If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday Medley

Terri is giving us something to replace the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  Thank you Terri.

1. What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
I would love to take a train ride across the country.  I think that would be so fun to see the country but not have to be the driver.  I'd also want to stop whenever I wanted (of course, I know that wouldn't be possible on a train, but in my imagination it would be.).

2. Name five songs that you have completely memorized?
Well right now, because of my grandson, I know all the words and motions to Baby Shark.  lol  Then there's, Amazing Grace, Jesus Loves Me.  Because of my girls when they were little, the Barney theme song.  And number 5 would be a song called I Claim the Blood.

3. What takes up too much of your time?
Social Media

4. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
Anything to do with demons

5. What’s worth spending more on to get the best?
House repairs - like our new roof.

6. Tell us something random you want us to know about your week..
Our ladies Bible Study group started a new study last night  from Lisa Harper, called "Job, An Unlikely Story of Joy."  It was so good seeing everyone and I can't wait to find out how you get joy from the book of Job.  lol

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Foto Friends

It's Friday which means it's time to link-up with Deb to show your pictures for the week.  You can click here for the link up.

Again, I haven't taken very many pictures this week, but here are a couple of the pretty skies in my neighborhood when I took the dog out early this morning.  I just love it when God paints the skies with pink.

The picture below is of a flag a neighbor has out.  I think it's so cute and it reminds me that fall is just around the corner.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great weekend.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thankful Thursday

I am very thankful for my youngest daughter.  Today is her birthday and she is now 24 years old. Tell me, when and how did that happen?  I’m sad she lives so far away, but she calls me most every day or  she video chats with her and my grandson or sends me pictures. Because of all this, I probably see and talk to her more than when she was just 20 minutes away. She is such a fun-loving and truly caring person. And she’s a wonderful mommy. Kerri I love you and hope you have a great birthday.

I am also thankful for Sunday afternoon naps. It may seem silly to think that on Thursday when Sunday was several days ago. But I just totally love coming home and taking a nap after church and lunch. Obviously from the picture below our dog loves them too. I sometimes take naps other times but they are never as wonderful as a Sunday nap. Maybe because it’s the day of rest. I don’t know, but I am thankful for it.

There are so many other things to be thankful for, but I think I’ll leave it at that.

What are you thankful for today?  Does anyone else take naps?  If you want to link up a thankful post with Rebecca, you can click here.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting.


Friday, September 7, 2018

Three in One

Let's just say it's been an interesting week around here and leave it at that.  But I've really missed the blogging world.  So I'm going to attempt to do 3 posts in one.  Wednesday Hodgepodge, Thankful Thursday, and Friday Foto Friends.  You can click on the buttons to go to the link up of each one.

I'll start with Wednesday Hodgepodge.  This is the last one.  Joyce says she has been doing it for 9 years and feels like the time has come to end it.  She will still be on her blog and says she may even occasionally do Hodgepodge type posts and even maybe link-ups, but no more regular Wednesday Hodgepodge.  Joyce, I just want to say how much I've appreciated all the questions you have asked us and answered yourself.  It's been a lot of fun and I've gained some new friends through your efforts.  So here are this weeks questions and my answers.

1. What has been the highlight of your summer so far? (It's still summer people!)
My highlight so far was when both my girls and my grandson came home at the same time.  It was so good to be together again.  It had been almost 2 years since all of us have been in the same place at the same time.  It was short, but it was great.

Here's the 3 of them as they are flying back home

2. What do you wish you'd done more of this summer? Less of?
I'm really pretty happy with the way my summer has been, but I guess I wish I had walked more this summer (I've gotten a little slack in the last month) and eaten a little less.

3. Something you're looking forward to on your September calendar?
Our Ladies Bible Study is starting back up and we are doing Lisa Harper's study of Job.

4. Best/favorite book you've read this summer?
I've read quite a few this summer and like most of them, but it would probably be the Father Tim Series I'm reading from Jan Karon.

5. Share something positive, encouraging, or uplifting here.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I sure do love this boy and he seems to love his french fries.  lol
Now for Thankful Thursday.  I hated to miss this yesterday because I always want to be intentional about giving thanks.

This week I am thankful for:

***God has been with me and helped me through some tough things at work.  It's going to keep on, but hopefully I'll get a little better at it as we go.  And I'm so thankful for all the reminders God has been sending me the last few days.  I've seen verses all over the place reminding me that I don't need to fear, that He has not given me a spirit of fear, but of a sound mind and how He will go with me and through Him I can do all things.  Thank you God for your faithfulness.

***Again, I'm thankful for Rebecca and how she encourages me with her weekly thankful posts.

And now, Friday Foto Friends

Here are a couple photos from my week.  These first 3 photos are from Monday.  We went to Central Ohio and the skies were just beautiful that day.  Hubby and I went to an Amish Restaurant for lunch and just enjoyed the drive on such a great day.

Saturday we went to the Airport and watched the planes again.  I am always amazed that something so big can actually lift off the ground and fly away like they do.  I just love watching them.

That's about all I have.  Thanks for visiting and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Black and White Memories

I'm joining in again with Terri for Black and White Wednesday.  I so enjoy sharing my pictures.  But I also love looking at everyone else's pictures too.  If you'd like to participate, go here to Terri's page to link up.  We'd love to see your pictures.

Dad and Mom on a date

Mom in school...I don't know what age

Mom's engagement photo.

Dad and Mom's Wedding Photo.  Their wedding day was dad's 22nd birthday and mom's 17th birthday.  Made it easy on them both to remember each other's birthday and anniversary!  
Dad always said he married mom because she could milk a cow and he wanted a farm some day and mom said she married dad so she never had to milk a cow again.  You know what?  Mom won!  She never milked a cow after they were married.  However, dad sort of won too.  He did get his small farm (about 20 acres) and did have a milk cow for about a year, but mom never milked it.  She said, I'll take care of the milk, make butter or cream or whatever, but I will not milk it and she never did.  lol
Mom with her first baby, my brother Larry.  He looks almost as big as her.  lol  She was 18 years old.
I love seeing all these pictures we looked at all our lives.  I believe I had the best parents and brothers and sisters in the world.  I'm so proud to be part of this family.

Okay, So here is one more picture for this post.  Below is a black and white photo of all 5 of us kids.  Take a look and have a laugh.  It makes me smile and happy every time I see it.

Larry, Karen (in striped pants), me, Beverly hold Jeff.  There were 12 years between the oldest (Larry) and the youngest (Jeff)  The year Larry started college, Jeff started 1st grade.
Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful day.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018


It was three years ago today that you left us, mom.  I thought it was supposed to get easier with time.  But I think I may be getting harder.  I miss you and would love to be able to talk to you again. Although, there is no way I'd ask you to leave where you are to come back here.  Some day I'll get to see you in heaven and that will surely be a wonderful time.  I love you and miss you.


Monday, August 27, 2018


August 27, 2018

Currently I am....

Reading:  Light from Heaven by Jan Karon and Normal Is Just a Setting on Your Dryer by Patsy Clairmont

Listening to:  Southern Gospel on Pandora.  Right now it's Karen Peck and New River.

Crafting:  A baby blanket...crocheting using Bernat Blanket Yarn, which I love because it's so soft and plush.

Working on it in the van on Saturday
Thinking:  It's about time to start planning our November vacation.

Feeling:  Blessed to have a good job and plenty of vacation time.

Celebrating:  Another birthday for my hubby.  It was Saturday and we spent the entire day together, just the two of us.  So nice.

Grateful for:  Each day I'm on this side of the dirt.  lol

Weather:  Bright and sunshiny, but hot and humid.

A quote I want to share: 

I hope you are having a wonderful day.  Thank you for visiting.


Friday, August 24, 2018

Friday Foto Friends

Click here if you'd like to participate.

Here are some photographs from my week.  I didn't take very many pictures. In fact, I took these flower pictures last night just to have something to post. 😊

This coleus has grown like crazy.  I had no idea that they would have blooms.

I can't believe my hanging baskets are still alive.  I've usually managed to kill them by now.  lol 
The neighbor's hibiscus.  These blooms are the size of a large saucer.  

Our roof and gutters are finished.  So happy to have this work completed.

Crochet project I haven't worked on in awhile.  Unfortunately Colton got ahold of it when he was here and I had some tangles to work out.  lol

I completed the scarf Wednesday evening.

And I couldn't resist showing this picture his mommy sent me.  Somebody got in mommy's make-up.  Doesn't he look so proud of himself.  Makes me laugh every time I see it.

 Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great weekend.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Click here to visit Rebecca Jo from Knit by God's Hand. 

Today I am thankful for:

**Audiobooks from my library: I have completed two books this week. One was called Echo which was very interesting. It was about 3 different people that had come across the same harmonica over a period of years and how the harmonica impacted their lives.  These three did not realize the harmonica was charmed. Each of their stories were very interesting and then in the end they all came together but none of them knew the other had had the harmonica in a very trying time in their life. I would definitely recommend listening to this story. The other one I finished was only about an hour and half long. It was Dolly Parton’s Book called Dream More and she’s the one who read it. It was so good and very inspiring and also very funny at times. She also sang on it a little too.  I so adore Dolly and it was so cool getting a glimpse into her thoughts and ideas as written and read by her.

Photo taken from Amazon

Photo taken from Amazon
**Cooler weather:  While I know it’s not going to last, I’m enjoying it immensely while it’s here.  I took Lucy out for a short, quick walk this morning around 6:30 and had on a hoodie but I was still a little chilly.  Now that's not a complaint, just a fact.  It could stay like this year round and I'd be happy.

**Friends:  I'm so thankful for time after church last night to talk with a good friend.  So many times we are in such a hurry to leave, we don't take time to talk.  It was really nice to just stand around and talk.  I think we both needed it.  Hubby was wonderful about it too.  He just got in the van and played on his phone and didn't make me feel rushed at all.  And yes, I am so thankful to have him for my husband.

**Blogging Friends:  I'm also thankful for each one of the blogging friends I've made over the years.  I'm thankful for the comments and for the memes you host, which gives me something to blog about.  I hope each one of you have a blessed day.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Black and White Wednesday

I'm participating in Black and White Wednesday again.  You can link up with Terri here.

Today I am sharing a photograph of my daddy's family.  It's the only photo that I am aware of that has his mom and dad and all of the brothers and sisters.  A family member recently shared this on FB and I'm so thrilled to have it now.  My daddy is in the 5th from the left in the standing row.  All have now passed on and are in heaven except one brother and he is standing in back of and between his mom and dad.  Thankfully, I was blessed to know each one of them and so thankful for their lives.

Thank you for visiting.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Fun with Flowers

My sister asked me to go to a flower arranging class with her on Saturday at Oberer's Florist.  Their advertisement showed a beautiful arrangement of roses and carnations and I'm thinking there is no way I could do something like that.  But, I didn't want to tell my sister no, so I went.

Even when I got there and saw all the people and the tables set up with the flower pots and greenery sitting around and buckets of flowers for us to choose from, I was thinking, what in the world am I doing here.  I can't do this.  I have absolutely no talent for this.  I've never been able to make a pretty arrangement.  I just kinda stick them in a vase or something when I get flowers.

Anyway, I was there, so I participated.  And you know what, it was really fun.  It was fun just doing something different with my sister and the people were so nice and patient.  And everyone was involved in what they were making and not watching everyone else.  So it was okay and I even told her if she wanted to do it again sometime just let me know.

Here are a few pictures from that day.

Each participant started with a spot set up like this
Here's one of the tables set up to start

You can see my roses and some of the carnations I picked and we've started adding the new from the table

This is my sister's in the process

Starting to add the roses

This is mine

Mine from another angle

This is one that one of the employees made along with us

My sister and I with our completed arrangements in their travel boxes.
So, if you ever get the chance to take a flower arranging class, I highly recommend it.  It was a lot of fun.  Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day.