November 2, 2016


Today is the second day of what should have been NaBloPoMo, but it does not seem to be running as normal this year. In previous years, there was a place to sign up, a place to enter the daily posts and a place to connect. When I looked around BlogHer last week for this information, it was nowhere that I could find it. Oh yes, there was always a button to place on the blog to indicate participation. So I find myself somewhat at a loss. But today, I have a writing assignment to complete. My writing assignment is for a blog that I contribute to on a monthly basis. I had already done one entry for this month, but they asked for extra posts so I said I would write one for them.

I am going to try to participate in having a grateful heart this November.

Some things I am grateful for:
1) My family – and especially my husband
2) Having a house to live in
3) Having a safe vehicle to drive
4) That Jesus died for my sins and is my Lord and Savior
5) Good friends
6) My mom
7) My Bible
8) My appreciation for books, because it means I am never without something to do.

Life is whatever we make it out to be. We can choose to find happiness, peace, and love or we can choose to look for the ugliness around us.



My Beautiful Daughter

Last Friday, the fourteenth of October marked my daughter’s 14th birthday.  Somehow, I did not correctly schedule this post.  So it is a little bit late.  Fourteen years ago we were blessed to welcome our only daughter into the world.  She constantly amazes me.  In the last year or so, she has amazed me with her drawing talent.

Now I know she was blessed with this talent from some of her aunts.  Because I do not count myself to be talented in the art department. She enjoys drawing on paper as well as doing art on the computer. Here are some pieces she has done.





So even though it is a little late this year.  Happy belated birthday to my beautiful daughter.

31 Days of Scriptures of Joy

For the month of October, I am participating in the “31 Days” challenge. I plan on doing 31 Days of Scriptures of joy.  One of my favorite movies growing up was Pollyanna starring Haley Mills. I love where she talks to the preacher about the “glad texts”.

So for today, I chose a verse from Psalms. 30.   img_1653

This graphic was created using the YouVersion app.



Today is day 2 of Natalie Sisson’s 10 Day Freedom Plan blog challenge.  The topic for today is freedom and why I want to live a freedom lifestyle.  For me, 11 years ago we began a freedom journey when we decided to homeschool our children.  With this, we have the flexibility to take vacations when we want and to take advantage of opportunities as they come.  For example, the first year we homeschooled my husband had to go to Orlando, Florida and stay at one of the Universal Studio Resort hotels.  If all our children had been in public school, I would have forced to stay home.  Instead, we packed up the family and drove to Orlando.  While my husband attended meetings and other work-related functions, the children and I spent a few hours a day doing school and then spent the afternoon by the pool.  In the evening, we would take the river taxis to City Walk to eat dinner and explore the sights.

To me this is what freedom means, I have the time, money and desire to go where we want when we want.  My ultimate desire is for my blog to eventually contribute to this dream.  I want to have the freedom to say yes to things that interest or excite me, while saying no to those that don’t.

So what would you do if you had the freedom to do them?  I would love to hear from you.

#10DBC #freedomplan

My Weekend

Today is another day of the Write365 challenge, plus it is the first day of the Ultimate Blog Challegrvfor July.  Here are some pictures from the past two days.

I took the previous photos at a rest area Dennis and I stopped at on our way to Beaumont, Texas.  

This is a picture of our hotel room.

Here is dinner from the first night.

Finally, here is our dinner from tonight at a Japanese steak house.

Life of a Reluctant Writer


Today I am beginning my 30 Day Blogging Challenge.  Around eight years ago, I embarked on my blogging journey.  We had just moved from North Carolina to Pennsylvania, and I thought it would be a good way to inform our families about our lives.  Initially, I blogged on a homeschool blogging site.  Then changes happened to that platform, so I decided to move to Blogger.  Then, a year or so ago, I found out that if I truly wanted to build a platform, I needed to move to WordPress.  Also, in the past two years, I learned about different writing opportunities including  COMPEL (Words that Move People through Proverbs 31 Ministries), NaNoWriMo, the Ultimate Blog Challenge and the Blogging A to Z challenge.  Then I found this particular blogging challenge through a search on Amazon for resources for writers.

I adore reading.  It truly is one of my passions and is an excellent way to find out information.  So I downloaded the book and just finished reading it.  I prefer reading through a book before doing a challenge.  I know what is coming, and I can focus on the actual process once I begin.

I love to talk, especially about things I have a passion for, love or know about from experience.  Some of those include homeschooling, children, books, and family.  Blogging provided the perfect place to utilize those talents and interests.  As I delved deeper into blogging, I realized many doors could be opened if I was willing to walk through them.

I find it funny how in high school, writing was not one of my favorite things to do.  Yet now, I spend a lot of time writing and expressing my thoughts and ideas.  I tend to crave smaller gatherings, yet I married into a large family.  I dreamed of being a teacher and now I teach my children at home.  Plus, I manage to find time to proofread any papers my husband has written or will write for his college courses along with things like newsletters for his Army Reserve unit.  Writing has definitely invaded my life in a big way and right now I have no desire to change that.

So what have you reluctantly been drawn into that you love now?

#write365, #30daysbloggingchallenge


“S” is for Sons, Smiles, and Stories


So today is another day of the #BloggingAtoZ challenge for April 2016.  For me, “s” stands for sons, smiles, and stories.  First and foremost, it represents my three sons.  I love my boys.  They keep things exciting around our house.  One never knows what they are going to do next. They have a sense of adventure and great senses of humor.  They keep me on my toes.”

 “S” is also for smiles.  I am gong to let these pictures speak for themselves.

 Finally, “s” is for stories – oh the stories I have to tell thanks to my children.  Such as the time, my oldest, who stayed home sick from school, decided to go out the window so he could play with his friends.  Or the piggyback rides our daughter has conned the rest of out of giving her.  The nights spent tucking them in and praying over them are provide stories.  Or I could tell the story about my oldest getting the “Mile-long” Sentence Award in Kindergarten.  Or I could tell about the time, we took our children and three of their friends to North Carolina.  But I will just mention them here and save the actual detailed stories for another day.

So what comes to mind for you when you see the letter “s”?



“O” is for Opportunities

Today is another day of the #BloggingAtoZ challenge.  Today’s lette is “O”, which stands for opportunities.  With our recent move to Texas, we are looking for opportunities to get involved in our new community.  We are looking for an opportunity to become involved in a church.  We are looking for opportunities to make new friends.  We are looking for opportunities to become involved in the local homeschooling community.  We are also looking for opportunities to become involved in a dance studio for some of the children.  Some of our children also want to find brand new opportunities to stretch their wings and try something new.
So what does “O” bring to mind for you?

“M” is for Memories

For #BloggingAtoZ, the letter today is “m”, which for me stands for memories.  We have memories with our own family.

Having just moved from Pennsylvania to Texas, it brings memories to mind of our family in North Carolina.

And I can not forget our time in Pennsylvania.

So what does “m” mean to you?