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10 Little Photos During an Unseasonably Warm Week...

I'm not doing to say too much about these photos, as my grandgirl is waking from a nap... and I'd rather get the photos up than get all wordy and miss time with her. :) Priorities.  It was a warm week last week in the Ozarks. Things are blooming unseasonably early, and the sky has been beautiful. The birds are still coming to the feeders and I love getting to watch them.  We have a few pilliated woodpeckers coming to our yard too. They're amazing and beautiful and kinda scary!  The photo of the ground is taken in my front yard. Pretty much our whole acre looks like this. It will take some work and a lot of soil to turn it into a grassy area. I'm not sure if it's worth it or not!!

Roots & Sky (a review)

I have been reading a lot this winter, and I'm grateful for it. I'm even MORE grateful to get to be a member of the Revell Reads review team!! They allow me to read books for free, simply for my honest review! It's been a very long time since I read a book that took me in immediately and enveloped me in her world. Roots & Sky by Christie Purifoy is that book. Not only did the story capture me (which, in itself, is real-life reflections), but the spiritual truths encouraged me right where I am, even though our age/stage are very different. Her complete transparency of situations, emotions, even spiritual growth, enamored me to a point I couldn't put the book down. It was begging me to be read from my nightstand, and got me up early in the morning before my day began. So well written, such a comfortable voice to read, and a delightful story that begs to go on all captured my attention. I hope she'll write more. I want to know how things turn out for her, h

Seasonal Changes

I glance at the weather forecast on my phone weather app. I can deal with the threat of icy stuff on Sunday and Monday, because I'm looking ahead past the bad stuff, to the really good stuff at the end of the week! Yay for the 60's and 70's in the forecast! It's like that in life too... well, normally, but not this year for me. I have used the excuse that this is a new house, a new neighborhood, a new rhythm in life with a new job for my husband... but the truth is, there are some things that are always just the same.  History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Ecclesiastes 1:9 NLT This winter has felt REALLY long. Technically it's been mild in comparison, and only since December, but my soul - and my hands and feet and heart - grew cold when leaves fell and branches grew bare last fall. Even though I've known all along "it's just a season" I've hunkered down in my cocoon and wat

Marriage and moving...

Tomorrow I'm celebrating one thing I've dreaded in my marriage - moving!  I'm never thrilled with the suddenness of the change, the amount of work, the eye rolling of my friends or family... but if I'm honest, as I  look back each move has had a purpose. I may not have seen it then, but moves have improved health, marriage, relieved some stress (in the long run), had financial or time benefits, provided (or removed) ministry opportunities, opened doors to new friendships and improved extended family connections. I ALWAYS see God's hand and feel His peace in the process. It always brings Mark and I closer together at the start, and I love the hours together house hunting or ironing out details.  I know it's not cool, but sometimes I get a little excited about the prospect of another move. Who doesn't love a little adventure? I don't climb mountains, ski, or do extreme sports, but I move!  Don't worry, it's not on our radar to move again, but I did