In Honor of Mother’s Day

This past week I have seen some awesome posts and videos on being a mom, so I thought I would share it with you all. Enjoy!

Children Give Birth to Mothers. Need I say more? Piper Bayard writes “Mother’s Day is the day we honor the women who were delivered by children. The women who love us more than they love themselves, whether they are our actual mothers and grandmothers, or the sisters and mentors who have come into our lives and taught us what love means.” Check it out and enjoy some Rod Stewart’s Forever Young while you’re there.

The Biologist’s Mother’s Day Song. Funny. 🙂

It’s My Time to Give Back. Rhenna Morgan shares about coming full circle as she raises her own kiddos. “Go hug or kiss the little ones in your life. They’ll remember it.”

And last but not least, The Parent Rap. Hilarious. 🙂

 

Have a great weekend y’all! And don’t forget about the scavenger hunt! Grand prize: an iPad Mini AND loaded with a bunch of new releases. Check it out!

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Coffee Brains

Good Monday morning!

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photo credit: thesparechangekitchen: Louise Vansleve

Ha, I can hear the yawns and the growls. Don’t talk to me before I’ve had my caffeine. Can you relate? Three Sundays ago, I was making coffee at church in one of those BIG hot-water-ready machines and I poured half of the freshly made decaf back in the water reservoir. What? Yeah, hadn’t had my usual dose of caffeine that morning. Yawn.

Recently a friend posted a link to an article about caffeine. I ignored it. I was afraid it was going to be one of those STOP drinking coffee articles. I love my tea, my coffee, but I’m finding that its helping less and less to get a good jump start on the day, except for staving off caffeine-depended headaches. And a second cup to help pull me through the afternoon just makes me jittery and buzzy. Coffee Brains. So I decided to read the article. Bingo. My lack of get-up-and-go stemmed from two reasons.

  1. I’m a mom of a spit-fire little monkey and the energizer bunny coupled with late nights, yeah, no amount of caffeine is going to fix that. SLEEP.
  2. My body has developed a tolerance for it. So I get less bang for my cup of joe/tea in the morning. Man, it sounds like I’m drugs or something. Oh, wait, I am!

So what should we do? Ante up the serving? No, this articles suggests lessening your caffeine take and saving it for the day you really need a jump start. Yeah, like that’s going to happen. LOVE me some tea in the morning, a little sugar, a little cream. Mmmm…

But perhaps there’s another way? Just maybe if I take better care of myself and eat healthier and get more sleep, would I need the caffeine? I used to shower in the morning, that helped a little but with the monkey and the energizer bunny, that won’t be happening for a long time. Now is not the time for muddled brains! I need clarity, objectivity and a color-coded schedule. I thought caffeine helped with those, but not so much anymore.

What do you think? Yay or nay? Are you a coffee, tea, or a pop person? (Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m from the North.) What do you do to get a jump start on the day? Any of y’all use B vitamins or supplements?

Well, here’s to a great start for the rest of the week. And no, I won’t be cutting back on my caffeine intake at this point, I’m only drinking a pot two cups a day. 😀

The Opposite of Love

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Yesterday our pastor friend dude said that fear is the opposite of love. You know that well-quoted verse, love is patient, love is kind? Well, he turned it inside out and inserted fear.

Fear is impatient and unkind. Fear is jealous and boastful and proud and rude. It demands its own way. It is irritable, and it keeps records of being wronged. It rejoices in injustice and lies. Fear gives up, loses faith, is always without hope and does not endure through every circumstances.

I’ve known fear to be a paralyzing emotion, I’ve never thought of it like this before. We are without love when we let fear rule our hearts. Isn’t that what we’ve been seeing lately on the news, in politics, on Facebook? Fear gives way to hate. It doesn’t matter what side of the fence you’re on, if we are running around in fear, we are not loving each other.

Seeing fear described as such definitely hit home with me. I’ve been pretty impatient and irritable these last few days, weeks. Ha! When I’m impatient with my kids, I’m being fearful of what others might think, even if there’s no one around. I wonder what other actions have stemmed from fear?

It got me thinking. See, I just read Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Moonblood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl back to back, so Leo, Prince Lionheart jumped to my mind. His whole life was consumed in fear, his choices stemmed from fear. He betrayed the heart of the one he loved, banished his only friend, and a myriad of other choices that brought him to the point where he had to face the truth of his actions.

So what say you? Have you thought of it like this before? Do you agree, disagree?

Flat Stanley MIA

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Epic fail this week. You see, I was so excited that our cousins up in Minnesota wanted to send Flat Stanley to us to take him on some adventures, I was thinking of all the cool things that he could do in Texas while he visited us, and what our kiddos would be doing, and how that was all going to work out. Well, Flat Stanley ended up going with us to AWANA. I even made him a nice little vest so he wouldn’t feel out of place. Then we were going to take him to the renaissance fair, and I was going to make him this really cool pirate hat, but then it rained. So he was stuck here in Texas until I could get the pictures printed off. So finally, I had the pictures, a post card, and a letter written up. I put it all in the self-addressed, stamped letter and thought, yea, we did it!

Um, no.

Sunday night I was looking through my planner to figure out what I needed to work on this week and not forget anything, and guess what I found? Flat Stanley. 😦

And guess when he was supposed to be back? Yeah, today! Sigh. Hopefully the letter and pictures all returned to the classroom in time, but Flat Stanley will be missing in action until I can mail him back.

Hello Monday!

Hope y’all had a great weekend and are ready to tackle your week. I know I’m gonna give it my best shot. 🙂

Theme Songs

Throughout seasons in my life I have songs, verses, quotes that speak to me, move me, encourage me, reach me.  Where words fail, these songs reach deep inside, they resonate and release me from myself.  They are my companions on this journey. Some stay with me forever like Find me in the River by Delirious. Hurt by Johnny Cash, which inspired my poem, To Walk Among Thorns.

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A few songs have inspired me to paint such as How He Loves by David Crowder Band. Some are from my youth like Runaway Train by Soul Asylum. Then there are others that depend on the mood like How You Remind Me by Nickelback. Heck, I even have a writer’s theme song I shared with y’all back in September of last year. The list is endless.

But this one…

This one is my theme song for this season.

What music has spoken to you?

What season are you in? Do you have a theme song?

 

The Liebster Award

What a great way to start the new year! I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by the awesome Clare Davidson, author of Trinity. If you’re looking for an adventure, Trinity has it.

So without further ado, here’s how Liebster works:

– I list 11 random facts about myself.

– I’ll answer the 11 questions asked of me by the person who nominated me.

– I will then nominate my 11 picks for the award, along with my 11 questions for them to answer when they post a response.

– If you’re nominated, your name/link will appear at the bottom of this post along with the questions I come up with.

– Follow the same format; paste the award badge to your blog, give us 11 random facts about yourself, answer my 11 questions, and choose your nominees…but you cannot nominate the blog who nominated you.

11 Random facts about me.

  • I have milked cows.
  • I had a cat named Gizmo, then named my white car Gizmo, and just found out that Harry Potter’s owl’s real name is Gizmo!
  • I share a birthday with Aragorn.
  • I have a few swords.
  • I love rocks. Blame it on the rock picking days of my youth, getting the fields ready for planting. I still have my agate collection, displayed now above my kitchen cabinets. Nice!
  • I’ve been to Peru.
  • I used to play guitar and flute.
  • I love to cook
  • I took karate lessons
  • I love playing sports, but not watching them
  • I love puzzles and board games

Clare’s questions

What’s your favourite place and why?

My office for now. I’ve got my books and my computer.

Favourite colour?

Blue!

Where did you get the inspiration for your current WIP?

It’s getting hard to figure out which is my current work in progress. Ha! I mentioned in the Next Big Thing blog post several weeks ago that I was working on dragon something or another and that I was inspired by a friend’s question.  What if the characters discovered that the opposite was true, and instead of stopping an outbreak of evil, they started it.

What’s your favourite character that you’ve ever written and why?

That’s like picking your favorite child. Let me write more books, and I’ll tell you. 🙂

Who is your favourite book villain and why?

Does Skaric count? LOVE him, but he’s not exactly a villain… (Trinity by Clare Davidson) What about Snape from the Harry Potter novels…he seemed quite villainous to start. 🙂 Honestly, I can’t think of a favorite villain.

Popcorn: sweet or salted?

Both! I love popcorn. Cheesy, caramel, kettle corn, buttery…

What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?

Oh, I’m very lame actually, but when I was kid, I had a tail. Ha! Don’t remind me. 🙂 I’m kind of torn between going wild and going all natural.

What’s your favourite time of day?

Evening. I’m awake then. Ha!

What makes you smile?

My children. The wind in my hair. Roses. Rain. Fog.

Cats or dogs?

Torn. Both, none. I don’t know. I used to think I liked cats, but they’re…too independent? Dogs…too dependent? Ha! Just kidding.

What’s your favourite item of clothing?

I just rediscovered my love for flannel shirts. Yes!

Okay, now I nominate:

Lynn Donovan

Melissa Lee Turner

Pauline Creeden

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Kat Heckenbach

Catherine Johnson

Gabrielle Meyer

Marcy Kennedy

Aaron Demott

Rebecca P. Minor

Morgan L. Busse

The 11 questions

What do you like to do for fun?

Ocean or mountains?

If you had to use a weapon, what would you prefer: bow & arrow, sword, light saber, or a phaser?

What’s your favorite food?

Do you collect anything? If so, what is it?

What’s your favorite genre to read?

Do you write with or without music?

What makes you smile?

What’s your favorite music?

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

What’s your dream vacation?