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Fun Friday Five

It’s been crazy at my house, but here are a few of my obsessions this week.

Pokemon Go
Don’t judge me, but I jumped on the Pokemon Go bandwagon. I did it to spend time with my daughter and walk, but alas…I have been a little obsessed with it. I have found that the new is starting to wear off, so that’s good, but really….what a cool concept. I’ve walked more – even in the heat –  and I have talked to people I don’t know, which is really hard for me. I love that it helps me connect to the world around me and make connections I never would have before. It will be interesting to see what other games pop up like this one.

Compel Training (Writing)
So it’s been a long time but I have had the urge to pick up my pen and write. Not another novel, but I am feeling the call to write devotionals or articles on spirituality and the Christian walk. And it’s not even to get published. I want to offer something to the ladies at my church in some form or another. I’m not sure what I will do or how I will do it, but it is something that has been impressed on my heart for some reason and I need to make sure I follow through. (That is why I am stating it here so as to be accountable.) So I signed up for Compel Training through Proverbs 31 ministries. It is training for writers, especially non-fictions, and I am excited about all that I am learning.

Sumo Wrestling

Sumo Nation Rentals

I know what you are thinking….WHAT????? No, I am not sitting around watching Sumo wrestling. I just received 2 sumo wrestling suits…you know, the kind that blows up and you put it on and wrestle with someone? I’m sooooo excited! I rented them for 2 of my boys’ birthdays and we are going to have fun tomorrow night wrestling away. **Please note that these boys are 30 and 26. (Just wait for the pictures to come!)

I love pedicures. LOVE them. Almost as much as I love getting my hair cut, which is saying a lot. The thing is, I have been obsessing over getting a pedicure and I can’t go get one! In order to do the Compel Training for Writers, I had to give up something, and that was pedicures. Can I just say that when you see me next, do not look down at my feet? I do NOT do good pedicures. Just saying.

Ice Cream Shakes
I am obsessed with Sonic’s Peanut Butter Oreo shakes. It must be because I’m stressed at work and have been super busy every night with stuff, because all I want is one of those shakes. No, I don’t go get one every night, but I sure do want one. They are so creamy and yummy…sigh. Delicious. The best part are the huge chunks of Oreos are the bottom that you have to eat with a spoon. All-around-goodness, I tell you.

So that are the things on my mind this week. How about you? What are you obsessing over this week?

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This has been my last week of vacation before I have to go back to work this coming Monday and boy, I’ve really tried to relax, have fun, and rest. So here are my obsessions this week.

Crash Team Racing! 
So when the kids were younger, I got into playing their PS game, Crash Team Racing…a Crash Bandicoot game. I got pretty good and found that I am competitive and a bit of a mean player (i.e. I love laying little obstacles and bombs to slow my competitors down.) Well, I have access to the game now and have been obsessed with getting my skills back. Is it weird for a middle age woman to play video games by herself? I don’t know, but I am having fun.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
I’ve wanted to see the Bush Library for a long time now and it is one of the few things I really wanted to do on my vacation. My husband took the day of Tuesday and off we went. It was truly an impressive display of the Presidency and was good to be reminded that each President really does want to make a different for good in this country.

The Secret Life of Pets
One of the things I love to do on vacation is see a movie! This vacation I chose The Secret Life of Pets because there has been such turmoil and darkness in the past couple of weeks and I just wanted to laugh. And laugh I did. Such a cute movie with a silly story line. Meet Buddy…my favorite. 🙂

This week I am reading The Gifting by Katie Ganshert. It is a YA book and is a page turner! The good thing is, it is free on Kindle! Here is the back cover copy:

In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she’s going crazy. After her complete freakout at a high school party, her family is too. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill.

Tess is determined to fit in at her new school, despite the whispers and stares. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she’s unused to a stare that intense. Then the headaches start, and the seemingly prophetic dreams that haunt her at night. As Tess tries harder to hide them, she becomes increasingly convinced that Luka knows something–that he might somehow be responsible.

But what if she’s wrong? What if Luka Williams is the only thing separating her from a madness too terrifying to fathom?

Well, I have been neglectful in this 100 degree heat and haven’t watered my potted plants every day. So now I am trying to nurse a few crispy plants back to health. Wish my luck…I’m gonna need it!

What have you been up to this week?

Have a great weekend!

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Fun Friday Five

This week has been fun. A mixture of art, service, nature, and discovery. Here’s my obsessions for the week…

Hawk Sighting
My husband came in one afternoon saying there was a hawk on he property just behind our house. I grabbed my camera with the zoom lens and proceeded to snap pictures of a large hawk eating a bird. Ahem….it was rather gross and I am not sharing the gross pictures here! But my goodness, the hawk was pretty with it’s winds spread wide,and once he got scared when a branch caught on it’s foot and he scrambled to get loose. (I got a great shot of that!)


Bible Journaling
I love journaling in my Bible and am including some that I haven’t posted on social media. I love how meditating on the verse while journaling makes the word come alive for me.

Family Promise
Our church takes part in a ministry called Family Promise. It’s a ministry that help homeless families with children get back on their feet. Each church involved provides supper and a place for the family to sleep for a week at a time. Trundle beds are provided, as well as the bedding for them. During the day the families go to a Day Center where a social worker works with them to find jobs and permanent housing. The success rate is really high and most families graduate from the program in a couple of months. Because I work, I don’t provide meals, but my husband I and take a turn as an overnight host. We arrive at the church around 7 pm and sleep on trundle beds and make sure the families are up early to go to the day center around 6 am. It’s easy and it’s fun to get to know the sweet families in the program. Here’s a picture of the stained glass at the front of the sanctuary at the Oak Haven Methodist Church where we stayed this week. Beautiful, isn’t it?

I’m reading 5 Habits of a Woman who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz. I tend to quit everything I put my hand to, so I thought this book would be good for me. And it is. The author has taken the life of Ruth and shows her habits of pushing through to completion. It’s been so interesting and I will share more about what I am learning at a later time.

Down Time
On my summer vacation, I am trying to make sure I take time to do nothing. So my daughter and I have been watching a new series on Netfix called The Shannara Chronicles. It’s a futuristic show that looks medievalish. Elves, gnomes, trolls….it’s pretty good!

I hope you have a great weekend!

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Fun Friday Five

So this week my obsessions have been all over the place. Here’s this week’s top 5 fun things:


Can I just say “woah”? Photoshop is such a great program and yet is ever-so-frustrating at times. I’ve been mucking around in it with some photographs I took and then trying to use some of my lettering to overlay the pictures. Here’s a couple of things I did.

Okay, so at first this game was totally fun, but then it turned into a bit of a crazy obsession. Basically,
it is a free game app where you are a baby snake that grows by eating dots. If another snake runs into you, they die and you can eat their “remains” and grow even bigger. So it was a lot of fun until my teeth became sore because I was grinding my teeth in tension over not running into snakes. Also, when I closed my eyes at night all I saw were snakes. Yeah…it became unhealthy for me and so I deleted the game. I felt like a cannibal after awhile, eating all my fellow snakes. Ugh…


The book Unleashed by Erwin Raphael McManus was inspiring. Seriously, it is one of those books
that makes you want to chunk what you know and step out and run in freedom…and risk. From the back cover:

Two thousand years later the call to follow Christ has been repackaged to be smooth and trouble-free, filled with opportunity and promise but lacking risk, passion, and sacrifice. Is this really what Jesus died for? If He chose the way of the cross, where would He hesitate leading us? Is it possible that to follow Jesus is to live your life completely unleashed?
Jesus never made a pristine call to a proper or safe religion. Jesus beckons His followers to a path that is far from the easy road. It is a path fulled with adventure, uncertainty, and unlimited possibilities – the only path that can fulfill the deepest longings and desires of your heart.
This is the barbarian way: to give your heart to the only One who can make you fully alive. To love Him with simplicity and intensity. To unleash the untamed faith within. To be consumed by the presence of a passionate and compassionate God. To go where He sends you, no matter the cost.

My, that makes me want more from my faith. I get so complacent, wanting a smooth path, yet it is too safe for the journey of faith. I want more!

DayQuil and Nyquil

Yes, I have been battling a cold. It could be allergies, but I feel so crummy I am calling it a plain ol’ cold. I have found that these 2 medicines are my friend.

30 Days of Bible Lettering

Instagram is full of great challenges and I am going to participate in #30daysofbiblelettering which starts July 1. All you do is to write out the scripture for the day and tag your posts with the hashtag #30daysofbiblelettering. Just another way of staying in the Word and practicing lettering at the same time.

Have a great weekend!

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The Fun Friday Five

I’m starting up the Friday Five posts where I talk about 5 things that make me happy, or I’m obsessed with, or new finds that make me smile. So here’s today’s Friday Five:

I’ve been seeing this all over Instagram and had to have the tools to make this happen. Seriously, it is the easiest, coolest thing ever. I purchased the Ranger Embossing Pen, Ranger Embossing Power, and a heat tool. Write something, sprinkle powder on, remove excess powder, then use the heat tool to heat your writing and BOOM!…you have a beautiful piece of lettering. I’m obsessed.

I’ve given myself a challenge for the rest of the year to read one non-fiction book and one fiction Audacious by Beth Moore. It is so good and so inspiring. I will do a book review when I’m finished. Here are some books that I purchased from when they were having a 90% off sale.  I don’t think I paid more than $2 for any books I bought. SCORE!!!!
book a month. I’ve gotten into a bad habit of watching Netfix ALL. THE. TIME. and I am going to start a new habit. Right now I am reading

Bible Journaling
I really love journaling in my Bible and making the Word of God come alive with color. It truly helps me meditate on scripture and facilitates memorization. Well, I would like to say that I have all my journaled verses memorized, but alas…I am 50 and things don’t stick like they used to.

I have been working on my garden some this year. My hope is that one day it will be an explosion of color, but right now, it is just a smattering of color.

Abstract Art
I bought a HUGE canvas on clearance a few months ago and I want to do something abstract with it, so I’ve been perusing the abstract art on Pinterest. Oh my goodness…such beauty! I know mine will never look like the stuff I’ve been seeing, but wow…such inspiration. Click on the links below the pictures to see more of these artists impressive work.

by Cody Hooper

by Klaus Fabry

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Fun Friday Five

I love my friend, CJ’s Friday posts, so I’m gonna copy her and share my favorite 5 things that happened this week.

1. The Young One came home from college today! My husband picked him up and when I got home (early) he was asleep in bed. Ahhh….college life. 🙂

2. I got my 3rd commissioned Etsy request. It’s surreal, let me tell you!

3. I got to be twins with my sweet friend. We are SUPER!

4. Castle’s season finale was Monday night and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m soooo sure that Beckett will NOT run for the Senate. No way.

5. I found a new App that makes me laugh. ChatterPix. You take a picture. Draw a line for the mouth. Record yourself saying something silly. Play!  Seriously…I giggle every time I create one. So here is one I did about there being only 15 more days of school. (that was a few days ago)

So what was your favorite thing this week?