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weekend creative | the little & big list

I was searching Ali Edwards' blog for some creative inspiration and I came across her Weekend Creative series she did quite a few years ago. I took pages of notes of ideas for some creative endeavors. One weekend she began a list she called 'the little & big list'. The prompt was to make a list of the little and big things that were a part of your year. The originator of the idea used her birthday age as how long the list would be.

Because I just recently turned 50 (I mean - 54) I thought I'd compile a list of the lovely, little, big, and the hard things that were my life this past year. The memorable, the challenging, the inspiring, those things that changed me, grew me.

It's a lovely little (long) list of the amazing, the best, and the good (and a few not-so-good ones, too).

1. a year long endeavor to give more - from the heart, with my 52 Weeks of Giving project.

2. began sponsoring a child, a little girl named Karellys, in Ecuador through Compassion International.

3. participated in a reading challenge (Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2017 Reading Challenge), however as of today I didn't quite finish.

4. read 91 fiction and non-fiction books (goal is 100 by the end of the year). I have no doubt I will accomplish this goal.

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5. re-decorated my bedroom

6. teaching a homeschooled student meteorology

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7. participated in a pistol safety course and loved the challenge so much we are making it a hobby

8. ate homemade roasted red pepper sauce for the first time - amazing!

9. completed a Bible study on the book of Esther with my daughter Ashley

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10. had my first car accident, on Easter morning no less; tons of damage to my truck but no one hurt bad; stunned, yes; sore, most definitely

11. grew my mug collection to almost filling two mug trees

12. a GED homework coach for an adult studying for her GED

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13. watched the sun rise and the sun set over the St John's River

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14. saw Charlie Daniels strum his fiddle in concert

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15. had a short but wonderful visit by Melanie and the kids

16. spent an early evening strolling through a big cat sanctuary and watching them feed

17. my left foot turned black from a side effect to a medication

18. my rheumatoid arthritis went into remission

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19. completed a Whole 30 successfully

20. lost 26 pounds

21. began eating salads-in-a-jar

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22. sat on my new front porch and read a book; stood on my new front porch and greeted my husband home

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23. installed ledge book shelves for my grandkids

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24. celebrated my 23rd wedding anniversary

25. had all four of my kids and all five of my grandkids under one roof at one time - glorious. And, loud. And, fun.

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26. survived Hurricane Irma with only minor flooding

27. bought a new leather couch. Ours was only 20+ years old.

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28. lingered in the botanical gardens of the Riverbanks Zoo

29. made a weekend trip to Ashley's

30. burned a yummy new candle, Iced Vanilla Woods, from Bath and Body Works

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31. bought and wrapped 24 Christmas books for my daughter's kids and new Christmas tradition - Advent Christmas books

32. scrapbooked 165 pages (stories)

33. made 9 new recipes to share with the family

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34. ate breakfast at this really awesome diner in Jacksonville and rejoiced when they opened a store in Pooler

35. removed all soda's from my diet

36. fell for a new-to-me author, Louise Penny, and her Chief Inspector Gamache series.

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37. watched my grandson Noah dance in the rain

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38. handmade a Yahtzee game

39. devoured a delicious, yummy, yet healthy snack: sliced banana, unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon.

40. baked the most amazing, decadent southern caramel cake and secretly smiled when there was more than half a cake left after sharing.

41. binge watched way to many shows to name them; ok, here are a few: Madam Secretary, Blue Bloods, Stargate SG-1, Merlin, Dowton Abbey, The West Wing...

42. created two new slider recipes; both were the bomb!

43. added two J.D. Robb books to my collection bringing the total in the series to 47 - that I own.

44. carry this way cool cognac-colored leather messenger bag

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45. stayed in the lodge at Amicalola Falls and State Park with a gorgeous view of the Blue Ridge Mountains

46. had family movie and homemade pizza night 9 times

47. become a clothes horse, shamelessly

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48. listened to Jeff read to his grandsons the Monster at the End of the Book - in character

49. learned from my primary care provider that Tramadol with Tylenol works better than simply Tramadol for pain; a life changing truth

50. learned how to spiralize and cook spiralized zucchini

51. lived out my One Little Word - Nourish; nourished a heart of giving, nourished relationships, nourished a heart of gratitude, nourished a physical life by eating better via Whole 30 and cleaner eating and losing weight, nourished my spiritual life through multiple Bible studies and nourished creativity through the stories I've told and the crafts I've made.

52. hosted Thanksgiving in our home for the first time ever with family coming in from out of town.

53. figured life out with Jeff working out of town for the past 6 months during the week and only coming home on weekends.


currently | november 2017

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planning on completing a December Daily® album again this year. Although, it will be more a December stories album as I won't document a story a day but rather December stories throughout the month. It means I might have a story a day and I might only have a story every other day, or even more stories if the month is filled to the brim.

putting lists together. Christmas cookie baking list. Christmas movie watching list. Christmas music listening lists. Christmas gift giving lists. Christmas stories list. Christmas groceries list.

studying Seeking a Heart Like His, the life of David with my daughter, Ashley. Our second study together. So good.

hoping to fill my December with giving and being present and fun memories.

adventing... (Yeah, I know, probably not a word! But, I'm claiming it anyways!) with She Reads Truth's Joy to the World It is my hope that my mind and my heart will remain (or move into alignment with) true to the real reason for the Christmas season.

making Christmas ornaments this year for Jeff, the boys, and I to commemorate the year we fell hard for Pistol shooting.

considering my One Little Word for next year. Decided I would not participate in a class next year but I may document my One Little Word using a previous class' assignments. Not sure though because the years I don't sign up for a class are the years my one little word has more meaning for me.

watching the final season of Longmire, started the Good Witch, and re-watching Eureka, here and there.

looking forward to Jeff being home for good and not having to be out of town each week for work. Not sure what the next job will entail for him but I sure hope it is closer.

reading slowly right now but I still have hopes that I will reach my goal of reading 100 New Books in 2017.

 


52 Weeks of Giving | 49

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As I always say, "We cannot out-give God!" When you think you cannot give anymore, or you already give enough there are so many more opportunities just waiting to be fulfilled. By me. By you. I am ever so grateful I stepped out in faith nourishing a heart of giving this year. That has grown me and shown me the amazing faithfulness of God.


30 Days of Thankful 2017 | 15

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Yep, this beauty is being made as I type. And, when it lands in our living room it will be paid for - in cash - because we saved for it! It is hard, yes, to wait. But, man, is it worth it. I am so glad Jeff and I are on the same sheet of music regarding our finances. In this day and age, when marriages struggle because of finances, I am so thankful we have this thing figured out long ago.