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29 Mar

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I  thought January zoomed by fast, but February zoomed faster and well today is March 29. The first day of Spring has past.  We’ve had our first hail storm.  Many in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area had golf ball and baseball hail, including our niece so it has been a rough start to Spring,  last night  some horrible wind damage to some homes north of Dallas.  I love Spring, but this is the one thing that makes Spring in Texas rough.

Here I am today just now talking about March goals, reviewing February and yes behind.  Hoping I get April planned out just a little bit earlier.  I have not even taken the time to evaluate how March was going so today may be a shocker.

Since my last post I’ve become a Nana three more times.  I have three week old twin grandsons and a new granddaughter who is two weeks old, and this week I am sitting in a hotel with the pleasure of watching her while he mommy had to go to work to help with an evaluation at the college where she works with a team that was coming in to review them.  Now that’s my kind of life!  Cuddling and not worrying about housework or cooking or even substitute teaching.  A nice break from it all and who cares about goals?  Hmmmmm well I do, but not more than babies and family.


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Continue my Bibles Studies from January – Finding I AM and 1 Peter – A Living Hope.  Done.

Continue First Five App.  Done.


Begin Listen, Love, Repeat Bible Study by Karen Ehman.  It’s not to late to join us.  The study starts on Monday, April 3.  Sign-ups are here  You can do the study right there on the blog 24/7, but we also have small groups.  They fill up fast so if you are interested click here and see if that is still an option.

First 5 App Daily Devotionals  – Stay caught up on my First 5 daily devotionals.  I highly recommend the Proverbs 31 First 5 App for a daily devotional.  They have a book for each Bible  study, but it is not required – takes the devotional into a little more depth and so inspiring.  I do both, but if you aren’t in to really digging in then I would suggest you download the app for your first five minutes of the day to spend some alone time with Him.  You can check it out here and see a sample of today’s devotional.


Is that not a house-full of love?  These are truly grandchildren that the Lord has given to us, His servants.  Miscarriages, infertility and years of waiting BUT see what the Lord can do as we stay faithful and pray.  Four boys and one girl all three and under.  JOY unspeakable!!

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Special Day with grandson, Colt.  Not sure what it will be, and will depend on the weather.  Done – we went to a new wooden park as he calls it.  Stopped at McDonald’s first and picked up lunch.

Lunch with my daughter.  Done.  We had a great lunch together as always with my two-year old grandson climbing under the table.  So much fun having burgers, and doing a little shopping.


I am going to say March is DONE because there has been a whole lot of family time with three new grand babies.   I have been running my daughter places until she could drive.  Kept the toddler while my son took my DIL for her post delivery check, and then went with my DIL to have the twins PKU test, and their post birth check with their pediatrician and then we had lunch together.  Ran my daughter to Sprouts last week and then drove the new baby and toddler around while she shopped for shoes and then we had another lunch together with the toddler dancing in the booth.  On Saturday a week ago we kept the twins while the kids took the 3 year old to Disney on Ice, and then the other kids came over and well I forgot to snap a picture of all five grand babies here for the first time, but I do have a great one the kids took.  March is not over and this last week I am here at the hotel being treated by the kids for staying here keeping our only grand daughter.  FUN, FUN, month and it isn’t over.


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Walking – Treadmill and in our neighborhood at least 1 hour a week.  Still some catching up but doing well.  Been on two walks with one of my grandsons, two by myself and tonight on the treadmill.   Small steps are good.    I made several new recipes.  One of them was called Philly Cheese Steak Casserole.  YUM!   I’ve had a protein shake almost every morning during the month of January and now into February.  DONE


My March goals have not been so good mainly because I fell and could not exercise.  For two weeks there was so much pain in my leg, my shoulder, my breast area, neck and head.  Yep it was a very hard fall but nothing broken and today I am a lot better.  I put the baby in a stroller yesterday and we went walking to a shopping area.  May try that again today or take her down to the gym here while she is sleeping and get on one of those fancy machines.  Still doing well on our diet making small changes like more yogurt, salads, healthy muffins, etc..



Lunch with a new friend – one of my group members on my team.  Met up with Donna.  DONE

Visit our Sunday school teacher’s wife who had knee surgery.  DONE

Met up with both of the ladies on the same day.  Was a very enjoyable day.


Met a couple of my girlfriends (Cheryl and Mary Margaret) that  I used to work with before retirement for lunch.  Mary had to leave and Cheryl and I stayed and visited for hours over dessert and coffee.  DONE 



Clean out under my bathroom sink and my bathroom drawers again.   Not touching my hubbies area.  DONE

Clean out two bottom drawers on one of my dressers.  DONE

Clean out some cups in my kitchen. DONE


I’ve done a lot this month trying to clean out more and donate and get things ready for a resale shop.  Making slow progress this month with so much that has been happening.



Lesson 2 – Blogging Course. Continue working on Lesson 2 cleaning up 500 blog posts. It’s going well but the new babies are due soon and seeing all the work designing new pictures on many of the blogs and re-writing some I am going to make this date May.  DONE

Review and clean-up 15 more blog posts plus 50 I already completed so it will be 65. DONE

Linky Page – Continue cleaning  DONE


Lesson 2 – Blogging Course – Continue cleaning up 500 blog posts.  Averaging about two a day.  My date is May and hope I don’t have to slip it.

Review and clean up 15 more blog posts plus 65 already done or 80 total.

Linky Page – Continue cleaning


June 2016 Goals and May Recap

16 Jun


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WOW it is June 15th.   Trust me that old saying that the older we get, the faster time goes is true.  Not only did June get here, but the rain stopped (finally) and it is hot.  

I am reading over my May goals and feel pretty good considering how busy the month was with things not on my goal list, and finishing up school with lots of subbing while teachers were using up their last vacation days.  I am excited what I did get done, and not focusing on the things I did not.  Setting goals is working, and when I miss one or two I just move them to the next month.

So here is how I fared in May with my goals, and I my planned June goals.  I feel retired again with school out and the phone not ringing to sub although it has rang at least three or four times a day with solicitors – you know the IRS, a free emergency phone system or hearing aids for the older generation like me.

I had this post almost ready to post on June 8th (my birthday), but on June 9th as I was headed to bed I broke a glass in my right hand and cut two fingers deeply and spent hours in the ER getting 15 stitches.  Needles to say I am not sure I will get those June goals accomplished because I can barely type right now, but I am leaving them in hopes I can get some of them finished.

With much excitement and anticipation for the month of June here goes:




Five-Minute daily devotion on Acts – First-Five App – Stay caught up and not get behind.  (Completed)

Complete 5 Habits of a Girl That Doesn’t Quit.  (Completed)


See that coffee cup.  I need to PRAY MORE and WORRY LESS.  I have a whole lot on my heart this month, and I know I’ll be calling out Lord to God and on my knees this month.  I already have.

Five-Minute Daily Devotion on Acts – First-Five App – Stay caught up and not get behind. Finish Acts and begin Numbers on June 6th.  Oops it is June 6th today.  (It’s June 15th and I can’t write so I am already behind on Numbers and Acts had a couple of days to finish.)

Begin Bible study at church on June 8 (Happy Birthday to me).  It’s called The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst.  I’ve done it before as a volunteer team leader for Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies, and I can not wait to do it with my church family. (I attended on June 8th but again I am behind because I can’t write in my workbook, and we were out-of-town today so I missed the video.)

Begin the Bible Study The Husband Project by Kathy Lipp with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies on June 20.



Walks in the neighborhood with both the boys, and yes continue snuggling on the sofa with my husband.  Total success and we also had a Dairy Queen night with my mother-in-law, and a trip to South Texas and a trip to the Animal Safari with my son, daughter-in-law and grandson.


Walks in the neighborhood with both the boys, and yes continue snuggling on the sofa with my husband.  

Mini-trip with my daughter, son-in-law and grandson.

Fishing Tournament with our son, daughter-in-law and grandson.

Family Reunion with my husband’s family.  Can’t wait.



Wear pedometer (7,000 steps a day), Exercise 3-4 days a week, eat healthier, walk the boys at least twice and plan one week of meals.  Lose 2 pounds.  This one was a success also.  So proud of myself because most days I walked more that 7,000 steps and many of them were up to 12,000 steps.  I am eating healthier and guess what I lost those 2 pounds.  Now if I can keep them off.  


Wear pedometer (7,000 steps a day), Exercise 3-4 days a week, eat healthier, walk the boys at least twice and plan one week of meals.  Lose 2 pounds.   (Already feeling lost on this one.  Not much I can do right now.)




Have lunch/coffee with a friend.  I am sad to say I didn’t meet a friend for lunch or coffee in May.  I just could not work it in my schedule, but I did talk on the phone to one for a very long time while driving to my blogging weekend six hours away.  


Be The Blessing – OK I am going out on a limb here because it is June 6th and my birthday is in two days.  This year I am 66.  It seems impossible.  I wish I was 30 and knowing all I do now, but we don’t get do overs.  Anyway two days from now if I can get it all organized I want to be a blessing and give 66 things.  I was up until 1:00 this morning making a list of 66 things and I have not been able to come up with that many, but maybe my friends and family can help.  (Did it and it was great.)  (Here is my planned post.  I haven’t been able to write about all the wonderful things that happened.)

Would you join me on my blog post for my birthday and share how you have performed a random act of kindness.  Here is my post on that.


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Clean the front flower beds and mulch them.  Trim azaleas.  TOTAL FAILURE but we did get one flower bed cleaned.  The rain was just too much and we could not get out when we were home to do them, and if we could we had to mow between the storms.


Clean the front flower beds, mulch them and trim all fifteen azaleas.

Clean out winter clothes.  Bring summer clothes downstairs.

Clean out make-up drawer.

(I am not sure any of the house goals will happen.)


              BLOGGING GOALS

Blogging Goals

 Continue to pray about where my emphasis should be.  So many questions on my heart right now as to how I should proceed.  (Still no firm answers)


Lesson 2 – Blogging Course.   Review and clean-up my first 15 blogs.  Failure

Linky Page – Complete cleaning it up. I worked on it, but it’s not finished.  I’m hoping to finish it up the second week in June.

Attend Blogging Gathering with friends in Louisiana.  I did get to attend the gathering.  It was a six-hour trip by myself driving both ways, but I had a whole lot of time to talk and I called a lady I used to work with, and we talked for 45 minutes.  Helped on that lonesome road when there was no traffic and nothing to see.


Lesson 2 – Blogging Course.  Review and clean-up my first 15 blogs.

Linky Page – Complete cleaning it up.

Names of God – Finish my blog posts on the names of God from Wendy Blight’s study of I Know His Name.

If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy this one from March and this one from April, and here is May.

A couple of the pictures for blogging goals and the recap are courtesy of A Prettier Web and complimentary when you sign up.


Delighting in Obedience – Made to Crave – Week 3

6 Feb


Every morning for years now I have jumped out of bed, let the dog out, washed my face, made the bed and headed to the scale to weigh looking and hoping the numbers are down.  I can get on them one morning and they are down, and then the next morning they are up -so it is frustrating.  How do I stop worrying about the numbers?

This week in the Made to Crave Study, Lysa TerKeurst talked about how it’s “not about the numbers.”  REALLY, FINALLY this week it clicked and  I understand that.    I love this, I really do that I am not defined by numbers, and I was made for MORE.  I am a daughter of The King of Kings – King Jesus!  No more lies from the enemy about how fat I am, how I failed today, no more worries about a number going up on the scales, no more guilt if I cheat one meal or eat an unhealthy snack because I can control my cravings.  It is about my obedience.  It’s about taking care of the temple.  Yes I have heard about taking care of the temple my whole life, but I haven’t done it.

In Chapter 8  Lysa moved on to tell us “the body God has given me is good.  It’s not perfect, nor will it ever be.  But it is a gift for which I am thankful.”  Are you thankful for your body?   If not, it is time you pick up this book.  For me I am at PEACE with my body as it is today and look forward to a new creation because of Him and my obedience.

Lysa goes on to say “eating healthy and exercising get our bodies in better shape, but we are never supposed to get the satisfaction our souls desire from our looks”.  OUCH and OUCH!  Did she really say that?  It’s true so why is it we spend so much time on our looks?

And in Chapter 9 we talked about how exercising can make you cry.  Well, at least it can some of us.   Do you love exercising?  I DO NOT and I don’t think I ever will, but these past few weeks I am walking to videos, walking on the treadmill, planking and squatting and jogging in place.  I wear my pedometer and I strive for 10,000 steps a day.  Today I put on worship music and I actually enjoyed all my exercising.  I really did.  It was awesome listening to music and doing sixty squats.

I am ready to delight in obedience to Him – planning healthy meals, healthy snacks and exercise.  I want to honor Him through my obedience.

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