Monday, July 30, 2012

Titus Tuesday--Scripture Memory

Welcome to Titus Tuesday


I love to join the linky for Titus Tuesday which is all about us women sharing and helping each other as Titus women are directed to. 

Today instead of offering a how to, or a little wisdom or encouragement I am asking you to help me . . .


If your a regular visitor (and I hope you are) you know that I have been trying to memorize scripture.  Memorizing scripture has been a big challenge for me.

I have tried different methods.  I have purchased software.  I have downloaded free software.  But I am still struggling.  One of my biggest struggles is remembering the reference for the verses that I do manage to memorize. 

I am wondering if you would share with me how you memorize scripture.  Maybe you could write a post and then come by and share the link with me. 

Have you joined Titus Tuesday?  Click here to link up or visit.

This week I am memorizing

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Following Him on The Journey . . .


Blue Monday . . . Let's Take a Dip

In a cool Blue Pool. Here in Texas we are in triple digits. And this summer I am thankful that we have a pool and a hot tub! I was thinking how nice it is too cool off in the pool so I thought I would share a few cool Blue pools! Enjoy!


I've always been facsinated by these pools that just seem to have no edge.
For all the cat lovers out there!
 I just thought wow when I saw this one. 


Hope your Blue Monday is Cool!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hear It On Sunday . . .

Use it on Monday . . . I love the above photo because it reminds me of the young men that we minister to every week.

Today I wanted to share with you a glimpse of our service.  The message title was . . . Jesus is real.  The message scripture was
John 1:14.  We used this video . . .


One of our favorite bands is 7th Day Slumber.  Jamie the drummer posts on facebook on Sunday and asks everyone what their pastor preached on Sunday and how they can use it. 

It caused me to wonder how can I use this topic.  How can I use this verse this week. 

Will I run into people at my new job that don't know Christ?  I just started last Tuesday.  Am I ready to share my faith with my co-workers?

'My coworkers' a phrase that I have not used in over 30 years.  This is a new experience for me.  Being in the work place.  Being around and with people that may not have the same beliefs that I do.  Or that may not have the same relationship with Christ that I have.  Or maybe that don't have the heart or desire to share their faith.  To really walk with Christ. 

I am at a cross roads.  A new adventure lies ahead of me.  For the last over 8 years I have managed a faith based non-profit.  It wasn't difficult to share my faith.  Anyone that walked through our doors knew where we stood.  It was easy. (in some ways)

The thing that wasn't easy was keeping it going.  To raise funds to keep the programs alive and working.  It's been almost 2 years and I still miss it.  I still miss working with the volunteers.  I miss the kids.  I miss seeing the smiles on the faces of the girls that I/we taught to sew.  I miss seeing volunteers share God's love with kids that hadn't really understood his love for them before. 

Today I am wondering where God wants me to go.  Today I wait for his direction.  I continue to minister weekly to boys in a prison unit.  I am Blessed.  I am awed.  I am saddened by the hurt and the saddness that these boys live with. 

Today as I prayed with a young man that is so confused.  As he prayed and asked God to give him strength and to guide him.  I prayed with him.  And then I prayed for him.  There is so much more that I could say about this young man.  He needs Jesus.  He needs Jesus' strength and comfort. 

And tonight I wonder where my place is.  I wonder how I use what I heard today. 

I know that doors open.  And doors close.  I know that God provides direction, guidiance and strength for us. 

I know. I trust.  I depend on Him. 

Today if you are a believer I pray that you'll open your heart to Jesus and ask him how you can use these words.  Or how you can use the words you heard today or this weekend at your church service. 

Today if you are struggling I hope that you'll believe and trust in Jesus.  That you will believe that . . . The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory
of the One and Only who came from the father full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

May your Journey be filled with Jesus, may you see his Glory . . .





Friday, July 27, 2012

The Exiled Element- by John Betcher-Book Review

 I'm thinkin' this one was my favorite . . .

My first feeling/thought when I read the back cover was disappointment.  Yep.  I have to admit I was wonderin' about this one.  Because I was thinking Betcher was sending Beth off into Exile.  And I have to admit in the other 3 books of this series I was wanting more of Beth. 

And, I was pleasantly surprised! 

Check out the trailer . . .




If the trailer didn't get you how about a few more reviews . . .

. . .I love the strong female protagonist Beth, a former agent cajoled back into service because of her unique qualifications, and the character dynamic between Beck, Gunner and Bull. Mr. Betcher has penned a sophisticated novel with multiple layers to keep you turning the pages well into the night. You are whisked away to exotic Egypt where the sights, smells and culture come alive with Mr. Betcher's descriptions. The reader is treated to some local flavors of Red Wing, Minnesota and introduced to a cast of well-developed, believable characters.

Mr. Betcher has out done himself with his current offering. This perfectly-paced thriller should be picked up by all desiring a great story and excellent writing.
Recommended by: S.L. Cohelo (good reads review)

. . . The book was well written, the plot interesting and the movement between the subjects and variations in time were easy to follow. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
By:Jerry (good reads review)

Click here to read other reviews on Good Reads.
 
And then a couple of reviews from Amazon . . .
 
 
. . This Became Favorite of Series For Me. I've been a fan from the start of this series--loved every one of them...but his latest is exceptionally exciting and is my favorite so far!  Why? Simply because Beth had, what you might call, a starring role... by Glenda

. . .I've read the entire "Element" series and have enjoyed all of them. The plots are good, the characters believable and like able. I feel as tho I'm friends with the characters. In the "19th Element), the author did some good research.  I'm definitely looking forward to more books based on the "Element" characters! I'm hooked on this series.  by Book Junkie

I have to agree I had really enjoyed each of the books in the Becker series.   And, I can't wait for more.  I have enjoyed how John has taken each of the characters and drawn the reader in. . . I am bettin' that we'll see alot more of Bull in the next installment. 

You can purchase all the Becker series books at Amazon.com.  Click here to purchase The Exiled Element.

In case you missed my reviews of the previous books in this series.  Click on the photo's to go to the reviews . . .


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I received a copy of The Exiled Element from the author.  I was not asked to write a positive review. 


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Enjoying The Journey . . .

The Real 5 Minute Fri--Beyond

Joining Lisa Jo for 5 Minute Friday!

 Each week Lisa Jo gives us a topic to write about for 5 minutes.  On 5 Minute Friday we write about what is jogged into our minds by the topic she suggests.  We don't worry about writing the right thing....at least we are not supposed to . . . .

Start 8:10 . . . Beyond

It is Beyond my imagination what is in store.  It is Beyond my comprehension what it will be like.
I am thinking of Heaven.  So much I really don't understand.  Beyond my ability to grasp.  But not Beyond my hope.  I don't have to hope that I'll be there.  Because I know.  I know because I have trusted in Jesus.  I know that there have been times I haven't been good enough.  Well actually 'all the time'.  But Jesus has done what was needed for me to go Beyond and Be with Him.  I trust in Christ.  I trust in my heavenly Father.  I may get discouraged and confused but I know it is more than I can imagine.  It is more than I can understand how I can be forgiven.  Even though I don't deserve it.  Even though I mess up a lot.  I keep trying.  I keep working toward being more and more like Christ.   So that he doesn't have to cover more of my mistakes with His blood.  I am so sorry that was necessary.  I am so sorry that our Savior had to take all the penalties for me.  Because of his Love I don't have to worry.  And it is Beyond my comprehension . . .

Stop 8:15.  Join Lisa Jo.  Click here.

On a Journey Beyond (my comprehension). . .

6 Minute Friday- My Randomness

Good Morning!

Are you one of those people this morning saying "Thank goodness it's Friday?"

Today I am just because it's been a long week.  And I have lots to do tomorrow.
I am writing a quick 5 minute post just to say "hi" fill you in and wish you a Happy day.
It has been a long week.  I started a new job on Tuesday! Yea.
BTW thanks to all of you who prayed for me.  I was getting anxious and discouraged looking!  I worked 2 jobs on Mon. (part of the reason it was a long week.  I'm tired.) I worked a morning temp job that was offered before I got my new job and then my regular job that I am sort of quiting.  I'll still work one night a week and on Saturday.  Because they can't replace me! LOL not really it's just hard to get someone one night a week and Saturday. LOL
My plans for the weekend.  Not much work on Saturday.  Cleaning laundry, grocery shopping and hopefully lots of cooking to have meals and lunches ready for the week. 
We did have a tragedy this week I posted about it on Wed. (I think) we lost a horse this week it was really sad.  And has kept me forcing my mind to think of the memories and not the last tragic moments. 
We are hugging our dog and cat and petting them more and giving them treats!  They are happy! 
I am super happy about my new job.  I/we have some plans for "my" money.   I'll be sharing them.  I am super excited. 
I am thankful (I wanted to write that yesterday but didn't get a chance) that God took me to this place and provided a great job. 
I hope today you are planning a great weekend.  I hope you are super excited about something.  And happy just that it's Friday! 

Opp's that was 8 minutes and I have to run!  Here's a photo to make you smile.


Cuz it's Friday.  Come home put on your favorite slippers and put your feet up!

On a Happy Journey . . .
I'll be back to write a real 5 minute post tonight.  Until then go on over and check out the others at 5 Minute Friday

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Broken Dreams--Prayer Please

Updated: 
I wrote this post earlier today.  My heart was heavy as I wrote.  There were thoughts, feelings and emotions that I wanted to get out.  But I also wanted to share with you and encourage you through all these emotions. 
I am not a great writer.  Sometimes I tend to write from my heart.  In my head and in my heart I want to help you, encourage you.  Sometimes I feel I fall short. 
And maybe I did with this post.   As I clicked on the publish button I wondered if this post was more about my need to let the pain out. 
In the back of my mind I was hoping that someone that reads this might be encouraged.  I was hoping that the words I managed to put together would help someone. 
It wasn't until I began reading email just a few minutes ago that someone elses words were the exact words I was trying to express with this post.
And so, I have changed the title and in bold I add a few more words that I hope will strenthen your faith and encourage you. 


My daughter is the sunshine of my life. There are days that I miss her more than ever. There are days that she frustrates me. There are days she hurts my feelings. There are times that she is really selfish. I am always proud of her some days more proud than other days . . .
I am proud that she is such a good mom . . .  Even though her dreams of being in a happy, fulfulling marriage. Even though her dreams of marrying a man that loved God as she loves God  were broken she is still . . .

I am proud that the is such a good single mom . . . 
Her dreams of her son having a daddy were broken . . .
I was proud of her when we drove past this ice skating rink and she asked her 3 1/2 year old son. "Do you want to go ice skating?"  Of course his answer was "Yes". Although he was a little clueless.

Her dad and I tried to talk her out of it because it was so cold outside. Her response was "He wouldn't have let us. We are going ice skating. I'll buy you hot chocolate.

We went ice skating. We smiled.  We almost froze but we smiled and took pics.  I was proud of her.

I was proud of her that she took responsibility to take care of her brothers horse when we were no longer able to. We were all Blessed that God opened the door for him to live at a Children's Home where our daughter worked. When her job ended she took the responsibility even though she could barely afford to bring him home and take care of him.

This is one of the photo's she gave us for Christmas.  I added the scripture and used it for a Wordfilled Wednesday post. 

She dreamed of her son riding 'her horse' Buck.  That dream was broken.   But there was still a chance because Pal her brothers horse in 'some' ways took Bucks place.  At least for her son Zane.

This morning she started  a new job.  This morning she needed encouragement as she prepared to go to work and prepared to take our grandson to preschool.   I texted her and wished for her a good day.
A day better than she had yesterday.  Her dream of her son being able to grow up  with Pal was broken.   I didn't mention yesterday.  I wanted her to focus on the future and focus on having a good day.  She texted me a couple of hours later (probably when she had stopped for lunch)  "Work is fine.  I am devastated.  20 years gone in the blink of an eye."   She was devested because that dream was broken. 

I read the text while I was at work.  Thankfully it was almost the end of the day and I was about to leave.  I cried.  I cried for her.  I cried for all of us.  I cried "Pal".  He was a part of our family. 

Yesterday he was fatally hurt in an accident.   We really don't know what happened or what caused it; but he some how got caught up in a fence.  He severed his rear legs just above his hoofs.  The cuts were very deep and hit an artery he was loosing so much blood that we were not able to save him. 

Our dear sweet daughter and our grandson were home alone when this happened.  She was able to get a sitter to come and stay in the house with our grandson while she waited for the vet.  When she called her dad she couldn't even hardly get the words out.  She was only able to ask him for us to come.   "Please come now dad it's bad.  It's Pal." 

It was bad.  We were prepared; she'd given us a heads up.  I felt so sorry for her that she was alone at least till the vet arrived.   We prayed but we knew that we were praying more for us than him.  We knew he was gone. 

I was heart broken when I watched her cutting his mane and braiding small sections together to give to her students.  There are a dozen or so kids that will miss him too.  She made braids for me and her brother too.  To watch her sitting and cutting and braiding as he lay there was awful.    Her dreams were broken.  She dreamed of her son riding Pal.  She dreamed of him showing Pal this fall at The Paint Horse Show. 


But what I think is even worse is knowing that even today she is still feeling so sad.  So devastated.  On a day that she should be so happy to be starting  a new job.  The sadness over shadows the good things.  I just thought she was feeling sad.  I just thought that she was just missing Pal.  What I didn't realize until I read another bloggers post was that she was so devistated because her dream was broken.  She is sad today.  And probably tomorrow and for many more days she will be sad.  Even though she has faith in God.  Even though she knows she has many things to be happy about.  Even though she has her son to concentrate on.  I know that it will be really hard for her.  She tried so hard to make extra money to pay for him.  To give him a good life.  She was so proud of him because he was such a good lesson horse for her students.  And he was so sweet with our grandson when he rode. 

He was a great horse.  He was part of our family.  We have lost a loved one.  Will you please say a prayer for Jennifer and our grandson Zane.   It is about loosing him.  But it is also about loosing a dream.  A dream that she has had since she was a young girl.  The dream that one day her children would be able to have a horse to love like she did. 

This is a another favorite photo.  This is one of the last before we gave Pal to the children's home.  I was in my kitchen and looked out the window and saw him standing there.  It had rained just a little.  Just enough for him to get a little wet so he laid down in the dirt and rolled.    He was covered in dirt.  This verse immediately came to mind. 


Sir Knot aka "Pal"
1990-2012


This post is about Jennifer and about Pal.  But it is also about you.  It is also about whatever it is that is hurting you.  Whatever dream you have lost. 
Below is part of a great post written by another blogger.  Without realizing it she wrote what I wanted to write.  I hope that you are moved not only by her words but by the words written here.  I hope that if you needed encouragement that the words that follow will help you and give you peace. 

My daughters heart was broken when she realized that she would have to seperate from her husband and that she would ultimately file for divorce and fight for sole custody.  My daughters dream was broken because she did not want to fail 'her' God.   My daughter was devestated.  My daughter was heart broken.  But, she realized that God was giving her an amazing testimony. 
The pain she has suffered, the brokeness is replaced by God's unfailing love.  And, it is her hearts desire to help someone else through their pain.  It is her hearts desire to use her pain and brokeness to help someone else through her testimony. 


When a dream dies or when a heart is broken it is not uncommon to go through a form of grief not unlike the loss of a loved one.



Girl, if you are there today I want to encourage you. You are not alone! The pain you are feeling is not uncommon. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about or to feel guilt over.


If you’re suffering from the death of a dream or the loss of a relationship I’d like to share with you 4 tips for coping with this type of loss:


1.) Speak Truth to Yourself


Feelings are real but they aren’t always true. Focus on what you know is truth in the situation and dig down deep into the ultimate source of truth, God’s Word.


2.) Don’t Weather the Storm Alone


Don’t keep your pain locked up inside. Find a strong girl friend or mentor who you can share your heart with as someone who you can trust to encourage you and remind you of the Truth.


3.) Choose Joy & Hope


Though we can’t always control our emotions we can control our response to the emotions. Choosing to respond with joy doesn’t mean we always feel happy inside but rather that we do not allow our heart to grow bitter, instead we set our hope on the Sure Foundation that will not move.


4.) Don’t Waste Your Pain


There is a purpose for even the greatest of pain. Look for the good that came out of your hurt. Allow yourself to learn from the pain and take each lesson to heart and use it as a growth point not a growth stopper.

Written by: Ashley

Ashley is a stay-at-home daughter preparing for her future dream of being a wife and mother. She blogs at www.stayathomedaughter.com where she shares her passion for Christ, Biblical femininity and preparation for the future. She enjoys ministering in song, being a wedding cake decorator, long time babysitter, and new author of “Keeping House…While Keeping Sane”.
Click here to visit Ashley's blog.

My daughters heart was broken when she realized that she would have to seperate from her husband and that she would ultimately file for divorce and fight for sole custody. My daughters dream was broken because she did not want to fail 'her' God. My daughter was devestated. My daughter was heart broken. But, she realized that God was giving her an amazing testimony.



The pain she has suffered, the brokeness is replaced by God's unfailing love. And, it is her hearts desire to help someone else through their pain. It is her hearts desire to use her pain and brokeness to help someone else through her testimony.

Thanking God for The Journey . . . 





Friday, July 20, 2012

A Sad Day A Scary Day plz read UPDATED



Source
Laura at Beholding Glory
Laura at Beholding Glory wrote a beautiful post.  Please visit her.  There is a link at the bottom of this post . . .

This morning I didn't wake up to the news.  I didn't check my email.  I just began my day then sat down and started reading 5 Minute Friday posts that's when I first heard that something bad happened in Colorado.    No explanation just a short mention.  Then as I read more posts it was mentioned again and so I decided I needed to find out what they were talking about. 

Yes, something very bad did happen.  Something very scary and I suspect that you've heard about the tragedy. 

The rules for 5 minute Friday are simple write about a specific topic.  You can write whatever you want and you shouldn't feel pressured or worry about saying the wrong thing.  It is about writing what is on your heart. 

And so now I am sharing with you something that was in my inbox.  Please don't get the wrong idea.  I really had to think about reposting this today because I was afraid that some readers would take it wrong.  But I am posting it for the same reason I believe that it was sent to me.  I don't think it was meant to be a marketing scheme.  I think it was honest.  The email was from the publicist at at Blogging For Books.  It was sharing info about a book specifically Chapter 4.  It was sent to hopefully share and give you peace.  And so I pray that you'll receive it as it is meant to be received.  If you don't agree with me and you are bothered that I posted please be kind to me.   If you feel you need to please feel free to contact Blogging for Books with your comments. 

Dear Sherry,


I woke up this morning and my wife said to me, "Something bad happened in Denver last night."
She didn't know or say what it was as I rushed out the door for work.
On the drive in, I turned on 850 KOA, the largest radio station in Colorado. It was non-stop coverage of a shooting that had taken place just seven short hours ago.
I listened as one of the authorities recounted what happened: 12 people have been killed and 38 wounded in what is being called the "Theater Shooting" in Aurora, Colorado. Witnesses say a masked gunman, dressed in black, walked into the theater with a gas mask on, threw gas canisters into the theater and then opened fire on the crowd. (Hear two witnesses account of the tragedy).
If God Is GoodAs I drove down I-25 listening to what had happened, just 50 miles up the road, I began to consider what the appropriate response was. Should I be angry? Should I forgive? Should I get a concealed carry permit? Should we have tighter gun laws?
I arrived at work and went to chapter four in Randy Alcorn’s book, If God Is Good (download it here).
After spending 10 minutes with just a portion of Randy's book, I felt comfort. I had answers. I found my orientation amidst the flood of possible responses.
I wonder if your blog readers, church members, friends or family are feeling what I felt this morning?
If you'll be blogging or preaching on evil and suffering today or this week, I invite you to engage with Randy's book, If God Is Good.

You can embed chapter four from Scribd here:

And here is Randy talking about If God Is Good with Greg Laurie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PrtKw0Q6gE

I pray that if you need comfort today that you'll receive this as a resource. 

Thank you for visiting.  Thank you for you understanding. 

Continuing My Journey of Faith and Trust,


Please visit Laura at Beholding Glory.  Click Here.


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Enough 5 Minute Friday

Joining Lisa-Jo and her little flase Mom for . . .
Do you ever want to take the time to sit and write random thoughts or things that are on your mind. Maybe a chance to write and not worry about what it sounds like? Or worry about how you said that. It is ok. And, you can on Fridays with the mob. Here's the topic for this week.

Enough

Start 10:46 . . .
Enough a bad topic today.  I feel like I've had enough.  Enough frustration.  Enough sadness. Enough anger.  Enough waiting.  Enough looking.  Enough trying.  I know that I can trust in God to take care of my/our needs.  I know in my head that he will not give me/us more than we can handle.  I know that he is there even as I write these words.  I know that my savior is there too possibly wiping away his own tears because as I feel frustrated, confused and filled with sorrow. He is thinking why doesn't she just trust me.   I should also feel sad because I know his grace is sufficient.  But in my selfishness.  In my humaness I want more.  I want it now.  I have had enough.  I want to move on.  I am tired of job hunting.  I just want to know where I am going to go everyday.  I want to plan and organize.  I want to not worry and trust in God.  And not feel frustrated.  I want to come back to him as a little child innocently forgetting about all the struggles of this world.   I want what he has to offer.

Stop . . .

When I went to Lisa-Jo's this morning to read her post and the topic and begin to think of what I was going to write  I thought of this photo immediately. 

I hope that today along with me you can come to the Savior as a little child and leave all the
'enoughs' behind. 

My Journey With Him is Enough . . .


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wordfilled Wednesday

 
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What's on your To Do list?

Thinking Random Thoughts Again

I've been a little busy the last  couple of days and I haven't had much time to play with photo's so I could post. 

Which kind of got me to thinking.  Because alot of time I end up posting late in the afternoon.  Sometimes it is around 8:00 a.m. and sometimes it is just after midnight.  Which is why my post from yesterday was up when you visited. 

See what I am really wondering is when do you read/visit your favorite blogs?   



Is My Journey Back on your list.  Do you come by and there is nothing new?  Or are you following and you get email updates.  Which is a whole other topic I would love to discuss.

I hope you don't come by and see nothing new and get discouraged with me.  

Don't get discouraged Please!  I do have a WFW post planned for today.   But I have to run out for a job interview.  I have been busy on interviews!  I just wish I could just get a darn job so I can stop all the insane running around!    So would you mind saying a quick prayer for me! 

I'll be back later to get you a great photo to see.  And if you haven't already signed up for email alerts please do then you'll know when my Random posts are up! 

I leave you with this to ponder  Is My Journey Back on your to do list?

Getting along on the Journey . . .


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Blue Monday--Boys in Blue

Welcome to

Blue Monday

Today I am sharing a few pics of Boys in Blue . . .

 First an 'oldie' but a goodie.  I have shared this one before but I just love it!  I think I'll ask my DIL to re-enact this one and send a shot of him at 10 or no he is 11.  I lost a year!
 From his 10 year bday.  It was at the park.  Everyone brought bikes and there were tons of games.
 I have no idea what this means.  But he is in blue.  They live in the country and are very out doorsy.  I guess he was helpin' dad or grand pa do 'guy' things.
 Proudly sharing his baseball cap from last year summers team.
 And havin' a picnic with little 'sis'
 2011 Easter shot.  This one is sweet. . . the next one not so much!
 Silly boys in Blue.

Thanks for joinin' my proud grandma Blue post.  For more fun Blue images visit Smiling
Sally over HERE
I am really trying to be diligent in my Bible verse memorizing.  Last weeks verse just was really a challenge for me.  One of the things I planned to do was to study each verse I learn and do a post about the verse.  And do a Wordfilled Wednesday post.  Last week I didn't get the chance to do either.  And, like I said it was a challenge.  I am still working on it.  I remember the reference but I can't even seem to remember the first word.   So, another week with John 17:22 and 23 . . .

I have given them the glory that you gave me , that they may be one as we are one:
I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them as you have loved me.
John 17:22 and 23.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Random Things . . .

. . . on my mind and  Random Favorite Photos . . .

So I do have a lot of things on my mind.  The job search which I wrote about a few minutes ago in my Friday 5 minute post. 

  • Planned post titled Yes I enjoy mopping
  • Makeover plans for my blog.  Have you noticed some of the changes?  
  • Remembering the Bible verse I am trying to memorize this week.  Here's another try.

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one. I in them and you in me. 
May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them as you have loved me. 
John 17:22 and 23

And a random photo I love . . .


Don't ask me why.  I love this pic of pink shoes worn by my grandsons little friend.  I just think they are adorable. 

And I am thinking about the vacation that Cowboy and I are planning for the whole family for next August.   We are planning on taking our son, DIL grandson and granddaughter and our daughter and her son to Custer State Park in South Dakota.  We have some huge plans and I am so excited! 

All this hinges on that job I am trying to get. 

Here's another favorite random photo
This is our grandson a few years ago.  He is about 7 here.  He is 10 now.  I just love the expression on his face!  His mom is a great photographer she manages to capture some amazing shots. 

Which random thoughts take my mind to how much I love photography.  I am not good by any means.  I don't even have a great camera but it works for me at least for now.  I really want one a little better. 

Randomly changing gears again . . .  I have a whole list of things I am going to update or buy as soon as I get a good pay check.  At the to of the list is new glasses and hopefully contacts again! 

And a new phone.  That might be before the glasses.  My phone drives me nuts.  It is not even two years old.  It is the first Android that Metro PCS offered.  It cost way too much money and doesn't work half the time.  And, the service costs too much.  So I am down grading to just a phone that I can talk and text and that is all. 

Unless of course I need email for the new job then I will bite the bullet and upgrade to a better phone!

Speaking of phones and technology.  And this is another entire post I am planning.  I have taken the comment moderation off my blog.  I don't have the verify your not a robot thing either.  It should be fast and simple for you to write a comment. Please do!

How about another fun, favorite photo . . .

Another cute photo my DIL took of the family boots.  I am wondering why she doesn't have cute boots like my granddaughter!

About blogging.  I love it.  Do you?  I love writing.  I love visiting all you guys.  I love the inspiration you all share.  I get some great ideas for decorating and cooking.  And I get a lot of wisdom.  

Do you Pinterest?  I really want to but I can't seem to get an invite.  Or I am challenged and can't figure it out.  Which btw on  the topic challenged at blogging  I have  alabel called "dummies at blogging"  when I write about things I can't do,  or have figured out how to do, or where I share little mini tutorials.  Check it out! 

Would you invite me to Pinterest? 

What about a couple more favorite random photo's . . .

 If you visit here often you notice I have lots of photo's of horses.  I love them!  I love beautiful horse photo's. 

And here's another favorite which brings me to another random topic . . .
and I know when you read this your thought will be "I knew this woman is crazy! This proves it!"
I am thinking about moving!  Yes.  That is what I said.  In my defense though you have to understand that when we moved into our little cottage apartment on May15th it was with the understanding we would move to a bigger unit.  We rented the only thing available an efficiency.  It is tiny!  And doesn't have a fireplace.   No real eating area.  No washer and dryer connections.  So when a bigger unit hopefully a 2 bedroom is available we are moving.  And I'll be able to do this with my fireplace!  Isn't it pretty! 

And thinking of fireplaces and decorating them it brings me to another random topic did you know it is less than 6 months till Christmas?  Yes  June 25th it was officially 6 months till Christmas. 

That brings me to thinking about another post I am planning. 

But, you'll have to wait because my random brain has taken me to thinking about sewing and I have about 3 hours before I have to get ready for Cowboy to get home.  So I am going to go sew.   And I'll post some pics soon of what I am sewing. 

Hope your having a Happy Day!  Thanks for coming along on the . . .

Journey of Randomness!