Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Daybook: 07.30.13


Outside my window...
68° and a "misty" rain, as our neighbor, Wes, likes to say.

I am thinking...of the request of one of my readers, Ceil, who asked to hear the story of my name, Jerralea.

In the era I was born, it was popular for girls to be named after their Dads.  For example, Gerald's daughter was named Geraldine, Paul's daughter, Paula or Paulette, Robert's daughter named Roberta.  I've even heard of a girl named for David and her name is Davida (Duh vee da). (I've heard of Davina for a daughter of David, too.)

I also am from the part of the country where you are called by your first name and middle name, such as Betty Sue, Mary Ann, Billy Paul,. etc.

Keeping that in mind, my parents are Jerry Gordon and Carol Lee.  They thought it would be cute to name me Jerri Lea combining both their names.  They pronounced it as one name and made the i at the end of Jerri sound like an a.  But they didn't spell it that way!

I always hated my name and when I was little, and I went by the name Jerri through most of my life. When I started blogging in 2008, I decided to just spell my name like it sounded and the way it should have been spelled, Jerralea.

I have to say that now I love my name and sign it as Jerralea except when I have to do legal stuff.  What a difference it made to spell it correctly!

I am thankful... for family and the blessings they bring to my life.

In the kitchen... homemade pizza

I am wearing...beige capris, brown beaded tank top and a teal cardi.

I am creating...memories of a God-filled life.

I am reading... nothing right now. I'll get something at the library, today.

Around the house... a new  (to us) dining table - one that does NOT require a tablecloth all the time!

I am pondering...about today being my sister's birthday.  I remember the day she was born, I was so excited.  I considered her a special gift just for me, since I had prayed for a girl. She has been a blessing to our family and is a very special lady.

A favorite quote for today... Let's raise up ...

a "holy ruckus of praise"
… Karen, Hallelujah Anyhow, “When Faith needs a Face.”

Karen is a wonderful blogger and writes the most thought-provoking posts.  Click on the link to visit her blog.  It will be food for your soul!

One of my favorite things...opening the pages of a new mystery.

A few plans for the rest of the week: going to see a good friend on Saturday, and then there's that refrigerator that needs cleaning out ... AGAIN!

A peek into my day...

Our new table

The daybook is a concept created by Peggy Hostetler.  If you'd like to join in, link up at her blog, The Simple Woman's Daybook.


Mia De Vries said...

Hi Jerralea
Love your table! Ours is built from railway sleepers and seats eight people. Sometimes during holidays when the boys are back from Varsity with their friends, we actually need more space!! Jerralea, the first day I saw your name, I thought it was just beautiful and so unique. When I was born my mother told my father that I was her own and therefore my name should be "Mia" (Italian for "my own"). What a cosy, warm, hospitable post.
Lots of love XX

LISA said...

Beautiful new table. Thanks for the story of your name and the history of how names were given, very interesting. Hope you have a blessed day;)

Karen said...

I don't think I have ever read the story of your name...very cute! Your new table is lovely, and I have always liked that style of chair...and if you ever figure out a way to keep from cleaning out a fridge so often, please pass it along!

SouthMainMuse said...

How fun to learn the story behind your name. I was named Jamie for my grandmother -- who was named after father, James.

Karen said...

I enjoyed reading the story of your name. It's such a pretty name and I like how you changed the spelling.