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a list of my current dreams.

I dream of swimming at least four times a week and reaching two mile swims - again.

I dream of one day teaching college students.

I dream of a scrap studio and office that is clean, organized, and spurs creativity.

I still dream of the day I will have a meteorology job forecasting the weather.

I dream of a front porch and back deck

I dream of being part of international mission trips

I dream of traveling the world beyond places I've already seen, to Nova Scotia, Ireland, Australia, Alaska...

I dream of seeing my grandkids regularly and having a positive influence for Christ in their lives

I dream of lost pounds, being quite a bit smaller, and feeling strong and healthy.

I dream of remission for my rheumatoid arthritis, and relief from my back and sciatic pains.

I dream of one day taking a photography course and truly capture life through the lens.

I dream of simplifying my life, purging 'things', organizing spaces, and only holding on to things I love.

I dream of standing before Christ one day and hearing him say, as he gently raises my eyes to his, "Well done, good and faithful servant."


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a list of things I am proud of.

retiring from the Air Force  |  almost 22 years of marriage  |  raising 4 awesome kids  |  graduating college with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology  |  graduating with a Master's in Business Administration  |  serving regularly at church  |  homeschooled my twin teenage boys  |  all the hours of reading aloud all of the books to John and Jarrod  |  leading my sons in Bible study after Bible study  |  taught high school meteorology  |  survived a traumatic and vicious 6 years early in my adult life  |  never smoked cigarettes nor did drugs  |  mentoring some amazing women  |  hosting a small group in our home each week  |  my mad cooking skills  |  hosting a blog  |  overcoming fears  |  the many treasured scrapbooks I've documented and created of our lives  |  led numerous women's Bible studies  |  having dinner as a family each night

...punctuated with hallelujahs!


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a list of my greatest comforts.

the handmade quilt of my dad's old shirts  ~ my red chair ~ the infallible Word of God ~ my journals ~ a steaming cup of flavored creamy coffee ~ a blistering hot shower ~ all my blue and white bedroom quilts ~ pajamas after a long, sometimes painful day at work ~ date nights with Jeff ~ dropping into the pool to swim laps ~ a clean, organized, minimalist home ~ sunrises each morning ~ my husband ~ laughter ~ the unending, gracious, merciful love of God ~ listening to Christian music ~ camping with Jeff and the boys ~ J.D. Robb novels ~ homemade pizza and family movie night ~ all the scrapbook albums I've made filled with treasured memories ~ the window opened, the fan on in chilly weather, snuggled under mounds of blankets ~ reading aloud to the boys ~ Jeff praying ~ Jeff reaching for my hand to hold ~ writing blessings upon blessings to God ~ homemade noodles and chicken soup with homemade bread smothered with real butter ~ the sound of Ian calling for Pop Pop, 'where's Pop Pop.' ~ thunderstorms, truly ~ a Capella singers ~ walking on the beach in the winter or the summer ~ my Mom's cinnamon rolls made by Mom ~ bookstores, and libraries ~ rustic, smokey campfires with or without roasted marshmallows ~ hearing my husband say, 'Good Morning, Gorgeous'  ~ curling up in front of the television for a long run of a television series ~


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a list of words that speak to my soul.

mercy  |  grace  |  love  |  kindness  |  gentleness  |  hope  |  justice  |  joy  |  strength  |  truth  |  laughter  |  freedom  |  Spirit  |  breathe  |  swimming  |  thankfulness  |  integrity  |  humility  |  righteousness  |  obedience  |  courage  |  encourage  |  real  |  fearless  |  Kitten  |  Good Morning, Gorgeous  |  thunderstorm  |  Word  |  work  |  service  |  unconditional  |  rooted  |  GIVE  |  light  |  rest  |  grandkids  |  contentment  |  celebrate  |  purity  |  peace  |  Jesus  |  rise  |  cozy  |  warmth  |  discover  |  silence  |  quietness  |  transform  |  renew  |  prayer  |  beloved  |  audacious  |  thrive  |  nourish  |  blessed  |  redeemed  |  unique  |  travel  |  choose  |  playful  |  faithful