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


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thankful Thursday

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1.  Beautiful morning skies (even if I didn't get a very good picture going down the road).  It really was beautiful.

2.  Time to watch Santa Clause 3 and do some crocheting.

3.  Another beautiful early morning sky.  This one is from my back porch.

4.  This sweet, spoiled puppy.

5.  This sweet, spoiled grandson.  This kid totally has me in love with him.

6.  How could I not love this little face and be so very thankful for him.

7.  I'm so very thankful for this man!  I can't even imagine life without him.

I am so blessed.  What are you thankful for?


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

It's Tuesday Morning

It's Tuesday morning and the 4 day weekend is over. I'm sitting at the table typing this and eating my oats..  Back to work I go in just a few minutes. I'm almost dressed, my lunch is packed, I've done my morning devotions, so I'm about ready.

We had a nice Christmas. It was different, but nice.  Neither girl was able to come home for our traditional morning gift giving.  We had to mail Kelli's gifts to her because she couldn't come home at all.  Kerri had to work but she got to come to grandma's later in the afternoon where we got to spend some time with her and Colton.  That was very good.   Then we got to FaceTime with Kelli while at Grandma's, so she got to see and talk to everyone. And that was very good.

So Christmas was different and weird but it was still good.  Hope you all had a good one.

I better get to work.  Talk to you soon.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Here are some things I am thankful for this week.

Beautiful Skies Tuesday evening.

This book was a gift from Rebecca Jo and I can't wait to start it in January!

Some wonderful time with this little one and his momma this week.

Watching the Santa Clause with hubby tonight.
 What are you thankful for?


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. What's left to be done on your Christmas to-do list?
Wrap a few gifts and then enjoy!
2. The Hodgepodge lands on the first day of winter this year. What's your favorite thing about winter?
I love snow and all that goes with it, as long as I can watch it from inside my nice warm house.
3. In what area of your life are you immature? Feel free to elaborate or not.
In thinking I need to have the last word and that's all I'll say about that.
4. What was the most (or one of the most) important lessons you learned in 2016?
That there is nothing I can do but trust Jesus.
5. It's Fried Shrimp Day...are you a fan? What's your favorite way to eat shrimp? Will there be shrimp somewhere in your holiday feastings?
I love fried shrimp.  I love it fried or grilled best.  Well, I hadn't planned on it, but now that we've talked about it, probably yes.  I can see a trip to Red Lobster coming up.  
6. What sound lulls you to sleep?
The sounds of waves on the beach.
7. What one word best describes your 2016?
Quite frankly...scary...describes 2016.  But God is still good even and maybe especially during the scary times.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Monday was Gotcha Day for our puppy.  We've had her for 3 years.  While she can be very aggravating sometimes, I love this little girl.

Merry Christmas to all who pass by here. 


Monday, December 19, 2016

It's Monday

It's Monday and For the first time in a while it makes a difference. I went back to work today and actually worked the full shift. Didn't know if I'd have the stamina to do a full shift. But I did it. Not sure if I'll be able to do it tomorrow, but I'll try. And they are so good to me at work and say work if you can, but don't overdo. I am so blessed to have this job. I am so glad to finally be back.

I see the oncologist Friday and find out what's next. I believe it may be tests and if all still clear, it'll be a maintenance plan. 

Thank you God for seeing me through and thank you to all who have prayed and sent words of encouragement to me. That has helped more than you know.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thankful Thursday

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Here we go:

1.  I'm thankful for warm house shoes on this cold morning.

2.  I'm thankful my radiation treatments are complete and the burns are healing nicely. I will see the oncologist next week to see what's next. 

3.  I'm thankful for my husband who has walked each step with me this past year and I know he will keep on walking with me. 

4.  I'm thankful for a warm bowl of oats and a cup of hot chocolate for breakfast this very cold morning. 

God is so good to me and I am so thankful to know Him. 

So what are you thankful for today?


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Time for the Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. Are you more task oriented or people oriented? Elaborate.
I don't know. I'm a little of both. 

2. December 15 is National Wear Your Pearls Day...do you own/wear pearls? If you're a man answering the question, does your sweetheart own or wear pearls? Everyone share a 'pearl of wisdom' with us here today.
I have a seed pearl bracelet. My mom gave it to me to wear at our wedding. I don't wear it often but I love it. 

Pearl of wisdom:  "Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.  Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward  Your life will never be the same again."  Og Mandino

3. Speaking of pearls...oysters? Are you a fan or not a fan? If you answered yes, tell us your favorite way to eat oysters? If you said no, be honest-have you ever tried one or does just the idea of eating an oyster make you gag a little?
I've never had oysters except oyster stew and I liked that if I remember correctly. 

4. Time Magazine has named President-elect Donald Trump Person of the Year. Let's take presidents and presidential candidates out of the mix for a minute. If a political figure had not been chosen who would you name Man or Woman of the Year for 2016?
Dolly Partin because of all she is doing to help her hometown area people after the fires. And there are so many other things she does for that area.

5. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2017 has been announced, and it's a vibrant green aptly named-greenery. Your thoughts? Is this a color currently in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in this shade for the new year? Click here to see the color.
I like the color well enough, but not sure I'd use it in my home. 

6. Today I've had too much________________________.
Snow...I'm ready for spring now.  This picture is from my back yard yesterday and while I think it's pretty, I've seen enough and am ready for no more snow.  lol

Our little town is rather pretty in the snow too

7. Share a favorite lyric from a favorite Christmas carol.
 Probably the line in the song, "Mary Did You Know" that says "when you kissed your little baby, you kissed the face of God."  What a wonderful thought!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Sharing a couple pictures from the week.  I "stole" these from my daughter.

I think he may have more hair than I do! lol

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thankful Thursday

It's time to be deliberately thankful. Click the button to link up with Rebecca at Knit by God's Hand. Here are some things I'm thankful for this week.

1.  My burns from radiation treatment have finally healed enough that they've started me back for my final four treatments.  I should not burn again (thank you God).  Did one today and just 3 more.  My last one should be Tuesday.

2.  My hair is growing back.  It's got a lot more white in it than it used to and it's also a lot darker than it used to be.  Still just as straight as ever.  It's still really short and most of the time I wear a hat when out in public.  Although today, I did go out today to a restaurant and to Kohl's with no hat.  Trying to work up the courage to do that all time time.  I'm really tired of the hats.

3.  I'm thankful the plumber came today and fixed my clogged kitchen drain.  So nice to be able to use both sides of the sink and the dishwasher again.

4.  Hubby and I went to a Christmas Light Display last week in Cincinnati.  It was a lot of fun. Plans are to go to another one tonight in Middletown  Hope I can get some better pictures this time.

6.  I'm glad to have my Etsy Shop up and active again.  If you're interested there is a link in my sidebar.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's time for the Hodgepodge again.  Why not play along?

1. Give us three rhyming words that say something about your Thanksgiving holiday (or your most recent holiday gathering if you didn't celebrate Thanksgiving).
restful - hubby and I took a couple naps
peaceful - both girls had other plans, so it was just hubby and I
tasteful - we did not do the traditional Thanksgiving feast, we did a beef roast and noodles-Yummy 

2. When did you last say, 'the more the merrier'? Did you mean it?
I have no idea when I last said this.  But if I said it, I'm sure I meant it

3. What's one piece of advice you'd give someone who is your same age?
Take care of yourself physically and live for Jesus.

4. You're ordering a veggie plate, what four veggies are on it?
Baked Potato, Turnip Greens, Green Beans, Tomatoes if their fresh from the garden

5. Shop til you drop! Did you? Have you ever? Will you between now and Christmas?
 I have and will continue to do most of my shopping online this year. 

6. What's your favorite chair in your house, and why is it a favorite?
The recliner...I have spent a lot of time in it this year during my illness.  I'm currently not comfortable sleeping in the bed, so for the past couple of months I'm even sleeping in it.

7. Share an early memory of faith, religion, or spirituality.
I was probably about 3 or 4 when mom and dad got saved.  From that point on I have always been in church.  I remember as a kid, I especially loved the music and would sing every word.  I still love the old hymns and music of the church.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful Thursday

I'm linking up with Knit by God's Hand for Thankful Thursday. Thank you Rebecca for reminding me to be deliberately thankful. It is so easy to forget and just take life for granted.

Here are some things I am thankful for today.

1.  This may seem odd, but I'm thankful for numbness. When they did my surgery, they cut some nerves which has caused me to be pretty numb in that area. It turns out that I have burned pretty badly from the radiation. But the numbness keeps the pain from being too awful. So to me, the numbness is a real blessing from God.

2.  I'm so thankful for my husband. He has been with me every step of the way this past year. He has taken care of me and encouraged me when I've gotten down. He is so wonderful!

3.  I'm thankful for all who have prayed for me and for each word of encouragement I've received. God has truly blessed me with wonderful family and friends.

4.  I'm thankful for my girls and my little grandson. While we won't be with them today, I hope they have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thankful Thursday

It's "Thankful Thursday at Knit by God's Hand.  Click the button above to join in.  Here are some things I am thankful for this week.

1.  Good report from Doctor.  She doesn't think I'm going to blister from the radiation treatments as she thought I might.  I'm so thankful for this.  I was so afraid of burning really bad after what she had said in the beginning.  God is so good.

2.  I'm happy to be back at work...at least for 4 hours a day anyway. 

3.  I'm thankful for the opportunity to be at home most evenings this week.  It's giving me time to do laundry, but also to get some extra rest I need right now.

So what are you thankful for this week?


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Time for the Hodgepodge and I thought I'd play along this week.

1. Let's all think happy thoughts...share one of yours here.
I may get to go to the ocean in March.  I'm looking forward to that possibility.

2. There's a Chinese proverb that says, "If you want happiness for an hour take a nap, if you want happiness for a day-go fishing...." What say you? If you want happiness for a day _____________.
Knowing I can spend the day with my hubbby doing whatever we want makes me happy especially if it's at the beach.

3. Where do you go to decompress from the world around you?
My home or if I'm really lucky, the beach.

4. What song never fails to make you happy?
Any beach song by the Beach Boys

5. Wednesday is National Fast Food Day. Should that be a thing? Apparently it is, so tell us what's the last 'fast food' you consumed? If you were putting together your own version of a 'happy meal' what would you include?
Why shouldn't it be a thing?  Everything else has a day.  lol  The last fast food I had was at breakfast and it was a McDonald's Breakfast Burrito.  My Happy Meal would be a chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-a, Burger King fries, and a diet Coke.
6. In a few sentences tell us why you blog.
 Because I enjoy the people I've met through blogging and because I love getting to know them better.  Plus I love having a record of our life.
7. List seven things you're feeling especially grateful for today.
My Husband
My Church
My Doctors and other caregivers over the past year.
My God
Our home
Our girls
My grandson
These are not necessarily in order. 
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Is anyone else watching Survivor this year?  I so enjoy this show.


Monday, November 14, 2016


I just read Knit by God's Hand's post and she reminded me of the local station we have playing Christmas music. I was able to get it online so I can listen here at work. Now I'm getting in the mood to decorate. We may have to start this week. I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year. It's going to be sad because Kelli can't come home. But it's going to be fun too with a new grandson. We'll just have to make the best of Kelli being gone and hopefully FaceTime with her.

I know Thanksgiving hasn't come yet and believe me I am very thankful this year, that I am still here and almost through with my treatments. Praising God for that. But I may be doing that thankfulness with Christmas decorations up. How about you? Do you decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving? If we do, I'll try to post some pictures and I'd love to see your pictures too.

In the meantime, here's another picture of Colton.

Have a blessed day!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thankful Thursday

I've been gone for awhile, but thought I'd check in today. It's Thankful Thursday at Knit by God's Hand. I know it's late in the day, but I think I'll join in.

1.  I'm thankful to be over halfway through my radiation treatments. God has really been taking care of me. As far as I know, this is the last thing I have to do except for possibly taking a couple of pills daily for awhile.  They believe if there were any cancer cells left after the surgery, that the radiation should take care of it.

2.  I haven't shared here on my blog yet, but if you follow me on FB or Instagram, I'm sure you have seen. I'm a grandma now. And let me tell you I love it. I'm so thankful for my new little grandson. His name is Colton Bryce and he is adorable. Here are a few pictures.  You may want to get used to seeing lots of his pictures, as I'm quite enamored with him.

Just a few days old

Mommy and Colton

Colton sleeping

Finally opened his eyes

Papaw and Colton (first time papaw held him)

He's growing

First time Auntie Kelli got to see Colton

Learning to smile.  I love this picture so much!!
 3.  I'm thankful that Kelli is visiting us this week from Florida.  I have enjoyed being with her so much.  Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures except for the one above with her holding Colton.

So, what are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I know I've been gone awhile, but I thought I'd play along with the Hodgepodge today.

1. Are you watching the Olympics? Your favorite summer Olympic event? I read recently a list of the most iconic Olympic moments in history...what stands out in your mind as a great moment from some past summer Olympic games?
Yes, I'm watching.  Gymnastics is my favorite.  One of my favorites is the 1996 Olympics when Kerri Scruggs landed her vault on her injured ankle.  The whole team was so awesome that year.

2. Have you ever been to Rio? How about the place that started it all-Greece? Have you ever been to any of the Olympic Games in person? Is that something you'd like to do? Have you ever met an Olympian in person?
No, I've never been to Rio or Greece.  I've never been to the games in person, and yes, I'd like to. No, I've never met an Olympian.

3. The ball's in their court (tennis), cross the finish line (track and field), on target (archery), make a splash (diving), on a roll (gymnastics), out of one's depth (swimming)...which Olympic-related idiom best applies to your life right now? Explain.
Cross the finish line.  That is what I'm trying to do in this cancer fight.  Chemo is done and now comes surgery and then radiation.  I've about got it licked.  Prayers for surgery next Tuesday would be much appreciated.

4. What have you earned a 'gold medal' in recently?
Can't think of a thing right now.

5. What is it (or who is it) that motivates you to eat right, exercise, and do what you can to be healthy?
Cancer has motivated me to want to take better care of myself in the future.

6. Are you young at heart or an old soul? Explain.
I'm a bit of each.

7. It's National S'mores Day (August 10th)...are you a fan? Will you celebrate with a s'more today?\
Not really...I like all the components, but not together.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I've been surprised how much I've enjoyed the swimming events so far this year.  I've never watched them in the past very much.  Also love the volleyball!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. It's officially summer (in the northern hemisphere anyway). Which summer month is best and why?
August is best because hubby's and my birthday are both in August.

2. Can you swim? How did you learn? June 27th is National Sunglasses Day. How many pair do you own?
Yes I can swim.  I learned in the summer between 6 & 7th grade when we had a pool at home.  I have 2 pairs of sunglasses.  One that fitx on my prescription glasses and then just a regular pair.

3. What characteristic do you judge most harshly in yourself? How about in others?
In myself, love.  Do I love others eniough. In others, it's probably kindness.

4. Robert Frost wrote the now well known poem entitled The Road Not Taken. What's a road (literal or figurative) you've always wanted to travel, and where do you hope it takes you?
I'm looking forward to the road to retirement.  I hope it takes hubby and I to many happy places.  But it will still be awhile before we walk that one.

5. Popsicles-yay or nay? If you answered yay, what's your favorite flavor?

6. Brexit-on a scale of 1-10 how knowledgeable are you on what's involved here? (1=very knowledgeable and 10=what's Brexit) Is this news you'll follow or is it something you think won't impact your life in any way shape or form?
5, don't know how much I'll follow it.

7. Share a favorite song on your summer play list.
Haven't listened to much music this summer, but about anything by the Beach Boys is a good summer song.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Glad to feel like participating this week.