Monday, September 30, 2013

31 days of faithfulness

As I may have mentioned yesterday, I have decided to participate in the 31 days challenge over at The Nesting Place. This writing challenge is a bit less restrictive than some others, there are no writing prompts or topics provided. The idea is for you to pick your own topic and then spend the 31 days of October diving into it. So, less restrictive, but more challenging. I hope I am ready for this!

When I read about this challenge (over and My Antidepressant Life) I was intrigued. I haven't attempted a challenge since my last NaBloPoMo, in which I failed miserably. About halfway through I was overwhelmed with boredom and just lost my interest in writing anything. Since then I have cut way back on my posts, writing when the spirit moves and posting my Friday Funnies. So, I am more than a little nervous about tackling this challenge!

Nerves and doubts aside, once I had decided I wanted to try this challenge, picking a topic wasn't too hard. After all, it is my biggest personal challenge, trying to live a faithful life. "Faithful" is the "one word" I choose for this year, and it has been something that I have definitely struggled with my entire life. This month I want to really look at what "faithfulness" means in my life and how it shapes my world. I hope that this time of introspection will help me grow and will provide you with some interesting and thought provoking reading.

Here we go!! :)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday thoughts

I'm sitting on my couch this afternoon with my headphones on, listening to Pandora Radio (praise and worship) and trying to get into the right mindset. I have all these random thoughts running around in my head and trying to work them into something coherent is turning out to be quite a chore! Nothing wants to settle, to sit still long enough for me to get on the screen. Where should I start?

Well, let's start with something easy, shall we? How about a recent picture of my precious grandtoy, Becca?

Can you believe she is 2 months old already? She is actually in town this weekend, but I can't see her since I still fighting off a sinus infection. Can't make the baby sick. :(

I have been going through a dry spell lately when it comes to blogging. I just haven't had anything to say that seemed to be of any value. With that in mind, I decided to join the 31 Days Challenge over at The Nesting Place. I'm hoping that this challenge will be a new beginning for me, a way to reconnect with the part of myself that started this blog. The idea of the challenge is to pick a topic and blog about it for 31 days straight. No writing prompts, it's all up to you. I have chosen to spent my 31 days looking at "faithfulness".

My button was made for me by my friend Jerimi.

There is this voice in my head that is screaming at me "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE??? ARE YOU CRAZY?!?!?!" I don't know voice, we will just have to see. "Faithfulness" is my "One Word" for 2013, so I thought it would be a great tie-in. A way to refocus on the things that matter most to me. I hope you will stop by and check it out.

Speaking of checking things out, I was taking a little time this morning to catch up on my blog reading and I stumbled across this gem over at Julie's Musings. It is titled "A Lousy Dilemma". Julie spoke to my heart with this one. She starts out telling a little story about a mom trying in vain to treat a persistent case of head lice that her daughter has and being embarrassed to ask for help. But then Julie turns our attention to the "spiritual lice" that we all try to hide.  I have a calling to prayer and manage 2 prayer groups, one on Facebook and one at work. And yet I too find myself hiding my deepest worries and concerns from my prayer partners. Why? Embarrassment, the fear of being judged? Yes. Absolutely. But are those good reasons? No, not really. We are not called to walk this road alone. We are called to lift each other up, to support each other. And the best support we can give is to pray, sincerely and honestly for others. And to allow them to pray for us. Julie's post illustrates this point simply and beautifully. I hope you will click on the link and read it for yourself. 

Well, I seem to have run out of things to say....

I guess that means I am done for today. Check back tomorrow for the first day of my 31 days. Yes, I know tomorrow is the 30th, but due to time zones and what not the challenge starts tomorrow night. So, I guess technically it is 32 days, huh?

Have a great week! 

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Funnies

Happy Friday!

me, more often than not!!


I have been saving this one for months!!

A reminder. It's as much for me as anyone else!

 It has been such a long week! I came down with a sinus infection this week and it has kicked my butt. Seems like lots of things have been doing that lately, kicking my butt. And this blog has been suffering some serious neglect. I keep telling myself that next week will be better. It's not. So I shoot for the next week, and the next. One of these weeks it's bound to change, right?? I am thinking about taking on a challenge for October. I think it might help, but I'll admit that I am afraid too. My last challenge didn't go too well. I don't know, what do you think? I would love your take, what do you do to pull yourself out of a slump?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Funnies!

Oh, I am tired! I don't know what is wrong with me (or is it my CPAP machine?) but I feel like I could sleep for a week! Unfortunately, work doesn't pay me if I don't show up. So, here I am getting ready to walk out the door when I remembered that I owe you a few laughs! :)

well, he has a point...

this is about right!


me, this morning!

Have a great day! God Bless!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Funnies!

This week has definitely not been fun for me. Tuesday afternoon I started feeling a very bad feeling in my stomach and other nether regions that by Wednesday morning had progressed to actual illness. Let's just say I spent Wednesday and Thursday dwelling very near my toilet. It was not pleasant. I am better now, if a bit cautious of my intake. Sad part is somehow I think I gained weight. How does that happen?????

pretty sure I am

no kidding!

I love this one!

 Well, that is all for now. Hope you have a great day! God Bless!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday thoughts on Grandparents day

In my box of cards for all occasions (doesn't everyone have one of those?) I have a Grandparent's Day card that I will never send. I bought it several years ago on a whim, with the intention of sending it to my Grandmother or my Mama Mac. Sadly, I put it away and forgot all about it. And now it's too late. All my grandparents are gone. I suppose I could throw it out, it is after all a sad reminder of those I have lost. But I just can't seem to bring myself to remove it from the box. It is sad, but it is also a reminder of all I have been blessed with and where I come from. I think sometimes sadness is just another way of saying I love you and I miss you, and reminders are precious gifts, gateways to happy memories and loving hugs.

In honor of this special day I thought I would share with you a few (i.e. a lot) of pictures from my archive of family photos. Some are from my parental side, some my maternal, and a few are even from my hubby's side of the family. All of them helped to shape my life, to make me who I am. All of them blessed me.

This is my Granny Ray, my paternal great-grandmother. I don't remember a lot about her, but when I see her picture it always gives me a since of peace and love. Also, she made the BEST apple cream pie!

This one is rather blurry, it's Granny Ray, me (dressed in something polyester, no doubt) and my Mama Mac and Papa (my paternal Grandparents). My parents divorced when I was young and I didn't get to see my dad or that side of my family much, so any pictures I can get my hands on from that time are extra special to me.

I am going to switch gears for a second and introduce you to my Great-Grandmother Heise. She is the woman in the forefront of the photo with the young man in the straw hat and tie. He is my biological maternal grandfather. I never actually knew either of them, he died when my mother was still a child, she died in the late 1960's. She was a strong, independent, stubborn woman. Believe me when I say that she legacy lives on in her granddaughter and great granddaughter.

Next we have my Nanny, my other maternal great-grandmother. That's me in her lap with my Grandmother at our side. Mostly what I know of her comes more from family stories rather than memories. She was another strong willed woman. I tend to think of her as a difficult person, one who bullied her way through life. But then, who am I to judge? She lived a hard life with an alcoholic husband and still managed to raise my Grandmother and her older brother Lynn to be good, upstanding members of society. No small accomplishment for a woman of her generation.

So far it seems I have been sharing pictures of people that I didn't even really know. So, let's proceed forward a generation and introduce you to my grandparents. This is my Mama Mac and Papa on their 50th wedding anniversary. They lived out their lives in West Virginia, raising a daughter (my aunt) and a son (my Dad). Papa was a quiet man, the steady rock of our family. Mama Mac was the driving force, the one to get things done. He seem content to let her lead, but when he did take a stand she always stood with him. They were a great team. He passed away in 1988 and she in 2009.

Mama Mac teaching my cousins basketball. Had to be 1973 or '74.

Papa and Mama Mac talking on the phone. I don't know for sure who they were talking to, but I like to think it was me. As the grandchild who lived so far away in Texas and was not seen as frequently has the other grand kids I remember talking to them on the phone a lot. In any case, I love this picture!

Now we have arrived at my maternal grandparents, and things get a bit more complicated! I had 3 maternal grandfathers; Fred Heise who died when my mom was an infant; Bob Baird who adopted and raised my mom and who I called Grandaddy; and Jack McKenney, my step grandfather. Let's get started, shall we?

 This is Fred and Lurlene on their wedding day in 1942 (I think). He died in 1945 (you can read more about him here).

This is my Grandaddy Baird and Grandmother on their wedding day in 1946 or '47 (I am too lazy to double check my dates, sorry)

Grandaddy is the grandfather of my childhood. He is one my most identify as MY grandfather. We weren't especially close though. I don't think he really knew what to do with a child, we were alien to him even after raising 3 of his own. I remember he used to pick on me, asking me if I had "had my Johnson grass juice" to help me grow. Of course, the thought of drinking juice made of grass totally grossed me out! He passed away in 1991, just a few months before I got married. 

In 1996 (once again guessing because I am lazy) Grandmother married Jack and they spent several years together until his failing health forced him to move to Florida so his family could care for him. I took Grandmother out to see him a couple of times and let me tell you, watching them reunited was something beautiful to see. Jack passed away in 2010 and she passed in 2012. (I miss her most of all, she was so much more than my grandmother, she was a dear friend)

Me and her, some Christmas or other in the 70's.

 Okay, I know I have given you A LOT of pictures to look at today, and that you may be wondering "where will it end!?!". Bare with me just a little longer, I have one more set to share. This is my sweet hubby's family. In my mind no grandparents day post would be complete without them. Shorty and Imogene raised my husband and molded him into the man I love so dearly.

This is them from the 1930's or '40's

The gang's all here for this picture! This one is from the 1980's and shows my hubby (smiling boy on the right hand side in front of his grandmother) his siblings and cousins, his mom and aunt and grandparents.

This last one is one of my favorites, it is 3 generations and was taken in the early 1990's. On the left is Great-Grandad Charlton who lived to be 101. Center is my hubby, and on the left is his grandfather, Shorty.


There you have it! The long list of the people who helped shape me and the people I love the most. In writing this I am reminded of how little I know about some of these people. It is the way of the world, the people who influence us the most in our formative years are often a mystery to us. What they impart into our lives is only a tiny piece of who they are and such a large part of who we become. I am grateful for each of these people, whether I knew them or not, for the parts of them that have shaped my life. 

Happy Grandparents Day. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Funnies!

Happy Friday! Sorry I dropped the ball last week, life just kicked my behind and I completely forgot! But I am back this week, life can't keep me down for long. :)

So, how about some funnies!! 

So in


love Maxine!

for my crafty Trekkie friends!


Speaking of....I need to go pay mine! :)

Have a beautiful day and be sure to share a smile with someone in need!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Absent without leave

Yeah, that's me. I only just realized that I basically abandoned my blog last week, I didn't even post Friday Funnies! I apologize to my faithful reader(s). I will do better.

In the meantime, how about a picture of my grandtoy, Becca? She is just a little over a month old now and starting to get really wiggly, so it is hard to get a clear picture of her!

Me and Becca

so sweet

baby toes!!

Oh, how I love this baby girl!