Stuff and The Weekly Sy


I have a list today, little schnibbles of info for documentation. You know how it is. This here blob is my memory bank.

We are in the throes of fall up here in The Mitten. It was glorious yesterday, even if it did rain all the live long day.

When I was coming home from buying supplements at the natural path doctor last month, I saw 2 new stores in an Ann Arbor strip mall. Homegoods, which is exciting for them but we have one of those in our town, and Steinmart! The only Steinmart I have ever seen in our neck of the woods was several hours away, near Kalamazoo. Or Battle Creek. Or somewhere off of I-94 on our way home from South Haven last summer!

I texted my friend Marilyn, who actually lives in Ann Arbor, and asked her if she was aware of this new development, because I have heard her say she likes to frequent this establishment when she travels down south. She was not aware! But she is NOW! She said it opened last week and she has now been 3 times! I heard a rumor that the manager already recognizes her! 

After our conversation last week, this was in the mail when I got home that day! Well, you don’t have to twist my tail too hard to get me to visit! I mentioned it to Jip yesterday at BSF and she said she had received the same coo-pin! I pointed out that we had to get on over there because it expired on the 23rd and it was already the 20th. We decided to go right after class, as we are not ones to take for granted a good coo-pin!


They had lots of pretty things but I ended up buying what I thought I would; another pair of my favorite pants by Bandolino. I bought a pair last year in Florida and wore the H.E.C.K. out of them. Hence the need for a new pair.


Jip bought a super cute long flowy vest and a cute new jacket. We were satisfied customers.

Honey sends me multiple Snapchats a night. I always wonder what his coworkers think he is doing? Cause you know he is giggling whilst making the weird faces!


Speaking of the Snapchat, Mousey sent me this amusing one. No delicate flowers at our house.


Our week started in the 70-80s and is finishing in the 50s. Pure Michigan.

The Boy and The Dane are coming for Thanksgiving!!!! From Washington state!

The Ab-Cat is still waiting to start her job. She has been fingerprinted and is now awaiting a call from HR. I hear that department can be problematic. She is chomping at the bit over here, ready to START!!!!

As bad as Abby wants to start, Mousey wants to be DONE with school! She is a weary girl. December cannot come soon enough.

I leave you with The Weekly Sy. Our pal is always pretty cuddly, but even more so when the temperatures cool off a little. Then he wants to nap on you for hours.


Crashed on his Grandma. Perfectly loverly when he is asleep!


Have a pretty fall weekend!

Wednesday Hodgepodge


Hi Guys, thanks for stopping by for another Wednesday Hodgepodge! If you would like to join us click on the button below and head over to Joyce’s and link up.

1. What would you say is your strongest sense?

Mousey and I were just discussing this on the way home from running some errands yesterday. We have both been blessed/cursed to have a very good sense of smell. We were saying that scented lotion is just TOO MUCH, even if you like the scent when you put it on it is almost always too much after a while. Some perfume can really give me a sick headache. We had been sniffing candles while we waited in line, and I could not get those sniffs out of my nose until I sneezed! I stay away from certain stores because of the smell. Honey says I have the nose of a hound dog.

Those were some of the bad examples of having a good sense of smell, some of the good ones are just bathed children, lilacs and peonies, delicious garlicky food, Christmas trees, pumpkin/spicy smells and baking desserts!
2. Do you believe in the idea of a ‘sixth sense’? Why or why not?

Is this like a gut instinct or intuition? I would say that is the Holy Spirit and I certainly do believe in that! Sometimes you are led in one way or another that would not make sense to others, but you know it is the right decision because of the peace you feel in your heart and mind.
3. When do you most feel like a slave to time? Explain.

Drawing a blank here.
4. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? How would you rate the experience? If you could own a restaurant what kind would it be?

I have worked at 2 restaurants in my life and they both had their pros and cons. The first was Friendly’s and that was mostly a fun job working with other friends my age. Plus, ICE CREAM!!!! We got to eat all of the mistakes too! The downside of that experience was we were super busy and really had to hustle, and sometimes young families and big groups were not very generous about giving a tip. We also had 2 nice male bosses and a woman boss who was all of the stereotypes of a bad lady boss rolled into one. Unfair, played favorites, generally witchy.

The second time was at a German restaurant when we lived in Canada. Still had to hustle, but WAY better tips!!! Good food, very nice owner and another witchy woman to contend with! I heard that place burned down. Probably caused by the Dragon Lady.

Honey has frequently said he would like to have some sort of restaurant. His latest idea is for only a breakfast and lunch shop. Bagel sandwiches. When the bagels are gone, you hang the closed sign on the door and go fishing!
5. Ever traced your family tree? Share something interesting you learned there.

Some of my cousins have done this and they discovered something SHOCKING!!!

Our people were Mennonites when they came to this country in 1732!!!!! I blogged about it here. Yes, this could have been me and all my Girl Cousins!

Another interesting fact was that 2 of the original 3 brothers left Pennsylvania and travelled to Hoover’s Gap, Tennessee. There was evidently a Civil War battle there and I read about it on Wikipedia! I guess they named the area after themselves after changing their name from Huber to Hoover.

6. What did your childhood bedroom look like?

I wish I had a picture because I don’t have very strong recollections about it. The wallpaper had flowers with a lot of colors; green, yellow, orange, pink. I think it had orange shag carpet because who didn’t have shag carpet in the 70s? I had that white girl furniture with the gold edging. I remember I had an am radio and listened to CKLW!
7. Anyone who knows me knows I love_______________________?

My family. Kitties. DaVinci sugarfree chai tea. Jesus. 
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Today is our 31st wedding anniversary!!!  I surely did pick a winner! We could not have predicted our life, but I would not have wanted to go through it with anyone but Honey. Another stage is looming. Retirement is in about a year, and we are discussing what this is going to look like for us, it’s fun to dream about what we would like to do! We know it will involve serving the Lord, and hopefully travel, a growing family, and eventually a move. Honey would like to add fishing, golf and time to do anything besides work!

Here’s to the next 31!!

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Redeemed the Day


We had a very moving day last week. Our oldest daughter has been looking for employment for a very L.O.N.G. time now.  Many applications, interviews and dashed hopes later, she was still looking.

Over a year ago she had a conversation with a woman sitting behind us at our church. You know, the little meet and greet they have you do before everyone sits down? This woman knew Abby from when she volunteered in the 2 year old Sunday school classroom and had her two children. She asked what Abby was doing and she replied she was looking for a job. The lady said she worked at a local elementary school and they sometimes had openings for para-professionals, and she should go online and apply. Abby thanked her and did just that. Nothing came of it but it caused Abby to look more closely at these opportunities and apply.

About a year went by and Abby ran into this same gal again and she asked if Abby had ever found employment. She said she had not and the gal said she was now the principal of an elementary school and she knew of several jobs in her building, and Abby should apply! So she did! She had 3 interviews at 3 different schools, and the third one was at the school of the woman from church.

In between all this there was a lot of praying and “pretend” interviews, trying to help her do the best she could. She was nervous and trying desperately not to get her hopes up because she had certainly been there before. She went on the first interview, felt it went well but was not chosen. The second one went about the same and they said they would let her know the next day. She didn’t hear anything that day. The day after that interview she went to another interview at the church lady’s school and she actually did the interview! They talked for a while and then the principal started going into some detail about the job. Abby told me later that she thought it was a LOT of detail for an interview, but then the woman told her she had the job! ABBY WAS SO EXCITED!!!!

The principal then took her on a tour of the building and just generally gave her a warm welcome. As they passed one of the classrooms, Abby noticed a familiar name on one of the doors, it was a woman named Amy who had tutored her for several years when she was in elementary school! Amy was way more than a tutor, she was a really sweet friend to our girl, an encourager, a pal and she even used Abby as a mother’s helper for her boys when she needed to get some work done at home. The principal said they should go in and say hello! Amy was SO surprised and very happy to see her former student again after so many years! Another bonus to working at this school!

When Abby came home from her interview she tried to be casual and act like it was just another meeting, but she couldn’t keep it up for long and we were all SO EXCITED! I was, as usual, trolling for details and as the whole story came out I was overwhelmed by God’s goodness to our Girl!!

All of this happened on October 7, a date that left a mark on our family 21 years ago. That was the day that the kids and I were in the car accident that caused Abby’s injury. For many years the day was marked by a deep sadness, the grief of the year seemed to be gathered into one rolling wave that swept over on that day. I have blogged quite a bit about how this time of year is difficult and God has used the outpouring of words as a healing thing, the date has lost its power over me. But Guys, it could not be a coincidence that the Lord chose this day to provide something that Abby desperately wanted and needed! It wasn’t random that He chose that day to rain down the blessing of a job, after applying for YEARS. We have prayed that God would intervene, that He would provide for her, that He would incline hearts to her, to see that she was capable and had worth. It was a kiss on the cheek from a really good God, and we are thankful. He has redeemed the day!

Wednesday Hodgepodge


Hi Guys, it’s good to be back at the Hodgepodge! My thanks to Joyce, who has a LOT going on these days and still made time to host our little gathering!

1. What would you say is the best and worst thing about moving house?

The best thing? Well I am looking at this as a good move to a beautiful new place, so there is that. It’s always nice to have a new and different home.

The worst? Going through all of your STUFF!!! This next move for us is going to be a purge-fest. We have 31 years of life we need to sort through, with huge amounts to get rid of!
2. What’s moved you recently?

An old friend passed away on September 29th and her funeral was last week. Watching her family rally around her, and manage all of her care in her last days was very moving. Her funeral was a celebration of a life firmly grounded in her Christian faith. Our pastor spoke touchingly of her desire to live a life of caring for and serving others, while loving her family well. I was moved.

3. Do you feel your life is moving forward, backward, or is on hold? How so?

A little bit moving forward, a little bit on hold. Time is marching on, I see the changes. Kids grown, graduations, a wedding, life changes. But we are also a little on hold. Honey will be retiring in about a year or so and it feels a bit like we are on pause until we get there. We are anticipating some changes, we just don’t know what they will look like!

4. On the move, move mountains, get a move on, it’s your move, or bust a move...which phrase best applies to some aspect of your life right now? Explain.

I feel like I need to get a move on with this blog!! For goodness sake, I have been a poor blogger this summer! I think I have just gotten out of the habit. I have busy mornings so I need to make sure I get to the computer in the afternoons or evenings. If I don’t, it appears I don’t blog. At ALL!
5. What song makes you want to get up and move?

Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake! Dance, dance, dance!
6. Your favorite snack to grab when you’re ‘on the move‘?

Probably mixed nuts. They are pretty portable.
7. What one accessory makes your house feel like home?

Hmmm, our kitchen table or the couch. We gather there.
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Maybe I have been on the move a little bit. The weather has gotten a little cooler here in The Mitten.  I switched over my summer/winter clothes and I made a pretty big dent in getting rid of our potted plants. Hung the fall wreath on the front door and hauled out all the pumpkin and fall decorations. That feels like victory to me!

Thanks for stopping by, have a good week!

Some Celebrations


I am a little bit backed up here, but I figured I would just get on it or else it’s going to be Christmas before I know it. Of course that is an exaggeration, but it WILL be Halloween in about 10 minutes.

I still have to show you some pictures from Jip the Farm Dog’s son’s wedding, but my computer did a bit of maintenance and it has decided to never let me open a picture in email again. Hater. I may have to ask children for some tech support and that is never a pleasant thing. They have forgotten that it was I who taught them how to use the potty.

I had a birthday. While Abby did take me out to lunch that day after church, we have not officially celebrated. Mousey was out of town and Honey had a golf scramble. My sister-in-law Stacey made me a yummy cake! She and Beeve, along with Medium Goomba brought it over on the day so that was very nice! Here is my 54 year old self!


Girl Cousin Lindsay was in town from Florida so we could celebrate her and her baby girl, who will be arriving in December! Aunt Phyllis threw a sweet little shower where there was a LOT of pink happening!




This was a cute idea. I narrowed it down to three suggestions.


Lindsay received lots of nice things, sweet little outfits, lots of tutus and many books for her baby girl’s shelves. We can’t wait to meet the little miss!


We celebrated our first small group meeting last Friday with a get together. We made pizzas and Honey tried his hand at an antipasto salad. It was pretty darn good! We start Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God study this coming Friday.


Ok, it’s a start.

Prayers for a Friend


I am having a hard time blogging lately. A sweet friend is transitioning into her last days, perhaps hours, and my usual nonsense seems unimportant. We are surrounded by the effects of sin in our fallen world and no one gets by unscathed. Death is something that falls on the righteous and unrighteous equally.

All loss of life is difficult, but some losses are much harder to personally deal with. This is one of those.

Certain stages of life bring friends together quickly and motherhood is one of those stages. I met Michelle at a previous church when our daughters were in the nursery together. We changed churches and reconnected again when we ended up living in the same neighborhood and our kids went to the same elementary school. What really brought our hearts together were the years we spent praying for our children in our Moms in Touch group. Praying together knits hearts.

I have seen Michelle live her faith for many, many years now. She and her wonderful husband Mark have raised their children in the way that they should go, and those kids are all on their way, loving and serving the Lord as they have been shown.

I have seen her be the hands and feet, and the eyes and ears of Jesus to many souls in need, myself included. She excelled at knowing exactly what to do, just stepping in and meeting a need. From watching your kids, to lending a willing hand, to organizing meals or anything else one might need, to support at the hospital, to prayer, to feeding one of 4 premature babies when tired parents needed a helping hand,  to opening her home to moms and groups and kids and even taking in a friend’s family for a time when their house burned down. Other things, too numerous to count.

She was a Creative Memories consultant for many years, blending her love of family and preserving and archiving memories. It was one of her great joys. I now see the Lord’s hand of mercy and favor here, He used something she loved to do so it could be handed down as a treasure and legacy to her family. That is so her, and that is so God.

One of the phrases that I have heard Michelle use so many times in prayer time and in life was “buckle down and get it done”. I have associated that phrase with her ever since and I am reminded of it now. After 3 months of excruciating pain she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Lungs, bones, mass on her liver, and possibly more, they just stopped looking. Her first diagnosis said 6 months to a year. After a little further testing they changed it to 3 to 6 months, she is now at the end of 3 months. Those words would have stopped many right where they were, but not Michelle. She had things she still wanted to complete. When hearing the words of limited time, she did not just stop her life and wait, she got busy and buckled down and got some things done.

She did devotionals with her husband, they told Honey and I it had been some of their richest times of devotion together as a couple, reading through Streams in the Desert by Charles Cowman. She continued meeting with her ladies small group, studying The Armor of God. I’m so thankful for that, she more than likely used some of those words to ward off the enemy in this difficult time. She came to church each week, laying in the back of the room on a special lounge chair with a memory foam pillow on top for comfort from her continuing pain. She made special presents for her grandchildren, five at the moment, one on the way, more to surely follow. She kept a file box of all the verses friends and family had sent her for comfort., She wrote letters to each of her 4 beloved children.

She and her husband slow danced their last dance at a family friend’s wedding. They travelled to her wonderful parents cottage Up North, one of her favorite Happy Places. She saw many old and dear friends and family at a gathering her children put on, graciously giving everyone a chance to see her and love on her and them as well. They did some things together with family, Mackinac, the park, the fall festival, a slow ride on a wave runner, took their grandsons to their first movie. There is never enough time to spend with those you love.

When I saw her last Sunday at church, we told each other Happy Birthday. One of the many things we have thought funny and coincidental over the years. I did not know it would be the last time I saw her. She told me this is hard, it hurts and she is so concerned for her family. We hugged and cried. The next day she took a turn for the worse.

We are all just waiting now. Her time is very short, her family has been there constantly all week. I’m sure it has been grueling and they are so weary. God can use all things, even the waiting.

She is finishing strong and well, which is every Christian’s heart desire. She is confident of who she belongs to and where she is going. We are praying for a smooth transition to her heavenly home and peace and comfort for her family. We know they do not grieve as those who have no hope, but grief is a heavy load to bear and the Lord promises to help us in our heartache.

John 14

14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

You know the way dear Friend, praise God, you know the way. We will meet again.


He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

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