The One

Butterflies, birds,
blanks and lined
I sought the best,
that I could find
I carried each
away with me
to peruse alone
while sipping tea
thirteen virgins
stacked high-
and I
beheld and touched
till satisfied
the one to be
receiver of 
every epiphany
confidante, companion, lover, friend
perfect match for my favorite pen
I love them all
to the very end
then I toss each aside,
I won’t pretend
thirteen narrowed 
down to 
this search for the next 
is finally done. 
Linking with dVerse
where every Tuesday,
 poets and wordsmiths of all kinds
 come together and and link minds! 

My Monday Morning Random Mind (and multitudes)


Since My Girl had an overnight last night, I am left with a free morning. Of course the first thing I did was make a To Do List… after walking the dog. The list includes the bunny cage which currently needs changing. This one fact may possibly spare you from an exceedingly long, rambling post…probably not (gag). The fact that I lost my camera battery, so have no really cool, Rhode Island pictures to share could also make this a short post. Or the fact that I have not done one of these posts in a while. It’s just me, here with you, on this lovely Monday morning. I am feeling wildly free to share my randoms today, especially since most mornings have been dedicated to routine and Homeschool. I have been spending less time on the computer, and have had to be extra savvy in my writing/blogging schedule, and most days I miss link-ups I love, status updates on Facebook, and reading my favorite blogs regularly. We have been figuring out our own New Normal. Um…not sure how normal it is, but it’s somewhere between a roller coaster ride and a zip-line on any given day. Hanging in and writing along the journey, naturally!  
Multitudes of Randoms:
#501- This weekend, I woke up to an early morning text and was whisked off to breakfast at Phil’s Main Street Grille with my BFF. There is nothing like the blessing of coffee and breakfast with a girlfriend, yes? What a treat. 
#502- I also got some Barnes & Noble time in Sunday night after dropping My Girl off for overnight. So, there I sat with a stack of 13 lovely journals and a half dozen random books. I sipped coffee, wrote in my own, ready to be laid to rest  journal; I actually wrote a poem about the journals that were stacked on the table before me…as well as random thoughts-because that’s what WE journal writers do, right? We write. On and on and on. There is no greater joy to me than being surrounded by books, with pen and journal in hand (No, I don’t have a laptop!). Serious BLISS. Oh, so a few books that I perused: The Circle Maker, My Prayer Book, Royal Britain, On Writing Well, a really cool Bible that I cannot remember but wish I could, and a few others. I could spend hours in the bookstore or library. I could live in one of those places. 
#503- How about this miracle: We made it through three weeks of Homeschooling! Whoohoo…Um, yeah just 33 more to go! Hoping to share a post about what I’m learning on the journey this week.
Prayers welcome and graciously accepted. 
#504- In October there is a wonderful crazy time for Bloggers hosted at The Nesting Place where each blogger shares a challenge, journey or endeavor to write about for 31 days. Well this year, I have decided to post 31 Days of Fitting in Fitness. Trust me, I need this as much as you do – can we journey together?  I pray this will bless you and get you moving- from where you are to a balanced perspective and a realistic approach toward moving more. Um, and right now I am right there in Bloggy Sedentary land needing to get off my duff a bit more. I was blessed beyond words when Barbie had a special button made for my sharing of this with all of you. So thankful. You can see it on my Facebook page and I will be sharing it here this week in the post announcement!

#505- Praying again with my fellow moms for our first Moms in Prayer gathering this September.
I can do all things through Him who gives me strength!

#506- SUNFLOWERS! The sunflowers are shooting up tall in our little bird feeding area and I am overjoyed in their appearance and abundance! I promise I will share pictures of these beauties as soon as my new camera batteries arrive.

#507- impromptu visit to a local neighbor’s B&B. A lovely place to visit if you come to Little Rhody and want to stay at a local Inn in Narragansett. She Home Schooled back before it was common and shared a whole lot of her thoughts with me and showed me around her lovely Inn on one of my “live like a local tourist” mornings. #everydayadventureswithdawn

#508- Love this Rhode Island Classical radio station. My preference for music is Classical, Jazz and music without words…so important to my ability to hear the still small voice. My favorite surround sound is sweet silence.

On that note, I have to say the bunny cage smell is now unbearable and I wrote thirtysomething items on my To Do List. I best leave this post and get onto the #509-513+ blessing (help me see them that way, Lord…)  that will make up the majority of my day: laundry, dishes, vacuuming, Homeschool planning, bunny cage cleaning etc. etc. etc.

BUT this is how I really feel…

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The Slowest Reader Makes A Comeback (Kinda)

Since May I have hit a record low in reading pace. It’s not as if I was not reading. Do blog posts count? No, I didn’t think so. But between writing, end of school, and Summer outings with friends, the books were getting dusty. They sat and waited on the nightstand OR were toted and neglected. Reading bits and pieces with too many interruptions makes it hard to build up the momentum which leads to reading bliss!
And I missed my Kindle, even though I prefer hardbound, paper, real books.
Then vacation came and I found my reading pace once again. Slow but steady! 
Hold back your yawn, I am making a comeback! 
Still maintaining The Slowest Reader In The World status but crawling along and enjoying the scenery at my own snail pace once more.
The few I finished since last time:
Heaven In Her Arms by Catherine Hickem
I have to admit when I first saw the title of Catherine Hickem’s book, Heaven in Her Arms- Why God Chose Mary to Raise His Son and What It Means For You, my interest was peaked. I have always been drawn to the faith of this unassuming, young woman of the Bible who has through various denominations been deified, defended, glorified, minimized, scrutinized and idolized. 
As for me, I knew if there is one lady in scripture who could teach me something, it is Mary.
Mary, the Mother of God.
Mary, the Maidservant of The Lord.
Mary, the humble Jewish girl.
Mary, the wife of Joseph.
Mary the Virgin Mother.
Mary, the tender, submissive, faithful mother to Jesus.
Mary, a woman who both inspires, intimidates and baffles.
Mary, an Icon.
Indeed, I had no problem being drawn to this book, like a moth to flame.
But here is the clincher. Read More Here.

Mission Possible by Deborah L. McCarragher
This excellent offering has more to offer than meets the eye. Concise and to the point with the focus and intent being delivering hope, encouragement, useful scripture and guidance to those women who are in a spiritually mismatched marriage. I was leery at first because I wondered if this would have practical application for those who are in marriages where they are not with an unsaved spouse but instead with someone who may be a Christian but off track in their spiritual life in another way: back-slidden or perhaps off  in their personal walk in leading the family, discipleship, growth, zeal for the Lord etc. I found this to be useful as a help for those in marriage to a spouse who needs salvation but also for all women as we all need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and pray ceaselessly for our husbands. Practical, suitable and helpful for a variety of marriage circumstances.

Beckoned By The King  by Jeannie Pallett
The author takes a journey with God through the verses of Psalm 119.
Will be reviewing and interviewing Jeannie soon!

10 Minutes To Powerful Prayer by Stormie O’martian

Praying for Purpose for Women: 
A Prayer Experience That Will Change Your Life Forever
by Katie Brazelton

Still waiting on my nightstand BUT there is hope yet:
Goodness Gracious Green by Judy Christie (Love this series)
Bringing Up Girls by  Dr. James Dobson
Praying For Your Prodigal Daughter by Janet Thompson
The Journals of Jim Elliot by Elisabeth Elliot
The Savage, My Kinsman by Elisabeth Elliot
Breaking Free From Anger & Unforgiveness by Linda Mintle, PH.D.

Current Focus with Momentum:
The Necessity of an Enemy: How the Battle You Face Is Your Best Opportunity
by Ron Carpenter, Jr.

For those who remember my broken, uninsured Kindle:
I am RE- Kindled-
Thanks to my Mom She bought herself the Kindle Fire and 
bestowed upon me her old Kindle!

Happy Reading! 

What's On Your Nightstand

My Next Five To Read: Book Blogger Hop

As I waited (fortunately without holding my breath) for my daughter to join me for our reading time tonight (still waiting), I popped on by Ramona’s place: Create with Joy and was ecstatic to see this Book Blogger Hop (Hosted by Jen @ Crazy-For-Books:link below!) to participate in this weekend! The timing was perfect as I was just pondering how much I love my most recent reads and felt like sharing the love!

Well here is the way to jump in:
Answer the question below, write up a quick post, link-up and visit your fellow Book Bloggers! 
What are the next five books in your TBR (to-be-read) pile? And, don’t worry, you can change your mind and read something different – we won’t check!

Book Blogger Hop
Whoohoo! Here is the slowest reader/reviewer’s 
latest TBR list…

1. Grace of Giving by Marja Meijers:
Let me just say this…WOW! This sweet read has been on my nightstand ever so quietly waiting. I am amazed at the profound simplicity and depth that is so excellently put forth here. A rare gem-I picked it up and can hardly put it down. Halfway through and powerful. 

2. Goodness Gracious Green by Judy Christie:
I am on the second in the Green Series and enjoying the Fiction escape as well as the escapades of Lois Barker as she embarks on the journey of a lifetime: inheriting a Newspaper in colorful, rural Green, Louisiana! 

3. Heaven In Her Arms by Catherine Hickem
Why God Chose Mary to Raise His Son and What it Means for You

4. Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson

5. Praying For Your Prodigal Daughter 
by Janet Thompson

Happy Reading!

What’s On My Nightstand For January

Can you see the kitty? Sweet Aurora, our very precocious calico,
longingly eyes my precious reading stack.
Hello, fellow Bookaholics- You know who you are. No hiding or shame here. I am linking up with 5 Minutes For Books, and “What’s On Your Nightstand”, which takes place the fourth Tuesday of every month. This is my current stack. I will give the details and you can judge for yourself if there is anything worth reading in your eyes!
First, please understand, I am a slow reader. I love to read but I flit like a butterfly from book to book. 
I own a lot of books and still view life as one extended opportunity to peruse books as well as Bookstores, libraries, online, at home. I love to be surrounded with them. I am trying to read more Fiction. Usually I like to read biographies, memoirs and practical stuff. But, really if it’s bound, with a title that draws me, nothing is out of the realm of possibility. Red means Finished- Yay, Me! Asterisk means I’m in the midst of it. 
So let’s take it from the bottom of the stack and see what’s on my nightstand this month.
I am not writing book descriptions here for the most part- all that is available through many other websites (publishers, booksellers, atc.) These are just my ramblings and musings on the how’s and why’s they made it to the stack. 
A Place To Belong by Lisa Troyer: Lisa Troyer is part of a ministry called Circle of Friends.
Sometime last year there was a promotion through Facebook to pre-order the book which is about fostering authentic friendships, encouragement and community for women.
 The clincher for me was the one pound of coffee and two beautiful mugs that were thrown in, all for about ten bucks! I actually let my women’s ministry leader borrow it and just got it back. Hence it is on currently in the stack!
*One Thousand Gifts by Anne Voskamp: A fellow blogger convinced me to read this book, but I have been stalking it for the past year and finally broke down with the intention to read it. I have read the first chapter and know I will enjoy this book through and through. I am attempting to keep up with the Joy Dare, through Anne’s Blog. See my efforts here
Be Joyful by Warren Wiersbe: I finished this book earlier in the month. It is a great encouragement and read with excellent application and input on the book of Philippians. Wiersbe rarely, if ever, wastes a word.
He wraps around this short Book of the New Testament and squeezes out sweet delectable truths that will leave you refreshed in your faith and yes, understanding the role of joy in the believer’s life. 
*Praying The Scriptures For Your Children by Jody Brendt: I am about halfway through this book which is wonderfully written with lots of powerful scripture references. Specific direction an encouragement for moms on the topic of prayer make this a great reference. I like to pick it up for a bit and digest it before picking it up again. 
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: My daughter really wanted me to read this book. She reads circles around me, seriously. She will pick up a book like this and finish it in an afternoon. I am very fussy with fiction. Although this is young adult reading, I could not put it down. This is the first of a trilogy, and I was skeptical at first and surprised to admit how much I enjoyed this book. Well I finished it so that says something. In three days. Record time for me. I am adding Catching Fire to this list that is the next up in the trilogy and I am dying to know what happens next. 
Grace of Giving by Marja Meijers: I am so excited about this book which I won through Diane Estrella’s blog this month! I am looking forward to reading this book as Marja has three blogs and has authored a number of books. You can catch her here for starters: Fresh Insights On Ancient Truths. Marja has a gift for sharing scriptural truths (as I have seen on her blog) but this will be the first time I am reading one of her published books. 
The Christian Writer’s Handbook by Margaret Anderson:  My daughter’s English teacher offered this guide for me to borrow. Perfect timing. I think I really need a basic grammar primer. Suggestions?

*My Reading Life by Pat Conroy:  I am enjoying Pat’s personal history divulging his love affair with story, stories and life in general. Pat shares so many interesting details of his literary influences and loves. It’s like curling up with a box of delicious treats. Each chapter shares a different experience and the books and people that touched and shaped him, molded his perspectives and eventually found expression in His own writing. I think I will have to renew this one as I am taking a bit of time. But enjoying every bite!

*Jesus Calling by Sarah Young: I can’t get enough of the way she weaves scripture into her writing in the unique way she does- powerful and positive. I reviewed Sarah’s Devotional Here. I really love it. It will be on my stack for the whole year.

This Thing Of Ours- How Faith Saved My Mafia Marriage by Carrie Franceze: I finished this earlier this month and did review it. I found it to have some excellent, positive points for women, but thought at times it was a little slow going. The Review can be found here if you are so inclined to check it out.

 So, what’s on your nightstand?
What's On Your Nightstand

*Also linking up last minute with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday!
Check them out for book inspiration and Jamie’s Top Ten Historical Fiction!

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