Friday, June 14, 2019

First Lines Friday ~ 6/14/19

Today's "First Lines" and "56" are from:

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
September 7, 1866
Claire Laurent studied the finished canvas on the easel before her, and though "masterpiece" hardly described it, she knew the painting was her best yet.

 Page 56

Even more, she would have liked him to think well of her, maybe even desire to know her better too.


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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Thankful Thursday ~ 6/13/19

~Kaylee's 18th Birthday!  I absolutely cannot believe that I have a child who is turning 18 years old today.  I'm not old enough, am I?  I mean, I distinctly remember turning 18 myself just a few years ago!  Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!

~School is out!  Laken successfully navigated her first year of middle school at a new school with all A's and B's.  So proud of her!  I get just as excited as the kids do when the end of the school year rolls around.  Time for sleeping in and hanging out with the family!

~Laken's last softball game!  We've enjoyed softball season but I have to admit that I'm kinda glad that her last game of the year is tonight.  It just happens to be a double-header!

~Church Camp Meeting!  It starts off Sunday with a picnic and then lasts all week.  The kids all get to stay in the dorms so it will be a bit quiet at home.  I am a bit jealous of the campfires and smores...

~Kaylee's College Classes!  She's registered and scheduled for classes that will start August 19th!  We been jumping through all the necessary hoops for registration and funding but at last, I think everything is ready for Orientation!  whohooo! 

What are you thankful for today?


P.S.  I hope you can stop by my ETSY SHOP!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

20 (or 10) Books of Summer 2019

Cathy over at 746 Books is hosting a summer reading challenge called "20 Book of Summer 2019".

(I'm going to strive to read 10 Books of Summer)
The Challenge starts June 1st and runs through September 3rd.

I'm a very fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants reader. 

So, I won't be posting what books I'll be reading.

Instead, I'll just be keeping track of them here in this post.

1.  Beauty Begins by Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha ~ 6/11/19


Wednesday Medley ~ 6/12/19

Come join Terri @ Your Friend From Florida every Wednesday.  She comes up with the questions and we answer them ;)

National Making Life Beautiful Day is observed annually on June 11.  It is a day dedicated to encouraging and celebrating men and women who are making life beautiful.  Whether you’re creating beauty through building relationships or helping others achieve personal success, one small action can lead to a ripple effect, making life beautiful not just for yourself, but for those around you, too.
Help someone you know to achieve a personal goal, donate time to a worthy cause, help someone less fortunate or just do something nice for someone.  On social media, use #MakingLifeBeautifulDay

1.  Tell us about a time you made someone's life beautiful or someone made YOUR life beautiful.
It is hard to give myself credit for making someone's life beautiful but I can think of so many people who have made my life beautiful.  For instance, yesterday I dropped Laken off at cheer camp and walked her in the building.  The part that made my life beautiful was when she kissed my cheek goodbye in front of all the other cheerleaders without blinking an eye.  Love my girls :)


June 15th is the day we observe National Smile Power Day.  This is a day for everyone to share the power of the smile.
From the good morning greeting and the first “How may I help you?” present yourself with a smile.  No matter where you are employed, job seeking, retired or looking for new horizons starting the day with a smile is certainly more empowering than a pout or grump.  Starting with a smile first is easier than trying to get there later in the day. 
When you smile at someone, you are telling them that they are valued and worth the smile that you just gave them.  Smiles are moral boosters and confidence builders.
Research has proven that smiling really does increase attractiveness and likability between humans.  Smiling creates a greater trust and increased interpersonal cooperation.  Smiling at someone can help them to relax and relieve their stress while at the same time, it will make you feel right.  Smiling (even if you do not feel like it) will lift your mood and can make you a  happier person.
Challenge yourself to smile more often today.  Use a smile to disarm a tense situation, or simply smile during your daily tasks.  Use #SmilePowerDay on social media.

2.  Will you take on the challenge and smile more often on June 15th?  Why not start now!!  Have you been blessed by a smile that changed your day?
June 15th is when we are celebrating Kaylee's 18th Birthday (her actual birthday is the 13th).  We're having a big party for her so I'm sure I'll be smiling lots.
I'm always blessed when my hubby looks me in the eyes and smiles with me at something we both find humorous :)


“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~ Edith Wharton
Sometimes it takes just one gentle word or small token to help overcome darkness. On June 13, National Random Acts of Light Day encourages us to bring light to the darkness of cancer by surprising someone with an act of kindness.
Receiving the diagnosis of cancer is one of the darkest moments a person can have. As part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walks fundraising campaign, National Random Acts of Light brings awareness to the importance of providing cures and access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
Take a friend fishing or bring them their favorite cup of coffee. Sometimes a visit, a walk or a fresh bouquet of flowers is what brings the light into the room. Surprise someone you love, by bringing a sparkle to their day.
Share your Random Acts of Light on June 13, and throughout the year! Learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s National Random Acts of Light Day, Light the Night Walks and other campaigns and follow them on FacebookTwitter or Instagram Use #RandomActsofLightDay to share on social media.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ®(LLS) founded National Random Acts of Light Day to bring shine a light on the need for research and a cure for blood cancers.  In 2017, celebrities and local heroes surprised people affected by blood cancers as part of Random Acts of Light.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Random Acts of Light Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

3.  Terri is a cancer survivor.  Cancer has touched most of us in one way or another.  When did someone reach out to you with an act of kindness or when did you last perform a random act of kindness for someone?

I was just reading in a book the other day that random acts of kindness was a "fad" that has dwindled down to a trickle.  That made me sad. I'd like to think that RAK's are alive and well.  On a side note, my family is working on trying to be kind to one another.  I've been saying a reminding "Kindness" very often these days.


National Loving Day is observed each year on June 12.   National Loving Day is an annual celebration that commemorates the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia.  This decision struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states citing “There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the equal protection clause.”  Anti-miscegenation laws in the United States were U.S. state laws banning interracial marriage.
Childhood friends, Mildred and Richard, met when she was 11, and he was 17.  Over the years they began courting and in 1958 when she turned 18, they married in Washington.  They returned to their hometown north of Richmond and two weeks later, not realizing that interracial marriage was illegal, they were arrested.  Mildred and Richard Loving pleaded guilty and to avoid jail time; they agreed to leave Virginia.
The Loving’s moved to Washington D.C. and started legal action writing to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.  Kennedy referred the case on to the American Civil Liberties Union.  The Warren Court unanimously ruled in their favor, and the Loving’s returned to their Virginia home where they resided with their three children.
Use #NationalLovingDay to post on social media.
National Loving Day is not yet an officially recognized holiday by the U.S. government. However, there is a movement to persuade the government to do so.  This day was inspired by Juneteenth and seeks both to commemorate and celebrate the Supreme Courts 1967 ruling, keeping its importance fresh in the minds of a generation which has grown up with interracial relationships being legal as well as explore issues facing couples currently in interracial relationships. 
4.  Terri admits that this turned out to be not what she thought it would be.  Our country has come a long way in recognizing that people are people and our differences are what makes life beautiful, but we still have a long way to go, unfortunately.  Your thoughts?

I think we should all be more "Loving".

Each June 13 honors those who would like to cook and be in the kitchen, but it just doesn’t seem to work well for them.  After all, it is National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day.
Klutz:  most commonly referred to as a clumsy person.
These are the people who set out with the intentions of Paula Dean or Julia Child as the open up the cookbook.  Setting out the mixing bowl and ingredients, they imagine knife cuts as swift as Wolfgang Puck or Bobby Flay.  However, reality quickly dissolves all those dreams as smoke billows from the oven and salt is mistaken for sugar.  Those knife cuts become bloody, and cookies and fingers are burnt.  The Kitchen Klutz has struck, and visions of spilled milk are pitifully cried over.  
It may be necessary to keep a first aid kit and fire extinguisher handy when Kitchen Klutzes are around.  Be ready to call 911 and your favorite take out if you’re still hungry.
Use #NationalKitchenKlutzes to post on social media.
5.  Had to lighten it up a bit.  Terri is a total klutz in the kitchen.  Tell us about something klutzy that happened in your kitchen... by you or another!  Can you laugh about it now?
I love to bake!  However, I'm a very messy baker and flour ends up everywhere.  Except....The last time I was making an Oatmeal Cake, I forgot to put the flour in the batter.  Major fail!
6.  Share something about your week so far, if you would.

Busy, Busy, Busy week!  Softball, Cheer and Party planning/prepping have kept me very busy the past few weeks.  I'm so glad to have been able to participate in Wednesday Medley this week :)

P.S.  I hope you can stop by my ETSY SHOP!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Book Review ~ Beauty Begins by Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha



You are, and always have been, beautiful.

“Beauty begins. That’s the point of this book. Our understanding of beauty got started somewhere and somehow, and probably due to someone. Now that may have been a good start, but then again it may not have. But regardless of what your past looks like, we want to offer up this word of hope: it’s never too late to make peace with your reflection.”

We live in a culture that’s obsessed with beauty. Walk by any magazine stand, turn on a television, or visit the local shopping mall, and you’ll be bombarded with the images and ideals that our culture believes are the epitome of what it means to be beautiful. And if you’re like most women, you’ve probably spent countless hours trying to measure up to this standard of beauty whether you realize it or not.

But if you don’t make peace with your reflection, you’ll end up declaring war on yourself.

That’s where mother-daughter team, Chris and Megan Shook, want to help. In Beauty Begins, they explore the origins of beauty (hint, it didn’t start with a fashion magazine) and challenge each of us to trade the pressure of perfection for God's perfect love.

Poignant, relevant, and relatable, Beauty Begins is for every woman who wants to reclaim what it means to be truly beautiful.

Do you feel beautiful?
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Others may tell you that you’re beautiful, but do you believe them? Why not? Don’t let another day go by without believing and knowing that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
It’s time for you to exchange society’s cookie-cutter suggestions for what is beautiful and instead discover and reclaim what true beauty looks like – and the One who created it.
In Beauty Begins, Chris and Megan Shook share with you their own experiences and struggles with appearance and body image, as well as equip you with the wisdom to distinguish what’s artificial beauty and what’s real. Filled with heartfelt encouragement, insightful challenges, and undeniable truth, after reading Beauty Begins, you’ll never look in the mirror the same way again.

My Thoughts:
I can't believe my last book review was almost 4 months ago!  Crazy!
I was in such a reading funk (I go through those now and again) that I decided to switch things up with a non-fiction book and this one jumped out at me from my shelf.
I thought it was going to be all about not looking at the outer self.  Instead it was all about looking at the INNER self and then the outer self will follow.  Such a slight difference but so thought provoking!
The book has three sections:  The Beautiful Truth, The Beautiful Struggle and The Beautiful Rebellion.  I think The Beautiful Rebellion was my favorite as I had never thought about being a rebel as a good thing.  I kinda like the thought of being a rebel :)  It is a good thing!  Really.
I loved how each chapter ended with Reflection Questions (just one or two) and a Prayer.  It really brought the whole chapter together and made an impact.
"Beauty Begins" was such a great book; for me as a 41-year-old wife and mom as it would be for my soon-to-be 18-year-old daughter getting ready to start College.
I think I'll have her read it this summer :)

P.S.  I hope you can stop by my ETSY SHOP!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 6/10/19

Come join Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.
I mentioned in my last HHM post that May was a crazy month and that I was looking forward to slowing down in June.  Ha!!!  June has been just as busy but I want to start taking the time to blog and read and do the things I enjoy more.  So, here we go!
The weather outside is::::

The rain is POURING down at the moment.

It has rained pretty much all day but Laken's softball team managed to get their game in the evening.  Rain and all.  Her feet were soaked and all wrinkly :)

On my breakfast plate:

Granola Bar

As I look around the house::::

It isn't too bad.  I just have some laundry that needs done.  It is on the list for tomorrow.

On today's to do list::::

Devotions- done
Menu/Grocery List - done
Groceries - done
Supper - done
Softball Game - done

Happening this week::::
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Devotions, exercise, Schedule, Cheer Camp, Laundry, Ladies Meeting
Wednesday... Devotions, exercise, Softball Game.
Thursday... Devotions, Exercise, Bills, Shop for Party Food, Doubleheader Softball Game.
Friday...  Devotions, Exercise, Decorate for Kaylee's Party, Help make pies at Church.
Saturday...  Kaylee's 18th Birthday Party!!!!!!!  (and all the prep that entails!)
Sunday...  Church, Devotions, Exercise

Currently reading::::
I finally finished "Beauty Begins" Chris Shook & Megan Shook Alpha!  The review will be going up tomorrow.  I decided my next read will be a fiction and from one of my very favorite authors, Tamera Alexander:

 On the TV::::

National Treasure
Forrest Gump

Pirates Baseball

Listening to:

Sirius XM The Message
Sirius XM The Highway
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Bacon, Fries
Tuesday - Ladies Meeting Potluck
Wednesday - Fish, mac-n-cheese
Thursday - Pork Chops, Fried Potatoes
Friday -  Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread
Saturday - Kaylee's 18th Birthday Party!
Sunday - Picnic at Church

What I am creating at the moment::::

I'm STILL working on another baby blanket in the Beautiful Shells pattern with colors inspired by "Cat in the Hat".  I'll add a picture next week (hopefully done!)

Picture From the Camera
I can't find my cord to download any pics, but they would have been from playing softball in the rain! 

"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
Proverbs 31:25


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Monday, May 20, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 5/20/19

Come join Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.
May has been such a busy month!  I'm looking forward to the holiday weekend and a slower month of June!
The weather outside is::::


I actually had to ask the hubby to put the AC on :)

On my breakfast plate:


As I look around the house::::

I had a nice Saturday at home to get the housework done but the Family Room is still a bit trashed as Kaylee has been camped out on the couch after having her wisdom teeth out.

On today's to do list::::

Menu/Grocery List
Cheer Practice
Chorus Concert

Happening this week::::
Monday.... Devotions, exercise, menu/grocery list, Cheer Practice, Chorus Concert.
Tuesday...  Devotions, Groceries, exercise, Schedule, Softball Game.
Wednesday... Devotions, exercise, Laundry, Floors, Cheer Practice, Prayer Meeting.
Thursday... Devotions, Exercise, Budget, Laken's Field Trip.
Friday...  Devotions, Exercise,
Saturday...  Devotions, Exercise, Laundry, Family Night
Sunday...  Church, Devotions, Exercise

Currently reading::::
I picked out a book to try to get back into a reading routine.  It is a book I had on my shelf and is a non-fiction called "Beauty Begins".

 On the TV::::

Chrisley Knows Best (Hilarious!)

Pirates Baseball

Listening to:

Sirius XM The Message
Sirius XM The Highway

On the menu this week::::

Monday - Fish, French Fries
Tuesday - Ladies Meeting Potluck
Wednesday - Toasted Cheese, Tomato Soup
Thursday - Bacon, mac-n-cheese
Friday -  Porkchops, Mashed Potatoes
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Dinner at Church

What I am creating at the moment::::

I'm working on another baby blanket in the Beautiful Shells pattern with colors inspired by "Cat in the Hat".  I'll add a picture next week (hopefully done!)

Picture From the Camera
None this week.



Saturday, May 18, 2019

Friday's (again on Saturday) Fave 5 ~ 5/17/19

~Saturday at home.  It has been a crazy few weeks!  It feels good to have a Saturday with nothing much going on.  I have one load of laundry in the dryer and other than that I'm just hanging out with the family today :)

~Mother's Day.  It poured down the rain on Mother's Day but we still had a nice day.  I got a new umbrella for my patio table in my favorite teal color to match my painted chairs and swing.  We had a Mother's Day Banquet Tuesday night at Church and the cake was beautiful and oh so delicious.  We're hoping that Laken will get enough practice decorating cakes that she'll be able to make our cake next year :)

~Hummingbirds.  We always get a little gift at the Mother's Day Banquet.  This year we all got a little hummingbird feeder!  We already have some hummingbirds coming around.  It is either a few different hummingbirds or the same one flittering back and forth.  I'm not quite sure.  Either way, I love sitting on the porch watching him (them?)

~3 Softball Games.  Laken had 3 softball games this week.  Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  The team has improved so much but have only managed to win 1 game so far.  Last night we stopped for ice-cream after the game at a new ice-cream place as the game was away.  I got a peanut butter sundae and it was delicious and huge.  I should have gotten the small...

~Kaylee's Wisdom Teeth.  Kaylee got all four wisdom teeth out on Thursday morning.  She has been in pain but taking it like a trooper.  We're making sure to keep the meds going and she has spent the majority of the time on the couch per doctor's orders.  This is the third day which the dr said would probably be the worst so prayers would be appreciated!


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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wednesday Medley ~ Nylons and Chocolate Chips ~ 5/15/19

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National Nylon Stocking Day May 15


National Nylon Stocking Day is observed across the country each year on May 15.
Many may not remember ever hearing the term “nylon stockings.” Varying in color, design, and transparency, a nylon stocking (also known as hose) is a close-fitting, variously elastic garment worn the same as socks or tights.
Stockings worn before the 1890s were made of woven cloth such as cotton, linen, wool or silk.   Before the 1920s, women’s stockings were worn for warmth.  As hemlines of women’s dresses rose in the 1920s, women began to wear stockings over their exposed legs.  These 1920s stockings were sheer, made first of silk or rayon, followed by nylon after 1940.
Chemical company DuPont’s introduction of nylon in 1939 began a high demand for stockings in the United States.  As nylon stockings were inexpensive, durable and shear, up to 4 million pairs would be purchased each day.
On February 11, 1942, as America entered World War II, DuPont ceased production of nylon stockings and switching their focus to the manufacture of parachutes, airplane cords and rope.  This created a mass shortage followed by a black market for stockings.  At the end of World War II, DuPont resumed production of the stockings but could not meet the demand leading to nylon riots in American stores. In time, DuPont was able to increase its output.
In the 1940s and 1950s, the first pantyhose made its appearance.  Film and theater productions had stockings sewn to the briefs of actresses and dancers, as seen in popular films such as Daddy Long Legs. Unlike stockings, pantyhose did not require a garter belt to hold the stockings up.
Pantyhose were introduced in 1959, providing a convenient alternative to stockings which led to a decline in their sales.  In 1970, for the first time, United States sales of pantyhose exceeded stocking sales and has remained the same ever since.   In 1987, there was a slight decline in sales in pantyhose due to the newly invented hold-ups. However, they remain the most purchased kind of hosiery.
Everything above this line is from the National Day Calendar site.
1.  Do you (men don't have to answer) ever wear stockings today?
 I very rarely wear dresses or skirts so no I never wear stockings.
2.  Terri can remember her mom wearing hose with the seam in the back.  Do you have any memories of those?  During the war, when stockings were scarce, women would draw a line on their legs to simulate wearing stockings!  How far would you go to superficially fake something today?

I guess wearing make-up and dying my hair would have to count!
3.  Women actually rioted after WWII because Dupont couldn't keep up with the demand for nylon stockings!  Is there anything today you would riot for if the supply dried up (other than basic food and water needs)?
I can't imagine myself rioting for anything but that might be because I've never had to do without.
4.  Pantyhose were first called Panty Legs.  I'm sure we all have worn pantyhose at one time or another (again, men don't have to answer). Do you still have a pair or three in a drawer?  Do you wear them?
I don't think I even own a pair!
5.  This is also National Chocolate Chip Day.  Perhaps chocolate is something to riot for if we ran out?  Joe's favorite cookie is chocolate chip.  What is yours?
Now this is a day I could talk about!  My favorite cookie is Chocolate Chunk with the big chunks of chocolate :)
6.  Please share something with us about your week.
Kaylee get her wisdom teeth taken out tomorrow.  She is all kinds of nervous!  I keep telling her it will be alright but she's only 17 years old and has never had any kind of procedure done before.  Prayers would be greatly appreciated!
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