Giving Thanks

I know it is after Thanksgiving. However I was unable to sit up, much less write post, right after the lunchtime festivities. So here’s a list of the things that I’m most thankful for in no particular order:

  • Diet Coke – It is amazing a small thing like a Diet Coke can turn a day around
  • My son’s height – At the moment I’m thankful because he was able to get something down for me.  Tomorrow when I have to look for more pants for him because the ones purchased 2 months ago are now too short, maybe not so thankful.
  • My youngest’s humor – He has a joke for everything and a crazy sense of humor to boot.  Sometimes at the most inappropriate times, but he is a great mood changer.
  • My husband’s protectiveness – There is never a doubt in my mind that man will go to bat for me anytime and any situation.   Rather than feel like I can’t handle a situation, I am choosing to be thankful for his strength in taking care of it for me.
  • My daughter’s love of the arts – As much as I love creativity, she takes it to another level.  Her skills continue to amaze me.
  • My crazy coupon loving sister – She helps me save so much money and will help me hunt for something when I need to.
  • My friends – My crazy ones that stretch my embarrassed threshold on a regular basis, the ones that I may not talk to for months but I know I can rely on no matter what, and the ones that I know without a shadow of a doubt that they would tell me the truth even if I didn’t like it.
  • And the rest of family – especially the ones that fit into my friends category as well.

Fear Less

This is the first time in a very long time that I am writing a truly transparent post.  The words contained below are straight from my heart and soul.

I recently purchased a book “What Women Fear” by Angie Smith. I have not even cracked open the book yet. The title alone has my mind reeling. There have been many times in my life that I have been crippled by my fears.

I have so many fears, everyday fears, long term fears. What would it feel like to replace those fears with faith and hope and dreams instead? I would love to know. I figure that one of the only ways to overcome some of my fears will be to list what I fear (and read the book to see what Angie says since she has overcome so many of her own fears).

  • I fear that I will not live up to expectations. Not just others expectations, but my own. What if I really am not good enough for that job? What if I mess up dinner? What if I am really not a good enough mom?  What if the outcome of my life is my failures instead of my accomplishments?
  • I fear that I won’t be able to see all three of my kids grow up.  I have witnessed so many young lives cut so very short.  I pray everyday that I won’t be forced to witness it first hand with my own child.
  • I fear I won’t be able to meet the needs of my family.  We have lost so much, through poor choices, and tough economic times.   What if after not being able to meet wants, we start not being able to meet needs as well?
  • I fear that I will never get over mistakes that I have made.
  • I fear I’m a disappoint to God.  That I get in the way of His plan.  That I don’t communicate the things that He wants me to.  I just don’t measure up.
  • I fear my kids will grow up and move away.  That the only time I will be able to see them is vacations and holidays.  I want them to become responsible adults and have a life of their own.  I just want to continue to be a part of their life.
  • I fear that I will not be able to overcome my fears.

Back on Track

I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks. So much on my mind, I just couldn’t process it all while maintaining my normal posts. I will be back on track starting tomorrow. And be on the look out for a post this week that is different from my normal. I have a draft that will be published this week that is so much where my heart and my brain has been lately.

Five Question Friday 10-28

1. Do you prefer cotton, silk, or flannel sheets? Cotton, definitely cotton. Silk – my feet will get stuck on if I haven’t had a pedicure in forever (which is a normal circumstance). Flannel – just way to hot for Fla.

2. What time zone are you in?
the Florida one?? Eastern Standard, I think. I don’t travel much, so it takes a lot of thinking on this one.

3. What is your favorite part of the holiday season? The smells, the baking, the songs, the movies. Gosh, there is way more than one favorite part. If I had to pick just one, it would be the smells.

4. What is your favorite “wintry” drink? (It doesn’t have to be an “alcoholic” drink!) I love Eggnog, but oh my the calories. Then there is a drink that my sis-in-law makes at the holidays that is a cinnamon-y drink that is warm, I have no clue the name of it. It is ohh so yummy.

5. In your opinion, what is the worst job in the world? The most thankless job is being a teacher. I worked in an elementary school, and the things that the teachers have to deal with is just unbelievable. I don’t necessarily think it is the worst job, but certainly the most thankless.

Change It Up

Just one day ago, I posted my Menu Plan for the week.   Plans have already changed.  I am just not feeling it this week… So here’s the updated, minimized, quick and easy plan for the week.

Tuesday – Roast Pork Tenderloin with vegetable ratatouille  Chili

Wednesday – Quick Chicken Casserole Chicken and Yellow Rice

Thursday – Turkey Bow-Tie Skillet  Whatever I feel like 😉

Friday – Tanner’s to see Michael Ray

Sooo Scary

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Prompt this week is to write about something that scared you as a child.

Being so close to Halloween, this reminds of a particular Trick or Treat adventure. It was third grade, my best friend, Christie, and I were going to Trick or Treat. Her mom had everything mapped out for us. First, we went on a hayride at their church and then trick or treated at the neighborhood right next to the church. After that neighborhood, we went on to the next.

Here we are, two eight year old girls, one dressed as Pippy Longstocking (that’s me) and the other as a sick child complete with thermometer and teddy bear walking up to this completely normal looking house. There is a very large tub on the front porch and an elderly woman sitting in a lawn chair. I walk up to the woman and say “Trick or Treat”, she does not reply as the other houses have by giving me candy. Instead she looks at the tub and says, “If you want the candy, reach in there an get it.” I turn to the tub, and find a man with fake blood on his face and hands in the tub. Now, we are pretty intelligent 3rd graders – we look at each other and say, “No way”. We are not going to touch that guy. But, we are also wanting candy.

We stand there several minutes, pondering our options. Option 1 – walk away without getting candy at this one house; Option 2 – reach in for the candy and know that we are going to scared out of our minds. I look back at the lady, and plead with her to just give us one piece. I figure that if she reaches in, that we will be okay. This entire time, the guy is not moving – at all. I don’t see the candy even moving from him breathing. The lady doesn’t budge, she won’t give us any candy.

Finally, I look to Christie and we decide that we really want some the candy. So we move to the very end of the tub away from the guy’s hands and face. We reach in as slowly and quietly as possible, thinking the entire time if try really hard maybe he won’t notice us. Just as we reach in, the man bolts up and screams. We scream, grab a huge handful of candy, and run away all at the same time. Christie’s mom is, of course, laughing; right along with the man and the lady sitting there.

Menu Plan Monday – 10-24

Menu Plan Monday

Having a game plan for the week, helps me stay on track for my budget and makes the inevitable question of the day much easier (what are we having for dinner???). Click on the banner above to go check out I’m an Organizing Junkie and see what she has cooking for the week too

Monday – Going to Outback for Eric’s Birthday

Tuesday – Roast Pork Tenderloin with vegatable ratatouille

Wednesday – Quick Chicken Casserole

Thursday – Turkey Bow-Tie Skillet

Friday – Tanner’s to see Michael Ray