always a joy to visit with them.

In the kitchen... it's just me and the hubs for dinner tonight, so I'm making him one of his favorite old-fashioned meals:  hot dogs with sauerkraut, with sides of baked beans and fried potatoes.

I am wearing... leopard print top, dress jeans and leopard print flats.

I am going...to try finishing up Christmas shopping online tonight ... as much as possible.

I am reading... "A Plain Scandal" by Amanda Flower

I am hoping... that the family will like the Christmas ornament I am sharing with them this year.

I am looking forward to... Saturday, when we see our Colorado kids again.

Around the house... a little bit of chaos in the home office which has become a dumping ground during this busy time.

A favorite quote for today...

"KEEP IN MIND - Limitations aren't necessarily bad things. They are guiding posts for your path. Limitations help us to understand our priorities and keep them in place."
Wise words seen at Ashley talks a lot 

One of my favorite things... a free day to do what I want. Those are few and far between ...

A few plans for the rest of the week: preparing for a board meeting, writing my annual Holiday letter (I'm late!), and decorating for Christmas

A peek into my day...
Our new ride
So thankful to have a vehicle that is NOT ten years old!


The daybook is a concept created by Peggy Hostetler. You can link up at her blog, The Simple Woman's Blog.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December Reflections: Stripes



When looking over my 2014 collection of photos, I didn't want to forget this unique adaptation of the stars and stripes:




Seen in Missouri - July 2014

Hey! American ingenuity ... using what you have ... it's what made this country great!


All month long, I'm sharing reflections of 2014.  Want to join in? Link up at Susannah Conley's site. Let's celebrate December together.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

December Reflections: Comfort



When I think of comfort, I think of sitting on my recliner sofa, wrapped up in my furry animal print afghan, sipping a cup of hot cocoa with whipped cream on top.






So comforting!

... In fact, I think I think it would be good to wrap up in that afghan and sip some cocoa right now.

See ya!


All month long, I'm sharing reflections of 2014.  Want to join in? Link up at Susannah Conley's site. Let's celebrate December together.

Friday, December 12, 2014

F.F.F. - 12.12.14

I hope you are having the merriest of Decembers!

Last week, too much was going on and I was unable to do a FFF post, and today is much the same. Yet I want to take a minute and give thanks for the awesome ways God shows up in my life.

1. The major thing that has been taking place the last couple weeks was that I totaled our vehicle. Again. By. Hitting. Another Deer. Ackkkk!  Why do those pesky deer want to cross the road every time they see me coming!  

The fave, or highlight, in all this is that we did get a generous settlement from the insurance company and yet were able to buy back our old vehicle and get it fixed for $100. I'm not. Even. Kidding.  God loves me. The damage had been strictly cosmetic - yet it was totaled! - and now you can't tell it happened. Thank you, God, and the awesome body shop guy.

2. We bit the bullet and bought one of the newest vehicles we ever had. It's a 2013 Mazda CX-5.  I wanted to share pictures but the skies have been cloudy and gray ever since we got it. Maybe next week. So, we are back to being a two-car family, and for that, I am thankful.

3. Also during this time, the twins turned 6 months old. Each milestone in their lives is a huge blessing to us. Thank you, Jesus, for these wonderful grandbabies.
Baylee



Brody


4.  Just let me say, I love ordering online and Amazon prime. That is all.

5.  I've been asked to do something that is pretty scary for me. It is an honor to be asked, so I'm thankful for that.  I'll let you know next week if I made it through it!

And so ends another week on the Journey. How did YOUR week go?  Leave a comment and share, or consider linking up at our lovely hostess' blog, Living to Tell the Story.

Prepare

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I've written many times about my love of organizing. Nothing makes me happier than de-cluttering a space and containerizing, or making to-do lists on a brand new pristine page.

List making, of course, requires planning. The success of a project lives or dies on how well it was planned. It is important to prepare for anything that might throw a kink in your plans.

No matter how thorough you try to be, though, you can't prepare for everything.  This was brought home to me very clearly this morning. One of my co-workers had shortness of breath and chest pains throughout the night and had to be taken to the emergency room. Tonight was an annual event for the Senior Adults he had been planning, and I'm sure he wasn't prepared to be in the hospital. His plans will have to be taken care of by someone else.

His situation brings home the fact that we need to be prepared for emergencies because. You. Just. Never. Know. Hopefully, my co-worker is just experiencing a glitch in his life. If not, I know he is spiritually prepared to go Home. 

How about you? Are your prepared for anything that might come your way? If not, is it time to do some serious thinking?

~~

Please be in prayer for my friend. He had a major heart-attack last year and has been experiencing angina pains since. Hopefully this is another episode of that and he will soon be better.




5 Minute Friday is now hosted by Kate at the blog "heading home." This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. 

Just write.

Also, the most important rule is that you visit the blog of the person who linked up before you and leave some encouragement.  That’s the most fun of all, and the heart of this community.








December Reflections: White




Today's prompt is white.  A snow picture would be perfect for white. You would think that after living through all the winter weather we had last year, I would have some 2014 photos of snow. But, no. Not. One. Snow. Picture.


But then I remember a picture I took last Spring. A tree with white blooms ...


Arrowhead Lake - December 2014

... down by the lake. Yeah, that's the kind of white I'd rather gaze upon!


All month long, I'm sharing reflections of 2014.  Want to join in? Link up at Susannah Conley's site. Let's celebrate December together.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I'm Changed

There's a dead gal in the grave beneath my name.

In the summer of 1970, I had a near-death experience.  I was almost a victim of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning; but, thank God, I was discovered in time. The only memory I have of that event was coming to consciousness in a hospital and trying to get up but a huge nurse held me down and told me I had to wait because I would be dizzy.

It reminds me of the day my life was changed. A couple weeks after my experience, I decided to finish the job and put to death the old me. I gave my life to Christ, and the focus of my life changed.

Once I became His, I could never be the way I was before. Oh no!

Now it is not I, but it is Christ living in me.

My focus changed that day; but it took time, and is still taking time, to become more like Christ and less like me. He uses life experiences and the people I come in contact with to rub off the old Jerri and make the new Jerralea. I'm a work in progress, but I can truly say, I'm changed because of You, because now I live by faith.


~~~

Mama's Losin' It


This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 2. Take a line from a song you love and turn it into the title of your next blog post. Let the content follow. My favorite song is "I'm Changed," by Travis Cottrell, and you know me, I can't resist sharing a YouTube song!






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