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Good Tired

Tired is an understatement, I think. After worship today I organized the garage storage closet. I needed to get rid of some items to clear up some space and that is hard because I liked them, but there just wasn't room. So now, it is done and I even have my gift wrap table set up in there and am ready to start wrapping!

I've always wanted a gift wrap store. If people would pay, I would wrap. It is fun. I don't like to wrap gifts sitting on the floor though, especially not these days where my body has trouble getting back up!

The house is so quite without the grand-sisters running through it like little tornadoes. All three grand-girls are precious!!!



Fresh Find: I so love this wildflower wallpaper for one wall in a fun girly room or a reading nook! 




We had so much fun with all three grand-girls yesterday for a fun picture time & the movies. Today it is just the grand-sisters.

Miss A practiced twirling yesterday with Mrs. Jeanie...



Miss D's shirt says it all!



God has blessed us with three amazing little lives to enjoy!


Fresh Find: What a cute shirt dress!


Uncommon Thankfulness

As we celebrate Thanksgiving we all 'know' the top 5 or 10 reasons we might be thankful. Today, I want to create an uncommon thankfulness list.


soft ice

a razor that doesn't slice you up

soft and loose clothing

fingernail file


red, yellow, and green lights that control traffic

friendly school campuses

Pilot Varsity cartridge pens

Sonic peppermints

2014 Sonic peppermint

digital cameras


old hymns



heated seats/steering wheel



eye touches

2 ply

Holy Spirit nudges

the eyes of children


fresh air

slip on shoes

hair clips



paved roads


feeling 4 seasons

a wonder-wench

bowling ball lockers

those who share their cooking/baking

knowing limits and then trusting


nail polish

remote controls

Windex wipes



bath tubs

hot water

bird seed

flying flags

clear glue

yard blower

grocery carry outs




individually wrapped prunes



... and the beat goes on!


Fresh Find: A wonderful paint roller!



Happy Birthday

Today is our baby girl's birthday. 



She was born on a Tuesday. The number-one hit song in the U.S. on the day of her birth was Lady by Kenny Rogers, as reported by Billboard Hot 100. 12418 days have passed since the day of her birth (or 1774 weeks). 382,000 babies were born in the world on this day. We are blessed that God chose us to be her parents!

Happy Birthday CJW!


Fresh Find: I like this keys art football.



I first took bowling as a class at Plainview High School for P.E. credit back in the early 70s. I took a bowling course at West Texas State University in the mid-70s. Clinton and I bowled in the Mixed Doubles League in the late 70s with Mona & Mike McDonald. Then a dry-dry bowling spell. A few years ago I decided to pick up a bowling ball again and started bowling in the Monday night, Gutter Dusters League.

I have always been a 100 or so game bowler. I've tried different techniques, throws, form, etc. to try and improve with not much result. This year I actually feel like I have improved. I have had several games in the 130-150-160-and a couple in the 170 range. The deal is...consistency. I'm searching for it. I might bowl good one game, and then the next one barely bowl a hundred. This is a crazy sport!

I've had a few turkeys, knocked down a lily, and gotten some fun spares that are quite impressive...improving, but not consistent! 

Maybe this comes with bowling more than one time a week? Now, I'm not sure my inconsistent hips and knees can handle that! I guess I'll be blessed with what I bowl, whatever it is, and enjoy the team! Did I tell you our team name? Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! Well, that is consistent. We do. 

2014 bowling jacket


Fresh Find: What a fun 2-fer ring!



2014 snowflake

“As white snowflakes fall quietly and thickly on a winter day, answers to prayer will settle down upon you at every step you take, even to your dying day. The story of your life will be the story of prayer and answers to prayer.”  â€• Ole Hallesby

I have always heard that no two snowflakes are alike. I don't believe that it matters how each snowflake becomes unique. What matters to me is that God created their journey. In their journey through the atmosphere they are beautifully delivered for us to see.

I am reading a fiction book, Take Me With You, by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It is the story of two young boys whose father must serve jail time because he is an alcoholic offender. A man, who has lost his son and is on the way to Yellowstone Park for healing, stops in the mechanic's shop because his motor home has broken down. The mechanic dad ends up asking the visitor if he will take his two boys for the summer so they don't have to go to state care. They can see something besides the nothing where they live. (a very unrealistic move, but it works) The man, a teacher, ends up taking the boys. What I have enjoyed is traveling with them through the beautiful places they visit. The story includes AA visits for them, as well.

What I had not thought about in a while is how alive the earth is internally. God is a living God. Everything created is alive. Old Faithful is the earth alive. It drips, flows and builds until she rises.

In the middle of every snowflake, there is a colony of living things. In the middle of my life is the Living Savior.


Fresh Find: How about a Smart Plane?


Little Boy Blue

2014 Metal Roof 6th Street

Little Boy Blue
by Eugene Field (1850-1895)

The little toy dog is covered with dust,
   But sturdy and stanch he stands;
And the little toy soldier is red with rust,
   And his musket moulds in his hands.
Time was when the little toy dog was new,
   And the soldier was passing fair;
And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue
   Kissed them and put them there.

"Now, don't you go till I come," he said,
   "And don't you make any noise!"
So, toddling off to his trundle-bed,
   He dreamt of the pretty toys;
And, as he was dreaming, an angel song
   Awakened our Little Boy Blue---
Oh! The years are many; the years are long,
   But the little toy friends are true!

Ay, faithful to Little Boy Blue they stand,
   Each in the same old place---
Awaiting the touch of a little hand,
   The smile of a little face;
And they wonder, as waiting the long years through
   In the dust of that little chair,
What has become of our Little Boy Blue,
   Since he kissed them and put them there.


When I saw this rusted and faltering tin top, it reminded me of things lost. So many people who really struggle with the loss of someone special; a child, a spouse, a friend, a family member. As we enter the season of thankfulness, there are those who just plain may not feel thankful. I'm not saying that they don't know how blessed they are but, they just struggle in their lives to really be thankful because being thankful without their precious "thread" leaves them exhausted.

Pray for those who will struggle with this sorrow this Thanksgiving time. Pray that God reveals to you specific individuals who need prayer, a friend, a hug, a pie, or a cup of tea.

Have a good weekend!


Fresh Find: Speaking of tea...this is a sweet heart of a cup!