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The Year Ahead

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                    everyday is a journey.

Love and Pain
Make their own measure of all things that be.
No clock's slow ticking marks their deathless strain;
The life they own is not the life we see;
Love's single moment is eternity. --Thomas W. Higginson.
As the old year departs, a new one enters bringing hope, renewal and change. Are we ready for it? I know I am. Believe me, I am always ready to let go of the past, willing to move forward. 

Every year, we choose a theme for the year for us to work towards as a family. Since this past year was a bit of a struggle, I'm contemplating a little more relaxed one. For some reason, I don't want to plan anything, I just want to be. 

We are a goal driven society. Lord knows, I'm one of these people who thrives on order and organization, but I want a break from all of it. I have enough projects started to keep me busy for …

It's All In The Little Things

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Grow old along with me! the best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in his hand who saith, a whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!
—Robert Browning.

It's funny how we look forward to the little things that make us truly happy. It doesn't take much, does it? I believe that as we age, we become more attuned to the simple things in life. What brings you Joy? What makes you smile? Content? What do you look forward to everyday?

Every morning as I begin my day, I'm full of wonder to my own reaction to life in general. I feel totally and wantonly content. Now, this feeling is so very fleeting that we need to grab it, hold onto it and enjoy it while we can. It will leave. And come back. Right now, I'm enjoying myself. 

I love our living room! It's large, completely differently arranged than what we had in the pas…

A Healthy Lifestyle

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Be wise to-day;
 'tis madness to defer;
Next day the fatal precedent will plead;
Thus on, till wisdom is pushed out of life.
Procrastination is the thief of time;
Year after year it steals, 
till all are fled,
And to the mercies of a moment leaves
The vast concerns of an eternal scene. --Dr. Edward Young.

Over the past five years, we've acquired a healthy lifestyle in becoming vegetarians and opting for more healthier choices in our life. That doesn't mean we don't indulge in desserts or decadent dishes. On the contrary, I have been blessed with a daughter who can make anything from scratch. It's not that we eat only carrots and celery, we determine what goes into our food. 

We're also finding out that it's not enough. We want to go further in our journey of all natural ingredients. We want to make our own toiletries and cleaning supplies. Emily has been busy searching onlin…

The Decorative Mom

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Our children grow up and become adults, living in the busyness of the world. Our purpose as parents suddenly has shifted from nurturer, caregiver and the leader to just a decorative parent. I am a mom, but no longer a mom. My role has forever been changed. 

I believe the biggest struggle for parents of grown children isn't the empty nest syndrome. It is the realization that our children have become independent and no longer need us to take care of them. They do not run to us with every little or big problem in their life. They have friends or mates to fill that shoe. 

I can remember a time when Joey would call me every Friday night on his way home from work. At that time, I was working a night shift so it worked out beautifully. That went on until he married my Aubs. (love my Aubs.).  Friday would come and go, with no calls from Joey, because now he would call his wife on his way home from …

Merry Christmas

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                        everyday is a journey.

Christmas this year seemed to have crept upon us stealthily as we were busily packing, moving and unpacking. I see now why no one likes to move during the Holidays, there is just way too much to do. Any plans that we had were cancelled and we chose to spend a quiet Christmas at home. 

Today, we are lazily lounging around the apartment wearing our comfy clothes and eating all the things that aren't so good for us. Our bellies full of popcorn and cookies, I'm crocheting and Emily is playing some video games (mafia). Ah, I never mentioned that Emily is quite a gamer?

I hope you take the tie today to just be in each other's company. You don't have to speak about anything important, it could be silly. Just be together. The following is from Barb (of course), enjoy and bask in the now.

A minister passing through his…

Family Of Believers 4

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

The first Sunday after we moved here (a mere 24 hrs. later) we went in search of our very first Church service. A week before the move, we scouted on-line a particular Church only a few minutes from us. We headed out, all excited, only to find the Church had moved. Being new to the area, we had a hard time finding the new location, so we headed back home. 

The next Sunday ( a mere week later) we headed out once again with map quest directions to the new location. Somehow, we ended up at a Police station and a public works facility. At this point, we were pretty low in spirits. It's been a few Sundays since we were at Church and we could feel the need inside of us to reconnect as soon as possible. 

For a minute there, we began to think that maybe it was fate telling us not to go there. Twice we failed, but maybe a third would be the charm. And it was. This also marked the first time, after a…


Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

I've never really felt alone or lonely, but I do realize that there are many people out there who are, especially during this Season. Many times I have called out to Jesus to walk with me when faced with something new or scary in my life.The following poem reminds me of times when God walks with us alongside our path, especially when we feel alone in the world. He is always with us, we just have to call out His name. 
Alone (Deuteronomy 32:12). The hill was steep, but cheered along the way
By converse sweet, I mounted on the thought
That so it might be till the height was reached;
But suddenly a narrow winding path
Appeared, and then the Master said, 'My child,
Here thou wilt safest walk with Me alone.'
I trembled, yet my heart's deep trust replied,
'So be it, Lord.' He took my feeble hand
In His, accepting thus my will to yield Him
All, and to find all in Him.
One long, dark momen…

Looking In The Mirror

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Thank you Father for creating me the way I am. Help me accept myself as the way you have mastered me with your Holy hands. You are my potter and I am the clay. What I see in the mirror is the result of your masterpiece. I wish to be no one else.

One of the hardest obstacles for me to overcome ever since my cancer journey began in 2007, had to do with image. My appearance has altered so much with the gaining of weight and body scarring, that I hardly recognized myself when looking in the mirror. It has been difficult to say the least.

It hasn't been easy to accept things the way they are mostly because of how others see me now. I have learned quite a bit about first impressions and fast judgments since my weight gain. No matter how much everyone may deny it, we are prejudice against heavy set individuals. I have learned that the hard way. 

I have heard countless advice on healthy eating, calorie intake or exercise tips. It seems I cou…

An Old Story

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.
You know, Christmas is a very joyous Holiday where we are flooded with meaningful stories, movies, songs and random acts of kindness. It's the only Holiday where we as a society come together and genuinely wish one another good cheer. 
I work with an incredibly happy and sociable young woman by the name of Camille. She cannot walk past a person without saying hello or any form of greeting. When questioned why she does that, she readily replies,"What if I'm really speaking to Jesus in disguise?"
The following story reminds me a little bit of Camille. I posted it years ago when I first joined social media to remind people of showing kindness to one another. I think it's time to post it again, but this time, on my blog. I hope you enjoy. 
CHRISTMAS at the Gas Station The old man sat in his gas station on a cold Christmas Eve. He hadn't been anywhere in years since his wif…

Hips, Knees, Ankles, Toes

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                     everyday is a journey.

Sometimes defeat can
bring more joy and
more freedom than victory.
Winn Collier

It seems the more treatments I receive, the more my legs end up hurting afterwards. It began with just my left leg, knee in particular, that would swell up and ache on very cold or very humid days. 

1. Hot baths/foot soaks
I have done these several times and they do provide relief for that moment. Actually, I prefer the foot soaks to the baths, because I can soak my feet while doing something else like reading, watching television, crocheting etc. 

2. Turmeric
Now, turmeric has multiple health benefits, but the problem is that it acts as a dye. Basically, it can stain your teeth or your clothes if spilled, or your skin as a paste. It does go away from several cleanings. You can use turmeric in many ways. You can ingest a spoonful of the powder like Emily does…

A Sleepy Saturday

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Ever since I awaken this morning, my mind has drifted on into the land of laziness. I had such hopes, such dreams and such plans for today, all for naught.

I set out purposely with Emily in tow, to get our errands out of the way. My big plans for the today involved finally putting together my bedroom. I have been sleeping on the couch while my room has been turned into a storage area for all the boxes. There are still boxes galore, but there was a tiny area where my bed and desk could stand. 

I was excited, or at least yesterday, at the thought of staying up writing my little heart away into the early morning hours. Alas, the minute we got home from all our errands, sleepiness took over. Whatever energy I may have had, was used up running around and now it took all the effort I had just to keep my eyes open. 

All my carefully laid plans gone up in smoke and I didn't care. I wanted a lazy and …

So How's The New Place?

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

I stared at the simple text message from Joey. Such an easy question, but the answer was anything but that. I tried to find an even simpler answer, but couldn't. How do I place all of what is going on here in one sentence? It has been challenging, but satisfying.

Our very first weekend here we were faced with some minor, but irksome challenges. The U-haul had a flat tire and we ended up going back to the center to get it replaced. A huge chunk of glass was embedded in the rear tire. Thank heavens, all of that happened before we loaded the truck. Thank heavens, that we finished unloading and returned the truck before the snowstorm. 

The cable was installed and ready as we were moving in, but it quickly went out when the snowstorm hit. The Wi-Fi was fine, but only Emily's computer was up and running, because wireless does not work for a Pc without an Usb. We ran out to buy one for my comp…

Prime Time

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                      everyday is a journey.
Serving others from 
the edges of our lives
means we have to know
where the edges are.
Charity Singleton Craig

I've read somewhere that as we age we don't become seniors, but individuals in their prime. I'm on the edges of my prime. I really enjoy my life more now in my fifties than I ever have before. When I was younger and my children were small, it was more about them. Now, it's quite the opposite. They are grown individuals with their own likes and dislikes. I find myself living out my life's dreams. 

Yet, there is something about my younger days that I do miss. Even though, it seemed as if I was serving others by being a mother, daughter or a wife, it felt extremely fulfilling. I was swamped, overworked and underpaid. There are times that I actually miss it. I think that's why I try to fill my calendar on purpose to bring back some of that same feeling of my y…

The Hunt

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                      everyday is a journey. 

I have to say that looking for an apartment has been a huge struggle and a challenge for us. The whole dynamics of apartment hunting has changed quite a bit since the last time we have done so, a mere five years ago. I really underestimated the process, especially since the last time, we found an apartment from the first three we saw. We looked it up, checked them out and signed the check. It was that simple and over in a couple of days.

The world of apartment hunting has changed quite a lot. Nowadays,  it seems the landlord holds all the cards before renting to anyone by simply choosing carefully who their tenants will be. There are an assortment of fees for every applicant interested. In the past, section 8 was limiting in location, but that is no longer true. Landlords will choose section 8 over everyone else. The state's check arriving on time every month is a sure thing.


Family Of Believers 3

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Because I spent the strength Thou gavest me
  In struggle which Thou never didst ordain,
  And have but dregs of life to offer Thee--
    O Lord, I do repent.

Since the part two of the Family Of Believers post, I've been thinking quite a bit on how to improve this problem we all face as a Church family. I wrote about my own experience and beliefs and now it was time for a solution. I made a vow to myself that when we moved and were all settled in, I would carefully select a Church to become a member. Then I would give it my all to be gracious, inviting and courteous to everyone. I would join groups, volunteer and invite people over frequently. I would make a grand effort to treat everyone the same, especially the uninvited.

My first Church as a believer, had this great concept that everyone should give a Church three tries before deciding on whether to join or not. That wa…

It's Been A Good Year

Looking In All The Wrong Places

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

When I reflect back on the search for our apartment, I'm amazed at where we ended up at. This location was the last place we would have chosen and to be frank, not even on our list. It seems that God had other plans, so here we are. 

We spent over two months traveling every Saturday and Sunday all over the suburbs. We had a list made of what we were looking for and we believed we would find it. What we didn't plan on was that our will would be different from God's will. We began in one section, only to end up with a flat tire and a total break down of our red Durango. You could say we never made it there. Emily called it a sign. From that point on, every place we looked at had something wrong with it. 

Why did we choose the apartment we're in? God only knows. It had plenty wrong with it just like the others. When we first saw it, it was in a total remodel state. We saw it naked,…

The Apartment

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home!
A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there,
Which, sought through the world, is ne'er met with elsewhere.
Home! home! sweet, sweet home!
There's no place like home!
--John Howard Payne.

Boy, is that ever true! Everyone searches for that cozy abode where we feel secure. Our very own private sanctuary. If that sanctuary starts losing it's appeal, no longer do we want to be here. It is the same here. We've been living here almost 5 1/2 years and this apartment has served a purpose during that time. After much deliberation, we have decided it was time to move forward in another bold step.

Originally, we had different plans, not being sure what would happen with my work. Will they close or not? When my company was bought out, it was obvious that any plans we had for moving closer to Joe…

A Raw Process

       Everyday is a brand new day,
                            everyday is a journey.

We must remember
that spiritual gifts
are divinely empowered
and motivated. We can't 
manufacture God's love
anymore than we can
effectively use our
spiritual gifts in our 
own strength.
Dr. Charles Stanley

What defines a Christian? If you stopped anyone on the street and asked what their Faith was, many would answer Christian. Yet, we know that there are many variations of that word. I often think about the Apostles, especially Paul, and wonder how they ever made it through their lifetime with all the opposition they had to deal with on a regular basis. Did they ever feel defeated? Did they ever feel like no one was listening? 

I know that I have felt that way many times. The weight of the world weighs heavily upon our shoulders. It can bring out the worst in us and it can break our spirit. There are times I cannot wait for our Father to come down from Heaven and other times, I cannot wait to roll up my…

The Good News

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                      everyday is a journey.

We often hear of our friends who have a chronic illness such as cancer, doing poorly or need of prayers. Sometimes, we may even hear of their passing. Well, it's a rare day when instead of bad news, we hear good news. Last night, my friend Marilyn shared something special . . . . She has been ten years cancer free! Once you reach that milestone, you don't need to do tests every three months or so. She has reached a pivotal step and we are gloriously happy for her. How absolutely wonderful! God is good all the time! 

In honor of her great achievement , I wanted to share something special for her. I'm sure she is singing the Lord's praise like the rest of us. Be Joyful! Be thankful! Be happy!

The Joy of the Lord is your strength.
Sing, O heavens, and be joyful
O earth, and break forth with singing
O mountains, for the Lo…