Friday, July 12, 2024

Friday Favorites, 7.12.2024.


Hi, friends! As you can tell, I'm forcing myself to be here often, because my life needs to resume some sort of normalcy right now; this is one way I can work on that. Thanks for checking on me, thank you for your prayers over me and my sons, thank you for being a constant source of encouragement to me. I am so grateful for you! 

I'm linking up with Andrea and Erika for today's blog post.

Fresh flowers have been my favorite lately. This beautiful arrangement is from a friend of my sons, Nick and his girlfriend Lauren. How precious that they gave me this? They are so precious to me, and somehow in the midst of feeling abandoned, I've also never felt more loved. 

On a frivolous note, my dresses and sandals are still my favorites. Also, isn't it great that I still have a frivolous side? My sense of humor is also still intact most days, which is also something I'm thankful for.

Everything in this gift basket that I received is my favorite! I can't believe someone put a Stanley in a gift basket for me; I know what those cost!

This is one of my favorite things that I've seen online in the last week or two. 

And I feel the same about this picture. I had a good laugh over this one, because it reminded me of my sister Lisa and her tiny four foot something self. 

This verse is one of my favorites that I've been clinging to recently.

Favorite shirt, favorite song, favorite motto in life. 

Bread making is still one of my favorite things to do! I look forward to bread day every single week, and today is the day that I'm preparing it for baking tomorrow. This is also a favorite thing of my sons; I hope to share loaves of this someday, but they've been eating it each week! 🤣 

Memorizing Scripture has always been something that's a favorite of mine; I'm working on doing this again. To memorize the Word of  God is to hide it in my heart, and I need to fix my mind on the love of God right now. 

It's always a favorite seeing my Drew post about work!

Matching is always a favorite! My friend Amy and I both shared up wearing our summer white at church last Sunday. 

Extras for dinner are always a favorite! Drew was here to eat with me Monday. 

Again with the flowers being my favorite...

My pastor's wife Darlene made this cake for us; strawberry cake is one of my favorites!

These windchimes are my favorite thing at the moment. My friend Karen gave me these this week to remember my Dad by; someone gave her the same ones when her Dad died, so she passed it forward. I will also pass it forward, because what a thoughtful gift. 

Amen. I love every word of this! 

Thanks for reading my blog today, friends. Love to all. 

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Thankful Thursday


Hi, friends! It felt good to be here yesterday, so I thought I'd come back today for my typical Thursday post. 

I'm making my post all about the body of believers, or the body of Christ. Never in all of my life have I been so thankful for a group of people! I am also thankful for my family, which almost goes without saying, except that I need to say those words. They've been there to support me in any way that I needed, and I am so grateful for them all, even on the days when I cannot talk on the phone. I know they're all just one call away, and just knowing that does wonders for me. 

The body of Christ is something on an entirely different level, though. First, they don't have to love you because of blood lines; they choose to love you as their brother/sister in Christ. They've been there for me to pray, cry on, vent to, lean on, and look to for wisdom. They've come alongside me and counseled me, they've fed my boys and me, they've prayed for me, they've hugged me, they've given me gifts, and they've offered me copious amounts of encouragement. 

My best friends are the kind of best friends I want to be, and they've just shown up in my life. One took me to a doctor's appointment before I left for the beach, and the other one has been feeding us and texting my boys almost daily. Those are the friends that we need; not the ones who ask, but the ones who just show up. I mention that, because I think friendship is something vitally important in life. I know I also need to be inspired in how to be a good friend, and I've had living examples of this in my life since June 23rd. (June 22nd is when my world came crashing down around me.) 

I didn't choose to be where I am in life right now, but it's where I've found myself, and I can honestly say that I've seen the goodness and the faithfulness of my Almighty God. He's loved me through others, He's been near to me when I've cried out to Him, and I feel Him leading me step by step everyday. My dad would love to know this, by the way...and speaking of him, we are laying him to rest today. I've got a whole myriad of reasons why I need your prayers today, but I specifically need prayers for kindness, a Christ honoring attitude, and supernatural strength. I expect it to be a day. Thanks in advance, and love to all. (I may come back tomorrow!)

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi, friends! I thought I'd join in with Joyce today for the Wednesday hodgepodge. 

1. Do you feel older or younger than your age? Elaborate. I think that most days I feel younger than my age. I don't know if that's the case lately, but I enjoy that feeling of my younger years. 

This was the night we were whistled at while we were on vacation. 🤣

2. What's one thing you should toss right now but just can't? Honestly? Nothing. I've done some major cleaning out this summer! Every time I turn around, I'm tossing more things that need to go. 

3. Have you visited many of the national parks? Do you have a favorite? What's one that you'd love to see? I've been to Hot Springs in Arkansas, Haleakala in Hawaii, Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, Gateway Arch in Missouri, Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee, and Virgin Islands. (That's more than I'd have guessed! I'd love to see more of these parks. Here's a list of them by state:

4. How often do you get takeout? What's your favorite? I recently had pizza delivered for me and the boys. I think my favorite is either the cheese pizza that we love from Lost Pizza, or Chinese. 

5. Do you have any subscriptions? I subscribe to Architectural Digest, and to certain products on Amazon: mousse, shampoo/conditioner, water enhancer, dog treats.

6. Insert your own random thought here. I'm trying to get back into the habit of writing again, because I miss being here! I'd also love your continued prayers for me and my sons. Thank you!

Love to all. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

beach trip 2024


Hi, friends! I'm still not up for blogging much, but I wanted to share about my trip to Florida a week and a half ago. Happy reading!

My friend Dedee has a house in Destin, and she's always so gracious to invite me to go with her. I've been when there were three of us, five of us, four of us, and the last two times it's just been the two of us. Those times are my favorite, especially this time! With the events that are going on in my life right now (in addition to my dad dying), I was in need of some one on one girlfriend time, and for four full days, she poured godly wisdom into me. I've never been so thankful for her friendship in all of my life, because while I left home feeling distraught and broken, I came home still feeling distraught, but also hopeful. I'll tell more of the story someday, but it'll be a long time before I can talk about it here. 

So, on Thursday morning, I drove to her house, we loaded the car, along with her sweet husband who helped us, then we left. Eight hours later, we arrived! We made three stops this time, then we unpacked and settled in for our time there. We had Mexican food the first night, since it's just right down the street from her house. 

I was falling asleep by eight thirty the first night we were there, so I went to bed and slept in until about six thirty the next morning. We travel well together, because we both like to go to bed early and are early risers. She would get up and walk her dog, and I'd stay there and have my quiet time. It was a nice view, right?

I always take my own food when I travel, so I'd drink my breakfast and lunch, we would snack if we were hungry, and then we'd go back in to get ready and eat dinner early, because it's Destin in the summer. On the first day, we sat out on the beach all day long. It was heavenly! We decided to walk on the beach at one point, so we walked down to this rock jetty. At the jetty, you turn and go right down to another part of the beach to this lagoon area that we swam in. It felt amazing! Because of the way it's bordered on three sides, waves and sharks don't enter into that part of the water. Also, let it be known that I haven't swam in the ocean since I was eighteen years old. I could have stayed there all day!

That night we had dinner at The Marina Cafe. If you're there at five, you can get a table at the bar, and you have access to the less expensive bar menu. I had blackened shrimp tacos and that amazing slice of vanilla key lime cheesecake to top it off. It was incredible!

The second day was more of the same: up early, quiet time, packed my beach bag, sat on the beach all day. I alternated between reading my book and listening to an Audible book. I can only read/listen to certain things right now, so I was having to pick and choose. We went in at three, I showered and dressed, then we went to Harbor Docks for dinner. I had blackened grouper, which was as amazing as any other thing I'd eaten all week. After dinner we went to the Destin Commons and saw Inside Out 2. It was so good! 

I went to bed early again on Saturday, and when I woke up on Sunday, I knew it would be an easy day. The plan was to go to the beach for as long as the rain held off, then we'd planned to order pizza for dinner that night and pack to get ready to leave early the next morning. I woke up with a little bit of urgency to start getting things ready to leave the next day, so I actually went ahead and started packing before I even went downstairs that day. 

In a strange turn of events, that afternoon Graham called to tell me that I needed to come home immediately because of my dad. I was working on getting a flight out, but we ended up leaving less than an hour after we heard from him. I've never moved so fast in all of my life, and I was grateful that Dedee was willing to drive home that night. While she showered and packed, I cleaned and shut down the house for her, then took all our stuff downstairs. We were on the road by five thirty, made it home by one thirty a.m. Monday morning. I drove home, then rode to the hospital with Graham and Drew. (Graham was driving my car.) I'm glad I made it back home in time to see my dad a little more before he passed away on Tuesday morning, and though my trip ended in a mad dash, I'm so glad I had a few days away to start the healing process of my heart. I'm nowhere near there yet, by the way, but that was a great start to the days/weeks/months ahead. 

Thanks for reading my blog, friends, and for your many prayers over my sons and me. Words can't express my gratitude. Love to all!

(I'm linking up with Joanne today for this blog post.)

Friday Favorites, 7.12.2024.

  Hi, friends! As you can tell, I'm forcing myself to be here often, because my life needs to resume some sort of normalcy right now; th...