There’s No Place Like Home…on Monday!

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A week full of blessing and  lessons 
while walking with the Savior!
My usual random Monday post. 
So, grab your coffee or tea and I’ll catch you up!
Monday, I headed to Providence.
I had a visit with this lovely lady!
Sharon is the creator of Janes 
(patient examination gowns (superior to a “Johnny”) for women!
She is also one of the amazing women in my Inspiring Women series.
Click to read more about Sharon Linder and Janes!

Monday was a very special time visiting old friends 
who are more like family. Sweet Sharon and I enjoyed 
catching up but seeing her daughter Olivia was an additional blessing. I am still smiling
 at the memory of seeing her in a baby carrier with those big blue eyes and gorgeous 
lashes blinking up at me many years ago and now the delightful young woman she is today.
Wow, I am getting old. Thanks, Olivia! 

Banjo got the December spot in the Friends of the Exeter Animals Calendar 
and sends a paw shake of thanks to all of you who voted as well as
 liked the page for this great local shelter.
We couldn’t be happier. We love our rescue puppy-
even though he did end up coming all the way from Arkansas!

We watched a couple of family movies this weekend. 
I love the slapstick silliness and craziness
of Home Alone- one of My Girl’s favorite since the early years. 
We wrapped up Sunday night with 
The Wizard of Oz and I realized I have not watched it in a long time! 
Of course, we made popcorn.

I went ahead and ordered Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “God In The Manger” 
after my friend Shanyn mentioned it in Facebook conversation! 
I am looking forward to receiving it this week and will tell you all about it ASAP!

Hubs and I are guilty of sometimes taking one another for granted. 
When this happens what I usually do is not make him coffee or lunch to remind him of how reliant he is on me. What he usually does is…um, nothing…or worse- he will do something I didn’t get to in the house in an attempt to help! Yeah that’s the point, I’m a jerk! 
Seriously, we rarely fight but we also rarely get out. 
So…we had ourselves a coffee date while our daughter and her friend saw a movie.
(It was a too many movies weekend in my opinion).
It gave us a chance to talk and for fun I said let’s make Christmas List’s of things we want IF we could have whatever we wanted. Even though we know that we will not get them but just to kind of see what comes out. He asked me to clarify. I said  the sky is the limit. 
I had a couple of reasons for wanting to do this, of course.
One being, my hubs does not ask for much. 
I wanted to give him permission to really have a go at it and also see what he might want that we could actually give him this year.Well, oddly I came up with things that he said were practical and possible but his list was more, well…less possible, but revealing as well. Most of my list things were the same old things that I always want…a journal is always on my list. But a house that “stays clean” made it’s way to a top spot. 

Last but not least since it has been a too many movies weekend I have to tell you I am a BIG fan of the Lord of The Rings films and am looking forward to the release of The Hobbit
Counting down to December 14th!

337. the surprise of my own audacity!
338. three praying moms, Jesus around us
339. Coffee date with my better half; the simple joy of 

the mundane planned somewhere else.
340. A turkey bought at 69 cents a pound-
 whoohoo for a giant sized bargain!

Rejoicing in His grace with a thankful heart
 all week and season long!
Join me?
Wishing you all a wonderful week full of thanksgivings!

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Santa Banjo



This is Banjo. 

He’s in a 2013 calendar contest  for rescued pets.

He  We would love it if you pop over there and vote for him.

We have a nickname for him:

“The Most Interesting Dog In The World”


 If you are on Facebook would you consider dropping 

by the page and voting for him by

 clicking “like” under  

his picture in the Calendar contest post?




We love all the sweet entrants and appreciate your support!



Thank You!



The Day He Remembered He Was A Dog

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 
1 Timothy 1:7

He is a funny character.
He still growls when my hubby kisses me goodbye.
He makes grunt sounds as if he tries to speak at times. 
He likes to be the center of attention and makes it known in a variety of ways.
He thinks the couch makes a fine bed, although he will settle for his own when told.
He is one happy tail wagging, welcome wagon to his family members when they return home.
He gets along well with the cats and does not eat the bunny, to our great relief.
Sometimes, I wonder if he thinks he is one of us. He looks to us for his cue to where he fits in. 
Like a child at times he competes for attention. He never misses scrap opportunities while I prepare lunches. He believes he should have a taste of everything that we eat. When I walk him at the beach he is uninterested in people, and only has eyes for me. Occasionally he will look at a dog and bark to make sure they know that I am his bone. “Back off”  in doggy language is pretty easy to understand.
Until this one day.
 Something was different.

As we were coming near the end of our beach walk on a chilly afternoon.
He noticed the Piping Plovers. It’s not like they are not always there when we walk, but this time he seemed to be awake to their presence. It was as if someone knocked him upside the head and said, “Duh, hello- see the birds? You are a dog and you should chase those guys!”
But, the leash.
Ah, sweet restraint. 
I sensed his interest. 

Off the leash has led to many, frustrations and altercations.
I looked around. It was cold, and some droplets of rain were falling. The beach was pretty empty.
I paused briefly, as he sought assurance in my face. I let him loose on those birds, knowing full well he did not have a chance. I would have never done it had I thought otherwise. 
What joy I beheld, as he seemed amazingly enthralled with the idea that he should chase these creatures.
At last he remembered who he really was. I was like an overprotective mother hovering over and not trusting that some unleashed beast would suddenly appear and wreak havoc on his joyful moment. 
But the moment was not stolen away from that old pup renewed!
This dog who walks the edges of the shore and runs from the rolling in waves dashed toward those precious plovers, given to the thrill of the chase and hope of a catch. Into the wave kissed shore toward the water; not too deep. Yet. I laughed and felt the pleasure of his moment, with an ever doting presence of my own. 
Always cautious, ever suspicious the moment will be robbed. At last realizing we would enjoy this gift and momentary pleasure together. I leashed him back up as we came to the parking lot. I saw him notice the gathering of sea gulls. He glanced at them, and back at me, eyes pleading approval. I dropped the leash and watched as the gulls easily stole away.
Ah, but the joy of it.
I would not let him be deprived of it.
The fleeting moment, beautiful.
The day he remembered he was a dog.

Friend, God has spontaneous moments of joy prepared for you. He delights in you as you delight in Him and receive from him with thanksgiving each moment fearlessly. Let’s consider embracing all He gives with thanksgiving. Trusting in His goodness. Not expecting to be robbed of it, like I was in the story…suspiciously awaiting the Goliath moment; almost allowing fear to rob the present joy. 
I am learning this…even as I walk the beach with my sweet pup. 
One day at a time. 
Seeing his joy and the way he forgot his fear of the water and waves in the moment reminded me that I too, need to be fearless in embracing the future with my faithful God. 
I need to Fear Less. 
Trust more.
Embrace each moment as a gift from the Giver of good things. 
Shall we run toward the waves, fearlessly?
Will we trust, repenting and fleeing from the sins of doubt and fear of the unknown? 
Will we embrace faith running toward the everlasting arms?
Are you ready? 
On Your Mark- Let’s Go!
We all win, dear one. Of this you can be sure!
I did it at the start of the year…perhaps this is another in my lessons of Less for the year. 
For to the man that pleaseth him God giveth wisdom, and knowledge, and joy...
Ecclesiastes 2:26


Here are the pictures I snapped,  in the order of the story. 
I completely dedicate this writing to my friend Susie and her new fur baby, Layla, in light of the current growing pains the family is experiencing during their adjustment period! 

Be ready for joy in unexpected moments!
Linking up with Bonnie at Faith Barista!

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