Archive for August 2014

Being a Christian doesn't make me a conformist

Being a Christian doesn't make me a conformist
For as long as I can remember, breaking the rules never set well in my spirit, so I just didn’t, and still don’t do it. Breaking the rules makes me nervous, and even if I was in the right, I feel guilty for doing so. Because of that, I just don’t – most of the... Read more »

My pug and I disagree all the time so I wrote this letter for her

My pug and I disagree all the time so I wrote this letter for her
Dear puggie, You are my little furry-faced family member that I adore and despise in the same breath. Why must you and I disagree all the time? You are sweet and lovable, while being obnoxious and naughty. How so, you ask? You snuggle up on my lap while watching TV, all warm and cuddly. The... Read more »

What I did when I was challenged to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge

What I did when I was challenged to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge
First, ALS is an insidious disease that is finally getting the attention and donations it has needed for a long time. I’m glad this #ALSIceBucketChallenge is here raising awareness. For the longest time, I seemed to skate through all the videos and Facebook posts without being challenged to participate, until today. Today, my friend and... Read more »
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Heartbroken and hurting: saying goodbye is never easy

Heartbroken and hurting: saying goodbye is never easy
Once again, I sit here thinking, “What in the world can I write about today?” when all that comes to mind, as the tears pour down my face, is how much my heart aches. Today, I said goodbye to my church home of 9 years, and I am seriously heartbroken and hurting. It’s so hard... Read more »

Trichotillomania: The new school year begins

Trichotillomania: The new school year begins
Trichotillomania (trich or TTM for short) is a hair-pulling disorder 1 in 50 people have. My oldest is that 1 in 50. Today, she starts 7th grade, and I am relieved. I’m hoping the distraction of being back in school will help curb the compulsion. She is a subconscious puller; she doesn’t even know she’s... Read more »

Why the news of Robin Williams is so sad

Why the news of Robin Williams is so sad
The news is that Robin Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide. I am so sad. At first, I thought it was just another Facebook or Twitter hoax. Then the news started to pop up on the major news networks. Robin Williams truly is dead at the young age of 63. He and Steve... Read more »
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Why call it a Bible study when it is really a book study?

Why call it a Bible study when it is really a book study?
Back in  2002, when I was struggling in my faith walk, a friend and neighbor invited me to a Bible study. “A what?” I asked. “A Bible study. You know, where we as women get together, read our Bibles and discuss what God’s telling us in those scriptures.” Oh, that. Having been raised Catholic, I’d... Read more »

Heartbroken and hurting: how doing the right thing is rarely the easy thing

Heartbroken and hurting: how doing the right thing is rarely the easy thing
As I sit here trying to find the right words for this blog, all I keep coming up with is that I am heartbroken and hurting. No, no one I love has died. No one I love is any more sick today than they were yesterday. My kids are fine, my hubby is fine, my... Read more »

How to process garden green beans for storage

Pick the green beans and do this process as soon as possible; like as soon as they come out of the garden or you may waste them. Yes, that's a lot of green beans.
The post is a simple one – how to process garden green beans for storage. For my regular followers, you already know that we plant a garden every year. Cucumbers, tomatoes and green beans are in the garden, and we have two gala apple trees that will puke apples soon and a baby cherry tree... Read more »
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Why my kids will never be perfect

Why my kids will never be perfect
Thhhhhhhwwwwuump! That’s what I heard as my youngest was cutting up her toaster waffles. She had asked me to cut them up for her – I said no. She’s 10 and needs to do it herself. Not because I don’t want to do it for her, but rather, because she’s 10 and needs to do... Read more »