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Hello 2018

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

We thank thee, O Father, for all that is bright--
The gleam of the day and the stars of the night,
The flowers of our youth and the fruits of our prime,
And the blessings that march down the pathway of time. --Will Carleton.
Hello everyone! Today is the first day of 2018. Are you as excited as I am? I hope so. A new year signifies a beginning, a clean slate to start again. Whatever happened in 2017 is already the past. That could be both happiness and sadness depending on how well our year went. 

I am starting 2018 with absolutely no resolutions either personal or not. I'm not even fasting like I normally do. This year I'm just going to wing it. Let God take the reins completely and let Him take me wherever He wants me to be. 

 God has blessed me in so many ways. I cannot imagine my life without Him in it. For 2018 my wish for all of you is that you allow Him in yo…

Making Crepes

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

One family, we dwell in Him;
One church above, beneath;
Though now divided by the stream,--
The narrow stream of death.
One army of the living God,
To His command we bow:
Part of His host has crossed the flood,
And part is crossing now.

I napped today, actually fell asleep on the couch while watching a video. You know how you wake up all of a sudden, sitting up immediately as if you've done something wrong? First thought: What time is it? Second thought: Am I supposed to be somewhere? Third thought: Man, that felt good!

I gave up fighting my body when it comes to naps. Ever since my cancer diagnosis, I've become very aware of what my body is telling me. If it wants a nap, it gets a nap. So I got up, hair all messed up, feeling a little bit cold. It was so cold outside, even with the s…

Let It Snow

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

So it's been snowing lightly for the last two days. I think God gave me some of this snow to enjoy for my last weekend off from work. I am so grateful. It's very pretty and I'm starting to see children playing in it. It is cold here. We haven't seen temps of 7 or 8 in years. We have had pretty mild Winters these past few years. I'm so glad to see a real Winter once again, even if it is here for a few days. 

As I was going through some paperwork this afternoon, I came across this lovely poem called Let it Snow. Very appropriate, don't you think? I hope you enjoy. So let's go make a snowman!

Let It Snow
From: The Standard Book Of British And American Verse

Snow in the sky,
Earth turning white -
A tree like a ghost
In the gathering night;
Low clouds above.
White world below-
Barn roofs and houses 
Covered with snow .
Deep in his burrow
The 'possum is hud…

Simply One Day At A Time

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                         everyday is a journey

Up, up, my soul, the long-spent time redeeming;
Sow thou the seeds of better deeds and thought;
Light other lamps while yet thy lamp is beaming--
The time is short. Think of the good thou might'st have done when brightly
The suns to thee life's choicest season brought;
Hours lost to God in pleasure passing lightly--
The time is short. If thou hast friends, give them thy best endeavor,
Thy warmest impulse, and thy purest thought,
Keeping in mind and words and action ever--
The time is short. --Elizabeth Prentiss.
Taking daily vitamins, isn't something we would have done years ago. We believed that eating vegetables and fruit every single day would have been enough, but it isn't. The amount we would have needed ingested daily a lot more than we think. None of us are really getting enough within our meals.

So e…

Baby, It's Cold Outside.

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

.The freedom from all wilful sin,
The Christian's daily task,--
Oh these are graces far below
What longing love would ask!
Dole not thy duties out to God.

Baby, it's cold out there! Now this is Winter! Too bad there is no snow on the horizon anytime soon. Then it would be a treat. Funny thing, cold weather brings us inside where it's warm and snug. One of my neighbors, a retired couple, go out everyday several times a day. Ever since the cold snap, their car cannot start and they look to the rest of the neighbors for a jump. You would think it would keep them inside? Heck no, they're out there right now getting a jump. 

For some people, life just goes on no matter how bumpy the ride. They don't allow anything to get them down, they just keep moving on, shoving aside wh…

The Shame Of It All

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

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails;
I shall believe the Hand which never fails
From seeming evil worketh good for me;
And though I weep because those sails are battered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered,
"I trust in Thee." --Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Our hidden shame. We all have hidden shame that's locked away from everyone's view. We peek in it's hiding space from time to time just to make sure it hasn't gotten out. That would be horrible. We don't ever want other people to know about it. No, not our hidden shame.

You know, many years ago, I ran into a good friend at Church. Her name was Laura and along with her husband, they both led this life transforming recovery group. Both of them had these riveting testimonials where unabashedly they shared their past with all who were willi…

A Finished Piece

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

"I'm not where I need to be,
but thank God I'm not where I used to be.
I'm OK, and I'm on my way!" joyce meyer
So I finally finished that huge afghan for a friend's mother. For the last two or three years, I've been making hats, scarves and afghans during this Season as a way to increase my yarn donations. I'd make these items and people would pay me in yarn, the amount depending on what the item was.

 I'm really happy with how this afghan turned out. It's one of my favorite fundraiser projects, but sadly, I think this will be my last. 

These projects take so much out of me. I don't spend enough time making items for charity and that's what my Ministry is all about. . . . charitable causes, not personal projects for other people. 
I can disguise it by saying I'm working for yarn, but it's still a duck no matter how I dress it. …

The Burrow

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

Yet in opinions look not always back; Your wake is nothing, mind the coming track; Leave what you've done for what you have to do; Don't be "consistent," but be simply true. --Oliver Wendell Holmes.

I've been waiting for that first snowfall of the Season. Waiting patiently. There is something so peaceful and serene about watching the snow enfold everything in sight. The trees, the shrubbery and rooftops look like a Norman Rockwell scene. A perfect, clean and picturesque painting of a scene we all want to live in. Everything safely burrowed deep in their abode. This is nature. This is life.

It finally did fall the other weekend, but it just covered the ground and not the heavy snowfall I was looking for. You know what I want? I want a real downfall like we used to have year…

Christmas Eve

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

O worship the King,
 all glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love;
Our Shield and Defender, 
the ancient of days,
Pavilioned in splendor,
 and girded with praise. Thy bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air,
 it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills,
 it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain. --Robert Grant.
It's snowing! It began early this morning, a light dusting of a snow covering everything. Not exactly the heavy blizzard type I wanted, but I'll take this. Emily thinks I'm ungrateful and she's right. I never thought I would say this, but I miss the snowfalls of the past. I miss seeing the branches of trees and shrubbery heavily laden with snow.

As we listened to today's sermon at Church, I couldn't help, but feel emotional. I …

Twas' The Weekend Before Christmas

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

Oh for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame;
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!

The traffic was horrendous. What should have been a mere fifteen minute drive to work, took a little over thirty. Every light turned red right before us, but it wasn't until we passed an accident that Emily spoke up. "Mom, don't worry about the stores today. It's just not worth it to be in all of this. This is too crazy."

She had plans on making her famous homemade hot chocolate mix for her co-workers. My job was to pick up all the ingredients after dropping her off at work. That was the plan until we drove in all of this mess. 

Twas' the weekend before Christmas, the last couple of days and the world went crazy with shopping. Even on social media I've barely seen a soul. No one was home nor on their Facebook. When would enough …

A Few Links/Websites

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

So he died by his faith. 
That is fine--
More than the most of us do.
But stay. 
Can you add to that line
That he lived for it too? It is easy to die. 
Men have died
For a wish or a whim--
From bravado or passion or pride.
Was it hard for him? But to live: 
every day to live out
All the truth that he dreamt,
While his friends met his conduct with doubt,
And the world with contempt. Was it thus that he plodded ahead,
Never turning aside?
Then we'll talk of the life that he led.
Never mind how he died. --Ernest Crosby.
I thought I would post a few links/websites for cancer patients or family members of cancer patients. People are always asking me where to go or what they should do. Hopefully some of these links/websites will help someone. If you know of someone going through cancer, please feel free in sharing these links/websites with them.

American Cancer Society


The Missing Link

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

Look in my face; 
my name is Might-have-been;
I am also called No-more, 
Too-late, Farewell;
Unto thine ear I hold the dead sea-shell
Cast up thy Life's foam-fretted feet between;
Unto thine eyes the glass where that is seen
Which had Life's form and Love's,
 but by my spellIs now a shaken shadow intolerable,
Of ultimate things unuttered the frail screen. --Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
I turned on the hot water, wanting to finish washing the dishes from supper only to find freezing cold water. Hmm, the water heater broke down? Checking my phone, I found a message from my landlord confirming that very fact. It's really not a big thing. It could be so much worse.

The day has been pretty good so far. I got up very, very early like a woman on a mission. First, an oil change. Secondly, a Ministry delivery. Thirdly, post office. Fourth, a visit by mom's. Fifth, a well de…

A Splitting Headache

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                             everyday is a journey

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

I cheated the other day. It wasn't a spur of the moment cheating, but a planned one. I've written about my niece and her family visiting our humble abode and it was after they left, that my cheating began. I had a cup of coffee after almost six weeks of giving it up. I decided to treat myself to just a single cup. I had no intention of going back to drinking coffee full time and I had not done so. 

I didn't think there was anything wrong with having an occasional cup like at family events once in a while. Well, it seems I was definitely wrong. I didn't even finish half my cup and a massive headache ensued. My temple throbbed and I needed to ta…

The Advent

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

Whatever God does is well!
In patience let us wait;
He doth Himself our burdens bear,
He doth for us take care,
And He, our God, knows all our weary days.
Come, give Him praise.

I can remember as a young girl going to Church and watching the priest light the Advent candles during the Christmas Season. That was my childhood and nowadays I rarely see the practice exercised. Even back then, I had no idea why we did that or what exactly was Advent. Recently, I heard a woman speaker (Joan Kiley) explain the Advent wreath during a woman's breakfast at my Church. 

So what is Advent? It is the coming or the arrival and in this case, the arrival of Jesus. According to Joan, we celebrate what God has already done, what God will do and what God is doing. The wreath is made of a circle of evergr…

Your Purpose

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

I wrestle not with rage
While fury's flame doth burn;
It is vain to stop the stream
Until the tide doth turn. But when the flame is out
And ebbing wrath doth endI
 turn a late enraged foe
Into a quiet friend. --Robert Southwell.
If money wasn't an issue; if materialism didn't exist; if education didn't matter. What would you love to do? What would you be doing just for the pure pleasure or hobby of it?

You can't even fathom something like it or some place, but there is such an existence waiting for us. We know it by another name- Heaven. I sometimes think that only in Heaven will I be able to live out my life the way I've always wanted to. The way that I was meant to.

We all have a purpose and I cannot wait to fulfill mine full time when I retire. This work business is interfering with what I consider my life's passion. . . . my Ministry and my writing. I could be doing so…

Some Visitors Stopped By

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

Well may Thy happy children cease
From restless wishes, prone to sin,
And, in Thy own exceeding peace,
Yield to Thy daily discipline.

Today some visitors stopped by that I haven't seen for quite a while, my niece and her family. It felt just like old times as we sat around chatting away while enjoying some chocolate cake. Emily and I haven't really been entertaining much since moving here. It felt good to do so on this Sabbath day.

When we lived in Elmwood Park, getting together was a regular thing for us. I would often stop by Kathy's house, share a cup of coffee or a glass of wine over a stimulating conversation. I loved having discussions with Kathy, because they didn't involve idle chitchat about the weather. Way in the past, we often visited lectures in the evening together at the local college. 

They moved away first and the year that followed was …

O Christmas Tree

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

O Sovereign Love, to Thee I cry!
Give me Thyself, or else I die!
Save me from death; from hell set free!
Death, hell, are but the want of Thee.
Quickened by Thy imparted flame,
Saved when possessed of Thee, I am:
My life, my only heaven Thou art;
O might I feel Thee in my heart!

So many people have asked me if I finally bought my tree. Yes, I did! I was able to find an optic Christmas tree that wasn't too big nor too small.

At first, I was looking for a tree that was at least 3 feet tall, but not any larger. That proved to be difficult since I did find many small trees, but none with lights.

Then I visited good ole Walmart and bam! It's smaller than what I wanted, but then I realized that eventually it could fit my Tiny House or RV or any small dwelling. 

I thought for sure tha…

The No#1 Question

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

The wind that blows can never kill
The tree God plants;
It bloweth east; it bloweth west;
The tender leaves have little rest,
But any wind that blows is best.
The tree God plants
Strikes deeper root, grows higher still,
Spreads wider boughs, for God's good-will
Meets all its wants.

There is a question that I get asked almost everywhere I go, preferably by other women. It doesn't matter how old they are or what position they hold, even in the medical field. How did you know you had ovarian cancer? How did you know? 

I'm not surprised. Ovarian cancer is known as the silent killer, undetected by the average pap smear. By the time one is diagnosed, there is a large tumor that is felt or found by chance via a ct. scan. Women are not comfortable speaking about such an intimate area anywhere around the pelvis. 

I felt my tumor, but I had no idea what it was. I just felt…