Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Christmas Cards

One of my favorite things about Christmas is Christmas photos/cards.  I love to send them and receive them.  I call them happy mail.  I will be sending our 2018 Christmas greeting the first of next week.  If anyone would like to exchange cards then shoot me an e-mail with your information.  


Thursday, November 22, 2018


This year we stayed close to home for Thanksgiving.  I was tasked to make some desserts.  Wednesday night my sidekick and I got busy.  
I'll let you in a secret... everything I made came from a box.  Gasp!  I am giving myself grace.  If I don't have the time (which I didn't this year) to cook from scratch, then so be it.  Relaxing my hard on myself standards are a good thing.

Since our drive to dinner was under fifteen minutes we were able to have a slow morning. 
 We enjoyed our traditional cinnamon rolls and watched the parade.  It was delightful to not be rushing around to finish food and heading out for a road trip. 
Megan doctored her shirt.  It said "Happiness" and she taped over part of it to say Thankfulness.  She called it her comfy and festive shirt.  Ha! Ha! 
The whole gang was at my parents.  There was good food and a ton of laughs. We left with yummy leftovers and many memories stored away. 
Once home we relaxed and finished off the evening with a holiday classic. 

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

I hope your day was full of food, family, new memories, and thankfulness. 

May you find joy in the journey as you chase your life!

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Hello November

November is one of my favorite months. I love the crisp morning air, the smell of the fallen leaves, beauty of the leaves still holding on, and the sight of  freshly harested fields. Oh, and Thanksgiving. It's one of those holidays that require food, family, and more food. That is the only expectation. So, I welcome November with open arms.
November started off with monthly grocery shopping and meal planning.  
I made a trip to Meijer, Kroger, WalMart and Sams.  Have to hit the loss leaders to stretch the budget and keep the pantry stocked.  My pantry and freezer are now full of good stuff.  I was hopeful to not return until the week before Thanksgiving.  I forgot to get a two liter of cola for making pulled pork and it looks like our supply of milk won't hold out that long.  Bummer, but at least the list is short.

How did you do with the time change?  The only good thing about it is that for a few weeks I wake up earlier.
I was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise Sunday morning.  Then came evening with the early sunset.  Boo!  I'm not a fan of the early darkness.

  We left home at 9:30 this morning and didn't return until after 3:30.  We were invited by a family we meet this morning at church to join them for lunch.  She came up and introduced herself and chatted for a few.  She then returned a few minutes later and invited us her home. She said that she felt the Lord nudging her to do so.  It turned out to be the pastors' daughter.  After we arrived the pastor and his wife walked in.  Turns out that she makes a large lunch for her family and parents each Sunday.  It was a wonderful afternoon.

One of things Chuck and I have talked and prayed about is finding a church were we felt welcomed and wanted.  It seems that the Lord is answering our prayers.

The time change and a busy day have left this girl tired.  It's off to bed with me so I can be fresh for the morning.  

May you find joy in the journey as you chase your life!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Fall in Indiana

I thought I would take you on a photo journey of what Fall looks like in central Indiana. The first fun activity is a trip to the apple orchard.
Yummy honeycrisp! 
Harvest is in full swing.  
Once we leave our suburban area we see corn and soybean fields. 
The leaves have finally started to change.  The show hasn't been as incredible this years.  There are mostly yellow and orange mixed in with the still green leaves. 
My father-law-in has woods at the back of his propety.  Chuck and I were able to take a stroll through the woods over the weekend. 
October means that the pumpkins patches are open for business. 
There are bon fires to enjoy on cool nights with family and friends.  

Lastly is the view from my front door.  
I love that I live in an area where I am able to enjoy the change of season.

May you find joy in the journey as you chase your life!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

I've been using my mini crockpots to help with dinner on busy days.  This day I made my my sides and let them warm until dinner.  
We went out for burgers on Monday and I was surprised to see that the restaurant was already decorated for Christmas.  They even had a fully decorated tree in the entry.  Way to early! 
My two favorites. 
Cousin fun at the orchard. 
It makes me happy to open this cabinet and see my stash of laundry detergent.  I bought each bottle for 99 cents. Yeah for deals to fill the pantry! 
School is taking over the kitchen!  This board was put to write the days work and weekly Bible verse it's working well.

A random shot by Megan.  She said, "hey Mama, smile."

May you find joy in the journey as you chase your life!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sunday Chit Chat

This cold Sunday morning finds me snuggled up at home listening to Allen Jackson singing hymns from his Precious Memories album. We don't have cable, but did purchase a TIVO unit so we can record shows and view YouTube on our television. I often look up music to play.

The Precious Memories is my current favorite. I find the hymns soothing. Now, I do listen to contempory Christian music also. In my current season I find them fine in the car, but at home I need something slower and softer.

I am waiting for the washer to finish its cycle and thought I would sit and catch up. I have a mountain of laundry to tackle today. Once I sorted it I thought, "oh my!" The change in season brings more laundry as pants, sweatshirts, and such take up more room. Plus if I am honest I am a little bit behind. *smile* Megan exclaimed that she didn't have any socks. I'm sure she has socks, just not the ones that she wants to wear. I can't say I blame her as I have certain clothing items I like more than others.

Speaking of clothing; did the quick change in the weather find anyone else unprepared? It did me. I had Megan ready, but not myself. It went from almost 90* one day to in the 50's the next. We have now had frost and our first freeze. Which might be the reason I have been under the weather for the past week. Nothing serious. I've had cough, congestion, headache, and tiredness for the over a week now. We have all passed the cold around. I am getting better and I am grateful!
Hence the reason I have this quiet time to listen to hymns, do laundry, and chat with all of you. I am waiting for Chuck and Megan to return home. They had a few errands to complete before they came home. Gas for the week and to pick up a couple grocery items.

Are you ready to hear how I am doing? Besides the change of season yuck I am hanging in there. I had my stitches removed last week. Oh, it felt so good! They were to the point that they were driving me crazy. I still have a slight gash and it looks gross. I will spare you any pictures. *smile* It's heallng well and will take lots of time because of the location. A knuckle is a terrible place for a cut.

I have once again started reading. Not to the level I was before. You have to start somewhere, right?
 I have made sure that I am resting.  I find that if I'm overly busy that it stresses me out.  One day while I wasn't feeling my best I binge watched Pioneer Woman.

I also did a little baking.
I have gone back to church. We weren't really settled anywhere so we decided to start fresh. We went to a church not far from home. I haven't been to a service like this in a long time. Some might call it old fashioned or the way church used to be. The kind were you could tell the people weren't just attending, but family. Hymns were sung with hymnals. I haven't used a hymnal since I was a kid. The pastor was in tune with the congregation. He called out some of the youth who were laughing and not paying attention. Then the service ended with an alter call. We intend to keep going and see if this is where we are meant to be.  Incase you are wondering this is an Independant Baptist church.

Overall, I am doing well.  I have moments where I struggle.  Thankfully I am able to work through them.  The hard days seem to be farther apart.  I keep reminding myself that I didn't get to this point immediately and I won't get through it immediately.

I've rambled on enough for one day.  My family is home and it's time to close up the computer.  I'll be back when I can.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

A Little Rehab Break

I will spare you the gory pictures. *smile* Two finger on my right hand had an unhappy meeting with a knife.  It resulted in six stitches in my ring finger.  
 The cut was right on the knuckle so the hardest part of all of this is remembering to NOT bend my finger.  Sadly I split it a tiny bit tonight while opening a package of pork chops.  I decided that I had better slow down.  

Next Thursday is my target date to have the stitches removed.  I'll be back as soon as I have healed enough that I won't cause further damage by using that finger.

 May you find joy in the journey as you chase your life!

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

There sunset has been putting on quite a show lately.
 It's that time of year when you don't know it you will wake up to short or long sleeve weather.  I decided it was time to get the winter items pulled out and ready to go.
 Things were pulled off of the back porch so that Chuck could wash it off.
 While at it he also sprayed off the siding on the back of the house.
 Ought oh!  I had better put the camera down. *smile*
 I like to use these trays for lunch.  I will sometimes call Megan and tell her that Mama's Homeschool Cafe is open for lunch.
 While peeling potatoes Megan asked it she could help.  Yes, please.
 Chuck went out early for Saturday donuts.  It make a slow, easy start to the morning.
 Science is always more fun when the lesson calls for beans, beakers, and a scale.
 May you find joy in the journey as you chase your life!