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I've recently been praying for rain.  Our neighbors have been clearing multiple acres next door to our property and that has involved many days of burning of brush and smoke trespassing in our direction.

Last night, that prayer was answered, and hopefully my eyes and nose will enjoy a few days of respite.

While we received a benefit/blessing from Hurricane Michael, others received devastation.  Those devastated are in my prayers.

Sometimes rain comes in other forms in our lives.  Oh how I appreciate the sunny days of life - those times when there is no rain or trouble, everyone and everything is well and marching along as they should be.

But then comes the rain.  In reality, it's much needed, as God is certainly allowing it for some purpose.  Just as flowers, trees and grass need the rain to grow, we need the "rain" in order to grow as well ~ to be who He is creating us to be in order to do what He created us for ~ to glorify Him in all things.

We are not necessarily dou…
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Sometimes, when I'm reading a book (fiction and non-fiction alike), I come across something that is worthy of writing down and remembering.  But often, I skip over it and keep reading and then don't want to take the time to go back and find it later.

As I was reading At Home in Mitford, the first book in the Mitford series, I bookmarked such pages, so I could easily return to them later.
When I'm reading, I want to learn something, be encouraged, motivated.  Sure, I read for entertainment purposes, but if what I'm reading is not very beneficial, I do not want to waste my time.
I'm now into the 2nd book in this series, and I am appreciating the example of Father Tim, especially the way he responds to others in different situations - ways that are, in general, very much against human nature and more like someone who has a strong, abiding relationship with Jesus - or, in some situations, someone who is mature enough to bite their tongue to keep from saying what they real…


THANK YOU Cynthia Ulrich Tobias and Focus on the Family.  Because of this lady and this ministry, I have recently become acquainted with the initials SWC, which is a code name for strong-willed child.  (Believe me, I've been acquainted with an SWC - just not the use of the initials and the true meaning behind the words.)

Focus on the Family daily podcasts are something I look forward to.  The title of their beautiful ministry truly reflects what they accomplish.  As I listen to their programs, I am blessed and encouraged as a wife, mom, friend, Christian..., and I am thankful they introduce such people as Mrs. Tobias into the lives of the listeners.
I have an SWC.  In fact, the female children in my family each have a bit of that characteristic, but one in particular is a full-blooded SWC.  
In the book, Mrs. Tobias introduces a questionnaire that I believe comprises 12 questions that are to be answered to determine the depth of strong-willed-ness.
One of my children was 12/12.  100%.


Have you ever thought of making pizza in a cast-iron skillet?
I never had - until I saw the Pioneer Woman do it!

I used a super simple pizza dough recipe, which worked quite well and I'll use again, but next time, I'll get two pizzas out of this recipe.  We prefer our crust to be on the thinner side.  If you like deep-dish, use the entire dough recipe for one crust. (This is a 12-inch skillet.)
Easiest pizza I've ever made and even kid approved.  👦 👍


Towards the end of summer, we took a few days off and relaxed in Lake Lure, North Carolina.

It rained the majority of the time we were there, but that was okay.  The main point of this getaway was to rest, and we did.

We drove to Charlotte one day and checked off one of my husband's bucket list items - to go to the Carolinas Aviation Museum and behold the plane that Sully landed in the Hudson River, which is without a doubt an amazing, miraculous story, and observing the damaged plane in person was absolutely astounding.

Throughout the week, the guys seized the opportunity to do some fishing, we played several competitive rounds of mini-golf, we had one sunny day for outdoor swimming, as well as one rainy day for indoor swimming, and Brad and Matthew consumed one afternoon kayaking while the rest of us braved horseback riding.  The remainder of our time was spent relaxing, reading, snacking/eating, and playing Spades - our family's favorite card game.  This was truly a vacation f…


I love road trips!  Especially when they involve parts of the country I've never seen.  No schedule or reservations - just take off driving and see where we end up.
We were planning to spend a few days in Texas with Brad's parents, and we got the idea to take a different route and do some exploring.  I had been wanting to travel to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and visit The Mercantile - the Pioneer Woman's store, so that was our goal destination before heading into Texas.
We left on a Thursday morning, drove west towards Birmingham, took a path north to Memphis, Tennessee, and then turned west again, leading into Arkansas.
We ended up in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  

We walked the path of Bathhouse Row, admiring all the old buildings and beautiful architecture, imagining what it must have been like many years ago.

We toured a bathhouse and discovered what a "spa" was like "back in the day."

We walked a little further and ended up in a heavy downpour while we were searching…


Summer has drifted away, and my favorite season has arrived, but there are a lot of things I enjoy about summer as well, so here's a little documentation of what our summer looked like.  
We had quite a productive summer, and I probably worked harder than I have in my entire life, but it's been rewarding.  Except for those few days that my back got a little angry with me, and I had to go to the ER.  All I did was bend over to pick up some shoes and then couldn't walk afterwards!  Backs can be finicky, and I guess mine was telling me to take it easy for a bit.  Whatever it was, it was pretty much healed within a week's time, but I've been trying to be nicer to my back ever since.
Why all the hard work?  Well, I came to a realization in recent months - which shouldn't have taken so long to figure out - that hard work pays off.  I had thought about how Aunt Dana always had such a beautifully manicured yard with thriving, colorful flower gardens.  Then I considered h…