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Educated November 06 2018, 0 Comments

I finally finished Beach Music
(great book - highly recommend)
But man, it was long.
I asked my brother, who reads basically for his living right now, 
what would be a good book to read next.
And he said without a doubt - Educated: A Memoir
Excited to read what it's all about!!

Challenges November 06 2018, 0 Comments

Just read this...it really spoke to me.
Challenges give you chances to get closer to what grounds you.
For me it's God.  
But I forget - even though I've been thru it now a million times - 
that when there is a challenging time that is the perfect chance
for me to turn to God and get closer to him.
What CHANCE will you turn to during your next CHALLENGE??

JOY November 01 2018, 0 Comments

I was with my sister, hubby & brother in law
this past weekend.  
They are older than us & their daughters are right ahead
of our daughters.
We talked about so much - but
we got into a particular conversation at dinner about JOY.
And finding JOY.
And how hard it is to continually, daily & in your routine
to find JOY.
What we unfolded that night was JOY takes effort.
It's like that saying my friend told me along time ago
"in order to be interesting Court, you need to be interested"
So in other words maybe the old saying is correct...
"The more you put in, the more you get out...?"
I've been trying to make an effort with JOY since returning from last weekend
Turning on jazz in the morning while the girls are getting ready for school
(yes, eyes roll, but I don't care - it sets a positive tone, & creates JOY)
Smiling at strangers more
Praying, talking to God throughout the day
Saying yes instead of no
These are just a few, but JOY feels good.
How do you find JOY?
Give it a go!

Coming soon.... October 31 2018, 0 Comments

Just ordered for the store...freaking.

A wolf October 31 2018, 0 Comments

So I get the "word of the day" email each morning.
I usually just glance at the word, the definition & then 
most likely forget the word & the definition.
HOWEVER, what the heck?  Have you ever seen this word
or definition before?
Makes me feel more normal.

I mean really???? October 25 2018, 0 Comments

So craving this right now.
I love you rain...but we have had enough.

So true.... October 25 2018, 0 Comments

This is hard to do but the older I get
I realize how true it is!!!!!!

Juice Box October 25 2018, 0 Comments

Sooooo I lost it the other night.
I mean - lost it.
I threw a juice box against the wall in our kitchen.
And I wasn't by myself.
The whole family was with me.  Watching me. 
I'm kind of embarrassed to even admit it, but I'm hoping
by writing it out it will help me forgive myself.
At first I didn't know why I did it. I just reacted, not responded to 
a situation that arose in our kitchen that night.
Once I calmed down I realized what I did and was doing during that moment.
I was scared.  I reacted out of fear.
So then as my good, wise friend Annie taught me - turn a negative moment
into a teachable moment.
So the next morning I apologized & tried to explain the best I could
what had happened & what I could have done differently.
You see, I wish I wasn't an explosive person, but I just am.
It's also what makes me passionate & creative...I think.
Or at least that is what I tell myself :)
Anyway, for those of you reading that have done something 
recently you are not proud of... I hope you will remember this
juice box story & forgive yourself.
And possibly turn it into a teachable moment :)

Am I the only one? October 22 2018, 0 Comments

Ok so I'm just confused, am I the only one this happens to?
But these days I feel like I'm in a hurry most of the time.
My "slow down" time is when I exercise, pray or am doing paper
work for the store.
But when I'm out it's usually when I have 10 errands and 30 minutes
to accomplish all of them.
Inevitably, I'll run into someone older & our tempo seems to be
completely out of sync.
I don't mean this in a "I'm busy you're not" way
but it seems like they could stay & talk for hours.
This happens on the phone too. It drives me nuts.
Am I that impatient these days?
Will I be on the other side one of these days & have no awareness?
I try not to take offense to it, but sometimes I do.
How can you not pick up on someone else's body
language when they are in a hurry?
But maybe I too have a lack of awareness...
That this is maybe that persons one outing for the day.
That this is that persons one conversation of the day.
That they go home to an empty house instead of a house full of 
kids, neighbors & animals.
I truly struggle with this one as my innate reaction is impatience.
But somewhere deep down I'm trying to see if from the other side.
But man it's hard.

Whites and woods. And stripes. October 11 2018, 0 Comments

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