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Gift of fear...

Have you ever thought about fear being a gift?  I'll give you a few examples of why I'm thinking on this.

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When we lived in Lubbock in the late 70s, while my husband finished up at Texas Tech, we lived in an apartment about a block east of University right in the heart of Tech-land.  It was a new complex, not fancy like today's complexes, but clean and nice. 

I was cooking dinner and needed an ingredient, can't remember what.  I walked the half block to the 7-11.  The trip took me on a lighted "alley" adjacent to an apartment complex. I bee-bopped on over, purchased my item, and headed out the door.  As I stepped out I had a fear come over me.  I looked into the store and a man stepped away from the counter and stared at me. 

Now, at this point I should say that this was before cell phones.  What I should have done is walk back into a store filled with people and called home.  What I did was wrong, I kept walking back to the apartment.

At this point I knew that there was someone behind me.  Of course, I thought, there were always people walking that path, trying to reassure myself.  I prayed for protection.

As I walked faster, the person walked faster.  I started to run and as I got to the curb of the street a hand was on my shoulder.  I jumped and God carried me across the entire street in one single bound.  I landed on the other side and ran to the apartment.

The door was locked and I had not taken my key.  My husband was taking a shower.  The man stood at the curb and just watched me yell out for someone to answer the door.

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I believe fear can be a gift to warn...

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A couple of years ago I had a dream.  In the dream God was showing me that a plan I had was not a wise plan.  He showed me what was going to happen if I followed that path.  The dream was crystal clear.  I woke up with a fear, a warning, etched in my heart and mind.  I did not listen because I had committed to the task at hand.  It turned out exactly as God had shown me.

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I believe God warns us when we listen...

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About a year ago I visited every public school campus in Plainview.  On one particular campus as I passed a room (I did not go in and I didn't know who was in the room) the hair on my neck stood up and I had a rush of fear in my gut.  I continued to do what I was there to do. It was the weekend.  All weekend God impressed upon my heart that I must report this feeling.  So, on Monday I revisited the campus and shared this with the principal. 

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I believe God uses fear to alert us...

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...to Him!

For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 41:13

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Adelyn went to the park yesterday.  She is so full of expression.

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Look at the phone book NOW!  My Fresh Find is this "green" purse...yup, made from a phone book!!!  Kewl!!!

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New puppy...Big puppy!

Well, our son is getting a new dog.  It has been several months since his dog passed away and now the time is right for him.  He has had two Doberman's, both great friends to him.  Now, he will have a Great Dane, named Leviathon.  The name comes from the Mastodon album of the same name.  I will call him Levi. Here is what Levi will look like when he is grown.  I will post a puppy picture once he gets him.

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Anyone remember those sea horses we bought at the 5 & Dime that promised to come to life in our fishbowl?  Well, we never had much luck with them, but today's Fresh Find are some really cute sea horses.  Perfect for brightening your day.  Sitting pretty in a window!

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ACEO...

ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions Originals. ACEOs are miniature works of art about the same size as baseball cards or 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches.  They are small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets.

I have several ACEOs that I have purchased from artists I enjoy.  I have never traded, but have never been to a show to trade. 

What I enjoy about the small size of these pieces is they don't require a ton of space.  When you collect art your wall area fills up quickly.  These you can place in those perfect little spots.

Another reason for purchasing an ACEO is the price.  You can get a beautiful original art piece for smaller price since the piece is smaller!

Here are a few samples of some I have collected in my redhead art collection...

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Recently I purchased a portrait ACEO from one of my favorite artists, Lauren Pope.  I sent her 3 photographs of our Adelyn and she has created us a wonderful painting of her.  We will get the ACEO soon. 

Here it is...

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Adelyn 2010

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My Fresh Find are these great cup holders for those HOT java cups!  Yes, I'm getting this!!!

Handisleeve


Tree Climber...

I was playing with photo editing and decided Adelyn and I are really ready for tree climbing weather! 

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I loved climbing trees and watching people pass below.  I hope I can sit with our Miss "A" in a tree before I'm too old! LOL

I wish I had a big old Cherry Tree so we could sit and chat and eat cherries together.  Debby Duncan Ketchersid and I use to do that in the Howell's back yard in the old Irene, Norma Streets neighborhood!  Ahh, fun times! 

I pray Adelyn has times like those, too!!!  Until she is old enough, I'll just have to edit her into the tree! LOL

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My Fresh Find is the new SmartSwipe for safe online shopping!  Check it out!!!

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Free Gift...

Did you get the same free gift in the mail today as I did?  I wonder how they decide who gets this wonderful gift?  I'm guessing you are jealous!  You are thinking it is something amazingly wonderful, right?  Well, sort of wonderful if you are at a place that you can use them.

WARNING:  the rest of this blog may not be appropriate for youngsters.

So, here is my free gift...

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And, what am I to do with these since I had surgery years ago that does not allow me the luxury of using these security jewels?  Test them...okay!

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I placed 1/2 cup water in three cups.  I placed the super in one cup and each regular in the other cups.

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And, this is how much each absorbed. Hmmm, is this good or how does it compare?  I have no clue.  You can decide that for yourself. 

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I just wonder how much they spent on these free gifts that could have been used to cut the cost for those who do use this product?  I'm thinking a chunk!!!

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I want to leave you with a better picture in your mind.  Here is a great picture of the snow this morning.

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My Fresh Find are these great outdoor adventure pants.  Durable, comfortable...I like!!! 

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Kiddos...warming my heart!

Looking through some photo albums this cold day, I just smiled.  I actually laughed at me and how I looked, but you won't see that on here! LOL

What I want to share with you are three of our son and three of our daughter...

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Aren't they so cute?  I love looking at their little selves!!! :O)

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My Fresh Find today is this great little money saver bank of a pig. It is bigger than it looks in this picture, too!

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Grands...

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This is a picture of my great grandfather, Cleon Huston Robert Etter (back row left end) and my great-great grandparents, Ellen M. [Wilson] & Cleon Moore Etter (front center).  My aunts and uncles finish out the picture.

I see me in them.

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In this picture are my great-great-great grandmother, Esther Lee [Rainey] Price, my great-great grandmother, Zoe [Price] Hopkins, my grandmother, Lucy May [Hopkins] Etter, and my mother, Lorena [Etter] Dayton.

I see me in them.

I can look back into my family history and know that on my maternal grandfather's side we came from Switzerland and Germany.  On my maternal grandmother's side we came from Wales.

I do not like to do genealogy, I'll say it 100 times!  I must say though, that I have met some wonderful family through our on-line genealogy.  So, it is worth it to keep it up and somewhat up to date!

One of my little quotes is, "Where we come from does not create who we become." 

We determine who we become by our choices.  I do believe that where we come from plays a part, good and bad.  From the good and bad, our choices pave the road.  I prefer to believe that the acceptance of Jesus Christ as our personal Savior is the way to success.  That is my choice!

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This Fresh Find is a very useful one for helping us "Go Green" and I want one!

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So excited...

I am so excited.  I got the most wonderful surprise in the mail today!  One of the artists, Art by Delilah, that I have bought from in the past had a little blurb on her blog to send her a picture because she needed to study painting people.  I did and did not think another thing about it until I visited her blog and she had painted me.  It is the most amazing me and I love it!  How fun!!!

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My Fresh Find are these John Fluevog shoes.  I have not seen shoes this wonderful in years.  They are pieces of art and look very wearable and comfortable!  Amazing!!!

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