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Choose to Live Your Life in Abundance in the after--- after the spouse dies, after the marriage ends, after the kids leave. Join me on my journey of CHOOSING LIFE in my after. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live- Deut 30:19

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August 08, 2020

What If/ What Is - How To Handle A New School Year In The Time Of COVID

It won't be long before our beautiful pond is iced over 
and our park covered in snow. 

Oh, my goodness! The anxiety over the starting of a new school year is palpable, isn't it? So many unknowns out there. 

It seems that everyone I talk to is anxious about their situation, and every situation is different. No two moms out there have the exact same set of issues when it comes to school next year. Some moms have to work and don't know what they will do with their kids. Some moms teach and can't imagine teaching and managing remote learning for their own kids. Some moms have their moms living with them and are scared to death that COVID will invade their homes. Some moms stay home and can't imagine taking on the role of teacher. Some moms are sending their children off to college. 

No two situations are the same. We must all remember that before we judge another mom's decision on the matter.

 I think it's important to remember that our kids don't know how to react because they've never experienced anything like this before. You have never experienced anything like this before, but moms still have to teach their children how to handle the hard situations of like. You will set the tone for how your children handle this school year.  It is probably going to be a challenging year, to say the least. How can you prepare your children for unknown situations? 

I believe we can all use this year as a huge life lesson- for ourselves as well as our kids. Let's teach our kids that life doesn't always go the way we want it to. Life throws us curveballs. We cannot allow ourselves to live in the "What Ifs" of the school year. What if my kindergartner had gotten to have a "normal" school year to start his education journey? What if my son had gotten to have a "normal" football season his senior year? What if my daughter had gotten to have a "normal" freshman year at college. These "What if" questions are endless. But, we have to live in our "What Is."  The sooner we come to terms with the reality of our lives, the sooner we can move forward. I spoke to the "What If's" in a blog post a few years ago. You can find it HERE

We can all use this time to grow emotionally and spiritually. We show our children how to handle and maneuver the ups and downs of life simply by how we treat those ups and downs. Life is never going to be perfect. But I do know that, no matter what, life is going to be OK. 

So many parents are second-guessing their decision of how they are maneuvering this school year. They are also worried about how they will handle all of the unknown situations that may occur. I told this story to a friend while walking this week. I also shared it with my pastor. I hope it encourages you as much as it has inspired me!!

I'm doing a long-distance book study with a friend from Texas on the book, Get Out Of Your Head, by Jennie Allen. I highly recommend it. She shared a story from Corrie ten Boom's book The Hiding Place

                        Father sad down on the edge of the narrow be. "Corrie," he began
                        gently, "when you and I go to Amsterdam--when do I give you your ticket?"
                        I sniffed a few times, considering this.
                        "Why, just before we get on the train."

                        "Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven knows when we're going
                        to need things too. Don't run out ahead of Him, Corrie.
                        When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look
                        into your heart and find the strength you need----- just in time."

Moms, don't worry about this next school year. God has already gone ahead of you. He knows what is to come. He will, in His magnificent way, let you know how you should handle every situation that is to come when it's time!! I truly believe this with all my heart!!
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July 29, 2020

Peak of the Week 7-29-20

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Happy Wednesday- The Peak of the Week!! Here is a list of things piquing my interest this week. 

Tomorrow is July 30th, which is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. I heard back from a childhood friend who works with missions all over the world. I asked her about Human Trafficking and what organizations she suggests we follow. She suggested two, which I will share below. Please get involved. It is hard to hear some of these stories, but I remind myself that each story is a person who is having to live with this terrible reality in their lives. Thank You, Kim, for getting back with me and sharing two accounts that you support. 

International Justice Mission-  A global organization with a solution to end slavery.

A21- The new abolitionists founded by Christine Cain. 
          End: Sex trafficking, Forced labor, Bonded labor, Involuntary domestic servitude, and
                   child soldiers

Both of these organizations have Facebook and Instagram pages. Please follow them so we can all stay as informed as possible on this issue.

Take a few minutes tomorrow to join in the fight to end slavery in our world today!!

I talked to a dear friend this morning. She and I worked together in education for most of my career. I loved working with her. She has to go back to work at school even though she has some underlying health issues. We talked about precautions she will take once students get back in classrooms. I thought I would share and remind people to do what you can for your health.

Please remember that even though a video being widely shared suggests that we don't really have to wear a mask, ALL legitimate scientists and doctors say that masks will slow the spread. My husband sent me the following video that shows the importance of wearing masks.

Please wear your mask!!

Two things that we talked about that I do that I feel keep me healthy each year are zinc and nasal irrigation.

Zinc is known to strengthen the immune system. I take it every year during the flu season and plan on starting up taking it again soon.  

Zinc can be ordered on Amazon.  

Nasal Irrigation can take on many forms. I use these two systems:

Found Here

I have to use a sinus rinse every day because of severe sinus problems. I believe that my rinses have kept me healthy during flu season for many years. Plus, I always get my flu shot.

This article explains how it works.  NPR- Nasal Irrigation Makes Comeback as Cold Remedy

Let me make myself clear. I am in no way saying that these two strategies will keep you Covid-19 free. I do believe that they will keep you as healthy as possible during almost impossible circumstances!!

What's piquing your interest this week? I'd love to know!!
July 27, 2020

Small Closet Organization

I've questioned myself about whether or not I want to share my closet organization on my blog. You see, I don't have a big, beautifully designed closet. I have a midsize closet that I share with my husband. I guess it's a sad statement of life online when I feel like I even have to explain that I don't have visions of grandeur where my closet is concerned. I have an average size closet that is very, well, average. My average closet was in great need of cleaning and organizing. 

When I see closets like my dream closet that Rach Parcell shared last month, I always wonder, "Where does she keep her massive amounts of clothes?" There is no way that these are all of her clothes. Aren't closets mostly functional? 

Rachel's blog Pink Peonies shares her closet reveal. 

Closet Dreams!!

Would I be happier if I had a California Closet? No
Would I be happier if I had a bigger closet?        No

I remarried 5 years ago after the death of my first husband. I moved into a house in which I didn't choose one single thing. In fact, another woman (my husband's late wife) helped pick out everything in this house. And you know what? It's OK. 

Many (in fact, MOST) of you reading this post are living in a house in which you didn't pick out any of the fixed features. I'm a big believer in blooming where you are planted. I am so blessed to have had a new beginning in life. Things do not happiness make. 

I had a short DM going on with Wendy from @rememberwynn18 on Instagram. She shared in her stories one day that comparison on Insta was getting to her. We should never compare ourselves or our lives to others, but especially on Instagram. After talking to her, I decided to share how I conquered my closet. And, by the way, if you don't follow Wendy, you really should. She shares cute clothes and is so upbeat!!

So here is the reveal. There are no before pictures because, trust me, it was a real mess!! 

Welcome to my closet!

My first step was cleaning out the two closets where I had my clothes. I donated over half of the clothes to Goodwill. I don't work anymore. I don't need all of the clothes that I had. These are all of my summer clothes. All winter clothes are stored.

I took every single item out of our closet. While it was empty, Dr. T added an additional shelf to the top of the closet. We have tall ceilings so there was a lot of unutilized space up there.

I only allowed things back in our space that met my strict guidelines. Had I worn it in the last 2 years? Was it still presentable? Did I even like it? 

All out of season clothes and shoes are stored in tubs on the top shelf of the closet. I will go through my clothes twice a year now as the season change. It will be a forced time for me to make more decisions on whether or not I want to keep something. 

Shoes are on these shoe stands. They can be purchased at Amazon. They are great to double the number of shoes you can have in any given space. 

         All of our jeans are folded on this shelf. I found this at Target.
I'm still searching for an organizer to put on top of the shelf.

I cleaned out about half of Dr. T's clothes too.

His favorite thing about the "new" closet is the hat rack that he made.
He is a collector of caps.

His hat/cap rack is made from his old drumsticks.
A perfect hatrack for my favorite drummer.

One of my goals is to have every single item in my closet hanging on
one of these nice wooden hangers. I need to purge some more.
Or, buy some more hangers.

These are a little big for this space, and I am looking for something similar
to serve the same purpose. I need "window storage" for my purses.
I bought these on Amazon

I see many women showcasing their purses in their closet, but I live in the desert. My house gets extremely dusty. I need to keep purses protected from dust. These boxes are perfect except that they droop a bit. They weren't expensive, and I can use them elsewhere so I am on the lookout for something that I like better.

There you have it. It feels so good to walk in this space. It has seriously kept me from buying some clothes that I've seen online. I know I don't need them. And, I don't have space for them!!

Tell me about a space you have made new again during this quarantine. I'd love to hear about it.

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July 15, 2020

Peak of the Week 7-14-20

Wow, it's been over a month since I've done a Peak of the Week. I've missed being on the lookout for new and exciting articles out there. Hopefully, you will appreciate what has been piquing my interest on this Wednesday, The Peak of the Week. 

July 30th World Day Against Trafficking in Persons - I am not a conspiracy theory person at all, but the recent questions about an online business possibly selling children through its popular site has brought this terrible problem back to the forefront for me personally. I will not say the name of the company because I don't want to call attention to it if it isn't right, but I do want to draw attention to July 30th. Even the United Nations acknowledges this day. Please read this article I've shared from them. The thought of anyone being trafficked for any reason makes me ill, but the idea of children being sold for the sex industry does something to me that I can't even put into words. Please don't live in your bubble any more if you don't know about this terrible issue in our world and especially in our great country. I have an email out to a dear childhood friend who works all over the world and whom I trust on this issue. I'll let you know what she shares with me.

My personal Facebook account was cloned a couple of weeks ago. I reported it as soon as people started letting me know they were getting a friend request from me. Facebook took it down immediately. I had been meaning to hide my friend list but hadn't done it yet. The reason an account gets cloned is to gain access to other accounts to be able to send requests for money etc. If you hide your friend list, your account becomes useless to the people who want access to your friends. This video shows how to hide your friends on Facebook.  I hope it helps!!

Facebook Cloning or Hacking- I found this article on Facebook account cloning and hacking very informative. 

Carona Vaccine Trial Produced Robust Immune Response-  Are we going to finally start getting some good news?? I sure hope so. 

What I'm Focusing On- I'm finishing up redoing my closet. I hope to have a post about it on Friday. 

What I'm Reading- Hello Summer by Mary Kay Andrews (I really like this one!!)
                                  Get Out Of Your Head by Jennie Allen (this is my long-distance book study
                                  that I do with my friend in Texas) It is all about stopping toxic thoughts.

What I'm Watching- We have been watching Dirty John Season 2- The Betty Broderick Story. I remember when this happened, but I had no idea what all her husband put her through. It's been good. 

Well- This is about it for this week? What do you think of what is piquing my interest this week? What is piquing yours? I'd love to know!!

It's not Hump Day. It's the Peak of the Week. The best day!! It's all downhill from here. 
June 26, 2020

Floating Shelves For Display

I've finally gotten around to sharing a project that we did last summer. Dr. T installed floating shelves in our dining area so I can display some of the things I collect. If you've followed me very long, you know that I love to collect teapots. I needed a spot to have them out so I can see them regularly. THEY BRING ME JOY!!

The first step is installing the brackets for the shelves to slide onto.

Tip: Always hold a handheld vacuum under any drill. It makes for easy cleanup.
I am always the official holder of the vacuum. 

Each shelf slides onto the brackets.

I love the look of floating shelves.

The last step is to fill them with whatever brings you joy!!

 I have plans for a small cabinet under the shelves instead of the old school desk.
Until I find just what I want, the desk will stay.

It's the coziest of corners!!

I ordered these shelves from Wayfair.

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June 03, 2020

Peak of the Week 6-3-20

What a week it has been. I know you are all exhausted with the sadness that we see in our country right now!! I'm trying to stay off social media as much as possible, but it is a way of life for me to connect with others and so I can't completely look away!! 

It is Wednesday, the Peak of the Week, so that means I'm sharing things piquing my interest right now! I hope you find them intriguing as well!!

BSF Kids- Bible Study Fellowship has a Youtube channel now!! If you have grandkids visiting or staying with you, you may want to subscribe to this channel. There are very many videos up yet, but keep checking back!!

I saw this on Facebook and thought it would be great to hang in a classroom. If you struggle with remembering the difference maybe print this out and put it near your screen. I don't like to critique peoples' grammar online. I have made so many mistakes over the years whether they be verbal typos, typos, or just not really thinking at the time. I think this is a great reminder!!!

21 Vinaigrette Recipes- It's salad season! Try one of these vinaigrettes and let me know what you think!!

Anti-Racism Resources- This is a great resource!! We all need to educate ourselves on this matter. Hopefully, you can find a starting place here!!

Segregation Along Highway Lines- I pledged on my Instagram and Facebook accounts on Sunday that I am going to educate myself about systemic racism in this country. I had no idea that our highway system was sometimes used in segregation. If you google this topic many articles come up. I liked this one because it is an educational thesis from a graduate program. It is factual without dispute. 

Light and Tripod
It can be ordered HERE.
Someone asked me yesterday about my tripod that I use for blogging and to get family pictures when we all want to be in the shot. This is a good price at just over $100.00, and it has held up well.

Iron Fish- I am still suffering from low iron. I heard about these iron fish on a podcast recently. I'm trying to be creative with different ways to get iron back into my body. Besides cooking in a cast-iron skillet, I've been boiling my water with these fish to give myself a little extra!!

It can be purchased HERE.

How to snooze someone on Facebook. I've SNOOZED some people on Facebook this week. I love these people, but don't love what they are sharing right now. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but some people are sharing articles and are not reading them. They are simply sharing a Headline that fits their narrative. Those kinds of actions really bother me!!! Click HERE to learn how to SNOOZE someone. Their posts will not appear on your feed for 30 days. It might save a friendship!!

What I'm Reading- The Matchmaker by Elin Hildebrand 
                                You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado

What I'm Watching- Waco on Netflix
                                  Pandemic on Amazon- We just finished this. 
                                  Lot's of trash TV!!

What I'm focusing on- Just finished organizing our closet. It is a fairly small closet so I think I have 
                                     some solutions. I'm working on a post about it!!

What's piquing your interest today? I'd love to hear!!

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May 13, 2020

Peak of the Week- 5-13-20

Well, there really isn't anything new in my life. I feel like I'm slowly coming back into life though. It was such a weird time right at the beginning of quarantine. I had to have my routine bloodwork done this morning. It had to be fasting bloodwork so afterward, I stopped by Starbucks for a coffee. It made me feel so normal to get that coffee in my hand!! What have you done for the first time since quarantine that made you feel a little bit normal again!!

It is Happy Wednesday- The Peak of the Week!! Here are some things Piquing my interest this week!

The Loft- Big Sale- 80% off of some of their clothes in a Warehouse sale. Check it out!!

Hamilton to be streamed- Hallelujah!! I love Hamilton. It will be streamed on Disney+ on July 3rd.

Father and son charged in the killing of black Georgia jogger, Ahmaud Arbery. I'm keeping my eye on this outrageous case. I just don't understand!! I ran earlier in the week and posted pictures with the #irunwithmaud and #irunwithahmaud.  If you do anything in the awareness of this case be sure to use the hashtags. We all need to keep this case in the spotlight.

Back to the Future- Reunited- Josh Gad is bringing a smile to our faces in his Reunited Apart series on Youtube. Episode 2 brings together Back to the Future!!  So Good!!

Best Banana Bread- I have made more Banana Nut Bread in the past 2 months than I have in the past 10 years!! I love this recipe. It is delicious and so moist!!

What I'm Reading- Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen
                                You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado
                                 Me by Elton John
These are my most read right now. I've just started each of them. I guess it's a good thing I have a lot of time on my hands!!

What I'm Watching- We always watch The Voice so We have been watching how creative everyone has to be to sing their songs from home!!

What I'm focusing on- Our closet has been emptied of all of its content!! And, that said content is all over the house. Dr. T has installed shelving at the top of the closet which was just lost space. He is now adding a shoe shelving unit that he has created for me. Hopefully, the project will be completed this weekend. I can't wait to show you what I've found to help with organization.

Not much going on here!! I'd love to hear what's piquing your interest!

May 08, 2020

Happy Mother's Day- Give Yourself The Best Gift You'll Ever Receive

Happy Mother's Day! I've been a mom for 31 years now!! Wow. It really is true that The Days Are Long, But The Years Are Short!!

I would love to go back to relive just one day in our little house when my kids were young. Watching them play in the little kiddie pool or swing on our porch swing singing the song we made up about our cat, Luther. "Luther Kittie" was a big hit in those days!!

I just finished being part of a panel of moms- that interview with my pastor will be played during our church service on Mother's Day.

He asked some interesting questions, and I've sat here thinking about my years being a mom. It truly is still my greatest job. It's my greatest relationship. It's the biggest blessing in my life.

If you are a mom of adult children, I know you have probably had the struggle with cutting the apron strings. According to Merriam-Webster, "cutting the apron strings" is defined as "to stop providing support." I've always heard it used toward the child. Saying that I've got to cut the apron strings so they will go on and be adults, make their own money, make their own decisions is something we hear a lot in our society. Remember the movie Failure To Launch?

I've laughed with my friends that in my little family the cutting of the apron strings was for me not my kids. I've proudly raised two successful, independent young adults. It took some missteps on my part to figure out my role as a mom to adult children. I had to cut those apron strings that I was hanging on to- not them. The real failure to launch was me! Can any of you relate?

This new role came to me over time, and it was two-fold.

First, I had to learn that their lives are their lives. Their stories are for them to tell, not me. That is a little hard since I write a blog, but I know to ask them before I write about anything to do with their lives. I do that out of respect for them and their privacy, and also because they have made it clear to me that I need to ask before writing about them. But, the waters were murkier when it came to family.

I had to learn from mistakes I made, that I'm not the go-between for them and extended family. As adults, their relationships with aunts, uncles, grandparents, and other family members are theirs alone. It isn't my job to help foster those relationships anymore. Those were established while they were growing up. It also isn't my job any longer to share news about their lives with family members. They are adults who share what they wish to share.

And, the hardest role to ease into is that I'm no longer their supervisor in life. I'm not here any longer to "teach" them how to live. That (hopefully) was done successfully while they were still under my roof. If I did a good job, I stressed what is truly important in life by how their dad and I lived and how we maneuvered through our daily lives.

There have been times when the fact that I am their only parent is overwhelming. I better get things right with my relationship with them. I want to be the best mom, and now mother-in-law, that I can possibly be.

I remember one conversation with my daughter when she was making several life decisions. I'm sure the conversation got a little heated, and she stopped me, and said,

"Mom, I feel like you are judging me."

Wow! And, if I'm honest, I probably was. At the very least, I know it came across as me judging her.

It was about this same time that I saw Beth Moore interviewed on TV. One person asked the question, "What do I do about my adult children." Her answer has stayed with me. She answered that you take all issues with adult children to the "heavenly realms" --- You pray about it.

All of these things came together for me in one great epiphany--- I am not my adult children's judge. I am no longer the Sage on the Stage. I'm the guide on the side.  I'm their biggest cheerleader. I am their confidant. I'm the prayer warrior.

You know that greatest thing about being a mom to adult children, I just get to be Mom, Mommy (or as I know they sometimes think-- that crazy lady.)

You see, the pressure is off. My job is complete. I just get to sit back and enjoy them and love them through all of the decisions that they make.


IT IS MY JOB TO LOVE!!! And Love Unconditionally!

I love being their prayer warrior. Nothing brings me greater joy than when they call or text and ask me to pray for them--- see that's really all they want. They want the freedom to live their own lives and have me there in my support position, not my supervisory role!!!

Have you made that transition with your kids? Have you given yourself the freedom to just LOVE your kids? A weight is lifted when you do!!!

Give yourself the best Mother's Day gift you'll ever receive!! Take  off your judge's robe and put on
the wardrobe you need to wear for your adult children-- The Armor of God.

I love that no matter how many times I read any scripture, it always feels new. I believe that freshness of scripture is not only because it is God-breathed, but because our lives are different every time we read it. Depending on what our minds are focused on when we read, determines the meaning that it has for our lives on that given day. Read these scriptures with your role as a mom of adult children in mind.

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Happy Mother's Day to all you fab moms out there!! We've done our best. Now it's time to enjoy our hard work!!

April 26, 2020

My Sweet Dad

This verse is how my dad lived his life.

My dad passed away on April 5th. It was a surprise and a shock all wrapped up in one terrible package. He had suffered from Dementia for many years, and we knew there was no cure- no chance of him getting better. The shock came after. With this terrible virus invading our land, we couldn't have a proper service to celebrate his life. In fact, we felt that we needed to rush and have our small family service so that we could each get back home to "hunker down" as our states are requesting.

Grandkids didn't get to come. Family and friends didn't get to hug us and tell us stories. We didn't get to celebrate his life in a way that was worthy of the great man he was. It makes it very sad and very hard to cope with it all.

This post is my way of honoring him! He was such a good man and a wonderful influence on my life!

I spoke a few words at his service, and this is what I said.

They loved taking us on fun trips!!

Our worlds are all smaller today because someone we loved and cared for very much is no
longer on this earth with us. I will be as bold as to say that the state of Texas is a bit smaller
today because a true Texas character is gone. 

Daddy always said that someday he would write a book about his business dealings and he
would title it, Characters I Have Known. Well, he was the character of all characters!! A
shrewd businessman, a faithful servant of Jesus Christ, a wonderful husband, a caring
grandfather, and most importantly to me, a loving father-- among many other wonderful

Daddy loved to tell stories. If you talked to him about anything, he had a story to tell you on
the subject. He just plain loved to talk. It was probably the thing that drove my mother the
most crazy- opposites truly do attract because she is a woman of very few words!! He was
a man of many words and many stories. 

It’s funny though, I sadly couldn’t tell you very many stories verbatim that I’ve heard over the
years. I had heard some of the same ones over and over… it wasn’t his stories that taught
me the most lessons. It was through his actions that I learned the most about living a good

Daddy lived out what he talked about. He lived out what he said he believed. He was a good
man. And, I’m so thankful that he was my dad.

So what did he teach me? I think the most valuable lesson was to live out my faith. He was
a Christian. He lived a Christian life. It’s as simple as that.

Daddy had a servant’s heart. He openly served his Lord. He loved to sing hymns. He served
as a deacon of First Baptist Church, Hereford, Texas and First Baptist Church of Gorman.
I remember specifically him going and sitting with people dying in the hospital so their families
could go home for rest. I remember once him going and sitting with a deceased man from our
church because the widow was worried about the body being alone. 

Daddy served his employees. He loved and cared for them all. He once employed a young
man fresh out of high school in whom he saw a lot of potential. The boy was somewhat lazy
and would sleep instead of showing up for work. Daddy would go to the boy's house and
drag him out of bed to come to work!!! He believed in him. That boy grew up and called him
several years ago to let him know that he is successful in his life. He thanked Daddy for
believing in him!!!-- what a legacy. 

I also remember once when an employee tragically took his own life. It was a terrible time,
and both of my parents were so upset by it. When my dad wasn’t home when he should be,
I asked my mom where he was. She said he had gone to that man’s house to clean up where
he had taken his life so his family wouldn’t have to do it. I will never forget that. 

Daddy served his family. I never doubted his love for me, my sister, Susan or my mom. And,
don’t get me started on his love for his grandkids!! There are no words to describe the joy,
pride, and love that he had for those four kids. 

He loved his grandkids!

There are endless stories that can be told about how he served us all. I remember calling
him on 9-11. I asked him how he was and what he was doing. He told me he was fine that
he was sitting at his desk praying!! That, in a nutshell, sums up my dad. 

I always felt safe knowing that I could turn to my mom and dad for anything no matter how
old I was. When my first husband passed away, my dad was one of the first people I called.
And, I have no doubt that when he hung up that phone he was praying. My parents came
immediately. They helped me physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. I will be
eternally grateful to them both. 

As much as we will all miss him, I hope we never forget hearing his voice reminding me to
“Pull yourself up by your bootstraps”
“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a know in it and hang on.”

I’m hearing him say both these days!!

April 22, 2020

Peak of the Week- 4-22-20

This may or may not have been me last night.
Have you reached a Rock Bottom yet? I'd love to know!

Boy, it has been quite some time since I did a Peak of the Week!! Life has just been life. None of us are immune to hardships, but it does seem like sometimes those hardships come well HARD!!

I had such plans for blogging, writing, organizing my life in this new year, but that hasn't happened!! If I remember correctly, I had this great idea for my 2020 vision for the rest of my life! Each month of this year I was going to concentrate on a particular element on my life that I wanted to foster for this second half of my life- Yes, I plan on living to 112 years of age.

I did get off to a good start. January's focus was Health. I made my appointment with a functional medicine doctor and feel that I've had good results. I just need to write about it.

February's focus was Skincare. I had an appointment to get a Hydrafacial. I have plans to interview a friend who sells a great line of skincare products plus share some of my favorite Skincare finds. I've done some of this. I just need to write about it.

March's focus was supposed to be prayer. I have a great prayer practice that I'm trying to stick to... I just need to write about it.

 Do you notice a pattern here?

"I just need to write about it" is a constant theme in my life!!! I promise I will do better.

But, you are here for the Peak of the Week, I hope. So here is my list of things piquing my interest this week:

Kristin Allen Yoga-
I was able to do a Zoom yoga class with a yoga instructor that I loved to practice with here in New Mexico. She moved last year, and my life is just not the same without her in it. She truly changed my life here. She has a Facebook Page and is doing Zoom classes a few days a week. Like her page and be sure you understand how to use Zoom, Venmo, and Spotify to get the most out of the class. I loved it on Monday when I joined in!!!

Rodan and Fields Lash Serum-
I finally started using the serum that I bought over a year ago religiously right after Christmas. My lashes have doubled in length!! I love them!!!

Facial Self Tanning Serum- I tried this for the first time this morning, so I'll let you know how it goes! This self-tanner contains hyaluronic acid as well as organic oils for your skin. My favorite thing about this product is that it is sold from a small business owner. After my order, I received an email from the owner!! She attached two ebooks about using a self-tanner. Proof that you can order from Amazon and support small businesses!!

Jergens Natural Glow- I also just ordered Jergens Natural Glow. I have used this product for several years. It is a great lotion that allows your skin to tan slowly over time. I've never gotten that orange shade on my skin from this product either!

What I'm Reading--

Team of Vipers - I have started several tell-all books about the Trump Whitehouse, but I've never finished any of them. Each one I've started seems to have an agenda that I just wasn't going to buy into. This book is different. First, he admits that it is him who is writing! He adds fun, interesting facts about the White House in general to his anecdotes, which I'm loving. Did you know that the president's chair sits a few inches taller than the other chairs at the large conference room table that we always see in pictures of meetings with top officials?

Of Mess and Moxie- I love Jen Hatmaker!! I read Of Mess and Moxie while I was back in Texas, helping plan the small memorial service for my dad. It was just what I needed at night to be uplifted and settled before a (hopefully) good night's sleep!

She also has a new book out this week:

Fierce Free and Full of Fire will be my next read. If you aren't familiar with Jen, try a book. I promise you won't be disappointed!!

What I'm Listening to:

For The Love Podcast- Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy)-  In keeping with this Jen Hatmaker theme I've got going on here-- Jen's For The Love podcast is my favorite! This podcast is her interview with another one of my favorite people to follow- Anne Bogel. Anne is all about books, so what's not to love? This interview centers around what we can be reading right now during this quarantine time. She talks about good books for the entire family. She also shares some great ideas about where to buy your books to help Indy booksellers!!

Not Your Mothers Menopause with Dr. Fiona Lovely - Because of some health issues, I've been doing quite a bit of research on Health for women my age- Going Through The Change!! I found Dr. Lovely and enjoy what she shares in this podcast. She is a functional medicine Dr. I have been seeing a functional medicine doctor to get myself and my Health lined out. In this podcast, she shares ways for us to stay healthy. She lists 5 supplements that she recommends we take! I love this. You better believe I'll be asking my Dr. about them at my next check-in appointment.

What I'm Focusing On:
I'm still organizing, but yesterday I used my Murphy's Oil Soap and cleaned all of my kitchen cabinets.

Murphy Oil Soap 

I then went over all the cabinets and doors with Orange Glo. It made my kitchen feel so clean and smell so good.

Orange Glo
So, this is how I'm Choosing Life right now. How about you? What are you doing during this strange time? What's piquing your interest today?