31st Aug2011

Wordless Wednesday: End of Summer Car Wash

by Daenel

Wordless Wednesday:  End of Summer Car WashYou can see more of my photographic efforts by clicking here to see my Flickr stream…

31st Aug2011

What I Wore Wednesday #18

by Daenel

This week, Aubree challenged her readers to wear something they’d either thrifted, free~piled or got for cheap and since I love a good sale, this was a relatively easy challenge for me.  Just about every outfit has an article of clothing that was either gifted or purchased on sale.  I haven’t ventured into the world of thrift shopping yet but I’ve seen some incredible purchases from others who have, so I know one of these days I’m gonna have to hit up a consignment shop or two.

What I Wore Thursday:  Just Hangin’ Out

What I Wore Thursday
Cardigan ~ The Limited ($6.00)
Denim Skirt ~ Gifted
Bag, Earrings ~ QVC
Watch ~ Gifted
Shoes ~ 6pm.com

What I Wore Sunday:  Going to Church

What I Wore Sunday
Tunic ~ Burlington Coat Factory ($12.00)
Bracelets ~ Target
Camisole, Jeans ~ Kmart

What I Wore Tuesday:  Parent~Teacher Meeting

What I Wore Tuesday
Cape ~ Strawberry ($16.00)
Camisole ~ Kmart
Earrings ~ QVC
Jeans ~ Old Navy
Bracelets, Shoes ~ Target

Do you shop in consignment shops?  What’s the best purchase you’ve ever made?

I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday and Aubree from Yellow Blackbird:  A Creative Blog for Shop Your Closet.

The Pleated PoppyShop Your Closet with Yellow Blackbird

30th Aug2011

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

by Daenel

DaenelI was never a Seinfeld fan until it went off the air and I started watching it in syndication.  I just didn’t get it, a show about nothing? Not funny.  I was wrong, it is.  But I digress.  Do you remember the episode where George says if you look angry people will think you’re busy and leave you alone?  Well, I used to do that so people wouldn’t talk to me.  Or I’d make phone calls just to avoid saying “hi”.  Not because I’m rude or anti~social but because small talk unnerves me.

Kid you not.  I know, I teach classes.  I work as a librarian.  I write a blog.  I live a lot of my life online.  But one~on~one conversations?  I get totally tongue tied.  I over analyze the entire evening.  I replay conversations to death and think of all the witty things I should have said.  I’m desperately trying to stop this annoying habit…

One of the cool things about moving to a place where no one knows you is that you get a chance to reinvent yourself.  You get to make yourself better.  Or different.  You get to fix the things you don’t like about yourself without the people who know you bringing up your past.  Moving is freedom.

For fifteen years, I lived in this bubble.  A bubble of my own creating, but a bubble nevertheless.  My bubble consisted of my husband, my children and my job.  Every few years, someone would work their way into my life and then they’d disappear (either by them moving, my inability to invest in the relationship or just the natural course of a friendship ending).  My bubble was very insular.  Very lonely.

So when we moved here, I knew I wanted things to be different. I told the hubs that I wanted to make friends.  Not just “friends” that I see on special occasions or at work, but friends I could call up and say “Hey, wanna meet for coffee?”  You know what I mean?  Honestly, I haven’t shifted that far out of my comfort zone, I’m not at the point where I can call people, but I am being more receptive to invitations and conversations.  I’m relying less on the hubs for social activities and more on my own, ummmm, charm.

Do you find it harder to make friends now that you’re an adult?

29th Aug2011

Monday Mingle: Sweet Sixteens, Toddler Pageants and Fast Cars

by Daenel

Makeup Free MondayMakeup Free Monday is hosted by The Beauty Bean as an initiative for women to celebrate real beauty.  I love makeup almost as much as I love shoes but I also like encouraging women to embrace their natural beauty.  Confidence is beautiful, makeup is the enhancer.

If you decide to participate in Makeup Free Monday let me know in the comments.

Monday MingleMonday Mingle is hosted by Jenn at Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. After all, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions are:

1.  What did you do for your Sweet Sixteen birthday?

I don’t think we did anything special for our sixteenth birthday.  We probably just had cake and ice cream or something but I can’t remember us having a big ol’ party or anything.

2.  What do you think of little girls dressing like adults for pageants (think Toddlers and Tiaras)?

I think it’s incredibly stupid and borders on child abuse.  Who in the world thinks it’s adorable for a toddler to shimmy and shake his or her non~existent boobs.  And what parent in their right mind teaches their child that their value depends on their exterior?  I think I’d feel differently if parents weren’t spray tanning, flippering and wigging out their kids to the point where they look like 3 foot tall showgirls.

3.  What kind of car did you learn to drive in?

I learned to drive in a Mercedes, kinda sorta.  But I got my driver’s license in a Pontiac Fiero, it was a pretty sweet ride that I paid for myself, thankyouverymuch.

Next week’s questions are:

1.  What are some fun attractions near where you live (farms, amusement parks, etc.)

2.  Where’s the last place you and your spouse went alone?

3.  Are you happy the kids are back in school?

27th Aug2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

There is no story to go with these wedges.  I saw them, I wanted them, I don’t wear them.  That is all.  Well, no, that’s not all.  I don’t wear them because they cut off the circulation in my legs because I tie the straps so tight.  I tie them tight because if I don’t, they wiggle their way lose, slide down my ankles and cause my shoes to make that clickety~clack~slish~slish sound that shoes make when they’re half on and half off the foot.  So they sit, in my closet only to be pulled out for random photo ops.

Wedges
Do you have a pair of shoes that are simply taking up space in your closet?

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!


27th Aug2011

Welcoming Another Tech Kid to the Family: iPad 2

by Daenel

My Shiny New iPad 2The hubs never ceases to amaze me.  Today I was sitting on the sofa, working on my notebook, when the hubs walked in and said “Stand up”.  Now, anyone who knows me, knows I immediately went in to “You don’t tell me what to do” mode.  I stood up anyway, but kept up a running commentary, until he leaned over kissed me and said “Thank you for being you.”  Then he presented me with a shiny new iPad 2.  Suh~weet.  I need to be amenable to moving a little more often.  And, um, perhaps a little less chatty.

I spent most of yesterday and last night get acquainted with the newest family member and I have to admit to being absolutely smitten.  Now there are a couple of minor things that I have to adjust to, such as using Safari instead of Google Chrome and one button control for just about everything.  Not hard things, just different.

Late last night, I spent a little time personalizing the built~in apps and downloading others.  My favorite built~ins are:

  • FaceTime ~ love being able to see the hub’s smiling face when we talk
  • iBooks ~ used it to download the manual (which I still haven’t read and probably won’t but I feel good seeing it on the shelf)

And I downloaded:

  • AllRecipes ~ cooking is a big hobby of mine, so having access to thousands of new recipes is priceless
  • Crossword ~ exercising the brain
  • Flipboard ~ seeing all my social apps in magazine form is kinda cool
  • HealthyRecipe ~ videos of people cooking healthy foods, what could be better?
  • Nook ~ lifelong learning, yo
  • Pandora ~ gots to have my music

So far the only mistake that I’ve made is while purchasing the cover.  Rather than go for something that would protect the screen, like the iPad Smart Cover, I chose to get something that only protects the back (sorta like an Otter Box).  I’ll have to fix that soon, I don’t want the screen to get damaged while it’s in my purse.

And, yes, I have named the iPad.  Her name is Inez.

Do you have an iPad?  What apps do you recommend?

26th Aug2011

Hurricane Irene: Would You Ride It Out for the “Experience”??

by Daenel

I’m sitting here watching the news coverage of Hurricane Irene and the one thing that strikes me is the stupidity of people.  Governors in 10 states have already declared states of emergency and/or ordered mandatory evacuations, yet, there are people who are adamant about remaining in their homes.  What?  One guy actually said he wanted to “experience a hurricane”.  “Experience a hurricane”?

Why in the world would people want to stick around to “experience a hurricane”?  Have these people not watched the news and seen the death and the destruction that can result from these storms?  Do they not remember Hurricanes Andrew or Katrina?

Let me tell you, those people had better be happy that I’m not a governor.  I’d bill anyone who chose to stay and then required rescuing.  And if someone died trying to rescue them ~ murder charges.  Yes!  Why should people have to endanger themselves to rescue people who choose to stay in the way of danger?  Yes, there’s the chance that this may be a case of “the sky is falling” but what if it’s not?  What if this is another Katrina?  Why risk it for an “experience”?  Get the heck out of dodge, put a bumper sticker on your car and call it a day.

What do you think?  Should there be penalties for people who willingly put themselves and others in harm’s way?

25th Aug2011

Crazy Days of Summer: My Favorite Summer Memories

by Daenel

I’ve enjoyed this challenge so much.  Seeing the pictures that others have taken, makes me want to do better, aim differently, focus on one feature and just have fun.  I’ve also learned a lot from the various tips and suggestions that some of you have included with your photographs.  Thank you for teaching and encouraging me.

Now without further ado, here are some of my favorite pictures from the summer:

An abandoned building that holds memories of cousins playing…

Abandoned Building

An annoying fly made beautiful…

Fly on a Hosta

Tranquil waters in the city park…

Pier

A chipmunk eating a pilfered Beggin’ Strip…

Chipmunk Eating a Beggin' Strip

A splash of red in the midst of greens and browns…

Poppy

A last photo in our old home before we started our new lives in Missouri…

Family Photo

To see more pictures from our summer, click here and check out my photostream on Flickr.

What is your favorite summer memory?

Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge is hosted by Alicia of Project Alicia and Kristi of live and love…out loud.

The themes for June are:

Week 1:  3  June ~ Flowers
Week 2:  10  June ~ Refreshing
Week 3:  17 June ~ Water
Week 4:  24 June ~ Yellow

The themes for July are:

Week 5:  1 July ~ Light
Week 6: 8 July ~ Patriotism
Week 7:  11 July ~ Critters
Week 8:  22 July ~ Motion

The themes for August are:

Week 9:  29 July ~ Bubbles
Week 10:  5 August ~ Summer Treats
Week 11:  12 August ~ Fun with Friends
Week 12: Blue Skies

Today is the last day of the challenge but the ladies will be back for the Shades of Fall Photo Challenge which they’ll be hosting with Rebecca from Bumbles & Light.

25th Aug2011

Getting to Know Missouri: Cape Girardeau Southside Park

by Daenel
Cape Girardeau Park Southside

To see more pictures of Missouri, click here

One of the things that first struck me when the hubs and I visited Missouri for the first time was incredible amount of parks ~ 2 large parks, 1 water park and a series of smaller community parks.  Not only were there a lot of parks but just about every square inch was covered with families involved in some sort of activity.  I’d never seen anything like it before.  And clean.  The parks were so incredibly clean.

Yesterday, I had a chance to go over to the Southside Park in Cape Girardeau and take some pictures.  At the time, some construction and cleaning crews were in the park doing some clean up/renovation but they allowed me to take a few pictures and even pointed out a couple of nice spots for me to set up my camera.  I still cannot get over how friendly everyone is down here.

The park is on the south side of Cape Girardeau and is pretty expansive.  The side that I was on had several pavilions, a couple of fishing piers and playgrounds scattered throughout. A hint for engaged couples, there are several spots that would make beautiful backdrops for wedding photos.

I can’t wait to get out and explore more of the area.

24th Aug2011

What I Wore Wednesday #17

by Daenel

What I Wore Wednesday

What I Wore Wednesday Tunic ~ HSN
Skinny Jeans ~ Deb’s
Bangles ~ Everywhere
Sandals ~ Family Dollar

I love the tunic, I just don’t wear it very often because I don’t know how to wear it. It’s long and came with a gold rope belt which looked a lot like a curtain tie, so I tossed it. How would you wear the tunic?

What I Wore Sunday

What I Wore Sunday

Cami, Cardi, Skirt ~ Target
Pearl Necklace ~ Boutique in Pennsylvania
Rose Pins ~ Michael’s
Watch ~ Gift
Belt ~ Kmart
Shoes ~ Burlington Coat Factory

The skirt has been in my closet for a couple of months. I bought it on sale but wasn’t sure what I’d wear with it, then I happened to be in Target and found the cardi ~ perfect match.

What I Wore Monday

What I Wore Monday

Tank ~ Can’t Remember
Necklace ~ Target
Leather Cuff ~ 3 Sisters
Jeans, Shoes ~ Kmart

I haven’t worn that tank in years.  Why?  Because I can’t tell if it’s dated or not.  I like the print but the asymmetric hem kinda throws me a bit.

What I Wore Tuesday

What I Wore Tuesday

Tunic, Belt ~ Burlington Coat Factory
Cami, Jeans ~ Kmart
Feather Earrings ~ Nordstrom
Ring ~ Target

I loved this tunic when I bought it many years ago but now? Not so much. I don’t know if it’s ’cause of my weight gain or if it’s just that my taste has changed. Anyway, I can’t seem to get rid of it. The feather earrings are new. LOVE THEM!

Shop Your ClosetThis week I’m linking up with Aubree from Yellow Blackbird:  A Creative Blogfor her Shop Your Closet Challenge.  I found Aubree’s blog while participating in What I Wore Wednesday and I thought she had the cutest fashion sense, so I added her to my blogroll (it’s always nice to have someone new to provide much needed inspiration).  Last week, Aubree challenged her readers to mix pink and red together in an outfit, well, I couldn’t do it. I’m so not a pink girl.  To make up for not participating in last week’s challenge, I decided to take this week’s challenge up a notch and do it all week long.  The challenge?  To wear something that I rarely or have never worn.  Ummmm, I’m embarrassed to admit how many articles of clothing I have in my closet that I rarely or never wear

The Pleated PoppyI’m also linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday, check her out for more fashion inspiration…

 

22nd Aug2011

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge: Pet Week

by Daenel

iheartfaces Photo Challenge: Pet Week

Our dog, Squeekerz, waking up from one of many naps that he takes during the day.

This photo is my entry into this week’s I Heart Faces Photo Challenge:  Pet Week.

I HEART FACES PHOTO CHALLENGE RULES

I Heart Faces Photography ChallengePhoto challenges are open for entries on Mon & Tues (until 9:00 pm CST). To be considered as a winner of this week’s challenge, you can only have ONE photo in your entry. Please make sure that you add the button to your blog post as well so that you’ll be eligible to win!

  • This week’s theme is “Pet Week.”  Read more details here.
  • If you’re newer to the site, you will want to read the FAQ’s.  Please note that they do not accept any entries from Facebook.
  • Unlike most weeks, no human face is required for this photo challenge!
  • If your entry has been deleted, it is because you entered your link incorrectly. Please go ahead and reenter it correctly using a permalink to your post.

22nd Aug2011

Monday Mingle: All Settled In and Makeup Free

by Daenel

Makeup Free MondayMakeup Free Monday is hosted by The Beauty Bean as an initiative for women to celebrate real beauty.  I love makeup almost as much as I love shoes but I also like encouraging women to embrace their natural beauty.  Confidence is beautiful, makeup is the enhancer.

If you decide to participate in Makeup Free Monday let me know in the comments.

Monday MingleMonday Mingle is hosted by Jenn at Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. After all, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions are:  Free Stylin’

Click here to see the Front Porch Tour

Next week’s questions are:

1.  What did you do for your Sweet Sixteen birthday?

2.  What do you think of little girls dressing like adults for pageants (think Toddlers and Tiaras)?

3.  What kind of car did you learn to drive in?

20th Aug2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

A few weeks before we left Pennsylvania, my mother called me up and said “As soon as you arrive, we’re going to this shoe store.  I found the perfect pair of shoes for you.’  She went on to try and describe the shoes to me and to tell me how much I would love them.  I laughed it off.  My mother and I have very different taste.  My mother is a very conservative preacher who wears suits on Sundays and skirts past her knees the rest of the week.  My style is, um, eclectic.  The funkier the better.

It seemed that my mother was calling me every other day about these shoes.  Should she just buy them for me or wait until I saw them?  What if they were all gone before I arrived?

The day after I arrived, we headed for the shoe store.  My mother was positively giddy.  We found the shoes Omg!  Momma done good! but, sadly, they didn’t have them in my size.  So we left the store and wandered around a bit then decided to go back to the shoe store.  My mother asked the salesperson if they might have my size in the back.  They did, she bought, I have.

Shoe Style SaturdayDo you and your mother have the same taste in shoes?  Could she pick out a pair for you?  Has she ever surprised you with a fashion choice?

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!


19th Aug2011

Crazy Days of Summer: Blue Skies

by Daenel

Welcome to the final edition of the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge! I just found out that I was mistaken, there’s one more week left.  Yay!  So be prepared to read this exact same post next week but with different pictures…

I’ve enjoyed this challenge so much.  Seeing the pictures that others have taken, makes me want to do better, aim differently, focus on one feature and just have fun.  I’ve also learned a lot from the various tips and suggestions that some of you have included with your photographs.  This has been a lot of fun.

Academic Hall ~ SEMOAcademic Hall at Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO

The River WalkThe River Walk
Cape Girardeau, MO

The River WalkThe River Walk
Cape Girardeau, MO

The River WalkThe River Walk
Cape Girardeau, MO

The Memphis Zoo and AquariumThe Memphis Zoo and Aquarium
Memphis, TN

Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge is hosted by Alicia of Project Alicia and Kristi of live and love…out loud.  It will run from 3 June to 26 August and is open to everyone. Each Friday (posts will go live at 12:01 AM) participants are encouraged to share their favorite images inspired by the weekly theme.

Crazy Days of SummerThe themes for June are:

Week 1:  3  June ~ Flowers
Week 2:  10  June ~ Refreshing
Week 3:  17 June ~ Water
Week 4:  24 June ~ Yellow

The themes for July are:

Week 5:  1 July ~ Light
Week 6: 8 July ~ Patriotism
Week 7:  11 July ~ Critters
Week 8:  22 July ~ Motion

The themes for August are:

Week 9:  29 July ~ Bubbles
Week 10:  5 August ~ Summer Treats
Week 11:  12 August ~ Fun with Friends
Week 12: Blue Skies

To participate:

  • Please share your photos with others by linking directly to your Crazy Days of Summer blog post or Flickr photo, not your blog’s home page or Flickr Photostream. Feel free to share your photos in the Crazy Days of Summer Flickr Group as well.
  • The linky will remain open from 12:00am Friday – 11:59pm Wednesday.
  • Make a few new friends by visiting and commenting on the previous entry in the linky list.

Each Thursday, a few of Alicia’s and Kristi’s favorite images from the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge will be selected and featured at Project Alicia and live and love… out loud.

18th Aug2011

The First Day of the New School Year

by Daenel
First Day of School

The First Day of School

I’m sitting here in the living room, The Golden Girls playing in the background, knowing I should be in bed sleeping but I can’t.  There’s too much going through my head.  Today is the first day of school for the younger three kids and the day we move the oldest one in to her dorm.  Gosh, where does the time go?

It feels like only yesterday the nurse was placing Miss 17 in my arms.  I remember sitting there staring at her.  There was no fear or feelings of insecurity, instead I was overwhelmed by a sense of awe.  I couldn’t believe this precious little person had come from me.  Two years later, I was doubly blessed with my twins.  Still, I didn’t feel like it was too much.  But two years later when baby number 4 came along?  Yep, I was ready to throw in the towel.

But we’ve survived.  Yes, we’ve had ups and downs.  There’ve been times when I’ve thought If I get in the car and just keep driving, will anyone miss me?  I also had moments when I’d just lock myself in the bathroom and cry.  But I had many more times when I’d hold my stomach and literally laugh until it hurt at the silliness of my babies.  Those are the realities of being a mom.

So today I sit, knowing that I’m turning one of my babies lose to find her own way and preparing three others to leave the nest someday.  I know that each time they leave our home, they’ll experience new and exciting things.  And I know that we’ve equipped them to handle most of what life will throw at them.

When the kids were little, I used to tell them that God handpicked each and every one of them to come live with me because He knew we’d be good for each other.  I thank Him for knowing and trusting me enough to raise Miss 17, Miss and Mr 15 and Miss 14.

17th Aug2011

What I Wore Wednesday #16

by Daenel

Hey, y’all!  Thanks for stopping by…  I’m on a natural high today ~ the kids start school tomorrow and I’m soooo excited.  Mr and Miss 15 are going in to the 10th grade and Miss 14 is starting the 9th.  And Miss 17 is getting dropped off at her dorm on Thursday.  As in all 3 kids will be leaving the house tomorrow at roughly the same time.  Eep! Where did my babies go?  So tomorrow there will be the obligatory First Day of School Pictures but today is What I Wore Wednesday, so let’s let Momma shine….

What I Wore Thursday:  Funky Feathers

What I Wore ThursdayI wore this to enroll the kids in school.  I’m not usually a shirt tucker inner but this week was all about stepping out of my comfort zone.  The feather headband was something fun that I picked up while shopping with my daughters.  Yes, I realize I’m afraid of birds and that feathers come from birds but, again, it’s all about stepping out of my comfort zone

What I Wore Monday:  Peasant Girl

What I Wore MondayI bought this dress while shopping with my mom in Mississippi.  Normally I would have worn it without the belt but I decided to belt it and go.  I’m not sure that’s a look I’ll repeat though.  I’m a little, um, top heavy…  The shoes have been my favorite this week.  I think I wore them every day.

What I Wore Tuesday:  Ditzy Print Momma

What I wore TuesdayHands down, this was my favorite outfit of the week.  I very rarely wear little teensy floral prints and I almost never wear button downs, I did both with this outfit.  And I wore the shirt tucked in with a belt!  The hubs said he wasn’t a fan of the shirt but I like it, so it stays.  Besides it was a fab find for $3.  Seriously, can you beat that?

If your husband didn’t like something that you were wearing would you change your clothes, get rid of the item or continue to wear it?

I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday, check her out for more fashion inspiration…

The Pleated Poppy

16th Aug2011

Wordless Wednesday: Squeekerz

by Daenel

Wordless Wednesday:  Squeekerz

Our family dog, Squeekerz, just waking up from one of his many naps

What do you think dogs do all day that they sleep so much?

16th Aug2011

Lately I’ve Been Missing Family Comedies

by Daenel

The Bill Cosby ShowOver the past few days, I’ve started watching The Bill Cosby Show, an episodic comedy that ran from 1969 to 1971.  Cosby stars as Chett Kincaid, a high school basketball coach who helps out around his community and tries to teach the kids/teens in his care valuable life lessons.  It’s a good show, amusing to watch if for no other reason than the fashions and the home decor (Today’s fancy pattern?  Teal, purple and fuchsia flowered wall paper).

Anyway, yesterday an episode called “This Mouth is Rated X” ran and, ohmygosh, it was funny for so many different reasons.  But it also let me know how far we’ve moved away from good quality television.  In the episode, the adults are all up in arms because a star basketball player uses profanity.  And not just on the court but off the court as well.  Because of standards in broadcasting, they didn’t just say the words like they do now, instead they played a series of bird chirps interspersed with boingy sounds so you knew that ol’ boy was lettin’ it fly.  Can you imagine that?  No curse words, just sounds

Watching this show and other shows from when I was a kid (The Facts of Life, anyone?) makes me nostalgic for the days when my sisters, mother and I would sit on the sofa and laugh along with Tootie’s antics or imitate Arnold as he gave his brother the side eye and asked “Whatchoo talkin’ bout, Willis?”  Nowadays, you can’t watch shows with your kids lest you sit with the remote in hand prepared to silence the cussing…

I’m not a prude but it breaks my heart that my kids will never know the joys of sitting together as a family and laughing a comedy that isn’t about an overbearing mother, a dolt of a father and kids who are involved in too much too soon.  I’m glad that P&G and Walmart are sponsoring Family Movie Night but I’d love it if someone would invest in some quality half~hour comedies and stop with all these crazy reality shows.

Do you sometimes wax nostalgic for good clean television?  Have you been shocked or embarrassed by something that’s appeared on a kids’ show?  How did you deal?

Disclosure:  This post is not sponsored or endorsed by P&G or Walmart.  Or, um, Bill Cosby.

15th Aug2011

You Can’t Run from God, Not Even in Walmart

by Daenel

The Rock International MinistriesWhen we found out that we were moving to Missouri, the hubs and I decided that this would be an opportunity for us to start over and create new lives as individuals, as a couple and as a family.  One of the biggest changes that we wanted to make was attending church on a regular basis.  For a variety of reasons, we never found a church in Pennsylvania that met our needs so we either church hopped or didn’t attend.  We weren’t happy with that situation but it was what it was…

When you first enter the city of Jackson, you see a giant sign that says “Welcome to Jackson!  City of Beautiful Homes, Parks, Schools and Churches!” Everywhere we went, one of the first things people would ask was if we’d found ourselves a church. In the fifteen years that I lived in Pennsylvania, I don’t remember anyone ever asking me if I’d found myself a church home.  In fact, I only remember one man talking to me about church and that was in a bookstore and we were both in the Religious Reading section.  Needless to say, we received a lot of warm invitations to visit various churches.  I took each invitation, went home and discussed it with the hubs.  We decided to visit several churches over the course of the next coming weeks.

But Wednesday afternoon changed all that.  I happened to be in Walmart with Mr. and Miss 15 picking up a few things when Mr. 15 turned the shopping cart around and almost crashed into another shopper.  The other lady, her husband and I laughed our apologies and I hurried the kids down the next few aisles and to the cash register as quickly as I could.  As I was paying for my stuff, I felt a tap on my shoulder and heard “Excuse me….”  I turned to see the man whose wife my son had nearly collided with standing in front of me.

He introduced himself as Pastor T.D. White of The Rock International Ministries.  He apologized for his wife not being with him but she was finishing up the last bit of shopping. Pastor White joked that I was running out of that store and I was ~ dude, my kid had almost ran his wife over with a shopping cart!   He asked if we were new to the area, then he invited my family to his church.  I took his card, scribbled a few notes on the back and left the store.

Three days later, our neighbors invited my husband and me over for dinner.  They’d also invited another couple.  As we began talking, the conversation turned to church and our neighbor asked if we’d found a church yet and I told her no but we’d be visiting a new church this Sunday.  The 6 PM service.  The other lady turned to me and said, “Did you meet the pastor at Walmart?”  I nodded and we all started laughing.  She said “That’s my church.  He told us all about meeting your family at Wednesday night service…”  Seriously, what are the odds that a member of the church we had planned to visit to be at our neighbor’s house for dinner?

When Sunday afternoon rolled around, I started making excuses for not going.  I was tired, we were running late, etc.  At the last minute, the hubs and I quickly showered, changed and hopped in the truck.  The message?  Listen to God and Obey.  Yes!  Everything from the songs being sung to the testimonies being given to The Word being spoken was about listening to God.  Even when you don’t understand why He’s telling you to do something, listen.  And when you question whether something is of God, know that He will confirm His word.

Let’s see:

  1. I’d met the pastor at Walmart and received the invitation
  2. One of the church members was at our neighbor’s house
  3. Everything about the church service spoke to listening to and obeying God

And so it is that we’ve found a church home.

13th Aug2011

Digital Photography School Weekly Photo Challenge: Shoes

by Daenel

I had seriously considered not doing Shoe Style Saturday anymore and then I stumbled across this photography challenge from Digital Photography School and took it as a sign that the shoes must go on…

Shoe Style Saturday

Taken in my living room in Missouri

Shoe Style Saturday

Taken in my living room in Pennsylvania

These pictures are my contributions to the Digital Photography School’s Weekly Photo Challenge as well as my post for Shoe Style Saturday.

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!


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