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Link Love

I wanted to introduce blogs as I add them to my blogroll.  What’s the point of having them if they are just decoration! That’s why I was so excited about this meme. Gina at Portrait of a Writer Interrupted is participating as well and just happens to be on my “Blogs I Really Read” list! Click on the button below to introduce your favorite blogs and join in the fun.

Here’s my list in alphabetical order:

Author Kaye Dacus’ blog because she is awesome at making people feel welcome. She comes up with fun ways for readers to participate and she is a gal after my own heart since she is a self professes “non girlie girl”!

Jaime Kubik’s blog Ditchin the Kitchen is full of the funniest short poems, always a pick me up!

Brandilyn Collins’ blog Forensics and Faith. Brandilyn is another person who is great at connecting with readers. She writes Christian “seat belt suspense” and works hard to mentor writers in the craft of fiction.

Just Another Cracked Pot – My mother in law’s blog. She is the brains behind all the crafty things on my blog.

Living Proof Ministry Blog– Beth Moore and her daughters have such hearts for the Lord! Posts are full of hope and encouragement.

Karen at Only Sometimes Clever – Intelligent, funny, Christian sister and fellow gluten free mama of five! Always a great conversation going on at OSC.

Gina Conroy Writer Interrupted, my long lost twin 😉 has a heart for the Lord and an incredible tallent for writing. Also a great place to find encouragement and conversation.

My friend in real life Sharyl’s blog The Little Brown House. Sharyl is incredibly creative. She shares frugile tips for decorating and recipes for the budget minded on her beautiful blog.

The Lumberjacks Wife – another friend in real life who never disappoints. She has the funniest sense of humor. There is never a dull moment on her blog.

Love you all! Thanks for being a part of my cyber world mommy breaks.


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The doctor served me lemonade.

The doctor, my neighbor and friend who’se been trapped inside his own body over a year now, spoke volumes to me yesterday when I visited. Reading to him weekly has been my custom since the day of God’s harebrained plan about reading. If you’ve missed the two posts explaining what has happened so far be sure to read up.  The link takes you to the first post and from there you can read the second.

I showed up a little late after wolfing down my dinner. Every day I’ve visited before I have relied on my chatty nature to get us through the evening. Jane takes her daughter to youth group while the Doctor watches me talk and eventually read. Many times he tires, whether from my droning 🙂 or the mental taxation of keeping active when everything you once knew is so unattainable.

The extent of his movement has been one uncooperative arm and occasionally fidgeting of his feet. He rarely has moved his head though he can when being deliberate. I’ve received one goulish smile and during the first ever visit he attempted to whisper “Hi”.

Setting down my bag I walked over to the 60yr old Doctor’s wheelchair to say hello. It shocked me when he began to talk. Labored and extremely quiet, but talking none the less!  I shook my head and laughed. “You’re talking! Just a minute let me get my jacket off.”

I had to lean in close to hear what he was saying but the short conversation that ensued left me baffled, feeling blessed and encouraged.  “How are you?” He smiled broad and beconed me closer.

“I’m great. You don’t know how excited I am to hear you talk! I’ve been praying for you.”

He shook his head yes and smiled again. I couldn’t help myself, my heart bubbled over, elated and a little scared. I leaned in and gave him a huge hug! He wrapped both arms around me and hugged me back!

I pulled back and looked into his eyes now sparkling with new life. “You look great. Is this hard for you to talk. What I mean is, is it physically taxing?”

Shaking his head vigorously yes he scrunched up his face as if to protest the work! He made a FACE! Do you know how huge this is? The man had a massive stroke over a ago. Doctors say that after a year a person’s progress is pretty much stunted and yet each time I visit, he gets better and better.

I never read to him last night instead we visited. Sometimes pointing, sometimes with whispered words from him and a waterfall of words from me. Sometimes he made faces that explained his meaning. At one point while talking about the difficulties of breaking through the barrier that the mind imposes on him he mouthed to me, “We all need to slow down.”

In other words, life it so short. This is a man who had everything the world could ask for… success, financial stability, a beautiful family. One moment in the middle of the night took it all away and he was forced to slow down. Yet, he says “We all need to slow down.”

Forced into his situation I have a hard time believing I would have that perspective. I fear I would beg God to let me die and become bitter with time. Please Lord, let it not be so!

My Bible Study this morning reiterated that message with this passage…

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough touble of its own” Matt. 6:33-34

I am witnessing a miracle!

God, change my perspective as I seek to let go of my tomorrow’s.

How will you slow down?

This post is featured at Blog Schmog’s Fuget ABout it Carnival. Read how others make lemonade out of lemons HERE!


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Last Random Dozen of 2009

Lid says,  “Let’s go out of 2009 with a bang, not with a whimper, shall we?” 

Visit 2nd Cup of Coffee to join in the fun!

1. Do you find it gross to share drinks with family? Friends?  YUCK!  Most my family are little kids so yes, yes, yes!

2. What have you learned this year? (You didn’t see a question of that weight coming, did you? At least not for #2.) See #10

3. When do you dismantle the Christmas decorations? When I get bored with them.

4. Something you wish to accomplish before the end of 2009 is: Sleep

5. How do you feel about winter (after Christmas)? Bring it on baby!

6. Have you participated in after-Christmas sales? Nah, I don’t want to have to take someone out in the Wal Mart parking lot.

7. Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? See #4

8. Is there anything special awaiting you in January? See #5

9. If your life this year was a movie, what category or genre would it be? (Romance, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Suspense, Farcical, etc.) Trajedy

10. How much time per day do you spend blogging? Please do not lie. I will know. By blogging do you mean,writing, reading, surfing and the like or simply writing. And by bloggin do you include time thinking about writing, reading or surfing? Okay, I plead the 5th!

11. Who runs your household? Who wears the pants? That’s a dangerous question.  My husband and I share duties.  We are a good team.

12. Share one hope/dream for 2010. To finish writing my novel.



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Nightstand, books with pretty covers -December reads

I’m curious!  Do you read books more often by genre, author, topic, pretty cover?  How do you most often pick your books?Raising Rain

When I took a look at my nightstand I realized I do a combo when picking what to read next.  Often it starts with an author that I like or have had recommended.  Sometimes it’s about what genre I haven’t read recently (I like to mix it up) but occasionally a really great cover will trump all the rest.  That was the case with Dawn’s Prelude.  What a beautiful book.  I have a feeling Raising Rain by Debbie Fuller Thomas is going to lure me in on account of the beautiful cover as well.

Click on the book title links to read my full review.

Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska)Tracie Peterson – Dawn’s Prelude   was disappointing because again I lost a lot of sleep, it was that good!  I recommend this novel.  Surprising and full of hard questions about life and tragedy, the book is beautifully written.

Christian Fiction Suspense & MysteryBrandilyn Collins – Coral Moon:  I’m almost done with this novel, the 2nd in the Kanner Lake Series but since I’ve run out of batteries in my flashlight I’ve had to resort to reading only in the daylight, otherwise I would have been done by now.  Check out my tutorial “How to read a Brandilyn Collins Novel

Link up your nightstand reads at 5 Minutes for Books

What's On Your Nightstand


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Random Dozen – Dec. 9

Come play Random Dozen, hosted by Lid at 2nd Cup of Coffee!


1. Which physical trait do you now accept–maybe not love, but accept–and no longer feel extremely self-conscious about? A chickenpox scar on my nose.  Actually my husbands says its cute. 🙂

2. This week Meredith Baxter Birney, best known as the mom on the favorite 80s sitcom “Family Ties” came out of the closet, which led me to formulate this question: Who do you think is/was the best TV mom?  Rozanne.  I don’t know it was the first thing that came to mind when you mentioned coming out of the closet, sorry!

3. Do you speak any foreign languages? Are there any you’d like to learn?  Some Japanese.  More Spanish.  Respectively.

4. Who is your personal hero?  My dad

5. What is one holiday food that you find extremely difficult to resist over- indulging in? Mashed potatoes and gravy.  Go figure, I’m a starch aholic.

6. Tell me about a Christmas decoration that has special meaning or sentimental value.  See pictures in this post.

7. How do you feel about snow?  Sure cleans up my yard.  Even when toys and random junk is laying around you wouldn’t know it!  I love the seasons, without them (when I lived in a one season state) you can’t appreciate what you have.

8. On average, how many hours of sleep do you get each night? Not that I’m jealous of any number over three or anything.  It depends if its time for random dozen 😉  Usually 6 unless the babies wake up.

9. Tell me about your first crush.  My horse.  Second crush?  A boy with a car who could drive me to where I kept my horse. Hehe!

10. You’re stuck in a room for 2 hours with only a chalkboard and chalk. What will you write/draw?  I wish it wasn’t chalk, I’m getting all creepy just thinking about that sound!  I love to draw but I don’t think I can do it.  I pass!  Icky chalkboard.

11. Do you dress for the current temp or for the day’s forecast? Well, since in my neck of the woods they say “Don’t like the weather?  Wait 5 minutes.” I think it is wisest to plan for anything and not rely on the “weather guessers” as Thing One calls them.  I’m going to have to go with NEITHER.  I layer and take extra clothes just in case, even in July,  I’ve seen snow in July!

12. Favorite Christmas movie is?  Bah Humbug.   I think that’s my mantra this month anyway.


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Random 12 – since I can’t spell

Time for Random Dozen, hosted by Lid at 2nd Cup of Coffee!


1. Which Wizard of Oz character are you most like? The Wizard of Oz –  I really did think this one through.  Now there’s Dorothy and her little dog, everyone wants to be innocent and sweet Dorothy but that’s not me.  Well not the sweet part! 😉  Then of course the witch sisters.  Some would argue I should pick one of them.  Some, meaning my little brother who is the soft hearted lion.  Then there’s Tin Man and Scarecrow and while I’m definitely full of it and a bit rusty at times I decided to go with Oz.  A mean ol cuss with a loud bark who really just wants to be liked.

2. When you’re deciding what you’re going to wear each morning, which item do you select first? Why? Underwear, they go on first. If you mean which item do I put the most thought into that would have to be jeans!  I love jeans and if I’m wearing the wrong pair it can ruin a perfectly good day.  Usually the “wrong jeans” are 6″ too long and that’s just a tragedy.  As short as I am it’s a miracle to find good jeans that actually fit.

3. What kind of animal do you think the world could live without? Big Foot, I mean he’se never around when you need him.

4. How many Christmas trees are in your home? One.  My husband was so proud.  He cut it off our property to thin a stand of fir and he claims it was a BRANCH not a true tree but it looked so perfect he had to bring it “home”.  Someday I’d like to have two trees.  The kid tree and the “mature” tree.  Can’t imagine what I’d hang on that one but I’ll come up with something.  Now don’t go getting your mind in the gutter!

5. Would you prefer to be emotionless if it mean you didn’t have to feel a heartbreak? Ooo good question.  I have often thought I would but then there would be no reason for fun meme’s would there?  Humor evokes emotion too.

6. Do you ever experience holiday let-down or depression? Yes, right after everyone goes home.  Actually up North the days are so short that I think the holiday blues are due more to lack of sunlight and a sense of feeling cooped up than anything else.

7. Do you like Michael Jackson’s music? I’m bad, I’m bad, you know it. So just beat it!  Can’t you feel a brand new day?

8. Why is it that we never judge people who have their teeth fixed for cosmetic reasons, but every other cosmetic procedure has a stigma?  What’s that mae? I can’t hear ya, let me get my hearing aid.  Oh you can’t hear me now?  Let me get my teeth!  Oh yes, I’m all natural!  I plead the fifth.

9. Enjoy horseback riding? My favorite thing in the world!  This summer I went close to three times a week.  I came face to face with a huge Bull MOOSE!  He looked me in the eye from about 30 feet away.  I traveled to the top of a local peak and saw the WORLD! 🙂  LOVE IT!  Want a virtual tour?  See THIS post.

10. Shoes–practical or stylish? It’s hard to horseback ride in stilletto heels.

11. What was the name of your first pet? Feel free to post a pic. Minnie a black and while MALE cat.  Remember the Mickey Mouse Club?  I was a girlie girl in my “younger days”.  At five, Minnie Mouse was my favorite.

12. What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done?  You mean presents? What presents? This question cracks me up, here’s why!  I wrote this short post when it snowed here in October and for weeks the frequent search terms people used to find my blog were; bah humbug, humbug, humbug blog and bah! 

I’m all done shopping but am working furiously to finish a couple of Amigurumi dolls requested by my boys.  A robot and a cool animal.  Check back soon  for picture updates.


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Random Dozon – Thanksgiving Edition

SERIOUSLY why didn’t anyone tell me I spelled DOZEN wrong!?  I guess if you read my answers first you’d be afraid to bring it up.  ACK  I’m going to leave it and say TYPO but you probably won’t believe me. 🙂  ENJOY

Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee comes up most of the questions for the Random Dozen meme which is usually done Wednesdays each week.  This week due to Thanksgiving she is bumping the meme up to Tuesday!  Check out her blog by clicking the picture below and write your own Random Dozen post answering the following prompt questions.

1. Are you sticking to traditional Thanksgiving foods this year, or are you being culinarily adventurous?  I’m so on top of it I didn’t even realize Thanksgiving is this week I thought I had one more weekend.  Since I just got my hog meat back I’m betting I’ll do a pork roast which is not normal for us.

2. Tell me something concrete that you’re thankful for. (Something you can literally touch, see, etc., not a concept like “hope.”) A laptop and highspeed internet. Is that vain?  I know its hillbilly but we went three years without high speed internet two of which I didn’t have any internet at all.  It is fun to keep in touch, research and blog!

3. You knew the flip side was coming: Share about something intangible that you’re thankful for.  Oh right! Now I’m stuck.  World Peace, oh wait do we have that?  Ok for real I’m thankful that God is teaching me compassion.

4. Share one vivid Thanksgiving memory. It doesn’t have to be deep or meaningful, just something that remains etched in your memory. Last year my boys and I made a craft where each family members face was made into a pilgrim.  But… I had a picture of my grandma from her 80th with a cigar in her mouth.  Naturally she got to be the Indian.  It was great fun.

5. What is one thing that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt is going to happen this Thanksgiving because it always does, year after year?  SNOW

6. Do your pets get any left-overs? I’m hard nosed I guess, I rarely feed table scraps to the animals (uness its pigs) but my hubby will cave and sneak the dogs some I’m sure of it.

7. Does your family pray before the big meal? If so, do you join hands while seated, stand, repeat a formal prayer or offer a spontaneous prayer? Who does the praying?  Yes we pray, usually holding hand, standing or sitting whatever suits our fancy and one of the dad’s generally thanks God for the food. 

8. Will you be watching football in the afternoon? If not, what will you be doing?  No remember the hillbillies?  We don’t have a converter box so its almost painful to watch all the fuzz on the one channel we get.  Definitely no football here.

9. There are two distinct camps of people on this issue: How do you feel about oysters in the dressing/stuffing?  OYSTERS!!  What are Oysters Mae?  Um NO NO NO!

10. Do you consider yourself informed about the first Thanksgiving? Well didn’t Charlie brown learn about thankfulness and serve his friends popcorn at the first Thanksgiving? Or was it Pocohontas who served popcorn?  Yeah I think I know about the first Thanksgiving.

11. Which variety of pie will you be enjoying? Humble pie.  Pie pie, glorious pie. Unless I get cracking and make gluten free crusts we’ll be having apple cobbler or pie filling for desert.

12. Do you feel for the turkey?? (This is a humorous throw back question related to the 12th question in another Random Dozen!What do you think?  See THIS post.

Thanks again guys I’ve enjoyed participating in yet another Random Dozen, have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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