...Two days of Mary Poppins duty at Jeremy & Kathy's. Bless their hearts they were so sick... I had two days of Wyatt time, so sorry they were sick. but oh how I love that boy! I am counting days until his little brother makes his grand appearance...
Tuesday Sue started chemo. 1 down... 5 to go... I had bought the book " Keep A Quiet Heart" by Elizabeth Elliot a couple weeks before she was diagnosed, then she had mentioned it, so I have been reading it as an encouragement and to be an encouragement.
Wednesday we moved Mom into Memory care. She seemed fine, the place is clean and recommended by her care workers. There was much much prayer that went into this. While this is not where I would have liked her to be, its where she needs to be.
..and finally I finished a book! My concentration has been elsewhere so last Thursday i felt good to sit and read.
Excellent.... never underestimate the power of a book.
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Psalm 68:19
I really love my life right now, I hesitate to say that much, as so many are suffering in so many ways, and then there is the bit of insecurity having lived through really bad times that it will come back, and I DO know it will ..but for this season ..its good and full...
Monday was Bible Study , 2 Corinthians 4. We had such a great discussion on hurting, trust, God. These women are wonderful! That was followed up by lunch with Mom in Law...
This was so well written, suspenseful...and now I probably will never get on a plane the rest of my life...
Thursday I was able to go with my DIl for doctor appts, and then hang out with this one
..and an email with this one in the hat I made him
..and after Chris and I literally stuffed 400 goodie bags for trick or treat, our reward was things like Sam coming by as a mild mannered Clark Kent
..and while we had planned a hike this weekend in VA, rain sort of delayed that trip, and we settled for breakfast at Cracker Barrel, in front of the fire, together....and that made everything the most perfect...
Jamie and Em needed a sitter for two days this past week. I was more then happy to head off to Charlotte and accommodate. Two days with this handsome fella... Oh yeah... He is the cutest little thing...
He reminds me so much of my son Jamie when he was little... and he has the same personality... very easy going...
One of Jamie's friends from high school , Adam and his wife Amber live right near them and I was able to meet their little man for the first time..
I hope and pray Jake and Boone will have a lasting friendship like their dads. I am so proud of both Jamie and Adam and the dads they have become!
On the way down and back, plus at night before I went to bed, I had this on audio book
I still have a couple hours to go on it but it is riveting! Very informative and gives a great history not just of Reagan, but Carter also...
I picked up my cross stitch again last night... Will I ever finish the August Country Cottage? I also worked on the Harmony blanket some more.
This came up on my face book feed today... and yes, I feel the need to bake them... today...
Almond Joy Cookies
Almond Joy Cookies how can you go wrong with chocolate and coconut?
Ingredients 1 cup butter 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 4 eggs 3 teaspoons vanilla 4 1/2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 5 cups chocolate chips 2 cups sweetened coconut 2 cups chopped almonds
Directions Pre-heat oven to 375°F Lightly grease cookie sheets. Combine dry ingredients, set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, stir in the vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients until well mixed then stir in the chocolate chips, coconut and almonds. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
So, there are a TON of books I have wanted to read but never have, and what better place to get an old fashion book then an old fashion library, with old fashion shelves, and a library card.
I love libraries, I really do. I always thought i would make a great librarian , I volunteered all through school. Filing books is so cathartic.
anyhow, I have a confession.... I have never read Harry Potter
..until today..and I am about half way through. I would read a chapter, clean the toilets, read a chapter, stick dinner int he crockpot, read a chapter , go out and pick up all the jonquil bulbs Chris uncovered when he dug the stump.
..and I could do that jonquil bulb hunting cause THE SUN WAS SHINING, or at least I do believe that was the glowing light orb in the sky.
37 more things out of the house in the last two days and about the stove... I HAVE a stove, but with our kitchen remodel I want a new one... but I might just opt for an old stove redo and a fun day trip somewhere...anyhow...
The story of Sadako is based on a true story that happened as a result of the bomb. To me the book surely reminds me, as Mrs Dement said this morning as we were talking.... " If you throw everybody's troubles in a bag, you'll be scrambling to dig yours back out when you see the others in there"
Very true, very wise
There were two afghans made to tuck away for Christmas gifts
both are the same...
and then there are these two, that are allowed to take up as much time as they want
I need to also update on a day my friend Bonnie and I had "exploring" Louisburg...
My life is full, blessed... by God's mercy and Grace
Let's talk about this book for a minute. This was one of my litcube books, and it came autographed... so I felt obligated to read it , even though I was sure it would be a total waste of brain cells... I mean... reality mermaid? fantasy? YA reading? True confession... I was thinking all this as I kept reading, and reading... like ...I couldn't put it down..
Its a quick fun summer read... Loved it....Really, I loved it...not my normal genre but good...
a trip to Indiana to take care of something for my mom.. Pretty much a turn and burn... 10 hours up mostly in hard rain... 1 day there ..very busy... 9 hours back..
Thank goodness the Cracker Barrel 50 miles into the trip had books on disc... AND a David McCullough I had not read.
The 8 discs were my BFFs for the trip. LOVED it, very solid, read by the author, filled and told that made the facts come alive. I really recommend this book . I know some folks aren't big on audio books... but I LOVE being read to... This would make a great book for homeschool folks planning a unit study or a " field trip
..and because I needed another baby fix ( not ashamed to say I love my grands!) We headed down Charlotte way to see Jake , Jamie and Emily
We had the best brick oven pizza, then toured Jamie's company( its huge!)..and then it was time to go to their house and hold ...
Jake.... my sweet boy
psalm 127:3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.
My DIL Kathy had heart ablation this week, she came through strong and with flying colors. I so admire her she is such a good Mommy. I was able to spend a couple of days watching Wyatt while she had the procedure done. Things seem to flow so smoothly and organized. she and Jeremy love that little one so much.... and of course so do I! Wyatt and I had several conversations , now that he can smile and coo. Oh how I love that boy.
Gratuitous MeMe photo:
Not much crafting went on....when the choices are hold the grandbaby and crochet.... no contest!
I did manage to finish a book. Laura Childs Tragic Magic
These books really are my go to when I need a light read.
I was also sent an autographed copy of Officer and a Mermaid from a NC author , Blaire Edens. all about mermaids, and voodo, and romance... This is probably not a book I would have chosen on my own. It ended up being a quick relaxing read that I enjoyed. Congrats Blaire on your Amazon release!
Did I mention our Chicago girl came for a visit? While she is not actually " ours" we love her like she is... So good to see her and see her doing well.
I really feel blessed when some of my " extended" children come for a visit!
Now a note about self esteeming, I have been reading and thinking on this subject lately... low self esteem, high self esteem.... both are prideful reflections of self.... I am not good enough for______
I am too good for ________. Our esteem needs to be simply focused on Christ Jesus and His will. Not what others think, not even what I think of myself... but what Christ thinks....
.. this one.... this man-child of mine, who turned 24 today, who taught me all about strength and faith and courage...such a good person..
Since he is the old married man, we celebrated his birthday on Sunday with a bite to eat on the sound and a trip to the aquarium.
the 4 of us devoured these and followed them up with shrimp poboys . If you are in Atlantic Beach,NC I suggest Channel Marker, right off the bridge.
Here is Vika being a crab... The aquarium was OK, I had gotten the tickets from Groupon... it was a bit far for a day trip , we were exhausted by the time we got home. It was great to be able to spend time with Christopher and Vika, see their new apartment.
I spent most of this week reading in my spare time.
I received this book a couple weeks ago in a Popsugar box. I am not sure it is one I would have picked. I am so glad I got it though, probably one of my favorite reads this year. Based on a true story of 3 plan crashes in NJ in 1952, the characters were wonderful..and real. Two thumbs up!
..and Chris and I have been on a foodie kick this past week too... chard romaine with balsamic dressing, tomato onion jam , cheddar jalepeno grits, something new every night... and the grilled corn... Chris's very favorite...
..and of course we have been in The Word, the thing that keeps us grounded.. that encourages, validates, motivates.... the discussions we have, the prayers.. so important, especially in these times.
Is a book type journal of the author and her move to become in farmer, in my beloved WV. As she wrote about the roads, creeks, etc. I understood... and I was a tad jealous. I was able to finish this in a couple days. Good book, with recipes int he back.
so, there you have it... I'll have to put up a post on my cooking adventures. ... this week I put up Dilly Beans... good stuff!