Category Archives: Inspiration

It’s Not Just Another Night

I wrote this several months ago even though it only posted today. This was written before the recent loss of famous people like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It is so important for us to take the time to check on one another and to make sure those around us know just how important they are to us.

In today’s day and age it is sometimes confusing as to how we can communicate our feelings without crossing or blurring relationship lines. I don’t have a ‘one size fits all’ answer for that as every relationship and every individual are different and require a different approach. But when it all boils down to it just do what feels most comfortable to you. This post was an example of how I felt comfortable in sharing this.

I have a friend that doesn’t seem to know just how important he has been to me. I was talking to him a while back and wished him a ‘Good Night’ like I normally do. He replied that ‘It is just another night’. That bothered me for some reason.

Yes, maybe it was just another night, but it was special in its own way. It was another end of a day, a day to add to the time we have been friends.

When we met I was going through a really rough time. He didn’t know that at the time but I was really sad and kind of lost in a way. I had thought God was leading me down one path only to have the path bulldozed, without warning, in front of me with no detour ahead. I was at a dead end in some ways.

We just happened to meet and I really didn’t think we’d ever become friends. God has way of changing our thinking and making things happen.

We would make plans to go out or do something. The plans never happened. We would try again only to have something else come up.

Then I’d think to myself that it was probably for the best. I mean his ‘wyd’s’ were driving me nuts anyways… lol. (I had to get someone to translate a lot of his abbreviations for me to start with.)

Then he’d text me and everything would be OK. We talked a lot. Sometimes he would send me a text when I least expected it and it would totally catch me off guard. One time he sent me an early morning text, which was very out of character for him, that I credit for saving my family and me from a potential house fire.

Over the months I learned a lot about him. I began to see him differently. When it seemed like we were getting close he would just pull away and I didn’t understand.

There would be days and even weeks we didn’t talk at all. Then I would start to think about how much I enjoyed our friendship. I tried to tell him but sometimes it just didn’t come out right.

We went for a bit without speaking or texting. I just assumed he had met someone and I continued on with my normal activities. After all I wanted him to be happy and he had said he wanted the same for me.

Then I met someone. When we talked again and I gave him my good news he didn’t react the way I’d expected. I’d hurt his feelings without meaning too. I really didn’t think we would ever talk again. But I was wrong again.

Our paths kept crossing in crazy and completely unexpected ways. We start texting and catching up and it feels like it did. We can talk about most anything and he can cheer me up with the craziest things.

So Pepe,

I don’t know what plans God has in store for you but I know they will be great! I know he sees everything you do and he sees everything you don’t. He sees the little things you do as well as the big ones. He is working on something very special for you, I can feel it!

I want you to know that it’s not just another night or just another day. Today is a special day because you are a special, one of a kind friend! Don’t shortchange yourself because you are a great friend! Anyone who can call you a friend is very blessed and that includes myself!

If you read this I want to thank you for being my friend through the good and the bad! I’m always here if you need to talk, no matter if it’s about the weather or the one who got away (girl or fish).

Your friend,

Susie

Do you have a friend like this? Maybe someone who you haven’t kept in touch and would like to let them know that you still think about them? Go ahead and let them know how much they mean to you. It might just make their day a little extra special.

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The Gospel Centered Mom

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As many of you know I am always looking for devotionals and such for my morning quiet time. I need something that will inspire, motivate, and encourage me on my daily path. This book caught my eye when I was browsing a while back and I knew I just had to read it. It’s taken me a bit longer to get through it than I had planned but it was so well worth the time and I will definitely be keeping this on my bookshelf to read again. Continue reading The Gospel Centered Mom

10 Things To Do When It Feels Like Your World Is Falling Apart

I know we’ve all been there a time or two in our lives, if you haven’t then you should still keep reading so you can be prepared for when it does eventually happen to you. We get comfortable in our lives and everything seems like it is going along so well. We have a good job and our lives are stable. Our home life seems pretty good too and everyone seems happy for the most part. Then it happens. It turns our lives upside down and tears our world apart, at least that’s the way it feels at the moment. Continue reading 10 Things To Do When It Feels Like Your World Is Falling Apart

My 1st Stitch Fix Box

Hey you guys! You’ve got to try this! @StitchFix delivers stylist-picked clothes to you w/ free shipping & returns. I am so excited as I just received my first Stitch Fix box and I am so in love. These were clothes that I definitely wouldn’t have picked out for myself but I love the way they look and they are all so comfortable. This was a Christmas gift I got for myself.

It was so easy to get it, I signed in and filled out my style profile. Then my stylist, Jenaha, picked out my outfits which were then sent right to my house for me to try on and decide what I wanted to keep. I decided to keep it all but if I hadn’t they sent a postage paid envelope to mail back the unwanted items.

You can take a peek at what all I got in this little video and if you want to give them a try you can use this link here. (Yes, I do get a little kickback if you order from this link here.)

 

It’s so nice to do something for myself every now and then. The fact that they offer Free Shipping and Returns is also a plus.

Happy New Year’s!

#stitchfix #fashion

31 Proverbs To Light Your Path

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As many of you know I am always looking for devotionals and such for my morning quiet time. I need something that will inspire, motivate, and encourage me on my daily path. When I need encouragement I often go to the book of Proverbs to find an uplifting verse.

Continue reading 31 Proverbs To Light Your Path

T is for Tuesday, Twirling, Tea, and Turtles

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Boy did I have a busy day! I had to get up early to run some errands but I could’ve laid in bed a bit longer. I’ve been super exhausted lately… not sure exactly why but maybe the holidays and houseful of kids have something to do with it.

After I got back from town and took care of the fraud issue I mentioned in ‘Almost a Victim of Online Fraud’ it was time to work on the house. Our house is small and we jokingly call it the ‘Little House on The Pond’. Continue reading T is for Tuesday, Twirling, Tea, and Turtles

Reblog: Discovering Peace with an ADHD Child

While searching for Cyber Monday deals I found this wonderful article about raising a child or children with ADHD. Click here to read.

Square Dancing: Fall Festival Carnival Dance

Today we attended the NEFSARDA Fall Festival Carnival Dance at Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beaches. There was a wonderful turnout and lots of lively dancing. I’m still a bit dizzy from all the whirling and twirling we did! Continue reading Square Dancing: Fall Festival Carnival Dance

Square Dancing: November 17, 2017

We had a great time tonight in Starke. I danced holes in my stockings! Unfortunately I didn’t get any pics or videos to share however I do have a cute video.

This outfit is a secondhand outfit I bought. I absolutely love it although Mr. Awesome says it reminds him of a loveseat.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Reblog: Stuck for Ideas for Christmas Presents for Your Man?

I know it may be too early for some of us to think about Christmas while others have already finished up their shopping but some of us are kind of piddling with ideas and while working on my own list I found this article which I thought I’d share with you all:

via Stuck for Ideas for Christmas Presents for Your Man?

Weekly Challenge

I know a lot of us are busy making our holiday plans but my heart is heavy. As I was surveying my pantry for items I need for our Thanksgiving dinner I was hit with just how blessed we are. There are many families, here in our own country, states, and cities, that don’t have food for tonight much less food for Thanksgiving.

So I am going to pick out some items from my pantry and maybe pick up a couple of things at the grocery store to donate to a food pantry or church who is giving out Thanksgiving baskets.

I have been the recipient of these gifts before and I know how much I appreciated it. I know there have been times, as a single momma, that I wasn’t sure if we would have a special dinner for Thanksgiving or not. I am so thankful for all those that did give when it was needed.

So my challenge, for those that can, is to participate in a food drive this holiday season. It doesn’t take much, you don’t need to buy a whole meal (unless you feel led to), nor do you need to buy the most expensive things. Each item would be greatly appreciated. Maybe you have an elderly neighbor or coworker that you could invite for dinner. Your reward will be so much greater than what you give.

If you are having trouble this time of year and you are in need there are many local resources available. Many churches, schools, and other organizations are there to help.

God Bless!

Too cute!

This video is just too cute!

It reminds me of my kids when I’m trying to work on something important.

Clingy Panda video