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Preparing for Marriage

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi Friends,

I read a really great article last week over at Club 31 and wanted to share it with you!

The title of the article is The Best Way to Prepare for Marriage as a Single Woman.

Honestly, I had never before heard of the author, Phylicia Masonheimer, but it was a really great read.

Here is the link:



P.S. How are you doing with all of the Christmas rush of activities, shopping, wrapping, etc...? Don't forget to take time for yourself and your beloved!

Understanding Emotions

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi All,

I've just read a very good article on understanding your spouse's emotions.

I realize that most of you who visit here are not married yet, but these are things that you can apply to all of your relationships in general, I think. It would never hurt to begin looking for or applying these things in your courtship journey.

Here is the link to the article at Focus on the Family's website:

It was written by Drs. David and Jan Stoop, who have been married for over 60 years!

They talk about emotional intelligence, understanding our own emotions and being able to empathize with others.

You'll probably find several nuggets of information in there.

Have a good week, and stay warm!


The Season of Advent, 2017

Posted on November 29, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)


The question this week is about the season of Advent, which begins the church year.

Do you celebrate Advent in preparation for Christmas?

This year, Advent begins on December 3.

We've already begun decorating for Christmas, but we always set out our Advent wreath and candles on the dining room table. We light the candles every day at suppertime when we are all together. Each week has a theme:  Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love, all of which the Christ Child brings. (If you research, you'll probably find some different themes for each week, too.)

Our girls also have several Advent calendars that they like to use every year.

Take the time this year to prepare your heart for Christmas!!

May the Lord bless you and keep you,


Making Lists

Posted on November 3, 2017 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi All,

I am someone who makes lists....otherwise, I cannot seem to remember everything that needs to get done.

I like the satisfaction of crossing items off my list once they have been completed. Sometimes half an item is crossed off if it is a two-step completion process.

What do you do?

I also just read an article over at Focus on the Family's Boundless site by Gary Thomas titled "How Would Jesus Date?" and thought that I would share that with you.

Click here:

So - the holidays will be here in the blink of an eye....start making your lists so that you don't forget anything!!

May the Lord bless you and keep you ~


Coffee Is Everywhere

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Good Day All ~

We've been running at about 110 mph over here. Coffee is much in demand, so enjoy chatting about it!

Our high school senior decided during the summer that she wanted to participate in another musical this fall, and tech week begins this Sunday!

I've been working with music again, which means I get to also do some backstage singing during performances :D The older one is in the cast, and the younger one will be running around back stage. Grandparents will be driving in so that they can enjoy the performance and other family members will also be joining us - it's very exciting!

One thing I truly appreciate about the Curtain Call Cafe is that every production is centered around Christ.

Check here for more information:

The Swarthy Seadog sails during the last weekend in October!!

May you have a blessed weekend,


Posted on September 14, 2017 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Greetings in the name of Jesus,

Once again, I feel as though I have been neglecting posts.

Have you heard about Hurricance Harvey that hit the Texas Gulf Coast at the end of August?

We're located on the northeast side of Houston.....the Lord was gracious and merciful to us throughout the terrible flooding that so many in our area are still dealing with. We had no damage from the storm or flooding in our home! The worst that happened was losing power for about 6 hours one morning.

We have friends who were rescued from their flooded homes and neighborhoods by the Coast Guard, others by good samaritans in boats who answered the call to come and help if possible. God bless them all!!

Our church buildings flooded with between 2 and 3 feet of water. The girls and I spent some time working up there making inventory lists (me) and pulling up carpet (the girls....and they did this for 4 days straight!) Professionals are currently cleaning the interior so that we can begin to restore the buildings.

The news coverage contained images that we knew were really happening, but at the same time seemed so unreal.

Life for us has pretty much returned to normal, but normal has been forever changed for so many families. We're still trying to figure how we can best help some of them.

We've begun our home school studies and I've been working on a transcript for our high school senior this year, which I have completed except for this year's work - which is really HUGE. I wanted to celebrate a bit, and while the girls were at the youth service last night, my husband took me out for a quick dinner before we had to pick them up.

The question on the home page is about celebrations and how you like to recognize special days or accomplishments...have fun chatting about that!

In the meantime, click on this link to take you over to Club31 to read an article on 25 years of marriage and 25 things that you can do to get there with your beloved:

Have a blessed day in the Lord. May His grace and peace surround you constantly ~


Resurfacing from Under My Rock

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Greetings to you all,

I actually can believe that it has been just over two months since I last posted anything.

It has been a wild and crazy summer over here.

I shared with you all about the motor vehicle accident that my husband was involved in (month of May) and walked away from without a scratch - total miracle from the Lord!

I believe that I also shared we had decided to move....downsize is the proper term. We packed, searched for a different home, packed some more, searched some more, oh - and prepared two rental properties for selling at the same time as our home. And PACKED!

One rental sold quickly....the other should close by the end of this month (thank you, Jesus!)

We found a smaller home and planned our move - first time to hire movers.

Two days prior to our scheduled move, (on the fifth anniversary of my mother's passing) my 54 year old husband has a major heart attack at bedtime.

No. Joke. Completely. Totally. Serious.

Called 911 and waited on the ambulance.

Had to tell the girls I called an ambulance for their Dad....that was the worst part of the entire experience.

Called a neighbor to stay with the girls.

While I was waiting in the solitude and peace of a waiting room for surgery patients, (no other surgeries were happening at this time of the night) I began texting to ask for prayer.....I contacted family first and then friends from church. I was surprised at the number of responses I received between the hours of midnight and 3:00 AM.

God graced us with more miracles.....

One artery had two major blockages at 70% and 100%.

Within two hours of the first symptoms, he was in the cath lab at the hospital and surgery was beginning.

The doc placed two stents. He was in the hospital from late Monday night through Thursday early afternoon. He has recovered beautifully!

The Lord has been so very good to us!!

We are grateful for the EMTs, doctors, and medical staff, and the ways God gifted each of them in preparation for them to be  positioned to assist Kyle during this extreme time of need.

The moving company was so very understanding and let us reschedule our move for the next week - which we were able to do.

He stayed home from work the following week to recover and then returned two weeks to the day of the attack. (It was nice having him around on moving day....He did have to rest some, but I was grateful he was there.)

I've been unpacking and placing items where I think they will stay permanently, but I am not quite sure yet. We still have more boxes to unpack. My husband still has shelves to build, cabinets to hang, and his own boxes to unpack.

We have to plan our home school calendar for the year - then actually begin.

And, we still have one house to sell....the lovely (and large) one that we just moved from. Prayers for that would be appreciated, but we also know that God has a plan and that it will happen in His timing.

This is the pressurized rock I have been living under for the past few months.....I am grateful for good friends and family, and for our church family who showed up in a huge way when my husband was in the hospital and while he recovered. It was truly amazing, overwhelming, and humbling all at the same time.

God is good.....all the time.

What have you been dealing with lately? Know that through it all, God sees you....God hears you..... and God loves you!!

I usually try to keep posts fairly short, but this one just needed to be long.

May the Lord bless you and keep you and shine His face upon you ~


Complementary Strengths

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Good Day,

Have you thought about how your strengths are complementary in your relationship?

Men and women are wired differently (no surprise there!) but have you thought about how your differences add strength to your relationship?

Having, and sharing a different prespective can be a very good thing. Just be sure to do it in a way that honors the other!

This is just something to get you started thinking about your own strengths and weaknesses and how your beloved might fill in some of those gaps.

Give it some individual thought, and then enjoy a time of sharing.

In Christ,


How Do You Decompress?

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings, All,

It has continued to be crazy around our house.

Good news is that we have a contract on one rental property!

We have an accepted contract on a home to buy as our primary residence.

We still need to sell our current home and the other rental will be vacated about the middle of the month so that we can begin preparing it to sell.

Insanely busy!

Still have a pinched nerve in my back causing numbness in my hand, which is now leading to loss of muscle strength.....ugh......

God is still good, and we know that He has a plan!

So, how do you decompress from insanely busy? Share your strategies with each other and try them out to see if they might work for you, too.

May you be blessed ~


Your Dream Vehicle?

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello All,

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus.....

It's been absolutely crazy over here.

We've decided to downsize which means we're selling our home and rental properties, and buying something smaller with the goal of being mortgage free.

I've been running all kinds of errands, meeting with the realtor and contractor (who has done some fabulous work on one rental thus far) and preparing our house to sell.

I'm honestly feeling a bit overwhelmed.

One really good thing that happened yesterday was that we picked up the awesome truck that we found to replace my husband's totaled Ranger from the auto accident. (see previous post)

We found a 1999 Ford F150 in super condition with only 61,000 miles on it - looks pratically showroom new  :D

We are so grateful!

I must be off to attend other things, but have some fun chatting and sharing with each other what your dream vehicle is.

Be safe, and be blessed ~