Thursday, September 24, 2009

It's time to decorate!

It is fall... time to put out the pretty orange decorations!

I love it when I can get out some of my favorite decorations. This year I did listen to my husband's request to not OVER-DO it!

Yep, I just noticed that the wood is water stained... that is what happens when you don't paint it!

Below are two new decorations I have added this year. Bargain shopping a few weeks ago!

Here a few things I did get out. I have been looking through several of my friends blogs and felt inspired to share some of mine. Did you ever notice before you take the pictures everything looks fine, but once you have them downloaded to your computer you notice silly little things? Such is the case with many of these. I'll be sure to point out all of them!

I re-did my flower arrangement from summer daisies to fall flowers and vines.

I have a penchant for having dishes to match, so below you can see my collection just waiting to be filled with yummy concoctions from my kitchen! I need to entertain soon!

I need to get ready for work now, I just wanted to share fall with you!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Point to Ponder

If you keep your bread, potatoes or desserts on the floor, you can call them low carbs...right? It's just a thought!

Quote from: Hot Flashes With A Side of Garlic Bread

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Not just another day

This is a lovely September~ Sunday morning, got up early (ridiculously so it was 4 AM) checked the inbox, facebook and newspaper, brewed the coffee about 4:45 after Jeff came ambling downstairs. I went to the early service at NewPointe Community Church. Awesome service, great message. Visited with some dear friends before heading back home. Got home and walked in the house and got to hear my oldest son lead worship at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, VA. Oh, what a glorious thing to be able to worship many places in many ways! Loving the fact that I can do that via the internet with Micah. I sure do miss him leading worship around here!

We have had a busy weekend. Friday night we had a thank you picnic for helping in the cafe at NPCC. Lots of fun! Saturday night Jeff's 35th class reunion. Lots of old friends to reconnect with. Today we have opportunity to fellowship with more old friends this afternoon. I'll have to tell you more about that one later.... shhhhh it's a surprise!

Yesterday was out oldest son, Micah's 25 Birthday! Wow, when did I get that old? He was a bit depressed about the fact that he's that old, but it is a great age. He is the age his dad was when we started dating! Mature, but not old!

Tomorrow, begins a whole new week! So far there are no mistakes in it, so I am looking forward to it!

I hope to add to chapter six's rewrites. I need to listen to the tape of Liz's funeral/wedding you'll just have to read the book when it comes out to understand that comment!

Then we will just have to wait to see what the remainder of the week brings. I am in serious anticipation!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Chapter re-write

I feel as though I have just run a 5K race. I am winded, tired and lethargic. My brain is exhausted. I have written and re-written chapters for this book so many times, but for some reason this one is really hitting me hard. Perhaps it is simply the reminder of eternity that is weighing so heavy upon my heart.

I am anxious. I am fearful. I am missing Liz desperately.

Saturday, September 12, 2009


I am so grateful that God allowed us to have a wonderful garden and high yield from it, but I am even more thankful that I am done canning... for now. The remainder of garden stuff will be for eating only!

I have shelves heavily laden with goodies that I have "put up" for winter, not to mention that my freezer has a lot of stuff too. Ummm.

I am even more grateful that I can REST for the weekend. I am pooped.

I am going to do some fun things after I clean. I am going to get my fall decorations out and work on my nesting instincts. I love to decorate ( my husband thinks I over do it) but I love it.

I was scheduling my GriefShare classes and realized that it is only one day less than 15 weeks until Christmas. UGH. At the rate I have been blogging I will be saying in my next one "I cannot believe Christmas is over" Ha. The time truly does fly.

I have some deadlines looming: this week I need to get several devotionals written for the COF devotional that will be published by Barbour Publishing in September of 2010! The deadline for that Sept. 22 (how did it sneak up on me? Oh, I know Barbour upped the date from Dec. 1 to Sept. 22) I thought I would faint when I read that e-mail.

I was supposed to work on Through My Tears this week, but canning took precedence, so nothing got written at my house. I am hoping that Mike got something done. I talked to Mike last weekend and he informed me that it looks like we will not make our October/November attempt at a deadline for finishing TMT. :_( (That is my attempt at crying)

Well, I will just have to try to prove him wrong... maybe.

I will soon get to meet "my two Emily's". I was supposed to meet one of them (Emily J) last week but something came up and Emily and Brittany couldn't make it. I was bummed, but now I have been promised a visit from BOTH Emily's. ( Emily J and Emily S) I am so looking forward to having females around here. I love my boys, but believe me I sure miss having girls around here! Even Jeff said it would be wonderful and he was disappointed that the girls couldn't be here. I'll tell you the whole story about the Emily's in another post.

My decorations are calling to me from the basement and the barn loft, so I must get prepared!

I'm outta here for now!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

It is time to blog

I cannot believe that it has been two weeks since I have had time to blog. Whew.

I have been so very busy. Canning, college prep for two boys, working and general stuff at home that I seem to be behind on AGAIN.

We will take son # 2 to IWU this week. Son # 3 started last week at UA. Then it will be back to writing, working, and just the two of us.

Amazing how quickly you get used to two. I absolutely love having my kids home, and I miss them desperately when they are gone, but oh it is nice just having to do for the two of us.

I really have to buckle down and get this book finished. My deadline is looming. The end of October/beginning of November. Plus I have writing for the COF 365 day devotional for Barbour publishing, and two stories to submit for two other compilations. Hopefully one of my stories will be picked up for Chicken Soup for The Soul, and the Guideposts Incredible Power of Prayers series. I guess we'll find out after the first of the year.

I will begin a new cycle of GriefShare next Tuesday at NPCC. This will be my fourth year of facilitating. What an awesome support group this is! I have seen so many people come to the classes and even repeat classes until they feel that they are on the road to healing. How exciting and rewarding.

I will be going to NPCC tomorrow to help prepare food to sell in the cafe before the 1st Wednesday service. I love doing this! Next month we have a Married Life Live that is a great night out for couples, and great food too! (I know this for a fact since Jean and I cook it!) We have fed as many as 650 people! Whew a lot of work, and boy are we exhausted.

Oh well gotta run. I have dinner to clean up from.