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May 2017



writing for my #100 days project. I am almost half way done. The words are not glamorous or inspiring; simply pieces of me. Obviously, I haven't accomplished 100days in 100 days but I'm plugging along and not giving up with the stories

watching Stargate SG-1 while Jeff is at a jobsite. We began The Glades while he was home some weekends past so I watch those with him. Flying through Stargate, watching favorites, mostly. The other day I was perusing Netflix and for some reason I tagged Friday Night Lights. Man, glad I did! Really good show. It covers tons of issues; almost to the third season. Waiting anxiously for Madam Secretary's next season and Blacklist.


listing chores that have to happen before my daughters and grandchildren come for a visit. Many will have to be accomplished by John - his room is the dreadfully disgusting disaster zone (how's that for an alliteration!). Seriously though, I realized these are mundane and seemingly random to some but they are personal offerings to my family - aka, a cleaner house. New pillows and a new quilt for John's bed, first for Ashley's family, and then for John. Washing every single piece of linen in the hall closet, drying, refolding, and re-organizing, neatly and then adding an air freshener to remove any lingering mustiness, organizing all our DVDs into cases and in alphabetical order, cleaning the bathroom...

navigating this new season of Jeff working out of town. Finding my groove slowly, but surely.

experimenting with Yoga. I knew I had to do something. I would most like to swim. But, on the spur of a moment I bought a very beginners yoga DVD and began with the 34-minute warm-up. Man, it kicked my butt. But, it was so good. And hard. Good. Hard.


reading (or read) Peace Like a River, The Hate U Give, The Nightingale, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, all totally different genre, but all really good.

considering, heavily, Whole30, but, actually, have set a start date of July 10. I've been reading It Starts With Food and the first chapter hit me like a ton of bricks. Plus, I joined a local Facebook Journey to Whole Living group with a bunch of people I know. At a minimum I will be changing things up drastically.

studying Romans with the She Reads Truth community. I love Paul, the author and a bond-servant of Christ, though some might think he preached opposite Jesus' preaching, but Romans IS the gospel and Christians can't have the Gospels without Romans.

giving is becoming my jam. God is showing up big time! He is opening my eyes to opportunities, galore. Every week as I give, something, He is already preparing next weeks opportunity. It is amazing! Here are a few of the opportunities: I am a GED coach, made food for family with newborn twins, socks for the homeless, care boxes for foster care kids, paid for someone's meal in a restaurant and drive thru, gift bag of feminine care for underprivileged teen girls, and seriously, so much more.


planning some cool things for the grandkids when they come for a visit. A walking scavenger hunt is at the top of my list. I did this for the boys one summer and they had a blast. I made a scavenger list. We took a walk. They hunted. I took pictures of their finds and I made a scrapbook page, of course. And, best of all, WE had a blast. Plus, some fun outdoor games and painting. And, some things for the girls, too.

jotting down my menut for the first week Ashley is here (which is tomorrow!!!). I'll tackle the next week when Elizabeth and Ashley are here.

adding some sweet - and practical d├ęcor - to our front porch. As Jeff says, "Happy wife, happy life!" Two umbrellas, an outdoor rug, and some throw pillows. I want to add a planter and large plant and maybe some candles for evening porch gatherings. Jeff and I have already enjoyed life under the umbrellas - even in the heat it was wonderful.






Project Life 2017 | Week 23


This was a tough week emotionally and just physically, too. Body is betraying me. So is my heart at times. I still documented our week, though. I completed another one-page spread and I am pleased as punch with the results. Jeff takes pictures occasionally, through the week and I try and grab a couple.

He came home around dinner on Saturday so we were able to make a dinner date night out at Crystal Beer Parlor, a favorite eatery downtown.

Digitally, I used mostly One Little Bird Designs, again. Because, I am trying to use the digital products I've acquired.

what I've been reading | june


  I am continuing to document what I am reading right here on my blog as well as linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy's Quick Lit reviews. In addition, I create a digital scrapbooking page to include in our annual album. I am scrapping Project Life, yes, but I also am telling individual stories, like this page - what I've been reading lately. 


The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis. a hefty, philosophical read brimming with challenging applicable truths. 41/100







The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God's Best Version of You by John Ortberg. Meaty. Ortberg confronts some difficult concepts simply which enlightened those oft misunderstood concepts regarding peace, studying/reading the Word, and even freed me from possibly incorrect thinking. 42/100 



Responding to the War Against Black Bodies by Zakiya N. Jackson. An essay in the Digital Commons, Pepperdine University, Volume 24, Issue 3 Manifestations of War. Powerful and thought-provoking, I am on a lament and a quest for Christ-like justice. I opened my heart to listen to Zakiya Jackson's words; be vulnerable and accountable. 43/100



God's Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis. Recommended by my favorite pastor at our church, I found this spiritually-minded yet extremely practical guide to fasting an easy read and profoundly helpful. 44/100 




Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. From page one there is so much to pay attention to as Enger brings the fictional life of the scarred but breathlessly endearing Land family to life; and, compelling the reader to believe in miracles in the everyday just by being compassionate. Narrated by the middle child, Reuben Land who has no trouble carrying the story to a crescendo so intense it too leaves you breathless. Loved this book from start to finish. My favorite character was Swede and her beloved poems. Definitely will hold a top spot in favorite books of the year. 45/100 


It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Oh my! From chapter one and the reason behind their Whole30 journey hit me like a ton of bricks. I've set a start date as you are encouraged to do and I'm beginning preparations for my Whole 30 - month. 46/100 





The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Phe-nom-e-nol! A-mazing! Blown away by Thomas' words. My favorite of so many great lines, "He was more than any bad decision he made," Bam! If you want to get an inkling of understanding out of Black Lives Matter and racial tensions with the police and whites then read this book. 47/100



 ...and the other books I've read so far in 2017: JANUARY  |  FEBRUARY  |  MARCH  |  APRIL  |  MAY

Finally, this is where I stand in the MMD 2017 Reading Challenge: