currently | november

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tickling my fancy is this fall weather that has pretty much hunkered in for a season. I adore fall. Sure, I love the frigid winter temperatures but - fall...the colors - gorgeous. The cooler, non-oppressive temperatures - sublime. The crisp, drier air - breathable. 

deciding what to buy myself for my birthday: this lamp for my bedroom; this cookbook (because I loved watching her show on Food Network when I watched Food Network; I love her minimalist, laid-back, gentle approach to her food and her show); a pair of Tieks in matte black, size 8.5; or maybe these stacking rings, one for each grandchild - would so love these; I love this 'S' mug.

washing my hands with Mrs. Meyer's Orange Clove hand soap and soaking in every minute of the silky smooth feel and warm cozy smell. Definitely, a new favorite. So much so that I ordered the dish soap and kitchen cleaner plus more soap to stock up.

reading a lot! I'll be sharing all the books I've been reading in my November edition of What I've Been Reading Lately on the 15th of November, but let's just say I think this is my most read month to date. So far, I've read 8 books (from 15 October to 15 November) and I still have 10 days of reading time.

watching CASTLE still! We rarely get the opportunity to sit and watch an episode so we are still on Season 7. I promised Jeff I wouldn't watch them without him and we're just busy! When I get an opportunity I've been fast forwarding through Stargate SG-1 - again. Really, I skip episodes I don't like, like skimming a well-read book.

making a couple homemade Christmas gifts. I'm pretty stoked about these brilliant, but super easy gifts. Speaking of Christmas - and making - I'm making Christmas lists. I wonder what will go on the list:)

participating in a couple on line classes with Ali Edwards, scrapbooking extraordinaire. I am in her Storytelling with December Daily and just finishing up a Hybrid class. Speaking of participating. Every year Ali Edwards does a scrapbooking project called December Daily. My plan is to participate in this project this year. I've done this in past years with varied success and approaches (2015) (2014) (2013) (2011).

rejoicing in this season of life for John and Jarrod as they both have almost, full time jobs and watching them navigate their new life and figuring out that the childhood status quo is gone and young adulthood is fully upon them. We were talking about the Journey, our church's huge Christmas production that requires over 1000 volunteers a night, and their desire to be apart of it again this year. But, they work shift work. We explained there will be seasons when work supersedes those things we want to do for doing things we can do amidst our work life. We had to remind them that both Jeff and I over the years past have missed out on Thanksgiving Day, Christmases, etc. because of work commitments. It is life.

memorizing the book of James. I abandoned this project two years ago and while my current Bible study is in the book of 2 Timothy I decided to attempt to memorize the book of James to completion. I am just in the first chapter but it's coming along fast.

documenting my 30 Days of Thankful the entire month of November. And, my plan is to document the entire month of December, too.

listening to, for the first time, books on tape - audio books, such as The Screwtape Letters, which was awesome! I followed that up with The Great Divorce - and I'm hooked. 


currently | October 2016

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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.


Stories 2016 | Currents

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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.


currently | September 2016

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anticipating my trip to San Antonio. Beyond excited to see and hold my newest grandson, Samuel Cole.

hoping we'll go to our favorite pizza joint in San Antonio, too. Can we? Huh? Can we?

studying 1 & 2 Peter chapter by chapter, verse by verse, with a group of ladies in a Tuesday evening Bible study. So good!

reading  and enjoying a new-to-me author, Clive Cussler and his Dirk Pitt series, Lysa Terkeurst's, UnInvited, and also, JD Robb's latest In Death book is out!!!

binging on The Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I had no idea! Seriously funny. As a fairly new avid reader and everything reading, I am intrigued by Rory Gilmore's book choices. CASTLE on DVD is still on our rotation of things to watch.

continuing my blog series 31 Days of Prayers for My Husband with prayers for my husband from his head to his feet - and everything in between. Life-changing - for me. How can that be? God is amazing!

painting the front door to our house in this color - Teal Endeavor! YES. I. AM. And, I am giddy with excitement. It will look great with the gray front steps Jeff has built and the gray front porch Jeff has BEGUN!

needing to upload an order at Persnickety Prints - again. I have tons of scrapbook pages for the Trumps and the Adkinsons, and us that need printed and the remaining photos for my new 'wall' display I'm planning.

ordering the items I will need for some homemade Christmas gifts. These will take time, so I'm starting early.

rejoicing our sons have jobs! Jarrod is working up the street at Waffle House. We love the people that work there as we visit regularly and know many of them; so we're excited Jarrod is being giving the chance. And John is working at the local Carmike Cinemas.

thankful we only had some wind and roof damage from Tropical Storm Hermine; zero flooding and only flashes of power outage.

loving the cooler (relatively speaking) and dryer air after Tropical Storm Hermine passed us by and high pressure settled in. Loving my color-organized books. Loving my in-depth study of the book of 1 & 2 Peter. Loving all the walking I've been doing. Loving that small group is back in session.

 

 

 


currently | august 2016

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walking. a 30 day walking challenge is on the books, in progress, and being charted.

studying. The Tabernacle: A Women's Heart by Beth Moore. And something I'm really excited about. I'm joining a group of ladies at Compassion Christian Church (the new name to our same church) for Women of the Word and a study of 1 & 2 Peter. Wow, I haven't been in a women's Bible study, with other women in years.

reading. A bunch! After finishing seven books in July on my stand for this month I'm planning on getting through another Harry Potter (maybe 2), another Daniel Silva - Gabriel Allon series (maybe 2), at least one (maybe 2) Christian non-fiction, a book (maybe 2) on my 2016 Reading Challenge, and at least one other selection from my growing stack of books I'd like to read. A potential for 9 books read this month.

watching. Blacklist Season 3 is out on DVD this month. We don't watch television past 9 pm for sanity reasons, for needing-sleep-to-function reasons, so we just wait until the show comes out on DVD when the next season starts. It does not matter if we're a year behind. Might need to pull out the previous seasons and watch them from the beginning in preparation. I'd like to pick up all the Blue Blood seasons, too, as another alternative and a tad bit 'lighter' genre. And then there's Madam Secretary. I left off at Season 1 and Season 2 is on NETFLIX. We are also still watching CASTLE on DVD.

catching up on scrapbooking albums. I have a folder full of photos of Tucker and Silas, and the Trumps, that I still need to make pages for their individual gifted albums. I need to figure out how I'll finish Noah's 1 year album since there are a couple months missing + what Noah did that month. Maybe, I'll just use photos I have and, words I have, and call it good. There is something to be said for calling things good. Not stressing the small stuff.

helping Elizabeth put together a 4th grade homeschool curriculum for Ella is wonderful. I miss, in-the- trenches homeschooling and this is giving me a taste of, a spark of, something I truly enjoyed for more than 5 years. So, thank you Elizabeth for allowing me to help. I never went crazy purchasing curriculum for John and Jarrod, (Read: over buy curriculum) but homeschool curriculum has my heart like office supplies - if I could hoard them I would.

beginning 31 days of praying scripture for my husband. It is for him. But, it is for me too! Time with my Lord.

cherishing my time at She Reads Truth this month as I study the book of Ruth. Beautiful devotions.

anticipating a CAT scan and ultrasound for my son for a large lump under his chin. Praying it is benign.

filling weekends with lots of activity: a double date with friends, a dinner at Jazz'd Tapas Bar with the children's ministry administrative team Jeff and I serve with at church - team building and fellowship - and delicious food!; a Boy Scout adult outdoor training campout for Jeff and the boys; The Journey build days; A breakfast date to The Breakfast Club on Tybee. Just filled up weekends.

struggling with some issues with our sons. 

listening to King of the World by Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey's Tell Your Heart to Beat Again, and Hope in Front of Me, The River by Jordan Feliz, Christ In Me by Jeremy Camp, Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson, and Trust in You by Laura Daigle.

 

 

 

 


Currently | July 2016

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Plowing through A. W. Tozer's The Crucified Life, as if lead by an hard-working aged mule. Slowly. But, effectively.

Studying A Woman's Heart by Beth Moore with John and Jarrod for our weekly Bible lessons. 

Rejoicing with Joan that she has a place of her own and she seems to be adjusting well.

Celebrating John and Jarrod's birthday this month.

Planning a painting project for my bedroom. Something similar to this, but in these colors.

Creating needs to be apart of my life again. I have an amazing Pinterest board called CREATE52. I'm heading over there and finding something to create.

Laughing hard at our church's summer dinner theater, Arsenic and Lace. Jeff, the boys and I, with the boys' friend Kirsten attended Savannah Christian Church's re-make of the 1941 classic, Arsenic and Lace. It was loads of fun. Good food, good company, good play.

Swimming needs to be apart of my life again, too.

Believing without a doubt there is but One Hope for our lost, battered, broken world. And His name is Jesus.

Waiting anxiously for a pair of lamps for our living room.

Hoping, seriously hoping, my sons get jobs soon!

Loving more pain-free days than painful days. Except for mild hip and low back pain, like a 1 on the pain level scale, for about three weeks I have been pain-free. It has been glorious! I still can't do too much but I have been able to walk without a hit of pain for much of the day. It's been sooo good.

Pinning Traveler's Notebook Inspiration, Mugs I love, and of course Project Life inspiration.

Watching Bones (just began Season 6) and Castle (we're at Season 5 - I think). We have a family pizza and a movie night this Saturday and we'll be watching the movie Allegient - the last of the Divergent series.

Scrapping albums for the Trumps, the Dentons, and the Adkinsons - all gifts. The Dentons are on a whirlwind 6-month US traveling vacation. For the Adkinsons - it's all about Tucker and Silas (1) I'll finish the year out, and (2) I'm not sure what I'm gonna' do after that now that they're having another set of twins. And the Trumps, I'm getting as many pages in for them with their adopted 5 kids - the highs and the lows - because with time they'll be more highs then lows. Regular facebook posts from all of them with journaling makes it easy to grab the photos and put pages together.

Beginning in August, I will be challenging myself for 30 days of...(I'll share in August:)

 


currently | june 2016

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Photo taken by Lynne Leftwich (a friend who goes to our church)

reading aloud to John and Jarrod the Harry Potter series, beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerers (Philosophers) Stone. This is a great time! The boys spent their last year of high school at Point University with other responsibilities and no time for Mom to read aloud, even for enjoyment. As they are taking a year off before college we are making the time to do something we enjoy immensely. Me reading aloud is something we enjoy!

creating pages and pages of Project Life for May. It was a busy, eventful, fascinating month. Looks like I'll be able to call it good at 6, 2-page spreads

slowing down this month from a busy, eventful, fascinating month of May.

inviting peace into my home. Desperately need some peace.

struggling at times with various pain levels in my back and hip which sometimes translates down my leg. And then there are the headaches from pinched nerves. Nuts! But, the days of pain-free...like recently...such bliss and

rejoicing!!!

running on emotional upheaval lately. 

celebrating a grandson's birthday and Father's Day. Ian received his gift and flipped (in a really good way), but for Jeff - hum? Maybe new work boots

missing tremendously good hearty gut-wrenching, stomach-aching laughter brought on by my seriously hilarious and quick-witted daughter, Ashley.

studying The Children of the Day, a Beth Moore study. We only have two weeks next. We're not sure what we're going to do next. I just ordered A Women's Heart by Beth Moore. It is a study on the Tabernacle. Really looking forward to it. A Women's Heart was my first Beth Moore study I ever did - so it's been awhile and will be fresh and new.

Exciting news. The boys have real jobs! A friend of Jeff's who goes to our church owns a large lawn care company and hired John and Jarrod on his irrigation team and ground maintenance team, respectively. They start today!

Driving lessons for John and Jarrod. We decided rather than put ourselves through the emotional turmoil of teaching the boys how to drive we'd let the professionals do it. Thus far, both boys have received rave reviews by their various instructors with their knowledge of rules of the road and all-around driving knowledge. They are doing so well! We are using DriversEd.com and I can't say enough about this amazing service. Plus, they get to drive around in a Cooper Mini!

Worshiping God in our new 2100-seat worship center for the first time - fabulous! Welcome to our new home!

 

 


currently | may 2016

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celebrating Mothers. Our plan is for dinner out somewhere. I've received half of my Mother's Day gift from John and Jarrod and Jeff's gift to me is on it's way. They're beautiful and comfortable and will look awesome on a front porch. But, right now they're gracing our front lawn, under the gorgeous oak tree. 

graduating two high school Seniors this month. We joined a local homeschool organization, mostly, so the boys would be able to participate in a graduation ceremony and walk across the stage for their diploma. I'm glad we made that decision. We're gearing up for a day focused on John and Jarrod, the last of the grandchildren to graduate high school.

planning a graduation party for family and friends to gather and celebrate with John and Jarrod; one of those revolving parties with a come-when-you-can-between-this time and-that time. Pulled Pork sliders, deviled eggs, fruit and decadent fruit dip, homemade salsa and chips, etc.

ordering a photographer for a morning photo shoot of family pictures and Senior photos - the day of graduation. Call me crazy! And it is when all four of my children will be together in one place plus their kids, plus grandmother slash great grandmothers. I cannot pass up this opportunity for family pictures.

hosting a houseful of family around the boys' graduation. I absolutely cannot wait! I am seriously stoked at the idea of all my kids together, staying under one very small roof. We are going to be jam packed! It's gonna' be good. And crazy. Crazy good. Gotta' play Apples of Gold!

taking some days off soon to spend with family and to get done everything that needs done. As the Creator of the family, God's got this!

challenging each other to move more. Jeff, John, Jarrod and I have began a Bike, Walk/Run, Swim point challenge. Biking is worth 1 point per mile, Walk/Run is 5 points per mile, and Swimming is worth 10 points per mile. After day one, even though I swam and walked, Jeff still accumulated more points from walking then I did from Swimming and Walking. This is going to be a feisty, fierce competition. Jeff made me laugh the other night when he was walking to his truck, parked at the far edge of the parking lot at church, he zigged and zagged the whole way across the parking lot lane so he'd get more steps, thus more distance.

Purging and cleaning first, the den. The reason is twofold. One, because I'd like to begin using the den again as my card making and scrapbooking studio again and for creative endeavors, and two, we're going to need the space for sleeping when the kids come into town. While Jeff and I were away this past weekend the boys pulled everything out of the den that was on the floor. I mean everything! They vacuumed, and brought all the stuff into the living room so I could go through it all, purging it, or finding a place for it to go. Just not the floor. I'll have to tackle the closet too. Lots of purging will be happening in there.

Studying Children of the Day by Beth Moore with John and Jarrod. We are changing up who leads and directs the study each week. It's not just on me and gives the guys an opportunity to lead.

Bulleting. I recently ordered my first bullet journal. I read this and this post from Modern Mrs Darcy and this post from the Lazy Genius, who simplified the idea enough. The reason: I'm losing control of what needs to happen that I needed something to reign in the loss. I decided to begin bullet journaling. I need this simplicity. This beautiful book is what I'll be using to begin bullet journaling. Did you see it? Like I said. Beautiful.

Considering heavily ordering Essential Oils for chronic back pains, my joints and bones, muscle pains, and my immune system. I've taken notes for over a year, researched off and on, but I think I really need to take the plunge and - see. I've literally heard no negative results regarding essential oils. I think it might be worth the price.

Walking - like crazy! It's been months and months since my heart app read over 10,000 steps but with this family challenge we've begun, I'm hitting 10,000 steps again. I have to be purposeful about walking, but it's good - and painful with hips, knees, and low back flare-ups.


currently | april 2016

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reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey and The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry. Covey's book is hefty, it's wordy and intellectual, and I am having to read it in multiple sittings. Very slowly. Because, like I said - it's intellectual. And I'm not. This one might take me awhile; sort of pick up and put down, pick up again and put down again kind of read. The Templar Legacy is so, so good. Reading Steve Berry's book was by invitation from a trusted friend; and the Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball.

writing a new series for the blog of short essay's from A to Z, a random selection of subjects that begin with the letters of the alphabet. I'm working on a couple before I - begin.

beginning a blog series this month 50 States, 50 Recipes. I've been remiss in posting recipes but I'm changing that up as well as feeding my family 50 new recipes from our 50 great states, those iconic state recipes that just say, Georgia, Alabama, Pennsylvania...super excited about this series and the many recipes we'll try.

finishing our Bible study, The Beloved Disciple the first half of this month. John, Jarrod, and I will begin a new study, again by Beth Moore, called Children of the Day immediately following. I love that the boys had a 'taste' of the book of Revelation during our The Beloved Disciple study. Very eye-opening, and applicable for the day.

filling a month with events: Joan's birthday (we've already had her birthday dinner and gifted her a present), a super special reveal - woo hoo!, Ashley's birthday, we gifted some friends with 3 kids a child-free date night by watching their kids; we're heading south to Mom's for a bit of Spring cleaning of her house and property - it'll be a working weekend; and the last day of the month Jeff and I are off for our anniversary weekend. 

swimming and swimming and swimming. It's becoming easier to hit that one mile mark. Monday's and Wednesdays are my swim days to hitting that one mile lap - or keep swimming.

needing desperately to lose weight. move more eat right. find some balance. eat breakfast. fruits. vegetables. I know the drill. My sons need to see my discipline. If I can do it, they can too. 

counting down the months on one hand before our house is paid off - bam!

celebrating that special reveal - Ashley's having a BOY - if you hadn't already guessed!

 

 


currently | march

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Missing these guys tremendously. Ian and Wyatt had their spring break this past week and Ashley and Brad took them to Sea World.

Already planning and booking our anniversary weekend for the beginning of May. We will be heading northeast to the upper hills of South Carolina to the Red Horse Inn, an upscale and private bed and breakfast.

Hoping to schedule in a white-water rafting trip that same weekend.

Boys are taking their SAT's. Oh, boy!

Jeff is laboriously, dredging through an on-line 30-hour construction safety course.

Eating a couple of new recipes this month: Pepperjack Cheesesteaks from Creme de la Crumb which I modified, of course, and Extra Crispy Oven Baked Fries. Both turned out wonderful. And new favorites like Bacon Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin and Bacon Onion Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, homemade pizza and family movie night, and of course, homemade Tacos. And more fresh fruit for me.

Going to a 1-year-old birthday party for two of my most favorite, adorable little people from church. The gift theme is Books. Read: The Three Trees, The Monster at the End of the Book, and Where the Wild Things Are 

Swimming TWO days a week (instead of one) as the indoor pool on Hunter is now opened a couple more days of the week until 8 pm. Yippee! I succeeded in reaching the 1-mile milestone. Excited beyond words.

Reading from my bookshelf and recent orders: Daniel Silva's The English Assassin and The Confessor, Reaching Your Prodigal by Phil Waldrep, Soul Survivor by Philip Yancy, The Heist by Janet Evanovich, Unikely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Dr. Barry Prizant, A Praying Life, by Paul Miller, and The Book Thief. Hoping to order I Love You, Ronnie, The 5 Love Languages, The Screwtape Letters, and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Maybe not all this month.

Deciding I just need to do it. Start walking. Even if it hurts. Because, it will hurt. Just one mile a day to begin - again.

Watching Downton Abbey Season 4, and I imagine Season 5 before the month has ended, and Stargate Atlantis with the boys - and Numb3rs - again.

Preparing our tax files, ready for our most favorite tax lady, Sherri. Each year we have an hour (or more) fun having our taxes done. Then we usually set up a double date with her and her hubby. Just a ton of fun. Sherri. Not the taxes.

Recording a 1-minute graduation spot, Jeff will speak at John and Jarrod's graduation ceremony. Gonna' be pretty cool!

Compiling photos of my twin boys for their graduation ceremony. More coolness.

Making lists. Reading list. Purging and organizing list. Cleaning list. Grocery list. Blog idea list. Menu list. what needs to be done around the house list. What I would like to see done around the house list. Clean the scrap studio list. a year of lists list.