One video from yesterday. I apologize for the quality–many kids and teachers about doing a myriad of things!
Been catching up on the two newest albums from Breaking Benjamin. This song was described by a commenter to have a chorus similar to Sugarcoat from their album Saturate. It’s an accurate opinion! Good artists do well to hearken back to their older, most popular songs once in a while–as long as they don’t completely recycle them! 💜
My favorite endeavor is 4 today!! This page is such a big blessing and part of my purpose. I love ministering, laughing, and sharing life with all of you! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your support, encouragement, and love over the past four years! I am thrilled we have had this time together, and am excitedly anticipating the next four and beyond! May God bless you! Love you all, and thanks again!
Reading Ecclesiastes right now in my daily Word immersion. The older I get the more I identify with Solomon. There IS nothing new under the sun. Looking to live in the will of God, basking in His favor as a believer, worshipping Him, and preparing for my eternal home in Heaven is what matters most, and what pleases Him, and therefore me, most . 🙏💜🙌🙌
Wrote this on Facebook this am. Truly, folks–straying from the Lord’s path He laid out for you since before you were even a gleam in your parent’s eyes is pure “vanity”, as Solomon calls it. Does that mean we have no freedom? Not at all. We all possess free will, but believers ought to channel that wisely. That’s why Solomon was so favored by God–all he asked Him for was wisdom and understanding. He wanted to be a man after God’s own heart, just like his father David. Because of this supreme humility, God blessed Solomon more richly than any other person in history. Let’s learn from him!
My hydrangea flowers didn’t make it. The ones that did bloom faded with the heat, even with my watering every few days (you cannot overwater these. They need tons of water!). The heat and so little rain over much of the summer did them in. But! The plant itself is flourishing. Greenery sprouting everywhere! I fed it a fertilizer stick too, so that is undoubtedly contributing. Praying next year we have blooms that can hack the heat! 🙏
Our pansies are kaput. Next year I want little coral impatiens or dianthus for my baskets–they’re perennials. I got the pansies for free from my sister in law, so I planted them. Even in baskets, annuals are too much work. 😂
Our butterfly bush is great! Hubs wants to carefully transplant it into our upper corner of the side bed, basically on the opposite corner of the back porch from where it naturally rooted. He can have at it–he successfully transplanted a baby maple from his mom’s back yard to the front last year! His thumb appears to be greener than mine–more power to him. Here’s a snap of the butterfly bush.
The girls’ first fall gymnastics class was yesterday at 4:30. Since Alex had her 8th birthday (yes, that’s correct! I am flabbergasted!) on the 9th of this month, she and Jo will now be in the same class. A relief, because running to two classes a week was a lot.
I did take video, but it’s almost comical because there was a four week or so lull since their summer classes ended. They have a trampoline, beam, and bar here at home (thank you, FB marketplace!), but we aren’t instructors. I will share the best of what I’ve got though.
They get credit for enthusiasm, though!
The day was made up of practicing/perfecting round offs, handsprings, handstands, and balance beam. I can barely do 50 crunches/day, so kudos to my girls who kick booty and will hopefully be great gymnasts one day!
📚 I am currently immersed in Deathly Hallows, and also an old 80s romance I bought for a buck at ReStore several years ago–it’s called Come Love A Stranger. It’s typical and formulaic–girl and boy meet and fall in love, girl drowns tragically after being blissful newlyweds for a mere few months. Resurfaces with total amnesia a few years later, and crooks convince her (or try to) that she’s really her identical twin sister. Husband has to trust that love will prevail and she will find her way back to him, magically restored, his lovely wife resurrected.
It’s not terrible, just thoroughly predictable. I desperately need new books!! That’s obvious. 😣😝
That about wraps this post up. More later, and I hope you all have a blessed week!! 💖🌹
My sister’s baby shower was today out in Bedford. I didn’t attend, but sent our gift with my mom. We got her a national parks blanket. She told me she had been eyeing it like a month ago. I had to get it. She texted me to tell me she was tickled to get it! I love getting just the right gift for folks. Maybe gifts are a love language of mine. …Yep, probably are. It looks fabulous on my nephew’s crib! Oohs and aahs abounded when I saw the pic of the room!
Several factors weighed on the decision to stay home. It was the right one for the climate. She knows I love her and that baby boy she’s carrying more than anything. My presence or absence doesn’t change that, amen? 💖👶💙😍
November is fast approaching, and we are all excited. ….What else is new? School has begun (last Monday of August), and some days have been quite stressful already–but the cool weather soothed my spirits. Unfortunately Aaron says it’s going to heat up this week–grr! Why??? It was perfect out! Oh well–true autumn is just around the corner! 🍂🍁🍃
My writing prompts are okay. Only on D, but I’ve already filled up about three pages! Next I will likely take a crack at phrases or words.
Not much else to report–I got you all up to date. My respite is over, but I will resume near daily updates. I will keep off most other sites though. Too stressful–don’t need all the mayhem. A clearer head was nice, and I intend to keep it that way.
Writing prompts. I plan on making some more up for myself so I don’t get rusty while not producing anything. I’ve started with alphabetical order so far and will continue with single words and ideas later. Take initiative and jump in to your endeavors–whatever they may be! Nobody is going to do them for you, because only you can! You can take that to the bank.
Just wanted to update you all on that front. Been feeling a bit lost without this page lately, so I had to take the reins somehow. When you aren’t doing what you love, you stagnate, and God doesn’t want that for you! Don’t stop! Press on! Run your race and run it well (1 Cor. 9)! ☺
😂 I’m here!! All is well. Needed an internet sabbatical. Still in it, but I am taking time to pop in. I miss my blog more than anything; I don’t even miss Facebook at all. Not really. Its good for long distance family, but for everyone else, take the time to call or text! Am I right? Of course I am.
I have been slacking on my writing, unfortunately, but never my reading. Reading The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, and still in HP (Half Blood Prince) . Also going through old books by V.C. Andrews (and her ghostwriter) I loved as a teen and while in college.
I have plenty of notebook space to scribble out poems or whatever, I just have to discipline myself to do it. Writers block is a poor excuse, and so is school starting up for the kids next week. You just have to doit. So I will begin, but I really can’t say when you’ll hear from me again. Hopefully sometime next month. I am loving the less intense anxiety and frustration I feel with no news feeds or stories to irk me. Aaron lets me know what I have to know. Getting back to basics is a great blessing from the Lord. Try it! 💖🌹 Until later, my lovelies!
Edit: Haven’t talked to my sister too recently, but I believe she and my nephew are well. Still ecstatic to meet and hold him!! 😘😘 November is getting closer!! Eeeep!!!
She’s always been a perfectionist, and it’s coming clear now in a big way!
These are all from yesterday’s class. They have next week yet , then they will be done with their first session!! They are already signed up for fall class, and they will be together as Alex turns 8 in September. ☺ Tickled for them! We will see if gymnastics is their niche. Seems to be the case so far!
I may have only gotten as far as a permit with cars, but I am becoming a pro at driving our golf cart. I began yesterday and don’t plan on retiring. Some may scoff, but like anything in life, I’m proud I tried and succeeded with a new ‘hobby’ or pursuit.
I haven’t yet tried reverse and will likely not drive at night, even with the eye- wateringly bright lights. Erring on the side of caution is always best–but hooray for new conquests, eh?
Getting ready to decorate for fall! Leaping into the season with my coffee, too! Yippee! 💛🍂😍
The cool mornings and evenings of late have me in my autumnal element. I am overjoyed! Aaron calls it Fallgust, which is perfect. I am dreading the inevitable warm up that is coming. Ew. Begone, infernal heat! We don’t want you! Well, I don’t. My oldest laments the coolness and bemoans the change of seasons. She loves summer, which makes me roll my eyes. Perhaps she will wise up as she grows. 😋
No news on the baby front, which is good. Pregnancies and deliveries need to be as staid and boring as possible. Ask my family, they’ll tell you 😂😂 Being on tenterhooks is no good for anyone with a wee one. Mellow and average in this case is what we want! I still pray for my nephew, sister and brother in law anyway, and I ought. I pray God continues to keep all three healthy and happy. I cannot wait to meet and hold him!!