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2019 Word and Bible Verse


My Word for the Year is Hope. (You can get your word of the year here from DaySpring.

Instead of defining hope as some wishy, washy feeling, I will take a cue from Ann Voskamp and use this definition –

Part of the reason I dread the holidays is for at least 5 years, each year was worse than the last one. Major events happened such as unemployment, being rear-ended, and 2 broken washers among other issues. It’s been a fight to pay basic bills and put food on the table.

However, 2018 was the first year I can say was not worse than the previous one. So this year I am going into 2019 with hope and confidence that it will be even more wonderful than 2018.

The main goal of 2019 is to strengthen and deepen my relationship with God and developing a defiant reliance on God keeping His Word will cause everything else – mental self, physical self, family & friends, career, finances, physical surroundings, hobbies & recreation – to fall into place.

Bible Verse

My verse of the year is:

It seems appropriate for someone who is trying to strengthen and deepen her relationship with God. I will be meditating on this verse a lot this year.

So come along with me as we journey into 2019. It is going to be a grand and glorious year. I will periodically keep you updated on my adventures.

My publishing schedule for 2019 is:

  • Book Review mid-January.
  • Possible book review mid-March.
  • Life update mid-May
  • Life update mid-September
  • Thankgiving card in November
  • Christmas card in December
  • 2019 Wrap up post the end of December

Bye-Bye 2018

Well time to look back on 2018. Here are the highlights and low lights of my year.

My Word for the Year was Joy.

I tried to scatter joy everywhere I went by being kind. I am a virtual call center representative and it is challenging at times to as Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Scatter Joy” to my customers. Most days I felt as though I did a good job of being kind to them so hopefully they had at least a little more joy in their heart after speaking to me.

Most of the year I made poverty wages which means I was one of the 49% of widows who make less than $25,000.00 per year – and I mean way less than $25k. (stat courtesy of Modern Widows Club)

Then as of the end of October, I received a pay raise that put me in the 51% of widows that make more than $25k per year. Yes! I can finally make progress on getting my life together instead of just treading water.

I scaled way, way back on blogging. However, views are increasing despite my slow down. Hmmm…very interesting.

I was a member of Kelly Balarie’s book launch team for Battle Ready, train your mind to conquer challenges, defeat doubt, and live victoriously. This book is on my desk so I can reference it during lunch and breaks. The encouragement I’ve received from it has been heaven sent.

On June 19th, I quietly celebrated the 25th anniversary of when Joe and I became husband and wife with a Blizzard from Dairy Queen.

This summer I was also a member of Aaron Niequist book launch team for The Eternal Current: How a Practice-Based Faith Can Save Us From Drowning. I’ve started doing the Examen at night which helps me put the day in perspective and puts me in a good frame of mind just before I fall asleep.

My most popular post was 10 Years A Widow: Desperate Ways. (344 views, most from Facebook) Warning: This post is brutally honest. When I started this blog my goal was to provide encouraging uplifting content but I was not going to sugar-coat life or tell everyone to look at life through rose-colored glasses. I believe in sugar coating on M&M’s, and smashing those rose-colored glasses and looking at life as it really is…an adventure with lots of ups and downs that must be dealt with head-on.

Enough about 2018. It’s almost history so lets look forward to 2019. My Word of the Year and Bible Verse of the Year will be published on New Years Day.

Until then have a safe and fun New Years Eve.

Starting to Get In The Mood for Advent

I am not in the mood for Advent.

I have not read any devotionals – even Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest Gift. I usually read that one every year.

However, this song is getting me in the mood. Wish I could take credit for finding it but that goes to Sherline of Sherline’s Whatchu Thinkin’ Blog.

I love songs that are filled with power and drama, that have ump behind them. Songs like The Lion Sleeps Tonight have no place in my playlist. It is too wishing washy and sing-songy.

So without further adieu – here is Tommee Profitt’s version of Carol of the Bells.

Happy Thanksgiving

Just a quick note to wish you and your family a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. I hope your day is overflowing with joy-filled memories.

Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.

1 Timothy 4:4


The site has a new temporary design. It was time to renew my plan with WordPress and pay quarterly car insurance along with the regular monthly bills. The budget could not handle the expense this year.

So I am now using a free theme until I can upgrade it in a few months. Today’s photo is the one I used for the background. 




Winter Arrives


This view greeted me when I opened the sliding glass door drapes a few moments ago. I am not ready for this.

Coming tomorrow the start of a colorful series over on I meant to publish this on OgleOhio but put it here instead. Guess that is what I get for trying to blog after being out of bed for 20 minutes and not had any coffee yet.    😀

Remodeled Resources



Hope everyone is well and enjoying autumn. The summer heat went on vacation (along with the Cleveland Indians) and the autumn cold arrived. It’s been in the upper 30’s at night and 50’s during the day.


I remodeled the Resources section of the menu.


If you hover over Resources, you will find individual pages for books, music, podcasts, websites and YouTube channels.

Each page will be updated periodically throughout the year as I find more resources for you. While I am not blogging regularly, I still want this site to be useful for people who visit.

Holiday Helps

I’ve given Holiday Helps its own place in the menu for those who struggle with the upcoming holiday season. Even if you are not grieving but find yourself burnt out from the chaos and dizzying pace of the season, you will find relief there.

I hope you will find the remodeled Resources section helpful throughout the years ahead.

Remodeling My Life

All is well and if it hopefully continues to be well, I will begin remodeling my life this Sunday. Hallelujah and Thank you, God

Enjoy the rest of your fall and have a safe and happy Halloween.




Howl-o-ween 2013


Drill Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Rommie and Autumn Leaves Photo by Michele


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