A History of Mondays {Who Does This?}

I didn’t mean to get this carried away. But I did. Who does this? Apparently me! So do me yourself a favor, click on over to one of these here Monday posts-find something that catches your attention and have a smile, will you? This is what Mondays are like around here. I posed a question over at my Facebook page and the consensus was to keep Monday posts in my new Blog Schedule. I decided to look back and link them…well when the ADHD kicks in there is not one bit of reasoning happening here but I just enjoyed so much looking back at these snippets …It is truly my most personal bit of blogging. Pics from the home-front  randoms, what I am reading, some of what I am doing, thinking. I am not sure I got them all, I mean…who knew there were so many Mondays? I know this is a crazy, random, borderline psychotic list. But hey, there you have it. It all started with a visit to lowercase letters and her Miscellany Monday link. Soon I was linking with Ramona at Create with Joy, and then Ann at a Holy Experience. I now link with a few more but these three really shape my Monday post. I share my multitudes, miscellanies, and some creativity along the way. 
*Next week I will return with my first Miscellany Monday of January 2013, and perhaps share which of these was the most viewed. If I can figure it out! 
Have a fabulous week. 

A History of Mondays…

This is my first Miscellany Monday post- it was for Courtney’s (Women Living Well) Blog Bash for 2011! This is a *Here I Am and welcome to my world post if ever there was one. 
I had not yet discovered Ann Voskamp nor read her book but it’s beginning to look a lot like a * list of 1000!It is also when I begin to notice my extreme tendency to add exclamation points to most of my writing…! But, why? 
It’s really weird looking back at *snippets of your life, yes? I hear a bit of sting in this post. Course this was shortly after the injury that got me blogging so regularly. 
Have you ever read something you wrote and thought to yourself, “My how snarky.” ? No, really it’s a word. Ask my friend Susie! She started it! Enter exclamation point excess now. !!!! *Madness I tell you!
Seriously, *I take some good pictures, more by accident than design- but this post has some amazing photographic beach delights for those who are so inclined. Hey what can I say, the Creator makes some awesome artwork. I just click away!

Dangerously * random before Christmas…the postess with the mostess.
Oh my goodness, I just loved this one! The post in which a * mannequin comes for Christmas. This is the problem with grandparents. The grandchild says “I want” and they actually listen. Sigh. In which I also get a big fat Christmas present of “that” job rejection. One week before Christmas. 
Rocking 2012, with a plunge, a word and a mission: John 3:30. The first Monday of January 2012.* Here it is!
Wow…more great pictures: I am the unofficial Local Tourist. * Castles, Cliffs and Closets– Oh my!
Martin Luther King Monday and memories of the week.
Snowman abuse, Poppins, Suzanne Collins and Girl Scout Controversy.* Inquiring minds want to know? Hmmm…and what Thumper says.
The post in which I share the most beautiful feet in the world (in this momma’s eyes!) and * a few other randoms. The inception of Random Journal Day! 
A broken rock but a solid Rock to stand on…here I declare I pull no punches. But sometimes life does, and  * this is how I roll
Then there are times where I am just hanging on for the ride….as in coasting.
An *unanticipated journey and when the police call my house to inquire about my stalking neighborhoods taking pictures of peoples property. 
The beginning of my Holy Experience and *counting to 1000 with Ann…and a whole bunch of new friends!
Then a really cool thing happens, and then and then and then God gives a White Rainbow. No really!
Gummy Bears, a shaved cat, and people really should not judge others right? I am a Toys R Us Kid…after all. Um, seeing is believing- just go *READ THIS NONSENSE
Rich in Christ, but cash is nice…in which * I am just silly.
Delicious post with guest appearance by some jellyfish.* It is what it is.
When I start to get tired because I am wondering how I manage to do so much and wonder if I can make a career out of it. The writing of it that is…The Roving Reporter Without A Job strikes again? 
How do I keep coming up with these * ridiculous titles for my Monday Posts? This is really the Cat’s meow.
Saying goodbye to my Dear FIL, Blogger Prayer Project and a butterfly that caught my eye. It’s all in this here post
When * a post sparks a friendly feud between husbands of bloggers (or their blogging wives who hold cameras and publish silly, fun posts of husbands in Tee-shirts) who happen to work for competing Home Improvement Enterprises…teehee.
*Randoms from my week…with some original art work from my girl.
*Most food ever in a post and toast that smiles back at you?
Journals and roses, tea and prayers…*What I read, write think and do…it’s all HERE.
Where I begin to appreciate Dark Shadows and *care not if I am judged…and am held in the hand of Rene Swopes.
*Ocean Cliff Daisies, a dog, more prayers for Bloggers, and My Girl.
When I realized *I am blessed…in both common and uncommon places. 
*“I do”, My awesome Chili, Tall Ships and more food again? 4th of July.
Who needs a *VACATION? Pictures of Maine.
*More of Maine…sigh. Beautiful, scenic, Weld.
*In the face of tragedy (Movie Massacre)-there is hope.
*Can’t shut my mouth and soon it will be Shark Week…
Oh yeah Baby! A week in my life, *Summer Style
The day *I learned to surf, my BFF makes a blog, and more random fun
*It’s my Birthday and other yummy tidbits.
I think I have a thing for *Smiley Faces. Lots of family around the house and otherwise kind of photos (for those who are stalking). 
This is the TOP VIEWED Monday Post. Is it the *Title or Content? Not sure but just in case you are interested. Cool videos included. 

*This one is also popular. I am sure it is the title! We don’t have it all together…
Planners and presents and my cute dog…Deal gently with me Monday, indeed!
Pumpkins, *Post Hurricane, My girl is growing up…REACH
Serious fun…but sorry for the insanity. 
You know you can count on me for that!

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When God Gives A White Rainbow

White Rainbow at Narragansett, RI

On your mark, get set…Monday!
Yes, it is another Miscellany Monday. I wonder how all my fellow bloggers, real life friends and random stalking folks are doing at the start of a new week. I am feeling random, and oh so personal so I hope you are ready for a rockin’ ride today!
First of all, seriously, have you ever seen a White Rainbow? Well, I did. Last week while walking with a sweet friend at Point Judith State Park (formerly Camp Cronin) we received a Special Delivery from God right before our very eyes! It was a misty kind of day and the fog was clearing to blue sky when we saw this amazing sight just over the water at the shore. It was really breathtakingly beautiful. I truly was loving this day as not only did I catch some really great waves...almost literally, but I also got to roll in the stones!  If you know me at all or have been popping by for a bit, you know I have a thing for rocks and stones. 

Why do you think God would bless us special with something like that? Well, I could give you a million reasons…or maybe one thousand…but it is all summed up in one: He loves me. He knows that my eyes would see and receive with great joy this gift. He loves me that much and you know what else? He loves you with that same amazing love…he told me to make sure I told you, friend. I want to tell you something else because I do not want you to think that I am living some unreal Christian bubble. The day before…Monday. I had such a horrid day. Have you ever ran out of your house in tears, and felt like a trapped animal. You wanted to run fast and hard, but there was no where to go…and so you find yourself weeping crouched with your own garbage cans in the garage feeling it’s where you belong and it’s all too hard and Heaven seems like a better home, anyway. And He accepts your tears and you know He still loves you though you have shouted at the sky, crying out before Him complaints and blasphemies. He said you need to stay right where you are and He promises He will never leave; be right there. So, you pick yourself up, brush yourself off, push back hair, wipe the tears and try to get back up into the day…and then your child says in a small voice, ashamed, “Mommy, I’m sorry” and your not sure how your going to make it but you feel His hand on your shoulder as she wraps around you. As you both hold on to each other. Then you get on with your day, knowing that there are others who are fighting their own hard fights. Knowing none of us escapes unscathed from this life. Yeah…that was my Monday. But even before the White Rainbow gift, I had this crazy thing happen. Out of the garbage and into His faithfulness. So I was posting my first gifts last week and linking up with Anne Voskamp at A Holy Experience, and it was so weird because there I was a big crying mess…hanging on waiting for a blessing. Because I just needed a word of encouragement and was thinking I am garbage. Amazing how God is so good and He says I am His and I can still find myself in the garbage when I least expect it. But then He never let’s me stay there. So what do you think I did? I headed to the Blogosphere and received a special gift…am I completely corny that I took a picture? Ann had me hanging waiting for a surprise over at her blog and I REALLY needed a diversion and surprise. Well I received abundantly more!


Don’t you just love that face?

Creativity is truly a healing balm!
Here is what I did with the Gifts from Ann. You can download these as well. I decorated the Gift Journal I grabbed over the weekend. 


 Then I got on with counting it all joy…
29. surprise phone call, interesting
30. Friday’s interview in a familiar place
31. Streets lined with memories
32. status update surprise
33. big beauty in the smallest state
34. healing power in creating 
35. crashing waves and joyful stones
36. A friend close
37. a friend far
38. praying friends that let me know they are not forgetting
39. a Pastor that can preach and teach powerfully in sickness and health; grateful
40. unlikely Sunday School teacher blessed beyond belief
41. tickled by His grace and joy in unexpected ways
42. more pain, more joy 
43. His promises like healing glue holding me together
44. grace binding broken places
45. memory of a white rainbow
46. moms to pray with every single Thursday
47. friend as close as my phone…daily
48. sidewalk chalk driveway, funny face drawing with my girl
49. rocking chair dreaming 
50. she forgot she hates me long enough to climb onto my lap and rock
51. remembering when I rocked her small and hungry, half asleep
52. a friend faithful, patient and kind
53. old camera new
54. two lists of one thousand

My KitKat – the girl not the candy bar

“How much larger your life would be if your self could become smaller in it.” 
G.K. Chesterton

…I will turn their mourning into gladness; 
   I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Jeremiah 31:13

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

Monday Meanderings and Other Things

Talk about a full week. My roller coaster ride of a life continues, and I think I am learning to enjoy the ride, despite my fears. Chalk that up to a combination of things. Blessings, perhaps. Perhaps a side effect of growing older. Graces. This week as I hit the halfway point of Ann Voskamp’s A Thousand Gifts and curled up in my comfy chair teared up and through it, as the resonating filled my heart and I realized it had penetrated me, in the deep place; crossing over, I join the journey and realize the gift. I decide to accept it and wonder why it took me so long to come to this place. I join with the kindred spirits who have already been journeying with her, on this sacred journey. Me, I’m the sluggard who finally realizes the good things she freely offers in this writing, her gift. I am thankful. I started the book in January but put it down after the first Chapter brought tears. I felt unable to endure the pain, although the beauty of the prose was not lost on me. I could not get beyond the pain of the beginning. It was too real and I broke inside in the reading of it. Empathy is good but still, the pain felt too real. Familiar. But, I have been visiting her blog over the past months and did attempt the January picture dare, abandoning that effort- the remnants are here (I will continue to add at my own pace here); coming full circle I picked up and am tearing up through the chapters and allowing it all to be a gift, too. So another blogger begins the joining in the journey, regularly counting the thousands of gifts. His graces in everyday places.

So I know you want to ask me, “Dawn, what do you do with all your free time while you are not currently working?” I will tell you, precious. I enter contests to win free stuff in between nursing my multitudes of rejections…I meant graces, blessings. Sorry, Ann.
Seriously, I think God really wants to:
A. Make sure I feel especially blessed with books
B. Desires me to read more to improve my own writing ability
C. Is helping my husband realize we really do need those promised bookshelves
D. All of the above

I won a complete set of Judy Christie’s Series and am very excited to lose myself in this wonderful fiction collection of four books. What an extra special treat for me to have a signed set!

Honestly every day this week, books came in the mail. My husband and mom look at the mail, with eyes rolling, “More books?”, while I Cheshire grin, filling the kitchen with pearly white. OK, actually coffee stained yellow. But smiling is smiling, peeps!

This week I got together with friends and counted it all joy. Each of these friends, gifts. 

I discovered that all wind is not good 
wind to fly a kite in…

But it never hurts to try…well, except for the kite.

My beginning One Thousand Gifts…

1. Moonlight through branches, twice
2. Being called …”magical”
3. books daily in mail
4. handmade scarf given freely
5. e-mail to “call now”
6. upheld by joy
7. fresh corn chowder
8. flour on floor
9. grace held tongue in moment needed
10. first school birthday invitation
11. pro-active mom
12. unexpected dinner invitation
13. sweet fellowship in abundance
14. lunch as a treat
15. porch swing prayer
16. heart sharing moments
17. easy going smile from him always right
18. whipping, cold wind
19. overnight fun, two times
20. black bunny ears
21. knowing prayers prayed
22. sweetly sleeping girl contented
23. possibilities of a new week
24. strong willed potential I pray will yield someday
25. resistant heart that leads me continually reliant on more and more grace
26. faith gift that renews, keeping me anchored to hope
27. answered prayer for school event, safety plus much more
28. Friends who believe in me when… I doubt myself
28. trust growing, like tulips peeking out, almost

My prayer for you this week is based 
on that sweet stone hanging above:
May God’s love breathe life into your heart 
and bring grace to your body, mind and soul this week.

Share this gift of grace wherever you 
go with everyone you encounter,
and be blessed as you bless those around you. 
I pray you have grace for the hard places 
as well as the sweet.
In Jesus Name, I pray.

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

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