Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Mounds City National Cemetery

Although here in the midwest, Memorial Day is the start of the grilling / camping season, we need to remember it is first and foremost a time of giving thanks for those who have given their lives so that America can continue to be free

Rest on, soldiers. We are grateful.

Friday, May 22, 2015


Rise and shine!

Time to get up and get going. You can plan your day down to the last detail but nothing will ever get done if you don't rise up.

Seems to me that life is much the same way.  You have to take that first step, and venture out into your destiny.  If you don't step out, nothing happens.

You could have all the potential in the world. You could have every resource available; but if that first step is missing, nothing will happen.  

What I've noticed is that person who seems to have everything against him will succeed because he will. Just. Not. Quit.

So rise up, sunshine, and start.  You might be amazed where you end up.


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.

Friday's Faves - 05.22.15

Can it really be another Friday?  Where did the time go? ... which is why it is good to stop on Fridays and reflect on the past week. You won't remember much if you don't!

Here is a few of the highlights of my past week:

1. Soft peppermints - I forgot how much I love them. I bought a bag this week.

2. Colombian coffee:  Pastor had brought some in a few weeks back and I really liked the taste of it. I bought a different brand this week and found out their "Colombian Peaks" is really good. I actually drank two cups one day. I usually never totally finish my first cup so this meant I really liked it. In fact ... hold on, while I go make me another cup ...

3.  Bubba cup:  I broke down and spent the $10 (TEN DOLLARS) to buy me an insulated double wall Bubba cup that actually fits in my cup holder of our SUV. (My beloved blueberry van had an adjustable cup holder ...).  Anyway, I love it and it does keep my drink cool for a long time. Bonus points that it is actually cute and is my favorite color of aqua.

4. New pic of Baylee:  I love this picture of Baylee, she is in her favorite place, right by her mother's feet.

And, just because I don't think I've ever shared this pic of the twins before:

It cracks me up!

5. Quote of the week:

"Home is a sacred place, not to be taken lightly.  "
Joanna Gaines

And so ends another week on the Journey. I'm looking forward to the Memorial Day weekend. It's one of my favorite times because of having a day off, grilling our holiday meal, and it is still spring and not hot yet!

How was YOUR week? Leave a comment and share, or link up your own post at Susanne's place, Living to Tell the Story.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Time Out!

With babies in my life again, the idea of a timeout needs to be more closely examined.

Who am I kidding?  Not just babies, but a lot of things need to be given a timeout.  Let them sit quietly for awhile out of the limelight ... and if possible examine the errors of their ways.

Since I'm a lister, and nothing makes me happier than writing a list, here are 10, just 10 of many, pet peeves I wish I could send to timeout.

1.  Saggy drawers:  Please, fellas, belt it up.  No one wants to see what color your boxers are. Especially, no one wants to see your butt crack. Letting your pants settle around your thighs does not make you look fashionable, it makes you look like you are incapable of dressing yourself. 

2. Leggings as pants:  Okay, ladies, I'm an equal opportunity picker-on-er.  Ladies who wear leggings with short tops are exposing every bump, jiggle and cellulite to the world.  Those things are never a pretty sight for anyone.  Twiggy might be the only one who could get away with such a wardrobe choice. (For those who don't know, Twiggy was an anorexic-looking model in the 60's. Or maybe it was the 70's.) Leggings are meant to be worn with tunics. A tunic is a long top that covers the entire derriere.

3.  Hillary Clinton:  I'm sorry, Hillary, but until Benghazi is explained, and you show some sincere remorse about the whole debacle, I'm not listening to you. 

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4.  People who go to Walmart dressed like they just got out of bed. Have some respect for yourself, people! Or at least respect those who have to look at you.  And don't think no one will notice - everybody you ever knew will show up at Walmart if you look like a disaster.  If you look all cute, then, of course, you will see no one you know. It's like a law or something.

5.  I live near a state highway.  People who drive by with their music so loud that it makes it out of their car and down the hill into my living room drowning out MY music tick me off. Mark my words, you'll be deaf someday.

6.  Also, people who leave their music on so loud your car windows are shaking while you are pumping gas need to be sent to timeout. You are forcing me to listen to something I would never choose.

(Boy, this feels good to vent!)

7.  Manufacturers who sell you a furniture item in a box that will take at least a day of your life to put together. There should be a special timeout for you!

8.  Folks who have a crying baby with them while shopping.  I realize that sometimes you can't help it, but when they crying goes on and on and loud enough to wake the dead, just grab the basic need and head for checkout.  The baby obviously needs a diaper change, food, or comforting. You can't do that shopping. Now is not the time to comparison shop or try on clothes. If it is an older child, tell them in a patient voice, "Stop or we are going home." If they don't stop, put everything down, and immediately walk out the store and go home. You will only have to do that once or twice to get the point across.

9.  Cat pictures on Facebook:  While I appreciate a funny cat picture as much as anybody, one or two a month should be the rule. Same thing for dog pictures. :)

10. People who block aisles in Walmart visiting with their friends. It's true Walmart is the place to see people you haven't seen in years, but please, find a place where there is little activity and visit there. Please don't park yourself where everyone needs to go!

I see I have a lot of angst concerning Walmart and shopping ...

What would you like put in timeout?

Mama’s Losin’ It

This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt # 6. List 10 people, places, or things you’d like to give a timeout to. Would you like to join in the fun? Visit Kat Bouska's blog, Mama's Losin' It, to link up.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Daybook: 05.18.15

For Today... Monday, May 18th

Outside my window... overcast and occasional drizzles, much like our weekend was ...

I am thinking... of how sad I am another era in my life is ending. (Is it okay to admit in blog land when sadness happens?)  For seven years I have worked alongside a great co-worker. He is now leaving to follow God's call for his family which unfortunately means living in another state.  For 19 years now, I've been working in church ministry and I ought to be used to the way people come and go. At my first church, there came a time when I was the only one left - employees as well as the board, now at my second church again I'm the only original employee left. I guess I can say at least I have stick-ability ...

I am thankful... that I was not hurt worse when I fell and went sliding in the sanctuary Sunday. I'm especially thankful that no one saw me!

I am wearing... a color-blocked shift dress. It reminds me of the 70's kind of style I wore as a teen. It is so comfortable! 

I am creating... more order in the office. I took Mary Organizes' advice and got an inbox for all paperwork needing to be dealt with - except I got two inboxes, one for my work-at-home job and the other for our household. You'll be glad to know they are both zebra striped. *Wink.

I am wondering... who God has in mind to take the place of my co-worker?

I am reading... Max Lucado's "Miracle at the Higher Ground Cafe." It's a change from the usual Max and is actually a novel. I like it, but please, Max, never give up your regular fare. I need those spiritual nuggets to chew on!

A scripture thought ...

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother (or sister), he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. (1 John 4:20 ESV)

We're commanded to love everyone - even enemies - but how it must hurt the heart of God when a person can't show love to their own flesh and blood ...

In my garden... is absolutely nothing!  Actually, all I ever plant are my containers on my front porch, but I don't have anything in there yet. I need to do something SOON.  Does it count that my knockout rose bushes in the yard are blooming?

In my kitchen... pork steaks marinating for tonight's dinner.

A favorite quote for today... I wanted to share a few quotes from my pastor's sermon this past Sunday:

  • God showed up in a fire at a distance (the burning bush) - and it freed a nation. (Ex. 3:1-8)
  • Jesus showed up in a fire - and set Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego free. (Daniel 3:25)
  • The Holy Spirit showed up in a fire (tongues of fire on the Day of Pentecost) that goes inside the people and dwells in their hearts. The result is the world can be set free. (Acts 2:1-4).
  • What do you need in the midst of your fire?

A peek into one of my days... from our recent trip to the Azalea Farm

One of my favorite things...  kissin' on my grand twins. My motto is "You can't never spoil with too much lovin'."

From the board room... Don't this dessert look luscious? I think this would be the perfect Memorial Day goody.

Strawberry Icebox Cake
photo and recipe from  sprinkle some sugar

Post Script - I love the song, "Greater" by MercyMe.  Here is a link to view this happy tune and see the lyrics.

The daybook is a concept created by Peggy Hostetler. You can link up your own daybook post at her site, "The Simple Woman's Blog."

Friday, May 15, 2015

F.F.F. - 5.15.15

Today is a palindrome kind of day (you can read the date the same, either backwards or forwards). I admit a lot of times I don't know if I'm coming or going so it is a perfect day for me.

I have had a good week even though it passed by in a blur.

1.  The week started out with a wonderful Mother's Day celebration. I had all the kids and the grands at O'Charley's to share lunch.  It was great.

I know I shared this earlier this week, but wanted everyone to see my angels:

It was a very windy day so family pics did not end up being what we hoped.

2.  I received thoughtful gifts and cards filled with handwritten sentiment!  My very favorite thing. I love my family.

3.  I had a great week at work and managed to do a few extra things that made my to-do list less scary.

4. Because of Facebook, we were able to be informed when extended family passed away and knew the arrangements immediately.  We actually had to attend two visitations this week (!) which, of course, is not a fun thing, but I am so glad we knew about the situations and were able to pay our respects. Family and friends coming to visitations mean so much.

5. Quote of the week: 

 "Comparisons kill contentment."  Karen Ehman
So true!  Just be thankful for the things in YOUR life. Don't look at anyone else's. You might not know what their lives are really like.

And so ends another week on the Journey.  We are all healthy and doing well.  Janae and the twins spent their first night in their new home, just one half mile down the road from my house. I'm so happy they live close by.

How did your week go? I'd be honored if you would leave a comment and share.  Or, if you have a blog, link up at Susanne's place, Living to Tell the Story.  We all love hearing each other's blessings

Follow like a Sheep


This week, I've been dwelling on the thought that we are the sheep of His pasture. I read a devotional by Barry Adams who said, "Little lambs can't protect themselves, they can't provide for themselves, they can't manage the cares of daily life. All they can do is live a life close to their shepherd."

So often I want to improve my life by doing this or that, but really the smartest thing I can do is stay near Him.

When I was a kid, the song, "I have decided to follow Jesus," was very popular. We sang it all the time at church meetings, but really what does following Jesus mean?  Following Jesus meant living  "What Would Jesus Do," all the time. Or so I thought.

Now I'm thinking following Jesus means to stay near Him all the time.  After all if you are near Him, close to Him, you'd 
have a better chance at walking the path He has set for your life. You'd go where you were supposed to, because you were attached to Him at the hip, so to speak. 

You couldn't go wrong!


May I share one additional thought?  Staying near the Shepherd kind of makes me think of my grandbabies. They like to be in the same room as their mama.  They can be all involved in playing just fine without her - as long as she is in the same room.  All she has to do is walk out, and they start crawling out of the room looking for her.

Can't you just see a little sheep noticing that all of a sudden the Shepherd is out of sight?  It would start bleating and rushing blindly along the easiest path it could take in search of its Shepherd. That easy path might lead to disaster ...

Just like the babies, and the sheep, we would do well to stick as close as we can to the Shepherd. We like to think we are "all that," grown-up, mature and capable but really we just need to be near Him.

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.