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I am a Christian woman who loves her family and tries to live with a purpose. "I can do all things though Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13


Wednesday, January 22, 2014


In the simplest of conversations come the greatest answers.  Especially when having them with children.  While number two grandson was doing his pre-k school work with daddy a very unique conversation happened:

Daddy: "what is this a picture of?"  Grandson: "a pig."  Daddy: "what letter does pig start with?"  Grandson: "p."  Grandson: "pigs are pork."  Daddy: "yes."  Grandson: "there is a massive raw pork chop in a pig."  Daddy: "...ok... " Sometimes I feel like that commercial where the man is sitting around a table talking to children.  You know the one, where the little girl is talking about werewolves.

He also recently asked if we could have a sheep we didn't kill.  Since his older sister has a pet turkey, he was thinking he would like a sheep. We don't have sheep and we don't have room for sheep.  However he thinks he needs a sheep.  We had to explain again the reason we have a pet turkey is so number one granddaughter can eat the other animals in the yard.  That's another whole conversation.

I feel very blessed to hear many conversations between the grandchildren and others.  These gifts from GOD will fill your heart with Love and Laughter.  So, back to schoolwork with the grandchildren, because you never know what you'll hear.

As for the rest of you, go teach a child.  You never know what you'll learn.

Have a Great and Blessed day.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


I sit here wondering if we will get snow, ice or even rain.  Seems for us it's up in the air, (sorry some puns are worth it).  Even if we do have bad wintry weather, I feel like we are prepared.  When the news reported the newest weather warning I started my checklist.

Extra Water            x      Batteries                   x     Solar Lanterns               x

Kerosene Heater    x      Kerosene                   x     Camp Stove                  x

Propane                  x      Camp Stove Oven     x     Oil Lamps                    x

Oil for Lamps        x      Disposable Plates, Cups, Bowls, and Flatware     x

and of course provisions (food and meds) of which we keep on hand at all times.

Now checklist for the animals;

Extra Hay and Straw     x     Lights for pens     x     Covers for the Pens     x

and again provisions of which we keep on hand at all times.

One time I told a friend that I can and prep because I didn't want to be at the whims of the commodities market any longer.  I now have another reason, I don't want to be in the lines of the grocery stores.  Knowing I can weather any storm, (there I go again ), is a good and satisfying feeling.

So if you are affected by the latest wintery weather advisory, which category were you in?  The one who ran down the checklist or the one standing in line?  Should you have been in the latter, what is it going to take for you to get prepared?  Learn to stand on your own instead of leaning on others.  You'll find you don't fall as often.

Just one more thing, check on the elderly and sick, they need help more then ever right now.

Have a safe, warm and blessed day.

Monday, January 20, 2014


As we did things around the house today, the T.V. was on in the background.  An old movie was on and I found myself sitting to watch it.  The name of the movie was "Shane".  Just a quick synopsis of the movie goes like this.  Someone thinks he has the right to run off everyone who doesn't agree with him, meaning give him what he wants.  He even thinks he had the right to hire a gunfighter to kill.  As I watched the movie I found myself getting mad.  Not because an old movie was on, but because I see a lot of similar tactics being used in society today.

Scream at people you disagree with, call them racist, ruin them if you can.  Don't worry if it's true or not.  Better if its not, there's more satisfaction if you can make people believe a good person is bad.  Yell and scream until no one pays attention to the good man, then all other good men stop trying. This is how evil wins. 

I keep thinking how long civilization can go on when discussion and debate are no longer allowed.  You see this in the colleges and universities, students believing they have the right to stop speech they disagree with.  When governments demonize and belittle its citizens for differences of opinion.  When some think killing is required because you don't believe as I do.  How long can we survive?

You may think this is an over-exaggeration, but is it really?  Ask someone who thinks big government is the answer to the woes of the world.  Oh and tell them you disagree with them.  You'll hear, the poor the minorities have to be taken care of.  You hear you are a bigot, a racist, unfeeling and uncaring because you don't want them to have what the wealthy have.  Because you think its better to teach someone to care for themselves than giving them what the government thinks they need.  Tell them you think the government has become about taking rights away from folk rather than protecting the freedoms the constitution gives them.  Watch the reactions when you tell them guns are a right to be protected not limited.  When you tell them the federal government is not to endorse a religion but by placing limitations on where you can practice or display religious items or verbiage they are in violation of the Bill of Rights (by the way, that's only the federal government, state constitution allow religion).  When you tell them life begins at conception, so the protection of the Constitution should be extended to the unborn.  See if they agree the people living in a state have the right to determine who can or cannot be married in their state.  See if they even agree the states have to right to govern themselves.  Then see if you are able to get more than one of these question out without being shouted down.

So today I got mad.  Mad because tolerance is only allowed as long as you agree with the intolerant.    As for me I will fight for all to be heard.  I may not agree with you, but I'll fight for your right to say what you want.  Will you do the same for me?

Have a safe and blessed day.

Sunday, January 5, 2014


Well it's been a long time since I posted.  So much has happened.  First let me say I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving  and a very Merry Christmas, (or a Happy Chanukah).  Though it was wonderful to celebrate with family and friends, we were missing beloved family members.  This Christmas was the first without hubby's father and just prior to Christmas hubby lost his uncle.  Just after Christmas I also lost an uncle.  The tribute of all of these men comes from the love they had for family, the service to their country and the happiness and laughter that surrounded them.  Though the world is a sadder place because of their absences, Heaven is just a little more joyful.

I was speaking with a friend who also had much loss in his life over the pass few months.  Though you want to help and make all the pain go away you can't.  The best any of us can do is listen.  Hear the stories of happiness and sadness.  Our initial response sometimes is to tell the person in pain, the person is in a better place and time will heal all wounds.  Excuse my bluntness, bull.  Even though I personally do believe most are in a better place that does not relieve the emptiness of the place left behind.  Then to say time will heal all wounds, well time hasn't passed.  The wounds are very much raw,  Time is not a luxury now.  Should you really want to help someone who may be in this place, here is my advice.  Listen, don't talk, don't repeat platitudes.  Just listen, that's what he/she needs.  The grief process is so personal.  Be as good a friend as you can, listen, your friend will tell you what they need.  Don't you be the one to tell them what they need.

As for my advice this and $2.00 will get you a cup of coffee.  All kidding aside listening is the best thing you can do.

As always
Have a safe and blessed day.