When a gift is not what it seems

This morning, as I was sorting through a box of “treasures,” I found them again.  They are faded and stained, they were imperfectly made, and quite frankly, they aren’t exactly my style. But they are a treasure.

They were a gift from an elderly relative, one I was reluctant to receive because they were useless and unwanted. But the real gift… was the story. [Read more…]

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Five Minute Friday – Grace

It’s Five Minute Friday and I’m back!  

Oh baby I’ve missed this.  Mmmm.

Somehow, it feels so right for my first post after the 31 Day series on Anger to be a Five Minute Friday post.

No intense planning.  No pre-work.  Just me.  Showing up and letting my fingers fly.

Today’s writing prompt is… GRACE.

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Pages from my Yelling Journal – Blessings

I’m taking another opportunity to share from my yelling journal.  This time, it’s about blessings and prayer and painful truths.

Sometimes, in the middle of me pointing one finger at my kids, I realize the rest of my fingers are pointing straight at me.  This was one of those.

Here’s what I wrote in my journal. [Read more…]

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An unexpected blessing

Did you ever have a chore that turned out to be an unexpected blessing?

I love it when that happens.

I don’t know why, but it just seems like a gift from God – one that’s all gift wrapped in a pretty package and just waiting for me to open it up.  That’s particularly true when it’s a chore I’ve been procrastinating.

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Thankful Thoughts – I’m thankful for coffee

thankful thoughts 31 days of joy in motherhoodThankful Thoughts and Sundays just go together like beans and cornbread, right?

(mmmm…. cornbread)

Today, I’m thankful for coffee.

OK, realistically, I’m thankful for it every day.  But I’m writing about it today.

I didn’t start drinking coffee until about two years ago.  Before that, I was a hard core diet soda drinker for breakfast.

But now… [Read more…]

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Thankful Thoughts – Dear Hubby

thankful thoughtsThis week, I’m using my thankful thoughts post for something personal.

I’ve had the luxury of spending the weekend away from my family and I’ve been focused totally on me. Me. me. me. me. me! I’ve loved every second of it. And I appreciate my husband’s support more than I can express.

But I thought I’d try.

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Thankful Thoughts about YOU – each of you.

thankful thoughtsGuess what I’m sharing in this week’s thankful thoughts.  You won’t believe it!

I’m thankful for YOU.

That’s right.  YOU.

I’m so thankful for my amazing community of readers, fans, commenters, followers, and friends.   You ladies rock.

Last week, I asked you to share with me what you were thankful for.  Remember?  I dared you to have a thankful thought of your own.

And you did.

You tweeted back to me! [Read more…]

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Five Minute Friday – Graceful

5 minute fridayI participate in “Five Minute Friday” from Lisa Jo Baker’s Tales from a Gypsy Mama blog.  She provides a writing prompt, and I have five minutes to write to that subject.  No editing, no fussing.  Just. write.

People all over the web join in the free-writing exercise.  You can too.   I’d love to see your writing in the comments of her page or shared on your blog.  Just let me know what to look for and I’ll cheer you on.

Last week, I wrote about “change.”
Today, I write about “GRACEFUL.”

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Home at last – Thankful Thoughts

thankful thoughtsAwareness. Appreciation. Gratefulness. Thankfulness. Gratitude. Enjoyment. Thanksgiving.

I started to write about how thankful I am for my bed.  It’s amazing.  It’s just the right softness, the sheets stay cool all night, and my pillow is beyond description.  After a year of living apart during the remodel (sleeping on strange hotel beds stunk) the reunion with my bed was joyful.

I started to write more about reunion with my bookshelves and how thankful I am to finally feel like I’m home. [Read more…]

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Thankful for Dry Feet – Thankful Thoughts

thankful for dry feetI am thankful for dry feet today. I try to post some thankful thoughts each week on Sunday morning. It’s normally a scheduled post written earlier in the week. This week was a little hectic, and here I am on Sunday afternoon finally able to be quiet enough to write about thankfulness.

It may sound odd, but I’m thankful my feet are dry. I live in North Houston. Last year’s summer of drought, wildfires, and non-stop 100+ degree days left us praying for rain. This week’s rainfall (almost a foot in the past seven days, with more on the way) was welcome, but the resulting flooding was not. [Read more…]

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