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currently | October 2016


putting my CURRENTS onto 6 x 12 pages and including them into our Stories 2016 album

enrolling in two classes with Ali Edwards: Storytelling with December Daily and Hybrid.

considering heavily a hand-lettering design course too.

reading some but not much; really need to get back into my reading frenzy. It makes me happy.

planning several scrapbooking projects over these last months of the year: December Daily (my partial album here; which I still need to finish) in December 2016 and a 30 Days of Thankful 2016 album in November (something similar to this); and really needing to finish a couple others.

watching CASTLE on DVD and Sherlock on NETFLIX; Blacklist will be next.

studying the book of 2 Peter, chapter by chapter and verse by verse - on my own. Because, I stopped going to class. I didn't feel comfortable. I like the class teacher as a person but not as a teacher. Her teaching is consuming the class time leaving no time for interaction. 

recuperating after Hurricane Matthew mowed down our city.

having and knowing tremendous respect for my husband with the servant heart and a work ethic that never runs dry.

making lists for Christmas - yes, already!

swimming needs to happen. I keep saying that, don't I. Yet, each Monday and Wednesday passes without a drop in the pool. I'm gonna' do it this coming week!!!!

savoring the almost fall temperatures after the storm, sleeping with the windows opened, my hurricane fan blasting, and snuggled under a blanket, albeit thin blanket.

hoping to actually create a Christmas card this year. Simple, clean design. This one is in the running. Or this. Maybe this one. And then there is this one. Simple, elegant.

Friday, with a cup of coffee | 11


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Enjoy a cup of coffee with me and stay awhile.

Do you dry shampoo? You don't do you? I know, right. I don't either. I get enough lost hair winding itself around my (our) brush or swirling down the drain in the shower to ever contemplate dry shampooing. But, after reading this hilariously sarcastic piece on how dry shampooing can cause hair loss - contemplating over. I'll stick with my daily shampooing. With shampoo. In the shower. Used with water.

Certainly something I wouldn't normally read but as a grandmother with a grandson with autism this article was intriguing. Speaking of autism, I had know idea there was an autism tracker app. Genius.

12 ways to give your peanut butter and jelly a kick using one extra ingredient. Me, I would remove the jelly and add dill pickles to the peanut butter for a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. Delish!

a huge fan of James Bond I had no idea, nor did it cross my mind since I'm not a Martini drinker, what vodka was used to make his 'shaken not stirred' martini's on each episode. It seems now, there is a new kid (I mean vodka) in town - and they're hoping everybody wants him. But, I'll be buying Smirnoff for a DIY I'll be creating this month.

The BEST program on helping the homeless.

What makes a great book club book? I love Modern Mrs. Darcy take on just that subject. I've never joined a book club. I've always wanted to, though. Maybe one day.

Amazingly, beautiful storm sky photography. As a meteorologist these are under my radar of what I find way cool.

Here's an interesting take on the short email over the longer, more formal email. Brevity wins.

An exceptional piece on Faith.


Prayers for my husband from his head to his feet | Day 25


Prayers for my husband's repentant heart

Thank You Father that if my husband confesses his sins, You are faithful and just to forgive his sins and to cleanse him from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Repent, my husband, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing from the Lord may come your way (Acts 3:19). Help him to see his sins the way the Lord sees them: as a separation between him and God; and that his sin means God must hide his face from my husband so that he does not hear from him (Isaiah 59:2).

Give my husband a humble spirit of repentance and a softened heart for rest, never concealing his sins but confessing them and turning from them; then he will find mercy and salvation; and with quietness and trust he will find the strength of the Lord (Isaiah 30:15; Proverbs 28:13).  Give him a new heart and a new spirit; remove the stoney parts of my husbands heart and give him a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). With humility, help him to see clearly Your kind heart, Your forbearance and patience which is meant to lead my husband to repentance (Romans 2:4).

I pray my husband has a fervent desire and thirst for God's Word for man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). And that it this Word, which is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing my husband to his soul and his spirit, to his joints and his marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of my husband's heart (Hebrews 4:12) that will mete out any undesirable thoughts, words, or deeds. 

Help my husband to see the consequences of sin even before he is tempted and to know transgressions and sin are ever before him. It is against you only, O Lord, that he sins or does evil in your sight so that You may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment (Psalm 51:3-4). I pray Father you speak truth into his life through Your Word, through godly counsel, and through godly men who are faithful to the truth and ready to bring my husband back from his wandering, and save his soul from death (James 5:19–20). In Jesus' Name.






Stories 2016 | Currents


I have been pretty regularly blogging Currently's (present participles) for a couple years now. This year, so far, I haven't missed a month. I thought, hey, maybe it would be a neat idea to capture my Current blog posts onto scrapbook pages and include them in our 2016 scrapbook album. I didn't want this to be creatively difficult - or time consuming - so I decided on simply using an Ali Edwards 6 x 12 template, include the blog posts' photo and copy and pasting the present participles into the template text box - and calling it good. Some of the blog posts' photos do not have a Current month and year, so I'm including those on the photo.

Each month tells a pretty accurate picture of what is going on in my (our) life. Sometimes, they are future events that might not have happened in exactly the way I anticipated, but my thought process is there, my feelings are recorded, my hopes are written down, and the insanely good television we're watching is documented. I don't always use the same present participles to tell the story, to document what is currently going on in our life, but many are regular repeats: watching, loving, reading, hoping, wishing, needing...

I'm excited to have these in our album.

Prayers for my husband from his head to his feet | Day 24


I can say without a doubt writing down these prayers for my husband and praying these prayers has significantly changed me. There is nothing quite like praying scripture for my husband to the Lord. These prayers may not be target specific - yet they are covering my husband from his head to his feet. Find the entire collection of days of Prayers for my husband here.

Prayers for his joy

Heavenly Father, I pray my husband considers trials as a time of testing of his faith and that he considers this pure joy and let this joy that is the Lord’s be his strength. I pray his faith tested will produce perseverance that finishes its work in my husband that he will become mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4; Nehemiah 8:10).

I pray Father that my husband would find consolation and joy in You - even during unrelenting pain, whether the pain he endures is physical, emotional, or spiritual; that he does not deny the words of his Holy God (Job 6:10) so that he will have this joy. Even when he cannot see You, and the work of Your hands, I pray he still believes in you and that he knows you love him; fill him with an inexpressible and glorious joy (1 Peter 1:8).

Your law is perfect O Lord, refresh my husband’s soul. Your statues are trustworthy, make my husband wise. Your precepts are right, give joy to my husband’s heart. Your commands are radiant, give light to his eyes.  The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. Your decrees are firm, and all of them are righteous (Psalm 19:7-9).

Hear Lord, and be merciful to my husband when he cries for help; when work overwhelms him, when our home has strife, when he faces uncertainty and fears. Hear his cries Lord and turn his wailing into dancing. Remove his sackcloth, that which is causing him pain, and, instead, clothe him with joy. Let his heart sing your praises and not be silent, Lord God that he will praise you forever (Psalm 30:10-11).

Your word says that light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart (Psalm 97:11); therefore, bring his heart and his thoughts and his actions around to uprightness and righteousness. Make it the joy of his heart (Psalm 119:111) for You find no greater joy than to hear that my husband is walking in the truth (3 John 1:2).

And Lord, I pray my husband be a source of refreshment into the hearts of believers and that his love for others will be a great joy and encouragement (Philemon 1:7).  As you are able Lord, keep my husband from stumbling, keep him without fault, and keep him with great joy until he is presented into Your glorious presence (Jude 1:24).

Stories 2016 | wonderful carefree play


With every second Ian and Wyatt, while sitting at the dinner table, decided a bit of playing was in order. In didn't help that I pulled out my phone and began snapping pictures. Click. Another pose. Click. Another silly face. Click. Another antic. Click. Ooh, there's a smile. Click. Oops, another silly face. Click. Antic. Click. Nuts. Click. Fun, wonderful, carefree, play.

I had hoped I'd get one or two that were caught, perfectly cute, no silliness, no antics, I realized that while they each had silly antics they all were perfectly cute. Even the blurry shots because of their crazy movements. I mean, really, isn't this real - life.

Anyways, it means a ton of photos on pages - in albums; memories recorded.

Digital Notes: I used a template by the fabulous Yin Designs. She lives across the world and I love her blog, her work, and her faith. She's my go-to designer for templates. All the elements and papers are One Little Bird Designs - from various digital kits.

Stories 2016 | love wins every time


This past month when I visited Ashley and Brad, Ian, Wyatt, and newest grandson Samuel, I noticed some positive changes in Ian. Ever since he was diagnosed with autism we truly had no idea what to expect from him, of him. Over these few years we've been able to see the impact of the disability, identify what lies with autism, and Ash and Brad have handled things well, but sometimes we just didn't have answers. Except grace. And love. On this visit I saw how Ian has had an increased focus with his drawing. He spends more time, and the pictures are more recognizable, telling more story. I was intrigued by how in tune his is with numbers - not math persay - but, numbers, knowing how many days it is until Halloween and Christmas; and when at the beginning of the year Ian still struggled to keep his clothes on his body in the house he now can remain dressed for longer periods of time before he has to strip down to his underwear. Great strides. 

But, the most important thing I noticed when dealing or understanding Ian and this autism. Love wins every time.

one thousand gifts | a table of thanksgiving


I have been reading Ann Voskamp's exquisite prose , A Holy Experience for quite sometime. I have gone and come - and back again. I've read her book, One Thousand Gifts, with mixed feelings of awe - and concerns (or misunderstandings). But, as I've continued to read her poetic works of art she shares at A Holy Experience, her gift to speak Truth in love, is beauty redeemed. Her words are a table of thanksgiving. A holy gift.

At the beginning of the year when I decided to forgo a 52 Gratitude's project for 2016 like other years (2013) (2014) (2015) I knew I was making a mistake. While it is true these projects were part creative exercises (I made a mini album of my gratitude's), they also served as accountability to acknowledge, weekly, what my God has done, acknowledge just one gift a week how He has blessed me.

I have missed out.

He has blessed. No doubt about it.

Occasionally I have acknowledged Him for these gifts. 

Now, I will sit down at His table and offer my thanksgiving. 

One Thousand Gifts.

That is why I've come today. To offer my gifts at the table of thanksgiving.

One Thousand Gifts  |  gifts 0001-0025

0001 After a couple years of difficult, hard, pressed down, shaken up, sad, we are in a different place. Better. Different...and for God.

0002 Facebook. Photos of my grandkids posted to Facebook. My grandkids.

0003 The intense joy and happiness I experience when I hand deliver scrapbook page-photos I have lovingly created over to Maggie made for her of her twins. It is more of a blessing to give then to receive - Acts 20:35 Truly, it is.

0004 My nineteen year old sons giving me goodnight kisses - or kisses when I come home from work.

0005 Rays of the sun bursting through a broken deck of stratus clouds

0006 The glider in our front yard under our burgeoning oak tree beckoning us to take a breath - and rest

0007 That pungent smell and sharp spicy taste of garlic. 

0008 Nursing a 30-ounce Yeti thermos filled to the brim with coffee and French vanilla creamer

0009 Words, painful and to the quick, finally said; better for having said them.

0010 Spending hours digging deep in the Word of God

0011 Books. And more books.

0012 Books arranged by color.

0013 The hurricane fan at the foot of my side of the bed blowing cool air directly on me

0014 Texts from Hoosier Man of Good Morning, Gorgeous!

0015 Taco (with Parent sauce) nights

0016 Warm, homemade chocolate brownies fresh out of the oven

0017 the gold band that was my dad's that I wear on my right hand as a reminder of him

0018 the widest-acclaimed dessert of small group: Aunt Shirley's Carrot cake recipe

0019 Emoji's, especially the sneaky monkey

0020 a growing collection of mugs

0021 coffee ready to be poured when I awake

0022 French vanilla creamer

0023 The front porch steps lovingly built by my husband's hand that say, "I care. I don't want you to struggle when you climb the steps to our home."

0024 Awaiting the raft of ducks are the cattails and pond rushes and lily pads gracing the pond and marshlands; the first signs of the flock appear in the early fall as they make their way for my visual delight at the end of the north runway

0025 work that provides, meets our needs, and gives us fulfillment.