Coffee Talk with Barbie Swihart (Author of Coffee Talk with Jesus)

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Welcome, fellow bloggers, readers, writers and friends! Grab your coffee, tea or cocoa and curl up close and comfy. Today we are going to have a converstion with my dear blog sister, Barbie. First if you don’t know Barbie, let me tell you how I came to know her, as she has become near and dear to my heart. Although, I think if you ask just about anyone in the Blogosphere, they’d say the same thing! Barbie is kind of a Wonder Woman  in the blogging world. Yes you are, Barbie! She’s blushing, right now, I’m telling you. Barbie encourages others as easy as breathing, with a heart and a smile that are both bright and beautiful, she’s the kind of friend who makes you want to linger over your coffee and stay awhile. I got to know Barbie, first through the mutual blogging communities we shared and then while she was serving as Managing Editor over at 5 Minutes for Faith. She greatly encouraged and guided me as needed when I began guest posting and eventually contribuing there. Barbie loves Jesus and her fellow sisters in the blogosphere and regularly reaches out to encourage, pray and support each one in a personal way. Sit back, relax and say hello to Barbie… More

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Moving Day!

I am packed and ready to go…kinda!

The new home address for 
Beneath the Surface: Breath of Faith:

I’ll be there, doing what I did here…but just in a new .com! 
I have restored the Tabs (feel free to check out the changes) here so that the content is still accessible. This place here has been home to me for the past couple of years, and I just did not want to leave it a mess. In some ways, I’m not leaving at all, since all of the conetent will still be here- at least for the forseeable future. So, if you have a button, feel free to keep it up as my new address will be available here with all of the content we’ve shared remaining. Yay! It will be like visiting an old hangout! 
Here’s to continuing the journey!
Thank you for walking with me, I pray I see you there. 

When It’s Time to Move On…

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I am here today to say that it is official. I am moving on… from Blogger. I am still in the process. Moving is a process after all. So much to sort through, pack up and leave behind. What stays, what comes with, what’s to be released…Ah, that word “Release”, my One Word last year. But, dear ones, this year is my year of “Renewal”. How could I stay, when I am being drawn toward new horizons…can’t you smell it in the air?

But back to the topic of moving on...

Then, of course, one does get sidetracked while stumbling upon a random memory. Do you remember what it’s like to move? Can you recall the circumstances prior to the prompt that pushed you clear over the edge and destiny spoke loud and told you, clearly, “It’s time to move on.”

Well, maybe I didn’t hear a voice, but I certainly have been pondering and playing with this idea for awhile. While I love Blogger, as well as all things Google; really I don’t think I’d prefer to live without Google. And while I also adore this sweet, wonderful place I have been kicking the sand around in for the past couple of years, I’m antsy for change. Here’s a few reasons why I am moving…

1. This beautiful and lovely custom design which was gifted to me by a fellow Christian Blogger, (who is no longer available!) only a few months into blogging! It truly was like a Blogger’s dream comes true. However, it is unchangeable, beyond the minor things I can change, like sidebars and content. ACK!

2. That being said, I have wanted to elimintae and change the Tabs, as well as other features, like the width of my center bar (where the writing content goes) and am unable to do that. It is starting to feel claustrophobic to me and very limiting.

3. Some of you already know, I have only worked intermittently for the past couple of years, with Boot Camps and a couple of clients, but my Fitness Career, and income was set back since 2011 with my hip injury, and my blogging, is a non-paying, although joyous journey; it’s hard to justify spending a couple of hundred dollars on a hobby when our family has other priorities and medical bills at this point in time. I did put a shout out for a trade in services, which has often been an awesome thing for me in the past with a few local clients. But, for whatever reason, this was not received.

 However, maybe God just wants me to stretch further and learn how to do it myself…sigh. He is good and always works things together for good, so I trust Him. He has a purpose! Plus, you all believe in me. Right?

4. This year my One Word is Renewal. I feel the winds of change blowing. Plus that owl reminded me, that I would be soaring into this year on Eagle’s  Owl’s wings after all!

Some loose ends still are being worked out. I am communicationg with a couple of potential “helpers”.

 I am trying to decide whether to keep this site and content as is, with a link to my new place or to have all the content moved to WordPress ($$$?). 

 I am prayerfully seeking for the best answers and options for me! I will put up a post with the new home address tomorrow. Here it is if you want to have it now. Don’t cry…it will be fine. Really. Right?


If you have any imput, leave a comment! I value your thoughts and opinions. 

You know, moving is never easy. 

But, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. 



Reminders:
Friday: Coffee Talk with Barbie Swihart (join us for an interview-and coffee or tea with Barbie!) 

Saturday: Whispers of Hope Journey begins (so excited to start this journey, it’s not  to late to grab the book, and meet us here (or there) this weekend! 



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Full Circle – Welcome!

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It’s hard to believe, but I am taking a giant step forward…a leap of faith, shall we say. Ironically, I have come full circle, since the first blog post published over at Blogger in 2011. I actually started right here on WordPress. But, I got flabbergasted; I just could not figure out how to get it going on WordPress. I was ready to set my words free and nothing was going to stop me! Ironically, here I am right back where I started that fateful evening. My initial post, or all I could figure how to do, consited of two words. The words “Hello, World!” sat there, rather lonely until this week when I decided to have a second go. More

No New Normal

This pic goes back a few years, but it is one of my faves.
We were goofing off in the back yard around our firepit,
being silly while my mom snapped a few pics.
We are a bit dysfunctional
in our own functional way
certainly we have our flaws
yet our hearts we won’t betray
learning the ropes as we go
come what will, come what may
and in the end will it matter
what other people say?
We parent graciously-
mistakes we have made
tightly woven, still are we
this little family of three
No new normal
not for us
though we are not perfect
somehow we trust
that God will finish what he began
for when we think we cannot
He certainly can.
I wrote this for an impromptu Family prompt over at Christian Creative Writers.
It’s Tuesday, the day I serve up some poetic justice…kinda! 
(Doors open at 3)

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