After the past few weeks of go-go-go, all around the time of my mom’s passing, I am ready to indulge.
Using a Mommy coupon from Christmas that came with some lotions, I am about to get a lovely foot rub from my youngest daughter.

Sometimes I feel a little cruel, but she made the coupons!

Do you enjoy a little pampering at home, or do you feel too self indulgent?


When you’re with family

Sometimes you just know when you are with family.

When you sit quietly, and want to listen. When all of you share your wants and desires. And their goals are the same as yours.

When they pray with you and allow their hearts to pour out for all to see, and their hearts are pure. And neither age nor employment affect the direction of your lives.

Tonight I give thanks in praise and relief for newfound family.

What I’ve been up to lately

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A Gift for Doogie #DFTBA

I made this for our youngest. She is 15 and the house is strange with just our oldest here and the 2 middle kids away at college. Wanted to give her a little “I love you” gift.

Just a quick little craft and the photo taken with my phone. This is made of a wooden block (from a toy set), painted and Mod-podged with scrapbook paper. I printed out the letters and cut them out, Mod-podging them on as well. Cute, lots of meaning (love those guys), and will go nicely on her desk!


Romans 11:29
For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.

Surprise in the bushes

Sometimes life is so stressful. When that happens, I have a trick. You might call it avoidance. Or denial. Whatever you call it, I am really good at it. Sometimes I eat, sometimes I play the piano (this works similar to a treadmill, but not), and sometimes I work in the garden. I would always rather garden than clean house… or pay bills… or  lots of stuff…


I am sweaty and hot. I have been working in the yard for a few hours, just putzing around, hoping to get a handle on the shape of the landscape.

Which, might I add, is pretty much a wreck.

But the last thing I was just trying to accomplish was the clearing out of some brush that had grown out of nowhere behind our shed. The brush was a mixture of some giant unnamed green weeds and what I was taught to call “bird bushes”. These are the bushes with the little red balls of fruit on them that are poisonous for people but not for birds.

All the while I was cutting, I kept hearing a bird scolding me. I had no clue why…

But within this mess of bushes, as I clipped and cut away, I found a nest.

I quickly tried to rectify my transgression, literally picking up the sticks and weeds I had just cut down, placing them gently and protectively over the nest.

Within days we saw those three blue eggs hatch. With their mouths agape and necks stretching, we saw baby birds clamoring for food, and heard mommy and daddy bird scolding us each time we got too close.


Two weeks later, the babies have flown away. Still there, sits that nest, empty.

I think about all of the things that nest held for those baby birds: safety, security, food, and family.

And I know how blessed I really am.


Sharing here, won’t you join me?


Allume: Living in the Light

Sweets week…

Too many good things to eat around our house lately.

No wonder the hours out in the garden doing yard-work are not paying off in the weight loss department!

Made by Alicia and Sarah

and Chocolate Chip Banana Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes:

Made by Matt and Sarah

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls:

Photo by MySweetCreations, cookie dough balls made by Alicia

And strawberry shortcake – on your choice of either a yellow cupcake OR a homemade biscuit! Yum!

Photo by Joeb (yummy shortcake by me, topping by Cool Whip)

I hope your week is just as sweet! If you are interested in one of these recipes, let me know, and I’ll share them!

Today I saw a bald eagle driving to town!

Okay, so he wasn’t really driving…

And this isn’t exactly how the conversation went, but this was some of the dinner table talk tonight <smile>.

And I really did see a bald eagle. But he was in a tree. Not in a car.

Do you ever find yourself doing this?

There are so many funny ways to express yourself. From spoonerisms to malapropisms, to purposeful wordplay, words can say a lot about a person. Language itself is a fascinating peak into society, and etymology is one of my secret love interests (no, that’s not bugs).

But I digress…

Over the winter I was looking for a new book of daily bible meditations. I write a LOT about how I sometimes slack off and then stupidly wonder what’s wrong – and then realize I haven’t been reading and praying daily. I have checked out a few books that I liked to help me in my prayer life. Sometimes meditations are not interesting because of the author’s tone, or stilted word use, or <gasp!> poor word use.

Fortunately, the books I have been using have all been blessings to me.

But this spring I bought a book from Ollie’s (Good Stuff Cheap! – you know it?).

I bought a bible to keep in my car. I found a very interesting version in a book published by Thomas Nelson publishers and titled, Serenity. I put the link to the publisher but you can get it for less on Amazon.

Anyway, I picked up this bible and tucked it into my car, thinking that I would always be able to pick up God’s word as I wait (and wait) for the kids (school play practice, music practice, etc). Today was my first chance to pick it up. This is a great book! There is an introduction to the 12 step program (history) and in addition to having the Bible in front of you, it is interspersed with thoughts and meditations to consider related to each of the 12 steps of addiction (remember, this isn’t just for Alcoholics who want AA, it is for computer addicts, compulsive over-eaters, gamblers, relationship issues, and more…). And throughout the pages, verses of scripture are highlighted showing evidence of how the program relates to Christ’s commands.

So, I am bringing my “car Bible” into the house and using it for my upcoming scripture reading time in the upcoming months. As always, I would love to know what you are using to help you draw God’s strength (in addition to the BIBLE, lol).

Have a blessed holiday weekend. I hope you get to spend it with your loved ones as you honor and remember our soldiers!  And like the majestic eagle, I hope you soar above your troubles as you commit to walking with Christ.

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. – Romans 12:10

And as an aside, I thought I would share the 12 steps with you. I copied these from

 Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable

Step 2 – Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity

Step 3 – Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God

Step 4 – Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves

Step 5 – Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs

Step 6 – Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character

Step 7 – Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings

Step 8 – Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all

Step 9 – Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others

Step 10 – Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it

Step 11 – Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out

Step 12 – Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs

This version of the 12 steps is an adaptation from the original 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and is intended for general use with any addictive or dysfunctional behavior.

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