Three Month Hiatus

4 Sep

So I decided I am done.  I have gotten bored, fed up, frustrated, and just plain tired of the daily grind.  So.  I am taking three months and doing what I want to do.  Just me, myself, and I.  I figure it is well past time where I do what I wanna do the way I wanna do it and to heck with everyone else!

Ya wanna know what I am going to do?

I am going to spend a week or two to do absolutely nothing!  Well, okay, not nothing.  I am going to grab my Kindle, keep the cocoa flowing, and catch up on all MY reading.  Reading just for the heck of it.  No reading for reviews.  No reading for editing.  Nope.  Reading for the plain ole fun of it!  I figure, in two weeks time, I should be able to knock out at least four or five books that I have been waiting to read.  However, there will be NO cooking.  NO cleaning.  NO laundry.  NO carpooling.  NO errands.  Nope.  Nada.  😛

I am going to pack up my car, and I am going road tripping.  I am taking my laptop (no work allowed), my camera, my phone, my Bible, and my Kindle. The road trip will take around three months, because I have quite a few people I need and want to see.  From here, I think I am going head to Colorado Springs to see family that I never see enough.  From there, head down to Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico to drop in (uninvited- because its MY three months- and I can.. LOL) on friends who I love and miss.  From there, I would head east into Texas to visit family stretching from El Paso, to San Antonio, to Fort Worth.  That should take a hefty amount of time, I think.  From Texas, I would head to Florida where I would pick up my Sister, kidnap if need be, and drag her butt with me to Ohio and Indiana to see my other Sisters and my best friend.

All along those visits with family and friends, I would have to stop by National Parks, and State Parks, and National Monuments.  As much as I have seen of our great nation, I have not seen nearly enough. 

At the end of the three months, I fully intend to have an additional thousand or so pictures to edit and share with everyone.

Yeah… Right…  Honestly, I am doing just fine where I am.  Yes, there are books on my Kindle waiting to be read or reread.  Yes, there are family and friends scattered across the country that I really need to see again, and WANT to see again.  Yes, I am chomping at the bit to visit every single park I can get to.  Yes, I get caught up in the daily grind and daydream OUR next vacation or family visit.  (I don’t travel alone anymore…LOL… and I am completely fine with that!)

However, life is pretty crazy busy in a completely awesome way right now.  I am loving life, with all of God’s incredible blessings, despite the struggles.  If I could just up and go for three months, then you better believe, the three month hiatus I described above would be the way I go.  But I can’t, so I won’t…   LOL

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This post has been part of the Blogtember Challenge started by Jenni.
 
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Where I Come From

3 Sep

The title above reminded me of the following song.  Listen close to the lyrics… 

I come from a small town in Ohio.  From there I moved to a small town in Florida.  Big cities scare me.  I don’t like the crush of people.  I don’t like the city rush, the city mentality of doing whatever it takes to get ahead.
I come from a small town.  I have missed living in a small town, but now that I am getting older, even a small town is too big.  I loved being able to at least recognize every person I ran into.  I loved watching high school sports, even as a private school student, and know each player’s name, each cheerleader cheering her heart out for the small town team.  I loved passing people in the road and they all wave, cause if they don’t know you personally, you might need each other down the road.  I loved the small town churches where you knew every member of the congregation by name, where Jesus might be taken for granted, but we all knew His name.
I come from a small town.  I love small town courtesy- you take care of each other- even if it means you get zip in return.I love big trucks, baseball caps, cowboy hats, boots and jeans, wildlife grazing on the sides of the roads, the smell of fresh turned dirt, the smell of cows and horses and chickens.  Special to my home of 11+ years was the smell of the paper mill and chemical plant, and the smoke and steam from the stacks that towered over everything and could be seen from miles away.  Unique to my hometown was the sunrises or sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, the smell of the salt water and all it washed up on the beaches, the captivating beauty of the dolphins playing just past the waves.
I come from a small town.  Even though that particular small town is no longer home to me- I have changed too much to ever go back for more than a visit- my heart longs for the small town atmosphere.  My heart cries out to know my community.  My soul longs to leave city lights and trade them in for stars and moonlight.  I anxiously await the day I can open my house windows and hear birds, trees, breezes, and children playing without the sounds of city life- traffic, horns, sirens, etc.  I can hardly wait to smell dirt, farmland, grass, rain on soil, and livestock.
Yeah… I come from a small town.  Its not for everyone that’s for sure.  But for this chick- its as big a place as I ever want to be ever again.
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52 Weeks of Blogging With A Purpose: What Being A Mom Looks Like

2 Sep

In continuing on this 52 week journey with so many other bloggers, I hope you will visit the blog that started it all. From From Mrs. to Mama is a really fantastic site kept by an incredibly articulate young woman.

Instead of trying to put into words what can so easily be shown in pictures, I decided to share just a few…  I think they speak for themselves.
He is one of the greatest blessings in my life… When all else seems like its falling apart, when I forget how much God loves me, all I have to do is look at this angel He brought into my life…  How privileged I am to be Mommy to this Kiddo.
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The Blogtember Challenge ~ Are you in?

2 Sep

Saw this on a fellow blogger’s page…  Viewed the list of topics/challenges and just had to join in.

The topics are as follow:
Tuesday, Sept. 3: Describe where or what you come from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are.
Wednesday, September 4: If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do? (bonus points for fun photos from Pinterest, but don’t forget to cite the source!)
Thursday, September 5: Pass on some useful advice or information you learned and always remembered.
Friday, September 6: A story about a time you were very afraid.
[BREATHE-Enjoy your family-Count your blessings!]
Monday, September 9: Take this short personality test and respond to your results. (at the end, find the detailed profile of your personality account – click “click to view” under “You” and “self awareness and personal growth.” You can even google your type and find more info on it!)
Tuesday, September 10: Describe a distinct moment when your life took a turn.
Wednesday, September 11: Share links to your favorite online shops, preferably with a few photos of your favorite items in each shop.
Thursday, September 12: Discuss ways that blogging or social media has changed you.
Friday, September 13: A self portrait
[BREATHE-Enjoy your family-Count your blessings!]
Monday, September 16: Write a public love letter to someone in your life. (It doesn’t necessarily need to be romantic.)
Tuesday, September 17: A memory you would love to relive.
Wednesday, September 18: Only photos
Thursday, September 19: Creative writing day: write a (very short) fictional story that starts with this sentence: “To say I was dreading the dinner party would be the understatement of the century.”
The story does not necessarily need to have a conclusion – you can leave your readers wishing for more!
Friday, September 20: React to this term: comfort.
[BREATHE-Enjoy your family-Count your blessings!]
Monday, September 23: A “life lately” post. What you’re up to, how you’re feeling, how you’re doing on your goals, etc. Bonus points for great photos!
Tuesday, September 24: Review a book, place, or product.
Wednesday, September 25: Write about a time you screwed up – a mistake you made.
Thursday, September 26: Go to a coffee shop. Order a favorite drink. Write about what makes you happy and what makes you sad. Or write about anything you’d like! Bonus points for including a photo from the coffee shop. (I recommend downloading Ommwriter and bringing headphones along!) *if you can’t make it to a coffee shop, at least leave your usual space and write someplace new.
Friday, September 27: An anonymous letter to your Facebook friends. Be as snarky as you’d like. (but don’t include people’s real names.)
[BREATHE-Enjoy your family-Count your blessings!]
Monday, September 30: Share a photo of something old. Maybe something that has personal history for you, that was passed down to you, and that has special meaning to you. Tell us about it and why it’s special.
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The Blessing of Philia Love

1 Sep

To those men and women in my life who prove that friendship is a matter of faith, trust, respect, honesty, and patience.  To those men and women scattered near and far who have made me a better person.  I treasure you.  I count you among my blessings more valuable than you can know.

The proof of true friendship has nothing to do with what you did or didn’t do, what you did or didn’t say, what you were able to give me or share with me.  Proof of true friendship is seen in these verses:

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  ~1 Corinthians 13 v 4-7

Having failed so many friends, as I lost my patience, as I became too proud, as I was easily angered, and as some friends have failed me in all those areas as well, the very last two words are a beacon of hope…  [love, friendship] “always perseveres.”

This weekend, our Lord has blessed me with proof of true friendship, proof of lasting philia love.  

How great is our God! 
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