“W” is for Worship & for Weather


So I am counting down to the end of the #BloggingAtoZ challenge for April 2016 and today’s letter is “w”.  For me, “w” stands for worship and weather.  Worship to me involves anything and everything that deals with expressing a love for my God.  I can worship alone, in small groups, or in large crowds.  Anytime and anyplace is perfect for worshipping God.  I love to sing, so singing old hymns or some more modern Praise and Worship songs is perfect for getting close to God. I feel this Scripture is an excellent representation of why I worship the Lord.

Psalm138 2


For me, right now I also feel “w” represents weather.  For the last several years, we have experienced a variety of weather situations.  We have seen snow, hail, ice, wind, rain, sleet, freezing rain, warm or even down-right hot temperatures, pleasant temperatures along with cool or cold temperatures.  But that was in Pennsylvania.  Now we are in southeast Texas, and it seems like we are already seeing only four real types of weather:  pleasant with sunshine, rain, hot, or hot and humid.  I have a feeling it is going to get interesting for a while.  Living in Pennsylvania, we did not have to worry a lot about tornadoes, but I do not think the same can be siad for where we are now.

So what does “w” stand for you?  I would love to hear from you.




“V” is for Victoria


So it is another day of the #BloggingAtoZ challenge, and the letter for today is “V”.  For me, “V” reminds me of Victoria, our new hometown.  Back in October, we received notification that we would be moving to Victoria, Texas with a report date in February.  We kept waiting for our orders to come, but there was no funding to move us.  Some of our family were rally excited about the move – especially since it meant warm weather and being near beaches.  Others in the family were not so thrilled.  I know I am going to miss the Amish markets we used to buy our produce at locally. Plus, I am going to miss the grocery stores that carried a variety of lactose-free foods for our oldest.  But, Victoria has some charms of its own.

I love that for the first time in about nine years; we live in one story.  Our home, while not as big as our last home, offers many features that make it desirable.  In Victoria, we have many restaurants our oldest can eat at safely.  Also, we have a Sam’s Club right in town.  In about 15 minutes we can get almost anywhere, we need to go.  Plus, we are about 2 hours from San Antonio and Corpus Christi, which both have a lot to offer.

In Victoria, we have tw colleges, a number of churches, a ballet company and numerous activities to participate in along with a river.  So all in all, I think once we get unpacked and settle in we will enjoy our new community.

So what does “v” bring to mind for you?


“U” is for Undeniable


Today begins the final week of the #BloggingAtoZ challenge for April 2016.  The letter for today is “u”.  For me right now, “u” is for undeniable.  It is undeniable I serve a undeniably loving and powerful God.  He loved us so much that He sent His only begotten son to be a Savior for a lost world.  How amazing is that?

I have an undeniably amazing husband.  He is loving, understanding and a wonderful husband and father.  He is truly my best friend.

I have undeniably inventive and creative sons.  There is never a dull moment around our home.  They are definitely creative and resourceful.

Finally, I have an undeniably loving daughter.  She is a “mini me” in many ways.  We share some the same traits and characteristics.  She is very loving.

I have an undeniably blessed life.  So what does “u” bring to mind for U?

“T” is for Texas, Travel, Thrills and Thankfulness

So here is another post for #BloggingAtoZ challenge for April 2016, and today’s letter is T.  For me, “t” is for Texas, thrills and thankfulness.  First, it is for Texas since we just made Texas our home for the next few years thanks to the Army Reserves transferring us here.



“T” is also for thrills.  Most years for our anniversary, we take the entire family and go to Fort Eustis to stay in a cabin and get some thrills visiting Busch Gardens.  My children have followed in my footsteps with a love of roller-coasters, which of course provide a lot of thrills.


Water rides provide a different type of thrill – the thrill of getting cooled off on a hot day and they having to figure out how to dry off.

Finally, t is for thankfulness.  One example, is being thankful our son was fixed up quickly and did not find the entire procedure too horrible when we had to go to the hospital shortly after moving to Texas.  Here is a picture of him in the Emergency Room.


We are told in the Bible to be thankful, such as in the book of Ephesians 5:20.  So I want to choose to be thankful today for what I have, including my family.


So what comes to mind for you when you see the letter “t”?  I would love to hear from you.


“R” is for Rebecca, Roses and

Today is another day in the #BloggingAtoZ challenge.  The letter for today is “R”, which stands for Rebecca and Roses.

Rebecca is our only daughter and is our youngest.  She loves to dance.

She enjoyed dancing with her brother in the fall.

She also loves to draw.  Here are some she drew.

And she loves her brothers.

“R” is also for roses, like the ones in the flowers I received from my children as an early birthday present.

And finally, “r” is for rainbows – like the one we saw driving from Fort Lee in Virginia to Pennsylvania.

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

“Q” is for Quitters, Quiet and Quilting


So here is another post for #BloggingAtoZ.  Today’s letter is “q”, which is for quitters, quit, and quilting.

“Q” is for quitters, and that is something I do not want to be known for at all.  I want to bee able to say I complete what I start.  However, that is not always the case.  This week I started participating in the newest study with the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study community.  We are doing the book, “5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nicki Koziarz.

I have read the first two chapters so far and am loving this book.  It speaks to my heart and soul. It is definitely worth reading.

“Q” is also for quiet, something my house never is with four children.  However, peace and quiet is something my soul longs for at times.  It is something I know I need at times.  Other times, the quiet seems deafening – like when the children become involved in what they are doing that I do not even know what they are doing.  Then, of course, there are times when silence is a wonderful thing – like the various camping trips we have taken

Finally, “Q” is for quilting.  For a number of years, I have longed to actively pursue quilting.  It speaks to my soul through the colors, patterns and the joy of piecing together by hand quilt tops.  I finished a quilt top with strips, but have not finished sewing it together yet.  I enjoyed putting it together. I have started on a quilt top for my daughter.

So what does “q” bring to mind to you?


“P” is for Partners, Patience and Persistence


Today is another day of the “Blogging A to Z” challenge and the letter for today is “P”.  “P” is for partners.  My husband is the love of my life and my best friend.  We are partners in every sense of the word.  He is an amazing husband and father.  He leads our family in the fear and admonition of the Lord.  I am so blessed to have him in my life.

“P” is also for patience.  Over the past few months, I have had to learn to be patient.  From the moment, we received the notification that we should be receiving our orders for Texas, through months of waiting to receive the orders, to months of trying to find a home and preparing for our actual move, we needed patience.  Then we had to deal with patience for actually moving in the house and preparing to have our belongings delivered.  Then I had to have patience with getting everything transferred to our new state and learning the navigate the order we needed to do things.

Finally, “p” is for persistence.  While going through the move to Texas, I learned to have persistence.  We needed to have persistence in finding a home.  Then we needed persistence in getting ready for the move.  We needed the persistence to find a way to get through flooding in Lousiana on our way to Texas.  Finally, we needed the persistence to get everything changed to Texas.  This meant we had to do the steps in the order they required and provide the documentation they needed.  At the same time, we needed to have persistence to stand up for the documentation we had on hand.

So what does “P” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.



“N” is for Nathan


Here is another post in my Blogging A to Z series.  The letter is “N”.  “N” for me represents Nathan and Nature.

Nathan is our youngest son.  He loves dancing, drawing and loves to talk to people.

He loves his sister and typically spends most of his time with her.  I love him!

So what comes to your mind when you hear or see the letter “N”.

“B” is for Boys, Boxes and Bandages


So this is the second day of Blogging A to Z challenge for April 2016.  So that means the letter of the day is “B”.  For me, “B” is for Boys, boxes and bandages.  Obviously, with a husband and three sons, I have a lot of “boys” around all the time.  For the past week, my boys have been concentrating on the second “b”, which is boxes.  The boys have been unpacking boxes, moving boxes and breaking down boxes.  They are helping to ensure our house gets unpacked and I keep my sanity.

My boys are amazing and can accomplish so much when they set their minds to it.  For the past week, they have been reassembling furniture, putting together their bedroom and helping to assemble our kitchen.  Of course, it doesn’t help that the packers did not pack anything with any rhyme or reason.  Also, numerous boxes have been mislabeled.  But my boys keep trucking on and working to reduce our number of boxes.

“B” is also for bandages.  We had our first medical incident this past week.  Our youngest son manage to need stitches.  So in turn, we had to go buy bandages for the injury.  Fortunately, he has been a trooper with the injury.  It is hard to see your child suffer.  But, it is always easier when the medical professionals treating that child are caring and compassionate.

So that is what is going on around here.  What is going on where you are?  I would love to hear from you.




“A” is for Amazing, Awesome and Arrivals

Philippians 4 13

Today is the first day of the Blogging A to Z challenge for April 2016.  I am participating in this challenge for the second time this year.  I am amazed that I completed the challenge last year and plan on completing it again this year.

“A” is also for my amazing husband.  Our family just relocated from Pennsylvania to Texas.  My husband did an amazing job making sure we made the over 25 hour drive safely.  We made it safely through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama.  Then we arrived in Louisiana and I really was not sure we would make it to Texas.  We happened to be traveling during a period of horrible flooding.  Eventually, we were forced to exit the interstate and travel some back roads with no directions or assistance to guide us safely.  We wound up stopping at a truck stop where everyone was telling us there was no way to get through.  My husband would not concede defeat, so with him driving our pickup truck and me behind the wheel of our 12-passenger van we set off again.  We drove through waters I would never have drove through on my own.  But watching my husband drive in front of me, I knew God was in control and we were going to be fine.  I believe some of the roads were closed almost immediately after we drove through them.  We were blessed to believe in an awesome God who kept us safe.  We actually arrived in Texas safely and basically on time.

How are things going in your world?  I would love to hear from you.