A New Season, A New Year

No, this isn't our little cabin in the woods. But I wouldn't mind owning it. I love the peace, quiet and love through the ages this photograph portrays.

"May He equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be Glory for every and ever. Amen." Hebrews13:21

Our new year began with family and good food. The ending of 2014 had flu in our household and those of some of our daughters. Yuck. But God is good and always present. We are blessed that we can access doctors and medicines to make us well and healthy. His Word sustains us in times of illness and the worry when one of our little ones is sick. As a grandparent, I've found that not only do I worry about our precious grandbabies, but I worry doubly so for their mommy and daddy as I remember how we worried when they were little and sick. The circle of Life. In wellness and illness.

I look with hope and excitement to 2015. 2014 saw several life changes and a roller coaster of emotions. Selling and buying. Saying goodbyes and saying hellos. Packing and unpacking. With His Guidance and leading our hearts, we know we made the right decision but it still came with tears and promises of visits and staying in touch.

Those that know me well know that Fall and Winter are my very favorite seasons, with Winter topping the list. I love the hot chocolate, the hibernating while waiting for the rebirth of the earth, and the chance to just stay in and reconnect with the one I love. Living where we do we rarely see snow, maybe some flurries if we're blessed, but it's normal to have windy cold days ~ which means we stay in and eat some warming food and keep the coffee pot going.

Praying that this new year will find us all healthier, spending more time in study and quiet time with our Lord and Savior, and doing more to give of our time to others, spend less, and celebrating the little things, always remembering to shower Him with thanksgiving for the infinite blessings. These are goals in our household and we have already begun setting up times to help those that have difficulty getting out and working with fur babies that need love and care while waiting for a family to adopt them.

Think seriously about your blessings, for you'll find them even in your darkest days. How can you pass them on? Maybe ask the cashier to put that order following yours on the grocery conveyor or help someone push their cart to their vehicle. Leave social media for a bit and handwritten a note. Make a phone call. There are so many ways, that don't cost a dime, to show His love and grace. In this 2015, let's go boldly, as John the Baptist, and share His infinite mercy.

And here's to an awesome year!


Hello, December

One of my favorite months in one of my favorite seasons~
I am truly a Winter gal!
Everything about this time of year thrills my soul~ 
I've chosen a few favorite photos to share~
They make me happy, nostalgic
and just excited clear to my toes! 
Thru the years we celebrate by giving gifts~
Gifts of the heart to another's heart.
And we celebrate a birth, a very special birth.
A child that made me a daughter of a King.
Not just any king, but the King of Kings.
And for this, I'm eternally grateful.
What an awesome time~
What an awesome Father,
to love us so much He sent His only Son.
Hello, December. I'm so glad you're here.
Wrap me in your cooler weather, your scents
and sights of the season, and the history 
of the season. Blessings to your & yours~

A Daily Blessing

One of my favorite blogs is Melissa Lester's, A Little Loveliness. A precious Christian sister that has a beautiful way with words. Within the devotional that captured my attention while spending time on her site was a few paragraphs of her oldest son. It painted such pictures in my mind that I literally felt I was standing on the sidewalk watching Carson along with her.

 There are many facets to Melissa's blog, one of which are her devotionals. (You can access them from a tab on the top bar.) I pray you enjoy it as much as I have this morning and that it touches your heart in such a way that we all begin to truly enjoy the moments of our days. Our Father has given so many blessings that I don't want to miss a single one. What about you?!

We have a rain front moving in overnight and my head is beginning to throb a bit. Time to go to the doTerra cabinet and get started on stopping a weather induced migraine. I don't know about you but mine seem to increase the older I get instead of decreasing {big frown font}. On the bright side, it's Autumn {HAPPY font} and I love each and every day this season brings. And then Winter! {HUGE HAPPY font}. My very, very favorite season of each year. But I won't rush you to it yet, let's enjoy the changing leaves and the crisp cool days of Autumn.
Enjoy Catching the Breeze and have an awesome day.

Oh, Fall. I Love You.



“I'm so glad I live in a world
where there are Octobers.” 
― L.M. Montgomery
“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” 
― Yoko Ono

Happy Autumn, sweet readers ~

Guess I'm Not the Only One

From the looks of the blogs I follow, I'm not the only one that seems to not be taking the time to update and keep current my blog. It first began as a means to document family news, then with the way it expanded I began showcasing blogs I visited and thought you may enjoy as well!

Then I discovered Pinterest. Oh.My. Pinterest. If you haven't checked it out yet or begun your own boards, it's a new and interesting place to share and find information on everything. EVERYTHING!

I'm not sure how many boards I presently have but I love and learn from each and every pin placed on a board! Talk about adding to my Bucket List!! Here's a few recent pins ~

This is found on the board 'Adorable Abodes'.
I could SO live here, in England. On the water.
'Amazing Architecture'
And there are some awesome examples!
The one above is on the National Register
of Historic Places. It's a round barn!
'Beauty of Birds'
God didn't have to make so many,
with such different colorings,
and amazing features.
But He did. For us.
'Breads & Appetizers'
I love food. I hate weight gain.
But I love food.
And I love this recipe!
'Free Fonts'
Yep. They're free.
I just can't understand how to
download them. But bet you can.

Go visit. And in the meantime,
I'll try to do a better job of
keeping my blog up with fun sites
and neat home decor ideas!

A Gift From God ~ Dr. William Hayes

Wow. What a gift tonight. About to close out of FB and it showed a list of people I may know. The first one - a man - not just any man, Dr. William Hayes, whose hands and expertise worked with God to save my life during a 77 day stay in St. Vincent's ICU, during the Spring of 2006. A 77 day stay in ICU. John brought me home on our 23rd Anniversary. We'll joyously celebrate 31 this coming July 1st.

Our life now is timed by BA and AA - before and after accident. PTSD and some neurological issues play havoc with my speech and thought process but I grow stronger each year. I've had to deal with discovering and liking the 'new normal' our lives became. A very supportive network of prayer warriors, family and dear friends have been instrumental in helping me find me. It took almost two years to really recover and there's still times I struggle with words and headaches from the trauma. BUT I'm alive!  Happy. Loved. Nan to six precious grandbabies. Much closer to my Lord and living sharing my testimony of being given a brief glimpse of Paradise before the ER Dr made it to the outpatient procedure room and resucitated me. Unforgettable.

If you're ever in need of a great pulmonary group, we highly recommend Dr. Hayes group. He's a man of God and gifted in his field.

Thank you, Dr. Hayes, from the bottom of our hearts. We've thanked God for you on a daily basis for over eight years now.

25 Things You Didn't Know About the Sets of Friends!

Are you a Friends fan? Then you'll love this blog post and all the behind the scene peeks! I know our Jenny still loves reruns and may own all the seasons - I know she was collecting them at one time. Head over to Hooked on Houses and check it out!!

One Year Ago Today ~

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors,
and doing new things, because we're curious
and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
~ Walt Disney

a year ago today ~ Blessings!

John, We're Not In Prattville

It doesn't look as large as the 12 footer that was sunbathing on a nearby beach, but I'd still give it wide clearance. Looking for a new watering hole?! ~ Orange Beach, AL

Summer, She's a Comin'

It's been awhile. Once I discovered Pinterest and just being busy period, my blogging has slowed down. And I've not kept up with my blogging friends, who I've discovered have either left their blog or not updated as I. I was a bit shocked at the number of blogs that no longer exist. That being said, I'm not making a promise to myself nor to you, faithful reader, that things will change. We're in the process of making another life change, so I'll be busier than ever this Summer. The photo above makes me smile and will bring back many heart memories made here in our coastal town ~ praying your Spring has been filled with love and laughter and a freshening of newness. Here's to Summer! Climbing temps and trips to cool, wet areas!

Blessings This Easter Weekend


You might enjoy posts from Easters past.
Our babies are growing much too quickly.
But one constant remains the same.
Our Lord and Savior's promises.
He has risen and we now await His coming.
What joy fills my soul!

Click on the title to read more on Easters Past & have a blessed week.

~ from The Letter Writer ~

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