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Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Meet Bama

 Meet my chocolate Labrador retriever named Bama!   We got him the last week of January.  He is a blessing. I love this puppy!


Isn't he adorable!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Mandy Lou Rottweiler

Tuesday night our dog Mandy Lou was put to rest. She had been sick for a long time, but she was one tough ole girl.  She survived numerous snake bites, arthritis, and heart worms.  For over a year she struggled with old age and cancer.  She was a great dog up to the very end. She wasn't just a dog, she was part of our family. She moved with us from Alabama to Mississippi in 2004, I remember she barked at every car that got to "close" behind us on our 3-4 hour drive to our new home.  There will never be a dog exactly like Mandy again.  Mandy Lou Rottweiler you were loved and are missed. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

God is Not Surprised and He Has the Answer

I was sitting here feeling a little discouraged about a situation.  Worry was talking to me, fear was talking to me and my emotions were a jumble of chaos and confusion.    I was praying and talking to God, telling Him I needed Him to lift this weight off my shoulders. I didn't want it anymore.  For a few minutes I felt better, but then I would pick the problem back up in my mind and the parade of confusion, second guessing, over analyzing and emotions were in full swing again.  

Browsing through quotes on Pinterest,  I came across this one.

This quote dawned on me, it began to soak into my heart and mind. What I am facing is nothing compared to what God has in store for me.  What I was worrying about is but a drop in the ocean. 
My God is not surprised by it.  He knew it would happen.  He foresaw this moment long before I was created.  He is wise.  He is faithful.  He sees all. He knows all. There is nothing that surprises my God.  He knows the end from the beginning. He has the answer. He made a way.  All I need to do is trust and obey and let His peace that passes all understanding wash over me.
My God is faithful.  In Him I put my trust. 
~*~Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."  Proverbs 3:5-6 ~*~

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A View Through My Eyes: Week 14

I took this photograph while out riding the 4-Wheeler one day. God created a beautiful scenery!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Rekindling my Love for Reading

I love to read.  Books have been a part of my life since I was a child.  I remember at a young age I would fill up my little red wagon with Little Golden Books and my Mama and I would curl up in my bed eating skittles and chocolate chip cookies while she patiently read to me book after book before bedtime, and always giving in to my plea for "one more book," most often that one more book turned into two or three!  

Growing up it was rare to see me without a book.  I read during the day, at night when the rest of the family of watching television, I would read in the living room drowning out the sounds of the t.v. with my book. I remember reading my the light of the fireplace. Laying a blanket on the green grass on a warm summer day and curling up with a book. Several nights I would lay in bed reading under the covers, using a flashlight for light, even though I was suppose to be sleeping.  There were times during my schoolwork I would be tempted to hide a book within my opened school book so that it looked as if I was reading.   Thankfully, I have a very smart Mama who caught on quickly.

I enjoyed reading so much that I would stir a pot on the stove while reading, read while the microwave was heating food or hot chocolate.  When we had dial-up Internet I would read while waiting for the Internet to slowly connect.  When I left the house I carried one or more books with me.   I love to read.

About a year before I began working outside of my home I begin slacking off on reading. The Internet took up most of my time.  As you can imagine once I started working I read even less.  For over three years I rarely read. 

After my dirt bike wreck last year I tried to read some, but because of my head injury I had to stop before reading two pages, my head would hurt. 

Months later for some strange reason I still do not understand, I found I could read books on Kindle and it did not hurt my head or eyes like a regular book.  Gradually I began being able to read several pages at a time, and then whole books!   This was exciting for me, to be able to read without my head hurting because of my injury.

A few weeks ago I picked up a hardback book, "Happy, Happy, Happy" by Phil Robertson.  I ordered it from Amazon and had it a couple of weeks before reading it.   I began reading it late one Saturday morning around 2:00a.m. and did not go to sleep until I finished reading the entire book around 7:30a.m.    When I told my Daddy about reading the book, and handed it to him to read, I mentioned I did not stop reading it until I had finished it.  It was then he pointed out to me something that had not dawned on me,  For hours I read a book and it did not hurt my head or eyes!!   Another fact that adds to my excitement, is before reading "Happy, Happy, Happy"  I had read within a couple of hours a craft book with pictures and words, the book contained a little over 200 pages and I read it all.  First time since my head injury I could read without instant headaches!  Thank the Lord for that!   It means I have recovered more!

Since then I have read even more books on Kindle and I started another hardback book Friday.  I am rekindling my love for reading, and it feels great.   Reading awakens the brain and fuels the imagination.  It is also relaxing!

Here is a list of what I have read so far this year!

1. "Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job." ~ Jon Acuff (Finished reading this)

2. "Sense and Sensibility" ~Jane Austen

3. "The Candy Country." ~Louisa Mae Alcott

4. "Persuasion."  ~Jane Austen

5. "The Bobbsey Twins: The Secret at the Seashore."  ~Laura Lee Hope

6  "Northanger Abbey."  ~Jane Austen

7  "Mansfield Park."  ~Jane Austen

8.  "Love and Friendship."  ~Jane Austen

9  "The Sparkle Factory." ~Tarina Tarantino

10. "Happy, Happy Happy,"  ~Mr. Phil Robertson  (My favorite book I have read this year!)

11. "Pride & Prejudice."  ~Jane Austen

12.  "A Very Special Delivery."  ~Linda Goodnight

13.  "Pollyanna."  ~Eleanor H. Porter

14.  "Pollyanna Grows Up."  ~Eleanor H. Porter

I wonder if I will reach my goal of reading 100 books by the end of the year?  Either way I am happy to be able to read again without an headache while reading!  Thank the Lord!

What are you reading?  I would like to know!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Craft Gossip Website Needs Your Help

I write for a website called Craft Gossip. I am the jewelry making editor. Right now Craft Gossip needs your help!  We have gone down in the Google ranks, and because of that we are loosing traffic. Because we provide reviews, not long blog posts, Google thinks we are spam.  If you have a few minutes please read about it http://craftgossip.com/blog/we-need-your-help-to-keep-craftgossip-alive/2013/09/20/ and help us let Google know we are not a spam website!  Thank you!
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A View Through My Eyes: Week 13

My beautiful horse Shiloh.  I took this picture some months ago.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Blogger's Block

As a blogger do you ever have days, months, or even years of feeling uninspired to blog?  A feeling that you are stuck in a rut with a severe vase of writers block?   I am there now.  There was a time when I diligently blogged almost everyday, sometimes it was everyday, sometimes more than once a day. Now, it may be weeks or months before my next blog post on this blog.   I want to change this, but how, when I think "What do I blog about?"    Anyone else have this dilemma?
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