Category: good gifts

My 50th birthday and why it is more than just a number to me

My 50th birthday and why it is more than just a number to me
Today I am officially 50 years old. FIFTY. I keep saying it to myself, hoping that I will eventually believe it. I know people who celebrate their birthdays in extravagant ways, or celebrate for more than one day. Growing up in a working class family, birthdays were celebrated, but it was a one day thing –... Read more »

Ben & Jerry's non-dairy ice cream: I cannot believe how delicious it is

Ben & Jerry's non-dairy ice cream: I cannot believe how delicious it is
Ben & Jerry’s has delicious ice cream. I really like ice cream, but due to my whey protein intolerance, I’ve stayed away from it for years. On the rare occasion I chose to eat it, I paid a torturous gastric price. After a few too many embarrassing toots, and a few too many mad dashes... Read more »

I got my voice back and that makes it harder to write

I got my voice back and that makes it harder to write
Fourteen months ago, I started writing this blog. I felt incredibly compelled to write, as if I had no choice but to write. I realize now that’s because I had lost my voice and needed someplace to express myself. No, I’m not talking about laryngitis, although that is a frequent partner of mine during cold/flu season. I’m... Read more »
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I am TOTALLY a gardener

14 days after planting, we have one measley little cucumber plant. Can you see it near the green spike upper right side of the photo?
One year ago, I posted my second blog post ever, and I titled it I am not a gardener. Well, that’s just not true. I am TOTALLY a gardener, and I have proof. I have been taking pictures for weeks in order to show you just how miraculous a garden really is. We plant cucumbers,... Read more »

Do you listen to your "little voice"?

Do you listen to your "little voice"?
You know the little voice I’m talking about, right? It’s that “gut instinct”, that “maternal instinct”; for me, it’s the Holy Spirit attempting to guide me down a safe path, while I wander off, or push and shove my way past Him. As a Bible-believing, born-again, pentecostal, charismatic Christian, I believe that people can be... Read more »

Why Mother's Day isn't always happy

Why Mother's Day isn't always happy
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, a day to celebrate your mom and/or being a mom.  For some of us, though, Mother’s Day isn’t always happy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for celebrating the amazing women that are called “mom.” It’s just that for some of us, Mother’s Day is also a reminder of what’s NOT... Read more »
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I waited 16 years to get my own room

Growing up in a family with 3 siblings, 2 parents and grandparent all living in a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath house, I waited 16 years to get my own room. That’s not entirely true, because my sister didn’t come along until I was nearly 3 years old. I had my own room for 2 years... Read more »

How I achieve inner peace when my life is in turmoil

How I achieve inner peace when my life is in turmoil
People that know me personally know that I am a genuinely joyful spirit. I smile all the time. I find joy in the simplest moments in life. I try to view every circumstance from a positive viewpoint. That does not mean my life is without struggles and trials. It just means that I’ve found how... Read more »

Homemade crocheted gifts are NOT cheap

I saw a great meme on Facebook a few days ago, and it got me thinking about all the crocheted gifts I’ve given away over the years. There are too many to remember. I started making crocheted gifts in my late teens, or early twenties. Since that was literally decades ago, there were no digital cameras,... Read more »
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Finding peace amidst the chaos

‘Beep, beep, beep, beep…”   WHACK! …ahhh, finally. Silence. Peace. Calm. Ahhhh. I peeked at the time with barely open eyes and groaned when I saw 0600 hrs. My brain knows I keep it running 13-15 minutes fast, but my eyes told me “GET UP!” The peace was turned into “go now.” The last time... Read more »