Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Inspiration: Do Not Be Afraid

I have been having some vivid bad dreams recently.  Not nightmares.  Just sad or disturbing.  I think maybe my subconscious is trying to tell me I am feeling a little insecure or something. Which is probably why this verse spoke to me so strongly this week.  It has long been a favorite if mine, and was my verse a couple of years ago when my word for the year was Fearless.  Sometimes, I just need a reminder.


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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Big Apple is: Delicious!

If you're reading this expecting a review of many of the fabulous restaurants in New York City, you might be a bit disappointed.  I have to admit, I ate more... well... junk food.  Let's keep in mind that my one disappointment from my visit is that I didn't get my street cart hot dog.  That might help keep your expectations reasonable.

There was the now famous pretzel in Central Park.



The pizza loving Man of the House insisted we get a "slice" for lunch.  It was all I expected and more.  Large.  Greasy.  And yummy.



The one nice, sit down meal we enjoyed was at Da Nico Ristorante in Little Italy.



The staff was gracious and accommodating.  Especially considering we didn't have reservations.  They seated us outside, where it almost immediately began drizzling rain.  The Man of the House asked if we could move inside and they quickly prepared a table for us.

And friends...  oh. what. a. meal.  This was the BEST eggplant parmigiana I have ever eaten.  Y'all, I am still thinking about how delicious that eggplant was! The Man of the House also enjoyed his veal.



Just when I thought I couldn't possibly eat another bite, that's when they brought out the complimentary plate of zeppoles.  And I am not a gal who turns away fried pastries covered in powdered sugar!






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Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Spirit of Gratitude: July 21


I Am Thankful For: 
The female offspring's birthday
Eclair cake
Time to plan for the week ahead
Potential opportunities
Laughter
Veggies from the garden
Rainbows
Stress relief
The male offspring putting his nephew down for a nap
Walks at the park
Beautiful sunsets




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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Do You Feel Left Out or Overlooked?

I am super excited about the Upcoming release of Lysa  Terkeurst's newest book UnInvited on August 9th.  Everything I've read about it so far has resonated in my heart.  Lysa says everyone is either "trying to heal a past rejection, deal with a present rejection or fear that an unexpected rejection is just around the corner." If you can relate to that (like I did), you may want to check it out 



And...  the book is going to be the focus of Proverbs 31 Ministries' next Online Bible StudyOnline Bible Study starting September 6!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Big Apple Is: A Place to Remember

Of all the places we visited during our day in the city, I have to say that, for me, the most powerful was without a doubt the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center.

Due to problems with the line we intended to take, we ended up leaving the subway well above our planned stop and walking through much of Soho and Tribeca to get down to our destination.  Along the way, every fire station you pass has a plaque out front with the names of every member of that company lost on 9/11.

The area and the memorials are beautiful.  Peaceful.  Respectful.



The new tower is stunning.



But it's not the pools or the structures. It's what you feel standing in that place.  All the emotions. Everything you felt that day.  It's all right there.  And more.  You can feel them like a physical weight in your chest.  I had to fight back tears at times.

I didn't take many pictures here.  It was more a moment to stop and take it all in.  To reflect, remember, and say a prayer for all those lost and those left behind.






Monday, July 18, 2016

Currently... A Birthday

24 years ago today, after 30+ hours of labor, we welcomed a beautiful baby girl into our family.  Our lives changed forever that day.  And we never could have imagined where they would bring us today.  So, Happy Birthday beautiful!!



Reading:  I am still trying to trudge through Serving Victoria.  And finding it more than a bit tedious.  I my have to set it aside for awhile to read The Nightingale and see about coming back to it later.

Eating:  Eclair cake.  Because that's what my girl wanted as her birthday cake this year.

Making:  Finishing up the rainbow baby blanket I've been working on between filling orders for Queen B's Busy Work.

Enjoying:  Catching people playing Pok√©mon Go  everywhere!   The park, the ice cream aisle at the grocery store, in my living room (don't worry... that last one is just my own offspring).

Anticipating:  Some evening walks with the Man of the House this week.

Feeling:  Worn down by the constant stream of violence and hatred which seems to be happening.  Just when it seems as if maybe... just maybe.., we can catch our breath - another senseless act knocks us down again.  Praying so hard for our country and our world.



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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Inspiration: Conquer Evil

Dear friends, it seems as if we can't open our eyes every morning without being bombarded by the latest news of violence, terrorism, or hatred.  It is enough to make us scared, angry, and bitter.  That is when we must remember and hold onto the words of Romans 12:21...




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