Great-Grandparenting

I have some news and it is fabulous. . 

First,  I want to say that being a grandparent is a fabulous season in my life!

I absolutely love all of my grandchildren so much it is truly a love like no other. .  I have no words. .  I would do anything for them (please do not tell them that as I still have to be around them
Anyway,  Kourtlyn,  William (by proxy),  MaKayla,  Courtney, Jewel,  Jazzy,  Natalie,  Jaxson,  Anthony,  Jayden,  and Kaitlynn are the most amazing people ever! . Christian, beautiful and handsome,  smart, like scary smart!!,  funny,  talented,  hard workers,  ballers, fantastic sports players,  creative, artistic, one is a great homemaker, they all are very respectful, they love to play hard, they love to work hard, and they all are just amazing people (without being my grandchildren)

I am so in awe of how much I love them more every single day!

So all of that to say, I am going to be a GREAT –  Grandmother.  

My child is going to be a grandfather!  I do not think I could even think this through to begin with, however, when I sat down and realized the impact, I became a blubbering baby.  Those feelings that I have felt all these years, he now gets to feel.  He will understand just how I love his children so much!

So yeah, that’s our news, 

We are going to be great grandparents and my beautiful granddaughter is going to be a mommy and she will be amazing.  She is so great with children and I admire her so much.

I cannot wait to see her as a parent and begin this journey she is taking!  

No pictures except this one, because of privacy, and respect for my grandkids (who are, mostly at that age, of please don’t post my picture because I look horrible) 

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here is this one!

here’s my little peanut!!!

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To say that we are over the moon with excitement is just the tip of the iceberg.

I cannot thank God enough for entrusting our family with this new little one, and especially K&W  

They are going to be amazing parents and I am so incredibly proud of them as a grandmother and cannot wait to see what God has stored up for them and this precious little peanut!

Love And Everything With it

My Advice for you and those you love

This all comes from 52 years of learning the hard way  Let my bumps, bruises, trials and failures be your lessons of what works and what doesn’t work in my opinion.

God has blessed me with an incredible way of saying I love you.  That comes with saying I’m sorry.

Below you will find a few things that I have learned and try to live by  I am a work in progress.

I am not a bad person, God says I am a valued child of His.

I have to apologize,  I have to be humble, I have to respect no matter what, and when I fail in these things, then well, I have to make it up to that person, whether I talk to them in person, write them a letter, or if I tell God *(which sometimes you have to do)

Matthew 6:14-15 ESV For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Ephesians 1:7  ESV  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,-

This is me, in several “so-called relationships now.
I don’t hold grudges. I just don’t have time for selfish petty people any more.
Yes I make mistakes, I defend my place, I CAN be proven wrong and I will apologize.

These things make me human. These things make me caring. These things make me vulnerable.
Just because I disagree with you doesn’t mean I will shut you out.
However when you start playing petty games and acting like a two-year old? That’s when I start shutting you out.  
Sorry not sorry that people can’t just act like adults (that goes for me too) and then be an adult and apologize.
Life is way to short for toxic people or situations.
Here’s ten life rules to follow that help make my life so much easier:

1. Pray. There really is no explanation needed here.
2. Believe in God. Without him, you have nothing!! He is everything. He is my all in all. I know that I can do anything as long as I have Him on my side. God is amazing and awesome and well everything!!
3. Love fiercely. Everyone gives you the reference of 1 Corinthians 13 when it comes to love, however, my favorite verse about love is this John 3:16. That is the grandest love story in the Bible in my opinion
4. Keep your relationships healthy, those you value are extremely precious. I’m not talking about relationships with the people you love, that should come naturally. I’m talking about relationships in general. “BE healthy” in relationships with businesses, with organizations. In the corporate world, the most important people in that business are not the CEO and the Corporate Board. They are the Janitor and the Cleaning Staff. Important relationships I can think of in my life, without family in the mix, my trash guys, my mailman, the manager of the Sonic I go to everyday. The person that answers the phone at my doctor’s office. Those kinds of relationships are the ones I’m talking about. Those relationships will serve you well, very well in life. Value them.
5. Apologize when necessary. Saying “I’m sorry” are two words that can heal generations. I am serious here. There are words you can say that will help, these two words are mighty. However, they can be overused. Saying I’m sorry without changing isn’t going to gain you any favors. What it is going to do, is make people not trust you, make people not care about your sorry’s . They won’t believe it.
6. Always say I’m sorry” first. Never be too proud to stand up and say, Hey, I shouldn’t have said, done, or acted that way. I’m very sorry and I make no excuses. I’m sorry, can you forgive me. If they say no, accept it and know in your heart, if you are serious, you’ve done all you can do.
7. JUST because someone else does it, doesn’t make it right. Tit for Tat is one of the most incredulous, and selfish things you can do in a relationship. It is also harmful. If another person is trying to tell you about their day, yours doesn’t need to be better, or worse. Maybe they need you just to listen.
8. When you make mistakes, be humble. VERY humble. Making a mistake isn’t failure. It means you really are human!! Every single day I/you/me/we are setting yourself up for failure if you live a life of trying to be perfect. Perfectionism, is a flaw. A very dubious personality flaw. I’m a very good example. I do not try to be a perfectionist at everything. However, there are somethings that I want to be perfect at. I’m not, I get that. I know that. I still try, and in doing so, I jeopardize relationships. Perfectionism is MY character flaw, and my life to live (because of that particular character flaw I have), how dare I ever put that on someone else.
9. Give back. No one likes someone who is selfish. That doesn’t mean go broke giving, or to give all of your time. You must have time for yourself also that’s not selfish. That’s survival at its finest. Even as a parent, you must take time for yourself. If you are not rested, mentally, physically, and spiritually, how do you expect your child to be?
10. Have some semblance of organization. This is CERTAINLY not last on the list but is one of the most important. Go here and you can find some of the ways I organize our life. Even organize chaos is better than no organization at all.  You can read my thoughts on organization here

and a bonus, Be Thankful for EVERYTHING, good and bad, no matter what.  You can read my feelings on that here.

 

 

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Among the Fair Magnolias

Four best-selling novelists bring tales of four Southern women who face near impossible choices on their journeys in life and in love during the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history in Among the Fair Magnolias. Don’t miss this collection of stories from Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser.

Did you ever feel so into a book that you feel like every time you open it you are snuggling down with a pice of your heart.

This book, Among The Fair Magnolias did just that for me. This compilation of 4 novellas by Tamera Alexander, Shelly Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser did just that.

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I mean look at that cover.  Isn’t that like a fairy tell setting?  Just somewhere to take your mind off everything.  You walk into each novella with your heart a little heavy and end up with your heart lightened and full of love

The stories involve you from the beginning and never leave you hanging.  Having strong main characters and having led you back to the 1800’s is just great for those that want a book that you can meet these characters in their stories as if you were right there with them.  Never was I bored during reading these 4 novellas.

I am finding that I love this historical period.  While I am still not “in love” with love stories.  The need to sometimes drown out the world and get lost in a book very quickly!

My Favorite An Outlaws Heart is just that.  A book that keeps  you involved from the very first words to the end  Russell comes home after being gone for 7 years and finds his mother very ill.  While hanging around trying to help her, he runs into his old girlfriend who had run him off the last time she saw him.  Was it all because she didn’t love him anymore or because of love that’s why she asked him to leave.  Read An Outlaws Heart in Among The Fair Magnolias and you can get it here

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander – Savannah is so angry about the war  It killed her parent’s.  Left her with a family to raise even at her young age.  They also lost the family farm “Darby Farms” in the process.  Only to have it purchased by a Union Soldier.  Savannah is hired to be the seamstress on the Darby Farms remodel. she is ecstatic because that gets her back in the home.  Where she is in a race against the clock that will end her reasons to be in the home.  Does she keep looking for the mistake.

Dorothy Love – Abigail must marry her distant cousin Charles.  She knows that she doesn’t want to and her heart belongs to another man.  Should she listen to her parents or realize she is destined to a life of unhappiness

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser – Emily is in love.  With a freedman.  He is taunted by the KKK.  The person that loves Emily is part of that KKK she soon find out.  What other secrets are there to be found.

Check out each of these Novellas, in Among The Fair Magnolias by these 4 authors.  You can get this book at the following links

http://litfusegroup.com/books/among-the-fair-magnolias

Among the Fair Magnolias Authors

Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including “A Lasting Impression” and “The Inheritance.” Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. A native of west Tennessee,

Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels.

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), “The Protector,” recently made the New York Times best seller list.

Elizabeth Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia now living in France, is a novelist who writes what she calls ‘entertainment with a soul.’ For over 25 years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in mission work with International Teams.

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A Christmas Gift For Rose and a GIVEAWAY!!!

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Through adversity, Rose finds love.

Rose finds Family

Rose finds Rose.

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When an Amish woman learns the truth about her heritage, her life shattered. She had already lost the love of her life when he went off to war.

Amish men just didn’t do that. Rose couldn’t get past the point that he was at war, regardless of whether he was on the front-line or a medic. Her reasons for turning her back on Jonathan end up being her heritage. Rose tries to deal with her identity and the loss of the life she always thought had.

When faced with adversity Rose learns that family is more than the people you are born too. She also learns that family is more than blood.

Rose learns life lessons

In those lessons Rose finds adversity, Rose finds friendship, Rose finds true family and Rose…

Finds Rose.

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What a sweet story this is of community, faith, love, family and living God’s command of love your neighbor!

The faith that Rose finds in herself, her family and Jonathan, the love of her life, are all renewed with the spirit of Christmas.

The Christmas gift she finds is herself.

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My thoughts

I loved how the story intertwined among the War and lets you know how hard it was for people to live during that time. Really gut wrenching honest. A young woman questions her entire existence and you cannot help but start “cheering for the home team” Rose’s emotions are all over the place in this book and when I read it the first time, (when it first came out) I was in love with this book and the feelings of family and home, and community.

The next time I read it, I couldn’t connect with the book. Then I realized that it was my own doing because of my issues in my family. This is a book that makes you think and think hard about your family

It makes you want to have that ideal family life!!! Does that life ever really exist? For the young woman in this book, you find that it —  read the book to find out what Rose does and how she handles her emotions and feelings and how she comes to terms with her life during this time!!!”

Go here for the giveaway –  A Christmas Gift For Rose

 

 

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The Prayer Box – Book Review

5.0 out of 5 stars The Prayer Box, September 25, 2014

 
 
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The Prayer Box

Lisa Wingate is a phenomenal artist with a “pen” in hand so to say. The Prayer Box is just a very good book

It leads you on the path from a mom of two, a teenager and a preteen, running from a very difficult, past with a very powerful, abusive person.

As she is hiding out, she just wants to lay low, not be noticed, not be seen, but eventually she gets right into the thick of things with a character that you would never expect and her relationship with that character, becomes enthralled in protection and love… The Character is a house.

She falls in love first with the owner, who is also her landlord, then with the home itself and whatever she can do to protect it after the owner passes away

The book, set on the outer banks of North Carolina, gives you intrigue about failed relationships, new relationship with people who are trusting and loving and caring, especially when you have never had those kinds of relationships before. It teaches Tandy Jo, how to trust, love and heal.

The Prayer Box also goes through the history and healing of her failed relationships with her children.
Also new relationships that are surprising even to Tandy Jo.
While family is a very important aspect of this book, it’s not really about the nuclear family, it’s about failed relationships (again) and then standing up for yourself, and seeing yourself through the readings of a journal that spans an entire lifetime.

Being part of a life that is gone, but then reading through the journal, helps Tandy heal, love, accept and eventually stand up for what is right and good, in her community and in her personal life.  Something that she hasn’t ever done before because of who she was with and her pattern of destructive ways.

 

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This book is about healing, healing for a single person, a family,  a town and love for self and others, but mostly for trust in those same things.  

I strongly recommend it and based on my first and only reading of Lisa Wingate’s writings, I will be seeking a LOT more!!!

 

 

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The Memory Jar – Book Review

I LOVED this book, there are just no other words to describe how much I enjoyed this book.

Filled with a certain suspense, a great amount of love for others, and God, what more can you ask for in a book?  The Memory Jar has all that and more.

Tricia has a way with spilling words on the page, that make you look inside yourself and think about what would you do, what could you or what should you do. (Although I don’t like the word should and it’s a negative word) in this aspect, she’s bang on.

Not to spoil the ending or anything, but let’s just say many heartaches in memories sometimes, and those memories when used to help others, can be a negative turned positive.  Even if YOU are the one they help.

I love the idea of a Memory Jar also.

here are some great ideas for your own Memory Jar  http://www.pinterest.com/fenotavel/memory-jar/   One of my goals is to do this with the younger set of my grandchildren, that I affectionately call the “littles”  However, they aren’t quite so little anymore as the youngest informs me..

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The Memory Jar – Tricia Goyer

 

The Memory Jar follows Sarah along her path of broken dreams, completed dreams, broken hearts, love filled hearts, and an experience that shatters her heart. Through the memories of her friend, the dreams of her future, and the promise of her heart being healed, Sarah, finds love, adventure, and finally a mended heart.
Tricia Goyer weaves through the lives of Sarah and her family and her friend Jathan and his family.

http://www.pinterest.com/triciagoyer/seven-brides-for-seven-bachelors-series/ Check out Tricia’s Pinterest Page here on the entire series

Loved this book by Goyer. Will be reading the entire Seven Brides Series)

I’m currently reading The Promise Box and cannot wait to review it!!

The Promise Box – Tricia Goyer

 

I have not been compensated for this review in any way!

Go check them out here!

 

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Five Minute Friday – Exhale

Exhale

1.to emit breath or vapor; breathe out.
2. to pass off as vapor; pass off as an effluence. verb (used with object), ex·haled, ex·hal·ing.
3.  to breathe out; emit (air, vapor, soundetc.): to exhale a sigh.
4.  to give off as vapor: The engine exhaled steam.
5.  to draw out as a vapor or effluence; evaporate

Exhale

Whew….hmmm…..ahhhh… no matter how you do it, exhale relieves the carbon dioxide from your body.  In other words, poisons.

and equating that with exhaling, when you breathe, good goes in, bad goes out, so relieving yourself of all the toxins, is a great thing.  Required to live and required to get through a day.

So expunging poison from your body, like sin, is a way to cleanse your soul.  When you ask God in your heart,, he expunged satan from your heart.  Your want to only take in good things should prevalent in your soul, good friends, good reading, good TV, good websites, great music

Those things don’t come naturally though.  Because of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, we are born sinful.  Every Day, the first breath you take each morning, you sin….

Isn’t it incredible that we have a Lord and Savior that can take away that sin.  He collects our tears, he washes us clean,..  By reading His word, we have a guide to be able to live a life that has the ending of the lifetime.

have you read Revelations?  Have you read the Bible?

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I am going through the Bible this year and have been so blessed to reread things and really understand what He is talking about, because my faith is stronger, I understand.  To me, that gives me so much joy that I actually “know” what it’s saying

He tells us not to worry, not to fret, not to be prideful and to let Him guide your life.  In doing so, you can EXHALE and rejoice in the truth, that God sits in Heaven and will be coming back for us one day!!!

 

 

 

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

 

this is from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Blog that explains FMF)
So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.
We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).
No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.
Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.
So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.
Your words. This shared feast. It’s easy to join in, just:
Check what the prompt is on my Lisa Jo Baker’s Blog.
Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.
{And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post} Link over to Lisa’s blog and invite friends to join in. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url
http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ } Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of Lisa’ Five Minute Friday post enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!
Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it
Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community

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