Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hodge Podging on the Last Day of School

Thanks for stopping by today, and welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge on Thursday! This is Graduation week and it is crazy around here.  So......If you've answered this week's questions, add your link at the end of my Joyce's post, then leave a comment for the person linking before you. It's the neighborly thing to do here on a Wednesday or Thursday. Let's dive in-


1. May 17th was National Pack Rat Day.   Are you a pack rat? Even if you're not a full fledged pack rat, most people have one thing or another they struggle to part with. Tell us what's yours.
I'm a pack rat and get it honest...but do not have trouble parting with stuff.  There are things I have trouble parting with. .What do I hang on to? Books, photographs, guitars and other musical instruments, things my students have given me, cards and notes I've been sent that mean something to me...not a lot really. 

2. What are two things you know you should know how to do, but you don't? Play the mandolin proficiently and Play the piano (Every pastors wife should be able too).  They are on my list of 26 things to do when I finally retire.

3. Do you crave sugar? Do you add sugar to your coffee and/or tea? Do you use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes? When dining out is dessert a given? Are you someone who has slain the sugar dragon, and if so tell us how you did it.  Do I crave sugar? I like sugary things...but tend to be drawn to breads and salty things. I have not eliminated sugar from my diet, but I don't think I go overboard either. My goal this summer is to do away with sodas this summer.  I like honey in hot tea and don't add sugar to iced tea or coffee.  I do however drink creamer in my coffee.   Dessert at a restaurant is a maybe.  It depends on what the offerings are and if I am still hungry, then I will share it with the table.   I love to cook desserts and make them for church and family functions.  The only time there is dessert at the house is if something fails.  

4. What's a trend it took a while for you to come round to, but now you can't imagine living without?
I had a hard time switching from REAL books to Ebooks.  I love Ebooks now...still prefer a real book though...there is something about the smell.

5. What's a song that reminds you of a specific incident in your life? Please elaborate.
Chattanooga Choo Choo.  It was Kats favorite song to be rocked too and when she was two she and my mom were at a friends country store.  The train would stop and get snacks there every day.  Well, Kat leaned out the window and said to the engineer, "Pardon me boys, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo."  The railroad guys loved it.


6. Insert your own random thought here.
Do you like watching birds.  Do you feed the birds where you live? We love to feed them and watch them all fight and carry on over the food.  I have a bluebird next in my front porch fern.  The fern is probably going to die because I am not going to mess with those sweet babies. We have a hummingbird feeder and several bird houses.  I also have a book with the different species....Love the birds.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Notes On Mother's Day



My scripture comes from Proverbs 31:10-31.

Today is the day when Moms get the special treatment, right? You know, breakfast in bed; homemade Mother’s Day cards and gifts from the kids; flowers from your husband; lunch at your favorite restaurant; and absolutely no house cleaning! I know that is going to happen at my house.  Yeah right.  Frank’s response is…..You are not my mother….and that is true.

But….today is your day and you deserve it. I mean, being a Mother is one of the most important, most influential, most difficult and yet is sometimes the most thankless role a person can ever have. So today we say “Thanks you Moms” for all you do.

Listen to how God describes what a virtuous woman is like; what a great Mom is like. [3]

[Read Proverbs 31:10-31.]

Now that’s a good Mom. But even though we can see what it means to be a good Mother, it’s still a challenge. Being a good Mom is hard!  You’ve got to be a housekeeper, a taxi driver, a cook, an appointment manager, a nurse, a judge, a referee, a teacher, a counselor, a beautician, a friend, a disciplinarian, and a loving ear when you kids need to be heard.

Being a Mom is tough. Even though being a Mom can be the greatest and most rewarding privilege there is, it’s still tough. So this morning God wants to give you some encouragement. This morning, God wants to give you a Mother’s Day card just from Him.

In your bulletin is an insert that can be used to write down God’s message of encouragement. And even if you aren’t a Mother, maybe you know of someone who could use these words, so take notes. Then you’ll be able to turn to these Mother’s Day cards from God when you need some encouragement. Especially:

When you feel discouraged:  Discouragement can come to a Mother at any given time.

- When your kids act up and do the same things you’ve told them over and over not to do.

- When you can’t get a break from the kid’s sicknesses or accidents or both.

- When you feel an emotional distance between you and your kids.

- When you feel like your husband isn’t helping you with parenting as much as he should be.

- When others look down on you because of the way you choose to parent.

Discouragement can be a very real force in a Mother’s life. But when that discouragement comes and tries to steal your joy, remember that God is with you and will help you with what He’s called you to do.

Listen to what it says in Isaiah 41:10.  “So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” God is here and will help you to be the Mother He’s called you to be. Turn to this insert when discouragement comes and read God’s Message to you.

You can also turn to these cards:

When you feel angry.  Now you’ve never gotten angry with your kids have you? Why, our kids are so precious and perfect that there’s never a need for anger in our household. “Okay!”  Kids can make us angry!  “You used my eyeliner to draw a picture!”  “You did what to the cat?”  “Why did you try and cut your own hair?”  “Son, you know you can’t wear the same underwear three days in a row!”

Now, anger is a normal emotion that can be used for good – that’s as long as we don’t let our anger control us to the point that we cause harm to others. Anger out of control only causes more problems. So when you feel angry, open up this card and read God’s Message to you from Ephesians 4:26-27.

"In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

Anger out of control can give Satan an opportunity to drive a wedge in your family’s relationships. Out of control anger can create emotional scars that take a lot to heal. Mom’s, anger is normal and even expected under certain circumstances. But let God help you control it instead of it controlling you. Look at this card when you feel angry.

Also, look at this card: When you need wisdom

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do as a Mom. So many decisions that need to be made. Important, life-changing and life-altering decisions. Questions about our kid’s education, our kid’s moral issues, health concerns, paying for college, when they should start dating, (never), and all other kinds of things. Things as simple as, “How can I get my kids to go through one day without fighting?” Or things as crucial as, “How can I help my kids understand that God loves them even when life is hard.” But always remember, God will give you the wisdom you need to be the best Mom you can be. Look at what is says in James 1:5.  “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

Now this doesn’t mean you’ll always have just the right answer for the questions of life. But it does mean that the Lord will help you know how to handle the situations that He allows to come into your life. When you need wisdom remember these words.

Along with needing wisdom, a Mother also might need some encouragement: When you feel alone

Now that might not seem like a legitimate need to some people. I mean, you’ve got your kids with you all day. You aren’t alone, you’ve always got someone to talk to. But even though a Mom can have her kids around her all day long, there are times when she can still feel alone. A Mom can feel alone when:

- Her husband works so much that he’s either mentally gone even physically gone most of the time.

- Her kids are too young to have an adult conversation with them.

- Her kids are the only ones throwing a temper-tantrum in a crowded restaurant.

These are just a few of the things that can cause a Mother to feel alone. So

when those times come remember that you aren’t alone.

- In John 14:18 Jesus said, “I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.”

- God tells us in Hebrews 13:5“I will never leave you; I will never forsake you.”

- When Jesus left this earth to return to His Heavenly Father, He left this promise for you in Matthew 28:20, “And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

You are not alone! Because of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life you will never, ever, ever be alone. In those times we must remember that Truth. God is with us and within us in such a way that we are never alone.

Call out to Him in those times and ask Him for reassurance; Ask Him for comfort; Ask to sense His presence. He is with you and always will be.

Isn’t that great? I’m so glad that I don’t have to walk through life alone. God is with us. So remember that when you feel lonely. This card can also be referenced:

When you feel tired

Now men let me ask you a question. Have you ever said to your wife something like, “Just why are you so tired?” “I worked all day. What did you do?”  You know what happened right? You found yourself on the losing end of an hour long argument of comparing your job with her life and just who should be tired around here. Who should be tired? Probably both parents! Work is tiring. Mothering is tiring. Just because a woman isn’t punching a clock in the factory doesn’t mean she shouldn’t get tired.  You see, not only is a Mother doing lots of manual labor called housework, she’s also dealing with emotions and decisions and relationships that all take energy.  So Moms, instead of brewing another pot of coffee or gulping an energy drink, go to the Lord when you need some strength. Isaiah 40:29-31 reads: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Our God wants to give you the strength to do all that you need to do. So when your strength is failing, and there’s nobody around to give you a break, rely on our all-powerful God who will give you the strength to carry on.  And finally, something that most Mothers can relate to, you can go to this card for some encouragement:

When you’re worried

I think Mothers tend to worry because they care so much about their kids. They laugh when their kids laugh. They cry when their kids cry. They hurt when their kids fail. They rejoice when their kids triumph. Moms want their kids to have the best and be the best.  But sometimes Moms worry when things don’t go as planned. Sometimes Moms worry when they see problems and pain coming for their children. Worry comes when things seem like they’re out of our control and going badly.  But ladies, you don’t have to be the perfect Mom for your kids to turn out okay. You can and will make mistakes. Trying to be the perfect Mom isn’t a realistic goal. But what you can be is the Mom that God’s enabled you to be. Stop comparing yourself with your neighbor, with someone you saw on tv, or someone you read about in a book. Be the Mom God’s created you to be, do your best, and leave the results up to Him. And when worry comes, remember Philippians 4:6-7:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”   When you’re worried, go to God who will calm your heart and give you peace.

I don’t know about you….but Isn’t God good? I mean, we can go to Him when we feel discouraged, when we feel angry, when we need wisdom, when we feel alone, when we feel tired and when we feel worried. Keep these Mother’s day cards handy and refer to them often. Mom’s, being a Mother is a high calling, and God wants to and will help you as you seek to love your children into adulthood. God is here for you!   God is with us and will help us with life if we’ll simply have faith.

Mother’s Day Notes
A Mother’s Day Card From God
Proverbs 31:10-31
1.        Being a Mom is ___________________. 
List jobs you find yourself tackling
A.                                                            E                                              I                                               M
B.                                                            F                                              J
C.                                                            G                                             K
D.                                                            H                                             L
2. Being a Mom is ____________________________
Mom’s need encouragement when they feel ____________________, when the kids ____________________, when you can’t get a ___________________, when they feel emotional _________________________, when they are ___________________ down upon, when their husbands do not _____________________.  When you feel _____________.  Discouragement can steal a Mom’s ___________. (Ephesians 4:26-27)
2.        Mom’s need ________________________.  James 1:5, “If any of you lacks _______________, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
3.       Mom’s need some encouragement when they feel ________________.  John 14:18 tells us “I will not leave you _____________________; I will come to you.”  Hebrews 13:5 – “I will never _________________you.  I will never forsake you.”
4.       Mom’s need help when they feel _________________.  Isaiah 40:29-31 – He gives strength to the __________________ and increases the power of the _______________...They will soar on wings like ______________; they will run and not grow _______________, they will walk and not be ___________________.”
5.       Mom’s do not need to ___________________.  God has got this.  Philippians 4:6:  “Do not be ______________________ about anything…..

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Kids And Their Mom's


Today for Mother’s Day I want to encourage you guys to Show your love by your actions
My Scripture is from I John 4:9-11, 21:  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. 

I am sure that all of you know what today is….. it is Mother's Day. Did you give your mother a card or a present for Mother's Day? This Mother's Day card says, "Mom, I love you!" Do you think your mother likes to hear you tell her that you love her? Of course she does! But do you know what your mother would like even more? She would like for you to show her that you love her.

What are some ways you can show your mother that you love her? Well, you might help out around the house. You could clean your room or empty the trash. You could show her that you love her by obeying her when she tells you to do something. You can show her you love her by getting along with your brothers and sisters. It is easy to tell your mom that you love her, but if you really love her, your actions will show it!

Do you think that God likes to hear us tell Him that we love Him? I know He does. But He likes it even better when our actions show Him that we love Him. How do we do that? The Bible tells us that, "God showed his love for us by sending His one and only Son so that we might live through him." It goes on to say that, "since God loved us so much, we ought to love one another." One of the best ways to show our love for God is to love one another. Yes, God likes to hear us say, "I love you," but He would rather see us say, "I love you."

As we celebrate Mother's Day, let's tell Mom that we love her, but more important, let's remember to show her that we love her. And as we worship today, let's tell God we love him, but more important, let's remember to show him we love him by loving one another.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Wednesday Hodge Podge Running On Empty


Welcome to the new and improved Wednesday Hodgepodge! Less questions, more fun! For Joyce anyway. teehee Thanks for playing along today. If you've answered the questions add your link at the end of my post by clicking here, then go say howdy to your neighbor. Here we go-
From this Side of the Pond

1. Share a favorite memory of your mother or share a favorite something from your own life as a mother. If you're a mother (or stepmom) tell us how your experience as a mom differs from your own mother's experience.
All my mother stories are not good ones.  Some of my memories are sad and filled with bad feelings.....BUT....when I was young just like Joyce, my most favorite memory of my own mom is sitting snuggled up beside her on the living room couch or in my bed while she read to me....or I read to her.....or we just both read.  Reading was a big thing in my family.  Another memory was Thursday night board game night.  It was just the three of us and so much fun. I also remember her teaching me how to sew.  She could see a dress, cut a pattern using a brown paper bag and produce something that was amazing.  Oh the stories I could tell.  I read to my children too and they read....I am not say they all love it as much....but they do it.  I am blessed that the last six years of my mom's life were with me and a lot of the hurt feelings from childhood were dealt with.....there was a lot of forgiveness happening then.  I wish I could have one more Mother's Day with her.

2. In May we celebrate teachers (May 9) and nurses (May 6) both. Most every family has at least one in their midst, so tell us something (or a few things) you appreciate about the teacher or nurse on your family tree.
I teach.  My daughter was an Early Childhood Special Ed teacher(a double whammie in my books) and easy to appreciate. She was an amazing teacher.  She and her husband, Brian are now missionaries through Stella's voice in Moldova.  She still loves to substitute when she gets a chance.....at a school in Moldova.  My granddaughter, her husband, my aunt, my cousin....and several more are all nurses.  I admire them for what they do. 


3. Chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad...which would you go for if all three were on the menu? On bread or a bed of lettuce? If you answered bread, what kind of bread would make it the perfect sandwich?  I would choose the combo meal that had all three.  I like them on bread and on crackers.  I like all bread too...so I am set either way.

4. Do you have a desk? Is it organized? If so, share your secret to keeping it that way. If you don't have a desk, where in your home do you take care of family paperwork and business? Where do you normally sit to blog? I have a desk  at work and at home and it's organized for me.  I sit wherever when I blog.  If I am at school I blog at my desk....but at home I will blog inside, outside, at my desk, on the couch....anywhere.

5. When I was nine years old....I got a Schwinn bicycle for Christmas, my brother died, I read, I loved the beach and we went almost every day, I loved swimming, I loved roller skating, I played with dolls, I took piano lessons and hated every minute, I loved to sing, I went to church, I learned to play guitar.  I was in the fourth grade at Belvedere Elementary and my teacher was Mrs. Hayes. 


6. Insert your own random thought here.  My Godmother died this week.  My heart is heavy.  I loved her from the moment my mom put me in her arms when I was 18 months old.  The picture below was on my Christening Day at Comer Methodist Church.   Did you have Godparents when you were a child?







Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mesothelioma, Me, and Many Others



Back at the end of last year I received an email from a woman named Katherine Keys.  She shared with me a remarkable story about her life and mesothelioma.  This story really struck a chord with me because in 2009 my father died from mesothelioma.  I agreed to post her story and then I got sick.  Life as I knew it was put on hold.  I must apologize to Ms. Keys for my failure to carry the story out.  with that said, today, April 26th I am sitting here at work thinking about when we got the first diagnosis.  Mesothelioma is a scary word.  To me it meant instant death and  I began to research what it was and what it did. One site that helped me a great deal is the free ebook on Mesothelioma.   My dad was in the Navy during WWII and when he returned from the war, worked around asbestos.  Asbestos is the cause of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is caused by inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers. The mineral asbestos gets its name from the Ancient Greeks. The Greeks recognized the fireproof qualities of asbestos, while recognizing the harmful effects on asbestos workers. The word asbestos means inextinguishable.Mesothelioma got the best of him in 2006 and he died in 2009.  So my question is....Have you walked in my shoes?   Do you or a loved suffer from this dreaded disease?   I am sharing Katherine's story so that if someone is helped it will be a good thing.  I have also enclosed some sites for you to find out about mesothelioma.

"My name is Katherine Keys and I have been fighting mesothelioma cancer for the past 9 years. If you don’t know, mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos exposure. People are can be exposed to asbestos in many ways. I was exposed when the office I was working in decided to redo the floors, which contained large amounts of asbestos.  
At the age of 49 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Pleural Mesothelioma and was told I had less than two years to live. But I was determined to stay positive and beat this cancer against all odds. My treatment included having my right lung and the lining of the lung removed. Soon after, I began several months of radiation therapy.
 
I am overjoyed to say that my fight paid off and now 9 years later I am still cancer free! But I know I did not face this battle alone. The doctors and staff at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center are true miracle workers and I am forever grateful to them.
 
I was also helped greatly by the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma Lawyer Center. Not only did they help me obtain financial compensation which helped with my treatments and quality of life, they genuinely care about my well-being. I am proud to call them my friends and they continue to stand by my side as I fight mesothelioma.
 
I feel it is my duty to give back to the community--to let people with asbestos diseases know they are not alone. There is help available!
 
You have a great website. If it's not too much trouble, would you mind posting a link to mesotheliomalawyercenter.org and mdanderson.org on your website? I know together we can help a lot of people! I look forward to hopefully hearing from you, and thanks for all your time in advance.
 
All the best,"

Find out all you can about this dread disease and let's all work hard to eradicate it.....NOW!

Memories and Hodgepodge

It is Hodgepodge time again.  Here are my responses to this weeks questions.  If you want to play along copy and paste the questions to your blog and jump over to Joyce's blog by clicking here and link to the party.  Hope your week is AWESOME!
From this Side of the Pond

1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers? Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it? Besides rain, what else has filled your April?   I carry an umbrella but usually just make a run for it.  My April has held a good bit of rain, but fortunately it was gorgeous on Easter Weekend so I had a dry weekend and gorgeous weather.  My April has held end of the year beginnings, weddings, birthdays, and fun....oh my!

2. What's something you could you give a 30-minute presentation on at a moment's notice and with zero preparation?  Being a Proverbs 31 woman and I have a presentation I have done several times at Women's events called Musical Bridges that is the story of the music in my life.
3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood.  From the time I was 3 and old enough to gnaw on a rib bone my dad always cooked ribs for our birthdays.  His birthday was the 14th of April and mine is the 15th.  Ribs has not been my birthday meal since my dad died in 2009.....this year our neighbor and good friend, Tracey cooked ribs on my birthday.  It was heavenly!!!!!  I loved it!
4. What's a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong?  Ahhhhh Mondegreens.  I love them.  The saying comes from a poem, "They shot the Earle of Morray and Lady Mondegreen."  The actual line is "They shot the Earle of Morray and laid him on the green."  I have several of these misheard lyrics.  My worst one is from the song, Sitting on the Dock of The Bay."  I always thought it had a bad word in it....and of course as a child loved saying it.  I heard the line "Watching the ships roll in....." as "Watching the Sh#t roll in."....for years.  It made perfect sense to me.  The other was "There's a Bathroom on the right/There's a bad moon a risin'" and the infamous Hendrix's lyric, "Scuse me while I kiss this guy/Scuse me while I kiss the sky."
5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are-
Niagara Falls (NY), Hollywood Walk of Fame (California), Times Square (NYC), Epcot (FL), Seattle Space Needle (WA), and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston). How many of these have you seen in person? Did you feel like a tourist? Did you care? Tell us about a place (not on the list) you've visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.  I have been to all of the above and loved them.  I was at Niagara Falls when Nick Wallenda walked across it.  It was amazing.  I love the hustle and bustle of Times Square and fell in love with Mt. Ranier in Washington from the Space Needle.  Frank and I went to Disney World a few years ago and I have to say....as an adult I LOVED Epcot.  The cultural aspect and the foods from other countries was amazing.  I guess of all the Disney Properties....Epcot is my favorite.  As far as feeling like a tourist.  I don't care and I usually research the places I am going to I feel like a native.  I love Nashville....but it is so pricey and I would consider it to be a tourist trap.....I bought a pair of boots in a Nashville boutique and paid a pretty penny for them.  I found the same pair of boots at DSW in Birmingham for half the price....and not even on sale.  
6. Your signature clothing item?  Simple....jeans, my Birkenstocks, and a tee shirt...my favorite is my Ron Jon's shirt.  I would wear them to church on Sunday.....if I wasn't the preacher.  LOL

7. What's an experience you've had you think everyone should experience at least once? Why?  Hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing, The Hallelujah Chorus, in Salt Lake City.  It was breathtaking.
8. Insert your own random thought here.  Today is East meets West Day....and I thought I would share one of my favorite songs.  Have an awesome last week of April.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fly Away With Hodgepodge

I have missed a couple of weeks doing my Hodgepodge.  The end of school is near and I my world has been in a state of Helter Skelter.  But.....today Hodgepodge is back so let's get right to it. If you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of Joyce's post. Be sure to leave a comment for the blogger linking before you because that's the neighborly thing to do here on a Wednesday. Here we go-



From this Side of the Pond  



1. Tell us about a time you felt like you were 'flying by the seat of your pants'.
Right now!  It is the end of the school year.  My seniors have given up.  There are sporting events that affect classes, there are plays, there are special events......and on top of that....Every teacher has some kind of field trip planned.  I am lucky if I have half of my original class on any given day.  I have to teach x amount of things....and I am truly flying by the seat of my pants trying to get it all in. 

2.  When or where would you most like to be 'a fly on the wall'?  The School Board Executive Sessions.

3. 'Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.'-Henry David Thoreau 
Would you agree? Why or why not?  I love the calm of nature.  I love stopping and smelling the roses and just the other day while I was smelling my knockout roses a gorgeous butterfly landing on my right shoulder.  I just stood still and enjoyed it's beauty....and smiled.


4. Share a favorite movie, book, or song with flying in it's title, lyrics, or theme somewhere.
I am going to have to borrow Joyce's movie.  I too love the movie Fly Away Home based on the true story of the young girl and her dad who helped some baby geese get from their home in Canada to the warmer waters of North Carolina. Hummingbird by Seals and Croft would be my song.  I love it when they finish it....with Come Fly Away......  I also want to agree with Joyce on her second movie, October Sky.    It was awesome.  I actually have been to the town where the Rocket Boys came from.  It was awe inspiring.  The book was Homer Hickam's memoir- Rocket Boys. Such a great story! 

5. What is one task or chore you tend to do 'on the fly'? Is this something that really needs to be done another way?  Joyce and I seem to be cut from the same cloth.  I would have to agree with her.Dusting. Eh. It just keeps coming around, doesn't it??? I do periodically give the house a thorough dusting, but a lot of times I'll be walking by a piece of furniture, will notice the dust, and do a quick wipe with the swiffer. Not the same as actual dusting which does need to happen on a more regular basis round here. 
6. What was happening the last time you thought to yourself or said aloud, 'Wow, time flies when you're having fun', and you meant it.  Spring break the week before last.  

7. This Thursday is National Garlic Day. Will you add garlic to your menu on Thursday? Do you like garlic? What's your favorite dish made with garlic?  I love garlic and cook with it fairly often. Not sure what we will be having on Thursday because we eat at Celebrate Recovery and our meal depends on what the Food Bank has to offer. My favorite dish made with garlic is Frank's homemade spaghetti sauce.  Yum Yum.

8. Insert your own random thought here.  This past weekend was Easter.  In our town their was a scavenger hunt for the Easter Egg Bridge.  It was a great place to take pictures and a good friend of mine did just that.  Marcie, her daughter, and daughter in law took the three grandchildren and had a field day with cell phone cameras.  The pictures are lovely. 
Kaid is a Mr. GQ.  He makes the best pictures.

Jett and Kruze are a precious brother and sister.  They make my heart smile.

Kaid, Kruze, and Jett.  I love these three with all my heart.    Did you make the traditional Easter attire pictures this year???? I didn't make the first one.