Thursday, May 6, 2021

Friday Favorites, 5.7.21

 


Happy Friday! I am linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals for this weekly blog link. 

So many things are my favorites this week. First up are our new flowerbeds. They're my favorite thing in my front yard at this moment and I love seeing all the blooms coming up. It's like Christmas everyday! With all the rain we've had, everything is thriving.



Hydrangeas are my very favorite bush and flower, They will forever remind me of my Grandma Lloyd—she had the most beautiful hydrangea bushes in front of her little white house. She had blue and purple, which I've heard can be accomplished by putting a rusty nail in the soil at the root of the bush. Have you heard that? I don't know if it's true.

This meme was my favorite from the week. My best friends and I have a continual text thread where we send things like this all throughout the week to each other. They've been known to send something so funny that I spew my drink. Missy sent this one and it reminds me of an infamous year that we were at high school youth camp in the mountains with a thousand (not really) teenagers. We were about to going to dinner, so I called her in her room and asked if she was ready to go yet. She said she was ready and then there was a pause and she said, "For what?" and she has NEVER lived it down. She had taken a nap that was so good that she forgot where she was and what day of the week it was. We walked ourselves to death that week and vowed never to go there again without a vehicle to drive us around. 🤣


Monday and Tuesday were favorite days this week because I got to meet friends at church for both of those days. Most of you know I'm on a writing team at church that writes Bible studies for women and we had meetings to nail down details about our next study. We're writing on the book of Esther and trying to get it all finished in the next two or three weeks. 


I'm on book two of my favorite book series of all time—The Yada Yada Prayer Group series by Neta Jackson. It's a bonus that not only are they phenomenal books, but that they inspire my prayer life. I re-visit a favorite series of books every few years and this is my 2021 pick. 


These little lovies graduate from high school on Saturday and they're headed to the beach next week with their friends. Expect an overload of pictures on Monday. 



Graduation day is always a favorite day of mine, for all of our sons. I have such sweet memories of them all and as of last week, I finished my job as a homeschool mom. I have all the feelings! I'm counting on my hubby to make me laugh through the ceremony, otherwise I may cry the whole time.

Thanks for reading my blog! Love to all. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

currently, 5.5.21

 

Happy Wednesday, friends! I am linking up with Anne from in residence for this monthly blog link. This is a post where I share all that I am currently consuming, exploring, getting, hoping and seeing.

Consuming: 

The food I cook! Monday night we had barbecue pork tenderloin and last night I made some taco meat and we made nachos. It tasted so good to me, I went back got a little more. (This is tortilla chips, taco meat with Rotel, white queso warmed up, lettuce and other toppings.) Tonight is church night, so I usually don't cook on this night.

Exploring:

I am thinking about places we can go to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. I want to go somewhere we can drive to and I'd love it to be beautiful. I'm thinking maybe even of seeing some national parks or going back to the New England area we went to right after we got married. 

Getting:

Excited for the summer and being able to swim! After last year, I am so ready for a normal summer where pools are open once again.

Hoping:

That things keep returning to normal! I just heard on our news that our county is FINALLY lifting the mask mandate beginning next week. Our governor insisted on this and our county is finally listening. I can't wait to go to more places and see people's faces again! 

Seeing:


New growth in our newly landscaped flower beds! We had this done back in October of 2020, so it was a surprise to see how things would look once they started blooming and growing. We are so pleased with them! I love seeing all the green and colors after the dreary months. 

Thanks for reading my blog! Love to all. 

Monday, May 3, 2021

weekending

 


I'm linking up with Tanya from The Other Side of the Road for this blogpost. It was a good weekend, but pretty uneventful for me at least. I was glad, because next weekend will be busy with graduation and activities to follow. 

I spent Friday with my dad and after I took him home, I came home and reheated some pasta we had leftover from the night before. I think I spend a solid hour and a half looking for a movie to watch, but I never really committed to either one and stopped them both. I finally gave up and went to bed and watched old episodes of Grey's Anatomy. My husband and oldest son helped setup for a youth event taking place the next day, so they were gone and the others were out with friends. Saturday was more of the same, but I thought I'd share some pictures from around the front of our house.




The only ones I know the names of are this fern right above and the hydrangeas. We've lived in our home for seventeen and a half years and in all those years, the only flower beds were very narrow in front of the house and they held boxwoods. When we made all the repairs on our home last year, we decided to make the flower beds pop and we had them extended to make them larger and then we had them professionally done. We are so very pleased with what we see blooming. Our requests were that we wanted something uniform and simple and very low maintenance. We're not the gardening type of people and we needed very specific plants and bushes in these beds because they NEVER get sun. Or at least very, very little. All of that was a little overwhelming to us, but our friend's company did a great job. 

Can anyone else to relate to this? I know I can!

I made this little collage yesterday and could just cry. I blinked and they all grew up.

I loved this that I saw on Instagram Saturday—it's so true! Praying for our kids, especially the adult ones, is the greatest thing we could ever do for them, aside from teaching them about Jesus. THAT is the best thing, the praying for them comes second only to that. 

I spent Sunday at church, where they honored the seniors and I have to say once again how thankful I am for our church family. They always do such a great job with this and each senior received a Bible! I love that. 

Todd and I were at home together (finally) Sunday night and we watched The Voice and I read my book. It was a good weekend! I'm glad for the rest I had because this one coming up will be a whirlwind. Thanks for reading my blog! Love to all. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

Friday Favorites, 4.30.21

 


Happy Friday, friends! I'm linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals for this weekly blog post. 

It's been a good week, but it has FLOWN by. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it just means that the days are going really fast and before I know it, Jonah's and Noah's graduation will have approached. 

Speaking of them, these pictures are my new favorites. I'm a horrible senior mom and was reminded for the second time by the same person that I needed to send pictures for two different events that honor the graduates in our church. Insert emoji with palm over face here. I was so thankful she reminded me those two times! I'd have forgotten, obviously.






I mean, shouldn't they still look like this?!

One thing I know—babies don't keep.

Moving on now—Scripture writing is one of my favorite parts of my quiet time each day. 

I am so grateful for Shannon from Sweet Blessings for posting these plans each month. May's is a great theme. Want to join me? Writing the verses out really helps hide God's Word in your heart. I've been doing this for at least the last four or five years and I have journals filled with Scripture.



I've had some really sweet times with Jesus this week. That is my favorite thing in all of the world. I love waking up early and waking up with a first cup of coffee, but each morning around seven fifteen, I start praying and just talking to Jesus. The things I pray for each day change, but He leads me in these moments and I feel like it's Psalm 23 come to life—He leads me beside quiet waters and He renews my life. These moments are precious to me and sometimes almost an hour will have gone right by. 

Speaking of talking to Jesus, have you heard this song? I'd post a snippet of the video, but the embedded links from YouTube haven't been working the last times I've tried. When you're finished with this blog, go watch that video. It's my current favorite song, but I can't listen to it without tearing up. My greatest desire for all of my sons, their future wives and children (Lord willing) is that they would walk very closely with the Lord and love Him with all their hearts and serve Him all the days of their lives. If that's the only thing they ever accomplish in life, it would be enough.



Here are a couple more favorites that I've been listening to all week—this new album by CeCe Winans and the Revive Our Hearts podcast. 


I'll wrap this post up with this last picture. If you know me at all, you know books are my favorite. My friend Dedee recommended this book and while we were away on our writing retreat in the mountains, I ordered it from Thrift Books. It came yesterday and I love it! It's called Morning and Evening because there is a short devotional for that time of day each day. The book is heavy and thick, needless to say, but I love keeping books like this around to use as part of my quiet time sometimes. 

I will say this though, about devotionals—while there isn't anything wrong with using a devotional, that should never be the only thing you read in your quiet time with the Lord. The Bible should be what you use the most, so don't just read a verse or two from a book like this and then let that be all you read from the Word of God that day. Read your Bible first, then supplement with this. As far as reading along in the Bible, you should always have a plan that you're sticking to for accountability. I pray that encourages you.

Other favorite moments from my week—

Wednesday night church is SO GOOD. I will be so sad when this class ends. 

Fries and Friends follows Wednesday night church and that is my favorite. I'm so thankful for Godly friends!

Receiving great news from a friend about her son's upcoming marriage was one of my favorite moments from the week.

Hearing from our old neighbors and dear friends was a favorite moment from the week. 

Thanks for reading my blog, friends! I hope you have a great weekend. Love to all. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

What's Up Wednesday

 




Happy Wednesday, friends! I took another unintentional break from this old blog partly because I've been busy in the mornings and also because I've been lazy at night and didn't write posts at night. I almost always do that these days and then schedule them to appear the next day or in a few days, or whenever. It's nice, but it takes extra thought and that's where I've been lacking. 

I thought a link-up would be a fun place to jump back in this week, so I'm linking up with Shay and her friend Shaeffer for this post.

What we're eating this week:

I always seem to be in a dinner rut. I made chicken and rice soup Monday night, we had tacos/nachos last night, tonight is on your own night or leftover night because I have church, tomorrow night I'm making pasta with salad and bread, and Friday night is still undecided. I usually eat the leftovers on the weekend nights because most of the time I'm here alone. (I'm not complaining.)

What I'm reminiscing about:




I keep going through ALL THE PICTURES of these two. I'm in denial that they're graduating from high school! It doesn't even seem possible.

What I'm loving:

These days. I'm soaking them all in, while everyone still lives here. We have a revolving door of friends of my sons who come and go at all hours of the day and I know when they start moving out soon that I will miss the Ring doorbell notifications that blow up my phone all the livelong day. And yes, I said that in a funny way, but I'm not kidding.

What we've been up to:

Coming and going! Everyone works, everyone makes their own plans, I'm just here cooking for the people who may or may not be here and just trying to keep up. Lately, I've been on the hunt for one extra graduation ticket. We've never had tickets for our homeschool graduations, but thanks to the dreaded C word that has changed everything, they have to issue tickets now and each family only receives ten. If you do the math, you'll come to the conclusion that for the remaining four of us and the six grandparents we have equals ten, and I was desperately searching for ONE MORE. My friend Angela had one to spare for me, so I met with her last night and picked it up. It was also really sweet getting to catch up with her and another friend that came to the church where they were meeting for a few minutes. We used to be in Bible study together.

What I'm dreading:

I can't really think of anyone thing other just the really hot and humid days of summer, but my mom-in-love gave me the BEST news today and that is that her neighborhood pool is opening in just one month! I cannot wait to resume our weekly swims together!

What I'm working on:

I'm finishing up the writing portion that I am responsible for on our next Bible study at church. We're studying Esther starting in the fall of this year and I can't wait! I am finishing up this week and over the weekend and we have meetings next week to go over it all. I'd love your prayers for the five of us, regarding this! My other friends and writing team members are Amy, Barbee, Dedee and Lynn. 

What I'm excited about:

I'm dreaming of summer, even though I don't love the hot and humid weather. I cannot wait to swim and read beachy books, I've got a weekend trip with best friends planned for early in June, I always love finding a show to binge watch over the summer, and I love having no schedule that is set in stone. Also, I'm in a new phase of life and am retiring my homeschool mom status with the impending graduation of Jonah and Noah. 

What I'm watching/reading:

I just got to the final season of One Tree Hill, which is all I've been watching lately, but I also love Home Town on HGTV and am starting Rock the Block when this season of Hometown is over. (I have two episodes left.) I'm finishing up my book on prayer and I started reading my favorite series of books again. I love to do that every year—each year, I pick a favorite series and read them from start to finish all over again. 

What I'm listening to:

This album by CeCe Winans is my current favorite thing right now. 


I also love all the Revive Our Hearts podcast and have been listening to that each day and a few other podcasts. My other favorite right now is by Jennie Allen. 

What I'm wearing:

Ugh. Moving right along. I go through phases where I hate everything I own and I'm in the throes of that right this moment. I must have tried on everything I owned on Sunday before I just gave up and wore my favorite new shirt again.

What I'm doing this weekend:

Probably the same as usual—my husband will probably work some (or a lot) and I'll hang out here at home. I never mind this! I have no idea what I'll do Saturday, because my mom and sister usually go out, but Mom will be in Denver seeing our other sisters. Church is on Sunday! 

What I'm looking forward to in May:

My youngest sons graduate! A week after they graduate, they're going to the beach with their friends. 

What else is new:

I think I've covered everything! 

Thanks for reading my blog! Love to all. 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Friday Favorites, 4.23.21

 


Happy Friday, friends! I'm linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals for this blog post.

It's been a good week, one that has gone by pretty fast. I've been equally productive and lazy, so there's that and I am not feeling very motivated to do things in my house, which is really terrible. I'm not quite sure how to get over this feeling of not being motivated, so I'm praying the Lord helps me through this. I know it's not a big deal, but I really need to do some things around here that I keep putting off. 

Anyway, on with this blog post. I'll start with last Friday.

Being out of town with and getting to know these sweet ladies was one of my favorite moments ever. We were minus one, but we make up the writing team for our church and we write Bible studies together. We're currently working on our third one, on the book of Esther. We have written on Hosea and Philippians as well. 



I mentioned this on yesterday's post, but going to church on Sunday is my favorite. I love being able to be there in person and participating in the worship and listening to a great sermon. Does anyone else love taking notes in church?! It's my favorite! I pay better attention when I keep up with our Pastor by taking notes and because I love to write, those skills have always been easy for me. 


I'm currently reading about four books and I keep switching them up. This one pictured above is the first in my favorite series of all time, The Yada Yada Prayer Group series by Neta Jackson. I like to take a favorite series and re-read it every year and this was my pick for 2021. There are a bunch to follow after this one, so I'll keep going until I reach the end! 


This was one of my favorite days of reading in the Bible this week. I love the story of Joshua and how he led the Israelites over in the Promised Land. 

I'm also reading in the book of John, which is another favorite book in the Bible. 

I don't have pictures for the rest of these, but other favorites include seeing my mom this week and spending part of the day with her, then going out to dinner last night with one of my best friends, Andrea. We never run out of things to catch up on and the end of our time ended on a very personal note, which I'm glad for, so that we can pray for each other. In a moment of vulnerability, I just started talking and we both got really transparent with each other. I rarely get like that with anyone, but I am glad I did. It felt good and I know she will be faithful to pray, as will I. 

And on that note, I will end with this statement about prayer—prayer is very important in the life of a believer. I have been known to fly through prayer or skip it all together some mornings when I'm in a hurry, but the Lord has really been showing me more about the importance of it through His Word and through the book that I'm reading (one of the four I'm currently in the middle of). I used to have a prayer partner and we met every week to pray in our church's prayer room. I always loved those days when we would meet, but in the years since she has married and started her family and we rarely even see one another these days, thanks especially to the dreaded c-word that shut everything down. Also, she is in a busy season of life, which I fully remember and understand, so it's not practical for us to meet right now to pray. 

I say all that to say that I'm in search of a prayer partner again. Ideally it would be someone very near to me that we could meet regularly to do this. I'm going to start faithfully praying for the Lord to bring me someone. Have you ever prayed with anyone like this on a regular basis? My friend Denise is the one who showed me the importance of this and I've missed out on this for the last few years! When you pray with someone, you very quickly grow close to them because you're letting them into the very deep and private recesses of your heart. I will say that if you want this kind of thing as well, that prayer partners should always be the same sex. You should also look for someone reputable, meaning not a gossip. You have to feel comfortable enough with them to share very private things that you wouldn't necessarily want anyone else to hear. It should also be someone who is serious about praying and when you meet. While you need to take a few minutes to share with each other, you need to be about the business of prayer.

I'd love if you'd help me pray that I find someone to pray with weekly again. Prayer is something I am very passionate about and have been for years—I've just been lazy about it lately, thanks to Satan being good at his job. I was one in a group who started up our mom's prayer group in some of our local schools, because a teacher friend there lost two of her sons in one day and we all gathered in the back parking lot one day to pray for her. Thus, Mom's In Touch (or Mom's In Prayer) was formed at that local elementary school and also at the middle school. A group of us met every Monday morning in someone's home and for two hours, we would pray and then write cards for who we prayed for and make little goodie bags for them to take up to the schools to let them know we had prayed for them.

Well, speaking of prayer, I need to go do that now, so I will wrap up this post. Thanks for reading my blog! Love to all.  

Thursday, April 22, 2021

thankful Thursday

 


Happy Thursday, friends! 

I think it's so important to find things to be thankful for in life. I try to live like this everyday, but this doesn't mean that I don't have bad days. I know that part of the reason why I am like this is just because it's who I am. I try to be a positive thinker and am always looking on the bright side of things. The other reason I do this is because if I don't, the other junk in the world gets to me. I don't keep a journal for this, but I will occasionally make a list of things in the journal I use daily. If you didn't already read it, you can read my post from yesterday here, but I love to remember. It's biblical and it's faith building!

Here are a few things I have been thankful for lately.



It is such an honor to be able to attend church services each week. I say that in the plural form, because I also go on Wednesday nights. I love our Pastor and sometimes I will sit in the choir rehearsal room to watch the service after I'm done singing with the choir, because I don't like to miss any of the sermon. This was me last week. I love a desk when I'm writing, so I was all spread out with my Bible and journal, a pen, my glasses and a bottle of water. 

I have loved being part of another class on  Wednesday nights! I am in a class taught by my Pastor that is based on a book we're reading on prayer. I keep talking about the book because it is so good and has been instrumental in changing my prayer life over the last three weeks. You should read it! It's called How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life by Dr. Gregory Frizzell. Here is a link for you in case you're interested. It's a short, powerful read. 

I am thankful that my husband never minds when I go out with friends. I am seeing one of my best friends tonight, Andrea—it's been WAY TOO long since we've laid eyes on one another. I'll make sure and have dinner ready for them and then I'll meet her at our favorite place, most likely. Last night after church, I joined two friends at our new Slim Chickens for dinner and to catch up. It's been a couple of weeks since we had been able to do that and we had a lot of talking to do. We also started talking about our next girls trip! It's coming up in June.

Needless to say, I am always thanking the Lord for godly friends. I love this Bible verse about friendship—

Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

Quite honestly, I am thankful to be at this stage in my life. I do miss my boys being younger a lot, but I also really love their ages and independence right now. It's easy for me to be able to do things like this more often now, because of their ages. 

I am thankful that today I get to stay home all day! I love being at home. I have plans to try and finish my portion of the writing on the Bible study we're working on right now. We have two meetings coming up in the next two weeks, so I really need to focus on this today and try to finish. 

Speaking of that, I suppose I'll wrap this post up with that last one. I am linking up today with Penny from Penny's Passion. Thanks for reading my blog! Love to all. 

Friday Favorites, 5.7.21

  Happy Friday! I am linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals for this weekly blog link.  So many things are my favorites this week. First...