03 February 2017

Friendly Fill-Ins

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Here are the fill-in-the-blanks:
  1. My middle name is ______________________.
  2. ______________________________ surprises.
  3. The Super Bowl _________________________.
  4. My favourite sport is __________________.
Here are my responses:
1. I am one of the maybe rare people that does not have a middle name. My younger sister doesn’t have one either. Our mother figured when we grew up and got married our maiden name would become our middle name. We didn’t need another one in there muddying up the works.
Our daughters got the middle names that my sister and I didn’t get. Both of our daughters have a first name, two middle names, and their surname.
2. I do not like surprises. Not. One. Bit.
3. The Super Bowl is nothing to me but an extra headache.  There are drunks all over the roads here anyway, but there will likely be even more of them this weekend. The Super Bowl is in Houston this time, so I know I do not want to have to go there for anything at all!
4. My favorite sport is…other than figure skating, I don’t have a favorite sport.  I enjoyed watching the two times that the University of South Carolina was in the College World Series, but that’s about it. They won the last game in the old stadium and the first one in the new stadium.



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01 February 2017

Book Review: Guided by His Light: A Child's Bedtime Prayer Book



Guided by His Light: A Child’s Bedtime Prayer Book

Written by Susan Jones

Illustrated by Pauline Siewert


I was given an uncorrected galley copy of Guided by His Light by the publicist in order that I might review it. I am not required to give it a positive review. However, a positive impression is what I have of this little book of prayers.=

This is a beautifully illustrated book. Images include children with family members, pets, and other animals. The colors are beautiful and the theme of love and peace is great.

Many of the prayers are rhymes and have a wonderful sing-song rhythm. Some are more like poems than prayers. It would be a wonderful book to have at bedtime, encouraging a life-long habit of prayer and gratefulness in one’s child or children.

This book is intended for children 5+. Though the font is a pretty one, it might complicate things for early readers who prefer to read on their own. This would be a perfect opportunity for a bonding moment between parent and child.
 

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Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. Can you believe it's the end of January? What was the best day of January 2017 for you, and why?
The best day of January that I can remember was New Year’s Day. Our girls were here and we were in contact with our Marine.

2. What sounds make up the background noise in your life?
The background noises of my life include keyboards clicking and air conditioners and cars whizzing by at a zillion miles an hour.

3. I read on the Power of Positivity website a list of ten things to drop from your life right now. They are-

anger outbursts, people who put you down, regret, negative self-talk, being a people pleaser, the notion you need to be perfect, the past (but keep the lessons learned!), gossip and judgment, comparing yourself to others, and the word hate (focus on what you love instead)

Which thing on the list do you most need to drop? Are you trying or will you try?
There are several on the list that I need to drop and, yes, I am willing to try and have been trying.  Things just seem to keep happening to keep the negative self-talk and comparisons in high gear. The angry outbursts won’t stop until that part is handled.

4. What is sacred to you?
Life, family, freedom, my salvation, the Bible…all of these things are sacred to me.

5. January is National Oatmeal month. Are you a fan, and if so how do you like it?
I like oatmeal okay.  It isn’t my favorite nor is it my least favorite food.  I like it with brown sugar and Mrs. Butterworth syrup mixed in.  I’m sure that just zaps the ‘healthy’ right out of it, but it is the only way I can tolerate it.

6. What feelings does twilight stir up in you?
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Usually, it makes me have feelings of awe over what a great painter our Heavenly Father is.  Can you imagine having all of the colors of the universe available at your disposal and creating a new Master piece every single day, no two ever exactly alike?

7. Something you're looking forward to next month?
If by “next month” you mean February, I’m looking forward to the last week of it and hopefully early wildflowers. If you’re referring to March, most definitely the wildflowers and a major nature photo shoot!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I am very happy to be able to make this post today!



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31 January 2017

Good News!


We have been granted a reprieve, of sorts.  While we will still be helping our friend for the next three weeks, another person has come into the mix to help, too.  This will make things a bit less hectic for David and me overall. Please pray for this other helper. She is recovering from a recent surgery. Thank you.

This also means that we should be able to make our usual weekly posts, uninterrupted, though our responses to comments may be delayed a bit.

Although I know there are some difficult moments ahead of us in this, I am feeling so much better about it. Thank you all for the prayers and hopes and good wishes. They have definitely helped!

Have a blessed day, y'all!  (Or, night, for you other night owls!)


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Currently...A Life List

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Looking out my window....I see a beautiful, sun-shiny day.

As I ponder....how we’re going to survive the next three weeks, especially now that David's other big toe is infected.

What I am learning...is that nature in Texas is totally amazing!
What I’m creating...I have several works in progress at the moment. Okay, not much progress is being made on them, but several things have been started. The projects that I have going are: Grandmother’s Flower Garden crocheted afghan, another coloring page from the inspiration coloring book, and toying with the idea of creating a journal. I need to study more about bookbinding and paper-making for this project.

What I’m reading....
several books for review. The titles are A Drop of Water and Bossed Up.

What I'm watching...
I am watching David as he reads FoxTrot comics.

What I’m hearing...
I am hearing the children next door playing and wondering why they are home at this time on a school day.

What’s on my camera...
Suz standing near bluebonnet foliage...in January!

News from our house...We are getting ready to start a very long three weeks tomorrow, trying to help a friend through a difficult point in his life.
What I’m drinking....I am drinking Diet Coke and water.
 
What’s happening in the kitchen...
Nothing of any significance is happening in our kitchen at the moment.

A quote I want to share...
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one. ― C.S. Lewis (via Thought Catalog)

A final thought...
I don’t like being caught between a rock and a hard place.  There are things that are right for me to do, on the one hand, but I don’t like what I’ll have to pay for doing it, and I don’t mean financially. I find myself gasping for air more and more lately. But, I know that, somehow, Heavenly Father has all of this covered. He knows what is ahead, I don’t. He knows the rest of the story and He has it covered. I just have to hold tight to Him till I get to The End.




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