Encouragement Is Nourishment


Today, over at Faith Barista, we are jamming about encouragement. We are discussing the topic where we feel we could use a little (or a lot) encouragement. Truth be told, couldn’t we all use some?


I love to travel. The thought of the open road gets me all excited.

I love to meet people. I love to hear stories. I love to write.

I love vintage. Treasure finding. Flea markets. Decorating.

The Junk Gypsies are my heroes.

East coast, Maryland girl. Down home, Tennessee woman. Mid-West mama, lovin’ Ohio.

Kickin’ it up in cowboy boots in  Texas. In awe of the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Love ’em all.

I love living in the country and the every day of small town life.

I thrill at the bright lights and diversity and interesting shops in the cities.

I am passionate about rights for the disabled. I want to help where I can.

I am constantly in awe of my Jesus. His name is above all others.

I’m not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Life has been a roller coaster. A heartache and a party.

Love. Laughter. And Mud. (nobody’s perfect)

So, that is kind of me….as best as I can describe myself.

I guess, at age 43, I pretty much know who I am. What I like. People I love.

But, where do I fit in? How do I meld together my talents with my interests?

Is anyone out there, “living the life”? Do you wake up in the morning, knowing you

are exactly where you are supposed to be? Doing what you love?

I know, no one’s life is perfect……and I wouldn’t want perfect anyway. That’s boring.

How do you live out your dreams?

Please share your advice. I read every comment.

Your words matter.

They really do.


Today In Time

Inside the Walmart (still branded as Wal-Mart)...

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~ Friday, January 14, 2011

Outside my window. . .it is snowing. It seems like just about every day since December 1st, it has been snowing. Global Warming, uh huh. Yeah.
I am thinking. . .that I need to go to Walmart today. The family is in need of some groceries. I hate grocery shopping. It depresses me. Everything is so expensive. Plus, I’d like to be more creative with food selection, but Walmart is not really about creativity. Sigh.
From the learning room. . .my kids are up and are not happy that they don’t have the day off (for teacher inservice) like the public schools. Such is the plight of the homeschooler.
I am thankful for. . .a lot of things. Currently, a warm house and cozy jammies.
From the kitchen. . .I smell the orange scented detergent in the dishwasher. I’m so thankful for whoever created the dishwasher. Really. Seriously. I could kiss him. (or her?)
I am wearing. . .my Christmas pajamas. My mom bought them for me. They are the softest pj’s I own. Very nice.
I am creating. . .a legacy. For better or for worse.
I am going. . .to watch a movie tonight with the family. We don’t do this often enough.
I am reading. . .an excellent book by Ken Ham. Basically, it’s about If God is Loving, why do people suffer? I know heavy stuff. That is just how I am. Not afraid to tackle the hard things in life.
I am hoping. . .that our mini van doesn’t break down on our day trip tomorrow. It is held together with bubblegum and rubber bands. And prayer. Okay, so maybe the first two are a lie. The third is not.
I am hearing. . .Fox and Friends on the morning news. I enjoy FOX. Yes, they are conservative. I am conservative, so it works.
Around the house. . .the usual morning rituals are going on. Coffee brewing. Children crunching cereal. Dog and cats begging for some petting. Morning news on.
One of my favorite things. . .quiet time to myself. Definitely. Silence doesn’t bother me.
A few plans for the rest of the week. . .grocery shopping, movie night, pick up daughter from her visit with her cousins, church, trip to the vet, home school. That’s all I’ve got right now. That I know of….because it can always change….and usually does.
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When The Kids Are Away…The Mom Will Play

I am the mother of three teenagers.  To that statement some would say, “What fun!”, others who are more realistic and not on mind altering drugs, would say, “Let me knock you out and put you out of your misery.”  I’m just teasing. I have good kids. Most of the time. Especially when they are all sleeping. Just teasing again. Really.

My two sons and one daughter left for youth camp this week. Actually they will be gone for ten whole days. This has never happened before. All of them gone….at the same time…..for this long of a period. I don’t know whether to cry or do the happy dance. Maybe both. It is very quiet around here without them, but it was a whole lot easier to fix dinner for my hubs and me without three ravenous teens hanging around me while I fix the grub. No blaring video games, no wrestling on the floor, so endless questions that begin at 10 o’clock at night, or hanging out in the bathroom–for forever. I suppose I will have a taste of what the “empty nest” will be like in the not so distant future. Hmmmm…..I think my not so distant future will be very quiet. I’m not sure how I feel about that.


1. Take a nap in the middle of the day…because I can.

2. Fix dinner when I feel like it, because there are no teens to say, ” What’s for dinner? I’m STARVED! Is dinner ready yet?”

3. Clean the house in the buff. Haha. That caught your attention. I’m not really going to clean the house in my birthday suit….but, I could if I wanted to. I’m just wild and crazy like that. Besides we only have llamas as neighbors. They wouldn’t care.

4. Turn the TV on the channel that I WANT to watch. Leave the room and come back and the same channel is on the TV. No one changed it!

5. Watch every show on HGTV…once again, because I can!

6. Go out and get an ice cream cone. Eat it guilt free. Don’t feel guilty because I am eating an ice cream and they aren’t. After all they are at camp and will have fun. Ice cream is better than camp. At least to me.

7. Sleep like a baby. No worries about who is roaming around the house at night. Invading the kitchen…. and what snacks have been confiscated to someone’s bedroom. Whatever is in the kitchen this next week—will stay where I put it!

8. Take a long, hot bath. Also do this guilt free. The kids will be swimming in a lake this week. Out in nature. I prefer a Whirlpool myself.

9. Enjoy time with my husband. It’s like we are on a honeymoon. Well, except that he works from home and is on the phone and computer a lot. So, he is really busy and all that mumbo jumbo. Maybe I will clean his office for him. Refer back to number 3. (big, goofy grin)

10. Enjoy my week, but look forward to the kids return. After all, we won’t have them at home for very much longer. Time doesn’t slow down for any one. Even if we wish it would sometimes.