Category Archives: from the heart

Happy Decade of Blogging!!! <3

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Guys, the 10 year anniversary of the blog was last month and I completely forgot!!!!! I started blogging at No Whining Allowed in January of 2008, used up all the space there and then started this one! They say that the tenth should be celebrated with tin or aluminum, I searched but there’s not much available. For the creative, recycling bunch;

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a little better.

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I love you so much I made you this sparkling beauty!

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Kudos!

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I am a little surprised that the little blob has made this milestone!!! I didn’t have longevity goals when I started blogging in 2008. It was a fun little enterprise started with Mrs. Schmenkman, a space to keep up with loved ones and talk about what we had going on. It turned into a lot more than that for me!

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It became a way to record our life and times. It became a repository to hold experiences of joy, humor, wonder, learning, thoughts, occasions and grief. Writing about October 7, a pivotal point in the life of our family, has been especially therapeutic for me. I’m sure that was not even a thought in my mind upon embarking on this journey.

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It’s been a good way for me to reflect on things I love dearly, our family, our memories, the cats, the times of our life, memories unearthed from youth, faith, funny stories, friends, trips, projects and so much more!

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Here is the part you have come to expect over the last DECADE! Trolling for comments! The blog has actually been visited more in the last year, so there must be some newcomers mixed in with the Old Faithfuls.  It has been my pleasure to meet with you in this space and it is my fondest desire to keep it up! So let’s hear some chatter!!! Pop in the comments to say hello, and if it’s your first time doing so, tell me who you are and how you found us!

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So HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOG!!!!!!!

Here’s to many more years together!!!!! Much love to you all ❤ ❤ ❤

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, thanks for stopping by. Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. January is National Mentoring Month. Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? How would you rate the experience?

I have had several informal mentors throughout the years; my Mother, Grandmother and my Aunts first and foremost. But then there was my dear friend Vickie who knew my situation and offered wisdom and prayer, while loving and helping me practically; priceless. A former BSF teaching leader was a mentor, even if she did not know it. I learned so much about God, His Word, and how to serve with excellence, passion, humility and a high view of God. I came to BSF as a weary Mama, having come through about 8 years of dealing with our son’s chronic illness and then the awful accident that caused our daughter’s spinal cord injury, with the hard, busy years that followed. The Lord knew I needed a place to land and learn about His promises and how to live with purpose. I learned a ton from Sheila.

I don’t know if I have ever been a mentor to anyone except our daughters. I have had some lovely compliments from people who have told me that they appreciated my words about some things, but I don’t know if that would be considered official mentoring.
2. What current trend makes no sense to you?

Yeah, I don’t get it.

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3. I saw a cartoon on facebook highlighting a few ‘weird’ things that make you happy as an adult. The list included-writing with a nice pen, having plans cancelled, freshly cleaned sheets, eating the corner brownie, cleaning the dryer lint screen, and sipping coffee in that brief time before anyone else wakes up. (Credit for the cartoon goes here) Of the ‘weird’ things listed which one makes you happiest? What is one more ‘weird’ thing you’d add to the list?

Those are some good things! Finding a good pen is always a treat! Let’s add finding a purse that meets all of your many requirements! The right strap length, color, inside compartmentalization, all your junk fits! It’s like a golden unicorn, pretty sure it’s not out there, so when you find one? Supreme happiness!
4. What’s the last good thing you ate?

I had a good pulled pork sandwich the other night at our Birthday Club gathering. We tried a new place in our town and I tried something with the off putting name of The Porky Pig. The pork and BBQ sauce was good but it was the spicy mayo and slaw that made it even better!
5. Describe life in your 20’s in one sentence.

She started her twenties footloose and fancy free and ended them married with two babies!
6. Insert your own random thought here.

And here was that twenty year old gal with her two babies!! I was 29, sweet little  Ab-Cat was a couple months shy of 3 and our roll-y poly Boy was 6 months, then more from that year.

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Time sure flies when you are having fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Makes Me Happy <3

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The prompt today is “Makes me happy”.

This popped up in my Facebook feed from 2 years ago, it was very appropriate for today!

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This was my Tribe today at Chip and Dip! Heifer Ann (aka Capri K!), Jip the Farm Dog, CMB and Heifer Lynn met up for our annual Christmas/New Year lunch. There is a lot to be said for old, dear friends, and even more to be said when you have spent time serving the Lord together. It knits hearts Y’All.

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Heifer Lynn gave us a sweet gift!

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I know I have mentioned many times that I have no sisters, but I have also acknowledged many times that God has graciously given me dear, dear friends that have filled this void in my heart. Good friends are a kiss on the cheek from a really good God!!!

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Thank goodness for come-along-side friends. Love you Girlies!!!

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So Friends make me happy ❤

Welcome 2018! The Year in Review

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Happy New Year!!!

Honey and I celebrated with lunch at Chip and Dip, binge watching Netflix, and enjoying some yummy Mexican dip and delicious chocolate/caramel apple from Kilwin’s, graciously gifted to us by The Peanuts Champ!! I made it up to midnight, then took my leave about 12;30. Feeling fairly proud of myself, some years I have not made it!

As I was strolling through the last year on the blog, what struck me the most was how little I posted. It made me sad but strengthened my resolution to do better in 2018. I make no promises, but know that it is my hearts desire to do a better job 🙂

Here are 17 of my favorite moments from 2017.

1. This was from our vacation last February. I made it the background for my phone. The funny thing about this picture is the backstory. We had met with a realtor to look at houses and condos, so it was a busy day. We had made plans to meet up with a friend that Honey used to work with and his wife for dinner. We arrived, were seated, and then waited. And waited. No couple. Honey finally texted and discovered that our plans were for the next night!!!!! Welcome to mid life!

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2. This meme never fails to amuse me. It pokes a hole in the social justice warrior nonsense that feels the need to vehemently protest and complain about every.single.thing. so that everything is just a big pot of complaint stew. That is not to say that there are not things to protest about, but if you are outraged over EVERYTHING, people stop listening to ANYTHING you say. #notmygroundhog, still hilarious.

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3. I don’t know why, but I love this one.

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4. The Boy and I decided to correspond, this started his first letter. We so enjoy getting mail from each other!

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5. My favorite snapshot from the previously mentioned vacation in Florida. Art by Mousey.

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6. Father’s Day, Honey and his Girlies! ❤

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7. Moonpie arrives!!! It’s really something to see your baby with their baby ❤

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8. Our first introduction to the new grandbaby! We flew to Seattle in August when she was one month old. Grammy and Papa were christened.

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9. This just makes me smile. Such passion, such angst, such an Angry Anderson!!!!

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10. Labor Day at Gun Lake with our People. ❤ ❤ ❤

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11. She is getting more animated! And more chins!

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12. Nurse Lauren got married!!! Celebration in Pennsylvania!

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13. Happy Halloween from the cutest little kitty cat we know!

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14. Capri’s!!!!!!

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15. Family unit 🙂

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16. Moonpie modeling her new hat, love the tongue!

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And 17. I think this is my verse for the year. I am feeling in need of restoration, not completely sure why. Some hope, peace and joy sounds like a winner to me. I will pray it for you too, everyone could use a little overflowing hope, peace and joy.

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I will include this as one of Honey’s favorite moments of 2017! He has always wanted to be voluntarily bumped off a flight and it finally happened!

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Happy New Year Friends, let’s make it a good one!

Last List of 2017

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We are almost ready for Christmas here in The Mitten! December has been a busy month, hence the lack of activity in this space. Last night was Honey’s last evening at work for the year, still waiting for the last few presents to arrive by mail, there will be at least a couple stops at the grocery to get the rest of the ingredients for our “non-traditional” Christmas dinner. We are having Beeve’s steak, Honey’s mac and cheese, garlic mushrooms and feta fatoosh salad. The Ab-Cat is trying out a new recipe for Key Lime cookies and Mousey wants an old standard, banana pudding.

I took The Grandpa to the airport last Monday, where he boarded a plane for Florida to visit his kids. It is their first Christmas together in many, many years and I am praying they have a wonderful time!

This is Abby’s second year of working at the elementary school and she said the kids have been SQUIRRELLY this week!!!! So much excitement bottled up in one building! Every day she comes home laden with presents from co-workers and little students who love her ❤

Our BSF luncheon for 60 went off nicely last week, and our Admin celebration yesterday at Chip and Dip was most enjoyable! I serve with truly lovely gals and I am so thankful for them all!

Ab sent this from her Young Fives class, it surely does look like my best Girl, Mama Mia!

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The Boy and The Dane will be traveling to Denmark on Christmas day to see her People. Praying that their trip will be uneventful and smooth with the addition of this Peanut. I’m sure they will enjoy her and her sweet noises immensely!!!

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Nothing like a sleeping baby.

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She reminds me of her Daddy here.

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Rocking her new hat! Love that tongue ❤

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We will miss all of our loved ones who will not be with us.

I saw this verse on a friend’s blog, it is our wish for ourselves and for you during this Christmas season.

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Merry Christmas Friends.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! Glad you stopped by! Click on the button below if you would like to join in.

From this Side of the Pond

1.  What’s something blogging has taught you about yourself?

When I started blogging in January of 2008 I had no idea what I was doing! I’m not even sure why my good friend Mrs. Schmenkman and I wanted to start on this endeavor, but we both began the same week. This was my very first post!

I just asked The Boy what I should say and he asked me “why would you want a blog if you don’t know what to say???” Thanks to The Girl for helping me get this up and running. That would be one thing my friends could tell you about me; I am computer illiterate. Surely I will get better as I go!

I’m not quite sure why I wanted to start this, but hopefully it will be a way for me to keep in better touch with those I want to be in better touch with, and be able to share what I am doing, making, bargains found and very random thoughts! Let the blogging begin! 

I did get better as I went!

I have never been one for keeping a diary or journal and I don’t really consider myself a writer, but I think what blogging has taught me about myself is I do enjoy coming here and writing down my stream of thought. The fact that I have done it faithfully for almost 9 years has shown me that I am committed to preserving these days of our life. When I go back and read a post from years gone by, I am always thankful to have this memory bank, this place of recollection. It’s priceless to me.

 2.  Leftovers…are you in the ‘reheat and eat’ camp or the ‘put them in the fridge until they spoil and then toss them’ camp? What’s your favorite thing to have leftover? What can you not abide as a leftover?

I usually like leftovers. I think soup is a great leftover and sometimes better the next day! Meat with no gravy is usually a pretty yucky leftover.
3. ‘Me time‘…your thoughts?

“Me time” sounds so self involved. That being said, I am certainly not opposed to being able to do something I want to do! I can remember being a young mom and longing for 30 minutes to myself to read or watch something I wanted on tv!

I guess the phrase “me time” sounds indulgent, expensive and selfish, but maybe others see it as something else.
4. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?

Haircuts or covering their grey, getting the right BSF Bible study lesson if they are going to be gone, helping them remember some random song lyric or other fun fact. I am a fountain of useless information.
5. If your childhood had a smell what would it be? Tell us why.

Bubble gum, Sweet Tarts, Jolly Ranchers, Slow Poke suckers and chlorine. Because we loved nothing better than riding our bikes up to the corner store to buy candy and hanging out at my Aunt Nancy’s pool.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I was in Five Below yesterday and came across this. Who would put this on their Christmas tree?

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Seriously, who is the target customer for this merchandise?

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Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your week!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Happy Thanksgiving week to you all! Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Traditionhow tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma’s, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?

I don’t think we have a ton of traditions over here. We have always rotated hosting, parades and football are hit or miss, and we always say we are shooting to eat at a certain time, but no one is going to prison if we miss. We do usually have a similar menu because when you only have a meal once a year, the heart wants what the heart wants!

The only time I can recall that we ever missed a holiday was one unfortunate Thanksgiving when the kids were around 5, 8, and 10, or 7, 10, and 12, or something. The Ab-Cat came down with a vicious stomach bug and was very socially unacceptable. Considering I had spent the previous day with her and had unfortunately drank after her using the same straw, it was highly likely that I would be following down the same path. We were supposed to travel to our Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis’ house, and it was a hard phone call explaining that we could not make it. Because we were planning to have a delicious Thanksgiving meal elsewhere, we did not have much yummy stuff at our house. The best we could manage was dinner from Boston Market, and I have to tell you that our children STILL recall that it was our WORST HOLIDAY MEAL EVER. Seriously, they still bring it up. And as far as I know,  no one has ever ate at Boston Market again.

I never did get sick but poor little Abby had a miserable day 😦  And we all missed our People and all the good food.
2. Help...is it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing?

I will usually give things a whirl if I think there is a possibility of doing it myself, but I have ZERO problem asking for help. I am comfortable with everyone being aware that I do not know how to do everything. I think it’s a good thing. Tenacious is one thing, pig headed is another altogether.
3. Abundance…what is there an abundance of in your kitchen?

Tupperware. I think it’s multiplying, like Tribbles.
4. Namethe smallest thing you’re thankful for? the biggest?

Grace and GRACE. Our lessons in Romans this year have been hammering it home. God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. Unmerited favor. Everyday grace can be small, but being forgiven a debt that I can’t repay? Huge. Biggest. Best. Priceless.

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I am eternally thankful.
5. Key…What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life?

A dear friend of mine lost her mother recently. She is struggling mightily with the loss, her grief, and just plain missing her beloved friend, mentor, Mother. I had the good fortune to know her Mom, and she was a treasure. She was a woman who had great sorrows in life, yet lived with joy, laughter, a grateful and positive attitude, and a high view of God. She knew who had saved her and where she was going.

One of the thoughts I’ve heard my friend attribute to her mom several times was something to this effect “you don’t have to look very far in this world to find someone who has it worse than you”. She was right. Self pity is debilitating. Perspective is everything. Gratitude needs to be acknowledged. It shifts your thoughts to what you DO have instead of what you don’t. Suddenly you see the things you are thankful to have and the things you are thankful to have been spared.

I wear a bracelet that has the saying “there is always something to be grateful for” on it. It’s true. Things can always be worse. Look for the good, God’s provision to you.

6. State your own random thought here.

Here’s another small thing I’m thankful for!! MoonPie is almost 4 1/2 months now and getting very animated!IMG-6096

Kicky, pensive, drooly, chatty, more purposeful about getting things from her hand to her mouth!

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Noises are her favorite.

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Hi sweet girl!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!