Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daybook: 07.21.14


Outside my window... typical summer day.  It's supposed to be in the 90s this week ...

I am thankful... for grace

In the kitchen... barbecued chicken today, hoping to try a new recipe with the leftovers this week, Barbecued Chicken Pockets.  (It's on my Pinterest Recipe Board.)

I am wearing... black capris with a teal, black and white striped tunic.

I am reading... "The Prayer Box" by Lisa Wingate.  I'm liking it so far.

I am looking forward to... Saturday ... plans are in the making to visit a cousin's thrift shop.

I am learning everyday ... I hope there is never a time when I'm not learning something.

Around the house... there is always something needing to be done ...

I am pondering... the beauty and mystery of grace. It seems incredible that God will forgive ANY sin from someone who truly repents.

A favorite quote for today...

Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work. Peter Marshall

So often, God works things out so that we must wait.  Waiting is good for the soul, but hard to do ...

One of my favorite things... new photos of my twinsies. I'm already ready for a new photo album!

A few plans for the rest of the week: working on a bible study for July 30th, 

A peek into my day...

I love this latest of the babies - doesn't it look like Brody is telling secrets and Baylee isn't listening?

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

Friday, July 18, 2014

F.F.F. - 07.18.14

Time to recap the week!

1.  We've had a great week here on the Journey.  The temps have been mild and the air feels delicious! Next week is predicted we will be back into sweltering temps but while it's still nice I'm enjoying it. We are having a church barbecue this Saturday and the weather should be awesome.

2. First dip in the pool:  Jim and Liss have been working hard to get her pool open despite some setbacks. Saturday, we all enjoyed it for the first time.  I loved it and made plans to go over and swim each weeknight but it just didn't happen.  I'm too busy for a pool!

3.  Some little joys and successes this week: Accomplishing some goals such as finally getting caught up with some bookkeeping, a new organizational tool - a whiteboard calendar hung on my office wall, putting some of the twins' photos in some frames, doing an errand I'd been putting off for months - these are the things that make me happy!

Love displaying pictures of my cuties!

4.  Favorite post:  The main reason I am a blogger is that I love to write!  Sometimes, I lose sight of the sheer joy of sharing a story.  This week I took a trip down memory lane and recalled a favorite childhood activity in my post, It's A Different World.  I love writing nostalgic pieces, it's almost like going home again.

5.  Quote of the Week:  

If you sometimes feel out of place on planet earth, remember that you are a citizen of heaven. What you feel is a longing for your native land. 
... David Jeremiah, Turning Point Devotional, July 17, 2014

We Christians are supposed to stand out.

And so ends another week on the Journey.  How did YOUR week go?  Leave a comment or link up at Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story.

Bloom Where You Are

Today's word is BLOOM.

Sometimes life doesn't turn out the way you planned. Those dreams of a cottage surrounded by a white picket fence corralling two kids and a crazy dog while you and the mister watch from a swing on the porch may never materialize in just the way you dreamed.

What then?

Do you spend your days bitter that you didn't have the life you envisioned?

Do you believe, as I do, that God has a plan for your life and that He directs your steps and maybe, just maybe, where you ended up was His plan all along?

This is your chance to bloom.  Thrive right where you are, embracing the life you've been given.  Make the best of things.  In fact, revel in your situation.  Find the good and focus on those things - leave those longings for a different existence back in the past.

Don't waste a single solitary second on regrets because you can't change the past.  All you can do is go forward. Forge ahead with everything you got and look for an opportunity to blossom into the beautiful creation God intended from the very beginning.



1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Sounds like fun, yes?  If you want to join us, go to Lisa-Jo Baker.com.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's a Different World

When I was a kid, growing up in the 60's, life was a lot different. As a child, I had a lot of freedom.  I walked to school alone from first grade up to seventh grade.  As I grew older, I began making little side trips on the way home from school. I would wander around at the market buying penny candy if I had any spare change.  Or perhaps, I would go to the drug store on the corner and see what new items they offered.  Nelson's drug store is where I bought my boy-watcher sunglasses and my Date Line clutch!

During the summer vacations or on the weekends, my mother certainly never had things planned for me to do.  I was on my own for entertainment.  (I don't mean that I had no supervision at all, I just mean SHE did not have my every hour scheduled. I was free to do as I pleased - within reason.  I certainly knew my boundaries.)

If I wanted to read all day in my room, that was fine.  If I wanted to sneak around the neighborhood pretending to be a spy, so be it. I could ride my bike anywhere around a two-block radius anytime I wanted. Looking back, I realize what a blissful time I had without even knowing it ...

When I was in fifth grade, we moved to Tampa, Florida, and lived in a subdivision for the first time. School was now an 11 block walk. Now, I had much more freedom!  I rode my bike everywhere.

Our sub-division stretched from the elementary school 11 blocks away from my house to the high school which was about 6 blocks from my house in the other direction. Each street was at least 4 blocks long, so we are talking roughly a radius of 68 blocks.  Think of it - I would roam wherever I pleased in those 68 blocks.  Anything could have happened!  
Google Images

My favorite thing to do was to find wherever there were homes for sale hosting an Open House.  In those days, an Open House meant exactly that - the house was open for anyone to come in and view.  No owners or realtors were there, you just walked in and viewed the house, and if you were interested, you got one of the circulars left in a conspicuous place in the house and took it with you to contact the realtor.

I entertained myself by visiting these homes, walking through them and imagining if I were going to buy the houses and how I would decorate them.  Sometimes, for fun, I would draw the floor plan when I got back home and then looking through magazines or catalogs pick out furnishings for a particular house.  Then I would make up a story about the home as if I, or perhaps a character I had created, lived there.

I whiled away many a happy hour doing this imagining.  I'm wondering if that was a clue that perhaps being a decorator, writer or at the very least - a home stager - was the career for me.

Of course, when my kids were growing up, thirty years later, I would never have let them do such a thing. Think of all the horrible things that could have happened to an 11-12 year old girl wandering around in empty houses!

Life was much more free back then ... and safer.

Mama’s Losin’ It

This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 4.) Something you got to do when you were young that you would not let your children do.  If you would like to join the fun, link up at Kat's blog, Mama's Losin' It.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Daybook: 07.14.14


Outside my window... occasional rain, humid and near 90, but the next week or so are going to be awesome and around 80 degrees!
I am thinking... about the hopes I had as a young mother.  Life went into a different direction than I thought but the important things I hoped for are still paramount in my thoughts and prayers.  I'm believing God for those things to this day.
I am thankful... for the blessings and opportunities that have come my way.
In the kitchen... pork chops and fresh green beans
I am wearing...white capris and a black, white, teal and orange geometric print top
I am creating... a testimony ... sometimes I'm afraid it's not as good a testimony as I had planned ... I fail a lot. But, at least it can be a testimony of persistence.
I am reading... the book of Romans right now (actually studying it, which is very different than just reading it).  It's time to pick out a new library book ...
I am looking forward to... cooler days!
I am learning the only one I have control of is me ... and some days, I lose it
Around the house... I got caught up with my bookkeeping, but now the office is a mess.  Still got some fluffing to do around this nest.
I am pondering... this statement my pastor made  on Sunday,  "When people lead a double life, the life they are trying to hide always wins."  Sobering thought ...
A favorite quote for today... 

In her book Pursue the Intentional Life, Jean Fleming says,
“Every life creates an atmosphere"

What atmosphere are you creating?
One of my favorite things... organizational tools.  I recently bought a whiteboard calendar to hang in my office.  Loving it already!
A few plans for the rest of the week: board meeting on Thursday, some "fluffing" and hopefully, some hanging out at Lissa's pool.
A peek into my day... thinking of my recent trip to Colorado Springs.
My photo of Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

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

Friday, July 11, 2014

F.F.F. - 07.11.14

Happy Friday to all!

I hope you have had a beautiful week and enjoyed some awesome summer days this past week. On Friday, I like to take the opportunity to reflect on the highlights of my week and then share with a great group of bloggers, the Friday's Fave Five crew.  If you'd like to do the same, you can link up at Susanne's blog, "Living to Tell the Story."

Let me get busy and share the blessings of the past week:

1.  Last weekend was Independence Day here in the USA which meant a holiday off work. I totally love days off and appreciate the fact I get this holiday off with pay!

2.  Of course, a day off meant a road trip.  We went way way back into the hills of Southeast MO. Beautiful but NARROW country roads are out that way.  I saw a lot of giant hay-bales laying in the fields waiting to be moved.  Our destination was Sam A. Baker State Park. The St. Francis River flows through the park. The main activity here, as far as I could, tell was tubing on the river. 

This was one of the few shots I could get that didn't have people floating by!

I loved the little gate house at the entrance of the park!

As my hubby and I are not into tubing, we stayed awhile and then headed back towards Cape Girardeau. We wanted to make it by dusk to see their fireworks display.

3.  Along the way we stopped at a charming little park in Marble Hill, MO, Pellegrino Park.  (I wanted to check it out simply because I love a place named alliteratively!) Anyway, it turned out to be a peaceful oasis on a hilltop overlooking the town. NO ONE was there.  We went and grabbed some fast food and came back and ate there and killed time until time to head to Cape.  We relaxed lakeside for quite some time:

This calm water was like a mirror.  I thought of Anne Shirley naming such a pond, "Glimmer-Glass," in Anne of Green Gables.  I felt as if we had our own right there.

4.  Of course a post would not be complete without my mentioning our twinsies.  They were all dressed up for the 4th:  

I was excited because this is one of the few times they both had their eyes open at the same time!

5.  Quote of the week:  I ran across this gem this week - you've probably already seen it, but it's worth repeating:

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King Jr.

If it was easy, anyone could do it!

The rest of the week was the usual:  taking care of business and catching up on my to-do list.

And so ends another week on the Journey.  How was YOUR week?  Leave a comment or link up at Susanne's!

A place to belong


There is something inside us that makes us want to belong. When we are young, it is overwhelmingly important that we fit in, that we find a group who accepts us.  Most of us dream of being a part of the "popular" crowd, but it may be some sort of group which speaks to a special interest like a sports team or the band.  We will go to great lengths to be accepted, sometimes changing our personal appearance or habits to be like those we admire.

Later on in life, we realize that family is the most important place we want to belong.  Those who are single embark on a journey to find Mr. (or Miss) Right so they can create their own family unit.  Extended family becomes more precious to us as we find we long for our own "people" who understand us and accept us.

Little White Church found in Kentucky
Nothing is more important as family (God created the family as the first institution of society).  However, we need to bond with other believers as well.  I think the best place to do that is your church home. After all, these are the ones we will be with in eternity. If you do have a church home, make the effort to become an even more treasured part of the family. Make fellowship a priority with your church! There are so many opportunities to bless others and to receive blessing in the local church home.

If you are a believer and you don't have a church home, for whatever reason, begin now to find one.  Pray and seek the Father's will.  I am sure He will lead you to a place where not only can you belong, but a place where you can contribute as well.

We need each other!

Five Minute Friday

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Sounds like fun, yes?  If you want to join us, go to Lisa-Jo Baker.com.